1st annual board meeting at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida on November 20, 2014.


Mission

The Foundation exists to pursue the Berkmans’ longstanding dedication and commitment to higher education in the United States, particularly higher education preparing future leaders and promoting the growth of knowledge into effective business and administration.  In addition, the Foundation aims to recognize particularly the achievements of the men and women who have served this country in military service.

Tax Exempt Status

The Foundation is recognized as a qualified tax exempt private foundation pursuant to section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service and a not for profit exempt corporation under Chapter 617 Florida Statutes. The Foundation intends to annually award scholarships and research fellowship grants, which pursuant to the July 24, 2014 communication, may be excluded from the gross income of recipients for tax purposes.


Foundation Board of Directors

Karen A. Berkman, PhD
President
Dr. Berkman has been a member of the BOD since 2014. She is the daughter of Harold and Muriel Berkman. She provides the BOD with an understanding of veteran trauma. The Berkman family has waived all compensation and honorariums.

Muriel Berkman, MS
Vice President

TBD
Secretary/Treasurer

Barry J. Babin, PhD
Scholarship & Research Grant Chairman
Morris Lewis Professor and Chair of Marketing
Ole Miss Business School
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Babin has been a member of the BOD since 2014. He serves as the chairman of the scholarship and research grants committee. He was an active participant in the core group that formatted the “Foundation” By Laws submitted to the IRS.

Stuart A. Berry, CFP
Senior Vice President
SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Mr. Berry has been a member of the BOD since 2014. He brings a sharp intellect and analytic skills to the selection process.

Laurie A. Babin, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
Ole Miss Business School
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Babin has been an ad hoc member of the BOD since 2015. Her background includes military service in the U.S. Navy, 4 years active duty and 20 years in the reserve. Her insights are valuable in the selection process of military veterans.

Nina Krey, DBA
Rowan University
Dr. Krey has been ad hoc member of the BOD since 2016. Dr. Krey was part of the start-up team that recruited the first award recipients while working on her doctoral studies at Louisiana Technical University. She initially screens all incoming applications. As the youngest member of the BOD, she brings a vital perspective to our deliberations.

Julie Moulard, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing
Balsley-Whitmore Endowed Professor in Business
Louisiana Tech University

Dr. Moulard currently serves as the President of the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS— www.ams-web.org), one of the marketing discipline’s leading academic organizations, which was founded by Dr. Harold Berkman. She has been heavily involved with AMS in numerous capacities, including AMS President-Elect (2018-2020), AMS Vice President for Programs (2014-2018), and AMS Vice President of Membership-USA (2012-2014). In 2013, Dr. Moulard received the inaugural AMS Harold and Muriel Berkman Faculty Achievement and Development Award for her service to AMS.

Larry Braue, EdD
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Director, Office of Veteran Success
University South Florida

Dr. Larry Braue served for 27 years in the United States Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  In 2010, Dr. Braue became the Director of the Office of Veteran Success at the University of South Florida where he continues to serve our veterans by creating opportunities for academic, professional, and lifelong success.     

Dr. Braue holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

 

General Counsel

Law Offices
Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.
Coral Gables, FL


Certified Public Accountants

Olin, Gottlieb, Rotolante, Villalobos & Co.
Miami, FL