PAUL SALMON, Chairman
Paul Salmon is Chairman of Rockhouse Hotel, a thirty four room boutique hotel located on the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. Rockhouse is consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean. In 2014 Rockhouse won the ”Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel” prize at the World Travel Awards. Paul oversees all aspects of the hotel’s positioning, marketing and operations. Paul is the Managing Partner at Miss Lily’s, the celebrated Jamaican restaurant group with four locations; two in downtown New York, Dubai and its newest addition at the brand new Skylark Negril Beach Resort in Jamaica. Additionally, Paul is a founding and operating partner of Joe’s Pub LLC, one of New York's most renowned live music and performance venues, located at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Also located at the Public Theater, he is an operating partner at The Library restaurant. Paul also serves as a Board Member for City & Country School located in New York’s West Village where his children attend.
PETER B. ROSE, President
After ten years as a member of the New York Stock Exchange, beginning in 1980, Mr. Rose has spent the past 25 years working in the non-profit sector, first as Executive Director of Clearpool, Inc., and more recently as President of the Rockhouse Foundation. During 13 years as CEO of Clearpool, he lead its transformation from an insolvent summer camp for low-income children struggling to generate $500,000 annually, to an entrepreneurial, year-round educational organization serving children from kindergarten through career with an annual budget of almost $5 million. In 2002 Mr. Rose left Clearpool and soon thereafter joined with his former Clearpool Board member, Paul Salmon and Mr. Salmon’s fellow owners of the Rockhouse Hotel, to create the Rockhouse Foundation, where he has served as President since 2003.
SAMUEL JACOB, Treasurer
Samuel L. Jacob was born in Fairfield, CT and received a BS in Economics(Summa Cum Laude) and an MS in accounting from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Sam is a Co-founder of the Rockhouse Foundation. Sam has been involved in capital raising, consulting and financial advisory services for companies in financial services, technology, healthcare processing, entertainment and business intelligence spaces and active as a private investor. Sam was a Managing Director at JP Morgan/Chase where he was responsible for relationships with Banks, Central Banks and Finance Companies globally.Sam also spent 16 years at Bankers Trust Company where he lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia. He was a Partner and Senior Managing Director and held a number of positions, including Head of Global Fixed Income Sales and Deputy Head of The Asia Merchant Bank.Sam was also a senior member of a small team that pioneered Credit Derivatives and executed the first credit swap. He joined Bankers Trust as Controller of the Global Markets Businesses after 6 years at Arthur Andersen & Co.
LAURI LONDON FREEDMAN
Lauri London Freedman is the founder of Three-Fourths of an Ounce. After graduating from Rice University, Lauri began her professional career as a children’s book editor working for HarperCollins Children’s Books and then Hyperion Books for Children. Upon leaving publishing, she created the position of Director of Business Development at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) where she invigorated the corporate partnership initiative and helped to re-imagine the earned income programs including the museum’s retail outlet. After becoming a mother, Lauri took on various consultant and freelance positions for corporate clients such as The Gap, The Walt Disney Company, and Real Simple Magazine and not-for-profits such as The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Room to Grow, Free Arts for Abused Children, the Young Survival Coalition, the Rockhouse Foundation and Materials for the Arts. She and her husband Douglas live in Brooklyn, New York with their three teenaged children.
Damian Salmon was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew to focus his study on matters of design and social interaction, often looking for alternative views. After completing secondary school, he studied Interior Design and began to focus particurlarly on furniture and became an instructor at the “Melbourne School of Woodcraft” then went on to form his own company designing and building custom furniture including Retail and Hospitality fitouts. From 2006 to 2014 he was living in Jamaica as a partner and Project Director at “Rockhouse Hotel” in Negril overseeing Design implementation, Upgrading, maintenance, Grounds, responsible for the look and feel of the resort. Since being in Negril he has become very involved with the community and was elected President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He sits on a number of boards and committees including, The Negril Environment Protection Trust, The Negril Beach Restoration Committee, The Negril Resort Board, UDC Tourism Advisory Committee, The Kennelworth/Heart Management Development Committee.
Matthew Zucker is a corporate attorney with the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity and debt offerings, commercial lending and general corporate counseling of public and private companies. Prior to practicing law, he founded and ran a strategic consulting company that advised hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare organizations on long-term recruitment planning and strategy. Matthew has a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from SUNY University at Buffalo in Economics, Geography and Judaic Studies.
Peter is one of the founding partners of Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica. He has founded or been early investor, board member or advisor to early stage companies in Australia, the US and Europe, and has substantial experience founding and managing businesses, restructuring businesses and launching new products. He is currently a Co-Founder and Executive Director of both Tissue Repair Pty Limited and Better Caring Pty Limited. He was also previously the co-founder and CEO of Texel Capital, a European based hedge fund. Peter is an ex-Senior Managing Director and Partner of Bankers Trust Company, New York and founded and was Managing Partner of BT Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of Bankers Trust. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Major) from the University of New South Wales, being recipient of the Hoover award as best graduating student.
Peter Picard is a writer/producer and a small business owner. He sits on a number of boards whose focus is children, including Global Arts Initiative (GAIN, co-founder), the Rockhouse Foundation, Bronx Academy of Letters, and the Russian Children Welfare Society. He lives in New York City.
Chris’s career began as an assistant to producer/director/writer Aaron Russo. The filmmaker has produced Trading Places and Wise Guys, and won awards ranging from Emmys to Golden Globes to Tonys. The exposure to such dedication and success led Chris to take his own first successful step in 1991 when he co-founded The Shooting Gallery. The Shooting Gallery began as a film cooperative and became what the Village Voice has called “an indie film empire” after producing successes like Laws of Gravity and Sling Blade (which earned TSG a $10-million deal with Miramax). In addition to his film work, Chris has also been Supervising Producer for North South Productions’ Caribbean Babylon and Spring Break Babylon, airing on The Travel Channel. In 2003, Chris along with fellow Rockhouse Foundation board member Peter Picard, purchased Nectar’s in Burlington VT, a well known music venue that has launched the careers of Phish, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and most recently Twiddle. Chris also successfully ran Sun Splash Tours Jamaican Spring Break program in Negril Jamaica from 1997 to 2006 as their Director of Operations. Chris brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the Rockhouse Foundation, a product of nearly two decades of working as Live Event Producer. Chris is currently President and CEO of Nectar’s Entertainment Group with a prime focus on producing concerts and live events in Vermont, Connecticut, Martha’s Vineyard MA, Colorado, Jamaica and beyond.
Ian Coville is a proud father of three children, and currently resides in Shelton, CT. Having studied at Tufts University and the Museum School of Fine Arts, Ian brings a sense of creativity and artistic nature to solving problems and implementing new projects and initiatives that he feels passionately about. Ian has spent the last 20 + years leading private and public companies in developing strategy to implement innovative changes in technology to ensure success. At present, he is the Senior Vice President of Global Information Technologies at Tangoe, Inc., and President of One-Drop Consulting. Ian serves as technical advisor to the Foundation, overseeing operations for the technical programs and computer labs at the Foundation schools as well as being responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of the SuccessMaker program, the first of its kind in the Caribbean. Ian travels to Jamaica on a regular basis in support of the technology program and to ensure that this program touches as many children as possible.
Tim was born in Brisbane, Australia and grew up in the Middle East before moving to London to study Mathematical Economics at the London School Of Economics. He graduated in 2005 with first class honours and began a career in Foreign Exchange derivatives trading at Merrill Lynch in London. After 5 years he moved to JP Morgan to continue his foreign exchange career before, in 2012, moving to New York with Deutsche Bank where he currently runs the G10 flow options business in New York. He and his wife Gabi live in Brooklyn where he hopes to write a novel, or at least get past the second chapter of writing a novel.
Fabrizio (Fab) Ippoliti is a Founder Partner and the Managing Director of Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica. Fab has a long history in hospitality dating back to the 1970s. In the 1980's he built and operated Subterrain Night Club and then went on to own Inflation Night Club. Both Melbourne Australia venues were design award winning masterpieces with Inflation winning the 1985 RAIA, Merit Award for Outstanding Architecture. Next he opened two highly successful restaurants in Melbourne in the late 1980s, Iguana and Carmines. Known locally as a Tsar of the Melbourne hospitality and entertainment industry his vision contributed to the deregulation of the Liquor license and the way businesses served food and alcohol in Melbourne in 1990. Throughout this period and into the early 1990's he worked advising Price Waterhouse Coopers (then Coopers & Lybrand) in their hospitality division and overseeing Receiver Managers. In 1994 ahead of the purchase of Rockhouse Fab relocated to Jamaica and project managed and oversaw all aspect of the original development and construction of the Rockhouse in 1994/1995 and has remained as Managing Director over the past two decades with key oversight in the areas of expansion and new construction, renovation and maintenance of the facility as it has grown from 12 rooms to 34 rooms and from 2 1/2 acres to 8 acres of property. Currently Fab balances his commitments in Jamaica with numerous international commercial and residential building developments. As the Managing Partner of LF New York Property Trust he has recently converted and renovated a mixed use commercial & residential building in lower Manhattan.