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Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness... more.
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Penta Mezzanine Fund
American Medical Association
Member of the Board of Trustees
Advisory Board Member
National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Non-Physician Member of the Board
American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association
Vice Chairman of the Antitrust Section, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee
New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
Toys R Us!
Florida Citrus Sports
PGA Caddie Foundation
Kay, Gronek & Latham
Duke University's law school
Political Science and History
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Duke University School of Law
Strategic Advisors | Penta Mezzanine Fund
Christopher K. Kay | Senior Advisor
The former managing director of Universal Parks and Resorts, and the former chief operating officer for Toys "R" Us, where he implemented new business strategies, technologies, processes and disciplines throughout the entire corporation. He is also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees (BOT). Mr. Kay is the chief operating officer for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national tax-exempt organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, farms, historic places and wilderness. Mr. Kay practiced law for 24 years, handling cases ranging from complex business litigation to corporate mergers and large real estate transactions. Mr. Kay has served as a member of the board of directors of a number of charitable organizations, including the PGA Caddie Foundation (which he co-founded along with Mark O'Meara, a professional golfer), the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, the Florida Citrus Sports Association and the Universal Studios Florida Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and received his JD from the Duke University School of Law. He is a board-certified trial lawyer and a board-certified business litigator, as well as a fellow in the American Bar Foundation.
RSR Partners Advisory Board
Christopher K. Kay | Mr. Kay serves as president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
Before joining NYRA, Kay served as chief operating officer for The Trust for Public Land, where he oversaw the operations of the land conservation organization's headquarters and 37 field offices. Prior to that, he was a consultant to Universal Parks and Resorts, serving as its managing director of international business development. From 2001 - 2006, Kay served as chief operating officer for Toys 'R' Us, a Fortune 200 international company, and prior to that he was the retailer's executive vice president of operations and general counsel. Kay was also a minority owner of Orlando's AA baseball team and a member of the ownership group that sought to obtain the first Major League Baseball franchise in Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and of the Duke University School of Law.
Senior Management - The Trust for Public Land
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Kay is the Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, farms, historic places, and wilderness. read more »
Leadership, Senior Management of The Trust for Public Land: The Trust for Public Land
Christopher K. Kay, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Kay is the Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, farms, historic places, and wilderness.
Formerly he was Managing Director, International Business Development, for Universal Parks and Resorts. Mr. Kay led the efforts to negotiate a comprehensive Framework Agreement for a proposed theme park-oriented resort in Beijing, China and an equally comprehensive Framework Agreement for a similar development outside of Seoul, Korea. Mr. Kay is the former Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Operations, and General Counsel of Toys "R" Us, a global Fortune 200 corporation. As part of a new management team joining that corporation in 2000, he played a major leadership role in the operational turnaround of the corporation. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer (and before that as EVP of Operations), new business strategies, technologies, processes, and disciplines were implemented throughout the entire corporation, leading to significantly reduced operating costs and enhanced productivity. These substantial changes resulted in a more competitive, cost efficient company, one that ultimately attracted new owners at a sales price of $6.6 billion (well in excess of the corporation's $2.3 billion market capitalization in 2000). Prior to serving as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Kay was the corporation's first General Counsel. He elevated the quality, professionalism, business acumen and support provided by the Legal Department (ultimately comprised of 16 professionals), by introducing a more business oriented perspective and a more entrepreneurial work ethic, by recruiting and retaining several talented attorneys from top law firms, by selecting different law firms to handle specific matters, and by developing extensive multi-department (Finance, Merchandising, Marketing and HR) disciplines, processes and programs. Mr. Kay also served as Corporate Secretary for Toys "R" Us, creating the Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Committee charters for all of the Board's standing committees, well before the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley. He was also responsible for implementing a revised Code of Ethics for the corporation's officers, employees, and key vendors. Mr. Kay was actively involved in the recruitment of new directors, their initial orientation, and their continuing education and training. Prior to joining Toys "R" Us, Mr. Kay had a sophisticated legal practice for over two decades, ranging from complex business litigation to corporate mergers and large real estate transactions. As a trial lawyer, he won the largest judgment ($188 million) against the State of Florida (and the second largest judgment against a state in the history of this country at that time) in a class action case, and won several antitrust and intellectual property cases that created new legal precedents. As a business lawyer, Mr. Kay negotiated several significant development opportunities for multi-national corporations doing business in Florida. He also created a precedent setting merger of local hospitals, one which was subsequently reviewed and approved by the Federal Trade Commission and now serves as a template for others across the country. He also negotiated two of the largest real estate transactions in the history of Central Florida. Mr. Kay has served as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of charitable organizations, including the American Medical Association (where he is the only non physician on the Board), PGA Caddie Foundation, the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, the Florida Citrus Sports Association, and the Universal Studios Florida Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Duke University School of Law. He is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer and a Board Certified Business Litigator, as well as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation.
So far, the biggest move was installing a new president and chief executive Christopher Kay, effective July 1.
Kay has business chops-having served as chief operating officer of the Trust for Public Land and Toys 'R Us-though he has little horse-related experience. "It's a much more strategic analysis that we need to conduct with respect to Aqueduct and Belmont," said Kay, who sets up the question as: "How can we bring the best out in both of them and continue our success in Saratoga in such a way to have a dynamic public-private partnership?" To put it simply, Aqueduct, located in South Ozone Park, Queens, is desperate for improvements. Genting's arrival has been lucrative on the books, but when a visitor passes between the casino and track clubhouse, he steps from glitz to grit instantly. Skorton and Kay, though, emphasize that the timeline is far from a bidding process.