J. Ronald Terwilliger (Chairman)
Chairman Emeritus, Trammell Crow Residential, Oyster Bay, NY
Ron Terwilliger is currently non-executive Chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners which focuses on rental apartment development in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh/Durham markets. He is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company, a national residential real estate company and the largest developer of multifamily housing in the U.S. for several decades during his tenure as CEO.
Ron is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Navy, he received his MBA degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business where he was elected a Baker Scholar.
Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves as a Trustee. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center. Ron is additionally past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and currently chairs Habitat’s Global Development Council. Ron serves as Chairman of the I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating low-income children. He also serves as Chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees. Ron serves on the boards of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Urban Institute, Horatio Alger Association and Colony Starwood Homes.
Ron’s philanthropic contributions include a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ron’s $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation created the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund – targeted to create 2,000 affordable homes annually. He has pledged and contributed more than $20 million to the U.S. Naval Academy. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help 60,000 families access improved housing conditions.
Ron was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Housing Leader of the Year Award.
Ron was honored in 2009 by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism. Ron was the recipient of the 2013 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Ron was also selected for the Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education.
In 2014, Ron established the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families to recalibrate federal housing policy to more effectively address our nation’s critical affordable housing challenges and to meet the housing needs of future generations.
Christopher S. Allen
Mr. Allen joined Palladium in 2017 and serves as a Principal. Mr. Allen serves on the Board of Directors of Palladium portfolio company Spice World and previously served on the Board of Directors of Palladium portfolio companies Del Real and Kar’s Nuts. Previously, Mr. Allen worked at Arlon Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm in middle-market food and agriculture businesses. Prior to Arlon, he was an investment professional at GenNx360 Capital Partners and Windjammer Capital Investors, where he sourced, led and structured investments in a range of industries, including food, specialty distribution, industrials and business services. Mr. Allen began his career as a consultant at Bain and Company. Mr. Allen graduated from the dual-degree engineering program at Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology with B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, respectively, and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Gregory F. Back
Managing Member, Free Sky Capital, San Mateo, CA
Greg Back is a technology investor and company builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an active angel investor, advisor, and occasional founder of early and growth stage companies, focusing on the software and Internet sectors. Previously, he was Managing Director at Warburg Pincus, the global growth-oriented private equity investor, based in New York. At Warburg, Mr. Back co-founded the Internet investment practice and led the application software practice. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at InfoGroup, a publicly traded marketing data company, and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and Scandinavia.
Mr. Back has been interested in supporting the education of underprivileged youth for more than three decades. Most relevant to his IHDF board service, when fellow students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business began to form an “I Have A Dream” program affiliated with the school in the early 1990s, he helped form the tutoring program. The tutoring program was ultimately comprised of approximately seventy graduate students who supported at-risk elementary students in East Palo Alto, CA. One hundred percent of his Dreamer cohorts graduated from high school and the vast majority continued on to college.
Mr. Back graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Andrew J. Berg
Principal, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Homrich Berg, Atlanta, GA
Andy is co-founder and chief executive officer of Homrich Berg. He founded the firm with the belief that high-net-worth individuals need access to personalized alternative investment vehicles that balance appropriately with the entirety of their portfolio. Andy offers his diverse clientele hands-on counsel and oversees the management and operations of the firm. He is credited with developing HB’s model for serving clients’ wealth management needs on a fee-only basis.
Andy’s expertise spans the wealth management profession and includes financial and estate planning, taxation and investment strategy.
Andy is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, North Atlanta Tax Council, the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. Additionally, Andy is a Registered Financial Advisor with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Andy’s leadership extends beyond the office. Andy serves on the board of directors for the Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, the Leadership Council for the American Diabetes Association, the Corporate Advisory Board for the Georgia Goal Scholarship Program, Inc., the Atlanta Opera and the Buckhead Coalition.
He is a contributor to the financial media and has been profiled in Financial Planning magazine. Andy has been quoted on topics related to wealth management and investments in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Investment Advisor, Investment News, Financial Advisor and Investor’s Business Daily, among others. Additionally, Andy has been a featured commentator on television, radio programs and news features throughout the Southeast.
Andy was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s top financial leaders, first in their Who’s Who section and as Atlanta’s only representative from an RIA firm in the publication’s Power 50 Banking and Finance list. Additionally, Andy had been named by Catalyst magazine as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs, Worth magazine as one of the country’s top financial advisors and Barron’s as a top independent advisor. Andy was the recipient of the 2011 HONORS Award from the Financial Planning Association of Georgia.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in management accounting from Purdue University.
Braynard O. Brown
Attorney, Grant & Eisenhofer, New York, NY
Bobby is a former NFL player with extensive relationships across several professional sports organizations and Wall Street firms. Bobby attended high school at the national sports powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he earned All-State and All-American honors in multiple sports. In college, he became a two-sport student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame, where he broke records in both football and track & field. He also graduated with a triple major and a minor concentration. In his senior year he was awarded the Westwood One Student-Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Bobby was signed by the Green Bay Packers and then went on to play for the Cleveland Browns. After playing in the NFL, Bobby returned to Notre Dame to obtain his law degree. While there, he became the president of the Black Law Students Association. Bobby then took a role as a transactional attorney at Riker Danzig, a large, corporate law firm in New Jersey, and brought sports-related clients to the firm. Bobby was a certified NFL agent for 10 years and negotiated several NFL contracts worth millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.
Bobby obtained his MBA from Yale in 2011. At the Yale School of Management, he served as the Co-Chair of the Black Business Alliance and Co-Captain of the Debate Team. He then began his career in financial services as a sales & trading associate at MF Global and passed the Series 7 FINRA exam. Since 2012, Bobby has taught sports and entertainment related college courses in his “spare time” as an adjunct professor. In his role as an adjunct professor at both Montclair State University and Mercy College, he teaches law courses (Contract Law and Entertainment Law) and business courses (Finance & Marketing in Sports Business and Sports Finance and Administration), respectively. In 2017, he was awarded the highly coveted Adjunct Professor of the Year award at Montclair State University.
Bobby moved to the buy-side of Wall Street in 2014 by leading external, institutional sales in the asset management group of Rockefeller & Co. At Rockefeller, Bobby covered college endowments and public pension funds. Bobby also developed a new pipeline of sports and entertainment clients for the wealth management group at Rockefeller. Most recently in 2018, Bobby took a role at an internationally renowned securities litigation law firm, Grant & Eisenhofer, in NYC. Separately, Bobby has devoted his time and efforts to providing financial literacy to professional athletes and has assumed a business development role at a boutique sports & entertainment wealth management firm. Bobby has well-developed relationships and has sourced wealth management prospects from the NBA, NFL, Premier Soccer League, USA Track & Field, Boxing, IndyCar racing, and Formula 1 racing.
Martin L. Budd
Mr. Budd is a retired partner of the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard, LLP. During his tenure at Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney, LLP), Mr. Budd chaired the firm’s Business Law Department with particular expertise in federal securities laws, merger and acquisition transactions, and strategic joint ventures.
Mr. Budd has served as a Director of Atlantic Tele-Network since 2007, is Chairman of the Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and has served on the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Seminary and is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Budd also serves as a member of the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority.
Mr. Budd was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Erasmus Hall High School. He studied at Dartmouth College, where he earned his A.B., and went on to earn his B.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. After his time at Oxford, Mr. Budd served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, then completed his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
President & CEO, "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, CO
Lori Canova has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County since 1997. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from 2 classes to 14, serving over 700 students, making the Boulder County affiliate one of the largest in the country.
Lori helped start the local Mentors Matter group which focuses on recruitment of mentors, especially mentors of color. She also helped launch a county-wide collaborative school supply drive, Crayons to Calculators. Prior to joining “I Have A Dream, Lori was the Program Director for Big Brothers of Metro Denver; a Program Director for the Mental Health Association of Colorado; the Director of SB94 Juvenile Diversion Program for Jefferson Center for Mental Health; and an Adolescent Counselor for Human Services, Inc.
Lori has a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver and completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at Colorado State University. In 2010, Lori received the Woman of the Year award from the Boulder Professional Women group.
Partner, AEA Investors LP, New York, NY
Baron joined AEA in 2004 as a member of the Small Business Fund team and was promoted to Partner in 2011. He currently serves as a board member of Aramsco, Colony Hardware, Dayton Parts, Evans, Fluid Flow, Galco, SBP and Troxell Communications. He also served on the boards of former AEA portfolio companies Implus Footcare, In the Swim, PLZ Aeroscience and Sextant Education.
Prior to joining AEA, Baron was an associate at Arena Capital Partners, focusing on investments in business services companies. Prior to Arena, he was with GE Capital’s private equity investment division and was a member of the mergers and acquisitions department at Prudential Securities.
Co-Chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond, Union, NJ
Warren Eisenberg has a deep commitment to “I Have A Dream.” In addition to his role on the national Board of Directors, he serves on the boards of “I Have A Dream” Foundation – New York Metro Area and “I Have A Dream” Foundation – Plainfield, NJ. Mr. Eisenberg also sponsors the Temple Emanu-El “I Have a Dream” program in Westfield, NJ. In addition to his commitments to “I Have A Dream,” Mr. Eisenberg serves on the boards of Berkshire Hills – Emanuel Camps, Hand In Hand, and Gift of Life.
Mr. Eisenberg has more than 45 years of experience in the retail industry. He co-founded Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. and has served as a director since its start in 1971. He is currently the company’s Co-Chairman, and has also served as Chairman (1992 to 1999) and Co-Chief Executive Officer (1971 to 2003).
Mark Fornasiero (Vice Chairman)
Managing Partner, Clarendon Group, North Potomac, MD
Mark Fornasiero became involved with “I Have A Dream” in 1992 as a business school student, helping to launch the athletic program for the East Palo Alto, CA Flood School. In the following year, he co-founded the after-school program, which provided supervision, academic support, and extracurricular activities for the students. In addition, Mr. Fornasiero served on the Board and as Director of Corporate Fundraising for The MBA Challenge for Charity, the largest MBA nonprofit organization worldwide.
Mr. Fornasiero is Managing Partner with Clarendon Group, a firm focused on developing investments and providing strategic advisory services to the transportation and logistics industry. In 2000, Mr. Fornasiero conceived and co-founded RoadLink as Clarendon’s first investment, which became the first national company focused on pick-up/delivery of intermodal (ocean/rail) containers. Mr. Fornasiero served on RoadLink’s Board and held the roles of CFO and Chief Strategy Officer until 2008, following the company’s sale. Previously, Mr. Fornasiero was a management consultant in the transportation/logistics practice of A.T. Kearney.
Mr. Fornasiero graduated with honors from Cornell University with bachelor’s degrees in operations research and economics in 1989. He earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994, where he received a Public Management Program certificate and was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Rory Greiss (Legal Counsel)
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY
Mr. Greiss has extensive experience in the areas of (i) mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of public and private companies representing both purchasers and sellers in widely diverse industries, (ii) leveraged buyout transactions, (iii) public and private equity and debt financings, (iv) corporate restructurings representing companies in bankruptcy proceedings or in “out-of-court” workout situations and (v) dispute resolution among partners and shareholders in closely held partnerships and corporations.
Recently, Mr. Greiss has handled several major acquisitions for a high-technology company in the high-brightness light emitting diode, solar, data storage and semiconductor industries, the sale of the assets of a juvenile furniture manufacturer, the acquisition of an urban not-for-profit hospital, the restructuring of a major health-care provider including the sale of its long-term care and contract rehabilitation business, a $220 million convertible subordinated note offering, and the representation of the audit committees of two separate public companies in connection with an internal investigation into accounting irregularities and alleged wrongdoing claimed in a “whistle blower” complaint.
Mr. Greiss also regularly represents companies in the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries and has extensive experience in intellectual property acquisitions and licensing agreements. Mr. Greiss’ pharmaceutical industry experience includes the settlements of patent infringement litigations.
Mr. Greiss has spoken at numerous seminars on topics including the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on private companies, the design and implementation of disclosure controls and procedures, and the initial public offering process.
Jeffrey R. Gural
Chairman & Principal, GFP Real Estate LLC
Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the largest independent real estate service firms in the world. Headquartered in New York, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and London-based partner Knight Frank operate from over 200 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. Here in New York they currently manage approximately one hundred fifty buildings in the Metropolitan area of which the partners have an ownership interest in forty-one of these buildings.
Mr. Gural is responsible for all acquisitions and the managing and leasing of 8,000,000 square feet of properties that Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s partners have an ownership in. In addition he is responsible for the overall supervision of the company’s non-institutional portfolio.
Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1972, he was a member of the staff of Morse-Diesel Construction Co. for approximately six years where he was responsible for the supervision and construction of more than one million square feet of new office space in such notable buildings as 437 Madison Avenue and 645 Madison Avenue.
Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Board of New York; President of the New York Chapter of The Starlight Children’s Foundation; Chairman of “I Have A Dream Foundation” – NY Metro Area and Co-Sponsor of the Chelsea-Elliot “I Have a Dream” Program; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Times Square Business Improvement District; member of the Board of Trustees of Cooper Union and The New School; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York; member of the Board for Eugene Lang College; Vice President of The Broadway Association; member of the Board of Directors of the Eldridge Street Synagogue; member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside; member of the Board of the Settlement Housing Fund; member of the Board of Directors of New York City Outward Bound; and member of the NYC Board of Directors for the March of Dimes. Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation, where both he and his father, Aaron Gural, were honored at the organization’s 1995 Annual Luncheon.
As a sideline, Mr. Gural is a major owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses and has a farm in Stanfordville, New York. He owns two racinos in Upstate New York.
Mr. Gural is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is married, has three grown children, six grandchildren and resides in Manhattan.
Llewellyn P. Haden, Jr.
President, Wales Business Management, Inc., Atlanta, GA
In 1987, Llewellyn P. Haden sponsored a class of 47 Dreamers in Atlanta, GA. Since then, he has gone on to serve as the President of “I Have A Dream” – Atlanta, and is a past Chairman of the national “I Have A Dream” Foundation.
Mr. Haden is president of Wales Business Management, Inc., an Atlanta based company that manages the business affairs of high income executives, athletes, and entertainers. In addition, he is president of Albemarle Corporation, also based in Atlanta, which facilitates the placement of money between small to medium-sized companies and real estate developers, and investors and/or lenders. Mr. Haden received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University, and he began his career in the banking field.
In addition to his commitments to “I Have A Dream”, Mr. Haden is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and sits on the Advisory Board of Project Pericles. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of America’s Charities and is a former Chairman of the Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc.
Eugene M. Lang (1919-2017)
Founder, New York, NY
Principal, Oak Tree Management, New York, NY
Jere Lucey is a Managing Director in the U.S. Capital Markets group at Jones Lang LaSalle in New York, where he is a senior leader in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Special Asset Services unit – working with domestic and foreign banks and financial institutions in the valuation and sale of legacy commercial mortgage assets. JLL’s Special Asset Services has valued and/or sold over $44 billion in mortgage loans for financial institutions since 2010.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle in July 2006, Mr. Lucey worked in the New York office of Capmark Finance (formerly GMAC Commercial Mortgage), a real estate finance and commercial mortgage servicing company. In his six years at Capmark, Mr. Lucey originated more than $1.3 billion in debt and equity for his clients – which include opportunity funds, REITs and private real estate owners.
In the commercial mortgage finance business since 1986, while at Prudential Securities, Mr. Lucey was part of the team that advised the Resolution Trust Corporation on their first commercial mortgage-backed securitization.
Mr. Lucey received his BA from Georgetown University, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Lucey is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, Carol McGuire has taught students in public schools from kindergarten through high school. She has also owned and operated a small business. For the past 30 years, Ms. McGuire has been actively involved in her community, serving on numerous boards of the PTA, Little League, Creative Arts Group Alliance, Assistance League of Arcadia, Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association, Arcadia Educational Foundation, and Arcadia Boosters Club, among others.
A member of the “I Have A Dream” family since 1991, Ms. McGuire is the Sponsor of two “I Have A Dream” programs in Pasadena, California, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Los Angeles and the national “I Have A Dream” Foundations. More than 90% of her first class of Dreamers (“I Have A Dream” – LA Project 12) graduated from high school.
Executive Director, "I Have A Dream" Foundation Dallas
Sally McMullin is currently on her second go ‘round with “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Dallas. She returned to IHDF-Dallas over ten years ago and considers her work to be a mission and not a job! Her goal is to make sure the children she serves do not fall through the cracks of society simply because they do not have equal access to resources and education. She works to make sure they are equipped for success in the same way their peers in wealthier neighborhoods are [equipped].
Coming from a similar background, Sally advocates for these children in a way that she wishes someone had for her. She takes special interest in making sure they have a voice and they are heard because she knows they have something to say.
Sally truly believes if a person chooses to underestimate these children it will be their loss because in this low-income and low-resource community there are future educators, senators, judges, community activists, entrepreneurs, on and ON but it is our responsibility as ‘collective humanity’ to (1) never give up on them and (2) equip them with the resources they need to reach their full potential!
Sally hopes you will join her on her mission of filling up their toolboxes with the tools they so desperately need to succeed and reach their full potential.
Abhay Pande (Treasurer)
Senior Partner, Ironmont Advisors, Short Hills, NJ
Mr. Pande is Senior Partner at Ironmont Capital Partners L.P., a Singapore-based investor in power and energy infrastructure. He is responsible for the origination, negotiation, and execution of the Ironmont Partners’ investments in the energy infrastructure and power sectors, including investments in solar, wind and hydro opportunities throughout Asia. He is also on the Investment Committee of the firm.
Prior to Ironmont, he was Managing Director and one of three partners at American Capital Energy & Infrastructure, a private equity firm focused on energy and power investments in the emerging markets. While there, he led the establishment of the firm’s practice in Asia, and was member of the Energy and Infrastructure Investment Committee.
Prior to joining American Capital, he spent 16 years at Salomon Brothers / Citigroup, where he was a Managing Director in the investment banking department. While there, he held numerous positions, including co-head of Asian Energy Investment Banking and Head of Southeast Asia Industrials, as well as managing director for North America oil services and energy infrastructure. He has worked on over $50 billion in mergers & acquisition transactions and over 120 equity and debt transactions raising over $40 billion.
Prior to joining Salomon Smith Barney (later merged with Citi) in 1998, Mr. Pande was a Principal in the Transportation Strategy group at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and restructurings assignments for Fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Pande has an AB from Dartmouth College in quantitative economics, and an MBA with distinction in finance and strategy from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Video Review Project Lead, Major League Soccer
Danilo is a media and entertainment professional with over 10 years of experience working in digital media and cable television. Danilo is currently overseeing the development of the Video Assistant Referee initiative for Major League Soccer, an experimental project that will look to introduce video replay across all major domestic and international soccer leagues.
Previously, Danilo was head of commercial affairs for the digital group of Abu Dhabi Media, where he managed the strategy and operations for super.ae, a sports website serving fans in the Middle East and North Africa. Danilo also managed the digital distribution rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, creating one of the first on line and mobile sports streaming platforms in the region.
Danilo previously worked as Director of Media Investments for lstithmar World Capital in Dubai, sourcing and managing media investments, including the purchase of a minority stake in Cirque du Soleil. Prior to his experience in the Middle East, Danilo worked in strategy and operations for various brands at MTV Networks, including MTV, Vh1, Tr3s and LOGO. He began his career as a corporate finance analyst at Lehman Brothers.
Danilo graduated with an MBA in media management from Columbia Business School, a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Danilo’s experience being a part of the 1986 Rohatyn Dreamer cohort (Lower East Side) made possible all of the accomplishments he was able to realize.
Richard B. Saltzman
New York, NY
Richard B. Saltzman is currently a private investor. Most recent and up until November 2018, Mr. Saltzman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Colony Capital, Inc. Over a 15 year tenure at Colony, he helped lead the transformation of the firm from a single opportunistic global strategy with approximately $3 billion of assets under management to a more multi-faceted diversified real estate investment manager and owner with approximately $43 billion of assets under management.
Prior to joining the Colony business in 2003, Mr. Saltzman spent 24 years in the investment banking business primarily specializing in real estate-related businesses and investments, concluding that chapter in his career as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division. As a member of the investment banking operating committee, he oversaw the firm’s global real estate, hospitality and restaurant businesses. Previously, he also served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Banking and had responsibility for Merrill Lynch’s Global Leveraged Finance business. Mr. Saltzman was also responsible for various real estate-related principal investments, including the Zell/Merrill Lynch series of funds, which acquired more than $3.0 billion of CRE assets and where he was a member of the investment committee.
Mr. Saltzman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE: KIM), is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc., is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp (NYSE: NRE), and serves on the Board of Directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation. Previously, he also served on the Board of Trustees of Colony Starwood Homes (NYSE: SFR) from January 2016 to June 2017. He was a member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT, on the board of directors of the Real Estate Roundtable, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute, was Treasurer of the Pension Real Estate Association, was a Director of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and a past Chairman of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee of the National Realty Committee.
Mr. Saltzman received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in 1977 and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979.
President Emeritus, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Atlanta, GA
Roxanne Spillett leads the largest network of facility-based youth development organizations in the world. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 1,100 local affiliates operate some 4,000 Club locations throughout the nation and on U.S. military installations worldwide. With a combined staff of more than 50,000 full- and part-time employees and some 200,000 board and program volunteers, the organization annually serves some 4 million children and teens. Club programs help young people achieve academic success and healthy lifestyles, develop good character, and engage in citizenship and public service.
Spillett’s 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a new era. She led BGCA through a decade of major expansion, implementing a growth strategy that doubled the size and scope of the Boys & Girls Club network and tripled its revenues. Simultaneously, the organization unveiled a dynamic new brand strategy – featuring national spokesperson Denzel Washington – which is heightening the public profile of Boys & Girls Clubs. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ranks among the Top 10 nonprofit brands in America.
Spillett also spearheaded the drive to increase services for children in nontraditional environments, including public housing and Native American lands. One of her most noteworthy achievements is the initiation of a unique partnership with the Department of Defense, which has chartered Boys & Girls Clubs on 390 U.S. military installations worldwide. She also initiated international efforts to assist other nations in establishing youth centers.
Under Spillett’s leadership, BGCA has created generation-changing initiatives in education, technology, financial literacy and civic engagement. The organization also significantly enhanced the capacity of local Clubs in technology, human resources, and board and resource development. Her proudest accomplishments include uniting Clubs behind a common agenda and helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support the Boys & Girls Club network. With a keen financial acumen, Spillett successfully implemented an aggressive and highly focused financial strategy to create new revenue streams for local affiliates.
Spillett also built one of the most prestigious and engaged nonprofit boards in America, establishing an enviable governing body that includes national leaders and key executives of Fortune 500 companies. Consistent with her efforts to recruit professional talent, Boys & Girls Clubs of America was selected as one of the top 50 “Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for” in 2010.
Her 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a major milestone in a career spanning more than 30 years of Boys & Girls Club work. Spillett joined BGCA as director of the National Health Project. In the course of her career, she was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of the Northeast division and senior vice president of Program Services.
In recognition of her numerous achievements, Spillett was selected as one of the “Power 50” by The NonProfit Times for three consecutive years. She also received the Excellence in National Executive Leadership Award presented by the National Human Services Assembly, an association of leading nonprofits in the fields of health, community development and human services. Newsweek has cited Spillett as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great,” part of the magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards.
President George W. Bush appointed Spillett to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which promotes volunteerism, community service and good citizenship. She is past chairperson for Leadership 18, an alliance of executives from the nation’s most influential nonprofits, and serves on the boards of BoardSource and the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta and as a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance.
Spillett earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York, and did graduate work in guidance and counseling at St. Lawrence University. She also studied public health administration at Hunter College in New York. Today, she teaches graduate students in the nonprofit management program at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
In recent years, Spillett has received a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in law, from the University of Notre Dame; and four in the humanities, from Trinity College in Connecticut, Bryant University in Rhode Island, Westfield State University in Massachusetts and Marian College in Indiana.
In 2008, Spillett led the launch of Impact 2012, a five-year strategic plan that positions BGCA more powerfully than ever as an advocacy organization of national scope and influence. The plan commits BGCA to ensure lasting impact in the lives of youth; increase high school graduation rates; build stronger revenues for Clubs; reach beyond Club walls to support families, and inspire generations of children to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation.
Harlan M. Stone
President & CEO, HMTX Industries
Harlan is the President and CEO of HMTX Industries LLC, a global enterprise headquartered in Norwalk, CT consisting of a group of companies that manufacture and distribute decorative building materials. The HMTX family includes Halstead, the leading supplier of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) to The Home Depot; Metroflor, its signature residential brand in North America; Teknoflor, its focused health-care and institutional brand; Aspecta, its high-end global contract brand for architects and designers; and Vertex, the foundation of the international supply chain for HMTX.
With his company’s roots dating back four generations, Harlan began his career in Hong Kong and has continued his long-term involvement in product development and manufacturing in Asia to this day. He embodies the spirit of innovation and transparency, and is a firm believer in the positive benefits of each when it comes to growing this business.
He serves on Habitat for Humanity’s Asia Pacific Development Council, which is making incredible progress in expanding affordable housing access for low-income households in the region. Harlan has also enjoyed a nearly 30 year relationship with the Camphill Foundation, which provides a residential program for children with severe developmental disabilities.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Faculty of Arts and Science, Harlan holds a degree in Art History and his interest in the visual arts continues to this day. He is active in his local affiliation with the Trust for National Historical Sites – The Glass House in New Canaan, CT; as well as senior Patron of both the Metropolitan Opera and Guggenheim Museum.
Co-Founder, Williams Island, Miami, FL
Since sponsoring Miami’s first “I Have A Dream” program in 1995, Stephanie Trump has helped grow Miami into one of the largest “I Have A Dream” regions in the country, with nearly 800 Miami Dreamers ranging from second graders to college students. Ms. Trump was so inspired by the success of her first Dreamer class that, soon after their graduation from high school, she sponsored another class – this time serving 96 kindergarteners in North Miami Beach – and also co-Sponsors another cohort of Miami students.
Ms. Trump is part of the family of developers that conceived the 80-acre condominium enclave on the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida known as Williams Island, as well as the Acqualina Resort and Spa at Sunny Isles Beach. She continues to play an integral part in the architectural, design, and training processes of these properties. In addition to her work with “I Have A Dream”, Ms. Trump is involved with the Greater Miami Federation, and was one of the founders of American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro, a nonprofit community center for the education and treatment of children with developmental and mental disabilities. Ms. Trump was born and educated in South Africa, and has a bachelor’s degree in English, speech and drama, and a master’s degree in education.
S. Steven Yang, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Dr. S. Steven Yang is a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University School of Medicine and serves on the staff of NYU Langone Medical Center and The Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity and is a principal of the NYU Hand Center. Prior to that Dr. Yang was the Director of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He served on the Medical Executive Committee of MEETH/North Shore-LIJ Hospital System. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is also a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association.
Dr. Yang received a bachelor of science degree from Yale University, a medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, and a masters degree in health policy and management at the Harvard University School of Public Health. He trained in general and orthopedic surgery at the Lenox Hill Hospital and received fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery of the Weill Cornell University Medical College. His research and scholarly work are published in numerous peer reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Yang is a frequent presenter and invited speaker at national and international conferences and is an opinion leader in surgical reconstruction of the upper extremity.
Dr. Yang is a member of the board of directors of the Korean American Community Foundation and acts as chair of the Community Grants Committee. He is also a board member of the Council of Korean Americans. He lives in New York City with his wife, an attorney, and his two children.