Board of Directors

Reflecting financial, legal, and scientific expertise, the Beech Tree Board of Directors includes:

H. W. McKay Belk

As Chief Merchandising Officer since 1998, Mr. Belk has been instrumental in the notable success of Belk, Inc., the largest, privately owned, retail department chain in the United States. A member of the Board of Directors for Belk, Inc., and Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Mr. Belk also serves on numerous educational and civic boards. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jeffrey A. Eckmann

Now retired, Jeff Eckmann served as Group President for Reynolds American, Inc., where he had responsibility for four of RAI’s five business units.  His responsibilities for RAI also included corporate strategy and development and mergers and acquisitions.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, having led the integration of the 2004, $4.5 billion merger between R.J. Reynolds and Brown & Williamson. Mr. Eckmann began his professional career with Price Waterhouse.  He currently serves on the board of Alliance One International and chairs its audit committee. He also serves on the board and executive committee of the Northern Illinois University Foundation. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Robert I. Kramer, MD, FAAP

After graduating from Tufts University Medical School, Dr. Kramer completed a pediatric residency at the Yale University School of Medicine and later the Executive MBA Odyssey Program at the Harvard Business School. His distinguished career includes serving as Chief Pediatric Resident and Pulmonary Fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is currently the medical advisor for numerous corporations and civic organizations such as the Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Children's Museum. He is also a Director on several medical and community Boards.

John McMichael, Ph.D.

Beech Tree’s President & CEO, Dr. McMichael developed the world’s first live-virus fish vaccines for use in hatchery populations, and is an Alzheimer’s disease pioneer, having licensed 30+ patents to Elan Corp. plc, to support their Alzheimer’s initiative. He now holds more than 100 patents with twice that pending worldwide. His experience also includes Professor of Biology and Health Sciences at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, General Manager for ImmunoTherapeutics, Vice President of Molecular Rx, Inc., Founder and President of Milkhaus Laboratory, Inc., and Founder and President of The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery, a not-for-profit organization focused on bridging biochemistry and biophysics in order to better illuminate homeodynamics, a state of physiological equilibrium associated with health and healing.

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