2014-2015 Alumni Council Members

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.


Tate Scott MBA '78

KFx Medical Corporation, President and CEO

Tate Scott is the president and CEO of KFx Medical Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of Orthopedic implants focused on Sports Medicine and soft tissue fixation. Tate's work in the medical industry began immediately after graduation from then Duke University Graduate School of Business Administration in '78 at multinational American Hospital Supply. He is on numerous boards including Scott Laboratories a hospital/clinic and device incubator in Lubbock, Texas and has focused on both start-ups as well as the purchase of companies and technologies from positions at AHS and JNJ. His experiences include CEO of a public company (Luther Medical Products), the management of complex transactions and patent litigation (his company, KFx, was awarded one of the top 100 awards in patent litigation for 2013), along with the introduction of products ranging from electronic capital equipment to high volume disposables across global markets. He has obtained multiple investor liquidity events through M&A exits having raised from venture markets the funds to start, grow, and provide those liquidity events.

Tate holds an AB in Psychology from Duke University and a MBA from Fuqua. Tate is happily married to Jeanette and has one son (Colin T'14)—an op/ed columist for the Chronicle and in the process of completing his senior year and transitioning to Law School. Tate grew up in Durham through four grade and has many family members in the Triangle area; Previously he served on the alumni council in the early 90's. Tate and Jeanette reside in San Diego and on planes.

Jesse Shefferman MBA '07

Barclays Capital, Vice President

Jesse Shefferman is a Vice President in the Investment Banking division of Barclays Capital in New York City. Jesse is a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking group where he provides advisory services for a number of companies in the healthcare services, medical device and specialty pharma sectors. He has worked on a number of mergers and acquisition transactions as well as equity and debt financings for Barclays Capital's Healthcare clients. Jesse joined Lehman Brothers, whose investment banking unit was later acquired by Barclays Capital, after receiving his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2007.

Prior to business school, Jesse worked in European Equities Sales for Cazenove & Co, Commerzbank and Citigroup in New York and Boston where his coverage efforts focused on value-oriented hedge funds. Prior to this, Jesse was an equity research analyst with Citigroup in London covering the Oilfiend Services sector. Jesse's career began in 1997 as a Research Associate with Credit Suisse First Boston in Houston, TX, where Jesse worked in the Oilfield Services research group. Jesse graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, in 1997 with a degree in Accounting.

Sanjith Shetty MBA '95

Soham Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Vice Chairman

Sanjith S. Shetty is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Soham Renewable Energy India (P) Ltd. Soham Energy is a purely renewable focused company that today has constructed, commissioned and operates two hydroelectric power plants with seven others in various stages of implementation. While lighting up close to 1.25 million lives, the company prides itself in generating power in an energy-starved nation in a manner that is enviro-, eco- and people-friendly. One aspect of the company that is dear to every Soham employee and Sanjith is its CSR activity where it runs four unique programs dealing with computer education, school transportation, health insurance and building school infrastructure. Today its programs impact the daily lives of close to 5,000 children in rural India.

Sanjith has been a serial entrepreneur, in the past heading ventures in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages, IT education and IT services. An industrial engineer by training, he served as the graduation speaker the Daytime MBA Class of 1995 at Fuqua. While at Fuqua he was President of International Business Club, An Executive Fellow and Member of the Duke Rugby team. After graduation Sanjith has remained closely involved with Fuqua as an alumni club leader in Bangalore and an admissions volunteer. He also serves on Duke's India Alumni Advisory Board. Sanjith is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) and Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), both global peer-to-peer networks of business leaders.

Mark Skinner MBA '06

Lend Lease Retail & Communities, Inc., SVP - Strategy and Development

Mr. Skinner is Senior Vice President, Finance for Lend Lease Development - Americas. His responsibilities include financial management, reporting, advising on business unit strategies, and developing and executing M&A transactions. 

Mr. Skinner has extensive international experience in corporate valuation, due diligence, accounting, and strategy development particularly with regards to real estate and technology companies. Mr. Skinner has executed investment transactions involving companies with assets exceeding $400m. In his twelve years with Lend Lease, Mr. Skinner has also held financial and corporate management roles within the Group and several portfolio companies in Australia and U.S.

Prior to joining Lend Lease, Mr. Skinner was Assistant Controller at an U.S.-listed technology company and worked for five years at Arthur Andersen in their Sydney, Australia, London, U.K. and San Jose, Californian offices.

Mr. Skinner graduated from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) with a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and earned his M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Skinner is CFA Chartholder and a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Skinner lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Aimee, twins Anna and James and dogs Shadow and Ginger. Mr. Skinner is actively involved in the community and is Director of Boundless Readers, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging a love of reading in children and a member of the Chicago Fuqua Alumni Club.

Suzanne Smith MBA '08

Social Impact Architects, Founder and Managing Director

Suzanne Smith is founder and managing director of Social Impact Architects. Suzanne serves as a coach and consultant for social organizations seeking to maximize the impact of their social strategies and achieve real, measurable results. Having spent the greater part of the past two decades generating innovative and break-through social ideas, she has been widely recognized for her success in building and implementing award-winning programs and initiatives within the social sector.

Outside of Social Impact Architects, Suzanne holds a research fellowship at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational Learning (founded by Peter Senge), serves on the National Board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and is the 2010 recipient of the Next Generation Social Entrepreneurs Award. She also is a member of Dallas Social Venture Partners.

Prior to founding Social Impact Architects, Suzanne was a Senior Consultant with the Washington, DC firm Community Wealth Ventures. Previously, she also worked in government relations with both the Phoenix House and the American Heart Association. While with the American Heart Association, Suzanne championed early efforts to build an integrated and outcome-driven platform to combat childhood obesity. In that role, she cofounded the Alliance for a Healthier Generation with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation.  A hallmark of her career has been the development of productive and mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations such as the National Football League, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar.

Colin Starks MBA '79

Federated Investors, Inc., Senior Vice President

Colin Starks is Senior Vice President of Federated Securities Corp., a subsidiary of Federated Investors, Inc. He is also a Corporate Officer of Federated Securities Corp. Starks is responsible for leading the sales and distribution of all Federated Investors products and services within the broker/dealer industry. Federated Investors is one of the largest mutual fund companies in the country.

Prior to joining Federated Investors in 1998, Starks was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc. for five years where he managed sales and distribution opportunities for financial intermediaries. This was preceded by a 15-year career at the IBM Corporation where he held a number of key sales, marketing, and executive positions.

Mr. Starks received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Duke University in 1978 and an MBA in marketing from Duke University in 1979. He is a former member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Starks and his wife, Laurie, reside in Southlake, Texas, and have three children.