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oscar aarts
Oscar is a Director at Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank, where he advises companies on valuation matters. He began his career in London, England with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Oscar holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, is a Chartered Accountant in the UK and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. Born in Canada, Oscar has lived and worked in Australia, Europe and the U.S. It was really a roundabout way of getting to New York where he arrived in 2008 and continues to live in Brooklyn. His love of travel and passion for sailing has taken him to Southeast Asia where he delivered and raced a boat for four months and on a sailing voyage from New Zealand to Hawaii. He is planning for his next sailing adventure which he hopes to be a transatlantic crossing. It is Oscar’s zest for both sailing and working with young people that brought him to Rocking the Boat.
tom carpenter
Tom's first job in New York City was, true to his name, as a carpenter. Tom has worked with major media companies launching digital products and services and is currently the Technical Director of Partner Operations for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He enjoys speaking on developments in digital media and has been featured at NAB, Tribeca Film Festival, Dig South and Streaming Media East & West, among other venues. He is involved in multiple art and craft-oriented organizations including the Guggenheim, New Museum, and International Center of Photography, and also serves on the Board of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC, the only four-year liberal arts and sciences college offering a Bachelor of Applied Science in traditional, hand-tooled building skills including carpentry, timber framing, blacksmithing, hand-troweled plaster, masonry and hand-carved stonemasonry. Tom holds a dual-major BA in Psychology and Spanish from Purdue University. An avid sailor, Tom has logged countless regattas and over 4,000 ocean miles since beginning to sail in local waters in the summer of 2010.
robert clemens
Robert is formally a Project Manager at Shawmut Design and Construction where he managed the building of luxury retail projects across the country. Prior to joining Shawmut Robert worked as an architectural designer, an owner's construction representative and a builder in New York. Originally from Los Angeles, Robert was a self-taught carpenter, cabinetmaker and draftsman designing and building high-end residences in and around Pasadena with the company he founded in 1997, Ronin Builders. After 10 years running his company, Robert came East to attend Columbia University and complete a degree in architecture. A passion for building, a love of water, and a commitment to give back to the community led Robert to Rocking the Boat.
manda d'agata
Manda is the Treasurer for a private investment firm. Previously, she was the Treasurer for the Americas Region for Goldman Sachs, where she was co-chair of the Asset Liability Committee, the Stress Test Committee and the Capital Management Committee. Manda joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 as a generalist associate in the Investment Banking Division and entered the Consumer Retail Group upon its formation in 2002. In 2004, she moved to the Americas Financing Group to manage investment grade lending under William Street. Manda served as chief of staff to the chief administrative officer of Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2006. She was named managing director in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Manda worked as an equity analyst for Janney Montgomery Scott. Manda earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1999.
jennifer galvinvice president
Jen Galvin works at the intersection of health, environment, media and innovation. She forged the discipline now known as "Ocean and Human Health" and founded reelblue, a production company specializing in stories that connect people with global health challenges. Jen also leads the Henry David Thoreau Foundation that deploys catalytic investments to the next generation of environmental leaders. She holds a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health, a MPH from Yale University, and a BS from Brown University.
dustin goodwin
Dustin is the Vice President of Technology at Icahn Enterprises L.P. Previously, Dustin was a director for Royal Bank of Canada, Informational Technology division; worked for The Blackstone Group, Cisco Systems, and Citigroup; and has consulted independently for many Wall Street firms. Dustin has spent time working as a volunteer for City Year and Year Up at various locations in the South Bronx and is on the board of NYCwireless. He is a avid sailor and resides in Brooklyn, NY. Dustin's passion for working with young people along with his love of the water and boats are great additions to Rocking the Boat's board.
rolando tomas infante
Rolando is Manager of Public Affairs for Consolidated Edison in Bronx County, where he engages in community, legislative, and media relations. Rolando is also responsible for handling the company's corporate giving program in the borough. Rolando has over 15 years of public affairs experience at the local and federal levels of government, labor, and private industry. Rolando earned his graduate degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Long Island University and received his undergraduate degree from Boston College. Rolando is a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, where he still lives. He shares an affinity for anything nautical and spent his formative summers in Miami Beach, Florida.
frosty montgomerysecretary
Frosty is a Senior Vice President/Director at Brown Harris Stevens, New York's oldest residential real estate company. Her past professional experiences have included marketing and publicity at Time Inc, producing industrial and multi-media presentations of major network programming, and for 12 years, producing conferences, customized tours and promotional events for such companies as Time Inc, Forbes, Goldman Sachs, and J. Walter Thompson. Frosty was an active board member for 12 years at Buxton School, a private school in the Berkshires as well as a board member of Advertising Women of New York. Frosty has a deep seated love for boats, having grown up spending her summers in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, canoeing, camping and sailing.
carla murphypresident
Carla Murphy started working for NYC Emergency Medical Service while she was in college studying computer science. Throughout her career, Carla has worked with agencies all over the world to use technology to improve public safety. She currently works for the New York Fire Department. Originally from Manhattan, she now calls Brooklyn home. Carla enjoys sailboat racing year round and looks forward to the days where she has to dig her dinghy out of the snow before racing.
jeremy pochman
Jeremy is co-Founder and Director of 11th Hour Racing, captain and professional sailor. Educated in France and stateside, with a penchant for math and solutions, he worked at Nantucket Community Sailing as Director of Operations and sailed many miles on the classic yawl Impala. Jeremy has dual degrees in English and French and is a licensed USCG captain. Through 11th Hour Racing, Jeremy’s goal is to underscore the bonds between human and water and land through sailboat racing, recognizing that we can push each other to find better solutions for better sailing practices.
antonio ramos
Tony is a Managing Director at TIAA meshing science and intuition on computers to manage global equity portfolios for the greater good. Originally from Portugal, Tony came to the US to study computer science at UC Berkeley, worked in Japan for seven years before returning to the US and getting his citizenship and MBA at UCLA. After working for Nicholas|Applegate Capital Management in San Diego and Harris Investment Management in Chicago, Tony arrived in New York in 2008 and discovered his passion for sailing and for cycling. He is the President of his alumni class at UCLA and a member of the Board of the Alumni Network, a partner of Sculpture Space NYC, and a member of multiple art, sailing, and cycling organizations.
richard thayertreasurer
Richard enjoyed a 26-year career in the banking industry, working in the United States and abroad for JPMorgan Chase, before becoming involved in Philadelphia Media Holdings, the publisher of The Philadelphia Enquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. He is currently the President and CEO of RR Thayer & Co LLC, a financial advisory and investment company that he founded. Richard was born and educated in England and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
jassen trenkow
Jassen is Director and Chief of Staff to the CFO of Barclays Investment Bank. Prior to joining Barclays, Jassen spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as Executive Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer of the Asset Management business in Asia, based in Hong Kong. Before Goldman Sachs, Jassen worked at J.P. Morgan, was a Sergeant in the German Military Police, and a member of the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jassen was born in Bulgaria, raised in Germany, educated in the United States, and has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, London Business School, and The University of Hong Kong, and a BSc, magna cum laude, in Information Systems from Pace University in New York. Jassen joined the Board of Directors in 2005, and served as Treasurer from 2006-2007 and as President from 2007-2011.
peter wright
Peter Wright owns and manages Wright Asset Management, an investment advisory. Peter is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the University of Virginia, an active sailor, and a leader in the Barnegat Bay, New Jersey sailing community. Peter serves on the boards of the Shelter, Inc, a humane animal foundation, and Harrogate, a continuing care retirement community. Peter is treasurer of All Saints Episcopal Church, Bay Head.

advisory board

chris bowser
john brady
sara clemence
michael d'angelo
chris devine
elissa devins
murray fisher
kitama seeger jackson
ned kelley
tanya minhas
thomas outerbridge
peter pockriss
michael robinson
pete seeger (1919 - 2014)


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