Earle I. Mack

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Earle I. Mack, U.S. Ambassador to Finland

Earle Irving Mack (born c. 1938) is an American businessman and former United States Ambassador to Finland.

Education[edit]

Mack graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in 1959.[1] He then went on to attend Fordham School of Law. In 1992 Mack was one of first 100 alumni inducted into the newly formed Drexel 100 alumni association.[1] He has been awarded an honorary Doctor's of Law from Fordham School of Law,[2] an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) from Daemen College,[3] an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Yeshiva University and was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa from Drexel University in 2006.[4] From 1992 to 2004, Earle Mack served as Chairman of the Board of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and was elected Chairman Emeritus in 2004. On May 1, 2008, the Drexel University College of Law was renamed the Earle Mack School of Law in light of his $15 million donation. The Drexel University School of Law later abandoned the Earle Mack name in December 2013.

Military service[edit]

Mack served his mandatory military service in the United States Army Infantry as a Second Lieutenant while on active duty (1959); and as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Infantry and Military Police, while serving on Reserve duty (1960–1968).

Ambassadorship[edit]

Mack has served as United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Finland. He was chosen by President George W. Bush, and was sworn in May 2004. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Finland until November 2005.

Business[edit]

Mack was Senior Partner of The Mack Company (1963–2004; 2006–Present). The Mack Company, established over a century ago, is a real estate development, investment, and management firm. The Mack Company merged their office portfolio with Cali Realty and the successor company became the Mack-Cali Realty Corporation in 1997. Mack was a founding board member of the merged Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE).

The Mack Company, currently headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, invests, develops and manages income-producing property. Earle Mack has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Realty Council. Among other business endeavors, he has written and published articles for the ABA Banking Journal and for the Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report in the past.

Arts[edit]

Mack is the past Chairman and CEO of the New York State Council on the Arts (1996–1999). Upon retirement, Mack was elected Chairman Emeritus.

Mack is the producer of The Children of Theatre Street, a 90-minute feature documentary film nominated for an Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, (1977); Cannes Film Festival, (1977) and winner of the National Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence, (1978).

He also co-produced, with Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Public Theater, the multi-media rock musical Stomp. (1970). He was a member of the board of directors, New York City Ballet (1987–1996; 1999–2004) and past co-chairman of the board of directors, Dance Theater of Harlem. He was co-producer of the films, Hard Choices and She Dances Alone. He has been a member of the board of trustees, American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet and had been a member of the executive committee of the National Association of the School of American Ballet.

Public service[edit]

Mack was recognized by Governor George Pataki and received in 2000 the New York State Governors Arts Award for outstanding leadership in the arts. He was a Member of the Governor's Committee on Scholastic Achievement and was a Member of the Advisory Board, New York State Business Venture Partnership, and a past Board Member of the Appeal of Conscience.

President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.[5] Earle Mack recently spoke out against the possibility of capping charitable tax deductions, appearing on CNN's Situation Room with Lisa Sylvester[6] Fox News with Stuart Varney,[7] and the South Florida Business Report with David Weir.[8] On February 14, 2013, Earle Mack testified in front of the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Deductions in support of charitable deductions.[9]

Thoroughbred horse racing[edit]

Mack has been involved with breeding and racing Thoroughbred horses since 1963. He was a member of the Board of Trustees, New York Racing Association (1990–2004), Chairman of the New York State Racing Commission (1983–1989), Member of the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Capital Investment Fund (1987–1996) and a Member, Board of Directors, of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp. (1983–1989). Mack is a contributor to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).[10]

In 2011 Earle I Mack started the Earle Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Award. The award is presented to a recipient who made significant contributions towards improving the safety and welfare of Thoroughbred horses during and after their racing careers.[11] The first winner of the award was Frank Stronach and in August 2012 Earle I Mack presented the award to Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps.[12] In June 2013, Earle presented the award to Chef Bobby Flay for his actions on behalf of Thoroughbred retirement.[13]

Mack has owned and/or bred more than 25 Thoroughbred stakes winners, and currently owns about 75 Thoroughbred horses in the United States, England, France, Italy and Argentina. His most notable horses include:

  1. Manighar (the first horse to ever complete the Group 1-treble of the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes, and BMW Cup)[14]
  1. Peteski (Canadian Triple Crown Champion, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Sovereign Award winner, and Canadian Horse of the Year, 1993)
  1. Bruce's Mill (Sovereign Award winner, 1994)
  1. Cryptocloser (Sovereign Award winner, 1997)
  1. Electrocutionist (Horse of the Year in Italy, 2005)
  1. Mr. Light (Grade III winner, Gulfstream Park; set the world record for fastest mile ever run by a Thoroughbred in a competition, 2005)
  1. November Snow (winner of the Grade I Test Stakes and Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, 1992, and international high-weighted 3 year old filly for that year)
  1. Roxinho (Brazil's Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year, 2002)
  1. Captain Canuck (Partnered with Centennial Farms Niagara Inc to race this 2010 Canadian Triple Crown Contender)

Mack has successfully supported legislation for transparency in all horse sales in Florida.[15] Headlining issues are medication, prohibition against dual agency, prohibition against enhancement medication usage, ownership transparency, and disclosure of medical records in the state of Florida. In August 2012, Earle I Mack was elected to the Board of Directors of the Jockey Club, an organization founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.[16]

On June 28, 2011, Earle I Mack sold Star Plus, son of Alpha Plus, to George Iacovacci on the conditions that he could never be raced again and that Mack would be immediately notified if they no longer wished to take care of the horse so that a suitable retirement home could be found for him.[17] But shortly after the sale Mack learned that the new owner of Star Plus had put the horse back in training and started to enter him in races.[17] After a public outcry, Mack was able to buy back Star Plus and retire him to Old Friends, a horse retirement program in Nicholasville, Kentucky.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Mack is married to Carol Dickey Mack and has two children: Andrew and Beatrice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Drexel 100" (PDF). Drexel Blue & Gold 17 (1). June 15, 2006. pp. 24–25. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "George Pataki to Speak at Graduation". Fordham University 2011 News. Fordham University School of Law. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Commencement 2011". Daemen Today. Daemen College. Fall–Winter 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients for 2006". Drexel Daily Digest. June 14, 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.nysun.com/foreign/bush-visit-may-boost-olmert/76303/
  6. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (December 20, 2012). Fiscal cliff worries charities. Interview with Lisa Sylvester. The Situation Room. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (December 28, 2012). Taking Away Charitable Deduction: Nonprofit Disaster?. Interview with Stuart Varney. Fox News. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (May 4–5, 2013). Segment 3 - Show Airdate May 4-5, 2013. Interview with David Weir. South Florida Business Report. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Testimony of Earle Mack (February 14, 2013). "Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Deductions, Hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means". 112th Congress. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Ambassador Earl Mack Repsonds to TRF Concerns", Paulick Report', March 22, 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  11. ^ Blood Horse Staff "Stronach to Receive Award from TRF", Blood Horse", March 26, 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  12. ^ Blood Horse Staff "More Than $400,000 Raised During TRF Gala", Blood Horse", August 7, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  13. ^ Carly Evans "Chef Bobby Flay Honored at Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration", '"Haute Living", June 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Rejuvenated Manighar wins third straight G1 for Mack and Moody", Paulick Report', April 7, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Sales Transparency at Heart of New Florida Law", Bloodhorse.com', July 9, 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  16. ^ Bob Curran Jr. "The Jockey Club Elects Six New Members", 'The Jockey Club', August 23, 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  17. ^ a b Ray Paulick "Saga of Star Plus: Doesn't This Horse Deserve Better?", Paulick Report', February 1, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  18. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Saga of Star Plus has happy ending", Paulick Report', March 26, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.

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