Edgewater’s team is made up of operating and finance professionals who each have a distinguished track record prior to joining Edgewater. Most of our Partners each have been CEO of public and/or private companies, many of them similar to the companies in our portfolio. We believe that the perspective our team brings enables us to be effective partners with our portfolio company leaders.
Our investment professionals bring sophisticated financial skills while never forgetting that it is the quality of company management and operations that determines success. Our entire partnership and professional staff work as a team in all aspects of investment sourcing, funding and portfolio company growth.
Edgewater’s Executive Advisory Board includes nationally prominent business and financial leaders. These individuals help to support Edgewater’s operating initiatives by providing guidance and high-level introductions for the benefit of our portfolio companies. None of the Executive Advisory Board members is an employee of Edgewater.
Prior to forming Edgewater, Jim was President of Gordon Foods, Inc. and Gordon’s Wholesale, Inc. In 1982, Jim engineered a leveraged buy-out of his personal and family interests in The Gordon Companies and in 1986 sold the company to a European multinational corporation. Prior to forming EGCP I, Jim was an active private equity investor. Since 1982, Jim has completed over 200 private equity transactions.
Jim serves on the boards of directors of numerous Edgewater portfolio companies and serves or has served on many other public and private company boards. Jim also serves on the boards of The Whitney Museum of American Art as Chair of the Investment Committee, The Art Institute of Chicago as the Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art on the Executive Committee of the Board and the Investment Committee, Northwestern Memorial Foundation Board of Directors and the Investment Committee, the Joffrey Ballet Board, the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago Board of Trustees and the Investment Committee, Chicago Cares, the Commercial Club and the Big Shoulders Fund on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has also served on the boards of Grinnell College as head of the Investment Committee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bankers Trust Company, Methodist Medical Centers, Des Moines Art Center where he served as President.
Jim received his B.A. from Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Greg has held CEO and senior management positions with three companies. He was President and COO of the Reliable Corporation of Chicago, a $200 million dollar revenue direct marketing business which was sold to Boise Cascade. Greg then moved to APAC Teleservices, Inc., becoming Senior Vice President. During his tenure, APAC increased revenues from $100 million to $276 million and completed a highly successful IPO. Greg then co-founded uBid.com, a leading online auction marketplace, and became its CEO and Chairman. In four years, he built the company’s revenues to $500 million and took it public. The company was subsequently sold for nearly $500 million.
Greg serves on the boards of several Edgewater portfolio companies. Greg is the past Chairman of the Board of NorthShore University Health System (formerly Evanston Northwestern) and was Chairman of The Illinois Math and Science Academy Foundation. He is a Co-Founding board member of The Alain Locke Initiative and an active board member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, World Sport Chicago, Lake Forest Academy and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is also active with several educational and health-related organizations.
Greg has received the State of Michigan Leadership, the 1999 Ernst & Young and the KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year awards. He was inducted into the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at Miami. He is also a Past Chicago Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Greg received his B.S. from Miami University of Ohio, and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Dave was the CEO and President of Yesmail, Inc., a leading marketing services provider. Dave led Yesmail to a highly successful IPO and subsequent sale for $720 million.
Previously, Dave was Senior Vice President of Operations for Bally Total Fitness, overseeing the company’s $650 million annual revenue and its 13,000-person sales and operations workforce. Dave joined Bally after building and selling a regional health club company to Bally in 1990 for $90 million. Prior to this, Dave worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. Dave began his career as a product manager with General Mills, Inc.
Dave serves on the board of several Edgewater portfolio companies and is active in civic and business leadership positions. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Field Museum of Natural History and Opportunity International, a global micro-finance organization. He was a founding board member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Dave is also the Chairman of The Faraja Fund Foundation which supports the Faraja Primary School for children with physical disabilities in Tanzania, Africa.
Dave has received awards for his entrepreneurial leadership as a Finalist in the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and from the Harvard Business School for his work in the non-profit world. Dave received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, with distinction, and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Jeff was a Partner with William Blair & Company where as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance department he led public and private securities offerings and M&A assignments for small and mid-cap companies. He successfully executed 40 deals across multiple industries. Jeff has executed transactions in a variety of industries including business services, marketing services, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and consumer. Prior to graduate school, Jeff served worldwide in the U.S. Air Force as an F-16 pilot. He served as an F-16 Combat Flight Leader and has flown over 1,000 hours in an F-16, including 39 combat missions.
Jeff serves on the Boards of several Edgewater portfolio companies especially in the areas of government services, aerospace, and technology and defense services. Jeff is also active in civic leadership positions, including as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Jeff received his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating as a Distinguished Graduate, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Brian was a Senior Associate with Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance in New York, advising client companies on strategic financing alternatives, capital raise opportunities, market conditions and valuation. Previously, Brian worked for Lehman Brothers as a Senior Analyst for the Investment Banking Division in London and as an Analyst in Lehman’s New York Investment Banking office.
Brian received a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude with honors, in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A., with high distinction, from The University of Michigan Business School. Brian has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Gerald was a Director with Conway, MacKenzie & Dunleavy, a restructuring and operational improvement advisory firm. Previously, he was an Associate with One Equity Partners, where he worked on leverage buyout and growth equity investments. Gerald began his career as an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisition group with William Blair and Company.
Gerald received his B.A. degree from Bucknell University where he earned Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He received his M.B.A. from The University of Michigan Business School where he also received the Tauber Manufacturing Institute Certificate.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Steve was an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. At J.P. Morgan, he focused on mergers and acquisitions for client companies in various industry segments, including automotives, paper, packaging, and building products.
Steve received his B.A. degree, cum laude with honors, in Economics from Northwestern University, where he received Big Ten Scholar Athlete Awards and was a member of the Northwestern football team.
Prior to becoming a Professor at the University of Chicago, Scott had over 20 years experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms, most recently The Sprout Group. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fundraising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies, over a dozen consumer services and retail companies, as well as companies enhanced by the Internet. Scott has been recognized by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry.
Scott has received many awards for his outstanding teaching, including The University of Chicago’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. He was designated by Business Week’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools” (2003, 8th edition) and (2005, 9th edition) as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Scott also has received the Richard J. Daley Award from the Illinois Venture Capital Association for his contribution and support of the industry in the state of Illinois.
Scott earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Prior to joining Edgewater, John worked for Stockwell Capital where he evaluated leveraged buyout and co-investment opportunities. Previously, John worked in the investment banking group at A.G. Edwards, where he advised clients in the consumer, industrial and specialty finance industries on public and private capital raising and M&A transactions.
John received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Business Administration from The University of Southern California and his M.B.A., with high honors, from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Scott worked at Baird Capital Partners where he evaluated middle-market leveraged buyout and growth equity investment opportunities in the business services and healthcare sectors. Previously, he worked at J.P. Morgan in the Consumer & Healthcare investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, and commercial banking divisions.
Scott received his B.A. degree, cum laude, in Economics from Colgate University and his M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Kent was an Associate with CIVC Partners where he focused on leveraged buyout and growth equity investments in the business services and financial services industries. Previously, Kent worked for Dresner Partners, a middle market investment banking firm in Chicago, and for Lehman Brothers in the Investment Banking Division in New York.
Kent received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Cristina was an Associate with First Reserve where she focused on leveraged buyout investments in the natural resources industry, with particular focus on equipment and service businesses and mining related sectors. Prior to First Reserve, Cristina worked for Citigroup Investment Banking Division in London.
Cristina holds a B.A.S. degree with a double major in Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Economics from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Dan was an Associate with Swander Pace Capital where he focused on leveraged buyout and growth equity investments in the consumer products industry. Previously, Dan worked for William Blair & Company in the Consumer & Retail investment banking group and for Houlihan Lokey in the Financial Advisory Services division.
Dan received his B.B.A, with High Distinction, from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and his M.B.A., with Distinction, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Trish was the President of her own consulting business, Gilbert Human Capital Partners, where she developed strategic talent management solutions and completed executive searches for clients including Edgewater. Previously, Trish was a Managing Director with Citadel LLC. During her 8 years with Citadel, Trish established and led the Global Recruiting organization enabling the firm to expand into new markets and geographies. She later became a Human Resources Generalist partnering with business leaders to deliver both talent acquisition and human resources solutions.
Before Citadel, Trish was an Executive Recruiter. She was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles and an Executive Director with Lynch Miller Moore Partners. Trish began her career with O’Connor & Associates as the Manager of Campus Recruiting. Following the merger with UBS, Trish was a Manager of Executive Recruiting and a HR Generalist.
Trish earned her B.A. in Psychology from William Smith College where she was selected to be a member of the Hai Timiai Honor Society in recognition of her scholarship, leadership, character and service.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Shawn was a Managing Director with South Franklin Street Partners, a Cleveland-based mezzanine fund focused on non-control investments in middle market companies. Prior to joining South Franklin Street Partners, Shawn served as a Director in the Corporate Finance group with Loughlin-Meghji & Company, a NY-based turnaround and restructuring boutique. Previously Shawn worked at the former Key Principal Partners where he spent six years sourcing, closing, and managing middle market investments. Prior to this, Shawn spent four years at Carleton, McCreary, Holmes & Company (nka Key Bank Capital Markets), a Cleveland-based boutique investment bank providing M&A and capital raising services to middle market companies. He began his career at KeyCorp in the Corporate Treasury Group and as a Workout Officer.
Shawn received his B.S. degree, cum laude, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Matt was a senior auditor with the public accounting firm of Bansley & Kiener, LLP. Matt performed financial statement audits, tax preparation, and consulting engagements for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, government and non-profit.
Matt received his B.S. degree in accountancy from Miami University of Ohio. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Nadia was a senior audit associate with KPMG LLP. While working in public accounting she performed financial statement audits for clients in the non-profit, government, manufacturing and financial services industries.
Nadia received her B.S. Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, and her Masters of Accounting degree from the Ohio State University where she was a University Fellow. Nadia is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Joseph was a senior auditor with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP. Joseph performed financial statement audits for clients in a variety of industries with a focus in financial services.
Joseph received his B.S. degree, cum laude, in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Joseph is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to joining Edgewater, Bill was a Senior Consultant with Protiviti based out of the Chicago office. Bill performed internal audit and financial advisory engagements for clients in a variety of industries, specializing in Financial Services.
Bill earned his Bachelor’s and Masters in Accountancy degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Bill is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Mr. McKenna is also the Chairman of Schwarz Supply Source, Morton Grove, Illinois. Schwarz Supply Source is a global provider of distribution and logistics programs with facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.
He is a director of the Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc., McDonald’s Corporation, Ryan Specialty Group and Skyline Corporation. He acted as Chairman of the Chicago White Sox during his group’s ownership of that organization from 1975-1981. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Cubs, upon purchase of that entity by Tribune Company, from August 1981 through December of 1984. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame from 1992 – 2000 and was Vice Chairman for six years prior to that and continues to serve as a trustee. McKenna has served over the years on many civic, community and philanthropic boards. He is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry and continues to serve as a trustee. He is a past Chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago and also past chairman of The Executives’ Club of Chicago. He is a director of, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund, The Ireland Economic Advisory Board, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolis Strategies (formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020), Renaissance School Fund and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago among others. He is a past Chairman of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, and is a past Chairman of The Commercial Club of Chicago and continues to serve as a member of both entities. In addition, he is the Founding Chairman of Chicago Metropolis 2020. His former corporate directorships include: AON Corporation (1970-2012); First Chicago NBD (1991-1999), Dean Foods (1982-2000), Tribune Company (1982-2002) and Click Commerce (2000-2006).
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. McKenna is also a graduate of DePaul University School of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He has been the recipient of many industry, business and civic awards. He and his wife, Joan, have seven children, 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The principal operating companies are The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (garage door openers, gate operators and related access control products); Heath/Zenith (motion-activated lighting, door chimes and wireless lighting controls); Milestone AV Technologies (audio-visual mounting equipment & display solutions); Da-Lite Screen Company (producer of high quality commercial and residential projection screens); AMX LLC (advanced control and automation technology for commercial and residential markets); BRIVO (web-hosted electronic access control systems); and Duchossois Technology Partners, LLC (an early-stage venture capital company). While the various companies owned or associated with The Duchossois Group operate independently, a small, corporate team provides strategic support, access to capital and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Mr. Duchossois serves on the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs, Inc. His not-for-profit board memberships include Culver Educational Foundation, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, University of Chicago Hospitals, World Business Chicago, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Economic Club and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization, and the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. He also serves as an advisory board member for Frontenac Company and The Edgewater Funds. In addition, Craig is vice-chairman for CEO’s Against Cancer. He is a past-Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the United States Naval Academy.
Mr. Duchossois holds a BBA and MBA from Southern Methodist University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps between1968-1971.
Since joining ITW in 1965, Mr. Farrell was involved in nearly every aspect of the company and has held numerous management positions in his 41-year career. He was named President and CEO in September 1995, and was elected Chairman in 1996. Farrell focused on a strategy of growth through acquisition, preferring small and midsize companies over major businesses.
As an active member of the civic and business communities, Mr. Farrell serves on the Boards of Directors of 3M, Abbott, Allstate Insurance Company and UAL Corporation. Mr. Farrell is also Chairman of The Civic Committee and Vice Chairman of The Commercial Club of Chicago and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Mr. Farrell’s educational associations include former Chairman of Junior Achievement of Chicago, a Trustee of Northwestern University and Chairman of the Campaign of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Cultural and civic affiliations for Mr. Farrell include former Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Director of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Director of The Big Shoulders Fund. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry and Trustee of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Mr. Farrell earned a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from the University of Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967.
Prior to becoming active in GCG Partners, Mr. Gidwitz was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unilever HPC Helene Curtis Business Unit from 1996 to 1998. Previously, Mr. Gidwitz served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Helene Curtis, a Fortune 500 consumer products company. He had served as President since 1979 and assumed the post of Chief Executive Officer in July 1985. Before being appointed President, Mr. Gidwitz held a number of positions within the company, with responsibilities ranging from sales to manufacturing. After Mr. Gidwitz took the helm of Helene Curtis in 1979, revenues increased sevenfold to more than $1.2 billion before its acquisition by Unilever in 1996.
Mr. Gidwitz also serves as Director on the Boards of Continental Materials Corporation and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation. He is also active in the Chicago business and arts communities. He was named Crain’s Chicago Business Executive of the Year in 1988. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees/Directors for the Field Museum, Rush University Medical Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also serves as Governor and Chairman-Elect of the Boys and Girls Clubs of American. Additionally, he has served as Chairman of the following organizations: The Economic Development Commission of the City of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Central Area Committee and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Gidwitz is currently Chairman of the following organizations: New Prosperity Foundation and the Economic Freedom Alliance.
In 2006 Mr. Gidwitz was a candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois.
Mr. Hurst serves or has served on the boards of directors of various public and private companies. He has been active in the non-profit sector, and currently serves as President of the Board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School, as Chairman Emeritus of the Jewish Museum and as a trustee of the Central Park Conservancy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute.
Mr. Hurst received an MBA from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree from Clark University. He did additional graduate work as a Public Finance Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Moskow’s career includes service in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. During the course of his career, Mr. Moskow has been confirmed by the Senate for five U.S. government positions.
He began his career teaching economics, labor relations, and management at Temple University, Lafayette College, and Drexel University. From 1969 to 1977, he held a number of senior positions with the U.S. government, including under secretary of labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, director of the Council on Wage and Price Stability, assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and senior staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisers.
In 1977, Mr. Moskow joined the private sector at Esmark, Inc. in Chicago and later held senior management positions at Northwest Industries, Dart and Kraft, Inc., and Premark International, Inc., a spin-off from Dart and Kraft. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Mr. Moskow deputy United States trade representative, with the rank of ambassador. He was responsible for trade negotiations with Japan, China, and Southeast Asian countries as well as industries such as steel, semiconductors, and aircraft. Mr. Moskow returned to academia in 1993, joining the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was professor of strategy and international management at the time of his appointment as president of the Chicago Reserve Bank.
Mr. Moskow is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. He is chairman of the Japan America Society of Chicago, former chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago, and serves as a director of World Business Chicago. He is a board member and former chairman of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Mr. Moskow is also an emeritus trustee of Lafayette College.
Since leaving his position at the Federal Reserve, Mr. Moskow joined the boards of directors of Discover Financial Services, Northern Funds (2008-2013), Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (2008-2010), Taylor Capital Group (2008-2014), Commonwealth Edison (a subsidiary of Exelon), and the National Futures Association. He is a member of the advisory boards of The Edgewater Funds and Promontory Financial Group.
Mr. Moskow was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He received an A.B. in economics from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in business and applied economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from DePaul University, Dominican University, Lafayette College, and Lewis University. He is married to Suzanne Kopp-Moskow and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Formerly, Mr. Notebaert was president and chief executive officer of Tellabs, a position he had held since August 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Notebaert retired from his position as chairman of the board of Ameritech Corporation in December 1999. His 30-year career with that organization included appointments as president of Ameritech Mobile Communications (1986), president of Indiana Bell (1989) and president of Ameritech Services (1992). In 1993 he became president and chief operating officer of Ameritech Corporation and in January 1994 was named the company’s president and chief executive officer. He was elected to the position of chairman and chief executive officer on April 20, 1994.
He is a member of the board of directors of Aon Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and Qwest Communications International Inc. He serves as a trustee of the University of Notre Dame and as a member of The Business Council. In April 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), which provides industry-based analysis and recommendations on a wide range of policy and technical issues.
Mr. Notebaert received a bachelor’s of arts degree in 1969 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1983, both from the University of Wisconsin. He has received a number of honors and awards, including the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and four honorary degrees.
Among other affiliations, Mr. Reyes is chairman of Children’s Memorial Medical Center and a director of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund. Additionally, Mr. Reyes is on the boards of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. He is a member of the Mayo Clinic Chicago Leadership Council, the RoundTable Healthcare Advisory Board and the Medical Affairs Committee of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Mr. Reyes is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Reyes earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
A banker and a lawyer with extensive experience, Ambassador Susman was the Vice Chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking. He is also a former member of the Citigroup International Advisory Board. Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, Inc. in June 1989, Mr. Susman practiced law in the City of St. Louis for 27 years and was a senior partner at the St. Louis-based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell.
Ambassador Susman is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of Edelman, Special Advisor to BDT Capital Partners and Special Advisor to Henry Crown & Co. In addition, Ambassador Susman is a member of the Board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and a member of the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
His practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law, and as part of his practice, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Management Committee of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1975 to 1989. In that capacity, under his direction, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 1982 and the National League Championships in 1985 and 1987.
Ambassador Susman has long been active in the public sector. In 1988 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U. S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which provided oversight to the U. S. Information Agency. He was a Director of the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan organization that examines national public policy issues. Mr. Susman is also a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a member of the Board of The Art Institute of Chicago and The Northwestern Children’s Memorial Hospital and a member of the International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. He has previously served on many public and private corporation boards.
Ambassador Susman has been active in the political arena in the U.S. for many years. He was a Senior Advisor to President Obama’s Campaign and was the National Finance Chairman for Senator Kerry’s Presidential Campaign in 2004.
Ambassador Susman received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1959 and his LL.B. from Washington University in 1962 where he was elected to Phi Delta Phi. In addition, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Connecticut College, 2012, he has received T.S. Eliot Alumni of the Year Award at Washington University in St. Louis. He is married to the former Marjorie Sachs. They have two children and three grandchildren.
General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.
During his distinguished career, General Pace has held command at virtually every level, beginning as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Vietnam. He also served as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Somalia; Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Somalia; Director of Operations for the Joint Staff; Commander, U.S., Marine Forces Atlantic/Europe/South; and Commander in Chief, US Southern Command.
In June, 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.
General Pace is currently serving on the Board of Directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and IT security. He is a member of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group, and has served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. He also served as leader-in-residence and the Poling Chair of Business and Government for the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He is a Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar for Fordham University, and an Adjunct Faculty member of Georgetown University.
General Pace is associated with a number of charities focused on supporting the troops and their families, to include: He is Chairman of the Board for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, an organization that provides training support and job placement services for disabled veterans interested in careers in the financial services industry. He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation – a charity that provides scholarship bonds to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed while serving our country. He serves on the Advisory Board for Snowball Express, a charity focused on providing positive activities for children of our fallen military members. He and his wife Lynne are on the advisory board for Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel with tutoring and enrichment activities.
General Pace and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter; a daughter, Tiffany; a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace; and three grandchildren, Linden, Hadley, and Holden Pace.