a native of Providence, RI, worked for 43 years at John Hancock, ultimately becoming CEO. In January, 2000, he led the company's successful effort to convert from a mutual company to a public company. Prior to that time, he led a process of culture change, which became the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. During Steve's tenure, Hancock became a leader in developing family-friendly policies, and in encouraging women to maximize their career potential. Following his retirement in 2001, the Hancock board of directors renamed the company's Clarendon Building the Stephen L. Brown Building, in honor of his achievements within the company, the industry, and the community.
Steve serves or has served on numerous outside boards, both public and non-profit. Among others, he was Chairman of Ionics, Inc., Chairman of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is currently on the board of directors of the Raymond F. Kravis Center and serves on its finance committee, investment committee (chairman), and strategic planning committee; and the Palm Beach Civic Association (director and former chairman).
Donald A. Brown
(Vice Chair) has been a real estate attorney and real estate entrepreneur in Washington, DC, for over 50 years. He was a founder of the law firm of Brown, Gildenhorn & Jacobs and also a founder of the JBG Real Estate Companies. From 1983 to 1995, Don taught a real estate course at the Harvard Business School. He has also taught real estate at the Columbia Graduate School of Business, the Yale Graduate School of Management, the George Washington School of Business, and the UDC School of Business.
His civic interests range widely from education, art, and theatre to golf, tennis, skiing, and sailing. He received an appointment by President Ronald Reagan to be a commissioner of the International Cultural and Trade Center. In 1989, Mr. Brown was chosen to be a Washingtonian of the Year. Recently, the Supreme Court of Florida certified him as a mediator of disputes in Florida courts. Mr. Brown is a permanent resident of Palm Beach Gardens, summers in Martha's Vineyard, and maintains a home in Washington, DC.
Louise G. Snyder
(Vice Chair) is a long-time volunteer and board member of organizations in both Palm Beach and Buffalo, NY. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Ms. Snyder currently serves on the boards of Palm Beach United Way, and Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast. In Buffalo she served on several boards, including Hospice Buffalo, Studio Arena Theater, Western New York Public Broadcasting (WNED), Weinberg Campus Aging in Place, Elmwood Franklin School, the Foundation Board of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and East Aurora Public Schools. She resides in Palm Beach and New York with her husband, Barry.
(Vice Chair) is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Real Estate Law and a partner at Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach. He has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate lending and represents a number of the nation's largest banks, homebuilders, developers, and investors. He has provided legal services to PBD for several years, earning the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County's Advocacy for the Arts Pro Bono Award in 2012. He also serves on the executive committee and board of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. Tom and his wife, Chris, live in Jupiter. Other interests include golf, tennis, and travel.
(Treasurer) completed a nearly 40-year career as a partner at Ernst & Young (EY), working with the firm's largest global clients before retiring in June 2009. Lew served on EY's United States executive board for the three years prior to his retirement and previously served as EY's national director of audit services. He has been a director of L-3 Communications Corporation since July, 2009, and serves as chairman of its audit committee and as a member of Its compensation and executive committees.
In addition to serving as treasurer of PBD's board, Lew is the chair of the strategic planning committee. His other volunteer activities currently include serving as member of the board of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, an umbrella organization for 38 community centers that help 500,000 New Yorkers in need. He remains active mentoring students at his alma mater, Bernard Baruch College. He also attended the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He is past President of Fairview Country Club (Greenwich, CT).
Carlton Moody (Secretary), a lifelong educator, began his career as a teacher in Evanston, IL and rose to leadership positions of several large school systems, including Deputy Superintendent of Stamford (CT) Public Schools; Superintendent of Schools, Cleveland Heights/University Heights (OH); and Executive Director in the Shaker Heights City Schools (OH). His affiliations have included the governing board of the Minority Student Achievement Network (organization of school districts across the US working to solve the issue of minority student achievement); member, the Education Research and Development Institute (advisory group of some 80 superintendents that assess and review educational products and services); member, AASA (American Association of School Administrators); member, NSBA (National School Boards Association); member, ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development).