New JG Director of Business/Corporate Development #galicia

Shelley K. Pollero <rkpollero@...>

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

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.

Submitted by
Shelley Kellerman Pollero, Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
Severna Park, Maryland

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