Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Schubert-Akin

    Chairman
    Jennifer Schubert-Akin is Chairman and CEO of The Steamboat Institute, an organization she co-founded in 2008. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma…
  • Rick Akin

    Vice Chairman
    Jennifer’s husband, Rick, is the Vice Chairman and a co-founder of The Steamboat Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Letters Degree with Highest Honors…
  • Kristine L. Bensler

    Kris Bensler and her husband, Bill, have been loyal supporters and active participants in Steamboat Institute events since its inception in 2009.  They have made…
  • Christopher Cummings

    Christopher Cummings is an industry expert and champion, was a founding member and chair of the Association of Directory Marketing as well as the first…
  • Roger Dorf

    Roger Dorf is a retired Telecommunications and Computing Executive who is now a private investor. Roger graduated from Missouri University of…
  • William H. Friesell

    A retired executive, Bill was with Citibank/Citigroup for the last thirty years of his professional career.   Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of Diners…
  • Charles S. McNeil

    Charles S. McNeil has broad experience in the coal, oil and gas, mining and power industries.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mining…
  • Aurelia Skipwith

    Ms. Aurelia Skipwith is a leader in the field of environment, natural resources, and wildlife. As a businesswoman, biologist, and lawyer, she is a strong…
  • Dr. Matthew Spalding

    Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. Matthew Spalding is Vice President…
  • Grace-Marie Turner

    Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market…
  • Bridgett Wagner

    Bridgett Wagner is a well-known leader in the conservative movement. She is the vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative…
  • Gary Hofmeister (emeritus)

    Most people know Gary Hofmeister from Hofmeister Personal Jewelers which he founded 36 years ago and remains the C.E.O. Prior to entering the jewelry industry,…
  • Chenza Lazof (emeritus)

    Chenza is Vice President and a member of the board of Prism Advisors of Texas, Inc, and Secretary of Prism Advisors, Inc, management advisory and…
  • Ronald C. Lazof (emeritus)

    Ron is a Managing Director and Member of Prism Advisers, L.L.C. and Prism Advisors of Texas L.L.C. management advisory and consulting organizations focusing on emerging growth businesses…
  • Jean Pierre Sagouspe (emeritus)

    Jean Pierre Sagouspe is the third generation of a French Basque immigrant family. Originally, the family was in the sheep business but gradually moved into…