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.
Jim Karrh is a consultant, writer and speaker specializing in marketing and sales effectiveness, improving customer conversations for better acquisition, retention and loyalty. He serves clients directly through Karrh & Associates and is also a consulting principal with DSG, a sales-enablement firm. For more than a decade Jim has been a regular columnist for Arkansas Business and a guest columnist for many other publications; he published his first book, a collection of his most popular columns, in 2011.
Jim began full-time consulting work in 2009. His prior experience includes work as a small-business owner, consumer researcher and tenured university professor, agency executive and corporate chief marketing officer. As a CMO Jim transformed the marketing efforts of a 133-year-old company and built an integrated program judged best in the global bottled-water industry.
In addition to the Duke MBA Jim earned a BS in finance and Ph.D. in mass communication, both from the University of Florida. He resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Alison and their three sons.
As the Executive Vice president of International, Mr. Kollias spearheads the global expansion and international operations for Church's/Texas Chicken in 23 countries and +475 restaurants. He manages a team of over 20 professionals located around the world. His worldwide responsibilities encompass franchisee marketing, venue development, restaurant operations, business support, training, product research and development and cooperative purchasing programs.
Mr. Kollias has more than 20 years of varied and progressive growth in financial management positions and extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Most recently he served as Vice President of Finance for Planet Hollywood International, Inc. Planet Hollywood operates approximately 25 company and franchise restaurants worldwide. Mr. Kollias was responsible for business planning, financial reporting, general accounting, human resources, risk management and information technology.
Prior to joining Planet Hollywood, Mr. Kollias was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Hops Restaurant Bar & Brewery. At the time, Hops had 72 restaurants throughout the United States with sales in excess of $200 million. In addition, Mr. Kollias has worked with the Applebee's, Hard Rock Café and Dairy Queen brands in the areas of Operations, M&A, Planning and Purchasing.
Mr. Kollias received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his master's degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Currently residing in Marietta, GA, he is President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association #519, a finance committee member of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church and actively participates in multiple tennis leagues in Atlanta. He has been married to Margaret for twenty years and has two high school aged boys, Tommy and Kris.
Scott has nearly 25 years of professional services experience ranging from "Big 4" consultancies to start-up organizations. He was most recently President of TrueBridge Resources, an Atlanta-based provider of Contract, Contract-to-Hire, and Direct Hire Placement services for Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Human Capital, and Direct Marketing functions. Scott helped to start the company in 2008 as a sister company to The North Highland Company, a management consulting company. Since its launch, TrueBridge has expanded to 8 cities, positioning itself for companies' increased reliance on professional contingent staffing. TrueBridge was recently recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as the 2nd fastest growing IT staffing company over the past 5 years.
Prior to starting TrueBridge Resources, he served as the Market Leader for the Atlanta office of Accretive Solutions. His experience as a Senior Manager at Deloitte includes Large-Scale Systems Implementation; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Electronic Commerce; and Supply Chain and Financial Process Redesign. Scott's prior experience includes positions with Accenture and Ford Motor Company.Scott holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He and his wife, Ann, live in the Atlanta area with their three volleyball coaching and playing daughters: Hannah, a rising HS senior; Mary Kate, a sophomore; and Megan who is in eigth grade. Scott is active in the Career Ministry at St. Ann Church, providing job search guidance and advice on working with external recruiters, and with the local Notre Dame and Duke Alumni Organizations.