JewishGen appoints Business Director #galicia

Carol Skydell <skydell@...>

FWD to Gesher Galicia

For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan E. King (susan.king@...)
Glen Straus (gstrauss@...)

Due to the tremendous growth JewishGen is experiencing and recognizing the
need to focus on Business and Corporate Development, it is with great
pleasure that JewishGen can announce today the appointment of Mr. Glen
Strauss as our Director of Business and Corporate Development. This newly
formed position will report directly to the President of
JewishGen with input >from the Development Sub-Committee of JewishGen's
Executive Committee.

Glen's role will be to strengthen and build JewishGen's business
relationships within the Jewish genealogical community and to develop
ongoing relationships within the world's corporate community.

Born in Illinois in 1954, Glen graduated >from the University of Illinois
with a B.S. degree in music education in 1976. He graduated with a J.D.
degree >from the University of Southern California Law Center, and has been
admitted to practice law in the State of California. He joined Smith Barney
as a financial consultant in 1983, and is now a Senior Vice President of
Investments/Financial Consultant and a Director of the
Consulting Group at Smith Barney. He has served on the Directors Council
at Smith Barney for nearly fifteen years, and has been a member of the
Directors Advisory Group.

As co-chairman of the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Memorial Fund, he recently
succeeded in having a large bronze bust of the late Prime Minister
installed at the entrance to the municipality building in Tel Aviv.

For the last two years, he has been very actively pursuing his
genealogy hobby and, through the help of JewishGen,
located over 3000 descendants of his maternal great-great grandfather. Glen
has organized two family reunions - one in July, 1998 in Chicago attended
by over 260 relatives, and one last October, in Tel Aviv, with over 225
attendees. His family website at houses
over 2000 family photos. Glen has also successfully arranged for the
translation of the Yizkor book >from Drogichin, the shtetl in Belarus from
which both his maternal grandparents emigrated.

Over the next few months, Glen will be contacting the coordinators of all
those groups we currently serve either by email or telephone. He will be
building an overall plan of expanding awareness of JewishGen and our
partners within the corporate world.

We look forward to the opportunity to broaden the awareness of JewishGen in
the worldwide Jewish community and to strengthen the relationships with our
partners and hosted organizations as we strive towards our mission of
preserving our history for future generations.

Susan E. King
JewishGen, Inc.

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