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    Denise Austin is a fitness instructor, author, columnist, and former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Austin initially attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship, reaching the rank of No. 9 in the NCAA on balance beam. She later transferred to California State University, Long Beach, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education, and a minor in exercise physiology.
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    Robert A. Eckert (born 1954) is an American businessman, chairman and CEO of Mattel from 2000 to 2011, CEO of Kraft Foods from 1997 to 2000, and an operating partner with the private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe.  He is currently a non-executive director of Levi Strauss, McDonald's since 2003, and Amgen since 2012.
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    In 1962, Karl Eller purchased the Arizona operations of New York-based billboard advertising company Foster and Kleiser and built it into a major regional business. As a result of the influence garnered by his leadership of this firm, Eller became one of the founding investors of the NBA's Phoenix Suns in 1968, and it was Eller's ownership group that hired future Suns owner Jerry Colangelo as its inaugural general manager.
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    Rande Gerber, husband of former supermodel Cindy Crawford, is an entertainment industry businessman and former model. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a marketing degree, he founded nightlife companies "Midnight Oil" and the "Gerber Group". Gerber Group opened its first venue in the Paramount Hotel in New York City, in 1991. In 2013, he partnered with George Clooney to launch the fastest growing Tequila brand in the world, called "Casamigos Tequila".
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    Woody Johnson is an American businessman and philanthropist and the owner of the New York Jets of the National Football League.
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    Gary LeMel is best known as the long-serving president of music at the Warner Bros. film studio. Before his work at Warner Bros., LeMel was head of music at Columbia Pictures. There, he put together a string of hits that included "The Big Chill," "Ghostbusters," and "Against All Odds."
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    Terry J. Lundgren is an American department store executive and is the CEO, chairman of the board, president, and director at Macy’s Inc.
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    Arturo Moreno is an American businessman. On May 15, 2003, he became the first Mexican American to own a major sports team in the United States when he purchased the Anaheim Angels baseball team from the Walt Disney Company.
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    Ray Oglethorpe serves as the president of Oglethorpe Holdings, LLC. Oglethorpe served as the president of America Online, Inc. until September 2002. 
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    Jeffrey Rein is a former chairman and chief executive officer of Walgreens.
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    Robert Sarver is the current majority owner of the National Basketball Association franchise Phoenix Suns. He bought the NBA franchise from Jerry Colangelo in the spring of 2004. He is also the owner of the Women's National Basketball Association franchise Phoenix Mercury.
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    Mohammed Sharaf is the chief executive officer of DP World, the third largest port operator in the world. He has served as group chief executive officer since 2005 and as a director of the company since May 2007. Headquartered in Dubai, DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Container handling is the company's core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. DP World has 28,000 employees worldwide.

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