Suzanne Bock Grishman is a graduate of William Woods University with a BA and specialization in Legal Studies and Business Administration. Suzanne began her career in the legal field, managing law firms with a staff of up to 430 people. But her strongest sense of purpose came from serving others. Suzanne left the legal field and to pursue her heart’s passion for serving non-profits in 2001, she joined Philanthropy World Magazine where she worked with non-profits and philanthropists from around the world. For 14 years, Suzanne owned her own consulting firm, Interphil, where she served families, foundations, and non-profits with board development, governance, strategic planning, donor cultivation, marketing, public relations, and event management.
In 2014, Suzanne was called to serve as Interim Executive Director and Chief Development Officer at Hope’s Door, a domestic violence agency in North Texas. Her involvement with Mercury One began when Glenn Beck and his wife Tania served as honorary chairs for Hope’s Door’s gala. In 2016, Suzanne was called to run Mercury One as its Executive Director and fulfill the mission of Mercury One – to preserve the foundation and heritage of our nation through the American Journey Experience. Suzanne lives in Dallas with her husband Michael Grishman and has two bonus sons, Jonathan (28) and Eric (25).
Senior Fundraising Consultant
Ms Garvey is a development professional with more than thirty years experience in the nonprofit sector. She began her career at Southern Methodist University and was brought to the Dallas Museum of Art where the position of Director of Major Gifts was created for her. In an effort to expand her skill set, she accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Today Foundation where she raised scholarship funds and granted gifts to beneficiaries including Southern Methodist University, Museums and youth at risk. As the Director of Development for the Dallas Museum of Natural History and then as the Director of Individual and Foundation Giving at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science she and her team raised 185M with a 15% endowment to create an international destination to inspire and delight visitors seeking an educational museum experience. After the Perot was constructed, she accepted a position in Fort Worth TX as the Director of Major Gifts at the Recovery Resource Council. There she raised funds through two capital campaigns to relieve the debt on the RRC building and to build a Veterans Counseling Center. She is currently consulting for Mercury One Inc. to raise funds for Mercury’s American Journey Experience. Patti is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Patti enjoys travel, reading and spending time with her husband, two adult children and two grandchildren.
J. BEN CASEY
Senior Fundraising Council
Ben Casey, a Senior Associate of Lawson Associates, Inc., has over 45 years of experience in not for profit organization management and fundraising campaigns. He served as a YMCA professional for 35 years. He was President of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation to provide philanthropic support for the 5 not-for-profit Presbyterian Hospitals and Texas Health Resources (2001-2009).
Ben has been responsible for philanthropic campaigns that have raised over $300 million ($45.1 million in annual support, $196.9 million in capital gifts and $58 million in endowment funds). He has been blessed to represent the dreams, vision, mission and positive values of great organizations with generous community leaders, philanthropist, corporations and foundations.
Mr. Casey has been very active in the communities where he and his wife of 40 years have resided. Currently he is the past President of the 100-year-old Rotary Club of Dallas; secretary and past president of the City of Dallas Texas Horse Park; Vice Chairman of the City of Highland Village, Parks and Recreation Board; Chairman of the Dallas George Washington Society; member of the Dallas YMCA Century 2 Advisory Committee. His past involvement includes among many other activities -Chairman of the Texas Literacy Council; Keynote Speaker at the 2001 White House Conference on American Teenagers; Chairman of the Dallas National Day of Prayer Breakfast in 1999 and 2000; Chairman of the Dallas Rotary Foundation; Board member of the North Texas Red Ribbon (Say No to Drugs) Campaign and Chairman of the Dallas Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Campaign.
Ben Casey has a B.S.in Psychology from UCLA; M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Chapman College and Doctorial work in Macro Economics at San Diego State University. He is a member of the Trietsch United Methodist Church in Flower Mound, Texas. He has been married for 40 years to Sue Malone Casey, a world class equestrienne competitor, trainer and judge in the Olympic sport of Dressage. He is a native Texan who grew up around the world as his father served as an engineer with the Voice of America.
Chief Operating Officer
Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer for Lawson Associates, Inc., Pam has 18 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and campaign management. Her areas of expertise include grant writing and donor stewardship, sales & marketing, event design, budget management and volunteer coordination. Most recently, Pam served as the Corporate Development Manager at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden fundraising in support of a $10 million annual operating budget, various exhibits, children’s education programs, events and horticulture festivals. She is a strong and inspiration leader with a successful track record in exceeding financial goals and customer donor satisfaction.
Pam has past served as an Executive Director, member of the Texas State Board and the Dallas Board of Directors with the Dallas Junior Forum, Inc. She also served as the Vice President of Ways & Means for the organization and managed fundraising efforts resulting in annual grants to many underserved Dallas, Texas charities. She continues to be a passionate and active member and volunteers regularly to support the organization’s mission to assist women, children and families in need.
Pam is a native Texan and attended Southern Methodist University and Richland College in Dallas, Texas with a focus on Liberal Arts. She resides in Frisco, Texas with her husband Steve.
This journey started more than a decade ago as a dream.
In 2017, Mercury One started to make the dream a reality. The team worked with Favilli Studios, former Disney Imagineers to further outline and define what the American Journey Experience is. Throughout a three-month span, Mercury One worked to refine all details for the American Journey Experience, working with experts in engineering, real estate, entertainment, education, user experience, and design to define the entire experience from pre-arrival through parking stops. The museum experience will integrate education with entertainment, and what the post-visit experience would entail. Included in this is a comprehensive Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) from Cumming Corporation that outlays all costs associated with our plan, from the mundane, (trash cans and light bulbs) to what it takes to build and exhibit our collection. This work throughout 2017 has become the backbone for where we are today – launching a Capital Campaign for the American Journey Experience.
We have continued to perform due diligence throughout the process, working with Southern Methodist University’s and Cox School of Business MAMBA (Dual MBA and Masters of Art) program to obtain an Economic Feasibility Report. Additionally, Mercury One worked with Lord Cultural Resources, who specialize in planning services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector, to develop a business plan for the American Journey Experience. This plan explores current trends, best practices and outlines all aspects of running building and running this important institution.