Sunday, 31 August 2008

Al Barber

Al Barber - Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of NBC and President of CNBC; President of Corporate Lodging Holdings; President and COO of Catholic Charities

Al Barber, President and Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Bridgeport, and former President of CNBC and Chief Financial Officer of NBC, will be the event speaker. He spent 27 years working for General Electric. Three years ago, he was called by a "higher power" to fix and run the largest social service provider in Fairfield County. Catholic Charities agencies, located throughout the country, aim to strengthen communities by providing services and programs that their particular communities need, while empowering people. They help families and individuals overcome tragedy, poverty, and other life challenges. Mr. Barber's topic, "From Corporate America to the Non-Profit World: Challenges, Frustrations, and Rewards," will examine the differences in culture and decision-making in both worlds based on Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
Biography of Al Barber
A native of Rye, NY, Al Barber, 58, is the former Chief Financial Officer of NBC and President of CNBC.

He began his business career at General Electric in 1967 in Pittsfield, MA. In 1984, he came to Bridgeport, where he joined GE Housewares and Audio Division. In 1985, he was named President of GE Railcar Services and, in 1987, was tapped to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NBC. In 1990, he was named President of CNBC, responsible for the start-up cable service. Under his leadership, CNBC acquired the Financial News Network.

In 1994, Mr. Barber left GE to serve as Chairman and CEO of Stuart Entertainment, the world's leading supplier to Bingo and charitable gaming markets with $130 million in sales. In 2001, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E-Media, an Internet leader in broadband delivery of integrated media streaming and hosting applications. He oversaw the company merger with Zerotree Technologies, and eventual sale to Streaming Media Corporation.

Most recently, Mr. Barber has been President of Corporate Lodging Holdings, a provider of custom lodging solutions to Corporate America. A graduate of Holy Cross College with a B.A. in Economics, Mr. Barber has always been active in the community. His many civic commitments include service to Malta House for single mothers, Saint Catherine's Academy, the diocesan school for children with special needs in Bridgeport, South Avenue Cottage for disabled adults; Family and Children's agency; the Thomas Merton Center, and Saint Camillus Nursing Home in Stamford.

Mr. Barber is a member of the Order of Malta. He and his wife, Gina, have five children and one grandchild. They are members of Saint Aloysius Parish in New Canaan. (Proof Positive)

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