LITTLE SAINT NICK FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Raymond Mohler Jr.
President of the Foundation; Chairman of the Board; Chairman of the Executive Committee
Ray was raised in Lynbrook, NY. He lives in Lynbrook with his parents Ray and Dina Mohler. Has two older half siblings, one sister and one brother. Uncle to two nieces and one nephew. Currently a student at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fl. Ray just completed his first year of college while majoring in economics.
Ray founded the Little Saint Nick Foundation, Inc. in 2004 at age six. At age four, was diagnosed with a rare hip join disease. Had nothing to take his mind off of the fear and anxiety that he was experiencing. A few days after his hospital stay, he told his parents that he wanted to do something for those children who had to stay in the hospital. His parents suggested that he could take some of his birthday (which is Christmas Eve) and Christmas gifts and give them to the hospital that he was at. A few days after Christmas, he went to the hospital and donated half of his birthday and Christmas gifts. For Ray, one toy donation wasn’t enough. He wanted to do more. The next year, Ray and his parents went around the neighborhood in his home town of Lynbrook, New York asking for money donations so that he could go buy toys for the children in the hospital. That winter he donated even more toys with the money he raised. He realized at the age of six that giving back is truly something he is passionate about. With the help of his parents, he formed this life changing organization, The Little Saint Nick Foundation.
Raymond Mohler Sr.
Vice Chairman of the Board; Treasure; Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee; Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee
John is a global business strategy expert and growth accelerator, entrepreneur, M&A advisor, investor, professor and author having personally executed on-the-ground business strategies in 100+ countries on six continents. He serves as C-suite executive coach, advisor and mentor to business executives seeking accelerated global business growth, as well as personal career growth.
Founder and President of GCS Business Capital, LLC (GCS), an investment and global business advisory firm specializing in international cross-border equity joint ventures & strategic alliances between companies from the U.S. and North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Visiting, Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer in International Business at leading universities worldwide including, University of Tampa-Sykes (USA), Georgetown University-McDonough (USA), Northwestern University-Kellogg, Peking University (PRC), Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia), Int’l Inst. Mgmt. Development (Switzerland), University of Provence (France), Damelin College, (S. Africa), Kuwait University (Kuwait). John has authored five (5) books. John has earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL., his MBA (Finance) and BS (Marketing) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY.
Chairman of the Corporate Fundraising Committee
Brian Darby, President & COO of Wales-Darby, Inc. a Long Island-based Manufacturer’s Representative organization, was raised in Huntington, Long Island, NY along with his 4 brothers. He graduated from Furman University in 1980 and entered the family business with his father, Richard, and middle brother, Steven who is the CEO/CFO of Wales-Darby based out of their NJ location.
Brian has been instrumental in charting the course of the business to its current position in the HVAC and Plumbing industry. Wales-Darby has always been environmentally conscious and forward thinking; which has led to their passion for energy-efficient, emerging products and systems. Brian has always taken education – both his own and that offered to all sectors of the trade by Wales-Darby – very seriously, which is reflected in the company’s ongoing, much-sought-after educational programs.
Brian also sits on the Board of Camp Soul Grow, a Montauk-based nonprofit, which provides opportunities for kids from diverse backgrounds to learn, build confidence and self-esteem through interaction with the local community, adventure and fun.
Chairman of the Individual Fundraising Committee
Robert founded the Di Noto Group, which is a New York commercial real estate investment company based out of Woodbury, NY.
The principal of TDG, Robert DiNoto, is in charge of acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and asset management. With more than 100 years of combined real estate experience, Mr. DiNoto and his team have spearheaded the acquisition and development of over 850 real estate assets, comprising over 12.5 million square feet.
Together with a powerful network of transactional partners, The DiNoto Group deals with a wide variety of commercial properties and instruments, including apartment buildings, shopping centers, office buildings, non-performing mortgage loans, and short term, high-yield lending. Key to The DiNoto Group investment philosophy is diversification across sectors, to maximize return, while minimizing risk.
Chairman of the Foundations & Government Fundraising Committee
Mark is the president of GIM Electronics Corp. in Hicksville, NY. GIM Electronics’ primary focus is Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. They also provide complete IT solutions including Hardware, Software, Security, Implementation and Support. They are partners with the leaders in the industry including Datto, Veritas, Dell, HP, Sonicwall, Symantec, Barracuda, Microsoft and others.
Vice Chairman of the Governance Committee; Vice Chairman of the Individual Fundraising Committee
Lee Israel is President and founder of Wesco Manufacturing, Inc. approved defense contractor to the US Government, NATO and defense forces worldwide. As a major supplier of military and commercial equipment and repair services, Wesco focuses on supporting and extending the serviceable life of current military platforms in use today. Lee’s quality-assuring, dedicated organization has become the trusted resource for royal families and presidential fleets alike. With a truly global presence, Wesco Mfg has become a recognized industry leader in military export sales throughout the free world.
In addition to his position as President of Wesco, Lee has served as managing director at Global Defense Group, Inc. since 2000 and has been a principal at Upright Imaging of Westchester and ADR Financial Services since 2006 and 2009 respectively. Additionally, Mr. Israel is a principal in F6 Labs, which is a state of the art live fire training facility. The only one of its kind privately owned, F6 Labs is the cutting-edge resource for law enforcement and military on a county, state and country-wide level.
Lee is an active member of his community, having held the appointed and elected positions of Commissioner of Roads, Police Commissioner, Village Treasurer, Elected Trustee and his current title of Mayor for the Incorporated Village of Woodsburgh. An active member of The Woodmere Club, Lee has just completed serving 6 years on its Board of Governors including the roles of President and Vice President. Additionally, he has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Five Towns Community
Chest and the Board of Regents for Winthrop University Hospital.
Lee graduated with honors distinction from The George Washington University in 1990 with a BA in Business Administration with concentration in Finance and went on to earn his MBA from NYU Stern in 1994, concentrating in International Business.
Senator Todd Kaminsky
Chairman of the Governance Committee
Todd is currently a New York State Senator. Todd graduated from Long Beach High School, received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Long Beach, NY with his wife, Ellen, and son, Rafe.
Chairman of the Finance Committee
Joe has been part of the Wall Street community since 1980, and in 1986, started working in a Financial Advisory capacity with Morgan Stanley. Over the years, clients served have ranged from high net worth families, business owners, labor unions, non-profit organizations, corporations, as well as professional athletes and celebrities. Presently, he leads The Lizzio Group at Morgan Stanley, comprised of dedicated professionals who are committed to helping people achieve their financial goals.
Salvatore (Bud) Nardello
Vice Chairman of the Corporate Fundraising Committee
A native New Yorker now living in SE Georgia, married to Rose Nardello. Father of 6 grown children, and Grandfather of 12. Grew up in the air conditioning business, a contractor on Long Island for several years before moving to California for a better climate.
After a successful career in sales at a large national distributor. In 1984, I joined a team with three other members to introduce Mitsubishi Electric “Ductless” air conditioning to the US market. A 30 year career working for Mitsubishi Electric, in the Cooling and Heating Division, in those 30 years served in several management positions, with the last 11 years as V.P. Of Sales for the US and Latin American markets. An avid golfer, I was instrumental in creating two Champions Tour events to promote the Mitsubishi Electric products to our key demographic, The Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, in 2009 and the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Atlanta in 2013. Retired from Mitsubishi Electric in 2014.
Vice Chairman of the Marketing & Public Relations Committee
Part owner of The Legacy Agency Worldwide which manages all off-field business affairs for professional athletes from all sports. They specifically focus on broadcasting, securing endorsements, personal appearances, speaking engagements, memorabilia signings, developing business to business relationships and licensing opportunities. In addition, they provide strategic consulting services to corporations interested in accessing professional athletes and celebrities to enhance their overall marketing and client entertainment initiatives.
Chairman of the Marketing & Public Relations Committee
Jesse Young is an entrepreneur with a proven track record of growing/managing direct sales and marketing services for telecommunications, financial services, energy and charitable organizations. Jesse is President of Credico Group International, a leading global network of independent sales offices partnering with clients to reach customers through face-to-face sales and marketing programs, with 400+ offices in 16 countries.
Jesse Young is also President of Credico (USA) LLC, where he has used his ability to shape and mentor sales professionals and built its client base from one to 15 US clients (including 6 Fortune 100 companies) since entering the market in 2005. Within the last 3 years, Credico’s USA network has grown from 50 independent sales professionals to 1,500+. Today, Credico USA provides clients with access to sales teams in almost every major metropolitan area in the U.S. Leveraging its international experience with some of the world’s blue chip institutions, Credico addresses industry-level threats, opportunities, and seeks to apply all relevant learning to other business sectors. The independent sales offices are led by owners who, having completed Credico’s management training program, are now successfully directing their own sales teams for Credico clients.
Before merging with Credico Europe, Jesse Young founded Per DM Contact Marketing Limited in response to UK markets’ need for a field sales organization capable of delivering consistent high-quality results. He recruited the best people, provided them with the tools and motivation to be successful, and quickly grew his team of dedicated sales professionals. Jesse Young is also a partner in a number of other ventures including Bioceutica, a beauty and wellness company, and GiveBridge, an international leader in face-to-face fundraising.
Jesse also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Marketing from Brown University.