Co-Chair, Strategy Committee, Gallardo Family Group
Born and living in Barcelona, mother of three children and married to a French anthropologist. Her passion and professional life rely on Architecture, where she leads her own agency, specialized in refurbishment of hotels, housing and cultural buildings.
Member of the third generation (six cousins) of a Spanish family settled in Barcelona, whose historical core business is Pharma, she combines her professional life with her dedication to family issues.
She has been member of the Family Board for many years and chairs the Strategy and Family Development Committee since 2016, when a generational transition process started from 2nd to 3rd generation.
Co-Chair, Strategy Committee, Gallardo Family Group
Carlos Gallardo is a member of the Gallardo family, owner of the Gallardo Family Group (GFG), where he holds a number of responsibilities including GFG Board Member and Board Member of Almirall S.A., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. Carlos is also the founder and CEO of CG Health Ventures. CG Health Ventures builds digital health companies and invests in early stage digital health companies in the US and Europe.
Previous to that, Carlos spent 12 years working in the pharmaceutical industry at Almirall (UK & Spain) and at Pfizer (USA). Carlos holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the UPC in Barcelona and a MBA from Stanford University.
Phyllis C. Hojel
Gen 1 Founder, HM International, LLC
Mrs. Hojel served as one of three Directors of WFCGP, Inc., Windsor Quality Food Company, Ltd.’s managing general partner. Along with her son, Richard, Mrs. Hojel manages the Hojel family investments. Additionally, Phyllis Hojel has over 45 years’ experience in the volunteer sector. Having spent most of her adult life in Mexico City, her involvement in the volunteer sector includes the Junior League of Mexico City; Member of the Board of Directors of The American School Foundation in Mexico City, National Council - Aspen Art Museum; Design Board of a ceramic factory in Puebla - Talavera Uriate; National Board - Medical College of Pennsylvania; Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson; President of Private Voluntary Organization of Mexico City (PVO); Member of the Board of Directors of The Institute of the Americas of La Jolla, CA; and President of the Hojel-Schumacher Foundation.
Richard C. Hojel
Gen 2 Family Leader, HM International
Richard Hojel has been with Corporación Frigus-Therme since 1993 and in 1996 became its President and CEO. Corporación is a group of companies based in Mexico, including the following business units: a manufacturing process equipment company that services the petroleum and petrochemical industry (Zeeco-Therme), a commercial refrigeration equipment company (Frigus-Bohn) and a business that rents capacity to transport and market natural gas (Igasamex). He is President and CEO of Algas Industries (a US company), a designer and manufacturer of liquid vaporizers and gas mixing solutions.
Richard began his career at Andersen Consulting and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a member of YPO since 1995.
As a Partner of HM International, Richard works closely with and serves on the Board of Directors of Quality Sausage Company and American Innovations. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algas-SDI, Frigus Bohn de Mexico, and Igasamex. Additionally, he participates as a Board Member of Corporación Zapata and Monte Xanic.
Richard has been a Member of the Board of Directors of The Institute of the Americas since 2003 and served as Chairman from 2013 through 2018. He has been a trustee of the Hojel-Schumacher Foundation since 1995.
He served on the boards of Windsor Quality Food Company (1996 - 2014), Enlink Geoenergy Services (2000 – 2014), PGI International (1996 – 2012) and Ninethhouse (1999 – 2008).
Chief Executive Officer, Todd Family Office
Andrew was appointed Chief Executive in February 2017 after joining the Family Office in early 2016. Andrew brings extensive financial services experience having held senior management roles in global investment banking and wealth management organisations in both Asia and London over a 15-year period. During this time, he was responsible for a diverse set of functions spanning strategy, business management and strategic change management. Andrew counts among his achievements the establishment of multiple award-winning private banking and trust administration businesses across such diverse geographies as Japan, India and Singapore.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.
President/Co-Founder & Managing Director, DOBLIN a Deloitte Business
Founder and Principal, McCann & Associates
McCann & Associates is a boutique firm that has worked over the last two decades with family businesses and family enterprises throughout the United States. They collaborate with families to help them with transitions, leadership development, communication, and overall to make the family’s involvement in all its enterprises a benefit for both the business and the enterprise. They help cultivate the commitment to family, the greater trust, values-based decision making, and longer-term thinking that are vital strengths in well run family enterprises.
Greg McCann is the founder, principal and leader of a national family business consulting firm that create workshops, consults, publishes, and generally innovates on issues of importance to family enterprises.
As an author, educator, coach, consultant and speaker, McCann works with family enterprises in many areas all centered within the context of vertical leadership development. Greg has coached leaders and executives for nearly 20 years and is certified in Leadership Agility and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
McCann is the founder of the Family Enterprise Center at Stetson University, where he led the effort as a professor to develop the nation’s second minor and first under-graduate major in Family Enterprise. McCann wrote, When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks, that is a part of the Family Enterprise curriculum at Stetson University. Greg published his second book entitled, "Who Do You Think You Are? Aligning your Character and Reputation."
Michael J. Montgomery
Chief Executive Officer, Ford Estates, LLC and Brush Street Investments, LLC
Michael Montgomery serves as Chief Executive Officer and lead family advisor for Ford Estates, LLC and Brush Street Investments, LLC, the Ford Estates investment arm. Collectively, Ford Estates and Brush Street deliver comprehensive family office and investment advisory services to a sizable and growing multigenerational family. Michael’s responsibilities include setting the strategic vision for the family office, developing innovative solutions to preserve and grow the family’s wealth and ensuring the family receives a seamless delivery of integrated services.
Michael has over 26 years of diverse wealth management experience that spans investment strategy, tax planning, corporate transactions and business strategy. Prior to joining Ford Estates, LLC, Michael held several leadership roles within the wealth management division of the Bank of Montreal, or “BMO”. Most recently, he served as the President of BMO Wealth Management’s Ultra-High Worth Division, which operates as an advisory boutique in the U.S. for ultra-affluent individuals, families and their family offices. Prior to that role, he served as the President of the Ultra-High Net Worth Division’s Western Region, the National Head of Sales Strategy & Practice Management and a Managing Director for BMO’s U.S. Private Banking operations. Michael is also an alumna of Tolleson Wealth Management, a leading wealth management firm based in Dallas, Texas.
Michael earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Southern Methodist University-Cox School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a CFP® certificant and a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).
Michael lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and is married with two daughters. He is an avid runner and accomplished percussionist.
Chief Administrative Officer, AMWAY
As Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Nelson leads Amway’s supply chain, information technology, legal, government affairs, information security, executive and internal communications as well as the shareholder engagement organizations. He also oversees the company’s Aviation division and the Amway Hotel Corporation. Nelson reports directly to Amway CEO Milind Pant and serves on Amway’s Global Leadership Team, Amway’s key executive decision-making body focused on global strategy development and delivering meaningful ABO and customer experiences. He also serves on Amway’s Executive Staff comprised of top cross-functional executive leaders focused on enhancing company culture, talent capabilities and global market needs.
He has been with Amway since 1992 in a variety of leadership roles related to company strategy, vision and growth, working extensively with Amway markets around the world. Nelson previously served as Chief Information Officer and as vice president of Amway global strategic planning. Prior to leading strategy, Nelson was director of project management and director of strategic procurement.
Nelson serves on the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the boards of directors for D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s and Keystone Community Church.
Nelson earned a BA degree in business and supply chain management from Michigan State University. He received a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College.
Co-Founder and CEO, Way2B1
CEO, Seragnoli Family Office
Family Director – Todd Family Office, Chair - Todd Family Council
Charles has significant wine industry experience, having spent his early career with a number of South Australian wineries after graduating from the University of Adelaide. He established his own winery in Canterbury in 1995 and sold it in 2002.
Charles is a director of Tongue in Groove Wine Company and was until recently the chair of the Todd Foundation Committee which allocated funding to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery. Prior to joining the Family Office Board, Charles was a Trustee of the Todd Foundation for five years. He is currently the chair of the Todd Family Council which he has been actively involved in since 2004.
Charles has a master’s degree in History from Canterbury University and a Bachelor of Science (Wine) degree from Adelaide University.
Carl Robinson, Ph.D.
Founding Partner, Vantage Leadership
The successful transition into an appreciably bigger role, whether it is one’s first assignment as an Officer or General Manager, or acending into the CEO’s office, is both high-stakes and fraught with unique challenge. Dr. Carl Robinson has spent the better part of the last thirty years assisting emerging executives in preparing for and navigating these career-defining moments. Leadership coaching at this level requires a deep appreciation for organizational, political, and business dynamics, and Dr. Robinson matches his considerable perspective in this regard with well-grounded insights into individual change and development.
Licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1988, Dr. Robinson’s years of training in assessment and counselling shape his approach. He has developed a highly pragmatic and dynamic orientation to his coaching style. His goal is to add relevant and sustained value in each interaction, and he holds his clients to a very high standard. Early on, a set of mutually agreed-upon coaching targets will be established and revisited consistently throughout the engagement. Progress will be determined by measuring changes in behavior, effectiveness, and impact against these targets.
His clientele is broad and far-reaching, ranging from non-profit organizations to the Fortune 100. He has coached Csuite executives through role transitions at MITRE, the Federal Reserve System, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Steel Dynamics, Inc., MacLean-Fogg, and more. He has authored a number of articles and has frequently been interviewed by various business publications, including the Wall Street Journal. In addition, he is a highly regarded public speaker with an engaging and energetic style. He and his wife Karen reside in Chicago, Illinois. They have two grown children who live on opposite coasts, which gives them plenty of reasons to indulge their passion for travel.
Senior Managing Director of Advisory and Education Services
Ann Dugan is the Senior Managing Director of Advisory and Education Services leading the FOX team in the delivery of services to substantial family enterprises and family offices striving to achieve long-term sustainability and multi-generational success.
Ms. Dugan was an early innovator in understanding the power of knowledge, research, and entrepreneurship in building the enterprising family capacity and sustainability as she launched one of the first Global Institutes at the University of Pittsburgh. As founder and leader for nearly 30 years of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence while also serving as the Assistant Dean for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, her success in helping other families, universities, and regions flourish has been recognized with numerous awards. Ann led her own successful succession in 2014. Post University, Ann focused her work on assisting families to start philanthropic organizations and foundations, and served as Executive in Residence for the Family Business Network (FBN) until joining the FOX leadership team in 2016.
Ann holds a B.S. in Economics and M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Ann is a fourth-generation member of a business-owning family and is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several ventures to success. Ms. Dugan currently serves on several public and private boards of directors.
Mindy Kalinowski Earley, CMP, CFBA
Chief Learning Officer
Mindy Earley is Chief Learning Officer for Family Office Exchange. In her role, she works to foster integrated learning programs for enterprise families and is responsible for developing the family learning community. She provides support to the Family Learning and Experience Council and FOX Family Learning Network. Mindy believes that empowerment and knowledge are key to living a purpose-driven and self-actualized life. She is inspired by helping people learn, grow and discover the way that they will make personal and productive contributions, using their strengths and talents.
Mindy has held various roles in small and large family offices and has been responsible for creating and stewarding professional learning networks in support of human and intellectual capital. She has designed learning experiences that increase the knowledge base and enhance the life path of individuals while providing personalized support and coaching to help them meet their goals. After spending over a decade working in higher education, Mindy is skilled in program creation for the student and young adult population. Her work included developing pioneering programs for learners to engage and thrive in college and through life after college.
Combining her M.A. in Education, with a focus on learning development and educational theory, and her undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a focus on programming and event planning, Mindy is uniquely trained to create exceptional experiences rooted in sound learning practices. As a Certified Meeting Professional with a certificate in Family Business Advising she enjoys helping families and rising generation members navigate the unique world of family enterprise and family relationships by understanding that responsibility and intention pave a path to personal achievement and satisfaction.
Managing Director, Member Services
Ruth Easterling is Managing Director of Member Services for Family Office Exchange (FOX). In her role, she works with family and advisor members to understand their objectives and provides guidance to help address their unique needs through the resources available at FOX. Ruth also moderates the Private Trust Company Network and works with the team at FOX to develop programming and insights for the Network. Ruth has held multiple roles at FOX including leading FOX member services, supervising the delivery of learning programs, and overseeing marketing to drive the redesign and brand initiatives that differentiate FOX today.
Prior to joining FOX, Ruth worked with the professional services firm Smith, Bucklin & Associates, which provides management and consulting services to more than 180 associations. She served as executive director to professional associations ranging in size from 300 to 4,000 members, re-engineering membership structures and planning processes to better enable organizations to maximize their potential through efficient governance structures and member participation. In addition, Ruth often consulted with international and national organizations on strategic planning and governance design.
Ruth holds a B.A. degree in Management and Leadership from Judson College.
Charles B. Grace, III
Managing Director, Advisory and Education Services
Charles B. Grace, III is a Managing Director at Family Office Exchange (FOX) and based in New York City. He works primarily on Advisory Group projects at FOX for multi-generational families and family offices covering all aspects of wealth management. Assignments have included work on strategic planning, generational transitions, family office design and assessment, governance, operations and processes, development of investment programs, advisor due diligence, and best practices. Charlie is also active at FOX with family office and wealth advisor members as well as the firm’s thought leadership and original research.
Charlie has been active for 20 years in the family office community advising high net worth families and serving as a resource to family offices. He advised on investment portfolios and wealth management generally for almost 10 years working day-to-day at the multi-family office Ashbridge Investment Management LLC and the single-family office Ashbridge, LLC. His responsibilities included client relationships, business development, and membership on the firm’s investment committee as well as business operations and firm strategy as Chairman of the Management Committee of the $1 billion investment advisory firm. He still serves on the Board of the single-family office Ashbridge, LLC. Charlie has been quoted in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, and presented at many conferences focused on private investors and family offices.
Charlie serves as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee of the nonprofit Tuttle Fund, Inc. in New York City. He graduated with a J.D. from the Washington College of Law. Charlie received a B.A. and M.A. in history from Bates College and the American University, respectively.
Founder and CEO
Sara Hamilton is the Founder and CEO of Family Office Exchange (FOX). She is a recognized visionary and credited with professionalizing the family office industry. Sara founded FOX in 1989 as a peer network for family office executives. Within 10 years, FOX could see that families needed help with their enterprise vision, managing financial transitions, and educating family members on responsible ownership.
Today, Sara provides strategic direction for FOX and leads the development of new programs and services supporting enterprise families, family office executives, and wealth advisory firms in more than 27 countries. FOX has built a unique team of professionals serving multi-generational families, led by 20 technical experts who are supported by a dedicated team of 30 additional employees based in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Madrid.
Sara is the co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times. She also serves on the executive education faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she is an adjunct faculty member for their Private Wealth Management course. She is on the founding boards for the International Private Directors Association and the Foundation for Gender Equality.
Nate Hamilton, CFA
Advisory Board Member
Nate Hamilton, CFA, is currently Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Heritage Partners Group, a private equity investment and operations platform focused on the acquisition and roll-up of consumer retail and information services businesses. Nate has significant experience in partnering with and investing alongside private family capital and family-owned businesses. Prior to founding Heritage, he worked in investment banking, sales and trading and private equity across several institutions including Goldman Sachs, UBS and as a co-founder of FDX Capital, a direct-investment platform built for FOX family offices. Nate currently sits on the Advisory Board of Family Office Exchange and is a consultant to the Direct Investment Network. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Glen W. Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Glen Johnson is Chief Operating Officer at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the member experience, ensuring that each family member, family office executive, and trusted advisor has an unsurpassed experience partnering with FOX by providing unique industry knowledge and insights coupled with a safe and confidential environment where members can share best practices. In addition, Glen oversees the operations of FOX and is charged with establishing and executing systems to execute FOX’s strategic plan, promoting its vision and service-centric culture, and enabling the FOX team to work together to exceed our member’s expectations.
Glen has over 30 years of experience working with business owners and executives, first as an attorney and then as a wealth advisor, eventually founding Mirador Family Wealth Advisors – the multi-family office for Fifth Third Bank. He has worked with business owners and executives across all stages of their business life cycle including business succession. Glen writes and speaks nationally focusing on family and business governance and the unique challenges faced during the sale and transition of closely held businesses.
Glen earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI.
Glen is a passionate supporter of cultural organizations and groups seeking to enhance the lives of youth. He has served as a board member and advisor of various local and regional boards including The Michigan Theatre, Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park, The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit, and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.
Robin L. Letchinger, JD
Enterprise Family Market Leader
Patience Y. Marmer
Senior Relationship Manager
Patience Y. Marmer is a Senior Relationship Manager with Family Office Exchange (FOX). She works with family and advisor members to understand their objectives and provides guidance to help address their unique needs through the resources available at FOX.
Patience has been serving as a trusted advisor to ultra-wealthy individuals and family office clients for 20 years. She is a family office generalist with deep areas of expertise in loss prevention and insurance risk management, global fine art collection operations, multi-estate and stable management, luxury service operations, and special projects.
Patience presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Private Risk Managers Association. She has worked in many of the 42 countries she has visited and proudly served on the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the M/V Anastasis, for 3 years. She studied Fine Art and History at the University of Illinois and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Director, Direct Investing Network
Cary is Director of the Direct Investing Network (DIN) at Family Office Exchange. In this role, Cary works with member families who are committed to direct investing - facilitating member connections for potential co-investment opportunities. As Director he also serves as the manager for members involved in DIN, including the Deal Platform and the network of family office direct investment dinners. He works with member families who are committed to direct investing, seeking education on best practices, and facilitates deepening their knowledge on a multitude of direct investing issues.
For more than 25 years, Cary has been a passionate venture capital investor and a driver of merger and acquisition deals, with extensive transaction management on both the buy and sell side. He co-founded three technology-based companies, effectively growing them to the point of significant exits. Cary has been a Board Director on many commercial enterprises, navigating companies through the day-to-day operations to drive top line sales and optimize bottom line profits and driving long-term strategic growth.
Cary is a graduate of Ohio University and received his MA in International Affairs: Southeast Asia Studies/Technology Commercialization.
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez
Managing Director, Market Leader for Europe and Latin America
Miguel López de Silanes Gómez is the FOX Market Leader for Europe and Latin America. He is responsible for delivering FOX services to current members and also works actively to expand the network in Europe and Latin America. His base is in Madrid, but he spends half of his time in Latin America.
Miguel has most recently been director of the family office for one of Europe’s leading real estate families, with specific responsibility for designing and implementing the family’s investment strategy and for providing owner education to the younger family members.
Previously, he worked at UBS Wealth Management in NY, Chile, and other locations in Latin America. He began his career at Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in London and Madrid. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Managing Director, Membership
Karen Rush is Managing Director of the Family Office and Wealth Advisor Markets for Family Office Exchange (FOX). Karen works with family and advisor members to understand their objectives, providing guidance to help address their needs through the resources available at FOX. She also co-chairs FOX Advisor Councils and assists in the development of new and enhanced service offerings for members. Formerly the events manager, she was responsible for planning all external FOX events, including forums, workshops and regional events.
Prior to joining FOX in 2005, Karen 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 an education program for the younger generation.
Karen received a B.A. in political science from Southern Illinois University.
President, Family Office Exchange
Bill Sullivan is the president of Family Office Exchange (FOX). He is a thought leader who understands the role that disruption and innovation will play in transforming our industry. He leads FOX in helping members to understand and plan for future transitions in the family enterprise, the family business, and the family office.
For the past 10 years, Bill has served as the Global Head of Financial Services Market Intelligence at Capgemini. He is a distinguished financial services executive consultant and trusted expert in his field with over 20 years of experience in many globally diverse roles including two years in Paris, France and three years in Hyderabad, India. Bill brings exceptional leadership skills with nearly two decades of leading multi-cultural teams in the U.S., Europe, & Asia-Pacific, as well as in his entrepreneurial background having successfully run his own start–up for three years.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Ascent Private Capital Management (part of U.S. Bank), currently serves on the Zeta Beta Tau International Supreme Council, is an annual judge for the PWM/The Banker Global Private Banking Awards, and is a multiple recipient of Irish America Magazines Top 100 Business Leaders list.
Bill received a B.S. from Tufts University as a double major in Economics and Psychology. Bill is an avid golfer and Boston sports fan. He currently resides in the West End of Richmond, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.