Howard M. Berk, Scarsdale, New York
Howard Berk joined MSD Capital, LP, as a principal in 2002. From 1998 to 2002, he was managing director of TG Investments, LTD, an investment group managing the capital of a single family, which acquires and invests in both public and private companies. From 1995 to 1998, he was with The Stenbeck Group, acquiring and managing businesses in multiple countries. Prior to that, Howard was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Principal Investment Area. In 1987, he began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. Howard received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1991 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas in 1987 with a B.B.A. in finance.
Brian Borg, Park City, Utah
Brian Borg has over 20 years of professional experience in real estate. Brian graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1996 with a degree in economics and started his career in investment banking at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. He subsequently worked with Westbrook Partners on the investment team in San Francisco and Singapore and was a partner at Rockpoint Group in Tokyo and London, with responsibility for the company’s international business including activities in Europe and Asia. He is currently the chief investment officer of FREO Group, an independent pan-European investment manager and developer.
Gloria Butler, Los Angeles, California
Brian Eisendrath, Calabasas, California
Brian Eisendrath, recently named #1 Rainmaker by GlobeSt.com Real Estate Forum, sources aggressive capital for institutional and high-net-worth clients. Since 2007, Brian and his team have closed over $18 billion across over 770 transactions. His ranking as one of the top originators in the country and the #1 originator at CBRE Capital Markets has garnered him extensive industry recognition. Brian is able to quickly and effectively meet the needs of his clients by tailoring a financing solution that is unique to their property-specific business plan. By leveraging his deep relationships with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, along with extensive life insurance company, bank, bridge and joint venture equity relationships, Brian is able to customize capital to maximize return on investment. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Real Estate and Finance, Brian began his career as an office developer with Hines. Following Hines, he worked for a bridge lender in Chicago whose focus was construction and repositioning opportunities. Brian then decided to become a capital intermediary and joined CBRE in 2005.
Jennifer Fagá, D.V.M., Montauk, New York
A commercial real estate investment consultant with Robbert Gaarlandt Inc. since 2001, Jennifer Fagá is an equestrian and founder of Beshraka Egyptian Stud, a breeding program dedicated to the preservation of rare straight Egyptian Arabian horses. Although Jennifer is a veterinary school graduate, she does not practice. Jennifer actively lobbies for animal protective legislation in Florida and New York.
Linda Goddard, Essex, Connecticut
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Linda Goddard completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from New South Wales University. She came to the United States In 1992 to work at Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C., obtained an MBA at Yale University, and joined Pratt and Whitney's management program. During her 10-year career with Pratt and Whitney, Linda was based in the United Arab Emirates, France, Singapore, Australia and the U.S., working in both the military and commercial divisions. She is currently president of the board at Pine Point School in Stonington, Conn. Linda is a life-long lover of animals and has supported animal-protection groups in both Australia and the United States.
Christian Keesee, New York, New York, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2012-)
A lifelong animal lover and long-time grant maker in the field of animal welfare, Christian Keesee is the chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in Oklahoma City. The Foundation recently launched its Safe & Humane initiative whose vision is to make Oklahoma one of the safest and most humane places to be an animal by elevating the standards of care and welfare, improving the lives of Oklahoma's animals and those who care for them. Christian is chairman of the Kirkpatrick Bank (Okla. and Colo.) and the Kirkpatrick Oil and Gas Company (Okla., Texas, Colo.) and is engaged in the support of numerous civic and cultural endeavors.
Stacey Dorfman Kivowitz, Dallas, Texas
Stacey Dorfman Kivowitz was the founder of Sheers The Bodywear Bar, a trailblazer in the fashion lingerie world. She is an active leader in animal welfare issues including serving as the North Texas chapter president for the Texas Humane Legislative Network, board member of the SPCA of Texas and involved in The Street Dog Project. Stacey was Learning Chair for Young Entrepreneurs Organization and is widely known for her far-ranging civic involvement with the North Texas Food Bank, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, World Affairs Council, School Year Abroad, Vogel Alcove and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Stacey worked for Ed Rollins post-Reagan White House, with Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the House and Senator Chic Hecht (R-NV) in the Senate. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Owner/VP of the Dorfman Production Company, a pilot, a vegan, political junkie, a Francophile (fluent in French), working on her Italian and Spanish, and fosters animals at The Kivo Humane Halfway House (their penthouse on Turtle Creek). She also directs the Stacey and Don Kivowitz Charitable Foundation. Stacey and Don have two grown daughters (both in the entertainment business) and one grandson in LA. In Dallas, they have 5 four-legged children.
Jennifer Laue, Kansas City, Kansas
Jennifer McCausland, Seattle, Washington
Jennifer Ashton McCausland applies bold leadership, boundless energy and fearless commitment to her passions: a better future for animals, better healthcare for all, and better joy through classical music. In Seattle, where she lives today, Jennifer worked tirelessly to protect elephants held in captivity; she also served on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Humane Society. She strove to make music more accessible worldwide through her roles as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Symphony, CEO of the Bellevue Philharmonic and a producer and manager for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s 12 Cellists. Jennifer also served as a cardiac care nurse in her native Australia, as deputy insurance commissioner in Washington State and as an executive and champion for legislative, worker and corporate healthcare initiatives. She’s worked to improved domestic violence coverage in the media, launched successful advocacy and education campaigns to fund teenage gambling prevention and treatment, and developed a national blood donor recruitment program. Jennifer holds multiple graduate and post-graduate degrees and credentials in public policy and management, in health economics and healthcare administration, and in sports medicine and telemedicine. Two passions close to home: her adopted Harlequin Great Dane Gretta, and Rocco, her senior-citizen Lab.
Heather Mycoskie, Topanga, California
Ari Nessel, Ross, California
After an epiphany in 1997 changed the way Ari related to food, his heart opened up to the impact every person’s life has on countless beings and the world at large. Soon after this insight, Ari had a vision of himself attaining his worldly goals and dreams, yet left feeling empty inside. This led him to ground his life into practices such as mindfulness, compassionate eating, philanthropy, service and transformational entrepreneurship. Recent projects include hosting silent meditation retreats and workshops for leaders in animal advocacy; founding the Pollination Project, which has made 2,750+ seed grants of $500 to $5,000 in over 100 countries to passionate individual change-makers working in areas such as environmental sustainability, social justice and community health/wellness; co-creating a retreat center in Marin County for Service Space, a 500,000-person strong volunteer-led service group that aims to ignite our fundamental generosity in ways that create both inner and outer transformation; and redeveloping thousands of apartment units such that they are carbon-neutral, water-efficient and support the well-being of the staff who oversee them. Ari actively experiences the challenges of being a modern-day yogi and the delusion that life can be compartmentalized into separate boxes such as family, work, service, health and spirit. He remains constantly challenged to live his life in alignment with his values and to utilize the numerous privileges he has been given to turn seeds into blossom and blossom into fruit.
Ardath B. Rosengarden, Boca Raton, Florida
Ardath Rosengarden has been a philanthropic leader and volunteer with Florida's animal care and rescue for many years. Living in Boca Raton, Ardath has been an integral member of the Board of the SPCA Wildlife Care Center, which is now an affiliate of The HSUS, and has assisted in numerous projects at the center. She is especially known in southeast Florida as an active proponent of feral cat and feline issues.
Richard Schechter, Wellington, Florida
Richard Schechter is chairman, CEO, and managing principal of the Bainbridge Companies LLC, a major national multi-family housing developer, owner and manager. He has been active since childhood in the support of animal welfare organizations and causes, and as an adult has extended that support to medical and veterinary colleges and research. An avid equestrian, Richard's Bainbridge Farms show program includes hunters and jumpers, and he also owns reiners and cutters. The Bainbridge Companies is the Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival's longest continuous sponsor, supporting the horse show as it has grown and progressed. Richard is a member of the New York State Bar, D.C. Bar and Florida Bar and holds a B.S. in chemistry from Clarkson University and a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. Richard resides in Florida with his 17 horses, seven cats, and two dogs.
Alanna Tarkington, Santa Ynez, California
Alanna Tarkington is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Malibu and a long history of helping animals and people alike. Since 1998 she has been on the board of directors of the Pet Adoptions Fund in Los Angeles and has also served as a board or council member for Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, which was set up to become a role model for the state of California's shelter system; the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Council; the President's Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation; and the Women's Clinic of Beverly Hills, where she also volunteered her services as a psychotherapist to help abused women and children. A graduate of Union College with a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Alanna is also a former vice president of Variety International Pictures and the author of Now It Is Our Turn, a book about environmentalism and how women can change their lives and save the world.
Natalie Trahan, Hillsborough, California
Steve White, Los Angeles, California
Steve White is the regional head of Angelo, Gordon’s Los Angeles office, and is responsible for the firm’s real estate activities in the western U.S. Prior to joining Angelo, Gordon in 2004, Steve worked in the real estate investment-banking group at Goldman where he participated in the disposition and recapitalization of office, retail, hotel, and multi-family properties. Previously, Steve was a partner and co-founder of a private real estate investment company in the Los Angeles area. Steve holds an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.