(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony Board of Trustees is proud to welcome its new Board Chair and four new members, who were all voted to their posts during the Board’s annual meeting today. 

Barry Beracha is the new Board Chair of the St. Louis Symphony Board of Trustees.  Beracha succeeds Ned Lemkemeier in the role for a two-year term.  Beracha held senior management positions at Anheuser Busch and served as the Chairman/CEO of The Earthgrains Co. before it sold to Sara Lee Corp.  Beracha retired from Sara Lee as Executive Vice-President and CEO in June of 2003.  Beracha has served on the St. Louis Symphony Board of Trustees since 2005 and also serves on the boards of the Hertz Corp., St. Louis University (where he previously served as Chair) and Bravo! Vail.  Beracha has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pratt Institute and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

James G. Forsyth III, CEO, Moto, Inc.

James Forsyth is CEO of Moto, Inc., which operates the MotoMart chain of gas stations and convenience stores. He is also president and CEO of two other family-owned businesses:  Forsyth Carterville Coal Company and Missouri Real Estate. He serves on the boards of the Show-Me Institute and Commerce Bank of Saint Louis.  He has served on the boards of Webster University, St. Luke's Hospital and Forsyth School. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

Gayle P. W. Jackson, Ph.D. President, Energy Global, Inc.

Dr. Jackson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Global Inc. since 2004. She has more than 35 years of international energy industry experience including fuel production, transport, trading, marketing and emerging energy technologies.  She currently serves as a director on the boards of Ameren and Atlas Pipeline Partners and on the Strategic Advisory Boards of London-based Climate Change Capital's private equity group and New York-based NewWorld Capital.   Previously, she served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and was Deputy Chairman from 2003-2005. Her many current and previous non-profit board positions include Trustee at Smith College, Webster University and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, where she is immediate past Chair. Dr. Jackson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University and graduated cum laude from Smith College.

Cheryl Tanner Holman, Community Volunteer

Cheryl Tanner Holman is a former management consultant and executive with more than 20 years experience providing expertise in work place redesign, organization restructuring and transition management.  In 1996, Holman left the corporate world and moved to St. Louis, where she became active in her new community.  She serves on the board of COCA, and has served on the boards of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, the Gateway “I Have A Dream” Foundation, the President’s Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis and the Missouri Historical Society.  Holman holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Education from Kent State University, an MBA from Case Western University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and is currently a doctoral student in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History at Washington University.

J.-J . Landers Carnal, CFA,Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Carnal is the Chief Investment Officer for The Commerce Trust Company and President of Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc., the SEC registered advisor to The Commerce Funds mutual fund complex. Prior to joining Commerce in June 2000, Carnal was President and Chief Investment Officer of Boatmen’s Capital Management, Inc., a subsidiary of Bank of America. He had also served as Co-Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the former Boatmen’s Trust Company.  Carnal has more 30 years of professional investment experience. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a past president of the St. Louis Society of Financial Analysts. Carnal is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.