BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Harvey Gerstman / Co-founder

Harvey founded Harvey Gerstman Associates, Inc., a manufacturers representative agency, in 1978 by leveraging his successful career in the paint manufacturing industry and forging business relationships with a small number of hardware and paint manufacturers. In the late 1980s, he was quick to recognize the changing face of retailing in the home improvement category and was able to accelerate the growth of the company by focusing on that channel. Today, he oversees a company with five successful divisions, as well as approximately 50 high quality manufacturers and retailers on its roster. Harvey, and his wife Carol, are active contributors to several causes, including City of Hope.

Carol Gerstman / Co-founder

As Harvey's partner and inspiration in the creation of Harvey Gerstman Associates, Carol played an integral role in the success of the company. She handled all administrative responsibilities at HGA, traveled to industry trade events, wrote sales orders, and managed customer service. At the same time, Carol established and built a successful travel consultant business. Carol and Harvey's three children, Dan, Brad, and Linda, all hold executive positions at the company and are leading Harvey Gerstman Associates into the future.

Linda Gerstman / Co-founder

Linda is a Principal at Harvey Gerstman Associates, Inc., working closely with company associates on merchandising projects in the stores and communicating regularly with select manufacturers and customers. Previously, she was Vice President at New York advertising agency Jordan, McGrath, Case & Partners where she was responsible for managing the accounts of blue chip companies such as Procter & Gamble, Hasbro, and Glaxo Smith Kline, and for launching and repositioning major consumer brands such as Rogaine and Nicorette.

Dan Gerstman / Co-founder

Since joining Harvey Gerstman Associates in 1983, Dan has played a key role in the growth of Harvey Gerstman Associates and the founding of Quest Service Group and The Gerstman Group which together make up a multi faceted National Sales and Service organization. In his current role as President, Dan oversees all aspects of business operations and company strategy. Under his leadership, the organization has earned recognition from both manufacturers and retailers as one of the leading Sales and Service organizations in the United States. In addition to his professional duties, Dan is past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cross Island YMCA, the Bellerose, New York branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. Dan is also the President of Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre. Dan together with his wife Pam reside in East Rockaway, New York and have four children Lauren, Charlie, Brooke and Gaby.

Pam Gerstman / Co-founder

Pam, along with her husband Dan, is an active member of the Hewlett-East Rockaway, New York community. Pam, a Registered Dietitian, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Buffalo, certification in the Didactic Program in Dietetics from Queens College and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Dietetics Internship from C. W. Post. She is a member of The American Dietetics Association, The Greater New York Dietetics Association and The Long Island Dietetics Association. Pam and Dan are the proud parents of four children.

Brad Gerstman / Co-founder

Brad Gerstman, Esq. is the co-founder of Gotham Government Relations and Communications where he works tirelessly to shape public policy on a number of key matters, including business advocacy, strategy, special education, and to favor various charitable causes. Mr. Gerstman brings a unique blend of legal and business experience to his clients' needs as well as extensive experience in the education community. Brad is a strong advocate for Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and children with special needs. He is the Long Island Advocacy Chair for Autism Speaks, a member of the Board of Directors at; Nassau University Medical Center NuHealth Foundation, the Nassau Health Care Corporation, Vice Chair and Board Member of the Long Island Medical Foundation, and the Holocaust and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Cheryl Gerstman / Co-founder

Cheryl is currently a co-chair and coordinator of various charitable events for the North Shore University Hospital Preschool (New York). She holds a Business Administration degree from Hofstra University and has worked in Personal Shopping Sales at Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, and the Americana Manhasset. Her diverse clientele ranged from Fortune 500 executives to heads-of-state to celebrities. Cheryl and husband Brad are the parents of two children.

Joe McFarland / Honorary Director / 2010 Annual Golf Classic Honoree

Joe is the President - Western Division of The Home Depot.  He is responsible for leading more than 78,800 associates in 497 stores throughout 13 Western states:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.  He is engaged with the everyday business strategies of operations, human resources, safety, asset protection, new store growth and merchandising for the division.  Prior to his current position, for more than four years, Joe served as a regional vice president responsible for the NY Metro Region, the highest-volume region within the Company.  In that capacity, Joe directed the operations of 94 stores across northern New Jersey, New York City's five boroughs, Long Island and Connecticut.  In all, he has been with The Home Depot for 18 years, initially as an electrical sales associate.  Before joining The Home Depot, Joe served his country for six years.  The former United States Marine is a Gulf War veteran.  He is active in supporting several charitable organizations, including City of Hope and Queens Centers for Progress.

Bill Lennie / Honorary Director / 2011 Annual Golf Classic Honoree

Bill is president of The Home Depot Canada.  He is responsible for the sales and operations of 180 stores in Canada and leads a team of more than 28,000 associates.  Previously, Bill served as senior vice president of merchandising for the company. He was responsible for global sourcing, proprietary brands, environmental innovation and Your "other" Warehouse, a plumbing distributor owned by The Home Depot. In addition, he was responsible for retail sales and operations in China. Bill also provided strategic direction on products and pricing to the company's Canadian and Latin American operations.  Bill returned to The Home Depot in 2009 from Dick's Sporting Goods, where he was senior vice president of merchandising, hardlines. His career at The Home Depot began in 1992, when he joined as a merchant for millwork and building materials. Bill took on increasing responsibilities in millwork and was named vice president of merchandising in 1997. In 2001, Bill focused his leadership on the company's kitchen, bath and appliance departments and was promoted to senior vice president of décor in 2002.  Before joining The Home Depot, Bill was a divisional merchandise manager for Lowe's.  Prior to that, he spent eight years with Menards in Eau Claire, Wis., as the millwork plant manager for its manufacturing division.

Marty Gallagher / Honorary Director / 2012 Annual Golf Classic Honoree

Marty is Merchandising Vice President for The Home Depot. He is responsible for all lumber products to include plywood, dimensional & stud lumber, fencing and decking. Marty provides strategic direction on programs, products and pricing for the company. Marty joined the Company in 1991 and has more than 30 years experience in the Home Improvement Industry. He has held positions to include Merchant, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Global Product Merchant, Merchandising Vice President of the Western Great Lakes Division, Vice President of Merchandising for Millwork and most recently Merchandising Vice President of Lumber. Before joining The Home Depot, Marty spent 13 years at Channel Home Centers in New Jersey in various Operational and Merchandising positions.

Pat Farrah / Honorary Director / 2013 Annual Golf Classic Honoree

Pat is a co-founder of The Home Depot. With a background in merchandising, Farrah started his own big box home improvement retailer called Homeco in the late 1970s. At the time, Bernard Marcus and Arthur Blank were looking to start the company that would become The Home Depot. Upon seeing Homeco, Marcus realized Farrah shared the same vision for a big box retailer. Marcus and Blank recruited and partnered with Farrah to help them launch The Home Depot. In the early 1990s, Farrah left The Home Depot to pursue his own interests. He rejoined in 1996 and retired in the early 2000s.

Billy Bastek / Honorary Director / 2015 Annual Golf Classic Honoree

Billy Bastek is vice president of merchandising for The Home Depot. He is responsible for the Company's tool business. Billy joined the Maintenance Warehouse in 1989 as a warehouse associate. He held roles of increasing responsibility in that organization including special order merchant, associate merchant, buyer, senior product manager and director of merchandising/special services. In 2001, he moved to The Home Depot side of the business where he was global product merchant, merchant, senior merchant, divisional merchandise manager for outdoor living and, most recently, merchandising vice president for building materials.