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Alphapointe has recognized the loyal devotion, exemplary leadership, and dedication to mission of two directors of the board.
Jimmy Nickell has served Alphapointe as a Board Director for 20 years including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1998-2000. Mr. Nickell has also supported Alphapointe philanthropically for the past 20 years including securing financial support from Pfizer through their matching contribution program and volunteering generously of his time to attend and actively participate in Alphapointe fundraising functions. Mr. Nickell has been appointed a Director Emeritus of this Company to serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors, to advise, counsel and otherwise be available for consultation with the management of the Company.
Richard Bland was founder and served as President & CEO of the New York City Industries for the Blind for 18 years prior to its merger with Alphapointe in May 2014. Before that, he worked for Lighthouse International in New York City beginning in 1988, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Lighthouse Industries Division, thus providing continuous service to people who are blind for over 25 years. By founding the New York City Industries for the Blind, Richard Bland preserved jobs for over 100 people who are blind in New York City. Richard Bland is appointed a Director Emeritus of Alphapointe to serve at the pleasure of the Board, to advise, counsel and otherwise be available for consultation with the management of the Company.
Ed Marquette, attorney Kutak Rock, LLP, took over the reigns as Chair of the Alphapointe Board of Directors on Thursday, Nov. 20, by unanimous vote of the board at their annual meeting. Ed succeeds Paulette Markel, who gave graciously of her time and talent for the past two years. Paulette will continue to serve the board as Immediate Past Board Chair and will be a member of the Executive Committee.
Alphapointe names two board members to Director Emeritus status. Greg Kallos and Kent Gedman were recognized for their loyal devotion and for dedicating themselves to supporting our mission.
Kent Gedman has served Alphapointe as a director for 29 years including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1987-1989 and Treasurer for the board for more than 20 years, guiding and providing Alphapointe with his expertise in the financial field. Mr. Gedman has served on numerous committees during his tenure including the executive committee, the building committee, the finance committee, the audit committee, the mission effectiveness committee and other ad-hoc committees, and supported Alphapointe philanthropically for the past 29 years.
Gregory Kallos served Alphapointe as a director for 19 years including serving as Chairman of the Board from 2000-2002. Mr. Kallos served on numerous committees including the executive committee, the finance committee, the building committee, the audit committee, the board development and nominating committee, the mission effectiveness committee and other ad-hoc committees. Mr. Kallos was instrumental as Chair of the Board during the Capital Campaign, acquisition of land and initial construction of the Alphapointe Life Skills Campus, the eventual headquarters of Alphapointe. Mr. Kallos has supported Alphapointe philanthropically for the past 19 years.
We want to thank Greg and Kent for their years of service and helping Alphapointe to fulfill its mission.