Monday, August 30, 2010

Norman W. Gorin
Former Managing Principal & CFO
Analysis Group, Inc.


Mr. Gorin, who serves as the Co-chair of the Deval Patrick Committee, has held several senior executive-level financial, strategic, and marketing positions in both industry and banking. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Principal of Analysis Group, a privately held national consulting firm which specializes in financial, economic and strategy consulting. Prior to joining Analysis Group, he was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Avant Immunotherapeutics, Inc., a publicly-traded biotechnology company. Mr. Gorin also held a series of senior positions with UST Corp., a multi-billion dollar commercial bank holding company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Finance for Sotheby's Inc., and Vice President with the Financial and Information Services and Merchant Banking Groups of Citicorp.

Mr. Gorin received his M.B.A. fom the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Harvard. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Analysis Group, Inc., a member of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science, a member of the Boston Board of the American Jewish Committee and a member of the Visitors Board of College Bound Dorchester.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Andrea C. Silbert
President

Eos Foundation

Andrea Silbert is the President of the Eos Foundation, a $50 million private philanthropic foundation with offices in Boston and Harwich Port, Massachusetts. The mission of the Eos Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty by investing in children’s futures. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations, public policies and systemic solutions aimed at nourishing children’s bodies, nurturing their minds, and building family economic security.

Prior to her leadership of Eos, Andrea was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the Massachusetts 2006 Democratic primary. She ran on her experience in job creation, economic development, economic justice, and poverty alleviation. As a social entrepreneur with a track record of connecting disadvantaged communities to economic opportunity, Andrea raised the public consciousness to the role social entrepreneurs play in their communities.

In 1995, Andrea co-founded and served for nine years as the CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise, the largest women's entrepreneurial development center in the country. CWE serves entrepreneurs ranging from owners of small home-based businesses to founders of fast-growth technology companies like Zipcar and iRobot. Andrea and her team helped small business owners create over 14,000 jobs and $400 million in new wages from 1995 – 2005, and provided training and access to capital to over 10,000 individuals. A large proportion of the CWE’s success stories are disadvantaged women, including single mothers and women on welfare.

Andrea began her career on Wall Street as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York. She left the country in 1988 to serve in grassroots economic development in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Brazil. During her time in Latin America, Andrea worked for Women’s World Banking, an international network of micro-loan funds. In Brazil, Andrea worked with a non-profit organization serving “street girls.”

A nationally recognized advocate in the area of economic empowerment, Andrea was selected in 2001, along side of Senator Barbara Mikulski and Gloria Steinem by Working Woman magazine as one of only 25 leaders in the past 25 years who “have given women in the workplace a better shot.” Nationally, Andrea served as the founding President of the Association of Women’s Business Centers, meeting with Congressional leaders to promote legislation to assist women-owned and small businesses. In 2000, she was appointed to the National Women’s Business Council, which provides advice to Congress and the President on issues of concern to women entrepreneurs, particularly around access to capital and government procurement. Andrea was a co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, a national organization which has helped fast-growth women entrepreneurs raise over $2 billion in angel financing and venture capital.

In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick named Andrea to the Public Education Nominating Council, which appoints board members to public colleges and universities across Massachusetts. She also served on the leadership committee of the Governor’s Job Readiness Task Force to reform the state education system where she headed up the Early Education and Care sub-committee.

Andrea serves on the Advisory boards of the Progressive Business Leaders Network and Infoscitex, a Massachusetts-based private company which provides materials and systems engineering solutions to government and commercial customers.

Andrea lives in Harwich, Massachusetts, with her three children. She attended Harvard University, earning a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. A dedicated environmentalist, Andrea works to protect our natural resources and the quality of life in her community through her service as a Trustee with the Harwich Conservation Trust.


Sandy Lish
Founder & Principal
The Castle Group, Inc.

Sandy Lish is the principal and co-founder of PR, events and incentives firm The Castle Group and is responsible for the agency’s business development and strategic management, with particular emphasis on the PR division. Sandy works closely with her teams to provide a unique blend of service and results for clients such as Friendly’s, Virgin Money, the City of Boston and MassArt. She also provides senior counsel on crisis and transition communications, and leads media and presentation workshops for senior executives.

Now in its fifteenth year, Castle has received numerous industry and business awards, including twice being named one of Boston’s Best Places to Work. In addition to the Progressive Business Leader’s Network, Sandy serves on a number of boards, including: Center for Women & Enterprise and is chair of the March of Dimes Massachusetts board. Sandy also serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Network and WGBH Corporate Executive Council. A former director of the Public Relations Society of America, she now serves on the executive committee of the Public Relations Global Network. She lives in Walpole, Mass. with her husband, two children and Wheaten Terrier.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Massachusetts Children Win the Race to the Top - Now the Hard Part!



Massachusetts is a winner in the national Race to the Top competition.

PBLN congratulates US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the vision behind this competition for educational excellence, as well as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, the members of the Massachusetts legislature and the extraordinary "Race to the Top" coalition PBLN has been proud to be part of in Massachusetts. The coalition held together some traditionally very disparate voices - a tribute to all the members, and to the leadership of Paul Grogan and the Boston Foundation who convened and led the team.

Massachusetts and the other victorious states earned this victory by putting the needsof children above all else. This is a victory for innovation and excellence, a victory for the economy and a victory for all students.

What happens now? Implementation means putting $250MM to work within new and more varied, custom models that aggressively go after the goal of closing the achievement gap for all students. There will be a surge of innovation in terms of school models, classroom models, teacher training and teacher evaluation....all this lies ahead. The business community really had an impact here along with a wide range of partners who do not always work well together. Congratulations to all parties for genuine leadership. 


Our friends at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, led by Executive Director Linda Noonan, have some great detail on their blog about why Massachusetts, DC and 9 other states won.


Massachusetts Children Win the Race to the Top - Now the Hard Part!

PBLN congratulates US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the vision behind this competition for educational excellence, as well as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, the members of the Massachusetts legislature and the extraordinary "Race to the Top" coalition PBLN has been proud to be part of in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts and the other victorious states earned this victory by putting the needsof children above all else. This is a victory for innovation and excellence, a victory for the economy and a victory for all students.

What happens now? Implementation means putting $250MM to work within new and more varied, custom models that aggressively go after the goal of closing the achievement gap for all students. There will be a surge of innovation in terms of school models, classroom models, teacher training and teacher evaluation....all this lies ahead. The business community really had an impact here along with a wide range of partners who do not always work well together. Congratulations to all parties for their leadership.


Thursday, August 19, 2010


Steve Grossman
Chairman

Steve Grossman is Chairman of Grossman Marketing Group in Somerville, a leading figure in numerous charitable organizations, and a distinguished political activist who has chaired the Democratic Party both in Massachusetts and nationally.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, he joined his father and uncle in their family business after completing his military service. Steve grew Grossman Marketing Group’s revenues eightfold, entering new markets and repositioning the company to meet the challenges of an evolving economy. Steve was a founding board member of Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) and helped shape its focus on the needs of the middle class. As a Trustee of Project Bread, he helped bring additional resources and innovative leadership to the anti-hunger organization. He has been chairman of the board of Brandeis University and a campaign chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Steve’s wife, Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, is a professor at Tufts University. They have three sons, David, Ben, and Josh.
Kirk Sykes
President
Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P. 


Mr. Sykes is the head of an urban investment, development and redevelopment fund for select institutional investors called Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P. The Fund is a true “triple bottom-line fund” focusing on investment returns, economic development and environmental sustainability. The fund offers investors an opportunity to transform urban and economic development areas in their states, regions and cities while achieving an attractive return on their investment by prioritizing diversity in the asset types and locations in order to maximize returns. Mr. Sykes is responsible for the supervision of the partnership equity placement, the identification of investments and the day-to-day business operations of the USA Fund.

Kirk Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as a member of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fleet Bank and BankBoston’s First Community Bank Advisory Boards and various other for-profit and non-profit board affiliations. His combination of business and community-based experience allow him to bridge the competing concerns that sometimes block urban projects from moving forward.

Mr. Sykes currently serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Board of Directors, National Association of Securities Professionals, New England Chapter Board, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Board (ICIC), Responsible Property Investing Steering Committee (RPI), Real Estate Executive Council (Vice-Chairman) , Progressive Business Leaders Network and Urban Land Institute’s New England Executive Committee & Responsible Property Investment (Membership Chairperson)

Mr. Sykes attended the Harvard University Business School, Owners and Presidents Management Program, the MIT Center for Real Estate Development, Commercial Development Executive Program and the L’Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Robert Crowe
Co-Managing Partner

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Mr. Crowe served as co-chairman for Finance for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 Presidential campaign. He serves as the co-chairman of Senator John Kerry’s Finance Committee and PAC. He is also a member of the Finance Committees of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 1993, he was named the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee’s “Man of the Year.”

Mr. Crowe received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his Masters of Laws in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Tax Court.

A resident of Boston, Mr. Crowe is active in charitable organizations in his community. He founded the Shattuck Shelter for the Homeless, served as director and treasurer of the Charles River Association for Retarded Citizens, and serves as trustee and chairman of the Law School Committee at Suffolk University.

Mr. Crowe is a member of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations.
Tim Kirk
Senior Director - Financial Services
Vertica Systems

Tim is Director of Financial Services Sales at Vertica Systems, an MIT incubated high performance database startup based in Billerica.  Tim has built sales organizations for startup software companies for 20 years.  Born in Boston, Tim graduated from Dexter School, Noble and Greenough School and Brown University.  Tim and his wife Raphaelle live in Needham with their two teenage daughters.
David S. Gasson
Vice President &
Director of Corporate Communications,
Boston Capital Corporation

David Gasson joined Boston Capital in 1995 and serves as Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications. Boston Capital is a diversified, real estate investment and advisory firm, serving clients nationwide and internationally. Through its various investment funds, Boston Capital controls over $12 billion in real estate assets is the largest investor/owner of apartment properties in the  United States. Boston Capital’s portfolio consists of over 2,200 properties that are located in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Gasson’s responsibilities include initiating and overseeing the conception, design and production of all external communications including editorial sourcing, executive and business line features and marketing on behalf of Boston Capital and its affiliated companies. Mr. Gasson is responsible for representing Boston Capital’s housing and tax agenda before the administration and Congress in Washington, DC, regularly meeting with legislative leaders and senior legislative staff. This includes serving as the company’s representative on relevant industry groups and associations. Mr. Gasson is regularly invited to address conferences and industry groups across the country on issues related to housing, tax policy and the national political environment.

Mr. Gasson also coordinates the participation of the President, CEO, and senior management of Boston Capital with the Boston civic community. Mr. Gasson serves as Executive Director of the Boston Capital Foundation and in this regard is responsible for all philanthropic giving on behalf of Boston Capital Corporation.  

In addition to his role at Boston Capital Mr. Gasson serves as the representative for the President and CEO of Boston Capital, Jack Manning, on numerous Boards and Commissions to which Mr. Manning has been appointed including:

-       John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
-       Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
-       President’s Export Council (appointed by President Clinton) 1998 - 2001
-       National Multi-Housing Council
Cheryl Cronin
Partner
Cronin & Leonard



With over 25 years of legal experience in the private and public sectors,
Cheryl Cronin has earned an impressive record of successfully representing clients, particularly in high-profile matters involving public compliance and law enforcement agencies.  She is recognized as one of the leading lawyers here in cases implicating conflict of interest/ethics laws, political and election law, lobbying and other similar compliance laws, administrative agency matters and related litigation.  She has represented prominent public officials at the federal, state and municipal levels, large and small corporations, law firms, private individuals and political and other organizations.  In addition to her aggressive defense of clients in these matters, Attorney Cronin has also pursued actions on behalf of individuals and companies pursuing rights and claims involving state and federal contracts, and advises major companies and organizations on a variety of compliance matters and the application of political and other laws from many jurisdictions. 

Cheryl began her legal career as the first General Counsel of the Office of Campaign & Political Finance, the state agency which regulates election and political activity in the Commonwealth, where she worked closely with other state and federal agencies including the State Ethics Commission, the Federal Election Commission, Office of the Inspector General and other state and federal compliance agencies.  She authored the first comprehensive regulations and advisory opinions in Massachusetts in the campaign finance and political area, and was also responsible for all investigative and enforcement actions by that agency.  She then served as an Assistant Attorney General and the Legislative Counsel in the Executive Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General where she wrote comprehensive legislation on a variety of topics.            Cheryl commenced her private sector career in 1989.  She has appeared on behalf of many and diverse clients in administrative enforcement and litigation matters.  She is the author of several publications in the conflict of interest, campaign finance and related political law areas, and has been a guest lecturer and speaker. 

Cheryl has been an active participant in professional, community and political organizations.  She served as the General Counsel for the Host Committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention, culminating in her recognition as a 2004 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year.  In 2008, she served as one of two State Counsel in Massachusetts for the Obama for America presidential campaign, and served on the Obama National Legal Advisory team.  In 2010, she was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Massachusetts Democratic Party "for her tireless support of the ideals of the Democratic Party."  She lives in Boston with her husband and three sons.  

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jack Manning
President & CEO
Boston Capital Corporation



Mr. Manning is one of the two co-founders of Boston Capital Corporation, which was formed in 1974. From its beginning, the company's goal was to focus on providing equity investment capital for the development of apartment properties throughout the country. Under Mr. Manning's leadership as CEO for the past 35 years, Boston Capital has grown into the second largest owner/investor in apartment properties in US. Through a number of affiliated partnerships, the company has created a portfolio of approximately 2,724 properties with an original development cost in excess of $12 billion.

As CEO of Boston Capital, Mr. Manning continues to oversee the company's business development goals. Capitalizing on its core competencies of apartment investment underwriting, those business development goals include an expansion of investment capital for apartment investment as well as providing mortgage financing for a limited and exclusive number of property acquisitions.

Mr. Manning is a recognized leader in the housing and real estate industries, and has served on the boards of a number of national housing organizations and governmental commissions. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Mr. Manning to the President's Export Council. He was also a Presidential appointee to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts. Mr. Manning serves on the boards of numerous organizations and charities including the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, the American Ireland Fund and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, where he is Chairman of the Distinguished Visitors Program. Mr. Manning is also a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual Group. He is a graduate of Boston College.
Jeffrey J. Bussgang
General Partner

Flybridge Capital Partners


Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, Internet commerce, marketing services, software and wireless start-ups. Jeff represents the firm on the boards of BzzAgent, ClickSquared, DataXu, digitalArbor, i4cp, Mall Networks, SimpleTuition, and Transpera and was previously a director at Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), go2Media, and PanGo Networks (merged with InnerWireless).

Jeff serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He is on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is an Executive Committee Member of FirstGrowth Venture Network, supporting entrepreneurs in the New York area.

Jeff co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm with 11 million members that currently manages $20 billion in college savings assets, where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Jeff was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996. Jeff was with The Boston Consulting Group, and served on the executive team of Athena Design.

Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.

Jeff is co-chair of the Progressive Business Leaders Network, vice chairman of the board of educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, and was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Readiness Finance Commission (education reform).
Mark Shirman
President & CEO
Glasshouse Technologies

Mark Shirman has nearly twenty years of entrepreneurial experience in IT services. Before founding GlassHouse, Mark was executive vice president of corporate development and CTO at Convergent Group where he executed a combination of operational and marketing strategies that resulted in a successful public offering and the subsequent sale of the business to Schlumberger Corporation.

Mark was responsible for the worldwide e-Business and CRM lines of business for Cambridge Technology Partners. Previously, Mark ran similar units for BSG/Alliance IT. In 1985, he successfully launched a new breed IT consulting company called Innovative Information Systems Inc. (IISI) was focused on emerging technologies and application development. Mark served as CEO of IISI until its sale to CDI Corporation in 1990, and then served as its president until 1995. Mark started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. after receiving his BA in Economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from American University. He also serves as a member of the Boston Public Library Technology Council.
Janet Kraus leading a session at the PBLN Fall 2009 Summit
Janet Kraus
Entrepreneur in Residence, 

Harvard Business School
Former CEO, Spire

Janet is currently serving in the Entrepreneur in Residence program at Harvard Business School. Formerly CEO of lifestyle company Spire, Janet drove Spire's vision and culture. She came to Spire by way of Circles (the leading provider of concierge services), the company she co-founded with Kathy Sherbrooke and sold to Sodexho Alliance. While at Circles, Janet oversaw the company's growth strategy, including the creation and ultimate spin-off of Spire as a stand-alone company. Prior to co-founding Circles, she served as the Director of Values and Vision for The Body Shop.

Janet is an adventure-seeking traveler and a family oriented home-girl. She loves exploring places and cultures from Turkey to Brazil to Bora Bora... but she is just as happy practicing yoga or hanging out at her summer home on Cape Cod with her twin baby girls, her husband, family and friends, and dog Mara. She is also committed to giving back to the community and serves on the board of Big Sister, The Capital Network and the Progressive Business Leaders Network.


Chris Gabrieli
Co-Founder & Chairman
Massachusetts 2020


Chris Gabrieli is an entrepreneur across the fields of business, nonprofits and public policy.Following the success of GMIS, the healthcare software company he co-founded, Chris joined Bessemer Venture Partners. The firm has invested over $1 billion in start-up high-tech and biotechnology companies, helping to create more than 100,000 new jobs.  Chris remains active as a Senior Partner.


Chris currently serves as Chairman of Massachusetts 2020, which he co-founded in 2000, with the mission to expand the economic and educational opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts. Massachusetts 2020 is currently leading Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation initiative to redesign and expand learning time at public schools.


Chris is also the Chairman of the National Center on Time & Learning, a national education policy organization and is co-author (with Warren Goldstein) of the book Time to Learn: How a New School Schedule is Making Smarter Kids, Happier Parents, and Safer Neighborhoods. In addition, Chris recently served as the Chairman of the Springfield Finance Control Board from June 2007 to June 2009. In 2002, Chris won the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor and he came in second in the Democratic primary for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. 


Philip Edmundson
Chairman and CEO
William Gallagher Associates


Phil Edmundson (Right) at the Fall 2009 PBLN Summit
where he was a speaker on healthcare cost containment.
Pictured here with fellow PBLN member J.J. Bartlett,
CEO of Fishing Partnership Health Plan
Mr. Edmundson co-founded WGA in 1983 with Mr. Gallagher. It is now the largest independent brokerage in New England. His strategic and technical expertise in risk management matters is the driving force behind WGA's growth and success.


He serves as the Chairman of Affordable Care Today, a coalition of business, consumer, provider, and labor organizations working to increase health care access in Massachusetts. Mr. Edmundson is the Director and past President of the Insurance Library Association of Boston, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a Trustee of the Trustees of Reservations. He is also a Director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network. He is the former chairman of the Hingham Board of Selectmen. He is an honors graduate of Amherst College, with a B.S. in Psychology, received his Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Babson College. He also received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.


Diane Hessan
President & CEO
Hessan moderates a lively PBLN DC Summit discussion
with Massachusetts Congressmen Barney Frank (L)
and Michael Capuano
Communispace

Diane Hessan is President and CEO of Communispace, one of the fastest growing social networking companies in the country, “with a Blue Chip client list that would make a Madison Avenue giant jealous," according to Advertising Age. A pioneer in creating online communities
to help marketers generate consumer insights, Diane helped found Communispace in 1999.

Today, Diane leads Communispace’s employees in building and managing the more than
350 private online customer communities the company has created for a marquee list of global corporations. Communispace’s revenues have tripled over the last four years, and the company enjoys a 90+ percent client retention rate. It also has received a wide range of awards for product innovation, social media leadership, and corporate culture.

Diane has spent her 30-year career helping companies become customer-focused—both as
a business executive, and as co-author of the best selling book Customer-Centered Growth:
Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage. She has received many awards and citations for her leadership, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition to her professional recognition, Diane is quoted frequently in the business media and is a highly sought-after speaker and expert in the marketing arena.

Diane has committed time and energy sitting on the boards of numerous organizations including The Business Innovation Factory, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Horizons for Homeless Children, The Boston Philharmonic, Stand for Children, and the Tufts Alumni Council.

A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University, Diane received an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the mother of two college-age daughters and co-founder of The Sound Bytes, a cappella group that writes lyrics about business and performs at major conferences. 

Paul Sagan
President and CEO
Akamai Technologies
              
Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai, joined the company in 1998. Mr. Sagan was elected to the Akamai Board of Directors in 2005, and became CEO in 2005. Previously, Mr. Sagan served as senior advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 1998. In 1995, Mr. Sagan was named president and editor of new media at Time Inc. Previously, he was managing editor of Time Warner's News on Demand project, and was a founder of Road Runner, the world's 1st broadband cable modem service, and Pathfinder, one of the Web properties that pioneered Internet advertising.

Mr. Sagan joined Time Warner in 1991 to design and launch NY 1 News, the cable news network based in New York City. Mr. Sagan's career began in broadcast news. He joined WCBS-TV in 1981 as a news writer and became news director in 1987. Mr. Sagan is a three-time Emmy Award winner. 


He is a director of Massachusetts-based EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and a Trustee of Northwestern University as well as a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. He is co-chairman of the Medill Board of Advisors; a member of the Dean's Council at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; an advisor to the MATCH charter public high school in Boston; and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council at Berklee College of Music. 










David Belluck

David Belluck has 20 years of experience working with and investing in lower middle market companies at Riverside Partners, where he has been a General Partner since 1992.

Prior to Riverside, David worked at Monitor Group, a business strategy consulting firm. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

David is a member of the board of directors of the Kingsley Montessori School and serves as Chair of the school's Capital Campaign. He is also a Director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network.
James Roosevelt, Jr.
President & CEO

Mr. Roosevelt joined Tufts Health Plan in 1999 as senior vice president and general counsel and held that position until June 2005, when he became president and chief executive officer. As the general counsel, he presided over the legal department and the company's compliance, privacy and government relations functions.

Mr. Roosevelt was the associate commissioner for Retirement Policy for the Social Security Administration. He is co-chair of the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Roosevelt spent 10 years as partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart.

Mr. Roosevelt serves as chairman of the board of directors for Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and on the Board of America's Health Insurance Plans, Emmanuel College and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center. He is co-chair of the board of directors for the Tufts Health Care Institute. Mr. Roosevelt received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. with honors in government from Harvard College. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Sunday, August 1, 2010