Darrell Gwynn Foundation

OFFICERS & DIRECTORS



Darrell Gwynn Founder Chairman Emeritus
Todd Payne Chairman
Reg Kenney Vice President
Dr. Lisa Gwynn Co-Founder
Carlos Rodriguez Secretary
Gary Beecher Treasurer
   
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Honorary Board Members

Joe Gibbs NASCAR Sprint Team Owner & NFL Hall of Fame
Jeff Gordon 4-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Tony Stewart 3-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Dr. Barth Green Professor & Chairman Neurological Services, University of Miami School of Medicine
Hank Steinbrenner New York Yankees
Bill Goldberg Former Pro-Wrestler & TV personality
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Board Members

 

 

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Jerry GwynnJerry Gwynn - Ex-Officio

 

Jerry Gwynn served on the Board for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation since its inception in 2002. In 2013, he remained on the board of directors as an advisor only. He no longer serves as a voting member of the board. Before this, Jerry spent 32 years working for the Chevron Corporation where he was construction and maintenance supervisor for all service stations in Southeast Florida. As a driver, Jerry Gwynn was an NHRA World Champion in 1969 (Super Eliminator). He also won four NHRA Southeast divisional titles. In September 1999, Gwynn, along with his wife Joan and son Darrell, was awarded drag racing's most prestigious honor - The Ollie Award, for citizenship in the sport of drag racing, presented by Car Craft Magazine. Jerry resides in Davie, FL with Joan, his wife of 50 years.

 

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Jerry GwynnDr. Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, FAAP, CPE

Co-founder

 

Lisa Gwynn is the Medical Director for the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic/Children's Health Fund South Florida Project and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gwynn received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her postgraduate medical training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She went on to work in private practice, in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, Florida for nearly 9 years. She joined the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2010. Her areas of interest include community health, practice management, advocacy and healthcare delivery in underserved populations.


Dr. Gwynn also has over 12 years in the non-profit sector. In 2002, she co-founded the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with paralysis and also provides injury prevention programs in high schools throughout the State of Florida. She has served in various capacities including Vice President, Interim Executive Director, and most recently, Board Member. In 2011, she earned her Masters in Business Administration, with a specialization in Health Sector Management and Policy from the University of Miami School of Business. She is a Certified Physician Executive, Board Certified in Pediatrics, and is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American College of Physician Executives.

 

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Jerry GwynnGary Beecher
Treasurer

 

Gary Beecher is a native Floridian where he grew up in North Dade and Hollywood. He graduated from Chaminade High School and the University of Florida. A Financial Professional for over 25 years, Gary has grown into expanded roles with each company served. His career began in Public Accounting with the firm of Deloitte & Touche, serving the Audit & Tax needs of clients in various industries. A transition to private industry started with developing expertise in the Casino Industry while employed as CFO of Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. During his tenure, Gary became an integral part of the Senior Management team and respected advisor to Tribal Leadership. Presently, he is the Vice President of Finance & Human Resources for Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk in Plantation. Current responsibilities include providing leadership and implementing best practices for all aspects of the insurance agency operations. He holds Florida licenses as a Certified Public Accountant and General Lines Insurance. Gary resides in Davie, Florida with his wife Brenda and children.

 

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Robert AbdellahRobert Abdellah
Vice President - Just Marketing

Bob Abdellah serves as Vice President, Global Communications for globally leading motorsports agency Just Marketing International.  He has spent most of his career in sports marketing and extensively in motorsports. His early career was as an internationally-touring auto racing journalist. Bob has worked on the corporate, team ownership and agency sides of the industry, both with and for a “Who’s Who” of Blue Chip corporations and brands including General Motors, Quaker State, MBNA and Anheuser-Busch, among others.

 

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Jeff GordonJeff Gordon

CEO The Gordon Company

 

Mr. Gordon, CEO of The Gordon Company, is widely respected as one of the nation's foremost leaders and authorities in the business of the liquidation of jewelry, retail store fixtures and equipment. Jeff's experience in conducting specialized jewelry sales and promotions started a third of a century ago. See www.gordonco.com. Formerly a principal at Gordon Brothers Group and CEO of GB Fixed Asset Solutions, now leading The Gordon Company, Jeff represents a long standing symbol of liquidation experience across a wide range of companies and industries.


In addition to his extensive background and successes in the large scale liquidation industry, Jeff has a lengthy motorsports background, including nearly 10 years spent serving as both owner and driver with the NHRA AA/FC Class nitro methane fueled funny car circuit. Jeff also owned and operated the country's largest pre-owned luxury limousine sales and manufacturing facility, providing luxury motor vehicles to the executive transportation and motion picture industries, including customized automobiles to Warner Brothers, Universal and Lorimar for major motion pictures and network television

 

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Reg Kenney

Reg Kenney

President, Global Engineering & Manufacturing,

DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation,

DHL

 

Reg Kenney is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he also attended St Mary's University. A forty year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry, Reg began his career at Air Canada in 1974. He assumed positions of increased responsibility over a period of twenty years with Air Canada in both sales and operational roles. One project of which he has fond memories was planning and managing the airport and ground logistics for the participants of the 1983 Pan-American Wheelchair Games in Halifax, Canada. Reg was a member of the Company's Senior Management, and directed Air Canada Cargo's System Operations and Freighter Network.


He joined Air Express International (AEI) in 1994 as Managing Director, Canada, and built the organization into one of AEI's largest and most profitable international operations. In 1999, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales, North America, moving to AEI's corporate head office in Darien CT. Acquired by the Deutsche Post in 2000, AEI was subsequently merged into DHL. Reg is currently President, Global Engineering & Manufacturing for DHL. His Team manages the relationships with DHL's largest global customers in the E&M industry sector. He works from DHL's Plantation Florida Head Office.


A life-long, avid and enthusiastic motorsports fan, Reg and his wife of 30 years, Brenda, reside in Weston, FL.


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Todd Payne

Todd Payne, Esq.

Zebersky & Payne, LLP

 

Todd S. Payne is the founding and administrative partner of Zebersky & Payne, LLP. He represents corporate and individual clients in various complex corporate and commercial matters. He is a member of the Broward County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Todd also serves on the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee for the Florida Bar and is a member of the NADCA Standards Committee. He has often been appointed as a special public defender and guardian ad litem by judges in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. He graduated with B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Miami. He is a member of Iron Arrow, the University of Miami's highest honor. He is a licensed pilot, scuba diver and race car driver.

 

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Carlos RodriguezCarlos Rodriguez

Honorable Carlos A. Rodriguez

 

Honorable Carlos A. Rodriguez began his law career in 1980 after graduating from the University of Florida’s Law Program. Over the last 30 years he has been an accomplished public defender, law professor and has owned a very successful personal injury, trial and criminal law practice in Broward County. In 2008, Mr. Rodriguez was nominated by the Judicial Nominating Commission for Broward County Court Judicial openings, County and Circuit court and his name was submitted to the Governor. He was chosen by the Governor shortly there after and now presides as a Circuit Court Judge for Broward County.

 

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Dr. Stephen OlveyDr. Stephen Olvey

 

Stephen E. Olvey was born in 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Hanover College in 1965 and Indiana University School of Medicine in 1969. He did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indiana where he was Chief Medicine Resident and President of the House Staff in 1969. Dr. Olvey began his medical career in Internal Medicine in 1972 and introduced critical care medicine to the state of Indiana in 1975 when he developed the first critical care program in the state at Methodist Hospital of Indiana Inc. He became chairman of the hospital ethics committee in 1987 and has published widely in the areas of critical care and medical ethics since that time. Dr. Olvey has been doing critical care medicine full time since 1975 and began doing neuro-critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991 when he was invited by Dr. Barth Green to join the Department of Neurosurgery in Miami and to take over the directorship of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he continues today.Upon graduating from his Internship, Dr. Olvey was made Assistant Medical Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in 1975 the Medical Director of the United States Auto Club sanctioning body for all Indy car races. In 1978, when the newly formed Championship Auto Racing Teams split from USAC he became their Medical Director and remained so until retiring from that position in 2003. During that period he developed a medical support team that became the gold standard for motor sports worldwide. In 1985, he started the Methodist Hospital Performance Institute dedicated to the health, fitness, and performance of high risk athletes. Also, in 1985 he, along with three other colleagues, started the International Council of Motor Sports Science, an organization that now includes more than 150 professionals involved in safety and performance in motor sports. He was founding chairman of the organization and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Dr. Olvey has published extensively in the area of high-velocity sports medicine as well as lecturing internationally in Europe and South America. He was made a Founding Fellow of the newly formed FIA Institute for Motor Sports Safety in Paris, and as such is actively involved in research on an international level.

 

 

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Curtis GrayDr. Ben Chavis

 

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. Dr. Chavis is also currently the President of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world. A native of Oxford, North Carolina, Dr. Chavis received the Bachelor of Arts, BA, in Chemistry from University of North Carolina; the Master of Divinity, M.Div., magna cum laude, from Duke University; and the Doctor of Ministry, D.Min., from Howard University. Dr. Chavis has also completed course requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., in systematic theology, Union Theological Seminary. Dr Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. began his career in 1963, as a statewide youth coordinator in NC for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1970, Chavis was appointed Southern Regional Program Director of the 1.7million member United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice (UCC-CRJ) and by 1985 was named the Executive Director and CEO of the UCC-CRJ. In 1988, Dr. Chavis was elected Vice President of the National Council of Churches of the USA. From 1985 to 1993, Dr. Chavis wrote and produced the national syndicated newspaper column and radio program, “Civil Rights Journal.” In 1993 and 1994 Dr. Chavis served as the Executive Director and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1995, Dr. Chavis was the National Director and organizer of the Million Man March. From 1995 to 1997 Chavis was the Executive Director and CEO of the National African American Leadership Summit (NAALS). In 2001, Dr. Chavis and Russell Simmons Co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. In 2009, Dr. Chavis joined with Ezell Brown to establish the Education Online Services Corporation. Dr. Chavis has authored books and other publications including: An American Political Prisoner Appeals for Human Rights, Psalms from Prison, Toxic Waste and Race in the United States of America: A National Report on the Racial and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Communities with Hazardous Waste Sites, Report of Fact Finding Mission of African American Church and Community Leaders to the Republic of Angola, Pastoral Letter on Contemporary Racism and the Role of the Church, and The National Agenda: Public Policy Issues, Analyses, And Programmatic Plans of Action (2000-2008).

 

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Ralph ByerRalph Byer

 

Ralph Byer joined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation Board of Directors in 2013. He is a Sr. Vice President - Investments Wealth Management Advisor at Merill Lynch. Ralph is a registered financial advisor in the NFLPA. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Arbitrator, Lay member of the Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, a founding member of Porsche BMW Owners Club, and a member of Professional Advisors Council - Community Foundation of Broward County. Ralph earned his Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his Master's Degree at the University of South Florida.

 

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M. Scott Griffin

 

Scott Griffin is the President and Founder of ACI Insurance Services, a National Insurance Claims provider to numerous Property and Causality Insurance Carriers. Like many entrepreneurs Scott began with a dream and a mere few thousand dollars. After a few years working from a back bedroom he was able to expand ACI's service area to 49 states and in excess of 800 field resources, nurturing it from a small room in the back to where it stands today…


In addition to his commitments at ACI, Scott sits on the North Carolina Sportsman's Caucus Advisory Board ensuring his states General Assembly pass legislation that will conserve North Carolina's national resources… He also serves as the Chairman of the Host Committee for the annual Wine Wheels and Wildlife event at Richard Childress's Winery in Lexington, NC.


Scott is a father to a 7 year old son and enjoys spending time in the winter months at their farm doing all the activities a 7 year old boy would enjoy. They equally enjoy spending time in South Florida and the Bahamas as he works to hone his young sons fishing skills…


Other interests include drag racing; where he was the team owner of the Serta Mattress Top Fuel team driven by Australian Andrew Cowin prior to the birth of his son. His team was able to secure a win and amass numerous number one qualifying positions in its first year out.


Flying is a passion of Scotts and he has been flying for over 10 years, primarily though what he enjoys the most is just being Dad…

 

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