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Israel Air Force Center Foundation

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Foundation Board

Yehochai Schneider – President of The Foundation

Mr. Schneider was co-founder of A&E Plastik Pak Co., Inc., the first plastic container company in the City of Los Angeles, California in 1956. A&E developed a system of manufacturing products using oriented polystyrene sheets, and subsequently became a major factor in the disposable packaging industry.

Sheldon G. Adelson – Chairman of The Board

Sheldon G. Adelson is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. A dynamic entrepreneur, business visionary and venture capitalist, Mr. Adelson’s business career spans more than six decades and has included creating and developing more than 50 different companies worldwide.

Albert Bootesaz - Director

Albert Bootesaz was born in Iran in August 1956. In April of 1974, after graduating from high school, he moved to Manchester, England to attend Old Trafford College. In 1976, he was admitted into Manchester Polytechnic. In 1977 he was elected as member of the student union board, he was instrumental in negotiations with the union to get financial assistance for Iranian students suffering hardship during the Iranian revolution.

Richard Kandel - Director

Mr. Richard Kandel is the senior partner in Kandel & Company which is a business, tax and management consulting firm in New York.

Robert Newman - Director

Robert N. Newman is  a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor.  He uses a variety of investment strategies seeking to generate growth and income. Robert received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkley in 1976. He entered the financial industry in 2000 .

Dr. Farid Pakravan - Director

Dr. Farid Pakravan is a Senior Partner of West Coast Dental Services, a Dental Management company that owns and operates 23 multi-specialty dental offices in Southern and Central California.

Mark Ramer - Director

Mark Ramer has been in the real estate business in New York City since 1986. Before entering the real estate industry, Mr. Ramer practiced dentistry in Rego Park, Queens. He was the president of the Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School for 10 years as well as the Executive Vice president of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach.

Moussa Shaaya - Director

Moussa Shaaya moved to the U.S. in the 1970’s where he has become a leading entrepreneur. He has been an avid supporter of the IAF Center Foundation for several years as well as being an active board member of the foundation.

Andrew W. Tarica - Director

Andrew W. Tarica graduated from Northeastern University in 1982. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Inc. in 1983 as a bond trader, eventually managing the firm’s bond trading department for a period of five years prior to his departure in 1990.

David S. Tarica - Director

David S. Tarica, D.M.D is the President and CEO of, practicing general dentistry in New York City.