More than Just Business at Great Conversations on May 1st

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6pm to 9:30pm
The Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ (directions)

Seats are $250 each

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Learn about the world series of poker, Siberian mines, aborigine folk art, punk rock and guitars with these fascinating men of business.

John Binder, Crum & Forster – President of Commercial Lines
With 25 years of industry experience, John leads the Commercial Lines division of Crum & Forster, one of USA’s oldest insurance companies.  His Commercial Lines Group offers diverse insurance products/services tailored to specific customer needs by industry and geography, serving Manufacturing, Contractors, Restaurants, Distributors, Merchants, Lawyers, Financial Institutions, Energy, Agribusiness, Grocery, among other sectors. Focusing on specialization and long-term partnerships, John’s organization includes claims, actuarial, product management, HR, IT, and loss control along with other functions supporting production. He holds a BBA in Actuarial Science (University of Wisconsin Business School) and Fellowship in the Casualty Actuarial Society.  For over a decade, John has also led various punk rock bands on guitar/vocals which still garner online streaming listeners globally from USA, Sweden, Chile, Indonesia, Australia and more.  Additionally, he was an announcer/commentator for various regional pro wrestling organizations where he produced television shows and once appeared on PBS’s  “On The Record,” discussing the appeal of wrestling as entertainment.  In 2011, John was inducted into the Southern States Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.  John is also an avid poker player and has played in several World Series of Poker events. Victory has been elusive but he continues his pursuit.

Peter Dupak, JP Morgan Chase – Executive & Technical Director of Mining
With over 45 years of industry and financial experience, Peter has visited over 165 countries and accumulated over eight million air miles of travel over his working career because of his job and passion to explore the world.   He has travelled on multiple occasions to the most remote areas of the globe: Siberia, Russia; Amazonia, Brazil; Irian Jaya, Indonesia; the Canadian and Russian Arctic; Atacama desert, Chile; the steppes of Kazakhstan and Mongolia; and the outback of Australia.  In the course of his travels, he has experienced diverse cultural, culinary, political, and religious situations. An avid collector of folk art, Peter prizes his Australian digeridoo, Brazilian poison blow-darts, Argentinian cowboy bolas, and Indian sitar in his diverse collection.  For his two daughters, he has also collected over 150 folk art dolls representing about 70 countries. He holds a BS in civil engineering, a Masters of Engineering in mining, and has taken many Investment Banking courses, equivalent to an MBA.  Prior to his career at JP Morgan, Peter worked as a mining engineer in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, South Africa, New Caledonia, and Indonesia.

Joseph Jones, BASF Corporation – Innovation Communications Americas
Joe leads innovation communications for Florham Park-based BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. Formerly a newspaper and radio reporter, he spent a decade leading internal communications for a division of Time Inc.’s magazine publishing unit and was there during the acquisition of Warner Bros. (early 1990s), which created the world’s largest media and entertainment company. He spent 12 years in financial communications and investor relations, most notably managing financial speechwriting duties for the CEO of AT&T Corporation prior to AT&T’s acquisition by SBC (formerly Southwestern Bell) in 2005. Ironically, this rebranded version of AT&T acquired Time Warner in mid-2018. Over the past 10 years at BASF, Joe held successive leadership roles including leading global communications for BASF’s Catalysts division (in Iselin, NJ) and, working in corporate communications for two years at BASF’s global headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany, before moving into his current role in 2017. When not listening to the vinyl records he refuses to part with, Joe enjoys sports, travel, political talk shows, documentary films and noodling on the various guitars he has acquired over the years. He also still enjoys the comfort of holding a printed newspaper in his hands.