Allan R. Tessler is Chairman Emeritus of Hudson Institute and the Chairman of Epoch Holdings Corporation, an investment management firm. With a specialization in the area of turnaround financing, Mr. Tessler combines extensive management experience with proficiency in corporate and securities legal matters. Mr. Tessler served as Co-CEO and Chairman of Data Broadcasting Corporation, now known as Interactive Data Corporation, and formerly served as Chairman of Enhance Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE), an insurance holding company he co-founded which was merged into Radian Corp (NYSE). Mr. Tessler was also Chairman and a principal shareholder of Great Dane Holdings, a company that manufactured tractor trailers and automobile stampings, as well as controlled a property casualty insurer and transportation companies. Mr. Tessler has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of International Financial Group, Inc., an international merchant banking firm, since 1987.
Mr. Tessler started his career in the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. In the legal arena he has also served as Counsel to Spengler, Carlson, Gubar & Churchill, and was Senior Managing Partner of Shea & Gould. He is admitted to the Federal and State of New York Bar, in retired status.
In the investment banking arena, Mr. Tessler has held top management and leadership positions with Ladenburg, Thalman & Co., Devon Securities and Loeb, Rhoades & Co. He was also the President of Slater, Walter of America, a real estate and retail operating company, Ameriscribe, Inc., a back office outsourcing firm, and Fifth Ave Coach Lines, an investment company.
In addition to the companies described above, Mr. Tessler is also the lead Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Limited Brands, Inc (LTD-NYSE), a director of TD Ameritrade (AMTD-NASDAQ), and was a director of Interactive Data Corporation (IDC-NYSE) until November 2006. He is Chairman Emeritus of Hudson Institute and the former President and Trustee of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a past president of the Grand Teton Music Festival. He served in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade.
Mr. Tessler received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his L.L.B. from Cornell University Law School. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Quarterly and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and the Order of the Coif. Mr. Tessler has continued actively to support his alma mater as a member of the Cornell Law School Fund from 1983 to 1985, the Co-Chairman of the Cornell Law School Capital Campaign, and is a Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councilor of Cornell University.
Mr. Tessler’s business office is in Wyoming. He and his wife reside in Jackson, Wyoming and have three grown children and six grandchildren.