Laszlo Birinyi, Jr.
Founder, Birinyi Associates
Laszlo Birinyi, Jr., a Wall Street veteran, is the Founder and President of Birinyi Associates Inc., a leading international money management and research firm with three main areas of focus: US equity research, global equity research and money management.
A longtime inductee into "The Wall Street Hall of Fame," Mr. Birinyi has been particularly renowned over the years for his stock-selection and timing abilities. The late market guru, Louis Ruykeyer, called him "the world’s best stock-picker" and "best security analyst of the decade" while "SmartMoney" magazine named Mr. Birinyi one of "the 30 most influential people" in the investment world.
Today, his firm’s in-depth studies of such key issues as corporate buybacks, market volatility and structure, and international trading are among the most detailed and comprehensive available in the industry. Mr. Birinyi uses non-traditional means to understand the psychology and history of the market, and, most importantly, the actions of investors. Much of their effort involves money flows, or what has traditionally been called ticker-tape analysis. Birinyi follows the ideology of Charles Dow, who many years ago wrote:
"The market reflects all that the jobber knows about the condition of the textile trade; all that the banker knows about the money market; all that the best-informed president knows of his own business, together with his knowledge of all other businesses; it sees the general condition of transportation in a way that the president of no single railroad can ever see; it is better informed on crops that the farmer or even the Department of Agriculture. In fact, the market reduces to a bloodless verdict all knowledge bearing on finance, both domestic and foreign."
Birinyi Associates monitors global equity markets and provides real-time research to global investors. Its coverage now includes over 4,000 stocks in more than 40 markets.
Before founding Birinyi Associates in 1989, Lazlo Birinyi, Jr. spent 13 years at Salomon Brothers developing new market intelligence and analysis products and publishing weekly market commentary and topical studies. While at Salomon Brothers, he created the Salomon-Russell International Index and wrote The Equity Desk, a book used in training equity traders and featured in Michael Lewis’ Liar’s Poker. Mr. Birinyi is a regular contributor to Forbes and Bloomberg Personal Finance and for 14 years was a panelist on the long-running PBS program, "Wall $treet Week" with Louis Rukeyser.
Donald M. Blinken
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary
Donald Blinken is the former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and was the co-founder of the well-known investment banking and venture capital firm, E.M. Warburg, Pincus, and Co.
Mr. Blinken also spent 12 years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York and has served as Secretary General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations. Among many Board memberships he holds, Mr. Blinken is a Trustee Emeritus of the New York Philharmonic and Central Eastern University, Budapest, and serves on the boards of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. For his service, Mr. Blinken received the Department of Defense’s Public Service Award and Hungary’s Middle Cross, the highest honor bestowed by that country on foreign nationals.
Founding Partner and President, The Arkin Group LLC
Jack Devine is the former Deputy Director of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency, having served with the agency for 32 years. After departing the CIA, Mr. Devine is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in crisis management, strategic intelligence, and investigative research. At the CIA, Mr. Devine was head of the Afghan Task Force, head of the Counternarcotics Center, Chief of the Latin American Division, Deputy Director of Operations outside the U.S., and the senior CIA representative in Great Britain. During his tenure with the Afghan Task Force, he was awarded the CIA’s Meritorious Officer Award for successfully countering Soviet aggression in the region. Mr. Devine has since received the agency’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several other meritorious awards. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics and Economics and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Carol Kinsey Goman
President and Founder, Kinsey Consulting Services
Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Kinsey Consulting Services specializing in change-management for individuals and organizations. Having authored ten books and over 200 articles,
Ms. Goman lectures internationally and advises clients that include Hewlett-Packard, Consolidated Edison, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute in Malaysia. Ms. Goman has served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management.
Stephen A. Greyser
Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Stephen Greyser is a leading academic and professional in the field of marketing and communications. Currently the Richard P. Chapman Professor (Marketing/Communications) Emeritus at HBS, he created the HBS electives on Corporate Communications and the Business of Sports. He is responsible for 16 books, numerous journal articles, and over 300 published HBS case studies. He co-developed the concept of “heritage brands.” He also spent eight years as Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute, where he now serves on its Executive Directors Council. His professional credentials include service as a national Director of the American Marketing Association and Chairman of its Publications Board, member of the Advisory Council of the Association for Consumer Research, and Past President and Chairman of the American Academy of Advertising. Mr. Greyser was also the National Vice Chairman and a Director of PBS and has sat on the Boards of various corporations including Doyle Dane Bernbach, Tonka, and Restaurant Associates.
Former Assistant Director in Charge, New York, FBI
Mark Mershon is the former Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s flagship New York Office which he commanded for more than 3 years. During his service within the FBI, Mr. Mershon specialized in white collar crime, violent crime, organized crime and drug investigations, before his elevation as a senior executive. In that capacity Mr. Mershon served, successively, as the FBI’s Chief Inspector, then as the Special Agent in charge of the Agency’s Denver office, San Francisco office and, finally, as Assistant Direct, commanding the New York operation. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Mershon originally came to the FBI from Touche Ross and Company where he served as a Senior Accountant.
Former Chairman and CEO, Borghese, Inc.
Georgette Mosbacher, born in Hammond Indiana, has a BS Degree from Indiana University, and honorary doctorate degrees from Bryant College and the International Fine Arts College. She is the Chairman and CEO of Borghese, Inc., and former owner & CEO of La Prairie, both global personal care companies, the latter she sold to Beiersdorf, Inc.
She is on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, The Intrepid Air Sea and Space Museum, and The Fallen Heroes Fund, and the advisory boards of Brasilinvest, RUSI International, The Dilenschneider Group. She is founder of the New York Center for Children, and served for a decade as New York State’s Republican National Committeewomen. She has served as member of the US Advisory Board for Trade Policy and Negotiations (Presidential appointment) and as a New York Commissioner of Racing (Gubernatorial Appointment) and Trustee of the New York Hudson River Park Trust (Mayoral Appointee). She has authored two best-selling books: FEMININE FORCE and IT TAKES MONEY HONEY: A GET SMART GUIDE TO TOTAL FINANCIAL FREEDOM.
Harvey L. Pitt
CEO, Kalorama Partners, LLC
Harvey Pitt is the former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and current CEO of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC. As Chairman of the SEC, Mr. Pitt oversaw the agency’s response to 9/11 and implementation of 2002’s Sarbanes-Oxley Act expanding oversight of public companies. Prior to his appointment by President Bush in 2001, he was a senior corporate partner at an international law firm, which he joined after a decade on the staff of the SEC, including three years as General Counsel. Mr. Pitt was the founding Trustee and first President of the SEC Historical Society and has also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and The Yale Law School. Mr. Pitt is currently a Director of GWU Medical Faculty Associates, where he serves on the audit committee, and Vice-Chairman of the National Cathedral School Board of Trustees.
Stuart E. Seigel
Chairman and CEO, Seigel & Associates
Stuart Seigel is a former Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, appointed by President Carter. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Seigel & Associates, LLC, a New York based specialized tax advisory and consulting firm. In addition to his earlier Government service as a trial lawyer for the IRS and as Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Treasury Department, Mr. Seigel practiced tax law with such prominent firms as Williams & Connolly and Arnold & Porter, providing tax planning advice, litigating tax cases, and handling appeals in the Federal courts. His law practice also included an array of business and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions.
Fay Vincent, Jr.
Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball
Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent Jr., who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1992, is a former securities and corporate lawyer and business executive who became the head of Columbia Pictures Industries in 1978 and a senior executive of Coca-Cola in 1982. A graduate of Williams College cum laude (1960) and Yale Law School (1963), he practiced law in Washington, DC, as a partner in the law firm of Caplin and Drysdale and briefly served at the SEC as an Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. In 1978, he was named President and CEO of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Following the acquisition of Columbia by the Coca-Cola Company, he was appointed President and CEO of the company’s Entertainment Business Sector. He was subsequently named Executive Vice President of Coca-Cola in 1983. In 1988 the incoming Commissioner of Baseball, his longtime friend Bart Giamatti, invited him to accept the position of Deputy Commissioner. Following Giamatti's death on September 1, 1989, he was named Commissioner. In the years since he left that office he has been a corporate director and private investor. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Williams College, Kenyon College, Carleton College, Canisius College, Central Connecticut State University, Fairfield University and others. He served as a trustee of Williams for 18 years and of Fairfield, the Yale Law School, and the Hotchkiss School. He has been also honored by the Negro League Museum for his assistance to old time baseball players.