WFF Board MembersKerry Wood, Co-Founder and President
Sarah Wood, Co-Founder and Vice President
President and CEO, Sloan Valve
Graham is the President and CEO of Sloan Valve Company, a 106-year-old , family-owned commercial plumbing products manufacturer in Franklin Park, Ill. He is an active member of the Loyola University Family Business Center in Chicago, frequently speaking to business groups and students. He serves on the auxiliary board of the Hephzibah Home for abused and neglected children and sits on the advisory boards of both Adaptive TCR, a bio-tech start-up company based in Seattle, Wash.; and Steinberg Sports & Entertainment out of Los Angeles, Calif. And he is, of course, a lifelong Cubs fan.
Laura Ferris Anderson
Managing Director, Chief of Staff to Midwest Chairman, J.P. Morgan Chase
Laura serves as Chief of Staff to Glenn Tilton, Chairman of the Midwest for JP Morgan Chase & Co. She manages the strategic planning and initiative implementation for the region's senior leadership across multiple business lines and staff functions. An active civic leader, Anderson serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, as a Trustee of Kohl Children's Museum and as Chair of the Advisory Board for Best Buddies IL. She also serves on the Women's Board of the Field Museum and the Joffrey Ballet.
Attorney, McGuire Woods LLP
Adam is an attorney at the international law firm of McGuire Woods LLP. He practices in the firm's nationally ranked Private Wealth Services Group where he concentrates his practice on estate planning and administration for professionals, executives, closely held business owners and other high net worth individuals. He also devotes a significant part of his practice to advising nonprofit entities, including private foundations and public charities, on compliance and administration issues at state and federal levels.
Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Chicago Public Schools
Phillip has served as an experienced administrator and educator within Chicago for over 20 years. He is the former Director of Community Relations for the Renaissance Schools Fund. As the director, he led a community engagement campaign to significantly increase awareness and education of charter school options in Chicago communities with a high concentration of poor performing schools. Mr. Hampton has volunteered and served on several boards, including the Salvation Army Correctional Services, Beatrice Caffrey Youth Services and the March of Dimes Chicago, Walk America Executive Committee.
Chief Executive Officer, Incapital LLC, Chairman of Chicago Cubs
Tom is the Chairman of the Chicago Cubs and a lifelong fan of the team. In 2009, he led his family's acquisition of the team from the Tribune Co. He is also the Chairman of Chicago-based Incapital LLC, which he co-founded in 2000. Incapital is a global investment bank that underwrites and distributes fixed income securities issued by major corporations, banks and federal agencies.
Tom is a board member of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Field Museum, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Club of Chicago. Tom is also a member of the Young President's Organization, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.
CMO, Walter E. Smithe
Arm-in-arm with his brothers Walter and Mark, Tim has turned Walter E. Smithe Furniture into one of the most admired companies in Chicago. Their portfolio includes a few retail companies and a half-dozen real estate LLC's. With virtually 80 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, the company has blossomed from $1 million in 1984 to over $100 million just 20 years later. Under his leadership, Smithe marketing has created a brand-development laboratory that has produced shocking results. Tim's unconventional and creative strategy is being copied throughout the advertising industry. Tim has invested over 400,000 hours into training, managing and marketing retail sales.
The larger the company grows, the more Smithe is able to give back to the community with well over 150 charitable donations per year.
John Ver Bockel
Private Wealth Advisor, Managing Director-Investments, Merrill Lynch
John has worked in the investment management industry since 1982, all with Merrill Lynch. In 2012, John was recognized as a member of the Top 100 Advisors in the nation in Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisors listing. John's primary responsibilities include evaluating and implementing appropriate client asset allocations and evaluating financial strategies for affluent investors.
John serves on the boards of the Evans Scholars Foundation and the Western Golf Association. He also serves on the Neurosciences Committee of Rush Presbyterian Hospital and the Dean's Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin School of Business.
President, Chicago Tribune
Larry was appointed President/Broadcast Media in February 2013. He is responsible for directing the strategy and operations of Tribune's 23 local television stations and WGN Radio in Chicago. Wert is deeply involved in the greater Chicago community, serving on the Board of Directors for several charities and organizations, including the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Children's Brittle Bone Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the 100 Club. He is a member of the Governing Board of Gilda's Club of Chicago, and is an advisor to the Chicago Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation.