A Special Message from CEO
Jack Nicklaus once said that one of the most important decisions a golfer can make is picking the right partner. In 2007, the Golden Bear selected Howard Milstein as his partner with two important goals:
1. Institutionalize the Nicklaus brands to last for generations beyond Jack’s lifetime.
2. Add to the Jack Nicklaus legacy through the Nicklaus Companies and its two core businesses in Golf Course Design and Marketing.
Jack Nicklaus II
As Vice Chairman of Nicklaus Design, Jack Nicklaus II has been directly responsible for the design of more than 35 courses worldwide, with another 10 under construction or under development. In 2000, Jack II was awarded membership into the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects and named one of Golfweek’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, AustralAsian, European, Nike, and Golden Bear Tours.
Jack II, the oldest of Jack and Barbara’s five children and the father of five children himself, has followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways. Jack II is General Chairman of the Memorial Tournament and Chairman of Muirfield Village Golf Club, and has helped the Memorial Tournament increase its status among the elite tournaments on the PGA Tour.
Chief Executive Officer
John Reese is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at the Nicklaus Companies. He is responsible for managing all of the company’s major lines of business, including developing 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, John served as Director of Planning and Director of Marketing at the IBM Corporate Headquarters.
John is a graduate of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Michael M. Milstein
Michael 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 a partner at New York Private Bank & Trust and Milstein Properties, and serves on the boards of the Nicklaus Companies and Ostendo Technologies.
On the philanthropic side, Michael serves on many boards including the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation. Michael graduated from Cornell University in 2011 cum laude.
Barry Friedberg is Co-Chairman of the Board of NYPB&T. He has served as a member of the Board since 2004.
Prior to joining the Board of Emigrant Bank, Mr. Friedberg was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee at Merrill Lynch for more than 10 years. From 1985 through 1993, Mr. Friedberg was head of the Global Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch. In 1985, when Mr. Friedberg assumed these responsibilities, Merrill Lynch was ranked 6th or lower in the debt, equity, and M&A league tables. By the end of Mr. Friedberg’s period of leadership, Merrill Lynch was #1 in the league tables for all of these products. Mr. Friedberg’s responsibilities also included oversight of the investment activities of Merrill Lynch which included approximately $1 billion of private equity investments and approximately $1.5 billion of leveraged financing for middle market companies. He also, in 1985, initiated:
(i) the first private placement effort at a Wall Street firm to place limited partnership interests on behalf of financial sponsor clients
(ii) the first effort by a Wall Street firm to provide as a principal a bridge loan to support an unsolicited buy out when Comcast bid for Storer Broadcasting.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Friedberg was head of the Merger & Acquisition Group of AG Becker, which Merrill Lynch acquired in 1984.
Mr. Friedberg is Chairman Emeritus and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Ballet and is a member of its Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, Executives Committee, and Investment Committee of Scan Harbor and The Glaucoma Foundation.
Mr. Friedberg is a graduate of Princeton University (BA, 1962) and 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 and Milstein Properties. He is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of SupplyPro, Inc., a Director of the Nicklaus Companies and Zola Brazilian Superfruits, and a Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Azimuth Investment Management, LLC, which manages a diversified portfolio 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.
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.