Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Atlas Society Gets New CEO & Board

The Atlas Society (TAS), which has been on the hunt for a new leader, has announced that Aaron Day will be its new CEO.

Here is a a biography of Aaron Day:
Day has eighteen years of CEO and startup experience and has been a supporter of Objectivism for over 20 years. Day is chairman and CEO of Tangerine Wellness and was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Industry Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital firm. He served from 1995 to 2001 as Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Iconomy, an e-commerce ASP (acquired), where he was responsible for Iconomy's strategy and operations. Prior to Iconomy, Mr. Day helped implement a state of the art software system for the largest privately held managing general underwriter, Stop Loss International (acquired by UnitedHealth Group). Day is currently a member of the advisory committee for the X-Prize Foundation. The Boston Business Journal selected Day in 2004 as one of their 40 Under 40 leading business leaders and innovators. Day has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, Investors Business Daily, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and many other major media outlets. Day studied mathematics and economics at Duke University and biology at Harvard UES.

David Kelley, the founder of  The Atlas Society, will remain in his role as Chief Intellectual Officer.  Ed Crane, who recently stepped down as President of the Cato Institute, is on the Board of Advisors.

Here is a list of the new Board of Advisors at Atlas:

  • Ed Crane: President (Emeritus), Cato Institute
  • Steve Davis: Director of Advanced Projects, SpaceX
  • R. Paul Drake: Professor of Physics, University of Michigan
  • Marsha Enright: Founder,Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute
  • Jared Fuller: President, Market Aces
  • Stephen Hicks: Professor of Philosophy, Rockford College
  • Matt Holdridge: Partner, Exchange Marketing Group
  • David N. Mayer: Professor of Law and History, Capital University Law School
  • Alexander McCobin: President, Students for Liberty
  • Tom Palmer: Director, Special Projects, Atlas Economic Research Institute
  • David Ross: Professor of Mathematics, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • William Walsh: Founder, Heckle Sketch 

Here is TAS's description of itself:
Founded in 1991, The Atlas Society (TAS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington DC, develops and promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, individualism, achievement and freedom. Objectivism was founded by Ayn Rand (1905-1982), the author of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, The Virtue of Selfishness, and other works. As the founders of open Objectivism, TAS believes that the philosophy is a body of knowledge open to expansion and revision, through rational inquiry and open discussion and debate. The organization's programs reach a broad audience ranging from the general public to graduate students in philosophy.
The main telephone line to TAS shows how devoted the think tank is to Ayn Rand: 202-296-7263 (i.e., 202-Ayn-Rand).

The think tank is known for its annual Atlas Summit.