Mote Marine Laboratory is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Trustees: Dean Eisner and Kirk Malcolm.
Elected recently by Mote's current Board, the new Trustees bring immense expertise from decades of leadership at internationally recognized companies focused on finance, investing, marketing and more.
Mote's Board of Trustees supports the Lab in its mission of advancing marine science, education and outreach. Mote recently created a new 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan, which the Trustees will help implement. (Read the plan at www.mote.org/aboutus
About the New Trustees
Dean Eisner, a resident of Longboat Key, comes to Mote with valuable expertise from his 30-year international career in business administration and management with a focus on finance, sales, marketing and public relations. Eisner most recently served for more than 11 years as President and CEO of Manheim in Atlanta, Ga., where he oversaw a $3.3-billion leading automotive wholesale business, built key customer relationships and led the company to attain double its forecasted cash flow during 2010 and 2011. Eisner's prior work includes multiple leadership and management positions with: Cox Enterprises; AGB Market Information; Sony; CBS; and General Electric Company. He has served on more than two dozen institutional boards, advisory bodies and committees focused on his career interests along with arts, civil and human rights, children's healthcare and more. Eisner's work at Mote will benefit marine education programs and The Aquarium - the public outreach facility that brings Mote's world-class research to life: "Mote is one of the most impressive ocean research facilities anywhere, and it is a jewel in our community - especially because it shares this exceptional science with people of all ages," Eisner said.
Kirk Malcolm of Deerfield Illinois is a part-time resident of Siesta Key. He brings extensive experience in entrepreneurship and investment from his career of more than 35 years. Most recently he served as Principal of Jump Trading, a proprietary market-trading group and clearing member of many exchanges with offices in Chicago, London and Singapore. Previously Malcolm partnered with William Shepard as Principal to start Shepard International Inc., a clearing firm of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that clears locals on the floor as well as retail customer business. Since 1977 he has been a member of The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, now part of CME Group - one of the world's largest and most diverse derivative marketplaces. He is registered as an account executive with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is connected to communities in Sarasota and Illinois through affiliations with several golf organizations, the Sarasota Museum of Art, and more. Malcolm said he was drawn to Mote's conservation and research on endangered marine animals like sea turtles and manatees, along with coral reef science and programs for environmentally responsible seafood. "I am pleased to be associated with Mote - a leading-edge research institution," Malcolm said. "I am excited for Mote's future and for any opportunity to provide assistance."
"We extend our warmest welcome to these exceptional new members of our Board of Trustees, who have generously offered their time and significant talent in the service of ocean science, conservation and education," said Mote President and CEO Dr. Kumar Mahadevan. "The Board is a keystone in Mote's efforts to understand and preserve the oceans for future generations."
Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Donations to Mote are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Mote is dedicated to today's research for tomorrow's oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the health of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Mote's vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at www.mote.org