Three new trustees were named to the Pomona College Board: Janet Inskeep Benton '79, Stephen Loeb '79 and Peter Sasaki '91.
Janet Inskeep Benton '79
Benton, a history major at Pomona, received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School before working in product management in the beverage division at General Foods Corporation from 1984-88 and then staying home and raising her children. Beginning in 1999, Benton served for 12 years on the board of the Chappaqua Central School District, a high-performing K-12 public school district with six schools and 4,000 students.
A resident of Armonk, NY, Benton is the founder and trustee of Frog Rock Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations serving economically disadvantaged children and youth in Westchester County. Additionally, she serves on the boards of several local not-for-profit organizations: Children's Village, a social services agency supporting vulnerable children and families through residential and community outreach programs; Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit cultural arts center presenting independent, documentary and world cinema and offering 21st-century visual literacy educational programs to 14,000 students annually; and Neighbor's Link Network, which oversees affiliate organizations working to promote the integration of immigrants into local communities.
While a student at Pomona, Benton was a sponsor in Smiley Hall her sophomore year, played intercollegiate volleyball and badminton, and was director of the intramural sports program her senior year.
Stephen Loeb '79
Loeb joined Alaska Distributors Co., an asset management company—formerly a wholesale distributor and broker of wine, beer, spirits and non-alcohol beverages—in 1984 and has served as the president since 1998 and CEO since 2003. Prior to that, he was a corporate banking officer and then assistant vice president with Wells Fargo and Co. An economics major at Pomona, Loeb went on to earn his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
He serves on the boards of the Museum of Glass, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, KCTS Television (PBS), The Rainer Club Heritage Fund, and the Temple deHirsch Sinai and Jewish Family Service Investment Committees. He is treasurer of the Loeb Family Charitable Foundation and president of the Stephen and Dianne Loeb Family Foundation. His most recent business-related board work is on the Washington Roundtable and Enterprise Washington. He sits on numerous corporate and advisory boards: TC Global, Taphandles, Inc., Athena Marketing/Toosum Healthy Foods, Emerald City Brewing, Recurrence and Grazie Mobile.
Formerly the College's Parents Fund co-chair, Loeb is currently Pomona's national chair for annual giving.
Peter Sasaki '91
Sasaki is a managing member of CGS Associate, LLC, a New York City-based boutique financial consulting and research firm, and a shareholder and investor at Centara Capital Group Inc., a financial services firm in San Diego, where he manages capital markets and structuring for a real estate derivatives business and advises private wealth management programs. Before his current positions, he was founder, managing member and CIO at Logos Capital Management, LLC; a market analyst and derivative-trading specialist with Moore Capital Management Inc., a propriety trader with J.P. Morgan & Co.; and founder of Sasaki Group Ltd., an investment partnership specializing in leveraged equity, foreign exchange, and interest rate speculation.
Sasaki earned his philosophy degree from Pomona and his M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He serves on the Head of School's Advisory Council at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, and is an instrument-rated private airplane pilot.
While at Pomona, Sasaki served on the judiciary council and the trustee committee on social responsibility on proxy voting. His most recent campus visits include serving on the Economics Club career panel and keynoting the Claremont Colleges Finance Conference.