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Welcome our new IAH Advisory Board members

The IAH Advisory Board comprises strategic advisors and ambassadors for IAH programs and activities. We are so pleased to announce that we have four new members joining us this fall – Max Chapman, John Ellison, Jane Preyer and Brian Fenty.

Max ChapmanMax Carrol Chapman, Jr.
UNC ‘66
Chairman, Gardner Capital Management Corporation
New York, NY

Max earned a B.A. in economics with honors in 1966 from UNC-Chapel Hill and then earned an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School. He began his career at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc., where he served as an investment banker and later as the president, CEO, and appointed director of their global capital markets group. He also served as a member of the board of directors and management committee of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc., as well as a member of the board of directors of General Electric Capital Corporation and General Electric Financial Services, Inc. From 1989-1999, he held several executive positions within the Nomura Securities group of companies. 

Max joined the board of directors of the American Stock Exchange in December 1990 and became vice-chairman in May 1996, a position he held until the AMEX was sold to the NASD in 1998. During this time, he also served as a director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Futures Industry Association, and the Securities Industry Association. He is also chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund, Inc., chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and a trustee of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Air and Space Museum. He is an avid golfer as well as an instrument-rated pilot and collector of WWII fighter aircraft.

John EllisonJohn Gray Blount Ellison Jr.
UNC '69 and ‘72
CEO, Ellison Co., Inc.
Greensboro, NC

After receiving his MBA in 1972, John moved to Greensboro to begin his career in the family business making textile machinery accessories. By 1980 he had acquired all of the company stock from other family members, and created The Ellison Company, Inc. as a holding company. Over the next 20 years John piloted the company's expansion into other diverse industries such as real estate management and development, manufacturing safety accessories for buses, vinyl extrusion and the manufacture of windows and doors. In 2001, The Ellison Company expanded its interests abroad, in the acquisition of a U.K. company that is a major supplier of bus lighting systems throughout Europe.


Jane Preyer

Jane Bethell Preyer
UNC ‘76
Director of the Southeast Office, Environmental Defense Fund
Chapel Hill, NC

Jane guides policy and political strategy on a broad range of issues, and she manages strategy and partnerships with a diverse collection of governments, businesses, communities and environmental groups. Her leadership has helped pass some of the strongest environmental legislation in the Southeast, including laws to reduce pollution from coal plants, to reduce pollution in watersheds, to address global warming impacts, and to increase use of renewable energy and efficiency measures. Her work has improved forest management practices in sensitive coastal areas and helped national companies increase the use of environmentally preferable paper. 

She serves on the board of the NC Center for Nonprofits. She has served on the NC Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the NC Governor's Study Commission on the Outlying Landing Field (OLF). She has co-authored reports that provide solutions to sediment pollution, economic and environmental analyses for alternative management of swine operations, and recommendations for paper purchasing. Jane earned her B.A. and M.P.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into Golden Fleece and Phi Beta Kappa (1976). She played on the professional tennis circuit 1978-1984, where she earned a world ranking of 43 and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Following that, she was the Women’s Tennis Coach at Duke University and was selected as ACC Coach of the Year five times.

Brian M. Fenty
UNC ‘08
Chairman and Co-Founder, TodayTix
New York, NY

Brian is an entrepreneurial investor and strategist focused on the convergence of technology, commerce and creative thinking. He is an active adviser to multiple start-ups and management teams. Currently, Brian is Chairman and Co-Founder of TodayTix, an innovative theatrical ticketing and mobile application company, and a Principal of meZocliq, a revolutionary Guggenheim Investments-backed enterprise technology company. Previously, Brian was Managing Director of Hamilton Investment Partners, a boutique private-equity Firm and Family Office where he helped lead the selection, structure, oversight and strategy of small growth companies. He has also held various roles in the professional arts world, including Broadway producer, and with the New York Yankees. Brian received his B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a Lead Agent for The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, where he attended; he is also on the Board of Corporations for the Warner Theatre, the Junior Board of the Pilobolus Dance Company, and is a Trustee for the North Carolina Society of New York.

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