Board of Visitors
The Owen Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors was founded in 2005. Their purpose is four-fold: to serve as a demanding partner in engaging the Dean concerning the strategic direction of the school; to provide advice and counsel to the Dean with respect to curriculum and needs of the business community; to work with students and faculty in programs of interest as speakers, panelists, contributors; and to assist in the mentoring and placement of Vanderbilt students in internships and post-graduate employment.
David B. Ingram
Chairman and President, Ingram Entertainment Inc.; Chairman, DBI Beverage Inc.
Chair, Owen Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors
David B. Ingram is Chairman and President of Ingram Entertainment Inc. and also serves as Chairman of DBI Beverage Inc. Ingram Entertainment Inc. is currently the nation's largest distributor of videos, DVDs and video games. On February 20, 2002, Mr. Ingram formed DBI Beverage Inc. ("DBI") as a separate company that currently holds the assets of five beverage distributorships in Memphis, Napa, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Products distributed by DBI include Miller, Coors, Corona, Heineken, Pabst, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Fat Tire and Red Bull. Mr. Ingram is Vice Chairman of the Montgomery Bell Academy Board of Trustees. He is the Chairman for the Vanderbilt Owen School Capital Campaign Steering Committee, serves as head of the Investment Committee for the Tennessee Golf Foundation and as Treasurer of The Golf Club of Tennessee. He is also a board member of Avenue Financial Holdings, Inc. Mr. Ingram is a former board member of Buy.com, Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc., Ingram Micro, and the Video Software Dealers Association. He graduated from Duke University and earned his Master of Business Administration from Owen.
Vice President –Diversity and Inclusion, AT&T
Belinda Grant-Anderson is Vice President – Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T. In this role she has responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s diversity & inclusion strategy, including partnering with the business units to achieve their annual diversity goals, overseeing the company’s awards submission process, and managing our relationship with external research partners. . During her tenure, AT&T has received numerous awards including being named a Top Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, the No. 1 company for Diversity by Hispanic Business Magazine, a Top 40 Company by Black Enterprise, a Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association of Female Executives, and maintaining a perfect 100% score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Ms. Grant-Anderson joined the former BellSouth Corporation in 1998 and the responsibilities she held include Vice President - People Development, Vice President - Policy Resolution for Regulatory & External Affairs, Division President- Operator Services, and Executive Director - Strategic Management Unit. Prior to joining BellSouth, Ms. Grant-Anderson was a consultant with the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, for seven years. She began her career with Procter & Gamble’s Research and Development Division in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Grant-Anderson received her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a past Board member of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Vanderbilt Alumni Board, the Texas Diversity Council, the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, and St. Jude’s Recovery Center. She and her husband reside in Dallas with their 2 daughters.
Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance, Nissan North America, Inc.
Scott E. Becker is senior vice president, administration and finance for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). In this role, Becker oversees the corporate finance, consumer and dealer finance (NMAC), corporate planning, legal, government affairs, information systems, organization support, real estate, security, aviation and internal audit functions for Nissan's operations in the Americas. Prior to being named senior vice president in August 2009, Becker served as vice president, legal and government affairs, and general counsel for NNA. His duties included providing legal advice and counsel to the company on a broad range of corporate governance, transactional, litigation and legal compliance matters, as well as leading Nissan's government affairs activities. Before joining Nissan in July 2006, Becker was vice president and deputy general counsel for retail operations, real estate and services for Sears Holdings Corporation. Becker joined Sears in 2000 and held several litigation positions in the company's legal department. Prior to joining Sears, Becker worked for the Chicago law firms of Sanchez & Daniels; Rosenthal and Schanfield PC; and D'Ancona & Pflaum LLC. Becker received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
John F. BrockChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
John Brock is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products in the world. Mr. Brock began his career at Procter & Gamble, before joining Cadbury Schweppes in 1983. In March of 2000, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes and Chairman of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group's Board of Directors. Later that year, Mr. Brock was named Beverage Industry's Executive of the Year. In 2003, he was named CEO of Interbrew, headquartered in Brussels (Belgium), before joining Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2006. He also serves as Chairman of the Americas for the International Business Leaders Forum and as a trustee on the international IBLF Board. Mr. Brock earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Executive Advisor, CCMP Capital Advisors
Doug joined CCMP Capital as an Executive Advisor in May, 2013 .He brings more than 25 years of experience growing consumer-focused and industrial companies, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oreck, the Nashville-based manufacturer of upright vacuums and cleaning products. He grew the company from $250 million in sales to $1.2 billion, an effort that culminated with engineering the sale of the company to Mars, Inc. Before joining Oreck, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Doane Pet Care Company, a private label manufacturer of pet food and former CCMP Portfolio company. In 2005, he led the sale of Doane to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund for $875 million and in 2006 he spearheaded the company's sale to Mars Incorporated for $1.2 billion, retaining leadership through both transactions. Prior to joining Doane, he spent 13 years at Olin Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of metal and chemicals.He serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and is on the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. In January 2009, he was appointed an Advisor to Mars Incorporated. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Banfield Pet Hospital, Jamieson, and Ollie's Bargain Outlet. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green University.
Hugh S. ("Beau") Cummins, III
Executive, Commercial & Business Banking
Hugh S. (“Beau”) Cummins, III was appointed Commercial & Business Banking executive in June 2013. The position includes oversight for SunTrust's geographic leadership of 12 division and region presidents. Cummins most recently served as chairman, president & chief executive officer of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH), the corporate and investment banking division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. STRH delivers strategic advice, capital raising and risk management solutions to thousands of corporate clients in a variety of industries and across a national corporate banking franchise. Before joining SunTrust in 2005, Cummins held numerous leadership positions with Bank of America including global head of investment grade origination, global head of foreign exchange and co-head of global interest rate and commodity derivative sales. He began his investment banking career at Citibank in its Global Derivative Products business. Cummins serves on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and is a trustee of YoungArts. He is a past chairman of the board of trustees of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, and a two-term past member of the Business Advisory Council at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. He also previously served as a board member of the ABA Securities Association and is a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Foreign Exchange Committee. Cummins earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources Global Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company
Mike Dallas has worldwide responsibility for HP's strategic human resources practices and operations supporting over 275,000 employees in more than 170 countries. He is a member of HP’s Executive HR team and part of several senior advisory committee’s impacting the HP employee experience. With over 1200 HR professionals in his organization, Dallas leads Geographic operations for region and country HR including country level business partnership, generalist activities, benefits administration, staffing and recruiting, and labor relations.
Dallas leads the Worldwide center of expertise for HR processes and systems including Manager Self Service, Contact HR help desk and management of the partnership with the Global Business Services internal service provider organization. His organization is responsible for compliance, employee and labor relations. Dallas, a 17-year HP Veteran has extensive experience in Mergers, Acquisitions and Outsourcing deal support and has held several diverse leadership positions, including lead Business HR Partner for HP’s Enterprise Business Group, Global Total Rewards, Sales Compensation and Sales Operations. Prior to joining HP, Dallas was in technology sales with AT&T/NCR and in retail management with J.C. Penney Corporation. Dallas earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University.
Robert J. (Bob) Dennis
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Genesco, Inc.
Bob Dennis was named chairman of Genesco in April 2010, adding to his existing responsibilities as president and chief executive officer. He had served as president and chief executive officer since August 2008 and president and chief operating officer since October 2006, when he also became a director of the Company. Dennis, who became chief executive officer of Hat World, Inc. in 2001, was named a senior vice president of Genesco in June 2004 following the Company's acquisition of Hat World and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Genesco in October 2005. A 27-year retail veteran, his experience includes a senior position with Asbury Automotive from 1997 to 1999. From 1984 to 1997 he was with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm, becoming a leader of the North American Retail Practice and a partner in 1990. Dennis holds a master of business administration degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School, with a focus on consumer marketing, and bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemical engineering and organic chemistry, with honors, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Dennis was named a director of Teavana Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TEA) in July 2011. He also serves on the board of directors with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Nashville Symphony, and on the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management.
Adena T. Friedman
President, Global Corporate and Information Technology Solutions, Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc.
Ms. Adena T. Friedman has been the President of Global Corporate and Information Technology Solutions at The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. since June 12, 2014. She oversees the strategy, operations and finances of three Nasdaq businesses: information services, technology solutions and the corporate client group. Ms. Friedman served as Chief Financial Officer of Carlyle Group Management LLC, the general partner of The Carlyle Group L.P. until May 09, 2014. She served as Chief ... Financial Officer of The Carlyle Group LP from March 28, 2011 to May 9, 2014 and served as its Managing Director. Ms. Friedman served as the Chief Financial Officer at Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (formerly, Nasdaq Stock Market Inc) from July 2009 to March 4, 2011 and its Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy from October 2003 to March 4, 2011. Ms. Friedman was responsible for all financial, tax, investor relations, enterprise risk management, and investment matters. She served as Executive Vice President of Global Data Products of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. from 2000 to 2009, Executive Vice President, Data Products since January 2002 and also served as its Executive Vice President. Since October 2003, she served as the Head of Corporate Strategy of Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. Ms. Friedman served as Senior Vice President of Nasdaq Data Products from January 2001 to January 2002. She led the effort in 2004 to launch the NASDAQ Closing Cross. Ms. Friedman joined Nasdaq in 1993. She served as Marketing Manager of marketing efforts to broker-dealers of Nasdaq from April 1995 to August 1997. She served as Vice President of OTC Bulletin Board, Mutual Fund Quotation Service and NasdaqTrader.com from January 2000 to January 2001. She served as a Director of iLevel Solutions, LLC. She served as Member of Advisory Board of 5AM Solutions, Inc. Ms. Friedman served as a Director of NASDAQ Dubai Limited (formerly, Dubai International Financial Exchange Limited) from March 2008 to June 2010. She served as a Director of OTC Bulletin Board and Mutual Fund Quotation Service from August 1997 to January 2000. Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A., with honors, from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, USA and a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in Massachusetts, USA..
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
On March 1, 2010, after serving as Vice President and General Counsel for three years, Gary Garfield assumed the role of CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. His election as Vice President and Senior Officer of Bridgestone Corporation (BSJ) was effective March 29, 2011. In 1991, Garfield joined then-Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee serving as Senior Counsel. In 1995, he was promoted to the position of General Counsel for Bridgestone Firestone Tire Sales Company. In 2002, Garfield was named Vice President and General Counsel of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC. In 2007, Garfield accepted the positions of Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., positions in which he had served in an "acting" capacity since 2006. In addition to his work at Bridgestone Americas, Garfield serves as a member of the board of directors for the Tennessee Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, the Nashville Ballet, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Boy Scouts of Tennessee, the United Way of Middle Tennessee and the Rubber Manufacturer's Association. Garfield also serves on the Steering Committee of Nashville's Agenda. In January 2011, he joined the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville's Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association. He joined the Board of Visitors – Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business in 2011. Garfield received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wittenberg University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati.
Josué Christiano Gomes da SilvaChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas—Coteminas
Josué Christiano Gomes da Silva is Chairman and CEO of Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas—Coteminas, the biggest textile group in Latin America. Springs Global, a company controlled by Coteminas, is the worldwide leader in the towels and bedding segment, with sales of $2 billion and with industries in several countries in North America. He is also President of the Institute of Studies for Industrial Development and the former President of the Brazilian Association of Textile and Clothing Industries. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG (MG, Brazil), in addition to earning his law degree from Faculdade Milton Campos (MG, Brazil) and a Master of Business Administration from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, where he received the Founder's Medal in recognition for his academic achievement.
Henry L. Guy Jr.President and CEO, Modern Holdings
Henry L. Guy is the President and CEO of Modern Holdings. He has overseen and managed investments in over 30 portfolio companies. Prior to joining Modern Holdings, Henry was the Chief Financial Officer at Ephibian, Inc., a leading software development firm that focuses on developing comprehensive database-driven software applications. Before Ephibian, Henry served as an officer in the United States Navy. Henry serves on a variety of boards including those of Metro International S.A. (OMX MTRO SDB B), Anima Regni GP LLC, Basset Labs AB, Audit Value International S.A., and Lors Photography, Inc. Henry serves on the Board of Visitors for Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
William E. HugerPartner, Voyager Management, LLC
Mr. Huger is an active member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee for the hedge fund of funds firm Voyager Management, LLC. Prior to merging with Voyager Management, LLC in late 2009, Mr. Huger co-founded Global Strategies Investment Management, LLC in 1998. From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Huger was a Managing Partner of K2 Advisors LLC, a New York based fund of funds, prior to being a Managing Member of Winston Absolute Return Management, LLC. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Huger was Executive Vice President and Director in charge of marketing and administration for the long/short equity firm J.O. Patterson & Co. Previously, he worked in Equity Capital Markets at Robinson Humphrey/Shearson Lehman developing and presenting investment strategies to mutual funds and alternative investment managers. Prior thereto, he worked at L.F. Rothschild as an institutional fixed income sales trader. Mr. Huger graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Economics, in 1985 and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1993.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development, The Est�e Lauder Companies
Peter Jueptner was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development of The Estée Lauder Companies on January 5, 2009. In this role, he works closely with the CEO, CFO and the entire Executive Management team to develop, shape, communicate and implement Estée Lauder's Global strategy. Peter leads all Merger and Acquisitions as well as Licensing and Alliance activities for The Estée Lauder Companies worldwide. He oversees Transformational Initiatives, including the Organizational Design evolution of the corporation. He is a member of the Investment Development Committee (IDC), the Estée Lauder Leadership Team (ELT) and the Project Management Team (PMT). Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, Peter served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Mergers Acquisitions at Philip Morris International. Previous to his work at Philip Morris, he held executive roles at A&P, a North American grocery retailer, and Campbell Soup Company. He started his career with the Boston Consulting Group. Peter was born in Germany and attended the University in Karlsruhe receiving an undergraduate degree in Information Technology and Industrial Engineering. He also worked as an industrial engineer at Siemens while pursuing his degree. Peter received his MBA, in marketing and finance, in the United States from Vanderbilt University. He has three children and lives in New York City.
Kevin P. KaseffManaging Partner, Titan Real Estate Investment Group, Inc.
Kevin Kaseff is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Titan Real Estate Investment Group, Inc. Titan is a commercial real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition of office, multi-family, retail and industrial properties throughout the United States. Mr. Kaseff runs the company and oversees Titan's commercial property division. With more than 20 years of broad experience, Mr. Kaseff has successfully completed and managed commercial real estate transactions both nationally and internationally, including assignments in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. Prior to founding Titan, Mr. Kaseff was a Managing Director of Insignia Financial Group (NYSE:IFS), responsible for identifying, structuring and overseeing joint venture investment opportunities in the Western United States and Asia. Mr. Kaseff has also held senior positions at Greenwich Group International and Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company. He earned his master's degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Kaseff is a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California's Real Estate Program.
President and General Manager, 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division
Cindy Kent is a health care veteran with 20-plus years in the industry. She is currently the president and general manager for the drug delivery systems division of 3M's $30 billion diversified technology company known worldwide for its innovation. Cindy is a member of the company's executive leadership conference and sits on the health care business group's senior leadership team. Prior to joining 3M in October 2013, Cindy was the vice president and general manager of the gastro/urology therapies business unit and chaired the Global Women's Leadership Network for Medtronic. She is a 2007 German Marshall Fellow. Cindy sits on the Metropolitan Economic Development Association's (MEDA) Board of Directors and until recently was the fund development chair. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, The Links, and the Executive Leadership Council. Cindy holds an MBA in marketing as well as a master of divinity, both from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she has a BS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and is an ordained minister. Cindy is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
David C. Kloeppel
Founder, Domus Hospitality LLC
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Delta Airlines (Global Finance)
Virginia B. (Gigi) LazenbyChairman and CEO, Bretagne, LLC
Virginia "Gigi" Lazenby is managing member, chief executive officer and 100 percent shareholder of Bretagne LLC, an oil and gas production company she founded in 1988. Previously, Mrs. Lazenby served as president of Transatlantic Exploration LTD. Mrs. Lazenby is the Vice Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America where she previously served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Political Action Committee as well as serving on several other IPAA committees. Mrs. Lazenby will assume the Chairmanship of the Independent Petroleum Association of America in November 2011. Mrs. Lazenby also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a post appointed by the Secretary of Energy. Mrs. Lazenby also previously served as the President of the National Stripper Well Association. She is also a member of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association. Mrs. Lazenby has testified before Congress many times on behalf of the National Stripper Well Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America and was awarded the IPAA Leadership Award in 2001. Mrs. Lazenby previously served as the President of the Owen Alumni Association at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She also previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Belle Meade Plantation, an historic property in Nashville Tenn. representing a history of agricultural and Thoroughbred breeding encompassing a full century of Southern History. Mrs. Lazenby received a B. A. in history from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in finance from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Mrs. Lazenby is a life-long resident of Nashville, Tenn. She is the daughter of the late Paul Banks, Jr., who served as president of Spur Oil Company, now a division of Murphy Oil Company, and Southern States Asphalt, a division of Marathon Ashland Petroleum, P.L.C., now Marathon Petroleum Company, LLC.
W. Jackson Long, Jr.Chairman and Co-Founder, PeopleAdmin, Inc.
Jack Long is Chairman and Co-Founder of PeopleAdmin, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based software business. Prior to co-founding PeopleAdmin in 2000, Jack was a co-founder of Lone Star Overnight, L.P., a regional air express transportation company. Lone Star Overnight and PeopleAdmin were both recognized as Inc. 500 companies in 1996 and 2007, respectively. Jack was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business MBA program from 1999 until 2002 in the entrepreneurship program. In 2003, he became part of the founding faculty of the Acton School of Business where he teaches various entrepreneurship courses. Jack holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Jim LordPrincipal/Owner, ECG Management Consultants Inc
Jim is a member of ECG’s Board of Directors; heads the Midwest Healthcare practice; and specializes in strategy, organizational development, and incentive design. As the leader of Midwest Healthcare, Jim is regularly hired by health systems and large medical group practices to improve strategic, operational, and financial performance and to assist with the development of sound business relationships. Prior to joining ECG in 1997, he worked in medical group management for a large integrated delivery system in the Midwest. His background in operations and strategy provides him with the unique skills necessary to evaluate and address the most difficult healthcare issues. Jim is a regular speaker at national conferences on the topics of physician integration, health reform, and incentive design. Jim earned master of business administration and master of health administration degrees from Saint Louis University. He has a bachelor of science degree in finance, also from Saint Louis University.
CFO, Hensley & Company
Founded in 1955, Hensley (one of the largest, privately held companies in Arizona) serves the greater Phoenix and Prescott Valley areas delivering a very diverse and first-rate portfolio of Anheuser-Busch products, imports, craft brews, spirits, specialty beverages, energy drinks, water, teas and wine. Hensley also has a Tucson operation for many of its products. Andy's responsibilities include overseeing and managing the finance; treasury; strategic planning; information technology; operations, sales and marketing functions of the company. Andy serves as Chairman of the Anheuser-Busch National Wholesaler Advisory Panel; Past Chairman, Board Member and Executive Committee member of The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Board member of Fiesta Bowl; Co-chair Hensley Employee Foundation; and Patrons Committee member of United Methodist Outreach Ministries' New Day Centers. Andy received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, 1984, and a Masters in Business Administration, 1986, both from Vanderbilt University. He has lived in Phoenix since 1996 and is married with two children.
William M. Mounger
Chief Executive Officer, TriStar Technologies
William M. (Billy) Mounger II currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Technologies, LLC and a member of Votum Capital, LLC, both business development companies. In addition, he is President of Telos Foundation, Inc., which assists various nonprofit groups with both financial and advisory support. He was formerly Chairman of TeleCorp PCS, Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tritel, Inc. and President of Mercury Communications Company. Mr. Mounger served as Chairman of the Cellular One Advisory Council and on the Board of the Personal Communication Industry Association. He was named one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Businessmen" in Mississippi in 1995 by the Mississippi Business Journal and was named the Ernst and Young "2000 Entrepreneur of the Year" for Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Mounger graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and later received a Master of Arts degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Eric W. NollPresident and Chief Executive Officer, ConvergEx Group
Eric W. Noll is President and Chief Executive Officer of ConvergEx Group. Prior to joining ConvergEx, Mr. Noll served as Executive Vice President, Transaction Services, NASDAQ OMX, Inc. in the U.S. and U.K where he was responsible for all US/UK equity, options and futures exchanges – NASDAQ, NOM, PHLX, PSX, BX, BX Options, NFX and NLX from 2009-2013. In this role, he helped manage and grow all relationships with broker-dealers and investors (buy side) for equities, options and futures including technology, market structure, functionality, order types and pricing. From 1994-2009, Mr. Noll was Managing Director with Susquehanna International Group, where he managed external and exchange relationships and was responsible for strategic planning and new product development. From 1993-1994, Mr. Noll was with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where he was Assistant Vice President – Strategic Planning and New Product Development, and from 1990-1993, he was Manager, Strategic Planning at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Mr. Noll holds a Series 7, 63 and 24. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, with a finance concentration. He received his A.B. from Franklin and Marshall College, with a double major in government and economics. Mr. Noll is a member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors, Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
William C. "Billy" Oehmig
Oehmig, Partner, The Sterling Group, LP
Since 1984, Billy has been a partner with the Sterling Group in Houston, Texas. Sterling is a private equity firm focused on middle market investments in the fields of basic manufacturing, industrial service, and distribution. He currently serves on the board of North American Energy Partners (NOA) and chairs the Risk Committee and the board of Universal Fiber Systems where he chairs the Compensation Committee. Billy has served as Chairman of the Board of NOA, Royster-Clark, Purina Mills and Exopack and as a Director of Airtron, Inc., Reeves Carlberg, Panolam Industries, Propex and Sterling Diagnostic Imaging. Billy has also served as chairman of the Board of the Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tennessee and now serves as a director of Baylor. He also serves on the Board of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. Previously Billy worked in banking and mergers and acquisitions. He also represented foreign investors in purchasing and managing companies in the United States in the oilfield service, manufacturing, distribution, heavy equipment, and real estate sectors. Billy began his career in Houston in 1974 at Texas Commerce Bank. He received a B.B.A. in economics from Transylvania University and a M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
W. Douglas ParkerChief Executive Officer, American Airlines
Doug Parker is Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines Group and its principal subsidiary company, American Airlines. He became CEO following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Prior to the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of America West. He became the CEO just 10 days before September 11, 2001 and led the carrier through the crisis.Under his leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth and operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. He has been one of the most vocal proponents of airlines industry consolidation, which has provided a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities and stockholders. His experience prior to joining America West includes four years at Northwest Airlines as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer and VP of Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to joining Northwest, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1986. He serves on the board of directors for Valley of the Sun United Way and is a member of the Board of Visitor at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.
James M. Powers
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Calibrus Call Center Services, LLC
Calibrus is an onshore Customer Management Contact Center BPO provider specializing in customer management solutions and back office support. James is an entrepreneur and business operator; founding, growing and ultimately selling several successful companies in a variety of industries including technology and healthcare. He has been the CEO of both publicly traded and private companies and most recently he served as Chariman, President & CEO of iLinc Communications, Inc (web/video collaboration software) until he sold iLinc to Broadsoft, Inc. in late 2011. Prior to starting iLinc, he was the co-founder, Chairman and President of Clearidge, Inc., a Nashville, TN based bottled water company that he led through 16 acquisitions to become one of the largest independent bottlers in the southeast and then sold it to Suntory. Powers was the co-founder and President of Barnhill's Buffet, a restaurant chain started in Memphis, TN, which he helped grow to more than 3,000 employees with restaurants throughout the southeast before selling it in 2004. In addition, he founded Liberty Dental Alliance in Nashville, TN, where he served as Chairman, President and CEO. In 1998, Liberty merged with publicly-traded Pentegra Dental Group and he re-located to Phoenix, AZ to serve as Chairman, President & CEO.Powers serves on numerous philanthropic and corporate boards and currently is the Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Technology Council. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, a BS from the University of Memphis and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center.
Neil P. Ramsey
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ramsey Quantitative Systems, Inc.
Neil P. Ramsey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ramsey Quantitative Systems, Inc. (RQSI), a Louisville, Kentucky-based private investment firm. Mr. Ramsey is primarily responsible for the leadership of quantitative strategies development and providing strategic direction for RQSI. Prior to forming RQSI, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with both domestic and foreign multi-nationals in developing corporate strategies. Mr. Ramsey graduated from Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude, with a BE in Engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Managing Director and Global Head of Communications Technologies, Investment Banking at Citigroup
Sean Rogers is a Managing Director and Global Head of Communications Technologies Investment Banking at Citigroup. He has extensive transaction experience advising firms on both capital formation and mergers and acquisitions. Some of the clients Sean has worked with in the recent past include: Amphenol, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Belden, Brocade, Ceragon, Cisco, Commscope, Comtech, Corning, Ericsson, Genesys, Harris, HP, Logica, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and TE Connectivity. Sean began his investment banking career in 1995 at Chemical Bank and joined Salomon Brothers' (Citigroup) Energy Investment Banking team in 1997. He moved into Technology Investment Banking in 2000, working with venture capital firms on portfolio consolidation and with a number of data networking, optical components and optical systems companies. After spending 8 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he returned to Citi with his team in the fall of 2012. He holds MBA and bachelor's degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Sam A. Samad
Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasurer, Cardinal Health
As the Corporate Treasurer for Cardinal Health, Sam Samad has responsibility for treasury, credit and collections and tax. He also directly oversees the finance organization of Cardinal Health’s China business and works closely on building the strategic roadmap for Cardinal Health China. Samad joined Cardinal Health in November of 2007 and was promoted shortly afterwards to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Pharmaceutical Segment. As the Pharmaceutical Segment CFO he helped relaunch the specialty business known as Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions and acted as the interim general manager for the Specialty Distribution team. Prior to Cardinal Health, Samad spent 12 years at Eli Lilly and Company in international finance leadership roles and a sales leadership assignment. His last position with Lilly prior to joining Cardinal Health was as Chief Financial Officer of Eli Lilly Canada. In addition to Samad’s responsibilities at Cardinal Health, he is treasurer and a board member for the Cardinal Health Foundation. He is also a member of the board of Sirum, a non-profit social enterprise for distributing unused medication. Samad earned a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in finance from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
Mark A. Tillinger
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Vice President/ The Riedel & Cody Fund, Founder and President
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Executive Vice President, Global Brands Teams, Fisher-Price, Mattel Inc.
In April 2013, Geoff Walker was appointed as Executive Vice President, Global Brands Teams at Fisher-Price. From December 2011 to April 2013 he served as Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager of Europe for Mattel, Inc. the world's leading toy manufacturer and home to some of the world's most venerable brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price and Thomas and Friends. In this role, Geoff oversees Sales, Brand Marketing, Customer Marketing, Finance, Licensing, Supply Chain, HR, IT and Legal Affairs across 16 Western European Markets and is responsible for all of Mattel's brands in the region. Geoff relocated his family from Los Angeles to the UK three years ago and during his tenure in the region grew the UK and Eastern Europe markets double digits in addition to opening the first solely-operated Mattel office in Russia. Prior to being named to the International Team in 2010, Geoff built his reputation in the Toy Industry with 15 years in Mattel's Global Brand Teams heading up and growing brands including Hot Wheels, Uno, Scrabble, Batman and Toy Story. He is known for repositioning and turning around brands through Brand development and product innovation. Geoff is also very well regarded for his keen ability to build strong, sustainable teams that not only develop great products but build better businesses and deliver results. Geoff also holds his CPA accreditation, and prior to joining Mattel, he spent 4 years in public accounting at KPMG. He serves as an active member on the British Toy and Hobby Association and is an officer of HIT Entertainment. Geoff earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.