2018 Speakers

Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

Rotary International President-Elect

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas.

He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran. Rassin received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there.

He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Ray Klinginsmith

Ray Klinginsmith

Rotary International President 2010-11

Ray Klinginsmith is a retired attorney in Kirksville, Missouri, USA, with 44 years of experience as a lawyer in Macon and Kirksville. He retired in August of 1995 as General Counsel and Professor of Business Administration for Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville after 22 years of service. During his tenure at the University, he also served as Dean of Administration for a period of five years during the University’s transition to a liberal arts and sciences institution. Following his retirement from the University, he served a four-year term as a county commissioner for Adair County from 2001 thru 2004.

Ray’s wife, Judie, is a former elementary school teacher in Macon and Kirksville and a former consultant for the Child Development Assistant program at the Kirksville Area Vocational Center. Ray and Judie have two children, Leigh and Kurt, and three grandchildren, Morgan, Grant, and Sydney Perkins.

Ray is a graduate of the business school and the law school of the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is a member and senior counselor of The Missouri Bar, and he was awarded the Thomas D. Cochran Community Service Award by the Young Lawyers Section of The Missouri Bar in 1983.

Ray served as a director of the Macon Atlanta State Bank in Macon, Missouri, from 1971 to 2008, and he now serves as a director emeritus and a member of the holding company board. He was the president of Chariton Valley Association for Handicapped Citizens from its organization in 1982 until 2009, and he now serves as the president emeritus. He was one of the initial trustees for the Missouri Family Trust, which was created by the Missouri legislature in 1989, and he was accorded the 1988 Parent/Caretaker Award by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. He is a former member of the Executive Board for the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the holder of its Silver Beaver Award for adult volunteers. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville and a former lay speaker for the church.

A Rotarian for more than 50 years, Ray is a former member of the Unionville and Macon clubs and a current member of the Kirksville Rotary Club. He studied at the University of Cape Town as a Rotary Foundation ambassadorial scholar in 1961, and when he was elected to the board of directors for Rotary International in 1984, he became the first recipient of a Rotary Foundation award to serve on the RI board. He served as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation from 2002 to 2006 and as vice chairman of the Trustees in 2005-06, and he has been awarded both the Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award by the Foundation.

In other Rotary assignments, Ray served as moderator of the 1989 International Assembly in Phoenix, chairman of the 1998 Council on Legislation in New Delhi, vice chairman of the 2005 Chicago Convention Committee, and chairman of the 2008 Los Angeles Convention Committee. He has served in a variety of assignments for the codification of RI policies and the simplification of RI bylaws and similar documents. He also served as a member of the Future Vision Committee for The Rotary Foundation from 2005 to 2008. He recently completed a second term as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, and he served as the Trustee Chair in 2015-16.

Ray served as the president of Rotary International during the 2010-11 Rotary year as the 100th president of the organization, and he was the leader of a progressive board of directors. He was the first Missourian to serve as the Rotary president since Bob Hill of Columbia, Missouri, in 1934-35, and he was the first former Rotary scholar ever to serve as RI president.

Greg Yank

Greg Yank

Rotary International Director 2017-19

Greg Yank serves on the 17 member Rotary International Board of Directors 2017-19. A Rotarian since 1978, Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, IL where he served as Club President in 1992-93, and then as Governor of District 6510 twice in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. District 6510 is comprised of 48 clubs and 1600 members in Southern Illinois. He has held positions as the Regional Membership Plan Project Plan Lead (Membership Chair) for Zones 30 and 31 (2015-17), chair of district 6510’s Club Visioning Initiative, International Training Leader twice, Membership Coordinator for Zone 29 and Rotary Institute Chair 2013. Greg is married to past district Governor Catherine Taylor Yank. The Yanks are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris and Bequest Societies (level 3). Greg was honored to receive the Service above Self Award in 2014. He has travelled to Malawi, Ecuador, India and Belize on Rotary on Rotary projects. The Yanks are avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fans. Greg has been a proud Green Bay Packer fan since 1957 and owns one share of the team. Catherine is the owner of Jim Taylor Inc. a roofing contracting company located in Belleville, IL. The Yanks have three grown children, one who works in the family business, and three grandchildren. Professionally Greg has had three different career paths starting with 9 years in the Catholic seminary. He was never ordained. He then spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership serving twice as a hospital CEO and as President and CEO of a Catholic Health System. For 11 years, Greg owned a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise called The Alternative Board TAB. He currently continues to be a business coach mentoring/working with six business owners on a monthly/bi-monthly/quarterly basis. He is the principal in GY Consulting & Facilitation Services specializing in business coaching, strategy, facilitation, strategic governance and board development/education. Greg is actively involved in his community. He is a Commissioner of the Metro East Park & Recreation District; Advisory Board member for the Nielsen Healthcare Group in St. Louis; and a Board Member of the O’Fallon Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of its strategic planning committee. Greg believes that Rotary enables him to live a life that matters as lives in our communities and the world are changed because of what we do!

Ray Keller

Ray Keller

District 6150 Governor 2008-09

Ray Keller is an Arkansan with an international resume.

Ray’s family has been engaged in farming in the same location for over 100 years. He is a graduate of Florida College in Tampa Fla, where he lettered in basketball. He then transferred to the University of Arkansas where he graduated with a degree in Economics.

Both of Ray’s parents were teachers and Ray began his career as a high school teacher in the Tampa Florida area. He met and married Karla Tackett while there and shortly after they moved back to Arkansas to join the family farming business.

In 1975 Ray began Keller International, a distribution company that grew throughout the nation and into several countries. Ray also owns Keller Business Alliance and travels yearly throughout the world helping companies grow their businesses. In the past two years Ray has appeared on stages in 6 continents speaking to audiences in the thousands. His talks have been translated into over 20 languages teaching principles of success.

Ray says the best business decision he ever made was to join the Rotary Club of Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1978. He has served in many capacities including Club President in 1994 and District Governor in 2008-09. Each year Ray travels to Rotary clubs delivering presentations and conducting workshops for their leadership promoting the incredible serendipities that Rotary has created for his family.

Ray and Karla have three children who are all Paul Harris Fellows including his son Travis who is currently serving as Club President of the Rotary Club of Bowling Green Kentucky. Ray and Karla have 12 grandchildren ranging from 6 months to 19 years of age. His hobbies are collecting vintage automobiles and flying – he considers his Piper J-3 cub a member of the family.

As he nears his 40th year of Rotary membership, he maintains his love for the principles that are the cornerstones of RI’s success. Helping people grow from a member of a club to becoming a Rotarian is one of his 2018 goals.

Mark Landmann

Mark Landmann

President & Owner, DACdb, LLC

Mark Landmann is the President and Owner of DACdb, LLC.   Mark has more than 35 years of experience in software development, project management, systems analysis and design, tactical and strategic planning.

Mark has served many roles in the airline industry since 1979 including working for United Airline Strategic Architecture and Research Group, CIO for Tanning Technology and Chief Engineer at Jeppesen’ s Commercial Aviation group.

Mark purchased DACdb from his partner Mike Thacker in October 2014.  Mark and Mike jointly developed DACdb from a simple website management system supporting District 7710 into a system that now supports over 400,000 Rotarians, 6,500 clubs and over 100 Districts world-wide.

DACdb is a leader in District and Club management for Rotary International District and Clubs.  The new management team is committed and excited to make DACdb the best product to serve the needs of Rotarians.

Haris Sofradzija

Haris Sofradzija

Regional Membership Officer for Zones 28 through 31

Haris Sofradzija is the Regional Membership Officer for Zones 28 through 31. In his role, Haris supports Rotary leaders at the zone, district and club level in developing and implementing member attraction and engagement strategies. His responsibilities include increasing clubs’ awareness and use of key Rotary resources, helping to increase the diversity of club membership, supporting overall club growth, and improving member retention in clubs.

Haris has a wealth of experience at Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, having previously successfully worked on the Rotaract program, humanitarian grants, president’s representatives to district conferences, and donor services. He has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow twice (2003 and 2015) for his outstanding support of Rotarians.

Haris earned B.A.s in history and Russian and East European studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has lived overseas in Croatia and has traveled to 42 countries on six continents.

Haris can be reached by e-mail at haris.sofradzija@rotary.org or by phone at 1.847.866.3105.


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