Steven Tuttleman is a co-founding partner of Blue 9 Capital, a single-family office that has a long history of investing in early stage private companies and helping them grow. Since 1984, he has directed and managed numerous acquisitions and financings for Blue 9 and affiliated investment groups. Steve has served on the board of most every Blue 9 investment, past and present, including Hirtle Callaghan & Co., Running Subway Productions, Discovery Times Square, Five Below, Ebonite International, Performance Bicycle, Icon Health and Fitness, Ginsey Industries and Evenstar Productions. Steve presently serves on the advisory boards of LLR Equity and the Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and is president of the Tuttleman Foundation. Steve previously served as Board President of Insight Meditation Society and on the school committee of Friends Seminary. Steve is a graduate of New York University’s Law School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in New York City with his wife and 2 daughters.
Vice Board Chair
With a family history deeply rooted in operating successful business entities, David Z. Tuttleman has excelled for more than 35 years across a variety of industries, including apparel, consumer goods manufacturing, food & beverage, philanthropic efforts and more.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area David worked in apparel production for his family’s business. The company started as Corner House, a chain of 1970’s discount stores only to grow into what became the Limited’s worldwide resource—MAST Industries.
At MAST Industries, David was by his father Stanley’s side as they developed production offices across the world—from Sri Lanka to Seoul, New Delhi to Hong Kong and beyond. Their efforts launched the immense growth of the Limited brands and helped create the fastest growing apparel company in history.
In the early 90’s David worked to create a retail chain called Midshipman, a private label clothing company where he spearheaded a team of dedicated designers and merchants. He then used the knowledge gained to build Frugal Fannies—a chain of women’s only, weekend warehouse stores. David and his partner grew the retail chain to six stores and $80,000,000 in sales.
In 1995, David decided to shift his focus to a different industry—hospitality. Utilizing the knowledge he garnered over the years he launched Kahunaville, a tropical oasis combining dining with entertainment and a nightclub-like atmosphere. The success of the first location spurred growth by way of 15 themed restaurants in the United States and Asia. The popularly themed bar and restaurant found itself a home at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, and thus began David’s commitment to providing job opportunities in the Southern Nevada community.
In 2006, David lost his father to bone cancer and then just a few years later he lost his older sister to brain cancer.
These experiences left a mark upon him— one that challenged him to become involved in healthcare. In particular, watching his sister lose all connection to the world she once thrived in while witnessing the inability for traditional medicines to help her sparked David’s interest in medical marijuana. He was fascinated as he watched his sister’s legal use of medical marijuana allow her to find joy in her final days.
This experience led David to create Matrix NV, which is now a fully licensed and operational medical marijuana growing and processing company located in North Las Vegas. As CEO of Matrix NV, David oversees every aspect of the company. Not only was David intimately involved in all phases of construction of the state of the art 26,000 square foot facility, he has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the business, from process flow in cultivation, security, inventory controls, compliance, packaging design and marketing.
In addition, to his business interests, David is a Trustee of the Tuttleman Foundation, and through his leadership, the Tuttleman Foundation has supported several Pennsylvania based initiatives, including, but not limited to the following; The Franklin Institute, MANNA, University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative, West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, YWCA of Chester Pennsylvania, Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Maternity Care Coalition, Lutheran Settlement House, Jewish Family Children Services, Prevention Point Philadelphia, Philadelphia Youth Tennis, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, and Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Currently, David resides in Wilmington, DE and spends his free time with wife Kristine and his four children.
Jan Tuttleman, PhD, MBA
On a pair of skis, Jan Shanis Tuttleman could conquer almost anything. But when brain cancer slowly began to strip away her motor skills, Jan suddenly became a novice on the slopes.
Her indomitable spirit wouldn’t let the cancer beat her.
“She had been an expert skier, but when she began to lose that ability, who but Jan would hire an instructor and start all over again on the bunny slopes?” said Emily Einhorn, a close friend and frequent travel companion.
The story captures the way Jan lived her life — with determination, a positive attitude and an appetite for adventure.
She brought that spirit to every endeavor, devoting herself passionately to her work, family, friendships, and philanthropy – even the fight against the disease that would eventually claim her life. Dubbing herself “The Brain Warrior,” Jan’s positive attitude and strength throughout treatment was an inspiration to those around her.
“She constantly surprised me in that she never lost her enjoyment and excitement for making a difference in the world, and just enjoying everything about life,” said Ms. Einhorn.
Jan died at her home in La Jolla, CA on October 29th after an extended battle with brain cancer. She was 56.
Throughout her life, Jan demonstrated the same fearless optimism and unflagging generosity. She was born in Bala-Cynwyd, PA a suburb of Philadelphia, to Edna and Stanley Tuttleman, noted philanthropists.
Jan earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to San Francisco, where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow for Nobel Prize winner Dr. Harold Varmus. In 1990, she moved to San Diego when her husband, Dr. Michael Kriegler, became head of the molecular biology division of a biotech company in La Jolla. After Dr. Kriegler’s sudden death at the age of 41, Jan raised her two daughters, Sophie and Emma, as a single mom, all while continuing to make tremendous contributions to the community through her philanthropic efforts. She served numerous nonprofit boards of directors, including in leadership positions and heading capital campaigns.
“She never bragged, she just did,” said Ms. Einhorn. “She saw a need and realized her ability to effect change.”
In 2006, Jan added to her impressive academic credentials by earning an MBA as part of the inaugural graduating class of the UCSD’s Rady School of Management. She later helped establish a gift campaign to advance the school’s development and in 2012 was awarded the UCSD “Distinguished Leadership” Alumna Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the university.
“Jan was never one to just write a check and call it a day,” said Jeri Rubin, a fellow Rady student who worked on the inaugural gift campaign with Jan. “She would roll up her sleeves and jump wholeheartedly into any endeavor, wherever she saw a need. She really was the embodiment of compassion and support.”
As a reflection of her deep Jewish faith and devotion to her two daughters, Jan was particularly involved in issues affecting women and children and in serving the Jewish community. She helped found the San Diego Jewish Women’s Foundation and Women Give San Diego, organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women.
Stories of Jan’s altruism abound, but she was equally devoted to her family, including her husband, Craig Lambert, and daughters, Sophie and Emma. “This experience with cancer has enabled me to appreciate my family and feel closer to them in ways I wouldn’t have expected to feel,” Jan said in post on her Brain Warrior blog, which she maintained during her battle with cancer.
“She supported people – family, friends, strangers,” said her brother Steve Tuttleman. “So many times in the past few weeks, people have come up to me and said, ‘Jan was a mentor and inspiration to me.’’
In a 2010 interview with the La Jolla Light, Jan said, “I am inspired by people who, when given an opportunity, will rise out of difficult and challenging situations.” Jan was that person, and will always be remembered as one who lived life to its fullest, even to the end.
Stanley C. Tuttleman, Founder
Stanley C. Tuttleman was a man with the Midas touch who made a fortune manufacturing clothing and then gave away millions to causes throughout Philadelphia.
Mr. Tuttleman’s philanthropy is legendary. He funded, among others, the Tuttleman Contemporary Art Gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Franklin Institute’s Tuttleman Omniverse Theater; the Tuttleman Library at Gratz College; the Tuttleman Chapel at Temple Adath Israel; the Tuttleman Imaging Center at Graduate Hospital; the Tuttleman Learning Center at Temple University and Philadelphia University; and the Tuttleman Sculpture Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
A 1936 graduate of Overbrook High School, Mr. Tuttleman earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1940 at the University of Chicago. He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Mr. Tuttleman saw action during World War II as a field artillery officer in North Africa and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was discharged in 1945. After the war, Mr. Tuttleman worked at the Wilson Bros. clothing manufacturing plant in Arthurdale, W.Va., until 1953.
He returned to Philadelphia and married Edna Shanis, who brought two children to the marriage, and the couple had three more children. They settled in Bala Cynwyd, PA until moving to Merion Station in 1982. Mr. Tuttleman founded Quakertown shirt manufacturers, where he employed 100 people to make shirts for the Hathaway label. In 1960, he opened his first store, the Corner House, which sold inexpensive women’s clothing. Within 10 years, he opened 14 more stores in the northeastern United States.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Tuttleman co-founded Mast Industries, which under his leadership became one of the world’s largest clothing manufacturers, with factories in nine countries. He sold it to the Limited in 1979 and remained with the company until 1983.
Mr. Tuttleman never retired. Instead, at the age of 70 he began biking hundreds and hundreds of miles with a group of demons who call themselves the AKs, after a Yiddish term for old-timers. They met every Sunday morning behind the Art Museum wearing bright red shirts and black shorts to begin a 100-mile trip.
Mr. Tuttleman claimed to be the oldest person to compete in the Assault on Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, the tallest mountain in the eastern United States. He rode a bicycle from border to border in Colorado’s Ride the Rockies three years in a row. He biked in Israel, Vienna and Prague. The AKs marked their 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays by donating benches with nameplates in Fairmount Park.
Stanley Tuttleman passed away in August 2006 at the age of 87. “When I first met Stanley in 1991, I felt that I was in the presence of a great man,” said Mark Solomon, founder of CMS, a financial-services firm. “He was the smartest man I ever met. This is a huge loss to Philadelphia – all you have to do is ride around the city and you can see his mark.”
Edna Shanis Tuttleman, Founder
Edna Tuttleman grew up in Chester and Philadelphia. Edna enrolled in Temple University and became Sophomore, Junior and Senior class president. No female had ever held the office of Temple class president until then. She graduated from Temple University during World War II, a time when many young Americans felt a call to national service. After working in the accounting department at RCA in Camden, Tuttleman enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), a newly formed branch of the Navy. She received officer’s training at Smith College in Massachusetts, eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant (junior grade), and was assigned to encode and decode secret communications at a naval base in Boston.
After the war, she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on the G.I. Bill. (A passionate art collector and supporter of young artists, Tuttleman later endowed the directorship of the academy.) Tuttleman then spent two decades running the design operations of Corner House, a ladies’ apparel manufacturing and retail firm launched by her husband, Stanley. The company was eventually sold to The Limited Stores. During those busy, productive years, Edna Tuttleman raised five children; Zev, Carol, Jan, Steven and David. She became the President of the Board of the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, and sat on numerous boards including ICA, the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts and Temple University. She has received many awards, honors and honorary degrees. She is an avid art collector of contemporary American art.
Although retired, Edna Tuttleman continued to shape the Philadelphia region through the generosity of her and her husband, the effects of which are inescapable: The Tuttleman Center at Philadelphia University, the Tuttleman Library at Gratz College, the Tuttleman IMAX Theater at the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Tuttleman Center at Graduate Hospital and the Edna Shanis Tuttleman Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art represent just a portion of their legacy. Tuttleman and her husband, Stan, are among Temple University’s most generous benefactors. Gifts from the Tuttleman Family Foundation have transformed Temple, making possible the construction of the Main Campus’ academic epicenter, the Tuttleman Learning Center, and the creation of Tuttleman Counseling Services at the Tuttleman Counseling Center, a place where students can discuss their emotional, educational and career concerns.