CEO Growth & Innovation Forum
This event starts on April 30th at 6:15 PM.
The Young Jewish Presidents is an exclusive network dedicated to connecting the world's top Jewish business leaders with each other. Our forum opens its doors for CEOs to forge long lasting, sincere relationships in upscale, comfortable, small group settings with top talent, and C-level industry peers.
In order to be considered a member, applicants must be a CEO, president or a recognized authority in their given industry.
Todd Siwak is the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrara Candy Company, an affiliate of Ferrero Group, one of the largest global confectionery business.
Siwak oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based $2 billion dollar confectionery company. With more than 4,000 employees in nearly 20 offices and facilities across North America, Ferrara is the third-largest confections company in the country, the No. 1 player in seasonal non-chocolate and the No. 2 player in non-chocolate confections. In 2018, Ferrara and Ferrero completed the acquisition of the U.S. Nestlé confection business, positioning the company for its next phase of dynamic growth.
Under his leadership, Ferrara has experienced significant branded revenue and profit growth due in large to organizational restructuring, product revitalizations and the elimination of operational inefficiencies. The company remains one of the fastest growing in the category and, in 2018, is on pace to outgrow the category 2.5X.
Prior to joining Ferrara, Siwak was an operating partner at L Catterton, the largest consumer goods-focused private equity group in the world. During his tenure he worked across multiple portfolio companies to optimize business performance, resulting in numerous successful outcomes. Prior to L Catterton, he was the President and Co-Founder of TRG Accessories, a multi-million dollar luggage, travel gear and accessories company with notable consumer brands including Swiss Army, Timberland and Callaway Golf. Driven by his expertise in business insights, sales, marketing and innovation, the company grew to be a 150 million dollar-plus global business in four years and, in 2002, Siwak was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Early in his career Siwak was a practicing Mergers and Acquisition attorney, and made the transition to the consumer packaged goods sector where he held positions in the areas of distribution, operations, sales, marketing and acquisitions.
Siwak is a passionate supporter and advocate of community betterment, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards that focus on revitalizing and enriching local communities. He also serves on several for-profit consumer packaged goods company and private equity boards.
A native of Missouri, he holds a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and a B.S. in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation, since 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility's mission and strategic vision. He supervises its operations, legal and financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders.
Under his leadership, NYPA also plays a key role in Governor Andrew M Cuomo's Green New Deal, the nation's leading clean energy and jobs agenda. This initiative will provide for a just transition to 100 percent clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy; one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S.
As part of this landmark effort to combat climate change, Mr. Quiniones is leading the charge to create the first fully digital utility in the country: a comprehensive digital infrastructure addressing New York State’s ever-evolving energy, environmental and economic needs.
Quiniones serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; is a board member of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Gridwise Alliance and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.
Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Cuomo's blueprint for reimagining New York State's transmission system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. In 2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the electric power industry's international research and development organization.
Mr. Quiniones has won the American Public Power Association’s Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award, named Smart Electric Power Alliance’s Power Player of the Year Award and selected as 2019 ETS Thought Leader of the Year.
Before joining NYPA in 2007 as EVP of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of the City of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as SVP of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.
Marc Jourlait was appointed CEO of Kodak Alaris in January 2017.
Prior to Kodak Alaris, Marc was Deputy CEO at Navico, the global leader in Marine Electronics, a Private Equity (Altor) owned portfolio company bought by Goldman Sachs in 2016. Before Navico, he was Vice President and General Manager of Bose Europe, where he ran the entire European operations, sales and marketing, retail and distribution across all of Europe for Bose. Previously Marc held senior general management, product and marketing positions over the course of his 3 decade career in some of the world's leading companies including Apple, HP, Seagate and Technicolor.
With triple citizenship (France, USA, Canada), he has lived and worked around the world, including France, the United States both in Silicon Valley and New York City, Japan and Canada.
Martha Schram is the President and CEO of Aegis Therapies. Ms. Schram is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of Aegis, including the management of the contract rehabilitation and wellness services Aegis provides to healthcare organizations and the oversight of Aegis’ growing home health, outpatient and wellness business. Aegis clients include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, home care organizations and individuals utilizing Aegis’ Medically Oriented Gyms and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Prior to becoming President of Aegis, Ms. Schram was a Division Vice President and Group Vice President for Aegis. Her varied and successful career prior to Aegis includes serving as an Area Vice President for NovaCare in Wisconsin; an Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services for Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, Wisconsin; and Clinical Coordinator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Earlier in her career, Ms. Schram held a variety of senior management and leadership positions with increasing responsibility in geriatric healthcare businesses.
Ms. Schram earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She serves as President on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL). She is also a member of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Scholarship Endowment Board, the International Council on Active Aging Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board.
Noam Bardin has served as CEO of Waze since March 2009, building the company to become one of the world's most talked-about startups through its acquisition by Google in June 2013. Noam continues to lead the global Waze team within Google to help Wazers around the world enjoy faster, safer drives. Hailed as one of Business Insider's 100 Stars of Silicon Valley, Noam previously co-founded Deltathree inc., a leading international VoIP service provider, where he worked in senior leadership for 10 years in a variety of positions including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and VP of Operations. Prior to Deltathree, Noam served as CEO of Intercast Networks. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Raouf S. Ghali is Hill's Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Ghali oversees Hill’s operations, implements short-and long-term strategic plans, and grows Hill’s businesses in current and new markets. He also acts as the main point-of-contact between Hill’s Board of Directors and the Company’s operations.
Mr. Ghali has been with Hill since 1993, serving in several leadership positions before assuming the CEO title in 2018. He served as President and COO from 2015 to 2018, President of Hill’s Project Management Group from 2005 to 2015, Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President from 1993 to 2001.
Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Mr. Ghali has helped to deliver complex, high-profile building projects for clients around the world, including iconic commercial and high-rise developments, defense facilities, and theme parks in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. Ghali has expertise in project cost control, financial analysis, planning and scheduling, procurement and contract administration, claims analysis, and accounting. He is also fluent in five languages.
Mr. Ghali earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Economics and an M.S. in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne.