HOLLY SINGSEN—BOARD CHAIR

HOLLY SINGSEN

BOARD CHAIR

Holly is a Senior Client Executive with Sirius Computer Solutions, a nationally recognized technology solution provider with a certified team of sales and technical professionals who have the skills, product knowledge and commitment to help clients develop and implement the right solutions to solve their business needs.

Holly has 14 years experience and has previously worked in New York City for IBM and Vicom Computer Solutions. Holly has been a consistent top sales producer at the three firms with responsibilities across their New York City Metro clients.

Holly graduated from University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Holly, her husband and four sons attend Stanwich Church.

RICHARD WALKER—PRESIDENT

RICHARD WALKER

PRESIDENT

Richard Walker is a Principal in Deloitte Consulting with over 22 years experience in consulting focused on technology strategy and transformation in the financial services industry for some of the largest banks in the world.  He leads his clients through developing IT and business alignment strategies, IT operating model design and implementation, and technology-driven operations transformation.  Richard has led client projects in all areas of banking, treasury services, cash management, and trade finance to streamline and automate processes and enhance business performance.  Richard has also led merger-driven and transformation-driven IT programs for regional and top financial institutions including pre-acquisition operations and technology due diligence, post announcement operations and technology integration planning, and post-close operations and technology conversion and integration.  After serving in the Air Force during Dessert Storm he joined a division of General Dynamics as a systems analyst and then transitioned into consulting starting at KPMG, then IBM, and is currently with Deloitte Consulting.  Richard has a bachelor of science in computer information systems from Chapman University.

ANN RICHARDSON KNOX—SECRETARY

ANN RICHARDSON KNOX

SECRETARY

Ann Richardson Knox is a Partner in the New York office of Mayer Brown LLP an international corporate law firm. Ann has over 13 years of experience advising major financial institutions and private equity and hedge funds in complex corporate financings. She concentrates her practice in the representation of borrowers and lenders in secured and unsecured lending and finance transactions, including syndicated financings, portfolio leveraging transactions, acquisition financings and workouts.

Ann is also a board member of the Cornell Club of Fairfield county as well as the Columbia Law School Alumnae Association.

Ann graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and received her JD from Columbia University School of Law. Ann, her husband and daughter attend Stanwich Church.

CHAD DREAS—TREASURER

CHAD DREAS

TREASURER

Chad is the Managing director of Nielsen’s US Media Analytics Team. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Chad held the role of Senior Vice President Client Consulting, managing a go to market team of consultants supporting Nielsen’s TV and Digital clients. Chad is also the Executive Sponsor of Nielsen’s Veterans Employee Resource Group, where he works to increase internal and external understanding of the importance of veterans in Corporate America.

Chad attended college on a Naval ROTC scholarship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee where he majored in Chemistry and Applied Engineering. Upon graduation he entered the US Naval Nuclear Power program where he spent three years aboard the USS Maryland, an Ohio class nuclear powered submarine, before being transferred to London England as the Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commander Naval Forces Europe.

Following the Navy Chad completed his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School in Philadelphia and upon graduation joined McKinsey and Company in Stamford Connecticut as a management consultant. Chad initially joined Nielsen in 2010 in a Client Service role.

Chad lives in Rowayton Connecticut with his wife Emily and their three children. He attends church at Stanwich Congregational in Greenwich where he serves on the Missions Committee.

DR. DAVID W. MILLER, PhD—MODERATOR

DR. DAVID W. MILLER, PhD

MODERATOR

David serves as the Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative. He is also an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at Princeton. Prior to this, he was at Yale University for five years, where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. David’s signature course is, “Business Ethics: Succeeding without Selling Your Soul.”

David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic and business world. Before receiving his Ph.D. in ethics, he spent 16 years in senior positions in international business and finance, spending eight of those years overseas.

In his role as Moderator, David guides our discussions and interviews our guest speakers.

Full bio here.

SHARI ASER

Shari Aser

Shari Aser is the IBM Executive Assistant to the General Manager, North America. Responsible for managing the effective operations of the general manager’s office, preparing for and attending senior executive client meetings, participating in strategy, marketing, sales, business development, and finance operations for the North America Business.

Previously, Shari was the Business Unit Executive, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Software Sales for the North Region. Her responsibilities include managing and leading the strategy for the North Region Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure sales organization. In her prior role, Shari was the Sales Execution Business Unit Executive for the East Region. Her responsibilities included designing and recommending strategies and sales plays around the SEIs for the East Region. She has held numerous sales leadership positions including the Global Sales Integration Executive for Coremetrics. She was responsible for the overall success of the integration of Coremetrics’ global sales organization into the IBM Software Group. In leading this effort, Shari helped Coremetrics leverage IBM for global reach and market strength. Shari also held the position as the IBM Software Sales Manager for Financial Markets and Insurance. She managed a team of sales reps covering financial services firms including: Goldman Sachs, Metlife, AIG, and NY Stock Exchange. Prior to this role, Shari was the Client Exec for Goldman Sachs and Client Rep for The Bank of New York.

Full bio here

GRANT GREGORY—PAST BOARD CHAIR

W. GRANT GREGORY

Past Board Chair

Grant is Chairman of Gregory & Hoenemeyer, Inc., a prestigious advisory and private equity firm currently providing strategic services to the Chinese, U.S. and European Firms and HNW individuals. Grant’s professional expertise includes Corporate Governance and Ethical Business Practices, mergers and acquisitions, and tax policy. He has served successfully in numerous leadership roles as chairman of the board, CEO, investment banker, merchant banker and director of public, private and non-profit corporations. He has served as the chairman of audit, governance, and compensation committees for a number of New York Stock Exchange member companies (Chrysler, MCI, Renaissance Hotels Inc.). As an advisor to clients, he has coordinated multiple law firms in complex securities and tax litigation matters; has supervised special fraud and securities investigations; and advised on risk management and director & officer liability issues. He is a Founder of DoubleClick, Inc.

After completing 24 years with Touche Ross & Co. (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu) Grant retired as Chairman of the Board. . He led global teams in a wide range of industries and countries while servicing the firm’s 100 largest clients with responsibility for the Washington D.C. Service Center, the Financial Service Center and opening the firm’s first office in the People’s Republic of China.

Grant’s public service roles included governmental appointments as Executive Co-Chairman of the United States Privatization Council, and U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee on International Trade in Services. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the National Forest Foundation in Washington, D.C., Director Emeritus of The National Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, Director Emeritus of Wyoming Wildlife Foundation, and was Director of the LPGA. He was named “Businessman of the Year” by the Big Brothers of America, is an active member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Advisory Board, serves as a Strategic Advisor to Home Instead, Inc. and is a Director of the Greenwich Leadership Forum.

Grant graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska in 1964, where he was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, as well as The Builder Award, the University’s highest non-academic recognition. He has completed advanced management courses at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business, at New York University, and attended the Air Force War College.

EDWARD T. HENDERSON—PAST PRESIDENT

EDWARD T. HENDERSON

PAST PRESIDENT
ted is a Managing Director with US Trust in Greenwich providing Private Client advisory wealth management services. Ted has worked in financial services for over 30 years. Prior to US Trust Ted was with Northern Trust in New York for over 8 years serving as a Senior Wealth Strategist, helping to grow their strategic expansion in the Northeast market which started in 2003. Ted joined Northern Trust from Robbins & Henderson, LLC., where he was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Partner. Robbins and Henderson was brokerage firm on the Floor of the NYSE that serviced a select Blue Chip Group of institutions for over a decade. Ted serves as a Board member of a number of not for profit entities and holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. Married for over 22 years, he lives in Greenwich and has three children.

HENRY G. HIGDON II

HENRY G. HIGDON II

US  Marine Corps Reserves 1964 through 1970; honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Thirty-seven years in the executive search business; 15 years with Russell Reynolds Associates(in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles); and own firm since 1986, currently Managing Partner of Higdon Partners LLC. Activities/commitments include: Past President of Andover Alumni Association, and former Trustee; member of the Board of the Yale Football Association (and Past President); Co-Founder of the Ivy Football Association; recently joined Board of Christian Herald Association (Bowery Mission in New York City); Board Member of LifeSpring Network. Member of Stanwich Congregational Church since 1985; Past Trustee (twice); former Senior Deacon; three-terms as Moderator and Chairman of the Capital Campaign.

BRAD HVOLBECK

BRAD HVOLBECK

Brad is managing director of Prudential Brad Hvolbeck Real Estate. A firm with roots back to 1928. Brad is a recognized leader in Greenwich Real Estate since 1968. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich Association of Realtors for over thirty years and was elected President for seven terms. He also was Vice President of the Connecticut Association of Realtors. Brad graduated from Nichols College and has attained the highest professional designations in residential real estate, including CRB, CRS and GRI. Brad is an emeritus board member of Eagle Hill School after serving twenty-five years on the board, six as Chairman. Brad is a former Board Member of Boys Scouts of America, Greenwich Council; Greenwich Health Association; Greenwich Chamber of Commerce; PNC CT Board of Advisors. Brad is a fourth generation Greenwich resident, is married to Marijane and has three sons. He is a member of Trinity Church.

MICHAEL MAHAFFY—PAST PRESIDENT

MICHAEL MAHAFFY

PAST PRESIDENT

Michael is Managing Member of RHR Capital LLC a Private Equity and Real Estate investment firm he founded in 2006. RHR Capital LLC has investment interests in Private Equity focused on water and health sciences and in Real Estate focused on ranches and farms, commercial wind farm development, and distressed properties. Previously, Michael spent over 20 years on Wall Street at UBS and Salomon Brothers Inc. At UBS Michael was a Managing Director with responsibilities as the head of Equity Derivatives sales and trading responsible for risk management products, convertibles, futures, and program trading. Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In addition to the GLF Board, Michael serves on the Board of the UNC Institute for the Environment, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

DICK MURPHY—PAST PRESIDENT

DICK MURPHY

PAST PRESIDENT

Dick Murphy spent most of his managing consulting career developing and implementing methodologies for leadership, organizational development, high performance cross-functional teams and accountability management. He was a founder and President of ODI International, a management consulting firm with global partnerships. His high-impact consulting services focused on achieving superior organizational performance through people public and private sectors , and his company was named to INC Magazine’s List of Fastest Growing Companies in the US. He lived in Asia for three years, while building his consultancy throughout the region, including Europe and the Middle East. Prior to management consulting, he held executive positions with CBS, Texaco and Control Data. He has served on numerous boards of directors and is a founding member of the Instructional Systems Association (ISA). He is published in many business journals and has presented at The Conference Board, European Foundation For Management Development (EFMD), Linkage, IIRA, The Forum, ASTD and other associations and conferences. Mr. Murphy received his BA degree in English Literature with a Minor in Science from Windham College. He and his wife Wendy reside in Greenwich, CT and summer on Cape Cod, MA.

About GLF

The Greenwich Leadership Forum explores faith & ethics in the building of organizations. Rooted in Christian principles, GLF welcomes all faith traditions.

Overview

The Greenwich Leadership Forum* (“GLF”) is an organization that provides a forum for business executives to explore how faith and religious principles can play an important role in their decision-making, while building and leading successful and ethically sound organizations. Based on Christian principles and Biblical teachings, GLF is an organization that welcomes men and women from all faith traditions.

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