Board of Directors

Sim Israeloff, President

Sim is an attorney with the Dallas law firm of Cowles & Thompson where his practice is devoted to complex commercial and business litigation. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Sim represents U.S. and foreign businesses and individuals in litigation involving business transactions, real estate, construction, securities, professional liability, intellectual property and class actions. He has more than 30 years of experience and is the section head of the firm’s commercial/business litigation practice group.
Sim was Mayor of Fairview from 2003 to 2013 after serving as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He has been a board member of the Fairview CDC since 2003. In 2014 he was appointed to the EDC board and in 2016 was asked to serve again as chair of the P&Z. Sim is also a member of the board of directors of the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.


Jeff Rutherford, Vice President

Mr. Rutherford began his career as a software and systems designer, doing early research and development in networking, computer recognition and digital speech. He has been involved as a founder for several successful start-up companies and is currently the President of Cloud 9 Human Connection Solutions, a provider of cloud services for hospitals.
A resident of Collin County for 35 years, Mr. Rutherford and his wife Patricia have lived in Fairview since 2003. He has served as Treasurer and Board member of the Oakwood Estates HOA and enjoys being a “Shark Tank” mentor to middle school students in Richardson. He is an avid landscape photographer and enjoys observing Fairview’s local wildlife. Mr. Rutherford holds a degree in Engineering from Texas Tech University and a MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business



Don Braun, Secretary

Donald Braun currently serves as President of the HALL Group, a 48 year old diversified private investment company. Mr. Braun oversees the management of the company’s core business activities which include real estate development, a real estate finance company, oil and gas, private equity, a vineyard and wineries.

Mr. Braun has extensive experience working with and structuring debt and equity financing across a broad spectrum of international and domestic capital market sources. Mr. Braun has served as a board member of numerous private companies across a broad range of industries and has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations. In addition to his position on the Fairview Economic Development Corporation, Mr. Braun holds current board positions on The Real Estate Council and the Collin County Business Alliance. 

Mr. Braun holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Albion College and has a certified public accountant designation (CPA).


Robert (Bob) Herrema, Member

Bob, a U.S. Army Veteran, is a retired apparel company executive. He has held Senior Positions with apparel companies in four states (Illinois, Colorado, Alabama and Texas). Most notable were the Licensed Apparel Partnerships of these companies with All Professional Sport Teams and many well recognized athletes. In partial retirement Bob organized many apparel driven marketing events for the nation’s premier sports playoffs and championships such as The NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, etc.
In 2008 Bob became part of a new joint sustainability initiative between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Local Water Authorities and America’s Big Box Retailers. The new initiative, (Watersense Sustainable Water Conservation) was ground breaking in using green technology and incentives to save water. Bob was a pioneering spokesperson and marketing leader with Watersense Conservation Solutions in both the United States and China.
Bob and his wife Ginney live in the Villas In The Park Community. He has served on the VITP HOA Transition Committee.

Nancy Lewis, Member

Nancy began her career in education and transitioned to sales and marketing. She is the former Vice President for Major/National Accounts of American Community Newspapers (ACN). Prior to joining ACN, Nancy was the major/national sales manager for the El Paso Times and the Texas New Mexico Partnership. In addition to working for Media News Group, she also worked for Gannett, Freedom Communications, Thomson Newspapers, Cox Newspapers and the Pennysaver. 

Nancy is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. A dedicated community volunteer, Nancy can be found volunteering at Heritage Ranch, spending time with her four grandchildren, or with family and friends.


Carlo Strippoli, Member

Carlo Strippoli was a founding member of Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions. There he served as the VP of Sales and Marketing, before retiring. With a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Carlo worked for Texas Instruments for 25 years. He is still involved in the Semiconductor industry serving on the boards of two privately held companies. 
Carlo and his wife Carole live in Thompson Springs where Carlo is an active member of the HOA’s Architectural Control Committee. They have four married sons and 7 grandchildren and an Anatolian Shepherd named Pi. 


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