2016-2017 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2016-2017 year. Led by Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Chair, and Joe Hines MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.


Penelope Gardner MBA '87

Gardner Consulting Group, LLC, Owner

Penelope works with individuals and teams interested in resurrection, reinvention and recreation.

With formal education from Radford University (BS), Duke University (MBA), INSEAD and other institutions and credentialing organizations including the International Coaching Federation and Toastmasters International, Penelope has experience executing what she's learned internationally.

Improved and inspired individual and organizational performance is the outcome for Penelope's clients ranging from government and non-profits to individual executives and major corporations including Westinghouse, Alcatel, Cisco and IBM. The client impact of Penelope's coaching, writing and keynote speaking is the desire and will for resurrection, reinvention and recreation. 

Penelope's passion is helping herself and others achieve their personal best--within and demonstrated professionally and at play.

Jason Goldberg MBA '03

Protiviti, Director

 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 Grigg MBA '90

Accuform Polymers, Inc and Hurricane Kayaks, Inc., Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer

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.