ARNIE DRATT WAS TRAINED AS A LAWYER (HARVARD LAW SCHOOL) BUT DIVIDED HIS CAREER BETWEEN THE PRACTICE OF LAW (1970-1983), MANAGING VARIOUS BUSINESSES (1983-1991), FOUNDING AND RUNNING A TURNAROUND CONSULTING FIRM FOR TROUBLED COMPANIES (1991-2003) AND THEN BEING A MEMBER OF SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF A GLOBAL MERCHANT BANK (HILCO GLOBAL) UNTIL 2015.
Arnie suggested the concept of Squash University to PSA Foundation Manager Adriana Olaya in 2017 after a discussion with James Willstrop in Chicago during the Windy City Open that year. After Squash University organized and began holding workshops, Arnie took a leadership role in reinvigorating the PSA Foundation US and is now its President and a Trustee.
Arnie played hardball squash at Amherst College and took up the game again several years ago. He still struggles to get to the T.
David has been providing expert advice to business and individuals for more than 20 years. He has counseled owners, CEOs, managers, general counsels and bankers in the context of both commercial litigation and business counseling. He has extensive experience counseling businesses, litigating business disputes and negotiating business transactions. Some of his client list includes national banks, national consulting firms, manufacturing businesses, technology firms and real estate professionals.
David also represents business concerns and entrepreneurs on the full-spectrum of business issues ranging from acquisitions to entity selection to divestitures. His understanding of business transactions stems, in part, from his personal involvement with several companies, including start-ups. He counsels his clients on how best to structure their business practices so as to minimize litigation and liability risks without compromising their business objectives. Whether serving as outside general counsel or assisting in-house counsel, David seeks to bring his business and legal perspectives to bear on each situation.
David is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Latin School of Chicago, on the Board of Directors of CARPLS, Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services, and is Chairman of the METROsquash Windy City Open. He is also a board director of NACCO Industries, Inc., Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., The North American Coal Corporation and The Kitchen Collection, LLC.
David was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1994, and is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1991) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1994).
After graduating from Columbia Business School, Janet spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in the Fixed Income Division. Following her career at Goldman, Janet founded Milestone Capital, an investment firm which, at its peak, managed $2.5 billion in assets.
Janet was also the CEO & Founder of 85 Broads, a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women whose founding members worked at 85 Broad Street, Goldman Sachs’ NYC headquarters. In 2013, 85 Broads was acquired by former Wall Street executive, Sallie Krawcheck. For over a decade, Janet has been a passionate investor in startups and early stage companies. In 2008, Janet invested in LearnVest, a company founded by Alexa von Tobel, a Harvard graduate who had interned at Milestone Capital during the summers of 2005 and 2006. In 2015, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual for $350 million.
Janet’s son, Chris Hanson, plays on the professional squash tour and is the current U.S. National Singles Champion.
Ashley is the founder of Haven Hill, a firm set up to advise organizations on creating initiatives focusing on equality, leadership and empowerment. Ashley considers herself an “equalist.” She specializes in working with both men and women to promote gender equality inspiring the next generation of leaders.
With her strong background in Marketing/PR/Event Planning, Ashley focuses on identifying strategic opportunities and developing programs that bring stakeholders together to create solutions. Ashley has been a key leader in professional squash promoting equal opportunities and equal prize money for women. She founded the Tournament of Champions Women’s Squash Leadership Program, an annual event dedicated to celebrating the impact of female athletes and women who lead on and off the court. She formerly served as the Deputy Chairman of the Professional Squash Association, the global governing body for the sport.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at Vogue, British House & Garden and Inc. Magazine. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
Hannah is an independent communications consultant. For over 25 years she has provided strategic communications counsel to senior leaders worldwide, having led the communications efforts at two of the world’s largest investment banks. Hannah is an expert in developing and executing successful global communications plans, at both the corporate and business levels, as well as advising on highly sensitive issues and crisis management.
Hannah joined Lehman Brothers in 2001 as the global head of marketing and communications for Investment Banking and then went on to run the firm’s worldwide media effort. During her tenure at Lehman Brothers, she developed communications and marketing strategies for all of the firm’s businesses.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. Burns was a managing director and global head of Corporate Communications at Bear Stearns. More recently, Ms. Burns was chief operating officer of North Sea Partners, a private investment banking firm in New York and London. She has served as an Advisor to Cambridge Global Advisors in Washington, DC and Fitzroy Communications, recently acquired by Teneo Holdings. Currently she is a strategic partner at Eterna Partners in London.
Hannah has served as a trustee of The Gettysburg Foundation and of the Edith Wharton Restoration in Lenox, Massachusetts. Currently she is also on the board of trustees of Planting Fields Foundation (Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park) where she is Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College.
Nadine started at Eastbanc in 2016 but has been working on Eastbanc projects on and off since university. Nadine’s responsibilities include centralizing and managing all internal and external marketing of EastBanc Holdings, including but not limited to EastBanc Development, EastBanc Technologies, EastBanc Restaurant Concepts, Squash on Fire, EastBanc Portugal.
Prior to Eastbanc she worked in the US, England, Austria, Italy, and Russia across many sectors. Within Marketing, in her previous role at Carat, she helped manage their global rebranding, as well as heading up all new business pitches, and worked on accounts such as Disney, Royal Mail, Diagio, and Cadburys. She also worked in the dot.com sector, on the web’s first loyalty system and her experience also stretched to Goldman Sachs, where she worked in their EMEA Corporate Access division.
Nadine has a B.A. in International Business Administration from the European Business School and an MBA from Skolkovo.
Alex is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Squash Association (PSA). He joined the PSA in 2008 after a 15-year career as professional squash player, where he reached a high world ranking of five, representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games and winning a bronze medal.
Gough, who holds a first class honours degree in mathematics from Cardiff University, was instrumental in the set-up of SQUASHTV and its subsequent commercial success.