Board of Directors


Allan Houston

Principal & Chairman of the Board

As a man of faith and strong family values, Allan Houston lives his life with a determination to utilize his success as a professional athlete to help others while continuing to grow a variety of entrepreneurial interests.

Allan’s dedication to helping others is demonstrated through the exciting work of his Legacy Foundation, which has served over 1,500 participants across the country through original programs in fatherhood and entrepreneurship to facilitate individual and collective growth through initiatives that – 1) Restore a strong family unit, 2) Provide economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, 3) Encourage education and life skill development, and 4) Enhance spiritual growth. Through the success of his philanthropy, Allan was named “Father of the Year” by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2007, “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tulane University in 2008, and received the President’s Council on Service and Civic Engagement Award from the Obama Administration in 2011.

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Richard Anthony

Board Member

Richard is a Managing Director and Head of Derivatives & Equities at The Americas for BGC Partners where he drives a team-based approach to managing the institutional equity and equity derivatives business units for BGC. Prior to joining BGC in 2009, Richard was Head of Global Derivatives for Pali Capital since 2002. Richard built Pali Global Derivatives into a 20 person team with offices in London and NYC and was a key member of the firm’s management, even serving on the Board of Directors. Towards the end of his tenure, Richard also served as co-CEO of the firm. Between 1990 and 2002, Richard focused on option strategies for institutions at Oppenheimer & Co., Alex Brown and Lek Securities. Previously, he worked on Wall Street at the options desk of Shearson Lehman Hutton. Richard graduated from the University of Colorado in 1983.

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Wade Houston

Board Member

Wade made history as a young man, becoming the first African-American man to be awarded a basketball scholarship at the University of Louisville. After graduating, Wade served as the basketball coach of Male High School, where he won a Kentucky state championship. He then moved on to become the coach at the University of Louisville in 1975. During his tenure, Louisville appeared in four Final Four competitions, winning the National Championship in 1980 and 1986. From 1989-1994, Wade coached at the University of Tennessee, serving as the first black head coach in the SEC.

In 1994, Wade became partners in Active Transportation Co. Automotive Carrier Services, Dallas & Mavis Specialized Carriers and ATC Leasing Company. The combined entities became the second-largest minority owned company in the U.S. and the largest minority owned transportation company in North America. In 2001, Wade began concentration on developing Houston-Johnson, Inc., a logistics provider and warehouse management entity that coordinates specific just-in-time activities.

Wade is a Direction for Old National Bank, a member of the University of Louisville Athletic Board of Directors, chairs The Ryder Cup Community Relations Committee, co-chaired Governor Steve Beshear’s Inauguration Committee and is a member of The First Tee of Louisville and the Kentuckiana Minority Business Council. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1966, earning a Bachelor’s Degree and later a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology.

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Marshall Kaplan

Board Member

Marshall is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley’s Global Investment Solutions unit. He has more than 30 years of investment industry experience and currently manages the Fundamental All-Cap Equity and Fundamental Small/Mid-Cap Core portfolios for Fundamental Equity Advisors. Previously, he worked in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Portfolio Strategy and Research Group and managed the Equity Model Portfolio team. Marshall joined a predecessor firm in 1983 as a portfolio analyst. Subsequently, he created and managed that firm’s Equity High Net Worth and Portfolio Management programs and served on its Global Investment Committee and Global Portfolio Committee. Prior to joining the predecessor firm, he spent two years as a paper and forest products analyst at an institutional research firm. Marshall graduated from Baruch College with a B.B.A. in Finance and Investments and earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Financial Management from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

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Paul Yablon

Board Member

Paul is a Global Macro Portfolio Manager at Moore Capital Management in New York. Prior to joining Moore in 2008, he spent 15 years as a Senior Managing Director at RBS Greenwich Capital. Before that, Paul’s career on Wall Street began in 1986 at Brown Brothers Harriman, where, through a firm sponsored program, he first became a volunteer mentor at the Boys Club of New York. Paul moved to NYC from Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Jill and their four children in 2010. He formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the United Jewish Appeal of Greenwich and his wife Jill is a board member of the Dubin Breast Cancer Center at Mount Sinai and the University of Pennsylvania Library.