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.
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Oreck
Doug Cahill, CEO Oreck, is known for his focus on customers, culture and employees and his ability to grow small companies into big ones while redefining their corporate culture. As president of Doane Pet Care products, Cahill grew the company from $250 million in sales to $1.2 billion through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, an effort that culminated with engineering the sale of the company to Mars Inc., one of the world's largest food suppliers. During the process, Cahill transformed a regional private label pet food manufacturer with nine plants into a leading global supplier, with 37 plants in the United States and Europe. At Oreck, Doug is leading the effort to transform a 40-year old brand of vacuum cleaners by taking the company's historic strengths and refining them to meet the needs of a changing floor care market. Doug serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee; he also holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Banfield Pet Hospital, which is owned by Mars.
Executive Vice President, Tiffany
Beth O. Canavan is executive vice president of Tiffany & Co., the internationally renowned American jeweler. In this position, she is responsible for retail, business and direct marketing sales in the Americas. Ms. Canavan joined Tiffany in 1987 and in 1990 was named a vice president. In 1992, she became vice president and general manager of the New York flagship store. In 1997, Ms. Canavan was named senior vice president, expanding her responsibilities to include all stores in the U.S. and Canada. She was promoted to executive vice president in 2000, with expanded oversight that includes business sales and direct marketing, and in 2010, Latin America was added. When Ms. Canavan joined Tiffany as director of retail store development, Tiffany had eight stores in the U.S. and sales of $155 million. Today, the company operates more than 90 stores in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, with $1.6 billion in sales in 2010, equaling 51% of the company's revenue. Ms. Canavan steered the dramatic growth through store expansion in new markets and introducing Tiffany to an expanded customer base. She also built a strong retail infrastructure with a focus on customer service excellence. These successful strategies are now being applied to Canada and Latin America, areas of great opportunity for store expansion. Ms. Canavan is a member of the Women's Forum, a selective organization of New York's most preeminent women in business and the arts; and a member of the board of UrbanGlass, a non-profit center in New York whose mission is to heighten the use and appreciation of glass as a creative medium. A native of Michigan, Ms. Canavan earned a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in retailing and communications. She began her career at Marshall Field and Company in Chicago.
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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer, Cardinal Health
Jeff Henderson is the chief financial officer of Cardinal Health, a position he has held since April 2005. In addition, Henderson has operational responsibility for Yong Yu, Cardinal Health's wholly-owned subsidiary in China. He also served as chief executive officer of the Healthcare Supply Chain Services business during an interim period in 2007-2008. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Henderson was president and general manager of Eli Lilly Canada Inc., and previously vice president and corporate controller of Eli Lilly & Co. Henderson joined Lilly in 1998 as vice president and corporate treasurer. Previously he held positions at General Motors Corp., including executive and managerial posts in Great Britain, Singapore, New York and Canada. Henderson currently serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus School for Girls. Henderson received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Michael C. HenkelManaging Director, Envestnet Asset Management
Michael C. Henkel is Managing Director at Envestnet Asset Management, responsible for creating advice programs to help investors save for retirement as well as turn their accumulated wealth into income in retirement. He is the former President of Ibbotson Associates and previously worked for Knight Ridder, Lotus Development Corp, NewsEdge Corp, and Data Resources, where he was responsible for integrating technology, data and investments. He received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from Rhodes College and his master's in Finance and Quantitative Methods from Vanderbilt University.
Charles O. Holliday Jr.Chairman of the Board, Bank of America
After serving on the board since 2009, Chad O. Holliday, Jr. was appointed as Chairman of the Board for Bank of America in April of 2010. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., a position he held for approximately 10 years. He retired from DuPont as CEO on January 1, 2009. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he is past Chairman of the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); The Business Council; and the Society of Chemical Industry—American Section. Mr. Holliday serves on the board of directors of Deere & Co., CH2MHILL, ClimateWorks Foundation and is Chair emeritus of the board of directors of Catalyst. In addition, he is Chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and is a founding member of the International Business Council. He co-authored Walking the Talk, a book that details the business case for sustainable development and corporate responsibility.
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.
Norman E. JohnsonChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, CLARCOR, Inc.
Norman E. Johnson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CLARCOR, Inc., a global provider of filtration products and services with a worldwide customer base, superb product quality, leading brands, an extensive distribution network, the industry's broadest product line, and its largest sales force. An employee of the company since 1990, he was elected President-Baldwin Filters, Inc. in 1990; Vice President-CLARCOR in 1992; Group Vice President-Filtration Products Group in 1993; President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995; and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. Mr. Johnson has been a Director of the company since June 1996. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Manufacturer's Alliance and a Board Member of Schneider National. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from Drake University.
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.
Allan D. KeelPresident, CEO and Director, Crimson Exploration, Inc.
Allan D. Keel was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Crimson Exploration on February 28, 2005. Before joining Crimson, Mr. Keel was Vice President/General Manager of Westport Resources, Houston office, during 2004. In this role he was responsible for its Gulf of Mexico operations including acquisitions, development and exploration. In 2003, Mr. Keel served as a consultant to both domestic and international companies in building their presence in the Gulf of Mexico. From mid-2000 until mid-2001, Mr. Keel served as a Vice President at Enron Energy Finance where he worked on private equity transactions and volumetric production payments. From mid-2001 through 2002, Mr. Keel served as President and CEO of Mariner Energy Company, a majority owned affiliate of Enron. Subsequent to Enron's bankruptcy and its decision to sell Mariner, Mr. Keel partnered with Oaktree Capital Management in an effort to acquire Mariner. From 1996 until mid-2000, Mr. Keel was Vice President/General Manager for Westport, where he established and built the Gulf of Mexico division. From 1984 to 1996, Mr. Keel was with Energen Resources where he directed the company's exploration, joint venture and acquisition activities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
David C. KloeppelDavid C. Kloeppel was, until the sale of its management business and subsequent restructuring into a Real Estate Investment Trust, president and Chief Operating Officer of Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE:GET) (the "Company"). He had held the
position of president since 2008 and the COO position since 2009. As Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, and operations for Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry, a world-renowned country music live entertainment brand. During his tenure as president the Company produced record guest satisfaction and profitability levels. Prior to his being named Chief Operating Officer, Kloeppel had been Chief Financial Officer since joining the Company in 2001. In this role he had responsibility for financial reporting, development, treasury, payroll, and information technology. Kloeppel was a driving force behind the financial turnaround of Gaylord Entertainment. Under his direction, the Company exited numerous unprofitable business lines and focused on it score competencies: large hotels and country music entertainment. The Company also developed nearly $2 billion worth of new hotels during his term as CFO. Before joining the Company, Kloeppel worked as a vice president in the mergers and acquisitions department of Deutsche Bank in New York, where he was responsible for the department's activities in the lodging, leisure, and real estate sectors. Prior thereto, Kloeppel was with Bankers Trust Company as a defined contribution plan administrator. Kloeppel earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1996; he was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2003. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991, where he majored in economics. Kloeppel serves on the board of trustees of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the University School of Nashville. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. From 2005 - 2008, Kloeppel served on the board of directors of FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc.(NYSE: FCH), where he was a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Virginia B. (Gigi) LazenbyChairman and VEO, 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.
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. NollExecutive Vice President of Transaction Services, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Eric W. Noll oversees the trading operations of all U.S. Transaction Services business including The NASDAQ Stock Market, NASDAQ OMX BX, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, The NASDAQ Options Market, The NASDAQ OMX Futures Exchange and strategic investments including International Derivatives Clearing Group. In addition, he is responsible for NASDAQ OMX Europe, the London-based multilateral trading facility. Mr. Noll joined NASDAQ OMX from Susquehanna International Group, LLP where he served as Managing Director of SFG, and as Associate Director and Global Head of Strategic Relationships for SIG since 1994. During his time at Susquehanna, Eric oversaw all the exchange relationships, created the investment banking department, developed an institutional equity research department and was responsible for all options and equity order flows for the market-maker operation. He also managed new businesses, strategic investments including technology, investment banking, and private equity focused businesses, as well as acquisitions and international alliances. Prior to his time at Susquehanna International Group, Mr. Noll held positions at the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Chicago Board Options Exchange. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University with a Finance Concentration and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Government from the Franklin and Marshall College. Mr. Noll is a Trustee of Franklin and Marshall College and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management.
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 ParkerChairman and Chief Executive Officer, US Airways Group
Doug Parker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Airways Group, a $12 billion international airline headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. He became Chairman and CEO upon the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in September 2005. Prior to the merger, he was Chairman, President and CEO of America West Holdings Corporation. Mr. Parker joined America West in June 1995 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining America West, he spent four years with Northwest Airlines as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, and Vice President of financial planning and analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines. Mr. Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Albion College and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
James M. Powers
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.
Mark A. Tillinger
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Vice President/ The Riedel & Cody Fund, Founder and President
Brent Turner is President of the Vanderbilt Business School Alumni Board of Directors, currently in his third year. 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.
Charles A. VicePresident and Chief Operating Officer, The Intercontinental Exchange
Charles A. Vice is President and Chief Operating Officer of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), responsible for operating the world's leading electronic energy market and soft commodity exchange. ICE's diverse futures and over-the-counter (OTC) markets offer trading in energy products such as crude oil, heating oil, gasoline, natural gas, and electricity; agricultural commodities such as sugar, cotton and coffee; and financial products such as foreign currency and equity indexes. Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Vice held positions at Energy Management Associates and Continental Power Exchange Inc. He graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager Europe, Mattel Inc.
Geoff Walker is the 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 two 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.
Adena T. Friedman
Chief Financial Officer & Managing Director, The Carlyle Group Washington, DC
Adena T. Friedman serves as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and she is based in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for corporate and partnership financial management and reporting, treasury functions, public company investor relations, information technology and fund management. Prior to joining Carlyle in March 2011, Ms. Friedman was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. In August 2009, Ms. Friedman assumed the role of CFO, responsible for all financial, tax, investor relations, enterprise risk management and investment matters. As head of Corporate Strategy from 2003 ‐ 2011, Ms. Friedman's responsibilities also included identifying and developing strategic opportunities, including all M&A, for NASDAQ OMX From 2000 ‐ 2009, Ms. Friedman also served as the Executive Vice President of the Global Data Products business, a $250M revenue business unit within NASDAQ OMX. Ms. Friedman joined NASDAQ in 1993, where she served in several roles, including Senior Vice President of NASDAQ Data Products, Director of Product Management for several trading related products, and Marketing Manager. Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development
The Estée Lauder Companies
Peter Jueptner was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Strategy and New Business Developmentof 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 Estee 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.