2013-2014 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2013-2014 year. Led by Liz Crute MBA '95, Chair, and John Peruzzi MBA '88, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.

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Dave Anderson MBA '10


Coheezion, Inc., Founder and CEO

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 MBA '03


Swimways Corporation, President/Owner

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.

Bruce Barlow MBA '87


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Senior Director, Market Research
Bruce leads a full service market research business unit (with P/L responsibility) within the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a trade association of 960 small, non-profit electric utilities owned by the consumers they serve. Collectively NRECA's member co-ops serve 12% of the US population and 75% of the nation's land mass. In addition to legislative advocacy, the Association provides a wide range of services to its member systems including comprehensive employee benefits, education and training, technology research and development, consulting, and market research.   Bruce's group uses an evolving variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques across both consumer and business audiences to provide insights to inform the critical business decisions made by NRECA and its member co-ops. A significant portion of Bruce's work involves anticipating and tracking changes in consumers' circumstances, attitudes, and behaviors and advising co-ops how to best adapt to remain successful in this shifting landscape. This role has taken on more importance in recent years with the changes afoot in the electric power industry.

Bruce has spent over 25 years wrestling with services marketing issues. Prior to NRECA, he worked in a similar capacity in the financial services industry at Nasdaq, Sallie Mae, and Riggs National Bank.  Bruce's experience and skills set includes consensus building, product development,  service line enhancement, marketing strategy development, customer satisfaction and service quality measurement, web site usability testing, social media usage, focus group and workshop facilitation, consultative sales, and creative problem solving.  He enjoys the wide breadth of topics explored in his professional life and is happy to have found a job that matches his attention span.

In addition to the MBA from Fuqua, Bruce holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He is happily married to Kathy a classmate from Cornell. They have two children, Nicole, a junior at Old Dominion University, and Stephen, a senior at Bishop Ireton High School. They live in suburban Washington DC. In his spare time, Bruce studies and instructs Tae Kwon Do. His is also an avid fan of  Bishop Ireton Crew, Washington Capitals hockey, and Duke Basketball.

Peter Bingaman MBA '00


MSC Industrial Supply Co., Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Peter Bingaman is MSC Industrial Supply Co.'s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He is a member of MSC's Corporate Strategy Team and Executive Committee. Peter is responsible for brand strategy, corporate communications and integrated marketing inclusive of advertising, digital marketing, direct marketing and sales enablement. He also oversees MSC's business intelligence and analytics teams. Peter is a member of the Corporate Strategy Team and Executive Committee. 

Peter joined MSC in 2010 after spending more than 20 years in executive leadership positions with global high technology companies and agency services firms. From 1996 to 2006, Peter held several executive marketing roles at IBM, including Vice President of Global Marketing for the IBM Systems Group where he was credited with returning the IBM iSeries business to profitable growth after several years of severe declines. At IBM, he also served in executive marketing roles in IBM Software Group and IBM Corporate Marketing. Previously, Peter was Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising where he led the strategy, positioning and development of powerful brands for blue chip clients including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and General Mills.  He also lived and worked in Europe while leading the pan-European Hewlett-Packard account.

Peter holds a master's degree in business from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University.

Dave Bolin MBA '04


Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC., Regulatory Affairs Manager

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 MMS '12


Square 1 Bank, Assistant Vice President of Venture Banking

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 MMS '10


Capital One Financial Services, Senior Business Analyst

Jay Butler is a Senior Business Analyst at Capital One Financial Services in Dallas, TX.  He currently works in Capital One Auto Finance on the Credit and Business Strategy team. He and his team are responsible for setting credit policy and pricing, as well as analyzing credit and market risk for the Auto Finance business in both the dealer and direct lending channels. Prior to moving to Auto Finance, Jay spent time as a business analyst in Capital One's U.S. Card business, working in Card Collections Strategy and Analysis.

Jay is extremely committed to serving his local community. He volunteers his time as a facilitator and mentor at SMU with Leadership Edge Inc., a non-profit organization focused on providing leadership training and mentoring to college students in order to equip them to be leaders in their communities.  Jay also actively serves 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.

Cari Haught Coats MBA '03


C2 Advisors, Inc., President

Cari H. Coats is president of C2 Advisors, Inc. providing advisory services that leverage Coats' extensive executive-level management, strategy, governance and succession, and marketing experience. Coats is also managing partner of SeaChange Venture Philanthropy, a global VP firm that mobilizes high growth entrepreneurial ventures, private foundations and non-profits for sustainable social impact, as well as serves on the adjunct faculty and manages the entrepreneurship program at the nationally-recognized Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Coats works extensively with entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurship ventures, as well as sources of investment capital and venture philanthropy. Prior positions Coats has held include chief operating officer with CNL Real Estate Advisors, chief strategy officer with CNL Financial Group, Executive Vice President of the NBA-franchise Orlando Magic and Producer/Co-Host of the nationally syndicated television show PM Magazine. Coats is Chairman of the board of Bajalia International Group, a fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan-quality goods sourced from more than 20 under-developed nations across the globe. Additionally, she serves on the governing body for Athena PowerLink Orlando which provides peer-to-peer mentoring to high potential women-owned businesses. Coats community and civic involvement, particularly with charities focused on children and underserved populations, is longstanding and far-reaching. Coats is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University.  Her undergraduate alma mater is the University of Central Florida where she received her B.A. in Communications-Radio/TV. Coats is married to Russell Coats. They reside in Orlando, Florida with their twin, 15-year-old daughters, Kate and Maddie.

Cindy Eddins Collier MHA '81


Healthcare Valuation and Financial Forensics, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Lori Conkling MBA '99


Lifetime Networks, Executive Vice President, Distribution

Lori Conkling was named Executive Vice President, Distribution, of Lifetime Networks, in March 2008. In her role, Conkling is responsible for overseeing Lifetime Network's overall distribution strategy across multiple platforms, from linear, VOD, HD and interactive to mobile, including Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network, the #1 and #2 networks for women, as well as Lifetime Real Women. She also supervises the expansion of new and existing product platforms, including Lifetime On Demand, Lifetime HD and Lifetime Movie Network HD, and oversees such areas as field sales, national accounts, affiliate marketing, affiliate ad sales, affiliate strategy and distribution legal.

Conkling joined Lifetime from Disney and ESPN Media Networks, where, since 2004, she served as Vice President, National Accounts. While there, she was responsible for executing complex, multi-product national distribution deals for linear channels, VOD and pay-per-view services, broadband products and interactive TV applications. In her role, Conkling negotiated on behalf of Disney, ESPN, ABC and ABC News, among others. She rose to this position after having served as Director, National Accounts, for the ABC Cable Networks Group.

Prior to joining Disney and ESPN Media Networks, Conkling worked in the Media & Entertainment practice at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), specializing in analyzing and developing corporate strategies for publishing, film and telecommunications companies.

Conkling received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She also is a member of Class 12 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, WICT's prestigious training program for executive women in the telecommunications industry.

Kraig Correll MBA '05


Barclays, Vice President, Investment Management
Kraig Correll is a Private Banker at Barclays Wealth in the in the New York office. He joined Barclays in 2008 as part of the acquisition of Lehman Brothers. Prior to Lehman, Kraig had a successful 17 year career at Merck & Company where he was an Associate Director of Cardiovascular Global Marketing.
Kraig holds a BS in Chemistry and Business Management from Moravian College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania with his wife Kathy and their three children. Kraig coaches football and wrestling for a local youth organization.

Todd Creech MBA '03


Sirion Therapeutics, Chief Financial Officer

Todd has been CFO and Vice-President of Business Development for Sarcode Biosciences since November 2010. SarCode is a private company developing LFA-1 antagonists to treat diseases in ophthalmology, dermatology and other inflammatory conditions. In the summer of 2011, Sarcode successfully completed a $44m financing and initiated pivotal trials of its lead candidate, SAR1118, for the treatment of dry eye. From January 2007 through September 2010, he was the CFO of Sirion Therapeutics, a private company that developed and marketed ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. He was responsible for financing strategy, accounting, capital structure, treasury, legal and information technology activities of the company. Sirion raised over $100 million in debt and equity during that time to support the license and development of six late-stage clinical programs; two of which were eventually approved by the FDA and commercialized by Sirion. In the first half of 2010 he helped lead the sale of Sirion's drug assets to Alcon and Bausch and Lomb.

Prior to Sirion, Todd worked with NovaQuest, the investment group within Quintiles, Inc, where he structured, placed and managed capital investments into U.S. emerging biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies, including the investment that launched Sirion Therapeutics. Prior to NovaQuest, Todd co-founded Centice, an optical sensor spin-out from Duke University. He also has over 10 years of experience consulting to pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies; both startups and Fortune 100 companies while at SRI International and Andersen Consulting. Todd holds bachelor's degrees in Finance and Accounting from Miami (Ohio) University and a MBA from Duke University. He and his wife, Heather, live in Tampa, Florida, and have two children: Ty (6) and Caden (4).

Liz Crute MBA '95


Pitney Bowes Inc., Division Vice President

Chair, Alumni Council

Liz Crute is a seasoned business leader who has held several leadership positions in her 27 years with Pitney Bowes. Most recently, Liz held the role of Division Vice President where she led her business unit to record results. Previously, Liz held the role of National VP for the Finance arm of PB where she combined her finance and general business knowledge to help grow the lucrative part of the company and create new revenue streams. Liz has the distinction of being featured, along with six other PB employees, on the cover of FORTUNE magazine highlighting how employees were taking different career paths to get to the top of a corporation.

Liz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduated from the Fuqua School of Business in 1995. Liz is involved in many of her church sponsored charities and has also led letter writing campaigns to soldiers serving overseas, as well as been active in Big Sisters programs. Liz and her husband Hunter live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and have five children. Their oldest daughter, Courtney, is a teacher in Chile, their second daughter, Meredith, is a senior at ECU, and their "little kids" are eight -year-old triplets, Jennifer, Hunter IV and Hutcheson. In her spare time, Liz likes to spend time with her family and also to swim, bike and run! Liz just completed her first triathlon in May!

Melissa Dean MBA '04


Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, Chief Financial Officer

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.

Dina Dunn MBA '93


Blink LLC, Founder and General Partner

As founder and General Partner of Blink, a marketing and communications agency in North Carolina, Dina works with manufacturing-based industries to transform short and long-term practices into sustainable initiatives. Dina speaks extensively about the rising influence of LOHAS consumers and their demands for eco-friendly products and services. Dina works with manufacturers, brands and retailers to identify opportunities and define responsible strategies and communication plans that build credibility and brand equity with critical stakeholders. Prior to founding Blink, Dina worked in Marketing for firms such as Reckitt & Colman, Kayser-Roth and Nylstar, Inc.

Dina earned her BA from Colgate University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She currently serves as the Board Chair of The Greensboro Montessori School, was elected to Goldman Sachs' Vantage Marketplace as a consultant to the apparel industry and is an active member of Sustainable North Carolina. Dina and her husband, Mike, have two children and live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Cindy Eisner MBA '10


TPI, Partner

Cindy Eisner is a seasoned business leader having held multiple leadership positions in Finance, IT and Operations. Currently, a Director of Governance Services with Technology Partners International (TPI), Cindy consults with clients on the Governance of their Outsourcing Relationships. Prior to TPI, Cindy held senior IT positions with Staples, Inc., the leading office supplies retailer. At Staples, Cindy led the IT Vendor and Contract Management group and the Global Systems Integration for Staples' acquisition of Corporate Express.  Her experience also includes positions at Software Spectrum, Corporate Software and Digital Equipment Corporation, where she graduated from the Financial Management Program (FDP). Cindy graduated from Fuqua's Global Executive Program in 2010. She has been actively involved in Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, having been a leader for thirteen years and held many Service Unit positions. In addition, Cindy has coached soccer, held positions on School Parent Organizations and Junior Achievement. Cindy and her daughter, Samantha, live outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  Samantha will be attending University of California Santa Barbara in the fall, with a major in Zoology.

Sylvia Escobar MBA '95


Agilent Technologies, Vice President Sales and Marketing

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 MBA '09


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Senior Associate - Health Industries Advisory Practice

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.

Penelope Gardner MBA '87


IBM, Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC)

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.

Mick Gunter MBA '04


Primo Water Corporation, Vice President, Operations

Mr. Gunter has served as Primo Water Corporation's Senior Vice President of Operations since March 2010 and previously served as Vice President of Operations from the company's founding in October 2004 through February 2010. Prior to joining Primo Water Corporation, he served as the Senior Director of Strategy and Financial Analysis as well as the Director of Information Technology for Blue Rhino Corporation from 2000 until October 2004. Mr. Gunter served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1990 to 1996.  Mr. Gunter received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University, and a Master in Business Administration from Duke University. Michael is the founder and executive director of the Angels Foundation, and serves on several community boards in Winston-Salem, where he resides with his wife, Tanya, and three sons, Bailey, Stephen and Paul.

Bill Haskett MBA '78


Deloitte Consulting, Senior Manager

Bill Haskett currently works for Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he is a Senior Manager in their Federal Practice, providing financial consulting to clients within the Department of Defense. Previously Bill retired as a Captain, in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, after 27 years of service. In the Navy his assignments included Comptroller for the Naval Shipyards and Supervisor of Shipbuilding, and Comptroller of the United States Pacific Command, in addition to financial positions within the Naval Air Systems Command, the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Naval Supply Systems Command, and the Office of the Navy Comptroller (ASN (FM&C)). Before joining Deloitte, Bill was with American Management Systems as a Senior Principal, and then jointed SAIC where he was a Vice President. His undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, was in mathematics and economics. He also attended the Executive Program at the University of Michigan and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Steve Hayes MBA '03


The Walt Disney Company, Manager, CRM & Direct Marketing

Steve currently manages Global Relationships and Annual Passholder communications for Disney Destinations' CMR team, developing CRM & direct marketing strategies. He recently relocated back to Orlando, Florida, after spending four years at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. He has lead a variety of marketing programs for various celebrations and product launches during his career at Disney.

Steve graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and went to work for General Electric in their Manufacturing Management Program. He held a variety of positions on and off GE's development program specializing in productivity and process improvement. In 1998 he joined Walt Disney World's Industrial Engineering department and eventually lead a team supporting various departments at Disney from call center operations, costuming, textile services, and resort operations. After completing his MBA in Fuqua's Cross Continent Program in 2003, he changed careers at Disney, joined the CMR team, and developed expertise in database and e-mail marketing. He has managed a wide range of programs from highly customized 1:1 communications to more traditional direct marketing programs driving lead generation, lead conversion, and guest relationships. Steve has been active in Duke regional clubs and looks forward to increasing alumni engagement as a member of the Fuqua Alumni Council.

John Healey MBA '92


Johnson & Johnson Consumer Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region , President, Strategy and Operations

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).   

Randy Hernandez MBA '04


Kenall Manufacturing, Executive Vice President of Operations

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 including management systems and operations concentration and his A/S in Mechanical Design from Moraine Park Technical College.

Randy is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Kenall Manufacturing where he's engaged in leading all aspects of operations while concurrently developing the company's 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 comes from an extremely diverse 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--a pre-approved industrial park initiative for locating industrial complexes and educational centers), and served as the 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.

Joe Hines MBA '03


Timmons Group, Partner and Principal

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 MBA '02


Oakley Inc., Global Directorof Sales Development (Marketing)

Steve Holley is the Global Director of Sales Development for Oakley, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for driving the branded consumer experience with the company's 10 regional offices in North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. His focus includes Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM), customer loyalty strategy, the brand knowledge 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.

Prior to working in Sales Development, Mr. Holley worked on the corporate strategy team at Oakley where he led many consumer brand strategy projects for the company—including helping develop the company's annual strategic operating plan process.

Before joining Oakley, Mr. Holley worked in corporate strategy consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates' (KSA) strategy and private equity practices. At KSA, his focus was on helping consumer products, retail, and omnichannel brands develop consumer-focused growth strategies. Focus areas included consumer insights, retail shopping experience, product development, marketing brand positioning, data analytics, and retail productivity. 

Mr. Holley has an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Jim Karrh MBA '87


Karrh & Associates, President

Jim Karrh is a consultant, writer and speaker specializing in marketing and sales effectiveness. 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 2006.   

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.

Amy Katch MBA '93


Nuance Communications/eScription Bus., Western Regional Sales

Amy is responsible for Nuance Healthcare's eScription Sales on the West Coast, including maintaining relationships with existing customers. She started working with speech recognition applications over six years ago and has since helped both civilian and military healthcare facilities improve transcription operations. Amy also has over ten years of experience working with a variety of internet-based business models (including pioneering internet advertising) in sales, business development and VC funding. Amy's success emanates from educating prospects about disruptive technologies and growing those relationships into long-standing, revenue-generating customers.

Prior to Fuqua, Amy received her B.B.A. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin's top-ranked program. She has been a Fuqua  Alumni Admissions interviewer almost since the program's inception and has recently begun interviewing Duke undergraduate candidates as well. Amy's also active in her local community and serves on the Board of the Pacific Palisades Junior Women's Club in the Los Angeles area. In the past few years, Amy has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Kala Patar, above Everest's Base Camp.

Lynne Kaye MBA '82


Unison Advisory Group, Founder and CEO

Immediate Past President, Alumni Council

Lynne Kaye is the founder and President of Unison Advisory Group, an environmental and financial sustainability consulting firm. Her firm helps corporations enhance their product and service offerings and increase their efficiency by improving environmental performance. Lynne's prior experience includes 18 years in capital markets, most recently as head of the M&A unit for Banc One Capital Markets, and serving as a Board and Executive Compensation consultant with the Hay Group.

Lynne holds a BS from Wake Forest University. She serves as Co-Chair for the award-winning Loudoun Green Business Challenge and serves on the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association steering committee for government contractor sustainability. Lynne and her husband Leo Subler (Fuqua class of 1983) live in Northern Virginia.

Scott Kriscovich MBA '94


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Scott Kriscovich has more than 20 years of professional services experience ranging from "Big 4" consultancies to start-up organizations. He is currently President of TrueBridge Resources, an Atlanta-based provider of Contract, Contract-to-Hire, and Direct Hire Placement services for the Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Human Capital, and Direct Marketing functions. Scott helped to start the company in 2008 as a sister company to The North Highland Company, a management consulting company. Since its launch, TrueBridge has expanded to 8 cities since its launch, positioning itself for companies' increased reliance on professional contingent staffing. And Scott is looking forward to TrueBridge having an RTP presence soon.

Prior to starting TrueBridge Resources, he served as the Market Leader for the Atlanta office of Accretive Solutions. His experience as a Senior Manager at Deloitte includes Large-Scale Systems Implementation; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Electronic Commerce; and Supply Chain and Financial Process Redesign. Scott's prior experience includes positions with Accenture and Ford Motor Company. 

Scott holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He and his wife, Ann, live in Marietta, Georgia with their three volleyball coaching and playing daughters: Hannah, a HS junior; Mary Kate, a freshman; and Megan who is in seventh grade. Scott is active in the Career Ministry at St. Ann Church, providing job search guidance and advice on working with external recruiters, and with the local Notre Dame and Duke Alumni Organizations.

Brian Lange MBA '05


GlaxoSmithKline, Marketing Director
Brian Lange is a Marketing Director at GlaxoSmithKline, based in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He is responsible for the launch of several late-stage development assets, working within GSK's Respiratory business unit. Prior to joining the company in 2011, Brian worked for six years in a variety of brand management roles within Johnson & Johnson, including leadership of brands such as Children's TYLENOL, SPLENDA and JOHNSON'S Baby. Before enrolling at Fuqua, he spent several years working within the Health Care Consulting practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

He holds a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and received his MBA from the daytime program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is happily married to his college sweetheart, Stacey, and they have three children—Carter, Campbell, and Colby. While it may raise the ire of some of his fellow alums, Brian and his family happily reside in Chapel Hill.

Chen-Lin Lee MBA '05


Facebook, Inc., Strategy Lead

Chen-Lin Lee joined Facebook in 2010, supporting their large accounts sales team. He leads global projects in sales operations and process improvement, product support, and vendor management. He was previously at Google as a Strategy and Operations Manager, also supporting their large accounts media sales team.

Before entering the online media world, Chen-Lin was at General Electric and was selected into their world-class Experienced Commercial Leadership Program. He was also formerly a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing sales force effectiveness and CRM implementation projects. 

Chen-Lin received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Phillip Lew MBA '09


Cisco Systems, Director of Engineering Operations & User Experience

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 Director of Engineering Operations & User Experience in the Network Management Technology Group at Cisco Systems. In this role, Phillip oversees a globally-distributed team responsible for the development and commercialization of network management software products. 

Phillip resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his two young daughters (ages 2 & 4). 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.

Mike McConnell MBA '99


One NorthChase, President, ASMBA

Mike McConnell is the President of the Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association and the ASMBA STAR Foundation. He is a former Air Force command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours. During his Air Force career he served as a crew commander, instructor pilot, squadron commander and group commander as well as in staff positions at the Air Staff, Strategic Air Command, Air Combat Command, and the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an international political military affairs specialist. After leaving the Air Force, he served on the staff of a member of Congress and then joined the staff of a large international technology corporation where he evaluated new technology opportunities. He also participated in two start-up companies as director of marketing and business operations. He has a bachelor's degree in business from Texas A&M University; a master's degree in management from Abilene Christian University. He is also is a graduate of the National War College and has studied international affairs at Creighton University and Catholic University. In 1999 he graduated from Fuqua with an MBA. He is married to Dr. Dorenda McConnell (Doughtie) who is Dean of Faculty at a college in Georgia.

Erik Michielsen MBA '02


Capture Your Flag, Founder and President

Erik Michielsen is the New York City-based founder of Capture Your Flag (www.captureyourflag.com), where he is pioneering Near Peer Learning as a means to help students and professionals more fully realize ambitions and aspirations. An expert interviewer, Michielsen facilitates knowledge sharing by interviewing a set of up and coming leaders annually, charting their respective development over time.  Interviews are segmented by question, creating knowledge rich and thematic driven video learning experiences used by millions worldwide. 

Before Capture Your Flag, Michielsen honed his passions for interviewing, emerging technology, and knowledge sharing as an executive with boutique research firm ABI Research, where he advised the world's leading media and technology firms on next-generation market opportunities. Erik has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FOX News, and spoken at major conferences worldwide. He guest lectures to leading academic programs across the country, including Columbia University and Vanderbilt University. He is a board member and advisor to non-profit Kilifi Kids (www.kilifikids.org) and its mission to eradicate child malnutrition by using mobile health solutions. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. Erik loves competing in both cooking competitions and long distance races, including both the 2009 and 2010 New York City marathons.

Maggie Miller MBA '94


Marketing Scout Consulting, Principal

Maggie Miller has worked in consumer marketing 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. She provides marketing strategy consulting services to a variety of clients across industries, including Fortune 500 firms as well as small businesses.  Maggie lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her beagle, Scout, where she remains devoted to the Blue Devils and enjoys having time to play golf!

Vikas Mittal MBA '06


Accenture, Senior Manager

Vikas Mittal is a Senior Manager at Accenture in its Talent and Organization Performance practice. With a primary focus on public organizations (i.e. government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions), Vikas has spent the last ten years helping his clients achieve business and strategic values in the areas of analytics, business processes, systems integration and HR operations. Vikas serves on the New York City Academy Advisory Board helping students in struggling schools graduate, attend college and launch careers. In addition, he is an active member of several New York City political organizations.

Vikas completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Columbia University in 2000 and was a member of the Cross Continent MBA Class of 2006 at the Fuqua School of Business. A native of West Texas, he currently lives and works in New York City. Outside of work, Vikas enjoys the outdoors, reading and of course, Duke athletics. Forever Duke.

Susan Nolan AMP '08


Fifth Third Bank, Corporate Senior Vice President, Human Resources

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. 

Jai Parekh MBA '08


Brar-Parekh Eye Associates & Star-x Clinical Research, Managing Partner & President

Jai G. Parekh, MD, MBA, is a 2008 graduate of Fuqua's Weekend Executive MBA/HSM program. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist/corneal transplant surgeon practicing in the New Jersey/New York area. He is a managing partner at Brar-Parekh Eye Associates, a 40-year-old clinical practice, and Co-Founder/President of the newly formed Star-x Clinical Research LLC, a research think tank. Jai is also Chief of Cornea & Medical Director of the Research Institute at St. Joseph's Regional HealthCare System in New Jersey, where he was recently chosen to serve on the Hospital's Board of Trustees. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, a world-renowned eye hospital, where he did his cornea and refractive surgery fellowship several years ago. In Boston, Jai completed medical school and training in both internal medicine and ophthalmology where he served as chief resident in both specialties. He has been privileged to train at many hospitals affiliated with several medical schools including Boston, Brown, Tufts, and Harvard Universities. Jai is well-published and lectures at various national and international meetings; he is a key opinion leader within the pharmaceutical industry as well. In fact, he was recently named the only ophthalmologist in the country to serve on the prestigious Society of Academic Medicine Board. Jai's interests include ocular surface diseases, entrepreneurship, practice/disease management, charitable healthcare, and philanthropy. Jai resides in New Jersey with his wife of 16 years and three children.

John Peruzzi MBA '88


Citigroup, Managing Director, Global Head of Credit Operations

Vice 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.

Jeff Popper MBA '93


Hasbro Inc., VP of Marketing, Global Brand Strategy & Marketing

Jeff Popper is a Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing at Hasbro, Inc. He has been at Hasbro since 2001, leading beloved toy brands including Star Wars, Nerf and Play-Doh. From 2006-2008, he worked in International Marketing, heading up Preschool and Girls marketing with responsibility for all business outside North America. He is currently leading the Playskool business.

Prior to joining Hasbro, Jeff spent nearly seven years at household products company Reckitt Benckiser, holding positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and new product development on such familiar brands as Lysol and Resolve.

In addition to the Duke MBA, Jeff holds a BA in Economics from Vassar College. He resides in Medfield, Massachusetts, with his wife of 17 years, Alyson, and two young sons. Outside of work, he enjoys running, coaching youth sports, and is a wine enthusiast.

Zeb Portanova MBA '11


Eli Lilly and Company, Associate

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.

Steve Robinson MBA '92


IBM Corporation, General Manager of IBM Security Solutions

Steve Robinson is GM, IBM Security Solutions WW. In this capacity, Steve is responsible for leading all of IBM's commercial security initiatives across software, hardware and services divisions representing more than $100B globally of business opportunity. Steve has held numerous software executive roles in his 27 year career in the areas of sales, technical services and development. Steve was named to IBM's Integrated Values Team in 2007. The IVT is made up of 300 executives across the company to drive integration and growth initiatives for IBM.

Steve holds a BS degree in Business and Computer Science from Wake Forest University and received an MBA degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.

Pam Rodgers MBA '83


Rodgers Chevrolet, President

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 MBA '93


Citi, Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Research

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 five 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 #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.

Lyle Ross MBA '08


Goldman Sachs & Company, Associate

A 2008 graduate of the Daytime MBA program, Lyle works as an Associate for Goldman, Sachs & Company in the Private Wealth Management Division. A Durham native and lifelong Duke athletics fan, Lyle graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1999 with a BA in English. Prior to business school Lyle worked as an analyst for a boutique investor relations firm in San Francisco and as a fundraising officer in the Development Office at Stanford University. At Fuqua, Lyle served as a student representative to the Board of Visitors, an Executive Fellow, Alumni Relations Fellow, Admissions Ambassador, and as a cabinet member for the Social Impact Club. Lyle and his wife, Lizzie, live in San Francisco, California.

Tate Scott MBA '78


KFx Medical Corporation, President and CEO

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 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.

Jesse Shefferman MBA '07


Barclays Capital, Vice President

Jesse Shefferman is a Vice President in the Investment Banking division of Barclays Capital in New York City. Jesse is a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking group where he provides advisory services for a number of companies in the healthcare services, medical device and specialty pharma sectors. He has worked on a number of mergers and acquisition transactions as well as equity and debt financings for Barclays Capital's Healthcare clients. Jesse joined Lehman Brothers, whose investment banking unit was later acquired by Barclays Capital, after receiving his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2007.

Prior to business school, Jesse worked in European Equities Sales for Cazenove & Co, Commerzbank and Citigroup in New York and Boston where his coverage efforts focused on value-oriented hedge funds. Prior to this, Jesse was an equity research analyst with Citigroup in London covering the Oilfiend Services sector. Jesse's career began in 1997 as a Research Associate with Credit Suisse First Boston in Houston, TX, where Jesse worked in the Oilfield Services research group. Jesse graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, in 1997 with a degree in Accounting.

Sanjith Shetty MBA '95


Soham Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Vice Chairman

Sanjith S. Shetty is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Soham Renewable Energy India (P) Ltd. Soham Energy is a purely renewable focused company that today has constructed, commissioned and operates two hydroelectric power plants with seven others in various stages of implementation. While lighting up close to 1.25 million lives, the company prides itself in generating power in an energy-starved nation in a manner that is enviro-, eco- and people-friendly. One aspect of the company that is dear to every Soham employee and Sanjith is its CSR activity where it runs four unique programs dealing with computer education, school transportation, health insurance and building school infrastructure. Today its programs impact the daily lives of close to 5,000 children in rural India.

Sanjith has been a serial entrepreneur, in the past heading ventures in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages, IT education and IT services. An industrial engineer by training, he served as the graduation speaker the Daytime MBA Class of 1995 at Fuqua. While at Fuqua he was President of International Business Club, An Executive Fellow and Member of the Duke Rugby team. After graduation Sanjith has remained closely involved with Fuqua as an alumni club leader in Bangalore and an admissions volunteer. He also serves on Duke's India Alumni Advisory Board. Sanjith is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) and Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), both global peer-to-peer networks of business leaders.

Mark Skinner MBA '06


Lend Lease Retail & Communities, Inc., SVP - Strategy and Development

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.

Suzanne Smith MBA '08


Social Impact Architects, Founder and Managing Director

Suzanne Smith is founder and managing director of Social Impact Architects. Suzanne serves as a coach and consultant for social organizations seeking to maximize the impact of their social strategies and achieve real, measurable results. Having spent the greater part of the past two decades generating innovative and break-through social ideas, she has been widely recognized for her success in building and implementing award-winning programs and initiatives within the social sector.

Outside of Social Impact Architects, Suzanne holds a research fellowship at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational Learning (founded by Peter Senge), serves on the National Board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and is the 2010 recipient of the Next Generation Social Entrepreneurs Award. She also is a member of Dallas Social Venture Partners.

Prior to founding Social Impact Architects, Suzanne was a Senior Consultant with the Washington, DC firm Community Wealth Ventures. Previously, she also worked in government relations with both the Phoenix House and the American Heart Association. While with the American Heart Association, Suzanne championed early efforts to build an integrated and outcome-driven platform to combat childhood obesity. In that role, she cofounded the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation.  A hallmark of her career has been the development of productive and mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations such as the National Football League, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar.

Colin Starks MBA '79


Federated Investors, Inc., Senior Vice President

Colin Starks is Senior Vice President of Federated Securities Corp., a subsidiary of Federated Investors, Inc. He is also a Corporate Officer of Federated Securities Corp. Starks is responsible for leading the sales and distribution of all Federated Investors products and services within the broker/dealer industry. Federated Investors is one of the largest mutual fund companies in the country.

Prior to joining Federated Investors in 1998, Starks was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc. for five years where he managed sales and distribution opportunities for financial intermediaries. This was preceded by a 15-year career at the IBM Corporation where he held a number of key sales, marketing, and executive positions.

Mr. Starks received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Duke University in 1978 and an MBA in marketing from Duke University in 1979. He is a former member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Starks and his wife, Laurie, reside in Southlake, Texas, and have three children.

Olivier Van Dierdonck MHA '89


The Advisory Board Company (Southwind Division), Director of Recruitment

Olivier J. Van Dierdonck currently serves as the Director of Recruitment for Southwind, a Division of The Advisory Board Company where he leads a team responsible for ensuring proper talent acquisition to staff hospital and physician practice consulting engagements. Previously, he was an Associate Principal in the Hospital, Systems and Services sector of Heidrick & Struggles’ global Healthcare Practice and Senior Vice President of a Nashville boutique healthcare search firm. He concentrates his executive search work on board, senior management, physician leadership & functional leadership positions.

Olivier has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare service sector where he has held operational positions with both rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations (PhyCor and MedPartners).

Formerly, Olivier was the Director of Recruitment for a large, national investor-owned hospital system.  Olivier holds a BS degree from Davidson College (1986) and a MHA from Duke University (1989). He is happily married to Carrie Wingate, a Xerox employee, and has a daughter, Sarah, a high school senior, and a stepson, Wilson Wingate (13). Olivier and his family reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Edith Varhelyi MBA '02


Coberon Chronos Group, CEO

Edith Varhelyi is CEO of Coberon Chronos Group, a global provider of IT outsourcing, staffing and BPA services. The company is currently delivering projects in over 50 countries in EMEA, Asia and the Americas for multinational clients.

Prior to her appointment as Group CEO in 2006, Edith ran the IT outsourcing division of the Group. After receiving BA and MSc degrees from universities in Sweden and the UK, Edith earned her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business in 2002. She speaks fluent Hungarian and Swedish and has lived and worked in eight countries on three continents.

Prior to Fuqua, Edith worked as VP for the first online consumer shopping portal in Europe as well as spent a few years as managing partner of a staffing company in Europe.