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Board of Directors
Mackey is co-founder of FLOW and Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, a $5.7 billion
sales Fortune 500 company, as well as a "Fortune 100 Best Companies
To Work For" every year since 1998. Whole Foods is one of
the top 12 supermarket companies in America and the world's largest
natural foods retail chain. John Mackey was named the Ernst and
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003. Mr. Mackey is a strong
believer in FLOW principles, including free market principles
and empowerment management. Mr. Mackey has lived on a vegetarian
co-o; he and his wife, Deborah, both practice meditation and
yoga, and spend as much time as they can on their 720 acre ranch
west of Austin. John is a voracious book reader and participates
in two monthly book clubs. He is always up for a lively debate
about politics, economics, history or sports.
Strong is a pioneer in education and independent learning.
He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic
Practice, and the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools
and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Moreno Valley
High School, the charter school for which Michael was the founding principal,
was ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. on the Washington Post's
2006 Challenge Index. Michael is co-founder and board member, and serves as Chief Executive
Officer and Chief Visionary Officer of FLOW.
Jim Von Ehr is the founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer
of Zyvex Corporation, the first nanotechnology development company.
He is also co-founder of the Feynman Grand Prize and the Texas
Nanotechnology Initiative. Before founding Zyvex in 1997, Jim
was the founder, president, chairman and CEO of Altsys Corporation,
which he built from a small programming project in his dining
room to a major player in the desktop publishing industry with
total worldwide sales of over $100M. In addition to FLOW, Jim
serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Nanotechnology
Initiative, Metroplex Technology Business Council, the North Texas
Technology Council, and the New York-based NanoBusiness Alliance.
He also manages the Von Ehr Foundation, a private charitable foundation
he established in 1999.
Niederhoffer is a working mother trying to create a
better world for her children. She is currently a partner at
Manchester Trading, a trading advisor to several hedge funds.
With her husband, Vic, she has helped start and run several
Niederhoffer trading entities with over $100 Million in assets
that in various years were the best performing funds and, once,
the worst. Her primary focus has been nurturing the emotional
well-being and intellectual passions of her six daughters and
stepdaughters. To this end, she has been actively involved on
the boards of several Montessori schools and other independent
day and boarding schools as well as an active philanthropist
for many other educational organizations. Susan holds an honors
degree in economics from Harvard where she wrote a thesis on
entrepreneurship, and is an avid runner, photographer and optimist.
Vidar Jorgensen is the majority owner of six industry based conference
and research companies, which in turn own and manage over 200
conferences and several membership-based research groups focused
on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, financial
services, entertainment, and infrastructure development. Mr. Jorgensen's
companies include CBI Research, Inc., WRG Research, Inc., Cambridge
Healthtech Institute, Cambridge Healthtech Advisory and The World
Health Care Congress, which was launched in conjunction with The
Wall Street Journal and CNBC. This partnership will be expanding
on this new franchise in both Europe and the United States. He
resides in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife Kathy and three
children Lorens, Nicholas and Kristen.
The FLOW Executive Team
Strong - Chief Executive Officer & Chief Visionary Officer. As Chief
Executive Officer, Michael Strong has executive oversight of FLOW,
Inc. and the FLOW movement. His top priority as CEO is fostering
new and existing relationships with individuals who are passionate
about leading and supporting the FLOW vision. As Chief Visionary
Officer, Michael applies his extensive leadership experience inspiring
diverse people toward a common goal. His work in education has
been enormously successful in demonstrating the profound potential
for an enormous increase in human flourishing that could be released
through widespread innovation and the free flow of ideas.
Klein - Executive Director & Chief Activation
Officer. Jeff began serving as Executive Director for FLOW in late October 2005. Jeff’s principal focus within FLOW now is as Executive Director and member of the governing circle of the Conscious Business Alliance and as an advisor the AWE Alliance.
Jeff is founder and CEO of Cause Alliance Marketing, through which he develops collaborative cause related marketing programs. Jeff was one of the visionaries and driving forces behind Private Music, the career of Yanni, Spinning, and Seeds of Change, and has consulted for the Esalen Institute, the National Geographic Society, GlobalGiving, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, among others.
Jeff wrote his new book, Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living, to support conscious entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders, and change agents at work. He resides in San Rafael, Calif.
Philomena Blees, J.D. (“Phyllis”)
FLOW’s Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel, and Chief Problem Solver. She also serves as Director of FLOW Activation Circles and Executive Director of the Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Alliance. Prior to joining FLOW she co-founded a for-profit International Baccalaureate school for gifted children in Austin, Texas, which she sold in December, 2005. She is in the ideation stage of opening a Center for Adult Creativity and Innovation.
Phyllis founded and served as the first president of 3 nonprofit
corporations supporting education and creativity: the Eanes
I.S.D. Talented and Gifted Association, the Eanes
Education Foundation, and the American
Creativity Association's Austin Chapter. Phyllis
Chaired the 2005 International Conference of the ACA which
brings leaders from around the world to share their knowledge
about creative problem solving in business, education, science,
industry and technology.
Phyllis received her law degree at the University Of Hawaii,
finishing 1st in her class, earning Am Jur awards (highest
grade) in Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Real Property, and
serving as an editor of the Law Review. Phyllis received
undergraduate awards in business and service from the California
Business Education Association, graduating with a Bachelors
of Science in Business, minoring in Economics, and earning
the President’s List award for a 4-year, all-A average.
Phyllis pursues running, hiking, and reading with her two children,
ages 16 and 23, as a single mother in Austin, Texas.
"Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference." ~ Joel Barker
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