Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House – Dallas, TX
Great Investors’ Best Ideas Foundation (GIBI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 by John Neill and Frederick “Shad” Rowe. Having been friends and neighbors for over 20 years, John and Shad decided to create a premier investment event in Dallas to benefit causes they are passionate about, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation. The goal of the GIBI Investment Symposium is to enlighten, inspire and inform attendees while raising much-needed funds for two worthy causes.
The GIBI Investment Symposium is fortunate to have some of the world's most respected investors generously agree to donate their time and share their best investment ideas. This event is fully underwritten by its co-founders so that every dollar raised is donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation.
Due to the generosity of our loyal supporters, GIBI has donated over $8 million since its creation seven years ago.
John Neill became actively involved in the Vickery Meadow community when he and his business partner, Steve Rush, built Walnut Place Nursing Home across from Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in 1980. At the time, Vickery Meadow thrived with a population of young professionals. However, due to changes in housing laws and an economic downturn in Dallas real estate in 1986, a steady influx of low-income families began moving to the area. The population grew to more than 50,000 residents within a three-mile radius. Unfortunately, the infrastructure of Vickery Meadow was not designed to accommodate this population increase, nor did it provide the basic services needed by these new families. In 1993, John joined with other Vickery Meadow property owners to form the Vickery Meadow Improvement District (VMID), with a goal of providing critical social and safety services for Vickery Meadow’s residents. Since formation, VMID and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation (VMYDF) have been catalysts for uniting the public, private, and social agencies now serving Vickery Meadow.
VMYDF’s youth development programs focus on academics, sports, character development, and early childhood development for children living in Vickery Meadow. Summer camps, after-school activities, and junior college scholarships are also funded by the Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to bridge the gap of inequality for these children, born into poverty, and help them develop to their full potential.
John Neill co-founded Telesis Company in 1969 with Steve Rush, whom he met at Harvard Business School while obtaining his MBA. Telesis provides the Dallas metroplex with senior housing care (including retirement apartments, assisted living facilities, nursing care, and Alzheimer care units). John received his undergraduate degree from Yale, and obtained his M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School. Both John and Steve continue to be personally involved in the daily operations of Telesis. John lives in Dallas with Barbara, his wife of 41 years. They have three grown children. By donating time and resources, John’s family plays an integral role in helping Vickery Meadow’s youth achieve a higher quality of life and a future filled with hope.
In 1985, Mr. Rowe founded Greenbrier Partners, Ltd., a private partnership which invests in publicly-traded securities. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1998 and happily admits that his interest in finding a cure is self-serving.
Mr. Rowe is currently a board member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, president of the Investors for Director Accountability Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, serves on the Investment Committee of Texas Health Resources, and is a former chair of the Texas Pension Review Board. Mr. Rowe’s articles have appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, The American Banker, Southpoint, Texas Monthly, D Magazine and Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Markets, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and on CNBC and Bloomberg Television.
Mr. Rowe received a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Frederick "Shad" Rowe
Paige & Alex Brauer
Lauren Groenteman Conway
Susan & Marion Hicks
Hollee & Zac Hirzel
Barbara & John Neill
Liz & Eric Pitcher
Mary & Robert Potter
Michele & Shad Rowe
Sally & Bob Spurgin
1901 N. Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201