SWC Announces Appointment of Five New Board Members

September 6, 2022

 “With anti-Semitism & hate emboldened, the SWC is more important now than at any time since the Center’s inception.”
 The Simon Wiesenthal Center is honored to announce the election of five new board members to its Board of Trustees.
“At a time when the dark undercurrent of anti-Semitism and hate have been emboldened in and beyond the United States, the voice of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its many applications is more important now than at any time since the Center’s inception four decades ago,” said Dawn Arnall, Simon Wiesenthal Center Board Chair.

“At this inflection point in our nation’s history, and on behalf of the Center and its Board of Trustees, I am honored to announce the election of five leaders committed to advancing the Center’s mission and its important impact.  Newly elected Trustees include Brian Dror, Peter R. Taffae, Bernard Teichman, Sanford Teplitzky and Gary Torgow,” Arnall added.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is privileged to welcome each of these remarkable individuals into service and to benefit from their leadership.
More on the new board members:

   Brian Dror: Brian is the managing partner of the accounting firm Barak Richter & Dror as well the managing member of the RCB Equities group of investing companies. BRD specializes in real estate taxation, estate planning and income tax minimization. Brian was born and raised in Los Angeles, and currently serves on numerous school boards as well as recently being appointed to the board of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles. Brian is also the Treasurer of the Ryzman Foundation Inc., a California Non-Profit Corporation, which provides for various and wide-spread social and educational programs.
 • Peter R. Taffae: Before starting ExecutivePerils, Inc., in 2000, Peter served in senior positions at Minet, Marsh, and Chubb solely focused on D&O, E&O, EPLI, and Kidnap/Ransom insurances. ExecutivePerils was recently sold to a private equity firm specializing in insurance space. Peter is on the editorial board of Employment Practices Liability Consultant (EPLiC), board member of the Digital Risk Underwriting Society (DRUMS) and an active contributor to Professional Liability Underwriter Society (PLUS). Peter is frequently quoted in industry publications as well as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times on D&O issues.
   • Bernard Teichman: Dubby, a California native serves as President and CEO of Teichman Enterprises, a manufacturing company and real estate firm, and sits on the board of Hemdat Haaretz Realty Group overseeing the acquisition of properties and plays a lead role in company policy-making, financing, and strategy. Dubby has taken special interest in the future of Jewish education and has served on the boards of YULA High School for 10 years, Hillel Hebrew Academy for 18 years and Bnei Akiva for 20 years. Dubby currently serves on the executive board of Emek Hebrew Academy with 850 students for over 30 years. In Israel Dubby serves on the executive board of Refuah V’Simcha with over 8,000 volunteers helping to improve the conditions of the ill and disabled patients with a worldwide network.
   • Sanford Teplitzky: Sanford represents large health care companies and delivery networks that rely on his experience and deep knowledge of the health care industry to identify and resolve fraud and abuse issues, and to represent them in federal and state investigations. He advises medical professional and trade associations, negotiates with state and federal authorities, and provides counsel with respect to a broad range of regulatory and legislative issues facing health care clients. He is recognized as one of the country's top attorneys on issues related to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Self-Referral Law. Sanford is a prominent member of numerous professional and civic associations. He has served on the board of directors of several Baltimore-area organizations, and served ten years on the Baltimore County Schools Board of Education. He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he taught a seminar on fraud and abuse for more than ten years.
    Gary Torgow: Gary is the Chairman of Huntington National Bank. Previously, he served as Chairman of TCF Financial and Chemical Financial Corporation. Mr. Torgow was founder and Chairman of Talmer Bank and was also the founder and Chairman of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development and investment company. Gary is on the boards of DTE Energy (NYSE) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Gary is also an Executive Board member of Business Leaders for Michigan and is a Trustee and Board member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan. He is a member of the Beaumont Health Trustees and is on the Executive Board of the Detroit Regional Partnership and National Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federation of North America. Gary also serves as the Co-Chair of the Michigan ESG Leadership Council and as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Equity, Inc., and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, all of which he served as Chairman.

For further information, please email Michele Alkin, Director of Global Communications at malkin@wiesenthal.com or Shawn Rodgers at srodgers@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed.

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