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Jon Labahn, Vice President

Over the course of his career, Jon Labahn has built his skills and abilities in development, fundraising and communications to obtain and provide philanthropic resources for organizations in the non-profit area. He is the principal and senior consultant for Strategic Resource Management Ltd., Naples, Florida. The firm has provided services for community hospitals, academic medical centers, a hospice, museum and social service agencies.

    Prior to forming Strategic Resource Management Ltd., he has served in development officer positions for The Cleveland Clinic, Detroit Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Bethesda Foundation, The University of Toledo, and The Asheville School. Some of more significant achievements serving these institutions include:
    • The design and successful management of capital campaigns raising $1.5 to $30 million at a secondary school, public university, community hospital, academic medical center, shelter for abused women and a community based museum.
    • Building Annual Fund Programs which raised $500,000 to $4.5 million in cash receipts at a community hospital, and academic medical centers.
    • Researching, cultivating, and obtaining multiple major gifts ranging from $10,000 to gifts larger that $1.5 million that led to continuing support of institutions by these donors. These outright gifts were often complemented by deferred gifts.
    His proven skills and style provide measurable results non-profit organizations and their donor bases. In each environment, a signature program was created which positioned that specific institution in their community or region.

    He has a Masters of Science in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kalamazoo College. He has had additional training at Harvard University, The Wharton School of Business and Duke University.

    For more information on Coaching and Consulting, contact JLabahn@fordthompson.com or please call us at 812-635-0311 to discuss your specific requirements and how Ford Thompson can help your organization.






    Bob Giese, Senior VP







    Bob Giese, Vice President

    Bob is a results driven business oriented executive with over 35 years of successful fundraising, marketing and management expertise. Fourteen years as a business owner of two nationally recognized fundraising consulting firms. As President of Haney/Kennedy Sinclaire, Inc., he combined the structure of a capital campaign with the sophistication of planned giving to enhance the giving options for donors. Haney/Kennedy Sinclaire Inc. was a member of the American Association of Fund Raising Council, the hallmark for ethical fundraising practices.

    Bob served as Director of Development for Holy Cross and Cleveland Clinic Hospitals in Ft. Lauderdale. He was President/CEO of the YMCA of the Palm Beaches and President/CEO of the Children's Home Society of Florida Foundation. He was a founding member of Planned Giving Councils in Broward and Palm Beach counties. He has lectured at Harvard University and has presented at numerous professional conferences.

    The following is a list of board affiliations in which Bob has served: International Swimming Hall of Fame, Forum for HealthCare Planning in Washington D.C.; Kids in Distress, YMCA of the Palm Beaches, Southeast Florida Arthritis Foundation, Imagine Charter School, Florida Academy of Mediators, Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, Association of Broward County Mediators.

    Underlying Bob's commitment to the philanthropic industry is his genuine belief that all positive changes takes place because of, or the lack of, focus. This coupled with a positive attitude provides a personal plan for success. To help prepare others, he has become a certified career and motivational coach. He believes that all success starts as an inside job, nurtured by identifying our values and beliefs and making them work in harmony to create and enjoy total success.

    For more information on Coaching and Consulting, contact BGiese@fordthompson.com or please call us at 812-635-0311 to discuss your specific requirements and how Ford Thompson can help your organization.






    Robin Hicks-Connors, CFRE







    Robin Hicks-Connors, CFRE,
    Lead Counsel

    Robin Hicks-Connors is a 20+ year veteran in the non-profit arena, having worked in numerous organizations in Washington, D.C. and Florida ranging from human services to arts and culture interests. A Certified Fund Raising Executive a designation she has held for 15 years -- Hicks-Connors has held senior level positions from director of development, national director of planned and major gifts to President/CEO of the Historical Society of Martin County and the Elliott Museum. In 2011, she launched her own consulting firm to help other organizations raise more money. She is currently Lead Counsel for RHC Fundraising Consultants based in Stuart, Florida.

    She has raised tens of millions of dollars in the organizations for which she has worked thru annual gifts, special events, planned gifts, major gifts and capital campaigns. Under her management, the Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida secured the largest gift in its 50-year history and has raised $14 million dollars on $18 million dollar capital campaign. Prior to that, she was the first executive director of the Foundation for the Council on Aging of Martin County where she developed the organization’s first stewardship plan and converted its reliance on special event fundraising to major gifts, securing the organizations first 6-figure gift. Before relocating to Florida, Robin was the National Director of Major and Planned Gifts for Volunteers of America in Alexandria, Virginia. She created a national level major and planned gift effort and oversaw 39 affiliates.

    In addition to her active professional career, Hicks-Connors also participates on numerous local boards and is actively involved in many community initiatives. She has served on the boards of both the Washington D.C. and Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as a past president of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council. A trained and successful public speaker on fund raising topics, Hicks-Connors has addressed audiences at the International Conference on Fundraising and the Florida Association of Museums Conference on topics ranging from nonprofit branding to capital campaigns.

    With a systems approach to fundraising, Robin specializes in helping small to medium sized organizations create an infrastructure and design a development office that operates effectively and efficiently to reach its revenue potential.

      Fundraising consultation services include:
      • Building a nonprofit brand that includes maximizing social media
      • Development audits
      • Capital campaign planning, feasibility studies, management
      • Major donor strategies, including prospect identification, solicitation plans
      • Development, stewardship, major gifts, planned giving and annual campaign plans
      • Board consultations and retreats
      • Board Development and governance
      For more information on Coaching and Consulting, contact info@fordthompson.com or please call us at 812-635-0311 to discuss your specific requirements and how Ford Thompson can help your organization.



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