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Mark was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 5. Over the next 37 years, Mark has been exposed to practically every aspect of IBD including generations of medical treatments (and their side effects), homebound schooling, dealing with adolescent social issues, enduring various surgeries and most recently a diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

Through all of this, Mark has been involved in helping other kids cope with their disease. His involvement in the Pediatric IBD foundation and its various research projects adds a "hands on" perspective ensuring that our organization remains sensitive to the needs of IBD kids and all of the problems they are dealing with.

Mark has worked in real estate for the past 20 years, specializing in development, property management, bank financing, tenant representation and leasing through companies he founded including Rubin Development Company and Southeast Property Management. Most recently, he has used his experience to consult with numerous banks and lenders providing asset management and receivership services to help protect their asset values. Mark has personally completed over $800 million in real estate transactions and currently manages of 2.8 million square feet of retail, medical and office space for various partnerships, lenders and other developers. Mark's affiliations with over 9 million square feet of commercial real estate have led to relationships with the leasing, brokerage, lending and management industries throughout the United States and internationally.


Joel Shapiro is the Chief Executive Officer of Timbervest, LLC, and has direct responsibility for the overall leadership, strategy and marketing of Timbervest and its related entities. Under his leadership, Timbervest with $2 billion in assets under management, has grown into one of the premier investment managers in the timberland, environmental infrastructure and opportunistic real estate asset classes.

Joel has 25 years of experience in the investment industry, having previously founded Shapiro Capital Management, one of the nation's premier "small-cap value" money management firms. In addition, he was the founder and president of The Atlanta Growth Fund, a publicly traded mutual fund, deploying a regionally focused investment strategy.

Throughout his career, he has developed novel approaches to investments and investment theories, and his views and concepts have been published, noted and written about in books and journals, as well as various national publications.


Eric was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and received his BA in Psychobiology from SUNY at Buffalo and medical school in Des Moines, Iowa before coming to Detroit in 1981 for residency training in Ophthalmology. Eric became program director of the Ophthalmology Residency training program in Detroit through Michigan State University in 1987, training residents for over 10 years and is presently in private practice.

His daughter diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2004 and has been in remission for 3 years. Eric has learned that a good day is when she is feeling well and is forever grateful to those who have participated in her medical care.

Eric has served as a specialist on the Advisory Board at Blue Cross and continues to be involved in graduate medical education.