Board of Directors

Board of Directors2018-02-14T05:05:48+00:00

J. Hunter Brown

Mr. Brown was graduated from Hamilton College with an A.B. in English & French and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Xavier University.  He is the founder and principal of Watson Wilkins & Brown, LLC, an investment management and business consulting firm. Previously, he served in various global capital markets capacities with J.P. Morgan. From 1999-2013 he served as a director of an initially publicly owned, now private, company in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee, and the Compensation Committee. He has previously served as a director of National Auto Credit, Inc., then a NYSE listed company.  He is a member of the Board of Executive Advisors to the Finance Department of the Williams College of Business of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Xavier Student Investment Fund, an enhanced fixed income index fund managed by the students. He has previously served as a longtime trustee of the Wilton Historical Society.  Mr. Brown was the founding President of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

Harlan Calkins

Mr. Calkins was graduated from Hamilton College in 1954 with a BA as a chemistry major.  He is the chairman and CEO of Rochester Midland Corporation, a leading supplier in North America of industrial cleaners and other chemical products.  Mr. Calkins serves on the boards of numerous business and philanthropic organizations, including  Security Trust, Highland Hospital, the Al Sigl Foundation, and Rochester Telephone, all in Rochester, New York as well as Norstar Bank, in Buffalo, New York;  and Malden Trust, in Malden, Massachusetts.  At Hamilton College he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and DT, Was Los, and Pentagon societies. He co-captained the soccer and baseball teams. In 1956-1957, he served in the United States Army in counter-intelligence while stationed in Japan. In 2010, Mr. Calkins was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.

Richard A. Erlanger

Mr. Erlanger, a 1963 graduate of Hamilton College, has spent his entire career advising, managing, and investing in venture and private equity portfolio companies as an individual and as a member of investment groups. He has also taken full-time operating positions in troubled companies where his investment was at risk and hired successors once the operations were stabilized. His early career included stints at Arthur D. Little, Inc. and McKinsey & Company as well as GE Finance. Recent private equity and venture investments include LivHome (Home Health Care), Cape Cod Potato Chips, and Yofarm Yogurt. He graduated from the Taft School (1959), Hamilton College (1963) and Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1969-MBA Operations Research and Finance). During the Vietnam War Mr. Erlanger served as Engineering Officer on a destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf. He has been an active participant in the AHI since its inception.

Jane Fraser

Ms. Fraser has served, since 1981, as president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization for the prevention and treatment of stuttering. She received a degree in Russian and Linguistics at Bryn Mawr College and continued graduate work in both subjects at the Universite de Strasbourg, France. An experienced editor, translator, and interpreter, Ms. Fraser worked during her twenty years’ residence in France for the Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, and for the Assemblee Nationale in Paris. She has also served as editor or coeditor of numerous Foundation publications, among them Counseling Stutterers, Stuttering Therapy, Transfer and Maintenance, Do You Stutter: A Guide for Teens, Stuttering and Your Child: Questions and Answers, The Child Who Stutters: To the Pediatrician. She coauthored If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents (1988, 2003, 2007). She has also served as Member, Advisory Council, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, NIH (1996-2000); Member, Board of Trustees, Hamilton College (1991-1997). Honors include a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to further abroad her study of Russian; the Distinguished Alumnae of the Century Award from the Hutchison School, Memphis, TN in 2002; the Outstanding Service Award form the International Stuttering Association in Dubrovnik, Croatia in May 2007; and in December 2007, she was named Executive of the Year by The NonProfit Times.

Robert B. Hamill

Mr. Hamill is Managing Director at Jefferies & Company, Inc., a global securities and investment banking group. Hamill has been in Institutional Sales and Trading of Leveraged Credit Products for nearly 25 years. He was previously employed by Drexel Burnham Lambert, Citicorp, JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He began his career on Wall Street at EF Hutton and Company in the Investment Banking Group. Hamill was elected a member of The Town Council of New Canaan, CT in 2009 and is serving a four year term in office. He is a member of the Hamilton College Parents Advisory Council. He is on the Board of The Litchfield Park Corporation.  He is a member of D.O.C.A., an advocacy group affiliated with The Department of Defense and The State Department. Hamill earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Economics and a Minor in Math. He earned an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School.

William Hunnicutt

Mr. Hunnicutt is a 1967 graduate of Hamilton College who majored in history and later earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He began his business career in computer sales at IBM. He moved to Wall Street working at several bond firms before joining Oppenheimer & Co where he rose to Senior Vice President. In 1988, he left to head his own brokerage firm, Hunnicutt & Co. LLC, a member of FINRA.  Hunnicutt & Co. LLC is a global adviser specializing in alternative assets. Mr. Hunnicutt is well-versed in a diverse range of investment strategies and has raised capital for numerous hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds. His most recent investment interest is in early stage technology.  In addition to his business interests, Mr. Hunnicutt is an active member of the Manhattan Institute, the Metropolitan Club and the New York Athletic Club. At Hamilton, Mr. Hunnicutt played on the college basketball team. Currently, he resides with his wife in Manhattan.

Kraig Kayser

Mr. Kayser is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Seneca Foods Corporation and has served in that capacity since 1993.  From 1991 to 1993 he was Chief Financial Officer of the Company.  He has served as a director of the Company since 1985.  Mr. Kayser has served as an officer and/or director of the Company for over 25 years, providing continuity of executive leadership through all phases of the food processing industry and economic cycles. Mr. Kayser is also a director of Moog Inc. where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.  He received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Carl Menges

Mr. Menges received his A. B. cum laude in 1951 from Hamilton College and his M.B.A in 1953 from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1966 he joined the investment banking firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where, before its purchase in 2000 by Credit Suisse, he rose to the position of Vice Chairman. Mr. Menges also served at DLJ as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wood, Struthers & Winthrop Management Corp; Chairman, Financial Services Group; Managing Director of the Equities Division; Managing Director of the International Division; and Syndicate Manager for Banking and Institutional Sales Division. Before DLJ, Mr. Menges held the position of Divisional Marketing Manager for Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation. He was Director, Tiedemann Investment Group; Trustee and Chairman of the Planning Committee of Hamilton College; Trustee of the Boys Club of New York; and Treasurer and Trustee of Allen Stevenson School. He is a Life Trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Member, Investment and Budget Committee, Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Menges has a long-standing interest in history and the founding of the United States. In 2001 he sponsored a conference at Hamilton College on Alexander Hamilton. The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton (NYU Press, 2006) derived from that conference and is dedicated to Mr. Menges.

Howard D. Morgan

Mr. Morgan is CEO and President of CHI Equity LLC. CHI Equity is the successor firm to Castle Harlan, Inc. a private equity firm based in New York city which he joined in 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he was executive director of Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP), an affiliate of Castle Harlan in Sydney, Australia. He has been a founding director and executive committee member of CHAMP since its inception. Previously, Mr. Morgan was a partner at the Ropart Group, a private equity investment firm, where he was particularly instrumental in the acquisitions and growth of Blyth, Inc and XTRA Corporation. Mr. Morgan began his career as an associate at Allen & Company Inc., working in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He is an officer and a board member of Branford Chain, Inc and its operating affiliates, and is a board member of CHAMP: AdobeAir, Inc; Ciao Bella Gelato Company; AmeriCast Technologies; the Harvard Business School Alumni Association; and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. He is a prior director of more than a dozen US, Australian, and UK businesses. Mr. Morgan received his B.A. from Hamilton College in mathematics and political science and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Anne D. Neal

Ms. Neal is president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability in higher education. Prior to joining ACTA, she served in a senior role at the National Endowment for the Humanities and specialized in the First Amendment at the New York City law firm of Rogers & Wells. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in American history and literature and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School , where she served as the first woman editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.

James Schoff

Mr. Schoff graduated from Hamilton College (1968) and Cornell University Law School (1972).  He subsequently spent nine years with the highly-respected law firm of Thompson, Hine & Flory (TH&F), specializing in partnership, tax, corporate and business law. In 1981, Mr. Schoff became a general partner of Diversified Equities.  In February 1993, Mr. Schoff was a Founder and served as a Director of the newly formed Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR).  Mr. Schoff was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DDR until 1998, when he became Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of DDR, and continued to serve on its board until 2002.  In 2002, he assumed the role of Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of DDR and served in that capacity until his retirement in December, 2010.  Mr. Schoff also serves as a Director of Associated Estates Corporation and as a Director of Quasar Energy Group.  Mr. Schoff is past president of the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Near West Theater.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and of several advisory boards for University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

David Aldrich Nelson (1932-2010)

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