2013 FOX Fall Forum Speakers

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Warner King Babcock, AM Private Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Babcock has over 30 years of high level experience as a board member, Chairman and CEO, chairman of various board committees, corporate strategy and development advisor, entrepreneur, investment advisor representative to family offices, member of a family council, President of a family business, trustee, and venture investor. Warner King Babcock, the founder and principal owner of AMPE, the successor to two longstanding firms of 24 years and 17 years that advised major family enterprises and family offices. During this time, he led over 30 very talented, senior corporate strategy, development, innovation, licensing, M&A, technology, and venture capital professionals and investment advisers to achieve some very complex and unique client growth and investment objectives and goals. Mr. Babcock has also served as a family business director, employee, and executive, and a trustee of many family trusts holding operating businesses, a special purpose trust, a number of investment trusts, and chairman of an endowment committee. He also built a manufacturing business starting a young age to seven plants around the US introducing seven products based his patents. The venture was financed by a holding company owned by newly formed trusts for the benefit of each of his siblings. Mr. Babcock teaches MBA, MS and undergraduate business and entrepreneurship majors at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City specializing in boards, governance, leadership, entrepreneurship and family business management. He also serves of board of the Lawrence Field Center for Entrepreneurship, the largest in the US, and the International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises.

Lee Brower, Empowered Wealth, LC

Lee Brower, Founder of Empowered Wealth, LC and creator of the Empowered Wealth® System of family leadership and true wealth preservation, has been featured in the best-selling book and movie The Secret, and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows in North and South America including The Today Show, and other popular programs. 
Lee is a noted authority on helping successful family owned businesses create enduring legacies that flourish generation after generation. He is an accomplished teacher, mentor, and coach for entrepreneurs and CEOs. His breakthrough concepts on preserving wealth are changing the landscape of leadership in a variety of places, from private homes and small businesses to public corporations and large educational institutions.

Michael Cole, Ascent Private Capital Management

As the president of Ascent Private Capital Management, Michael Cole is fulfilling one of his family's core values. "My parents taught me and my two sisters that we are all citizens of a larger planet and that we need to look for ways to give back. For me, the greatest way to give back is to empower people who have great wealth to use their resources - both financial and personal - to do great things and make a positive impact on the planet."

Michael spends the majority of his time sharing his vision of how Ascent Private Capital Management may help families with significant resources act strategically to potentially make an impact with their wealth. "I believe there is no higher calling than to help people move forward in a direction that creates a positive change in how they manage their wealth and impact the world." Michael brings more than 28 years of financial-service experience to his position. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is also a Certified Financial Planner.


Carlos Feliciani

Mr. Feliciani has developed solid experience in international wealth management, corporate finance and general management during his 28 years of work experience.  In the last 10 years, he has been the leader in developing a Family Office platform for the benefit of 12 related families living in different locations of the world.  His efforts have been oriented to preserve and grow the assets of these families and to service their needs related to investment reports, multi jurisdiction taxation and succession planning as well as areas related to family enterprise governance, legacy preservation and family members’ education. 

John Goddard, Investment Resources Corporation

John Goddard has served as president of his family office, Investment Resources Corporation, for over 30 years. The office serves 20 family members across three generations. Prior to founding the family office
John practiced law in Rockford, Illinois, and the U.S. Army for 15 years. The occasion for the opening of the family office was the sale of the family’s interest in Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in the early

Andrew Hauptman,  Chairman of Andell, Inc. and Owner and Chairman of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Mr. Hauptman is the chairman of Andell, Inc., a private investment firm and family office that he controls with his wife, Mrs. Ellen Bronfman Hauptman.  Mr. Hauptman oversees the firm’s investment, operating, sports, real estate and media businesses. Mr. Hauptman is the owner and chairman of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club and serves on the League’s Board of Governors. He also serves as chairman of Storage Mobility, the nation’s largest franchisee of Portable On Demand Storage (PODS).  
In addition to this work, Mr. Hauptman is deeply involved in several philanthropic and civic organizations.  He serves as a national trustee of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that combats the dropout epidemic, and is co-founder and chairman of City Year Los Angeles.  He also serves as director of The Hauptman Family Foundation and co-founder and trustee of The Charles Bronfman Prize.  He is on the board of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, the Yale University Council, the Leadership Council of International Medical Corps, and is honorary chairman of the Chicago Fire Foundation.  Mr. Hauptman also serves on the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, an initiative which aims to create large-scale civilian national service in the United States. 

Cliff Hurd, Hurd Enterprises, Ltd.

Cliff is a member of the management team of Hurd Enterprises, Ltd., a fourth generation family business engaged in oil and gas, ranching, real estate, and investments.  He serves as President of the real estate and investment businesses. 
The Hurd family’s real estate operations include investment in and development of single and multi-story office buildings in San Antonio, TX and Laredo, TX as well as industrial and residential lot development in Laredo, TX.  The family has also developed apartment complexes in Laredo and San Antonio, and a self-storage development in Laredo, TX. The investment operations entail management and oversight of the family’s internally and externally managed equity and debt portfolios as well as direct investment in a number of businesses through either minority or majority equity positions or through fund participation. 

Dr. Dennis Jaffe,Ph.D., Saybrook University

Dr. Jaffe is professor of organizational systems and psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, and an advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy. He is author of Stewardship in your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Family Leadership Across Generations, Working With the Ones You Love: Building a Successful Family Business, Working With Family Businesses: A Guide for Professional Advisors, as well as management books Rekindling Commitment, Getting Your Organization to Change and Take this Work and Love It, and more than a hundred management and psychology articles. In 2005 he was awarded the Beckhard Award for service to the field from the Family Firm Institute. He received his BA degree in Philosophy, MA in Management, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University, and is a licensed psychologist.

Janis S. Kanter, Kanter Family Foundation

Janis S. Kanter is a Chicago based philanthropist, artist and community activist. She was born there in 1959 in the Southside neighborhood of Hyde Park, where she happens to live today with her husband and two daughters. She is President of the Board of the Hyde Park Art Center, the oldest community based arts center in the city which is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Janis's parents, Burt and Naomi Kanter, founded the Kanter Family Foundation in 1987 and Janis sits on the board as Director and VP. The foundation has traditionally focused on supporting the areas of arts and education

Josh Kanter, Chicago Investments, Inc. and Windy City, Inc.

Josh Kanter is President of Chicago Investments, Inc. and Vice-President of Windy City, Inc. closely held investment management firms. Josh is also counsel to Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg and is Vice President and a Director of the Kanter Family Foundation, a private non-profit charitable foundation.

Josh is the Founder and Chairman of the Alliance for a Better UTAH, is a member of the University of Chicago Law School Campaign Steering Committee, is a Trustee of the Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School, is Chair Emeritus of the International Sculpture Center, serves on the art committee for Temple Har Shalom, and is an elected representative to the Granite Community Council. Josh has previously served on numerous other cultural and educational non-profit boards and committees, and has worked on various political campaigns and issues, including serving on former Utah Governor Huntsman's Utah Methamphetamine Joint Task Force Subcommittee on Public Awareness.

Jim Liautaud, Sr., Liautaud Institute

Jim Liautaud, clinicial research professor, is the creator of PDT (Process Designed Training), proven to increase emotional intelligence, by using sequential ISO (International Organization for Standardization) training processes rather than teachers. Findings from his research have been published in the Journal of Management Development, often headlined in the Emotional Intelligence Consortium's web page, and featured in the best seller, Extraordinary Leadership. He created PEI, a less rigorous program than PDT, as a process directed Emotional Intelligence graduate credit course for the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University.

The Liautaud Institute was funded to expand the behavior research developed at the University, adaptable to his ISO processes, to make them readily assessable to the general public. His processes teach the "How" of Emotional Intelligence, changing behavior by following his processes.

Susan Massenzio, Ph.D., Wise Counsel Research Associates

Susan is a Founding Associate of Wise Counsel Research Associates and has extensive experience consulting to senior executives and leadership teams of Fortune 100 financial services firms. She helps firms design effective organizations, develop high potential executives, plan leadership succession, and integrate key leaders into new roles. Firms leverage her knowledge of psychology and organizational dynamics to optimize performance within financial services divisions. As an executive consultant, she enables leaders to gain greater insight into their leadership and management styles and to maximize their influence and impact.

Daisy E. Medici, GenSpring Family Offices

Daisy Medici joined GenSpring Family Offices in 2006 and is the Managing Director of Governance and Education. Daisy focuses much of her time on delivery of the firm’s proprietary Wealth Management Process, coaching and mentoring GenSpring professionals in the non-investment components this process and working alongside GenSpring’s advisory teams as they work with their client families to identify wealth objectives and develop long range strategies critical to sustaining wealth over generations. Daisy’s forte lies in facilitating family meetings that focus on the preservation and continued development of non-financial Family Capital, both Human and Intellectual. Her strong suit is in helping families sustain their wealth by establishing strategic, effective systems of family governance.

Thomas Melcher, Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth

Thomas P. Melcher is executive vice president and managing executive of Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth℠, which is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals and families with investable assets in excess of $20 million. With national responsibility for this business, Mr. Melcher oversees the investment process and all facets of client acquisition and servicing. He also personally manages nearly $2 billion for ultra high-net worth individuals and families. In addition, he is a member of the PNC Wealth Management Investment Policy Committee, the Investment Advisor Research Committee, and the Risk Management, Investment and Fiduciary Committee.

Matthew P. Morris, Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.

Matthew Morris is a director of Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., focusing his practice on creditor-side representations in large bankruptcy cases and business restructurings. He has extensive experience in all aspects of complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation, and cross-border insolvency disputes and proceedings. Prior to joining G&E, he was a partner in the bankruptcy and restructuring department at Hogan Lovells US LLP in New York. He formerly practiced in the bankruptcy group of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, as well as in the litigation department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Mr. Morris was a director of business and legal affairs at Time Warner's Home Box Office, Inc., and general counsel of Vencast, Inc., an internet-based marketing and placement agent for hedge and other investment funds.

Mark Nash, Personal Financial Services (PFS) at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Mark Nash leads the Personal Financial Services (PFS) practice for the State of Texas. The PFS practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a national practice dedicated to the needs of high net worth individuals, families and corporate executives. Mark is a member of PwC’s Wealth Transfer Solutions team, a national network for innovative estate and gift planning strategies, as well as a regional leader of the Firm's Family Office Services team, coordinating services to single family office clients. He has significant individual, estate and trust tax compliance and tax planning experience with "C-suite" executives at Fortune 500 companies as well as individuals on the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.

Danielle Oristian York, 21/64

Danielle Oristian York is a Director at 21/64, non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. She speaks and consults with families and their advisors on multigenerational engagement and empowering the next generation using 21/64 methods and tools. Danielle also facilitates trainings on 21/64's approach to these powerful subjects.

Before 21/64, Danielle held positions at Pitcairn Family Office, and UBS. She served multi-generational families, their enterprises, and their philanthropies to coordinate and deliver planning strategies that help them understand, organize and manage their resources around an actionable strategy. Her multi-faceted roles included developing and delivering customized financial education, facilitation of family meetings and personalized coaching and mentorship.

Carl Robinson, Ph.D., Vantage Leadership Consulting

Carl Robinson is the Managing Partner of Vantage Leadership Consulting, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in Strategic Talent Management. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Robinson has spent the better part of his career assisting a broad range of businesses in the management of change and in developing effective leadership strategies. More recently, he has focused on early talent identification and in accelerating the development of emerging executives. Dr. Robinson has considerable experience working with privately held firms, as well as public corporations representing diverse fields, including manufacturing, retailing, finance, health care and information technology. Representative client companies include The Federal Reserve System, HCSC/BlueCross BlueShield, Convergys Corporation, Diageo,and CNA Insurance.

Eric Russell, Revalesio Corporation

Eric Russell is President and CEO of Revalesio Corporation and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to leading Revalesio, Eric served in a variety of roles at the Frank Russell Company from 1988-2000. While at Russell, Eric pioneered the work of translating the company’s expertise in institutional investing, to individual investors in a product called LifePoints® in 1991, which became the largest branded product in the Russell Company’s history. Eric also established the company’s offices in Sydney, Australia, in 1986. Eric is a founding board member of The Russell Family Foundation, and is an active member of the CEO Forum.

Stephen G. Salley, Esq., Greenberg Traurig

Stephen G. Salley, Esq. is a tax attorney with more than thirty years of experience in tax, family and estate planning, trust administration and closely held business planning. He is also experienced in representing clients in tax, fiduciary, and financial controversies. Stephen’s clients include individuals, families and tax-exempt entities.
Stephen was a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig practicing as a certified tax attorney until 2004 when he joined the management of GenSpring Family Offices, one of the nation’s largest multi-family offices. At GenSpring, Stephen served as Co-Chair of the Florida Region, then GenSpring’s Chief Fiduciary Officer and Chairman of its Wyoming-based trust company, Teton Trust Company. For nearly a decade, he led GenSpring’s National Family Business Center and its National Fiduciary Group. 
Stephen returned to Greenberg Traurig in June 2013 to practice as a tax attorney with a Family Business specialty as well as to serve as National Coordinator for the firm’s Fiduciary Practices Group. 

Tali Sharot, University College London, Affective Brain Lab

Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist at University College London and the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a faculty member of the department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences and a visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D from New York University. Her research focuses on how emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and memories. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Psychological Science. This work has been the subject of features in Newsweek, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Washington Post, the BBC and others. Tali is the author of The Optimism Bias and co-editor of The Neuroscience of Preference and Choice. She has also written essays for the popular press which have been published in Time (cover story), The New York Times, and BBC and was a speaker at TED’s annual conference 2012.

Leslie C. Voth, Pitcairn

Leslie C. Voth is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pitcairn, a recognized global leader in the specialized multi-family office marketplace. Leslie’s industry experience and invaluable insights have contributed to the success of both the firm and its clients.  She has been a member of Pitcairn’s senior management team since 1996. She has served in several leadership roles including Director of Marketing from 1996-2001, President of the Wealth Management Group from 2002-2008, and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 until assuming her current responsibilities. 

Keith Whitaker, Ph.D., Wise Counsel Research Associates

Keith has consulted for many years with leaders of enterprising families. He helps families plan succession, develop next generation talent, and communicate around estate planning. With a background in education and philanthropy, he enables family leaders to better understand their values and goals as well as to have a positive impact on the world around them.

Keith has served as a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Family Wealth, a philosophy professor at Boston College, a trustee, and a director of a private foundation. He was also a special assistant to the President of Boston University.

Keith’s writings and commentary have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Philanthropy Magazine. His Wealth and the Will of God appeared in 2010 from Indiana University Press and he is co-author of The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth & Wisdom (Bloomberg, 2013).

FOX Speakers and Moderators

Amy Hart Clyne, Managing Director, Market and Content Development

Amy Hart Clyne is Managing Director of the Family Office Exchange (FOX) Market and Content Development team where she works on delivering market-centric solutions to both Family and Advisor Members of the firm. She is an executive with extensive experience in private wealth management serving ultra high net worth individuals. A strategic and tactical professional, Amy is skilled in developing strategy, marketing and communications programs to both members of senior management teams and as an advisor to industry leaders in private wealth management. Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, client management and advisory, strategic marketing and research planning, internal sales and training meetings, client events and seminars, relationship management, and new product launch.

Jane Flanagan, Senior Consultant

Jane joined Family Office Exchange (FOX) in 1993, and has served in a number of capacities providing value to FOX members, including Managing Director of Membership, Director of Research, and as a Consultant, where she advised and counseled family offices and financial institutions on the wealth management process and family office operations.

Jane currently works as a developer, writer and editor on a number of industry whitepapers and research studies for FOX members. Some of her recent works include: Financial Reporting in the Family Office, FOX Insights: New Thinking in Family Wealth, Purposeful Management of Family Wealth: A Family Office Primer, and 50 Best Practices for an Enduring Family Enterprise. In addition, Jane monitors the FOX listserv and serves as a content resource for the Consulting and Research Teams at FOX.

Charles B. Grace, III, Senior Consultant

Charles B. Grace, III is senior consultant at FOX. Charlie works on strategic planning projects for families and family offices as well as wealth management advisor clients. He has more than 20 years experience in the family office community advising high-net-worth families and has been quoted in various publications on the subject of private wealth management, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Worth Magazine. In addition to his responsibilities at FOX, Charlie has been active on the Board of the single family office Ashbridge, LLC since 1992 and in 2010 was named President. He is a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee of the non-profit Tuttle Fund, Inc. in New York City.

Sara S. Hamilton, Founder and CEO

Sara Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Family Office Exchange (FOX), the definitive source of information and best practices associated with the business of managing family wealth across generations. The strength of the FOX network is derived from the collective knowledge and experience of over 330 globally-minded family enterprises based in 23 countries.

Since 1989, FOX has made solutions accessible to financial families by fostering dialogue among wealth owners, family office executives and wealth advisors. In 2009, FOX celebrated its 20th anniversary of service, and remains true to its founding mission of objectivity in wealth management, member education and shared knowledge across a sophisticated, global network of families and leading wealth advisors.

Ms. Hamilton is the co-author of a new book called Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times, © 2010, Wiley & Sons. She serves on the Executive Education faculty of the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business for the course on Private Wealth Management offered twice a year in Chicago.

In 2009, 2010 & 2011, Ms. Hamilton was named as one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” by Wealth Manager. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Wealth Management and Trusts and Estates as well as a Founding Board of the Chicago Global Donors Network.

Mariann Mihailidis, Managing Director, Family Office Market

Mariann Mihailidis serves as managing director and consultant to family office members of the Family Office Exchange. In her role she oversees the management of all domestic family office relationships. As a practicing tax and estate-planning attorney, she develops strategies in wealth transfer issues, taxes, and corporate structures. Ms. Mihailidis has served as an executor and trustee, and her fiduciary responsibilities included administrative, legal, and accounting duties of various trusts and estates.

Prior to joining FOX in 1996, Ms. Mihailidis worked in one of America’s leading family offices for four years as an accounting manager for the family’s investment partnerships and operating companies.

Alexandre Monnier, President

Alexandre Monnier is president of Family Office Exchange (FOX), a global community of wealthy families and their advisors pursuing best practices for optimal management of their families’ wealth and legacy.

Mr. Monnier, who oversees FOX membership globally as well as consulting, marketing strategy and business development, has a deep understanding of the private wealth market and extensive experience in creating, delivering, and marketing premium services for wealthy individuals.

He joined FOX from PinnacleCare, a leader in private health advisory services, where he led the capture of new growth opportunities by designing new services, developing new distribution channels through strategic partnerships, and penetrating new market segments in the U.S. and internationally.

Karen D. Neal, Managing Director, Consulting

Karen Neal is managing director of the Family Office Exchange (FOX) consulting group, where she works with family groups to bring processes and solutions to the challenges of preserving family wealth, including refining of business strategy to address transitions and changing needs of the family and firm. Her work with families has included development of family enterprise strategy, operational assessment of the family office, selection of wealth advisors, and wealth management industry education. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of family office best practices.

Ms. Neal brings to her clients more than 20 years of consulting experience with an extensive background in the valuation of closely held businesses for estate and gift tax planning, merger and acquisition, and financial planning purposes. She joined FOX in 2008 after eight years at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, where she was a senior manager responsible for business and intangible asset valuations primarily for family-owned businesses. For two years Ms. Neal also was responsible for remotely managing the firm’s offshoring operations in Hyderabad, India. Prior to joining Deloitte, she was a senior manager at RSM McGladrey, and also held consulting positions at the boutique national valuation firms of American Appraisal Associates and Marshall & Stevens.

Karen Rush, Director of Membership

Karen Rush os the Director of Membership for FOX as of July 28. Prior to that she served as a relationship manager for the advisor market that worked to increase membership and provide member services. Formerly events manager, she was responsible for planning all external FOX events, including forums, workshops and regional events.

Prior to joining FOX in 2005, Ms. Rush spent 10 years at a large, multi-generational family office as the communications coordinator. She worked directly with the family office and family members to develop a family meeting process and younger generation education program.

Michael Sallas, Director of Program Design and Development

Michael Sallas serves as Director of Education Design and Development for Family Office Exchange and is responsible for the efficacy of learning strategies dedicated to improving performance of member families, family office executives and advisors within the family wealth industry. As a life-long educator, Sallas has designed, developed and delivered learning opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors and has worked globally to serve learners in 87 countries. Included in his experience has been providing customized adult learning content—print, live and online—for multiple public and private sector owners inclusive of the Department of State, Department of Transportation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, FBI, CIA, all branches of the military, the Walt Disney Corporation and several U.S. multi-national companies operating abroad.