An entrepreneur, Gary Ginter has been involved in starting, growing, selling, or closing over 25 businesses in the past 40 years. Among these ventures, Gary helped to build two options trading firms that became world leaders in significant market niches. One firm sold to NationsBank for more than $300M, and the other to Goldman Sachs for around $500M.
Gary and his wife have been married for 52 years. Together they have four kids and 14 grandchildren. For the last 43 years, Gary and his family have been living in an economically marginal part of Chicago’s Westside, where they are actively learning about and participating in racial reconciliation through their church, Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church.
Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organization that has helped more than 39 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. Since 2005, when he took the top leadership position, local Habitat organizations in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries have grown from serving 125,000 individuals each year to helping more than 4.2 million people last year build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
A graduate of UNC, Jonathan worked briefly at Goldman Sachs before coaching the Korean national rowing team. He earned his MBA from Stanford and worked in the for-profit sector, including positions at Marriott, The Walt Disney Co., and Best Buy. He served as executive pastor of his church near Minneapolis when he was recruited by Habitat in 2005.
Jonathan is chair of Leadership 18 and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum. Named the most influential leader in America in 2017 by the NonProfit Times, Jonathan is the author of Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children and live in Atlanta.
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