I was young once. But then all of a sudden I became 57. And throughout this past decade I realized that there are very few people younger than I who actually remember collect calls, the mysteries of Sanka, and the sublime pleasures of a mixer. Yet, I grew to understand that the younger inhabitants of today’s society are quite able to communicate in less than 140 characters, demand organic, fair-trade coffee, and meet their dance partners online and not at a gymnasium. Such younger, results-driven and intellectually curious community members are also incredibly smart, capable, engaging, charismatic and strategic. And such description beautifully captures the soul and essence of my recently named successor, Adam Greenman.
I had the pleasure of travelling to Israel 20 months ago with Adam on the Alliance CRC Mission. Among numerous other life-etching memories, together Adam and I ascended Masada, witnessed loud Al-Qaeda bombs exploding across the Golan Heights, ate the most delicious falafel in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, floated in the Dead Sea, and sailed on the Galilee. We forged an instant friendship and respect for one another. I learned from Adam about his Pennsylvania childhood, his strategic planning and allocations work at the United Way of Rhode Island, his father’s delicatessen, and the apples of his eyes–his wonderful wife and two daughters. I was so impressed with his leadership, intelligence, character, and strength of convictions. Little did any of us know that this Alliance trip to Israel would sow the seeds for Adam becoming the next President and CEO of the Alliance.
It is said that the lasting legacy one shall have upon his departure is best represented by the person who succeeds him. By this metric, I will have succeeded splendidly. On behalf of all of us, Adam, I welcome you to the Alliance as our next leader. Mazel Tov and best wishes my friend. And so what if you are a Philadelphia Phillies fan?
Shabbat Shalom, and a very happy Father’s Day.
Jeffrey K. Savit
President & CEO