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 CEO and Founder of Coheezion, delivering visual analytics and decision sciences to improve health care clinical trial management. In his current role, Dave is responsible for the global strategy, product development and operations for Coheezion, growing the company from inception to initial customer adoption. Dave also leads Prana Advisors, a boutique management and strategy advisory consulting firm. In this role, Dave works closely with executive management in developing and implementing marketing, sales and operations programs and systems with a focus on revenue growth and talent alignment.
Dave's previous experience includes over 23 years experience developing and leading strategic, business development and marketing activities for global technology organizations, including senior roles at SAP, McAfee, and VeriSign. Dave also sits on the advisory board of several Silicon Valley startups, and serves on the finance and audit committee at his children's school.
Dave holds his Masters of Business Administration from Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and Bachelor of Arts 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 the challenges of strategy, risk management, and corporate governance. Dave resides in Saratoga, California with his two sons, Carter and Will.
Russ Andrews is a Managing Director at Waterfall Asset Management, LLC, an alternative investment management firm based in New York. Russ has over twenty-five years of experience in financial services, and his current responsibilities include global business development.
Prior to joining Waterfall, Russ was Managing Director for Alternative Investments at Wachovia Securities. While at Wachovia, he held several senior positions including head of Structured Product Syndicate and Debt Capital Markets. He started his career at Signet Bank, where he served as Senior Vice President and was responsible for Fixed Income Trading and Syndicate.
Russ holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the College of William and Mary and a Masters in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Russ and his wife reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two sons. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Cannon School.
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.