Board of Directors

Ray Piontek

Ray Piontek

Executive Director

Ray’s personal philosophy in founding BAFB has been to help promote hope, dignity, and stability for veterans and families in need in the community. Over the last 4 years, the charitable organization has grown to providing all the furniture essential for an individual or family transitioning from homelessness. As a seasoned Marketing and Business Development executive, he has 25+ years of proven success with responsibility for growth strategy and P&L responsibility. Ray worked at Xerox and Apple for 13 years each and has also held senior sales management positions with Autodesk, Diversified Software, and Hilti.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College. In addition to his business career, Ray served for 27 years in the U.S.Navy as a Naval Aviator while also holding senior positions of Command.

Renée Barnstone

Renée Barnstone

CPA

Renée is a visionary and strategic business leader who partners with Investors, Boards and Executive teams to create and drive shareholder value, optimize performance and inspire high growth in companies ranging from early-stage privately-held firms to multi-billion-dollar global public conglomerates. She works across all disciplines to help foster and deliver meaningful and quantifiable results. Renée’s has diverse global experience in CFO and COO roles. She is a strong communicator with a broad motivational reach to insure customer-focused solutions.

Renee has extensive experience within the non-for-profit world as a volunteer and mentor.

Richard Gross

Richard Gross

Richard has extensive experience in business development, strategy, marketing and operations. He is an investor and advisor of numerous startups. He has an extensive track record co-founding, leading and growing software, fintech, social engagement, and data analytics businesses; developing and managing strategy through to execution; and developing senior staff. He has also been a management consultant and economic analyst at KPMG, Standard & Poor’s, ICF and Reuters. Richard has also served on the boards of several other non-profit organizations.

Public policy expertise includes economic and community development, economic competitiveness, infrastructure, energy, regulations and community reinvestment. In addition to being a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University, Richard also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University.

Bob Daw

Bob Daw

Bob brings many years of global senior leadership experience in technology sales and operations for large and small technology companies including Medallia, Oracle, BEA Systems, Apple, and IBM. He and his family have been residents of Santa Clara County for over 20 years after relocating from Toronto, Canada.

With over two decades of international senior leadership experience in enterprise sales and sales operations in technology companies, Bob consistently delivers strong results through customer focus, personal integrity, strategic planning, urgency of execution, stakeholder collaboration and transparency, and developing and leveraging talent.

Dave Hengehold

Dave Hengehold

Owner, Hengehold Truck Company

A Principal at Hengehold Trucks, a family operated business since 1948 which has the largest selection of pre-owned commercial vehicles in Northern California. Under Dave’s guidance, the company has consistently maintained a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating.