Annika Sorenstam, ANNIKA Foundation
Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation and often regarded as the best of all time. During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide professional victories, including 72 LPGA wins, ten of which are Major Championships. Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, including the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck, signature high-end wines with Wente Vineyards and an online retail shop, shopannika.com. In 2007, Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. For Annika’s full bio, click here.
Jay Brennan, GrayRobinson
Jay Brennan serves as Chairman of the ANNIKA Foundation Board. Mr. Brennan is a partner at GrayRobinson, a full-service corporate law firm with more than 240 attorneys throughout 10 offices across Florida. His practice is focused on civil litigation, including both trial and appellate work, in both state and federal courts. Mr. Brennan’s experience includes all types of commercial/business litigation, including contract, corporate and partnership disputes, antitrust, healthcare litigation, banking litigation, mortgage foreclosure, commercial collections, commercial landlord/tenant litigation, business tort and trade secret litigation, employment contract and non-competition disputes, commercial products liability, franchise and manufacturer/dealer disputes and construction disputes. Jay has also represented professional athletes, including Ken Griffey, Jr. and Annika Sorenstam.
Mr. Brennan received his Bachelors Degree in Business/Economics from Rollins College and received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Miami. He has been named to the Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers publications. Jay has also been named in Orlando Magazine’s list of “Best Lawyers in Orlando” and selected as a Leading Florida Attorney in Business Litigation.
Angela currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Club 59 Global, LLC. She oversees all financial aspects related to Annika Sorenstam’s business ventures. She spent more than six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP where she was responsible for sophisticated financial and tax planning for high net worth individuals and their families. She has honed her specialty by working with the top executives of the world’s largest public companies, including Dell Computer, Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto Company, Emerson Electric Co. and Lee Corporation/Vanity Fair. Angela spent four years working at Carlin, Charron & Rosen, LLP in the Entrepreneurial Tax Services Group assisting closely held business with their tax and financial planning needs. In addition to her corporate clients, Mrs. Iacone-Radaelli has worked closely with several LPGA players.
Charlie S. Mechem, Jr., former Commissioner Emeritus of the LPGA
Charlie S. Mechem, Jr. is the retired Chairman of the Board for Taft Broadcasting Company, U.S. Shoe Corporation, Cincinnati Bell, Inc. and Convergys Corporation. He was a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister from 1955-1967, as well as Captain in the U.S. Army from 1956-1959 in the Judge Advocate General Corps. In addition to serving on the ANNIKA Foundation and Annika Sorenstam Advisory Boards, Mr. Mechem currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eden & Associates, Messer Construction Company and Ladies Professional Golf Association Commissioners Advisory Council.
Mr. Mechem received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and his law degree from Yale Law School. He also received Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Miami University and Ohio University.
Dan M. Dutton, Stimson Lumber Company
Dan Dutton is the Chairman of Stimson Lumber Company, based out of Portland, Oregon, and former Chairman of the ANNIKA Foundation Board. He first joined Stimson Lumber Company more than 20 years ago as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and quickly became the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 2000. Mr. Dutton is Lead Director of Universal Forest Products, Inc. and has held this position since 2003. He is the Chair of the Arnold Palmer Scholarship at Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta, California as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, California and World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Dutton is a graduate of California State University in Chico, California. He has been a personal adviser and friend to Annika for nearly 20 years.
Sheila Johnson is the team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). Johnson currently serves as CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a company she founded in 2005. She is a co-founder of the entertainment network BET. Johnson is a Global Ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Sheila’s I Am Powerful Challenge raised over $8 million in 2007. She serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Parsons the New School For Design in New York. She sits on the boards of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia and the University of Illinois Foundation.
The Honorable Tom Ridge
The Honorable Tom Ridge is the president and CEO of Ridge Global. As the company’s chief executive, Ridge leads a team of international experts that help businesses and governments address a range of needs throughout their organizations. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.
During his tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005. Secretary Ridge continues to contribute to matters concerning our nation’s veterans and, along with Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.), serves as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
Michael Sheetz, Cooley, LLP
Michael N. Sheetz is a partner in Cooley’s litigation department and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Employment & Labor and Real Estate Litigation practice groups. He also is the Chair of the Sports Law practice group. Mr. Sheetz joined the firm in 2010 and is resident in the Boston office. Mr. Sheetz has more than 20 years of experience handling commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. He regularly serves in the capacity of business advisor to his clients and counsels them on mission critical issues impacting business operations. His diverse practice also includes acting as outside general counsel for a number of his clients and serving as personal counsel to many senior business executives.
Mr. Sheetz received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Latin from Tufts University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Dave Bockorny, The Bockorny Group
Dave Bockorny is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bockorny Group, Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm located in Washington D.C. He has been a principal in the firm for nearly 20 years—over which time he has guided the firm and cultivated it into one the largest independent lobbying firms in the nation’s capital. Under his direction, the firm has obtained an outstanding reputation in its dedicated approach to professional, ethical and individualized service. David has been recognized over the past decade by numerous Washington publications as being among the top lobbyists on Capitol Hill. The Hill, a leading newspaper with the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication has consistently named Mr. Bockorny among the top “K Street” lobbyists – a designation determined through direct acknowledgments by Members of Congress, key aides and other lobbyists.