Board of Directors
Amrit Kanwal, Chair
Amrit is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MFS Investment Management, a Boston-based global investment firm where he has worked since 2009. Previously, Amrit held executive positions at Putnam Investments, Pepsi, and Miller Brewing. From 2007 to 2016, Amrit served on the board of SquashBusters, the country’s first urban squash program, chairing its governance and nominating committee. Amrit is also a board member of US Squash, the national governing body of squash, for which he serves on the finance and audit committees. A native of Hong Kong, Amrit earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He is an active squash player and one of his two children plays competitively.
Derek is the Executive Director of Racquet Up, a NUSEA member program based in Detroit, Michigan. Derek has led Racquet Up from its founding in 2010. Previously, Derek served as Academic Director and subsequently Program Director for the nation’s first urban squash program, SquashBusters, located in Boston. A Michigan native, Derek earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Derek lives in Detroit and serves on the city’s Recreation Advisory Commission.
Drummond C. Bell III
Drummond is a Venture Partner at PEI Funds and President of DCB Associates, a company focused on restructuring and advising manufacturing businesses. Drummond spent two decades at USX (U.S. Steel) Corporation, working in the company’s transportation, manufacturing, and real estate operations. A graduate of the Taft School, where he is a trustee and active supporter of the squash teams, Drummond attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Drummond is President of The Drummond C. and Ruth A. Bell Foundation, which provides grants to educational organizations, and currently serves on the board of ReadWorks.org (NYC) and the advisory board of The Animation Project. Drummond has served on the boards of The Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Family House, the Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Fairfield Country Day School, and WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities).
New York, NY
Rick is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yingo Yango, a health and wellness technology company and the Vice Chairman of MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm. In addition to being a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Rick serves on the board of directors at the Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Cristo Rey Network and several private companies. He previously held numerous executive positions, including Chairman & CEO of Fresh Direct, Chairman of the Board of Mozido, President & COO of Citicorp, Chairman of True North Communications, and Chairman & CEO of priceline.com. Rick earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and received his M.B.A degree from the Harvard School of Business Administration.
New York, NY
Brooke is a Managing Director at Evercore in its corporate advisory business. Brooke has played an integral role in a number of landmark transactions in the industrials sector. Previously, Brooke was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. She graduated from Harvard College and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, Brooke served as co-captain of the varsity squash team where her team won three national championships and she earned All-American honors. A competitive golfer, Brooke previously served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association.
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 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
Justin is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, the international law firm headquartered in New York City. Justin specializes in syndicated loan financings and has significant experience in the representation of financial institutions, investment banks, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers. Justin graduated from Yale University, where he played varsity football, and received his J.D. from the University of Kansas. Justin plays squash actively, his two children are nationally ranked players, and his wife, Emily, is a former Yale All-American.
Abby is the Executive Director of SquashWise, a NUSEA member program based in Baltimore, Maryland. Abby co-founded SquashWise in 2007 and has successfully led the Johns Hopkins-affiliated youth program in providing enrichment services to over 65 middle school and high school students. Prior to SquashWise, Abby earned her B.A. from George Washington University and her M.A. in the History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University. As a student at George Washington, Abby served as co-captain of her varsity squash team.
After earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Christie joined the Peace Corps in Mongolia and taught English for two years. Upon returning to the United States, Christie began a career in sales, first with 3M company in St. Paul, MN and then Connaught pharmaceuticals and Merck & Co in Texas and New York. After moving to Rye, NY and starting a family, Christie has served on the boards of Rye Presbyterian Nursery School, Manursing Island Club and is currently on the board of the Rye Youth Council. Christie is also involved with Unicef, Port Chester Carver Center and POTS (Part of the Solution, an integrative food shelter in the Bronx). Christie and her husband, Chris, have four children, two of whom are competitive squash players.
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 is a portfolio manager at Graham Capital, a hedge fund based in Rowayton, CT. He was previously a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, Barclays Capital and Bank of America as well as a portfolio manager at Archeus Capital. Charlie received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 1983. 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.
Rob is the Executive Vice Chairman of Black Diamond, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of active outdoor performance products. Rob is the former President, CFO, and COO of Armor Holdings, a company which manufactures protective products for the United States military and for law enforcement officers. Rob graduated from Emory University and earned an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. Rob became a competitive squash player when he lived in New York City in his 20s and 30s, and now lives in Jacksonville, FL. Rob serves on the board of directors of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and the University of North Florida Foundation.
Amanda is one of the best American squash players of all time. A native of Sea Cliff, New York, Amanda won the World Junior Championships in 2010, becoming the first American to win the prestigious event. As a student at Harvard University, she won the National Intercollegiate Championships four times and did not lose a match during her four years. Amanda has reached a ranking of #7 in the world and won three gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Games. Known for giving back to the game, Amanda is a board member of US Squash, a mentor to a SquashBusters student, and regularly volunteers to play in exhibitions for urban squash programs across the United States. Amanda resides in Boston.
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.
Oliver is a Managing Partner with Blue Pool Capital Limited, a family office based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Blue Pool, he was with Citadel, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs & Co. in Hong Kong. Oliver received his B.A. from Harvard University and then completed a one-year advanced Chinese language program at the Stanford University Center at National Taiwan University. Oliver was a member of the Harvard squash team and continues to play actively. Oliver is on the board for Teach for America’s affiliate, Teach for China, where he serves as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Development Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. Oliver is also a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Advisory Board and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
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.
William E. Simon, Jr., Chair Emeritus
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.