Chairman's Circle Members
Ramerica International, Inc
Ramerica has been established in 1984 as a result of the Koç Holding’s international strategic attempts taken in 1980 regarding the expansion of the overseas activities. In 1985 the company designated the range of its activities as following: Marketing and sale of Turkish textile (ready-to-wear products) in the US market, Exporting raw materials from the US to Turkey, Trading between the US and Europe, Serving in US for the sale of the other Turkish products. Ramerica representing approximately 30 companies in machinery, equipment, construction and food fields in the United States, has been involved in marketing operations in a wide scope. In the new structuring of the Foreign Trade Group, Ramerica is operating as the US Liaison Office of the Koç Group since 1999.
Trustee's Circle Members
Akbank is one of the leading banks in Turkey with over TRY 444 bn consolidated assets. Incorporated as a privately-owned commercial bank in Adana in 1948, the bank is 48.8% owned by H.Ö. Sabancı Holding, affiliated institutions and individuals, with a free float of 51.2%.With its dedication to innovation and technology, Akbank continues to provide unrivaled financial solutions to its customers leveraging its robust capital, diversified funding base, strong liquidity, ability to raise foreign financing on favorable terms and superior asset quality together with its subsidiaries Ak Asset Management, Ak Investment, Akbank AG, Ak Lease and AkÖde. Its strong presence in the country and extensive network of over 700 branches enable the group to reach all segments of the population and act as a vital pillar of the economy.
Doğan Group companies play a pioneering role across the wide variety of sectors in which they operate, including energy, industry, fuel, finance, internet & entertainment, automotive, tourism, and real estate Doğan Group operates across a vast geographical area, and regularly forms strategic partnerships with international groups in order to ensure efficient operations. Thanks to value-focused approach to investments, Doğan Group is a responsible investment holding that aims to extend its positive influence around the world.
Fiba Group, a respected and well-known player in national and international markets, has been founded in 1987 by Hüsnü M. Özyeğin. The Group controls an investment portfolio of high-value brand names in both financial and non-financial sectors. Fiba Group’s investments in the financial services industry are in Banking, Leasing, Factoring, Insurance and NPL Finance. Its non-financial investments are in Retail, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, and Hotel-Ownership.
Established in 2000, Esas is the largest family-owned investment firm in Turkey and is backed by the first and second-generation family members of Şevket Sabancı, one of the five founding members of Sabancı Holding, a leading Turkish conglomerate. With offices in Istanbul and London, Esas invests in various asset classes globally including private equity, real estate, venture capital, and liquid assets.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Okumus Fund Management Ltd, (“Okumus’) was founded by Ahmet Okumus in 2009 and provides professional portfolio management for high net worth individuals, institutions and corporations in a core long/short equity strategy. Mr. Okumus serves as the Chief Investment Officer, leading a team of investment professionals who are responsible for identifying and researching ideas across a broad range of industries and geographies.Okumus pursues a value-driven long-short equity strategy utilizing a fundamental, bottom-up approach. The firm’s portfolio is concentrated with regards to both the number of investments and the number of sectors. Okumus takes advantage of structural inefficiencies in the marketplace that contribute to stock prices that do not reflect fundamental value. Although Okumus views things through a value lens, the firm is active in sectors such as technology and communications that value investors often avoid. The firm has a contrarian bent and often invests in companies that are oversold or out of favor.
Fort Partners is a Miami-based, privately held real estate ownership, development, and management company, led by Nadim Ashi. Mr. Ashi’s core vision for the Fort Partners brand is one of permanence and solidity, understated elegance, sophisticated design, and impeccable, unparalleled service. Conscious of the importance of historic preservation, innovation, architecture, design, sustainability, and the environment, Fort Partners is committed to the purposeful integration of all aspects, that ultimately manifest in an orchestrated balance, providing spaces that enhance the wellbeing and lifestyle of their inhabitants. Through careful collaborations and thoughtful partnerships, Fort Partners creates lasting relationships with other like-minded companies, whose visions align with the Fort Partners dream. As a result, Fort Partners offers the highest standards of quality and service, along with acclaimed international design talent, to a market that is ready for world-class real estate and hospitality.
August Leadership is a Global Executive search firm, headquartered in New York, with offices in multiple locations across Americas, Europe and Asia. August is a word that conveys someone who is respected, dignified and impressive. With decades of experience, we specialize in connecting companies to the very best, ‘August’ leaders. The best leaders quickly integrate and influence the organizations they join. They create a velocity in business, accelerating growth. That is an August Leader – rare and precious in today’s changing world. When we find one for your business, greatness results.
ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. is a Turkish construction, engineering, and project management company that was founded in 1957 by Sarik Tara and Sadi Gulcelik –two young civil engineers back then- as a Collective Liability Partnership in the construction business. Since their first project with their dedication on hard work, commitment, and company’s perception of safety, quality, and entrepreneurial spirit, ENKA became a corporation that is world-renowned and currently holds many important rewards for numerous outstanding projects. ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.’s motto “Engineering for a better future” resumes ENKA’s corporate point of view on business and innovation. Not only with its many successful subsidiary companies but also with ENKA Scholls, ENKA Sports Club, and ENKA Art, ENKA has become one of the game changers in the globe which influences countless lives with integrity.
TBWA is The Disruption® Company: the cultural engine for 21st-century business. Named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, TBWA creates disruptive ideas that locate and involve brands in culture, giving them a larger share of the future. Their collective has 11,300 creative minds across 275 offices in 95 countries, and also includes brands such as Auditoire, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, GMR, The Integer Group®, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, TBWA\WorldHealth and TRO. Global clients include Adidas, Apple, Gatorade, Henkel, Hilton Hotels, McDonald's, Nissan and Singapore Airlines. TBWA is part of the Omnicom Group.
Centricus, founded in 2016, is a global investment firm focused on Advisory, Private Equity and Asset Management. Centricus operates across four core sectors: Financial Services, Technology, Infrastructure and CMES (Consumer, Media, Entertainment & Sports).
Basic Corporate Members
Gunay Law Office is an independent full-service law firm established in Istanbul with the dynamic team based on strong ethics and business-minded approach.
OMNI is one of the world's leading marine insurance brokers with many years' experience supporting the maritime sector.
United Medical, LLC is a full-service healthcare organization, promoting healthier communities by changing practices and behavior to enhance efficient population management.
OZISIK PLLC is a leading immigration law firm delivering the full spectrum of immigration solutions.
Driven by the emerging changes to the retail industry’s buying habits, L.I.S aims to become a vibrant multi-label platform that offers to be a wholesale channel of creativity and style for the businesses while empowering a unique sales experience.L.I.S is an exclusive digital showroom experience for fashion and lifestyle designer brands to build lasting relationships with buyers and influencers through innovative online & offline sales.
Manay CPA Inc. is a full-service CPA firm located in Atlanta USA, that provides financial and tax consultancy for local and international businesses while providing a global platform for investment into the United States. Manay CPA staff is composed of US and international professionals specialized in start-up consulting, business plan development, new business formation, financial and retirement planning, tax planning, and CPA reviewed financial statement preparation for VC investors and business valuation.
The story of Lazzoni, which started in Arhavi a century ago (in 1897), with master carpenter Hasan who is known for his Black Sea style wooden houses. It is a journey from Arhavi to New York that passed down the craftsmanship and professionalism from father to son for generations. The US start of this journey starts with the Chelsea Store opened in 2010 in New York. Today, Lazzoni serves quality with its 4 stores in the United States, alongside its many other businesses and franchisees in Turkey, and is continuing to be one of the most powerful brands in the furniture industry. By 2021, Lazzoni has a goal of expanding in the US market and is on its way to bring the Lazzoni brand to the top in the US with its Turkish investors.