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Executive Committee

Chris Hyams

President

Andrew Spann

Chairman

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Mark Merlotti, CPA, CFP is shareholder and advisor at Renaissance Financial. A graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia, Mark earned his BS in accounting before going on to the Advanced Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mark is an avid waterfowl hunter and conservationist. He supports Great Rivers’ mission to preserve experiences for generations to come.

Mark Merlotti

Treasurer

David Bub

Vice-Chair/Legal

Jason Cleveland

Events Chair

McDara Obrien

Membership

Lincoln Gray

Marketing

Board of Directors

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James T. Blair, IV

Board Member

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In 1999, Adolphus A. Busch, IV became extremely concerned regarding the construction of a 500-year levee to protect a commercial development alongside wetland habitat in the Confluence. Adolphus was the leader and catalyst in forming Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, founded in 2000 to directly combat the commercial development of the 100-year Confluence flood plain.
Adolphus and GRHA were instrumental in bringing the City of St. Peters to court regarding their attempt to remove a tract of land from the Mississippi River floodplain. That case set a precedence for other municipalities who attempted to do the same without doing their due diligence regarding the flood plain.
Adolphus continues as an active board member with GRHA and is instrumental in supporting GRHA’s vision of protecting the Confluence flood plain for the benefit of all.
Adolphus A. Busch, IV

Board Member

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Paul Dalba graduated from St. Louis University in 1999 with a B.S. in History. Following graduation, Paul became VP of construction at his family’s real estate development company. In 2006, Paul founded Vista Holdings LLC, a company serving the St. Louis region with real estate investments, subdivision development, home construction management and property sales. Paul is a family man who has a deep connection with nature and values the importance of environmental stewardship. As an avid outdoorsman, Paul particularly enjoys exploring Missouri’s natural environment with family and friends. Hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, sailing and golf are among his favorite activities.
Paul Joseph Dalba

Board Member

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John Davis

Board Member

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Joe Genovese

Board Member

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Richard C. Holton, Sr.

Board Member

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Rick Holton, Jr. is Chief Operating Officer at Hermann Companies and a founding General Partner at FINTOP Capital. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned dual degrees in Engineering and Economics. He also earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Rick serves on the company boards of Arch Design, BridgeFT, Denim Social, EmpowerMe, InsurePay, KnowInk, SmartX, and Transactly. Rick uses his business experience to serve the community on several philanthropic boards including Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, Academy of Science, Danforth Leadership Council, Concordance Academy, and YPO St. Louis. He finds joy in spending time outdoors and is dedicated to conservation and sustainable hunting. Rick spends time with his family at their farm in St. Charles, Missouri, with a focused effort on waterfowl habitat.
Richard C. Holton, Jr.

Board Member

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Don C. Musick, III

Board Member

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Nick Pelligreen

Board Member

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Jason Schnuck

Board Member

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Principal Sansone Group
Doug Sansone grew up in the world of CRE and celebrated 25 years at Sansone Group this year. Honored with St. Louis’ “40 Under 40,” “Most Influential St. Louisians” multiple times as well as inducted into “Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame” in 2014, Doug is a well-respected and successful community leader and CRE professional. He has experience in all facets of CRE and is licensed by the Missouri Real Estate Commission. He is a member of the St. Louis Association of Realtors and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). In 1994, he received his B.A. degree from St. Louis University and has a Masters in Real Estate from the Webster University.
Douglas Sansone

Board Member

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Mike, along with his father and brother, is the owner of Jay Henges Enterprises, Inc (JHE). Jay Henges Enterprises is the holding company of Henges Interiors, Henges Insulation in Olathe KS, and Porta-King Building Systems. Henges Interiors, a leading flooring, insulation, and commercial carpentry contractor for commercial and residential construction in St. Louis, MO. Porta-King Building Systems is a nationally leading manufacturer of guard buildings, structural mezzanines and towers,
and modular in-plant offices.
Mike is a partner at Baldwin Land Co. Duck club where he enjoys spending time in the beautiful Missouri Confluence with this wife Nikki, and four children, Josh, Max, Emme, and Gus.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (2003) and his Master of Science in Industrial Management (2005) from Southeast Missouri State University and Master of Business Administration (2017) from the University of Missouri Columbia.
Mike Schulte

Board Member

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Henry Schwetye

Board Member

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Tim Sheahan

Board Member

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Bob Sivewright

Board Member

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Cody Stokes

Board Member

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Philip von Gontard, CFA
Philip is the owner of Philip von Gontard, CFA, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor providing conservative investment planning and portfolio management services to high-net-worth individuals since 2003. Prior to forming Philip von Gontard, CFA, LLC, Philip was a Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager for Commerce Trust Company in St. Louis dealing with private clients as well as institutional and charitable foundations. Philip received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from St. Louis University in 1982 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from St. Louis University in 1987. Philip received a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1994. He is a member of the St. Louis Society of Financial Analysts and a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR).
Philip von Gontard

Board Member

DEVELOPMENT BOARD


DEVELOPMENT BOARD: Is comprised of 20-30 members of the community who have strong interests and ties to GRHA’s mission and will assist the Board of Directors and staff to accomplish the mission and goals of the organization.

EXPECTATIONS: Expectations of Development Board members is an annual philanthropic commitment, participation in Development meetings, holding two fundraising fun events per year and several stewardship-only social gatherings.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS: Include but not limited to: Sporting Clays Shoot, Golf Tournament, Game Dinners, and Raffles These events will be hosted by the Development Board and open to the public with the intention of building GRHA membership and raising funds toward our mission.

SOCIAL EVENTS: Include Happy Hours, club BBQs, sports events – periodic gatherings to build connections and stewardship. Development Board members provide additional support within the GRHA booth at Duck Fest and other public events. They promote membership sales and build organizational strength.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development Board members will assist execution of membership efforts, social media and are tasked with raising public awareness and additional funds to sustain the GRHA Mission.




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Clark Costello

Development Board Chair

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Chip Wagner

Development Board

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JJ Costello

Development Board

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Dillon Sanders is a partner at D.H. Sanders, LLC, a full-service law firm that represents businesses and individuals in both transactional matters and litigation throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Dillon has dedicated his practice to commercial and employment disputes, construction litigation, real estate disputes, non-compete and trade secret cases, general business disputes, business formation, and providing businesses with outside general counsel services. In addition to serving on the GRHA Development Board, Dillon is actively involved in the Red Shoe Society, a young professionals group that supports Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. Dillon enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hunting, fishing, and training his yellow lab.
Dillon Sanders

Development Board

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Parker Sanders is the President of Nightline Express, Inc. Nightline is a 3rd Party Logistics company that moves freight all over the United States and Canada. Parker joined the GRHA Development Board to help protect and promote the wetland habitat and wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy. An avid outdoorsman, Parker has a passion for hunting both waterfowl and big game. A passion he shares with his wife and son.
Parker Sanders

Development Board

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John Vitale

Development Board

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Raymond Wagner III is a Senior Consultant at World Wide Technology. Prior to working at World Wide, Ray graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served over 8 years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. Ray is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He loves to share a blind with friends, family, and his dog - Chance. When Ray isn’t hunting, he is spending time with his wife, Julia, and three kids.
Raymond Wagner III

Development Board

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Clayton Costello

Development Board

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Lyle Gulley

Development Board

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Drew Halliday is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and sales professional currently working in fabrication/construction. Drew formed a deep passion for the outdoors from a young age spending summers in Canada at a cottage his Grandfather built by hand. Drew grew up exploring the woods, lakes, and wetlands in the remote wilderness of northern Ontario. Land owner in the historic floodplain at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Focused on conservation and protecting sporting traditions for generations to come. Chaminade College Preparatory School and University of Missouri - Columbia graduate.
Drew Halliday

Development Board

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Andrew Mower

Development Board

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Jeff Cammon

Development Board

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Nick Pass

Development Board

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Jake Brown

Development Board

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Andrew Grumney

Development Board