Craig R. Barrett
Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. In 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009. Craig Barrett was born in San Francisco, California. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from 1957 to 1964, receiving Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained through 1974, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965. He is the author of over 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials. Read more...
Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 and held positions of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president from 1984 to 1990. In 1992, he was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1993. Dr. Barrett became Intel's fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board in 2005. Dr. Barrett previously served as Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world. He chairs Change The Equation, a national education science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coalition and the National Forest Foundation; co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; and vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona. Dr. Barrett is chairman of STAND for Children AZ, president and chairman of BASIS Schools, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Achieve Inc., Carnegie Institution for Science, K12 Inc., Society for Science and the Public, Arizona Commerce Authority Board, Impele Holdings LLC and Grameen Intel Social Business. He is International co-chairman of the Russian Federation’s Skolkovo Foundation Council, and serves on the advisory boards of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, Geothermic Solution LLC, Tallwave LLC, Team4Tech, Montana Family Foundation, and is Chairman of the Irish Technology Leadership Group. Dr. Barrett has been an appointee of the Council for Foreign Relations Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and the American Health Information Community. He has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business, the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board, and numerous other boards, policy and government panels and committees. Dr. Barrett has been a member of the National Governors' Association Task Force on Innovation America, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, past chair of the National Academy of Engineering, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and TechNet.
Lee Fromson is the former Senior Vice President of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) in Kent, Washington. REI is an outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its 4.7 million active members for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores – REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com – and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for human-powered outdoor recreation, including its own line of award-winning gear and apparel. Lee oversees the company’s merchandising strategy, financial planning, inventory management strategies and vendor partnership development. Read more...
In addition to the NFF Board, Lee also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Appalachian Mountain Club and continues to participate in their semi-annual strategy planning sessions. Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America's oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 and is dedicated to enriching the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. 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.
Timothy Proctor Schieffelin
Tim Schieffelin is a Senior Wealth Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Previously, he was an advisor to Source Capital Group and to JSBO Realty & Capital. Earlier, Mr. Schieffelin was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America’s Private Bank. Prior to that, he was with Citigroup for 27 years as an executive in various capacities in their institutional group and private banking group. Mr. Schieffelin serves on the Executive, Audit & Finance, and (co-chair of) Development Committees of the National Forest Foundation, for which he also serves as Board Secretary; he also serves on the Investment and Downeast Campus Committees of the Maine Sea Coast Mission; the Descendants Advisory Board of Friends of John Jay Homestead and their Scholars Committee; and on the Board and Investment Committee of Sand Pond Corp. He is a former Vestry member and Finance Committee member of Christ Church Greenwich as well as an EfM program graduate. He is a member of The Pilgrims of the United States, a life member of Squadron A Association and is a Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMC/IMCA) and a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College where he served as a two-term Trustee. Mr. Schieffelin is married with four daughters.
Executive Committee Member
Caroline Choi is Vice President, Regulatory and Environmental Policy for Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for the integration of environmental regulatory activities with economic regulation and resource planning, and for non-rate or procurement related California Public Utilities Commission regulations. Prior to joining SCE, Choi was executive director of Environmental Services & Strategy at Progress Energy. Since 1997 she served the company in various roles, including director, Energy Policy & Strategy and manager, Federal Public Affairs. Choi serves on the EEI Environmental Executive Advisory Committee. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Peter B. Foreman
Executive Committee Member
Peter Foreman lives in Chicago and is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid traveler, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Professional: Mr. Foreman has been involved in investment management for 39 years. Mr. Foreman has been involved in the securities industry since 1960. He began his career as a sales trainee for Glore, Forgan, Wm. R. Staats, Inc. He became a shareholder of the firm in 1964, and Senior Vice President and Director in 1967. From 1969 through 1975, Mr. Foreman was a Vice President, Director and shareholder of R.J. Levy Harris & Co., the original predecessor to Harris Associates, L.P. In January of 1976, Mr. Foreman became a founding partner of Harris Associates, L.P., an independent investment advisory firm specializing in the management of equity and balanced portfolios for families and institutions, and was highly instrumental in the development of the firm's business. In 1994, Mr. Foreman left Harris Associates L.P. and started his own investment management firm, Sirius Corporation. He manages Procyon Partners, a limited partnership focusing on fund to fund investing. Education: Undergraduate work done at Hobart College and Colorado State University. Civic: Mr. Foreman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the John G. Shedd Aquarium as well as the Board of Directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Chief, U.S Forest Service - Ex-officio
Chief Tom Tidwell grew up in Boise, Idaho, and graduated from Washington State University. He has spent 32 years with the Forest Service in a variety of positions. He began his Forest Service career on the Boise National Forest in fire, and has since worked on eight different national forests, in three regions. He has worked at all levels of the agency in a variety of positions, including District Ranger, Forest Supervisor, and Legislative Affairs Specialist in the Washington Office, where he worked on the planning rule, the 2001 roadless rule and the Secure Rural Schools County Payments Act. Tom served as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region with primary responsibility for fire and aviation management, recreation, engineering, state and private forestry and tribal relations. Under Tom’s leadership, there was a significant increase in the Region’s effectiveness to reduce hazardous fuels, and improved cooperation with CALFIRE on wildland fire suppression. Read more...
Prior to becoming Chief, Tom served as the Regional Forester for the Northern Region, with responsibility for the national forests and grasslands in northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and portions of South Dakota. As the Regional Forester, Tom encouraged and supported community-based collaboration to find resolution on how and where to use active management to restore forest health and address wildfire threat to communities, and to provide protection for the values of unroaded landscapes. Tom’s field experience includes working from the rural areas of Nevada and Idaho all the way to the urban Forests in California and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah, where he served as Forest Supervisor during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Tom has extensive fire experience, beginning as a firefighter, and accumulating nineteen years as an agency administrator responsible for fire suppression decisions.
Tom is married to Kim, and they have one daughter, MacKenzie.
David Bell has deep experience in the Marketing Services sector having been CEO of three major industry companies - Bozell Worldwide, True North Communications and The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. The various positions Mr. Bell held at Bozell Worldwide led to his becoming its CEO where he became a major factor in building the company from a $12 million company to one worth over $600 million, making it one of the ten largest global agencies. Following the acquisition of Bozell by True North, he was named CEO of that fourth largest Agency Holding Group. Following the acquisition of True North by the Interpublic Group, he was named CEO of this second largest Agency Holding Group with 44,000 employees and nearly $7 billion in revenue. The shareholder value of each company had increased by over 50% in each case. Mr. Bell is the only industry executive ever to lead all industry associations - The American Association of Advertising, Agencies American Advertising Federation, The Ad Council, and The Advertising Educational Foundation. Read more...
All of these achievements were recognized by his peers, who elected him to the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. Bell was a senior advisor to Google from 2006 to 2009 and is currently a senior advisor to AOL for its comeback. He is also the non-executive chair of two unique global agencies, Creative Realities and Gyro. He is an independent director of Warnaco and Lighting Science Group. Mr. Bell continues his passion for start-up and early stage internet/technology companies, holding several board positions including: Double Verify, Stylesight, Your Tango, Resonate Networks, Vizu and Media6degrees.
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.
Coleman Burke is the founder and Managing Partner of Waterfront Properties located in New York, New York since 1983. The commercial real estate company specializes in office, retail, art gallery, museum and storage properties with holdings in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado. Three of the properties are landmarked and two have undergone substantial renovations. One is nominated to be included in the Maine and National Register. Prior to founding Waterfront Properties, Mr. Burke was a partner at the law firm of Burke & Burke for 13 years, 1970-1983, where he was a corporate and tax attorney and served on the Executive Committee. He received a law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served as a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer, USS Rowan DD 782, during the Vietnam War, after graduating from Yale in 1963. He was the Main Propulsion Assistant to the Chief Engineer, Communications Officer, and a Fleet Officer of the deck. Read more...
Mr. Burke has spent almost forty years dedicating his services to the environmental movement; in particular, the preservation of our oceans, forests, wetlands, and clean water. He is an investor in clean energy and a proponent of LEED certification for new construction or restoration. His hobbies are amateur geology and amateur paleontology. He serves on the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He surveys geology on his own at the Yale University Science Libraries before leading field trips to identify dinosaur bones in Wyoming, Montana, and Patagonia. Within the past two years, he has given the Burke Auditorium at Kroon Hall to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He has established the Coleman P. Burke Chair in the areas of tax, trusts and estates in honor of Professor Leon Gabinet at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Burke serves as a trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Forest Foundation, the Leadership Council of The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, The Yale University of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. He is a director of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy covering the 26 national parks in New York Harbor. He serves on the Science Committee of The New York Botanical Garden. He was a former trustee of St. Paul’s School, The Leakey Foundation and the Professional Children’s School and a former member of the Board of Overseers of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a retired member of the New York Bar. He is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club. Mr. Burke is a member of the New York Real Estate Board, the Bedford Historical Society, Pjepscot Historical Society, the Nantucket Historical Society, St. Matthew’s Church, and the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology. Mr. Burke has spent fifteen years finding dinosaur bones in Patagonia and Wyoming and has contributed many of them to museums. He has led flag expeditions for the Explorers Club to Patagonia on paleontological digs for dinosaur bones and to Tierra del Fuego to locate and descend rivers never attempted before. He is an avid player of golf, tennis, ice hockey, skiing, shooting, fishing and sailing. He has four children who join him on such activities – two in San Francisco and two in New York and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; seven grandchildren. He is writing a book about Charles Darwin’s early years in South America.
Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies with clients including the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, Virgin Unite, and United Nations. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with the U.S. Department of Energy, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided its earliest climate and energy strategy including a commitment to carbon neutrality. She was Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy For All and co-chair of the World Climate Summit where 800 business leaders mobilized climate solutions. She negotiated the first bilateral climate change agreements (U.S. – Costa Rica 1994, et al.) and wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999). She was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. In 2009 she relocated to Sun Valley, Idaho to be with family and manage her family’s investments including in solar energy companies, projects and funds. She graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School.
Robert G. Cole is shareholder with the law firm of Collins Cockrel & Cole. Bob’s legal practice focuses on all areas of local government law, with an emphasis on general counsel representation of municipalities and special districts. His work includes serving as Town Attorney for Gypsum and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, general counsel for numerous emergency service providers, and assisting clients with water supply development, public lands and environmental issues. Bob organized the City of Centennial, Colorado, a large Denver area city, and served as its first City Attorney. Bob received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1986, where he emphasized natural resource law study and was the President of the Environmental Law Society. Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from Oklahoma State University in Forest Management. Before law school, Bob worked for nine years for the United States Forest Service on the Sequoia, Cleveland and Klamath National Forests in California, primarily in fire management and timber management, and also worked as a paid-call firefighter with Tulare County/California Division of Forestry. Read more...
In addition to serving on the National Forest Foundation Board of Directors, Bob is a member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations; Denver Metro City Attorneys Association; Society of American Foresters, Fire and Economics, Policy and Law working groups and previously Chair for the Mile High Chapter; the National Fire Protection Association Wildland Fire Working Section; an associate member of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Association of Retired Forest Service Employees; and a former member and Vice-Chair of the Clear Creek County Planning Commission and Upper Bear Creek/East Mount Evans master plan task force. Bob is married to Patty McInnis-Cole. They have four young children and live in Evergreen Colorado, where their interests include family outings in the mountains and forests of Colorado, fly fishing, bicycling, and youth sports.
J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr.
J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. ("Sandy") is Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President, Coca-Cola North America. Prior to this appointment he was Senior Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer.
Sandy joined The Coca-Cola Company in January 1988 as a District Sales Manager for the Foodservice Division of Coca-Cola USA. He also held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in Coca-Cola USA. He was named Vice President of Coca-Cola USA in 1994, assuming leadership of the CCE Sales & Marketing Group. In 1998, his responsibilities were increased to include the entire North American Field Sales and Marketing Groups. He was appointed President of the North America Retail Division in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of The Coca-Cola Company where he led the company’s customer and commercial leadership organization. In 2006, he was appointed President of the Coca-Cola North America Group and in 2013 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer. Read more...
Sandy serves on the Coca-Cola European Partners (“CCEP”) corporate board of directors. He is active in beverage and consumer product industry organizations and serves on the boards of the American Beverage Association (“ABA”), the Food Marketing Institute (“FMI”), and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (“GMA”). He also serves on the charity leadership boards of the East Lake Foundation and Morehouse College. Sandy graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 and began his career at the Procter & Gamble Company working in a variety of sales and sales management positions prior to joining the company.
Bart Eberwein, Executive Vice President, Hoffman Construction Company, with offices in Portland and Seattle, and projects throughout the West. Hoffman is 85-years old, with annual sales bouncing between $600 million and $1.4 billion over the last 15 years. Recent notable projects include the Seattle Library (Rem Koolhaus); Experience Music Project (Frank Gehry); Tacoma Art Museum (Antoine Predock); Seattle City Hall (Peter Bohlin); Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Bob Frasca). Hoffman clients with wide name recognition include: Intel, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, Philips, Fujitsu, Westin and Marriott Hotels. Mr. Eberwein, is a father of Ella, Hayden and Douglas and husband of Jill. Oregon Arts Commissioner; founding Board member of CAWS (Construction Apprenticeship & Workforce Solutions, Inc.) Past Board member of Cycle Oregon, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland AIA, Oregon Literary Arts, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Youth Corps. Avid cyclist. Collector of modern first editions and other literary ephemera.
Robert Feitler has served as director and chairman, executive committee of Weyco Group Inc., manufacturer, purchaser and distributor of men’s footwear since 1996. Previous to this position, he was president and chief operating office from 1968 to 1996 and president, treasurer from 1964 to 1968. Mr. Feitler earned his bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and obtained his J.D. from Harvard University. He currently serves as Trustee Emeriti for the University of Chicago and a Life Trustee for the University of Chicago Hospitals and Healthcare Systems. His civic involvement also includes serving as chair of the Smart Family Foundation and the Smart Museum, as well as director of the TC Manufacturing Company. Mr. Feitler is married to Joan Feitler and has four children, Pamela, Robert, Jr., Richard, and Dana (deceased).
Barry K. Fingerhut has been the Chief Executive Officer and majority equity owner of Certification Partners, LLC (CP) since the fall of 2010, moving to Paradise Valley, Arizona from New York City, to manage the Company. CP is the leading vendor-neutral Certification Company for developing requisite IT skills for careers within the emerging markets of the Web, and a Select partner to a number of Certification Associations in helping to build and maintain their Web presence for their members. Previously, Fingerhut has been involved in many phases of the investment business. From 1981 to 2004, he served as President of GeoCapital, LLC (a registered investment advisory firm), which was sold in 1997 to Affiliated Managers Group. Prior to that, he served two years at First Manhattan Co. and four years as a limited and then general partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer. Read more...
Mr. Fingerhut has focused much of his career on public and private investing in small capitalization companies (defined primarily as under $1 billion in equity valuation), in the for-profit education and training, publishing, media, consumer services, hydrocarbon and financial services industries. In 1992, he co-founded Wheatley Partners, a venture capital partnership, specializing in investments in new technologies and services, and serving both corporate and public institutions. Currently, there are five outstanding partnerships. In 2004, he formed Fingerhut Management, a family-and-friends investment office in New York City. In 2009, he co-founded Caregiver Institute, LLC, to address the enormous challenges of aiding home caregiver workers in the United States. Caregiver Institute utilizes immersive learning technologies to serve the skills and enhance the emotional sustenance of the caregiver demographic. Since 1992, Fingerhut has served on a number of public and private boards of directors, with current positions at Caregiver Institute, Edufund Inc. (Global Student Loan Corp.), Aequus Technologies, Certification Partners and YourTango.com, among others, and a current public Board position at Carriage Services, Inc. (He presently serves as Chairman of YourTango.com, and Caregiver Institute, LLC). In the non-profit sector, Fingerhut has served as President and now board member of F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System in New York City. He also serves on the board of overseers for the Stern School of Business a New York University, and as a board member of Achievement/First Corp., and extraordinary Charter School operation in New Haven and New York City. Fingerhut earned his B.S. degree with distinction from the University of Maryland (1967) and his M.B.A. in Finance/Investments from New York University (1969).
Executive Committee Member
Rick Frazier is the Chief Product Supply Officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). Rick has overarching accountability for the North America Supply Chain, enabling CCR to build brands, serve customers, generate growth and engage in communities at an optimized cost. Previously, Rick served as Vice President of Commercial Products Supply for The Coca-Cola Company, where he was accountable for the manufacturing and sale of concentrates, beverage bases and syrups to our global bottling operations. He also served as Vice President, Supply Chain & Senior Vice President of Technical Stewardship. Under his leadership, the Company's Global Quality, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, and Environment & Water Resources functions drove sustainable growth, quality, environmental and regulatory risk. Rick is a member of Link Unlimited, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., Executive Leadership Council and serves on the Boards of the Executive Leadership Foundation and Fernbank Natural History Museum. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
Since 2007, Beth Ganz has served as the Vice President for Public Affairs and Sustainability at Vail Resorts. In this role, Ganz oversees the company’s government relations at the national, state and local level, and the company’s community relations, corporate stewardship and sustainability programs. Previously, Ganz held many political and non-profit positions in both Colorado and Washington, D.C. Before joining Vail Resorts, Ganz served as executive director of America Votes, a national coalition that works to promote progressive policies through issue advocacy and election campaigns. Previously, Ganz held executive director positions with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and the Colorado Democratic Party. In addition, Ganz served as campaign manager for Congresswoman DeGette’s first re-election campaign. Ganz has had the honor of serving on many non-profit boards, including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Action Fund, the Park City Medical Center Foundation, and currently serves as chair of the Africa School Assistance Project, a Denver-based organization that recruits U.S. volunteers to help build schools in Africa. Ganz earned a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Dr. Roje S. Gootee co-owns and manages Rush Creek Ranch, 3,083 acres of forest and rangeland in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. At the time of the purchase, improper management by former owners had left much of the property in significantly depleted condition. Thirteen years of active restoration have resulted in substantial improvement, and the property is now an ATFS-certified tree farm. Dr. Gootee is a former United States Forest Service employee, having worked as a Range Conservationist on the Modoc National Forests, and a Forester on the Sam Houston and Mount Hood National Forests. She now works as a private consultant specializing in natural resource stewardship and policy, in addition to managing her family’s ranch. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Forest Science from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her research focuses on the social and legal interference between private forests and environmental regulatory policy. Read more...
Her research results have been presented in a variety of academic and professional settings including the Thomas Foley Institute, Yale University, and international conferences in Slovenia, France, and Ireland. Her consulting work is directed toward improving public understanding of environmental issues and working toward socially and ecologically sustainable policy solutions. She is an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University, a member of the State of Oregon’s Committee for Family Forestlands, a member of the Operations Committee of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners, and is the environmental advisor for the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, a private school in Portland, Oregon. She is also a member of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the Society of American Foresters, the Society for Range Management, the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.
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.
Patricia Hayling Price
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. 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. Read more...
Patricia follows her philosophy to “meet client 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.
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. 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". Read more...
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.
Jeff Paro, Chief Executive Officer of InterMedia Outdoors, Inc. (formerly Primedia Outdoors, a division of Primedia) is a 30-year industry veteran of enthusiast media. Jeff joined Primedia in 2002, and under his leadership assembled the outdoors’ leading multimedia franchises to form what is now InterMedia Outdoors, Inc., America’s largest outdoor multimedia enthusiast network. Intermedia Outdoors network serves and fuels the passions of over 50 million American Sportsmen. This brand portfolio includes such venerable franchises as The Sportsman Channel, Barrett Productions, Fly Fisherman, Florida Sportsman, Petersen’s Hunting, In Fisherman, Bowhunter, Gun Dog, Wildfowl, Shallow Water Angler, Shooting Times, and others. Prior to joining Primedia Jeff spent 6 years with Times Mirror as VP Group Publisher for Field & Stream and Outdoor Life Magazines, Sr. Vice President of Times Mirror Magazines, and President of The Outdoor Company (Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Explorer). Read more...
And he began his career with The New York Times Sports & Leisure Division, where he held a variety of sales, and management positions with Golf Digest, Tennis, and Snow Country Magazines, including National Sales Manager for The Tennis Company, and Publisher of Tennis USTA and Tennis Buyers Guide. Jeff likens his last ten years in the outdoors as “coming home”. His lifelong passion for the outdoors includes fly-fishing, skiing, backpacking, boating, upland bird hunting, mountain biking, and “anything that will get me and my family outdoors”. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with a BA in Economics and Political Science. Jeff, his wife Pam and two children live in Short Hills, NJ.
Mary Smart, a graduate of Columbia University is affiliated with a variety of organizations, benefiting education, the environment, medical research, the arts and social welfare. Her father was one of three visionary brothers who founded the Chicago-based Esquire Magazine in 1933. Esquire was one of the first men’s fashion and lifestyle magazines distinguished by its high quality literary and editorial features which helped change America’s cultural landscape in the 19th century. Coronet Instructional Films, the nation’s first producer of education and training films during the Cold-War era was another venture of the Smart Family. The family is one of the founders of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago in 1974. This university museum promotes understanding of the visual arts and their importance to human history and culture. Mary’s first involvement with social service organizations occurred in 2004 when Community Service Associates, Inc. in Mount Vernon, New York was a recipient of a Smart Family Foundation grant under Mary’s sponsorship. Community Service Associates provides programs that nourish the physical needs as well as social and psychological needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Read more...
Mount Vernon is the eight most populous city in the State of New York. It is a predominantly African-American city in a majority Caucasian country. The northern half of Mount Vernon has a suburban presence with tree lined streets and close knit homes side by side while the southern portion of the city has a very urban feel, nearly mirroring its border with the New York City Borough, The Bronx. The city’s downtown business district is also located on the city’s southside, which features the City Hall, Office buildings, and other municipal establishments. Mounta Vernon was named after the Viriginia plantation where George Washington spent his final years, just as neighboring Wakefield was named after the plantation where he was born. Mount Vernon has in recent years undergone a transition from a city of homes and mediocre businesses to a city of regional commerce. Between 2000 and 2006, the city of Mount Vernon’s economy grew 20.5%, making it one of the fastest growing cities within the country for having such a large magnitude of diversity for a city of its size. Mary Smart serves on several non-profit boards, including: The Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University, an agency working to improve the quality of life and quality of care for older people. The Origins Institute at Arizona State University, a trans-disciplinary institute focusing on issues with origin from evolutionary biology to nano-technology as well as the origins of the universe. The institute conducts research and provides public outreach and education about the institutions, which have evolved to consider these issues. The Federal Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF) assists Federal Agents and law enforcement officials through supporting their families with emergency funding, financial assistance and community outreach. In particular, FEHSF provides monetary support to families of agents and officers who are seriously injured or killed on duty protecting the nation’s citizens and enforcing our laws. The New York New Jersey Trail Conference, an organization that organizes volunteers to create, protect, and promote more than 1,700 miles of public hiking trails in the northeastern United States. Mary serves on the Nominating Committee and Development Committee.
Chad Weiss is a Founder and Managing Partner of JOG Capital Inc., a private equity concern which invests in the energy sector. Prior to establishing JOG Capital, Mr. Weiss spent more than 25 years as an investment banker serving the energy industry. Within the investment banking industry, Mr. Weiss served as Managing Director and Head of Royal Bank of Canada's Capital Markets Energy Group. Before joining RBC, Mr. Weiss was the Managing Director and Head of the Energy and Power Group with Bank of America Securities from 1998 to 2001, and held a similar position with Smith Barney, Inc., from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Weiss obtained a B.A. in Physics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Weiss also serves on the board of Breitburn Energy Partners, LP., (NASDAQ, "BBEP").
James C. Yardley
James C. Yardley is Executive Vice President of El Paso Corporation and President of the Pipeline Group. El Paso owns the largest natural gas pipeline system in the United States and is also one of the nation’s largest independent natural gas producers. Mr. Yardley assumed his current role in August 2006. He has been with El Paso since 1978 and has held various roles in the company’s pipeline business, offshore drilling business, and corporate staff. He has been based in Houston, Birmingham, Alabama, and London, and currently resides in Houston. He also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of El Paso Pipeline GP Company, L.L.C., the general partner of El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. He serves on the Board of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and previously served as its chairman. He has been married for 30 years and has three grown children.