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.
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.
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.
Michael (“Mick”) is Chief Operating Officer of Brock & Scott PLLC, a full-service law firm in the southeast US with over 750 employees. Prior to joining Brock & Scott, Michael was interim CEO of Arrhythmia Research Technology; Senior Vice President of Operations for Primo Water Corporation; and Senior Director of Strategy and Financial Analysis and Director of Information Technology for Blue Rhino Corporation. He also served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Michael 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. He 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.