BOARD of DIRECTORS
NCF – Twin Cities
JAY BENNETT, Chairman of the Board
Jay Bennett serves as Chairman of the Board of both The Halftime Institute and The National Christian Foundation. NCF is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with 30 national affiliates and is the world’s largest faith based provider of donor advised funds. Last year, its 20,000 donor partners contributed $1.8 billion into their funds and requested grants of $1.7 billion out to more than 26,000 non-profits. Jay serves nationally and locally in Minneapolis as the founder of NCF Twin Cities; one of NCF’s current affiliates.
Professionally, Jay practiced law and engaged in business transactions for over 35 years while also creating a private foundation to support Christian ministries in 1983. He has long battled the tension between earthly riches and True Riches and has a passion to see Halftimers move into greater intimacy with the Lord thru an ever more generous life.
Jay has been married to his wife, Sally, for 48 years. They have three married sons and 8 grandkids; all of whom live in Minneapolis.
CEO, PATTON HOLDINGS
A resident of Ann Arbor since 1983. Tim has been married for over 30 years to his wife Shann and is the father of their six children. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
From 1981-1988 Tim held progressively higher management positions at McGaw Labs, the intravenous products division of American Hospital Supply, ultimately acquired by Baxter. From 1989 to 2003, Tim co-founded Health Care Solutions and grew this provider of home-based respiratory and intravenous therapies serving over 40,000 patients concurrently in seven states through 47 offices with 750 employees before the sale of the company to Lincare (LNCR-OTC). Tim has since initiated the successful start-up of four companies, primarily in the healthcare services field. He is presently the Chairman and principal shareholder of Patton Holdings, a diversified holding company with controlling interests in Jordan Reses Supply Company, a distributor of respiratory products into the Veterans Administration and U.S. Military Hospitals, Flagship Private Air, which provides private charter flights and Patton Real Estate Holdings, a developer and an investor in residential and commercial properties in Michigan, Colorado, Florida and Illinois. In 2012 Tim divested his interest in Sleep Well Centers, an operator of outpatient sleep apnea diagnostic laboratories which he founded in 2003.
Tim and his wife, Shann, are active in the Ann Arbor community where Shann is the Executive Director of Arbor Vitae Woman’s Center; which is a limited medical clinic providing ultrasound imaging, pregnancy testing, counseling and social services coordination in support of women with unplanned pregnancies who choose life.
Tim chairs the board of Holy Cross Children’s Services serving disadvantaged youth with boarding schools, foster care, and vocational training. Tim also serves on the Boards of Arbor Vitae (referenced above), Renewal Ministries-an international organization evangelizing Christianity throughout the world, and Biovigil, a firm providing infrared sensing systems to maximize hand washing compliance resulting in minimization of hospital-acquired infections. He is also a founder and board member chairing the executive and compensation committees for the Ann Arbor State Bank. Finally, Tim founded the Ann Arbor Chapter of Legatus International, an organization of Catholic business leaders.
Tim enjoys boating both in Michigan and Florida and also participates in an occasional game of high handicap golf.
KEN BLANCHARD COMPANIES
Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, known as “Margie,” has earned a reputation worldwide as a compelling motivational speaker, an accomplished management consultant and trainer, a best-selling author, and an entrepreneur.
In 1983 she was chosen Speaker of the Year by New Woman Magazine and American Express. Margie was the co-recipient, along with her husband, Dr. Ken Blanchard, of the 1991 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Cornell University. She is a co-author of The One Minute Manager Gets Fit and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance. Margie is well-versed on a variety of topics and often speaks on leadership, empowerment, team building, customer service, managing change, and life planning.
As co-founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, Margie works with her husband to develop their organization into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in the world. She heads up the Office of the Future, the research and development arena of The Ken Blanchard Companies.
Margie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
DALE DAWSON, Bridge2Rwanda
Dale Dawson is an investment banker, entrepreneur, and CPA. He is founder & CEO of Bridge2Rwanda and serves on Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s Presidential Advisory Council. Since 2002, Dale has helped launch and grow a number of businesses and social enterprises in Rwanda. He also serves on the boards of Halftime Institute and Edify and the investment committee of Diamond State Ventures.
During his first half, Dale served as Executive Vice President & Head of Investment Banking at Stephens Inc.; Partner and National Director at KPMG; and Chairman & CEO of TruckPro, an independent distributor of commercial truck parts that he sold to AutoZone. He and his wife, Judi, are University of Texas graduates and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have two grown children – Katherine and Jack.
MISSION OF HOPE HAITI
John Leffin, MISSION OF HOPE HAITI
During his 21-year consulting career with Accenture, John Leffin held a number of global and U.S. leadership positions in the change management and human performance practices. He was also the lead partner on a number of large multi-billion dollar global accounts. John was a founding member of the Accenture Leadership Center in the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin where he serves on the Governance Committee. John also serves as a lead facilitator each year at the 6-day LeaderShape Institute.
John serves on the board of Mission of Hope, Haiti where his work includes strategic planning and partnership development. He and his family are actively engaged together in Haiti, working on everything from major building projects to leading mission trips for young adults and business leaders.
John and Loretta are residents of Naples, Florida. They have two daughters, Krista and Melissa.