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.
Mary Sawyer is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Mary has nearly 15 years of consulting experience (all with Deloitte) bringing technology solutions to her clients to solve their business problems. She spent over 10 years working with state governments doing business process improvement, technology strategy, and systems implementation projects. For the past 3+ years Mary has been providing internal consulting services to Deloitte to bring repeatable technology solutions to clients across all industries. Mary leads the Deloitte Technology recruiting team at Fuqua, where she delivers presentations about the firm and Deloitte's Technology practice, interviews candidates for summer internships and full-time positions, and provides career advice for students interested in consulting. At Deloitte, she serves as the Dean for Technology advanced degree practitioners, which involves leading the onboarding program for those who joined the firm after receiving their MBA. She has participated in many Fuqua panels and forums promoting women and minorities in business and continues that work at Deloitte. Mary's true passion is providing career counseling in both formal and informal roles within and outside of Deloitte. Mary speaks annually at North Carolina state conferences focusing on career progression of women and emerging leaders (business men and women under age 35).
Mary graduated from Boston College with a BA in Computer Science, and has her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She lives in Durham and has enjoyed watching the city grow into a foodie town with a lot of personality over the last 10+ years. She enjoys spending quality time with her young daughter doing whatever she is into at the moment.
Rob Schrepfer currently serves as V.P. of Business Development and Contract Manufacturing at ANI Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ANIP), where he is responsible for managing new product development, acquisitions, in-licensing and contract manufacturing. Prior to joining the executive management team at ANI, Rob was a Director at the company for four years, where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee while also serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Prior to ANI Mr. Schrepfer served as Assistant Portfolio Manager at Healthcare Value Capital, LLC, a private investment firm where he oversaw public and private investments in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services from 2005 to 2013.
In 2011, Mr. Schrepfer co-founded National Healthcare Analysis Group, LLC, which provides healthcare fraud consulting and due diligence as well as analytics and forensic services to businesses, professionals, and investment firms. Mr. Schrepfer is also co-founder of Chesapeake Therapeutics, LLC a pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing orphan drugs that require unique formulation expertise. Previously he was an equity research analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. covering the major, specialty and generic pharmaceutical industries and he also spent five years as Clinical Director and Director of Outcomes and Research at the Centers for Aquatic Rehabilitation.
Rob frequently advises start-up healthcare companies and hedge funds, focusing his efforts on capital raising/funding, strategy and finance. A frequent healthcare finance and venture capital panelist, he has authored numerous medical articles including three peer-reviewed research papers and a chapter in a leading therapeutic exercise text. He has served as a founding member of Fuqua's Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and guest lecturer at the Duke University School of Medicine and the Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Schrepfer received an M.B.A. in Finance and Health Sector Management from Duke University and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.
Rob and his wife, Coleen, a pediatric psychiatrist, live outside Baltimore, Maryland with their three children.
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.
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.
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 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.
Beverly is President of RedPrompt, LLC, a holding company for several companies, most notably franchise locations of the fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers (a local affiliate of which opened in Durham, NC in August, 2014!). Beverly is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential sites for expansion of the franchise in her development area (DC Metro and Virginia), negotiating the terms of acquisition and selecting and overseeing the development of the property before the store opens for operations, and organizing the financing sources to make the whole business happen.
Prior to this endeavor, she spent several years doing ad hoc freelance writing, and has continued taking leadership roles in community efforts with her undergrad alumni boards, professional boards and pro-bono consulting for non-profits in the DC metro area. She's been an active supporter of the local Duke Coffee gatherings and is Class Communication co-chair for her daytime MBA '90 class.
After graduating Fuqua, Beverly joined Ford Motor Company in Finance. During her 10 year career at Ford and its subsidiary (at the time) Jaguar Cars, Beverly developed a diverse background in both Marketing and Finance, as well as positions in Information Services and Operations.
Beverly has a BS in Economics from Penn State and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Fairfax, VA in the DC Metro area with her husband, Barry and twins (and future Dukies!) Benjamin and Bailey, 12.
George Sylvestre is the Program Executive for FORUM Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA where he leads a multidisciplinary team responsible for developing and commercializing FORUM's portfolio of pharmaceutical products worldwide. Prior to joining FORUM, George lead the Program Management function for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies (US) and held numerous senior leadership positions at Purdue Pharma LP and Pfizer, Inc., including World Wide Therapeutic Area Manager for Oncology at the latter. George's pharmaceutical drug development leadership spans the continuum of Research to Commercialization in numerous therapeutic areas. Prior to joining the Pharmaceutical industry, George was a Senior Consultant at KPMG Consulting, advising clients in the Public and Private sectors. Early in his professional career, George served in the US Army in the European theater in the roles of Combat Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion Logistics officer.
George holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine as well as a Project Management Professional certification and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is active in the leadership of numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, recently completing a three year term as Board Treasurer for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) a national non-profit who's mission is to champion dignity and compassion for victims of crime and crisis. An accomplished athlete, George represented the US Army at the US Military Cycling Championship (1992) and numerous US Military Triathlon Championships(1992 - 1994). He is a finisher of the Ironman Triathlon, New England Ultra marathon Championship, and numerous marathons. George, his wife Cindy, and their four children live in CT.