Board of Directors
Jonah Shacknai is Managing Partner of Tiger Moon Group, a private equity and management firm focusing on the health care industry. Mr. Shacknai was the founder of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, and served as its chairman and chief executive from 1988 until 2012. Medicis was the leading dermatology concern in the United States at the time of its acquisition in December, 2012.
Mr. Shacknai is a director of the Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, a non-profit organization centered on special needs children. He is also Vice President of the Board of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the world’s largest organization dedicated to eliminating tobacco consumption.
Shacknai has served as a member of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health, and on the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission, both federal cabinet-appointed positions. He has also volunteered extensively as a youth soccer coach for Scottsdale Soccer.
In 1997, Mr. Shacknai received the Arizona “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and was one of three finalists for “U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year”. In 1999, he was selected to serve on the Listed Company Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange. In 2000, Shacknai was selected as “Entrepreneurial Fellow” at the Karl Eller Center of the University of Arizona. In 2001, he received the “National Award” from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge®. In 2002, Shacknai was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by the NYCPM (affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons).
Sam Garvin is founder and CEO of Garvin Promotion Group and Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Suns National Basketball Association team, and a director of the National Basketball Association.
Mr. Garvin serves as a Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. He also serves as a Director of Direct Brands and AliLaur LLC. Garvin is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a trustee at Phoenix Country Day School.
Garvin was twice nominated for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. In 2003, he was awarded a Doctor of International Law degree, (Honoris Causa), from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
E.G. (Ken) Kendrick, Jr. is Managing General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team and a charter member of the ownership group that brought baseball to the Valley of the Sun.
Mr. Kendrick is very active in philanthropic endeavors, and serves as Chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. He also serves on boards for various charities including the Phoenix Art Museum, The Buddy Program, Childhelp USA, Helping Hands Housing, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, TGen Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona Heart Foundation and is Founding Chairman of the Datatel Scholars Foundation.
Taylor Burke is President of Rainy Partners, a family investment firm that owns and operates a portfolio of businesses and real estate in Arizona and Mexico. Burke’s family was responsible for bringing the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL) to Arizona, relocating the Winnipeg Jets prior to the 1996 – 1997 hockey season. Mr. Burke’s family owned the Phoenix Coyotes for six years, during which time Burke served as Assistant General Manager, before moving on to become a Certified Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, a position he held for an additional five years.
Mr. Burke also helped build, open and operate the Ice Den, a 150,000-square-foot skating and entertainment facility located in North Scottsdale, which is widely considered to be the premiere skating and entertainment facility in Arizona and among the top in the nation.
Mr. Burke’s philanthropic efforts to better the lives of children in our community are also far-reaching. He is a Board Member of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, a Trustee for the Phoenix Country Day School and a Director of the Burke Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting children’s charitable causes in Arizona.
Tim Riester is the founding partner and CEO of RIESTER, one of the largest, independent advertising and public relations companies in the western United States. Mr. Riester has a passion for serving his community that rivals his love of the advertising business.
Mr. Riester currently serves as a Director of the RIESTER Conservation Foundation and is a Lifetime Director of the Camp Colley Foundation. He served as the Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chairman of Arizona Clean & Beautiful, Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation and Chairman of the Communications Committees of The Great Salt River Clean-up and The Arizona Partnership for the New Economy. Riester also volunteered as a Youth Basketball Coach for the YMCA and Youth Soccer Coach for Scottsdale Soccer.
Gabriele ’Gabby’ Shacknai has participated in athletics since early childhood. Gabby has played recreational soccer, track and field, and volleyball. As a teenager, Gabby has played competitive and varsity volleyball. She writes for her school newspaper, and is editor of her school literary magazine. Gabby is a junior at the Phoenix Country Day School, located in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Ethan Shacknai has been involved in athletics since an early age. As a young boy, Ethan participated in recreational soccer, basketball and baseball programs. At age six, Ethan began a competitive soccer career with the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks team, where he continues as a member of the elite Blackhawks ’98 squad. Ethan has also participated in school athletics, playing on the soccer and football teams. Ethan is a freshman at Brophy College Preparatory, in Phoenix, Arizona.