BARRY, THOMAS D MR.
STAMFORD, CT 06903
READER'S DIGEST INC./VICE PRESIDENT - ($ donation)
BUSH-CHENEY '04 (PRIMARY) INC.
THOMAS D BARRY, age 38,
34 BUTTERNUT LN, STAMFORD CT 06903, (203) 595-9755;
THOMAS D. BARRY, 36 BUTTERNUT PL, STAMFORD CT 06903, (203).
E.I. BOARD, ELIZABETH I. BOARD, age 52, 1675 32ND ST NW, WASHINGTON DC 20007, (202) 338-1352.
2005 March 8
Former senior vice president and general counsel Michael A. [Alan?] Brizel beccame a New York state lawyer in 1981. According to URL http://www.pace.edu/lawschool/aboutpace/vb_brizel.html of Pace Law School, Brizel and his wife, gynecologist Judy Schwartz (Judith W. Schwartz), have children Ilana and Alex, and live in New York city. Brizel used to work for management (not necessarily RDA management) as a lawyer whose specialty was labor law.
His RDA work concerns legal advice, litigation (for example, Postal Rate Commission docket number C2004-1, Complaint of Time Warner etc.), governmental affairs, and lobbying. This raises a question of what governmental affairs RDA has, and what RDA lobbies for. The only RDA governmental affair this website knows about is RDA's having covertly spread State Department and CIA propaganda, which has has been thoroughly documented in such works as American Dreamers (Simon & Schuster 1996), a book by former RD managing editor Peter Canning. Brizel's governmental affairs do not necessrily include RDA covertly spreading government propaganda. As for RDA lobbying, maybe RDA lobbies for postal laws and regulations favorable to magazines (see the discussion below of former chief executive officrer Thomas Ryder's political contributions).
In about April 2002, Brizel said in a Corporate Legal Times discussion that, in his work for RDA, he was concerned with, according to a roundtable discussion published in cltmag.com website, sleeper agents who have been planted in America. His work then concerned, among other things, frightening powder found on RD magazine, anthrax scares, and background checks on job applicants and contractors (for example, snowplowers).
He may no longer be at RDA. Perhaps RDA's bankruptcy is related to his having left RDA. In any event, in May 2011 he may have been executive vice president and general counsel, Saks Fifth Avenue; and on the board of directors of the Metropolitan New York Better Business Burea. We mention him in our article about that BBB, which is one of our New York City pages.
MICHAEL A. BRIZEL, born January 1957, 1215 MUSEUM MILE [which is part of 5th Avenue in Manhattan], apartments 16E and 16F, NEW YORK NY 10029, (212) 427-2959;
MICHAEL A BRIZEL, born January 1957, 1215 5TH AVE, NEW YORK NY 10029, (212) 427-2959.
His condos (16E and 16F) are in New York county (Manhattan) block 1608, lot 1. He may have agreed to several mortgages on those coops:
Someone named "MICHAEL ALAN BRIZEL" seems once to have lived at 1725 YORK AVENUE, #24H, NY 10128 (in Manhattan block 1569, lot 16); and at 130 EAST 12TH STREET (near 4th Avenue), NEW YORK, NY 10003-5312 (in what may be Manhattan block 556, lot 1005).
JONATHAN B. BULKELEY, Born Oct 1960, 5 PETTIPAUG AVE., OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475-3113, (860) 388-1203. If this address is right, he lives near Long Island Sound, maybe on the waterfront.
1133 5TH AVE. (near 94th Street, a short walk from Michael A. Brizel's place),
NEW YORK, NY 10128-0123, (212) 831-8690.
RETIRED, political gift,
CAIN FOR US SENATE. This parcel is New York county (Manhattan) block 1506, lot 3. Bulkeley's home seems to be units 3B and 4B of a coop building (suggesting a 2-floor apartment?). There may be a mortgage in favor of MERRILL LYNCH CREDIT CORPORATION,
3000 LEADENHALL ROAD, MT LAUREL, NJ 08054 according to city register document 2005040700877001, recorded 25 April 2005.
Someone named "JONATHAN B. BULKELEY" seems to live in DELRAY BEACH, Florida.
Laura Capasso-Fiorenza, associate director of global publishing technology
Someone named "LAURA C. FIORENZA" or " LAURA E. FIORENZA", Born 1966, has lived at 215 WINDING BROOK RD. (near Tulip Lane), NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10804-1920, (914) 633-8854, (914) 633-0233. This is not necessarily the RDA computer executive.
LEE L CAUDILL, 630 WOODSIDE WAY (near interstate highway 280 and Jefferson Highway), Woodside (near REDWOOD CITY), San Mateo county, CA 94062-4136. (650) 851-3873, (650) 851-4014.
Parcel 068-252-190, tax rate area 15-010. Homeowner exemption, which implies that owner claims to live there. Annual real estate tax $2,265.78 paid.
M. CHRISTINE DEVITA, 427 ELDERT LANE (Kings county block 4184, lot 27), Brooklyn NY. This address may be obsolete.
M. CHRISTINE DEVITA, born 1946, 11 Fiddlers Green Dr. (south of Broad Path, east of C. State Park), Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743-9739, SUFFOLK COUNTY, (631) 421-6718, (631) 549-8770.
He was part of upper management of RDA during at least 1998-2005; for example, he seems to have been RDA's vice president, corporate secretary, and associate general counsel. As part of that upper management, he was sent a copy of a LENS letter about consideration of (according to former URL www.lens-inc.com/companies/rda/grune100998.html) the possibility of recapitalization.
RDA had a sweepstakes which some state attorneys general thought was illegal. RDA stopped the sweepstakes. Dupree, on behalf of RDA, seems to have sent an 8-K report about the matter to the SEC (filed on 3/9/1, 9:11am ET, SEC File 1-10434, Accession Number 858558-1-23).
He seems to have a long commute: from Manhattaan's 64th Street to the Chappaqua hamlet of New Castle. Because he seems to be associate general counsel, we guess he works under Brizel's supervision. Brizel lives in Manhattan too.
One or more people named "Thomas D. "Tom" Gardner" may have lived at:
THOMAS D GARDNER, 6 MUSKETT CT, BEDFORD, NY 10506, (914) 234-6945.
THOMAS D GARDNER, 1 BRONXVILLE RD (03/12/2002), BRONXVILLE, NY 10708.
THOMAS D GARDNER, 1304 MIDLAND AVE (08/17/2004),
YONKERS, NY 10704.
ROBERT J. GEIGER, 21 OVERLOOK RD, ARDSLEY NY 10502, (914) 674-9377.
In this page's article about Brizel, we mention a case before the PRC (Postal Rate Commission): Postal Rate Commission docket number C2004-1, Complaint of Time Warner etc. Kijak was involved in that case for RDA. Also, she is a Distinguished Trustee (the only kind of trusee there, we think) of the Mailers Council. According to the Council's website on 1 May 2006, "The Mailers Council is a coalition of over 30 corporations, nonprofit organizations and major mailing associations. Council members represent for-profit and nonprofit mailers that use the United States Postal Service to deliver correspondence, publications, parcels, greeting cards and payments. Collectively the Council accounts for as much as 70 percent of the nation's mail volume."
ALICE M. KIJAK, Born Jun 1946, 112 DEVOE RD (between Marshall Lane and Devoe Place, 10/06/2004), CHAPPAQUA, Westchester county, NY 10514-3616. Because she lives in Chappaqua, she has a short commute to work.
He got on the board as a result of a 17 March 1998 letter from William E. Mayer (mentioned elsewhere in this list of some RDA big shots) to C.J. Silas (also in this list). Mayer suggested Kurtz because Mayer wanted to, among other things, respond to , "... concerns [that Mayer did not necessarily share] about the Board of Directors' failure to resolve the conflicts of interest that impair the corporate governance and the value of Reader's Digest. It has been suggested that only a 'vocal minority' of Reader's Digest owners believe the Board of Directors has been accountable to no one [but Mayer disagreed]." When Mayer wrote that letter, he was general partner of Corporate Value Partners, L.P.
In a legally managed corporation, the officers do what the board (board of directors) wants, and the board does what the owners want. If no one person owns much stock, there may not be any real control over the directors. Once, the Wallaces owned RDA. After the Wallaces died, control of RDA passed to two foundations which the Wallaces had created. The foundations decided to sell their RDA stock. Now, we want to pause to explain something. Consider a hypothetical corporation with 100 shares. If you own one share, you get 1% of the dividends. If you own 2 shares, you get 2% of the dividends. If you own 51 shares, you get 51% of the dividends plus control of the corporation. If you own 51%, you run the corporation. You don't just get 51% of the dividends, you decide what the dividends will be, for example. Someone who sells a controlling interest in a corporation may be paid extra for the controlling interest (because he's selling control of the corporation, not just a lot of stock in the corproation). This extra payment is called the control premium. When the Wallace foundations decided to sell their stock in RDA (which was a controlling interest in RDA), those selling foundations could have been paid a control premium. If the two, selling foundations had sold the stock in one sale to one buyer, the two sellers would have been paid more than if they had sold the stock to many buyers (each buyer buying a small amount). Now, you know what a control premium is.
Thus we see a real conflict between RDA directors and the selling foundations. The foundations benefit from one sale of everything to one buyer. The directors benefit if no one person owns enough stock to control them. According to the Reuters article referred to above, RDA "... struck a deal with the ... [two foundations] to give up control.". The article does not say what the terms of the deal were (for example: what, or how much, the foundations gained from the deal in exchange for loss of control). Maybe possibly the deal is described on the Web; for example, in a document filed with the SEC and available at the Edgar website.
JOHN T REID, 66 ABRAHAMS LANDING RD, (south of, maybe across the street from, South Fork Country Club), AMAGANSETT (Long Island), NY 11930, (631) 267-6742.
JOHN T REID, WILSON ST, BOHEMIA, NY (631).
JOHN T REID, 66 ABRAHAMS LANDING RD BROOKLYN (not East Hampton), NY. We cannot find this address.
JOHN T REID, 66 ABRAHAMS LANDING RD (south of South Fork Country Club), EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937, (631) 267-6742
JOHN T REID, 66 ABRAHAMS PATH (near Morrell Street), EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937-2008, (631) 267-0224, (631) 267-6742.
Director, gray hair, beard, often casually dressed.
LAWRENCE R. RICCIARDI, Born 1940, 2600 18TH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
LAWRENCE R. RICCIARDI, Born 1940, 45 VINEYARD LN., GREENWICH, CT, (203) 622-6986.
RYDER, THOMAS O.
NEW CANAAN, CT 06840
READER'S DIGEST - ($ donation)
CARPER FOR SENATE. Democratic senator Tom Carper of Delaware sponsored and introduced s. 1285, the senate version of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (which would overhaul America's postal system). Getting a bill enacted requires House and Senate approval. Ryder also contributed to the ranking Democratic member of the appropriate House committee, Los Angeles county's Henry Waxman (who also co-sponsored the House version of the bill).
RYDER, THOMAS O
NEW CANAAN, CT 06840
READER'S DIGEST - ($ donation)
MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS OF AMERICA PAC FKA MAGAZINE PUBLISHES ASSOCIATION PAC.
Ryder, Thomas O.
New Canaan, CT 06840
Reader's Digest/Chairman - ($ donation)
CONGRESSMAN WAXMAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. Federal, Democratic representative Henry Waxman, who represents much of western Los Angeles county, is the ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Government Reform, whose work in 2004 included unanimously passing HR 4341, the House version of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (which would overhaul America's postal system). Waxman also co-sponsored that House bill. The senate version of the bill was sponsored and introduced by Delaware's Democratic senator Tom Carper, to whom Ryder also contributed. This pattern of contributions seems to suggest the possibility that Ryder may have contributed for RDA. It is a federal crime for one person to politically contribute money that is really contributed by another.
THOMAS O. RYDER, age 60, 208 WAHACKME Road, NEW CANAAN CT 06840, (203) 972-14nn, (203) 966-07nn.
15 HARRISON ST, NEW YORK NY 10013, (212) 680-13nn, (212) 431-48nn.
ANDY B SIMMONS, age 44, 290 W 12TH ST, NEW YORK NY 10014, (212) 633-80nn, (212) 352-90nn.
RDA corporate headquarters are on a campus in Chappaqua hamlet, New Castle town, Westchester county, New York state 10514. Photographs of the campus are below.
In the middle of the left side of the photograph, the word "RAMP" appears diagonally. Below the "P" in that word, is a ramp (shown by a straignt, red-and-white line) from Saw Mill River Parkway (shown by a solid, red line at the west end of the ramp) to Roaring Brook Road (shown by a irregularly curving, red-and-white line at the east end of the ramp). The ramp is Reader's Digest Road. We guess that the red blotches are areas that emit much infrared energy.
If our guess about color codes is right (namely, that dark means low, and light means high), the big RDA building and most of the rest of the RDA campus is on high ground compared to most streets east and west of the campus (for example, compared to Saw Mill River Parkway, which is in the black area west of the campus).
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