The annual Bohemian Club Hijinx encampment at Bohemian Grove for 2015 will run July 10 through July 26. No demonstration is being planned by BGAN, but if there is desire to hold rallies or protests, please suggest on BGAN’s Facebook page.
Don Eichelberger, Bohemian Grove Action Network Research Collective
We are always vigilant, looking for lessons on what we believe is the pivotal role played by the Bohemian Club and its annual party at the Grove encampment: to keep the controlling shares of the world’s economic and political wealth in the hands of a group of men able to fit easily in to its outdoor dining circle. Here is another exhibit. Can mere proximity breed conspiracy? You decide.
A recent issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspective reports that since hydraulic fracturing (fracking) began in Pennsylvania around 2005, “the same areas of the state as the fracking operations generally showed higher readings of radon” (Washington Post, 4/9/15). Radon is a colorless, odorless gas, known to be carcinogenic that exists naturally in hard rock formations just like many being fracked to get at their natural gas. The study was quickly rebuked by the non-profit Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) through their front group, Energy in Depth.
A follow-up report by the watchdog group PR Watch looked at IPAA’s supporters and turned up some interesting bedfellows from Bohemia. Of the eleven corporate sponsors of IPAA named in the article, five of them had seven Bohemian connections, among them an Iraqi Oil Ministry advisor and a notorious set of brothers, can you guess who? Supporters of IPAA connected to Bohemian Club membership include Shell Oil, Chevron, XTO Energy, Halliburton and, yes, Koch Industries.
First is one of the largest fracking companies in the country, XTO Energy. A subsidiary of ExxonMobil they are a gas driller and developer in Texas with major developments in the Rockies and New England. William H. Adams III, Meyerling Camp, has been a director of XTO Energy since 2001. He is Executive Regional President of Texas Bank in Fort Worth and previously worked at Frost Bank in Texas as President of the South Arlington branch in charge of Commercial/Energy Lending. His banking experience has been centered primarily in the oil and gas industry with significant experience in risk management (Equilar, Bloomberg).
Another Bohemian oil insider is Philip J. Carroll, Jr., Wild Oats camp. He has been CEO of Shell Oil, Fluor Corp., BAE Systems and is an American Petroleum Institute Lifetime Member. Mr. Carroll joined Shell as a petroleum engineer and over 37 years worked his way to the top. He participated in meetings in 2002-2003 where US State Department and former oil executives planned for Iraq’s post-invasion oil industry. He served two years at the pleasure of fellow Bohemian, George W. Bush, as the first Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil at the United States Department of Defense starting in 2003 (Harper’s, 4/2005).
Chevron Corp is also a big player in fracking, boasts four Bohemians, starting with the many connections of Samuel Armacost. Armacost has held lead positions for Chevron Corporation, BankAmerica Corporation Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and Weiss, Peck & Greer L.L.C.(corporate buy-outs). From 1998 to 2010 he was the chairman of SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, an independent research, technology development and commercialization organization, a member of the board of directors since 1981 (Bloomberg).
In 2009 Armacost was sued by a coalition of Amazon groups for conflict of interest after it was revealed that while heading Chevron, he was the majority shareholder in Exponent Inc., “a pro-industry scientific consulting firm that was paid by Chevron to perform the study of cancer rates in Ecuador’s Amazon region where Texaco (now Chevron) was the exclusive operator of an oil concession from 1964 to 1990” (Reuters). Chevron lost the suit and it is still under appeal (Huffington Post).
Kenneth T. Derr, a member of the prestigious Mandalay camp, joined the Chevron Corporation in 1960 and served a number of executive positions, including President, until 1999. Derr also served until 2008 as the Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corp, the largest natural gas fueled power producer in North America (calpine.com), and is or has been a director of AT&T Corp., Citigroup Inc., Citigroup Finance Canada Inc. and CitiCorp (Bloomberg Business).
Derr served as Director of Halliburton Company, another fracking profiteer, from 2001 to May, 2009. Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company, renamed Halliburton Company in 1961, patented a fracking process in 1949 that earned Halliburton an exclusive license for the process in Texas and Oklahoma (Montgomery, et al). Mr. Derr has been in a position to effectively promote the fracking technology during its recent spike, both as a producer and one of the largest gas consumers.
Succeeding Derr in 2000 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chevron, then Chevron/Texaco after their 2001 merger was David O´Reilly also, conveniently, a Mandalay campmate.
Before taking over as CEO, O’Reilly held a number of executive positions, culminating in Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Chevron Chemical Company. He retired from Chevron end of 2009 (Bloomberg).
Besides Bohemian Club, Derr and O’Reilly both serve as Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, and between them hold membership in some fourteen business associations, including The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, Council on Foreign Relations, Hoover Institution, Institute for International Economics, JPMorgan International Council, World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and the Trilateral Commission.
J. Dennis Bonney, a Caveman, “served Chevron Corporation in various capacities from 1960 to 1987, including Vice President with responsibilities for worldwide logistics and trading, international production, corporate planning, European refining and marketing, Indonesian oil exploration and production and diversified investments. Mr. Bonney retired from Chevron Corporation in 1995” (Bloomberg).
The Koch brothers, Charles and David of Midway camp are major frackmasters. The brothers made their billions after inheriting a great deal from their industrialist father, who used his patented oil processing method to set up Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union oil infrastructure. According to a recent family biography, Sons of Wichita by Daniel Schulman, Koch, Sr., struggled to make his sons “real men”, not pampered trust fund babies; favored the use of boxing to inflame his sons’ competitiveness.
The brothers, led by second born Charles, increased their inherited wealth 2000 fold maximizing profits from drilling and refining oil and gas, tar-sands development, fracking, pipeline development, chemicals production, ranching, chemical fertilizer production, forest products, commodity speculations and oil derivatives.
The Kochs have built a formidable empire of private oil, gas and chemical companies that help fund a network of right-wing think tanks, institutions of higher learning, political action committees, and non-profit front organizations to support their political take over (Schulman, Kochtopus).
Fracking for dollars has skyrocketed since George W. Bush exempted it from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005 (EEC Environment). How Bohemian Club or other individual members also aided the growth of fracking, uncluttered by regulatory roadblocks is, of course, speculation. Ten years ago, fracking and tar sands development were mere gleams in the eyes of men like Chuck and Dave Koch, Bill Adams, Ken Derr or Sam Armacost. While sociologist Dr. G. William Domhoff wonders in his “Study of Ruling Class Cohesiveness” if “Texas oilmen and Wall Street bankers might well need a little fraternizing to come to trust each other”, he concludes that accusations of the Grove being used to seal deals are overblown (Domhoff).
We can only surmise a cohesion among the ruling elite, already bonded in their pursuit of profit above all else, by the ever widening gap between haves and have-nots, and the plight of the natural world in the current epoch. Such a cohesive culture of rulers comes closest to being realized at Bohemian Grove’s annual secretive encampment. Sonoma State University Sociology professor, Dr. Peter Phillips concludes in his 1995 doctoral dissertation, “A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club” that, while general parameters of major policy “can and have evolved”, the process is not deliberate, but “occurs through normal social intercourse”.
The upper class in this country can, in other words, build general consensus around important public policies as an incidental consequence of spending time together. The richest patriarchs get to get drunk and play together, off-the-record, year after year for over 100 years for two weeks in cabins and tents, around the campfires, beneath the redwood grove’s protective canopy. At minimum, it is hard to believe more calls don’t get returned once outside. And among men of this power and wealth, a phone call returned by someone who can help solve a problem is gold.
Bloomberg Business bio of J. Dennis Bonney, 5/5/15 http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=783513&ticker=CBI&previousCapId=330169&previousTitle=Alumax%252C%2520Inc.
Bloomberg Business bio of Kenneth Derr. Web. 5/5/15
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Bloomberg Business bio of Philip J. Carroll, Jr. Web. 5/5/15
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Bloomberg Business, Weiss, Peck and Greer LLP. Website. 5/5/15
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Domhoff, G. William, The Bohemian Grove and other retreats—a Study of Ruling-class Cohesiveness. Harper and Rowe Publishers. New York. Print. 1974.
Domhoff, G. William, “Who Rules America?” Website. 5/5/15
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EEC Environment, history of fracking. Web. 5/18/15
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Energy In Depth radon critique, 5/5/15.
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Equilar Atlas, William H. Adams III bio. Website. 5/11/15. http://people.equilar.com/bio/william-adams-xto-energy/salary/47126#.VVFxmpOTVX8
Forbes Magazine, “(Armacost) Breaking Up a Great Bank”. Web. 5/11/15 http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1988/06/06/70620/index.htm
History Commons, Iraq post invasion oil ministry. Web. 5/11/15
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Huffington Post, Chevron vs. Ecuador Lawsuit. Web. 5/8/15
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Kochtopus, http://kochcash.org/the-kochtopus/. Web. 4/25/15
Montgomery, Carl T.; Smith, Michael B. (December 2010). “Hydraulic fracturing. History of an enduring technology” (PDF). JPT Online (Society of Petroleum Engineers): 26–41. Web. 5/11/15
Phillips, Peter, “A Relative Advantage—Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club”. http://library.sonoma.edu/specialcollections/bohemianclub/. Web. 5/25/15
PR Watch EID critique, 5/5/15
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Reuters, “Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Board Member Armacost Tied to Conflict of Interest over Cancer Study in Ecuador`s Amazon”. 5/19/09. Web. 5/5/15
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Schulman, Daniel, Sons if Wichita. Grand Central Publishing. New York. 2014. Print
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XTO Energy. Web. 5/6/15
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KOCH BROTHERS EMPIRE
Money is all that matters as the Koch brothers put 21st Century politics up for sale
Charles and David Koch recently hit the milestone $100 Billion in combined net worth, making them the richest person in the world.
In the over 17 years since the brothers added Bohemian Grove to their expanding network of power players, money has been protected as free speech and hidden from political view. Their wealth joined with the considerable Bohemian billions boggles the mind with the prospects as money increasingly dominates politics.
Is that a coincidence?
Not just for the Koch Brothers, but financial gain by the men at the top of the financial pyramid has exploded since Bohemian Ronald Reagan’s presidency gutted the social safety net and boosted the rich with Reaganomics and “trickle down”. Look at any graph of economic activity in the US and the early ‘80’s shows as the beginning of incredible growth. In 1982, the DOW stood at 759; by 2000 it sat above 11,000. At the same time, the income of the average middle class wage earner decreased slightly, when adjusted for inflation.
The Kochs made their billions after inheriting a great deal from their industrialist father, who struggled to make them “real men”, not pampered trust fund babies. The brothers, led by second born Charles, then increased their wealth 2000 fold with their laser focus on the bottom line, maximizing profits from drilling and refining oil and gas, tar-sands development, fracking, pipeline development, chemicals production, ranching, chemical fertilizer production, forest products, commodity speculations and oil derivatives.
The Kochs have built a formidable network of private oil, gas and chemical companies, think tanks, institutions of higher learning, political action committees, and non-profit front organizations to fund and support their political take over.
What help they get from other Bohos remains conjecture. One Club member did note to Sociologist Peter Phillips during his doctorate research, “If a person were so inclined, it would be quite possible to build a personal network of corporate America in a matter of a few days at the Grove.”
The Kochs have had more than 17 years.
Below is an overview of where Koch money comes from and goes to. Thanks to International Forum on Globalization for collecting and sharing this information and to Greenpeace and Center for Responsive Politics and the Bohemian Grove Action Network research collective for supplementing it.
Where the money comes from:
Georgia-Pacific- The paper and pulp company produces household goods. Boycottable products: “Brawny” paper towels, “Angel Soft” toilet paper, “Mardi Gras” napkins and towels, “Quilted Northern” toilet paper and paper towels, “Dixie” paper plates, bowls, napkins and cups, “Sparkle” paper towels, and “Vanity Fair” paper napkins, bowls, plates and tablecloths.
INVISTA– Acquired from DuPont, INVISTA is a polymer and fibers company. Boycottable products: “Stainmaster” carpet, and “Lycra” fiber, among other products.
Koch Pipeline Company LP
Koch Pipeline Company LP owns and operates 4,000 miles (6,400 km) of pipeline used to transport crude oil and refined products, as well as natural gas, natural gas liquids and anhydrous ammonia (for fertilizer). Its pipelines are located across the Central and Western US and Canada. The firm operates offices in Wichita, Kansas, St. Paul, Minnesota and Corpus Christi, Texas. Boycottable products: oil, natural gas, chemical fertilizers.
Flint Hills Resources LP
Flint Hills Resources LP, originally called Koch Petroleum Group, is a major refining and chemicals company based in Wichita, Kansas, selling products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, polymers, intermediate chemicals, base oils and asphalt. It operates oil refineries in six states, chemical plants in three others. The firm also operates four fuel terminals in Wisconsin, 13 asphalt terminals located in six states, manages the purchasing of domestic crude oil from Texas and Colorado offices, has four ethanol plants across the US, and one Minnesota refinery can process 320,000 barrels (51,000 m3) of crude a day, most of which comes from Alberta, Canada. It handles one quarter of all Canadian oil sands crude entering the U.S.
Koch Fertilizer, LLC
Koch Fertilizer, LLC, one of the world’s largest makers of nitrogen fertilizers, and Koch Nitrogen Company were formed in 1988 when the Koch companies purchased the Gulf Central Pipeline and ammonia terminals connected to the pipeline. Koch Fertilizer owns or has interests in fertilizer plants the United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Italy, among others.
Koch Agricultural Company
The Matador Land and Cattle Company was founded in 1882 by Scottish investors. In 1952 Charles and David’s father, Fred Koch, formed Matador Cattle Company, and bought some of the Matador land in Texas and brought it together with other Koch ranches in Montana and Kansas. The division’s three ranches total 425,000 acres (1,720 km2) and more than 15,000 head of cattle are raised on them.
Koch’s Matador Ranch in Texas earned the Lone Star Land Steward award, an award sponsored by Chevron, Toyota and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association for outstanding natural resource management in 2010.
History of Ignoring the Rules
Koch businesses have a history of negligence resulting in environmental degradation and loss of life, including (Source: Greenpeace):
• In 2009, the US Justice Department and EPA announced that Koch Industries’ Invista subsidiary would pay a $1.7 million penalty and spend $500 million to fix environmental violations at facilities in seven states, in an agreement with the US EPA and Department of Justice.
• In May 2001, Koch Industries paid $25 million to settle with the US Government over a long-standing suit brought by Bill Koch – one of the brothers bought out in 1983 – for the company’s long-standing practice of illegally removing oil from federal and Indian lands.
• In late 2000, the company was charged with covering up the illegal releases of 91 tons of the known carcinogen benzene from its refinery in Corpus Christi. Initially facing a 97-count indictment and potential fines of $350 million, Koch cut a deal with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to drop all major charges in exchange for a guilty plea for falsifying documents, and a $20 million settlement.
• In 2000, the EPA fined Koch Industries $30 million for its role in 300 oil spills that resulted in more than three million gallons of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
• In 1999 a Koch subsidiary pleaded guilty to charges that it had negligently allowed aviation fuel to leak into waters near the Mississippi River from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi.
• Koch’s negligence toward environmental safety has led to tragic losses of life. In 1996, a rusty Koch pipeline leaked flammable butane near a Texas residential neighborhood. Warned by the smell of gas, two teenagers drove their truck toward the nearest payphone to call for help, but they never made it. Sparks from their truck ignited the gas cloud and the two burned alive. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that “the probable cause of this accident was the failure of Koch to adequately protect its pipeline from corrosion” and the ineffectiveness of Koch’s program to educate local residents about how to respond during a pipeline leak.
KochPolitical Activities – follow the money trail
Koch Industries describes itself as being committed to free societies and free market principles.
KochPAC is a political action committee that is funded by employees of Koch Industries and its affiliates. KochPAC is said to support candidates “based on their support for market-based policies and economic freedom”.
A 2013 study by the Center for Responsive Politics said that nonprofit groups backed by a donor network organized by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch raised more than $400 million in the 2011 – 2012 election cycle.
KochPAC received $1,746,950 with donations of at least $200 from 3,096 individual donors.
In the 2012 House of Representatives elections, KochPAC contributed $28,000 to 4 Democratic candidates and $1,500,000 to 207 Republican candidates.
In the 2012 Senate elections, KochPAC contributed $10,000 to 1 Democratic candidate and $185,000 to 23 Republican candidates. During the 2012 election year, KochPAC contributed $24,000 to Democrat-affiliated organizations, $802,000 to Republican-affiliated organizations, and $10,000 to other organizations.
Where the Other Money Goes
Besides buying candidates, the Koch brothers find ways to buy their way in to the news, present a green façade, buy legislation, stack courts and buy collegiate minds to help disprove Climate Change and push libertarianism.
Congressional Collaborators, Campaign Contributions enable like-minded candidates to get elected and pass laws favorable to Koch profits: Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, The Redistricting Majority Project, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, and dozens of others.
Media Manipulators, offer favorable coverage for the Koch’s. Besides cocktails at the Grove, secretive strategy meetings held have included Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Markin and Steven Moore. Other Koch Propagandists include Sean Hannity, John Stossel and Mark Tapscott. The Kochs have threatened to withdraw millions in grants to PBS news and science programming for running stories critical of them.
Astroturf Agents, fake ‘grassroots’ groups, project the appearance of popular support for ideas and policies that benefit big corporations: The Frontiers of Freedom, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne LaPierre/National Rifle Association, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, Center for Independent Thought, 60plus, National Center for Policy Analysis, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, American Future Fund, National Right to Life Political Action Committee, John Locke Foundation, National Taxpayers Union, Media Research Center and others.
Wealth Warriors, legions of lobbyists, armies of accountants and tax attorneys mobilized to take away government troughs (except for the troughs most profitable to them): KochPac, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the US Chamber of Commerce.
Courtroom Collaborators, friendly elected officials appoint judges to rule in Koch’s favor; Foundation for Research on Free Economics & the Environment sponsors “trainings” for federal judges that have been criticized for creating judicial conflicts of interest; Project on Fair Representation bankrolled the 2013 Supreme Court lawsuit that successfully repealed key provisions of the 1965 voting rights act; Pacific Legal Foundation, which sued the Abalone Alliance for inconveniencing PG&E with protest actions at Diablo Canyon Nuke in 1981 and 1984, claims to fight for ‘economic freedom’, limited government, and property rights; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Bohemian Grove in 1997 on “Church, State and the Constitution”; and Clarence Thomas is always a sure vote, his wife, Gini, a power player in conservative circles, like Heritage Foundation, funded by Koch cash.
Academic Agents, Universities are funded to hire like-minded faculty to teach their ideologies. Over $14 million was granted- with strings- to more than 17 major universities. It was announced recently that the brothers donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund, to focus on studies in economics and entrepreneurship, as well as building a new base among black Americans.
Think tanks and political organizations, Charles and David Koch have been involved in, and have provided funding to a number of think tanks and advocacy organizations to promote policy proposals favoring less government protection for people and the planet and more rights for corporations and investors. They provided the initial funding for the Libertarian Cato Institute; they are key donors to the Federalist Society, the Mercatus Center, Heritage Foundation, and thirteen others.
Revolving non-profits, Citizens for a Sound Economy was co-founded by David Koch in the 1980s. In 1990, the brothers created the spinoff group Citizens for the Environment. In 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy was renamed FreedomWorks, while its affiliated Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation became Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Since then the Koch brothers have given more than one million dollars to AFP.
Americans for Prosperity, At an AFP rally in 2009, David Koch said “Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity, and it’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization.” AFP is the political arm of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, for which David Koch serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees. Americans for Prosperity created Patients United Now, which advocated against a single-payer health care system during the 2009-2010 healthcare reform debate. Both FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have provided support for the Tea Party movement.
Cato Institute, The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 by Ed Crane, Murray Rothbard, and Charles Koch. Following a 2011 court fight to gain control of the institute, the Koch’s efforts were criticized by some at the institute, including the institute’s president Ed Crane. In an email to staff he stated that the Kochs were “in the process of trying to take over the Cato Institute and, in my opinion, reduce it to a partisan adjunct to Americans for Prosperity, the activist GOP group they control.” The suit was eventually dropped.
Freedom Partners, An organization with ties to the Koch Brothers, Freedom Partners, gave grants worth a total of $236 million to conservative organizations, including Tea Party groups like the Tea Party Patriots and organizations which opposed The Affordable Care Act prior to the 2012 election. A majority of Freedom Partners board of directors is made up of long-time employees of the Koch brothers, and has been called “the Koch brothers’ secret bank” for its function as a vehicle to provide large donations to external organizations that advance causes supported by the Kochs.
Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Kochs donated more than $17 million between 1997 and 2008 to various groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The group has been accused of opposing unions. It describes itself as offering information on issues including, among others, energy, environment, biotechnology, pharmaceutical regulation, chemical risk, telecommunications, etc.
Generation Opportunity, To secure the commitment of future generations to the cause, the Koch’s have supported Paul T. Conway’s Generation Opportunity, a youth mobilization effort.
The Koch brothers learned early on the importance of owning the means of production. That philosophy has carried over to the “politics industry”, which they have helped enrich over many years with secret donations; millions from large donors, thanks to a Supreme Court made friendly over many years of conscious effort to protect property rights, and money as political free speech.
The brothers learned the importance, also, through their father’s promotion of the John Birch Society, of organizing at the grassroots, real and created: house parties, film showings, letter writing campaigns, mobilizing protests, along with strategic thinking by well-financed elites to direct and fund the efforts.
Those efforts have led directly to the current turmoil on Capitol Hill. The soul of Justice, bowed down at the altar of big finance strains to stand and raise her sword in defense of her scales made too heavy with the weight of gold. Justice will raise her sword only when “We, the People”, act to strengthen her.
Get involved. End the attack of Big Money on Justice:
If you have found your way here, you are curious. You may have come here straight away seeking answers to who’s really in charge? You may have come through a site claiming rumors that Bohemians perform satanic rituals and burn babies at the annual gathering. Whatever your route, you are here to find out more about how political and economic power work in America.
BGAN’s first protest in 1980 uncovered more than was made apparent by sociologist G. William Domhoff’s 1974 “The Bohemian Grove and other Retreats”, which helped spark the protest. During the two week encampment, protesters vigiled 24 hours a day at the front gate; members passing by on foot sometimes stopping to talk, very open about their faith in the “Invisible Hand of the Marketplace”, thrilled by presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, a fellow Grover, and his promise to release industry at long last from profit taking regulation.
Since then, we have seen the results of “Reaganomics”, and the widening gap between the “Haves” represented at the Bohemian Grove and the rest of society.
Look at the above chart at what has happened since precisely 1981. Top 10% income has gone up over 200%, after approaching 300% prior to the 2007 economic fall while the bottom 90%’s income has remained flat.
Can we say with absolute confidence that Bohemian Grove had a hand in these developments? Could the economic and political elite’s gathering really give a tangible advantage to these men privy to inside information through Lakeside Talks and off-the-record discussions over drinks around the campfire?
It is true that there are many opportunities for these men to gather in a more formal decision-making venue such as Bilderberg or Trilateral Commission. But as pointed out by Domhoff, the Grove gathering is unique in the world for its full two week, off-the-record gathering of the highest caliber men going back over 100 years. Every Republican candidate for President who has won, as well as some Democratic candidates in that time have been vetted at the Grove gathering prior to being elected. Many don’t believe that is a coincidence.
The goals of this site are four fold:
* To Educate the public to Grove history and members, both current and past;
* To Invite interactive participation in researching members, corporate interests and networks;
* To Discuss how to address the threats to openness and democracy identified in the collusion of these men; and
* To Confront Power with Truth that is more damning than the innuendoes that pass as “truth” at the trove of sensationalistic sites proliferated since the grainy footage of the Cremation of Care was posted some ten years ago.
We fear such sites discredit legitimate concerns in favor of speculations that assure the fringe status of this crucial aspect of power in America, and ask your help in getting at the truth behind the Oz curtain that is Bohemian Grove.
Two democrats are challanging a Koch brothers backed candidate in Central California. One of them is making fracking a major campaign issue.
We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth—more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans—to corrupt our democracy. You are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess, our democratic system of government. You deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans.
Sign Robert Reich’s Petition
MEMBERS OF MIDWAY CAMP AT BOHEMIAN GROVE
John W. Larson – John W. Larson is counsel in Morgan Lewis’s Business and Finance Practice. Mr. Larson’s practice involves mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities laws for biotechnology and high technology companies.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis in February 2003, Mr. Larson was the senior partner of a major West Coast law firm, where he served as CEO from 1988 to 1996. Before entering private practice, Mr. Larson was Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, 1971 to 1973; and Counselor to George P. Shultz, 1973. He is listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, The Global Counsel 3000, Who’s Who in America, and PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008.
Mr. Larson is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies; he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences; and has been active in civic affairs in San Francisco and the Bay Area, having served as Chairman of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in 1996.
Mr. Larson is admitted to practice in California.
Richard D Bass –
Michael F Bigham – has 14 years of operational experience and six years investment banking experience in life science companies and has been with Abingworth since 2002. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Corixa and was President and Chief Executive of Coulter Pharmaceuticals from 1996 until it merged into Corixa in 2000. Previously, he was an early employee at Gilead Sciences, where he spent eight years serving in various capacities, including Executive Vice President of Operations and CFO. Before joining Gilead, Michael was a partner at Hambrecht & Quist, where he became Co-Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. His directorships have included Avila Therapeutics, Magellan, Secure EDI, Supernus Pharmaceuticals and Valeritas. Michael has a BS Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and qualified as a CPA before completing his MBA at Stanford University. He is responsible for Abingworth’s Boston office and focuses on growth equity and East Coast venture deals
Richard S Bodman – Mr. Richard S. Bodman, also known as Dick, CPA serves as Managing General Partner at Venture Management Services, Incorporated and Special Partners Fund, LP. Mr. Bodman has been the Managing General Partner at AT&T Ventures, LLC since May 1996. Mr. Bodman is also a Managing General Partner at VMS Technology Leaders Fund, L.P. Mr. Bodman has been the President of Venture Management Services, Inc. since May 1996. He serves as Managing General Partner of AT&T Venture Fund II, L.P. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Comsat General Corporation and the President of Satellite Television Corporation. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of PurThread Technologies, Inc. until July 30, 2013. Mr. Bodman established and served as the President of Washington National Investment Corporation. Prior to joining AT&T Ventures, from August 1990 to May 1996, he served as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for AT&T Corporation and served as a Member of AT&T’s Management Executive Committee. He was a Partner at Touche Ross & Company. He was employed at E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Company. Mr. Bodman was the Chief Financial Officer of the Communications Satellite Corporation, the Chief Executive Officer of Comsat General Corp., and the President of COMSAT’s, Satellite Television Corporation. He served in the United States Government as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior and later as an Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. He is also a Trustee of the NCH Healthcare System. He serves as Chairman of the Board of PurThread Technologies, Inc. Mr. Bodman has been a Director of Young & Rubicam, Inc. since April 1998. Mr. Bodman serves as Director of Coppercom, Inc., TDF and CopperCom Acquisition Corp. He serves as a Director at CCP, LLC. Mr. Bodman has been a Director of Spacehab Inc. since 2003. He served as a Director of Internet Security Systems Inc. since July 1997. He served as a Director of NHP Inc.since August 1995. He served as a Lead Director of Sandia National Laboratories. He was a Director of Young & Rubicam, Lin Broadcasting, and the National Housing Partnerships, Inc. He served as a Director of DTI Networks and ADT Limited. He served as a Director of TYCO International, Inc. since 1997, Reed Elsevier NV until April 15, 1999, GridPoint Inc. from November 2005 to October 17, 2007, Astrotech Corp. from 2003 to December 1, 2005 and Knology, Inc. from June 1996 to May 3, 2005. Mr. Bodman is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Clark N Callander – Mr. Clark Callander serves as the Managing Director with Savvian, LLC. Mr. Callander serves as Vice President of UBS Financial Services Inc. He is responsible for Savvian’s Capital Markets Advisory business activity. Mr. Callander has more than 20 years of investment and commercial banking experience, specializing in private placements, merchant banking, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Prior to joining Savvian, he served as the Managing Director and Head of Private Capital Markets at Robertson Stephens International. He served as Vice President at PaineWebber. In addition, Mr. Callander started the Telecommunications Group at Union Bank where he was active in leveraged buyouts for the telecommunications industry. Mr. Callander serves as a Member of the Industrial Advisory Board at Acacia Capital Partners. He received his B.S. degree from Stanford University and his M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Harlan R. Crow of Dallas, Texas, is a longtime Republican benefactor.
The son of Dallas real estate magnate Trammell Crow, Harlan Crow is the owner of Crow Realty Investors, as well as the president of another real estate concern, Crow Holdings. Crow Holdings owns almost 10% of the shares of the Trammell Crow real estate company. Crow is also listed as a managing partner of Crow Family Holdings, as well. 
For his generous contributions to the George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, Crow was named a trustee. Other trustees include such Republican luminaries such as Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III . 
Harlan Rogers Crow is also trustee of the American Enterprise Institute and a major patron of Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In 2002, Justice Thomas reported receiving a gift of a “Frederick Douglass Bible,” valued at $19,000, from Harlan and Kathy Crow, whom he described as “personal friends.” 
Crow has an unusual hobby of collecting statues of both past and present tyrants, including Vladimir Lenin and Fidel Castro. His home in Dallas purportedly contains one of the world’s largest statuaries on its grounds, with 20 statues ranging up to 20 feet tall  
“Crow is a member of the founders committee of the Club for Growth , a conservative political group that raises money uses it to influence public policy and elect political candidates who advocate the ‘Reagan vision of limited government and lower taxes.’ ” 
• Director, National Center for Policy Analysis
• CEO, Crow Holdings
• Advisory Board, British American Project [1
Reid Dennis has been an active individual investor and a corporate venture capital investor since 1952. As an individual venture investor, Reid was personally involved with early-stage investments in Acurex, American Microsystems, Ampex, California Microwave, Coherent Radiation, Measurex, and Ultek. As a corporate executive, Reid was responsible for the successful entry of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and then the American Express Company, into the venture capital field. He represented them as a member of the Board of Directors at Recognition Equipment Inc., The Reed Tool Company, and Storage Technology Corporation. While at American Express, Reid was also responsible for managing six publicly-traded mutual funds. After 21 years with the two companies, Reid resigned from American Express in order to form Institutional Venture Associates in 1974 and, subsequently, Institutional Venture Partners in 1980.
Reid was an early investor in and a Director of Exabyte Corporation, Seagate Technology, Sequent Computer Systems (acquired by IBM), and Stratus Computer (acquired by IBM). Reid currently serves as a General Partner of IVP on a part-time basis.
Reid is a past Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association (“NVCA”) and a past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (“WAVC”). In April 2000, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NVCA. Reid was also a founder and an original alumni investment manager of both the Stanford Business School Trust and the Stanford Engineering Venture Capital Fund. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association for 42 years, including 14 years as Chairman.
Reid earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Dr. Dixon R. Doll, PhD, Director (July 2011 to present), Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (July 2011 to present), Compensation Committee (September 2011 to present). Professional Experience: Cofounder and General Partner, DCM (an early-state technology venture capital firm) (1996 to present). Chairman, U.S. National Venture Capital Association (2008-2009 fiscal year). Cofounder of the global venture capital industry’s first fund focused exclusively on telecommunications opportunities, Accel Partners. Service on Other Boards: Advisory Board and Executive Committee Member, Stanford Economic Policy Research Institute (current). Overseer, Hoover Institution at Stanford University (current). Member, San Francisco Asian Art Museum Foundation Board (current). Director, Neutral Tandem (2004 to 2010). Board member, University of San Francisco (1997 to 2006 and 2012 to present). Former director of several privately held companies. Former Director and Board Chair, Network Equipment Technologies (1985-2012). Former Board Member and Chair, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell 2010). Education: B.S.E.E., Cum Laude, Kansas State University, M.S. and Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
Tully M Friedman – Mr. Friedman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, LLC (a private investment firm). Prior to forming Friedman Fleischer & Lowe in 1997, Mr. Friedman was a founding partner of Hellman & Friedman (a private investment firm) and a managing director of Salomon Brothers, Inc. (an investment bank). Other Public Company Boards: Mr. Friedman previously served as a director of Mattel, Inc. (1984 to May 2012), Capital Source (2000 to May 2007) and Tempur-Pedic International (November 2002 to April 2006). Non-Profit/Other Boards: Mr. Friedman currently serves on the boards of NCDR, LLC, and is the Chairman and a director of Churchs Holding Corporation. He is also Chairman of American Enterprise Institute and Vice Chairman of the Telluride Foundation.
Louis V Gerstner Carlyle Group Chairman
IBM CEO (1993-2002)
RJR Nabisco Chairman and CEO (four years)
American Express President
American Express CEO of AE Travel Related Services Company
McKinsey & Company
Member of the Board of Bristol-Myers Squibb
Augusta National Golf Club
The Business Council
Council on Foreign Relations Board Member
Dreier for Congress Committee
Friends of Dick Lugar
Friends of Senator D’Amato 1998 Committee
George W. Bush for President
John McCain 2008
National Committee on US-China Relations Board of Directors
Knight of the British Empire June 2001
Author of books:
Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? (2002, memoir)
Ronald J Gidwitz – Mr. Ronald J. Gidwitz is a Co-Founder of GCG Partners and has been its Partner since September 1998. Mr. Gidwitz shares responsibility for overall management of the partnership. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unilever HPC Helene Curtis Business Unit from 1996 to 1998. He served as the President of Helene Curtis Industries Inc. from 1979 to 1998 and its Chief Executive Officer from July 1985 to 1998. He held a number of positions within the company, with responsibilities ranging from sales to manufacturing. He served as the Secretary of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He serves as Chairman of Field Museum of Natural History. Mr. Gidwitz has been a Director of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation since October 2008; Rexam Beverage Can Americas Inc. since April 14, 1999; Continental Materials Corp., since 1974 and American National Can Group Inc. since April 14, 1999. Mr. Gidwitz also serves as Director on the Boards of Continental Materials Corporation. He serves as a Director of Prairie Packaging Corp., and SEI Consulting. He serves as Member of Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs Of America. He serves as a Member of Executive Advisory Board of The Edgewater Funds. He serves as Chairman of the following organizations including New Prosperity Foundation and the Economic Freedom Alliance. Mr. Gidwitz serves as a Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center. He serves as Trustee of Museum of Science and Industry, Rush University and Rush University Medical Center. Mr. Gidwitz also serves as Governor and Chairman-Elect of the Boys and Girls Clubs of American. He has served as the Chairman of The Economic Development Commission of the City of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He served as a Director of Helene Curtis. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. Mr. Gidwitz is also active in the Chicago business and arts communities. He was named Crain’s Chicago Business Executive of the Year in 1988. In 2006, he was a candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois. Mr. Gidwitz is a graduate of Brown University.
Richard J Guggenhime – Richard J. Guggenhime’s legal practice emphasizes estate planning, estate and trust administration and federal estate and gift tax. Before joining Schiff Hardin, Mr. Guggenhime was a partner at Heller Ehrman where he served as Chair of the Wealth Management Practice Group from 1987-2005. Mr. Guggenhime has spent decades actively involved in contributing to the San Francisco community beginning his public service as a member of the Parking Authority from 1975-1978. He was then appointed to the Board of Permit Appeals (1978-1985), the Fire Commission (1985 to 1989) and the Recreation and Parks Commission (1989-1993 and 2004-2005). He was appointed to the Airport Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom in August 2006 and reappointed in August 2009. Mr. Guggenhime is also Past Director of the Commercial Bank of San Francisco, Global Savings Bank and North American Trust Company. Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation
William R Hambrecht – Mr. William R. Hambrecht, also known as Bill, founded WR Hambrecht + Co., LLC in January 1998 and serves as its Chairman. Mr. Hambrecht is the Founder and Chairman at WR Hambrecht + Co, Investment Arm. He is the Founder of Ironstone Group Inc. and Ironstone Group Inc., Investment Arm. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ironstone Group Inc. since March 24, 2008. He is a Co-founder of The United Football League. He served as Chief Executive Officer of WR Hambrecht + Co., LLC until June 18, 2013. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of WR Hambrecht + Co, Investment Arm. He was Founder of Chase H&Q. He introduced OpenIPO. He served as a Managing Director at BV-Cornerstone Ventures, LP. Prior to WR Hambrecht & Co, Mr. Hambrecht co-founded J.P. Morgan H&Q Principals, LP in 1968, where he was the Chairman and held various executive management positions until he resigned in December 1997. He began his career in the securities business in 1958. He was the Founder and Principal of TI Ventures. He worked at Evolve Software Inc. and Red Brick Systems, Inc. Mr. Hambrecht has been a Director of Salon Media Group Inc. since February 9, 2012, Historic AOL LLC since December 2009, Ironstone Group Inc. since 2003; and Aristotle, Inc. since September 1999. He serves as a Director of Delafield Hambrecht, Inc., Intraop Medical Corp., Calyx, Corolla, and ITG Market Research. Mr. Hambrecht serves on the Board of Trustees at The American University of Beirut. He serves as Member of Advisory Council at J. David Gladstone Institutes and is on the Board of Decision Economics. He also was appointed to the Board of the Presidio Trust by President Barack Obama in 2010. He served as a Director of Truett-Hurst, Inc. from 2012 to November 20, 2013. He served as a Director at KQED, Inc. He served as a Director of AOL Inc. from 2009 to February 2011, LXR Biotechnology Inc. since 1998 and Beacon Education Management, Inc. since January 2000. Mr. Hambrecht served as a Director of Adobe Systems Inc., LifeHarbor Investments, Inc., Cardiac Science Corporation, and GetThere.Com, Inc. He served as a Director of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. until August 17, 2011 and Motorola Solutions, Inc. from 2008 to January 1, 2011. In October, 2006, he was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Hambrecht received a B.S. from Princeton University and a B.A. In 1957.
Victor A Hebert -Burrill & Company, a San Francisco based global leader in the life sciences with principal activities in Venture Capital, Private Equity, Merchant Banking and Media, announced that Victor A. Hebert has joined the firm as Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer.
Before joining Burrill & Company, Vic spent his entire legal career at Heller Ehrman LLP. He is a business lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. In the area of venture capital, Vic has assisted in fund formation, financing transactions for purchasers and issuers, and the representation of many emerging growth companies. Vic has handled numerous mergers and acquisitions for public and private clients, including leverage buyout transactions. Vic has been involved in many public and private offerings of debt and equity securities for issuers and underwriters. Vic has also been involved in a variety of domestic and international joint ventures.
Vic holds bachelor and law degrees from the University California.
Daniel D Jackson – Daniel D. Jackson is the Member of Jackson Capital LLC and inactive roles in one additional company . Jackson Capital LLC filed as a Domestic in the State of California filed on Thursday, June 06, 1996. This corporation is approximately eighteen years old according to documents filed with California Secretary of State. Jackson Capital LLC also lists CA1FINANCIAL Services as Member. Daniel’s past corporate interests include the President of Bay Petroleum Company .
Thomas L Kempner – Mr. Thomas Lenox Kempner, Jr., is an Executive Managing Member at Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC. He founded the firm in December 1987. Previously, Mr. Kempner was a Vice President at First City Capital Corporation, where he traded a special situations portfolio of high-yield and bankruptcy securities and engaged in fixed-income arbitrage. From April 1981 until February 1983, Mr. Kempner was a Vice President of Loeb Partners, where he traded a bond arbitrage portfolio and headed the firm’s money-market department. From June 1978 until February 1981, Mr. Kempner was an Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he traded Corporate and U.S. Government Bonds. He is presently a Member of the Yale Development Board and a Trustee of the Central Park Conservancy. Mr. Kempner also serves on the board of the USA Cycling Development Foundation and is President of the Board of Trustees of The St. Bernard’s School in New York. He graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1978 with distinction and from Yale College in 1975, magna cum laude.
Charles G Koch – Co-owner and CEO of the biggest private firm “Koch Industries Inc” in the US; Charles Koch is an eminent business magnate, who made his fortune by transforming his father’s moderately successful oil company into a diversified petroleum products trading company with presence in nearly 60 countries. Known as a person with extraordinary management skills, Charles managed and expanded the inherited business to almost 2,600 times the inherited size. The Koch Industries CEO is the 18th richest man in the world and a munificent philanthropist.
Born in Kansas, the son of Late Fred Koch graduated from the prestigious “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” and started helping his father in his oil company named “Rock Island Oil and Refining Company”. After taking over the business reign in 1967, Charles transformed his father’s oil refining firm to a diversified petroleum products company “Koch Industries Inc”, with estimated annual revenue of $40 billion. The company’s expansion included opening facilities in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and China, acquiring 37,000 miles of oil and gas pipeline and diversifying in areas of pollution control equipment and technologies, forest and consumer products, minerals and fertilizers. Profits from “Koch Industries Inc” provided a flurry of wealth for Charles making him one of the most powerful billionaires in the US. The eminent business tycoon has a net worth of $25 billion and is one of richest man in the planet. The billionaire’s plush home in Palm Desert, California is his additional pricey asset apart from his highly successful firm. Charles has also held several director positions in other companies like Intrust Financial Corp, Georgia Pasfic Corp and Invista.
Charles received many prestigious awards from different Universities and organizations during his lifetime and was also rated one of the most influential people of 2011. The Koch Industries CEO has also made financial support for a number of charitable organizations like “Institute for Humane Studies”, “American Civil Liberties Union”, “Bill of Rights Institute”, “Cato Institute” and “Mercatus Center”. The 76 year old business man is married and has two children.
David H Koch –
Born in 1940, David Koch, son of Late Fred Koch, is the Executive Vice President of “Koch Industries” and the fourth wealthiest personality in the US. The billionaire’s appetite for expanding the family’s business, acquiring luxurious homes and political, non-political philanthropy has made him an eminent personality in the US. David acquired Chemical Engineering degree from the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” and currently also serves as the CEO of the “Koch Chemical Technology Group”, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.
With a net worth of $22.5 billion, Executive Vice President of “Koch Industries” holds the title of being the richest man in New York, passing Mayor Bloomberg, and the fourth wealthiest person in the US. Apart from his 9,000 square foot primary residence in New York, the billionaire business tycoon has a number of plush properties including homes in Aspen; Colorado, Southampton; New York, and Palm Beach; Florida. Tour crazy David spends up to $500,000 per week floating around the Mediterranean for several weeks on a 246-foot mega-yacht “Leander”. The affluent personality adores driving around the town streets with his family in a chauffeured Mercedes. The Kansas born business man is married and has three children.
David donated millions to conservative and libertarian organizations via his Koch-controlled foundation “David H. Koch Charitable Foundation”. Big hearted David also made $100 million donation to the “New York State Theater” at New York’s Lincoln Center which houses the New York City Opera and Ballet. The “New York State Theater” was renamed to “David H. Koch Theater” after his vital financial contribution for the theater’s renovation. A kind philanthropist by nature, the billionaire made more than $750 million contribution for cancer research, development of medical centers and support of educational institutions.
William B MacColl -Board member Laguna Honda Hospital
Richard B. Madden – URS Corp. Mr. Madden has served as one of our directors since 1992. Mr. Madden served as Chief Executive (Board Affairs and Compensation Committees); Officer of Potlatch Corporation from 1971 to 1994 and as a director of Potlatch from 1971 to 1999; as a director of PG&E Corporation from 1996 to 2000; as a director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1977 to 2000; and as a director of CNF Inc. from 1992 to 2002. He is 74 years old.
Richard A Magnuson -Richard A. Magnuson has served as Chairman of our Board since our inception. Mr. Magnuson is a founder of, and since February 2001 has served as Chief Executive Officer of, GI Partners, an international private equity fund manager which oversees the activities of GI Partners Funds I, II and III. From November 1999 until May 2007, Mr. Magnuson served as Executive Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis Investors, where he formed and managed the investments and activities of GI Partners Fund I. From 1994 through 1999, Mr. Magnuson held various positions with Nomura Securities, most recently as Deputy Managing Director of their London-based Principal Finance Group. From 1989 until 1994, Mr. Magnuson was a director in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Magnuson previously served as a director of Glenborough Realty Trust until its sale and is presently a director of four private companies. Mr. Magnuson received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. On March 5, 2012, Richard A. Magnuson, Chairman of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. informed the Board of Directors that he will not stand for re-election to the Company’s Board of Directors at the Company’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, effective April 23, 2012.
Michael Mondavi -Founder, Folio Fine Wine Partners and Michael Mondavi Family Estate
Michael Mondavi is known as the “quiet icon” among his friends and colleagues. He is widely credited with helping to establish and build the Napa Valley wine industry as we know it. Drafted into the family business immediately following his college graduation, Michael often spent two thirds of the year traveling, promoting Mondavi wines and the Napa Valley wine industry in general.
Richard B Myers USAF -Gen. Richard B. Myers is the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 19 months.
General Myers joined the Air Force in 1965 through the ROTC program at Kansas State University. He entered pilot training in June 1965 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. A command pilot, he has more than 4,100 flying hours, primarily in the F-4, F-15 and F-16, including 600 combat hours in the F-4.
The general has commanded at all levels and served in significant staff positions throughout the Air Force. His largest commands included U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan; Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo.
Dillon O’Brian – ?
Michael Aloysious Phelan ?
Carmen Policy (born January 26, 1943) is an attorney and American football executive who is best known for his front office work for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980s and 1990s. Policy, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1983 as vice president and counsel. In 1991, he became president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco 49ers and played a key role in the 49ers Super Bowl victories in 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995.
Sigmund “Sig” Rogich – Sigmund “Sig” Rogich owns and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of The Rogich Communications Group, a personal holding company that indirectly provides services to Primadonna Resorts, Inc. Mr. Rogich offers counsel in the areas of strategic planning and business development, crisis communication, issues management, corporate and media relations, business and community relations, political advising, and special projects. He has been employed by TPC as a marketing, political and gaming development consultant, since May 1993. From 1974 to January 1993, Mr. Rogich was the owner of R&R Advertising, the largest advertising agency in the state of Nevada and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1970 until 1989. Today, R&R Advertising continues to handle all the advertising and media for both the Las Vegas Convention & Visitor’s Authority and the Nevada State Tourism Board. Mr. Rogich served as Assistant to the President of the United States from 1989 to 1992, As a Presidential media advisor, he directed all of the President’s videotaping and filming sessions, assisted with speech preparation and delivery for Oval Office and State of the Union addresses, handled strategic planning and execution of the President’s official visits and public events and traveled extensively with the President. Furthermore, Mr. Rogich served as Director of President Ronald Reagan’s Tuesday Team, Official Guide to former Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev on his nationwide tour of the United States and United States Ambassador to Iceland. He served as United States Ambassador to Iceland. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Alpha Protective Services, Inc. and WorldDoc, Inc. He has been a Director of On Stage Entertainment Inc., since October 2001. He serves as the Member of Advisory Board of WinWin Gaming Inc. He served as a Director of Primadonna Resorts, Inc., since 1993. Mr. Rogich has been a member of the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations since January 1993.He serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Clark County Public Education Foundation and President of the Clark County Library Foundation. His other charitable and corporate boards that Mr. Rogich is involved in include the Community College of Southern Nevada Foundation, Opportunity Village and the Las Vegas Water District Advisory Board. graduation from Las Vegas High School, Mr. Rogich earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada at Reno, a natural fit for his avid interest in current events and politics.
William E B Start ?
Robert J Spane – Mr. Robert J. Spane, Rocky, served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Vanguard Airlines Inc. from June 1997 to May 2000. During this time, Mr. Spane testified before Congress concerning competition in the airline industry and was featured in the Wall Street Journal and various other newspapers. Mr. Spane served in the U.S. Navy for 35 years where his last position was Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific from October 1993 to February 1996. As Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific, Mr. Spane was responsible for all finances, training, logistics and the material condition of all aircraft carriers, aircraft and naval air stations in the Pacific. Mr. Spane retired from the United States Navy as a vice admiral after 35 years of service. When Mr. Spane left the Navy in 1996, he founded Pacific Associates, a consulting firm specializing in Federal Government related business. In January 2002, Mr. Spane was appointed Port Commissioner of the San Diego Unified Port District and in 2006 became Chairman of the Board. Mr. Spane served as Chairman of the Board of Vanguard Airlines Inc. from June 1997 to May 2001. Mr. Spane has been Vice Chairman and Director of HERC Products Inc. since July 7, 2004. He serves as a Director of Secure Data In Motion Inc. He serves as a Director of TranSystems Corporation and SIGABA Inc. He served as a Director of Vanguard Airlines Inc. since May 1996 and also served as a Director of XOJET Inc. He is a Member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. Mr. Spane graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962 and the Naval Postgraduate School with an M.S. degree in Operation Research/System Analysis. He graduated from the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and Naval flight and legal schools.
Craig Arthur Stephens – Craig Stephens is an executive and is an owner of Stafford Capital Management LLC, a $23M RIA based in Financial District, CA. Craig is also registered with Pacific Management Ltd, a $9M RIA based in Financial District, CA. Craig has held an industry securities registration for a year and is subject to SEC oversight.
William Laney Thornton – William Laney Thornton is the President of Brannan Management Company, Inc. and holds active roles in seven companies and inactive roles in three additional companies .
Brannan Management Company, Inc. filed as an Articles of Incorporation in the State of California filed on Wednesday, June 14, 1995. This corporation is approximately nineteen years old according to documents filed with California Secretary of State.
William Laney Thornton’s additional active roles include:
• President of Thornton Industries, Inc.
• Member of Blacktop Investors, LLC
• Member of Hennessy Investment Holdings LLC
• Member of Brannan Gp, LLC
• Member of Thornton Family Fund No. 1, L.P.
William Laney Thornton is connected to other officers through these corporate roles. One of the top connections is CA1INVESTMENT .
William’s past corporate interests include the President of Eileen West Designs
Paul C M Touw – Mr. Paul C. M. Touw serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at iCiX North America, LLC. Mr. Touw founded XOJET, Inc. in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President until October 2008. He served as Chief Architect of XOJET, Inc. He co-founded Ariba Inc. and served as its Vice President of Corporate Strategy since March 1997. He also served as Executive Vice President of Strategy for Ariba, Inc. He managed marketing and business development for Ariba from inception from September 1996 to March 1997. From September 1995 to July 1996, Mr. Touw managed western area sales and business development for Open Market, Inc. From 1991 to September 1995, he held various senior technical and sales management positions at Rasna Corporation. Initially, he joined Rasna in a technical capacity, eventually moved into field sales and later became its #1 salesmen. He held analyst and senior analyst positions at Westinghouse Electric Company, AEC Able Engineering, and BP Advanced Materials serving primarily in aerospace engineering and analysis roles. He served as Executive Chairman of XOJET, Inc. since October 2008 and served as its Director. While studying Physics, Mr. Touw wrote an educational book, “Laboratory Physics,” which the university later adopted as a standard textbook for Physics II, which helped fund his education and is still used by the Physics department today. He received the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO Award in 2007 by the San Francisco Business Times. Mr. Touw holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from University of the Pacific, School of Engineering.
Charles J Urstadt – Mr. Charles J. Urstadt served as Chief Executive Officer at Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. from September 1989 to July 1, 2013. He is been the Chairman of Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. since 1986 and serves as it Director since 1975. Mr. Urstadt serves as the Chairman and Director of Urstadt Property Company, Inc. He serves as Trustee Emeritus of Pace University. He serves as Vice Chairman of Battery Park City Authority. He serves as Trustee of Historic Hudson Valley. Mr. Urstadt served as a Trustee of Putnam Trust Company and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association.
John P Woodberry -Mr. John Parker Woodberry is an Independent Director of Dividend Capital Total Realty Trust, Inc. He was the President and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Independence Capital Asset Partners, LLC. Previously, Mr. Woodberry was a Senior Research Analyst at Cobalt Capital from 2001 to 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he was employed at Minute Man Capital Management and Trident Investment Management. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Woodberry was employed at Templeton Investments. He has been active in finance and investing activities since 1991. Mr. Woodberry earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. degree from Stanford University.