Robert Bob Wright
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Wright has had a diversified career in general management, marketing, and broadcasting. He served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Wright served as president of General Electric Financial Services and, before that, as president of Cox Cable Communications. He is a senior advisor of THL Capital and serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation; Mission Product, LLC; EMI Group Global Ltd.; and AMC Networks Inc. In 2005, Mr. Wright and his wife, Suzanne, co-founded Autism Speaks, a national foundation dedicated to raising public awareness and research funds for autism; it has raised over $200 million and is the leading autism advocacy organization. Mr. Wright has played a leadership role in national legislation regarding autism and in advocating for federal funding for programs related to treatments and services for individuals with autism. The Wrights have been widely recognized for their outstanding achievements in raising awareness about autism and in 2008, Suzanne and Bob were named in Time 100’s Heroes and Pioneers category, for their commitment to global autism advocacy. They have also received the first ever Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the NYU Child Advocacy Award, the Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award and the American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award. In the past couple of years the Wrights have received honorary doctorate degrees from St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s University and UMass Medical School – they delivered respective commencement addresses at the first two of these schools. The Wrights are the first married couple to be bestowed such an honor in St. John’s history. The Wrights have three children and five grandchildren.
J. Patterson Cooper
Mr. Cooper was the president and CEO of First Bank of the Palm Beaches. He joined Deutsche Bank Florida, NA (legacy Bankers Trust) as president and CEO in 1996 and was previously with Chemical Bank for 25 years, working in the Philippines, Korea, London and the United States. Mr. Cooper was the 1997-99 campaign chairman, a trustee and an executive committee member of Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way, former chairman and board member of the Palm Beach County Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), and board member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Currently, he is a board member, executive committee member and chairman of the Boggy Creek Gang and former board member of the Jacksonville Symphony. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Santa Fe and his MBA from Pace University.
Mr. Ainslie is a private investor. He served as president and chief executive of Sotheby’s Holdings, the parent of Sotheby’s auction and real estate business, 1984-94. Prior to Sotheby’s, Mr. Ainslie served as president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, for four years. He has also served as president of Palmas del Mar, a subsidiary of Sea Pines Company, and as an associate in McKinsey & Company’s New York office. Mr. Ainslie recently completed 15 years as the founding chairman of the Posse Foundation, which annually grants over 450 university scholarships to outstanding graduates of New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Miami public high schools. He also serves on the board of Vanderbilt University. He is a director of the St. Joe Company. Mr. Ainslie received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Suzanne, and their daughter. He has four grown children.
Mr. Allan is president of Gulfstream Group, Inc., a Palm Beach-based family office focusing on real estate and alternative investments. Born in Paris, he was raised in Charleston and New York, where he graduated from Columbia University. He was a researcher/analyst in the LandSat satellite program for NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York and later reported on science, business, and technology for Newsweek. Subsequently, Mr. Allan founded Helical Systems Ltd., a technology consulting firm specializing in custom database and information systems for small enterprises. He became executive vice president with Myron A. Minskoff, Inc., a New York City real estate holding and development company that owned and developed commercial and residential properties throughout the NY metropolitan area, including one of Broadway’s largest theatres. He is a full-time Palm Beach resident, and is currently a director of the Palm Beach Biltmore Condominium Association.
Mr. Araskog was the chief executive and chairman of ITT Corporation for 18 years until his retirement in 1998; he was the catalyst in its separation into three publicly traded companies. Mr. Araskog has also worked with Honeywell, Inc., and the office of the Secretary of Defense; he was appointed by Ronald Reagan as the chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Mr. Araskog was named an officer in the French Foreign Legion of Honor in 1987. He has also been awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy by the president of Italy and the Order General Bernardo O’Higgins by the president of Chile. He is a director of Cablevision Systems Corp. Mr. Araskog graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, and studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Hofstra University in 1990. He and his wife, Jessie, reside in Palm Beach, New York City and Southampton.
Mrs. Aylward was born and raised in China. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Jiangsu Institute of Technology and then taught there for two years. She earned her MS in Information Science from Jilin University of Technology. In 1986, she went to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for a second MS in Industrial Engineering. She then worked for the metal casting industry for two years as a systems engineer. Mrs. Aylward has been a trustee for The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Day School and Jiangsu University Alumni Association of the United States. She serves as an Honorary Consultant for The Nantong Overseas Chinese Museum. She and her husband have been involved with many civic and charitable groups in the community and beyond. They live in Palm Beach, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have two children.
Mr. Ballantine is a private investor and chairman of the board of Healthways, Inc., a director/trustee of DWS Funds and a director of Portland General Electric. He previously served on the boards of First Oak Brook Bancshares and the Oak Brook Bank, Enron (post bankruptcy), Prisma Energy International (a wholly owned Enron subsidiary), FNB Corp., and Tokheim Corp. He also served as chairman of the Financial Services advisory group for Glencoe Capital, a private equity firm. Mr. Ballantine retired in 1998 from First Chicago NBD Corp., where he served as executive vice president and chief risk management officer. He was previously responsible for international banking operations, the company’s New York operations, Latin American banking, corporate planning, US financial institutions business, and a variety of trust operations at the company and its predecessor, First Chicago Corp. Mr. Ballantine is a director and past vice chairman of the board of trustees of Window to the World Communications, Inc., and serves on the boards of Public Radio International, Music and Dance Theater Chicago (Harris Theater) and Lake Forest College. He was also past chairman and president of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Mr. Ballantine holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Ballentine was the president and CEO of Detroit Stoker Company, Inc., a subsidiary of United Industrial Corp. in Monroe, MI, until he retired in 1997. He is also the former president of Hydrotherm, Inc. in Northvale, NJ, and the Mammoth Division of Lear Siegler, Inc. in Minneapolis. Additionally, Mr. Ballentine served in a variety of manufacturing management positions in California and Virginia from 1960 to 1972, and was a lecturer on free-market-economy business in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries for the Krieble Institute. Mr. Ballentine also participates with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the World Presidents’ Organization. He currently serves on the board for Opportunity, Inc., and is an active board member of Nezhin Mechanical in Ukraine. Mr. Ballentine has served as the chairman of the Hydronics Institute, the chairman of the Industrial Management Association of New York and Northern New Jersey, vice chairman of the Pascack Valley Hospital Foundation, and trustee and chairman of the finance/budget committee for The Hill School. He was a lieutenant in the US Navy 1956-58, an engineering graduate of the University of Virginia, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1960. Currently, he serves on the Code Enforcement Board for the Town of Palm Beach and chairs the Civic Association’s Transportation Committee.
Mr. Beaty is a private investor and Chairman of Exuma Technologies, Inc. He is a retired cofounder of 3i (now Biomet/3i) a global dental implant company based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and prior to founding 3i, was CEO of Latham Manufacturing Company. He received a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He was staff engineer for the Florida Energy Committee, which was established during the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970’s, was involved in founding and initiating operations for the Florida Solar Energy Center, and has consulted and conducted research in the energy field. He has been involved in numerous business activities in Florida and internationally and served on the Board of Directors of Fidelity Federal Bank and Trust of West Palm Beach. His charitable activities include the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, former Chairman of the Board of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries and many years coaching youth league sports. He has lived in Palm Beach County since 1977 and he and his wife Linda have two children and one grandchild.
Mr. Bernstein is the CEO and founder of Richard S. Bernstein & Associates Inc., a national leader in the health care and life insurance industry. For 40 years, he has advised many of America's wealthiest families and businesses with their estate planning and health care needs. He has consistently ranked among the top insurance agents in the world. Mr. Bernstein’s professional accolades include the Forum 400, the Million Dollar Roundtable, and Top of the Table. He received the 2011 Ultimate CEO award from the South Florida Business Journal and is one of the founding members of the Forum Club. Mr. Bernstein is also a speaker for top industry, government, and think-tank organizations, including the Forum 400, of which he is a life-time member. Mr. Bernstein has a BA in finance from the University of Miami, earning the J. Edwin Larson Scholarship for Insurance Studies. He has been featured as an estate planning and health care expert on national and local media outlets including FOX Business News, NBC, CBS, ABC, the Miami Herald, New York’s WOR News Talk Radio, the Mancow Morning Show in Chicago, America’s Radio Network, Bloomberg Radio, Newsmax Magazine, Forbes, and he serves as a weekly guest financial columnist for Palm Beach Society Magazine.
Mr. Borland is a chartered financial analyst and a general partner of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Since joining the firm in 1991, he has run its Chicago and Palm Beach offices, as well as its national wealth management business. He is a director of Brown Brothers National Trust Company. Prior to joining Brown Brothers Harriman, he served as executive vice president of Fiduciary Management Associates and in various positions for the Northern Trust Company. Mr. Borland is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Palm Beach, and have three children and five grandchildren.
Mr. Borynack is chairman and CEO of Wally Findlay Galleries International, Inc., founded as Findlay Galleries in 1870. The company, America’s second oldest art gallery, represents renowned artists worldwide. An alumnus of the Parsons School of Design, Mr. Borynack focused on art and the development of young artists. He joined Wally Findlay Galleries in 1972 and rose to director and senior vice president. With Manufacturers Hanover Trust, he established the Alliance for the Arts, a fine arts acquisition program praised for its innovative concepts. As a cultural attaché during the Reagan administration, Mr. Borynack created the first exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in the US, followed by exhibitions of contemporary Senegalese and contemporary Russian art. In addition, Mr. Borynack is a lifetime member of the board of directors of Bellevue Hospital Center’s Children of Bellevue. He has been a member of the development committee of the American Ballet Theatre, an advisor to the Prison and Art Program, and he is the co-founder and vice president of STAGES, a nonprofit Children’s Theater Workshop in East Hampton, NY. In 2003, Mr. Borynack was elected to the National Hospice Foundation, serving on its board of directors, and in 2008 he was elected chairman of the board of governors. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of the advisory council of the US Committee for UNESCO, working to establish a global educational and cultural exhibition to tour the US in 2013.
Ambassador Brinker was included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008. She served as US Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary 2001-03 and most recently as US Chief of Protocol 2007-08. In 2008, President George W. Bush appointed her to the Kennedy Center board of brustees. In 1982, Ambassador Brinker founded the breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in her sister’s memory. A year later she started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a highly successful annual education and fundraising event. Ambassador Brinker has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Trumpet Foundation’s President’s Award, the Independent Women’s Forum Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award, the Champions of Excellence Award presented by the Centers for Disease Control, the Forbes Trailblazer Award, and inclusion in the Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century and Biography Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in America.
Mr. Burns, a business attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is currently chairman and president of BF Enterprises, Inc., San Francisco. He is the former chairman and CEO of Boothe Financial Corp. and of Robert Half International. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he was a partner at several leading law firms in San Francisco. Mr. Burns is a life trustee of the American Ireland Fund as well as the founder and principal benefactor of the John J. Burns (named for his father) Library of Rare Books and the director of Special Collections at Boston College. He has served on the boards of major corporations, including the Kendall-Jackson Winery, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA), the Kellogg Company, the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, the United States Banknote Corporation, and on the boards of many professional, governmental and charitable organizations, including the Irish American Fulbright Commission.
Mr. Byrne, a graduate of Holy Cross College and Harvard Business School, holds a professional designation as a chartered financial analyst. He spent 30 years in the investment management business as a data-processing manager, securities analyst, and portfolio manager for several mutual funds and large institutional accounts. He was president of Keystone Investment Management Corp., the investment counsel arm of Keystone Investments, and was one of the partners who bought Keystone from Travelers Corp. in 1989. He served on the board of Keystone Investments, the Massachusetts Company (America's oldest trust company), and several smaller, private companies. Mr. Byrne was a lieutenant in the US Air Force. As a cadet he served as commander of the Color Guard for President John F. Kennedy. He was active in many sports, world champion (masters division) in the decathlon in 2001, and part of the world championship maxi-yacht racing programs on both Matador (1990) and Merit (1992). Mr. Byrne has also been active in numerous civic organizations in Boston and in Palm Beach.
Mr. Callahan is director and senior counsel of Oxbow Carbon LLC, headquartered in West Palm Beach. He is director and secretary of the America3 Foundation, which sponsored the successful 1992 America’s Cup defender (skippered by Oxbow’s owner, William Koch). Mr. Callahan is the past president of the Palm Beach membership of the Hospice Foundation and present chairman of the Board of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. He is also on the board of directors of Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach. Prior to joining Oxbow, Mr. Callahan practiced law in Boston. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Suffolk University Law School.
Mr. Castle is the chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private merchant bank. In his career, he has owned or controlled companies such as Delaware Management, Ethan Allen, Truck Components, Inc., INDSPEC Chemical Corp., Envirotech and Sealed Air Corporation. Mr. Castle was president and CEO of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Inc., one of Wall Street’s largest investment banks, and a director of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. He served as a trustee and chairman of the board of New York Medical College. He is a trustee of MIT. He serves on the New York Presbyterian Hospital board of trustees, and he formerly served on the University Visiting Committee for the Harvard Business School and was chairman of the Columbia-Presbyterian Health Sciences Advisory Council. He received his bachelor’s degree from MIT and his MBA with high distinction from Harvard.
Mr. Cohon, founder of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. and of McDonald’s in Russia, was born in Chicago. He practiced corporate law in Chicago (1961-67), then moved to Toronto as the licensee of McDonald’s Corporation. He served as president, chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada for 25 years. His best-selling autobiography, To Russia With Fries, recounts his drive to open McDonald’s in the former Soviet Union; the first opened in 1990. In 2009, he was honored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution and received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his contributions to bolstering U.S.-Russian relations. Mr. Cohon became a Canadian citizen in 1975. Among other awards, he has received the highest public service awards from three continents: he is an officer of the Order of Canada for his outstanding contribution to his country; he received the Order of Ontario for his charitable endeavors and was awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship and the Israel Prime Minister’s Medal. Mr. Cohon is the founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Canada and in Russia, a founding patron of Ronald McDonald Houses, and a director on the boards of the Royal Bank of Canada (1988-2008) and Astral Media Inc. He is a graduate of Drake University and Northwestern University School of Law. He lives in Toronto and Palm Beach with his wife, Susan; they have two sons and three grandchildren.
Mr. Coleman is the former executive vice president of the Bear Stearns Companies. He retired from Wall Street as vice chairman of Discount Corporation of New York in 1993. He was a board member and chairman of the board (1993-99) of Covenant House, a Catholic charity whose scope has expanded to serve and rescue street children in six countries. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Coleman was US Consul General to Bermuda. In Palm Beach he was a member of the Town Council from 2005 to 2009, serving as Council president (2006-07) and president pro tem (2007-08). His personal and community activities include the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Norton Museum of Art, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, and the Society of the Four Arts. He earned his BSBA from Georgetown University and an MTS from John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family. He is a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents and a trustee of the Quantum Foundation.
Mr. Cook is currently president of Royal Palm Management (a commercial property management firm in Palm Beach and Palm Desert, CA) and Cook Forestry Products (a timber concern in Texas). He was born in Memphis, TN. After graduating from the Woodberry Forest School and Vanderbilt University, he began his business career at Presidential Bank in Sarasota, and then joined his father, Edward, in business in Palm Beach. Mr. Cook is an active member of the Sailfish Club board of directors and the Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County. He serves on the finance committee of Rosarian Academy, and the Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way. He is a member of the Corporate Partners of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. He and his wife, Paula, live in Palm Beach with their three daughters.
Mr. Crampton has a diverse background in communications, operations management, and fund development. He began his career as a writer and business consultant and was a commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. He served in the US Environmental Protection Agency as director of the Office of Management Systems and Evaluation (1980-83) and as EPA’s Associate Administrator (1989-92). Mr. Crampton was vice president for communications and environmental affairs with Waste Management Inc., vice president for communications with the American Medical Association, and is currently president and CEO of the South Florida Science Museum. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Museums, the Association of Science Museum Directors and the Association of Science and Technology Centers. In Palm Beach, he is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Master Chorale of South Florida. Mr. Crampton received his BA cum laude in public and international affairs from Princeton and his MA in Eastern Asian studies from Harvard. He was also in the MIT PhD program for Urban Studies and Planning.
Mr. Cregan is a managing director and the regional manager for Palm Beach at Barclays Wealth in the Americas. He joined Barclay’s Wealth in 2010 with more than 35 years of experience in financial services. He had previously been president and CEO of Hotchkiss Associates LLC, a Chicago-based investment advisory firm, where he managed equity-focused client portfolios, oversaw asset allocation, and directed the firm’s strategy. In 2009, he led Hotchkiss’s merger into United Capital Financial Advisors of Newport Beach, CA. Before joining Hotchkiss, Mr. Cregan had spent 24 years in institutional fixed-income sales and management roles, primarily at Morgan Stanley in New York and Chicago and with Barclay’s Capital as national sales manager. Mr. Cregan holds a BA in English literature from Dickinson College and is a member of the CFA Institute. He currently serves as a director and member of the investment committee of the Chicago Botanic Garden. A former trustee of Dickinson College, he long served as a member of the college’s investment committee. Mr. Cregan has also chaired the Children’s Memorial Hospital ProAm Golf Tournament in Lake Forest, IL.
Mr. Daft joined the Coca-Cola Co. in 1969 in Sydney, Australia. He subsequently held various positions in the company in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Atlanta, GA. He was appointed president and COO in 1999, and was elected chairman of the board of directors and CEO in 2000. Mr. Daft has served as a director of several US and overseas public companies and is currently on the board of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a member of the European Advisory Council for N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd., and on the boards of Longreach, Inc., Thomas Lee Partners, and the Front Group. He is also on the board of governors of Thunderbird (Garvin School of International Management, Arizona), a trustee of the Cambridge Foundation and a patron of the American Australian Association. Mr. Daft has a BS in mathematics from the University of New England and a postgraduate degree from the University of New South Wales. He has honorary doctorates in international law (Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management) and in business (University of New South Wales). Mr. Daft was named Companion in the Order of Australia, AC, in 2005. He and his wife, Delphine, live in Palm Beach; they have two children and three grandchildren.
Mr. Dashiell is a senior vice president and investment counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services. In that capacity, he advises wealthy individuals and the boards of foundations and endowments in developing and implementing investment strategies designed to achieve long-term objectives within an acceptable level of risk exposure. Prior to joining Capital Group, he sold businesses and owned a commercial and investment real estate company providing investment and general brokerage services. Mr. Dashiell holds an interdisciplinary BA in communications, legal institutions, economics, and government from American University and is a Certified Commercial Investment member. He lives in Palm Beach and is currently involved in several Palm Beach organizations, including Opportunity, Inc., the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and Catholic Charities.
Mr. Del Deo was a senior partner in the law firm of Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger and Vecchione (now Gibbons PC) and specialized in commercial, corporate and intellectual property litigation. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law with honors, Princeton University and Lawrenceville School. He authored books on practice and evidence in the New Jersey Courts and served on the New Jersey Supreme Court rules committee. Mr. Del Deo was a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Conference, and chaired its Lawyers’ Advisory Committee. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was appointed by the governor to the former board of institutional trustees of New Jersey. He was a founder and director of Bernards State Bank (now part of Wells Fargo) and a director of National Discount Brokers (acquired by Deutsche Bank); he served as a trustee of Papermill Playhouse, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Gill St. Bernard’s School and other nonprofits. Mr. Del Deo is chairman of the Appeals Trial Board of the American Kennel Club and is chairman of the board of trustees of the Father John Foundation for the Handicapped and the Poor. He and his wife, Blanche, belong to the Beach Club.
Dr. Dennis is chairman of the FAU/Scripps Institute College of Medicine board. He also chaired the Palm Beach County Medical Society's Future of Medicine Summits (2010-11). He is founder and president of Hand-X-Tenders, a company that creates surgical instrumentation for the operating room and devices to increase the manual function of the disabled. Dr. Dennis received his BA from Harvard and completed his MD at the University of Florida, with additional externships at Johns Hopkins and Guy’s Hospital (London). He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (National Medical Honorary Society) before his Stanford University Medical Center internship and residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery. At Stanford he founded the Nurse Practitioner/Physician’s Assistant Program and served on President Reagan’s Health Manpower Commission and Medical Practice Act Committee. Dr. Dennis is co-founder of the Southern California Breast Institute and was a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a partner in Santa Barbara Capital, a former director of the Royal Poinciana Chapel, former senior warden of the Parish of St. Mary/St. Jude in Maine and chaired the Town of Palm Beach’s Medical Care Commission during its 3-year term. He founded the Medical Education Forum of the Palm Beaches, Inc., and served as vice chairman of the Civic Association 2006-08. Dr. Dennis is on the board of the Florida Health Institute and an adviser to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. He has spent nearly 30 years traveling to other countries to provide pro bono reconstructive surgery services for children with birth defects. He and his wife, Phyllis, have three children and a granddaughter.
Mr. Dreyfoos is chairman of the Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm that grew out of Photo Electronics Corp., which he formed in 1963 to manufacture electronic equipment for the photographic industry. Mr. Dreyfoos, an inventor who holds 10 US and many foreign patents, owned WPEC-TV 12 in West Palm Beach, 1973-96. He has been a major force behind area cultural efforts, helping to establish the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and serving as its first chairman, spearheading efforts to build a world-class performing arts center, and continuing to serve as Kravis Center chairman. He is a lifetime trustee of MIT Corp. and a member of the Scripps Research Institute. In May 2004, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is an active member of the Chief Executives Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization. He has received numerous awards, including the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Special Award. Mr. Dreyfoos has an undergraduate degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Duffy is the retired founder and chairman of Duffy & Shanley, Inc., a marketing communications firm based in Providence, RI. Over his career he has served in many capacities in the fields of government, business and community affairs. Following his early years in advertising and sales promotion (General Electric and FitzGerald-Toole & Co.) and in public information (Providence College), Mr. Duffy joined the Rockefeller for President Campaign in 1968, served as special assistant to the US Secretary of Transportation in Washington DC, and worked on many special projects worldwide for NY Governor and US Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller. He founded Duffy & Shanley in 1973 as a public relations consultancy. It has grown to a full-service, integrated marketing communications firm serving nationally recognized firms and brands. He is a past national director of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, chaired its New England division, and served on its national public affairs committee. A 1961 graduate of Providence College (AB, English), Mr. Duffy was awarded an honorary doctorate in public administration in 2011. He is a past vice chair of its board of trustees and chaired its President’s Council for 12 years. He and his wife, Heidi, reside in Palm Beach and North Kingstown, RI; they have three children and five grandchildren.
Mr. Ecclestone began his career in real estate development and construction in Michigan. His numerous Palm Beach County projects include Lost Tree Village, Old Port Cove, PGA National Resort and Spa, Ibis Golf and Country Club, Forum III, Regions Financial Tower and several apartment projects. For his distinguished community efforts, he has received the Outstanding Business Leader Award and an honorary Doctorate of Law from Northwood University, the Elmer Hedrick Award for Excellence from the Gold Coast Builders Association and the John D. MacArthur Business Leader of the Year Award from the Palm Beach Post. Mr. Ecclestone served as trustee for Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau and is life trustee for the Kravis Center. He was the former chairman of the Aviation and Airport Advisory Committee and currently serves as chairman of the Shore Protection Board of Palm Beach.
Mr. Eichner is the founder and chairman of the board emeritus of AAR Corporation, an international aviation and aerospace business that he founded in 1951, and has held various directorships in the Chicago area. He was elected a member of the Young Presidents Association in 1969, and was a past trustee and grantor of the IAE Scholarship Fund for Scholastic Achievement at Roosevelt University, a member of the Standard Club of Chicago, and a member of the McGraw Foundation. Mr. Eichner was one of the founding principals of the Illinois State Bank of Chicago and a governing member and major benefactor of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses the Ira and Barbara Eichner Family Gallery. He is a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy and the Marine Crime Watch program, and president of the Palm Beach Country Club. Mr. Eichner and his wife, Barbara, have been coming to Palm Beach since 1967 and became permanent residents in 1988. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Mr. Finneran is a founding partner of EXOP Capital LLC. Prior to starting EXOP Capital, he was a managing director with Wachovia Securities for six years and a managing director at CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., a New York investment banking and securities brokerage firm, for 30 years. Mr. Finneran holds an honorary doctorate in commercial science from Villanova University, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in economics. He is chairman and CEO of Edison Control Corporation and vice chairman of the Partnership for Inner-City Education of the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Finneran serves on the board of trustees at Villanova University, the national board of Operation Smile in Norfolk (VA) and the MD Anderson board of visitors, as well as on the board of the Ireland-U.S. Council. He was formerly president of the Colony Beach and Tennis Association, as well as being on the board of directors of Covenant House. He resides in Palm Beach.
Mr. Flagg, who has more than 35 years of insurance sales experience, has recently joined the Celedinas Insurance Group, working with the Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens offices to develop an employee benefits and advanced life department. He was previously area vice president with Arthur J. Gallagher. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Cornelius, Johnson & Clark, later known as Acordia and currently known as Wells Fargo Insurance in West Palm Beach. Mr. Flagg developed and operated a benefits division of Cornelius, Johnson & Clark and later became regional vice president. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in business administration. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Flagg is an active member in the Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach, Hospice of Palm Beach County, Rosarian Academy and the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County.
Mr. Floyd has established a reputation as one of golf’s great champions. He was born in Fort Bragg, NC, attended the University of North Carolina, and became a professional golfer in 1961. He has won four major championships: the 1976 Masters, the 1986 US Open and the 1969 and 1982 PGA championships. He has played for the United States on eight Ryder Cup teams and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. Mr. Floyd has also won four senior majors and two Senior Tour championships. He draws on these experiences to create golf courses that incorporate modern golf course architecture with a focus on traditional philosophies.
Ms. Foster was formerly a director of the US Private Client Services division of Deutsche Bank, having joined the firm in 2005. She advised high-net-worth families, endowments and pension funds, specializing in investment management and advisory services. Previously, Ms. Foster spent six years with Lehman Brothers Inc. Private Client Group, where her high-net-worth advisory practice focused on equity, fixed income and structured solutions. She started her investment career in 1992 as an equity research analyst with CIBC Oppenheimer, focusing on the gaming and media sectors. Ms. Foster is a member of the Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, where she is a member of the investment and development committees. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Asia Society, a member of New York City’s Central Park Conservancy, and president of the John H. Foster Foundation (New York). Ms. Foster graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University. She enjoys the opera and such competitive sports as golf, tennis and hunting. She lives in midtown Manhattan and Palm Beach with her husband, John.
Mr. Frank is the retired president of Hardware Supply Company, a distribution firm he co-founded in 1955 and one of the earliest developers of computerized distribution in the industry. He also founded construction and water purification companies in Philadelphia. Mr. Frank served as chairman of the Middle Atlantic Hardware Association, Allied Hardware Services and the Pro Distribution Company. He currently is a director of BDP International, a global logistics and freight forwarding company. Mr. Frank has served with civic associations in Philadelphia, Delaware County (PA) and Stone Harbor, NJ. He is the past president of his condominium association and past co-chairman of the Citizens Association of Palm Beach. He is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Citizens Police and Fire Rescue Academies and is on the board of directors of Palm Beach Crime Watch. He is a volunteer with the Palm Beach Police VIPS Program, as well as a board member of the Palm Beach Police Foundation. He serves on the executive committee of the Palm Beach Civic Association and is vice-chairman of the Shore Protection Board.
Mr. Frazier is the retired president and CEO of the Western World Insurance Group, a New Jersey-based specialty insurer which underwrites difficult commercial risks on a nationwide basis. He continues to serve on the company’s board of directors and consults with shareholders regarding capital management and overseas matters. He also is a trustee for the Brown Brothers Harriman Mutual Fund Group. Prior to joining Western World in 1982, Mr. Frazier was a money manager for the British merchant bank J. Henry Schroder. He has served as a director of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices. Mr. Frazier was born and raised in Winchester, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/American history from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Frazier and his wife Nancy, who have two grown children, purchased a Palm Beach home in 2005 and became residents four years later. They have a summer home in Bay Head, N.J.
Cynthia Friedman is active in the fields of business, education, the arts, and national politics. The owner of a commercial and residential real estate firm in Pittsburgh, PA, she also serves as a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For the past three years, Ms. Friedman has been a member and supporter of the American Friends of the Louvre, an organization of American and French art lovers. She previously served as a member of the collectors committee of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC for eight years. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999, Ms. Friedman served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for three years. She is currently on the board of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City. In 1993, Ms. Friedman co-founded the Woman’s Leadership Forum (WLF) of the Democratic National Committee, which encourages women to participate in the national Democratic Party. The WLF now includes several hundred thousand women across the country who raise significant funds for the party and take an active role in political affairs; in 2009, Ms. Friedman was named chair emeritus of the WLF. Since moving full-time to Palm Beach, she has become a member of the Society of the Four Arts, served as president of Ballet Florida, and was a director of the Palm Beach Centennial Commission. Ms. Friedman is the mother of three grown children.
Mrs. Furlaud serves on the board of managers of the East Hampton Library and is past president of the East Hampton Historical Society. She is a former vice president of the Garden Club of East Hampton. She is a council member of Rockefeller University in New York City, and was founder of the Women and Science Initiative. In addition, she served as director of public relations for Lord & Taylor in Palm Beach.
Ms. Gary is vice president and director of justice programs in business development for AECOM, an international architectural and engineering firm based in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the Florida Executive Leadership Institute. She served as legislative director with the National Sheriffs’ Association in Washington, DC, and on boards for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Law Enforcement Special Olympics. She was also special advisor to the Centers for Disease Control. She received her BA from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Gendelman is chairman of Bruce Gendelman Company, Inc., a property/casualty insurance broker. The firm specializes in very high net worth personal insurance and commercial programs. He founded the company in 1982 and has built it into a national firm with clients in all states and staff in 22 cities. Mr. Gendelman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an honors degree in economics, then went on to graduate business school and studied real estate finance while completing law school. He received his JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Florida State Bar. He has been a board member of the University School of Milwaukee, the South Florida Science Museum, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Palm Beach United Way. His interests include photography and oil painting. Mr. Gendelman is also co-author of a recent book entitled The Fishbowl Principle. He and his wife, Lori, have four grown children and reside in Palm Beach.
Mr. Gilmour is a founding partner of Barrick Gold Corporation, a founding partner of the Horsham Corp. (now Trizec Hahn Corp.) and a founding partner of Southern Pacific Hotel Corp. Mr. Gilmour is founder of Fiji Water LLC, the Wakaya Club in Fiji and the Wakaya Group of Companies, Fiji Islands. In 1999, he was made an officer of the Order of Fiji for his services to the Republic of Fiji. He received the US State Department 2004 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). Mr. Gilmour recently joined the board of directors of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. In 2005, he founded a media company, VIV Publishing LLC, and the first all-digital women’s magazine. Mr. Gilmour owns Zinio Digital Media LLC, the largest digital magazine, newsstand and software producer for interactive-rich digital media.
Mr. Golboro began his career in commercial property development as a broker salesman with Cushman & Wakefield in 1958. In 1964 he completed the assemblage of land that became the World Trade Center, and in 1966 developed the air rights over New York’s Penn Station, which became Madison Square Garden and Two Penn Plaza. Mr. Golboro resigned as senior vice president in 1968. Thereafter his significant developments included the use of air rights over Chicago’s Union Station, the South Riverside Plaza complex, and the Ogilvy Transportation Center in Chicago. He purchased other sales and management companies and merged them into Sudler & Co., specializing in condominiums and cooperatives. Mr. Golboro is a member of the board of directors of the Morse Geriatric Center and the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach and is chairman of the Palm Beach Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mr. Goldblum served as a councilman for the Town of Palm Beach for six years and on the Town of Palm Beach Medical Care Commission. He served in the US Army Air Force 1942-46. He was vice president and treasurer of Spectro Industries in Jenkintown, PA, from which he retired in 1985 after helping to take the company public in the 1970s. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Drug Association and on the boards of the Philadelphia Drug Exchange and the National Wholesale Drug Association. Mr. Goldblum is on the board of Morse Life, past president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and Commodore of the US Naval Institute. He also founded Temple Shalom, the first Jewish congregation in Broomall, PA, and served as its first president. Currently, Mr. Goldblum serves on the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Health Care Committee. Mr. Goldblum and his wife, Simone, have six children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ms. Goodman, an attorney, is president of Judy Goodman, PA, a public policy firm that consults for clients in issues in healthcare, strategy and research. She was vice president of Photo Electronics Corp. (1975-2003) and served as editorial director for their broadcast division, WPEC-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Palm Beaches. Ms. Goodman founded and served as first executive director and later chairman for the local arts council. She is a life trustee of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, a distinguished life trustee and former chairman of the South Florida Fair, and a board member of the Economic Council and of Palm Beach County Medical Society Services Inc. Ms. Goodman received her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and her JD and MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Goodman is adjunct professor of health care law in Florida Atlantic University’s Graduate Health Administration Program, College of Business (2011) and contributing editor of "One Town, Many Voices," the Palm Beach Civic Association's weekly editorial. She has lived in Palm Beach for more than 40 years and is married to J. John Goodman MD; they have two grown sons together.
Mr. Goodman founded the Goodman Company in 1958, a real estate development and investment concern headquartered in West Palm Beach. He is regarded as a pioneer of the regional super-mall concept. His company has developed, owned and managed shopping centers, regional malls and many other commercial properties totaling some 20 million square feet in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida (including 150 Worth and Neiman Marcus on Worth Avenue, and Phillips Point). Mr. Goodman has served on many philanthropic boards. He is a graduate and trustee of Lehigh University.
Mr. Gould was vice chairman of Klingenstein, Fields & Company (an investment management firm) since August 1989. From 1985 to 1988, he was undersecretary for finance of the Department of the Treasury. Prior to that, Mr. Gould was a general partner with Wertheim & Co., Inc., and chairman of Madison Resources. At the request of President Reagan, he chaired the Working Group on Financial Markets to examine the effect of the October 19, 1987, stock market crash. From 1963 to 1978, Mr. Gould was a partner and then chairman of Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette Securities Corp. He served as a director and then chairman of the Illinois Central Railway (1989-98) and as chairman of the American Hungarian Enterprise Fund for the US government in Budapest. He was the presiding director and the chair of the board’s governance and finance committees at Freddie Mac. Mr. Gould is a graduate of Andover, Yale, and the Harvard School of Business, and he was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by New York University.
For the past 10 years Mr. Van der Grift, a native Floridian, has been the president of First Serve of the Palm Beaches, a nonprofit organization that uses the game of tennis to teach life-skills to underserved children in Palm Beach County. He is on the board of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, and is a director of the Palm Beach Zoo. He and his wife, Joan, live in Palm Beach. They have three adult children.
In 1957, Mr. Guild was sent to New York by McGavren Radio, a San Francisco-based firm representing radio advertisers, to open their first East Coast office. By 1967, McGavren Radio had become McGavren Guild; by 1973, Mr. Guild had become the company’s president and COO. To offer increased communications and marketing expertise, he launched Interep Radio in 1981 as a holding company for independent rep firms under a corporate umbrella. In 1988, the company became the Interep Radio Store, a single source for radio advertising and marketing support services. As avenues for advertising expanded in the 1990s, Interep started Radio 2000 to increase the medium’s share of total advertising dollars; by 2000 it had become the largest sales and marketing company dedicated solely to radio advertising. Mr. Guild retired from Interep in 2007. He is currently an investor in internet radio station Accuradio.com and MacDonald Media, an advertising agency specializing in out-of-home media. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998 and is a member of the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media.
Mr. Haft is a shareholder in the law firm of Alley Maass Rogers & Lindsay in Palm Beach. He is a member of the board of directors of several local private foundations. He is also actively involved with numerous local nonprofit organizations. Mr. Haft is a graduate of the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and is a certified public accountant. He resides in Palm Beach with his wife, Allison, and their daughters, who are fourth-generation residents.
Mr. Halle is the founder and now chairman of Discount Tire Company. He began his career in sales (automotive, insurance, and a wholesale tire, battery and accessories business), and he opened the first Discount Tire store in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1960. Discount Tire Company is now the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer, with more than 800 stores in 23 states; it has received continued recognition for corporate excellence as one of the top private companies in Arizona. Mr. Halle and his wife, Diane, have supported medical causes such as St. Joseph’s Hospital and Scottsdale Healthcare’s Halle Pavilion in the Piper Cancer Center; education (University of Arizona and Arizona State University); and such cultural and civic organizations as the Center for the Future of Arizona, the Academy of Achievement and the Phoenix Symphony. The Halles are Patrons of the Arts for restoration of the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican. The Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation has established a scholarship program for the children of Discount Tire employees. Mr. Halle graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in business administration; a library there is now named in his honor and he received an honorary doctorate from the university. He and his Family Foundation recently received the Semper Fidelis Award for their contributions to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Mr. Harrington was a corporate attorney in Milwaukee, WI, before retiring in 1984. He served on the boards of several publicly listed and privately owned companies. He is a trustee of the Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way, serving as chairman of the allocation committee for 1998, 1999 and 2000. Mr. Harrington is also a member of the Society of the Four Arts and a former director and officer of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce. He attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Mr. Harris is the chairman of J.I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm he formed in 1998. Previously, he was in charge of the Midwest operation of Blair & Company before joining Salomon Brothers in 1969 as a general partner. He served as a member of the executive committee of Salomon Brothers 1978-83 and as a director of Phibro-Salomon. In 1988, he joined Lazard Freres & Company as a senior partner and member of its management committee. Mr. Harris is a life trustee of Northwestern University, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Corporation and the Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a life member of the board of directors of the Kravis Center, and is on the executive committee of the Town of Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way. He currently serves as a director of the Polk Brothers Charitable Foundation and the Big Shoulders Fund for the Chicago Parochial School System, is a member of the Kellogg Graduate School Advisory Board, and is a life director for the Chicago Public Library Foundation and for the National Center for Learning Disabilities in New York City. Mr. Harris is a 1959 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Mr. Healey is the Chairman and CEO of Affiliated Managers Group Inc. (NYSE: AMG), a global asset management company with over $430 billion in assets under management. Mr. Healey joined AMG in 1995 and has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2001. Mr. Healey holds a number of non-profit board positions, including serving as Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Essex Museum, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, and the Board of Trustees of the International Game Fish Association. In 2006, he was appointed to serve on the President’s Export Council, the nation’s principal advisory committee on international trade. Mr. Healey received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received an M.A. from University College, Dublin and an A.B. from Harvard College.
Mr. Held is president of JPBK Holdings, Inc., a private investment and real estate holding company. Prior to this, he joined the Home Shopping Network in 1995 as president/CEO. In 1997, he was named vice chairman of the parent company, USA Networks, Inc., and in 1998 was named chairman/CEO of HSN, Inc. Prior to his tenure at HSN/USA, he was president/CEO of Adrienne Vittadini, Inc., and executive vice president of QVC, Inc. Before joining QVC, he spent 11 years with Bloomingdale’s. He is chairman of the James Held and Kenn Karakul Charitable Foundation and is a member of the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Martha’s Vineyard, the Society of the Four Arts, the Preservation Foundation and the Conservation Fund. Mr. Held is a graduate of Allegheny College and holds a JD from Albany Law School at Union University.
Mr. Hennessy served as chairman of the board and CEO of Allied Signal, Inc., 1979-93. Prior to that, he was executive vice president, a director, and a member of the executive committee of the United Technologies Corp. Mr. Hennessy was a financial consultant to the Vatican and a former director of six NYSE companies. He served two terms on the Federal Reserve Bank New York and six years on the Export-Import Bank. He is a trustee of Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way, where he co-chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for three years, and is a director. He served on the Shore Protection Board for the Town of Palm Beach and also served on the Investment Advisory Committee. Mr. Hennessy was vice-chairman of the national March of Dimes and is a former 14-year chairman and a trustee of his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has several honorary degrees and is a Knight of Malta, Knight of St. Gregory and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
Mr. Holuba graduated magna cum laude from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in accounting and, as an offensive guard for the football team, played in two Orange Bowl National Championship games. He received his JD from the Law School of the University of Virginia and is a member of the New Jersey and Florida Bars. After gaining extensive tax law experience while working at Coopers and Lybrand, Mr. Holuba joined his family’s manufacturing business and, as manager, diversified into venture capital investing in both public and private sectors. He developed ski areas, golf courses, amusement parks, hotels, spas and scuba-diving resorts. He was also a private investor in medical imagery, micro-brewing, real estate and financial securities. Mr. Holuba manages his investments from offices in Sarasota (FL) and in New Jersey. He resides in Palm Beach with Ms. Susan Furman. They are involved with the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and numerous other organizations and charities. Mr. Holuba is chairman of the Civic Association Port/Peanut Island Committee. He has five children and three grandchildren.
Mr. Jacobi has held the position of chairman of the supervisory board of one of the largest investment banks in Germany, HSBC Trinkhaus & Burkhardt KGaA, since 1998. He is now honorary chairman. Previously, he served as the bank’s chairman of managing partners. In addition, Mr. Jacobi was a managing partner of BHF Bank in Frankfurt and an executive vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank. He is a director of Southern Union Company, Houston; Droege International Group AG, Dusseldorf; and Actebis AG, Zurich. He is also honorary president of the German-American Federation Steuben-Schurz, Dusseldorf. He was educated at Rutgers University School of Business and New York University School of Business and is a graduate of Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany.
Ambassador Javits, born in New York City, graduated from the Choate School, from Columbia College, and from the Law School at Columbia University. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1955 and later to the Bar of the US Supreme Court. He began his legal career with Javits & Javits, founded by his father and his uncle, the late Sen. Jacob K. Javits. He conducted an international practice as senior partner of the firm (1964-89), then left the practice of law to serve as Ambassador-Designate to Venezuela and a consultant in the US Department of State until 1990. He devoted himself to cultural and civic activities until 2000, when President George W. Bush named Mr. Javits to the Conference on Disarmament in 2000 and then to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2003-09). His civic activities have included service as president and as chairman of the Spanish Institute and on the boards of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, the French Institute-Alliance Française and Cardozo Law School. King Carlos I of Spain conferred decorations on Mr. Javits in 1981 and in 1990. He is the author of SOS New York—A City in Distress (Dial Press, 1961). Mr. Javits and his wife, Dr. Margaretha Espersson, long-time residents of Manhattan, now maintain homes in Sweden and in Palm Beach. He has two children.
A lifelong resident of Palm Beach County, Mr. Johnson is an insurance industry veteran; he was president and shareholder of Cornelius Johnson & Clark, Inc. In 1976, he founded Flagler National Bank and later was its chairman, before selling the bank to SunTrust Bank and then serving on the South Florida board of SunTrust. He is currently managing partner of Flagler Center and president of Johnson Investment Group and Johnson Farms, Inc. A graduate of Duke University, he is a member of the board of visitors of Duke University Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Advisory Board and the board of trustees of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Most recently, he and his wife, Pat, provided funds to open the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum. The Johnson's have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Jordan graduated from Harvard College. Following four years of service in the Navy as a lieutenant, he graduated from the Harvard Business School and began his investment career at Putnam Management Company as a security analyst. He served as investment manager for Putnam’s Vista, Equities, Voyager and Option Income Mutual Funds as a senior vice president. In 1978 he founded Hellman, Jordan Management Company and currently serves as its chairman with principal responsibility for market strategy and the firm’s limited partnerships. His board service includes Harvard University (as an overseer and as co-chairman of the major gifts committee), the Harvard College Dean’s Council, the President’s Council of Massachusetts General Hospital, overseer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts and of the Belmont Hill School. Mr. Jordan is married and has three children.
Mr. Kazeminy is chairman of NJK Holding Corporation, a privately held investment company he founded and owns, which has concentrated in the information services and software industries. In the last 20 years, NJK Holding has started and acquired a large number of companies, including Minneapolis Leasing Corporation, Drake Prometric, XP Systems Corporation, CENTRA Benefit Services, Quorum Group Inc., Digital Insight Corporation, Certiport and Creative Publishing International. Mr. Kazeminy has for many years been active in humanitarian and charitable causes, earning him the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1995 and the American Legends Award in 2001. His special interests include support of children and orphanages, cancer treatment, drug rehabilitation and education.
Mr. Koch is executive vice president of the manufacturing and energy business Koch Industries, the largest private company in the country. He earned his BS and MS in chemical engineering from MIT. His contributions to MIT have established the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Koch has contributed to organizations and programs that promote cancer research, enhance medical centers and support educational institutions, as well as to programs that sustain arts and cultural institutions. In 2004, Mr. Koch received a presidential appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute, and he has been honored by the New York Academy of Medicine for his support of biomedical research, healthcare and education. He also serves on more than 20 nonprofit boards including the Whitehead Institute, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Museum of Natural History, the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress and the Cato Institute. Mr. Koch and his wife, Julia, founded the Food Allergy Initiative, which raises money for treating life-threatening food allergies. They are residents of New York City and Palm Beach.
Mr. Kohl has his own diversified company, which has been located in Palm Beach for the past 30 years. Prior to that, in Wisconsin, he was chairman of the Kohl Corporation (NYSE). He served as chairman of Good Samaritan Medical Center and then became founding chairman of Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals (Intracoastal Health Systems). He is a past chairman of the Community Chest/United Way, past chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and past chairman of the Red Feather Campaign. He is a former president of the Palm Beach Country Club. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Ms. Kramer is a Broadway producer with an extensive background in the world of finance and theater. As president of Remarkable Partners LP, her Broadway credits include Good News, I Love My Wife, The Crucifer of Blood (London Society of the West End Theatre Best Play 1978), Sugar Babies, A Meeting by the River, Nick and Nora, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (Tony Award 2002), Movin’ Out (Tony Award 2003), Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Come Fly Away, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Evita. Her off-Broadway credits include Knock Knock, Becket/Albee, The Play about Baby, Gutenberg! The Musical!, and Reefer Madness. Ms. Kramer’s major trusteeships and directorships include New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Preservation Society of Palm Beach, the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture, and the Broadway League. She is married to film producer Nick Simunck.
Mr. Kravis is co-founder (in1976), co-chairman and co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Prior to founding KKR, Mr. Kravis was a partner at Bear Stearns & Company (1969-76). He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of First Data Corporation and China International Capital Corporation Ltd. He also serves as a director or trustee of several cultural and educational institutions, including the Partnership for New York City, Mount Sinai Hospital, Columbia Graduate School of Business (co-chairman), Rockefeller University (vice chairman), Claremont McKenna College, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kravis is founder (in 1996) and co-chairman of the New York City Investment Fund and founded the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Lamb, a corporate attorney in Palm Beach, has more than 30 years of corporate legal experience across a wide spectrum of industries. He concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, creditors’ rights and corporate restructurings. Prior to 2005, Mr. Lamb was a partner at the Boston-based law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, where he served as chair of its commercial law and corporate restructurings practice. Mr. Lamb is the president of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Palm Beach Day Academy and on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, the Washington & Lee University Alumni Association, the Angel Investment Forum of Florida, and the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. He has published numerous articles on a variety of legal subjects and is a frequent lecturer and commentator. Mr. Lamb, his wife, Karyn, and their son, Nelson, live in Palm Beach.
Mr. Lappin is founder, music director and conductor of the Palm Beach Pops, which debuted at the Kravis Center in 1992. Mr. Lappin and the Pops appear in an annual subscription series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Florida Atlantic University. He also serves as guest conductor for symphonic pops orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is the former chairman and president of Lappin Communications, Inc., which owns radio stations. Mr. Lappin is former chairman and president of Pepsi-Cola bottling companies in New England and has served on many corporate and philanthropic boards throughout the United States. He received the first Cultural Leader of the Year Award and was named a Distinguished Artist Scholar-in-Residence by Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and currently the senior member of its board of directors. He was president of The Estée Lauder Companies from 1972 to 1995, chief executive from 1982 to 1999, and chairman from 1995 through June 2009. He is a charter trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the board of governors of its Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. He became a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its chairman emeritus. He is co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of The Aspen Institute, Chairman of The Aspen Institute International Committee, and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mr. Lauder also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Sir Geoffrey is chairman of Leigh Academies Trust (2009--); he was previously the director of Arrow Property Investments Ltd. (2000-06) and chairman of Allied London Properties PLC (1987-98; managing director, 1970-87). He was the managing director (1965) and then chairman (1980-98) of Sterling Homes Ltd. Sir Geoffrey was an underwriting member of Lloyds (1973-97) and served on the Advisory Board of American University (Washington, DC), on the Royal Fine Arts Commission on Art and Architecture Education Trust, and on the Wellbeing Council. In 1987, Sir Geoffrey founded the Friends of the British Library, where he is now sponsor and vice president (2000--). He was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School and the University of Michigan. He was knighted in 1990. Sir Geoffrey is a member of St. George’s Society of New York, the Society of the Four Arts, and the Palm Beach Country Club and Palm Beach Yacht Club.
Mr. Leone’s career has progressed from certified public accountant to a world-class hotelier at The Breakers Palm Beach, a 114-year old company with 1,800 associates. He was appointed president of this historic Italian Renaissance property in 1994. In New York, Mr. Leone’s family owned and operated five local motels and two restaurants. He went on to study accounting at college, graduating from the University of Kentucky. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in Louisville and later relocated to their offices in West Palm Beach, where he worked with various hospitality accounts, including The Breakers. Mr. Leone joined The Breakers in 1985 as controller and was later promoted to vice president and CFO. Most recently, he was appointed director of Flagler System, Inc., and The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc. Mr. Leone’s community leadership has been recognized by the United Way (Business Leadership Award, 2002; Alexis de Tocqueville Award, 2003), Northwood University (Outstanding Business Leader of the Year, 2006), and the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce (Business Leader of the Year Award, 2009). He is married and has four sons.
Mr. Levitt is the chairman and CEO of Precyse, the leading national provider of Health Information Management (HIM) services and technologies, setting the company’s strategic direction and overseeing its worldwide operations. Precyse manages health information systems in support of healthcare systems and health data integrity. Mr. Levitt founded Precyse in 1999 to explore innovative solutions through technologies (e.g., the Internet and automated speech recognition) to change how healthcare providers capture and document their work. The company has grown through acquisition and organic development to be a leading source for comprehensive services and technologies in the HIM industry. Mr. Levitt previously built four companies in the healthcare sector, including Johnson Rents, a regional durable medical equipment company; Foster Medical Corporation, a roll-up of durable medical equipment organizations; Heritage Health Systems, Inc., which integrated several HMOs; and Orthopedic Services, Inc., a publicly owned provider of artificial limbs and braces. He was also a founding director of NovaCare, rehabilitation providers in inpatient, outpatient and long-term care settings, which bought Orthopedic Services in 1992. Mr. Levitt remained with NovaCare until becoming a private investor in 1994 and then founding Precyse. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Levitt holds a BS in economics; he later obtained a law degree from Villanova University. He is both an attorney and a CPA.
Mr. Lickle is president and CEO of Chilton Trust Company, LLC. Prior to joining Chilton, he was regional president of Lehman Brothers Trust Company and managing director of Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman. After the Barclays acquisition of Lehman Brothers, Mr. Lickle was a managing director of Barclays Wealth. He served as chairman and CEO of U.S. Trust Company of Florida before joining Lehman. He was a partner with the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart PA (now known as Gunster) and started his career as a managing partner of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam, & Roberts (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop). Mr. Lickle is a director and member of the executive committee of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as treasurer and chairman of the finance committee. He is a board member of the Everglades Foundation, a member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center Leadership Council in Cleveland (OH) and Weston (FL), and a founding member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council on Psychiatry. Mr. Lickle is a past chairman of the Town of Palm Beach Shore Protection Board. He received his BA and MBA from Rollins College, and his JD from the University of Richmond.
Mrs. Lickle is currently the owner of 727 Ltd. Interiors and a director of the Society of the Four Arts. She was founder of the Pink Ladies, the first volunteer group formed at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. While a resident of Wilmington, DE, she served as vice president and executive committee member of the junior board of the Memorial Hospital for 15 years, and was a founding member and chair of the Holly Ball Foundation to benefit the Wilmington Medical Center for 12 years. She and her husband, William, purchased their first home in Palm Beach in 1973.
Ms. Liman, a painter, has owned the Liman Gallery in Palm Beach for 10 years and has a studio in West Palm Beach. In New York, under Mayors Koch and Dinkins, she was the executive director and then a member of the NYC Advisory Commission for Cultural Affairs, and served as its chair (1991-93). She was a founding trustee of the International Center for Photography and is currently a trustee of the Jewish Museum and the Westchester Arts Council. Ms. Liman is a member of the Mayor’s Committee for New York City, appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, and a past board member of many cultural organizations in New York City, such as the American Federation of the Arts and the National Academy of Design. In Palm Beach, she is a member of the Society of the Four Arts and a supporter of many local cultural organizations, including the Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Dramaworks, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, WXEL, the Palm Beach Cultural Council, and the Norton Museum of Art. She is the author of seven books published by major publishers on interior design and collecting. She received a BA in art history from Barnard College and attended the New York School of Interior Design. Her husband, Arthur L. Liman, is deceased.
Ms. Lindsay is currently semi-retired but remains active in commercial real estate holdings in Washington, Florida, Minnesota and Maine. From 1994 to 2004 she was a principal at Pine Street Development LLC in Seattle, where she held senior positions in leasing and project management for Pacific Place, an urban mixed-use development. Ms. Lindsay had previously been vice president of operations for Automatic Data Processing in Seattle, and COO of General Information LLC, a startup software publishing company in Kirkland, WA. She is a founding board member of Women & Democracy and a board member of PONCHO, the Seattle arts and cultural organization. Ms. Lindsay has served on the Town of Palm Beach Shore Protection Board since 2008 and is the founder of the Lionfish Derby, an international fishing tournament held annually in the Bahamas to reduce the number of invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish in Caribbean waters. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. Ms. Lindsay earned a BA in biology from Cornell University specializing in ecology and systematics. She and her husband have one son and live in Palm Beach.
Mr. Mack is a founding partner of The Mack Company, a New Jersey-based commercial real estate development firm. He serves on the boards of Hofstra University and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Foundation and is currently assistant police commissioner for the Nassau County Police Department.
Mr. Mack is the founder and chairman of AREA Property Partners (formerly Apollo Real Estate Advisors). The AREA Funds have collectively invested in more than $50 billion of diversified real estate ventures in 25 countries. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, a publicly traded REIT that owns and operates office and office/flex buildings in the northeast U.S. He is president and CEO of the Mack Organization, a national owner, investor and developer of warehouse and retail facilities. Mr. Mack is a director of Premier American Bank, NA, and a member of the regional advisory board of JP Morgan Chase. He is a past chairman of the Long Island Power Authority, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Development Corporation of New York, and the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. Mr. Mack is the vice chair of the board of overseers of the Wharton School, where he received the Dean’s Medal; a former vice chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s board of trustees; and a former vice chair of the Wharton Real Estate Center Advisory Board. He is chairman of the board of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and vice chairman of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, serving on its executive committee; he is also a trustee and member of the executive committee of Lenox Hill Hospital. Mr. Mack attended Brooklyn Technical High School, the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Business and Finance, and the School of Business of New York University.
Mrs. Mahoney is a co-founder and chairman of the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute in Boston, MA, and is a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a director of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and the Charles A. Dana Foundation, and a former director of the Neurosciences Institute of New York. Mrs. Mahoney serves on the national board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as on the honorary board of the Boys Club of New York. In Palm Beach, she is a board member of the Hospice Foundation and the Preservation Foundation. Mrs. Mahoney has been honored by the American Ireland Fund and the Boys’ Club of New York, received the Bronze Keystone Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and received the Woman of Distinction Award from Birmingham Southern College and from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has honorary degrees from Birmingham Southern College, AL, and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Mr. Manning is chairman emeritus of JWT Worldwide (formerly J. Walter Thompson Co.), the world’s first and best-known advertising agency. He is now principal of Brookbound Inc., a strategic and marketing consultancy. During his tenure as chairman and CEO of JWT, the agency more than doubled in size, to 228 offices in 77 countries, serving more than 1000 clients, including Ford Motor Co., Unilever, Kraft, Kellogg, Nestle, Heinz, Pepsico, Rolex and DeBeers. JWT/USA was named Agency of the Year and voted Best All-round Agency for three consecutive years in a nationwide survey of US advertisers. As chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Mr. Manning called for self-regulation by political consultants to eliminate misleading and outright false political advertising. His speech was cited over 400 times in national media. He also served as director of the American Advertising Federation, director of the Advertising Educational Foundation and chairman of the National Advertising Review Council. He twice served as chairman of the US Savings Bonds National Marketing Division. He is the only person elected to both the Advertising Hall of Fame and National Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame, named Creative Executive of the year and Advertising Executive of the Year, and featured in the Wall Street Journal Creative Leaders campaign. He has served as trustee of numerous pro bono organizations: the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, Paley Center for Media, National Actors Theater, UJA/Federation Marketing Division, New School for Social Research, Mystic Museum and Neurosciences Research Foundation. He attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program and holds an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute.
Mr. Matthews, a native Floridian, has been involved with investments and venture capital activities for more than 35 years. His interests have ranged from energy and real estate to technology and entertainment. For the last decade, Mr. Matthews has been increasingly committed to not-for-profit and charitable concerns. He currently serves on the board of the Palm Beach Day Academy, is treasurer for the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, and is chairman of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Mr. Matthews also serves as a life trustee of the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA.
Mrs. McConnell has been in real estate since she moved to Palm Beach and founded Jayne Duncan Firman Real Estate in 1979. In 1998 she sold the firm to Brown Harris Stevens, and after a sabbatical in Virginia, she returned to Palm Beach in 2003 as a broker associate with Brown Harris Stevens. She served as a director and president of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors and president of the Planned Parenthood Guild of Palm Beach. She was a founding member of the Palm Beach chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and served on the board for 15 years. Beginning her career as a model for Elizabeth Arden, she then managed beauty salons for Elizabeth Ardenand served as vice president of Seligman & Latz and as senior vice president at Glemby International. She and her husband, Richard, live in Palm Beach.
Mr. McIver is a private investor. He is retired from Kraft Foods International, where he was senior vice president of marketing and strategic planning. He was group vice president of General Foods International and held several brand management assignments at Procter & Gamble. He has served as board member and advisor to nonprofit organizations, including Town of Palm Beach United Way, Feeding South Florida, the World Affairs Council, the Lord’s Place, New York Young Audiences and the Croquet Foundation of America. He is a past member of the Guggenheim Museum’s International Development Council and the Commanderie de Bordeaux Wine Society. A graduate of Michigan State University, he has been guest lecturer at Harvard, Dartmouth and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Pamela, have residences in Palm Beach and Sag Harbor, NY.
Mr. McLaughlin began his career in radio in 1958 as a salesman for an Oakland radio station. In 1964, ABC hired him as general sales manager for KGO/San Francisco, one of the area's first news/talk stations; he became general manager in 1966. In 1972, ABC transferred Mr. McLaughlin to New York to become president of the ABC Radio Networks. During his 14-year tenure, he greatly increased the number of ABC affiliates and purchased Watermark, a radio syndication company. In 1987, Mr. McLaughlin founded EFM Radio, a production company devoted to talk radio and, in 1988, he produced the Rush Limbaugh Show. By 1990, this daytime talk show centering on political issues had become a fixture on over 200 stations, ultimately airing on over 500 stations. Through EFM Radio, Mr. McLaughlin also produced and syndicated the Dr. Dean Edell Show, a medical talk show that airs on over 400 stations. In 1998, he became chairman of the board at the Broadcaster's Foundation, an organization devoted to helping broadcasters in need. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Paley Center for Media and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
S. Christopher Meigher III
Mr. Meigher is the CEO of Meigher Communications LP and Quest Media LLC. Prior to the 1993 founding of Meigher Communications, publisher of Garden Design, Saveur, Quest and Friends magazines, he spent 23 years at Time Inc. He served there as the president of Time Inc. Magazines and was directly responsible for Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, Life, Entertainment Weekly, and Money. Mr. Meigher was the second publisher of People, president of Time Distribution Services, co-founder and chairman of American Family Publishers, and the CEO and founder of Time Publishing Ventures, which launched Parenting, Health, Cooking Light and Martha Stewart Living. He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Meigher has served on the boards of America Online, Inc., Book-of-the-Month Club, Home Box Office, Sunset Publishing Company, the Boys’ Club of New York and Episcopal Charities. He is a trustee of American Ballet Theatre and the Mayor’s Fund of New York.
Mr. Meister spent his career in the insurance industry retiring from Aon Group as Vice Chairman in 2009. He currently serves as Vice Chairman Emeritus and Consultant to Aon Corporation. Mr. Meister is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of corporate risk management and has been a distinguished member of the global risk management community for the past 40 years. Mr. Meister is noted for his corporate, civic and philanthropic contributions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ramco-Gershenson Inc., and a member of the Board of Trustees of Centerline Holdings. He has been the recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award from Brandeis University, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor from The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University from which he graduated in 1964, and the Haym Solomon Award from the Anti-Defamation League. He is a long time resident of Palm Beach.
Mr. Michel retired after 35 years in corporate management in the metalworking and electronics industries. He most recently served as chairman of the board and CEO of Stanadyne, Inc., in Windsor, CT. He is a former vice chairman of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, chairman of the board of trustees of the Admiral Farragut Academy and a director of numerous private corporations. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Michel received the 1980 MIT Corporate Management Leadership Award.
Born in Boston, MA, Mr. Miller graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in economics and did his postgraduate work in business and engineering at Northeastern University, Boston College and MIT. He held line and staff positions at Raytheon Company before being promoted to the corporate staff. Mr. Miller was executive vice president of a large New England food processing company, and then was recruited to be president and CEO of Cellu Products Company, which he later purchased. The company, based in North Carolina, manufactured specialty papers, polyolefin films and foams for packaging products and raw materials for converters of disposable hospital, surgical and health care products. Mr. Miller invented and patented several of the products of the company, which had manufacturing plants in NC, CT, PA, IL, MS and Germany. He has been a board member of the Sealed Air Corporation, the Laird Group and several privately held companies. He has also served on the boards of such professional and industry organizations as the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has been a trustee of Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina, is a life trustee of the Kravis Center, and is a member of the Palm Beach Crime Watch board and executive committee. Mr. Miller and his wife, Harriet, have lived in Palm Beach for 27 years. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Milliken was educated at the Groton School and received a BA in industrial management from Clemson University; he also graduated from the Columbia University Advanced Executive MBA Program. From 1970 to 1977 Mr. Milliken was with Marshall Field & Co. (now Macy’s) in various management positions, ending as merchandise manager for accessories. From 1977 to 2000 he was with Boise Cascade Corporation, ending as senior vice president and CEO of Boise Cascade Office Products. He then served as president and CEO of OfficeMax, retiring in 2005. Mr. Milliken has served on the board of the Groton School Annual Fund, including five years as chairman, and on the executive board of the Chicago Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Nancy, became Palm Beach residents in 2008, and have two adult children.
Ms. Murphy is vice president at Wilmington Trust, NA Wealth Advisory Services. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2011, she was in private practice for 20 years, serving as principal of the Law Office of Elizabeth S. Murphy, P.A. for 11 years, where she represented small businesses and individuals on contracts, real estate, banking, corporate and intellectual property matters. She worked as a commercial litigator for international law firm, Paul, Landy et al. in Miami; as legal counsel to a fashion holding company Alec Berman and Son in London; as in house legal counsel to couturier Valentino in Rome and as counsel and corporate officer to the VBH Group of Companies in Manhattan and then in Palm Beach. Ms. Murphy presently serves on the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission, the board of the Cornell Club of Eastern Florida, the Norton Museum Planned Giving Advisory Committee and as a life member of the St. Edward Women’s Guild. She previously served on the Palm Beach Planning and Zoning Commission, the board and executive committee of the Palm Beach Civic Association, the board of the Palm Beach Opera Guild, as a Crime Watch block captain and on committees for the Palm Beach Day Academy, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches and the American Lung Association. Ms. Murphy holds her JD from Cornell Law School and her BA from the University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa). She earned a summer Spanish certificate from Eurocentres in Madrid, Spain. She has resided in Palm Beach with her daughter, Lilyeve, since 2000.
Mrs. Murray, a resident of Palm Beach for over 35 years, has long been active in civic and charitable affairs. She is a past director of the Garden Club of America and a past member of the Palm Beach Planning and Zoning Commission. She has served as the president of the Garden Club of Palm Beach, treasurer and civic affairs chairman, assistant treasurer of the Garden Club of America, and president and treasurer of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. She has a BA from Rosemont College and an MBA from Barry University. She was formerly an associate editor of The Saturday Evening Post and an assistant managing editor of Ladies’ Home Journal.
Mr. Nederlander has been the managing member of the Nederlander Company LLC, which owns and operates theaters outside of metropolitan New York; an officer/director of Nederlander Organization Inc., which operates theaters in New York City; and president of Nederlander Television and Film Productions, Inc. He is a limited partner in the New York Yankees Partnership. He served for 16 years as an elected regent for the University of Michigan and was a member of the National Council on Educational Research. Mr. Nederlander graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955 with a BA in economics, earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1958 and received an honorary doctorate of law in 1990. He has also received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the Presidential Society Service Citation. He is a fellow of both the ABA and the State Bar of Michigan.
Mr. Ober, chairman of Sotheby’s Southeast and senior vice president for business development, began with Sotheby’s in 1977. His primary responsibility is for private client, bank and attorney business in the Florida region. He also continues to do appraisal work for the fine arts department as well as business development throughout the Southeast. Mr. Ober graduated from the Sotheby’s Institute in 1976 and worked for Sotheby’s Impressionist Paintings department in London. He opened Sotheby’s Washington, DC, office in 1978. He has served as co-chair of the Florida Art in Focus Committee, trustee and grand sponsor of the Community Foundation (co-chairman of its environmental committee), trustee of the Preservation Foundation and of the Society of the Four Arts, and a member of the host committee for the Everglades Foundation. He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Polly, and their three children.
Mr. Olson is the chairman emeritus of the board of the Hertz Corporation. In 1980, he was chosen as executive vice president of RCA Corporation, then parent company of Hertz. In 1987, he was elected chairman and CEO of Allegis Corporation, and president and CEO of United Airlines, while maintaining his positions with Hertz. Mr. Olson is also a director with the Amerada Hess Corporation and Franklin Templeton Investments. He is an executive committee member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and a member of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He is a graduate of City College in San Francisco.
Ms. Olsson is the president/owner broker of Linda R. Olsson, Inc., Realtor – an independent, locally owned real estate firm established in 1989, with 23 years of experience listing, selling, and leasing Palm Beach's finest residences, from pieds-à-terre to oceanfront estates. Ms. Olsson served as a director of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors, 1995-97. Born and raised in Boston, she began her career as a paralegal in Boston, and thereafter in Palm Beach. Prior to opening her real estate firm, she was the executive assistant to the late Orin E. Atkins, president/CEO of Ashland Oil, Inc. Ms. Olsson is an active member of the Palm Beach community, a 21-year member of the Palm Beach Civic Association, a member and supporter of the Preservation Foundation, and a founding member of the Palm Beach/Flagler Rotary Club, where she was club secretary for three years and received a Paul Harris Fellow Award. Ms. Olsson has served on the United Way’s Business and Professional Campaign Committee since 1995. She is also a member of the Palm Beach DAR and the Norton Museum of Art, and a sustaining member of the Palm Beach Junior League. She resides on Pendleton Avenue, where she purchased her home in 1998.
Ambassador Ourisman returned to Washington in 2009 after serving as US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, a total of seven countries simultaneously. Previously, she concentrated her efforts in supporting the arts and in community involvement. She served on numerous boards including the Smithsonian, the Washington Opera, American Ballet Theater, Blair House, and Meridian International, and she was appointed to the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees by President George W. Bush. Ambassador Ourisman has chaired numerous fund-raising events, including those for historic Mount Vernon, the Washington Ballet, James Smithson Society, and the Washington National Symphony; she was chairman of the American Red Cross Gala. She is also an active participant in the Save Venice Society, the Venetian Heritage Foundation, the Prince of Wales Foundation, and the Council of American Ambassadors. Ambassador Ourisman received a BS at the University of Texas in Austin. She is married to Mandell J. Ourisman, chairman of Ourisman Automotive Enterprises. She has one son and one granddaughter.
Mr. Parven retired as a senior vice president of Aetna, Inc., a firm focused on health care and pensions. He currently serves as a director of Alexion Pharmaceutical Inc., headquartered in Cheshire, CT, where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He is currently chairman of the General Employees Retirement Board of the Town of Palm Beach. He is a former board member of the State Wide Health Corp. (SHCC) of the state of Connecticut and Hebrew Health Care in Connecticut. He is a past president of the Youth Baseball and Basketball Club of West Hartford (CT) and Banyan Golf Club in Florida. Mr. Parven graduated from Northeastern University and attended the Harvard School of Public Health. He and his wife, Sandy, spend their time between Palm Beach and Avon, CT. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.
Mr. Patterson holds the Guinness record for the most number-one New York Times bestsellers and was featured in 2010 on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, which said he had “transformed book publishing.” He created and sponsors the website Readkiddoread.com to help parents, teachers and librarians turn thousands of children into readers. Mr. Patterson’s College Book Bucks provides books for students about to enter college, and he will donate over 100,000 books to the military overseas this year. He has established scholarships in education at 11 schools, including Vanderbilt University, the University of Wisconsin, Manhattan College and Tulane University. Readkiddoread.com was the winner of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading prize. Mr. Patterson’s awards for adult and children’s literature include the Edgar Award, the International Thriller of the Year Award, and the Children’s Choice Award for “Author of the Year.” Mr. Patterson received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He joined the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and rose to the position of CEO. He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Sue, and his son, Jack.
Mr. Poppel is a private investor. He served as managing director of Broadview Associates, an information technology (IT) mergers and acquisition firm, 1985-96. Previously, he managed the worldwide IT and information systems management consulting practices at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., and served on Booz, Allen’s board. Mr. Poppel was a four-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur-of-the-Year judge in New Jersey and Northern California, and co-authored Information Technology: The Trillion-Dollar Opportunity, published in 1987. He currently serves on the executive committee and board of the Israel Cancer Association and is on the Vice President’s Council of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Mr. Poppel received his BS and MS degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife, Lee, live in Palm Beach and Tiburon, CA; they have two children and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Pressly is a partner in Pressly Designs and was formerly an oncological therapist for Drs. Harris, McKeen & Rothschild. She has been a resident of Palm Beach for 41 years and is past president of the Palm Beach Tennis Association and past vice president of Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association. She served as a board member of the Palm Beach Recreational Center and helped organize three Palm Beach Follies. Mrs. Pressly served as a eucharistic minister at St. Edwards’ Catholic Church. She is a director on the Gator Boosters Board, a board member of the University of Florida Foundation, of the University of Florida Women’s Leadership Council and of the advisory committee for the University of Florida. She is a board member of First Serve of the Palm Beaches, a member of the Palm Beach Garden Club and on the board of Pine Jog. Mrs. Pressly earned her BA at the University of Florida and MS from Nova University. She and her husband, Jamie, have three children and three granddaughters.
Mr. Rampell is the president and CEO of Rampell & Rampell, PA, a certified public accounting firm in Palm Beach. Mr. Rampell has over 35 years of continuous experience in providing comprehensive services to a wide array of clients, including a specialization in large real estate and financial organizations. He is the author of numerous articles on accounting and tax matters. He has written a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal entitled “By the Books,” and he co-authored Tax Aspects of Divorce in Florida, published by the National Business Institute, Inc. He is a trustee of the National Public Radio, Inc. Foundation. He graduated from Princeton University with honors (AB) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA).
Mr. Randolph is a partner with the law firm of Mettler, Shelton, Randolph, Carroll & Sterlacci, PL. He serves on the board of the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults, the Town of Palm Beach United Way, the Royal Poinciana Chapel and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Mr. Randolph earned a BS/BA from the University of Florida in 1994, a JD from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997, and an LLM in taxation from the Boston University School of Law in 1999. He and his wife, Alice, have two daughters.
Mr. Rau has been a resident of Palm Beach since 1993. He is currently a senior vice president of Chilton Trust Management, LLC, in Palm Beach. Prior to joining Chilton in 2010, he was a director of Barclays Wealth and a senior vice president of Lehman Brothers Trust Company. He had previously been a shareholder specializing in trusts and estate law at Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart. Mr. Rau is a director and the secretary of the American Cancer Society, Town of Palm Beach; a director of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation; a member of the East Coast Estate Planning Council and of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section, Family Trust Company subcommittee. He received an AB (cum laude) from Hamilton College and a JD and LLM (in taxation) from the NYU School of Law.
Mr. Reid is the senior resident officer responsible for Bessemer’s Palm Beach office and a senior client account manager in Palm Beach. Since joining Bessemer Trust in 2000, he has been a senior account manager and team leader in the New York office, chairman of the Bank’s Officers Committee and a member of the Bessemer Trust Operations Advisory Panel. Prior to Bessemer Trust, Mr. Reid was with Brundage, Story and Rose for 19 years as a principal and senior portfolio manager. He was a co-chairman of the Investment Policy Committee and a member of the Research Department’s Consumer Working Group, and chaired the firm’s operations committee. Prior to Brundage, Mr. Reid was a portfolio manager for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and was a registered representative with White, Weld & Company. He has a BS from Tufts University and an MBA from New York University and is a chartered financial analyst, chartered investment counselor and a member of the Financial Analysts Federation. Mr. Reid is a member of the board of directors of the Fresh Air Fund of New York. He and his wife, Diane, have five children and are avid sailors, skiers and tennis players.
Mr. Reiter is the president of Michael Reiter and Associates, a Palm Beach based security and investigative firm providing global protection and advisory for individuals and organizations. After over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. Reiter retired as the eighth Chief of Police for the Town of Palm Beach. He was the founder of the Palm Beach Citizens and Teen Police Academies, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and the Town of Palm Beach Emergency Response Team. Mr. Reiter served on the Executive Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force and was the chairperson of the Palm Beach County Presidential Election Security Task Force. Mr. Reiter received a Master of Science from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Atlantic University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program. Mr. Reiter has published articles and lectured on the topics of leadership, terrorism, crisis management and the investigation of crimes against high net worth individuals. He is a director of the Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Palm Beach Kiwanis Club. Mr. Reiter received the Palm Beach Civic Association Raymond J. Kunkle Award, the Town of Palm Beach Employee of the Year award, the Worth Avenue Association Above and Beyond award and the Palm Beach Atlantic University Distinguished Alumni award. He and his wife, Janet reside in Palm Beach.
Mr. Robbins is of counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; he has been affiliated with the law firm since 1968. He has also been the president and CEO of Sterling Capital Corporation, Highland Capital Corporation, and Marathon Securities Corporation, all of which were public closed-end investment companies, and a director of several public companies. Mr. Robbins served as a general partner of Gaymark Associates and Hopewell Partners, both private investment partnerships. He has been a trustee of Columbia University and a member of its finance and investment committees, and is currently a trustee emeritus. Mr. Robbins has been an officer, director and member of the executive committee of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and is a member of its investment committee. He also serves as a member of the Council for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and its investment committee, and he is a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Mr. Rose was raised in Richmond, VA, and practiced commercial real estate law for 33 years, retiring as a partner from the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 2003. He currently serves as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Palm Beach and has acted as a guardian ad litem for sheltered children in Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit. He is a past member of the board of managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. In New York, he served as president of the board of two co-op corporations and as president of the Onteora Club in upstate New York. In Richmond, Mr. Rose was president of the Westhampton Citizens Association and served as counsel to the William Byrd Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and from the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Rose served with the US Marine Corps in Vietnam. He and his wife, Ross, live in Palm Beach and have two married children and one grandchild.
Mr. Rose is currently a partner in Edward Rose and Sons. He is a former chairman of Fidelity Bank in Birmingham (MI) and an executive vice president with Advance Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Rose is a trustee of the Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way, a board member of the Palm Beach Symphony and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, and a former board member of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Educational Community, Madonna University and the Visiting Nurse Association of Metropolitan Detroit. He is a member of the Sailfish Club and Palm Beach Country Club. Mr. Rose holds a BA from Wayne State University and a JD from the University of Detroit Law School.
Mr. Ross is president of ADEC Investments, LP, a private equity investment firm. He is a former partner of Wesray Capital Corporation and has been involved in corporate acquisitions for over 20 years. Mr. Ross has served on the boards of directors of numerous organizations, including the Community Foundation of New Jersey. His current principal interest is providing private educational opportunities to talented children from financially limited families. He is a director of New Jersey Seeds, which places about 100 children a year in private secondary schools. Mr. Ross is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago School of Business.
Mr. Ross is the chairman, CEO and founder of Related Companies, formed in 1972, which has developed over $20 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $15 billion. He is also the majority owner of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. He also received a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. In 2004, the University of Michigan renamed its business school the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Mr. Ross is chairman of the board of directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc., and chairperson emeritus of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). As a member of the board of trustees of the Guggenheim Foundation, Mr. Ross was involved in the planning of a major renovation of its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building in New York and other new museums. He is a trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Urban Land Institute, the NY Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the Levin Institute, and he is a director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the World Resources Institute. He is also a trustee of Lincoln Center and serves on its executive committee. Mr. Ross has received numerous honors for his business, civic, and philanthropic activities; Crain’s New York named Mr. Ross one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business.
Mr. Ross is a turn-around financier and has restructured over $200 billion of defaulted companies’ assets around the world. He serves as the chairman of International Textile Group and its Nano-Tex affiliate, and was named “the King of Bankruptcy” by Fortune Magazine in 1998. Mr. Ross organized and was board chairman of International Steel Group, which later merged to form Mittal Steel, the largest steel company in the world, of which he remains a director. In addition, Mr. Ross was previously appointed to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund by President Clinton, and served as a privatization advisor for former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Mr. Ross currently serves on the executive committee of the New York City Partnership and the Japan Society, and is a board member of the Yale University School of Management, Bank United, Sun Bancorp and Air Lease. He is chairman of Diamond S Shipping and of the Economic Studies Council of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Ross is a current member of the Business Roundtable and the Chairman’s Circle of the U.S.-India Business Council, and a former chairman of the Smithsonian National Board. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University.
Stanley M. Rumbough Jr.
Mr. Rumbough has been involved in investments and business development for more than five decades. He has been a founder, CEO or director of more than 40 companies in the U.S., the West Indies and Mexico. He was the co-founder of Citizens for Eisenhower and served as special assistant to President Eisenhower, 1953-56. He also was a founding member and director of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization and the founder of the Washington Tennis Patrons Foundation. Mr. Rumbough was chairman of the US Committee for the United Nations, a director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Foreign Policy Association, the Population Resource Center, and the USLTA Davis Cup policy committee. Locally, he was president or director of Planned Parenthood for almost 20 years until 1995, when he became an honorary director. He is a life trustee of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and of the International House in New York City. During WWII, he served as a US Marine Corps fighter pilot and was awarded 2 DFC’s and 8 air medals. He is a graduate of Yale University and attended New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Sambuco is president and CEO of Colonnade Properties LLC, a private fully integrated commercial real estate investment company. Colonnade has owned, managed and developed more than 9 million square feet of office property, 1300 hotel rooms, 2500 residential units and 1000 acres of land in major markets nationwide, including Phillips Point in West Palm Beach. Mr. Sambuco began his career in 1982 in the real estate subsidiary of Lazard Freres & Co. and, after acquiring the group in 1989, he transitioned the company to Colonnade Properties. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. Mr. Sambuco currently serves on the board of the Palm Beach Day Academy. He resides in Palm Beach with his wife and children.
Mr. Scarpa is an entrepreneur in the cable television and cellular communications industries. He was co-founder, president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation, licensed to operate cellular telephone systems in the northeastern US. As a co-founder of Unitel Wireless Communication Systems, Mr. Scarpa also developed and operated cellular telephone systems throughout the US and was one of the original members of the Cellular One Network. He was instrumental in establishing the New Jersey and the Northeast Cable TV Associations. Through the John F. Scarpa Foundation, he supports education, healthcare, and disadvantaged families. He is the principal benefactor of the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Center in Vineland, NJ. Mr. Scarpa serves on the board of directors of the Town of Palm Beach United Way and is also the major benefactor of Adopt-a-Family in Lake Worth and Home Safe in West Palm Beach. He served as a director of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and he provided financing to restore the Paramount Theater. Mr. Scarpa has received honorary doctorates from the American University of Rome and from Villanova Law School, and he established the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies. He has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010) and the National Italian American Foundation Special Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2008). Mr. Scarpa resides in Avalon, NJ, and Palm Beach.
Mr. Schuster is the founder, president and CEO of Continental Wingate Co. (Needham, MA), a holding company for businesses specializing in financial services, real estate development/property management and healthcare. He was an advisor on President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on Inner City Banking and participated in FNMA’s Forum II to explore and resolve financing problems in middle-income urban housing. Mr. Schuster consulted with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for inner-city multifamily housing and was a director of Kapson Senior Quarters, developer and operator of assisted living facilities in the Northeast. He is a trustee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; a member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; and a Third Century member at Harvard Medical School. Mr. Schuster served on the board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and was a trustee of the Greater Boston YMCA. He is a trustee of the Clinton Library Foundation and a board member of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Mr. Schuster and his wife founded the Gerald and Elaine Schuster Fund to Support Faculty Development and Active Citizenship at Tufts University and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, which exposes human trafficking and slavery, promotes social justice and supports the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project. Mr. Schuster also founded Operation PEACE (Partnerships in Education and Community Enrichment), which provides mentoring, tutoring and life-skill training for inner-city children in Atlanta and in Boston.
Mr. Schwarzman is chairman, CEO and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, and chairs the board of directors of its general partner, Blackstone Group Management LLC. He has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 1985. Mr. Schwarzman began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he was elected managing director in 1978. He was engaged principally in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions department 1977-84 and chaired the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Committee 1983-84. Mr. Schwarzman serves on the JP Morgan Chase national advisory board, the board of directors of the Partnership for New York City and the advisory board of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing. A supporter of the arts and culture, Mr. Schwarzman is a director of such major cultural institutions as the New York Public Library and the New York City Ballet. Since 2004, he has also served as chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Mr. Schwarzman holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, intellectual property attorney Christine Hearst Schwarzman, have their principal residence in New York City.
Mr. Sloane has spent most of his life in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, where he earned a degree in business/accounting and two advanced degrees. His business experience over the last 40 years has involved many industries, including technology distribution, technical support centers, ocean transportation, manufacturing, and internet information and commerce sites. He still owns interests in many of these companies and he has built, developed and owned commercial office buildings, warehouses, and residential properties in six states. Mr. Sloane is a sponsor member of the Kravis Center and serves on its Corporate Partners executive committee. He has sponsored the JCC Book Fair at the Kravis Center and the Jewish Film Festival. Mr. Sloane is on the board of directors of the Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches and of Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach; on the external advisory board of the Institute of Aging, University of Pennsylvania Medical School; and on the finance committee of the Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Sloane and his wife are real estate brokers in Florida and operate Ocean Via Realty LLC in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. They live in Palm Beach and have three children.
Mr. Snider is president and chairman of Massachusetts Lumber Company, a real estate and investment firm in Cambridge, MA. He serves on the board of Rogers Foam Corp. and is chairman of Eastern Terminals, Inc. He is president of the Snider Charitable Trust and the Freund Charitable Foundation and is the immediate past chair of the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Mr. Snider is a trustee emeritus at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a director of the Boston Public Library Foundation. Mr. Snider received his AB from Harvard and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a past president of the Harvard Business School Association, served as alumni president of the Business School, and established a professorship in social enterprise. At Harvard’s School of Public Health, he is a member of the Dean’s Council. In May 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Mr. Snider lives in Palm Beach and Chestnut Hill, MA, with his wife, Ruth Freund. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Since 1998, Mr. Sorgenti has been the principal of Sorgenti Investment Partners, a company engaged in pursuing chemical investment opportunities; it acquired the French ethanol producer Societe d’Ethanol de Synthese (SODES) in partnership with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1998. Prior to forming Sorgenti Investment Partners, Mr. Sorgenti’s career included the presidency of ARCO Chemical Company and leadership of the 1987 initial public offering of the company. He is also the founder of Freedom Chemical Company. Mr. Sorgenti is currently a member of the board of directors of Philadelphia Facilities Management Company and Zero Technologies. He was appointed to the board of directors of A/E Biofuels in 2007 and is a former member of the board of directors of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Crown Cork & Seal. Mr. Sorgenti received his BS in Chemical Engineering from City College of New York in 1956 and his MS from Ohio State University in 1959. He has also received honorary degrees from Villanova, St. Joseph’s, Ohio State and Drexel Universities.
Mr. Storkerson is a senior vice president and wealth strategist at Northern Trust Bank in Palm Beach, where, as a Certified Financial Planner, he advises families and institutions on their wealth management. Mr. Storkerson earned his BA in economics from Middlebury College and was an NCAA All-American Athlete in lacrosse. He received his MBA in finance from the University of Southern California, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors, and was then appointed to a fellowship with the US-Indonesia Society in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Mr. Storkerson and his wife, Samantha, live in Palm Beach with their two sons. Mr. Storkerson serves the community as a member of the Town of Palm Beach Recreation Advisory Board, and he is actively involved with the Palm Beach Day Academy and several youth lacrosse organizations.
Mr. Strickland is managing director of Northern Trust Bank in Palm Beach. He was previously chairman, CEO, and president of the Barnett Bank of Palm Beach County. He received a BA and an MBA from Rollins College, graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. Currently, Mr. Strickland is a trustee of Rollins College in Winter Park, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Inc., and the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, and he is a director with the Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation.
Mr. Taylor founded Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1957, originally named Executive Leasing. He is an emeritus trustee of Washington University in St. Louis, and founder of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, established in 1982 to donate primarily to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Enterprise employees work and live. Mr. Taylor has also given substantial personal gifts to such causes as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Botanical Garden, the preservation of historic Forest Park, the National Flight Academy at the US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola and scholarships for financially disadvantaged students at Washington University in St. Louis. He helped establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and the Taylor Fund for the Environment, both at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Mr. Taylor briefly attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and Washington University in St. Louis, before enlisting in the US Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He became an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot and saw combat duty in the Pacific Theater from the decks of the aircraft carriers USS Essex and USS Enterprise, for which he later named his company. Mr. Taylor was decorated with two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Mr. Tiefel is chairman of CarMax, Inc. He joined the CarMax board of directors in 2002 when the company became public. He is also chairman emeritus of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a director and lead director of Lydian Private Bank, and is a past director of Bulgari Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Tiefel was with Marriott International for 42 years and a president of the Lodging Group 1993-99, responsible for the development, marketing and operation of all its lodging brands and timeshares worldwide. He retired as vice chairman in 2003. He attended Williams College and graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a degree in hotel management. He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and in 1998 received an honorary doctorate in business administration from Johnson & Wales University. Mr. Tiefel is a graduate and honorary life trustee of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, a past trustee of Johnson & Wales University (2001-09), a trustee of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, and he is on the advisory council of the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Traverse was the founder of ITS Corporation, which grew to be the world’s largest supplier of cardiopulmonary contracting services to hospitals. He merged ITS into American Medical International and remained a director of AMI and president of ITS for 18 years, until it was taken private in a leveraged buyout. He was the founder and chairman of the board of Travcom Corporation, which publishes medical information primarily dealing with the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Traverse founded and is president of HealthMadeEasy.com, a web portal dedicated to educating the public, patients, their families and caregivers about health care and healthy lifestyles. He was a member of the Medical Care Commission of the Town of Palm Beach and helped in writing the area Medical Care Guide. Dr. Traverse is a member of the visiting committee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and manages a private investment fund that selectively invests in private and public companies. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, completing his postgraduate work at Boston City Hospital and Tufts Medical School, where he was appointed to the faculty. He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Nassrine.
Mr. Vecellio is chairman, president and CEO of Vecellio Group, Inc. He joined the family-owned Vecellio & Grogan in 1973, with degrees in civil engineering and construction management from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, and four years of US Air Force project management experience. He spurred the company’s growth and expansion into new markets and industries, making the Vecellio Group a top contractor with extensive heavy/highway construction, mining, and petroleum operations. Mr. Vecellio is a founder of Floridians for Better Transportation, serves on Florida’s “Council of 100,” and is active in the Florida Transportation Builders Association. In West Virginia, he was a founder and first president of the Flexible Pavements Council and is active in the Contractors Association. He is a past chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and he currently chairs its Transportation Development Foundation. Mr. Vecellio is a member of Virginia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni and its Academy of Engineering Excellence, Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, and the West Virginia Academy of Civil Engineers. He and his wife, Kathryn, are active in numerous philanthropic endeavors as well. The Vecellio Family Foundation has provided more than $2.6 million in college scholarships and helps support numerous other educational, civic and charitable organizations. The couple’s two sons, Christopher and Michael, the fourth generation in the family business, both also reside in Palm Beach.
Mr. Vila, an authority on home improvement, is best known as the television show host for This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again and Bob Vila. A Miami native, he graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, spent time in the Peace Corps, and then worked and traveled in Europe for two years. Mr. Vila returned to settle in Boston, where he studied at the Boston Architectural Center and established a residential remodeling and design business. His restoration of a Victorian Italianate house in Newton Center, MA, led to a pilot program on home renovation and then to the PBS series This Old House. In 1989, after 10 years as host, he left to found BVTV Inc., which produced Bob Vila’s Home Again and Bob Vila. He is a contributor on network news shows and has produced a series of specials for A&E, Bob Vila’s Guide to Historic Homes, touring historic homes in the U.S., Italy, England and Ireland. Mr. Vila is the author of 11 books, including Bob Vila’s Guide to Historic Homes of America and Bob Vila’s Complete Guide to Remodeling Your Home. He is also active in several charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Hemingway Preservation Foundation. He is a board member of the Fledgling Fund, founded by his wife, Diana Barrett, which supports documentary films as agents of change.
Mrs. Watkins retired from JPMorgan Chase in December 2002, following 28 years with the firm. During her tenure with JPMorgan, she held numerous leadership positions, including her recent position as head of JPMorgan’s Private Banking Business in Florida. Previously, in New York, she was responsible for the firm’s Private Placement Advisory and Loan Syndication businesses. Further, she was the first executive selected to lead JPMorgan’s firm-wide diversity initiative. She has held positions on the board of Hollins University and the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. She is a graduate of Kent School and Hollins University, and received a master’s degree in economics from New York University. She is married to Reuben B. Johnson III, and they have three school-age children.
Mr. Weiner retired after more than three decades as a US State Department Foreign Service officer, with the rank of minister counselor. His major overseas assignments included counselor for management affairs at embassies in Brasilia and in Bogota, and a tour as a Foreign Service inspector. Additionally, Mr. Weiner assisted in opening the US Embassy to the German Democratic Republic, and served as the embassy counselor in Berlin. In Washington, DC, his roles included director of the Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment, executive director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and executive director of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Mr. Weiner is a member of the World Affairs Council, the Foreign Service Retirees Association, and is a benefactor of the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Bates College and the National War College.