Board of Directors
Sandra Bucha received her Bachelor’s of Art degree in History, with distinction, from Stanford University in 1976 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1979. A former prosecutor and public defender, Attorney Bucha has extensive jury trial experience. Since 1990 Attorney Bucha has also successfully represented plaintiffs in all areas of civil jury trial litigation and currently devotes her expertise to the area of medical malpractice with the firm. Attorney Bucha is a member of the state bars for the states of Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin. Attorney Bucha is also a member of the Federal District Court trial bars for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association.
Sandra had been a top age grouper in Washington D.C. before her family moved to Illinois. Swimming under coach Don Watson, in Hinsdale, she became an American record holder and national champion. While she trained with the boy’s high school team, there were no high school swim teams for girls in the state of Illinois in the 1960s. So before her senior year, with the support of her coach and parents, she filed suit against the Illinois High School Association to allow her to compete as a member of the boys team. Although she lost the suit……this was before the passage of the Title IX Amerndments to the Civil Rights Act the famous battle of the sexes ….it was a sign of things to come.
While attending Stanford, Sandra joined the professional marathon swimming circuit and In the nine marathon swims in which she competed between 1973 and 1975, she finished first in the female events, undefeated in every race, earning her a place in the ISHOF, class of 2014. Her accomplishments in the water and as a social justice advocate helped pave the way for thousands of girls and women to participate in sports, the acceptance of women in the male dominated sport of marathon swimming and for marathon swimming to become and Olympic sport.
Tony is the owner/operator of Ricardo’s by the Bridge, a Landmark Astoria, Queens (NY) catering facility. Tony where he grew up in Queens and attended Columbia University, graduating with a B.A. Degree in English in 1983. While attending Columbia, Tony was awarded the prestigious Van Am Prize Medallion in recognition for his service and dedication to the University. He also distinguished himself in the sport of swimming by breaking two American records and winning two United States swimming championships in distance swimming events. In addition to ISHOF, Tony is a supporter of numerous not- for- profit organizations, particularly in the Astoria community.
Mr. Carey has led CEO recruitment and succession projects for some of the most successful CEOs in business, including TYCO International, 3M, AT&T, American Standard, GSK, Amgen, Humana, Office Depot, Diebold, among others.
In the last few years, he has also led major Board rebuilds primarily as a result of IPO’s, and spin-outs. These include Phillips 66 as it spun out of Conoco; Carlyle as it launched its IPO; Visteon, Delphi, and Lehman Brothers as they emerged from bankruptcy; Goldman Sachs as they launched their IPO; Tyco International which required a complete rebuild after the current CEOs recruitment in 2002; and then rebuilds for all their spin companies including, Covidien, TE Connectivity and ADT; as well as the ITT spin-offs Exelis and Xylem, among others. He has personally served over 75 Fortune listed companies recruiting for their boards. He has published four books on CEO Succession and corporate governance, and is a frequent contributor and writer for the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and McKinsey Quarterly. His fourth book “Boards That Lead” was recently published by Harvard business Review Press and is co-authored by Ram Charan and Mike Useem.
Mr. Carey’s board affiliations include NextGenTV, Airclic, and ScanLife. He formerly served as a director of The Jackson Laboratories Board and Closure Medical, which was sold to Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Carey is the founder of G100, the Lead Director Academy and the CEO Academy, and the co-founder of the Directors Institute at The Wharton School, the Prium, the CHRO Board Academy, and the CFO Board Academy. He also serves on the advisory board of BoardRoomIQ.com. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree, with a focus on finance and administration, from the University of Maryland, and is a former post doctoral fellow at Harvard University. In 1980, Mr. Carey successfully swam across the English Channel.
Donna DeVarona, Chairman of the Board
Donna de Varona is legendary figure in the world of sports as an Olympic Champion and world record holder, as an Emmy Award winning broadcaster, as an activist for athletes rights and as President of DAMAR Inc. a sports marketing, production and consulting company. She is a double Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in swimming. By the time de Varona retired from her sport at age 17, she had established over 18 world records and fastest times, competed in two Olympics, the first as a young 13 year old world record holder, and was voted the most outstanding female athlete in the world in 1964-5. Internationally, de Varona is also recognized for her work as an Emmy award winning news and sports journalist having covered some 17 Olympic Games. She has been appointed by 3 IOC Presidents to the I.O.C. Women in Sport Commission. In 1999 de Varona served as Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the most successful women's sporting
event of that time. She continues to work with many NGO’s including Prince Feisal’s Generations for Peace Foundation, Prince Albert’s Peace and Sport NGO and is currently on the Executive Board of the LA2015 Special Olympics Global Games Organizing Committee. This year she served as the lead advisor in creating the International Women Athletes Business Network. In the United States de Varona has served on the United States Olympic Committee Board and Foundation; the United States Soccer Foundation; the International Special Olympics Executive Board and is an Advisor to the U. S. Department of State Empowering Women through sport program. Donna de Varona’s relentless work on behalf of athletes as a Presidential appointee and US Senate Consultant through her focus on title IX and the Ted Stevens Olympic and Paralympic Sports Act has profoundly changed both the educational and athletic landscape for females around the globe. Additionally as the founding President of the Women's Sports Foundation the impact of her work continues to this day. Currently she is the lead advisor to the EY Women's athlete’s network, a global initiative to help women athletes transition from competitive sport to other professions. She is a member of the Seneca Falls Women's Hall of Fame, the USOC Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Additionally Ms. de Varona is a recipient of the Olympic silver Order given to those who have enhanced the work of the International Olympic Committee. She has received the NCAA’s Roosevelt Award, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Gold Medallion, the highest honor of these organization. She has earned 5 honorary doctorates and is a graduate of UCLA.
Ellis is the subject of recently released film PRIDE, a biopic which tells the story of a swim coach and youth mentor who built a successful swimming program in one of Philly’s most impoverished neighborhoods in the 1970s. When Ellis founded the P.D.R. swim team in 1971, it was a time when the lives of young African-American teens in Philadelphia were often full of hardship and prejudice. The film shows this uplifting and soulful story of Ellis’ journey that pulled together a group of troubled inner-city kids, made them into a dedicated team, and taught them how to overcome adversity through hard work and determination. Ellis has sent hundreds of inner city boys and girls to college on swimming scholarships and is one of the leading figures in the world of swimmin
Eldon Charles Godfrey
Godfrey is Senior Partner in the accounting firm of Godfrey & Godfrey and has twice been awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Canada).
2001 Honoured as a Fellow of the Charterd Accountants (FCA). He has served as a Member of the FINA Bureau (Board of Directors of the World Swimming Federation) and serves as the liaison to the Technical Diving Committee. He has previously served as President of Diving Canada and the Aquatic Federation of Canada. In 2000 he was named Calgary Sportsman of the Year and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual Canadian Sports Awards ceremony.
Bill Kent, Treasurer of the Board
Dr. Bill Kent is CEO and Owner of Team Horner, an integrated manufacturer, wholesale distributor, and global exporter of swimming pool products. Various divisions include Aquacal Autopilot, a manufacturer of swimming pool heat pumps and salt chlorine generators, Lo-Chlor Chemicals, a line of algaecides and water adjustment chemicals, StoneHardscapes, an importer and distributor of natural stone products for exterior use, HornerXpress Florida, a wholesale distribution chain with 17 outlets in Florida, and HornerXpress Worldwide, the export division with pool industry customers in over 90 countries around the world. The company received a national award from the American Psychological Association in early 2015 for its Psychologically Healthy Workplace and has about 450 employees. Dr. Kent is past president of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and the National Swimming Pool Institute, now known as the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. A classic entrepreneur, Bill has a passion for what he does and has a simple goal: every person a swimmer for life. When Kent talks about aquatics he sounds like a preacher, using words like “spiritual” and “passion.” Throughout his 30-plus years in the industry, he’s tried to apply that philosophy in various leadership roles. Bill received his Doctorate from Keiser University in June, 2015 with a concentration in Global Business.
Richard Korhammer, President of the Board
Mr. Richard Korhammer served as the Chief Executive Officer of SR Labs, Inc. since September 3, 2014. Mr. Korhammer served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Order Execution Services Holdings, Inc. He served as Senior Advisor of Lightyear Capital LLC. His career is focused on building or growing companies within the technology and finance sectors. He co-founded Lava Trading Inc., in 1999 and served as its Chief Executive Officer since 1999 and served as its Chairman. He successfully guided Lava from its inception through it's acquisition by Citigroup in 2004. After the purchase, he remained at Citigroup as a Managing Director and the Head of Global Equities Electronic Execution. Mr. Korhammer began his career with NeXT Computers, where he worked closely with Wall Street firms in the analysis of NeXTStep's custom application development architecture in the area of proprietary trading solutions. He served at NeXT unitl 1993. He was a Consultant to investment banks/Wall Street firms and founded his own management-consulting firm in 1997. He serves as Chairman of Advisory Board at Order Execution Services Holdings Inc. Mr. Korhammer served as an Executive Chairman of The Receivables Exchange, LLC. He serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at Skystream Markets Inc. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at Order Execution Services Holdings Inc., since January 24, 2007. He has received the New York Ten Award and the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year“® Award. Mr. Korhammer has a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1989. He also received a Civil Engineering Management Operations Research Certificate.
He was an All American swimmer at Princeton and an NCAA record holder.
Tom Saldarelli’s is a perennial name on the list of Aquatic International Magazine’s Power 25 in the Aquatic Industry. Now a consultant to SR Smith, Tom is a past president of Paragon Equipment, a division of Pentair, and RehaMed International, which was recently purchased by SR Smith. Even if the economy remains slow this year, Saldarelli believes the industry will come out stronger as a result. “Adversity challenges us to be better, and we need to look at if from that standpoint,” he says, adding that as an industry “these tough times will require operating with the utmost efficiency. Above all, we need to maintain a positive attitude to take advantage of any and all opportunities
Tod Spieker is a former UCLA All-American Swimmer, entrepreneur and sole owner of Speaker Companies of Palo Alto CA, a real estate holding company with a rental property portfolio in the Silicon Valley valued in excess of $700M As a master's swimmer, Tod has broken over 30 world master's records and is an inductee of the International Master's Hall of Fame. Tod's other charitable interests include: the Spieker Sports Medicine Wing at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Spieker UCLA Geography Colloquium, UCLA Foundation, UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the Housing Industry Foundati
Until recently, Mike Snyder was the CEO of Vonage, the internet phone company. Prior to that he served as president of ADT since it acquisition by Tyco in 1997 through February of 2006. Under Snyder’s leadership, ADT grew as a provider of intrusion, CCTV, access control, fire protection, alarm monitoring, electronic article surveillance and integrated systems and services to more than 10 million residential, commercial and government customers throughout the United States, including 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Europe and Asia. Mike was a high school and college swimmer who trained many times in the ISHOF pool during his competitive care.
Bruce Wigo was named President and CEO of ISHOF on Friday the 13th of May, 2005. He is lawyer who has had success in turning around financially troubled non-profit businesses. In 1991, he took over as the Executive Director of USA Water Polo and helped bail out the nearly bankrupt sport's federation. In his thirteen years as ED, he increased membership from less than 8,000 to more than 30,000, more than tripled the annual budget to over $3.5 million and raised over $1.5 million for the establishment of a water polo national training center in Los Alamitos, CA. His oldest son, Wolf Wigo, is a three time Olympian, is currently the head water polo coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Daughter Lauren is the corporate yoga instructor for Allen & Company in New York City and his two younger sons, identical twins Drac and Janson, were both 4x All-American water polo players at Stanford and currently work for Mulesoft, in San Francis.
Mark Spitz, Chairman, Emeritis (Inactive)
For six years, beginning in 1966, ISHOF's Mark Spitz, dominated the sport of swimming. At the 1972 Olympic Games, held in Munich, West Germany, he gave the most dominating athletic performance in Olympic history, winning an unprecedented seven gold medals, with each of his medal-winning performances broke a world swimming record. Since his retirement from competitive swimming he has gone on to successful careers as both a businessman and motivational speaker. Today, he remains one of the most widely recognized swimming personalities in the world.
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Expertise in Our Field
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