The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2017-2018 year. Led by Joe Hines MBA '03, Chair, and George Sylvestre MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Chris Bade has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions with global technology driven businesses, as well as consulting and as a US Marine. Mr. Bade currently serves as the Vice President & General Manager Global Service, responsible for growth and profitability of the L3 Security & Detection Systems Sector worldwide service team. His team provides pre-sales technical support, installation and integration services, after sale warranty and post warranty field service, training, technical support and 24/7 call centers spanning the globe. He has held several other senior positions within the sector including Vice President Worldwide Sales, VP Business Development, VP Critical Infrastructure Solutions, and most recently led the due diligence team for two successful acquisitions in the US and UK.
Prior to joining L-3 SDS, Mr. Bade held various positions with L3 including President of the Electro-optic Technologies Group of four diverse businesses. He came to L3 from Raytheon where he was President of the Commercial Infrared business that was purchased by L3. Earlier in his career he was Vice President Strategy and Business Development for Raytheon, and held various positions with Textron, EDS/AT Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and ARCO Oil and Gas.
Mr. Bade began his career with the United States Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Captain, was a Marine Aviator and served as a Forward Air Controller with the infantry. He has an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a BS in Geology and Geophysics from Boston College. Mr. Bade also is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a US Coast Guard Charter Captains License for ships under 50 Gross Tons.
Isela Bahena is a Senior Director at TIAA-CREF with over fifteen years of experience in financial services. She has spent her career underwriting debt and equity investments in an investment management role. Today, she focuses on originating, underwriting, and structuring equity and below investment-grade debt investments across the energy and infrastructure sectors. She serves on the board of two transportation investments and a power investment in Europe and the US.
Ms. Bahena's previous experience at TIAA include investment and portfolio management in the private equity fund, co-investment, mezzanine and timber assets with a focus in emerging markets. She has also invested in domestic and international private placement debt. Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2004, Ms. Bahena was responsible for public finance and general middle-market lending and underwriting at Bank of America.
Ms. Bahena holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Business Administration from the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. She holds two not-for-profit board seats in the education sector.
Todd is president and CEO of Bolin Marketing, an integrated brand experience agency founded in 1950. He joined the family-owned business in 1984 and bought the firm from his father in 1990. Since that time, he has evolved the organization from a traditional advertising agency into a creative and strategic professional services firm delivering modern marketing programs for its clients.
Through his professional career, Todd has gained deep experience working with clients in the areas of travel/tourism, building products and B2B technology. He is a founding member and currently vice chair of Tribe Global, an international network of independent marketing agencies. He is actively engaged in both the industry and his community, having served as board chair of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), board member of the Midwest 4A's Council, board member of the Midwest chapter of the Children's Miracle Network and board chair of the Freshwater Society, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. He was also recognized by Twin Cities Business Journal's as a 40 under 40 listing of emerging business leaders.
Prior to life on the agency side, Todd worked for an early stage technology start up in Boston as well as the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina throughout his time at Fuqua. Todd received his B.S. (Economics) from Stetson University and graduated from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1984 as a Fuqua Scholar. He and his wife Terry reside in Minneapolis, MN and have two boys. Todd enjoys golf, fishing, skiing, and photography.
Devon Bostock is an Assistant Vice President of Technology & Life Sciences at Comerica Bank, specializing in debt financing for venture capital and private equity backed companies. Previously, Devon was a Venture Banker at Square 1 Bank managing a portfolio of private equity and venture capital backed technology companies in the New York City metro area. Additionally, he was responsible for managing Square 1 Bank's "early-stage" banking program designed to identify and support promising startups prior to their first institutional round of capital. Prior to that, Devon was a portfolio analyst and senior analyst at Square 1 Bank and analyst at JPMorgan.
Devon graduated from Duke University with a BA and Certificate in Marketing & Management and spent four years as a member of the Men's Varsity Soccer team. In 2012, Devon received a Masters of Management Studies degree from the Fuqua School of Business. Currently, Devon is a member of Fuqua's Alumni Council and strong supporter of other Duke programs. Additionally, Devon enjoys investing in, advising and connecting early-stage companies and their CEOs/founders with people and service providers who can help fuel their growth.