F's & G's

*Fawn, Don

    Don is an Environmental Investigator and a senior member of the TNRCC Emergency Response Unit with special training in Terrorism Response.

    Mr. Fawn was also Project Manager at the Branch Davidian site in Waco TX and has written extensively on environmental containment management.

*Fisher, Paul

    Paul obtained his JD from the University of Michigan in 1973, graduating cum laude.

    He has gained extensive experience in the areas of construction finance, securitized lending, entertainment law, banking industry regulation and commercial real-estate development.

    Mr. Fisher has spoken extensively on the deregulation of the banking industry, the relationship between capital and debt in real estate finance, and underwriting issues for real-estate lawyers.

    Paul has authored:

    • Representing Developers with respect to Distressed Property
    • Financing Real Estate Development
    • Amending the Constitution: The Convention Route.

    For further info: www.piperrudnick.com

*Fiterman, Charles

    Mr. Fiterman has been in the computer sciences field for over 38 years. His expertise in computer algorithms predates degrees in the field. Charles is considered an expert in memory management and computer language design.

*Gaskins, Richard

    Richard received his JD from Harvard 1984 and currently practices out of Charlotte North Carolina.

    Mr. Gaskins chairs the North Carolina Bar Foundation Marketing CLE Committee and is also President of the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood Foundation.

    He has been interviewed on numerous television programs regarding his involvement in or knowledge of a proposed class action lawsuit related to benzene exposure and use of MTBE in gasoline; lawsuits and threatened lawsuits pertaining to historic preservation; open meetings laws; sewage treatment plants; and highway construction.

*Goddu, Roger

    Mr. Goddu attended Adrian College in Adrian Michigan and the University of Toledo. In 1995 he completed the Harvard’s Business School's Executive Development Program.

    Mr. Goddu was named chairman and chief executive officer of the troubled Montgomery Ward in January 1997. After identifying the underlying problems facing the distressed company, Roger was in the midst of implementing a turn around plan when the company was hit by the year 2000 economic downturn.

    While the dramatic “New Wards” prototype was broadly accepted by the industry and consumer alike, the company was unable to complete its turn around, forcing it to file for bankruptcy in December of 2000. This marked the end of a 128 year old retailer that founded the country’s first mail order catalogue.

    Roger’s career began in 1970 at R.H. Macy & Co. in Toledo, where he held various positions prior to being promoted to merchandise administrator for small wares and The Budget Store.

    In 1975 he moved on to Rikes/Lazarus Department Stores, where he spent five years and left as vice president/general merchandise manager. In 1980 Roger joined Target Stores as the divisional merchandise manager of men's and boy's. In 1983 he was promoted to vice president of ready to wear, and in 1985 he moved to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of hardlines, men's and boy's.

    Roger's next career move was joining Toys "R" Us in 1989 as Executive Vice President and general merchandise manager. He was appointed president  U.S. merchandising at Toys "R" Us in Paramus, New Jersey in February 1996 before his start at Montgomery Ward in 1997.

*Gorman, Linda

    Linda’s academic degrees are in economics. She is a Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, a free market think tank in Golden, Colorado and director of the Institute’s Center for Personal Freedom. 

    A freelance writer and researcher, Linda is a weekly columnist for the Colorado Daily in Boulder.  Her articles have appeared in local newspapers, as well as professional journals and publications such as The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

    She has worked as an economic researcher for a Denver mutual fund company and was an adjunct professor and a principal investigator for several military manpower projects at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. 

    A partial list of publications includes:

    • Towards Nondestructive Government:  5 Rules for Safe Public Policy
    • Compassion or Compulsion: Proposition 187 and the Immigration Debate
    • Attracting Capital to Emerging Markets
    • Minimum Wages and Discrimination
    • General Intellectual Achievement, Enlistment Intentions, and Racial Representativeness in the U.S. Military
    • Enlistment Motivations of Army Reservists:  Money, Self-Improvement, or Patriotism?

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