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Steve Belkin founded Trans National Group, a privately-held corporation, in 1974 and, as chairman, has started more than 25 companies in the fields of marketing, travel, real estate and investments.  Steve is viewed as the founder of Affinity Marketing, pioneering the use of direct mail marketing to provide products and services to the Affinity Group marketplace.  Steve’s first company, TNT Vacations, provided vacation packages to over 2 million travelers before the company was sold.  Trans National Financial Services created the concept of Affinity Credit Cards and originated more than 10 million affinity credit cards worldwide.  Steve started TN Marketing in 1998 which recently became the largest online how-to video subscription and video streaming business in the U.S. after its recent purchase of Bluprint/Craftsy from NBCUniversal.  In 2004, Steve realized a lifelong dream by becoming the largest individual owner of a professional sports enterprise consisting of the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) and as Philips Arena lease holder in Atlanta, GA.  Steve sold his interest in these teams and the arena in 2011.  The Belkins purchased Belkin Family Lookout Farm in 2005 and expanded the farm with the addition of Lookout Farm Hard Cider and Craft Beer and The Lookout restaurant.

Steve received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell in 1969 and a Harvard Business School MBA in 1971.  He was Captain of the Tennis Team at Cornell and played Varsity Squash.  Steve was named Cornell University Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.  He was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Cornell Squash Hall of Fame in 2018.  Steve has served as a trustee or board member of many organizations, including Cornell, Harvard Business School, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Sports Museum of New England, Boston Medical Center, the Hoffman Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Anti-Defamation League. 

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Jennifer Jones Austin, JD has more than 20 years of leadership, management and advocacy experience working for the advancement of underserved children, individuals and families. Ms. Jones Austin is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a prominent social policy and advocacy organization with 200 member human services agencies operating throughout New York City. She is also Chair of the New York City Board of Correction, a nine-person, non-judicial oversight board that regulates, monitors, and inspects the correctional facilities of the City. Prior to joining FPWA, Ms. Jones Austin served as Senior Vice President of United Way of New York City, the City of New York’s first Family Services Coordinator appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Commissioner for the City’s Administration for Children’s Services, Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc. Throughout her career, Jennifer Jones Austin has chaired and served on several influential boards, commissions and task forces. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed her as Co-Chair of his mayoral transition in 2013, a leader of his UPK Workgroup that designed the full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten Initiative, and a leader of his Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force. She was the Co-Chair of the NYC Department of Education Capacity Framework Advisory, and a member of the PlaNYC Advisory Board. She served as Chair of the City of New 20 York Procurement Policy Board and Co-Chair of the New York State Supermarket Commission. Presently, Ms. Jones Austin serves as Board Member and Spokesperson for The National Marrow Donor Program, and Board Member of the NYC Board of Correction, the New York Blood Center, and the Fund for Public Housing. She also serves on the Human Services Council. Previous Board service includes the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Children for Children, Citizens’ Committee for Children, the Icla da Silva Foundation, and the Bethany Baptist Church Child Development Center. Ms. Jones Austin earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, a Master’s degree in Management and Policy from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

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