Who We Are

Lea Emery

Managing Partner

 

Ms. Emery has a 20-year career in fine art and private wealth management.  She was Deputy and then Acting Director at the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Deputy Director at the Taft Museum of Art leading that institution through a major capital campaign, restructuring and ambitious design and construction project. Upon returning to US Bank after graduate school and 8 years at the Taft Museum, Ms. Emery became the Managing Director of Charitable Services, Private Client Group, US Bank, where her team served individuals with philanthropic intent and non-profit institutions throughout the country. Ms. Emery worked as a financial analyst at Christie’s during end of the 1980s art market boom and rejoined in 2012 as SVP, Business Director leading American Art, Latin American Art, Prints & Multiples, Books & Manuscripts, Photographs, and 20th Century Decorative Arts in the US.

After completing Christie's Management Development Program, she became Deputy International Commercial Director where she structured terms to secure the most coveted property for auction worldwide through guarantees, third-party guarantees, advances, enhanced hammer agreements and other profit sharing structures. Ms. Emery returned briefly to private wealth with the growing NYC office of Glenmede Wealth Management, an investment advisor that began as the family office of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Finally, Ms. Emery combined her experience in finance and art in art lending with Emigrant Bank Fine Art before joining a leading international fine art forensics firm, as its Consulting Director, US and founding Holly Tree Partners. She has a unique, well-rounded perspective on the portfolio value of art and luxury assets, understanding keenly how the tangible and intangible contribute. 

  • As MD, Charitable Services, Private Client Group at US Bank, she helped public and private foundations establish giving parameters, risk and endowment management strategies, branding, governance structures, mission/vision building, and served as the gatekeeper for several large private foundations. Ms. Emery also conceived and implemented mergers between foundations that were not efficient or sustainable on their own. Her previous experience as a portfolio manager, equity analyst and relationship manager at US Bank gave her the foundation to lead the Charitable Services Group.

  • Her work at the Taft Museum of Art (c. 1932, National Historic Landmark) required adapting the culture to raise public awareness, conducting a needs assessment among peer organizations, and implementing strategies to become a more integral part of the community in preparation for the Museum's first capital campaign. Ms. Emery lead fundraising and design/construction, but also developed the pro-forma post-expansion budget, double the previous budget size, and ensured that new programs and an appropriately expanded and equipped facility were in place to meet it.

  • For a three-month project at the Museum of Modern Art, Ms. Emery conceived and conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed expansion considering equally the financial, social and mission enhancing aspects of the project to make the argument. The City of New York awarded MoMA $65m based on the resulting grant, which clearly demonstrated MoMA's economic and cultural benefits to NYC - past, present and post-expansion.

  • Returning to Christie's as SVP, Business Director, Ms. Emery leveraged her knowledge of finance, operations and the parameters of the art market to analyze her operating position and make quick, easily implemented changes that increased net profit in her group by 25% in one year. She created new financial reporting on an existing P&L platform that recast the information so that her team could understand and use it more strategically. Underpinning this financial success was a thorough review of operational risk and major changes to shipping and storage, successful negotiation and closing of outstanding insurance claims and legal disputes, and leading the internal facilities team through simple adjustments to warehouse HVAC to secure a major upcoming consignment.

Ms. Emery earned a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Art History from Mount Holyoke College, a MBA from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and a MA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Reach Lea at lea@hollytreepartners.com or 914-500-5310.


Erin Rotolo

 Partner

Ms. Rotolo's 30-year career has focused on designing, developing, implementing and managing organizational development and talent development solutions for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller organizations. She has advised clients both as an external consultant (at Hewitt Associates) as well as internally (at Goldman Sachs and IBM). In these roles, she designed talent management and leadership development programs, including executive and pre-executive education, performance management, career development, succession planning, and organizational design solutions.

  • As an Organization Leadership Consultant at IBM, Ms. Rotolo lead IBM’s global program for identifying, developing and retaining the top one percent of the company’s executive potential talent. This program, a three year experience, was designed to include both classroom, blended and significant experiential learning. In that role, she worked closely with the program’s executive sponsors to design the program and their role in it. The program remains an integral component of IBM’s succession planning system.

  • As part of the team responsible for designing and delivering IBM’s executive education programs, Ms. Rotolo delivered IBM’s program for newly promoted executives. She also provided performance and leadership coaching to high potential executives (top 300 executives at IBM) through this program and other targeted development programs.

  • At Goldman Sachs, she co-led the staffing function for the global bank’s online wealth management service venture, reporting to the division’s Chief of Staff. In this role, she partnered with senior managers to develop a workforce planning strategy including targeted career paths, competency model, position profiles, and a sourcing and selection strategy. She also developed an internal job posting system with the central recruiting team.

  • Ms. Rotolo led the firm-wide management and leadership development curriculum for employees and managers at Goldman Sachs – focused on creating a development strategy tied to business goals, integrating the strategy with the firm’s competency model, and identifying key skill gaps and growth opportunities. She also built tools and training programs to strengthen the leadership skills of new managers, overseeing a global execution team.

  • At Goldman Sachs, she created training materials for the annual rollout of the performance management process including creation of a website to answer managers’ and employees’ questions regarding practices within their division. She also designed, developed, and managed delivery of global orientation programs for Goldman Sachs’ managing directors, vice presidents, and senior associates (200 executives) focused on firm history, culture, strategy, key capabilities and global client relationship management. She managed the team responsible for design, development and execution of the firm’s global analyst orientation (550 Analysts) and associate orientation (200 Associates) – coordinating with business leaders including the CEO to deliver content exploring firm’s key businesses, strategy, culture, diversity, leadership and business principles. In this role, she reduced costs for the analyst and associate orientation programs by over 90% from previous year (in excess of $1.5MM).

  • As an Organization Effectiveness Consultant at Hewitt, Ms. Rotolo developed competency models and performance management systems for the firm’s Fortune 500 clients. For example, she co-led the development of a training curriculum, designed instructional materials and delivered the training to approximately 75 senior managers at a premier business research organization. She also coached managers and their teams on implementation of the new program.

  • Also at Hewitt, she partnered with the HR leadership team of a Fortune 50 consumer products company to create a new vision for the cost-effective delivery of high-value HR services by assessing the current state of employee satisfaction, process efficiency, cost effectiveness and strategic fit. She led the creation of a new delivery strategy focused on a centralized service center, self-service tools and centers of expertise. In the process, she developed an implementation plan for the new service model that addressed change management issues, process redesign, employee training and career development.

Throughout her career, she has relied on her strengths in developing effective working relationships across all levels, designing and managing global projects from initial conception to implementation, applying strong decision-making skills and judgment, displaying flexibility and adaptability, and translating complex concepts into practical tools that business leaders can understand and use. Her experience has given her a unique perspective on aligning and leveraging organizational systems to maximize leadership and organizational performance.

Erin earned her MBA with distinction from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with a focus on Management and Organizational Behavior. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Psychology from Union College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class.

Reach Erin at erin@hollytreepartners.com.


June Sidwell Fenniman

Partner

Ms. Fenniman is an artist, illustrator, and designer who began her 37-year career in the graphic arts as a Commercial Artist with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co in its Wilmington, Delaware headquarters. She then worked for several design studios and advertising agencies including Barron Associates, Inc. and Reese, Tomases & Ellick, Inc. in Wilmington and The Edelman Group and Bowne Business Communications in New York City as Senior Art Director. The majority of her work during this period was for national banks, Fortune 500 consumer products and technology corporations.

She founded June Sidwell Fenniman Designs in New York in 1995 and began working with Lyons Marketing Communications as Creative Director to fashion-oriented clients including Fila, Inc., Italian Trade Commission, and Candies Shoes. Her portfolio evolved to include print, package design and in-store promotions.

Ms. Fenniman first worked with Ms. Wynne at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and Ms. Emery at the Neuberger Museum of Art on projects ranging from marketing and donor materials to comprehensive gala communications and even book publications.  Ms. Fenniman is currently working on a large format book to commemorate the renovations of a historic New York City landmark building on behalf of a client.  

Ms. Fenniman attended the University of Delaware for graphic design/fine art. She was the recipient of a two-year scholarship in fine arts from the Delaware Art Museum and studied graphic design, hand lettering, signage, and carpentry at the Philadelphia College of Art. She went on to participate in the University of Delaware's Continuing Education Program.

Reach June at junefennimandesign@gmail.com and view her samples of her art and design at junesidwellfennimandesign.com.


Ms. Wynne has a 30-year career in technology infrastructure and the organization of data to optimize and support organizational development with an expertise in database architecture and implementation. Early in her career she founded and managed a successful IT firm, Wynneworks, analyzing, developing, and implementing IT, web-based and database solutions for companies as diverse as Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Marsh & Mclennan.

Understanding that the foundation of any successful fundraising program is the organization's database and communications platforms, Ms. Wynne applied the principles of Wynneworks as the Director of Development and Marketing at Lawrence Community Health Services which included Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care, Bereavement Center of Westchester, Lawrence Home Care. In this capacity, she established a new fundraising database, new marketing and communications strategies, and published 25 Years of Caring, The Jansen Hospice Story with Ms. Fenniman as designer. 

Working with Ms. Emery at the Neuberger Museum of Art for two years as its Acting Director of Development, she was responsible for several high profile fundraising events and the analysis and restructuring of its fundraising database. Ms. Wynne is currently the Director of Operations & Administration for the Westchester End of Life Coalition, a growing healthcare advocacy non-profit in Bronxville.

Ms. Wynne has a BS in Computer Information Systems and an Associate Degree in Management from Bentley University.

Reach Tasha at tasha@hollytreepartners.com.

Tasha Wynne

Partner