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Michael W. Geffrard, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael W. Geffrard is the founder of LIATI Group, LLC.  Mr. Geffrard began his career in private equity placement in 1995, when he took a limited engagement with Technology Leaders, a fund sponsored by Safeguard Scientifics of Wayne, Pennsylvania.  His success in this endeavor led to other opportunities with the Safeguard family of funds, as well as asset management companies.

Prior to forming LIATI, Mr. Geffrard was First Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York.  In this capacity, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York and had direct oversight responsibility for its (then) $70 billion pension system and the City's ten-year $45 billion capital investment program.  He began his career in New York City government as a senior deputy to Mayor David N. Dinkins.  

Mr. Geffrard began his professional career at Chemical Bank, where he worked in the International Project Finance and Syndications Department.  He subsequently worked in the Merchant Banking Group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements and project financings.  He also worked as a lending officer for the Bank's Middle East/Africa Territory, where he was responsible for managing a trade finance and project finance portfolio for Francophone West Africa.  After a brief stint in Commodities Finance at Marine Midland Bank, he began his career in municipal finance at a successful investment banking boutique firm that engaged in public finance advisory work, specialty corporate finance services, and project finance.  The firm went public in 1986 and Mr. Geffrard was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the company.  He left the firm in 1988 to co-found a municipal finance brokerage firm.

Mr. Geffrard received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at Yale University, a Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia University Law School, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

 

 

Barry F. Sullivan Chairman of the Board

 

Barry F. Sullivan joined Sithe Energies as Vice Chairman in November 1995 after highly successful careers in the fields of commercial banking, economic development and public service. Sithe Energies, a leading international independent power producer and developer, is the sixth largest unregulated generation company in the world, with over 28,000 gross MW in operation, under construction or in advanced development.

After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, Mr. Sullivan completed his Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in 1955 and his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago two years later.

Joining Chase Manhattan Bank in 1957, he rose to become Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee during the course of his 23 years with the bank.  From 1980 to 1991, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Chicago Corporation, the holding company for several banking firms including The First National Bank of Chicago, American National Corporation and FCC Bank.

Mr. Sullivan returned to his native New York in 1992 to join the public sector as Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development.  In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating and implementing the City's strategies for business, industrial and commercial development, and was instrumental in arranging mayoral foreign trade missions to Europe and Japan.

From City Hall, in 1994, Mr. Sullivan moved on to become President and CEO of the New York City Partnership and the New York Chamber of Commerce, serving as chief spokesman for that influential group of business, academic, cultural and civic leaders. Then he joined the City's Board of Education as Chief Operating Officer for the nation's largest public school system.

Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, serving as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee.   He also is on the Board of Directors of the Merrill Lynch International Bank and serves as Chairman of its Audit Committee.  Mr. Sullivan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LIATI Group, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in customized financial advisory services to select corporate and government clients.  He is also a Director of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the Association for a Better New York, and is a life trustee of the University of Chicago, of which he had been Chairman of the Board for four years.

In addition, Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York, and serves on the boards of St. Joseph's Seminary and St. Agnes Hospital.

 

 

David Norman Dinkins Board Member

 

David N. Dinkins is Professor in the practice of Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow of the Columbia Center for Urban Research and Policy.  He also hosts a public affairs radio program, "Dialogue with Dinkins," on WLIB-AM, and continues to advocate for children, education, compassionate urban policy, and tolerance.

 

The 106th Mayor of the City of New York, Mr. Dinkins began his career in public service in 1966 in the New York State Assembly, where he helped create the Search for Education, Elevation arid Knowledge (SEEK) program, which provides low-income students with grants and educational assistance.

 

He served as President of the New York City Board of Elections from 1972 through 1973, during which time he established guidelines that encouraged wider voter registration.  He was appointed City Clerk in 1975, a post he held for 10 years.  He was elected President of the Borough of Manhattan in November 1985, and as Mayor of the City of New York in November 1989, serving a four-year term.

 

Mr. Dinkins maintained a private law practice from 1956 through 1975, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1945 through 1946, receiving an honorable discharge.

 

He serves on the board of a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, many of which assist children and young people.  Among them are the Association to Benefit Children; Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities; Body Sculpt of New York; the Children's Health Fund; the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies; Friends of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund; the Andrew Goodman Foundation; Hope for Infants; the Howard Samuels Foundation; the International Tennis Hall of Fame; the Jazz Foundation of America; the Lenox Bill Neighborhood House; the National Urban Technology Center; the New York State International Partnership Program; the New York Junior Tennis League and the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and Prisoners' Legal Services of New York.  He is a former member of the Board of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

 

He is the national chairman of the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. He is the chairman of the board of the Constituency for Africa, and a member of the Advisory Board of Citizens for Service, the Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Shared Interest, and the South African-American Organization.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aristide Foundation for Democracy, of the Advisory Group of the David C. Singler Foundation, of the Advisory Council of the Respect for Law Alliance, and of the Advisory Committee for T-Ball USA Association.  He is a member of the President's Council of the New York City Mission Society, of the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York, and of the Honorary Board of Directors of the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan. 

 

He is an Honorary Life Trustee of the Community Service Society of New York, an Honorary Trustee of the Friends of Harlem Hospital, member of the board of the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) and a member of the Eastern Tennis

Association Hall of Fame.

 

He is a member of the board of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as of January 1999 and he is life member of American Tennis Association (ATA). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Colin Powell Center for Public Policy Studies at the City College of New York, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and of the Visiting Committee of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research and the University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration.

 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Carver Federal Savings Bank, Cosmetic Center, Inc., Transderm Laboratories Corporation and LIATI Group, LLC.  He is a Trustee of WSIS Series Trust, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Independent Newspapers, PLC, and a member of the Advisory Board of Thompson Hospitality Services, LLC.  And, he is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange.

 

He is a member of the Friars Club, the Lotus Club, the National Arts Club, and the Players Club, and of Alpha Phi Alpha, the Reveille Club, Zeta Boulé, and the Montford Point Marine Association.

 

Mr. Dinkins is a founding member of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus of New York State, the Council of Black Elected Democrats of New York State, 100 Black Men (now on Honorary Board), and the Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.  He was the first male member of the National Women's Political Caucus, and was formerly the vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

 

Mr. Dinkins graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1950, and an LL.B. Degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1956.  He holds honorary degrees from Brooklyn Law School, St. Francis College, the New York Institute of Technology, Hofstra University School of Law, New York Law School, General Theological Seminary, the College for Human Services, and Pace University.

 

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on July 10, 1927, Mr. Dinkins now resides in New York City with his wife, Joyce Burrows Dinkins.  They have two children, David, Jr., and Donna Roggard, and two grandchildren, Jamal and Kalila Roggard.

 

 

W. Gary Fleming, Jr. Board Member & Secretary

 

Mr. W. Gary Fleming, recently retired Senior Vice President of Bank of America, was responsible for developing and implementing customer centric growth initiative for all Consumer and Commercial products in the 306 Community Markets in which the bank operates across its franchise.  Prior to that assignment, he was responsible for planning the development of the Bank's 5,000 banking centers and 14,000 ATM's nationwide. Immediately prior to that assignment, he implemented the bank's Money Manager Account and Series 6 Program nationwide. 

 

Mr. Fleming was previously the Marketing Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Banking Group where he managed the sales and marketing activities for all consumer and commercial products and services in the Mid-Atlantic Banking Group (Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia).  Managing a professional staff of 70, his major responsibilities included the pricing of loans and deposits for a $24 billion balance sheet, developing and implementing customer access strategies, management of major sports and event marketing sponsorships and creation and production of marketing and advertising programs for eight (8) distinct lines of business.

 

From 1970 to 1992, Mr. Fleming held various management positions at companies focused on financial services, real estate development and systems integration.  He was a  principal and owner of OurCo, Inc., a management consulting firm that provided professional services to the legal and medical communities; President and COO of Maxima Corporation, a systems integration company focused on providing computer technology services and solutions to federal, state and local governments; Chief Operating Officer of Cathedral Corporation, a vertically integrated real estate company that redeveloped and syndicated multi-family and hotel properties to investors; Commercial Banking Executive directing the activities of the middle market group and Retail Banking Executive managing both branch and lending (direct and indirect) operations for American Security Bank, NA; Channel Manager for Citibank for a $1 billion residential and C&I real estate portfolio and a $450 million student loan portfolio; and, Manager of Planning and Development for the Government Services Division of RCA Services Company.

 

Mr. Fleming sits on the board of New York city-based investment firm, LIATI Group, LLC.  Active in community and civic affairs, he currently is a member of the Deans Advisory Council of the Ohio State University Fisher School of Business. A former combat aviator, Mr. Fleming is also the recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his Army service in Vietnam.

 

A native of Jamaica, New York, Mr. Fleming holds a B.S. Degree from Ohio State University and M.B.A. and D.P.S. Degrees from Pace University.

 

 

J. Stevens Robling, Jr., Managing Director

 

Mr. Robling joined LIATI in 2002, to provide placement services for private equity and hedge funds, and corporate finance services to assist companies in their efforts to raise capital from the private equity markets. He is also active in LIATI's principal investing activities.  

From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Robling held various executive and advisory positions with affiliates of the Unity Hunt organization of Dallas, Texas. He advised Hunt Financial Ventures on the introduction of its hedge fund products to U.S. institutional investors.

He was also the chief financial officer of eVentures Group, a telecommunications company. eVentures Group was the predecessor to Novo Networks (Nasdaq: NVNW.ob). During his tenure as chief financial officer, the company went public, made several acquisitions, and raised $80 million in private equity and equipment lease financing. From 1997 to early 1998. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Robling was a senior managing director, board member and member of the investment committee of Hamilton Lane Advisors, Inc, a private equity consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane, Mr. Robling was a Vice President at Lazard Freres &Co. in its International and Mergers and Acquisition departments. In these capacities he assisted clients in 18 financial advisory or capital markets assignments, which had an overall transaction value in excess of $3 billion. He was also a member of the Country Advisory Group, an informal partnership among Lazard Freres & Co., S. G. Warburg, and Lehman Brothers that advised the sovereign governments of developing countries.

 

Mr. Robling began his career at Chemical Bank, (now J P Morgan Chase) where he held a variety of positions. As Vice President and director of Corporate finance in the bank's international leasing division, he evaluated and monitored equity investments in Canada, Germany, Mexico, and Japan. In its merchant banking group, he was a member of the team that arranged financing for Fortune 1000 clients and governments through project financings, syndicated loans, and private placements. As manager of the research group of the bank's international department, Mr. Robling led a credit analytical staff of 50 professionals.

 

Mr. Robling presently serves on the board of Berliner Communications Inc. (BERL.ob). In the past he has served on the advisory boards of the Carlyle Fund and William Blair Mezzanine. In 1995, he participated with the staff of the U. S. Federal Reserve Bank in their landmark study, The Economics of the Private Equity Market. Mr. Robling received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Georgetown University, where he graduated with distinction in economics.