September 30, 2010: Oxford, Ohio—Three new members have joined the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees in recent months. Steve Chaddick, Georgia Tech ’70, Reza Hashampour, Georgetown ’82, and Dick Michael, Michigan Tech ’70, are the newest members of the volunteer body responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s assets.
“Steve, Reza and Dick bring their strengths and their passion for Phi Tau to our board and we are delighted,” said Board Chairman David Ruckman, Ohio State ’62, during the Sept. 24-26 joint meeting of the board and Phi Kappa Tau National Council in Cincinnati. “Our board is stronger because of their participation and our Fraternity will benefit because of their personal commitments.”
Chaddick serves as managing partner of Ridgewood Advisors, LLC, which he founded in 2004 as a vehicle for angel investing, nurturing the community of emerging technology companies in the Atlanta area, and facilitating technology commercialization. Prior to this position, Chaddick served as senior vice president and chief strategy office of CIENA Corporation, a company he co-founded in 1994, responsible for overall corporate strategy and product direction.
Currently, Chaddick heads the Alpha Rho Housing Corporation and has been instrumental in the success of the chapter’s campaign to dramatically remodel its chapter house.
He is an active volunteer in the Georgia Tech community, serving on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the advisory board of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Board. Chaddick is also a trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees.
Hashampour started his first company, iMPAQ Corporation, a system integrator and software developer, in 1993. He currently serves as the president and CEO of Vianix, a developer of voice-compressor technology, which he founded with the success of iMPAQ. He resides in Chesapeake, Va.
Born in Amsterdam, Hashampour lived in Germany, Paris, London and Iran before coming to the United States in 1977. He was inducted into Phi Kappa Tau’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and has served as a strong Phi Tau leader by attending local, regional and national events.
At Leadership Academy 2009, Hashampour delievered the keynote address at the Brotherhood Banquet. He is Phi Kappa Tau’s 2009 Taylor A. Borradaile Alumnus Award recipient for outstanding achievements in his field. Hashampour currently serves on the Georgetown College Board of Trustees.
Michael recently celebrated 20 years as the owner of Michael State Farm Insurance Agency in Westlake, Ohio.
A big proponent of the Hole in the Wall Camps, Michael got involved as an alumnus in 2005 when Flying Horse Farms was created in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Each year, he takes campers to Double H Camp in New York while Flying Horse Farms is under construction.
Michael believes in the program so much he started a scholarship program prior to 2005 for undergraduates from Gamma Alpha chapter to attend camp. Now, he supports Phi Kappa Tau’s Hole in the Wall stipend program.