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.
Co Chair, Alumni Council
Mary Sawyer is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Mary has 15 years of consulting experience bringing technology solutions to her clients to solve their business problems. She spent over 10 years working with state government clients doing business process improvement, technology strategy, and systems implementation projects. Now, Mary is working with her firm's leadership to create individual technology strategies for each of Deloitte's lines of business. Mary leads Deloitte's Technology recruiting efforts at Fuqua, where she is responsible for the branding of Deloitte's Technology practice on campus, as well as identifying, interviewing, and closing candidates for Summer Associate and full-time positions. At Deloitte, she serves as the Dean for the Technology advanced degree program, which involves leading the onboarding and ongoing development for those who joined the firm after receiving their MBA. Mary is a proud leader within Deloitte Women's Initiative (WIN) and has participated in many Fuqua panels and forums promoting women and minorities in business. Mary's true passion is providing career counseling in both formal and informal roles within and outside of Deloitte. Mary regularly speaks at professional women and "emerging leader" conferences about career advancement inside and outside of Deloitte.
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.
Squire J. Servance is an Associate in the Intellectual Property group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a Philadelphia-based global law firm. Squire counsels clients on matters including patent preparation and prosecution, IP transactions, and litigation. He represents clients from a variety of high-tech industries, including telecommunications, financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemistry, medical devices, and food sciences.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Squire clerked for Judge Jerome A. Holmes of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Squire received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2008, where he was an articles editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy and staff editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. He received his M.B.A. with a concentration in corporate finance and a Certificate in Health Sector Management from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business in 2008. He received his B.S., with honors, with a double major in biomedical engineering and cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers University, School of Engineering in 2004. Outside of work, Squire serves on the boards of Camden County Habitat for Humanity, Duke Law Alumni Association, and Rutgers University Alumni Association.
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.
Jonathan Smith is a North Carolina-based commercial real estate investment professional with core
experience in development, investment syndication, investment sales, and real estate finance. Smith
currently leads a CBRE practice group concentrating on investment sales and real estate capital markets transactions in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia.
Smith has extensive experience originating investment offerings on behalf of institutional and private capital clients, underwriting and valuing income producing real estate, capitalizing real estateinvestments, and designing acquisition and disposition strategies for clients and partners. From 2001 –2013, he served as president of North State Capital, LLC, a commercial real estate investment sponsor and asset manager of value –added commercial real estate investments. From 1995- 2001 he served as Vice President at Carolina Investment Properties, Inc., a developer of medical office and industrial build to suit properties in North Carolina.
Jonathan is a 2006 graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest University.
Suzanne Smith (@snstexas) has a deep belief that everyone is a changemaker. As a serial social entrepreneur, she strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals, especially students and young entrepreneurs, to maximize the potential of the social sector to create real, scalable impact.
In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects, a registered Benefit Corporation, to reshape the business of social change. She combines her MBA know-how with two decades of experience as a nonprofit innovator to serve as a consultant, advisor and thought partner. She is also a highly sought-after public speaker at conferences nationwide, including being selected as a featured speaker at TEDxTurtleCreekWomen, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas. In this work, she has pioneered open-source frameworks for the creation of better social solutions, including layered logic models, ecosystem mapping and social alchemy. For her outstanding work as a leading thinker, she was recognized with the Next Generation Social Entrepreneur Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance. In 2015, Social Impact Architects was recognized as one of the "Best for the World" small businesses by B Corp.
Suzanne also authors Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector's top blogs according to the Huffington Post. Known for its relatable way of blending important concepts and new ways of working with storytelling, Social TrendSpotter has been hailed by readers as "the only blog I read each week." She is frequently interviewed by regional and national media on social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health.
Suzanne has been at the epicenter of game-changing social solutions for more than two decades as a social intrapreneur. Her first jobs at the City of Garland and Texas Municipal League taught her the power and potential of local government to impact change. Later, she worked for Phoenix House to scale evidence-based prevention and treatment programs to Texas and for the American Heart Association to build a national state advocacy strategy. One of her greatest achievements was co-founding the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - one of the country's first movements focused on combating childhood obesity - with a team from the William J. Clinton Foundation. She also co-founded Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help nonprofits build meaningful and sustainable social enterprises.
Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she was selected as the CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar and now serves as a Research Fellow and on their Alumni Council. Nationally, she was selected as a member of Peter Senge's Society of Organizational Learning and Young Entrepreneurs Council. She also served on the national board of the Social Enterprise Alliance.
A third-generation Texan, her roots run deep through her work to improve her community with Entrepreneurs for North Texas, Dallas Business Club, Leadership Dallas, Leadership North Texas and the Junior League of Dallas. She has served a number of appointed posts for the City of Dallas and currently serves in leadership roles on the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust and the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty. She was honored to receive the Dallas Business Journal's 40 under 40 award in 2012 and the Dallas Regional Chamber's Young ATHENA Leadership Award.
Raised by career educators who were deeply committed to making a difference through education, Suzanne found her calling at an early age as both a social activist and entrepreneur. When she isn't traveling to speak, consult or discover new places, she can be found playing with her eight nieces and nephews or writing her first book on the social sector.
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, 13.
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.