Alan Elkin

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Alan co-founded Active International in 1984.

Alan began his career at Kaiser Broadcast, which, under his direction as Senior Vice President of Sales, later became Field Communications and then Katz Media Group. He’s received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young and the British American Business Inc. Award in recognition of Active's global accomplishments.

Alan has also made community involvement a priority. Through the company’s ActiveCares program, contributions have been made to over 600 charities since 1997.

 

Arthur Wagner

Member of the Board and President

Arthur co-founded Active International in 1984.

Prior to co-founding Active, Art gained a reputation as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable media experts. He held senior sales and management positions at four important broadcast companies: Seltel, Inc., Katz Communications, Field Communications and Kaiser Broadcasting.

Art has also made community involvement a priority. Through the company’s Active Cares program, contributions have been made to over 600 charities since 1997.

 

Alan Brown

Member of the Board and President, Active International Holdings

A principle of the company, a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Leadership Team, Alan has direct responsibility for global strategic development as well  as strategic oversight of Active’s domestic and international media and non-media trading products, models and strategic partnerships.

Known for his innovation and creativity, Alan has developed trading programs and products that have become industry standards.

 

Peter Eio

Peter Eio has more than 40 years of experience in Marketing and General Management with leading global consumer brands including Alka-Seltzer, Brillo, Playtex and LEGO. For almost 20 years he was responsible for building LEGO businesses, first in the UK and subsequently in the US with a compound internal growth rate of 12% per annum. For over 12 years he served as President of LEGO in the Americas, developing the LEGO brand to the most respected in the US toy industry with a penetration of over 70% among families with children.

Mr. Eio, who was a member of the LEGO Global Management Team, led an organization of 1,100 employees with a turnover of $500 million based in Enfield, Connecticut. Prior to joining the LEGO Company, he spent 11 years with International Playtex Corporation where he served as General Manager of their Scandinavian operations

Educated in the UK, Mr. Eio is an alumnus of the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and holds Honorary Degrees from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Hartford where he is a Life Regent and served as Chair of the Board from 2003-2009.  Between 1998-2000 he was Chair of the Toy Manufacturers of America and currently serves on the board of HESKA Corporation, a publicly quoted veterinary diagnostics business. From 1992-2011 he served on the board of Reflexite Corporation, a global specialized technology company based in Connecticut, which he chaired from 2009-2011.  He is currently a member of the Governance Board of the ICTI-Care Foundation that monitors factory working conditions in the global toy industry.

Over his career he has held directorships in over a dozen countries and has a global network of contacts in various industries. In 1993 he was awarded the Prince Henrik Medal of Honour for services to Danish Industry.


Kenneth R. Rossano

Kenneth R. Rossano is a senior consultant to Korn Ferry International, a global executive search firm; and a limited partner of Venture Investment Management Company, LLC (VIMAC), an early stage venture capital company.

A graduate of Harvard University and of Columbia University, Mr. Rossano’s professional career includes service to Arthur D. Little, Inc., and The Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation; and a twenty-eight year span at The First National Bank of Boston, now part of Bank of America, where he was responsible for the advertising, economics, government relations, and public relations departments, and served on its venture capital subsidiaries.

Throughout his career, Mr. Rossano has been instrumental in the formation of several nationally recognized business/education partnerships, among which are The Boston Compact, and The Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools. For The United States Chamber of Commerce he chaired the committee whose work lead to the formation of The Center for Workforce Preparation and Quality Education. He is a founding board member of Channel One, a service of Whittle Communications.

Mr. Rossano is a director of Active International, Inc., the largest international corporate trading company; founder and director of The New England-Canada Business Council, chairman emeritus of The Maple Leaf Foundation and of its Student Exchange Program, and he serves as treasurer of The New England Business Development Corporation and of The New England Certified Development Corporation. He is a former chairman of The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where he currently serves on its board of directors.

In community activities, Mr. Rossano is a trustee of McLean Hospital, of The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and he is an incorporator of The Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, he is a trustee of First Literacy, an overseer of the USS Constitution Museum, and a director of the Wellesley Education Foundation, and the Wellesley Free Library Foundation.

 

Malcolm L. Sherman

Malcolm L. Sherman served as chairman of Zayre Stores and executive vice president of Zayre Corporation until 1987.  Since his retirement from Zayre Corporation he has led several companies to greater success through strategic and executional discipline. As chief executive officer he has successfully managed Regina Electric Company, an appliance manufacturer and distributor; Chanel Home Centers Inc., a chain of home improvement stores; Morse Shoe Company, a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of footwear and accessories; and Ekco Group Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of houseware products and pet supplies.

He has served as a director of Campuchem Labs, Inc. a drugs of abuse and environmental testing company, United State Trust Company, Lifeplans, Inc. a reinsurance company and Steth Tech Corporation, a medical supply company.  He is currently chairman of the Board of Gordon Brothers Group, Inc. a merchant services business, a director of One Price Clothing Inc., Active International, a media/barter company, and Maxwell Shoe Company.

He has served as chairman of the Board of Fellows and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Brandeis University, chairman of the Boston Museum of Science, chairman of the Two Ten International Foundation, a shoe and leather philanthropic organization, and chairman of the New England Sports Lodge of Bnai Brith.  He is currently chairman of the New England Medical Center.

He also serves as a trustee of the Auerbach Foundation, the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Fourth of July Foundation and the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute.  He is an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Whitehead Institute.