Marc S. Byrnes has a long history of volunteer service with United Way of Greater Cleveland and today serves as our Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Marc also is Chairman of Oswald Companies, and under his leadership, the 120-year employee-owned (ESOP) company has enjoyed significant growth and recently strengthened its position among the top 50 largest insurance brokers in the United States.The firm is also ranked among the elite top 10 privately held brokers in the country specializing in employee benefits and financial services which was founded by Marc when his agency merged with Oswald in 1987.
A fixture in the Northeast Ohio civic community, Marc served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Leadership Center (2010-2013), the preeminent organization for civic education of civic leaders; Co-Chair of the 2008-2009 United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign and was named the 2011 United Way Volunteer of the Year. He serves as Donor Chairman for the United Way Board of Trustees as well as on the Executive Committee.
Marc is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and Development Committee and Teach for America Advisory Board. He also serves on University School’s Advancement and Executive Committees and Board of Trustees and he received University School’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award in 2012.
In addition, Marc serves as a Board Advisor to Energy Focus Inc., a publicly traded corporation; GBX Insurance; Public Square Partners; Referdia; Tailwind Technologies, Inc. and US Bank. Both Crain’s Cleveland and Inside Business include Marc among the 100 most influential leaders in the Cleveland community. Marc served (2012-2013) as President of the 50 Club of Cleveland, the city’s largest leading business society.
A 1972 graduate of University School, Marc earned his B.A. at Williams College in 1976.