R. Brad Martin
RBM Venture Company

R. Brad Martin is Retired Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated and Chairman of RBM Venture Company, his family investment company.
 
Martin retired on May 4, 2007, as Chairman of Saks after serving nearly 20 years as an executive with that firm. He was the principal investor in RBM Acquisition Company, an entity which acquired Saks’ predecessor business, Proffitt’s, Inc.  Martin became the Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1989 when it was comprised of ten stores with annual revenues of approximately $70 million. Over the subsequent ten years, Proffitt’s grew to become one of the largest department store businesses in the United States generating revenues in excess of $4 billion. In 1998, Proffitt’s acquired Saks Holdings and merged it into Proffitt’s, renaming the combined enterprise Saks Incorporated. In 2005 and 2006, recognizing the continuing consolidation of the mid-range department store business and the growth prospects of the luxury retail segment, Martin developed and oversaw a strategy of divesting the traditional department store assets, returning over $2 billion to shareholders through a series of transactions. During the 18-year period when Martin served as CEO and then Chairman of Proffitt’s/Saks, the value of its stock increased more than 12-fold.
 
Martin has also engaged in a number of other entrepreneurial and private equity activities. In 1987, he co-founded Corporate Child Care, Inc., which subsequently evolved into the largest corporate-affiliated child care company in the United States. Martin serves on the Board of Directors of four public companies—FedEx Corporation; First Horizon National Corporation; Dillard’s Department Stores; and lululemon athletica. He is also a member of the.U.S. Advisory Board of CVC—a global private equity firm.
 
Brad Martin is a graduate of The University of Memphis where he served as President of the student body and holds an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Martin also served five terms as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities. 
 
He is married to the former Dina Miller and is the father of five sons. 

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Abrams, David - Abrams Capital, LLC
Ackman, William A. - Pershing Square Capital
Adams, John - Emeritus Professor of Geography, University College London
Aitken, James - Aitken Advisors, LLP
Akre, Chuck - Akre Capital Management
Alexander, Seth - MIT Investment Management Company
Arnott, Rob - Research Affiliates, Chairman
Aronson, Theodore - Aronson+Johnson+Ortiz
Aronstein, Michael C. - Preservation Group, LLC
Asness, Ph.D., Clifford S. - AQR Capital Management, LLC, Managing and Founding Principal
Avery, Dennis T. - Author
Ayer, James - Tiedemann/Ayer

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Banerji, Anirvan - Economic Cycle Research Institute
Bass, Kyle - Hayman Capital Management, Managing Member
Ben-Ur, David - Corbin Capital Partners
Berg, Gilchrist - Water Street Capital
Bernstein, William - Efficient Frontier Advisors
Bessent, Scott - Key Square Group
Bianco, James - Bianco Research, LLC
Bobrow, Barry - Wachovia Corp.
Bogle, John C. - The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Boland, John - Remnant Partners
Bonderman, David - TPG Capital
Bregman, Steven - Horizon Kinetics, President, Co-Founder
Bronstein, Keith - TradeLink, LLC
Brosens, Frank - Taconic Capital Partners
Burkank, John - Passport Capital, LLC
Burn, Christopher - Coxe Advisors, LLC
Byrd, Frank - Fielder Capital Group, LLC
Byrne, John J. (Jack) - White Mountains Insurance Group

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Cannell, J. Carlo - Cannell Capital Management
Cantor, Mitch - Mountain Lake Investment Management
Chanos, James S. - Kynikos Associates, LP, Founder and Managing Partner
Chilton, Jr., Richard L. - Chilton Investment Co.
Chu, Charlene - Autonomous Research
Cochrane, John H. - The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Cohen, Martin - Cohen & Steers Capital Management
Cohodes, Marc - former managing partner of Copper River Management
Cole, Christopher - Artemis Capital Management
Cooperman, Leon - Omega Advisors, Inc.
Coxe, Don - Coxe Advisors, LLC

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D'Alessandro, David - CMDTY Capital Management, LP
Daniels, Francis - Anibok Investment Research Chambers
Derman, Emanuel - Columbia University & Prisma Capital Partners
Diamond, Bob - Atlas Merchant Capital, Founder and CEO
Dimon, Jamie - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Divecha, Arjun - Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.
Dizard, John - The Financial Times
Doyle, Mark - Sterling Grace Municpal
Druckenmiller, Stanley - Duquesne Family Office, LLC
Duffy, Kevin - Bearing Asset Management
Dunbar, Nicholas - Risk Magazine

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Egan, Sean - Egan-Jones Rating Co.
Einhorn, David - Greenlight Capital, Inc.
Eisman, Steven - FrontPoint Partners
El-Erian, Mohamed - Harvard Management Co.
Ely, Bert - Ely & Company, Inc.
Eveillard, Jean-Marie - Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisors, LLC - First Eagle Funds

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Falls, Amy - Rockefeller University
Farrell, Michael - Annaly Mortgage Management
Feldman, Robert C. - Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Ferrari, Ph.D., Leonard A. - Naval Posgraduate School
Fidalgo, Miguel - Triarii Capital Management, LP
Fieler, Sean - Equinox Partners, LP
Fisher, Peter R. - Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Flatt, Bruce - Brookfield Asset Management
Fleckenstein, William - Fleckenstein Capital, Inc.
Flowers, J. Christopher - J.C. Flowers & Co.
Frey, Felix - Options Consulting Group, LLC
Fridson, CFA, Martin - Lehmann Livian Fridson Advisors LLC, CIO
Friedman, Joshua - Canyon Partners, LLC
Friend, Robert - Recon Capital, LLC
Fuss, Daniel - Loomis, Sayles & Co.

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Galbraith, Steve - Herring Creek Capital Management, Managing Member
Gallagher, Thomas - ISI Group, Inc.
Gayner, Thomas - Markel Corp.
Gelernter, David - Yale University
Goehring, Leigh R. - Chilton Investment Co.
Goldstone, Larry - Thornburg Mortgage
Grant, James - Grant's Interest Rate Observer
Grantham, Jeremy - Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.
Gray, Jonathan - Blackstone Group
Greenberg, Maurice - C.V. Starr and Company
Greenig, Ph.D., Douglas - Greenwich Capital Markets
Greenspan, Alan - Greenspan Associates
Greenwald, Bruce - Columbia Business School
Gross, Bill - Janus Capital
Gundlach, Jeffrey E. - Doubleline, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Gutfreund, John H. - Gutfreund & Company

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Hague, Ian - Firebird Management
Hall, Andrew - Phibro, Inc.
Harkins, Michael - Levy, Harkins & Co.
Hartnett, Michael - BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
Haskell, John - Explorador Capital Management
Hathaway, John - Tocqueville Asset Management
Hendry, Hugh - Eclectica Asset Management, CIO and Founder
Hess, Lisa W. - SkyTop Capital Management
Hill, Karl - Country Bank Co.
Hill, Charles L. - Thomson Financial
Hoisington, Van R. - Hoisington Investment Management
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Hunt, Lacy - Hoisington Investment Management Co.

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Jacobs, Sy - JAM Partners, LP

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Kasriel, Paul L. - The Northern Trust Company
Katz, Michael - Glenrock Global Partners
Kelly, Mitchell - Anaconda Capital Management
Klarman, Seth - The Baupost Group, L.L.C., President and CEO
Klody, CFA, Mathew T. - MCN Capital Management, LLC, Managing Partner
Knapp, Robert - Ironsides Partners
Kovner, Bruce - Caxton Alternative Management

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La Nasa, III, Joseph - Serengeti Asset Management, Managing Partner
Lampert, Eddie - ESL Investments, Inc.
Landis, Kevin - Firsthand Capital Management
Langone, Ken - Invemed Associates
Lassonde, Pierre - Franco-Nevada Corp., Chairman
Lawler, M.D., Ph.D., Joseph - Merus Capital Partners
Leder, Michelle - Footnoted.com
Lehrman, Lewis E. - L.E. Lehrman & Co.
Leibowitz, Martin - Morgan Stanley, Managing Director
Levenson, Thomas - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of
Levenson, Carol - Gimme Credit Publications
Lewis, Hunter - Author
Lewitt, Michael - Harch Capital Management
Lipper, Steve - Royce & Associates
Lipton, Martin - Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Litinsky, James H. - JHL Capital Group LLC
Lonski, John - Moody's Investors Service
Lukacs, John - Author
Lusman, Joel - Lusman Capital Management

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Marks, Howard S. - Oaktree Capital Management, LP
Martin, R. Brad - RBM Venture Company
Mayer, Martin - Author,
McEwen, Robert - Goldcorp, Inc.
Mikhailovich, Simon A. - Tocqueville Bullion Reserve
Mikuni, Akio - Mikuni & Co., Ltd.
Miller, William - Legg Mason Fund Adviser
Miller, Steven - Standard and Poor's
Millstein, Jim - Millstein & Co.
Mindich, Eric - Eton Park Capital Management
Mindich, Jeremy - Scopia Capital, LLC

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Ney, Keith - Carmignac

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O'Connor, Jerry - O'Connor Capital Partners

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Pan, Vivian - Hamlin Capital Management
Partnoy, Frank - University of San Diego
Paulson, John - Paulson & Co.
Peabody, Charles - Ventana Capital
Pellegrini, Paolo - PSQR Management, LLC
Pickens, T. Boone - BP Capital
Porter, Alex - Porter Felleman, Inc.
Price, Michael - MFP Investors

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Redleaf, Andy - Whitebox Advisors, LLC
Reik, Trey - Bristol Investment Partners, CIO
Richardson, Kennedy - Fidelity Investments
Rickards, James - JAC Capital Advisors, Partner
Robertson, Julian - Tiger Management Corp.
Rocha, Bruno - Dynamo Capital, LP
Rogers, James - Author
Rohatyn, Felix - Lazard, Ltd.
Rollert, Jeffery - ALM Advisors
Rosenberg, David - Gluskin Sheff & Associates
Rosenberg, Joe - Loews Corporation, Chief Investment Strategist
Rosenwald, James - Rosenwald Capital Management
Rowe, Frederick - Greenbrier Partners, Ltd.
Royce, Charles - Royce & Associates

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Sandor, Ph.D., Richard - Environmental Financial Products
Sarma, Karthik - SRS Investment Management
Saul, Bob - GMO Renewable Resources, Director Domestic Forestry Investments
Schiff, David - Schiff's Insurance Observer
Schwarzman, Stephen A. - Blackstone Group, Chairman and CEO
Senor, Dan - Elliott Management
Sherman, David - Cohanzick Management
Shilling, Ph.D., A. Gary - A. Gary Shilling & Co.
Simon, Jr., William E. - William E. Simon & Sons
Singer, Paul E. - Elliott Management Corp.
Smith, Randy - Alden Global Capital
Souza, Cristiano - Dynamo Capital, LP
Sprayregan, James - Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Stahl, Murray - Horizon Asset Management, Inc.
Stephens, Bret - The Wall Street Journal
Stevenson-Yang, Anne - J Capital Research
Stockman, David A. - Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 1981-85
Succo, John - Alpha Investments of New York
Suria, Ravi - Duquesne Capital Mangement
Sussman, Donald - Paloma Partners
Swensen, David - CIO, Yale University

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Taleb, Nassim Nicholas - Empirica, LLC
Tarrant, Jeffrey - Protege Partners
Thiel, Peter - Clarium Capital
Thompson, Cullen - Bienville Capital Management
Thorn, Jon - India Capital Management
Tisch, James - Loews Corporation

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Volcker, Paul A. - Chariman Federal Reserve 1979 - 1987

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Wachenheim, III, Ed - Greenhaven Associates
Wadhwaney, Amit - Third Avenue Management
Walsh, Timothy M. - Division of Investments, State of New Jersey, Director
Walter, Carl E. - Author
Warsh, Kevin - Hoover Institution
Weiss, Adam - Scout Capital
Werner, Mark - Pierpont Securities, LLC
Whitman, Martin J. - Third Avenue Management
Whitney, Meredith - Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, LLC
Wien, Byron - The Blackstone Group
Winters, David - Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC
Wolf, Martin - Financial Times

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Xiaosheng, Chen - SYWG Research & Consulting, Co.

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Yoo, Simon - Green Visor Capital Management Company, LLC
Yusko, Mark W. - Morgan Creek Capital Management, CEO and Chief Investment Officer

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Zell, Sam - Equity Group Investments
Zelman, Ivy - Zelman & Associates
Zervos, David - Jefferies & Company

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