Car of the Year 2009: Steering Committee
The following Robb Report readers were among the guests who joined the magazine’s editors and writers in driving, evaluating, and ranking the 2009 Car of the Year candidates.
Norton Alderson is CEO of Universal Switching Corp., a high-tech firm specializing in switching equipment for communication and defense agencies. Charles Banks is the founder and a managing partner of Terroir Capital, a luxury boutique resort company with holdings that include Meadowood Napa Valley, the Hotel Hana Maui, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, and the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. He also co-owns Screaming Eagle Winery in Napa, Calif., and Jonata Winery in Santa Barbara, Calif. Michael Beaudry is president and CEO of Beaudry, a jewelry company known for exotic diamonds and handcrafted works of art. Mark Bidner is chairman of Hollywood Capital Inc., a Los Angeles–based private investment firm. Max Blum is a vice president at Icon Design and Display, a leading marketing-and-promotions agency in Santa Rosa, Calif. Jean-Marc Bories is president of Breguet and a senior vice president of the Swatch Group US. Ray Celedinas is president and CEO of the Florida-based Celedinas Insurance Group, a company that insures successful families on a national basis. Bruce Chandler is a retired attorney, a collector of cars and boats, and an avid golfer. Todd Clement is founder and managing partner of Wide Open Adventures, an off-road-driving school and travel business he owns with his wife, Kelly. Brian Cobb is president and principal shareholder of CobbCorp, a media mergers-and-acquisitions company, and is one of the founders of the Naples (Fla.) Winter Wine Festival. Dave Costello is president of NorthStar Risk Management & Insurance Services Inc. in Walnut Creek, Calif. Lisa Curtis is the ever-patient and beautiful wife of Robb Report owner Bill Curtis. William J. (Bill) Curtis is chairman and CEO of CurtCo Robb Media LLC, the parent company of Robb Report. Al Davis is a former toy-industry executive who now resides in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Fern. Roland DeSilva is a managing partner of DeSilva+Phillips, a New York–based investment banking firm for the media industries. Craig and Karen Edwards own and manage California-based Rancho Santa Fe Insurance, a national leader in providing personal insurance for high-net-worth clients. Howard Ellin is a mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer for Skadden, Arps in New York City. Steven Fink is CEO of Lawrence Investments, which owns and manages Larry Ellison’s non-Oracle investments. Marchese Ferdinando Frescobaldi is president of Compagnia de’ Frescobaldi, SpA., the Frescobaldi family holding company, and also serves as president of the Tenuta dell’Ornellaia wine estate. Tom Gonzales is founder and chairman of the board of Shadow Marine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. H. William (Bill) Harlan is a cofounder and chairman of Pacific Union Co., a real estate development firm in San Francisco. He is also owner of the Harlan Estate winery in Oakville, Calif., and of Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena, Calif. Glenn A. Hinderstein is senior vice president of NetJets Inc. and resides in Los Angeles. Robert Hollander is CEO of Amalfi Ventures, a Santa Monica, Calif.–based company that has interests in consumer product companies. Marc Hruschka is president and CEO of Chopard USA Ltd. Frank Husic is managing partner of Husic Capital Management, an investment advisory firm in San Francisco. Sally Johnson is the winemaker for Pride Mountain Vineyards, a family-owned winery in Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District. Kenneth Jung is a foot-and-ankle surgeon who practices in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Ronald Kuhn is a road-builder-turned-vintner with a fervor for speed and machines. Scott LaBonte is president and CEO of Devcon Enterprises, a Connecticut-based company for real estate development, investment, and management. Steve Levitan is an executive producer, writer, and director of television comedies such as Just Shoot Me. Mitch Lowe is founder and CEO of Jumpstart Automotive Media, a San Francisco–based digital marketing consultancy for the automotive industry. Patrick Marcotte is director of business development for the IMA Financial Group, a Denver-based diversified-financial-services organization focused on risk management and commercial insurance. Douglas R. McKinney is an entrepreneur in Phoenix, with varied business interests. Bruce Meyer is a world-class car collector, philanthropist, and real estate developer. Allen Morris is chairman and CEO of the Allen Morris Company, one of Florida’s oldest and largest office-building developers. José Luis Nazar is a Chilean-born entrepreneur and a resident of Los Angeles, with a discreet collection of exotic cars. Donald G. Panuce is founder and president of Advance Controls Inc., a Florida company that manufactures and distributes electrical controls. Carl Parmer is president of CurtCo Robb Media LLC, the parent company of Robb Report. Brock Pierce is a media entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. Thomas C. Quick is a retired vice chairman of Quick & Reilly/Fleet Securities Inc. and now serves as a trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the National Corporate Theatre Fund. Paul Rainey is a co-owner of Federal Manufacturing Corp., a Southern California maker of precision aircraft fasteners. Dick Robertson is an entertainment-company executive who lives in Malibu. Sig Rogich owns an international public relations and crisis management firm, and is a former U.S. ambassador and a former aide to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Larry Ruvo is senior managing director of Southern Wine & Spirits in Nevada, and chairman of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. Robert E. Schmidt is CEO of Boulder Venture, a real-estate-and-investments firm in Clearwater, Fla. Doug Shafer is president of Shafer Vineyards, a small family-owned winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Thomas P. Silver is president of the New York–based real estate concern Orda Management Corp. Paul Steinauer is the winemaker at Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards in St. Helena, Calif., and a car enthusiast. Steven Strulowitz is founder and president of Sovereign Recycling International, an Iowa-based recycler of specialty metals used in the chemical and aviation industries. Burt Sugarman is a businessman in Beverly Hills. Steven Taback is a pulmonary critical-care specialist with offices in Burbank and Glendale, Calif. He is also a medical director at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. John Taylor is president and CEO of J.J. Taylor Companies Inc., a beer-distribution company based in Jupiter, Fla. Paolo Timoni is president and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas, a leader in lightweight, alternative transportation. Michael Wardenburg is a principal of Costello & Sons Insurance Brokers, a company that handles principal insuring for high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Richard Wax is a Napa, Calif., home builder. Bryce Wilson is a two-time Grammy Award–winning producer who is currently producing feature films.
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