Stanford Lipsey is a respected journalist, newspaper owner and publisher, businessman, photographer, author and philanthropist, with more than a six-decade newspaper career.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Mr. Lipsey was first introduced to journalism while working in Student Publications at the University of Michigan. After graduating, he served in the USAF at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, and was named Editor of the base newspaper, The Air Pulse. Later he worked his way up from the sales department of The Sun newspaper group in Omaha, NE, to become its owner and Publisher. In 1968, Lipsey sold the papers to friend and investor Warren Buffett, but remained on as Publisher. In 1973, he teamed with Buffett and Editor Paul Williams on an investigative expose of Boys Town that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for The Sun.
Mr. Lipsey brings a high level of journalist perspective to Birdland. In 1983 he became publisher of The Buffalo News, and held that position until his retirement in 2012; he remains publisher emeritus.
Hans Morris has a long history of supporting the arts in Berkshire County. He is the chairman of the board of trustees of Mass MoCA, and has served as a trustee of both Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and Norman Rockwell Museum.
Mr. Morris worked at Citigroup and its predecessor company from 1980-2007, serving as chief financial officer and head of Finance, Technology and Operations for Citigroup's global institutional and capital-markets business. Upon leaving Citigroup, he served as President of Visa Inc., the credit-card giant, leading up to and during its $19.7 billion initial public offering, at the time the largest IPO in U.S. history. After Visa, Mr. Morris was managing director and advisory director for General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm.
He is now the managing partner of Nyca Partners LLC, a New York City- based venture capital firm focusing on financial technology, investing in early stage companies focusing on alternative credit models, merchant payment solutions, digital advice and financial infrastructure.
Mr. Morris is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and was head of the Dartmouth College fund, the college's principal development outreach from 1999-2002.
Fredric D. Rutberg
Judge Fredric Rutberg, a longtime Stockbridge resident, retired in 2015 after 21 years on the Berkshire District Court bench.
A Philadelphia native, Judge Rutberg is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law. He began his law career, working for the New York Human Rights Commission, soon moving to Manhattan Legal Services in Spanish Harlem; he later transferred to Legal Services for Rensselaer County, NYC and moved to Stockbridge. In 1974, he began practicing law in the Berkshires and in 1976 joined his practice with Kenneth Shearn (a college and law-school classmate).
Judge Rutberg was the visionary behind the purchase of The Berkshire Eagle, and will serve as president of NENI.
Judge Rutberg is a former trustee of the Berkshire Theater Group.
Robert G. Wilmers
Robert G. Wilmers is chairman and chief executive officer of M&T Bank Corp. and its principal subsidiary, M&T Bank. M&T is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Wilmers has held both of these positions since May 1983 when M&T had assets of $2 billion. Today those assets exceed $122 billion.
In addition to his role at M&T, Mr. Wilmers has served as chairman of the Empire State Development Corp. (2008-09), chairman of the New York State Bankers Association, (2002) and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1993-98).
Mr. Wilmers, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, ran the Belgian operations of J.P. Morgan & Co.'s predecessor bank during the 1970s. Since 1983 he has been an active presence in Buffalo education and civic affairs.
He has homes in Buffalo, N.Y., New York City and Stockbridge.