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.
A Letter from Brent Turner, 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.
Brent Turner (Chair)
Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Brent Turner is President of the Vanderbilt Business School Alumni Board of Directors, currently in his third year. He is also President of Code Fellows, a Digital Trade School that trains people to code and networks them into appropriate jobs within industry. Turner is a veteran of the Digital Media industry, having held a number of executive and senior leadership roles over the past thirteen years. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President of Call Advertising Products for Marchex, where he was responsible for building the company's Digital Call Marketplace, now the majority of Marchex's revenues. Prior to joining Marchex, Turner was Microsoft's General Manager of Search and Display Media Network, where he led the roll-out of the Bing and Microsoft Media Network brands to advertisers all over the world. He joined Microsoft through its acquisition of aQuantive, where he was a ten-year veteran, serving in three major capacities. First, as Vice President of Operations at Avenue A, he helped lead the financial turnaround of the young agency and build it into one of the most powerful names in the industry, serving brands such as Disney, Nike, BestBuy, and AT&T. In 2003, Turner invented and built the Atlas Publisher platform, which was soon responsible for serving Microsoft's performance display media in over twenty countries. In 2006, he founded the aQuantive lead generation business unit and shepherded the acquisition and technological rebuilding of Franchise Gator, aQuantive's first foray into the space. Turner is also a General Partner of Founder's Co-Op, a high-tech startup incubator in Seattle. Turner holds an MBA from Vanderbilt Business School, where he won the Igor Ansoff award and played on the "Old Boys" rugby team. He also holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis. He is the Chairman of the Board of Real Escape from the Sex Trade, a Gospel-based nonprofit in Seattle that serves victims of trafficking.
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.
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.
Cotter CunninghamVanderbilt 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.
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.
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.
Jane 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.
Vanderbilt MBA 1978
Partner, FLG Partners, LLC.
John 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erika Bogar King
Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Lead Talent Director, Deloitte Consulting
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.
Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Portfolio Manager, Sagebrush Investment Partnership
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 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.
Vanderbilt MBA 2006
Principal, Sagebrush Investment Partnership
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.
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.
Vanderbilt EMBA 1998
Founder, CEO and Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group
W. 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 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.
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.
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.