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.
President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges, Cigna Corporation | Vice Chairman
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.
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 Corporate Strategy, AT&T
Jeni Bell has two decades of creative, analytical, and operating experience with AT&T. Currently, Bell is Vice President of Corporate Strategy where she focuses on long-term strategies for AT&T Communications’ portfolio of businesses. She was appointed to this position December 2017. Bell previously led the AT&T Entertainment Group sales and distribution organization as vice president and general manager in Northern California and Northern Nevada, and prior to that in the Rocky Mountain Region.
In these roles, she led large teams in the successful operation and overall performance of multi-state territories, including sales and distribution, business development, multi-channel revenue growth, cost reduction, product launches, and customer acquisition/retention. Prior to her role as vice president and general manager, Bell supported Ralph de la Vega as Mobility Chief of Staff. There she developed a six-year digital operating plan and innovated “Mobile First” solutions. Bell has extensive experience in Marketing, having served as Associate Vice President of Product Marketing where she successfully scaled teams and led change by launching new LTE markets, the firm’s first Share data plans, and its first installment pricing program – AT&T Next. She also designed the experience for the company’s first Flagship Retail Store in Chicago in her prior post as Executive Director of Marketing, North Central Region following Field Marketing Director positions in several markets.
Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Business Administration. She currently serves as a director on the national board of Back on My Feet. Bell seeks adventure; she enjoys backcountry snowboarding and mountain biking with her husband, Mike. Jeni, Mike and their two young children Ivy and Orion reside in Dallas, Texas.
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.
Partner, Brown Advisory
Charlie Constable is a partner and executive team member at Brown Advisory and is responsible for leading their U.S. sales effort. Charlie and his team manage all aspects of business relationship development, working closely with Brown Advisory’s new and existing private, non-profit and institutional clients as well as with their advisors, consultants, and intermediaries. Prior to Brown Advisory, Charlie served in business development roles with Aether Systems, Elder Health, and Integrated Health Services.
Charlie has served on Back on My Feet Baltimore’s advisory board for eight years and as chairman for five. In addition to running, Charlie enjoys skiing, golf, traveling and spending time with his family. Charlie is also a Board Member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School and an Executive Team Member for The United Way of Central Maryland’s Tocqueville Society. Charlie earned his MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, and his BA from Lake Forest College in 1992.
"After spending that past eight years helping Back on My Feet Baltimore launch, survive and thrive, I am thrilled for the opportunity to apply my passion for helping others in need on the National board level. My brightest days with Back on My Feet are when I am running and meeting with our members and alumni. They are some of the most inspiring individuals I have ever known."
Senior Managing Director, Accenture
Greg Douglass is a Senior Managing Director and the Communications, Media & High Tech (CMT) Global Strategy Consulting Leader within Accenture Strategy. His role focuses on helping clients worldwide achieve high performance through profitable growth, accelerated innovation, organizational agility, and operational excellence. Greg is also the Office Managing Director for the Dallas office.
Prior to his current leadership role, Greg was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Accenture’s Communications, Media & High Tech (CMT) industry group’s Central North American Region Client Service Group. He was also the global Client Account Lead for one of Accenture’s Diamond Global Clients.
Prior to his Central NA CSG and CAL roles, Greg was the global managing director for Growth and Strategy within Accenture’s CMT Operating Group. He was responsible for setting and implementing the long-term CMT business plan and associated growth initiatives. During this time, Greg also managed three CMT new businesses, launched a joint venture CCSoft in China, and led the CMT account work at a multinational consumer electronics company.
On the personal front, Greg is an avid triathlete, soccer player, and snow skier. He has two children and lives in Dallas. When asked about Back on My Feet, Greg says “I have been a life-long advocate for fitness and the theory that fitness enables a sense of confidence and purpose. Being a part of the Back on My Feet organization allows me to help others realize this as part of their journey to self-sufficiency and self-confidence.”
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer | White Lodging
Michael joined White Lodging in August 2017. His responsibilities include leading all aspects of human capital management, to include building managerial capacity to grow and lead teams, expanding organizational capabilities through developing associates, strategic talent acquisition and staffing, training and development, total rewards, and compliance.
For four years prior to joining White Lodging, Michael served in New York City as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Loews Hotels and Resorts.
An accomplished leader, with more than 25 years of experience in human resources management, Michael was with Loews Hotels — and parent company, Loews Corporation — in various positions since 2004. Prior to joining Loews, he spent 16 years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, holding various human resources leadership roles throughout the US and Caribbean.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Hospitality Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stout.
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 role of Modern Marketing today is elevated to a business imperative that encompasses brand, consumer-centricity, sales, and digital all underpinned by data and technology.
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 and brings both client and agency side perspectives to her work. She is a strong advocate of insights-inspired marketing programs and was a pioneer in strategic-planning research methodologies.
She has been part of a successful startup purchased by Omnicom, led TracyLocke, a large global agency as the first female CEO in its one hundred year history, as well as served as a Global Chief Marketing Officer of Westfield Corp.
While she sees *work* as personally fun and a bit of an endurance sport, she also is an avid runner, loves cities and making them better, and spending time with her husband, family, and close friends.
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.
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.”