Paul R. Provost
Frank Emile Sanchis III
Mark W. Warren
Paul R. Provost Over the course of a twenty- five-year career in the art world in both business and museums, Mr. Provost has served as a scholar and executive as well as a trusted art market advisor for private collectors, fiduciaries and estates, as well as foundations and museums. Trained as an art historian and museum professional, Provost joined Christie’s in 1995. In September of 2016 Mr. Provost became Principal at Provost & Associates, LLC providing consulting services and strategic advice for ultra- high net worth families, individuals, foundations and museums around issues related to art collecting and the art market, with emphasis on developing strategies for philanthropy, legacy planning, and collections management.
Duncan Barrett is the Chief Operating Officer of Omni Housing Development LLC. He is responsible for the firm’s marketing efforts, new business, and government relations including regulatory approval and financial assistance. Over the past 30 years he has developed in excess of 2,000 units of housing and directed the financing of more than $100 million in real estate development projects throughout New York State. Mr. Barrett is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Karen Arrison lives and works in Buffalo, New York. Currently, she
serves as president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Legacy
Foundation and president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Family
Charitable Foundation. She also serves as board chair for Western New York Public Broadcasting. She is president of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a position she has held for 32 years. Karen attended the University of Buffalo and SUCB, and has completed design projects for both institutions. In the recent past, she and her husband have dedicated themselves to the historic restoration of the McKinney Mansion in Buffalo as well as the rehabilitation of their circa 1878 cottage at the Chautauqua Institution. Mrs. Arrison serves on several additional boards including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kleinhans Music Hall. She and her husband are also recent recipients of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Award for Restoration. They are also patrons of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and founders of Wisdom Farm, an interactive and integrative wellness farm.
Dr. Carol R. Bentel FAIA, LEED AP, ASID, IIDA Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ’94, is a partner in the architectural firm Bentel & Bentel, which is known for its award-winning modern architecture. Ms. Bentel holds a doctorate from History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture Program at MIT and teaches architectural history at Webb Institute and NYIT. Ms. Bentel has numerous local, national, and international design awards beginning with the winning prize for the 1985 New York Times Square Competition (with Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA) to the international award from the London magazine “Wallpaper” for the best restaurant design in the world for The Modern restaurant at MoMA in New York City (with Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA & Peter Bentel AIA). She was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1994 and was the national chair of the AIA Committee on Design in 2008 with over 10,000 members.
Frank Emile Sanchis lll has been the Director of United States Programs for the World Monuments Fund in New York City since December 2010. Before joining WMF, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Commission; Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC; and Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York. Sanchis is the author of “American Architecture, Westchester County New York”, published by North River Press in 1977. He currently serves on the boards of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, and the Advisory Council of the Historic House Trust. Sanchis holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute (1966) and a Master of Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1969).
John Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the personal planning practice of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Mr. Sare has extensive experience in the representation of museums, colleges, private foundations and other types of exempt organizations. This work includes advising charities on the issues and options they face with respect to their endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts. Mr. Sare also has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in connection with inquiries and investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He also advises individuals and fiduciaries on legal issues involving works of art, charitable giving, estate planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. From 2001 until 2011, he taught the Seminar in Law and the Visual Arts at the Columbia University School of Law. In 2003, he was recognized for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by The Legal Aid Society of New York.
Ruth Pierpont served as the Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, retiring in 2016. Under her supervision, Pierpont grew the Historic Tax Credit program into one of New York State’s signature economic development tools, undertook a comprehensive assessment of the state’s Historic Site system, and maintained New York’s role as the national leader of listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Through her efforts, the state has emerged as a trailblazer in recognizing new and formerly under-represented historic resources, including buildings associated with the recent past and properties significant to LGBT Americans. She also served on the national level for many years as a board member and board president (2009-2013) of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. Prior to joining the State Historic Preservation Office staff in 1993, Ruth worked for the City of Troy Department of Planning & Community Development for 16 years, serving as Commissioner of that department from 1991 to 1993. She was an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the building conservation program from 2002 – 2007.
Mark W. Warren is an Administrative Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, based in Buffalo, New York. He supports commercial banking activities, including international trade finance, commercial loan workouts, investigations and outside law firm relationships. Mark has been with M&T since 1994. Prior to joining M&T, Mark was with the law firm now known as Nixon Peabody LLP, where his practice included creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Previously, Mark was an attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation, and has practiced law in New York City and Upstate New York. Mark served as chairman of the East Aurora Historic Preservation Commission from 2003 to 2015, and recently served on a steering committee to preserve the Mill Road scenic landscape in the Town of Aurora. Mark earned his B.A. from the University at Albany and his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School.
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