LOVE146 (US) BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rudy Chavez was named President of Baume & Mercier North America, in September 2005. As a seasoned professional in the watch industry, Rudy brings considerable experience and vision to Baume & Mercier. In addition, his background in operations, sales, and merchandising has given him the opportunity to experience many aspects of the business providing him with a well rounded foundation from which to continue to grow this internationally renowned brand.
Rudy began his career with Sector Sport Watches, where he held several positions, ranging from merchandising to sales and ultimately was directly responsible for all key national and regional accounts. Following this experience, Rudy was brought to Baume & Mercier as the New York Regional Manager. From this position he moved on to Director of National Accounts and eventually, East Coast Sales Director. Prior to assuming the role of President of Baume & Mercier North America, Rudy held the position of Vice President of Sales.
As President of the company, Rudy’s mission is to gain market share by building on Baume & Mercier’s solid foundation through selective distribution, a focused product offering as well as an increased concentration on Baume & Mercier’s level of service to the end consumer. In addition, Rudy looks to continue to offer timeless designs at an exceptional price/quality ratio. Rudy was born in Las Villas, Cuba and currently resides in Ridgefield, NJ. In addition to his leading role at Baume & Mercier, Rudy enjoys playing competitive sports and spending time with his wife and two children.
Heather Crane received her degree in accounting from the University of Oregon. She worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche for two years. She currently travels with her husband, who plays professional golf on the PGA tour. She and her husband are involved in several ministry/outreach events and organizations such as Young Life and College Golf Fellowship. She has also served on the board of the Tour Wives’ Association, whose focus is to raise money to support various charities throughout the country. Heather chairs a golf tournament fundraiser each May at their home in the Dallas area that benefits Love 146. She is the mother of two young children.
Ellie Dyk has cross-disciplinary marketing and media experience that includes working in television as a technical director for Viacom and for MSNBC and working in graphic design and publishing. Ellie also brings experience in interactive marketing as a project manager, having worked with Google, Yahoo, and MSN. She holds a Master’s Degree in Writing from Manhattanville College.
Paul Gordon is a Vice President of Credit Administration at First Niagara Bank where he specializes in senior capital markets, middle market, and healthcare credit risk management. In addition, Paul is responsible for turnaround management and loss mitigation for a portfolio of commercial loans. Paul joined First Niagara in 2003 and is also a Certified Public Accountant and member of the NY State Society of CPAs. Prior to joining First Niagara, Paul was a Senior Accountant at KPMG, LLP from 1999-2003 specializing in corporate audit and attestation services in the financial services industry.
Paul also serves as the Pastor of Stewardship at Terra Nova Church where he oversees the financial operations of the church and aids in fostering a community marked by biblical generosity. He has also been active with local charities in a variety of roles, including as a founding Board member of The Stakeholders, Inc. and serving on various Community Investment Panels for the United Way. Paul holds a B.S. in accounting from Bryan College, and an MBA from the University at Albany. Paul lives in Troy, NY and is married to Nicole with whom he has one daughter.
Mark Markiewicz is the Chairman of Love146 in the UK and is also a Director of Love146 in the US. Mark is the CEO of Mayflower Management Services Ltd which is a company he founded in 2007 to enable non profit organisations to be more effective in their communication and fundraising. Prior to this Mark was the Executive Director for the Business Professional Network (BPN) in the US during which time he also worked with Love146 in the US. He has over twenty years of experience in global NGO development and leadership. Mark is married to Karen with whom he has two sons; they live in Hampshire in the UK.
Karen Olcott works on business and technology partnerships that have scalable social impact, from the corporate, nonprofit, and the private and public sectors. She spent 14 years as an Executive at Microsoft, and was most recently Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development where she negotiated and led technology, ecommerce and content partnerships for Bing and MSN across 45 markets worldwide. She joined Microsoft in 1997 to develop programming strategy for international, and scale out the online business into emerging markets.
Prior to 1997, Karen was Executive Director of Pinnacle Efx, a Seattle-based creative agency for advertising, broadcast/cable and web clients. From 1985 – 1994, she was the Creative Director for Showtime Networks in New York, and drove the Network Design Strategy of graphics, music and identity elements to package numerous cable networks. As President of the Broadcast Designers Association, a non-profit organization of 2,500 associates, she led the merger with 3,500-member Promax in 1997. She has won two Emmy Awards, and over 40 awards for design and identity projects. Karen worked for ABC Sports from 1980 – 1985, traveling the world for Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, PGA Golf Tour, and worked at all the Olympic Games from 1980 – 1988. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations and German, and graduate degrees from the Freie University in Berlin and Harvard School of Architecture.
Karen has been working on Human Trafficking issues for 7 years. She is a member of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking (BCAT), which is exploring ways that the business sector can take a leadership role in ending sexual and labor exploitation in their supply chain and employee policies. Karen is on the Board of Directors for Polaris Project, a 10-year old nonprofit that runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, advances states and federal policy related to the crime of human trafficking, and in a leader in training, technical assistance, public advocacy and client service provisioning. Karen is active in Net Impact, provides strategic mentoring to several non-profits, and played a pivotal role in creating the 2011-2012 Presidential Initiative on Human Trafficking for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), entitled “Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking.”
Karen has a passion for emerging trends in technology, impact funding and social responsibility leadership, and a heart for those who are victims of injustice.