PERC Board

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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Thomas E. Beach, Beach Investment Counsel, Inc.
West Conshoshocken, Pennsylvania

Beach is a private investor with Beach Investment Council. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and his career has entirely focused on various sectors of investment research and management industry. He sits on the board of several organizations including the Reason Foundation, Eisenhower Fellowships, and the Pennsylvania Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Loren Bough, Private Investor
Big Sky, Montana

Bough has worked as a trader in New York and London, has been a partner at Brunswick UBS Russia, and head of trading and risk management for a Russian investment banking business. He is a founding supporter of United Way Russia, Downside Up, and Maria's Children in Moscow. He is currently the Chairman of the Big Sky School District and active in local charities. 

Thomas J. Bray, The Detroit News (retired)
Bozeman, Montana
Bray was editorial page editor at the Detroit News from 1983 to May 2000. He is a member of the board of the Earhart Foundation and chair of the Special Committee, a group charged with overseeing ethics issues and editorial independence at the Wall Street Journal. Bray is author of Soaring High: New Strategies for Environmental Giving, published by the Philanthropy Roundtable in 2005. 

Henry N. Butler, George Mason Univeristy Law & Economics Center
Arlington, Virginia
Dr. Butler is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law and serves as Executive Director of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center. His research and teachings focus on issues related to antitrust, contracting, health care, corporate governance, consumer protection, banking, insurance, environmental law and policy, and securities regulation. For over 20 years, he has managed judicial education programs that teach judges the basics of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, and scientific methods. Over 3,000 sitting federal and state judges have attended programs under Dr. Butler’s direction. Dr. Butler is a member of the American Law & Economics Association and the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation. Dr. Butler is an Honorary Member of the American College of Business Court Judges. 

Tyler Dann, Harlem Valley Investing Co., Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Dann has been an insurance broker and president of Wesfair Agency, Inc. in Chappaqua, New York since 1970. He is co-trustee of the Helen I. Graham Charitable Foundation which supports organizations or similar organizations selected by Mrs. Graham prior to her death. Dann was a former director of The Factory Point Bancorp (Manchester, VT.), Premier Bancorp, Fishkill, NY, and a regional director of M&T Bancorp. He was a former trustee and member of the investment committee of The Community Foundation  of Dutchess County, NY.

Kimberly O. Dennis, Searle Freedom Trust
Washington D.C.

Dennis is president of the Searle Freedom Trust. She is also chairman of the board of Donors Trust, vice chairman of the board of Donors Capital Fund, a trustee of the Earhart Foundation, and a member of the board of the Philanthropy Roundtable. Her previous positions include: director of the National Research Initiative, a program of the American Enterprise Institute; executive director of the Philanthropy Roundtable; and program officer for the John M. Olin Foundation.

Deborah Donner, Business Consultant
Denver, Colorado

Donner is a business consultant with an international focus on retail and fine art wholesaling. She brings non-profit experience through her service on several philanthropic organizations. She is a fourth generation Trustee and Member of the Board of Directors of the William H. Donner Foundation (New York City) and Donner Canadian Foundation (Toronto), whose philanthropic pursuits include public policy, legal and educational reform, land and wildlife conservation, based on the principles of free market capitalism.

Carlos Fernández, The Nature Conservancy
San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro Patagonia, Argentina

Fernández is project manager for the TNC Patagonian Grasslands of Argentina program which aims to conserve 16 million hectares of Argentina’s temperate grasslands by 2015. In 2009, he was also appointed Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager charged with overseeing the conservation strategies of the Conservancy’s projects implemented in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. He was formerly based in Arlington, Virginia, as the Conservancy’s Senior Foreign Legal Advisor for South America when he attended PERC’s 2007 Enviropreneur Institute.

Steven F. Hayward, Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, the University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Hayward writes frequently on a wide range of current topics, including environmentalism, law, economics, and public policy for publications including National Review, Reason, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, Public Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, and Policy Review. His newspaper articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other daily newspapers. He is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends.

Martin Hostettler, Managing Partner, Cycad Inc.
Bern, Switzerland 
Hostettler is managing partner of Cycad Inc. in Switzerland. He has professional expertise in environmental engineering with focuses on gravel pits, quarries, and landfills. Hostettler also worked as a consultant in forest policy with Tensor Consulting Inc. He is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Swiss Forestry Journal and lectures about forest property rights at TU Dresden. Hostettler attended the 2004 KCI-Enviropreneur Institute at PERC.

Fred E. Karlinsky, Shareholder in Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, and Adjunct Professor of Law, Florida State University College
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Karlinsky represents insurers and reinsurers throughout the United States and internationally in a wide variety of business, operational, regulatory, transactional and governmental matters. Recognized as one of the top insurance lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a global attorney ranking organization, Mr. Karlinsky has an in-depth knowledge of insurance compliance matters.  He has established substantial relationships with insurance commissioners and their respective staff members throughout the country.

Kristina Kendall, New Balloon Investments
Brooklyn, NY 
New Balloon creates and supports narrative video content for any size screen. Prior to 2013, Kristi was executive producer at Fox News and Fox Business for John Stossel. Until 2009, she was Stossel’s producer at the national ABC newsmagazine 20/20 where she produced nearly a hundred pieces, many of them taking a skeptical look at conventional wisdom, public policy, government, and the media. Kendall is the recipient of the Paul Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award, the NLGJA/Siegenthaler Excellence in Journalism Award, and was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her role in ABC's coverage of September 11, 2001. In 2005, she was awarded a Templeton-Cambridge fellowship in science and religion.

Dwight E. Lee, Gagnon Securities LLC
New York, New York

Lee is a partner at Gagnon Securities, a New York-based investment firm.  He has been a director or trustee of public and private corporations and many charitable organizations, and is currently chairman of the board of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards) and a trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Leigh H. Perkins, The Orvis Company
Sunderland, Vermont

Leigh Perkins combined his love of sport with a sharp mind for business when he purchased the Orvis Company in 1965, taking the highly respected, albeit small, business from $500,000 in annual sales to nearly $100 million annually when he chose to turn the business over to his sons in 1992, and current annual sales of $300 million. Leigh Perkins has supported private solutions to land and water conservation for many years. He has been a national board member of: The Nature Conservancy; The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy; and past president of the Ruffed Grouse Society. He also served on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Scholarship Foundation; and continues to serve on the board of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, which he founded.

Rankin Smith, Jr., Seminole Plantation
Boston, Georgia 
Smith is currently the Managing Partner of the Seminole Plantation, a shooting preserve that was established in 1991. Smith is also the Director of Fidelity Bank of Atlanta and the Trustee of Archbold Hospital as well the past chairman. Starting his career in 1971 at Life of Georgia Insurance Company, he gained experience there until his departure in 1977. In 1978, Smith joined the Atlanta Falcons Football Team and was promoted to President in 1987. Smith stayed with the Atlanta Falcons until 1991. Smith has also gained experience as a past Director of the Atlanta area Boy Scouts and VSO.  

John F. Tomlin, Managing Member, Conservation Forestry Partners, LLC
Greenville, South Carolina
Tomlin is a co-founder and managing member of Conservation Forestry Partners, LLC, and its affiliated entities which were formed to align private equity with conservation capital for the purpose of acquiring, managing and realizing competitive risk adjusted returns on large forestland properties. Prior to forming Conservation Forestry, Tomlin was involved in several entrepreneurial endeavors, including general partner of a group of venture and private equity funds known as the Vista Group.

Brian Yablonski, External Affairs Director, Gulf  Power Company
Pensacola, Florida
Yablonski is External Affairs Director for the Gulf Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company—one of the largest electric energy companies in the nation. He is responsible for Gulf Power’s regulatory and governmental affairs activities as well as for providing environmental relations support for the Southern Company. Brian is also a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency charged with protecting wildlife and overseeing hunting and fishing activities. He has been an adjunct fellow with PERC since 2003 and is a regular contributor to PERC’s magazine and has appeared on the Stossel show, FOX News, and the FOX Business Channel to discuss free market environmentalism.