Although not a veteran, like the many who have not served, I have benefited greatly from being born in America and owe much to those who have served to protect her. This is one of the ways I choose to give back. I selected Fisher House because I believe in its mission of answering the needs of the brave men and women who were wounded while serving our country and who will suffer the effects of these wounds for the rest of their lives. Fisher House's stellar reputation, which includes an A+ rating for the last 17 years, is truly deserving of our support.
In addition, The Ride should encourage veterans and seniors to continue their favorite strenuous physical activity for as long as they can. In other words, get up in the morning, get out of bed and go do something . . . even when it hurts.
Three years ago, I began my support of Fisher House with the "8 Ball Ride". I rode my Harley to the lower 48 state capitals in 48 days. I left Washington, DC on May 28th, 2018 and completed the 14,000+ mile ride on July 14th, 2018, my 80th birthday, in Albany, NY.
Once again, this time starting on April 18th, 2021, I'll be on my bike for a 18,000+ mile ride, this time to visit at least 60 operating Fisher House residences in the lower 48 states and Alaska. The ride kicks off at Spitzie's Harley Davidson in Albany, NY, home of the first Fisher House facility, and will wind up in Albany, NY on July 4th, 10 days before my 83rd trip around the sun.
I intend to continue doing events like this, with the support of family and friends, until our goal of raising $250,000 is reached or the wheels come off, which ever happens first.
Bought his first Harley in 1992 and have been a serious Mega Mile Rider ever since. Mega trips during the ensuing 29 years include two solo 7,000+ mile trips to Northern Atlantic Canada, and a solo 10,500 mile trip to Anchorage and Santa Fe all on the '92 Dyna Low Rider and the 14,000+ mile 8 Ball Ride. He has ridden to Sturgis, Daytona, Lake George and Lake Winnipesaukee, each for several times, and a 6,000 mile ride to most of the National Parks. Yes, he has a lifetime senior admissions card. Next, it was back to Daytona and Sturgis on a 2012 Switch Back. After much harassment from every biker friend and foe alike about doing the 8 Ball Ride on a 2012 Switch Back, that replaced my 1992 Dyna, he succommed and picked up a 2017 Road Glide Special for the 8 Ball Ride.
He graduated from Queens College in New York in 1964. He was elected Vice President of Air Express International after a stint at American Airlines as Manager of Air Freight Research and Development. Following that, he served as President of ABC Airfreight. He started his own company, Aeronautics Express, in 1978 where he spent the next 18 years. He retired for 18 years ago, after a long successful career in the clouds. His after hours interests include blue water sailing, flying and skiing. Now it’s golf and roaming on two wheels. He and his wife Ilana have five children and six grandchildren between them and live in New York City.
Executive Vice President, Hospice Care Network, Woodbury NY
Senior Vice President, Northwell Health System, New Hyde Park NY
President, COO, Genovese Drug Stores, Hicksville NY
Senior Vice President, Allied Stores Corporation, New York, NY
Chairman Board of Trustees, Hospice Care Network
Member Board of Overseers, Northwell Health System
Member Board of Directors, Chair Audit Committee, Publishers Clearing House
BA Kenyon College, Gambier OH
JD Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY
Dr. Ilana Reich is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 40 years. She specializes in PTSD and work-related disabilities in Staten Island, NY. She has been instrumental in advancing the activities of a group of professionals in treating pain. As an active member of the Association of Pain Management, she has helped many of her patients deal with pain from a psychological point of view. Although veterans are best treated by specialists in that area, many patients in her practice are veterans.
In addition, as the wife of the Geezer, she has been involved with motorcycles for 25 years. Though not an active rider, her vigilance on the home front has allowed Bob to make the charity runs without having to worry about anything else. She is supportive and appreciates fully the good causes that Bob is involved with. Her contributions to this board come from her knowledge and experience about the human condition gained in her many years of practice.
Mr. Heitler is Treasurer, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board He served as Chief Operating Officer of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board where, from 2003 to 2014, he has focused on improving information technology and management reporting, financial management, and business planning. He currently serves as the Treasurer of UHAB’s Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Audit and Finance Committee.
Mr. Heitler has been active in the field of Housing and Community for over 30 years. Early in his career he worked with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development where he served in several different capacities. In the early 1980s, he was the Director of the Tenant Interim Lease program, the government program that, in partnership with UHAB, was the major engine for the growth of limited-equity co-operatives in New York City. In 1987, Mr. Heitler was promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Property Management, where he supervised a staff of 1600 persons responsible for the management and rehabilitations of over 30,000 apartments in tax-foreclosed buildings.
In 1994, Mr. Heitler became the Vice President for Organization Development at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation where he served as. He built and ran an internal training and consulting division that helped build the capacity of grass roots community-based housing developers in forty cities. In 2000, he joined The Rensselaerville Institute as a Senior Consultant where he specialized in helping housing and community development organizations develop and implement outcome management systems.
Mr. Heitler a graduate of Antioch College and holds a Masters Degree from Sir George Williams University in Montreal. He has traveled widely in South Asia, and speaks reasonably fluent Hindi and Urdu.
He has lived in a Mitchell-Lama co-op, Village East Towers, since 1975. For the last eight years, he has served a president of VET’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Reich is an administrator for the Williams Company in New York City. She has been instrumental in developing back office operations of major construction companies, and has been evaluating and reorganizing procedures and operations for greater efficiency, for the last 30 years. Her combined experience and understanding of office technology, depth of construction industry finance and business acumen will contribute a great deal to the present project. She lives in Manhattan with her son, where she is very active with his competitive gymnastics program. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in business
Fred N. Grayson served as a 1st Lt. in the USAF in the early 60s. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for several years in marketing, until 1970, when he started his own publishing company, specializing in test preparation and adult education books. In 1974 he sold his company to Simon & Schuster and joined them as Editor-in-Chief of their Educational Publishing division. In 1976, after Gulf & Western purchased Simon & Schuster, Mr. Grayson left to start American BookWorks Corporation. The company produced Educational, Adult Education, and Reference books, and packaged them for many of the major publishing companies, including McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall, etc. Mr. Grayson retired from publishing in 2016. In 1997, along with a partner, he created Petswelcome.com, a full-service website specializing in pet-friendly lodgings and venues. Over the last 23 years it has become the largest International pet-travel site on-line.
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