NEWPORT, RI, October 4, 2004 -- The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced the new members elected to the Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting. Those beginning three-year terms on the Board include: Christopher E. Clouser, Thomas C. Cundy, Donald L. Dell, Carl S. Forsythe III, Alan G. Hassenfeld, James N. Hauslein, Peter Hurley, Thomas A. James, Joseph C. McNay, E. Scott Mead, D. Lacey Milligan, Cindy Brinker Simmons and W. Pike Talbert.

Also, Donald Dell was elected as Vice Chairman of the Hall of Fame and Christopher Clouser was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee. Willis Thomas, Jr., currently President of the American Tennis Association, has been elected as a Tennis Association Director. John James and Régine Tourres have both been appointed to the Hall of Fame’s International Council.

New Hall of Fame Board members’ biographies in brief:

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Christopher E. Clouser is Chairman of ATP Properties, the global marketing arm of the ATP tour, and Chairman of the ATP Foundation. Prior to joining the ATP, Clouser was Executive Vice President and Chief Global Marketing Officer for Burger King Corporation and President of Burger King Brands. Previously, he served on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball Club and was also the Twins Chief Executive Officer. Clouser has also worked in the travel industry, as CEO and member of the Board of Preview Travel, Inc. (merged with Travelocity.com) and Senior Vice President of Northwest Airlines. Prior to joining Northwest Airlines, he held senior officer positions at Hallmark Cards, Bell Atlantic and Sprint/United Telecom. Clouser has served as Director of numerous corporate and charitable boards and has received marketing, advertising and charity related awards.

Raised in Kentucky, Thomas C. Cundy is currently based in Florida, where he is Chairman & CEO of CUNDY, Inc. a privately-held employee benefit-consulting firm. He founded the company more than 45 years ago and today they do consulting work for many of America’s major corporations. Cundy has been a member of several insurance industry organizations, such as the Million Dollar Round Table since 1960 and MDRT’s prestigious Top of the Table. In 2000, he was a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger award. Cundy attended Florida State University on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Industrial Psychology. A strong advocate for educational and youth athletic programs, Cundy continues to provide equipment and scholarships for students throughout Kentucky and Florida. One of the many ways that he supports his college alma mater is by participating on the Board of Trustees of the FSU Foundation. Cundy also serves on the Board of Directors of First Serve.

Donald L. Dell is currently Senior Vice President of Clear Channel Entertainment in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Chairman of ProServ, an international sports marketing firm that he founded. Over the course of his career, Dell has developed many significant, long-standing partnerships between sponsors and sports properties. He was also a Senior Partner in the law firm of Dell, Benton & Falk, becoming the first attorney to represent tennis players on a professional basis. A TV commentator and author, Dell was a US Top 10 singles and doubles player, and a member and winning captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. He was a founder of the ATP and the National Junior Tennis League. Dell graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in History from Yale University and received an Honorary Doctorate from St. John’s University. As a Board Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he was Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee and served on the Capital Campaign and Strategic Planning Committees, to name a few.

Carl S. Forsythe III is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Forsythe, Patton, Ellis, Lipsett & Savage in New York. He is a trustee of a number of New York charitable organizations, including The de Coizart Charitable Trust and The Versailles Foundation. Forsythe has both an M.B.A. and law degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from Yale University. At the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he has been a Member of the Associate Board.

A native of Rhode Island, Alan G. Hassenfeld is Chairman of Hasbro, Inc., a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment. Hassenfeld serves as a board member of the company's two philanthropic divisions, the Hasbro Charitable Trust and the Hasbro Children's Foundation. He is active in many charitable and social causes both nationally and locally in Rhode Island. Hassenfeld is the former chairman of the Right Now! Coalition and Admiral of Rhode Island Commodores (a governor-appointed business advisory group). He is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Award from Bryant College and the Honorary Doctor of Business degree from Roger Williams University and Johnson and Wales University. Hassenfeld graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. At the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he has been a Member of the Board and Executive Committee as well as the Capital Campaign and Development Committees.

James N. Hauslein is currently Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., a private equity firm in Connecticut. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Sunglass Hut International, Inc., the world’s largest specialty retailer of non-prescription sunglasses and significant retailer of popular price point fashion watches. Hauslein was also a partner of the private equity firm of Kidd, Kamm & Company, Inc., participating as a principal in middle market acquisitions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys Club of New York, The Board of Directors of the Jamestown Foundation (Washington, DC) and the Business Council for the United Nations. Hauslein supports a variety of philanthropic causes spanning the arts, wildlife, the environment and education. His M.B.A. was from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, while his B.S. in Chemical Engineering was also from Cornell University. Hauslein is active on various Advisory Councils at his alma mater and has guest lectured in undergraduate, graduate and executive management programs at Cornell, Northwestern and The Wharton School. He has appeared on a variety of business news programs.

Peter Hurley is President and founder of Synergy Sports, a New Jersey-based event marketing and promotions management company. Hurley and his team have activated programs around the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, NCAA Final Four and the US Open for a variety of international consumer brands and twenty-five Fortune 100 companies. Synergy also produces national event marketing tours, including the “got milk?” mobile tour, visiting more than 150 markets each year. A native of Boston, Hurley graduated from the University of Vermont and lives in New Jersey, with his wife, Paula, and son, William.

Thomas A. James is the Chairman & CEO of Raymond James Financial, Inc. in Florida. He is chairman of the Heritage Family of Funds, and Raymond James Bank, FSB, and has served as a director of numerous other public corporations. Raymond James supports various sporting events, such as sponsoring the Chris Evert Celebrity Tennis Classic to raise funds for anti-drug programs, women’s assistance and hospital funding. His company has also sponsored the French Open, Florida Junior Tennis and senior PGA golf tournaments, while Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. James has been involved with the Securities Industry Association, The New York Stock Exchange, Harvard Business School, Junior Achievement, United Way, local Chamber of Commerce, Florida Council and the Salvador Dali Museum, among others. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. James also has a J.D. from the Stetson College of Law and is a Certified Financial Planner. As a past Board Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, James served on the Executive Committee, Chaired the Development Committee and participated on many other committees.

Joseph C. McNay is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Essex Investment Management Co. in Boston. Prior to founding Essex in 1976, McNay was Executive Vice President and Director of Endowment Management & Research Corp. He was also Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at the Massachusetts Company. McNay currently serves as Trustee of National Public Radio, Trustee and Chairman for the Investment Committee of Simmons College, Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a Trustee and Member of the Children’s Hospital Investment Committee. He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Finance and an A.B. from Yale University.

Currently residing in Great Britain, E. Scott Mead retired as a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 2003. Since then, he has pursued a variety of interests, including international relations as well as global educational and medical policy. While working for Goldman Sachs in London, he had a number of responsibilities, including Head of Global Telecom, Media and Technology and European privatizations. Mead led many of the largest corporate transactions in Europe and Asia and also advised governments in over 20 countries on their privatization programs. He was recently involved with the preparations for celebrating the Honorable George H.W. Bush’s 80th birthday. Mead received a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.Phil. degree from Emmanuel College of Cambridge University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the Queen’s Club.

A native of Newport, Rhode Island, D. Lacey Milligan is active in the management and preservation of Astors’ Beechwood Mansion in Newport. She has taught physical education in Virginia, became a certified member of the USPTR in 1992 and has coached men’s and women’s high school tennis. Milligan reached the finals of both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles of the 2002 National Grass Court Championships held in Newport. She graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia, with a B.A. in Physical Education. Milligan is a member of the Hall of Fame’s Annual Giving Committee.

Cindy Brinker Simmons co-founded Brinker Jeffett & Associates, Inc. in 1986 and in 1989 became sole principal, re-establishing the firm as Brinker Communications, Inc. In 2004, she merged her Dallas company with Levenson Public Relations, forming Levenson & Brinker Public Relations and retaining the title of President. Simmons is a specialist in public relations, branding and special events. At Willow Bend Polo & Hunt Club, she served as membership, public relations and special events director. Simmons is the founder of “Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer,” one of Dallas’ largest pediatric cancer non-profits. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and Dallas Theological Seminary. Past board affiliations include Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the Dallas County Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the North Texas Food Bank. Simmons has received numerous awards and honors, including an honorary Texas PTA Life Membership, one of the highest awards for an individual’s outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and youth. She is also the author of Little Mo’s Legacy: A Mother’s Lessons, A Daughter’s Story, about 1968 Hall of Famer Maureen Connolly. Simmons graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Communications and Spanish.

A native New Yorker who currently resides in Australia, W. Pike Talbert is the founder of Lowes Talbert Partners, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Sydney, Australia. A graduate of the Harvard Business School (M.B.A.) and Williams College (B.A. in Political Economics), Talbert spent 18 years with Morgan Stanley prior to moving Down Under in 2001. He has been involved with the ITHF for many years, having served on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committees. Talbert is the current Chair of the Finance Committee and the previous past Chair of Annual Giving. At Hall of Fame Weekend, he has been a regular presenter of the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award, named for his father, William F. Talbert, past ITHF Chairman and 1967 Hall of Famer.

Tennis Association Director

Willis Thomas, Jr. is an experienced coach on both the grass roots and professional levels. A former junior doubles partner with the late Arthur Ashe, Thomas has spent most of his life giving back to the community where he got his start. One of the first African American talents from our nation’s capital, he has coached professional stars such as Zina Garrison, Katrina Adams, Lori McNeil and Rodney Harmon. He returned to his roots to direct the AACP initiative that combines tennis and educational opportunities for at-risk youth. He serves on the USTA’s National Junior Tennis League national committee. On September 1, 2004, he was elected President of the American Tennis Association (ATA) for a 2-year term.

International Council

A native of Wales, John James currently resides in Great Britain and has been involved with tennis since a young age. In March 2002 he was elected for a 3-year term as President of Tennis Europe, the oldest and largest Regional Association of the International Tennis Federation. James was Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Association for 21 years and represented the LTA in various Tennis Europe events. He continues to be actively involved with the European Tennis Association. James is Vice Chairman of the British Olympic Association and also represents the ITF at the Olympic Congress.

International Council

Régine Tourres resides in her native France and retired last year from the French Federation, where she worked for over 25 years. She was Assistant to Philippe Chatrier and most recently, responsible for establishing and growing the collections for the Tenniseum, the new museum at Roland Garros. Tourres’ educational background is in philosophy, art and interpreting. With the International Tennis Hall of Fame, she also serves on the Golden Achievement Award Committee.


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