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OFFICERS & DIRECTORS



Todd Payne Chairman
Reg Kenney Vice President
Dr. Lisa Gwynn Co-Founder
Carlos Rodriguez Secretary
Gary Beecher Treasurer
   
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Honorary Board Members

Joe Gibbs NASCAR Sprint Team Owner & NFL Hall of Fame
Jeff Gordon 4-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Tony Stewart 3-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Dr. Barth Green Professor & Chairman Neurological Services, University of Miami School of Medicine
Hank Steinbrenner New York Yankees
Bill Goldberg Former Pro-Wrestler & TV personality
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Board Members

 

 

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Jerry GwynnJerry Gwynn - Ex-Officio

 

Jerry Gwynn served on the Board for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation since its inception in 2002. In 2013, he remained on the board of directors as an advisor only. He no longer serves as a voting member of the board. Before this, Jerry spent 32 years working for the Chevron Corporation where he was construction and maintenance supervisor for all service stations in Southeast Florida. As a driver, Jerry Gwynn was an NHRA World Champion in 1969 (Super Eliminator). He also won four NHRA Southeast divisional titles. In September 1999, Gwynn, along with his wife Joan and son Darrell, was awarded drag racing's most prestigious honor - The Ollie Award, for citizenship in the sport of drag racing, presented by Car Craft Magazine. Jerry resides in Davie, FL with Joan, his wife of 50 years.

 

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Jerry GwynnDr. Lisa Gwynn

Co-founder

 

Lisa Gwynn, wife of Darrell Gwynn, is a co-founder of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and served as its Vice President & Treasurer from 2001-2010. After stepping away from the day-to-day duties with the foundation to earn her MBA at the University of Miami in 2010, in December 2011 she rejoined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation as its Interim Executive Director until early 2013. Prior to that in 2010 she accepted a position with the University of Miami School of Medicine as its Medical Director of the Pediatric Mobile Clinic Program and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. As interim executive director Lisa restructured the foundation's accounting procedures and brought in a new administrator to oversee and manage this process, implemented the creation of the advisory council and fundraising committee and guided the foundation to better prioritize its fundraising efforts. As Vice President & Treasurer from 2001-2010, Lisa was involved in all aspects of the foundation including: 501©3 filings with the IRS, accounting, budgeting, stra

tegic planning, correspondence with the Board of Directors, human resources, staff management, operations, government affairs, grant management, fundraising, marketing, website development, social media, newsletter publication, database management, public relations and development and implementation of program services such as the wheelchair donation program, high school spinal cord injury prevention program and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. With a background in pediatric medicine, Gwynn practiced as a pediatrician at Children's Medical Center in Hollywood, Fla. From 2001-2009. There she also became the clinic's Director of Marketing in 2008. Lisa has a number of academic appointments to her name including the University of Miami School of Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and holds her board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also a member of several professional associations including American Osteopathic Association, Florida Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physician Executives and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. A graduate of the University of Miami pre-med program with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Lisa went on to further her education by earning her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Currently she's pursuing an MBA degree at the University of Miami specializing in Health Sector Management and Policy. Prior to attending medical school, Lisa worked as a research specialist in neuroscience at the University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as well as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Her work has been co-published in journals such as the Journal of Neurobiology, Glia, the Journal of Neuroscience, Invest Ophthalmol, and the Journal of General Virology. Active in her community, Lisa has served as PTA president at Manatee Bay Elementary, as well as appeared as a Pediatrician on websites Newbaby.com as well as currently serves on the Miami-Dade County School Health Advisory Council, she has volunteered and supported several organizations including, "Volunteer Pediatrician", and the Manatee Bay Elementary Parent Teacher Association. Born in Miami, Lisa was a cheerleader at the University of Miami from 1984-88, named Orange Bowl Queen in 1989 as well as Miss Miami in 1991. A natural talent, Lisa enjoyed dancing for most of her life. Lisa and her husband Darrell, along with their daughter Katie, reside in Weston, Fla.

 

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Jerry GwynnGary Beecher
Treasurer

 

Gary Beecher, CPA, AAI Senior Financial Executive - Brown & Brown, Inc. Gary Beecher is a native Floridian where he grew up in North Dade and Hollywood. He graduated from Chaminade High School and the University of Florida (with Honors). A Financial Professional for the past 25 years, Gary has grown into expanded roles with each company served. His career began in Public Accounting with the firm of Deloitte & Touche, serving various client industries in the areas of Audit, Tax, and Consulting. Experience includes 18 years in the Casino Industry while employed as CFO of Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. This Enterprise has become a household name in the South Florida area while enjoying tremendous growth and success over the years. During his tenure, Gary developed as an integral part of the Senior Management team and respected advisor to Tribal Leadership. Duties included the oversight of all financial aspects of the Casino and Resort operations along with direct supervision of the Accounting, Treasury, Receiving, and Inventory Control departments. Presently, he is employed as a Senior Financial Executive in Internal Operations with the public company of Brown & Brown, Inc. headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Responsibilities include providing financial expertise with client insurance needs, existing profit center office operations, and potential agency acquisition targets. Brown & Brown is ranked as the seventh largest insurance intermediary in the United States and the World. Gary resides in Davie, Florida with his wife Brenda and 3 children Aaron (23), Gabrielle (17), and Michaella (13). He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.

 

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Robert AbdellahRobert Abdellah
Vice President - Just Marketing

Bob Abdellah serves as Vice President, Global Communications for globally leading motorsports agency Just Marketing International.  He has spent most of his career in sports marketing and extensively in motorsports. His early career was as an internationally-touring auto racing journalist. Bob has worked on the corporate, team ownership and agency sides of the industry, both with and for a “Who’s Who” of Blue Chip corporations and brands including General Motors, Quaker State, MBNA and Anheuser-Busch, among others.

 

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Jeff GordonJeff Gordon

CEO The Gordon Company

 

Mr. Gordon, CEO of The Gordon Company, is widely respected as one of the nation’s foremost leaders and authorities in the business of the disposition of jewelry, retail store fixtures and equipment. See www.gordonco.com.  Formerly a principal at Gordon Brothers Group and CEO of GB Fixed Asset Solutions, now leading The Gordon Company, Jeff represents a long standing symbol of liquidation experience across a wide range of companies and industries. With a one-hundred year family history in liquidation, Jeff also leads The Gordon Company’s premier jewelry liquidation division, recently completing the sale of $129M in excess jewelry inventory from 77 closing Whitehall Jewelry stores. 

 

In addition to his extensive background and successes in the large scale liquidation industry, Jeff has a lengthy motorsports background, including nearly 10 years spent serving as both owner and driver with the NHRA AA/FC Class nitro methane fueled funny car circuit. Jeff also owned and operated the country’s largest pre-owned luxury limousine sales and manufacturing facility, providing luxury motor vehicles to the executive transportation and motion picture industries, including customized automobiles to Warner Brothers, Universal and Lorimar for major motion pictures and network television.

 

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Reg Kenney

Reg Kenney

CEO, Global Customer Solutions, The Americas - DHL

 

Reg Kenney is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he also attended St Mary's University. A thirty- five year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry, Reg began his career at Air Canada in 1974. He assumed positions of increased responsibility over a period of twenty years with Air Canada in both sales and operational roles. One project of which he has fond memories was planning and managing the airport and ground logistics for the participants of the 1983 Pan-American Wheelchair Games in Halifax, Canada. Reg was a member of the Company's Senior Management, and directed Air Canada Cargo's System Operations and Freighter Network. 

 

He joined Air Express International (AEI) in 1994 as Managing Director, Canada, and built the organization into one of AEI's largest and most profitable international operations. In 1999, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales, North America, moving to AEI's corporate head office in Darien CT. Acquired by the Deutsche Post in 2000, AEI was subsequently merged into DHL.  Reg is currently Chief Executive Officer, Global Customer Solutions for DHL. His Team manages the relationships with DHL's largest global customers. He works from their Plantation FL Head Office. 

 

An avid and enthusiastic motorsports fan, Reg and his wife of 25 years, Brenda, reside in Weston FL. 

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Todd Payne

Todd Payne, Esq.

Zebersky & Payne, LLP

 

Todd S. Payne is the founding and administrative partner of Zebersky & Payne, LLP. He represents corporate and individual clients in various complex corporate and commercial matters. He is a member of the Broward County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Todd also serves on the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee for the Florida Bar and is a member of the NADCA Standards Committee. He has often been appointed as a special public defender and guardian ad litem by judges in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. He graduated with B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Miami. He is a member of Iron Arrow, the University of Miami's highest honor. He is a licensed pilot, scuba diver and race car driver.

 

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Richard Paysor

Richard Paysor

Former Sr. Vice President Chief Operating Officer - Rusty Wallace, Inc

 

Dick is a seasoned Motorsports and Financial Business Executive with over 40 years of successful management experience. For the past twenty years he partnered with a NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Penske Racing. His responsibilities included the building of several racing facilities, financing, licensing of driver and team rights, contract negotiations, acquisition of investment properties, and sponsor relations.

 

Prior to this, Dick served as President of First Capitol Associates and Trident Energy, Inc. and was Managing Director of the Fairborne Group. These firms engaged in mergers and acquisitions, financial planning, commercial real estate, and oil & gas exploration in Oklahoma.

 

He also served as Vice President/Taxes and Governmental Affairs for a Fortune 500 company and was a Registered Lobbyist in Washington, DC, during the Carter Administration. He began his career with the Cleveland office of a Big 8 CPA firm and listed the newly formed Cincinnati Bengals and Paul Brown as his clients.

Dick and his wife, Stella, reside in Mooresville, NC.

 

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Cliff Pennell

Cliff Pennell
President - Stonebreaker, LLC

G. Clifton Pennell (Cliff) is Founder & President of STONEBREAKER LLC, a Strategic Services consulting company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Established in 2000, STONEBREAKER provides strategic assistance to companies with a focus on general business management, long-term strategic application, branding and process optimization. A partial list of its clients include: NASCAR, RCR Enterprises, Chartwell Investments and PlayCore. In addition, STONEBREAKER is also involved in several business venture initiatives.

STONEBREAKER’s “Strategic Management Process”sm, designed by Pennell, is considered to be one of the most disciplined and reliable strategic frameworks available. Prior to starting his own business, Pennell spent more than twenty years with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company where as Sr. Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Marketing he served on the Company’s Executive Committee.

Pennell, is a graduate of Wake Forest University. He and his wife, Sarah, have two sons. When not consulting, he enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fly fishing. He also serves on several nationally recognized boards and is involved with many charitable / Christian based causes.

 

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Carlos RodriguezCarlos Rodriguez

Honorable Carlos A. Rodriguez

 

Honorable Carlos A. Rodriguez began his law career in 1980 after graduating from the University of Florida’s Law Program. Over the last 30 years he has been an accomplished public defender, law professor and has owned a very successful personal injury, trial and criminal law practice in Broward County. In 2008, Mr. Rodriguez was nominated by the Judicial Nominating Commission for Broward County Court Judicial openings, County and Circuit court and his name was submitted to the Governor. He was chosen by the Governor shortly there after and now presides as a Circuit Court Judge for Broward County.

 

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Bud Wynne

Private Investor

 

 

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Dr. Stephen OlveyDr. Stephen Olvey

 

Stephen E. Olvey was born in 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Hanover College in 1965 and Indiana University School of Medicine in 1969. He did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indiana where he was Chief Medicine Resident and President of the House Staff in 1969. Dr. Olvey began his medical career in Internal Medicine in 1972 and introduced critical care medicine to the state of Indiana in 1975 when he developed the first critical care program in the state at Methodist Hospital of Indiana Inc. He became chairman of the hospital ethics committee in 1987 and has published widely in the areas of critical care and medical ethics since that time. Dr. Olvey has been doing critical care medicine full time since 1975 and began doing neuro-critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991 when he was invited by Dr. Barth Green to join the Department of Neurosurgery in Miami and to take over the directorship of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he continues today.Upon graduating from his Internship, Dr. Olvey was made Assistant Medical Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in 1975 the Medical Director of the United States Auto Club sanctioning body for all Indy car races. In 1978, when the newly formed Championship Auto Racing Teams split from USAC he became their Medical Director and remained so until retiring from that position in 2003. During that period he developed a medical support team that became the gold standard for motor sports worldwide. In 1985, he started the Methodist Hospital Performance Institute dedicated to the health, fitness, and performance of high risk athletes. Also, in 1985 he, along with three other colleagues, started the International Council of Motor Sports Science, an organization that now includes more than 150 professionals involved in safety and performance in motor sports. He was founding chairman of the organization and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Dr. Olvey has published extensively in the area of high-velocity sports medicine as well as lecturing internationally in Europe and South America. He was made a Founding Fellow of the newly formed FIA Institute for Motor Sports Safety in Paris, and as such is actively involved in research on an international level.

 

 

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Curtis GrayDr. Ben Chavis

 

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. Dr. Chavis is also currently the President of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world. A native of Oxford, North Carolina, Dr. Chavis received the Bachelor of Arts, BA, in Chemistry from University of North Carolina; the Master of Divinity, M.Div., magna cum laude, from Duke University; and the Doctor of Ministry, D.Min., from Howard University. Dr. Chavis has also completed course requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., in systematic theology, Union Theological Seminary. Dr Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. began his career in 1963, as a statewide youth coordinator in NC for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1970, Chavis was appointed Southern Regional Program Director of the 1.7million member United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice (UCC-CRJ) and by 1985 was named the Executive Director and CEO of the UCC-CRJ. In 1988, Dr. Chavis was elected Vice President of the National Council of Churches of the USA. From 1985 to 1993, Dr. Chavis wrote and produced the national syndicated newspaper column and radio program, “Civil Rights Journal.” In 1993 and 1994 Dr. Chavis served as the Executive Director and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1995, Dr. Chavis was the National Director and organizer of the Million Man March. From 1995 to 1997 Chavis was the Executive Director and CEO of the National African American Leadership Summit (NAALS). In 2001, Dr. Chavis and Russell Simmons Co-founded the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. In 2009, Dr. Chavis joined with Ezell Brown to establish the Education Online Services Corporation. Dr. Chavis has authored books and other publications including: An American Political Prisoner Appeals for Human Rights, Psalms from Prison, Toxic Waste and Race in the United States of America: A National Report on the Racial and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Communities with Hazardous Waste Sites, Report of Fact Finding Mission of African American Church and Community Leaders to the Republic of Angola, Pastoral Letter on Contemporary Racism and the Role of the Church, and The National Agenda: Public Policy Issues, Analyses, And Programmatic Plans of Action (2000-2008).

 

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Curtis GrayCurtis Gray

 

Curtis Gray joined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in January 2010 taking on a leadership role as its executive director with the task of leading the foundation as it rapidly expands its programs, donations and footprint with its national aspirations. During his tenure he shaped the foundation’s structure to help it better serve people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries by recruiting and building most of its current staff. In 2011 Gray left the foundation to focus on his motor sports consulting ventures but still serves as Board of Director. A South Florida native, Gray most recently was President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, a position he had held since 1999. There, he helped create Ford Championship Weekend, NASCAR’s championship-crowning races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series. Gray began his motorsports career in 1983, serving from 1993 to 1999 as Director of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for R.J. Reynolds. In this position, he oversaw NASCAR’s remarkable growth, introduced it to a national audience and directed its expansion into less-traditional motorsports regions such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. Darrell Gwynn and Gray have been friends and business associates for more than 25 years. In his role at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gray assisted the Foundation in establishing the Hot Rod & Reels™ NASCAR Drivers Charity Fishing Tournament, a major fundraiser held each November at the track. Gray also supported various Foundation activities related to Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Gray is a member of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission and the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which inducted him in 2008 to the Miami Sports Hall of Champions. He also is on the Homestead Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and was named Citizen of the Year by the Civitan Club. Gray graduated from the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He enjoys fishing and scuba diving and resides dually with homes in Fort Lauderdale and Key Largo, Fla.

 

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Ralph ByerRalph Byer

 

Ralph Byer joined the Darrell Gwynn Foundation Board of Directors in 2013. He is a Sr. Vice President - Investments Wealth Management Advisor at Merill Lynch. Ralph is a registered financial advisor in the NFLPA. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Arbitrator, Lay member of the Florida Bar 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, a founding member of Porsche BMW Owners Club, and a member of Professional Advisors Council - Community Foundation of Broward County. Ralph earned his Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his Master's Degree at the University of South Florida.

 

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M. Scott Griffin

 

Scott Griffin is the President and Founder of ACI Insurance Services, a National Insurance Claims provider to numerous Property and Causality Insurance Carriers. Like many entrepreneurs Scott began with a dream and a mere few thousand dollars. After a few years working from a back bedroom he was able to expand ACI's service area to 49 states and in excess of 800 field resources, nurturing it from a small room in the back to where it stands today…


In addition to his commitments at ACI, Scott sits on the North Carolina Sportsman's Caucus Advisory Board ensuring his states General Assembly pass legislation that will conserve North Carolina's national resources… He also serves as the Chairman of the Host Committee for the annual Wine Wheels and Wildlife event at Richard Childress's Winery in Lexington, NC.


Scott is a father to a 7 year old son and enjoys spending time in the winter months at their farm doing all the activities a 7 year old boy would enjoy. They equally enjoy spending time in South Florida and the Bahamas as he works to hone his young sons fishing skills…


Other interests include drag racing; where he was the team owner of the Serta Mattress Top Fuel team driven by Australian Andrew Cowin prior to the birth of his son. His team was able to secure a win and amass numerous number one qualifying positions in its first year out.


Flying is a passion of Scotts and he has been flying for over 10 years, primarily though what he enjoys the most is just being Dad…

 

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