Thomas Gart is President of The Gart Companies, based in Denver, CO.
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‘Never a dull moment' has been a common theme in Frank's life, which guided by an adventurous and curious spirit marks athletic adventures ranging, among others, from yacht racing, mountaineering and various endurance challenges to a diverse professional career spanning Wall Street, entrepreneurship and the corporate world as well as lately an action filled family life.
Wilfred is President of the Alaska Milk Corporation which is the leading publicly listed consumer foods company in the Philippines. It is the brand leader in the liquid mik category and a "strong second" in the powdered division. Forbes magazine has selected the Alaska Milk Corp as one of the "top 200 small cap companies in the world" twice in the last 5 years.
Alain Villeneuve is a partner at Vedder Price. Alain joined Vedder Price as an Associate in the Intellectual Property group in 2006. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters, immigration matters and intellectual property matters, including the prosecution of patents and the registration and monitoring of trademarks and copyrights. Alain has also won significant cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and one of his patents has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Bilski v. Kappos decision.
Chuck Bengochea is the CEO of HoneyBaked Ham, which he joined in 1995 as the VP of Retail. Through the next few years, Chuck moved up the corporate ladder to become the President and COO of the company, and in 2006, Chuck was named the first CEO outside the family that had founded and managed the company for four decades.
Panos Kakoullis is the Managing Director of Deloitte's London Audit business in the UK. Deloitte & Touche LLP is one of the fastest growing professional services firms with offices in 23 locations and approximately 12,500 staff and partners nationwide. They provide professional services and advice to many leading businesses, government departments and public sector bodies, and publish many influential studies and thought leadership pieces in their own right.
Andrew (Andy) Kindfuller is Chief Operating Officer of Guthy-Renker International, the international arm of one of the world's largest direct response television companies. Established in 1988, Guthy-Renker today has sales of more than $1.5 Billion per year and an average annual growth rate of 25% over the last 10 years. Originally launched as a television direct marketer by Co-CEOs Bill Guthy and Greg Renker, the independently-owned, vertically-integrated company has since broadened its focus into every area of electronic retailing, making quality products available to U.S.
Charlie is CEO of Komar, a consumer products family business that was established in New York in 1908. Komar is a privately held intimate apparel company that markets and distributes women’s sleepwear, loungewear, bras, and lingerie.
Charles’ athletic background includes 42 marathons, with a PR of 3:02, and a finish at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship back in 1982 in 13:20. Charlie achieved his goal of making it back to Kona by earning a slot at the CEO Triathlon Challenge at the St. Croix Ironman 70.3 in May where he finished second overall in a time of 5:35.
Steve Sievert is the Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications for Pulse, a Discover Financial Services company and one of the country's largest debit/ATM networks. Prior to joining the company in 2007, he held a variety of marketing, communications and investor-relations roles in the health-care, biotechnology and information-technology industries. In addition, he was a long-time, freelance reporter and columnist for the Houston Chronicle, covering mixed martial arts nationally and the Houston-area running and cycling scene.
Joseph Gagnon is the CEO of Exit41, an enterprise software company focused on the restaurant industry. The Exit41 Enterprise Software Suite includes best-of-breed online ordering and call center software for catering, takeout, delivery, curbside, and drive-thru business. Exit41 is based in Andover MA. and has been incorporated since 1999. The company has 40 employees and serve customers such as Panera Bread, Wendy's, Qdoba and Swiss Chalet.
Tom has been President of The Gart Companies since 1993. His business career started with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Company, a three generation family owned and operated corporation founded in 1927 by his grandfather. He was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1985 until 1992 when the company was sold. In 1992, he founded Gart Real Estate.
Tod Turley is the CEO of Minatura. Minatura focuses on early-stage exploration, development and extraction of precious metals in Colombia. The company is dedicated to achieving a high return for its investors while adhering to the highest environmental standards in its projects and creating legacy micro-economies for the communities in which it operates.
Nigel Willerton moved to the USA from England in 2001. He founded Wholesome Sweeteners in Sugar Land, TX with backing from UK based Food & Agriculture business, Edward Billington & Son Ltd and Imperial Sugar, Inc. Under Nigel's leadership Wholesome has grown to be the largest organic, fair trade and natural sweetener company in the United States. Wholesome supplies certified sugar, stevia, honey, agave nectar and other liquid sweeteners to quality retailers and major food and beverage manufacturers.
Bill Best is the President of Aurum Holdings Limited. Over 29 years, Bill has held a variety of executive leadership roles with a wealth of experience in the professional services, banking, investment and wealth management, real estate development and management, retail, specialty software sectors and mining. He is currently involved in a Copper and Cobalt mining venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo with CuCo Resources Limited and is also developing a strategic and leadership coaching practice. Bill attended the University of Toronto earning his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Andy McNeill is the President and CEO of Terra Renewal LLC. Terra Renewal is an environmental services company with $150 million sales that specializes in recycling nonhazardous waste. Terra Renewal recycles organic wastes from food processors, pulp and paper mills, municipal wastewater treatment plants and oil & gas sites. Terra Renewal also refines spent fryer oils from restaurants and sells biodiesel feedstock. Terra Renewal operates in over 25 states within the US. Andy grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, OR.
Neil Rauenhorst is the President of NJR Development Company. Neil has been one of the most active and prominent real estate developers in the Tampa Bay area during the past 24 years. Prior to launching NJR Development Company in April of 2002, he served for 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of a leading, Tampa based, real estate development, design, and construction firm. During that period, he led the company's expansion across the Southeast United States and established office locations in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale.
James Bennett is the President of Bennett Automotive Sales.
Bill Sundblad is the COO and CFO of CWS Consulting. Bill has held the titles of Executive VP, CFO, Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Director for various companies in finance, public accounting, real estate development, higher education and not for profits. As a Director of KPMG's West Coast outsourcing practice, Bill's clients included manufacturing, entertainment, dotcoms and not for profits companies.
John Schlagenhauf is a co-owner and CFO of Badger Truck Center Inc. located in Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin. The Badger Truck Center family of companies, which is ranked as one of the largest 75 Privately held companies in Wisconsin, is made of three truck dealerships, a truck rental and leasing company, a truck equipment division, a rebuild division, a government division and a driver leasing company.
Rick is the Chief Financial Officer for Monolithic Power Systems (MPS), whose symbol is MPWR on the NASDAQ exchange. MPS is a manufacturer of high performance analog semiconductor chips, the core business of "Silicon Valley" where the company is headquartered. The company focuses on power management chips, and is one of the fastest growing and most profitable companies in the high performance analog market segment with a market capitalization of over $700 million.
Guneet Bajwa is the President of The Presidio Hotel Management Services LLC, a company that manages successful hotel properties across North America. Presidio offers services and expertise in the following areas: operations and management, sales and marketing, finance and managerial accounting, development and construction, and human resources. Guneet Bajwa joined Presidio Hotel Group in 2002 after over a decade in senior management of hotel operations and specializing in large food and beverage and convention facilities.
Dereck Davey is the Chief Strategy Officer and Talent Partner for Deloitte in the Netherlands, having previously work in Russia, Australia, South Africa and throughout Central Europe. He is a keen amateur triathlete and participated in the Australian Ironman and Long Course Championships in 2003. More recently, he has taken up mountaineering and had the opportunity to climb Everest in 2007 and Cho Oyo in 2009.
Dereck is married to Anne and has five children.
Tim Gentry is Chairman of the Board for Interactive Government Holdings (IGH) and has relocated to the United States. IGH is a Service Disabled Veteran owned company that is focused on partnering with US and Global Governments to provide best in class program practices and execution of service to the citizens.