Autism Society Begins 2011 with Three New Members to National Board of Directors
February 10, 2011
By Amanda Glensky
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amanda Glensky, Media Specialist
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The Autism Society is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its national Board of Directors. The board serves as the governing body of the Autism Society and sets the vision for the organization’s future. Three new members have joined the Board: Kevin Custer of Golden, Colorado; George Daly of Washington, D.C.; and Ron E. Simmons of Dallas, Texas.
“We are pleased to welcome three new outstanding volunteers to our board,” said Jim Ball, chairman of the Board of Directors. “Each member brings valuable expertise and a passion for the Autism Society’s work toward ensuring all individuals with autism live meaningful lives.”
Kevin Custer has more than 20 years of experience launching and growing successful education and technology companies. He is a founding principal of Arc Capital Development, a private equity and advisory firm that invests in and operates companies that serve school districts. His products have been installed in more than half of the K-12 schools in the United States and are enjoyed by more than 10 million weekly online users. As the former CEO of AutismPro, a company providing resources and training for schools, he raised several million in capital, launched the international brand and led the company to a successful acquisition in 19 months. In 2009, Custer participated in Colorado’s Autism Commission and helped to develop the state’s 10-year strategic plan for autism. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Colorado.
George G. Daly has been the dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University since November 1, 2005. Previously, he served as the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Business at the Stern School of Business at New York University from 1993 to 2002. During that time, he markedly advanced the school’s reputation, achieved top ten rankings for all of its degree programs for the first time and raised more than $150 million in private donations. Daly also served as the chief economist in the Office of Energy Research and Development in the White House and a consultant to the National Football League.
Ron Simmons is the co-founder of investment advising firm Retirement Advisors of America (RAA), and continues to serve as its chairman and largest shareholder. Ron was recently named one of the top financial advisors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by D Magazine, and RAA was named one of the top 30 financial advisors in the country by Investment News. Ron also makes presentations and holds training sessions nationally and internationally on leadership topics through Equip, the charitable arm of author John Maxwell’s organization. Ron has recently led conferences for Equip in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Bucharest, Romania; and Soweto, South Africa. Locally, Ron and his wife Lisa are active in their church, Prestonwood Church, serving in the ministry to young married couples. Proudly, Ron and Lisa serve on the Parents Council and Parents Campaign Committee for Furman University.
About the Autism Society
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit www.autism-society.org.
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