G. F. Robert Hanke
Vice Chairman Emeritus
Colonel G. F. Robert Hanke served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, logging 126 combat missions as both a fighter/attack pilot and a helicopter pilot. During the Cuban Crisis, as a Marine lieutenant, he flew over fifty missions as a fighter pilot, some off Navy aircraft carriers and others while assigned to the Air Defense Command of the U.S. Air Force. He was a NASA test pilot for Projects Gemini and Apollo and is a former Top Gun of the 2nd Marine Air Wing. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism, the Air Medal with Silver Star and Combat V and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He served as a regular and reserve Marine Corps Officer for over twenty years, retiring as a colonel.
Following his years of active service, he worked for former President Ford as a staff member in Congress, then went on to a career on Wall Street as a financial analyst and investment banker with Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Later he served for many years as Vice President and General Counsel of The Asia Society in New York.
An attorney and investment banker, he is now President and CEO of Polaris Arts Ltd, an Academy Award nominated independent film and stage production company in New York and London. Also President of New York Repertory Theater Company, Colonel Hanke and his wife, Lynn, co-produced Orlando, the British feature film distributed by Columbia/Sony Classics that received two Academy Award nominations, as well as Antarctica at The Savoy Theatre in London, and the documentaries, Voltaire and Jefferson, narrated by Academy Award winning actor Cliff Robertson; and Gilbert and George, recently premiered at the Yale Center for British Art.