“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams
enCourage Kids Foundation has been fortunate to have been guided by a continuum of solid visionary leadership since 1987 whose strategic decision-making and guidance steer the organization. The Board of Directors includes individuals from key area businesses, organizations, and the community, including such industries as real estate, finance, banking, media, entertainment, international apparel, beauty, and hospitality. Their knowledge and insight combined with their vision for the future is essential to the Foundation’s continued success.
Ernst & Young LLP
Mary L. Krayeske
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc.
The Feil Organization
Lucy Mullen Ball
Lone Pine Foundation
Hampton Beauty Associates
Titan Advisors LLC
E.E. “Buzzy” Geduld
Special Events Consultant
Wells Fargo Bank
Cushman & Wakefield
Capital One Commercial Real Estate Group
Ark Restaurant Corp.
Neil A. Sonenberg, CPS, Partner
Amish Mehta, CPA
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Chairman Emeritus Bio
Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of GFP Real Estate. GFP Real Estate has an ownership interest in 41 properties, almost all of which are located in Manhattan. Mr. Gural, along with his son, Eric Gural, and nephew, Brian Steinwurtzel, are responsible for all future acquisitions and the managing and leasing of the 10 Million square feet that they have an ownership interest in.
Prior to GFP Real Estate, he joined Newmark Knight Frank in 1972, and was a member of the staff of Morse-Diesel Construction Co., for approximately six years where he was responsible for the supervision and construction of more than one million square feet of new office space in such notable buildings as 437 Madison Avenue and 645 Madison Avenue.
Mr. Gural is widely recognized as an invaluable member of the Greater New York community as well as a highly respected leader in real estate. He is a visionary, and is admired by all who know him not only for his business acumen but for his philanthropy and support of dozens of organizations that serve the community through education, the arts, and outreach programs. As a founding member of enCourage Kids Foundation, Mr. Gural has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since its doors opened in 1987. His passion for helping children in need is surpassed only by his generosity. A stalwart champion for enCourage Kids, his vision and leadership have inspired others to service and reflect the core values at the heart and soul of the organization.
In addition to his position as Chairman of enCourage Kids Foundation, Mr. Gural’s industry and charitable affiliations include: member of the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Board of New York; Chairman of “I Have a Dream” Foundation – NY and Co-Sponsor of the Chelsea-Elliot “I Have a Dream” Project; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Times Square Alliance; member of the Board of Trustees of The New School; Chair of the Board of Governors for Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York; Vice President of The Broadway Association; member of the Board of Directors of the Museum at Eldridge Street; member of the Board of Directors of the Statue of Liberty Foundation; member of the Board of the Settlement Housing Fund; member of the Board of Directors of New York City Outward Bound; member of the NYC Board of Directors for the March of Dimes and President of The Realty Foundation of New York. Mr. Gural is a member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-Federation, where both he and his father, Aaron Gural, were honored at the organization’s 1995 Annual Luncheon.
As a sideline, Mr. Gural is a major owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses and has two farms in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. He owns the Tioga Downs Casino in Upstate New York and a racino at Vernon Downs, and is also Managing Partner of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, which is the current lessee and operator of the New Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadowlands recently opened a new $120 Million grandstand which is a state of the art new facility.
Mr. Gural is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is married, has three grown children, six grandchildren and resides in Manhattan.