Chairman, ACE Cash Express, Inc. | Board Chairman
Jay B. Shipowitz became Chairman of ACE Cash Express, Inc. (ACE) in October 2006, Chief Executive Officer in July 2004 and has served as the President and as a Director of the Company since January 2000. Mr. Shipowitz served as the Company's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 1997 to January 2000. Prior to joining ACE, from July 1996 to May 1997, Mr. Shipowitz was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of USDATA Corporation, a software company located in Richardson, Texas. From June 1993 to July 1996, Mr. Shipowitz was the Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Westinghouse Security Systems, Inc., a residential security company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Shipowitz worked at Price Waterhouse in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Shipowitz worked at KPMG Peat Marwick in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Shipowitz currently serves as a director of the Financial Service Centers of America, Inc., the primary trade association pertaining to ACE’s business. Mr. Shipowitz is on the Board of Advisors for the Love School of Business at Elon University and on the Dallas Advisory Board for Back on My Feet. Mr. Shipowitz holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Guilford College.
Co-Founder, Bionic | Vice Chairman
Anne Berkowitch is a co-founder of Bionic, an enterprise growth solution focused on accelerating critical innovation. Prior to Bionic, Anne served as founder and CEO of SelectMinds (acquired by Oracle), an enterprise talent acquisition software solution that leverages social networks to identify and hire key talent. Previously, Anne was a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Co.) in New York and London. She holds a BS in Applied Math and Biology from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from MIT’s Sloan School.
Anne is also active board member of two non-profits: Back on My Feet and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a higher education honor society that rewards high achievement in the classroom and the community.
Accenture Workplace Solutions, Global Managing Director | Vice Chairman
Patrick Coyne has been the global managing director for Accenture Workplace Solutions, responsible for the company’s multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio and workplace operations, since 2011. In this role, he leads global teams responsible for Accenture’s real estate strategy; workplace design and technology; environment and sustainability; and workplace management.Patrick was a founding advisory board member for the Back on My Feet Chicago chapter. His enthusiasm for BOMF has inspired hundreds of Accenture people, who have mentored BOMF members, coached them in business skills, reviewed their resumes, and of course, run with them.
“I’ve been inspired by Back on My Feet from its early days,” says Patrick, “I was proud to serve on the Chicago chapter’s board and witness firsthand the power of this organization. I really believe smart, committed people can make a powerful difference when they work together for a good cause. So it’s truly an honor to join the National Board and help spread the BOMF vision.” Patrick’s facilities management career started at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only accredited university for the hearing impaired. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He also attended the Culinary Institute of America where he trained in classic French cuisine. Patrick lives in the Chicago area with his wife Mary Rose.
President, Marathon Tours & Travel
Jeff is the President of Boston-based Marathon Tours & Travel, a full-service travel agency specializing in providing packages for runners for travel to the world's most spectacular destination marathons and half marathons on all seven continents. Jeff first found Marathon Tours as a client while pursuing his interest for international adventure travel. Respected for being an innovative corporate and philanthropic leader with a passion for helping clients with their goals, Jeff enjoyed a 27 year career at Morgan Stanley prior to joining Marathon Tours.
Jeff was a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas and currently serves on the National Board of Back on My Feet. Having run 20 marathons in the last five years, Jeff is a middle of the pack marathoner who enjoys a good challenge - like running the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon and the B.A.A. Boston Marathons on consecutive weeks. He is also an avid climber, skier and paddler.
Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Mobility Northern California and Northern Nevada Region
Jeni has two decades of creative, analytical, and operating experience with AT&T. She is currently responsible for the successful operation and overall performance of a two-state territory, including sales and distribution, business development, revenue growth, product launches, and customer acquisition / retention. Before taking on the California-Nevada region, she was vice president and general manager of the Rocky Mountain Region – a five-state territory. Jeni holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Jeni’s passion for health started at a young age and has provided a lifelong source of empowerment. Jeni is energized by Back on my Feet’s vision harnessing physical activity to revolutionize homelessness.
Peter B. Cole
Managing Director, Business Integration, Marriott International | Treasurer
Peter Cole is Managing Director, Business Integration for Marriott International. Mr. Cole is leading the company’s effort to seamlessly integrate its announced acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. He is managing a broad cross-functional team responsible for combining all areas of the two companies – including hotel operations, organizational design, talent, loyalty programs, system integration, financial management and unit growth. The combined entity will total more than 5,500 hotels and 1.1M rooms globally, with an announced deal value of $12.2 billion. Prior to his current role, Mr. Cole was Chief Financial Officer, The Americas. He was responsible for the financial performance of Marriott’s largest continental organization, covering the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean and Latin America. Mr. Cole led teams in operational finance, transactional, and new unit feasibility roles, collectively focused on driving profitability and growth across the Americas. From 2010 through 2013, Mr. Cole served as Chief Financial Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC. In that role, Mr. Cole was responsible, globally, for the brand’s financial health; for owner interaction; and for new unit development support.
Other positions in Mr. Cole’s background include corporate finance, hotel operational leadership and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Cole has served on the Advisory Board of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Mr. Cole holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BBA in Real Estate Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he swam competitively for four years. Mr. Cole has three children, and he and his wife, Éva Kaszala, reside in Washington, D.C.
President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges, Cigna Corporation
David Guilmette is President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges for Cigna Corporation. He is responsible for leading the growth strategy and overall marketplace execution of Cigna’s Global Employer segment which includes the Global Health Benefit and National Accounts businesses. His responsibilities also include overall leadership of the Cigna Private Exchange business. Prior to this role, he had been President, National, Pharmacy and Product. He joined Cigna in February 2010 as President of Cigna’s National Segment.
Previously, Guilmette was the Managing Director of the Towers Perrin (Towers Watson) global Health & Welfare line of business, responsible for leading the growth and profitability of the Health & Welfare business, and identifying trends in the marketplace relating to health care. Guilmette has more than 30 years of experience with health care and employee benefit programs, focusing on all aspects of program design, financing, implementation, administration, consumerism (including Consumer Directed Health plan designs) and managed health care delivery. Guilmette is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1982.
Beth Ann Kaminkow
Global Chief Marketing Officer, Westfield Group
Beth Ann is dedicated to every aspect of the employee and client experience and recognizes that the growth and attraction of top talent is critical to delivering exceptional client service. She believes that the way to truly offer integrated marketing as an agency is to build integrated teams from diverse backgrounds. During her two decades in the industry she has touched every aspect of marketing communications across consumer packaged goods, retail, finance, restaurant and technology companies. She is a strong advocate of insights-inspired marketing programs, and was a pioneer in strategic-planning research methodologies. In 2011, Beth Ann was named one of Ad Age's Women to Watch and a Women of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2012 she was honored by NAPW. She serves on numerous advisory boards including Google's Shopper Marketing board, the University of Texas Analytics Board, The PMA, and Downtown Dallas Inc. She is a member of the NY Metro Chapter of YPO. She also devotes considerable amount of time mentoring other female entrepreneurs. Beth Ann lives in Manhattan.
Philadelphia Litigation Practice President, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP | Secretary
Eric Kraeutler is the leader of Morgan Lewis's Philadelphia Litigation Practice, and a member of the firm's Advisory Board. His practice focuses on trials and appeals involving complex commercial, intellectual property, and white collar criminal matters. Mr. Kraeutler's civil litigation practice has focused on intellectual property disputes, commercial disputes, and litigation relating to government investigations, and he has a broad background in government investigations, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense. Between 1984 and 1987, Mr. Kraeutler served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in the investigation and prosecution of complex business crimes. In the 1990s, as a Special Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Kraeutler oversaw the indictment of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen and testified at the historic impeachment trial of Justice Larsen before the Pennsylvania Senate.
Prior to joining the BoMF Board, Mr. Kraeutler coordinated Morgan Lewis's provision of legal services to BoMF. In addition to the BoMF Board, Mr. Kraeutler is a board member of the Committee of Seventy (the Philadelphia region's preeminent political watchdog organization); a board member of The Chester Fund (supporting the Chester-Upland School of the Arts); and the former chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.
Senior Vice President, Bimbo Bakeries USA
Vince Melchiorre attended LaSalle University, graduating in 1982 with a BS in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in 1991. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Melchiorre served in various Finance, Information Technology and Marketing positions at The Campbell Soup Company in Camden, New Jersey. Mr. Melchiorre began his career with Campbell in finance, working in several positions over 5 years. Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Director of Information Technology at Mrs. Paul’s Seafood, a Campbell Soup Company subsidiary, in 1987. In 1990, upon completion of has graduate degree, Mr. Melchiorre transitioned into Marketing Management at Campbell. Over the next nine years, Mr. Melchiorre held a series of expanding marketing positions in the Frozen and Soup Divisions of Campbell’s U.S. business. His last position at Campbell’s U.S. Headquarters in Camden, NJ was Vice President of the U.S. Soup Team from 1996 through 1999, where his responsibilities included marketing leadership of the $2BB Condensed U.S. soup business. In his last position at Campbell, Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Vice President of the Biscuit Division at Pepperidge Farm, a $1BB Campbell subsidiary, located in Norwalk, Connecticut. At Pepperidge Farm, Vince was responsible for the Goldfish and Premium Cookie businesses, including the Milano brand.
Mr. Melchiorre left Campbell in 2003 to join the Tasty Baking Company in Philadelphia, where he served for three years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a corporate officer. In 2006, he was appointed Vice President of Marketing for Weston Foods where he served for one year. In 2007, Mr. Melchiorre was appointed Executive Vice President of J&J Snack Foods, a $900MM leader in frozen snack foods based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Mr. Melchiorre served at J&J Snack Foods for three years as a member of the management team and a corporate officer. In September of 2010, Mr. Melchiorre left J&J Snack Foods, joining Bimbo Bakeries USA, where he now serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Mr. Melchiorre also currently serves as a Board Member for J&J Snack Foods.
COO, Full Service Division, White Lodging
Mr. Dave Sibley, currently COO of the full service division, joined White Lodging in 2000 and spent nearly 10 years as the company’s President and CEO. In 2016, transitioned into the COO role, responsible for the operations of the company’s full service portfolio. He started with the company as the opening general manager of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, and has also served as regional vice president of operations and senior vice president of operations/eastern division. Prior to joining White Lodging, he spent more than 17 years with Marriott International.
He received his business degree from Gettysburg College and is active in community engagement, currently serving as a member of the executive committee of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Sibley also serves on Residence Inn by Marriott’s Advisory Board, and is on the National Board of Directors for Back on My Feet.
SVP, Chief People Officer at EPAM Systems
Larry Solomon served as Chairman of the Board for Back on My Feet from 2009 to 2013 and served as Vice Chairman from 2013 to 2016, bringing his knowledge and leadership to the organization. Larry Solomon is EPAM’s Chief People Officer, responsible for overseeing all aspects of Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning and Management, as well as other Human Resource related functions within EPAM globally. Prior to joining EPAM, Mr. Solomon held a number of leadership positions at Accenture. His most recent responsibilities as Senior Managing Director and North America Operating Officer included overseeing and managing the full employee lifecycle of all Accenture people in the US and Canada, resource planning, recruitment, staffing and deployment, and performance management. Prior to that, he was the Global COO of Human Resources for nearly three years, with overall responsibility for human resources operations. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany with a Finance/MIS major and Spanish language minor. He graduated with the Magna Cum Laude distinction in 1986.
Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young
Brent, a graduate of the University of Alabama, is an Assurance Partner with Ernst & Young Atlanta's office, having worked at EY since 1991 in New York, London, Birmingham (UK) and primarily Atlanta. He primarily serves clients in the real estate industry in Atlanta and the Southeast. Brent has actively served on the Atlanta Advisory Board for 3 years, serving as Treasurer for this Board, and joins one of the BoMF morning local teams in Atlanta from time to time. One of Brent's great passions is running, and he has completed 9 marathons, basically one a year since taking up the distance in 2007 – Fargo, NYC, Memphis, Stockholm, Cork, Rotterdam, Atlanta, Vancouver – and in April 2015, Boston on the BOMF team, where Brent, another Atlanta Advisory Board member and an alumni resident of the Atlanta program together raised over $30,000 for the Atlanta chapter. Brent is a United Way Tocqueville Society Member, and he and his wife Erin are active with their church, Trinity Anglican Mission, and Ansley Park community in midtown Atlanta.
“In the same way that running has helped me grow in my self-confidence, health and achievements, I know Back on My Feet can help others see those same benefits. Most importantly, I love how BoMF volunteers run alongside participants with the same goals and many of the same abilities. There is no doubt that teams gathering in pre-dawn hours to run together forge bonds that can lead to meaningful relationships that dignify those experiencing homelessness.”