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David Trone, WG'85, Co-Founder & Owner, Total Wine & More
Robert Trone, W'81, Co-Founder & Owner, Total Wine & More
H.E. Roman Macaya Hayes, WG'98, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States
Bruce S. Lane, WG'82, Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Meridian Group & Meridian Realty Partners
Nancy Shahin Itteilag, WG'79, Associate Broker, Washington Fine Properties
- DAVID TRONE, WG'85, Co-Founder & Owner, Total Wine & More
David Trone has been involved in the beer retail business since 1984 and the wine and spirits business since 1991. David oversees Marketing, Purchasing, e-Commerce, Government and Community Affairs, Finance and IT. He and Robert have traveled the world, working with producers to bring Total Wine & More the best selection at the lowest prices. David’s many community and philanthropic affiliations include Serving on the Wharton Graduate Executive Board, the Wharton Retail Advisory Board, the Wharton Entrepreneurial Advisory Board, Furman University Board of Trustees, The Bullis School Board of Trustees, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, American University Board of Trustees and the ACLU Private Sector & Educational Advisory Board on Reintegration. David graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. from Furman University in 1977, and received an M.B.A. from Wharton in 1985. He lives with his wife, June, and has four grown children. The oldest, Michelle, earned an M.B.A. from Wharton in 2016.
- ROBERT TRONE, Esq., W'81, Law'91, Co-Founder & Owner, Total Wine & More
Robert Trone has been involved in the alcoholic beverage industry since 1982, when he worked in the beer business in Pennsylvania. Robert’s focus includes Store Operations, Supply Chain, Market Management, Human Resources, Store Construction and Design and Real Estate. The brothers’ goals are very much the same: to provide customers the best selection of wines at the best prices and expert staff to assist them. Robert’s many community and philanthropic affiliations include Catholic Charities, The Archdiocese of Washington, Mercy Health Clinic, the Washington Ballet, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and Imagination Stage of Montgomery County. Robert earned a B.S. from Wharton 1981 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He lives with his wife, Anna, and a daughter aged 14.
The Story of Total Wine & More:
Brothers David Trone and Robert Trone founded Total Wine & More in 1991 as a small, independent store in Delaware. Total Wine grew steadily through the 1990s, expanding down the east coast and west to California and Arizona in 2007. As they expanded, the Trones brought in executives from other retailers such as BJ's, Zales, Bloomingdales, Toys R Us, and The Home Depot. As of August 2016, Total Wine has more than 150 Wine Superstores in 21 states. It conducts online sales in 14 states that allow online alcohol sales. Each Total Wine store carries approximately 8,000 different types of wines from wine-producing regions around the world, 3,000 types of spirits (where permitted by law), and also offer about 2,500 beers, accessories, gifts, and cigars. Total Wine is adding 20 stores per year with $2.5 billion for 2016 in retail sales. Total Wine employs about 5,000, including 500 employees at their corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland and 800 wine specialists. The company provides in-house publications to customers, including Total Wine & More's Guide to Wine, Total Guide to Beer, Guide to Spirits, a quarterly Buying Guide, and a quarterly newsletter called The Wine Advisor. Since its founding, Total Wine has given millions of dollars in financial and in-kind donations to a range of nonprofits. In 2015, Total Wine donated more than $6 million to 7,000+ local charities in 18 states. In 2014, Total Wine & More received the prestigious Market Watch Award for Community Service, the nation's leading beverage alcohol industry publication. Wine Spectator editor Marvin Shanken said, "The level of time, energy and financial resources that David and Robert Trone have devoted to community service is truly remarkable."
- H.E. ROMAN MACAYA HAYES, WG98, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the U.S.
Roman Macaya Hayes was sworn in as Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States on August 20, Roman has developed a multidisciplinary career as a scientist, businessman, advocate, politician, academic, and now diplomat. Roman has lived, studied and worked for many years in both Costa Rica and the U.S. As a chemist and biochemist by training, Roman has led R&D teams in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical research. He served as Senior Scientist at PharmaGenics, a U.S. biotechnology company where he was named Scientist of the Year for his research contributions on a pre-clinical cardiovascular drug. Roman has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences and was lead inventor on a patent filed by the company. Roman´s interest in developing real-world applications from scientific innovation in health care led him to seek an M.B.A. in health care management from Wharton. After graduation, he returned to Costa Rica where he served as Director of Business Development for ICIC, a Contract Research Organization conducting clinical trials, Chief Investment Officer for a health care private equity fund at Mesoamerica Investments, and Managing Partner at Sanigest, a health care consulting firm. Roman has also served as General Manager of RIMAC, a family business in the chemical field based in Costa Rica. Roman has dedicated much effort to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Costa Rican health care system and has been a media source on this topic for fifteen years. He has been critical of the economic and social consequences of ever-expanding provisions of intellectual property on health care, agriculture and development, and has participated in numerous debates on how to strike the right balance between incentives for innovation and the common good. Roman has given over 200 international presentations on issues ranging from intellectual property to the regulation of pharmaceutical and crop protection products. He has participated on numerous panels and meetings organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has been an invited speaker at universities in both the United States and Costa Rica, as well as a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2009 Roman entered politics and ran in the first primary election of the Citizen´s Action Party. He lost that primary and did not run in the primary for the 2014 presidential election. Roman holds an M.B.A. in Health Care Management from Wharton, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College. He is married and has four children.
- BRUCE S. LANE, W'82, WG'82, Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Meridian Group & Meridian Realty Partners
BRUCE LANE is the Co-Founder, EVP, and Managing Director of The Meridian Group and Meridian Realty Partners, a commercial real estate investment, development and private equity firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. Since co-founding the Meridian Group in 1993, the firm has acquired or developed 12 million square feet of office buildings, apartments, and the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel, plus over 800 acres of land, in the Washington, DC area, West Palm Beach, FL, and Charlotte, NC, with a total value over $4.5 billion. Bruce focuses on investment strategy, acquisitions, leasing, and dispositions.
Meridian is currently developing two of the largest and best located mixed-use projects in the Washington, DC area. The Boro is a 4 million square foot mixed-use town center development, adjacent to the Greensboro Station Metro in the heart of Tysons totaling 627,000 square feet and 18 acres of land. The next phase of construction will consist of 1.7 million square feet of offices, apartments, condo towers, and numerous retailers. Meridian is also about to begin the renovation of Anthem Row (formerly called TechWorld), a 760,000 square foot, two building office and retail complex at 800 K and 801 Eye Street, NW, directly across from the Washington, DC Convention Center. Bruce previously worked for the Riggs National Bank and Morgan Stanley Realty in Washington, DC and in investment banking in New York from 1985-1989.Bruce Lane received his B.S. in Economics, cum laude, from Wharton in 1982 and his M.B.A. in Finance, with Honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1985.
Bruce has long believed that community service and philanthropy are essential to living a fulfilling and productive life. Many local and national organizations have benefitted from Bruce’s energy, passion and generosity. His three main areas of focus are education, international relations, and the arts.In 2007, Bruce and his wife, Leslie, created the Bruce & Leslie Lane Endowed Scholarship Fund to support underprivileged Washington area high school students interested in attending the Wharton School. They also co-founded the Experiential Learning Program at Georgetown Day School, and they fund other high school and college programs in Washington, Poland and Israel. Bruce is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the largest research institute that focuses exclusively on securing American interests throughout the Middle East. Bruce is also on the National and Washington Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee (“AJC”), a 110 year old, leading international relations and human rights organization. He has travelled with AJC delegations to Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Egypt, Oman, and three other Arab countries, to work with top government and business leaders. In 2014, Bruce was honored to receive the AJC’s Washington, DC Civic Achievement Award.
Bruce is on the DC Leadership Council and the National Council of AIPAC, where he supports the US-Israel relationship and efforts to achieve peace among Israel, the Palestinians, and the Arab world. To accomplish that mission, Bruce has travelled extensively with AIPAC delegations to meet with top government officials in the U.S., Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. In 2013, Bruce co-founded and became co-Chair of the AIPAC Greater Washington Real Estate Division. Bruce is an active member of the U.S. Capital Chapter and the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of YPO Gold. Bruce is also a member of NAIOP and ULI, two leading real estate industry organizations. Bruce and Leslie are active supporters of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, and the National Gallery of Art. Bruce and Leslie reside in Bethesda, Maryland and have two children.
- NANCY SHAHIN ITTEILAG, WG79, Assoociate Broker, Washington Fine Properties
Nancy has been a real estate industry leader for over 30 years in the DC Metro area and is one of the top agents at Washington Fine Properties. She has represented leading builders, developers and homeowners in Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her expertise spans both a local and global clientele. The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends recognized her in 2007 as one of the top 10 agents in the United States. Nancy has been actively involved in the community for years, supporting many charitable causes, including the Rene Moawad Foundation, Children’s National Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Community of Hope, and many local charitable institutions. Nancy’s rich educational background is credited with her ability to manage successfully her family life, business life, and community involvement. She is a 1976 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, attended the American University of Beirut in her junior year, and holds an M.B.A. from Wharton in 1979 in marketing and finance. Nancy credits her husband Jack Donnelly and their six children with providing the support, time, and energy to be involved with both her real estate career and community activities. Her children are now actively involved in many of the same organizations and are following in her footsteps.
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