“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.
Dime Community Bank
Mary L. Krayeske
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc.
The Feil Organization
Lucy Mullen Ball
Lone Pine Foundation
MSB Investments LLC
Hampton Beauty Associates
Titan Advisors LLC
E.E. “Buzzy” Geduld
Special Events Consultant
OOH PITCH, INC.
Head of U.S. Equities Citigroup
Ernst & Young LLP
Wells Fargo Bank
Cushman & Wakefield
Capital One Commercial Real Estate Group
Ark Restaurant Corp.
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Neil A. Sonenberg, CPS, Partner
Jeffrey Gural is Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a full service commercial real estate firm which currently manages approximately one hundred fifty buildings in the Metropolitan area of which Mr. Gural has an ownership interest in forty-one of them. He is responsible for all acquisitions and the managing and leasing of 8,000,000 square feet of properties that he has an ownership in. In addition, he is responsible for the overall supervision of the company’s non-institutional portfolio.
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 outreach programs, education, and the arts. 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.
Mr. Gural’s industry and charitable affiliations include 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; 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; 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 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.
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 two racinos in Upstate New York, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, and is Managing Partner of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, which is the current lessee and operator of the New Meadowlands Racetrack.
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.