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The most influential and respected national business, political, philanthropic, non-profit and civic leaders will come together at the fourth annual Brain Ball to lead the fight against Alzheimer’s. The fourth annual Brain Ball will build on the momentum of last year’s extraordinary success. 

Brain Ball 2017


May 5, 2017, 6:30 PM EST


Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240


Black Tie Event

Arnie Whitman

National Honoree


Formation Capital, LLC

Tom Kuhn

Regional Honoree


Edison Electric Institute

2017 Honorees
2017 Brain Ball Honorees

Brain Ball 2017 Committee

2017 Co-Chairs

Steve Caldeira

Rose and Bob Cohen

Founding Chairs

Liz and Tom Donohue

Past Chairs

Liz and Mark Ordan

Camille Alexander

BNY Mellon

Mark Bierbower

Hunton & Williams LLP

Joel Dandrea

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Amanda Eversole

JP Morgan & Chase Co

Vanessa Forsythe

Sunrise Senior Living

Mark French

Leading Authorities

Steve Gordon

Total Spectrum

John Graham

American Society of Association Executives

Susan Neely

American Beverage Association

Mark Ordan

Quality Care Properties, Inc.

David Schless

American Seniors Housing Association

Jordan Smyth

Edgmoor Investment Advisors, Inc

Paul Stalknecht

Air Conditioning Contactors of America

Dawn Sweeney

National Restaurant Association

Kristin Westmoreland

US Chamber of Commerce

Katy Warren

Formation Capital, LLC

Brain Ball 2017

2017 Brain Ball National Honoree

Arnold Whitman

Arnold Whitman is the founder and Chairman of Formation Capital, a leading equity investor in the seniors housing and care industry, and Co-Chairman of Genesis HealthCare.  


Most recently, he has become a partner in Aging2.0, a platform for innovation and technology for seniors.  Over the past 15 years, Mr. Whitman has strategically led Formation Capital in its growth and execution of over $6 billion in transactions.  Mr. Whitman serves on the board of Trident USA Health Services.  He is also a current board member and Chairman Emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industries (NIC). 


His other interests in the “seniors” business include being a Principal in Primecare Properties, and a board member of Care Institute.  Mr. Whitman’s career has allowed him extensive speaking engagements both domestically and internationally.  He has written and been featured in many publications including National Real Estate Investor, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, SeniorCare Investor, Contemporary Long Term Care, Assisted Living Today, Modern Healthcare and Real Estate Forum.

Arnold Whitman

2017 Brain Ball Regional Honoree

Tom Kuhn

Tom Kuhn is President of the Edison Electric Institute, the association of investor-owned electric companies whose members generate and distribute approximately three-quarters of the nation’s electricity. In addition, EEI has a growing number of international electric companies as Affiliate Members and industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members. Mr. Kuhn joined the Institute in 1985 as executive vice president, was named chief operating officer in 1988, and elected president in 1990.


Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. He joined the Council in 1975 as vice president, government affairs, and became president in 1983.


From 1972 to 1975, he headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, Mr. Kuhn was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.


Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and completed a Masters in Business Administration in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989.

Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alliance to Save Energy,  the United States Energy Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives, and past-chairman of the ASAE/Key Industry Association Committee and of the Trade Association Liaison Council.

Tom Kuhn
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