Fran Muracca is a partner at Jones Day, a leading global law firm which provides significant legal representation for Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500 and FT Global 500 companies. Fran's practice centers on advising affluent family offices and middle market privately held business owners on a range of entity structure, transaction, tax, and integrated succession and governance planning, including maximizing wealth through liquidity initiatives.
In addition to his tax and business succession counseling, Fran represents clients in federal tax controversies at the administrative dispute resolution level before the IRS and in litigation before the U.S. Tax Court. He has successfully defended regional and national private business owners against challenges raised by the IRS involving unreasonable compensation, the valuation of nonmarketable privately held business interests and sports franchises for wealth transfer tax purposes, constructive dividends, and tax motivated transactions. He also has defended professional firms on challenges raised by the IRS involving "intermediary tax shelter" transactions.
In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Sticks Foundation, Fran is a member of the national board of advisors for BNA Tax Management, a Director of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and founding board member of the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins organization, a USA disabled Hockey organization, and a 2017 Jefferson Awards Foundation recipient.
As the Chief Operating Officer for the Schneider Downs Private Family Office Group, Carol is responsible for ensuring prompt responsiveness from the Schneider Downs inter-disciplinary service team. Her practice is focused on providing customized, integrated solutions in the areas of estate, tax, wealth, philanthropic, and business succession planning for high net worth individuals and their families.
As a certified public accountant and attorney, Carol utilizes her varied background to assist her clients develop and achieve their personal and financial goals.
Carol is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Allegheny County Bar Association. Carol is a board member of Pittsburgh I.C.E. (Inclusiveness Creates Equality) and A Giving Heart, both organizations support programs for underserved children. She is also active with Austin’s Playroom Project and is a member of the Upper St. Clair School District Community Curriculum Committee. Carol formerly served as the Team Manager for the 2009 U14 Boys Pittsburgh Junior Penguins and the 2010 U14 Boys Pens Elite hockey teams.
Kimberly Slater-Wood is Manager of Municipal Relations and Outreach at ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority). Since joining ALCOSAN in 2015, she has served as the conduit between the Authority and its 83 customer municipalities, including the City of Pittsburgh, sharing pertinent information with municipal representatives and elected officials relating to regionalization and other ALCOSAN initiatives.
Prior to ALCOSAN, Kimberly worked eight years for the Pittsburgh Penguins. She joined the organization as Executive Assistant to David Morehouse, President and CEO and later appointed to Director of Outreach. During her tenure with the Penguins, she was integral in proposing the youth team name Pittsburgh I.C.E. (Inclusion Creates Equality) which was formerly, Hockey in the Hood. In her role as Director of Outreach, she represented the organization in deepening and broadening its brand in community outreach, corporate social responsibility and internal initiatives.
Kimberly has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management magna cum laude from Carlow University. In addition to pursuing her MBA in Business Administration at Carlow University School of Leadership and Social Change, she is also a candidate to receive a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
She is a member of the first cohort of Carnegie Mellon University Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women, conducted workshops for Coro Women in Leadership, served as a panelist at diversity conferences and is a former Pittsburgh Courier Woman of Excellence. Kimberly is a long time resident of Pittsburgh and resides in the Hill District at Crawford Square. She serves as board member of Hockey Sticks Together, ACH Clear Pathways and Chairperson of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of Western Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Kimberly is also a member of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals 3 Rivers Chapter.
Thomas Langston is the President and CEO of Keystone Hydrocarbon, a diversified petroleum company based in Pittsburgh, PA. Tom maintains an active role in a variety of volunteer capacities within the amateur hockey community in Pittsburgh. Mr. Langston received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of four children and live in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
Mike is the current Manager of Youth Hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Goalie Development Professional at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. He is a former goalie from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Mike is a former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goaltender with the Rimouski Oceanic and finished his playing career with four years at Acadia University. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Mike spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Acadia Axemen and the technical director for the Acadia Minor Hockey Association.
Cliff Benson is the chief development officer of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. His main duties include overseeing multiple initiatives for both franchises in the Buffalo and Western New York communities, along with overseeing HARBORCENTER and the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. Benson is also a member of the board of trustees at his alma matter, Pennsylvania State University.
In 2000, Benson, along with members of the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni, formed Hockey in the Hood. Founded with a grant from the National Hockey League's Diversity Task Force and assistance from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hockey in the Hood (now called Pittsburgh ICE) was one of 40 major diversity ice hockey programs throughout the United States and Canada with the goal of reaching underprivileged inner-city children by teaching them skating and ice hockey lessons.
Benson is passionate about serving the community and has been actively involved in charitable organizations for most of his career – primarily those that benefit inner-city children with limited opportunities. He is affiliated with Hasek’s Heroes, SABAH, Imani Christian Academy (Board Chair), the Buffalo Outer Harbor Development Committee and was named to the Penn State Board of Trustees in February 2014. Benson was privileged to make three trips to Haiti, bringing medical relief, following the 2010 earthquake.
Shea joined Waldron Private Wealth in 2015, and has been a valuable member of both the investment management and wealth planning teams. Currently, Shea is a wealth planner, and provides services across the numerous areas that impact our client’s financial lives, including investment management, income tax planning, estate planning, cash flow planning, charitable planning, risk and liability management and multigenerational wealth planning.
Prior to joining Waldron, Shea worked in the Family Office Services Department of Fidelity Investments, where he participated in trading and investing for Single Family Offices, Multi-Family Offices, and ultra-high net worth clients. Shea also had past experience at a major Wall Street firm.
Shea enjoys playing all sports, especially hockey, golf and tennis.