Chairman of the Board and CEO
Alan co-founded Active International in 1984.
Alan began his career at Kaiser Broadcast, which, under his direction as Senior Vice President of Sales, later became Field Communications and then Katz Media Group. He’s received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young and the British American Business Inc. Award in recognition of Active's global accomplishments.
Alan has also made community involvement a priority. Through the company’s ActiveCares program, contributions have been made to over 600 charities since 1997.
Member of the Board and President
Arthur co-founded Active International in 1984.
Prior to co-founding Active, Art gained a reputation as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable media experts. He held senior sales and management positions at four important broadcast companies: Seltel, Inc., Katz Communications, Field Communications and Kaiser Broadcasting.
Art has also made community involvement a priority. Through the company’s Active Cares program, contributions have been made to over 600 charities since 1997.
Peter Eio has more than 40 years of experience in Marketing and General Management with leading global consumer brands including Alka-Seltzer, Brillo, Playtex and LEGO. For almost 20 years he was responsible for building LEGO businesses, first in the UK and subsequently in the US with a compound internal growth rate of 12% per annum. For over 12 years he served as President of LEGO in the Americas, developing the LEGO brand to the most respected in the US toy industry with a penetration of over 70% among families with children.
Mr. Eio, who was a member of the LEGO Global Management Team, led an organization of 1,100 employees with a turnover of $500 million based in Enfield, Connecticut. Prior to joining the LEGO Company, he spent 11 years with International Playtex Corporation where he served as General Manager of their Scandinavian operations
Educated in the UK, Mr. Eio is an alumnus of the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and holds Honorary Degrees from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Hartford where he is a Life Regent and served as Chair of the Board from 2003-2009. Between 1998-2000 he was Chair of the Toy Manufacturers of America and currently serves on the board of HESKA Corporation, a publicly quoted veterinary diagnostics business. From 1992-2011 he served on the board of Reflexite Corporation, a global specialized technology company based in Connecticut, which he chaired from 2009-2011. He is currently a member of the Governance Board of the ICTI-Care Foundation that monitors factory working conditions in the global toy industry.
Over his career he has held directorships in over a dozen countries and has a global network of contacts in various industries. In 1993 he was awarded the Prince Henrik Medal of Honour for services to Danish Industry
Dr. Elaine Eisenman
Elaine Eisenman is dean of Babson Executive Education. In this role, she is a member of the President’s Cabinet, and is responsible for the growth of the executive education division, currently rated #6 for global executive education programs by the Financial Times. Dr. Eisenman also is responsible for the management of the top-rated Babson Executive Conference Center.
Dr. Eisenman’s career includes experience as a business leader and general manager, HR executive, private and public board member, and organizational consultant. As both a board member and board consultant, she has extensive experience in corporate governance and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, focusing on boardroom dynamics, CEO succession, and the role of the compensation committee. Recently she keynoted a governance conference on the topic of How Boards Can Avoid Being Blindsided.
Dr. Eisenman is a member of the Board of Directors of DSW, Inc. and Active International. She is on the advisory boards of American Airlines and Nina McLemore. For nine years, she served on the board of UST Inc. She also has served on a number of private and not-for-profit boards and advisory boards. She is a founding member and member of the board of Women Corporate Directors and The Belizean Grove.
Dr. Eisenman has held senior executive positions at both public companies such as American Express, Enhance Financial Services Co., and The Children’s Place, and private companies such as PDI International, a global consulting firm, where she was general manager of the Northeast region, and Management & Capital Partners, a retained executive recruitment, management consulting, and venture capital firm, where she was chairman.
Dr. Eisenman is co-author of, I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business, published by John Wiley and Sons. Her article, “Power in the Post-Sarbanes Oxley Boardroom” was published in Directorship magazine. Her article, “Public Policy: Enabler or Inhibitor of Entrepreneurial Companies?,” is included in the Praeger series on Entrepreneurship. Her article, “Why CEOs Become Blindsided,” was published in Chiefexecutive.net.
Dr. Eisenman earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, and an MS from Columbia University.
Leonard Fuhrer is CEO of Lenson Enterprises and has been a member and Lead Director of the Board of Directors at Active International since 1994. After graduation from Syracuse University, Mr. Fuhrer served as a United States Naval Air Intelligence officer and, after completion of additional specialized training in Washington DC, was deployed to various parts of the world. After military service, Mr. Fuhrer served as EVP/Sales at Simon & Schuster where he co-managed the distribution of "Little Golden Books," the "Mobil Travel Guide Series," "Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends And Influence People," "Dr. Spock's Book Of Baby And Child Care" and other bestsellers. He later served as EVP/Sales at Lesney Products Ltd, a listed UK company with global sales of Matchbox Cars. Mr. Fuhrer's career continued at Damon Corp (NYSE) where he was an officer of the firm and President of the Leisure Products Educational Group and the six companies within that Group. Earlier in his career Mr. Fuhrer served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Toy Manufacturers of America and continues to serve on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center and the President's Council at Brandeis University.
Mel Lazar is a CPA in the state of New York and the founding partner of Lazar Levine & Felix LLP. He retired as a partner in 2002 and continues in an advisory capacity as an employee. Mr. Lazar frequently lectures on mergers and acquisitions, business successions and business valuations for closely-held businesses. Lazar Levine & Felix LLP is a certified public accounting firm comprised of over 100 professionals with 14 partners and is proud to have been ranked as the 17th largest auditor of publicly held companies in the United States in the July 2001 issue of Bowman’s Accounting Report.
Mr. Lazar is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of two public companies which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Lazar received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the City College of New York in 1960. He has also completed the Principals of Business Valuations of the American Society of Appraisers, and received his accreditation in Business Valuation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1998. Mr. Lazar is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served on their various committees.
Kenneth R. Rossano
Kenneth R. Rossano is a consultant to Cassidy & Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm, and part of the Interpublic Companies. The firm assists its clients with legislative, regulatory and budgetary matters at the municipal, state and federal levels of government. He is also a limited partner of Venture Investment Management Company LLC (VIMAC) a venture capital company.
A 1956 graduate of Harvard University (BA) and Columbia (MBA), Mr. Rossano took advanced studies in banking at Rutgers University. His professional activities involved Arthur D. Little, Inc., the Massachusetts higher Education Assistance Corporation and a twenty-eight year career at Bank of Boston where he was responsible for the Bank's public relations, government relations, advertising and economic departments.
During his career, Mr. Rossano was instrumental in the formation of several nationally recognized business/school partnerships, including The Boston Compact and the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools. For the United States of Chamber of Commerce, he chaired a committee whose work led to the formation of The Center for Workforce Preparation and Quality Education. He was also a founding Board Member of Channel One, a service of Whittle.
Mr. Rossano is a director of Hooper Holmes, Inc., Active International and A+ America Corporation. He is also Chairman of the New England Canada Business Council, a director of The New England Council, and serves as Treasurer of Massachusetts Business Development Corporation and of Massachusetts Certified Development Corporation. A former Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, he currently serves its board of Directors.
In community activities, Mr. Rossano is a trustee of McLean Hospital, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and a corporator of The Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, he is Trustee and Treasurer of The Boston Adult Literacy Fund, Trustee of the Black Achievers Commission and an Overseer of the USS Constitution Museum. He also serves as Trustee of the Scudder Charitable Trust, is an Advisory Board Member at The Memorial Church at Harvard University, is a Trustee of the Institute of Responsive Education, and is a Director of the Wellesley Education Foundation.
Sir Bryan Nicholson
Sir Bryan Nicholson, GBE, has the rare distinction of receiving a second Knighthood bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his public service. He now holds the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.
Sir Bryan is the Former Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council of the UK. He is the former Chairman of Cookson Group, PLC, and has been the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Post Office, a past President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and a member of the National Economic Development Council (NEDC) and other significant organizations. He has also served as President of the Oriel Society at Oxford.
Sir Bryan served as an officer in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), and after National Service, he held senior positions at Unilever and at Remington, a division of Sperry Rand, culminating in his appointment as General Manager and then Managing Director. He was also Director of Operations for Rank Xerox and became their Chairman in 1979, supervising all European subsidiaries.
Sir Bryan has had a long-term interest in education and training, to which he has devoted much of his time. He is past Chairman of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ), the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) Education and Training Affairs Committee, the Council of the Industrial Society and President of the Association for Colleges (AFC).