Jerry Zucker

Jerry Zucker died on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from brain cancer.  Zucker was survived by his wife Anita, who became the first female governor of the Hudson Bay Company in its 338 year history, and by his children Jonathan Zucker, Andrea Muzin, and Jeffrey Zucker.

Jerry Zucker
Chairman, President, and CEO
The InterTech Group, Inc.

Jerry Zucker was the chairman, president, and CEO and founder of The InterTech Group, Inc.; listed by Forbes (in the 2003 listing) as the thirty-eighth largest private company in the United States and by the South Carolina 100, as South Carolina’s second largest privately held company.  Mr. Zucker is also the Governor and CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company.  Over the past 35 years Mr. Zucker has served in R&D, engineering, marketing, and operations management positions at various levels.  He has over 350 invention disclosures that have resulted in numerous patents and commercially successful processes and products worldwide.  Mr. Zucker is Chairman Emeritus of the South Carolina Aquarium, Chair of the Jewish Studies Advisory Board of the College of Charleston, President of the Coastal Carolina Council – Boy Scouts of America, South Carolina Chair for the Anti Defamation League – Southeast Region, Co-Chair Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and is a member of the American Chemical Society, AMA, Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society and TAPPI, and serves on the boards of  MUSC Foundation for Research Development, Hotline of Charleston (now 211 for United Way), American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Hebrew Orphan Society, South Carolina Aquarium, Boy Scouts of America, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Regional CEO Council, Lowcountry Graduate Center, and Palmetto Partners for Science and Technology, among others.

The InterTech Group, Inc. and affiliates primarily consist of manufacturers of a wide variety of polymer and elastomer based products ranging from microporous membranes, to molded goods, to high temperature and cryogenic insulation products with operations in North America, Latin America, South America, Europe and the Far East.  The InterTech Group also has retail, financial services, and real estate operations and related holdings throughout North America.  The Hudson’s Bay Company, established in 1670, is Canada’s largest Department store retailer and oldest corporation.  The Company provides Canadians with the widest selection of goods and services available through numerous retail channels including more than 580 stores led by The Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters and Designer Depot chains.  Hudson’s Bay Company employs nearly 70,000 associates and has operations in every province in Canada.

Included in The InterTech Group’s holdings are Threshold Financial/Electronics and Versent, leaders in digital switching and gaming electronics.

Through privately-held Mid-Atlantic Investors, Mr. Zucker has placed and managed large-scale investments in numerous US-based banking and financial institutions, including the arrangement and merger of several banks and thrifts over the past decade.

Jerry Zucker Involvements

Current Board and Offices Held

•    Chairman of the SC Aquarium
•    Chair of College of Charleston Jewish Studies Advisory Board
State Chair – Anti-Defamation League
•    President of the Coastal Carolina Council – Boy Scouts of America
•    Hebrew Benevolent Society Board
•    Hebrew Orphan Society Board
•    Member of the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT)
•    Executive committee and board of The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Executive committee of AIPAC
Garrett Academy of Technology Electronics Technology Advisory Board
MUSC Foundation for Research and Development Board
Trident Technical College Electronics Engineering Technology Board
Member of The American Management Association
Member of the American Chemical Society
Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society (Business honor society) The College of Charleston
Tau Beta Pi-Engineering Honor Society-The Citadel
Business Advisory Council to the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation (Harry Lightsey, Chair)
Honorary co-chair Charleston Regional Development Alliance Campaign
Palmetto FIRST Board (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board
Regional Development Alliance Board
Regional CEO Council

Prior Board and Offices Held

President and longest standing board member of Hotline (crisis intervention for the tri-county area) over 20 years (Now United Way’s “211”)
•    President of Synagogue Emanu-El
•    President of the Charleston Jewish Federation (the United Way equivalent for the Jewish community)
•    Board member of The Trident United Way
•    Roper Hospital Board-four years
•    Member of the Cystic Fibrosis Regional Advisory Committee
Board member of Ashley Hall School
University of South Carolina Research Institute Board
Member of The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (electrical    engineering committee 1077-1995)
Member of the Technology Transition Team for South Carolina (steering committee April 2001)
Board member of MUSC Children’s Hospital

Awards received include, among others:

Doctor of Science, honoris causa, presented by the Medical University of South Carolina (May 2007)
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters presented by the College of Charleston (May 2007)
Free Enterprise Foundation Award for Ethics and Civic Responsibility (April 2007)
Best Philanthropists  – Best of Charleston, Charleston City Paper (March 2007)
Best Philanthropists – Best of Charleston, Charleston City Pager (March 2006)
Order of the Palmetto State of South Carolina – conferred by Governor Mark     Sanford (December 2003)
Light Unto the Nations Award presented by the Charleston Jewish Federation
May, 2001 (jointly received with his wife, Anita)
National Society of Fundraising Executive Philanthropy Day
Individual Award Winner-November 17, 1998
Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award –November 8, 1998
Beta Gamma Sigma – Business Honors Society – College of Charleston
Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honors Society  – Citadel
Boy Scouts of America Shofar Award – 1997
The Prime Minister’s Club Award of United Jewish Appeal-each of the past five     years through 1997
The Jerusalem Covenant Award – 1996
Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration presented by Johnson and Wales     University – 1996
Aaron Solomon Humanitarian Award – 1995
Lowcountry Volunteer of the Year – 1994
Volunteer Center of the Lowcountry – Golden Trustee – 1993
The 3M Perfect Vision Award – 1992
The Community Achievement Award – 1991

Established and funded Endowments or Scholarships for (among others):

College of Charleston
The Citadel
University of South Carolina NanoCenter
Trident Technical College
Charleston Southern University
Ashley Hall School
Porter Gaud School
Addlestone Hebrew Academy
Synagogue Emanu-El
Johnson and Wales University
Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue
Kahol Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue
Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (“ORT”)
Trident United Way
Youth Service Charleston
Carolina Youth Development Center
Neighborhoods Energized to Win
Jewish Community Center
The Holocaust Memorial (locally and nationally)
My Sister’s House
Charleston Interfaith Crisis Ministries
Jenkins Orphanage
Leukemia Society and Lymphoma Society
Israel Education Fellowship Fund

Major support also provided to, among others:

Charleston Museum (250 Anniversary)
Charleston County Library
Trident Technical College Learning Resources Center
The Spoleto festival
Piccolo Spoleto
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Habitat for Humanity
Gibbs Museum of Art
Charleston Artists Guild
Communities in Schools
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
Palmetto Pathway Homes
Operation Understanding Charleston
Hollings Cancer Center
American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge
American Heart Association-five mini defibrillators and more
Community Health Partners Web Site
Jewish Community Center
Intergenerational Arts Center
Youth Lounge
Gymnasium and Auditorium flooring
Cultural Arts programs
Peace Works
The Coastal Community Foundation
The Trident United Way
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Charleston Interfaith Crisis Ministries
The Jewish Endowment Fund
The Education Foundation
College of Charleston Jewish Studies Program and Building
Trident Technical College-Phase II of the Complex for Industrial and
Economic Development
•    The South Carolina Aquarium
•     Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital
University of South Carolina NanoCenter