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.
Mr. Gilbert provides executive leadership to Booz Allen Hamilton's Army Account business in the Pacific and West Coast Regions. He is responsible for the Account's current delivery of training, planning, transformation and restationing, engineering, and logistics capabilities. Prior to transferring to his current assignment, Mr. Gilbert led systems engineering capabilities supporting the Operational Army (e.g., US Forces Command, US Army Reserve Command) and Program Executive Office Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) clients (e.g., Joint Urban Test Capability). He has had a broad client base with Booz Allen including Departments of Justice, the Treasury, Homeland Security, National Communications System, US Marines, and the US Army. His functional expertise includes Disaster Emergency Communications, test and evaluation instrumentation system development, data center operations, and high availability communications/C4IT systems.
Mr. Gilbert served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a KC-130 aerial navigator responsible for implementing and managing complex aircraft movements around the world and serving on the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing G3 staff leading the planning and development of the Marine Corps' Operation Desert Storm aerial refueling missions.
Mr. Gilbert has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Master's Degree in Regional Economic Development from the University of California - Los Angeles, and a Master's of Business Administration from Duke University. He is married to Dr. Natalie Gilbert and has five children.
Jason Goldberg is General Manager of Product for Elevate Credit, where he leads the credit card product organization. An accomplished payments industry executive, Jason has expertise spanning consumer and commercial issuing, merchant acquiring, payment processing, and retail banking, with a focus on business strategy design and optimization, product development, customer experience, and operational effectiveness.
Prior to Elevate Credit, Jason was a Director with Protiviti where he led the payments practice. Previously, Jason served as Senior Vice President and Director of Citi Cards, where he was responsible for managing the U.S. mass market consumer portfolios. Earlier in his career, Jason held executive positions with MasterCard Worldwide, MasterCard Advisors, Citigroup, and American Express.
Jason received his BA in International Relations from Tufts University and his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he serves on the Fuqua Alumni Council. He currently resides in Chappaqua, New York with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Jason serves as the chair of the town of New Castle (New York) Emergency Preparedness Committee and as a volunteer EMT/Crew Chief with Mount Kisco Emergency Medical Services.
Don is an entrepreneur focused on the plastics industry. Since 2003 he has been responsible for the start-up and growth of Hurricane Kayaks, a premium brand of thermoformed ABS kayaks sold through specialty dealers throughout the US, Canada, Japan and Australia. He is also managing partner of a custom rotational molding and thermoforming business serving military, marine, heavy equipment, and wastewater applications.
In 2002, Don founded Blue Ridge Plastics, LLC, a plastics recycling company focused on processing difficult to recycle plastics from post-consumer and post-industrial sources. As CEO and Co-Owner Don developed and implemented the strategy and operating plan that resulted in Blue Ridge becoming a major processor of scrap plastics at 30 million lbs per year and a fixture in the industry nationally. Blue Ridge Plastics was purchased by a division of ITW in 2008.
After graduating from Fuqua in 1990, Don spent 10 years with the Cherokee group of companies based in Raleigh, NC. Cherokee provided diverse operating experiences in environmental remediation, brick manufacturing, private equity and metal finishing.
Don lives in Durham with his wife and has three children. He serves on the board of Reality Ministries, a Durham based Christian ministry to the special needs community. In addition to his MBA from Duke, Don earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1986.