Bio as of Fall of 2006 when Awarded Acta Non Verba Award
A great athlete, and more importantly, a caring and compassionate man, George Hall and his faithful contributions have allowed the Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Department to give the midshipman athletes the equipment, travel and coaches they need to have a successful and rewarding experience at Kings Point.
An All-American diver for the Blue and Gray, Hall is a supportive alum to the swimming and diving program and continually assists with upgrades in O’Hara Pool, specifically the diving well. He has personally purchased new diving boards and assisted the department financially with the addition of new diving platforms. His generosity continued when he bought all the divers robes to wear during competitions to stay warm.
He remains extremely active in the annual New York Blue and Gray Golf Classic, which his company sponsored in 2000. An annual attendee, Hall is also a dedicated fundraiser, who regularly purchases multiple foursomes and bids heavily during the event’s live and silent auctions. For the awards ceremony, Hall donates cocktail cruises on his 115 ft. Benetti Yacht, and in recent years it has become tradition to offer multiple cruises between several motivated bidders!
Hall is president, founder and majority shareholder of Clinton Group, Inc., a registered investment advisor that manages approximately $6.6 billion in capital. Before founding the company in 1991, he was a Vice President at Greenwich Capital Markets, Inc., a leading primary dealer and mortgage securities broker-dealer. He also directed mortgage securities trading at Citicorp Investment Bank and spent two years working as a nuclear engineer for the Tenneco Corporation.
In addition to managing the Clinton Group, Hall has taken an active role in philanthropic causes, contributing significant sums to health care, educational and cultural organizations. He is a member of the Board of the New York University School of Medicine Foundation, where his initiative created the Head and Neck Cancer Research Laboratory, as well as the endowment of a chair for its Department of Otolaryngology. Hall is a major benefactor of the school’s Cochlear Implant Program, and an active member of the Board of NYU’s renowned Child Study Center. He has been awarded the university’s prestigious Sir Harold Acton Medal in recognition of his philanthropic efforts.
In 2002, he established The George E. Hall Childhood Diabetes Foundation, after his eldest niece was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 6. In her honor, Hall endowed a chair for the Emma Elizabeth Sullivan Professorship of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He also provided the funding for the construction of the new pediatric diabetes facility at the medical school.
In New Jersey, Hall is a significant supporter of the Monmouth County Unit of the American Cancer Society, and he has hosted numerous fundraising events on its behalf at his home. Further, he personally devotes his time and energy to improve the quality of life for children stricken with the disease by opening his home for an annual summer event for cancer patients in Monmouth County and their families. He also is active in fundraising for the New Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Culturally, Hall shares a passion for music. In 2002, he sponsored an international tour of the Cleveland Orchestra. Additionally, he provided the financial support for the U.S. tour of the Czech Philharmonic on a limited engagement to unveil its powerful program about arts under a totalitarian regime. This program made its American debut at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Hall also established the Hall Institute of Public Policy to serve as a leading forum for academic research, creative ideas and constructive debate on statewide issues.
Hall is a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a strong supporter of both institutions, and he has been named a Joseph Wharton Club Honoree. In addition, he is the founder of the Hall Family Scholarship at Chaminade High School in Mineola, Long Island, where he graduated in 1978. Hall has taught at the Columbia University School of Business and serves on the Board of the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.