Board of Directors

Brian A. Murphy


BAM Contracting LLC – Owner and President

BAM Contracting is a specialty construction contractor and full service carpentry company performing residential, commercial and institutional work. Brian started BAM in 1998 and currently employs a workforce of 100+ skilled union tradespersons. BAM is based in St. Louis and performs work in Metropolitan St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri and Illinois. BAM’s client list includes every prominent General Contracting firm in the region and BAM is recognized as a top tier subcontractor in St. Louis having worked on some of its highest profile projects. Prior to starting BAM, Brian served in several senior level development positions for the City of St. Louis including Director of Community Development and Director of Business Development.

Brian works hard to be a good citizen of the region and remains committed to church, civic and charitable activities. Brian believes that it is imperative to find new and effective ways to educate and prepare students in underperforming urban school districts. Originally from California, Brian is an unabashed booster of his adopted city and region. Earlier this year he served as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Task force for Better Together. Brian was recently appointed to the Missouri Botanical Sub-District Board. Brian is active with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in St. Louis and Kansas City, and the St Louis Homebuilders Association (HBA).

Brian and his wife Nina live in the Tower Grove East neighborhood of the City with their son and daughter who is a senior at Rockhurst University. Brian’s oldest son is a City police officer who flies with the Metropolitan Aviation unit.

Gillian Noero


Red Key Realty Leaders, Broker/Associate – Residential, Commercial Investment Advisor

Gillian Noero is a commercial, investment and residential realtor representing buyers and sellers throughout the St Louis metropolitan area, including single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums. Other areas of emphasis include farms, ranches and second homes throughout Missouri, including established businesses for sale as turn-key operations; strategic consulting to individuals and corporations on real estate matters; and new business development for potential major corporate financial clients.

Gillian attended University of Cambridge in England, and earned her Master of Arts in English Literature. She also attended University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and earned a Master of Management, Business, Economics, Law (M.B.A. equivalent). Her professional and community affiliations in South Africa include working as a delegate at the South African leaders’ visit to the US Congress, the US Senate and the World Bank in 1992 and she is Co-Founder of Women’s Development Banking (micro lending) with Mrs. Zanele Mbeki.

Gillian considers the single most important thing she has done in her life was to be a delegate to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa where she worked with national leaders including President Nelson Mandela. Over a period of two years, she was one of several hundred national delegates to negotiate a new constitution for South Africa and to set up structures to manage South Africa’s transition from an apartheid state to a democracy.

Since coming to St. Louis, Gillian has become an active member in the community. She was a founding board member of the City Museum and Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. She also served as a board member of the Library Associates of Saint Louis University Libraries and was President of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Greater St. Louis. In addition to her real estate work Gillian has been a business owner, worked professionally in nonprofit fundraising and has been a personal coach.

Tina Rafael


Co-Owner, Rafco Properties, Inc

As a Partner and Senior Vice President at Rafco Properties, Tina runs the day-to-day business operations of the company. In that role she plays an integral part in managing, developing, and maintaining our team of professionals—all of the business unit managers, engineers, technicians, and office personnel-over 70 employees. During her tenure with Rafco, Tina has accumulated over 12 years of experience in real estate management and earned her designation as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) professional association. Rafco Properties proactively manages premium commercial office, retail and residential properties with over 2,700,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, including Centene Plaza in Clayton along with 31 elite residential communities with over 1,300 units.

Tina is very interested in helping to solve some of today’s educational issues. Tina holds a BA in Education and Sociology from Lake Forest College and an MA in Educational Studiesfrom St. Louis University. Previous to joining Rafco, she taught in Chicago Public Schools for 2 years and then at The Churchill School for 4 years. Tina is very active at her children’s school currently, and serves on the Board of Directors. Given her strong passion for education, she’s involved as well with several local non-profits including Ready Readers, Youth in Need, and Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri.

Eleanor A. Maynard

Law Office of Eleanor A. Maynard, Founding Member

Eleanor A. Maynard is the founder of Law Office of Eleanor A. Maynard, LLC.  After some twenty-five years of practicing commercial litigation, Maynard now limits her law practice to general corporate law, not-for-profit, and transactional intellectual property.  She is currently outside counsel to numerous not-for-profit organizations, advising and counseling on matters such as organization and start-up of corporate entity, protection of intellectual property assets, application to the IRS for recognition of tax exempt status, general corporate and contractual work, fundraising, governance, record-keeping and reporting issues, and all aspects of maintaining tax exempt status.

In her previous positions as a partner with some of St. Louis’ premier law firms, she was responsible for all aspects of cases involving intellectual property issues including Lanham Act and trade secrets; trademark infringement; unfair trade practices; domain name disputes; copyright infringement; patent infringement; as well as commercial breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; shareholders’ derivative rights, antitrust, consumer and pharmaceutical products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, toxic tort, breach of contract/franchise law, tax litigation, antitrust, and environmental law.

Maynard earned her law degree from St. Louis University Law School and her bachelor’s degree from  the University of Missouri.  She is a long-time member of  the Board of Directors, Franklin County Humane Society and has served on the boards of the St. Louis Charity Horse Show, Let Voters Decide, and New Jobs Through Tax Reform.

David Schmid

Institutional Services Group at Regions Morgan Keegan, Vice President

David works with Regions Morgan Keegan as Vice President in charge of the Institutional Services Group.  Prior to that, Dave was a senior institutional business development representative for The Commerce Trust Company.  Prior to joining Commerce Trust, he sold financial information products to large institutions and broker dealers for Reuters, Inc and Bridge Information Systems.  David also served in key institutional business development roles for Wunderlich Research Partners, and G.A. Sullivan, Inc. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University in 1986.  He serves on the board of University City Children’s Center, is a graduate of the 2010 Focus St. Louis Leadership St. Louis program, a member of the Southern Methodist University St. Louis Campaign Steering Committee, a member of the Charter School Task Force for Focus St. Louis and serves as an usher at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Dave has two children, Teddy (12) and Mollie (10) and resides in Creve Coeur, MO. He enjoys running, reading, watching kids sporting events, networking and singing in a band.

Carolyn Cash

Cash Financial Group, Inc., President

Carolyn Cash is the owner and founder of Cash Financial Group, Inc., a financial planning firm in Chesterfield, Missouri. Carolyn has been a financial advisor for over 30 years and has served as a Champion Circle member for the broker dealer for the past 10 years.

She has served on the Management Advisory Council and the Women’s Advisory Board for SagePoint Financial, Inc. In the community, she has been an active member of the Civic Entrepreneur Organization, ALIVE, and is currently on the board of the Good Shepard School and CEAM. She enjoys golf and tennis in addition to traveling with her husband, Ted.