Wendy and Stephen Siegel Named Co-Chairs, Council of National Trustees for National Jewish Medical and Research Center
National Jewish Medical and Research Center has named Wendy and Stephen B. Siegel Co-Chairs of the institution's Council of National Trustees. The prominent New York couple have been trustees and active supporters of National Jewish for more than a decade.
"We are delighted that Wendy and Steve have agreed to lead our national trustees," said David Engleberg, National Jewish Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We believe they will make an excellent team, serving as emissaries for National Jewish and reaching out to both the philanthropic and business communities."
The Siegels succeed Burton Tansky, President and CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, who served as the Chairman of the Council of Trustees from 2004 through 2006. Tansky will remain on the Council of Trustees.
"We are extremely appreciative of Burt's dedicated service. He has been a sensational and passionate advocate for National Jewish," said Michael Salem, MD, President and CEO of National Jewish. "We look forward to his continued support in the coming years."
National Jewish Medical and Research Center, in Denver, Colorado, is the only medical and research center in the United States devoted entirely to respiratory, allergic and immune-system diseases, including asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, severe allergies, lupus and other autoimmune diseases. U.S. News & World Report has named it the best respiratory hospital in the nation for nine consecutive years.
Stephen B. Siegel is Chairman of Global Brokerage for CB Richard Ellis, the world's largest commercial real estate services firm in terms of 2005 revenue. He is widely regarded in commercial real estate circles as one of the industry's most talented and prolific professionals. In 2005, Mr. Siegel was featured in the Urban Land Institute's book, "Leadership Legacies: Lessons Learned from Ten Real Estate Legends." In 2004, he was honored with Commercial Property News' Lifetime Achievement Award and named by Crain's as one of the 100 most influential business leaders in New York City.
In addition to his work for National Jewish, Mr. Siegel contributes his time and energy to several other organizations, including serving as Chairman of the YMCA's Capital Campaign and as General Chairman of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC-NYC), as well as sitting on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America and City Center 55th Street Theater Foundation.
Mr. Siegel has received numerous other accolades throughout his illustrious career, including the dedication of AHRC-NYC's "Stephen B. Siegel Adult Day Care Center," located in Fulton Landing, NY; induction into the group's Hall of Honor in 1999; the New York University Real Estate Institute's Urban Leadership Award; the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's "Man of the Year" honor for 2002; and membership in the prestigious Society of Industrial and Office Realtors in 2005.
"The faculty and staff at National Jewish do important work, and they do it well," said Mr. Siegel. "We have been impressed not only by the extraordinary research and patient care at National Jewish, but also by the long history of treating people regardless of their financial means. We are thrilled with this opportunity to support their efforts."
Wendy Siegel, who graduated from Pennsylvania State and Drexel Universities with degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, is also very active in philanthropic circles in New York. She serves as the Chapter President of the Board of New York Jaycees and President Emeritus for Big Apple Circus, Ltd.
Mr. Siegel was an honoree at the National Jewish Winter's Eve New York Real Estate Industry Dinner in 1992, when he and Wendy established the Stephen B. and Wendy Siegel Fund for Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Research, and he has served as a co-chair of the dinner every year since. Wendy has contributed countless hours to National Jewish as the creator of ambiance at the dinners.
"Working on the National Jewish real estate industry dinner has been a great pleasure and source of satisfaction," said Wendy Siegel. "I am excited that we will become more involved in spreading the word about National Jewish, letting people know that it is not only a Denver institution, but also a national treasure."