Gale Sayers

Member – Board Chairman

Sayers personally and professionally devotes a great deal of time supporting and fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations in addition to the Gale Sayers Foundation. His past commitments to the community includes the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Marklund Children’s Home, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, Better Boys Foundation, Junior Achievement and the Cradle Adoption Agency. His professional football accolades include: NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 1965, named MVP of the 1967, 1968 and 1970 All Star Games, named to the 75 th Anniversary All Time NFL Team, the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Blacks Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 and the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977. In July 2000, he was named to the NFL All-Time Millennium Team.

Neal Wilkenson

Member – Board President

Mr. Wilkinson is the CEO of Caisson Advisors, LLC. He has spent the last 22 years in the institutional investment industry. Prior to taking the helm at Caisson Advisors, Neal was Founder and CEO at Sparta Asset Management, LLC.. Mr. Wilkinson has also demonstrated a passionate commitment to charitable works. He is the Founder/President of OpenField Foundation and serves on the National Advisory Boards of Good Sports, Inc., The Loveall Foundation for Children and the Western States Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Neal is a graduate of James Madison University and a 1988 NFL Draft pick as a Tight End for the Green Bay Packers. He resides in Elmhurst, IL with his wife Caroline, son Wyatt (17) and daughter Mackenzie (14).

James P. Locke

Member – Board Treasurer

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Gaylon Bullard

Member – Executive Director

Gaylon’s 30 year business career has included a successful telecommunications career as owner of several successful telecom start ups and many real estate investment and management projects . His resume has included successful stints at AT&T as a senior account executive, Baird & Warner Commercial real estate, ownership of a real estate site acquisition business DS3 Partners where his leadership and creativity has earned him several awards and recognition among his peers. He has served in a volunteer capacity for the Gale Sayers Foundation from 2007-2103 until his appointment as Executive Director in September 2013. His community involvement has included serving on the Boards of United Cerebral Palsey, and United Way of Los Angeles.

He is committed to helping the Gale Sayers Foundation reach its goal of providing financial and educational support to many of Chicago’s under served schools.

Steve Wagner

Member – Secretary

Steven M. Wagner is counsel to Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. Before joining the firm, Steve was vice president and assistant general Counsel with J.P. Morgan Trust Company, National Association and senior counsel with Bank One Corporation. His practice focuses on counseling clients on corporate trust matters for financial institutions, including trust indentures, escrow and agency relationships. He received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School and his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.

Robb Webb

Member – Board Director

Robb Webb joined Global Hyatt Corporation in 2007 as chief human resources officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of human capital management across the various Hyatt brands globally.

Previously, he held a number of positions with a leading financial services organization, Citigroup, and its predecessor companies. Most recently, he served as head of Global Service Delivery Operations for Citi Employee Services. Mr. Webb has held the role of vice president, human resources in the Global Consumer Group, and chief administrative officer, CitiFinancial International.

Mr. Webb and his family lived in Sydney, Australia, from 1995 through the end of 1997 while he managed the post-acquisition integration of two companies and acquired a third. He has devoted the majority of his career to the management of international companies and the creation of global organizations.

Prior to beginning his career in financial services, Mr. Webb worked in manufacturing at Westinghouse Electric in Canada.

His belief in community service has resulted in associations with Multiple Sclerosis, the United Way, Industry-Education Council of Hamilton-Wentworth, and his election to the Hamilton Public School Board that provided education for more than 50,000 students in an urban setting. While serving as a trustee, he represented the board at the Ontario provincial level.

More recently, he has served on the Executive Board for the Dallas Symphony Association where he was awarded a Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the Associate Board at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and as a trustee at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

He is a board member at the Chicago Children’s Museum and recently joined the DePaul University Hospitality Advisory Board.

Mr. Webb earned a bachelor of arts from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He and his wife, Liz, have three children and live in Chicago.

Ardythe Sayers

Member – Board Emeritus

Ardythe, wife of Gale Sayers, has been in involved in various philanthropic efforts in her hometown of Omaha Nebraska and Chicago, during her lifetime. She has served on the board of the the Boys and Girls Club Omaha, and has spearheaded many successful church fundraisers including United Methodist Church of Omaha, St. Paul A.M.E. Baptist Church Glencoe, Illinois, Quinn Chapel Chicago and Sherman United Church of Chicago.

She is an accomplished commercial artist and graduate of La Salle Interior Design College Chicago. Ardythe was one of the original creators of the first successful african american line of greeting cards when she collaborated with a major greeting card company, Gibson Greetings in 1980. She is the former Lead illustrator at Shook advertising, and child care supervisor for Douglas County Family Services of Omaha. She created the first photography program for children in conjunction with Kodak. Created and successfully marketed the first african american line of retail Santa Clause images, figures and gift items with Cleo company, Memphis Tennessee.

Locally she has directly supported the Better Boys Foundation, and the Cradle Adoption Agency where the african american adoption wing is named in her and Gale’s honor. She has been instrumental in developing the current mission and direction of the Gale Sayers Foundation and will continue to guide the organization towards its goal of making high quality public education the norm, and not an exception.

Justin_photoJustin J. Kumar

Member – Board Director

Mr. Kumar is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Arlington Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm which specializes in proactive investment strategies to help its clients both to build and protect their wealth. He brings to the Board with him more than a decade of discretionary portfolio management, trading, finance, business industry, and fundraising experience. In addition to helping his clients, Mr. Kumar has a demonstrated track record of dedication and commitment to helping his community, especially in the area of advocacy. He is currently involved with the Associate Board of Children’s Home and Aid and was previously involved with The Chicago Lighthouse Junior Board and the Life Enrichment Fund of the Levy Center of Evanston before focusing his commitments to education and children’s empowerment.

Mr. Kumar earned a BA and MA concurrently from Northwestern University in 2002 and resides in Chicago.