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 lead 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.
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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. Read more...
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.
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.
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.
Timothy Proctor Schieffelin
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.
Patricia Hayling Price
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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 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.
Michael Barkin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vail Resorts where oversees the finance, accounting, tax, strategic development and procurement functions. He joined Vail Resorts in July 2012 as Vice President of Strategy and Development and was named CFO in April 2013. Prior to joining Vail Resorts, Michael was a Principal at KRG Capital Partners, where he was a member of the investment team since 2006. Prior to KRG, he worked at Bain Capital Partners and Bain & Company. Michael graduated from Williams College and received his MBA from Stanford University. He is a co-founder of the Eagle Fund, a fund that supports innovative educational initiatives and organizations in Colorado, and is a former Trustee of Strive Preparatory Charter Schools. Michael is a Colorado native and is a passionate skier, cyclist and angler.
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
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.
Vicki Christiansen is the Chief at the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, DC. Prior to that she was Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry where she had oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry and Conservation Education. She joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Vicki has worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter and State Forester to the effort. Prior to joining the Forest Service she served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry. She was responsible for the protection of 22 million acres of state and private lands in Arizona, including wildland fire management. Read more...
As State Forester, Vicki represented Arizona at the national and state level on forest health and wildland fire issues. She was Chair of the Wildland Fire Committee for the National Association of State Foresters. Vicki also served as the Washington State Forester where she had a 26 year career with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She started as a wildland fire fighter while still in college and held many different positions at Washington DNR with a strong emphasis in operations, managing state trust lands and regulating forest practices on state and private lands in Washington State. Her first permanent position was as a forester responsible for the reforestation of state trust lands in the Mt. Saint Helens blast zone. Vicki has been a wildland fire fighter and fire manager for 36 years. She has numerous credentials in the wildland fire program with a special expertise as a fire line-blasting advisor. Vicki has a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Washington (1983, cum laude). She is married to a Fire Chief (retired) and has two grown sons.
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.
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.
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.
On July 1, 2017, Thomas McHenry, a nationally recognized environmental law attorney, began his term as the ninth president and dean of Vermont Law School. Formerly a partner with Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, Calif., Dean McHenry brings 30 years of environmental and administrative law practice to VLS, the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school. Dean McHenry is a longtime member of the VLS community and taught for several years in the school’s Summer Session. He has taught environmental business transactions and comparative U.S./France land use law, which included taking a group of VLS students to Paris and Provence to meet land use lawyers and planners. He plans to continue the tradition of learning outside the classroom, whether taking VLS students to visit abandoned mining sites now regulated under the Superfund and being used to install solar panels or visiting local farms to learn more about the challenges facing food growers and producers. Read more...
Prior to his leadership role at VLS, Dean McHenry co-chaired the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and served as vice-chair of the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College, where he taught environmental law and policy to undergraduates for 25 years. His other nonprofit and community service includes the Council on Watershed Health in Los Angeles, the National Forest Foundation, the Natural Heritage Institute, Wildlife Trust, the Wolf Fund Advisory Board, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the California State Parks Foundation, California Waste Association, and the Santa Lucia and Tejon Conservancies. Dean McHenry has provided legal counsel internationally on environmental and natural resources legislation and regulations in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He earned his JD at New York University School of Law, a master’s in forest science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in history at 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.
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.
Jeff Paro, currently an independent advisor/investor in the digital, media and outdoor industry was most recently President and CEO of Integrated Media at Kroenke Sports and Entertainment’s Outdoor Sportsman Group, is a 25-year veteran of enthusiast lifestyle media, sports-marketing, entertainment and consumer business development. Read more...
Outdoor Sportsman Group was created in 2014 following the successful acquisition of InterMedia Outdoors Inc., Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network. The Group is comprised of Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, MyOutdoorsTV (MOTV), 15 leading outdoor magazines, including InFisherman, Game&Fish, Flyfisherman, Petersen’s Hunting & Florida Sportsman and a digital network of 17 leading websites, including Bassfan.com. The division also includes TV production operations, Winnercom and IMO Original Productions, The Florida Sportsman Shows and Major League Fishing.
Prior to joining KSE, Jeff was President and CEO of InterMedia Outdoors Inc, and before that President of Primedia’s Outdoor, Marine, Equine and Action Sports Groups which included 23 of the markets leading outdoor, marine, equine, and action sports multi-platform franchises; additional portfolio brands included Power and Motor Yacht, Sail, Surfer, Powder, Snowboarding, The Gravity Games and others. Jeff was instrumental in the successful sale of Primedia’s outdoor assets to the private equity group, InterMedia Partners where he continued on as CEO of the newly formed InterMedia Outdoors Inc.
Prior to joining Primedia, Jeff spent 6 years with Times Mirror Corporation as VP Group Publisher for Field and Stream and Outdoor Life Magazines, Sr. Vice President, of Times Mirror Magazines, and President of The Outdoor Company (Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, and Outdoor Explorer). Jeff served on the Executive Committee at Times Mirror and was a core member of the team that ultimately sold Times Mirror Magazines to Time Inc. Jeff began his career at The New York Times Company.
Jeff, an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate conservation advocate, resides in Short Hills, New Jersey with his wife Pam, has two grown children Ben and Jamie and is a graduate of The University of Colorado. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The National Forest Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and The Magazine Publishers Association’s IMAG.
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.
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.)