Board of Directors

 

 

Richard Fitzburgh | Chairman of the Board Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

Richard Fitzburgh is Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). He is a leading financial advisor to high net worth individuals, corporations, and family offices. RBC is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies and provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services, and capital markets services on a global basis. During his 30-year career in the financial services industry, Richard has developed deep expertise in wealth management and estate planning, and works closely with a broad network of trust and estate attorneys. He was recently acknowledged by The Financial Times, as one of the “400 Top Broker-Dealer Advisors” for 2016[1]. Over time, Richard has developed a series of events that make his practice unique. These include an annual investment conference solely for his clients featuring well-known economic experts with valuable perspectives on global topics. Other events focus on art and culture, notably the tremendously successful Art Basel Miami art fair, which connects clients with interest in the arts to internationally renowned artists. Richard is active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and with UN Women.  Richard launched The Foundation for Gender Equality with a successful conference at the United Nations titled “A Call to Action for Gender Equality,” initiated in order to raise necessary funds for UN Women.  

 

[1] In 2016, the Financial Times 400 Award was based on information gathered regarding 1,000 financial advisors. Of the financial advisors considered, 40% received this award.  The Award is based on the following criteria: The individual is a FINRA registered representative, assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, experience and professional designations.   This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of this advisor’s future performance.  The financial advisor does not pay a fee to be considered for or to receive this award.

RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.

 

 

Chuck Baker | Partner, DLA Piper

Charles H. Baker’s corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and restructurings, with a core focus in the sports, media and consumer sectors. Chuck has represented buyers and sellers of sports franchises in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and many of the European football leagues. He also represents investment banks and consulting firms on corporate finance advisory matters. Chuck has been repeatedly recognized in both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States for his work in mergers and acquisitions, and sports law. He has been published in International Business Times, Bloomberg News, Sports Business Journal, and Sports Litigation Alert Online. He serves on the board of the Ivy Sports Symposium the USA Triathalon, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the March of Dimes.  

Margaret Butler | Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Margaret Butler is a top lawyer at Greenberg Traurig LLP, with a focus on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, including real estate, asset management and cross-boarder transactions. She also assists institutional limited partners with their fund investments and co-investments. Margaret has led the execution of complicated transactions and designed custom structures for investments, participations and business combinations. She has been listed as one of Super Lawyers magazine and New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, The M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40”, and Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Corporate Rising Star,” among others. Margaret serves on the Advisory Board of the Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School, the Board of Directors with Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, and is a leader of the Harvard Club of New York Mergers and Acquisitions Group, among others.  

Marilyn Chinitz | Partner, Blank Rome LLP 

Marilyn Chinitz is a Partner at Blank Rome LLP in New York. She concentrates her practice almost exclusively in Family law, with particular emphasis on complex divorce actions. She has successfully argued appeals in the appellate courts of New York and is recognized in negotiation of complex divorce actions and in trial of matters before the family courts and the supreme courts of New York. She also has extensive experience in representing clients in international custody cases and has successfully prosecuted for the return of abducted children in proceedings filed by her under the Hague Convention. Marilyn was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in the New York Metro Area. She has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Family Law in New York since 2013. Marilyn is extensively involved in children’s programs in her community, and offers assistance to several nonprofits. She is on the benefit committee of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Food Allergy Initiative, and the Little Orchestra Society.  

Frank Cimler | Partner, Cimler Law, PLLC 

Frank Cimler is a partner in the firm Cimler Law, PLLC, which has offices in New England with affiliated offices in Los Angeles, and New York. Frank has extensive blue-chip legal experience in high technology, information technology, and the entertainment industry. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 Companies to President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, to the television show The Bold and the Beautiful. He has worked with various members of multi-platinum rock bands and artists including Aerosmith, The Cars, the J. Geils Band, and Godsmack among many others. Frank has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the premier Boston based attorneys representing celebrities from around the country and elsewhere. He has taught entertainment law at the Massachusetts School of Law and The New England School of Law, and has been a regular guest lecturer at Northeastern University and a guest lecturer at Western New England School of Law. Frank was selected by Live Nation to help raise $66 Million for the Boston Strong Initiative in 2013.  

Dr. Peter Favaro | CEO, New York City Conflict Resolution Services & Tendril Online Media Services  

Dr. Peter Favaro operates SmartParenting, The Family Center in Port Washington where he concentrates exclusively on court referred cases which include forensic evaluations, parenting education, supervised and therapeutic visitation, reunification and parenting coordination.  He has been a technical consultant and software designer for more than 30 years. Dr. Favaro is the author of more than a dozen books on topics ranging from conflict resolution, parenting during and after divorce, anger management, child development, and technology in education. He has been a lecturer all over the world, and has lectured to the bar associations of Nassau and Suffolk County as well as the state bar association. Dr. Favaro recently opened The Center for Improved Human Relationships with the primary mission to promote the causes of cultural tolerance and the importance of diversity.  

Wendy Federman | Broadway Producer 

Wendy Federman is an award-winning Broadway Producer. Her production company, Foolish Mortals Productions, has housed many notable performances including On Your Feet!, Eclipsed, Blackbird, An American in Paris, Hair, Pippin’ and many others. Wendy has been recognized throughout her career with four Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, a Drama League Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award.  Her years of investing in and producing Broadway shows have allowed Wendy to befriend the biggest stars, producers, and directors on Broadway. She has served as a guest lecturer for many charitable foundations and mentors young aspiring producers, actors, and writers.

Sara Hamilton | Founder & Ceo, Family Office Exchange  

Sara Hamilton is the Founder and CEO of Family Office Exchange (FOX), the definitive source of information and best practices associated with the business of managing the family enterprise and the family’s wealth across generations. She is the co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times. For the past 10 years, Sara has served on the Executive Education Faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for the course on Private Wealth Management offered twice a year in Chicago. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth Management by PAM and was honored with this award for three years by Wealth Manger. Sara serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Wealth Management and Trusts and Estates magazine.  

Damir Jandricek | Managing/Equity Partner, Keter Organica Green Energy Fund 

Damir Jandricek is a Managing/Equity Partner at Keter Organica Green Energy Fund; an investment fund for the leading Slovene producer of turnkey biogas power plants, an environmentally friendly renewable energy source. Damir has extensive experience in structuring and managing assets in the production and services industries. His specialties include investments structuring and management, company restructuring, competitive intelligence, export and international trade strategies, and regional public development projects, among many others. He is the Co-founder of the International Exchange and Development Network, and worked as Managing Partner for Estate Investments Ltd. Damir serves on the advisory board of the Laureus Foundation.  

Gail Lese | Founder & CEO, Lese Investments LLC 

Gail Lese is the founder and CEO of Lese Investments LLC and the portfolio manger of the Lese Funds.  Gail has a distinguished track record in finance and in medicine. As the fund manager of the Fidelity Select Food and Agriculture Portfolio, Dr. Lese led the fund to achieving one of the highest absolute returns in the United States within nine months of assuming leadership of the fund. Gail has a track record of being involved in impact investing, and socially responsible investing in healthcare, community service, and charity initiatives. Her extensive volunteer service has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Mass Mentoring Partnership, the American Red Cross, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod. Prior to entering the investment profession Dr. Lese did her medical training in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Neurological Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She has conducted medical and policy research that has received international acclaim. Gail was a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellows Program in 1998. 

John Maurello | Managing Director, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

John Maurello is Managing Director, Private Client Group at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He leads SIFMA’s efforts related to the private wealth management at its member firms, and is advisor to numerous Committees and Roundtables made up of industry representatives. Prior to joining the Securities Industry Association, he was a senior staff assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of Salomon Brothers, Inc. He also served as director of Finance, Law Enforcement, Environmental Protection, and Economic Development Audits at the New York City Comptroller’s Office. John created the Environmental Protection audit group, the first of its kind at the Comptrollers’ office.  

Rachel Morrison | Strategic Alliance Generator, Sunrise Ranch 

Rachel Morrison is the Strategic Alliance Generator at Sunrise Ranch, a Retreat Center with programs that empower personal transformation and world service. With her background in international business and marketing, Rachel has constructed teams around the world that bring the possibility of inspired social impact into grounded motivated action. Rachel specializes in Internal and Global Strategies with an emphasis in spirituality, wellness and sustainability education for millennials. She is a speaker, trainer, and developer of programs of change with both Sunrise Ranch and thought leaders from around the world who are dedicated to the awareness and evolution of consciousness by focusing on global development through the Self, Thriving Community, and Unified Efforts.  

Parker Roy | Managing Director, Head of Distribution, Public Securities Group 

Parker Roy has 23 years of industry experience and is Managing Director and Head of Distribution for the Public Securities Group’s Wealth Management Division. He oversees all areas of distribution associated with intermediaries in wealth management including business development, investor relations, relationship management, and platform development. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Parker was Managing Director and Head of Distribution for Cushing Asset Management, an energy related asset manager, and was with Morgan Stanley since 1995 where he held a number of positions, including National Business Development Director for their Consulting Group. Parker earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University’s AB Freeman School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rollins College.

Sharon Solomon | US Regional Head of Branding and Marketing Strategy, Royal Bank of Canada

Sharon Solomon is US Regional Head of Branding and Marketing Strategy for the Capital Markets division of RBC. She is responsible for the RBC Capital Markets US corporate and social responsibility strategy, and she serves as Vice President and Chairperson of the RBC US Foundation. Prior to RBC, Sharon was a co-founder of Nextgen, a trading company that built a robust relative value trading software product. Sharon serves on the Independent Film Project Executive Board of Directors, as well as the Moriah School of Englewood Executive Board. Sharon is a member of UN Women’s Council for Gender Equality.  

Dr. Robin Unger

Dr. Robin Unger is a world expert in hair loss treatment and hair restoration. At her clinic in New York City she sees patients who have been searching for a solution to their ongoing problem of alopecia. Approximately 50% of her patients are women. Solutions she offers range from medical treatments, to platelet rich plasma treatments (PRP) to hair restoration surgery. Over 90% of her patients find her through direct referral – a testament to her unique and personal approach with patients.

Dr. Robin Unger is an Assistant Professor in the department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and she is one of only five Fellowship Directors worldwide for the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration). She is committed to the education of patients and doctors from around the globe and teaches in her clinic, at the hospital, and at lectures for conferences in the US and abroad.

Apart from being a renown surgeon in her field, Dr. Robin Unger is also a loving wife, a daughter and a wonderful mother to her adorable twins, Rafaella and Nicole.

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Margaret Vaughan | Founder & President, MCV Consulting

Margaret Vaughan is founder and president of MCV Consulting, a Houston-based consultancy specializing in corporate strategy formation, leadership development and family legacy and leadership planning. A highly accomplished architect and facilitator of group planning processes with over 15 years of international experience in her field, Vaughan is a trusted advisor to a sophisticated client base of CEOs, boards of directors, senior leaders and wealth owners. Her client roster includes Fortune 500 companies and top-tier organizations across multiple sectors, including banking and finance, law, healthcare, media, bio/life sciences, pharmaceuticals, government, education and the arts. Her work has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. Ms Vaughan was named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2011” by Houston Woman Magazine and currently serves on the Greater Houston Area Salvation Army and the Houston Independent Arts Collaborative Advisory Boards.

Nancy Wolff | Partner, Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLC.  

Nancy Wolff is a Partner of the intellectual property, media and entertainment law firm of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLC. She represents a wide range of creative individuals and companies in all areas of digital media, licensing and publishing. In addition to transactional work, she represents clients in state and federal court civil actions as well as arbitration and mediation. Nancy is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, digital media, and licensing for many organizations. She has been published in Allworth Press, International Libel and Privacy Handbook, Digital Media Licensing Association, PDN and Nikon among others. Nancy is the President of the Copyright Society of the USA. She is the Chair of the ABA IP Section Committee on Visual Arts, Dramatic Works and Motion Picture, and serves on the ABA Copyright Reform Task Force. Nancy has been named “Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers,” and “Top 50 Women New York Metro Super Lawyers by Intellectual Property.