Board of Directors
William E. Simon, Jr., Chair
Los Angeles, CA
Bill is Co-Chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC. The firm, which he co-founded in 1988, manages a diverse investment portfolio totaling more than $1 billion in assets. Previously, Bill co-founded a municipal bond company and held senior positions at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Earlier in his career, Bill worked as Assistant United States Attorney under then Unites States Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. A 1982 Boston College Law School graduate, Mr. Simon earned a B.A. from Williams College, where he played varsity squash and where he served until recently on the Board of Trustees. Bill is the Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation. He and his wife, Cindy, established the Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness Program for Los Angeles area high schools. Bill is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and Chairman Emeritus of Covenant House California. In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Trustees of the St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles and the Riverview School in Massachusetts.
Marty is the Chief of Surgery and Orthopedic Surgeon at Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY. With a specialty in sports medicine, Marty has worked with the Denver Broncos, the US Men’s and Women’s Olympic Ski Teams, and the varsity programs at Columbia University and St. Lawrence University. Marty earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia University. An accomplished squash player, Marty was an Ivy League Athlete of the Year and Ivy League Academic Athlete of the Year. After college, Marty played squash professionally, winning the U.S. Men’s Nationals four times and earning silver and bronze medals at the 1995 Pan American Games.
J. D. Cregan
New York, NY
J.D. is a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in New York City, where he specializes in insurances and estate planning. Previously, J.D. was V.P. of Sales for DPS Development, working on projects in the Turks and Caicos, The Greenbrier Sporting Club in West Virginia, and The Ford Plantation in Savannah, Ga. From 1988-1997, J.D. was the Head Squash Professional at the University Club of New York. J.D. graduated from Trinity College, where he was captain of the squash team, and later earned a ranking of #28 on the professional hardball tour.
David Ford, Jr.
David is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, a multi-family investment office based in New York City and Philadelphia. After beginning his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions, David was an Investment Analyst at MSD Capital and later Select Equity Group. David graduated from Amherst College and earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University. At Amherst, David played on the varsity squash team, which was ranked #2 in the country. David serves on the Board of Trustees at the Haverford School.
William is the Founder, President & CEO of Rock Creek Advisors, LLC, a political and corporate advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. Before Rock Creek, William was a Senior Advisor at The Ashcroft Group, LLC, and served in George W. Bush’s Administration and on Bush’s presidential campaigns. He was the Finance Director for the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee after having served as the Western Regional Finance Director for Bush-Cheney ’04. William served in the Office of Business Liaison at the Department of Commerce, where he focused on corporate and grassroots outreach, economic, tax and trade policy, and legislative strategy. William received an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and B.A. from Brown University. At Brown, William captained the varsity squash team.
New Haven, CT
Julie is the Executive Director of Squash Haven, a NUSEA member program based in New Haven, Connecticut. Hired by Squash Haven’s Board of Directors in 2005 to launch the organization, Julie has ably led the Yale University-affiliated youth program, which serves more than 75 elementary, middle and high school students. Before Squash Haven, Julie was the Women’s Tennis and Squash Coach and an Admissions Counselor at Williams College. Julie graduated from Williams and earned a Masters of Education at Stanford University. As a student at Williams, Julie captained the squash team and was a 3-time All-American. Julie is a former board member for Greylock ABC, Inc.
Sven is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Advisors. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Sven served in the Marine Corps Reserves and worked at Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donald Lufkin & Jenrette. In 1980, he co-founded Tiedemann-Karlen Partners, an investment firm where he was a General Partner for ten years. In 1991, he launched Grandview Partners, an investment partnership specializing in micro-capitalization equities. In 1999, Sven joined A.G. Edwards and Sons, now Wells Fargo. A n avid sportsman and longtime supporter of urban squash, Sven mentored a member of SquashBusters’s first class of students and served on the program’s Capital Campaign Committee. His youngest son, Peter, worked at StreetSquash in Harlem. His eldest son, Jon, is a member of the SquashBusters Board. His youngest daughter, Jen, coaches squash at Andover, where SquashBusters-Lawrence is based. Sven is the Vice Chairman of Northern State, a theater company based in Hanover, New Hampshire.
New York, NY
Kevin is the CEO of U.S. SQUASH, the national governing body and membership organization for the sport in the United States. In addition to owning the U.S. Open, the North American Open and other U.S. Championships, U.S. SQUASH selects and supports the U.S. Teams, maintains the official ratings and rankings system for the country, and invests in programs to grow participation in the sport at every level. Before joining US Squash in 2004, Kevin worked for Sun Microsystems in the Worldwide Marketing Operations group. Kevin also managed worldwide sponsorships, which included negotiating sales and marketing deals with MLB.com and a multi-year relationship with the National Hockey League. Prior to Sun, Kevin worked in the corporate consulting division of the sports marketing firm ProServ. Kevin graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity squash team.
New York, NY
Dave is a Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management Corp., a New York-based investment fund with approximately $21 billion in assets under management, and joined the firm in 2003 after having worked in mergers and acquisitions and financing advisory roles at Peter J. Solomon Company. Dave received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude with high honors in field, from Harvard University. Dave is currently a director of ventures including JCIM, LLC, an automotive component supply joint-venture affiliated with Johnson Controls, Inc., Brazil American Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive dealership groups in Brazil, and a former director of ventures including ISCO International, LLC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and SemGroup Energy Partners GP, the general partner of a publicly traded midstream energy company. Dave is involved with a number of the firm’s investment practices, including its automotive investment practice.
Charlie runs the US Treasury STRIPS desk at Barclays Capital in New York City, a position he has held since 2008. From 2003-2007, Charlie ran interest rate trading at Centerlight Capital Management and Archeus Capital Management, two multi-strategy hedge funds he co-founded. From 1985 to 2002, he worked at Salomon Brothers, where he ran the US Government Bond trading desk. Charlie received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. Charlie serves on the board at Wyoming Seminary, a college preparatory school in Kingston, PA, and is a competitive singles and doubles squash player.
New York, NY
George received a BA in Spanish Literature from Harvard University, where he was a co-captain of the 3-time national champion varsity squash team and earned All-Ivy and All-American titles. After his 1992 graduation, George spent 4 years teaching Spanish in Seattle middle and high schools. He also played squash for the U.S. team in the 1997 Maccabiah games. George earned an MSW in 1999 from the NYU School of Social Work and is a certified social worker in the state of New York. He founded the second urban squash program, StreetSquash, in Harlem, New York in 1999 and has recently expanded the program to serve Newark, New Jersey as well.
New York, NY
Kit is a Director at Knight Capital Group, a global securities trading firm in Jersey City, New Jersey. Previously, Kit was a Managing Director at Prudential Securities from 2000-2005 and a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where he worked from 1984 to 2000. Kit graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he played under the tutelage of Canadian squash legend Barney Lawrence. Kit continues to play the game actively, and in 2007 launched the US National Century Doubles Championships, an event he continues to chair. Kit has been the Chairman of the Squash Committee at the University Club.
Greg Zaff, Founder
Greg is the Executive Director of SquashBusters and the founder of the urban squash movement. A graduate of Williams College, Greg spent his early adult years playing professional hardball squash and reached a career high of #2. At Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Greg wrote a paper entitled ‘Bringing Squash Down from the Ivory Tower, the Creation of an Urban Squash and Education Program.’ Two years later, Greg launched SquashBusters, the first organization of its kind that combined academics, squash, mentoring and community service for public school students in underserved communities. In 2003, Greg led a $6 million capital campaign to build the country’s first urban youth squash center at Northeastern University. In 2005, Greg co-founded the National Urban Squash and Education Association and in 2007 he became its Executive Director. At NUSEA, Greg launched programs in Detroit and Minneapolis, grew NUSEA’s membership to 12 programs, distributed over $250,000 in scholarships and grants, and organized camps and tournaments for many hundreds of at-risk youth. In 2011, Greg returned to SquashBusters as its Executive Director.