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NICOLE COSBY

Nicole is the Chief Data and Compliance Officer for Fyllo. Fyllo is a next generation marketing tech platform that powers regulatory and marketing compliance at scale for the cannabis industry. Prior to joining Fyllo, Nicole was the global head of the advertising Standards & Partnerships group at Publicis Media.

In addition to proudly serving on the board of the Rockhouse Foundation Nicole also volunteers with various youth and education groups — all dedicated to improving the lives of young people in underserved communities through education, supportive relationships, and legal guidance. As a woman of color, Nicole finds it important for her to utilize her influence positively to impact diversity and inclusion, especially within the advertising industry. She is an active member of both the Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Diversity Task Force and is co-chair/founder of the IAB’s new Cannabis Advertising Working Group.

In 2018 Nicole was named as Cynopsis Top Women in Digital, received the Facebook/PMX Marisa Marolf Strength Award in 2019, and was named as one of Campaign Magazine’s Digital “40 Over 40” awardees.

IAN COVILLE

Ian Coville is a proud father of three children, and currently resides in Palmetto, FL. Having studied at Tufts University and the Museum School of Fine Arts, Ian brings a sense of creativity and artistic nature to solving problems and implementing new projects and initiatives that he feels passionately about. Ian has spent the last 20+ years leading private and public companies in developing strategy to implement innovative changes in technology to ensure success. Ian serves as technical advisor to the Foundation, overseeing operations for the technical programs and computer labs at the Foundation schools as well as being responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of the SuccessMaker program, the first of its kind in the Caribbean. Ian travels to Jamaica on a regular basis in support of the technology program and to ensure that this program touches as many children as possible.

FAB IPPOLITI

Fabrizio (Fab) Ippoliti is a Founder Partner and the Managing Director of  Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica. Fab has a long history in hospitality dating back to the 1970s. In the 1980’s he built and operated Subterrain Night Club and then went on to own Inflation Night Club. Both Melbourne Australia venues were design award winning masterpieces with Inflation winning the 1985 RAIA, Merit Award for Outstanding Architecture. Next he opened two highly successful restaurants in Melbourne in the late 1980s, Iguana and Carmines. Known locally as a Tsar of the Melbourne hospitality and entertainment industry his vision contributed to the deregulation of the Liquor license and the way businesses served food and alcohol in Melbourne in 1990. Throughout this period and into the early 1990’s he worked advising Price Waterhouse Coopers (then Coopers & Lybrand) in their hospitality division and overseeing Receiver Managers. In 1994 ahead of the purchase of Rockhouse Fab relocated to Jamaica and project managed and oversaw all aspect of the original development and construction of the Rockhouse in 1994/1995 and has remained as Managing Director over the past two decades with key oversight in the areas of expansion and new construction, renovation and maintenance of the facility as it has grown from 12 rooms to 34 rooms and from 2 1/2 acres to 8 acres of property. Currently Fab balances his commitments in Jamaica with numerous international commercial and residential building developments. As the Managing Partner of LF New York Property Trust he has recently converted and renovated a mixed use commercial & residential building in lower Manhattan.  

SAMUEL JACOB, Treasurer

Samuel L. Jacob was born in Fairfield, CT and received a BS in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) and an MS in accounting from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. Sam is a Co-founder of the Rockhouse Foundation. Sam has been involved in capital raising, consulting and financial advisory services for companies in financial services, technology, healthcare processing, entertainment and business intelligence spaces and active as a private investor. Sam was a Managing Director at JP Morgan/Chase where he was responsible for relationships with Banks, Central Banks and Finance Companies globally. Sam also spent 16 years at Bankers Trust Company where he lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia. He was a Partner and Senior Managing Director and held a number of positions, including Head of Global Fixed Income Sales and Deputy Head of The Asia Merchant Bank.Sam was also a senior member of a small team that pioneered Credit Derivatives and executed the first credit swap. He joined Bankers Trust as Controller of the Global Markets Businesses after 6 years at Arthur Andersen & Co.

SEAN LEGISTER

Currently an equity sales trader at Goldman Sachs, Sean has been with the firm since receiving his bachelor’s in both English and Black Studies from Amherst College in 2011. Sean has been with MAPS, a cross-asset team, since its 2014 inception. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Cristo Rey New York High School, where he mentors current students and alums. Sean is the founder and curator of the Monday Morning Lift (MML) as well as Breakfast Bites. The MML (mondaymorninglift.com) is an email subscription aimed to inspire, challenge, and motivate readers of all ages. Breakfast Bites is an initiative he created at Goldman Sachs to help black professionals have more exposure within the firm, promoting exposure, empowerment, and culture within the black community on the trading floor. Both of Sean’s parents were born and raised in Jamaica.

JULIE MONACO

Julie Monaco is the Global Head of Citi’s Public Sector Group in the Corporate and Investment Banking division of Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. Julie leads the banking coverage team in 98 countries that is responsible for providing a full range of financial services to public sector entities in 160 countries. Julie was named, in 2019, to the American Banker’s list of “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” for the tenth year. She was also recognized by Crain’s “Notable Women in Banking and Finance” for 2019. Treasury & Risk magazine named Julie as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2010, and Julie was honored by the YWCA-New York City Academy of Women Leaders for her professionalism and community service.

Julie serves on the Corporate and Investment Bank’s Diversity Committee, Citi Women’s Senior Steering Committee and leads the committee’s efforts on driving economic progress through gender equality. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement USA, on the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep, serves as Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board at The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She holds an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Peter Picard

Peter Picard is a writer/producer, small business owner, and co-founder of Beargrass Writer’s Workshop (2015) and Pivot For Humanity (2019), a non-profit designed to pressure Silicon Valley to professionalize like doctors, lawyers and civil engineers. He sits on a number of boards whose focus is children, including Global Arts Initiative, the Rockhouse Foundation, and the Russian Children Welfare Society. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Connecticut.

PETER B. ROSE, President

After ten years as a member of the New York Stock Exchange, beginning in 1980, Mr. Rose has spent the past 25 years working in the non-profit sector, first as Executive Director of Clearpool, Inc., and more recently as President of the Rockhouse Foundation. During 13 years as CEO of Clearpool, he lead its transformation from an insolvent summer camp for low-income children struggling to generate $500,000 annually, to an entrepreneurial, year-round educational organization serving children from kindergarten through career with an annual budget of almost $5 million. In 2002 Mr. Rose left Clearpool and soon thereafter joined with his former Clearpool Board member, Paul Salmon and Mr. Salmon’s fellow owners of the Rockhouse Hotel, to create the Rockhouse Foundation, where he has served as President since 2003.

DAMIAN SALMON

Damian Salmon was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he focused his study on matters of design and social interaction, often looking for alternative views. After completing secondary school, he studied Interior Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technolodgy and began his furniture and its construction. He became an instructor at the “Melbourne School of Woodcraft” then went on to form his own company designing and building custom furniture including Retail and Hospitality fit outs. Since 2006 he has lived primarily in Jamaica as a partner and Project Director at Rockhouse Hotel in Negril overseeing design, implementation, upgrading, maintenance, grounds, and responsible for the look and feel of the resort. Since being in Negril he has become very involved with the community and was elected President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He has participated in a number of boards and committees including The Negril Environment Protection Trust, The Negril Beach Restoration Committee, The Negril Resort Board, UDC Tourism Advisory Committee, The Kennelworth/Heart Management Development Committee and the Chamber of Commerce where he continues to serve as a board member.

PAUL SALMON, Chairman

Paul Salmon is Chairman of Rockhouse Hotel, a forty-room boutique hotel located on the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica which he and his partner founded in 1994. Rockhouse is built on a commitment to responsible tourism that the Rockhouse Foundation is rooted in. Paul oversees all aspects of the hotel’s positioning, marketing and operations. Paul is the Managing Partner at Miss Lily’s, the celebrated Jamaican restaurant group with four locations; two in downtown New York, Dubai and its newest addition at the brand new Skylark Negril Beach Resort in Jamaica. Paul is also the Chairman of Skylark Negril. Additionally, Paul is a founding and operating partner of Joe’s Pub & the Library, one of New York’s most renowned live music and performance venues and restaurants, located at the Public Theater in NYC. Paul also serves as a Board Member at City & Country School located in New York’s West Village where his children attend.

AISHA STEINER

Aisha Steiner is a founding board member of the Rockhouse Foundation. In her capacity as the US purchasing manager for the Rockhouse and Skylark Hotels she regularly visits Jamaica. Aisha also works merchandizing and developing products at the stores. Aisha has a Liberal Arts Degree in from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Child Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education and Communication from New York University. Aisha worked at the Education Development Center on an adult literacy program for television. A mother of three boys Aisha is primarily devoted to their development and plays an active role in their schools.

PETER SCUTT

Peter is one of the founding partners of Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica. He has founded or been early investor, board member or advisor to early stage companies in Australia, the US and Europe, and has substantial experience founding and managing businesses, restructuring businesses and launching new products. He is currently a Co-Founder and Executive Director of both Tissue Repair Pty Limited and Better Caring Pty Limited. He was also previously the co-founder and CEO of Texel Capital, a European based hedge fund. Peter is an ex-Senior Managing Director and Partner of Bankers Trust Company, New York and founded and was Managing Partner of BT Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of Bankers Trust. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Major) from the University of New South Wales, being recipient of the Hoover award as best graduating student.

CHRIS WALSH

Chris brings a wealth of entertainment industry knowledge to the Rockhouse Foundation, a product of nearly two decades of working as a Live Event Producer. Chris is a partner in Nectar’s Entertainment Group with a prime focus on producing concerts and live events in Vermont, Connecticut, Martha’s Vineyard, Colorado, Jamaica and beyond.

Chris is also the Co-Founder of Upstate Elevator Supply Company, one of the fastest growing brands in the US CBD sector. In January 2020 Chris was hired as the COO with Citiva Jamaica, a cannabinoid manufacturing company based in the Medical Science building of University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Kingston JA.