Thomas Israel is chairman and chief executive officer of A.C. Israel Enterprises, Inc. (DBA as Ingleside Investors), a family holding company specializing in private investments. He formerly worked for ACLI International Incorporated (1966-1982), a worldwide commodity import/export company which also was a dealer in U.S. Government Securities. He became chief financial officer of ACLI International Incorporated in 1978 and held that position until it was sold to Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1981.
Mr. Israel is a director of Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. He is a trustee and treasurer of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. He is vice chairman of Citizens for NYC.
He graduated from Yale University in 1966.
John Kirby was head of the Latham & Watkins New York Litigation Department from 1996 to 2004. Prior to Latham & Watkins, he was a senior litigator and chairman of Mudge Rose. Mr. Kirby has extensive experience in litigating and advising clients in general commercial law, antitrust, intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks, and securities law. Mr. Kirby has served on the Federal Courts, Professional and Judicial Ethics, Litigation and Civil Rights Committees of the City Bar. He is or has been a member of the boards of the Legal Aid Society, The Fund for Modern Courts, Georgetown and Fordham Universities and the Merton College Oxford Charitable Corp.
He is a graduate of Fordham College, the University of Virginia School of Law and Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes scholar.
Dan Lufkin, who helped found the highly successful investment firm, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. (“DLJ”), has also made his mark in the diverse activities of venture capital, government, philanthropy, cattle ranching/animal husbandry and as a ranked rider in national cutting horse competitions.
A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Lufkin joined two classmates to form DLJ in 1960. In his 11 years as chairman, it grew from a net worth of $100,000 to more than $50 million, becoming one of the great success stories on Wall Street. DLJ became the first Wall Street firm to sell its shares to the pubic and Mr. Lufkin served as one of the youngest governors of the New York Stock Exchange from 1969-71. In 1971, Mr. Lufkin left DLJ to become the first commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection for the State of Connecticut.
In addition to serving as co-founding partner of Questor Partners Funds I & II, Mr. Lufkin currently serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies. He also serves on the boards of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Atlantic Salmon Federation, American Rivers, the American Farmland Trust and the Conservation Fund.
Mr. Lufkin has been widely recognized for his accomplishments and has written and spoken extensively. His book, “Many Sovereign States,” a review of state government and its role in the federal system, was published by David McKay Co., Inc. in 1975.
Peter Solomon is chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P. which he founded in 1989. The firm provides investment banking services to corporations. Previously, he was vice chairman of Shearson Lehman Brothers where he was chairman of its Merchant Banking Division and co-chairman of the Investment Banking Division.
From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Solomon was deputy mayor for Economic Policy and Development under Edward I. Koch, mayor of New York City. He was also chairman of New York’s Health and Hospital Corporation, which operated 17 municipal hospitals. He served as counselor to the United States Treasury under President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
He is currently chairman of Monro Muffler/Brake Inc. and a director of Zagat Survey LLC.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1960 and Harvard Business School in 1963.