Julie Andrews, Honorary Chairwoman
Julie Andrews is an internationally acclaimed star of stage, film and television. Among her many well-known stage roles are Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Queen Guinevere in Camelot and Maria in The Sound of Music. Her films include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star, Hawaii, Tom Curtain, Darling Lili, The Tamarind Seed, 10, S.O.B., That's Life, Victor/Victoria, Duet for One, Relative Value and The Princess Diaries. She has starred in many television programs and films.
Ms. Andrews has also authored a number of children's books under the name of Julie Edwards and written a series of other children's books with her daughter Emma and in 2008 published an autobiography, "Home: A Memoir of My Early Years".
Ms. Andrews has been active on behalf of a number of major charities, including Operation USA, UNICEF and Save the Children; she served as Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM in 1992. She has received innumerable awards and honors, including Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Award and British Academy for Film and Television Arts Special Tribute Award. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was honored at The John F. Kennedy Center for the 24th annual national celebration of the arts in 2001. In 2006 she received the Life Achievement Award of the Screen Actors Guild.
Roger Egan, President
Roger Egan joined Red Hat in 2007 where he serves as the Vice President of Channel Sales in North America. In his current role he is responsible for Sales, Operations, Business Development and customer relationship management for all Red Hat Channels Partners and Alliances Partners in North America.
Prior to joining Red Hat he spent 17 years at IBM where he held various sales executive and senior management positions in North America and Latin America. He has served in leadership positions in Channel Sales, Financial Services Sector Sales, and IBM Systems Group.
He holds an MBA in General Management from Duke University and a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College. He currently serves on the Comptia Vendor Advisory Council and the Board of the Voice Health Institute. Roger resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Christine, and his five children.
Barry Merkin, Vice Chairman
Barry Merkin is Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Professor Merkin joined the Kellogg faculty in 1993 after thirty years of business experience, the most recent 10 years as Chairman and CEO of Dresher, Inc.
Prior to Dresher, he was President and Director of Charter Communications, President and Director of Pan American Paper Bag Company and President of Procon Pump Company. He has served on numerous boards, including All-Phase Electric, Barker Bros, Bruener Furniture, DuoDesign, Follett Corporation, Transmedia (NYSE), and VOCA.
Mr. Merkin teaches entrepreneurship courses in both the MBA and Executive Management Programs. He has been faculty advisor to four Kellogg teams in the MOOT CORP Business Plan Competitions; all teams were finalists and one was the World Champion. He has been the faculty adviser on Kellogg student GIM trips to China, Chile, Peru and Argentina. He has served as educational director for six World Presidents' Institutes at Kellogg. At the Ernst & Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year ceremonies, he received the Entrepreneurship Supporter Award. Professor Merkin received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.
James Radtke, Treasurer
James Radtke is Vice President of UBB Securities, a broker-dealer designed exclusively for independent and community banks throughout the country. He consults bank owners, presidents and board members to ensure comprehensive balance sheet management results in income maximization. Jim specializes in investment portfolio management. He has been with UBB Securities for over ten years. Prior to UBB, Jim worked for Cargill, Inc. in emerging markets debt and petroleum products trading.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with a Finance emphasis from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Colleen and two children.
John L. Ward, Ph.D., Director
John Ward is Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, teaching and studying strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity. Recognized as a leading authority in this field, Dr. Ward is an active researcher, speaker and consultant on succession, ownership, governance and philanthropy. Dr. Ward is also the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and is a regular visiting lecturer at Bocconi University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, IESE and The Stockholm School.
Dr. Ward is currently a Director of the McGaw (Evanston) YMCA, The Family Institute of Northwestern University and a founding Director of the Justin Wynn Youth Leadership Fund and is the founder of a girls soccer club.
Dr. Ward received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his MBA and Ph.D. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Scott Solombrino, Director
Scott A. Solombrino serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network. Mr. Solombrino serves as president of the National Limousine Association (NLA). He Co-founded NLA in 1985. Mr. Solombrino entered the limousine business in 1979 as driver, reservations agent and mechanic. He studied at Suffolk University in Boston Mr. Solombrino is active in a number of professional, civic and cultural organizations and supports numerous philanthropic causes.
He serves as President of NBTA Allied Leadership Council and Director of the National Business Travel Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Reservation and a member of the Business Leadership Council of the Boston Symphony. He is the founder, President and board member of the Massachusetts Limousine Owners Association, a founding member of the Limousine Association, and a member of the Los Angeles Livery Association, the New York Private Livery Association and the SKAL Club of Boston. In January 2000, Mr. Solombrino was named one of the 25 most influential executives in business travel, leading the industry into the new millennium, by Business Travel News, a top trade publication.
Mr. Solombrino was also named Suffolk University Alumnus of the Year in 1984 and was a Deputy Sheriff in Suffolk County in Massachusetts.
Gerald McAvoy, Director
Gerald F. McAvoy is a retired Attorney in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is also a former Tax Attorney and to the State of Rhode Island. He is an Executive Counsel to The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and is a current volunteer lawyer for the USAF legal project. Mr. McAvoy is a former member of the Board of Directors on the Ronald McDonald House of Providence.
He is also part of LIONS district 42. He instructs part-time at Roger Williams University in the School of Justice Studies, is a former instructor in Law at Salve Regina University, and is also a former instructor in Language Acquisition related subjects at Rhode Island College, and Brown University. He is married with three grown children and resides in East Providence, Rhode Island.