Jacob (Jackie) Even
Born in Israel (1933), and raised in the Jordan Valley (Naharym and Degania), spent his youth in Haifa. In 1951 he enlisted to IDF service and spent most of his military career in the Armored Corps. He completed his military and academic education in Israel as well as military academies in Europe and the USA. He is a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College. Advanced Armored Corps Fort Knox, USA (1967-68). the Royal College of Defense Studies in London (1978-79) and the Tel Aviv University History Department.
During his military career he served in varied roles, from company commander to division commander. He participated in the Sinai Campaign (1956), the Six Day War and the War of Attrition. In the Yom Kippur War he served as second in command to Major-General Ariel Sharon. In this capacity he commanded the bridgehead operation which enable the crossing of the Suez Canal. His last IDF post was the commandant of the Israeli National Defense College. He ended his military service at the rank of Major-General in 1983.
After his military career he went on to fulfill various civilian roles: Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, West USA, Director General of Ministry of Transportation - in this capacity he also served as Chairman the board of Israeli Airports Authority, and Chairman of the board of the Steering Committee in EL AL Airlines, as well as Chairman of the Board in the Israel National Coal Supply Corporation.
During the last sixteen years Jackie has been CEO of Holon Economic Municipal Development Corporation LTD, a company he founded. The Company focuses on several economic activities connected with the development of city planning, performance and marketing. Company projects include housing projects such as "Bne Diratha", the Social Services and National Security building, the Mediatheque compound and the Holon High-tech Industrial Park located in the southern end of the city - a project he initiated and marketed and is currently overseeing its construction.
One of the more complex projects is the Holon Design Museum. As CEO Jackie has a personal hand in managing the construction of the museum from its very earliest stages. He emphasized that the uniqueness of this project lies in the efforts required to act deeply between the various bodies involved in the planning and execution of the project, spread over three countries: The architecture and design firm of Ron Arad Associates in London; the Italian Corten steel manufacturers responsible for producing the artistic aspect of the project headed by Roberto - Como Bergamo; and the third body in Israel managed by Yigal Govrin that includes engineering, overseeing and execution of this unique project.