Board Chair Daniel B. Hurwitz ’86, P’17, P’20 founder and CEO of Raider Hill Advisors, LLC. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the Wharton School of Business Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career he worked with the Shopco Group, a reginal shopping mall developer based in NYC. He later served as Senior Vice President of Director of Real Estate and Corporate Development for Boscovs Department Store. Most recently he led numerous departments during a 16-year tenure at DDR (NYSE: DDR) culminating with service as CEO until 2015. Mr. Hurwitz is a frequent Speaker at real estate industry functions and is often a guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.
Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is currently a member of the Board of Directors of General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP), Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX), Diamond’s Direct and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He also previously served as a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (NAREIT) Executive Board of Governors, and Governance Committee, in addition to the Board of Directors of DDR Corp. (NYSE:DDR), CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), Sonae Sierra Brasil, SA (BVMF: SSBR3), and Boscov’s Department Store, Inc.
Outside of the retail real estate sector, Mr. Hurwitz previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hawken School, member of the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, member of the Visiting Committee of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and chair of the Leadership Board of The Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.
Board Vice Chairs Gretchen H. Burke ’81, P’11, P'20 is a retired banker and active non-profit board member. Gretchen became involved with her children’s day school, the Episcopal Academy, and was elected the first female board chair in the institution’s over 220 year history in 2005. During her five-year tenure, she oversaw a $200 million building project, a successful $100 million capital campaign and the creation of a new strategic plan. In addition, Gretchen was recently awarded the 1785 Bowl award, Episcopal Academy's most prestigious award. She is currently the board chair of Steppingstone Scholars, which helps inner city children in Philadelphia get on the path to college success through intensive summer tutoring and year-round counseling. Gretchen also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was on the board of the Philadelphia Zoo for 10 years and co-chaired their campaign to build the new Children’s Zoo. After graduating from Colgate, she obtained her MBA from Harvard University and worked for a number of years at Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles.
Michael J. Herling ’79, P’08, P’09, P’12, Mike is founder and the Managing Partner of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, a law firm located in Stamford, Connecticut. Mike has been an active volunteer for Colgate for many years. He chaired the search committee that hired Brian Casey as Colgate’s 17th president, served as the chair of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee and served for ten years on Colgate’s Alumni Council. Mike’s wife, Nancy ’81, also served as a member of the Alumni Council and each of their three children, Doug ’08, Scott ’10 and Will ’12 graduated from Colgate. After graduating from Colgate, Mike earned a JD from Stanford Law School where he has served on the Board of Visitors. Among other activities, Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of The Business Council of Fairfield County and is the past Chair of the Board of the Stamford Hospital.