Sep 2001 - Present
1980 - 1983
Ian Renert is a tutor, musician, author, and philanthropist who once ran his own banking and finance publishing company. As President of Hawthorne-Sterling & Co. Inc., Ian Renert researched and wrote publications on international finance and managed a team of industry experts. Hawthorne-Sterling provided research resources for investment banks, law firms, and commercial banks, gaining notoriety during Renert's presidential run by providing expert insight into a variety of international investment issues. After his term with Hawthorne-Sterling ended, Ian Renert shifted to his current position as Chief Projects Manager for Keats & Co Ltd., a global real estate firm based out of Wellington, Florida. Keats has earned a reputation for outstanding renovation work after successfully overhauling buildings perceived by competitors as unworkable. When industry leaders gave up on projects, Renert and Keats led innovative development charges that filled the gaps. During his time with Keats, Ian Renert helped design, market, and implement a variety of property development contracts. Early in his career, Renert joined Mortimer & Co., a New York financial consulting firm. Renert served with Mortimer for five years as an Assistant Marketing Manager, where he helped market products for important corporate clients. In 1990, Ian Renert left Mortimer & Co. to work for Cavendish Management Group, an investment firm specializing in an array of financial practices, including syndicated real estate transactions and forex markets. Ian Renert received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. Focusing on Business and Finance, Renert earned his degree in only three years. Despite his hectic academic schedule, Ian Renert remained active in many extracurricular activities during his time at Boston. Renert was a member of the Chess Club, Loch Honours Society, and the Performers' Club. Ian Renert even found time to tutor other students in a variety of business fields.
I am a proud, lifelong contributor to the Jewish National Fund. An organization established in 1901, the Jewish National Fund played an integral role in the founding and success of the State of Israel. Originally, the Jewish National Fund began with the intention of raising enough money to buy portions of land from the Ottoman Empire, so that Jews could settle in Ottoman Palestine. During the first few decades of its inception, the Jewish National Fund raised money by selling stamps. During 1948, the year of Israel’s founding, the stamps of the Jewish National Fund were used to transition the land of Palestine to the State of Israel. By 1948, the organization owned 54 percent of the land that the Jews of Israel resided on. One of the iconic possessions of the Jewish National Fund are the Blue Boxes that sat in every synagogue and Jewish organization at the beginning of the 20th century. The Blue Boxes serve to collect funds for the Jewish National Fund with the promise of helping to plant trees in Israel. As a young boy, I can clearly remember the hope that those Blue Boxes represented to me. I dreamed of one day visiting the homeland of the Jews. Since 1901, the Jewish National Fund has planted over 240 million trees throughout the State of Israel. Additionally, the Jewish National Fund is credited with funding the construction of 180 dams and reservoirs in Israel, creating 1,000 parks, and developing 250,000 acres of land. The Jewish National Fund was awarded the 2002 Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement for its exceptional contribution to the State of Israel.