The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2014-2015 year. Led by John Peruzzi MBA '88, Chair, and Cari Coats MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Vice Chair, Alumni Council
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.
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.
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!