Board of Directors

Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager; Principal
Bushido Capital Partners LLC and Bushido Capital Fund LLC; Marshfield Associates

Location: Washington, DC

John H. Beatson is the Managing Partner of Bushido Capital Partners LLC, the Adviser, since 2008 and portfolio manager of The Bushido Capital Fund LLC. Mr. Beatson is also a principal of Marshfield Associates, Inc., a registered investment adviser affiliate of the Adviser, since 2005, and one of four members of that firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Marshfield Associates, Inc., he was an associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Global Investment Research division where he covered the investment bank and asset manager sectors, performing both fundamental valuation analysis on individual companies and quantitative analysis on macro-economic and industry data. Mr. Beatson graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics.

President of Sports Franchises; General Manager
Spurs Sports and Entertainment; San Antonio Spurs

Location: Washington, DC

R.C. Buford is the president of sports franchises of Spurs Sports and Entertainment and general manager of the San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team, where he has won NBA Championships in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Prior to joining the Spurs in 1988, R.C. spent five seasons at the University of Kansas and was a member of the coaching staff when the Jayhawks won the 1988 NCAA Championship and as assistant for Larry Brown with the Los Angeles Clippers. R.C. and his wife, Beth, have a son, Chase, a daughter, C.C, and in 2004 they welcomed Alexis Wangemene from Basketball Without Borders and Samer Jasser from PeacePlayers International into their family.

Managing Director
ICC Ltd.

Location: Washington, DC

Iacovos Christofides is a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach with the ability to inspire people and transfer knowledge through play and paradigm. He works in the areas of strategy, leadership, teamwork, creativity and innovation and process design.  He is a seasoned professional with extensive business experience, both in industry and as a management consultant, in Cyprus and abroad. Iacovos holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University, USA, and a MBA (Management of Innovation) from the Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University, USA. He is fluent in Greek and English.

Senior Reporter; Director
ESPN; David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Location: Washington, DC

Dr. Ford is the Managing Director of Global Peacebuilding with the Arbinger Institute; the Director of the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding; Associate Professor of International Cultural Studies at Brigham Young University – Hawaii; and a senior writer for, specializing in the NBA Draft and the role of sports in conflict resolution. He holds both a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. He has published numerous articles on conflict resolution in peer-reviewed journals. Chad has led the development of the PPI’s Peace Education Curriculum and has visited PPI program sites on numerous occasions, at times with his BYU-Hawaii students. Most recently, he helped to facilitate a training session with PPI’s first domestic technical assistance partner, Beyond the Ball, in Chicago. Finally, he has published articles for ESPN and in academic journals about PPI.

Former Chief Operating Officer
Elliott Management Corporation

Location: Washington, DC

Keith is the former Chief Operating Officer at Elliott Management Corporation. He is a board member of Managed Funds Association, a global trade association representing the alternative investment industry, former Managing Director of Merrill Lynch, and practiced corporate law and securities law. In addition, Keith serves on the endowment committee of the Bergen County YJCC. Keith is an alumnus and supporter of Binghamton University, where his son, Mike, played on the men’s varsity basketball team.

Head Coach
Golden State Warriors

Location: Washington, DC

Steve Kerr played college basketball at the University of Arizona, helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 1988. Steve played for the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic, the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs. Shortly after announcing his retirement from playing, Kerr was hired as an NBA analyst by Turner Network Television (TNT) and contributed to Yahoo! as an NBA commentator. He served as the General Manager of the Phoenix Suns from June 2007 to June 2010, and returned to TNT as an analyst in the 2010-2011 season. He is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team.

Former COO and Principal (Retired)
Satellite Asset Management

Location: Washington, DC

Brian S. Kriftcher (46) left Wall Street and the investment management business at the end of 2006 to pursue lifelong passions for coaching, teaching and civic involvement.  Today, Brian is the head boys’ Varsity basketball coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.  Brian is the founder and President of Stamford Peace, a local not-for-profit youth program which uses basketball instruction, training and competition to drive children to pursue excellence on the basketball court, in the classroom, in the community and at home.  Brian taught 7th grade Civics at the George Jackson Academy, a private all-boys middle school in New York City catering to talented but economically disadvantaged inner city youth, until recently.

Brian is Chairman of the Board of Directors of PeacePlayers International, an organization which uses the game of basketball to bridge divide among children in various conflict and post-conflict areas such as Israel and the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Cyprus.  At the same time, Brian is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Stamford Jewish Community Center, a capacity in which he served in from 2009-2012.  He is also an Executive Board member of the intercontinental Jewish Community Centers Association.  Among other not-for-profit organizations in which Brian is also involved is Lovelane, Room to Grow, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and the Jewish High School of Connecticut.

In his earlier professional life, Brian worked for major financial firms such as Cantor Fitzgerald Securities and NeubergerBerman.  In the mid 1990’s, he transitioned to the hedge fund business where he was the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC, one of the largest hedge fund operations globally.  In 1999, Brian joined forces to start Satellite Asset Management, L.P., a diversified multi-billion investment firm, where Brian was Chief Operating Officer & a Principal for nearly 8 years.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and later a J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law which he attended at night.

Since 1996, Brian has lived in Stamford with his wife, Jeannie.  They have three daughters, Hannah (14), Charlotte (12) and Sophie (10).

Senior Vice President Of Corporate Development
Sempra Energy

Location: Washington, DC

Jim Lambright is senior vice president of corporate development for Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ nearly 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.

Lambright’s earlier leadership roles include four years as chairman and CEO of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an independent government corporation based in Washington, D.C., responsible for financing U.S. exports to more than 150 countries. During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, Lambright served as chief investment officer of the U.S. Treasury Department’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He has also worked as a vice president in private equity and at the officer and board level in renewable energy.

Lambright graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and with distinction from Stanford University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Senior Advisor
The Glover Park Group

Location: Washington, DC

In January 2013, Joe Lockhart returned to the Glover Park Group as a Senior Advisor. Lockhart most recently served as Vice President of Global Communications for Facebook where he oversaw the company’s corporate, policy and international communications team. As a founding partner, Joe helped build GPG from a small, seven-person operation to one of the country’s leading strategic communications and government relations firms. He previously served as press secretary for former President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000. From 1991-1995, Lockhart was executive vice president at the firm Bozell Sawyer Miller where he advised a range of high-profile corporate and institutional clients, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Before joining the White House in 1997, he was national press secretary for the Clinton-Gore 1996 reelection campaign. He was the deputy press secretary for the Dukakis-Bentsen 1988 presidential campaign, and a senior advisor for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 presidential campaign. An award-winning journalist, Lockhart has held key positions at SKY News of London, CNN and ABC News. At SKY Television News, Lockhart served as foreign producer for Europe’s first 24-hour television direct broadcast news service. Lockhart received a B.A. from Georgetown University.

President; Partner
Natural Partners; Arent Fox, LLP

Location: Washington, DC

Gene is the President of Natural Partners, an organization dedicated to conservation of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems. In 1972, Gene joined Arent Fox, and has been a partner in the Firm’s International Practice since 1977. In 2007, Gene was appointed Board Chair of PeacePlayers International. In addition to his work with PPI, Gene has been active in the local community on many fronts, serving on the international projects committee of the Washington DC Rotary Club, as the Chair of the Stone Ridge School and as Chairman of the Board of Natural Partners. Gene graduated from Fairfield University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

General Manager, South East Europe
adidas group

Location: Washington, DC

Lawrence Norman holds the position of General Manager, Southeast Europe for the adidas group. A 19-year veteran of the company, he has held leadership roles in Country Marketing Management, Product Range Management, Licensing, New Business Development, Global Sports Marketing and Global Brand Communications. Based in the amazing city of Athens, Greece, Lawrence has also worked for adidas in Israel, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and the United States.

Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc.

Location: Washington, DC

Irina Pavlova is President of Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding USA, Inc. Based in New York City, Pavlova serves as the conduit between NETS management and team ownership, ensuring the franchise has everything necessary to build a championship team. She also coordinates all necessary activity with Forest City Ratner Companies regarding the Barclays Center, the NETS home in Brooklyn, on behalf of NETS Principal Owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Pavlova serves on the Boards of Directors of NETS Basketball and Brooklyn Arena LLC.

Prior to joining Onexim Sports and Entertainment, Pavlova was head of Google’s Strategic Partnerships in Russia, where she was Google’s first employee, helping to establish the company’s operations. Earlier, she served as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Wentworth, Hauser and Violich, where she focused on small cap equities. She began her career as a financial analyst with Prudential Investment Corporation.

Pavlova grew up in Moscow and Washington D.C. as the daughter of a Russian diplomat. She has an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. and B.A. from Moscow Linguistics University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Macauley and Ritchie Solictors

Location: Washington, DC

Trevor Ringland, PPI – NI’s Board Chairperson, is a Partner in the firm of Macaulay & Ritchie, Solicitors, in Belfast, having studied law at Queen’s University Belfast. He played rugby for Queen’s University Belfast, Ballymena, Ulster, Ireland and the British Lions. Trevor is Co-Chairman of NI Conservatives, a Non-Executive Director of Independent News & Media (NI) Ltd, former Vice Chairman of the East Belfast Ulster Unionist Party and a former Trustee of the RUC George Cross Foundation. He has been appointed as a member of the Policing Board for Northern Ireland.

Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner
JS Capital Management LLC

Location: Washington, DC

Salil is the Chief Operating Officer and founding partner of JS Capital Management LLC (“JS Capital”), a private investment firm started by Jonathan Soros.  Prior to that, Salil was a senior member of Soros Fund Management’s investment team.  Prior to joining Soros, Salil spent close to a decade at Goldman Sachs, with a majority of that time spent in the Hedge Fund Strategies group.

He received his A.B. in Economics with a Concentration in Psychology from Columbia University. At Columbia, Salil was the Ivy League tennis player of the year.  Prior to Columbia, Salil competed briefly on the professional tour and was also the #1 ranked junior tennis player in India.

Shapiro Negotiations Institute

Location: Washington, DC

Expert Negotiator, Sports Agent, Corporate Attorney, Educator, Author, Civic Leader, and Founder of Shapiro Negotiations Institute (SNI). Ron Shapiro has developed his negotiations philosophy on four decades of deal-making experience. He is best known as having represented more Major League Baseball Hall of Famers than any other agent, including Cal Ripken, Jr., Kirby Puckett, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, and Brooks Robinson. USA Today called Ron “one of baseball’s most respected agent-attorneys” as well as “an effective behind-the-scenes negotiator.” He was also named one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News.

Ron currently serves as PPI’s Chairman Emeritus, a non-voting member of the Board.

Member, Board of Directors
On Assignment Inc.

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Sheridan co-founded Apex Systems in 1995 and served as co-CEO during his time with Apex Systems. His roles at Apex Systems have included technical recruiter, account manager, and regional operations manager. He also managed the sales and recruiting operations for the company. Mr. Sheridan was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. Prior to co-founding Apex Systems, Mr. Sheridan began his career as a telecommunications recruiter for a staffing firm based in Reston, Virginia. Mr. Sheridan is a 1994 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a B.A. in English and Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration. Mr. Sheridan also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Advisory Board of the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Research Center; the Greater Washington Sports Alliance; the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund; and PeacePlayers International.

Vice Chairman
Palace Sports & Entertainment

Location: Washington, DC

Arn Tellem is Vice Chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Detroit Pistons. From 1981 to 2015 he was a sports agent best known for his representation of basketball and baseball players. He was Vice Chairman of the Wasserman Media Group, a global sport and entertainment marketing agency headed by Casey Wasserman. Previously, Arn participated in the founding of SFX sports as the vice president of baseball operations and he incorporated his firm Tellem and Associates into SFX, eventually becoming the president of the baseball division. He resigned from this position in 2006 and exercised an option to pull his agency out of SFX Management. He then sold the business to Wasserman Media Group, becoming company president. Arn is an alumnus of Haverford College.

Chairman, Global Natural Resources, Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs

Location: Washington, DC

John is chairman of Global Natural Resources in the Investment Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1988 in Mergers & Acquisitions in New York. He then worked in the Tokyo office from 1989 to 1991. In 1997, John was named head of the Chemicals Group, which later merged into the Natural Resources Group. In 2005, he was named head of the European INR group and moved to London. He returned to New York in March 2010. John was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. Outside of Goldman Sachs, John serves as a 2014 Spring Reception Co-Chair for Bottom Line, a charitable foundation that helps disadvantaged youth get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life.

John earned a BA in Economics from Columbia University in 1988.

Founder and Director
NZ Training and Consulting

Location: Washington, DC

Nkosinathi Zondi is the founder and Director of NZ Training and Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in skills development, organization development, and corporate learning events based in Durban. He holds, among many qualifications, a Bachelors of Pedagogics degree, Human Resources Development certificate (HRD) and Post Grad Certificate in Diversity Management.  Zondi brings with him a wealth of experience gained from a number of key positions he held in both public and private sector organizations including the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), Transnet, Hoechst SA, Airports Company, and Independent Newspapers. He is also a founding pastor of Truevine Community Church eThekwini, and Truevine Community Church Pietermaritburg which he presently leads. He is the current chairperson for the Truevine Family of Churches (TFC), a network of 9 churches in KZN, Gauteng and Mpumalanga Province. He also directs Community Focus (CF), a church- based NGO with community development projects ranging from HIV/AIDS, Youth Development and Skills Development initiatives.  He is married to Thobi and they are blessed with two daughters, Tumelo and Sethabile. He resides in Glenmore, Durban.

Past PPI Board Members

Chief Learning Officer

Location: Washington, DC

Sean is the Chief Learning Officer at ServiceSource. From 1993-2002, Sean served as the men’s tennis coach at Santa Clara University. After having earned a world ranking as a player on the professional tennis circuit, Sean took over a struggling program and produced eight winning seasons in nine years. The four-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year led his team to national rankings in each of his last three campaigns. To stay in shape and to keep the competitive juices flowing, Sean continues to play basketball and tennis. He earned his BA from Holy Cross and his MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Former Director of External Affairs
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Location: Washington, DC

Nicole is the former director of external affairs for The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, one of the first contemporary American art museums in the United States. Prior to her tenure as director of external affairs, Nicole was chief of staff and director of communications for the 9/11 United Services Group, an organization in New York City that coordinates long-term assistance by thirteen charities for victims of the September 11 attacks and their families. She previously served as the press secretary of the U.S. Small Business Administration, as a special assistant and deputy director of scheduling to President Clinton, and as the director of planning for the National Security Council. Nicole graduated from McGill University.

General Manager and President of Basketball Operations
Atlanta Hawks

Location: Washington, DC

Danny Ferry is the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team where he has been since the 2012-13 season. Prior to working with the Hawks, Danny served as the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005-2010. As a player, Danny played college basketball at Duke University, where he was named 2x ACC Player of the Year, Naismith College Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-American. He helped the Blue Devils reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division in 1986, 1988 and 1989. Danny then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs, where he won an NBA Championship in 2003. Shortly after retiring in 2003, he signed on to work in the Spurs front office before accepting the general manager position with the Cavaliers.

Executive Managing Director
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP

Location: Washington, DC

John Fowler is an Executive Managing Director of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.), Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for HFF, Inc. and one of four members of HFF’s Executive Committee.

Board Tenure: 2001-2006

CEO/Founding Partner
Adirondack Pictures

Location: Washington, DC

Thomas Hardart served as an Executive Vice President at AOL until his retirement in 2001. Today, Mr. Hardart manages Adirondack Pictures, a New York-based film production and financing company

Board Tenure: 2001-2006.

EVP Linear & Digital Ad Sales & Integrated Marketing
MTV Networks

Location: Washington, DC

Sean is responsible for linear and digital ad sales & Integrated Marketing solutions for MTV, Vh1, Logo, Spike, TV Land, Comedy Central & CMT. Sean is a graduate of Brown University.

Executive Vice President and Managing Director
Community Counselling Service Co., LLC

Location: Washington, DC

Robert Rice joined CCS in 1987 and, as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, has provided professional counsel to hospital and healthcare; association; secondary, higher and medical education; civic; cultural; and religious institutions in the United States and Europe. Robert has firsthand experience in directing capital campaigns that have raised over $1.2 billion. He is a Board member of the Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (Wilmington, DE) as well as Sandtown (Baltimore) affiliate organizations of Habitat for Humanity International and chairs the organization’s Development Committee. Robert is a Board member of ePhilanthropy Foundation. Robert graduated from Denison University.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

On September 26, 2013, Evan Ryan assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations.

She previously served as Assistant to the Vice President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison for Vice President Joe Biden, the Director of Scheduling for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for the United States Senate, Deputy Communications Director for Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign, and as special assistant to Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff. Ms. Ryan graduated from Boston College.

Board Tenure: 2001-2009

Former President and CEO (Retired)
The Advocacy Institute

Location: Washington, DC

Kathleen D. Sheekey recently retired as President and CEO of the Advocacy Institute, a Washington, DC-based non-profit, whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of social justice advocates in the US and globally. During her tenure, Sheekey was a principal trainer in 17 countries, including South Africa, India, Bangladesh and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Advocacy Institute in 1992, she was Legislative Director and lead lobbyist for Common Cause, a government accountability group. She was Director of Congressional Relations at the Federal Trade Commission from 1979-82, and Legislative Director of the Consumer Federation of America. She currently serves as Chair of PeacePlayers International’s Development Committee, where she also serves on the Board and as a Community Council member of WAMU-FM, and as a volunteer for Capital Hospice.

Special Counsel; David W. Huack Professor
Duane Morris LLP; Wharton School of Business

Location: Washington, DC

Kenneth L. Shropshire, Special Counsel at the global law firm Duane Morris LLP, and David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several award-winning books such as The Business of Sports, The Business of Sports Agents, The Sports Franchise Game, In Black and White, Sports and the Law, and Basketball Jones. His expert views have been presented in Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, and Nightline. Shropshire has worked as an executive with the LA Olympic Organizing Committee. He is also the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He serves as an arbitrator with clients including the National Football League Players Association and USA Track and Field. He is a Stanford and Columbia law graduate.

President and CEO; Former President and CEO
dwinQ; ODIN Technologies

Location: Washington, DC

Patrick is President and Chief Executive Officer of dwinQ, a global provider of social media marketing services. Under his leadership, dwinQ provides the social media marketing for large events such as the 2012 London Olympics. Before joining dwinQ, Patrick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ODIN Technologies. He is the only North American Board member of Trinity College Dublin’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, and is a member of The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Graduate Business Alumni Board, where he chairs the Technology Committee. Patrick finished second in the 1996 Olympic trials in the sport of rowing, and graduated from the Darden School of Graduate Business at the University of Virginia. He received his bachelor of science from the University of New Hampshire.

Brown Rudnick

Location: Washington, DC

Mark Tuohey, the father of PPI co-founders Brendan and Sean Tuohey, is a partner at Brown Rudnick. He joined the firm in 2010 after 16 years at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the Chair of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission, where he oversaw the return of Major League Baseball to Washington, D.C.

Board Tenure: 2001-2007

President and CEO
Urgo Hotels

Location: Washington, DC

Donald Urgo received his undergraduate and law degrees from Fordham University in New York and began his law practice in 1962 with the New York law firm of Hughes, Hubbard and Reed. He developed a specialty in international business transactions with emphasis on the hotel and airlines industries. In 1972, Mr. Urgo was retained by the Marriott Corporation to spearhead an effort to expand the Company’s operations throughout the world. During the next 15 years, he was directly responsible for a number of key acquisitions and joint ventures. In addition to his work for Marriott, Mr. Urgo has acted as counsel and advisor to a number of institutional, development and operating clients including, among others, Howard Johnson, the Trammel Crow Organization, Ted Lerner Enterprises, Americana Hotels and Realty Corporation, the Bank of New York, Riggs National Bank of Washington, DC, the Travelers Insurance Company and Merrill Lynch. As an integral part of his comprehensive range of advisory and investment services, Mr. Urgo co-founded a hotel management company whose primary role has been to manage hotel assets for clients and investment partnerships in which he participates.

Board Tenure: 2001-2005

Managing Director
Allen & Co.

Location: Washington, DC

Harry is a Managing Director with Allen & Company and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

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