Earle I. Mack

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Earle Irving Mack
Earle I. Mack, U.S. Ambassador to Finland
30th United States Ambassador to Finland
In office
May 25, 2004 – October 20, 2005
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Succeeded by Marilyn Ware
Personal details
Born Earle Irving Mack
1938 (age 78–79)
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Carol Dickey
Children Andrew Mack
Beatrice Mack
Parents Ruth Kaufman
H. Bert Mack
Occupation Real estate developer
Ambassador
Known for founding board member of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Religion Judaism

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

Mack was a Senior Partner of The Mack Company, a real estate development, investment, and management firm, and was a founding board member of the merged Mack-Cali Realty Corporation in 1997. He is active in the arts, serving as Chairman and CEO of the New York State Council of the Arts for three years, and has produced a number of theatrical productions and films. Mack has been involved in Thoroughbred horse breeding and racing since 1963 as an owner and advocate. His political involvement includes a 2016 attempt to draft Paul Ryan as the GOP presidential candidate.

Education[edit]

Mack was born to a Jewish family, the son of Ruth (née Kaufman) and H. Bert Mack (1912 - 1992).[1][2] His father founded the real estate development company, the Mack Company.[1][2] He has three brothers: William L. Mack, Fredric H. Mack, and David S. Mack.[1][2]

Mack graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in 1959.[3] He then went on to attend Fordham School of Law. In 1992 Mack was one of the first 100 alumni inducted into the newly formed Drexel 100 alumni association.[3] He has been awarded several honorary degrees, including Doctor's of Law from Fordham School of Law,[4] an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) from Daemen College,[5] an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Yeshiva University, Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa from Drexel University in 2006,[6] and recognized with an honorary degree for Doctor of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University in 2016.[7] From 1992 to 2004, 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. In December 2013, a letter signed by Drexel University President John A. Fry and board of trustees Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt said Mack “graciously stepped aside as naming benefactor of Drexel’s law school."[8] The school is now known as Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

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. 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.[9] In 2012 Mack spoke out against the possibility of capping charitable tax deductions, appearing on CNN's Situation Room with Lisa Sylvester[10] Fox News with Stuart Varney,[11] and the South Florida Business Report with David Weir.[12] On February 14, 2013, Mack testified in front of the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Deductions in support of charitable deductions.[13]

In March 2016, Mack announced that he was acting as honorary chairman of the Super PAC known as The Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan, a group dedicated to drafting Paul Ryan as the Republican candidate for President of the United States in 2016. In an interview Mack revealed that he would support the effort with up to $1 million dollars.[14] Paul Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong initially announced that the Speaker was “flattered, but not interested” in the draft effort.[15] Ryan’s organization issued a letter to the Federal Election Commission formally distancing Ryan from the Committee. They expressed concerns about confusion to donors and supporters, and reiterated that Ryan had no intention of running for president in 2016. The Committee ended its activities shortly thereafter, announcing that, “It’s become increasingly clear that the committee’s efforts, however well intended, could become an unwanted distraction to the speaker’s current responsibilities.”[16]

Mack contributed a number of op-eds to The Hill in 2012 and 2016 relating to charitable donations and the 2016 presidential election.[17] A series of four of these articles dealt primarily with Republican party politics leading up to the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president, and Mack's efforts to draft Paul Ryan as the party's candidate. Mack also addressed divisions in the Republican party and advocated for the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States.[18][19][20][21]

Mack also acts as President and CEO of the Earle I. Mack Foundation, a non-profit organization that acted as the initial donor to the Earle Mack School of Law.[22]

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).[23]

In 2011 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.[24] The first winner of the award was Frank Stronach and in August 2012 Mack presented the award to Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps.[25] In June 2013, Mack presented the award to Chef Bobby Flay for his actions on behalf of Thoroughbred retirement.[26]

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)[27]
  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.[28] 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, 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.[29]

On June 28, 2011, 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.[30] 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.[30] After a public outcry, Mack was able to buy back Star Plus and retire him to Old Friends Equine, a horse retirement program in Nicholasville, Kentucky.[31]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Mack married Carol Dickey;[32] they have two children: Andrew and Beatrice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Orlando Sun Sentinel: "H. Bert Mack, Businessman, Philanthropist" May 11, 1992
  2. ^ a b c Legacy: "RUTH MACK Obituary" April 10, 2011
  3. ^ a b "The Drexel 100" (PDF). Drexel Blue & Gold. 17 (1). June 15, 2006. pp. 24–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "George Pataki to Speak at Graduation". Fordham University 2011 News. Fordham University School of Law. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Commencement 2011". Daemen Today. Daemen College. Fall–Winter 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients for 2006". Drexel Daily Digest. June 14, 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  7. ^ http://www.franklinpierce.edu/about/news/2016_honorary_degrees.htm
  8. ^ "Drexel removes Mack name from law school". Philadelphia Business Journal. December 17, 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.nysun.com/foreign/bush-visit-may-boost-olmert/76303/
  10. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (December 20, 2012). "Fiscal cliff worries charities". The Situation Room (Interview). Interview with Lisa Sylvester. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (December 28, 2012). "Taking Away Charitable Deduction: Nonprofit Disaster?". Fox News (Interview). Interview with Stuart Varney. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Mack, Earle; capping charitable deductions (May 4–5, 2013). "Segment 3 - Show Airdate May 4-5, 2013". South Florida Business Report (Interview). Interview with David Weir. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Testimony of Earle Mack (February 14, 2013). "Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Deductions, Hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means" (PDF). 112th Congress. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Haberman, Maggie (7 March 2016). "Behind an Effort to Draft Paul Ryan for the White House Race". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  15. ^ Chiacu, Doina; Cassella, Megan (4 March 2016). "Republicans in tailspin, group forms to draft Ryan for U.S. president". Reuters. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Haberman, Maggie (11 March 2016). "Committee to Draft Paul Ryan for President Shuts Down". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Mack, Earle (December 3, 2016). "Hands off charitable deductions". The Hill. 
  18. ^ Mack, Earle (July 8, 2016). "GOP delegates should be allowed to vote conscience". The Hill. 
  19. ^ Mack, Earle (February 11, 2016). "Time for Plan B". The Hill. 
  20. ^ Mack, Earle (May 20, 2016). "Don't let the tail wag the elephant". The Hill. 
  21. ^ Mack, Earle (March 23, 2016). "We the people". The Hill. 
  22. ^ "THE EARLE I. MACK FOUNDATION, FOUNDING DONOR OF THE LAW SCHOOL". Drexel University. Drexel University. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  23. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Ambassador Earl Mack Responds to TRF Concerns", Paulick Report', March 22, 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  24. ^ Blood Horse Staff "Stronach to Receive Award from TRF", Blood Horse", March 26, 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  25. ^ Blood Horse Staff "More Than $400,000 Raised During TRF Gala", Blood Horse", August 7, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  26. ^ Carly Evans "Chef Bobby Flay Honored at Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration", '"Haute Living", June 10, 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  27. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Rejuvenated Manighar wins third straight G1 for Mack and Moody", Paulick Report', April 7, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  28. ^ "Sales Transparency at Heart of New Florida Law", Bloodhorse.com', July 9, 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  29. ^ Bob Curran Jr. "The Jockey Club Elects Six New Members", 'The Jockey Club', August 23, 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  30. ^ a b Ray Paulick "Saga of Star Plus: Doesn't This Horse Deserve Better?", Paulick Report', February 1, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  31. ^ Paulick Report Staff "Saga of Star Plus has happy ending", Paulick Report', March 26, 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  32. ^ New York Times: "Earle Mack Wed To Carol Dickey" July 27, 1990

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
United States Ambassador to Finland
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Marilyn Ware