Andy Roddick, Founder & Chairman
After an illustrious 13-season career—which included a US Open Championship, Davis Cup title, three Wimbledon finals and a world number 1 ranking—Andy retired from tennis in 2012. He is now enjoying life outside of tennis and spends a substantial amount of time with his foundation and as a co-host for FOX Sports Live on FOX Sports 1. He also tries to get out on the golf course as much as possible.
Paul Bell, Finance Committee Chair
Former President, Public and Large Enterprises for Dell, Inc., a $35B global business unit. He also served on the Dell senior executive team from 1998 to 2012. Prior to joining Dell, Paul served as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co., and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and holds a BS in Economics and BA in Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University. He has previously served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps (Tunisia) and is an instrument-rated pilot. Paul's philanthropic activities have included board roles on the Austin Children’s Shelter and Safe Place, as well as an advisor to Team Red White & Blue, an organization that supports returning US combat veteran.
Steve Carman is a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, an industry-focused law firm with offices across the country. Steve serves as leader of the firm's Energy and Natural Resources industry team. Steve has been recognized for the strategic advice he provides to boards of directors and senior executives of publicly traded and private companies operating and investing primarily in the energy industry. Steve and his wife, Alice, an artist, have been engaged in issues impacting education, pre-school, and after school programs for children.
Andy Esparza, Governance Committee Chair
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Dell, Inc. Prior to joining Dell, Andy served in executive positions at NCR Corporation, a multi-billion-dollar technology company based in Dayton, Ohio, and Bechtel, a multi-billion-dollar engineering and construction company based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BA in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for San Juan Diego High School and the Campanile Foundation board.
Co-founder Fara Coffee, an Austin-based coffee company specializing in rain-forest grown ‘direct trade’ coffee that is sold in retail grocery chains, and the Fara Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life in Matagalpa, Nicaragua by providing aid through medical care, food assistance, educational opportunities and elderly care. Maria holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, and serves on the boards of KIPP-Austin, Rhodes College, Grounds for Health, and the Fara Foundation.
Billie Jean King
Visionary, innovator and champion for millions. Known worldwide for her 20 Wimbledon titles and her "Battle of the Sexes" win over Bobby Riggs as well as for her effect on social change and gender equality. Billie Jean is a Founder of the Women's Tennis Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, and World Team Tennis. She is also a published author and was named one of the 100 most important Americans in the 20th century by Life Magazine. In addition to ARF, Billie Jean serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Head of Fixed Income Trading and the lead Portfolio Manager for the Pine River Fixed Income Fund and Co-Portfolio Manager for the Pine River Liquid Mortgage Fund. Prior to joining Pine River in 2008, Steve was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs based in New York and Beijing from 2002 to 2007, where he was part of a team that managed approximately $40 billion in mortgage backed securities. From 1999 to 2002, Steve was a Japanese convertible bond trader at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago. Prior to that, he was head of mortgage backed securities trading at Cargill. Steve received a BA in Economics with Honors from Harvard University in 1991, and served on the board of the National Urban Squash and Education Association.
Jeff Lau is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Andy Roddick Foundation. Prior to ARF, Jeff worked on Wall Street as an investment banker specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions. Before Wall Street, he served as an officer in the US Army and spent the majority of his time in overseas posts, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He graduated from West Point and has an MBA from Harvard.
Former CEO and Chairman of Heartland Automotive Services, the largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in the US, with over 430 store locations and $370M in annual sales. Phil has extensive experience in a variety of real estate and private equity situations, including involvement with companies in all phases of growth and development. He has over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, specializing in business valuation, tax law, and corporate restructuring. He currently serves on several boards of privately-held companies, and is a published author.
Alexis Simon, Leadership Council Chair and Exofficio Board Member
As Chair of the Andy Roddick Foundation Leadership Council, Alexis leads a group of professionals in Austin to build awareness and fundraising efforts for the Foundation here in Austin. Alexis is also the Director of Business Development for Polycel, a plastics manufacturing company in Mexico City. She is a graduate from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Baylor Executive MBA. She previously lived in D.C. and worked for the United Nations. She speaks French and Spanish. She is a member of the Junior League of Austin. Alexis serves as a mentor for the students in the Andy Roddick Foundation Summer Program.