For many years, we at Decurion wrestled with the issue of naming our employment relationship. Most companies operate from the assumption that they are exchanging money for time, that they are using people to get things done, and so the term “employee” is appropriate. Our assumption is different: we view people not only as means but also as ends in themselves. And so we have introduced such terms as “talent” and “crew.” Finally, it occurred to us that the most apt term for ourselves is “members.” We are members of the Decurion community, a community that we are continually creating and recreating together.
Chairman of the Board, The Decurion Corporation
Chief Executive Officer, The Decurion Corporation
Michael Forman is chairman of the board and CEO of The Decurion Corporation. Michael was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Los Angeles after attending Stanford University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1957.
Michael’s charitable activities include serving as international chairman of the board of Variety-The Children’s Charity. He is a life trustee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and trustee emeritus of the American Film Institute. He also works with the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he is vice-president and the founders chairman of the Los Angeles area.
Past activities have included serving as a trustee of the American University, located in Washington, D.C., trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, president of the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers, president of the Stanford Athletic Board of Stanford University, and a director of the California Chamber of Commerce. He is still active with the Los Angeles Committee for the Weizmann Institute, where he was chairman of the Southwest Area.
President, The Decurion Corporation
Chief Executive Officer, Decurion Management Company
In 1994, Mr. Forman founded of The Wonder of Reading, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose was to inspire in children the love of reading. Under its 3R Program, the organization Renovated public elementary schools’ libraries, worked with schools to Restock their libraries’ book collections, and trained volunteers to Read one-to-one with children at the schools. At the end of 2011, The Wonder of Reading ceased operations, and Mr. Forman joined several of the staff and Board members to found Citizens of the World Charter Schools, which is creating a national network of charter schools that reflect the socioeconomic, cultural, and racial diversity of their communities. In 2004, the Getty House Foundation commended Mr. Forman with its City of Angels Helen Bernstein Award for his innovative and creative efforts to improve the quality of education in Los Angeles.
Mr. Forman is involved in a number of community activities related to education. He was a member of Brentwood School’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008, serving as the Board’s vice-chair from 2006 to 2008. From 1998 to 2001, he served on the Undergraduate Education Planning Committee at Harvard University. He was a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Management Board from 2008 to 2012. He served for many years as a member of Harvard-Westlake School’s Alumni Board. He was a trustee of LEARN (Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now) and through LEARN acted as the business mentor to the principal of an elementary school. He has helped to prepare public high school students for the verbal section of the SAT examination. Through The Wonder of Reading, he has tutored elementary school children in reading.
Mr. Forman received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in ancient history from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and was co-founder and chairman of The Harvard Salient, a bi-weekly political journal. A Marshall Scholarship recipient, Mr. Forman received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. He also received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Forman has practiced Iyengar yoga since 1995. In 2010, he received a black belt in Aikido.
Neil S.B. Haltrecht
Neil Haltrecht was a Decurion member for 19 years. Before leaving at the end of 2010, he was the president of Robertson Property Group (RPG) and chief strategy and finance officer (CSFO) of The Decurion Corporation. He oversaw all RPG activities including the development, acquisition, and management of real estate, primarily in California, Seattle, and Hawaii. In his role as CSFO, Neil led business planning, strategy development, and value creation processes for Decurion and its operating businesses. Neil joined Decurion in 1991. Under his leadership, RPG developed or acquired more than five million square feet of income property.
Since leaving Decurion, Neil has pursued a variety of philanthropic and personal interests. Since 2010 he has been an active member of Home for Good, an initiative of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County. Neil is also a Director of Food Forward, an organization that rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.
Neil obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. A James McGill Scholar, he received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Bryan D. Ungard
Chief Purpose Officer, Decurion Management Company
As Chief Purpose Officer, Bryan is accountable for the ways in which Decurion’s operations realize the company’s purpose, which is “to provide places for people to flourish.” Decurion aims to operate its businesses so there is no tradeoff between excellent business performance and human flourishing. Bryan joined Decurion in 2006 as Chief Information Officer.
Bryan brings more than 30 years of experience in technology, business, and organizational transformation. He started his career as an IT systems developer, designer, and architect. He co-founded and served for more than 15 years as partner and principal consultant of Silenus Group, a systems integration firm that provided systems and services to companies such as IBM, Ford, La-Z-Boy, and Caterpillar, in addition to numerous small and medium-sized businesses. After Silenus Group, he consulted in the healthcare industry and began his practice in organizational transformation. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Hiram College and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Jeffrey D. Koblentz
Chief Financial Officer, The Decurion Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, Decurion Management Company President, Robertson Properties Group
Jeff Koblentz is the Chief Financial Officer of The Decurion Corporation, Chief Operating Officer of Decurion Management Company, and President of Robertson Properties Group. In these roles, Jeff is responsible for Decurion’s overall operations and financial performance and for all facets of RPG operations, including acquisitions, development, leasing, property management, and accounting and finance. Jeff was instrumental in developing Decurion’s senior living company, Hollybrook Senior Living, and currently oversees that company’s operations as it looks to develop a business model of exceptional, affordable care.
Jeff came to Decurion from Lazard Freres in New York. As a vice president in the real estate private equity group, he oversaw $800 million of fund investments in three portfolio companies. Prior to Lazard, Jeff was a manager in the real estate consulting practice at Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles, where he performed assignments throughout North America and Europe. He also served on the board of directors for The Wonder of Reading and was the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Cornell University.
Chief Brand Officer, ArcLight Cinema Company and
Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation
Nora Dashwood is the chief brand officer of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres. In this role, Nora oversees the market positioning of Decurion’s movie theater businesses, including ArcLight Cinemas’ brand offering and its growth in new and existing markets. Nora has played a key role in the creation and operation of ArcLight Cinemas, a differentiated moviegoing experience. She is also a member of Decurion’s senior leadership team that holds and practices the organization’s purpose, values, and operating culture.
Nora joined Decurion in August 2000 following a 20 plus year career with American Multi-Cinema (AMC), where she began in theater operations and culminated her career as senior vice president of North American staff operations.
Nora received her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and her Masters of Business Administration from UCLA. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for both the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the California/Nevada Regional NATO Association.