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Until August 2019, Rob Leary was the Chief Executive Officer of The Olayan Group, a private, multinational enterprise that is both an international investor and a diversified commercial and industrial business. Prior to May 2017, Rob was the CEO of Nuveen, a $900 billion global asset manager of equities, fixed income, real estate, and private equity. Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of Intact Financial Corporation, the leading property and casualty insurance company in Canada. Read more...
Rob is also an independent board director of Citizens Financial Group, which is the 13th largest retail bank in the US and delivers a broad range of financial services to over 5 million individuals, companies, not-for-profits, and institutions. Rob is also a founding member of The Council, a consulting firm that provides confidential advice and counsel to senior executives. He also serves as a consultant or advisory board member to a number of firms.
Rob began his career as a lawyer for White & Case in New York and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He then moved into the financial services arena with JP Morgan & Co in New York. He helped build AIG Financial Products' investment business and later was CEO of ING Investment Management Americas and ING Insurance US (now Voya). He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Union College and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He has also served on the boards of numerous not for profit boards focusing on education, the environment, and humanitarian aid.
Rob is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, skiing, and boating.
Bob Wheeler is President and CEO of Airstream, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s most iconic recreational vehicles. Since assuming this position in 2005, Bob has guided Airstream through one of the worst economic downturns in industry history and led the company to record sales fueled by product innovation, cutting edge marketing, and the public’s renewed appreciation for Airstream’s authenticity and quality. Read more...
Bob brings a great blend of technical and people skills to his office in Airstream’s Jackson Center, OH manufacturing facility. An engineer by training, he has a deep understanding of the Airstream product and manufacturing process. He is also noted for his positive management style, which emphasizes inclusiveness, encouragement, and creative thinking about the future of the brand.
Prior to becoming CEO, Bob served as Airstream’s VP of Product Development and Engineering. In that job, he shaped business strategy and oversaw programs to expand product offerings to new customer groups.
He has also held management positions with companies owned by Airstream’s parent, Thor Industries. Among his assignments: Director of Purchasing for Dutchmen, Inc., Director of Operations at Aero Coach. He was also Director of Product Development for Fleetwood, Inc.’s American Coach Division.
Bob Wheeler came to recreational vehicles from the auto industry. After earning a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, he joined General Motors as a manufacturing engineer in the Saginaw Steering Gear Division Buffalo plant, where he began to master both the functional and financial aspects of the heavy manufacturing process.
In addition to his engineering degree, Bob holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Bob lives in Columbus, OH, with his wife and their three boys. He is an avid cyclist.
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Caroline Choi is a Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi is responsible for overseeing Government Affairs, Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Corporate Philanthropy on national, state and local levels. Previously, Choi served as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SCE. In that role, she was responsible for the company's regulatory strategy and policy at the national and state levels, including regulatory affairs, regulatory operations and environmental affairs. Read more...
Choi also served as Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE, where she oversaw the analysis of energy and environmental policies; development of a long-term environmental, energy and technology strategy for SCE; and management of regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission and other state energy and environmental agencies. Before joining SCE in 2012, Choi was Executive Director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy (now Duke Energy), where she was responsible for leading environmental permitting, compliance and policy. She served the company in various roles, including Director, Energy Policy & Strategy, and Manager, Federal Public Affairs.
Choi is active in national policy and community engagement, where she serves on the board of the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utilities in the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also chairs the board of Veloz, a non-profit dedicated to accelerating the shift to electric transportation through public-private collaboration and public engagement. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Electric Transportation Community Development Corporation, Los Angeles Business Council and National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Dartmouth College.
Lee Fromson is the COO/CFO of Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman, Montana. Established in 1980, Simms is the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear and technical apparel in fishing, including expertly crafted outerwear, footwear and sportswear that gives all anglers a choice in top-end, premium products. The full line of Simms gear is available at specialty and large format retailers nationwide as well as simmsfishing.com. Lee oversees the company’s Finance, IT and operations divisions which includes the company’s U.S. based wader manufacturing operation. Read more...
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
Mr. Schieffelin is President of P.OV., LLC. Previously, he was a Senior Wealth Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry including serving as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and as a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he worked for 27 years. Mr. Schieffelin serves on the Executive and on the Nominating and Governance Committees of the National Forest Foundation for which he is Secretary of the Board. Read more...
Additionally, he serves on the Board and it’s Investment, EdGE Advisory, Development, and Scholarship Committees of the Maine Seacoast Mission; the Board of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, Inc. and it’s Nominating & Goverance, and Audit Committees; the Descendants Advisory Board of Friends of John Jay Homestead, and on their Scholars Committee; on the Board and Investment Committees of Sand Pond Corporation; and on the Board of First Friday Group.
He is a former Vestry member and Finance Committee member of Christ Church Greenwich where he currently serves on it’s Arbor Society Advisory Board. He is an EfM program graduate. Mr. Schieffelin is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute and graduated from Washington & Jefferson College where subsequently he served as a two-term Trustee. He is married to Susan and they have four wonderful daughters. All are passionate about the great outdoors and the extraordinary gift of our National Forests and Grasslands.
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Allie Kline brings to the Board deep marketing, communications and transformation expertise. Most recently she served as chief marketing and communications officer for Oath Inc., the Verizon Communications, Inc. subsidiary consisting of 20+ distinctive digital brands reaching 1 billion consumers including AOL, HuffPost, MAKERS, TechCrunch, Tumblr, and Yahoo. She served as chief marketing and communications officer for Oath, from Oath’s formation in 2017 following Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo to July 2018, where she was responsible for all consumer and B2B marketing, external and internal communications, brand strategy and creative, and corporate citizenship and cause marketing. Read more...
She also served as the head of MAKERS, Oath’s prominent women's media brand. Kline held the position of chief marketing and communications officer for AOL from 2013 to 2017 prior to and following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL in 2015.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pier 1 Imports and is a member of the iconic retailer’s Compensation Committee. She previously chaired the Oath Foundation Board, was a member of the Executive Committee for the Internet Advertising Board of Directors, and served on the Board of The Female Quotient. Kline is a diehard Boston Celtics fan currently living in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys fishing, hiking and skiing with her husband, two daughters and dog Fenway.
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Patricia Hayling Price is President of LiveWorkStrategize LLC, an executive coaching and talent development consulting practice. As a strategic thought partner she supports individuals and organizations wishing to reach higher levels of effectiveness and reward. Her two decades of success at IBM in sales, consulting and as a global marketing executive serve to inform her practice. Prior to her years at IBM Patricia worked for several years on-stage and on-camera as a performing artist. This experience translates to a keen sense for image and communication effectiveness to shape the total presentation of her clients. Read more...
Her client list includes: MasterCard, Fannie Mae, Marsh McLennan, TIAA - CREF, Ernst and Young, Goldman Sachs, M6D, Rutgers University MBA Program, UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative, College of New Rochelle’s Doctorate Program in Leadership, Pace University Center for N-F-P Management, The Harlem Children’s Zone, Right Management, Viacom, Reed Elsevier/Lexis Nexis and Ambassador Andrew Youngs’ Good Works International Leadership Team.
Patricia follows her philosophy to “meet clients exactly where they are,” partnering to develop and execute winning strategies; helping clients to harness effective problem solving skills and communicate with clarity, confidence and courageous authenticity… for a winning performance. Patricia has served as a speaker and facilitator for the Forbes Woman in Leadership Conference, Cornell University Graduate Woman's Forum, the Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Black Women on Wall Street Symposium, MasterCard’s Global Woman’s Summit, MasterCard’s Coaching Panel, The Westchester/Fairfield Executive Women’s Society, Google’s DNG Panel, Clorox Professional Development, MLT Houston Leadership Development Project at Rice University and MasterCard’s Multicultural Leadership Summit. In the media realm, Patricia has written a quarterly coaching column for the Network Journal and served as a featured guest on a segment of NPR's "All Things Considered", where she conducted a live coaching session on air. Patricia also serves as Managing Director at Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) where she has built and leads it’s Career Advancement Program (CAP) for rising, diverse, mid-level executives from an array of Fortune Companies. CAP was originally funded by Yale School of Management and is now a self sustaining program. It has been under the design and leadership of Patricia from conception in 2008 until today. Yale, Wharton and the Corporate Executive Board have hosted CAP’s acclaimed Leadership Horizon Seminars. Her contributions to community include service on the board of the American Heart Association of Westchester, Westchester Medical Center Board (nominated by Governor Pataki), The International Marketing Research Association Board, The Westchester Clubmen Gala Committee, The Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program Board and The Bruce Museum of Greenwich Connecticut Gala Committee. She has also served in program development for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Red Cross of Westchester. Patricia is a Charles P. Dana Fellow, a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and a graduate of Colgate University. Patricia resides in Westchester County New York where she and her husband Dr. Thomas Price have raised their daughter who attends the University of Pennsylvania and their son, a policy director in Washington DC…and an accomplished musician.
Mike Brown is the Founder & General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown co-founded AOL Ventures and led investments in over 30 companies primarily focused around the next generation of CMO and CTO spend. Before AOL Ventures, Mike worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, helping to invest capital in early stage internet startups on behalf of the British entrepreneur. He began his career at Morgan Stanley. Outside of his professional life Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the National Forest Foundation and co-chairs the Columbia College Young Leaders Council. Mike holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Mary Kate Buckley is the President of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2014. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the largest resort that directly powers its operations with clean (wind) energy.
Mary Kate previously worked for Nike, Inc. where she was a Corporate Officer and held a variety of general management and new business development roles that included overseeing Nike’s operations in Latin America, Canada, European apparel, nike.com and the Bauer Hockey Company. Prior to Nike she developed new businesses for The Walt Disney Company’s Consumer Products Division throughout Asia and later Europe. Read more...
She is a Co-Owner of Azienda Agricola Urlari, a premium boutique winery that she co-founded in Tuscany, Italy in 2004.
Buckley holds a bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Stern / NYU School of Business. She has been a full-time resident of Teton Village, Wyoming since 2009 and notably, is a multi-year member of Jackson Hole’s 100 Day Club, achieved by skiing 100+ days as the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in a ski season.
Aimée Christensen is Founder & Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute, A Center for Resilience, and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, developing solutions for a resilient world. She has twenty-five years’ experience in policy, law, investment, philanthropy and business including with Google, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy. At CGS, she advises corporations, investors, governments, philanthropists and organizations worldwide, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, FEMSA, Global Ocean Commission, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, United Nations and Virgin. Read more...
In 2012 she served as Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All. She advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s major initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. As “Climate Maven” at Google, she guided the company’s early climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, launching Google.org’s first climate project, RechargeIT, to accelerate the electrification of transportation, and successfully lobbying for AB32 in California (the Global Warming Solutions Act). While in law school she wrote and gained adoption of the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999), At the Department of Energy, she drafted and negotiated the first bilateral and regional climate change and clean energy agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica, Summit of the Americas, Argentina, Bolivia, Central America, Chile, et al., 1994-1998).
In 2009 she moved home to Sun Valley, Idaho where she manages her family office and is an individual and foundation member of Divest-Invest. In 2015 she founded the Sun Valley Institute, A Center for Resilience to protect regional quality of life and to serve as a model and resource to communities everywhere, convening the annual Sun Valley Forum to share strategies and catalyze action globally. She serves on the boards of the National Forest Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, and the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. Aimée is a 2017 Women in Leadership & Zions Bank laureate, the 2011 Hillary Institute laureate and a 2010 Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.
James Hunt is Managing Partner and CEO of Kayne Anderson’s Middle Market Credit business which finances US middle market companies seeking capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and/or change of control with teams in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Houston. Previously, Jim was the founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of THL Credit, Inc. and THL Credit Advisors LLC Founded in 2007, THL Credit is an investment manager for both direct lending and tradeable credit. Mr. Hunt was Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Bison Capital which he co-founded in 2001.
From 1990 through 2000, he was President of SunAmerica Corporate Finance and an Executive Vice President of SunAmerica Investments, Inc. (subsequently, AIG SunAmerica) through 2000. At SunAmerica, Mr. Hunt was responsible for high-yielding investments including CLO management, private placements, acquisition financing, term loans and portfolio purchases, structured finance and specialty finance corporate acquisitions.
Mr. Hunt joined SunAmerica from the Davis Companies, a private equity investment firm, where he was responsible for acquisitions. Prior to that he worked at Citicorp for over 14 years, where he held a variety of leveraged lending, credit and finance positions, culminating in the role of Senior Credit Officer and Vice President/Area Head for the Far West U.S. leveraged lending group.
Today, he serves on the board of directors of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI) and Hunt Companies, Inc. In addition to having served on a number of private boards, Mr. Hunt is a former Chairman and member of the board of directors of Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC. , Lead Trustee for Falcon Financial (Nasdaq: FLCN), Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), Primus Guaranty Ltd, LLC. (NYSE: PRS), Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (NYSE: FIS). Mr. Hunt is on the not-for-profit boards of the National Forest Foundation and the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Mr. Hunt earned his BBA in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Pennsylvania¹s Wharton School.
Janice Innis-Thompson is an attorney who has worked for leading companies in financial services, technology and manufacturing. She joined Nationwide in October 2020, after a distinguished career in government and as a Chief Compliance Counsel and Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at companies such as International Paper, Tyco International, TIAA and Samsung Electronics, North America. She created TIAA’s Ethics program, which won Ethisphere’s Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016 ranking TIAA as one of the most Ethical Companies in the World.
In her current role as SVP, Litigation and Legal Operations, she leads a large group of attorneys and legal professionals who manage Corporate Litigation and provide legal counsel to Finance, HR, IT and Marketing.
Following a Judicial Clerkship on the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Janice began her career with the United States Department of Justice, where she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in three jurisdictions: Middle Districr od Florida; Western District of NY; and Eastern District of NY. During that time she also served a year as Counsel to the Director of EOUSA (Executive Office for United States Attorneys), and worked with Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1996 election. In addition to her day job, she has served on several non-profit boards offering guidance on governance, risk management, compliance and audit. She also served as an initiating member of Edward Jones’ BridgeBuilder Mutual Fund, which currently has over $100 Billion in assets under care. Janice chaired BridgeBuilders’ Nominations & Governance Committee for 7 years and was a member of the Audit Committee. She currently serves on the boards of the Executive Leadership Council and University of Florida’s Law Center Association.
Janice holds a B.S. with honors and a J.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress and spokesperson with worldwide recognition. On the small screen, Andie stars in Hallmark's #1 series, "Cedar Cove". She portrays Judge Olivia Lockhart, a respected small-town municipal court judge who considers leaving the beautiful lake town where she raised her family to take a federal judgeship. The series is based on the bestselling books by Debbie Macomber. Previously, Andie was featured on the ABC Family series "Jane By Design" and starred in the Lifetime Original movies, "At Risk" and "The Front", both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her performance in the Emmy-nominated, HBO original film, "Dinner with Friends" and co-starred with Rosie O'Donnell in the CBS telefilm "Riding the Bus with My Sister", directed by Anjelica Huston. On the big screen, Andie earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy "Four Weddings and a Funeral", for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and the western "Bad Girls" with Drew Barrymore. Read more...
She also starred alongside Bill Murray in Harold Ramis' holiday classic "Groundhog Day", which was recently included into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. In other comedies, Andie continued to partner with top leading men including: Gerard Depardieu in "Green Card", for which she again earned a Golden Globe nomination, Michael Keaton in "Multiplicity", and John Travolta in "Michael".
She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steve Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape". The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and garnered Andie the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, she has been presented with the coveted Cesar D'Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from Germany's Horzu Publications, and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence. Andie's dramatic feature performances have included: "The End of Violence", directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival; Robert Altman's "The Player" and Short Cuts" for which the cast earned a special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble and a special Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival; "Unstrung Heroes", directed by Diane Keaton and the ever-popular "St. Elmo's Fire". Andie can next be seen alongside Channing Tatum in Warner Bros' "Magic Mike XXL" and her more recent film credits have included: 2011's "Footloose", "Monte Carlo", and the Indie feature "Mighty Fine" with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley. For her philanthropic work, Andie was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College.
Andie has served as the national spokesperson for both The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the American Heart Association. Additionally, in her continued efforts to bring awareness to preserving nature, Andie has supported the Tree Farmers of America with a national awareness campaign and put 2000 acres of her Montana ranch in a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance in her effort to preserve Montana's natural habitat. Andie began her career as a model and appeared in international ad campaigns for brands such as: Yves Saint Laurent, Vassarette, Armani perfume, Sabeth-Row and Bliss Blass. Since 1986, Andie has been the global spokesperson for L'Oreal Paris cosmetics and hair products. Andie's long-standing relationship with the brand has made hisory as the longest relationship between a beauty brand and spokesmodel.
Thomas McHenry served as Dean and President of Vermont Law School from 2017 to 2021 where he directed a variety of initiatives that have made Vermont Law School financially stronger and enhanced its educational programs. He is Chair of the Leadership Council of the Yale School of the Environment and he serves as vice-chair of the advisory council of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College. He previously worked as an attorney in Los Angeles for over thirty years, the last twenty as a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he practiced general environmental law. McHenry also served as an Adjunct Visiting Professor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California for more than twenty-five years where he taught environmental law and policy and environmental leadership. Read more...
McHenry also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence Karlton, Chief United States District Judge of the Eastern District of California in Sacramento, California and as a research fellow in the National Park Department of Taiwan in 1983-1984. He has advised more than fifteen countries on wildlife, national parks and forestry legislation as a consultant to the United Nations and World Bank. He currently serves on the boards of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the National Forest Foundation. He holds a JD from New York University Law School and a Master of Forest Science degree from the Yale School of the Environment (formerly the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Yale College.
Jose Minaya is the Chief Executive Officer of Nuveen, responsible for its vision, strategy and day-to-day operations. He and his leadership team set and execute key growth initiatives and provide oversight of all investment management teams and client businesses. He also chairs the Nuveen Executive Committee.
Jose previously served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Nuveen, responsible for overseeing all investment activities for more than $1 trillion in assets spanning the globe and covering equities, fixed income, real estate, private markets, natural resources, other alternatives and responsible investments. Prior to that he led TIAA’s global real assets division, where he was responsible for setting strategy and developing our investment capabilities across real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure, energy and alternative credit strategies. He joined TIAA as a fixed income portfolio manager in 2004, and has more than 27 years of investment experience at firms including AIG, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.
Jose serves on the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, an organization that fosters career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent. He is also executive sponsor for the Inclusion and Diversity initiative at TIAA, working to build and promote a diverse and inclusive environment throughout the enterprise. Jose holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Manhattan College and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Randy Moore is Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, leading a workforce of more than 25,000 permanent employees who sustainably manage 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands; support the world’s largest forestry research organization; and work with states, tribes, and others to sustain all of America’s forests for the benefit of all citizens, today and in the future.
Before being named Chief, Moore served as Pacific Southwest Regional Forester from 2007 to 2021, where he was responsible for 18 national forests in California, covering one-fifth of the state on 20 million acres of land. He also oversaw State & Private Forestry programs in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. Read more...
Moore began his 43-year career in 1978 with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in North Dakota. He began his Forest Service career on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests in Colorado and the Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands in Kansas. After serving as Deputy Forest Supervisor on the National Forests of North Carolina and the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri, he was Forest Supervisor on the Mark Twain. He then served as Regional Forester for the Eastern Region, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for five years.
Moore’s national experience in Washington, D.C., includes serving as acting Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System and as National Deputy Soils Program Manager.
A native of Bastrop, Louisiana, Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from Southern University. He and his wife Antoinette have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.
Kevin Murphy is the President of ExxonMobil Foundation and Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Global Community Investments for Exxon Mobil Corporation. His previous positions included Global Issues Manager, Public & Government Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, and Manager of State Government Relations. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he held several positions in Washington, D.C., including his final position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy & Environmental Technologies in the International Trade Administration.
Kevin resides in Dallas, Texas. He holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University. He was a Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund in 2008. Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth and the National Forest Foundation.
Currently, Jeff Nuss is a senior advisor and impact investor after 22 years as Founder and former President & CEO of GreenWood Resources, Inc. (“GreenWood”) and its subsidiaries. Jeff has over 28 years of tree farm development, management and investment experience, and more than 20 years of experience in international business development. Under his leadership, GreenWood grew to over 150 professionals with experience in overseeing forestry assets and investments close to $2.0 billion in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia (China) and managing approximately 741,000 acres (300,000 hectares) in forestry operations certify under third party audited certification programs.
As CEO, he was directly responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the company and overall management of the business. He served as Chair of GreenWood’s Executive and Investment Committees as well as Chaired various Boards related to specific investments made by GreenWood. Read more...
GreenWood became an affiliate of TIAA’s Asset Management business (Nuveen) when TIAA acquired an ownership in 2012 and was responsible for overseeing timberland investments made on behalf of TIAA’s General Account as well as for Global Third-Party Institutional Investors seeking the diversification, climate impact, and risk adjusted return value that timberland investments provide to a portfolio.
Prior to founding GreenWood, Jeff worked at CH2M HILL, a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management. During his twelve years at CH2M HILL, he worked with municipal, industrial, and private clients addressing issues and opportunities within the natural resource landscape.
Jeff currently serves on the Board of Investors for Heartwood Biomass, World Forestry Center Board of Directors and was recently the Board Chair, Sustainable Northwest Board of Directors, and Sustainable Northwest Woods (for-profit arm of SNW) Board of Directors and will be joining California’s Board of Forestry’s Joint Institute on Wood Products Innovation Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Forest Owners, past President and Board member of Agri-Business Council, and past President and Board Member of Western Hardwood Association.
He is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a B.S. in Bio-Resources Engineering and an M.S. in Resource Management and Policy from Oregon State’s Civil Engineering Department.
James was appointed President of the Mountain Division of Vail Resorts this past June 2021. Prior to that he served as the EVP - Hospitality, Retail & Rental, and Real Estate from December 2016, having previously served as Senior VP of Lodging & Real Estate, COO of VR Hospitality, and as the Hospitality division's CFO. He has held numerous positions in the Company since he joined in 2002, including Corporate Director of Finance, Regional Director of Operations, and VP of Strategic Development. Prior to 2002, James specialized in the hospitality and real estate industries as an Assurance and Business Advisory Services Manager at Arthur Andersen. Read more...
As a leader with Vail Resorts, James believes in fostering relationships with his peers, direct reports, and workforce through radical candor and open communication. James and his teams strive to create emotional connections with our guests by evoking feelings of safety, relaxation, excitement, and happiness when enjoying our Mountains – to ultimately provide them an Experience of a Lifetime.
Randy J Peterson has recently retired from Land’s End where he was Vice President and led the Engineering, Corporate Services and Sustainability groups for over 15 years. During that period Randy provided leadership for a diverse group responsible for global facilities (planning, design & construction/project management, real estate), process/systems engineering, administrative services and enterprise wide sustainability. Randy also currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Clean Lakes Alliance in Madison, Wisconsin. With over 25 years of increasingly responsible engineering, project management and corporate leadership roles with companies such as Northrop Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, and Sperry; Randy brought to Lands' End and the Clean Lake Alliance a variety of experiences, and knowledge of some leading practices in industrial engineering, facilities management, accountable leadership, and corporate social responsibility. Currently, Randy is the Principle consultant for LRP Consultants LLC. Read more...
Randy possesses a B.S. from the College of Engineering, Arizona State University an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest, Illinois, and a professional certification for Georgia Institute of Technology in Supply Chain and Logistics.
An avid sportsman, Randy enjoys fishing in any of Wisconsin's many lakes and golfing pretty much anywhere around the country. He and his wife Linda enjoy traveling to exciting places in the U.S. and abroad. They have three adult-aged children who all lead very successful careers of their own.
Rick C. Wade is senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences. He also provides counsel on policy issues and leads special projects. His wealth of knowledge and experience in both the public and private sectors enable him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. Read more...
Among Wade’s many responsibilities, he is leading the Chamber’s historic Equality of Opportunity initiative aimed to develop sustainable public policy and business solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in education, employment, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, health and wealth.
Before joining the Chamber, Wade was principal of The Wade Group, a strategic communications and global business development firm, and was a partner at Harves Investment Group, a consultancy that facilitated foreign direct investment into the United States.
A member of the Democratic National Committee, Wade as an Adviser to President Barack Obama and National Director of Africa-American Vote at the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He was a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke where he was a liaison to the White House, businesses, trade associations, civic organizations, and local governments. He was a member of the White House task forces on Puerto Rico, Small Business Contracting, Automobile Recovery, Military Families, and Historically Black Colleges & Universities. He also served on the Interagency Business Council and former Vice President Joe Biden’s Task Force on Middle Class America and worked with the White House on implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Wade also worked with Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to foster regional economic development in distressed areas, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on expanding broadband to rural and urban America, the Minority Business Development Agency to create jobs through the growth of minority-owned businesses, and the Census Bureau on executing the 2010 decennial census.
He was an executive at Hoffman-La Roche and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. He also had experience at the South Carolina House of Representatives, the Cabinet of the Governor, and the Office of the President at the University of South Carolina.
Wade received his B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Benedict College and South Carolina State University and has received numerous awards for exemplary leadership and public service.
Hugh Wiley was Head of National Media and Commerce at the XO Group based in New York City. Before joining XO Group he was a Principal/Partner of Content Wise Associates LLC, a digital and content marketing consulting firm. Previously, he was Head of Bloomberg’s Client Solutions Partner Group leading cross platform solutions for Bloomberg’s largest media partners. He joined Bloomberg in 2010 first as the Worldwide Publisher of Bloomberg Businessweek and Businessweek.com. He joined Bloomberg from Time Warner where over a twenty five year career he held various roles including Worldwide Publisher of FORTUNE and EVP of Sales, Marketing and Media for Time Inc. International.
Hugh is an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He is a past President of the Camp Fire Club of America, where he also served as President of the Camp Fire Conservation Fund. He also took time out from his media career to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (2016-17.)