OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and President
Andrew (Andy) Gladstein, born in Washington, DC, graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Education. His successful career in the furniture industry began in 1979 with Monterey Manufacturing accelerating from Regional Sales Manager to National Sales Manager to Vice President of Sales. In 1985, he became owner and CEO of Industrus Baja Pacifica and Pacific Trends with dual furniture factories in the United States and Mexico. Then in 1989, he became President of California Waterbeds with 32 locations in 7 states. From 1995-2007, he was the owner of four Tony Roma restaurants in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. He and his wife, Marylynn, moved to Rancho Mirage, California in 2007 and started Gladstein Properties and the Gladstein Charitable Foundation. They have two children, Sara and Drew, and two grandchildren. Andy’s philanthropic endeavors include:
- Juvenile Diabetes Board
- Indiana University Cancer Center
- Indiana University Varsity Club
- Indiana University Kenya AIDS Project
- American Cancer Society
- Barbara Sinatra Abused Children’s Center and numerous others
Curtis R. Simic
Curt Simic is widely recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education, management of foundations, and foundation-institution relationships. He has more than 40 years’ experience in all areas of development and alumni and external relations, at both public and private institutions of higher education.
As president of Indiana University Foundation from 1988 to 2008, Mr. Simic was the chief development officer for Indiana University, responsible for oversight of all fundraising in a multi-campus development operation with centralized and decentralized functions; investment of the endowment; and development-related administrative services and infrastructure.
Under his leadership, fundraising for IU grew from $70 million a year from 60,000 donors to more than $270 million from over 120,000 donors. Since 1990, IU has ranked almost every year in the top 20, or top 2%, of colleges and universities in the nation in total voluntary support, the combined total of gift and non-governmental grant funds received by an institution in any given year.
The endowment has grown from approximately $214 million to $1.6 billion. IU consistently ranks in the top 15 among public universities in the U.S. in the market value of its endowment.
Beginning his career at IUF as director of the annual fund and of the Student Foundation, Mr. Simic also served Yale University and the universities of Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon, and California-Berkeley, where he directed all fundraising efforts for the campus, including the largest fundraising campaign ever conducted at a public university at that time.
The recipient of many awards and honors, he is a presenter and author on development topics and has been an advisor and consultant to many colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations. He has authored book chapters, articles, and brochures about the relationship between foundations and their educational institutions, the fundraising responsibilities of foundation and of institutional governing board members, faculty relations, and funding mechanisms for foundations.
Curtis enjoys his current professional affiliations and service to:
- Finish Line Youth Foundation
- IU Art Museum
- Indiana State Museum Board of Directors
- Director, Western Golf Association
- Indiana Golf Foundation, Board of Directors
His many former affiliations include:
- President Emeritus, Indiana University Foundation
- Dean of Faculty and faculty member, Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute
- Board of Governors, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy
- Board of Directors, National Art Museum of Sport
- Institutionally Related Foundations Planning Committee, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
- National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- National Board of Trustees, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- Boards in Districts III, V, and VIII, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
- Board of Directors, Catholic Community Foundation, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
- Wyman Foundation Board of Directors
The owner operator of 27 McDonald’s Restaurants during the past 28 years, Dick has received numerous awards for his exceptional store operations.
He received a Bachelor of Science, Finance & Real Estate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and received a graduate degree from the American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona in 1966.
Dick is currently serving on the following Boards/Commissions:
- Desert Orthopedic Foundation
- Pegasus Riding Academy
- Olive Crest Foundation
- F.I.N.D – Food In Need of Distribution
- Palm Springs Air Museum
He previously served on the following Boards/Commissions:
- Director of Canyon National Bank, Palm Springs, CA
- Vice Chairman, Agua Caliente Development Authority
- President, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Board of Trustees, Palm Springs Desert Museum
- Member, City of Palm Springs Budget Committee
- Member, Palm Springs Main Street Association
- Member, Board of Directors – Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Vice President, City of Palm Springs 50th Anniversary Committee
- President, Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce
- Chairman, City of Palm Desert Advertising & Promotions Committee
- Member, Board of Directors Desert Resort Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Member, Eisenhower Hospital Community Partnership
- Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society – Desert Palms Unit
- Member, Board of Directors, American Diabetes Society
- Member, Board of Directors, Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade
- Chairman, City of Cathedral City Downtown Redevelopment Task Force
- Mt. San Jacinto Winder Park Authority
Originally appointed by Governor George Dukemajian in 1988 to the Joint Powers Authority that manages the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, he was re-appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Dick completed Tram re-development and financing and his term completed in December of 2000.
Lt. General David P. Fridovich
Lieutenant General David P. Fridovich was the Deputy Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. USSOCOM ensures the readiness of joint special operations forces and, as directed, conducts operations worldwide.
Fridovich graduated from Knox College in 1974 and was commissioned an Infantry Second Lieutenant. After serving as a Rifle and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Light Infantry Company Commander with the 172nd Light Infantry Brigade, Fort Richardson, Alaska, he was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science, Norwich University, where he trained the Mountain Cold Weather Cadre and Rescue Team.
In 1984, he completed the Special Forces (SF) Detachment Officer’s Qualification course and reported to the reactivated 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served in the 3rd Battalion, commanding both an SF Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) and Bravo (ODB) before becoming the Battalion Operations Officer.
He served as the Senior SF Observer Controller (O/C), and later Chief, Special Operations Division, at the Joint Readiness Training Center. In 1995, he took command of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group and the Special Operations Task Force-Haiti, where his command was involved with Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, in support of the UN Mission in Haiti.
Lt. General Fridovich commanded the Combined/Joint Special Operations Task Force in Operation JOINT FORGE, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, from January through July 2000. He assumed command of the 1st Special Forces Group in August 2000. He led Army Special Operations Task Force, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-PHILIPPINES, Zamboanga, Republic of the Philippines from January through June 2002. In January of 2005, Lt. General Fridovich assumed duties as Commander, Special Operations Command, Pacific. He subsequently assumed duties as the Director, Center for Special Operations, USSOCOM in 2007.
He holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Tulane and his military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the British Forces Royal College of Defense Studies of Seaford House, London, England. Lt. General Fridovich has numerous joint and Army awards and decorations.
Lt. General Fridovich is frequently asked to speak publicly about current world events, Veterans Affairs and strategic pathways. He continues to provide advice and assistance in the areas of leader development, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning to Not for Profit organizations, including:
- Knox College, Board Member Trustee
- The Sierra Institute, Senior Board Member
- QuickFind Numbers, Senior Advisor to The Chairman and Founder
Marylynn Keene Gladstein, born in Mississippi, has a broad range of talents. From a military family, she lived a number of places growing up, graduating from high school in St. Petersburg, Florida and attending UCLA in Interior Design. Her career began in Washington, DC as an administrative assistant with the Department of Justice – Office of J. Edgar Hoover, then moved to other similar positions including General Nicholas Allen; attorney Carolyn Chiechi, now Appellate Judge; and Benefit Systems Inc.
Married to Andy Gladstein in 1977, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky and opened Tony Roma’s restaurants in Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. In 2007, the Gladsteins moved to Rancho Mirage, California and started Gladstein Properties and the Gladstein Charitable Foundation, as well as becoming very active in other local philanthropic groups. They have two children, Sara and Drew, and two grandchildren. Marylynn’s past and present Board positions include:
- Lexington Ballet, Lexington, KY; in the greater Palm Springs area
- Honorary Trustee for Olive Crest
- Board officer for Dogs for our Brave Inc.
Dale Burghardt has over 40 years of experience the real estate industry, starting in 1973 as a real estate appraiser and branch manager for a savings and loan in Salem, Oregon. In 1974, Burghardt gained his real estate broker’s license and taught real estate appraisal classes at the local community college. In 1976, Burghardt started his own real estate development and construction company which developed and built a multitude of mostly residential properties until his retirement from that business in 1999.
Burghardt currently owns and manages a diverse real estate portfolio which includes multi-family, senior housing, office, retail and residential development properties. Burghardt and his wife Julie currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Jerry Argovitz
Dr. Jerry Argovitz is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School, where he graduated with a DDS Degree. He started his dental practice in Houston, Texas in 1964. He completed undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Jerry was a sports agent and business manager representing some of the top professional football players in the National Football League. He was also an owner and managing partner of the Houston Gamblers, a professional football team that played in the United States Football League.
With an excess of 40 years experience dealing in every aspect of the commercial and residential real estate industry, his experience includes brokerage, development syndication, leasing, financing and land acquisition.
1964 – Present
- Syndicated and formed approximately 50 Joint Venture or Limited Partnerships consisting of raw land, commercial shopping centers and apartment projects located in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
- Provided equity funding to numerous residential, commercial and apartment developers.
- Acted as trustee or general partner for these partnership with the intent of increasing value to the properties and profits for the partners through sales or joint ventures.
- Negotiated purchase and sales contracts, construction and joint venture agreements, loan and financing agreements for the acquisition, development and sale of the various properties.
- Joint-ventured and developed various land site for commercial purposes and residential lot sales which were sold to national home builders.
- Board of Directors, Port City State Bank
Jim Schuette has over 20 years in the restaurant / hospitality industry. Since 2009 he has served as the Chief Operations Officer for Syberg’s Restaurant Group, St. Louis, MO. Overseeing all day-to-day operations as well as real estate development, construction, general contracting, and administrating the fundraising and charities for the group.
From 1998-2003 he served as a Petty Officer 1st Class Mineman (SW) in the United States Navy. He successfully completed multiple deployments to the Middle East. In his 5 years of service he earned 3 Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals for his leadership and commitment to the mission.
In addition to operating the largest privately owned group of restaurants in the region, the Syberg’s Restaurant group has directly contributed over 10 million dollars to local charities.
Jim also owns and operates Twisted Tree Steakhouse, Rock Consulting Group, and is a partner with his wife Nicole in Fit Body Boot Camp Columbia. Jim and Nicole have 3 kids Bella, Piper, and Dierks.
His current endeavors also include:
- Hummel / Hoff Charitable Foundation
- Board member Knights of the Cauliflower Ear
- Board member Syberg’s Charitable Foundations