Board of Directors
Gary Westling, Cal State-Long Beach ’83
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Westling pledged and was initiated to the California Lambda chapter at California State University at Long Beach in the spring of 1980. As an undergraduate, he served his chapter as Eminent Chronicler, Eminent Herald and Province Chi Undergraduate Representative.
As an alumnus, Westling has served the Fraternity in a variety of positions, including Province Chi and Province Chi-Alpha Archon, Province Chi-Alpha Deputy Archon, Province Chi Recorder, member of the Greater Long Beach Alumni Association, California Lambda Chapter Adviser and Chairman of the Council of Province Archons for the past three years. He is the recipient of the Merit Key and Order of Minerva Awards and was recognized by the Supreme Council as the 2011 Province Archon of the Year.
Westling earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management at the School of Engineering at Cal State-Long Beach in 1983. He has more than 30 years of experience in the development and construction industries, a skill-set he believes will assist the Financial & Housing Corporation board with its unique challenges in managing the construction of fraternity housing. For the last eight years, he has been responsible for the development and construction of multi-family projects throughout California, including condominium/apartment complexes, high-rise buildings and senior-citizen facilities. Westling is currently employed by Western National Contractors as a Project Manager for the Irvine Company in Marina Del Rey.
Westling has dedicated more than 25 years as an alumnus volunteer at Long Beach City College, serving as president and member of its Athletic Foundation for 14 years, and has served as chairman of the Bond Citizen Oversight Committee, assisting with a $740-million budget for the restoration of two campus facilities in Long Beach. He is a Governor of LBCC, where he raises money for the student’s education and scholarship programs.
Westling resides in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Stacey, and son, Trent, who is also a brother. He is an avid fisherman and water-skiing enthusiast and enjoys the outdoors.
Thomas L. Hodges, Arkansas ’64
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Hodges pledged Arkansas Alpha Upsilon at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1960, and was initiated in the spring of 1961. He earned a B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.
Hodges founded The Hodges Firm in 1970, a regional company offering services in city planning and civil engineering. The Hodges Firm, which was sold in 1980 grew to 55 employees and was active in five states.
In 1975, Hodges began to develop large scale real estate projects. Since that time, he has developed, built, and managed over 2000 apartments, 400 condominiums, several office buildings and retail strips. He developed Otter Creek, a 560 acre residential community in Little Rock. He has also developed residential communities in Dallas, Austin, Nashville, and Atlanta.
Since 1994, he has been focused on commercial development and brokerage. Currently, he is developing Gateway Town Center, a 179 acre commercial mixed use complex in Little Rock. Gateway anchors include Bass Pro Shop, The Outlets of Little Rock and Dave & Busters.
Hodges has long been active as a chapter advisor for Texas Delta and Arkansas Alpha Upsilon. He was a member of the alumni commission formed in 1990 at Texas Delta (SMU), and was responsible for renovation of the common area in the house during the summer of 1991. He became a member of the House Corporation Board at Arkansas in 2002 and was chairman of the house renovation project completed in 2004. He is currently President of the House Corporation Board at Arkansas and Chairman of the fund raising campaign supporting an 8000 square foot expansion of the chapter house.
Over the years, Hodges has received the True Gentleman Award, the J. Guy Belew SAE Alumni Memorial Award, and the Order of Minerva Award from the Fraternity.
Ryan pledged and was initiated into the Kansas Gamma chapter at Wichita State University on February 6, 1997. As an undergraduate, he served his chapter as Eminent Recorder, House Manager, and two term Eminent Treasurer.
As an alumnus, Ryan has served the fraternity in a number of diverse roles. Ryan has served as a ten year House Corporation treasurer for the Kansas Gamma house, as well as its president in 2010. Ryan has served Province Zeta as its Senior Deputy Archon as well as a three term stint as Province Zeta Archon. Ryan has also served Province Sigma as its treasurer since 2011. Ryan’s service to the National fraternity includes chairing the Finance and Audit committee from 2013-2015. Ryan is a recipient of the Merit Key, Order of Minerva and Order of the Lion awards.
Ryan Martin is Manager of Facilities Business Planning & Support for Bell Helicopter, where he leads the real estate/business & economic incentives practice, facilities construction contracting, and energy management processes company wide. Ryan also manages the leasing and construction of Bell Helicopter’s sales office locations across the world.
Ryan holds a Master’s of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Wichita State University. Ryan’s other volunteer pursuits include serving as a member of the Economic Development Board of the City of Keller, Texas, and also active participation as a member of the Golden Triangle Rotary Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan lives in Keller, Texas with his wife, Romy, and their four children.
Gary L. Garnand, Idaho ’70
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Garnand pledged and was initiated into Idaho Alpha at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1965. As an undergraduate he served as Eminent Chronicler, Eminent Recorder, and Eminent Deputy Archon. In addition, he was Pledge Educator, Alumni chairman, and chairman of the 50th Anniversary of Idaho Alpha. He served on the initiation team with then ESA Paul B. Jacob and introduced our guest Rudy Valle (Maine Alpha) at the gala celebration. On campus he was on the IFC communications team and the IFC recruiting team.
Garnand graduated in the spring of 1970 with a degree in Marketing Management and went to work for Chef Reddy Foods, a potato processor.
In 1971, he founded Garnand Marketing, a fresh produce brokerage firm and in 1981 founded The Northwest Connection, a national refrigerated trucking company. Today he is the managing partner of both firms and still active in the day to day operations of the business. In addition, he has founded a community bank and served as both its vice chairman and chairman. He has also been involved in real estate development.
On the National Fraternity level, Garnand was the official chapter delegate to both the 1968 Leadership School and the 1969 San Francisco Convention. He has attended six national conventions and was the chairman of the Alumni Services committee for four years for the National Fraternity and was charged with creating the program and bringing it to the convention for ratification. He served Province Phi as Archon three times and has served on the SAE Foundation Board as well. He is currently the secretary of the F& H Board. In addition, he is the president of Zeta Chi Alpha Trust Company that is the house corporation for Idaho Alpha. He is also on the leadership team for Idaho Alpha’s alumni commission.
He holds the Order of the Phoenix, the Order of the Lion, and the Merit Key as well as other certificates and recognitions and is a Rudolph member of the SAE Foundation. He was the first Founder member of Idaho Alpha. He was the creator and chief fundraiser for the Viet Nam memorial in the Levere Memorial Temple. It was in honor of all the brothers that served in Viet Nam and was in the likeness of Past ESA Clark Houston.
Garnand has received awards for outstanding service from the local Vandal Boosters (University of Idaho’s Athletic fundraising program) and the National Vandal Boosters. He served on the University of Idaho’s College of Business Advisory Board for 19 years and was on one Dean’s search team for the College. He has a scholarship in the College of Business for brothers at Idaho Alpha. He is a member of the Silver and Gold Society for the University of Idaho Foundation. He’s been president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club and the chairman of the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency. He is the chairman of the Bowers Foundation, a local scholarship program, for the local Masons.
Garnand lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with his wife Lori who is the department chair for IT at the College of Southern Idaho.
Boyd pledged Mississippi Theta at Mississippi State University in the fall of 1961 and was initiated on September 17, 1961. In his undergraduate years, he served his chapter as Pledge Educator, Eminent Deputy Archon and Eminent Archon. He also served in many leadership positions on campus, such as president of the Student Association Judicial Council. On a national level, Boyd was the delegate to the 1963 Chicago Convention and made one of the nominating speeches for Past ESA Paul Jacob.
Boyd earned a B.S in engineering and a B.S. in business at Mississippi State University. Following graduation he joined IBM Corporation and was employed there for 34 years. He held positions in sales, marketing, development and manufacturing and retired in Atlanta as an executive in the newly established consulting division. He held professional-services executive positions in several small internet-software companies and is currently Chief Operating Officer in a small management consulting firm in Atlanta.
Boyd serves as chairman of the board of the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association, having been president for several terms. During his tenure, the association has been consistently recognized as one of the top area associations in the Realm. He is a long-time adviser for Georgia Phi at Georgia Tech, is a past Province Epsilon-Alpha Archon, and serves on the MS Theta House Corporation.
Boyd is a Nippert Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He has received several Certificates of Appreciation, the Order of the Lion in 1999 and the Merit Key in 2001. He received the Distinguished Service Award during the Fraternity’s sesquicentennial celebration on the steps of the Mother Mu chapter house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in March 2006. Boyd lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Dr. Beverly Y. Langford.
Ex-Officio Director (Eminent Supreme Recorder)
F. Michael Sophir, Nebraska ’85
During his undergraduate tenure at Nebraska Lambda-Pi, Sophir served in numerous positions, including Eminent Deputy Archon, Recruitment Chairman and IFC Recruitment Chairman and was awarded Greek Man of the Year. As a member of the chapter, he co-founded Do It Sober, a campus- and community-based alcohol-awareness program that remains an SAE initiative today. He also served as an undergraduate member of the 50th Anniversary Leadership School Planning Committee. Sophir graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and with minors in history, English, speech and Portuguese.
Sophir first joined the Fraternity Service Center staff in 1986 as an Educational and Leadership Consultant. He was then promoted to Assistant Director of Chapter Development and, in 1989, to Director of Chapter Development, where he supervised all field staff, chapter operations and the supporting volunteer programs. He left staff in 1992 and has been focused on marketing, communications, strategic planning and fundraising development in his career for the past 25 years.
In addition, Sophir has worked for and has had significant roles on both the agency and client side of business in for-profit and non-profit ventures. He has worked with major retailers, airlines, packaged goods, software and music artists as well as with major healthcare providers, education and advocacy organizations.