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NYMA had a long history as a university-preparatory school with a military structure that enrolls students from the New York metropolitan area as well as around the country and the world. Among its notable graduates it counts billionaire Donald Trump, film director Francis Ford Coppola, Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, MetLife and AIG CEO Bob Benmosche, Green Mountain Coffee founder Bob Stiller, photographer Spencer Tunick, and organized crime figure John Gotti. NYMA was founded in 1889 by Charles Jefferson Wright, an American Civil War veteran and former schoolteacher from New Hampshire who believed that a military structure provided the best environment for academic achievement, a philosophy to which the school still adheres. Wright’s successor, Sebastian Jones, presided over the academy from 1894 to 1922, guiding it during its most critical period of growth from a young and small institution of 48 cadets, through a disastrous fire in 1910, and throughout an extensive reconstruction program. Vincent Mo is no stranger to spectacular trophy properties in the area. RCNC purchased Arden House, the nearby former mountaintop estate of Averell Harriman in 2011. Arden_House Arden House is the first and premier conference center property in the United States. An elegant 100,000 square foot+ mansion set on the top of the 1,300-foot Mount Orama in Harriman, NY, Arden House is located on a 50-acre plateau in a protected 450-acre site, and is conveniently located within 40 miles of Midtown New York City. This unique cultural, historical and environmental asset sits in the middle of the 110,000-acre Palisades Interstate Park with breathtaking views, rolling woodlands and a private 125-acre lake. Prior to founding SouFun, Mr. Mo served as the General Manager for Asia at Teleres, a venture of Dow Jones & Co. and AEGON US that provides on-line commercial real estate information services and the Executive Vice President at Asia Development and Finance Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from South China University of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Tsinghua University and a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D candidate in Economics from Indiana University.]]>