Arnold is currently a Principal at AWD Group.
Prior to this position, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation headquartered in New York.
Before joining the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2006, Mr. Donald
founded Merisant Company whose products include the sweeteners Equal and
Canderel. He held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from its
inception in 2000 through June of 2003, and continued to serve as Chairman of the
Board through 2005.
Peter Einstein is a senior media executive with strong leadership, communication and entrepreneurial
skills. He has focused his career on start-up company situations which have resulted in
operational/profitable success on a domestic and international basis, and has achieved success in
multi-cultural/multi-language situations providing both vision and leadership to companies in these
Currently Mr. Einstein is the founder and managing partner of Einstein Media Capital Partners
(EMCP) a UK and Dubai, UAE based private equity firm specializing in advisory and investment
in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector. Less than one year old EMCP
has already gained notoriety for identifying and developing deal flow in the TMT sector
primarily in the underdeveloped Middle East and North African (MENA) region. EMCP's first
portfolio company GINX TV a TV channel and internet portal targeting the lucrative video
gaming consumer is on a rapid global expansion including its launch in the MENA region in 2008.
Jeffrey A. Golman
Jeffrey A. Golman is Vice Chairman of Mesirow Financial, Inc. and head of its Investment Banking Group. Jeff is also a member of the Board of Directors and its executive committee. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial, Mr. Golman was a founding partner of GGW Management Partners, LLC, a management-oriented investment group formed in partnership with Madison Dearborn Partners, Willis Stein & Partners and The Pritzker Organization.
Before forming GGW Management Partners in 2000, Mr. Golman was a Managing Director at Lazard Frères & Co., LLC and opened its office in Chicago in 1988. He advised boards of directors, CEOs and senior management teams on a broad array of assignments and led teams in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, restructurings, recapitalizations, leveraged transactions and equity and debt financings. Mr. Golman’s corporate finance experience includes the origination and/or execution of domestic and cross-border transactions aggregating more than $50 billion. At Lazard, he focused primarily on companies in the consumer products, diversified manufacturing and business services industries.
Gary Grom served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Sara Lee
from July 1992 to 2001. He has served as a member of Coach’s Board of
Directors since June 1, 2000, the date of incorporation.
From June 1985 to June 1992, Mr. Grom held various human resource
positions at Sara Lee, including Vice President of Sara Lee Packaged Meats
and Executive Director of Compensation , Benefits and Manpower Planning.
Dr. Roger Jenkins
Dr. Roger Jenkins is currently the Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Dean Jenkins came to Miami University in 2002 from Wake Forest University, where he held the F.M. Kirby Chair in Business Excellence. Prior to his tenure at Wake Forest, he was President and CEO of a Knoxville, Tenn.-based management and marketing consulting firm. From 1993-1995, he served as Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Goody's Family Clothing, Inc., a retail operation with sales in excess of $600 million. From 1980 to 1993, he served as a faculty member in the marketing department at the University of Tennessee with duties that expanded to include an appointment, first as Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs, and then as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Pedro Lain-Alonso currently serves as Chairman and majority shareholder of Class Management, a group of companies developing projects in diverse fields of renewable energies and operating wind farms in production.
Mr. Lain-Alonso began his professional career in the steel industry with Forjas de Elgoibar, S.A. and Fundiciones Especiales, S.A. where he was responsible for the international markets. In 1986, he relocated to New York and became the Vice-President of Investronica Inc., the North Americas subsidiary of the Spanish company El Corte Ingles. Mr. Lain-Alonso remained in New York until 1988.
Kathy T. Osborn
Kathleen T. Osborn is Executive Director of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis, Missouri. The RBC is a consortium of 100 CEOs representing the St. Louis region’s largest mid-cap companies. The Council's mission is to act on high impact business, civic and philanthropic initiatives in order to build a highly competitive and world-class region. Since its inception, the RBC has played a vital role in the region and is focused on numerous issues including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, infrastructure funding, workforce development and reform of the St. Louis Public Schools system. The RBC’s commitment to the community extends to the United Way, for which it has raised over $50 million since 2002.
Philip E. Ruben
Philip E. Ruben is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ruben, Firsel & Rosenfeld, LLC, a law firm with two offices in Chicago and Bannockburn, Illinois. He concentrates his practice on representing private and public companies and has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investment and both public and private equity and leveraged transactions, contracts, estate and succession planning and restructuring and workouts.
Prior to founding his new firm, Mr. Ruben was a partner at Arnstein & Lehr, a Chicago and Florida based firm and prior to that Mr. Ruben was a partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC in Chicago, where he was a member of the Corporate Practice Group, the Restructuring and Insolvency Group and sat on the Executive Committee and Promotions Committee.