Charles R. Borrok is one of the most respected real estate professionals in the country. He currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman and a Member of the Global Advisory Board of Cushman & Wakefield which he joined in 1992. In 2009 he was recognized as one of the top two producing brokers in the firm worldwide and in 2010 he was again recognized as one of the ten top producing brokers in the company worldwide.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Borrok was President of the Metropolitan Region of Wm. A. White & Sons/Tishman East/Grubb & Ellis. As a developer from 1967 to the present, Mr. Borrok has acquired, developed, leased and sold New York and New Jersey buildings for his own account. As a broker, he has been involved in the leasing of over 70 million square feet throughout the metropolitan area and has been involved in the purchase and sale of many important office buildings throughout the world.
A graduate of New York University, Mr. Borrok served as Executive Vice President of the Realty Foundation of New York. He received the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award from the Real Estate Board of New York for a transaction involving the Royal Bank of Canada. He was the recipient of the 2010 Most Creative Deal of the Year Award by the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP. He has lectured at both the Real Estate Board of New York and the Real Estate Institute of New York University.
Mr. Borrok plays an active role in the New Yorkmetropolitan community. He is currently on the Board of Junior Achievement of New York and theNew York Foundling Hospital. For many years, he served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Hospital, and the Board of Visitors of Columbia College. He was a Director of the34th StreetPartnership and a Member of the Board of the New York City Police Foundation. Mr. Borrok served as the General Chairman of the annual campaign of the UJA-Federation ofNew Yorkand was on the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation ofNew York. As a Member of the Board of Long Island University, he received the William Zeckendorf Award for Excellence.
Mr. Borrok resides in New York City and has a son, who is an attorney and investor.
Philip Rogers has practiced international tax law since 1983. He concentrates his practice in international tax, including legal and operational structuring, general international tax planning matters, global transfer pricing strategy and documentation, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures and international tax controversy. He has led dozens of international structuring projects for companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions, and his clients include leaders in the financial, high technology and consumer products industries.
Before joining DLA Piper, Mr. Rogers was with Ernst & Young, where he represented numerous Fortune 100 companies in their international tax planning, advising them on a broad range of cross-border issues, including international restructuring, post-merger and post-acquisition integration, repatriation planning, global supply chain planning and IP migration.
Wendy Van Amson was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. After graduating from Midwood High School, Wendy attended New York University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition in 1976, and went on to complete a dietetic internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston MA, thus receiving her registered dietitian status in 1977. She earned her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University in 1983 and is a certified dietitian/nutritionist (CDN) withNew York State. Since that time, she has been a consulting registered dietitian/nutritionist in private practice.
Mrs. Van Amson currently sits on the following boards: Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), Diversity Awareness Initiatives for Students (DAIS), and recently retired from The Nightingale-Bamford School (10 years). Mrs. Van Amson is an active member of Riverside Church, Trevor Day School Parents' Association, where she is PA secretary and chair of the Parents Diversity Partnership (PDP) and The Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill, where she is vice president (2011-2013).
Mrs. Van Amson began the formation of Independent School Diversity Network (ISDN) along with Esther Hatch in 2003. ISDN is an alliance of parents and educators dedicated to enhancing the development of environments that are welcoming, inclusive and equitable for all students and their families. By establishing a strong network, ISDN seeks to strengthen collaborative efforts through programming, dialogue and improved interschool communication.
Mrs. Van Amson has been married to George Van Amson since 1986 and they have three children, Alexandra, Victoria and Schuyler Van Amson.
George L. Van Amson serves as a Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Division - Sales and Trading, Management. Head of North American Analyst and Associate Recruiting and Programs. Prior to assuming these responsibilities he was Head of North American Recruiting in the Institutional Equities Division (IED) of Morgan Stanley and Manager of Sales Trading Service Desk for Global Wealth Management clients. Earlier as a Senior Sales Trader he was responsible for managing Institutional Cash Sales Trading coverage of hedge funds, asset managers, pension funds and mutual funds. Prior responsibilities included senior position trader and sector trading head of cyclical equities, co-head trader of international equities managing the firm's Latin American capital risk as well as supervising U.S. and London trading efforts in South Africa. A 32-year veteran of Wall Street with experience in domestic and international markets, Mr. Van Amson was selected in 1993 as a World Economic Forum Global Leader and was named in 1992, 1996 and 2006 to Black Enterprise Magazine's "Top African Americans on Wall Street." He has served as Chairman of the International Committee of the Securities Traders Association of New York. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1992, Mr. Van Amson worked at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President, Equities Division.
Throughout his career, Mr. Van Amson has been active in the community. He has served on the board of Harvard Business School Alumni Association, President of the HBS African American Alumni Association, Columbia College Board of Visitors, Chairman of the United Negro College Fund Wall Street Campaign and board member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently, he serves as a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Riverside Church, Director of Community Impact, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Amsterdam Nursing Home, Chair of Columbia Alumni Association and member of the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Mr. Van Amson graduated Brooklyn Technical High School, received his BA in Economics from Columbia College, and MBA with second year honors from Harvard where he served as President of the African-American Student Union.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Van Amson resides on the West Side of Manhattan with his family.