Forever Young Foundation
Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised further our efforts to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to these children.
Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses our efforts in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa. Our development projects include Forever Young Zones, which provide technology and multimedia labs for those living in underserved communities as well as state-of-the-art interactive play areas in children's hospitals. We have also partnered with the National Football League in their nationwide development of Youth Education Town Centers (YET Centers) in each Super Bowl city. Our international initiatives include the building and expansion of schools in Ghana, Africa, as well as enhancing health, educational, and athletic opportunities for Ghanaian youth.
Board of Trustees
Steve and Barb Young - Founder and Co-Chairs of the Board
Mr. Gay is a Co-founder and an Executive Director of Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC with $1.1 billion in committed capital under management. He has accepted a leadership position with the LDS Church, but continues to serve as a member of HGGC's Investment Committee.
Mr. Gay has been involved in the private equity business since 1986. From 1989 - 2004, he served as a Managing Director of Bain Capital. He was one of the firm's senior partners and served as a member of its Management and Business Policy committees. He also led many of the firm's investments and oversaw Bain Capital Europe where he opened the firm's London and Munich offices.
Mr. Gay resigned as a full-time partner from Bain Capital when his church asked him to take a volunteer assignment as its Mission President for the countries of Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia from July 2004 to July 2007.
Mr. Gay has actively been involved in humanitarian work all his business life. In 2001 he co-founded Unitus, a global micro-credit company, which is currently helping lift 9 million people across the world out of poverty. Unitus has been recognized world wide and for the last three years has received the prestigious Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist award naming it one of the top 45 social capital companies in the USA. Mr. Gay has also funded KOMART, a micro-credit organization serving West Africa. He is currently a Board member of three global charities: Right to Play, Forever Young, and Realizing the Dream.
Mr. Gay started in private equity when he joined GE Capital from McKinsey & Co. where he was an Engagement Manager. At GE he was Executive Vice President of the GECC Capital Markets group. He also formed and organized Sorenson Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, and was a member of its Advisory Board.
Mr. Gay graduated in 1982 with a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University where he also taught economics for two years. Mr. Gay graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. from the University of Utah.
Mr. Lawson is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC with $1.1 billion in committed capital under management. He is also a member of HGGC's Policy and Investment Committee and Executive Committees.
Mr. Lawson currently serves as Chairman/Vice-Chairman of the Boards of Hybris Software AG, Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions as well as a director on the boards of Sunquest Information Systems, iCongo, Wasatch Adaptive Sports and Forever Young Foundation, an organization that is a primary benefactor of a portion of HGGC's carried interest proceeds used to support extensive philanthropic work in children's causes around the world. He has extensive private equity investment and operational experience primarily in a broad range of technology-related industries.
Prior to the inception of HGGC, Mr. Lawson was a co-founder, Managing Director and member of the original four-person board of directors of the general partner of Sorenson Capital Partners, L.P. While at Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson was involved in all phases of the firm's development since its founding and had responsibility for originating, structuring and managing investments across a number of industries in middle market companies.
Prior to co-founding Sorenson Capital, Mr. Lawson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Found, Inc., a Bain Capital portfolio company that provided e-commerce software and inventory management solutions to major retailers and manufacturers. Mr. Lawson began his investment career in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and worked in the New York and Tokyo, Japan, offices as a member of the Corporate Finance and Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring Departments.
Mr. Lawson is regularly quoted in leading industry publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Mergers & Acquisitions, LBO Wire, Buyouts Magazine and Private Equity International. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at conferences, such as Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Outlook/LP Summit, ThomsonReuters Buyouts East/South/West, ICBI's SuperInvestor U.S. and The Deal LLC's The Deal Economy.
Mr. Lawson received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amherst College.
Junior Bryant most recently served as co-founder, Vice-President and co-Managing Director of Smith & Bryant, Inc., a real estate investment company. Junior had overall management responsibility for Smith & Bryant's funding activity with a specific focus on investment origination and selection, strategic placement, business development and investor relations.
Junior has actively invested in real estate development, emerging software, and innovative technology projects since 1996.
A veteran of the National Football League, Mr. Bryant retired from the San Francisco 49ers in 2003, after a successful ten year career as a defensive lineman. Mr. Bryant earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and currently serves on the board of the Forever Young Foundation.