Company Leadership

Jack Nicklaus is, simply put, the best golfer who’s ever played the game. His record of achievement and sustained excellence is unmatched. Jack was named Golfer of the Century or Golfer of the Millennium by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN. Jack has 118 professional tournament victories worldwide and 18 Professional major championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four US Opens, three British Opens).

Heralded by fans, peers, and publications alike, Jack not only reached heights in the golf world that had never been reached, but he transcends sports, as one of the most admired and respected champions in the world.

Jack has achieved similar success after his playing career. He leads The Nicklaus Companies, founded in 1962. Jack has won awards, accolades, and business for his dedication to excellence and his stewardship of the game, from personally designing more than 250 courses worldwide to his leadership in restoring golf to the 2016 Olympic Games. With his wife Barbara, Jack created the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, with a goal to provide access to world-class healthcare for all children and support innovative programs focused on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illness.

Jack Nicklaus is golf’s greatest player, greatest champion, greatest businessman, and golf’s greatest ambassador.

Partnership with Howard Milstein

Howard Milstein partnered with Jack Nicklaus in 2007 to help institutionalize and grow the business. Howard was a fan of Nicklaus and intrigued by the opportunity to grow a brand already synonymous with integrity, high standards and performance. Jack summed up the partnership with Howard best when he said, “If you want to have a successful business, partner with Howard Milstein.” Howard said about Jack: “He could do half of what he’s doing and it still would be much more than most people.” He further added, “The essence of the man is that he loves to compete.”

Howard Milstein is executive chairman of The Nicklaus Companies. Outside of his co-leadership with The Nicklaus Companies, Howard is Chairman, President, and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank, the country’s largest family-run, private bank. In addition, Howard chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies. Howard owns and leads a number of successful entrepreneurial businesses across a broad range of sectors: real estate, banking, hotels, marketing, finance, technology and other ventures. Howard’s philanthropic interests and activities include medical research and healthcare delivery, higher education, cultural institutions, communal giving and disaster relief. Howard serves as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority.

Barry Friedberg

Barry Friedberg is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Bank & Trust and Chairman of the Finance & Strategic Planning Committee of the Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nicklaus Companies and Fiduciary Network. He is also President of FriedbergMilstein, an asset management firm founded in 2003.

Prior to 2003, Mr. Friedberg had been an Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch and a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. From 1985–1993, he was responsible for management of the Global Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Friedberg is also a member on the Board of Directors of New York City Ballet (Chairman of the Board, 2003–2008), Boys and Girls Harbor, and the Glaucoma Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anthony R. H. Gerard

Anthony Gerard is Special Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust Co. and Milstein Properties. He is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of SupplyPro, Inc., a Director of the Nicklaus Companies, Zola Brazilian Superfruits and a Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Azimuth Investment Management, LLC, which manages a diversified fund of hedge funds. He is the Managing Member of Gerard Partners, LLC, an advisory and investment firm, and is a Director and the Secretary of the Wellness Foundation of East Hampton.

Michael Milstein

Michael M. Milstein is the CEO of the Boylan Bottling Co., a premium beverage company, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Grand Central Tech, a technology accelerator in New York. He is also a partner at New York Private Bank & Trust and a partner at Milstein Properties, and serves on the boards of The Nicklaus Companies and Ostendo Technologies.

On the philanthropic side, Michael serves on boards including the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation. Michael graduated from Cornell University in 2011 cum laude.

Gary Nicklaus

Gary Nicklaus has been involved with strategy at the Nicklaus Companies for many years and served as a board member since 2007. He is currently active as a private investor in a number of areas, including finance, real estate, and service businesses.

Continuing the family tradition, he graduated from Ohio State University, and played on the golf team. He played golf professionally on the PGA Tour for nearly a decade and remains active in various charity golf events.

Jack Nicklaus II

At one time, Jack Nicklaus II pursued a career in professional golf, and now has established himself among the golf industry’s most talented course designers. As President of Nicklaus Design, considered the world’s leading golf course design firm, Jack Nicklaus II has been directly responsible for the design of more than 35 courses worldwide, with almost another 10 under construction or under development. In 2000, Jack II was not only awarded membership into the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects, but he was named to Golfweek magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

As a player, Jack II had a successful collegiate career as a scholarship member of the University of North Carolina golf team. He then enjoyed competitive success—first on the amateur circuit, winning the prestigious North-South Championship in 1985. Jack II later turned professional, playing around the world on the PGA, Canadian PGA, Australasia, European, Nike and Golden Bear Tours. In 2011, Jack II applied for and received his amateur status again

Jack II, the oldest of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’ five children and the father of five children himself, has followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways. Jack II is also furthering the legacy his father and family created in Central Ohio with the Memorial Tournament. Almost a decade ago, Jack II became General Chairman of the Memorial Tournament and Chairman of Muirfield Village Golf Club, and has helped the Memorial increase its status among the elite tournaments on the PGA Tour.

John Reese

John Reese became Chief Executive Officer of Nicklaus Companies in 2009 and is responsible to manage and develop all of the company’s major lines of business, including branding, marketing, and golf course design. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Nicklaus Companies and is focused on burnishing and expanding the Jack Nicklaus brand to products and services worldwide.

Before coming to Nicklaus Companies, John was a Partner and President of Fisher Reese & Associates, a group that developed and managed large real estate assets through the U.S. Prior to forming his own company, John served as Director of Planning and Director of Marketing at the IBM Corporate Headquarters. Over his career at IBM, John managed the development of both hardware and software products.

John is a graduate of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

William Staudt

William Staudt is a Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank. He joined Emigrant in 2007 as a Founding Partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Subsequently, he assumed responsibility for the Bank’s private equity business and its commercial lending businesses. Prior to joining Emigrant he was Managing Partner of Hamilton Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Throughout his career he has acquired, owned, and/or operated a number of companies. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School. He has been a director of the Nicklaus Companies since 2009.