Raphael Benaroya

Vice Chair

Managing Director, Biltmore Capital Group, LLC.

Raphael Benaroya is Managing Director of Biltmore Capital Group, LLC., a financial company investing in secured debt. He is the Managing Director of American Licensing Group, L.P., a company specializing in consumer goods brand name licensing. Mr. Benaroya is the Chairman of Kid Brands (KIDS, NYSE) and chairs its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the board of Aveta Inc., a healthcare management company. He was an advisor to D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P., a private investment fund.

Mr. Benaroya was the founder of United Retail Group, Inc., a multi-channel fashion retailer. He led an LBO to acquire the company from The Limited, where he served as CEO of two of its companies and followed with a successful IPO (URG, NASDAQ) and a secondary offering. He served as a Chairman, CEO and President until the company was sold to PPR, a French conglomerate owning Gucci, YSL and Botega. Prior to joining The Limited, Mr. Benaroya held executive positions with General Mills (GMI) at their Minneapolis headquarters, following which he joined the management group of GMIs IZOD Lacoste division that led their explosive growth in the 1980’s.

Mr. Benaroya has been active in civic and philanthropic endeavors on local, national and international levels. He served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the Defense Reform Initiative. He is a Vice Chairman of Business Executives for National Security’s (BENS), member of its Executive Committee and Co-Chairman of the Development Committee. He led delegations to Israel and India to discuss defense and security issues with
top government officials. Mr. Benaroya visited NATO Command and Kosovo. He visited Kashmir’s Line of Control on two occasions at the invitation of India’s military. He also visited Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times with the US Military, as well as Jordan and Syria on official visits. He visited top military officials of Turkey, Israel and Albania with the Commanders of U.S. European Command.

Mr. Benaroya was presented a Certificate of Distinction and was awarded a medal decoration by the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a recipient of
the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award and a U.S. Congressional Certificate of Recognition.

Mr. Benaroya delivered a keynote presentation to the Commanders-in-Chief of the US Navy and Marine Corps at the Naval Postgraduate School. He was an advisor at a Naval Readiness Conference prior to the Iraq War, and participated in the US Naval Supply Board of Directors meeting on Naval Transformation.

As an active supporter of education, he was invited to speak by several graduate schools of business. He also serves on several other civic and humanitarian boards in the United States and abroad. Mr. Benaroya has often been recognized for his civic activities. He is a recipient of the Children’s Hope (India) Lotus & Make a Difference Awards, The Boys Town Jerusalem Gates of Jerusalem and Guardian of Israel Awards and Humanitarian Concern Award of Sharee Tzedak Hospital. He was a three-time mentor in the “Conference of Ethics in America” at the United States Military Academy at West Point and participated in a National Security Strategy Exercise of the National Defense University.

Mr. Benaroya is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he earned an MBA in the School of Business and a BSc Degree (with Distinction) in Computer Science. He attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School.

He served in the Israel Defense Forces. Mr. Benaroya resides in New Jersey; he and his wife Linda are parents of four children and have four grandchildren.





 

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