Board of Directors
Bruno Behrend, J.D., is on the board of directors for Turning Point USA. Bruno is currently the executive director of For the Good of Illinois, a 501(c) 4 non-profit dedicated to expanding transparency and accountability in Illinois government. He also heads a new 501(c)3 organization, American Transparency. Their goal is to expand on their success in Illinois by making their transparency portal, OpenTheBooks.com, a national site with all federal, state, and local spending on-line in an easily retrievable format.
Prior to taking that position, he was director of The Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute, where he advocated for the transformation of America’s education system.
Mr. Behrend has a background in public policy research, database consulting (specialist in fund raising software), and corporate seminar and training development. An entrepreneur, he has started five businesses. From 2006 through 2008, Behrend hosted a radio show in the Chicago area that showcased authors and policy specialists including publisher Steve Forbes, Phoenix University founder John Sperling, columnist Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and many others.
In 2008, Behrend coauthored Illinois Deserves Better – The Ironclad Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, the release of which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for a Constitutional Convention in Illinois. Mr. Behrend has also served as an advisor to groups seeking to rewrite the legislative article of the Illinois Constitution and as Field Director for FreedomWorks (www.FreedomWorks.com) In Illinois. In 2009, he was policy director for gubernatorial candidate Adam Andzejewski in the Illinois primary election.
An experienced speaker and presenter, Behrend is a persuasive, informative, and entertaining addition to policy forums, debates, and other policy-oriented engagements. Mr. Behrend is a graduate of University of Illinois (1983) with a degree in finance and a graduate of IIT-Kent College of Law (1990), and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. Mr. Behrend currently resides in River Forest, Illinois with his wife. His son, Cameron, is a US Marine.
George F. Hamstra is a member of the board of directors of Turning Point USA. George has an extensive computer technology and business administration background. George will advise executive management and the board of directors on technology, management, procurement of assets, and sales proficiency.
George was a founding Member of NetGain Technologies, LLC which developed the Bad Amplitude electric dragster. NetGain Technologies worked with and was funded by, NASA to test super-capacitors in the dragster during 2002 and 2003. The EV motor distribution business (NetGain Motors, Inc. – NGM) was spun-off from NetGain Technologies in September of 2007 and has been operated by George since that time.
In 1985, George started a now publicly traded computer distribution company with annual sales that exceeded $40 million, at the time, and he sold it in 1989. George came out of retirement to start a software development company in 1994; this company was sold to a Fortune 500 company in 1995.
George gained invaluable experience when he worked for Bell Labs for more than 14 years, much of that time in the original UNIX Support Group based in Naperville, Illinois. He added knowledge related to UNIX computer systems, administration, security, performance, as well as artificial intelligence. While employed at Bell Labs George was an instructor in the Bell Labs Continuing Education Program. He left Bell Labs to join a company that specialized in UNIX training.
When George is not working on new motor innovations you can generally find him fishing.