Andy Roddick Foundation Announces New Board of Directors for Future Growth
AUSTIN, Texas -- March 27, 2013
Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) today announced its new Board of Directors,
assembled to help ARF achieve its mission to develop and inspire underserved
youth through education and sports-based mentoring.
Retired tennis professional Andy Roddick has relocated his foundation to
Austin, Texas, and recruited a new team to transform ARF from an all-volunteer
charity into a professional, not-for-profit organization focused on
after-school programs that teach character and life lessons to underserved
youth. “It’s humbling to have such incredibly accomplished and experienced
people believe in our mission and want to work together to steer us through
our next phase of growth,” Roddick said.
Leading the team is CEO Jeff Lau, with a wealth of experience in several
management, operations, and finance roles. Lau, who is also a new director,
said, “Today’s announcement underscores the Foundation’s commitment to create,
deliver, and support high-quality programs that can change the arc of a
Roddick will chair the Board and is joined by several others including tennis
great Billie Jean King, known worldwide for her 20 Wimbledon titles and her
"Battle of the Sexes" win over Bobby Riggs. King’s tireless contributions as
Founder and President of the Women's Tennis Association, her devoted efforts
within organizations whose missions are to achieve global gender equality, and
her unwavering commitment to tackle social and environmental challenges will
greatly help ARF in this growth phase.
Additional directors are:
Paul Bell: Former President, Public and Large Enterprises for Dell, Inc., a
$35B global business unit. He also served on the Dell senior executive team
from 1998 to 2012. Prior to joining Dell, Bell served as a strategy consultant
at Bain & Co., and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of
the Yale School of Management and holds a BS in Economics and BA in Fine Arts
from Pennsylvania State University. He has previously served as a volunteer in
the Peace Corps (Tunisia) and is an instrument-rated pilot. His philanthropic
activities have included board roles on the Austin Children’s Shelter and Safe
Place, as well as an advisor to Team Red White & Blue, an organization that
supports returning US combat veterans.
Andy Esparza: Former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
for Dell, Inc. Prior to joining Dell, Esparza served in executive positions at
NCR Corporation, a multi-billion-dollar technology company based in Dayton,
Ohio, and Bechtel, a multi-billion-dollar engineering and construction company
based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BA in Business Administration
from San Diego State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of Directors
for San Juan Diego High School and the Campanile Foundation board.
Maria Farahani: Co-founder Fara Coffee, an Austin-based coffee company
specializing in rain-forest grown ‘direct trade’ coffee that is sold in retail
grocery chains, and the Fara Foundation, which focuses on improving the
quality of life in Matagalpa, Nicaragua by providing aid through medical care,
food assistance, educational opportunities and elderly care. Farahani holds a
BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, and serves on the
boards of KIPP-Austin, Rhodes College, Grounds for Health, and the Fara
Phillip Meyers: Former CEO and Chairman of Heartland Automotive Services, the
largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in the US, with over 430 store locations and
$370M in annual sales. Meyers has extensive experience in a variety of real
estate and private equity situations, including involvement with companies in
all phases of growth and development. He has over 30 years of experience as a
Certified Public Accountant, specializing in business valuation, tax law, and
corporate restructuring. He currently serves on several boards of privately
held companies, and is a published author.
About the Andy Roddick Foundation
The Andy Roddick Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) that works to develop and inspire
underserved youth through education and sports-based mentoring, preparing each
youth to succeed in the game of life. ARF raised over $11 million for its
youth programs as well as for various Texas and South Florida-based youth
organizations. For more information, please contact the Andy Roddick
Foundation directly at 512.298.1960 or email email@example.com.
Andy Roddick Foundation
Marcía Williams, 512-585-6092
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