The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 year. Led by Cari Coats MBA '03, Chair, and Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Co Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Dave is the Founder and CEO of Coheezion, and is responsible for the global strategy and operations to deliver leading visual analytics and decision sciences to the market. Dave has over 20 years' experience developing and leading strategic, business development and marketing activities for global enterprise software and services organizations.
Prior to Coheezion, Dave served as the Senior Director, Marketing at Voltage Security, where he led corporate marketing, strategy, and global programs. Prior to Voltage, Dave had senior management roles at McAfee, SAP, ArcSight, and VeriSign, where he was responsible for marketing, corporate development, communications and operational governance strategy.
Dave received his MBA from Duke University, where he specialized in international strategy and management, and received his BA from Whittier College, with an emphasis in international management and economics.
He has been published in multiple industry and technical journals, and is a frequent speaker on risk management, corporate governance, security, and strategy.
David Arias is the President and part owner of Swimways Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of recreational consumer products based in Virginia Beach, VA. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, creating a work environment that promotes success and commitment, and controlling the finances to maintain and increase profits. Prior to becoming President, David was responsible for all aspects of product development, pricing and promotion, and also directed the creative staff, outside sales force and internal sales support.
David is very involved in numerous activities within the non-profit arena and is committed to serving those in the local community. He is an active Board member of the United Way of Hampton Roads and former Chairman of the Tocqueville Society. During his tenure, he increased public and business awareness of the organization along with generating new pledges and funds. David is a Board Member of the Virginia Aquarium and a member of their Marketing Committee. He is a Corporate Board Member of Heritage Bank in Norfolk, VA and also sits on the Audit Committee. He is a board member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership Council. Professionally, he is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Toy Industry Association. David is most proud that Swimways was named the 2011 Best Small Business to work for in Hampton Roads Inside Business Magazine and the winner of Operation Smile's humanitarian company of the year.
David holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Hampden-Sydney College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is happily married to Valerie, a Duke alumna, and has three children: Megan, a senior at Duke University, Jason, a freshman at Vanderbilt University and Carly, a sophomore at Norfolk Academy. David and his family enjoy residing in his hometown of beautiful Virginia Beach.
Isela Bahena is a Senior Director at TIAA-CREF with over fifteen years of experience in financial services. She has spent her career underwriting debt and equity investments in an investment management role. Today, she focuses on originating, underwriting, and structuring equity and below investment-grade debt investments across the energy and infrastructure sectors. She serves on the board of two transportation investments and a power investment in Europe and the US.
Ms. Bahena's previous experience at TIAA include investment and portfolio management in the private equity fund, co-investment, mezzanine and timber assets with a focus in emerging markets. She has also invested in domestic and international private placement debt. Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2004, Ms. Bahena was responsible for public finance and general middle-market lending and underwriting at Bank of America.
Ms. Bahena holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Business Administration from the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She holds two not-for-profit board seats in the education sector.
Dave Bolin is the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Arysta's North American Fungicide portfolio. In this role, he works with U.S. EPA, PMRA Canada, and other stakeholders to obtain registration for safe and efficacious crop protection products. Formerly Dave was Director of Regulatory Affairs for TyraTech, Inc. There he expanded the company's registrations from the U.S. to Canada and Europe. Prior to joining TyraTech, Dave worked 14 years for BASF in various R&D roles for the AgroScience Division. During this time he led cross-functional teams in Registration, Product Development, and Project Management. He was also a member of the BASF R&D Steering Committee with responsibilities for innovation initiatives, university relations, and recruitment/hiring of new Ph.D. chemists for the Professional Development Program. Dave completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dave and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Kevin (10), and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Devon Bostock is an Assistant Vice President of Venture Banking at Square 1 Bank providing senior venture debt facilities and banking services to venture capital and private equity firm's portfolio companies, focused on entrepreneurial technology companies in the New York City metro area. Previously, Devon was a portfolio analyst and senior analyst at Square 1 Bank. Prior to Square 1Bank, Devon worked as an analyst at JPMorgan, Yorkville Advisors and MD Global Partners.
Devon graduated from Duke University with a BA and Certificate in Marketing & Management and spent four years as a member of the Men's Varsity Soccer team. In 2012, Devon received a Masters of Management Studies degree from the Fuqua School of Business, where he was an alumni relations ambassador.
Jay Butler is an Associate at Red Ventures in Charlotte, NC.
Jay is extremely committed to serving his local community, actively serving in Dallas' Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jay remains connected to his home community by serving on the board of the Patrick M. Butler Charitable Fund, a fund within the Cape Cod Foundation that raises money for roughly two dozen local charities, scholarships and foundations.
Jay graduated with a BA from Duke University in 2009, having majored in Public Policy and minored in Economics. In 2010, he earned a Masters in Management Studies from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. In his spare time, Jay enjoys playing any sport (currently hockey, tennis and golf), reading, and playing guitar.
Chair, Alumni Council
Cari H. Coats is a business advisor, leadership strategist, executive coach and speaker. Coats is president of C2 Advisors, Inc., providing advisory and leadership strategy services that leverage Coats' extensive professional network, C-suite leadership experience and knowledge of strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, family enterprise, social innovation and the capital markets. Coats is a key advisor to CEOs of numerous high-potential, growth-oriented companies and entrepreneurial ventures, regarding growth, market strategy, leadership and access to capital. Coats is a certified Executive Coach in the Marshall Goldsmith methodology and works exclusively with executive-level leaders. Additionally, Coats is executive-in-residence for entrepreneurship and innovation at the nationally ranked Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she teaches and coaches the millennial generation workforce. Coats has worked broadly with financial securities and consumer products companies, sports organizations, entrepreneurial and social ventures, family-held enterprises, as well as alternative investment, venture capital, private equity and venture philanthropy funds. She is a director on the board of venVelo, an early stage venture investment firm focused on Florida and the southeastern U.S. Her community and civic leadership are longstanding and far-reaching.
Prior positions Coats has held include chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer with CNL Financial Group, a leading private investment management firm providing global real estate and alternative investments, corporate officer for CFG and its subsidiary CNL Investment Company and chief operating officer, corporate officer and founding executive of CNL Real Estate Advisors.
Following her departure from CNL, Coats served a key advisory role in the start-up and rapid growth of Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment company which pioneered the Business Development Company as a non-traded security in the retail investment space. Coats also led a year-long growth/exit strategy for one of the largest privately held, family-owned beer and beverage distributors that strategically positioned the company for a significant exit with a double digit multiple.
Additional positions held by Coats include executive vice president of the NBA-franchise Orlando Magic, president of RDV Team Charities and producer/co-host of the nationally syndicated television show PM Magazine. Coats' longest standing role was a 16-year career with the Orlando Magic/RDV Sports where she played a key part in securing the franchise for Orlando, joined the staff as part of the founding team and quickly rose to one of the highest ranking women in professional sports. Coats was instrumental in the start-up and growth of RDV Sports and all of its holdings, the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL, Orlando Miracle of the WNBA and RDV Sportsplex. Coats also worked closely with RDV Corporation, the family office of the DeVos family, owners of RDV Sports and Amway Corporation, among numerous other assets.
Upon departing RDV Sports Coats completed her Global MBA at Duke University, and was promptly tapped by then newly-elected Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to Chair his Downtown Strategic Transition Team. Coats and her blue ribbon committee developed the Downtown Blueprint Plan that has become the roadmap of Mayor Dyer's vision for Downtown Orlando and the catalyst for its explosive growth. A close advisor of Mayor Dyer, Coats has served on numerous civic initiatives under his tenure. Her visionary leadership for Downtown Orlando continues in her current role as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board for Project DTO (Downtown Orlando), a strategic planning initiative that will take Orlando into the next decade.
Coats is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and growth, social innovation and women's business issues. She chairs the board of advisors of Bajalia International Group, a woman-owned, fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan-quality goods sourced from more than 20 under-developed nations across the globe; serves on the advisory council for Clean the World Global, the first established Benefit corp (B-corp) in Florida, and the board of advisors for SourceCode B46, a program focused on K-5 STEM education. Coats was also a founding director of Water Is Life International, an outreach program in Ethiopia, and was a co-founder and managing director of SeaChange Venture Philanthropy. Additionally, Coats is a member of the governing body for Athena PowerLink Orlando, a mentoring program for high-growth, women-owned businesses, and WEVentures, a women's entrepreneurship initiative associated with Florida Institute of Technology. Other professional, civic and community service roles include chairman of the board for the Center for Innovative Healthcare, and executive committee and board member of Orlando, Inc., the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Past leadership positions have included secretary and board member of the National Justice Project, and board member of the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA), Nemours Children's Hospital Advisory Council, Florida Conference for Women host committee, Enterprise Florida and the Orlando Museum of Art.
Coats is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University. She serves on the Board of Visitors and chairs the alumni council for the top-ranked Fuqua School of Business at Duke. Her undergraduate alma mater is the University of Central Florida where she received her B.A. in Communications-Radio/TV. Coats was instrumental in the development and start-up of the nationally-ranked Devos Sport Business Management graduate program at her undergraduate alma mater, served on its adjunct faculty for a four-year term and continues to serve as a guest lecturer and advisory board member. She was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at UCF and served on the UCF Foundation board for more than a decade. Coats resides in Orlando, FL with her husband, Russell Coats. They have 19-year-old twin daughters, Kate and Maddie.
Blaise Coleman is currently the Head of Finance for the AstraZeneca (AZ) US Diabetes Business. Prior to the purchase of the full US rights to the US Diabetes by AZ from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in February 2014, Blaise served as the Chief Financial Officer of the AZ /BMS US Diabetes Alliance. Prior to this, Blaise was the Head of AZ Global Medicines Development (GMD) Finance based in Mölndal, Sweden from September 2011 to January 2013. Blaise joined AZ as Senior Director Commercial Finance for the US Cardiovascular Business in November 2007. In this role he was responsible for leading and coordinating the financial resources and activities for the US Cardiovascular Business.
Blaise joined AZ from Centocor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, where he was Manager, Licenses & Acquisitions Finance following two years as Manager, Commercial Finance supporting the International Remicade business. Blaise's move to Centocor in early 2003 followed 7 years' experience with the global public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, latterly as a manager in the Global Pharmaceutical Assurance Practice.
Blaise is a CPA and obtained a Six Sigma - Process Excellence Green Belt certification while at Johnson & Johnson. He has an accounting degree from Widener University and a MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business. While at Widener he was captain of the football team, a four year starter, recognized as a three-time All American Football selection, and is the all-time school leader in tackles. Blaise is married to Lisa, has three children and currently resides in Malvern, PA.
Cindy has many years of valuation and strategic financial management experience. Cindy's clients include health care entities throughout the United States as well as a variety of physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, dental practices, veterinary practices, long-term care businesses, dental practices, university and community hospitals, integrated delivery systems, medical device companies, health care technology companies, medical service providers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, professional associations, attorneys, consultants, and managed care payers.
Cindy is nationally recognized as a distinguished thought leader and educator, and contributor to the health care valuation body of knowledge. Published in 2009, she co-edited a legal and financial reference book titled BVR's Guide to Healthcare Valuation, 2009 Edition. She serves as a technical reviewer and national faculty member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). She served as an adjunct professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Department of Finance. Cindy also served as a Center Scholar in the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evaluation Studies (HOPES) at the Ohio State University School of Medicine, and was awarded a lifetime Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.
As the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, Melissa negotiates all the licenses with service providers that drive Turnkey's technology, and creates and maintains product licensing/services agreements with Turnkey's customers. Internally, she supports the Turnkey product development team in defining product requirements, product pricing and product support strategies. In addition, she maintains the lead role in managing the company's human resources, including benefits, talent screening, hiring and performance management.
Melissa is also the co-founder of Oppidan Properties, a real estate investment and property management company. The principal areas of investment are in Philadelphia, but Melissa is looking to expand into other regions.
Before joining Turnkey, Melissa worked for seven years in Europe and the U.S. at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in financial services industries. Melissa holds B.S. degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Southern California. Melissa currently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, with her husband, Adam, a fellow Duke MBA.
Cindy Eisner-Beaulieu is a seasoned business leader having held multiple leadership positions in Outsourcing, Finance, IT and Operations. Currently, a Partner with ISG, Inc.'s Governance Services business unit, Cindy consults with clients and is responsible for the delivery Governance of their Outsourcing Relationships. Prior to ISG, Cindy held senior IT business positions with Staples, Inc., the leading office supplies retailer. At Staples, Cindy led the IT Global Systems Integration for Staples' acquisition of Corporate Express, as well as their large IT Outsourcing Initiative, development of the IT Governance Program and IT Contract Management group. Her experience also includes positions at Software Spectrum, Corporate Software and Digital Equipment Corporation, where she completed the three year, Financial Management Program (FDP). Cindy graduated from Fuqua's Global Executive Program in 2010. She has been actively involved in multiple volunteer and charitable organizations, including Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, School Parent Organizations and Junior Achievement. Cindy, her husband Rob and daughter, Samantha, live in Florida and RI. Samantha is a junior at USF, majoring in Animal Biology.
Sylvia Escobar is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Agilent Technologies for the Americas and is based in Cary, North Carolina. She has extensive experience in sales /marketing and has served in a variety of different leadership positions in her 30 year tenure with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent. Agilent is the world's premier measurement company; providing leading measurement solutions for electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. Sylvia leads an organization that is responsible for marketing, sales and support of instruments used for chemical analysis in a variety of different markets such as food safety testing, environmental, forensics and energy. With the recent growth opportunities in emerging markets, Sylvia has developed strategic business plans for Brazil and Mexico and travels frequently to both countries.
Sylvia received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Duke Fuqua School of Business, Weekend MBA Program.
David Garcia is a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Health Industries Advisory Practice. At PwC, David provides strategic advisory services to healthcare providers (healthcare systems, hospitals, etc.) focusing on health information technology.
David received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. While at Fuqua, David was a DAR Fellow and a Rollins Scholar. Before attending Fuqua, David worked as a consultant for Cerner Corporation, a leading U.S. supplier of healthcare information technology solutions. David was also the Founder/CEO of DG Realty Group, LLC, a residential real estate investment firm. In his spare time, David enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding and spending time with family and friends.
A Duke MBA and certified professional coactive coach (CPCC), Penelope's blend of business experience and coaching leadership style has the impact on individuals, partnerships and teams to achieve what they want; often moving from good to great. Ninety percent of her experience is with large Corporations including IBM, Alcatel and Westinghouse; the balance is in non-profit and municipal government.
In IBM partnerships with independent software vendors (ISVs) and universities, Penelope's communications and relationship management skills contribute significantly to the team effort to identify and execute on the right partnership initiatives from building skills and capability of students to ISV solution enablement, marketing and sales. As a manager, she received an award for her highly motivating and inspiring leadership. Feedback from teams she has coached highlights her ability to increase team collaboration and produce improved results.
With a passion for learning and leveraging diversity at Alcatel, Penelope was chosen to lead US- and Europe-based worldwide marketing teams. She developed corporate identity programs and product marketing campaigns that were regarded as models to follow.
Leadership, innovative thinking, outstanding communication and facilitation skills are Penelope's hallmarks demonstrated in the achievement of results for Corporate, public and non-profit entities.
Jason Goldberg is a Director of Protiviti's Financial Services Business Performance Improvement practice where he is a leader focused on payments, retail banking, and customer experience. Previously, Jason was a Senior Manager with Kurt Salmon's Global Financial Services practice where he led the growth of its Consumer Financial Services offerings in the United States. An accomplished payments industry executive, Jason has expertise spanning consumer and commercial payments, retail banking, and merchant acquiring, with a focus on business strategy, innovation, customer experience, mobile payments, and human capital optimization.
Prior to Kurt Salmon, Jason served as Senior Vice President and Director of Citi Cards, where he was responsible for managing the U.S. mass market consumer portfolios.
From 2005 through 2012, Jason was an executive with MasterCard Worldwide, serving as Principal and Senior Managing Consultant with MasterCard Advisors within the Commercial Consulting and Merchant Acquirer Consulting practices. In that capacity, he led global marketing, product development and strategy engagements for over thirty payments organizations.
Prior to joining MasterCard Advisors, Jason spent six years in Citigroup's U.S. card business, serving as a Vice President. During his tenure at Citi Cards he built a Strategic Projects Center of Excellence which focused on major product development and process improvement initiatives. Jason also managed strategy and business development for CitiBusiness Credit Cards. Jason began his career with American Express Cards, where he focused on the development, launch and management of highly targeted merchant offer and rewards programs.
Jason received his B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He currently resides in Chappaqua, New York with his wife and two sons. In his spare time he is an open water scuba instructor, a CPR instructor, a student mentor with iMentor, and serves on the Town of New Castle Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Don is an entrepreneur focused on the plastics industry. Since 2003 he has been responsible for the start-up and growth of Hurricane Kayaks, a premium brand of thermoformed ABS kayaks sold through specialty dealers throughout the US, Canada, Japan and Australia. He is also managing partner of a custom rotational molding and thermoforming business serving military, marine, heavy equipment, and wastewater applications.
In 2002, Don founded Blue Ridge Plastics, LLC, a plastics recycling company focused on processing difficult to recycle plastics from post-consumer and post-industrial sources. As CEO and Co-Owner Don developed and implemented the strategy and operating plan that resulted in Blue Ridge becoming a major processor of scrap plastics at 30 million lbs per year and a fixture in the industry nationally. Blue Ridge Plastics was purchased by a division of ITW in 2008.
After graduating from Fuqua in 1990, Don spent 10 years with the Cherokee group of companies based in Raleigh, NC. Cherokee provided diverse operating experiences in environmental remediation, brick manufacturing, private equity and metal finishing.
Don lives in Durham with his wife and has three children. He serves on the board of Reality Ministries, a Durham based Christian ministry to the special needs community. In addition to his MBA from Duke, Don earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1986.
John M. Healey is currently the President, Strategy & Operations for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region working out of both New Brunswick, New Jersey and Zug, Switzerland. He has been with J&J for 20 years in many different roles and geographies, mostly in General Management, Marketing, Business Development, Integration Leadership, Operations, and New Ventures. He has lived and worked in Montreal, Canada; Paris, France; and Princeton, New Jersey over the past several years.
John joined J&J after graduating with an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1992. He and his wife Carolyn Ryan (Fuqua MBA '91) have volunteered for many Duke and Fuqua activities over the past several years, including being President of Montreal Fuqua Club, interviewing for Duke Admissions in both Princeton and Paris, participating in the European Duke/Fuqua Alumni Leadership conferences, being a co-chair for our 5-year and 20-year Fuqua reunions, and being members of the Isle Maligne society.
John & Carolyn are currently relocating back to Princeton, New Jersey after three years in Paris, France and have two daughters (Julia, Duke class of 2016 and Helen, a freshman at Princeton Day School).
Randall R. Hernandez, A/S, B/S, MBA has 25+ years of professional operations leadership experience ranging from new business development to turnaround and continuous improvement general management. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, his undergraduate Bachelors of Science from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a management systems and operations concentration and his A/S in Mechanical Design from Moraine Park Technical College. Randy is currently an active member of the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business Alumni Council.
Randy is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Kenall Manufacturing where he's engaged in leading all aspects of operations while concurrently keeping fresh the company's ongoing operations strategy and implementation plan of the future. The current growth trajectory of Kenall requires a comprehensive capacity analysis and implementation strategy. Randy's orientation toward team involvement and collaborative leadership has all of the operation's functional leaders involved in developing the growth options and ongoing continuous improvement plans for continuous profitability and perpetual customer oriented delivery enhancements.
Most recently, Randy started VestAg LLC., incorporated in Wisconsin, for agricultural and other business investment. The business is primarily chartered with coordinating and directly financing distressed family farms.
He has also recently become a member of the Board of Directors at The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA-a leading business organization for driving economic development throughout Kenosha County for ensuring growth, a robust economy, and a positive business climate for the area).
He comes from an extremely diverse general management and operational background; starting with the Brunswick Corporation ($5B), where he was most recognized for the creation of the operations component of a newly started $250M watercraft business unit (Mercury Performance Craft). He then moved to OMC (Outboard Marine Corporation-$1.5B) where he led the turnaround of the North Carolina engine manufacturing operation before jointly developing its corporate divestiture plan. He moved on to successive leadership roles starting with Elkay Southern Corporation (division of $800M Oakbrook, IL company), where he also served on the Board of Directors at COMtech (Carolina Commerce and Technically Develop Center-an organization charter with developing pre-approved industrial park properties slated for attracting and locating industrial businesses and educational centers), and served as its chair of the industrial committee. He moved to Schutt Sports in Illinois as its Vice President of Operations then to Con-Tech Lighting Company in Northbrook, IL before joining Kenall as its Executive Vice President of Operations in January, 2012.
Randall R. Hernandez, A/S, B/S, MBA has 25+ years of professional operations leadership experience ranging from new business development to turnaround and continuous improvement general management. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, his undergraduate Bachelors of Science from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a management systems and operations concentration and his A/S in Mechanical Design from Moraine Park Technical College. Randy is currently an active member of the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business Alumni Council.
Joe is currently a Partner and Principal in Charge of the Economic Development Practice at Timmons Group Consulting Engineering firm. Since taking over in 2007, the Economic Development practice has helped clients land over $1 billion in announced investment and create over 2,500 jobs. Clients and sample projects include the Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility, Amazon.com Fulfillment Centers and The Vitamin Shoppe worldwide distribution center among others. These projects have garnered national and international attention and won several awards including 2008 Gold Award project of the year by Business Facilities Magazine (Rolls-Royce) and 2012 Greater Richmond Area Commercial Real Estate project of the year (Amazon.com).
Joe is a summa cum laude graduate of NC State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states. He routinely speaks to local, regional and state organizations on the importance of being "Prospect Ready" from an infrastructure and economic development perspective. As a practice leader, he leads teams of seasoned engineers, planners and environmental professionals to recruit, plan for and implement large complex municipal and site development projects to meet the needs of these national and international companies as they are relocating or expanding facilities.
Steve Holley is Senior Vice President with Altamont Capital Partners (ACP). He focuses on strategic acquisitions and accelerating operational growth in ACP's Renegade action sports portfolio.
Steve has spent his career building high-performance teams that drive connections between brands and consumers. Prior to joining ACP, he served as Vice President of Business Intelligence and Innovation for Mattel.
Prior to Mattel, he held roles in Global Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Oakley. His responsibilities included Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM), customer loyalty strategy, online portal called omatter.com, and all branded sales development programs-in addition to shopper insights, data intelligence, and other strategic growth initiatives for the company.
Before joining Oakley, Mr. Holley worked in retail strategy consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates' (KSA) strategy and private equity practices. At KSA, his focus was Private Equity due diligence and helping consumer products, retail, and omnichannel brands develop consumer-focused growth strategies.
Mr. Holley has an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the school of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Jim Karrh is a consultant, writer and speaker specializing in marketing and sales effectiveness, improving customer conversations for better acquisition, retention and loyalty. He serves clients directly through Karrh & Associates and is also a consulting principal with DSG, a sales-enablement firm. For more than a decade Jim has been a regular columnist for Arkansas Business and a guest columnist for many other publications; he published his first book, a collection of his most popular columns, in 2011.
Jim began full-time consulting work in 2009. His prior experience includes work as a small-business owner, consumer researcher and tenured university professor, agency executive and corporate chief marketing officer. As a CMO Jim transformed the marketing efforts of a 133-year-old company and built an integrated program judged best in the global bottled-water industry.
In addition to the Duke MBA Jim earned a BS in finance and Ph.D. in mass communication, both from the University of Florida. He resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Alison and their three sons.
As the Executive Vice president of International, Mr. Kollias spearheads the global expansion and international operations for Church's/Texas Chicken in 23 countries and +475 restaurants. He manages a team of over 20 professionals located around the world. His worldwide responsibilities encompass franchisee marketing, venue development, restaurant operations, business support, training, product research and development and cooperative purchasing programs.
Mr. Kollias has more than 20 years of varied and progressive growth in financial management positions and extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Most recently he served as Vice President of Finance for Planet Hollywood International, Inc. Planet Hollywood operates approximately 25 company and franchise restaurants worldwide. Mr. Kollias was responsible for business planning, financial reporting, general accounting, human resources, risk management and information technology.
Prior to joining Planet Hollywood, Mr. Kollias was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Hops Restaurant Bar & Brewery. At the time, Hops had 72 restaurants throughout the United States with sales in excess of $200 million. In addition, Mr. Kollias has worked with the Applebee's, Hard Rock Café and Dairy Queen brands in the areas of Operations, M&A, Planning and Purchasing.
Mr. Kollias received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his master's degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Currently residing in Marietta, GA, he is President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association #519, a finance committee member of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church and actively participates in multiple tennis leagues in Atlanta. He has been married to Margaret for twenty years and has two high school aged boys, Tommy and Kris.
Garrett serves as the Standards Manager for the Surface Wellhead business line within FMC Technologies, a global oil and gas service and equipment company. Within this role, Garrett leads a team responsible for developing, implementing and driving standardized business processes across US, Canadian and Latin American field and base operations.
Prior to moving into his new role in June 2015, Garrett served as the Sales & Marketing Business Analyst where he focused on product strategy and oil and gas market analysis. In addition, he served as the program manager on a major effort to restructure the operating model and physical footprint across the US Surface Wellhead organization. Garrett originally joined FMC Technologies in 2008 as an engineer within the Global Surface Product Line where he supported multiple valve and actuator design projects as well as the early development of Enabling Technologies which focused on smart-well instrumentation and monitoring.
Garrett is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, he earned his MBA from Duke University's Cross Continent Program where he graduated with the honorary distinction of Fuqua Scholar. He and his wife, Leigh-Ann, reside in Houston, Texas. Garrett enjoys spending time at his ranch in the Texas Hill Country as well as travelling across the US and abroad.
Phillip Lew is a seasoned executive with nearly 20 years of experience leading teams to build and launch products at technology start-ups as well as at Fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Vice President of Global Operations for the Cloud Systems and Solutions Group at Seagate. In this role, Phillip oversees a globally-distributed team with operational responsibilities for Seagate's growth initiatives in cloud computing.
Phillip resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his two young daughters (ages 4 & 6). He graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and from the Fuqua School of Business with a Master of Business Administration.
Erik Michielsen is the founder and CEO of Capture Your Flag, a New York City-based educational media company creating online video content for career learning and professional development. His mission is to bring Near Peer knowledge sharing programs to the world to fill the gap between peer learning and expert learning.
Since 2009, he has been producing the Capture Your Flag career documentary interview series with rising leaders to build a Near Peer, Q&A knowledge repository to help aspiring individuals find Near Peer Exemplars who have been through what they are about to go through. Through strategic partnerships with leading online publishers and professional networks, Capture Your Flag has built a library of 3000+ videos and a global audience of nearly 20 million.
The work has taken Erik into television, casting and producing a 2013 Participant Media Pivot TV branded career advice series and career documentary, "Generation Job", with Monster.com on "Finding Better". This edutainment programming built upon his Capture Your Flag digital work, serving as a resource for millennial professionals starting careers, changing jobs, or launching ventures.
A researcher, interviewer, and futurist at heart, Erik has spent 20 years connecting people and ideas to build brighter futures. Until 2009, this meant digital media and technology research and business development focused on the future of technology. Since 2009, with Capture Your Flag, it has been about creating Near Peer programming to help students and professionals find and fulfill their aspirations.
Erik earned an MBA from Duke University and a BA from the University of Michigan. He is a board member at Kilifi Kids, a Kenya-based non-profit working with health ministries and hospitals to deliver mobile health care services to 200,000+ mothers and children via a growing network of 850+ trained community health workers (CHWs). He loves running the New York City marathon (2012, 2010, 2009), hosting dinner parties with friends, and helping you Capture Your Flag.
Maggie Miller has worked in consumer marketing and consulting since graduating from Fuqua. She held positions of increasing responsibility with leading CPG companies including P&G, Unilever, Georgia-Pacific, and Avon, before returning to school in 2003 for a Master of Science in Marketing degree, focusing on brand strategy and consumer understanding. Following that, she was Vice President of Marketing for Symrise, a leading global fragrance development house in New York, and then became Executive-in-Residence in Marketing at Elon University in North Carolina in 2007. She taught graduate and undergraduate marketing classes while launching her consulting business, Marketing Scout, and then chose to focus on her business full-time in 2011. In 2013, Maggie joined KPMG, where she now specializes in marketing excellence, strategy, and transformation in consumer markets. Maggie lives in Atlanta, GA with her beagle, Scout, where she remains devoted to the Blue Devils and tries to find time to play golf!
Susan Nolan is Corporate Senior VP/Human Resources for Fifth Third Bank where she is one of the 300 member leadership team which manages 22,000 employees. She is Chief Human Resources Officer for the bank in Georgia and is a member of the leadership team reporting to the Georgia President. This team develops and implements the strategy to achieve the ambitious growth goals in Georgia. In addition Susan is a member of corporate wide teams focused on leadership development and employee engagement.
Susan has a unique combination of strategy, management, operations, customer service and human resources experience with Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Fifth Third, she was VP/Human Resources with SunTrust Bank at their headquarters. There she was a strategic partner with corporate senior executives/ business unit heads and their leadership teams. In that role she served as both a strategy consultant—organizational design, business definition, modeling, business processes—and human resources business partner talent management, succession planning, career pathing for high potential executives. One retention initiative she led resulted in a 20 point reduction in turnover (from 55% to 35%) in one year in the bank's six call centers.
During her long career with Delta Air Lines, she served in a variety of management, operations, customer service and human resources roles. In one of those roles she managed 13 direct reports responsible for 3,000 employees. In another role Susan was responsible for company-wide communications for the customer service technology project that set the stage for airport kiosks worldwide. On 9/11/2001, as a member of the leadership team of Air Logistics she and her fellow executives spearheaded a crisis management effort, leading front line employees to clear out a mammoth warehouse of thousands of pounds of freight in an hour. Immediately prior to joining SunTrust, Susan was Delta's Corporate Manager of Talent Management, responsible for aligning all corporate talent management programs, strategies and deliverables to business strategy with oversight for 60,000 employees.
Susan is a graduate of North Georgia University with a B.S. in Marketing. She graduated from the Fuqua School's Advanced Management Program in 2008. She has her SPHR certification [Senior Professional in Human Resources] from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Susan resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Harry, also a graduate of Duke where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. He is head of a management consulting firm he founded in 1982. Also a big Duke basketball fan! Susan and Harry created the Duke Chapel Nolan Endowment which supports domestic Christian mission projects of Duke students.
Leah is a financial advisor with Raymond James in Chapel Hill, NC and has been managing investment portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutional investors for over 25 years. Eleven years ago Leah left institutional portfolio management to follow her vision of helping individuals and families create financial well-being through the integration of investment management and financial planning. Prior to 2003, Leah managed multi-billion dollar fixed income portfolios for STW Fixed Income Management in Bermuda, Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company (NC) and the North Carolina Municipal Bond Agencies (ElectriCities).
Leah is a CFA Charterholder. She received her MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 1988 where she graduated as a Fuqua Scholar. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Leah's community involvement reflects her passion for empowering women and youth to better their lives through education and self-sufficiency programs. She currently holds board and finance committee positions with the Durham Technical Community College Foundation, Compass Center for Women & Families, and the Eno River Fellowship Foundation.
Wendy Perrow is the CEO of Alba Therapeutics and is responsible for managing the Company's business, clinical, financial, licensing, and corporate development efforts. Ms. Perrow previously served as President and COO and she has been a member of Alba's executive management team since 2008.
Under her leadership, Alba Therapeutics established a collaborative funding agreement on February 9, 2011 with Cephalon Pharmaceuticals (now Teva Pharmaceuticals) and has taken a leading role in advancing multiple clinical studies in Celiac Disease. The company has conducted seven clinical trials in subjects with Celiac Disease and has recently completed the largest Phase IIb clinical trial in patients with celiac disease with the lead compound Larazotide Acetate.
Prior to joining Alba, Ms. Perrow held senior executive marketing positions with private and public pharmaceutical companies. From 2004 to 2007, she was Vice President of Marketing for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on creating novel therapies for the unmet needs of patients with Rare and Orphan Diseases. From 1989 to 2003, Ms. Perrow was at Merck and Co., Inc. in Global markets including Europe, Asia, and Latin America and U.S. marketing for Anti-Hypertensives, Vaccines, Cholesterol, and GI. At Merck, she held positions in marketing, marketing promotion, international business research analysis, training, and sales. Ms. Perrow began her career in a division of Johnson & Johnson. A skilled marketer and business leader, she has led U.S. and Global initiatives for leading products Zocor®, Vasotec®, Varivax®, Cozaar® and Hyzaar® that have significantly increased brand awareness and has launched medicines for unmet medical needs.
Wendy received her MBA in International finance and marketing from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She is a member of Women In Bio, the Healthcare Women's Business Association, and was a board member for the KIPP School of Baltimore.
Chair, Alumni Council
John Peruzzi is head of Credit Opportunities, a $1 billion investment group within Citi. Mr. Peruzzi's 25-year career in finance includes extensive experience in leveraged finance, private equity and mezzanine investments. Mr. Peruzzi has been involved in several landmark transactions including the leverage buyouts of HCA, Inc. and Burger King. Prior to Citi, Mr. Peruzzi was a member of Chase Manhattan's Merchant Banking Group and a partner with Vaxa Capital. Mr. Peruzzi has served on eight corporate boards, including Iron Mountain Information Systems (NASDAQ). John is a Fuqua Scholar and recipient of Fuqua's Xerox scholarship and Fuqua Fellowship. John resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife, Hillary (Fuqua '89), and two children.
A Crossfit enthusiast, five-time Tough Mudder participant, and Shodan (black belt) in Shotokan Karate, Zeb has the privilege of working at Eli Lilly and Company in their marketing division. In addition to his "for profit" work, Zeb serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Club of Indiana and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation which donates approximately $2 million annually to nonprofit organizations throughout Indiana. Prior to receiving his Cross Continent MBA in 2011, he was involved in multiple real estate ventures, including work at Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota, Florida, eventually serving two terms as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his MBA, Zeb holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. Passionate about global culture, he has participated in the Semester at Sea program on three occasions (Fall 2000, Summer 2003, Fall 2009)…and is always looking for an opportunity to return! Zeb has an amazing wife, Barbara, two daughters, Scarlette and Juliette, and an English Bulldog named Rosco P. Coletrain.
Laurinda Rainey serves as the Director of Innovation for the Sam's Club Division across Marketing, Membership, and Multi-channel initiatives. As part of Walmart, Inc. she provides cross-functional leadership and strategic insight to integrate large scale and multi-million dollar projects across Walmart's Global teams with a keen focus on driving Sam's Club's business growth. She partners with the direct reports of Sam's Club's Chief Marketing Officer, Sam's Club.com CEO, and the Senior Vice President of Membership.
Receiving both degrees from Duke, she graduated from Duke's Trinity College of Liberal Arts and Science with a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Markets & Management Studies (MMS), where she served on the Steering Committee with professors and Duke administration in the early years of the MMS program. She received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke, where she served as a Center of Leadership & Ethics Fellow, Admissions Fellow, and a student leader across many organizations. During her years away from Duke prior to Fuqua, she worked in the Healthcare Leadership Program at CIGNA. She was one of 5 undergraduate students in the company's MBA program and had the opportunity to work in Operations, Marketing, and Underwriting before pursuing her MBA. In addition to building a broad skillset, the program allowed Laurinda executive leadership exposure as she worked on special projects for the health insurance company.
With her passion for education and community services, she has recently partnered with her siblings to establish the Rainey Parenting Foundation in honor of the legacy of her deceased parents representing the impact that they made on their rural community, local churches, and their large family during their 50 years of marriage. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the organization. In her spare time, Laurinda loves traveling, reading, and time with loved ones.
Charlie Riceman is a Partner at Varagon Capital Partners, a New York based credit asset manager focused on direct lending to private equity owned middle-market companies, where he heads up the firm's origination effort. Charlie has over 20 years of leveraged lending experience across a variety of industries. He has spent his career originating, structuring, underwriting and executing transactions in support of middle market private equity clients. Prior to joining Varagon, he was Managing Director at Golub Capital. Previously, Charlie served in various investment roles at multiple firms. He also helped implement an inventory control system at Boeing Defense & Space Group, Helicopters Division.
In addition to an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Charlie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from Villanova University in 1991. He also serves on the Advisory Council of Villanova University's Center for Global Leadership. Charlie resides in Garden City, NY with his wife and four children.
Rodgers has been a General Motors dealer since 1993. She first owned and operated Flat Rock Chevrolet Oldsmobile in Flat Rock, MI. In 1996, she moved her operation to Woodhaven and named the dealership Rodgers Chevrolet.
Rodgers earned BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She then attended the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and obtained a MBA in Finance.
She serves on several community boards, such as New Detroit, Inc., Southeastern Michigan Community Foundation, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and Alternative for Girls.
She has also serves on the board of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.
Jonathan Rosenzweig is a Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Research at Citi. In this role, he has been responsible for our Equity Research product in North America and Latin America for the last seven years. Prior to his current position, Jonathan served as a Deputy Director and Associate Director of US Research for 5 years. From 1993 to 2002, Jonathan was a Senior Analyst covering the Imaging sector within Citi Research. He earned a top 2 ranking from Institutional Investor Magazine for the sector each year from 1998 to 2002. Prior to Citi, Jonathan worked as a Financial Analyst at Duke University Management Company. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1990 and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke in 1993.
Co Chair, Alumni Council
Mary Sawyer is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Mary has nearly 15 years of consulting experience (all with Deloitte) bringing technology solutions to her clients to solve their business problems. She spent over 10 years working with state governments doing business process improvement, technology strategy, and systems implementation projects. For the past 3+ years Mary has been providing internal consulting services to Deloitte to bring repeatable technology solutions to clients across all industries. Mary leads the Deloitte Technology recruiting team at Fuqua, where she delivers presentations about the firm and Deloitte's Technology practice, interviews candidates for summer internships and full-time positions, and provides career advice for students interested in consulting. At Deloitte, she serves as the Dean for Technology advanced degree practitioners, which involves leading the onboarding program for those who joined the firm after receiving their MBA. She has participated in many Fuqua panels and forums promoting women and minorities in business and continues that work at Deloitte. Mary's true passion is providing career counseling in both formal and informal roles within and outside of Deloitte. Mary speaks annually at North Carolina state conferences focusing on career progression of women and emerging leaders (business men and women under age 35).
Mary graduated from Boston College with a BA in Computer Science, and has her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She lives in Durham and has enjoyed watching the city grow into a foodie town with a lot of personality over the last 10+ years. She enjoys spending quality time with her young daughter doing whatever she is into at the moment.
Rob Schrepfer currently serves as V.P. of Business Development and Contract Manufacturing at ANI Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANIP), where he is responsible for managing new product development, acquisitions, in-licensing and contract manufacturing. Prior to joining the executive management team at ANI, Rob was a Director at the company for four years, where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee while also serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Prior to ANI Mr. Schrepfer served as Assistant Portfolio Manager at Healthcare Value Capital, LLC, a private investment firm where he oversaw public and private investments in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services from 2005 to 2013.
In 2011, Mr. Schrepfer co-founded National Healthcare Analysis Group, LLC, which provides healthcare fraud consulting and due diligence as well as analytics and forensic services to businesses, professionals, and investment firms. Mr. Schrepfer is also co-founder of Chesapeake Therapeutics, LLC a pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing orphan drugs that require unique formulation expertise. Previously he was an equity research analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. covering the major, specialty and generic pharmaceutical industries and he also spent five years as Clinical Director and Director of Outcomes and Research at the Centers for Aquatic Rehabilitation.
Rob frequently advises start-up healthcare companies and hedge funds, focusing his efforts on capital raising/funding, strategy and finance. A frequent healthcare finance and venture capital panelist, he has authored numerous medical articles including three peer-reviewed research papers and a chapter in a leading therapeutic exercise text. He has served as a founding member of Fuqua's Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and guest lecturer at the Duke University School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Schrepfer received an M.B.A. in Finance and Health Sector Management from Duke University and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.
Rob and his wife, Coleen, a pediatric psychiatrist, live outside Baltimore, Maryland with their three children.
Tate Scott is the president and CEO of KFx Medical Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of Orthopedic implants focused on Sports Medicine and soft tissue fixation. Tate's work in the medical industry began immediately after graduation from then Duke University Graduate School of Business Administration in '78 at multinational American Hospital Supply. He is on numerous boards including Scott Laboratories a hospital/clinic and device incubator in Lubbock, Texas and has focused on both start-ups as well as the purchase of companies and technologies from positions at AHS and JNJ. His experiences include CEO of a public company (Luther Medical Products), the management of complex transactions and patent litigation (his company, KFx, was awarded one of the top 100 awards in patent litigation for 2013), along with the introduction of products ranging from electronic capital equipment to high volume disposables across global markets. He has obtained multiple investor liquidity events through M&A exits having raised from venture markets the funds to start, grow, and provide those liquidity events.
Tate holds an AB in Psychology from Duke University and a MBA from Fuqua. Tate is happily married to Jeanette and has one son (Colin T'14)—an op/ed columist for the Chronicle and in the process of completing his senior year and transitioning to Law School. Tate grew up in Durham through four grade and has many family members in the Triangle area; Previously he served on the alumni council in the early 90's. Tate and Jeanette reside in San Diego and on planes.
Mr. Skinner is Senior Vice President, Finance for Lend Lease Development - Americas. His responsibilities include financial management, reporting, advising on business unit strategies, and developing and executing M&A transactions.
Mr. Skinner has extensive international experience in corporate valuation, due diligence, accounting, and strategy development particularly with regards to real estate and technology companies. Mr. Skinner has executed investment transactions involving companies with assets exceeding $400m. In his twelve years with Lend Lease, Mr. Skinner has also held financial and corporate management roles within the Group and several portfolio companies in Australia and U.S.
Prior to joining Lend Lease, Mr. Skinner was Assistant Controller at an U.S.-listed technology company and worked for five years at Arthur Andersen in their Sydney, Australia, London, U.K. and San Jose, Californian offices.
Mr. Skinner graduated from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) with a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and earned his M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Skinner is CFA Chartholder and a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr. Skinner lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Aimee, twins Anna and James and dogs Shadow and Ginger. Mr. Skinner is actively involved in the community and is Director of Boundless Readers, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging a love of reading in children and a member of the Chicago Fuqua Alumni Club.
Jonathan Smith is a North Carolina-based commercial real estate investment professional with core
experience in development, investment syndication, investment sales, and real estate finance. Smith
currently leads a CBRE practice group concentrating on investment sales and real estate capital markets transactions in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia.
Smith has extensive experience originating investment offerings on behalf of institutional and private capital clients, underwriting and valuing income producing real estate, capitalizing real estateinvestments, and designing acquisition and disposition strategies for clients and partners. From 2001 –2013, he served as president of North State Capital, LLC, a commercial real estate investment sponsor and asset manager of value –added commercial real estate investments. From 1995- 2001 he served as Vice President at Carolina Investment Properties, Inc., a developer of medical office and industrial build to suit properties in North Carolina.
Jonathan is a 2006 graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest University.
Suzanne Smith (@snstexas) has a deep belief that everyone is a changemaker. As a serial social entrepreneur, she strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals, especially students and young entrepreneurs, to maximize the potential of the social sector to create real, scalable impact.
In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects, a registered Benefit Corporation, to reshape the business of social change. She combines her MBA know-how with two decades of experience as a nonprofit innovator to serve as a consultant, advisor and thought partner. She is also a highly sought-after public speaker at conferences nationwide, including being selected as a featured speaker at TEDxTurtleCreekWomen, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas. In this work, she has pioneered open-source frameworks for the creation of better social solutions, including layered logic models, ecosystem mapping and social alchemy. For her outstanding work as a leading thinker, she was recognized with the Next Generation Social Entrepreneur Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance. In 2015, Social Impact Architects was recognized as one of the "Best for the World" small businesses by B Corp.
Suzanne also authors Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector's top blogs according to the Huffington Post. Known for its relatable way of blending important concepts and new ways of working with storytelling, Social TrendSpotter has been hailed by readers as "the only blog I read each week." She is frequently interviewed by regional and national media on social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health.
Suzanne has been at the epicenter of game-changing social solutions for more than two decades as a social intrapreneur. Her first jobs at the City of Garland and Texas Municipal League taught her the power and potential of local government to impact change. Later, she worked for Phoenix House to scale evidence-based prevention and treatment programs to Texas and for the American Heart Association to build a national state advocacy strategy. One of her greatest achievements was co-founding the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - one of the country's first movements focused on combating childhood obesity - with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation. She also co-founded Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help nonprofits build meaningful and sustainable social enterprises.
Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she was selected as the CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar and now serves as a Research Fellow and on their Alumni Council. Nationally, she was selected as a member of Peter Senge's Society of Organizational Learning and Young Entrepreneurs Council. She also served on the national board of the Social Enterprise Alliance.
A third-generation Texan, her roots run deep through her work to improve her community with Entrepreneurs for North Texas, Dallas Business Club, Leadership Dallas, Leadership North Texas and the Junior League of Dallas. She has served a number of appointed posts for the City of Dallas and currently serves in leadership roles on the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust and the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty. She was honored to receive the Dallas Business Journal's 40 under 40 award in 2012 and the Dallas Regional Chamber's Young ATHENA Leadership Award.
Raised by career educators who were deeply committed to making a difference through education, Suzanne found her calling at an early age as both a social activist and entrepreneur. When she isn't traveling to speak, consult or discover new places, she can be found playing with her eight nieces and nephews or writing her first book on the social sector.
Beverly is President of RedPrompt, LLC, a holding company for several companies, most notably franchise locations of the fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers (a local affiliate of which opened in Durham, NC in August, 2014!). Beverly is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential sites for expansion of the franchise in her development area (DC Metro and Virginia), negotiating the terms of acquisition and selecting and overseeing the development of the property before the store opens for operations, and organizing the financing sources to make the whole business happen.
Prior to this endeavor, she spent several years doing ad hoc freelance writing, and has continued taking leadership roles in community efforts with her undergrad alumni boards, professional boards and pro-bono consulting for non-profits in the DC metro area. She's been an active supporter of the local Duke Coffee gatherings and is Class Communication co-chair for her daytime MBA '90 class.
After graduating Fuqua, Beverly joined Ford Motor Company in Finance. During her 10 year career at Ford and its subsidiary (at the time) Jaguar Cars, Beverly developed a diverse background in both Marketing and Finance, as well as positions in Information Services and Operations.
Beverly has a BS in Economics from Penn State and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Fairfax, VA in the DC Metro area with her husband, Barry and twins (and future Dukies!) Benjamin and Bailey, 12.
George Sylvestre is the Program Executive for FORUM Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA where he leads a multidisciplinary team responsible for developing and commercializing FORUM's portfolio of pharmaceutical products worldwide. Prior to joining FORUM, George lead the Program Management function for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies (US) and held numerous senior leadership positions at Purdue Pharma LP and Pfizer, Inc., including World Wide Therapeutic Area Manager for Oncology at the latter. George's pharmaceutical drug development leadership spans the continuum of Research to Commercialization in numerous therapeutic areas. Prior to joining the Pharmaceutical industry, George was a Senior Consultant at KPMG Consulting, advising clients in the Public and Private sectors. Early in his professional career, George served in the US Army in the European theater in the roles of Combat Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion Logistics officer.
George holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine as well as a Project Management Professional certification and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is active in the leadership of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, recently completing a three year term as Board Treasurer for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) a national non-profit who's mission is to champion dignity and compassion for victims of crime and crisis. An accomplished athlete, George represented the US Army at the US Military Cycling Championship (1992) and numerous US Military Triathlon Championships(1992 - 1994). He is a finisher of the Ironman Triathlon, New England Ultra marathon Championship, and numerous marathons. George, his wife Cindy, and their four children live in CT.
Olivier J. Van Dierdre joined FOCUS Search Partners in January of 2015 as Managing Director. Olivier offers more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, where he has held operational positions with rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations. Olivier concentrates his executive recruitment work on board, physician leadership, senior management and functional leadership positions for both hospitals and physician groups. Prior to joining Focus Search Partners, he chaired Tyler & Company’s Physician Executive and Medical Group Leadership Practice.
In addition to working for well-known search firms, he served as Director, Recruitment for Southwind, a division of the Advisory Board Company. He was charged with recruiting executives who specialized in hospital and physician alignment, clinical integration networks and value-based care development. Previously, Olivier was Associate Principal in the Hospital, Systems and Services sector of Heidrick & Struggles’ global Healthcare Practice, Senior Vice President of a Nashville boutique healthcare search firm, and Director of Recruitment for Vanguard Health Systems, a large, national investor-owned hospital system. Olivier began his career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Olivier was raised in Belgium, where he grew up speaking French and Flemish. When he was just shy of 14 years old, Olivier's father was transferred to Wilmington, N.C., and his family relocated to the United States. Olivier serves on Duke University’s Fuqua Business School Alumni Council. He was a board member of the ACHE Middle Tennessee chapter.
In his free time, Olivier and his wife enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling and learning to play golf. The family resides in Nashville, TN.
Olivier earned his Master of Health Administration from Duke University and his Bachelor of Science from Davidson College.
Gianna is Vice President, Human Resources, for Coach, Inc. and is responsible for the full global support for the COO, all Global Corporate Functions (CFO, CHRO and CIO), Global Operations and Supply Chain.
Prior to Coach, Gianna worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, occupying various senior leadership roles in their Human Resources and Strategy function. Gianna has broad-based HR leadership experience, including succession, leadership development, compensation & benefits, and labor relations. She has worked at a country, regional and global level, across expansive geographies and cultures including the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and North America. Gianna began her career in South Africa, where she was born, and has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America, where she currently resides.
Gianna completed her Global Executive MBA with Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2012.
Mr. Wade is the Co-Leader of Deloitte & Touche's Securities Practice, as well as Deloitte & Touche's Lead Advisory Partner serving UBS Americas. He advises major financial services firms on operations strategy, securities clearing operations, broker/dealer outsourcing, merger integration, systems conversion, and regulation implementation.
Before joining Deloitte & Touche, Mr. Wade spent eight years at Wachovia Securities where he was a Managing Director and held positions as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Wachovia, Mr. Wade led the finance and mutual fund operations functions and held positions as Chief Financial Officer at Mentor Investment Group.
Mr. Wade has an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.