New York Board Members

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Donna Vance

Retail Strategy Consultant, Donna Vance Consulting LLC

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Fitz G. Robertson

Vice President, Global Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase

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Leonard T. Bell Jr.

Executive Director, Global Macro, Standard Charter Bank

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Matthew Blank

Co-Founder and Principal, BB Living and Blank Property Group

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Stela Burghart

Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Alleghany Corporation

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Will Demas

Managing Director, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

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Donna Vance

Retail Strategy Consultant, Donna Vance Consulting LLC

After a 40 year career with Macys, Inc, in April 2019 Donna started an independent executive consulting business advising on both domestic and international retail strategies, specializing in Home products, leadership mentoring strategies, and team development. Appointed Executive Vice president at Macys Merchandising Group, February 2015 after serving in several roles before elevating to SVP Textiles, she started her career at Macy’s in sales, joining the Executive Training Squad in November of 1979, assuming many Home Store roles.

As EVP, Donna was responsible for the design, product development and sourcing of Home Private Brands. In this role she developed strong vendor relations worldwide including Asia, Europe as well as in the domestic marketplace. Her accomplishments include the successful Hotel Collection eventually expanded to all Home categories, originally launched in 2004 in bed and bath.  She was responsible for the Martha Stewart Home Collection – the largest product launch in the history of Macy’s. She is also credited with building brands through a strong partnership with sister division Bloomingdales, the only business sourced through MMG.  Known for building brands reflecting keen assortment building and merchandising skills that provide the customer with logical choices at strategic pricing tiers in an evolving marketplace.

A results oriented executive, Donna grew private label to #1 brand at superior margins through her strong leadership and thorough knowledge of Home product. She is particularly recognized for her cross functional and team building skills and strong leadership abilities, and has served as a leader in corporate sponsored ‘give back’ and diversity initiatives at Macy’s. She has also sat on numerous internal committees, including the Customer Strategy committee Co-leader of the millennial committee for Home, and the Home Reinvent.

 

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Fitz G. Robertson

Vice President, Global Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase

Fitz Robertson is currently a Vice President within J.P. Morgan’s Global Asset Management unit, a global leader in investment management with $2.8 trillion in client assets. He is responsible for managing some of the largest strategic relationships within the unit and for positioning the firm’s Investment capabilities.

Mr. Robertson joined J.P. Morgan in 2010. He was previously the Head of Market Insights, Asia-Pacific. In this role, he led the strategy, execution, and distribution of the firm’s intellectual capital in Asia across the Global Funds and Institutional businesses. He also served on the leadership team for Investment Management Asia-Pacific and in Corporate Strategy functions in Global Funds and Investment Management Asia-Pacific. Outside of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, he held roles in Investment Banking and Private Equity at various firms.

Mr. Robertson received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the South Kent School in Connecticut.

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Leonard T. Bell Jr.

Executive Director, Global Macro, Standard Charter Bank

Leonard Bell, Executive Director, Investors Sales Americas, Standard Chartered Bank

Leonard T. Bell, Jr. (“Lenny”) is an Executive Director on the Investor Sales Macro desk at Standard Chartered Bank. He covers Hedge Funds, Real Money and Pension Funds. Prior to joining SCB, Lenny spent 8 years at Deutsche Bank, and a short time at Credit Suisse on the New York FX sales desks. He began his finance career in Chicago at JPMorgan Chase in banking, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.A. in Finance from Morehouse College.

Lenny enjoys travelling with his wife and 2 kids, golf, all things Chicago (except the Cubs), is a part owner of a CrossFit in Brooklyn, and has been on national television twice on HGTV and Oprah.

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Matthew Blank

Co-Founder and Principal, BB Living and Blank Property Group

Matt Blank, along with his two business partners, founded BB Living in 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  BB Living is a real estate development firm that specializes in building single family rental communities. BB Living operates in five states currently and is rapidly expanding in one of the fastest growing segments of the real estate industry. Matt is also a co-founder of Blank Property Group (“BPG”), which specializes in acquiring and redeveloping Multifamily properties in New York City. Prior to forming BB Living and BPG, Matt worked as an analyst at Long Pond Capital, which is a real estate focused hedge fund. He began his career at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, and has a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Business. Matt also attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies.

Matt lives in New York City with his wife, Lindsay, and their three elementary-aged children.

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Stela Burghart

Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Alleghany Corporation
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Will Demas

Managing Director, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners