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  G. Christopher Coffin, Founding Member

Chris Coffin and his family (founding member and the backbone of the America True America's Cup Team) continue to support and shape the future of the America True Foundation. The Coffin family resides in Lake Forest, Illinois, where all three sons are active in sports, including sailing. Along with his wife Donna, Chris's philanthropic endeavors include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Women's Sports Foundation, and various local and national charities.

Prior to his involvement with America True, Coffin founded Vision Ventures, LLC, a business consulting and venture capital group that assists technology companies with funding and product development strategies. Vision Ventures is currently involved with several companies, including Aurora Technology, a medical imaging equipment developer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Before establishing Vision Ventures in 1996, Coffin was vice president of business development for the U.S. Robotics Personal Communications Division, responsible for tracking future trends and technologies. He joined U.S. Robotics in 1991, with the company's acquisition of Touchbase Systems, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1986. Touchbase developed several of the industry's most innovative communications products, including the first portable V.32/9600 kbps modem and the first portable fax modem. Coffin's career in communications technology began in 1983 with ITT Dialcom, Telecom Gold (U.K.) and the OTC (Australia), where he was co-founder of an international e-mail and information network for the entertainment industry.

  Dawn Riley, Chairman

Dawn is the first woman in the world to manage an America's Cup team. She is also the first American to have raced on three America's Cup teams and two Whitbread Round the World teams. For her match racing and leadership skills, she received the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award for 1999.

Her book 'Taking the Helm' tells the story of the all women crew in the 1993-94 Whitbread. You can read more about Dawn, here.
  George Clyde, Secretary

George Clyde is corporate Secretary for America True and advises on legal matters. Clyde was a corporate partner at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe until 1990, when he left the firm to work primarily in the non-profit arena. He was the founding president of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and is a director of Golden Gate Bank in San Francisco.

Clyde holds an electrical engineering degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard University. From 1990 to 1994, he worked as a journalist (covering the savings and loan bailout and other financial stories) for the Center For Investigative Reporting. Clyde and his wife Sheri live in Berkeley. His principal outside interests are sailboat racing and offshore cruising.

  Scott Shwarts, Board Member and CFO

Prior to his involvement with America True, Scott Shwarts was an industry consultant in the areas of business management, marketing and corporate development. He was the founder and CEO of two software companies. His principal outside interests are sailboat racing, cruising and scuba diving.

  Dan Roeske, Board Member

Dan Roeske brings his marketing, training and performance improvement background to America True. Dan is currently a manager of corporate training for Ford Financial as well as an adjunct professor of organizational leadership at Siena Heights University. He holds an advanced degree in Instructional Design and Human Performance Technology from Wayne State University.

Dan's interest in working with youth includes his efforts on elementary curriculum projects for the Grosse Pointe School District and as a Boy Scout volunteer. He actively sailboat races in the Detroit area and "points north". Dan and his family live in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.