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About Leadership Teacher - Board of Directors

Leadership Teacher Board of Directors

Howard Brodsky
President/CEO
CCA Global
Manchester, NH

Paul Ezen, PhD
President
Paul Ezen Consulting
Past NH Deputy Commissioner of Education
N. Sutton, NH

Elizabeth Fletcher Foy, MEd
Founder/President
Leadership Teacher
Bow, NH

Mark MacDonald
CEO
Canterbury Partners & Purpose Driven Life
Bow, NH

Robert Reed, PhD
Managing Director
Advanced Strategies, LLC
Woodside, CA

Jeff Rowe
Directors of Sales and Service
Staples, The Office Superstore
Framingham, MA

Timothy G. Sink
President
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
Concord, NH

 


Howard Brodsky
Howard Brodsky is co-chairman, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of CCA Global Partners, a retail innovator whose unique business model enables thousands of independent retailers to compete successfully with large national corporations. CCA Global is comprised of 15 affiliated companies, including Carpet One, FloorExpo, Flooring America, Flooring One,Stone Mountain Flooring Outlet/GCO Flooring Outlet, International Design Guild, Lenders One, Lighting One, ProSource, Rug Décor, Flooring Canada, Savvi Formalwear and The Biking Solution. In the past eight years, CCA Global’s retail sales have increased by 544% and its number of stores worldwide has increased by 472%. With annual sales of $8.7 billion, CCA companies collectively have more than 3,600 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Since the company was established in 1984, it has never endured an unprofitable quarter, recording 78 consecutive quarters of profitability.


Mr. Brodsky began his entrepreneurial career after graduating from Wesleyan University in 1967 with a degree in economics. He joined the family business, Dean’s Carpet in Manchester, New Hampshire, and quickly grew it into one of the largest carpet stores in New England. In 1980, he helped to create the American Floorcovering Association, a national trade group now named the World Floor Covering Association, which has gone on to become the industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floor covering retailers, manufacturers and distributors across the globe. He was elected president and later served as chairman.


In 1984, Mr. Brodksy and fellow floor covering leader Alan Greenberg had a vision: to dominate the floor covering market by creating a unique solution that would allow independent carpet retailers to operate profitably in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Within just one year, they achieved their goal – and made floor covering history – with the launch of Carpet One as the first unit of CCA Global Partners. Initially, there were only 13 Carpet One members – today there are more than 1,000. In 1992, Brodsky was inducted into the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame and just two years later, was named National Retailer of the Year by the National Congress of Floor Covering Associations. In 1997, the international accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange also named him Retail Entrepreneur of the Year. He won the Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce the following year.


In 2003 and 2004, he and Mr. Greenberg were named to HFN’s “Power 100,” a list of the top executives who influence the home furnishings industry, from Wal-Mart’s Lee Scott to Federal Reserve Board Chair Alan Greenspan. Today, Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Greenberg continue to expand CCA Global Partners by applying its winning business model to other retail or service industries that have the potential for exponential growth and higher levels of profitability. The company has expanded into a number of growing industries including lighting, mortgage, formalwear and most recently, biking.


Mr. Brodsky is also vice chairman and on the board and executive committee of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), a charitable organization founded in 1980 with a mission to financially assist floor covering industry colleagues who experience catastrophic illnesses/injuries, severe disabilities, or other life-altering hardships. Mr. Brodsky serves on the Board of Trustees of Southern New Hampshire University, as well as the Board of the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. He is also Chairman of the New Hampshire Better Business Bureau.


In his “spare” time, Mr. Brodsky serves his community as a justice of the peace, performing wedding ceremonies. To date, he has a perfect record in this arena: the more than two-dozen marriages he has performed all remain intact.

Elizabeth Fletcher Foy, MEd

Elizabeth Fletcher Foy, MEd, is Founder and President of Leadership Teacher, an educational nonprofit that offers educators a cutting-edge, real-world approach to professional development by creating opportunities for schools to network and build partnerships with business and industry.

Graduating from Kenyon College in 1981 with a B.A. in Chemistry and English, Ms. Foy began teaching high school Chemistry at Punahou School in Hawaii. She attended graduate school at Boston University School of Medicine, studying biophysical biochemistry, and later earned her MEd in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.

For over 15 years, Ms. Foy freelanced as a science writer and editor, developmentally editing college science textbooks and writing teacherís guides for NOVA and Degrassi Junior High at WGBH in Boston and for Delta Education in New Hampshire. Ms. Foy published an activity book for families called Homespun Fun and was co-creator and co-director of a Massachusetts based cable TV talk show Teen Talk.

Ms. Foy has taught as an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University, Southern New Hampshire University, and New Hampshire Technical Institute where she also coordinated the Non-Traditional Initiative Scholarship program to encourage men and women to pursue career paths in the high tech and health fields. In addition, Ms. Foy coordinated the NASA Space Grant Scholarship for the New Hampshire Community College System.

Prior to founding Leadership Teacher, Ms. Foy worked as Director of Grants and New Initiatives at the Academy of Applied Science. Ms. Foy is active in the Bow Rotary Club, a Trustee of the Baker Free Library, a board member of the Granite State American Red Cross, and a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governmentís Leadership for the 21st Century program and of Leadership New Hampshire.

Robert Reed

Robert (Bob) Reed, Ph.D. is Managing Director of Advanced Strategies LLC, a business development consulting practice he started in 2001, focused on biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology businesses. Prior to consulting Dr. Reed was President of Axys Advanced Technologies (AAT), a chemical manufacturing business serving the pharmaceutical industry. In 1999 AAT merged with Discovery Partners International (DPI), where Dr. Reed remained as President of the Chemistry business.

In the summer of 2000, Dr. Reed was one of several corporate officers who took the combined entities of AAT and DPI public (Nasdaq: DPII) where he remained as President until 2001. Before that Dr. Reed was part of the Licensing Group of the Pharmaceutical Products Division at Abbott Laboratories, responsible for in-licensing, technology and competitive assessment, and M&A financial and business analysis. Prior to that Dr. Reed was one of the first employees of Pharmacia Biosensor (now BIACORE) serving as a Scientist and then as the National Sales Manager from 1989 to 1995.

Dr. Reedís Ph.D. is in biochemistry/biophysics from Boston University School of Medicine, specializing in structural biophysics. He serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Teacher, Jesus Institute, and Checking-In. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children. Dr. Reed and his wife administer the Reed-Siegel Charitable Foundation. The foundation is education focused in three target areas: improving education in public schools, improving Christian and non-Christian understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and connecting the elderly with community.

Timothy G. Sink

Timothy G. Sink is President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, a post he has served since 1992. He came to Concord from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Director of Operations and Member Services.

Mr. Sink is Past President of the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chairman of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and currently serves on board of directors for the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a graduate of the Institutes for Organizational Management from the University of Colorado and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. He earned a bachelor degree in music education from Notre Dame College.

Locally, Mr. Sink currently serves on the board of directors for Havenwood Heritage Heights and Bancroft Products, Inc. He serves on the boards of Concord 20 / 20 and Capital Regional Development Council. He has been a resident of Concord NH since 1987 where he lives with his wife, Sylvia and their three sons. He plays tenor sax and flute for a very cool band called "The Jazz Dogs".


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