Gardener’s Supply Company – Founder & Chairman
Intervale Center – Founder & Past Chairman
Will Raap works to create and nurture local food, renewable energy, waste recycling and land restoration enterprises that support a more sustainable economy and future. His innovative efforts extend from the mountains of Vermont to the tropical forests of Costa Rica.
Will serves as chairman of Burlington, Vermont-based Gardener’s Supply Company, which he founded in 1983. The 275-person, employee-owned firm, now among the world’s largest online and catalog gardening retailers, has won national and regional awards for its products and services, as well as for its socially responsible business practices.
In 1987 Will founded, and has subsequently served as chairman of, the Intervale Center, a non-profit organization that develops farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. The Intervale family of businesses includes Intervale Conservation Nursery, Intervale Agricultural Consulting Services, and Intervale Food Hub, plus 12 small, private farms developed in the Center’s nationally acclaimed farm incubator program.
Expanding the Intervale Center’s mission into Costa Rica, in 2000 Will co-founded Restoring Our Watershed, an initiative that aims to restore the Nandamojo River and its surrounding 29,000 acre watershed through community and business engagement. This led the development of a successful micro-loan program that is creating dozens of new jobs. He is a partner in two conservation developments, Tierra Pacifica and Pueblo Verde, both committed to sustainable design and practices that support watershed restoration.
Will calls himself a “restorationist”. He seeks to restore degraded and eroded lands, from gardens to watersheds, through employing the power of markets and enterprises, guided by environmental and social missions. These initiatives include Reforest Teak, a line of forest-friendly teak furniture and furnishings that supports reforestation in Costa Rica; The Earth Partners, a land restoration company developing next-generation solutions for marginal and degraded lands to rebuild soils, water resources, habitat, and other critical ecosystem functions; and South Village Community, the largest residential conservation development in Vermont that aims to re-envision suburban development with village living, open space and habitat restoration.
Will Raap is a founder and member of the New Economics Institute Board of Directors and has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards including Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Land Trust, Intervale Center, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, University of Vermont School of Environment and Natural Resources, Champlain College, Living Technologies and Seventh Generation.
Will holds a BA in Economics from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Business and Urban Planning from UC Berkeley. He has developed and taught courses at UC Davis, Golden Gate University and University of VT.
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. – Co-Founder
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation – President
Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner, Ben Cohen, are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a store front venture into an ice cream and business marvel by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses.
Greenfield was born four days before his future business partner in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up and went to school in Merrick, Long Island. It was there that he first met Cohen in junior high school. After graduating from high school with a National Merit Scholarship under his belt, Greenfield enrolled at Oberlin College.
In 1976, he moved in with Cohen and the two decided to pursue their dream of starting a food business together. They eventually settled on ice cream, and in May 1978, opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont.
Today a model for American business success, Greenfield and Cohen have been recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities and by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They have also received the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year and the Peace Museum’s Community Peacemakers of the Year Awards.
Bucknell University’s School of Management – Founder, Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) Program
Associate Professor & Program Chair
Jamie Hendry was a founder of the Managing for Sustainability (MSUS) Program in Bucknell University’s School of Management, where she is an associate professor and the MSUS Program Chair. She teaches foundational courses in sustainability, core courses in strategy and ethics, and the University’s unique experiential introductory course Management 101. Jamie loves to teach and was the University’s recipient of the “Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching” in 2014. She has held numerous formal leadership positions at Bucknell and has been active in sustainability leadership throughout her time there.
Jamie managed small businesses before receiving her B.S. from George Mason University. She then joined a leading management consulting practice, which led her to attend the Darden School at the University of Virginia for her MBA. Afterwards, she ran a nonprofit horse therapy organization, then her own consulting and professional speaking organization. During that time, she also taught a college course and found a passion for teaching. Jamie earned her Ph.D. in management strategy, ethics, and environmental studies at Virginia Tech. The Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division of the Academy of Management – “the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars” – conferred the Best Dissertation Award on her in 2003.
With scholarly interests in organizational ethics, strategy, and sustainability, Jamie has shared and continues to share her research via journal articles and conference presentations. She also sits on academic journal editorial boards and conference advisory boards. For the International Association for Business and Society, Jamie served as Conference Chair, President, and Proceedings Editor; and she is currently as the Division Chair-Elect for the Academy of Management’s SIM Division, having served as the Program Chair last year.
MSD Capital, L.P.
Matthew Satnick is an investment professional at MSD Partners, L.P., an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., which was formed in 1998 to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. MSD Partners utilizes a multi-disciplinary investment strategy focused on maximizing long-term capital appreciation by making investments across the globe in the equities of public and private companies, credit, real estate and other asset classes and securities.
Mr. Satnick’s areas of focus are in energy, with a specialization in the oilfield services sector, water, alternative energy and industrial cyclical businesses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Water Solutions, a provider of water conservation services to oil and gas producers. He is also an advisor to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. Prior to joining MSD Partners, Mr. Satnick was a principal with Odyssey Investment Partners, where he focused on leveraged buyouts of North American companies within the industrial and business services sectors. Mr. Satnick started his career in the Restructuring Group of Lazard Freres and received a B.A. in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania.