2015-2016 Alumni Council Members

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.


John Healey MBA '92

Sabert North America, President

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 with a management systems and operations concentration and his A/S in Mechanical Design from Moraine Park Technical College. Randy is currently an active member of the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business Alumni Council.

Randy is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Kenall Manufacturing where he's engaged in leading all aspects of operations while concurrently keeping fresh the company's ongoing 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 has also recently become a member of the Board of Directors at The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA-a leading business organization for driving economic development throughout Kenosha County for ensuring growth, a robust economy, and a positive business climate for the area).

He comes from an extremely diverse general management and 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-an organization charter with developing pre-approved industrial park properties slated for attracting and locating industrial businesses and educational centers), and served as its 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

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

Altamont Capital Partners/Renegade, SVP Brand Strategy and Operations

Steve Holley is Senior Vice President with Altamont Capital Partners (ACP).  He focuses on strategic acquisitions and accelerating operational growth in ACP's Renegade action sports portfolio.

Steve has spent his career building high-performance teams that drive connections between brands and consumers.   Prior to joining ACP, he served as Vice President of Business Intelligence and Innovation for Mattel. 

Prior to Mattel, he held roles in Global Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Oakley.  His responsibilities included Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM), customer loyalty strategy, online 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.  

Before joining Oakley, Mr. Holley worked in retail strategy consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates' (KSA) strategy and private equity practices. At KSA, his focus was Private Equity due diligence and helping consumer products, retail, and omnichannel brands develop consumer-focused growth strategies.

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