Arthur J. Halleran Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board
Chairman, QueensFort Investment Corporation
Arthur is the Chairman of Queensfort Investment Corporation, a private real-estate investment concern. He is the former Chairman of the Board of First Winthrop Corporation, a real estate investment company involved in the ownership and operation of commercial and residential buildings throughout the county. Arthur was a member of the visiting faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served as a Director of the American Passenger Rail Car Company, is serving as Chairman of Advanced Phoretic Sciences and Medical Ionosonic Technologies and has served as Chairman of Biophoretic Therapeutic Systems, Inc., the predecessor company to Transport Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts. In addition, he has served or is serving as a trustee of numerous institutions, including the Canterbury School, Brookwood School, Fordham University, Villanova University, Saint David's School, the International Center for Photography and the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Villanova University.
Jake A. Blair, Co-Founder, Director & Treasurer
Jake currently works at Highbridge Principal Strategies, a division of Highbridge Capital Management, as an investment analyst. Prior to Highbridge, Jake was at GE Capital in their distressed investment group. Jake co-founded CampInteractive with Arthur Halleran in 2000 and served as the organization's first Executive Director from its inception until 2003. During that time, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the organization as well as day-to-day management. Jake is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Columbia Business School. He is originally from Woodbury, CT.
James A. Margolis, Director
Jim retired after 40+ years as a life insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Life specializing in estate planning for family businesses and executive benefits for closely held and public companies. For the past five years, Jim has concentrated on volunteer work as manager of the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry, volunteering with Refugee Immigration Ministry in Boston, and with Witness Against Torture in Washington DC. Jim is a graduate of Columbia College where he was an NCAA fencing champion and later a member of the 1960 US Olympic Fencing Team. Jim and his wife, Angela, live in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have five grown children and four grandchildren.
Melissa M. Halleran, Director
Melissa has recently co-founded the apparel design company "C u s p" in New York. Prior, she worked in a couture design house in the sales and merchandising department for two years. Throughout high school and college, Melissa has been involved in working with many different non-profit community outreach programs such as The Big Brother Big Sister program in Burlington, Vermont, as well as tutoring children after school in Roxbury, MA. While studying at the University of Vermont, Melissa spent a period of time in Ecuador teaching English to impoverished children outside of Guayaquil. Melissa's and her father's love for children and desire to better the lives of others is what helped to create CampInteractive five years ago.
Craig Meisner, Executive Director
Craig Meisner has been the Executive Director of CampInteractive (CI) since 2003. Under his leadership, CI has gone from being exclusively a summer program to a year-round youth empowerment center based in the Bronx. Prior to joining CampInteractive, Craig ran his own outdoor education company called ProActive Events; a company dedicated to creating outdoor experiences, curricula, and mission-centric fundraising events for corporations and community-based organizations. Before founding ProActive Events, Craig was an active part of his family business that manufactures bronze and acrylic sculptures and represents artists from all over the world. Craig is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Policy Studies and Management.
Kirk P. McDonald, Director
President Digital, Time, Inc.
Kirk McDonald is a seasoned digital media executive and skilled business leader. He is currently President Digital at Time, Inc. Prior to Time, Inc Kirk served as SVP of Sales, Marketing and Services for Atlas Solutions and DRIVEpm. In his role, Mr. McDonald oversaw all facets of the client sales and service process, as well as sales operations. He was fully involved in shaping the business' strategy and direction. Prior to DRIVEpm, McDonald spent nine years in senior leadership positions with CNET Networks, Inc. Most recently, McDonald was senior vice president of network sales, where he was responsible for collaborating across all CNET business units to drive and maximize the revenue growth and profitability of CNET's Consumer Division. Earlier, he was vice president of network sales for CNET's global team, successfully leading the company's commercial sales strategy to large accounts. He was also regional vice president East, increasing company revenue by establishing and developing relationships with agencies and clients in the East and Midwest regions. Prior to CNET, Mr. McDonald worked with publishing leaders Ziff-Davis Publishing Media Company, an integrated media company serving the technology and video game markets. He also worked with Conde Nast Publications, owned by parent Advance Publications, the publisher of one of the most recognizable magazine portfolios in the industry, including fashion magazines Allure and Vogue, as well as cybermag Wired.
Toby Daniels, Director
Digital Strategist and Entrepreneur
Toby is a commercially focused business leader with 10 years experience in digital media. His strengths combine vision, leadership, drive and ambition together with an entrepreneurial flair and a strong desire to create value driven relationships. Currently Toby is working on a new venture. Prior to this he ran business development for Mint Digital's North American operation and before that he was Managing Director of Online Creative Communications, a London based digital agency which he managed for 7 years. In early 2009 Toby launched Social Media Week (SMW) for the first time in New York City. SMW was held over 5 days and was attended by over 1500 people.
Charles Bernard, Director
Founder and President of Criteria for Success, Inc
Charles Bernard, founder and president of Criteria for Success, Inc., helps CEOs bridge the gap between their vision for their company and their bottom line. He helps organizations create winning sales game plans, and his strength is in getting executives to execute new initiatives. He works with companies of all sizes. Charles has brought his innovative approach to clients in many industries including technology, insurance, textiles, manufacturing, accounting, PR, retail distribution, agriculture and health care.
Charles brings CFS clients over 20 years experience in direct sales, sales management, recruiting and training to his growing consulting practice. As a sales consultant for General Electric, he was the top revenue producer nationally. He brought in the firm's largest multiyear, multimillion dollar regional account, Mobil Oil. He then founded the DB2 consulting firm, Atlantis Vision Ltd. He was also a Partner and Executive Director of Sales for one of New York's first Systems Integrators, NETLAN, Inc.
Charles started Criteria for Success in 2001 with the goal of identifying the systems and behaviors that would enable all the sales people to be as effective as the top producer.
Charles is a well-known speaker at events catering to CEOs and senior executives around the country. His programs include Creating and Organizing Corporate Sales Cultures, The Well Organized Sales Campaign, Professional Operating States of a Business, Time Management for Overwhelmed Executives, and Developing a Corporate Sales Playbook. Charles was born in Madrid, Spain and educated in Surrey, England. He now resides in Manhattan.
Joseph Yasgur, Director
Joseph Yasgur is one of several third-generation members of a family of real estate owners and investors that started in the real estate industry in New York during the 1920s. He has been involved with residential and commercial real estate in Manhattan, Bronx, Nassau and Westchester counties both as an owner and manger for the past 35 years. Joseph presently owns and manages over 3,000 apartments along with commercial office and retail space.
Joseph received a Bachelor of Science from Denver University. He and his wife Sylvia have two daughters, Rachel and Jamie. Joseph and Sylvia have been involved and continue to be involved with various philanthropic organizations, including Gilda's Club of Westchester and Big Brothers/Big Sisters New York.