Spirit of Innovation

Spirit of Innovation members are a small group of donors who provide the seed capital used to design, fund and launch XPRIZEs and XCHALLENGEs as well as support the ongoing mission of the Foundation. Becoming a Spirit of Innovation member allows you to also participate with your ideas, passion and connections. To find out how you can help support the XPRIZE by becoming a Spirit of Innovation member, please click here.

Life Sciences

Peter Farrell has served as ResMed's Executive Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2008. He has been a director of the Company since June 1989 and served as Chief Executive Officer from July 1990 until December 2007. From ResMed’s inception until September 2004, Dr. Farrell was also ResMed’s President. Effective January 28, 2011, the Board appointed Dr. Farrell to serve again as Chief Executive Officer and President.

From July 1984 to June 1989, Dr. Farrell served as Vice President, Research and Development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc. (“Baxter”), and from August 1985 to June 1989, he also served as Managing Director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Baxter. From January 1978 to December 1989, he was Foundation Director of the Center (now Graduate School) for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor.

He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in Health Sciences. He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine since 1998, and was named Chairman on July 1, 2010. In addition to his responsibilities with ResMed, Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, and is the non-executive chair of QRxPharma, a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company listed on the ASX. He is a Fellow or Honorary Fellow of several professional bodies.

Co-Chair Dr. Peter C. Farrell

Peter Farrell has served as ResMed's Executive Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2008. He has been a director of the Company since June 1989 and served as Chief Executive Officer from July 1990 until December 2007. From ResMed’s inception until September 2004, Dr. Farrell was also ResMed’s President. Effective January 28, 2011, the Board appointed Dr. Farrell to serve again as Chief Executive Officer and President.

From July 1984 to June 1989, Dr. Farrell served as Vice President, Research and Development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc. (“Baxter”), and from August 1985 to June 1989, he also served as Managing Director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Baxter. From January 1978 to December 1989, he was Foundation Director of the Center (now Graduate School) for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor.

He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in Health Sciences. He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine since 1998, and was named Chairman on July 1, 2010. In addition to his responsibilities with ResMed, Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company that develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, and is the non-executive chair of QRxPharma, a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company listed on the ASX. He is a Fellow or Honorary Fellow of several professional bodies.

Global Development

Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. He is a founder and CEO of Intelius, a company that empowers more than 15 million consumers with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security. Prior to Intelius, Jain founded InfoSpace, a successful dotcom company and innovative developer of mobile software and application services. Jain took the company public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until December 2002. Before starting InfoSpace, Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation.

Naveen Jain is Co-Chairman of Education and Global Development at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. Naveen is currently focused on finding ways to use advances in science to solve problems that, on the surface, look like infrastructure problems. He is exploring a challenge to develop “Digital Doctor,” an AI-based expert system that aims to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is determined to find ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science and history.

Naveen Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies and also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community. Most recently, Red Herring presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs.

Naveen Jain and his family are actively engaged in many philanthropic activities and have generously contributed to an assortment of organizations dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Many organizations have benefitted from their charitable activities including; The XPRIZE Foundation, The The Intrepid Museum, United Way of King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, HopeLink, Bellevue LifeSpring, Treehouse for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, America India Foundation, Vedic Cultural Center, Seattle Art Museum, Children Rights & You and the University of Washington.

"The XPRIZE Foundation is a unique group of thought leaders who personally get involved and contribute to solving the largest challenges in the world. I find that working alongside these various experts, and funding XPRIZEs inspires creative innovation and rewards these bigger bets of exponential breakthroughs that are stifled in some vertical industries today. Just imagine that anyone has a chance to take their idea and prove their concept in an XPRIZE and change the world as we know it. This is entrepreneurship open to all scientists, college kids, graduates, PhD’s who have amazing ideas and need funding to realize these dreams." - Naveen Jain

Co-Chair Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and a technology pioneer. He is a founder and CEO of Intelius, a company that empowers more than 15 million consumers with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security. Prior to Intelius, Jain founded InfoSpace, a successful dotcom company and innovative developer of mobile software and application services. Jain took the company public in 1998 on the NASDAQ and served as CEO until December 2002. Before starting InfoSpace, Jain was a senior executive at Microsoft Corporation.

Naveen Jain is Co-Chairman of Education and Global Development at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to address the global challenges in education, poverty, agriculture, health, and clean water. Naveen is currently focused on finding ways to use advances in science to solve problems that, on the surface, look like infrastructure problems. He is exploring a challenge to develop “Digital Doctor,” an AI-based expert system that aims to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is determined to find ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science and history.

Naveen Jain is a trustee of the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies and also a member of Pacific Council on International Policy.

Naveen Jain has been awarded many honors for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills including “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Red Herring, “Six People Who Will Change the Internet” by Information Week. His success with Intelius has earned such accolades as “Best New Company” by the American Business Awards, Puget Sound Business Journal’s “One of Washington’s Top Three Best Workplaces”, “Rising Star” in Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500 Program, “America’s Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” by Inc. Magazine and has been listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists in the community. Most recently, Red Herring presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs.

Naveen Jain and his family are actively engaged in many philanthropic activities and have generously contributed to an assortment of organizations dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Many organizations have benefitted from their charitable activities including; The XPRIZE Foundation, The The Intrepid Museum, United Way of King County, Seattle Children’s Hospital, HopeLink, Bellevue LifeSpring, Treehouse for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, America India Foundation, Vedic Cultural Center, Seattle Art Museum, Children Rights & You and the University of Washington.

"The XPRIZE Foundation is a unique group of thought leaders who personally get involved and contribute to solving the largest challenges in the world. I find that working alongside these various experts, and funding XPRIZEs inspires creative innovation and rewards these bigger bets of exponential breakthroughs that are stifled in some vertical industries today. Just imagine that anyone has a chance to take their idea and prove their concept in an XPRIZE and change the world as we know it. This is entrepreneurship open to all scientists, college kids, graduates, PhD’s who have amazing ideas and need funding to realize these dreams." - Naveen Jain

Chairman, BPG Motors

Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur who believes in solving problems through innovations and entrepreneurship. Paresh’s current concentration is to invest in an early stage and emerging companies.

As a chairman of BPG Motors, Paresh is looking to introduce a whole new breed of off-road vehicles for the sports enthusiastic and the military.

With the vision of addressing grand challenges of the world trough innovative approaches and make a difference in the humanity in a large scale, Paresh is a believer of achieving peace trough prosperity. Paresh is currently working with the world’s best visionary group to shape the strategy to expand highly successful X Prize platform to India and globally.

In the past career, Paresh was CEO and Founder of 2020 Company, LLC. 2020 Company was successfully acquired by a large private equity group. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh and 2020 have won numerous awards for their growth and leadership. 2020 Company worked with the United States Government to provide solutions in the areas of Healthcare IT, Education and Science.

Prior to successfully building 2020 company from grounds up, Paresh has build and sold two other businesses in technology field.

Paresh Ghelani

Chairman, BPG Motors

Paresh Ghelani is an avid entrepreneur who believes in solving problems through innovations and entrepreneurship. Paresh’s current concentration is to invest in an early stage and emerging companies.

As a chairman of BPG Motors, Paresh is looking to introduce a whole new breed of off-road vehicles for the sports enthusiastic and the military.

With the vision of addressing grand challenges of the world trough innovative approaches and make a difference in the humanity in a large scale, Paresh is a believer of achieving peace trough prosperity. Paresh is currently working with the world’s best visionary group to shape the strategy to expand highly successful X Prize platform to India and globally.

In the past career, Paresh was CEO and Founder of 2020 Company, LLC. 2020 Company was successfully acquired by a large private equity group. With expertise in management strategy and vision, Paresh and 2020 have won numerous awards for their growth and leadership. 2020 Company worked with the United States Government to provide solutions in the areas of Healthcare IT, Education and Science.

Prior to successfully building 2020 company from grounds up, Paresh has build and sold two other businesses in technology field.

In 1994 Atul Jain founded TEOCO – an abbreviation of ‘The Employee Owned Company’ – with a dream of building a successful business model, not just a successful business. His goal was to build a company founded on the idea of principled entrepreneurship and employee ownership.

Today, TEOCO is a market leading multi-national organization – with operations in the US, Israel, India, and the UK – providing cost, routing, revenue and network management solutions to top communications service providers worldwide. Fueled by industry leading expertise and innovative technologies, TEOCO saved its 50+ customers several hundred million dollars last year alone.

With increasing profits and a major growth trajectory TEOCO has been ranked in Inc. Magazine's List of the fastest growing privately held companies on three separate occasions.

Atul Jain

In 1994 Atul Jain founded TEOCO – an abbreviation of ‘The Employee Owned Company’ – with a dream of building a successful business model, not just a successful business. His goal was to build a company founded on the idea of principled entrepreneurship and employee ownership.

Today, TEOCO is a market leading multi-national organization – with operations in the US, Israel, India, and the UK – providing cost, routing, revenue and network management solutions to top communications service providers worldwide. Fueled by industry leading expertise and innovative technologies, TEOCO saved its 50+ customers several hundred million dollars last year alone.

With increasing profits and a major growth trajectory TEOCO has been ranked in Inc. Magazine's List of the fastest growing privately held companies on three separate occasions.

Education

Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed—and events proved him right—that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.

Today, Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Carnegie Learning, College for Financial Planning, and Institute for Professional Development, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.

Apollo Group

Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed—and events proved him right—that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.

Today, Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Carnegie Learning, College for Financial Planning, and Institute for Professional Development, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.

Don Elias teaches insurance and financial sector businesses how to enjoy long-term success and profits by creating raving fans and emotionally engaged employees. Having worked for large, medium, and small companies that taught him traditional “business methods” along with how to lose money and get shut down, Don co-founded ImageRight in 1992 with the mindset of identifying a better approach to building companies. With no venture capital or corporate debt, Don and his business partner took advantage of market timing, created the product and service leader in their industry, and after almost fifteen years of extremely strong growth, privately sold ImageRight in 2007.

Don Elias

Don Elias teaches insurance and financial sector businesses how to enjoy long-term success and profits by creating raving fans and emotionally engaged employees. Having worked for large, medium, and small companies that taught him traditional “business methods” along with how to lose money and get shut down, Don co-founded ImageRight in 1992 with the mindset of identifying a better approach to building companies. With no venture capital or corporate debt, Don and his business partner took advantage of market timing, created the product and service leader in their industry, and after almost fifteen years of extremely strong growth, privately sold ImageRight in 2007.

The world is brimming with innovators whose ideas can shape our region and change the world. At the Goldhirsh Foundation, we identify the brightest emerging talent and give them the tools to best support their success.

We hold ourselves to the same high standard of the talent we seek to cultivate. We are a small team, passionate about our work in social innovation. We strive to manifest that beyond our investments—by creating events and mission-driven initiatives meant to bring together thinkers and doers across a spectrum of disciplines.

The Goldhirsh Foundation supports social innovation efforts across three areas: opportunity, sustainability, and activation.

Goldhirsh Foundation

The world is brimming with innovators whose ideas can shape our region and change the world. At the Goldhirsh Foundation, we identify the brightest emerging talent and give them the tools to best support their success.

We hold ourselves to the same high standard of the talent we seek to cultivate. We are a small team, passionate about our work in social innovation. We strive to manifest that beyond our investments—by creating events and mission-driven initiatives meant to bring together thinkers and doers across a spectrum of disciplines.

The Goldhirsh Foundation supports social innovation efforts across three areas: opportunity, sustainability, and activation.

The objective of McEwen Mining is to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500 by creating a high growth gold producer focused in the Americas. McEwen Mining's principal assets consist of the following:

- Production: a 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA, owner of the San José silver-gold mine that is located near Goldcorp's Cerro Negro project in Argentina; and El Gallo I in Sinaloa, Mexico.

- Development: El Gallo II in Sinaloa, Mexico; The Gold Bar project in Nevada; as well as the Los Azules copper deposit in San Juan, Argentina.

- Exploration: The Company has a large portfolio of exploration properties in Santa Cruz province Argentina, surrounding the San José mine and Goldcorp's Cerro Negro project in addition to significant land packages in Nevada adjoining Barrick's Cortez mine and surrounding our El Gallo complex in Mexico.

McEwen Mining has 297,417,091 shares issued and outstanding at August 7, 2014. Rob McEwen, Chairman, President and Chief Owner, owns 25% of the shares of the Company (assuming all outstanding Exchangeable Shares are exchanged for an equivalent amount of Common Shares). As of June 30, 2014 McEwen Mining had cash and liquid assets of approximately US$16.6 million.

McEwen Mining

The objective of McEwen Mining is to qualify for inclusion in the S&P 500 by creating a high growth gold producer focused in the Americas. McEwen Mining's principal assets consist of the following:

- Production: a 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA, owner of the San José silver-gold mine that is located near Goldcorp's Cerro Negro project in Argentina; and El Gallo I in Sinaloa, Mexico.

- Development: El Gallo II in Sinaloa, Mexico; The Gold Bar project in Nevada; as well as the Los Azules copper deposit in San Juan, Argentina.

- Exploration: The Company has a large portfolio of exploration properties in Santa Cruz province Argentina, surrounding the San José mine and Goldcorp's Cerro Negro project in addition to significant land packages in Nevada adjoining Barrick's Cortez mine and surrounding our El Gallo complex in Mexico.

McEwen Mining has 297,417,091 shares issued and outstanding at August 7, 2014. Rob McEwen, Chairman, President and Chief Owner, owns 25% of the shares of the Company (assuming all outstanding Exchangeable Shares are exchanged for an equivalent amount of Common Shares). As of June 30, 2014 McEwen Mining had cash and liquid assets of approximately US$16.6 million.

John Raymonds is currently the Manager, CIO of Raymonds Capital, LLC. His original background is in the rigid plastic packaging industry leading the successful growth of two private businesses - one domestic to the US and one in Europe. Combined with strong organic growth, acquisitions played a key factor domestically by growing the business while always focusing on integration and synergistic results. The first two acquisitions were performed while being a sole owner and three more used the resources of a Private Equity partner. In the end, the top line sales grew to almost seven times that of the base business and profitability rose to ratios that were amongst the highest for our type of conversion processing. The current focus in Europe is taking advantage of recapitalizing key parts of our process while growing a management team to successfully lead organic expansion while tacking on key acquisition targets.

In addition to the legacy core operating business units there is always a search for specific and unique direct investment opportunities which have a story that can be told through the tough economic times we are currently in providing significant head winds to most traditional ventures. Recent work includes being the lead investor bringing back the Reading Rainbow brand at RRKidz.com as well as a founding partner at Bron Studios in Vancouver, BC.

On the philanthropic side Education has always been a focus. In 1986 John graduated from MIT with a SB - Bachelor of Science in Course 6.1 - Electrical Engineering and in 2005 the John Raymonds (1986) Scholarship fund at MIT was started. Outside of higher education John served on the Board of Trustees for an NAIS school for 8 years and in his personal life self-development is always a point of focus. Mr. Raymonds believes in living a balanced life, focusing on family and friends, and where appropriate helping them to grow their own lives. He is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, a Level II certified flier with both the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. and the National Association of Rocketry. He is also a photographer and video enthusiast who loves to capture life as it happens - even on roller coasters or underwater while SCUBA diving!

John Raymonds

John Raymonds is currently the Manager, CIO of Raymonds Capital, LLC. His original background is in the rigid plastic packaging industry leading the successful growth of two private businesses - one domestic to the US and one in Europe. Combined with strong organic growth, acquisitions played a key factor domestically by growing the business while always focusing on integration and synergistic results. The first two acquisitions were performed while being a sole owner and three more used the resources of a Private Equity partner. In the end, the top line sales grew to almost seven times that of the base business and profitability rose to ratios that were amongst the highest for our type of conversion processing. The current focus in Europe is taking advantage of recapitalizing key parts of our process while growing a management team to successfully lead organic expansion while tacking on key acquisition targets.

In addition to the legacy core operating business units there is always a search for specific and unique direct investment opportunities which have a story that can be told through the tough economic times we are currently in providing significant head winds to most traditional ventures. Recent work includes being the lead investor bringing back the Reading Rainbow brand at RRKidz.com as well as a founding partner at Bron Studios in Vancouver, BC.

On the philanthropic side Education has always been a focus. In 1986 John graduated from MIT with a SB - Bachelor of Science in Course 6.1 - Electrical Engineering and in 2005 the John Raymonds (1986) Scholarship fund at MIT was started. Outside of higher education John served on the Board of Trustees for an NAIS school for 8 years and in his personal life self-development is always a point of focus. Mr. Raymonds believes in living a balanced life, focusing on family and friends, and where appropriate helping them to grow their own lives. He is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, a Level II certified flier with both the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. and the National Association of Rocketry. He is also a photographer and video enthusiast who loves to capture life as it happens - even on roller coasters or underwater while SCUBA diving!

Joel Seiden is a co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, an investment real estate group based in Manhattan. Stonehenge represents institutional investors with a portfolio in excess of 2 billion dollars. Joel has other interests in the health field with an ownership interest in Organic Avenue, a growing organic food company.

The Seiden Charitable Foundation has been formed to concentrate contributions in the educational field.

Joel Seiden

Joel Seiden is a co-founder of Stonehenge Partners, an investment real estate group based in Manhattan. Stonehenge represents institutional investors with a portfolio in excess of 2 billion dollars. Joel has other interests in the health field with an ownership interest in Organic Avenue, a growing organic food company.

The Seiden Charitable Foundation has been formed to concentrate contributions in the educational field.

Frank C. Sullivan was elected as RPM’s chairman and chief executive officer in October 2008. Previously, he held various positions at RPM starting with his first position in 1987 as Regional Sales Manager at RPM’s joint-venture AGR Company to his election as the Company’s vice president of corporate development in 1991, to chief financial officer in 1993, to executive vice president in 1995, as well as earning the positions as president in 1999, chief operating officer in 2001 and president and chief executive officer in 2002. 

Prior to Mr. Sullivan’s employment at RPM, he held various positions in the areas of commercial lending and corporate finance at Harris Bank and First Union National Bank during 1983 to 1987. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar in 1983. 

Mr. Sullivan serves on the boards of RPM International Inc., The Timken Company, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Cleveland Foundation, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, National Paint & Coatings Association, the Army War College Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Medina County Bluecoats Chapter. 

Grandson of the late Frank C. Sullivan, founder of RPM, and son of Thomas C. Sullivan, RPM’s chairman emeritus and retired chief executive officer, Frank and his wife Barbara and their four sons reside in Bay Village, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan support many charitable and civic organizations, and especially appreciate organizations and charities that focus on the educational development and support of children in Northeastern Ohio.

Frank C. Sullivan

Frank C. Sullivan was elected as RPM’s chairman and chief executive officer in October 2008. Previously, he held various positions at RPM starting with his first position in 1987 as Regional Sales Manager at RPM’s joint-venture AGR Company to his election as the Company’s vice president of corporate development in 1991, to chief financial officer in 1993, to executive vice president in 1995, as well as earning the positions as president in 1999, chief operating officer in 2001 and president and chief executive officer in 2002. 

Prior to Mr. Sullivan’s employment at RPM, he held various positions in the areas of commercial lending and corporate finance at Harris Bank and First Union National Bank during 1983 to 1987. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar in 1983. 

Mr. Sullivan serves on the boards of RPM International Inc., The Timken Company, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Cleveland Foundation, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, National Paint & Coatings Association, the Army War College Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Medina County Bluecoats Chapter. 

Grandson of the late Frank C. Sullivan, founder of RPM, and son of Thomas C. Sullivan, RPM’s chairman emeritus and retired chief executive officer, Frank and his wife Barbara and their four sons reside in Bay Village, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan support many charitable and civic organizations, and especially appreciate organizations and charities that focus on the educational development and support of children in Northeastern Ohio.

Sheryl Wolowyk, BEd., M.B.A.

Sheryl is Founder and CEO of the Roblyn Group of Companies which include Roblyn Corporation, myHRpro, and The Learning and Performance Institute. Sheryl’s companies provide consulting and learning and development services in areas that improve individual and organizational performance including process improvement, project and change management, human resource management, and leadership and team effectiveness. As a consultant she specializes in providing strategic advisory services in the areas of organizational effectiveness and talent management and development.

Sheryl was formerly a high school teacher; Executive Director of Executive Education at a Canadian University; partner in a medium sized Canadian Consulting firm; and a board member of the Conference for Executive and Management Development. She has spent her professional career striving to find innovative ways to improve learning and performance. Recreationally Sheryl has been an avid athlete in many sports winning dozens of Municipal and Provincial Competitions as well as 2 National Championships. In her free time Sheryl now concentrates on coaching and doing recreational activities with her husband and their two kids.

Michael Wolowyk, B.Sc. Pharm.

Michael is a Pharmacist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the owner of Crestwood Apothecary Pharmacy, part owner of Lemarchand Dispensary Pharmacy and a partner in Pharmadel Pharmaceutical Wholesale. He enjoys helping patients through compounding and providing a high level of customer service. A volunteer for a long time now, Michael has worked with groups like the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, the Edmonton Society of Pharmacists, Pilgrims Hospice Society, Edmonton Minor Hockey, and helped coach minor league baseball. Michael enjoys spending his free time with family Michael Jr. (10 yrs) and Katie (8 yrs), in the mountains close to home. Having climbed over 100 summits, Michael enjoys Alpine and Ice climbing in the Canadian Rocky mountains as well as his latest passion, golfing in the summer. The Wolowyks are avid nordic and alpine skiers and can be found skating on the pond in Canmore Alberta each winter and climbing on the rocks around Banff in the summer.

Sheryl & Michael Wolowyk

Sheryl Wolowyk, BEd., M.B.A.

Sheryl is Founder and CEO of the Roblyn Group of Companies which include Roblyn Corporation, myHRpro, and The Learning and Performance Institute. Sheryl’s companies provide consulting and learning and development services in areas that improve individual and organizational performance including process improvement, project and change management, human resource management, and leadership and team effectiveness. As a consultant she specializes in providing strategic advisory services in the areas of organizational effectiveness and talent management and development.

Sheryl was formerly a high school teacher; Executive Director of Executive Education at a Canadian University; partner in a medium sized Canadian Consulting firm; and a board member of the Conference for Executive and Management Development. She has spent her professional career striving to find innovative ways to improve learning and performance. Recreationally Sheryl has been an avid athlete in many sports winning dozens of Municipal and Provincial Competitions as well as 2 National Championships. In her free time Sheryl now concentrates on coaching and doing recreational activities with her husband and their two kids.

Michael Wolowyk, B.Sc. Pharm.

Michael is a Pharmacist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the owner of Crestwood Apothecary Pharmacy, part owner of Lemarchand Dispensary Pharmacy and a partner in Pharmadel Pharmaceutical Wholesale. He enjoys helping patients through compounding and providing a high level of customer service. A volunteer for a long time now, Michael has worked with groups like the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, the Edmonton Society of Pharmacists, Pilgrims Hospice Society, Edmonton Minor Hockey, and helped coach minor league baseball. Michael enjoys spending his free time with family Michael Jr. (10 yrs) and Katie (8 yrs), in the mountains close to home. Having climbed over 100 summits, Michael enjoys Alpine and Ice climbing in the Canadian Rocky mountains as well as his latest passion, golfing in the summer. The Wolowyks are avid nordic and alpine skiers and can be found skating on the pond in Canmore Alberta each winter and climbing on the rocks around Banff in the summer.

Energy & Environment

Rena Shulsky David is president and CEO of Shire Realty, a New York City real estate firm that specializes in sustainable development and management of commercial property. She is a former Development Manager for the City of Boston, appointed by the mayor to manage the redevelopment and revitalization of several of Boston's hardest hit neighborhoods.

Ms. David is the founder of Green Seal and serves on its Board of Directors. Green Seal is the first and the most widely respected environmental seal of approval and now appears on major cities, hotel chains and products as well as companies around the world. The EMA-GREENSEAL has set the standards for environmentally sustainable television and movie productions, resulting in a major award each year in Hollywood. Ms. David is also co-producer of an upcoming major television series on global climate change.
Rena Shulsky David was a founding partner of GlobalVision, a New York television production company. The company produced and aired the award-winning program "South Africa Now", the first major television show to focus on the horrors of apartheid. The show was acknowledged on the floor of the UN as being instrumental in the fall of apartheid.

She is a founding member of The Social Venture Network, a network of CEOs committed to running their business in a socially responsible manner. During her tenure as a member of the board of SVN, Ms. David was instrumental in the creation of the organization's International Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility.

During her tenure as a member of the Board of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, her long-time interest in integrative medicine led her to be instrumental in the creation of The Continuum Center for Health and Healing. The Center is the first integrative center associated with a major hospital in New York. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York. This center helps examine the association of childhood diseases with toxic chemicals in our environment.

Rena Shulsky David holds a degree in Political Science from Boston University with a concentration in Soviet Foreign Policy. While still an undergraduate, she was admitted to a graduate program in English literature at Oxford University in England.

Dr. Sami S. David is a world acclaimed expert in holistic fertility and medical director of Fifth Avenue Fertility, the nation's leading integrative fertility center. He is a strong believer in achieving pregnancies without IVF and heavy fertility drugs He is the author of the international bestselling book, “Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program For Maximum Fertility.”

Dr. Sami David has dedicated his life to helping countless women conceive and carry babies to term. At the age of 14, he decided he would become a doctor. By the time a young Dr. David finished his residency, he knew he was destined for a life’s work in the disciplines of infertility and endocrinology.

The first doctor in New York State to perform a successful in vitro fertilization, Dr. David has quickly turned against IVF as the standard method for combating infertility. Noting that traditional fertility drugs simply produce more eggs while doing little to ensure those eggs impregnate and mature, Dr. David focuses his practice on identifying and treating the underlying cause of infertility, thus greatly increasing the chances for a successful pregnancy.

By following a traditional diagnostic medical approach and appropriate treatments, Dr. David has helped create thousands of pregnancies that have gone to term. Among his success stories are women who have failed in vitro attempts and been told by other doctors they were simply too old to conceive.

Dr. David received degrees from Columbia University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before completing his residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He went on to complete his training as a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he performs any necessary fertility surgeries. Dr. David is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and American Society of Reproductive Immunology. He currently resides in New York City.

Rena Shulsky David & Dr. Sami S. David M.D.

Rena Shulsky David is president and CEO of Shire Realty, a New York City real estate firm that specializes in sustainable development and management of commercial property. She is a former Development Manager for the City of Boston, appointed by the mayor to manage the redevelopment and revitalization of several of Boston's hardest hit neighborhoods.

Ms. David is the founder of Green Seal and serves on its Board of Directors. Green Seal is the first and the most widely respected environmental seal of approval and now appears on major cities, hotel chains and products as well as companies around the world. The EMA-GREENSEAL has set the standards for environmentally sustainable television and movie productions, resulting in a major award each year in Hollywood. Ms. David is also co-producer of an upcoming major television series on global climate change.
Rena Shulsky David was a founding partner of GlobalVision, a New York television production company. The company produced and aired the award-winning program "South Africa Now", the first major television show to focus on the horrors of apartheid. The show was acknowledged on the floor of the UN as being instrumental in the fall of apartheid.

She is a founding member of The Social Venture Network, a network of CEOs committed to running their business in a socially responsible manner. During her tenure as a member of the board of SVN, Ms. David was instrumental in the creation of the organization's International Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility.

During her tenure as a member of the Board of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, her long-time interest in integrative medicine led her to be instrumental in the creation of The Continuum Center for Health and Healing. The Center is the first integrative center associated with a major hospital in New York. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York. This center helps examine the association of childhood diseases with toxic chemicals in our environment.

Rena Shulsky David holds a degree in Political Science from Boston University with a concentration in Soviet Foreign Policy. While still an undergraduate, she was admitted to a graduate program in English literature at Oxford University in England.

Dr. Sami S. David is a world acclaimed expert in holistic fertility and medical director of Fifth Avenue Fertility, the nation's leading integrative fertility center. He is a strong believer in achieving pregnancies without IVF and heavy fertility drugs He is the author of the international bestselling book, “Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program For Maximum Fertility.”

Dr. Sami David has dedicated his life to helping countless women conceive and carry babies to term. At the age of 14, he decided he would become a doctor. By the time a young Dr. David finished his residency, he knew he was destined for a life’s work in the disciplines of infertility and endocrinology.

The first doctor in New York State to perform a successful in vitro fertilization, Dr. David has quickly turned against IVF as the standard method for combating infertility. Noting that traditional fertility drugs simply produce more eggs while doing little to ensure those eggs impregnate and mature, Dr. David focuses his practice on identifying and treating the underlying cause of infertility, thus greatly increasing the chances for a successful pregnancy.

By following a traditional diagnostic medical approach and appropriate treatments, Dr. David has helped create thousands of pregnancies that have gone to term. Among his success stories are women who have failed in vitro attempts and been told by other doctors they were simply too old to conceive.

Dr. David received degrees from Columbia University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before completing his residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He went on to complete his training as a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he performs any necessary fertility surgeries. Dr. David is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and American Society of Reproductive Immunology. He currently resides in New York City.

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