Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is a group of Owen’s most committed alumni. Board members serve the community through promotion of, and support for the school’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Their role is to both strengthen connections within the Alumni community at-large, and to partner with Owen in ensuring the school’s long-term growth and success.

Eric Bogar KingA Letter from Erica Bogar King, MBA 1999
Chair, Owen Alumni Board

Dear Alumni and friends of Owen,

As Alumni Board President, I believe I speak for all of us when I say that we are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the school's leadership, its faculty, its students, and its alumni. Outside of our formal meetings, we are constantly engaged in recruiting students, engaging in classroom participation, placing MBA candidates, and maintaining connections with our fellow alumni. To every person associated with our school: remember that your membership in the Owen family is for life. Each of us hopes that you will feel more than welcome to reach out to us for help, information, advice, or support when you need it.


Best Wishes,

Erica Bogar King (Chair)
Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Senior VP Human Resources North America, Avanade

Erika has twenty years of industry and consulting experience in human resources, change, merger integration, talent management, and compensation. Erika joined Deloitte after attending Owen, and most recently led Performance Management, focusing on providing best practices, standards and tools, performance programs and effectiveness measures to all Deloitte U.S. firms, including Audit, Tax, Financial Advisory and Consulting. Over the prior five years, Erika was the Lead Talent Director for Deloitte Consulting LLP, a $4 billion management consultancy with over 15,000 practitioners in the U.S., Mexico and India. Prior to joining Deloitte's internal Talent organization, Erika was a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital practice. Erika earned a BBA in International Business from James Madison University and a MBA in Human Resources and Organization Management from Owen. Erika is Board Member for Quality Care for Children, a non-profit focused on early care and education for Georgia's children. Erika, her husband Rogers (MBA '99), and her two sons reside in Atlanta, Georgia..

Nelson AndrewsNelson Andrews

Vanderbilt EMBA 1995
Dealer and General Manager, Andrews Cadillac and Land Rover, Nashville

Nelson earned the BA degree in political science at Vanderbilt University and later the MBA degree from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, EMBA 1995. Nelson is currently serves as a Deacon for First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, is Tocqueville Chairman for the United Way Williamson County, and is involved with youth sports through Ravenwood High School and The Brentwood Blaze youth football program. In the past Nelson has served as an Executive Committee member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Council, Board Chair of the United Way Williamson County, President of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, 2006 finalist for AIADA Dealer of the Year, Leadership Team member for the 2007 Leadership Nashville class, President of the Nashville Franchised Automobile Dealer’s Association, secretary/treasurer of Oasis Center board of directors and President of the Crockett Elementary PTO. To relax he enjoys running, cycling, playing drums and (occasionally) yard work. He and his wife, Trish, are the parents of a sixteen-year-old daughter, a fourteen-year-old son, an eleven-year-old son, and a six-year-old daughter. Andrews and his family reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Andrew BogleAndrew Bogle

Vanderbilt MBA 2004
Managing Director, Reva Capital

Andrew Bogle is currently the Managing director at Reva Capital, a boutique investment bank in New York City. Before Reva Capital, Andrew was the Chapter Director for the New York chapter for Kierestu forum - and investment community organized around private equity funding for mutual benefit. Prior to this role, Mr. Bogle worked at Gerstein Fisher as a member of the client advisory team with a focus on institutional business development, primarily working with corporations, non-profits, foundations and endowments. Previously, he worked at the Robin Hood Foundation from 2006-2010 where his primary role was to analyze hedge fund performance of Robin Hood donors. Before joining Robin Hood, Mr. Bogle was an Associate in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley from 2004-2006. During his tenure he traded options and equities for clients and evaluated alternative investments and equity strategies. Prior to that, he was an Account Executive at Telemet America, a provider of financial information whose client base was predominantly buy side institutions. Mr. Bogle serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kent School, where he is a member of the Investment and Finance Committees. He served as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Connecticut College in 2004. He received a B.A. in economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. in finance from Vanderbilt University in 2004.

Mary CohronMary Cohron

Vanderbilt EMBA 1988
Managing Partner, Mary Cohron & Associates

Mary Cohron is the Managing Partner of Mary Cohron & Associates, a business management consultancy.  She served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Citizens First Bank and Citizens First Corporation (NASDAQ: CZFC) from June 1998 to April 2009.  She also served on the Board of Directors of Trans Financial Bank and Trans Financial Inc. (NASDQ: TRIFI) from 1979 to 1998. Her extensive community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Bowling Green City Schools, the Kentucky School Boards Association, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, the WKU Foundation and the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority.  Mary received her Executive MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1988.  She resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Cotter-Cunningham-125x125Cotter Cunningham

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
Chief Executive Officer, RetailMeNot

Cotter Cunningham is the founder, president and CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc., the world's largest online coupon and deals marketplace. Founded in 2009, RetailMeNot, Inc. has 370 employees with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands. In 2012, the company facilitated an estimated $2.4 billion in merchant sales. RetailMeNot's portfolio includes RetailMeNot.com and VoucherCodes.co.uk – the largest online coupon sites in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. The company has raised approximately $300 million from investors including Austin Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Adams Street Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, JP Morgan and Google Ventures. In July 2013, RetailMeNot went public and is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol, "SALE." Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the COO of Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) for seven years, taking the company public and growing its revenues eight-fold. Cotter also was an executive with interactive agency VML and H&R Block, where he worked primarily with its CompuServe subsidiary. He wrote the book Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, Texas. 

Tim DodTim Dod

Vanderbilt MBA 1993
Director, Private Banking, Credit Suisse

Tim joined Credit Suisse in 2002 from the Private Wealth Management group at Morgan Stanley, where he served as an Advisor and Executive Director between 1993 and 2002. Tim spent six years in New York and was a founding member of the Morgan Stanley PWM office in Atlanta. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Tim worked in the Municipal Bond department at Franklin Funds in San Mateo, California and received his MBA from Vanderbilt University.

David Ficeli David Ficeli

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Founder and CEO, PL360 Beverage Partners

Dave Ficeli is the founder and CEO of a Denver-based wine and spirits company called PL360 Beverage Partners. PL360 creates brands and sells them to large chain retail stores. The company utilizes a unique, proprietary brand development system called BrandSPAN which focuses on consumer behaviors. You can find PL360's brands in retail chain stores across the company. Dave's career has focused on understanding customer needs/wants and adding value to businesses and brands. He has held various brand, strategy, and general management roles in both consumer goods and services companies. Most recently, Dave was COO of a boutique branding firm in Chicago where many of his clients were private equity group portfolio companies. He also founded a consulting and investment firm called BASIS Strategy Group. Dave earned a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. Dave lives in Chicago with his wife Christi and son Luke.

Paul Eidbo Paul H. Eidbo

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
President, Piedmont Lube Centers LLC

Paul is the president of Piedmont Lube Centers LLC, an Atlanta company that develops, owns and operates Castrol Premium Lube Express oil change and auto repair facilities.  Paul started the business in 2004 with the purchase of his first location, and has since grown the business to include locations throughout Metro Atlanta.  Paul is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he received his BA in history, and earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University.  Paul and his wife, Kathleen, live in Atlanta with their three young sons.

Jane GreeneJane Kennedy Greene

Vanderbilt MBA 1981
CEO and Board Chair, Kenco Group, Inc.

Jane Kennedy Greene currently serves as CEO and Board Chair for Kenco Group, Inc. which is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kenco is one of the largest family owned and privately held third party (3PL) logistics providers in the country. Operating in over 30 states and Canada, Kenco's core competencies include logistics services, transportation, real estate management and material handling equipment. Now in its 63rd year, Kenco's customers include the Fortune 500 companies of Whirlpool, Glaxo SmithKline, Electrolux, Green Mountain Coffee, DuPont, Mead Johnson, Ralston, Cummins and Stryker. Jane is a third generation owner. Previously, Jane worked in alumni development for Vanderbilt University and in account management for several advertising agencies both in New York City and Dallas. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Greg (MBA 1981 and former member of Owen Alumni Board) and 3 children - the oldest of whom graduated from Vanderbilt undergraduate school in 2010. Jane has been an active community volunteer serving on the boards of the Junior League of Dallas, her church, the Dallas Children's Theater and The Episcopal School of Dallas.

Eric Hall

Vanderbilt MBA 1978
Partner, FLG Partners, LLC. 

Eric is currently a Partner with FLG Partners, LLC, the Northern California leader providing outsourced Chief Financial Officers to public and private companies ranging from early stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He has over 30 years of international experience serving as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for a variety of public and private companies including Pacific Fertility Center, C.M. Capital Corporation, Yahoo!, The ImagiNation Network, women.com, NetChannel, and Burst.com. Prior to joining FLG, Eric was a general partner and CFO of McKenna Capital LLC/mc3 ventures, Founder and CEO of the Archer Group, Partner at Technology Perspectives, Partner at David Powell – FSD, and Vice President/Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank. He also worked at Amdahl Corporation in Strategic Planning and Treasury and began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. Eric has an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis, in 1976. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.

 

John HawkinsJohn D. Hawkins

Vanderbilt MBA 1992
Principal, The Sterling Group

John joined The Sterling Group, a private equity investment firm, following his graduation from Owen in 1992. At Sterling, he is responsible for sourcing and executing acquisitions and the oversight of portfolio companies. John currently serves as chairman of the board of Saxco International and on the boards of B&G Crane and Liqui-Box Corporation. He was previously on the professional staff of Arthur Andersen & Co. In addition, he currently serves as the chair of the board of St. Paul's Methodist Foundation of Houston and on the board of the Institute for Spirituality and Health in the Texas Medical Center. John received a B.S.B.A. in accounting from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. with honors from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife Renee and two children, Jack and Anna Grace.

SHANDY HUSMANNShandy Husmann

Vanderbilt EMBA 1998
Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

Shandy is a Managing Director in Huron Consulting Group's Higher Education & Healthcare division. During his career, which includes five years at Vanderbilt University, he has been involved in numerous consulting engagements and projects in higher education and health care institutions. Shandy specializes in assisting educational institutions and health care organizations in areas of research administration, cost accounting, finance, compliance issues related to federally funded programs, operational efficiency, strategic planning and other university administrative processes. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and his Executive MBA from Owen in 1998. He is a Board member of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, and he currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Donna, and their two children.

Thomas Hussey Thomas Hussey

Vanderbilt MBA 1998
Principal, Diversified Trust Company

Thomas joined Diversified Trust in 1998. He is integrally involved with the coordination, due diligence and execution of our private equity fund strategies. He is also actively involved in the management and oversight of client relationships and new business development. Prior to joining Diversified Trust, Thomas worked in the investment division of Trustmark National Bank, based in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was responsible for various accounting and oversight duties for the bank holding company's investment portfolio. Thomas received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Med Foundation, and The Alliance of Nonprofit Excellence and is a former Board Member of Hands on Memphis, a non-profit organization.

jewettBrad Jewett 

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
CFO, BMC Software MSM Division

Brad is a Vice President of Finance at BMC Software and currently leading company-wide efforts to move the company from a Public setting to a Private setting. Previously Brad held a Division CFO role where he managed approx. 65% of BMC's Operating Profit and Cash Flow for the multi-billion dollar software company with global operations. His efforts have been influential during the strategic due diligence process and decision to move to a private setting while managing profitability to a record 60%+ operating margins and growing the top line through organic market based strategies and inorganic M&A efforts. Brad has also led the Enterprise Risk Management efforts for Microsoft and its Board of Directors prior to joining BMC in a similar leadership capacity. In recognition of his efforts and innovation in the emerging discipline of Enterprise Risk Management, Brad was recognized as one the Top 100 Finance professionals in 2008. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brad honed his finance and strategy skills while consulting for Global 2000 clients such as HP / Compaq and Valero / Diamond Shamrock during their merger integration efforts and Cisco Systems, Delta Air Lines, Sara Lee Corp. and many other well know brand name companies in various strategic and financial engagements. Outside of his professional pursuits Brad spends the majority of his time with his wife Brenda and their four children Jacob (15), Clark (13), Lela (9), and Ava (7). Jewett holds an MBA from Vanderbilt Business School and a BBA from The University of Texas Austin.

Peter Keogh Peter Keogh

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
Managing Partner, Kairos Partners

Peter Keogh is currently Managing Partner of Kairos Partners, a strategy advisory firm based in Charlotte, NC. Before joining Kairos Partners, Peter spent several years working for FTI Palladium Partners as a turnaround executive, holding COO, and CFO roles in distressed situations. Prior to Palladium, he spent 10 years at Celerant, a London-based management consulting, working with non-distressed companies around the globe, in the areas of sales, supply chain and organizational development. Peter began his business career in telecommunications (ALLTEL) after graduating from Owen (1991), holding the role of Marketing Director. He received his BDSc, from The University of Queensland, Australia and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Eileen. They have four children, two at college and two in high school.

Dale Leo 

Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Portfolio Manager, Sagebrush Investment Partnership 

Dale Leo is the founder and portfolio manager of the Sagebrush Investment Partnership, L.P. ("the Sagebrush Fund"). Founded in 2005, the Sagebrush Fund is an equity value fund founded on the investment tenets of Benjamin Graham. Since inception, the Sagebrush Fund has generated average annual returns in excess of +14.0%, net to its investors. A sixteen year veteran of the hedge fund industry, Mr. Leo began his career in 1997 in New York City as a securities analyst and as an equity and options trader. Mr. Leo earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University ('97) and earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University ('05) as a full scholarship recipient. In '10, Mr. Leo and, fellow managing partner, Mr. Wesley Murry jointly endowed the "Sagebrush Scholarship" at the Owen Graduate School of Management. A CFA charter holder since 2000, Mr. Leo serves on the investment committee at wealth advisory firm, MCF Advisors, Cincinnati, OH with assets under management of US$1B. Mr. Leo resides in Lexington, KY and is an active committee member for the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center for children with hearing, speech, and language impediments.

John MackleJohn Mackle 

Vanderbilt IEMBA 1999
Executive VP of Strategy, PEMCO America, Inc. (A Palm Beach Capital Company)

John Mackle is currently Executive VP of Strategy at PEMCO America, Inc., an employee leasing company (PEO) in Sarasota Florida. He was placed in this role and reports to Palm Beach Capital a private equity firm with multiple portfolio companies. Prior to this role, Mr. Mackle was President and CFO at MGM International LLC, an environmental consulting firm focused on generating and selling carbon credits within the mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol, with offices in the US, Switzerland, Argentina, China, Brazil, Ukraine and India. Prior to MGM, Mr. Mackle helped build two other early stage ventures into successful businesses, among them LiveOps a provider of virtual contact center solutions. In his tenure as LiveOps’ CFO and VP of Operations, John led the company through from start-up to over $200 million in revenue today. John spent the first eight years of his career in financial advisory roles, analyzing established businesses and new ventures, first with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and later with Arthur Andersen. He earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame in finance and history in 1993, and earned his MBA with honors from Vanderbilt University in 1999.


Jim Maske Jim Maske

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Jim is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in their Private Wealth Management group. Jim joined Goldman Sachs after receiving his MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1999. Prior to attending Owen, Jim served as a Project Manager and Electrical Design Engineer in the Healthcare Division at Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Nashville, TN. Jim holds Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt. Jim is active in the Atlanta community and currently serves on the Annual Fund Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Administrative Board and the Finance Committee at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and serves as lower school co-chair for the Aim High capital campaign at Pace Academy. Jim coaches youth basketball and is married with two children.

Richard McCraeRichard McRae III

Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Vice President of Retail Strategy and Finance, Dollar General Corporation

Richard McRae is Vice President of Retail Strategy and Finance at Dollar General Corporation where he is responsible for real-estate strategic planning, financial forecasting and modeling, and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Dollar General Richard held various positions with Accenture Consulting and First Union Securities. Richard holds a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University (magna cum laude) Richard resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Adrienne and two children, Kaylee, and Duncan.

Wes Murry 

Vanderbilt MBA 2006
Principal, Sagebrush Investment Partnership 

Wesley Murry is the principal of the Sagebrush Investment Partnership, L.P. - an equity value fund that specializes in option strategies. Mr. Murry spent the first eight years of his career as a consultant working for practices large and small. As a generalist, Mr. Murry worked in industries ranging from transportation to real estate development to automobiles on projects involving strategy, operations, and marketing. In 2010, Mr. Murry joined Dale Leo to jointly manage the Sagebrush Fund. Mr. Murry earned his B.S. in Economics and Computer Science from Dickinson College (’01) and earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University (’06). In '10, Mr. Murry, and fellow managing partner Mr. Dale Leo, jointly endowed the "Sagebrush Scholarship" at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Mr. Murry serves on the investment committee at wealth advisory firm, MCF Advisors, Cincinnati, OH with assets under management of US$1B. Mr. Murry resides in Lexington, KY and is an active member of the North Lexington Community Development Corporation.


Jeff Olmstead Jeff Olmstead

Vanderbilt MBA 2006
President, Chief Financial Officer and Director, Mid-Con Energy Partners

Jeff Olmstead serves as President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP, a Delaware limited partnership formed in July 2011 to own, operate, acquire, exploit and develop producing oil and natural gas properties in North America, with a focus on the Mid-Continent region of the United States. Jeff previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Primexx Energy Partners, Ltd., a privately held exploration and production company, from May 2010 until July 2011. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Olmstead served as an Assistant Vice President at Bank of Texas/Bank of Oklahoma in the bank's energy group. Jeff graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BE in Electrical Engineering and Math and an MBA from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. Jeff resides in Dallas with his wife, Summer and their four children.

Steve Rawlins

Vanderbilt EMBA 1990
Managing Director and Founder of Rawlins Capital Corporation, Inc.

Steve Rawlins is Managing Director and Founder of Rawlins Capital Corporation, Inc., a global strategic business development practice. His clients range from individual start-ups to major academic institutions to Fortune 50 corporations. Mr. Rawlins' industry experience includes manufacturing, banking, mining, distribution, healthcare, marketing, public relations, technology and service-related firms. He is highly experienced in international trade and has assisted numerous clients in entering the global marketplace. He is also an expert at structuring complex capital structuring. Extremely competent under pressure, Mr. Rawlins has led successful assignments ranging from management turnarounds to rapid growth scenarios. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Rawlins served as Executive Vice President/Treasurer of an international manufacturing/distribution concern. During his tenure the firm grew from early-stage start-up to second position globally within its market. He began his career in the banking industry. Mr. Rawlins received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Benton ReichenauBenton D. Reichenau

Vanderbilt MBA
Head of Product Services for Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Investment Management and Trust; US Bank

Prior to joining US Bank as Head of Product Services for Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Investment Management and Trust across U.S. Bank Wealth Management, Ben was a Principal/Partner at Ernst & Young. At EY, Ben was the Head of West Coast Consulting for Financial Services, which included Wealth Management and Banking. He also led the national Wealth Management practice for Investment Management and Trust Products.  Before EY, Ben was with Wells Fargo in San Francisco where he was a Senior Vice President in the Wealth Management Group.  He led the Wealth Management Group’s Investment Management and Trust Client Solutions, which includes Investment Consulting Client Solutions, Trust Client Solutions, International Client Solutions, the Money Manager Due Diligence Group, and the Integrated Investment Initiative.  Before joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Ben was with BearingPoint in San Francisco where he was a Partner/Managing Director working in the wealth management and credit card industries.  Ben's experience spans strategy, product development, process redesign, operations, and implementation of large scale efforts.  His clients included Wells Fargo, Visa, American Express, Citicorp, Clariden Bank, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia, and Washington Mutual.  Prior to BearingPoint, Ben worked at Merrill Lynch as a successful Financial Advisor.  He received both his Bachelors and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Maria Renz Maria Renz

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Chief Executive Officer, Quidsi

Maria Renz was appointed CEO of Quidsi in July 2013. Quidsi, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, is one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in the U.S. with ten unique shopping sites including Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com.
Before joining Quidsi, Maria served in various leadership positions at Amazon, leveraging her deep experience in e-commerce and digital marketing and helping the company scale new lines of business. Maria started at Amazon in 1999 and authored its first formal marketing plan. Most recently, she was Vice President of Physical Media & Canada where she led the company’s massive physical media categories, including books, movies, music, video games and software. She simultaneously oversaw Amazon’s entire retail business in Canada, fostering significant growth for Amazon.ca. Other previous roles at Amazon include the leadership of the consumables group and launching popular customer categories such as Beauty, Health & Personal Care and Grocery. She was also President of MYHABIT and Vice President of Jewelry & Watches, Shoes and Endless.com. In 2011, Maria launched MYHABIT.com, an online private sale fashion site from Amazon, offering members-only prices up to 60 percent off premium and boutique brands for women, men and children. Prior to joining Amazon, Maria worked in Brand Management at Kraft Foods, Inc. Before joining Kraft, she worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Nelson & Associates. Maria holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has spoken about leadership to students and alumni at Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Tom RyanTom Ryan

Vanderbilt MBA
Co-Founder and CEO, ICR

Tom is co-founder and CEO of ICR, a strategic communications firm with offices in New York, Connecticut, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.  Since 1998, he and his senior team have built the company into one of the largest, independent consultancies in North America by marrying senior-level capital markets experience and deep sector knowledge with traditional corporate communications expertise. Throughout his career, Tom has analyzed companies from the perspective of corporate communications consultant, investment banker, and Wall Street Journal ranked sell-side analyst, and these varied perspectives have introduced a unique dimension to his counsel which is currently focused on shareholder activism, short seller defense, IPOs and secondary offerings, crises communications, and M&A communications. ICR has approximately 150 team members and currently works with more than 400 private and public companies across 25 industry sectors.  Before co-founding ICR, Tom served as a Managing Director in the equity research department of BT Alex. Brown (Deutsche Bank).  He has guest lectured at Harvard Business School and is the co-author of “Using Investor Relations to Maximize Equity Value” published by Wiley Finance in 2005.  Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chad A. Jacobs Memorial Foundation, The John Patrick Flanagan Memorial Foundation and is on the Board of Governors of Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT.  He received a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA., an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and currently lives in Westport, CT with his wife Stephanie and three daughters, Lily, Sydney and Tatum.

Mike SaintMike Saint

Vanderbilt EMBA 1998
Founder, CEO and Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group 

P. Michael Saint is founder, CEO and chairman of The Saint Consulting Group, the world’s largest and most experienced firm in the new management consulting discipline of land use politics. He is co-author of the book, NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use, published in 2009. After a career in journalism, politics and public relations, Mike founded The Saint Consulting Group in 1983 in Massachusetts. Today, it serves clients from four offices in the United States and international affiliates in Toronto, Vancouver, London and Berlin. The Saint Consulting Group has worked on more than 1,600 controversial projects in 47 U.S. states, in Canada and in England. Assignments have included office parks, hotels, hospitals, retail centers, power plants, quarries, landfills, casinos, ports, mixed-use developments, malls, heliports, golf courses and an oil refinery. Mike Saint and his colleagues have developed specialized political techniques that help clients generate public support to ensure that they prevail in the local governmental approval process. A graduate of Holy Cross College with a degree in political science, Mike earned his master’s in business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He has done additional study at the University of Chicago Business School and at the Harvard Business School.

David StalnakerW. David Stalnaker

Vanderbilt MBA/JD 1989
President and Chief Investment Officer, Symmetry Capital Advisors, LLC.

David Stalnaker is President and Chief Investment Officer of Symmetry Capital Advisors LLC in Dallas, Texas ("Symmetry"). Symmetry is an independent registered investment advisory firm that provides wealth management services to high net worth clients. Previously, David served as President and Chief Operating Officer of another wealth management firm, was Executive Assistant to the President of Clemson University, and was a Shareholder in a Dallas law firm. David earned his MBA and JD (law degree) from Vanderbilt in 1989. He and his family reside in Dallas, Texas.

Emily Baker TobinEmily Baker Tobin

Vanderbilt MBA 1992
Managing Director, Epoch Investment Partners (retired)

Emily was a Managing Director at Epoch Investment Partners where she was the lead portfolio manager for their International Small Cap equity strategy and a key member of their global investment team. Prior to joining Epoch, Emily served as a Partner and Senior Analyst with Artisan Partners where she was a member of the EAFE portfolio team. Before Artisan, Emily held the role of Partner and Managing Director at Chilton Investment Company where she managed European equities. Prior to Chilton, Emily worked as an European equity analyst at BEA/Credit Suisse Asset Management. Emily holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Emily also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Nature Conservancy.

Beth TorresBeth Torres

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2001
President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

Beth is currently President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. She has a successful background in both for-profit and not-for-profit industries. She has worked in sales and marketing for Reebok International and for two minor league sports teams in Chicago. She has also served as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement. Beth serves as a board member for the Center for Nonprofit Management, member of the Alumni Board of Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, Trustee of  the Pi Beta Phi Foundation, and was appointed by Governor Haslam to serve on the Volunteer Tennessee board. She also serves as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish! Beth is a native of Chicago, Illinois, but currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling, shopping and eating great food.

Robert Walker

Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Principal, Chickasaw Capital Management, LLC

Robert is a Principal at Chickasaw Capital Management, LLC where he leads the firm’s research efforts and is a member of the investment committee. He started his investment management career in 1999 with Haas, Incorporated, a family office in Memphis, and he was an analyst with Trinity Capital, an equity hedge fund, before joining Chickasaw. Robert received his B.A. from Rhodes College in 1999, with a History major and a Business Administration minor. He received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University in 2005. Robert and his wife Halle reside in Germantown, TN with their three children.

Chad WhiteChad White

Vanderbilt MBA 1998
Chief Executive Officer, JKM Manufacturing, Inc.

Chad B. White is the chief executive officer of JKM Manufacturing, Inc., a trusted leader in making precision and sophisticated products for the defense, communications and aerospace industries. White has nearly 20 years of entrepreneurial, manufacturing, operations, consulting and financial expertise. His background includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, valuations, strategic consulting, turnarounds and business development. As JKM’s top manager, he is a fervent champion of lean manufacturing, collaboration and communication – tenets that make JKM a responsive, reliable and proactive maker of quality products. He is committed to putting customers and their mission first. White has an MBA in operations, finance and accounting from Vanderbilt University, an MS in taxation from Georgia State University and a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University.


Derek YoungDerek Young

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
President, Global Asset Allocation

Derek Young is President of Global Asset Allocation. Mr. Young assumed his current position in August 2013. Prior to this role, Derek worked in the Risk Strategy Consulting Practice for KPMG and for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Derek received a BS from Troy University in 1986 and an MBA from Vanderbilt in 1991. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst; Derek has published articles and chapters in books on risk management and investment management.