Executive Connections

Information. Insight. Inspiration. Leverage the experience of accomplished executives to strengthen your business and personal skills. Executive Connections pairs you with a volunteer group of senior executives, who coach and mentor you as you embark on new career opportunities. Our executives-in-residence are an integral part of the Full‑time MBA program and a cornerstone of your experience at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

The level of access and the number of coaching opportunities available to you through the Executive Connections program are rare among top business schools. Interaction with senior leaders of this caliber will help round out a more complete, more impactful MBA experience.

Executive Connections will help you:

  • Build critical leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Better understand and prepare for your career
  • Practice and hone key business skills needed to succeed
  • Take a deeper dive into the inner workings of the business world
  • Develop a practical complement to your academic experience

Areas of Engagement

You'll connect with some of the most accomplished executives in their respective fields, gaining valuable insights in five distinct areas of engagement:

  1. Leadership Coaching — Helping you develop critical leadership competencies and personal, interpersonal skills
  2. Mentoring — Assisting with a variety of academic, business, personal and career-related issues
  3. Applied Projects — Offering guidance on industry projects in an advisory role
  4. Career Preparation — Helping you understand, decide and prepare for employment and internship opportunities
  5. Class Activities — Assisting faculty members with a variety of class activities

During the two-year W. P. Carey MBA program, you are encouraged to work with this elite group of mentors in as many ways and as often as possible. Their experience brings both a unique perspective and a necessary real-world component to the Full‑time MBA. Executive Connections will deepen your skills, challenge your thinking, and develop your expertise.

Executive Coaches


Richard H. “Rick” Baer

Richard H. “Rick” Baer
Professional Interests: marketing, branding, marketing communications, pricing, advertising, global business management
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Rick Baer currently teaches global marketing communication, global brand management, and global pricing as an adjunct professor of global marketing at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Rick spent more than 35 years in marketing and brand management with Colgate-Palmolive Company, Continental Promotion Group, Inc., and The Dial Corporation.

Rick is known for turning consumer products into household staples, and has generated global popularity for brands like Colgate toothpaste, Dial soap, Purex liquid detergent, Palmolive soap, Breck shampoo, and Fab laundry detergent. Rick’s marketing plan for the European launch of stand-up toothpaste packaging won the prestigious Colgate-Palmolive Marketer of the Year award. Valuing the consumer as much as he does the product, Rick was the first brand manager outside the U.S. to add fluoride to Colgate toothpaste, seeing it as “critical to world oral health.”

As vice president of Continental Promotion Group’s international arm, he increased global market penetration in Canada, doubling sales in year one and generating growth of 25 percent or more for three subsequent years.

Rick holds a BS in foreign management — with double majors in international marketing and finance, and a minor in languages — from Georgetown University, as well as an advanced management degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business. In his spare time, Rick enjoys team sports and international travel with his wife (especially to undiscovered beaches).


Laura Ann Bartlett

Laura Ann Bartlett
Professional Interests: management and business development, employee benefits consulting, intuitional wealth services, fiduciary best practices, and investment management
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Laura Ann Bartlett currently serves as the vice president of the institutional wealth business development division through BOK Financial. The company’s clientele includes local governments, corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations throughout the Southwest. Laura also serves as the president and CEO of the Bartlett Consulting Group, which assists clients in attracting and retaining employees in a competitive labor market and minimizing fiduciary risks to their organizations.

With over 25 years of experience in employee benefits, pensions, and investments, Laura has held executive positions with Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust and ABD Insurance and Financial Services. She has also served as the senior vice president of Putnam Investments, where she led intermediary-focused new business development for both full-service and DCIO retirement segments throughout the United States.

Laura holds a BA degree from Southern Illinois University. Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and three children, playing golf, and other outdoor activities.


Donald Becka

Donald Becka
Professional Interests: real estate policies, innovation, leadership, customer service, site efficiency, and lease savings
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As deputy director of real estate for the state of Washington, Donald Becka achieved numerous first-ever successes and returned over $13 million to various internal customer departments through redefining site efficiencies and lease negotiated savings. In this role, Donald also implemented a statewide metric program that measured rate variances and compared them to commercial lease rates that contributed to increased productivity.

Donald has extensive experience in strategic portfolio planning and business leadership, having served as the senior vice president of real estate transactions and investments at Bank of America Corp. Donald was responsible for directing real estate portfolio management that covered 15 million people for the second-largest bank holding company in the U.S. He also handled the development, management, and tracking of real estate budgets.

Donald holds a BA degree from Lewis University. He serves as a mentor for Local First Arizona, supporting their Local Venture Partnership Fast-Pitch mentorship program, and is a certified Sigma Six Green Belt.


Matt Benjamin

Matt Benjamin
Professional Interests: Consulting, Consumer products, Manufacturing, Media/Entertainment, Food, drug, and other retail, telecommunications
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As a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Matt Benjamin has been responsible for relationships with a variety of domestic and multinational companies in the retail, telecom, media, and consumer products industries, ranging in size from $300 million - $80 billion in annual revenues. During his 40+ year career, he led the firm's national apparel and textile practice, responsible for development of new business, technical consultations and talent development. His clients have included Verizon Wireless, Toys R Us, Church and Dwight, Rite Aid, and Polo Ralph Lauren. In serving these and other clients, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Western Europe, and Asia.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York, where he has remained involved in recruitment activities since graduating in 1974. He is also active in the Baruch College Executives on Campus program, where he serves as an undergraduate and graduate honor student mentor.

Matt was heavily involved in a leadership role at two not-for-profit organizations in New Jersey prior to relocating to Arizona. His personal interests include classic cars, wine, travel, art, and bike riding.


Brian P. Boylan

Brian P. Boylan
Professional Interests: human resources, organizational effectiveness, international HR, labor/employment law, technology, change management, leadership development, executive coaching
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As executive vice president and chief human resources officer for JDA Software, a worldwide leader in supply chain software solutions, Brian Boylan is responsible for leading the company’s global human resources organization, providing leadership and development of the company’s strategies for talent management, leadership development, change management and operational excellence.

Prior to JDA, Brian was a principal in Alliance HR Advisors, a human resources consulting firm. He also served as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Human Resources for Asarco Incorporated, an international non-ferrous metals producer, where he spent 16 years in various executive and management roles, both in an operating capacity, managing the company’s largest mining operation, and also leading the company’s legal, HR and corporate communication’s functions. He has also served as assistant general counsel for the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations in New York City.

Brian holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University in New York and a juris doctor from the Brooklyn Law School. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. A native of New York City, Brian has lived in Arizona for the past 17 years.


Bryan Brady

Bryan Brady
Professional Interests: Financial services, Government, Manufacturing, Non-profit, Technology
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Over 15 years, Bryan Brady served in multiple roles with Computer Sciences Corporation, a Fortune 150 company in the IT software and services industry with revenues of $17 billion and 100,000 employees in 93 countries. Bryan was based in London as CFO EMEA, followed by two stints in Los Angeles as corporate controller and corporate vice president of global tax. He retired in 2012 as corporate vice president of investor relations, based in Washington D.C.

Before joining Computer Sciences Corporation, Bryan spent 12 years with Fujitsu in the UK, where he was CFO of their largest division, which provided software and hardware to the government sector. Earlier in his career, he spent three years in Saudi Arabia, four years in South Africa, and eight years working for IBM in Scotland.

He holds the S.N.C. in Business Studies, Chartered Institute Management Accountants {1&2) and Institute of Internal Auditors. Bryan has served on a number of boards and in retirement, enjoys working with committees at his church. He and his wife, Marel, have been married for 45 years, is in his spare time, Bryan enjoys soccer and golf.


John Cole

John Cole
Professional Interests: executive leadership, business integration, product management, program management, organizational effectiveness, performance driven culture, mergers and acquisitions, operations management
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As an executive at General Dynamics, John had Profit and Loss responsibility for a $750 million-plus business unit consisting of complex radio, network communications and encryption products and systems, and commercial computing products with more than 1,200 employees.

John has extensive operations experience designing, producing and supporting sophisticated electronic systems and products. He also has specific skills in management or leading a team toward financial objectives, including cutting waste and focusing on continuous improvement.

During his career with General Dynamics and Motorola, John’s business units conducted business in multiple nations with non-U.S. companies requiring him to travel to the United Kingdom, Korea, Canada, France, Germany, Taiwan, and Australia.

John served as chairman of Maricopa County’s Men's Anti-violence Network, an organization dedicated to reducing domestic violence with emphasis on holding abusers accountable for their actions.
He holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Arizona State University.

John believes life is not a dress rehearsal and therefore believes one should make the most of their personal and professional lives. He enjoys golf, travel, sports cars, and investing. He is a native Arizonan and has extensive family in the area.


Ron Cooperman

Ron Cooperman
Professional Interests: strategic planning, treasury operations, acquisition planning and execution, expense control, financial reporting, taxation, and real estate
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Ron Cooperman came out of retirement in 2014 to become an advisor to a private equity firm that subsequently acquired PetSmart Inc., in what was the largest private equity transaction that year. Ron currently serves as the executive vice president of strategic planning and real estate for PetSmart. In this role, Ron is responsible for developing the plans and controls for improving the company’s profitability and overall performance.

Ron served over 23 years in various executive positions with Payless ShoeSource, including as corporate controller, vice president of strategic planning, and the vice president of business development and investor relations. Ron played an integral role in the operational integration of associated financing for the company.

Ron holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Northwestern University. His personal interests include trading in currency markets, learning to play the piano, and spending time with his wife in their Scottsdale home.


Charlotte Diener

Charlotte Diener
Professional Interests: strategic planning, process improvement, operational excellence, organizational design, change management, mergers and acquisitions, cross-cultural organizational development, coaching and mentoring
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After a corporate career spanning technology and traditional manufacturing industries, Charlotte now works with companies to improve their strategic and operational processes and with individuals to enhance their performance and career potential.

In her career at ON Semiconductor, Charlotte program-managed the spin-off from Motorola and held executive leadership positions as vice president of planning and vice president of the standard components business. As senior vice president of global supply chain operations, she led ON Semiconductor to multiple awards for service and delivery excellence.

During a career that included experience at Intel Corporation, 13 years at Ford Motor Company, and 13 years at Motorola and ON Semiconductor, Charlotte has managed large organizations in China, Malaysia, the U.K., France, Germany, and Slovakia.

Charlotte has served on the Board of Directors for Leshan-Phoenix Semiconductor Company based in Sichuan, China and Model United Nations of the Far West. She is a member of the Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany.

Charlotte holds two BA degrees from California State University, Chico and an MBA from the University of Denver. Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and family of three adult children and four grandchildren, traveling, reading, gardening, and cooking healthy food.


Stephen Galasso

Stephen Galasso
Professional Interests: working with multiple venture capital firms to find, structure, and complete investment deals in the financial technology sector, primarily online, personal loans, and all payment cards
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Stephen Galasso has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in financial technology. He was the founding chairman and CEO of NetSpend Corp., which is the first and largest reloadable prepaid card in the United States. He has served in multiple executive positions with General Electric, Unilever, and Citigroup Inc. He also served as the president and CEO of Bank of America’s credit card business, which was Visa’s fifth largest issuer worldwide. In this role, he was responsible for the overall management of assets across the nation.

Stephen is semi-retired and currently working with multiple venture capital firms to find, structure, and complete investment deals in the financial technology sector, primarily online, non-secured personal loans, and credit, debit, and prepaid cards.

Stephen holds a BA degree and an MBA from Fordham University.


Mark Geninatti

Mark Geninatti
Professional Interests: employee development, thought leadership, teaching, coaching and executive mentoring, mergers and acquisitions, software development, enterprise planning and execution, data center management
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Mark Geninatti was CIO and group vice president of JDA Software from May 2002 through April 2012, responsible for JDA’s internal information technology organizations worldwide.

While at JDA he established IT as a strategic asset and transitioned JDA’s systems into an integrated suite of tools that enabled strategic growth through acquisition. Mark’s efforts allowed the company to grow from $250 million in annual revenues to more than $700 million. While at JDA he oversaw the integration of seven acquisitions and in 2006 was given responsibility for all JDA real estate and offices worldwide.

During a career that spans more than 35 years, Mark worked for high tech manufacturing companies and software companies where he developed his leadership skills in software development, mergers and acquisitions and running large enterprise IT organizations. Starting his career with McDonnell Douglas Automation (McAuto), he moved to Arizona in 1982 and served as development director for Transform Logic. The technology developed under his direction was acquired by IBM in the late 80’s, and he led the integration of this technology into several IBM products. He joined Viasoft in 1990 as their senior director of IT and training.

Mark currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Department of Information Systems at Arizona State University, as well as on the technology committee for a private school based in Scottsdale. He holds a BS degree in computer management from Eastern Illinois University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult children, traveling to Flagstaff, where he resides during summers, playing golf and tennis, and exploring many trails and canyons in northern Arizona.


Harvey Gillis

Harvey Gillis
Professional Interests: Consulting, Consumer products, Financial services, Manufacturing, Media/Entertainment, Non-profit, Petroleum/Energy, Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Healthcare products, Technology, Engineering, Food, drug, and other retail, Hospital/Healthcare providers, Other: Venture capital
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Harvey Gillis is CEO of Sunrise Capital, a venture capital and business investment firm, and CEO of HG Enterprises, a business strategy and performance consulting company. He has held numerous executive positions for many technology, financial services, and venture capital companies ranging in size from startup to $20 billion. During his career he has had responsibility for both U.S. and worldwide line and administrative operations in Europe, Asia, Canada and Latin America. His career emphasis has been starting, turning around, and improving the performance of large and small companies.

Harvey has served as president of the Washington Council for Economic Education and on numerous public and private technology boards of directors. He has also been active with non-profit organizations and efforts, including Junior Achievement, seminars for gifted high school students, mentoring programs for MBAs and young executives, Advisory Board for University of Washington business school, and the U.S. Backgammon Federation.

Harvey received a BS in engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS in engineering and MBA from Stanford University. He is the author of many articles and books, including Backstreet to Boardroom: Praxis for Success - Sagacity, Gaming and Temerity. He enjoys helping businesses develop models to improve performance, strategy planning facilitation, coaching, reading, education advocacy, writing, and tournament backgammon.


Bruce Gilmore

Bruce Gilmore
Professional Interests: procurement, materials management, service management, logistics, and transportation in global, technological environments
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As a director in Intel Corp.’s global supply management organization, Bruce Gilmore directed the global material spending that exceeded $1 billion. Bruce’s supply network operated in China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and in Arizona. Bruce has a broad range of experience including procurement, materials management, service management, logistics, and transportation in a global technology environment. Over his career with Intel, Bruce had extensive experience with leading global teams of employees and suppliers to achieve outstanding results across Asia, Europe, and the United States.

As a leader, Bruce developed several high performance management teams to deliver leading-edge supply chain solutions for Intel. He has a demonstrated ability to orchestrate cross-functional resources across an organization to ensure effective deployment of high-leverage programs contributing directly to the bottom line. Bruce is also an effective communicator with the ability to lead at the highest levels internally and externally.

Bruce earned a BS in business administration from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Arizona. He is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve. Bruce and his family live in Arizona where they enjoy volunteering at their church, hiking, and enjoying the benefits of living in a desert.


David Greenberg

David Greenberg
Professional Interests: Consulting, Consumer products, Food, drug, and other retail, Other: Food service, Hospitality
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As a marketing consultant, David Greenberg has had the pleasure of helping grow some of the best-known restaurant brands in the world — Burger King, Jack in the Box, Bob Evans, Papa Murphy's Pizza and Mimi's Café, among others. He has also worked with category-leading consumer packaged goods brands on game-changing new product launches.

David's marketing career has run the gamut, from helping stagnant brands realize exceptional growth to starting new businesses and launching them nationally. He takes great pleasure in taking underdog brands and dramatically growing their share and profitability while fighting against established powerhouses, turning around the fortunes of Wendy’s, Purex, and Innovative Brands as a marketing executive.

For the past 10 years, David has been a strong supporter of Kids Who Care, a not-for-profit founded and run by his wife. Kids Who Care trains teachers across Arizona to provide service-learning programs to students at their schools.

David has a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in philosophy from Haverford College in Haverford, PA. David enjoys spending time with wife and two daughters, hiking Arizona mountains, golfing, and playing guitar.


Anne Guerrant

Anne Guerrant
Professional Interests: Financial services, Non-profit, Real estate services, Other: Life insurance sales
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As a professional tennis player, Anne Guerrant won an Australian Open women’s double title and ranked no. 11 in the world. She was also a successful real estate entrepreneur, starting a company in 1976 with her husband, Terry. After nearly three decades buying and selling investments in land, apartments, and “fix and flip” houses, they sold all their real estate and retired in 2005.

As President of the Guerrant Foundation Anne takes no salary, and matches donations up to $100,000 per year. The foundation raises money for programs that help the poorest of the world’s poor through small loans to start businesses, and 100 percent of donations made to the Guerrant Foundation are passed through to either Opportunity International, BRAC, or Pro Mujer. Careful due diligence has been done to select these efficient organizations. Additionally, Anne manages a board of advisors and plans several fundraising events for the foundation every year. She has taught personal money management classes to all ages from adults to children in first grade.

Anne has been a feminist since age 16. She is one of the founders of the women’s pro tennis tour and the Women’s Tennis Association, and counts Billie Jean King among her best friends.


Robert Healy

Robert Healy
Professional Interests: financial analysis, economic analysis, project feasibility evaluations, due diligence reviews, process improvement, and project development
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Robert Healy has over 20 years of experience with nearly eight years working internationally. He currently serves as the regional global practice manager of the Phoenix office for Burns & McDonnell, an international engineering, architecture, and consulting firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. Robert specializes in financial and economic analysis, project feasibility evaluations, due diligence reviews, process improvement, and project development. Recently, his focus has been on assisting clients to successfully deliver energy projects specifically in the areas of wind, solar, and biofuels.

Prior to joining Burns & McDonnell, Robert spent five years with the petroleum company BP Plc as both a project manager and an HR manager in Spain and the UK, as well as serving as a project manager for the Amoco Pipeline Company.

Robert holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Susan Healy

Susan Healy
Professional Interests: long term strategic planning, strategic analysis, financial analysis, marketing development, business development, and leading teams with varying skill sets
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Susan Healy has over 25 years of international corporate experience, including multiple executive positons handling strategic planning, marketing, human resources, and sales. She has also served as a senior mentor for women and entry-level hires.

Susan most recently served as the vice president of sales and marketing for MobileCare 2 U — a dental insurance program designed for seniors in long-term care facilities — where she was responsible for leading a team to handle the sales and marketing for the company across six states. She developed and implemented a customer satisfaction survey and developed and introduced tiered insurance products based on customer demand.

While she was living in Kansas, Susan was an active volunteer for numerous children’s organizations, serving as a fundraiser co-chair for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired for six years. Susan currently resides in Phoenix and is active with the Boys Team Charity, Andre’s House, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Susan holds a BS degree in engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Pamela A. Higdon

Pamela A. Higdon
Professional Interests: Financial services, Petroleum/Energy, Real estate construction/Development, Real estate services
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As director of the Arizona Operational Center for Northern Trust, Pam Higdon focuses on developing additional front, middle, and back office capacity throughout North America across all areas of the firm. Pam has extensive experience designing new capabilities and implementing strategic growth plans. In previous roles with Northern Trust, she was an executive with the Hedge Fund Services unit’s strategic planning, product development, technology enhancement, and new business implementation functions. She played a key role in designing and executing the unit’s strategic plans for growth, particularly around building new products and services to help keep the group at the forefront of industry practice.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Pam held a series of progressively senior leadership positions with the energy trading division at British Petroleum, including service as the head of performance management, business manager for trading operations, and director of transformation management.

Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. She has been a member of the Illinois CPA society for over 15 years. Her personal interests include spending time with husband and two children, cycling, running, traveling, and cooking.


Mike Jalbert

Mike Jalbert
Professional Interests: strategy development and implementation, major negotiations, licensing, joint ventures, startups, and corporate direction
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Mike Jalbert has over a decade of experience with EFJohnson Technologies Inc. in various executive positions — including CEO and chairman of the board — with a focus on improving the reliability of operations and building a new management team and organization. EFJohnson Technologies specializes in designing and marketing secure mobile telecommunications and voice encryption solutions.

Previously, Mike served as president and CEO of Microdyne Corp., supervising the design, manufacture, and marketing of aerospace telemetry receivers, combiners, and signal simulators for use in data gathering and analysis. He also served as the president and COO of West Chemicals, a private worldwide specialty chemical manufacturer, where he oversaw the development and overall direction of the company.

Mike is currently the owner and managing partner of JME International Ltd., a boutique consultancy firm headquartered in Irving, Texas. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Walter Group and BioCircle Surface Technologies.

Mike holds a BS degree from Concordia University and is fluent in English and French.


Doug James

Doug James
Professional Interests: aviation, program management, corporate strategy, effective resourcing, command policy, and international affairs
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Doug James serves as the president of Hound Strategic Inc., where he is responsible for setting the long-term corporate strategy, effectively resourcing, and employing Hound Strategic’s unique business consultancy process. Under his guidance, the consultancy is establishing itself as a leader in planning and implementing corporate strategy.

With over 22 years of experience in both leadership and the aviation industry, Doug has held executive positions with various companies throughout his career. He served as the chief pilot for JetBlue Airways, located at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and was responsible for the conception and implantation of a highly successful chief pilot leadership program.

Doug holds a BS degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Florida State University. He loves to fly his 1968 Mooney M20 aircraft whenever he gets the chance.


Ivan Johnson

Ivan Johnson
Professional Interests: Government, Media/Entertainment, Non-Profit, Telecommunications
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Prior to his retirement in 2014, Ivan Johnson served as the chief operations officer of Avant Strategies, an advertising/marketing firm; DeMenna and Associates, one of the leading lobbying firms in Arizona; and Business to Government Strategies, a technology consulting firm that connects technology companies to government. All three firms are owned by Public Policy Partners.

Previously, Ivan worked in various roles for Cox Communications for 32 years, including vice president of franchising, vice president of community relations, and manager of business development. In 1987, he was promoted to vice president of public affairs and business development, and from 1995 until his retirement in 2012, he was the vice president of public affairs at Cox Communications Arizona.

Before his career at Cox Communications, Ivan worked at the National Cable Television Association as vice president of association affairs. He also served as executive director of the Arizona Cable Television Association as and as administrative assistant for the Arizona senate majority leader in the Arizona state legislature.

In his spare time, Ivan is an avid tennis player.


John Jones

John Jones
Professional Interests: Government, Manufacturing, Engineering, Law/Legal Services, Utilities
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As a senior director of contracting at General Dynamics European Land Systems, SL in Madrid, John Jones managed international contracting activities and negotiated billion dollar-plus contracts with government customers and suppliers throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. John also served as associate general counsel for General Dynamics C4 Systems, Inc. in Scottsdale, advising its information assurance and radio businesses, as well as the company as a whole on matters of intellectual property law, supply chain management, accounting, and compliance.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, John spent seven years with Bryan Cave LLP, where he was a partner in government contracts and intellectual property law practices. John also served 20 years in the U.S. Army as both an engineer in the Corps of Engineers, and as a judge advocate, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. John is active in the American Bar Association, editing three editions of the ABA's Government Contract Law Deskbook.

John received his bachelor’s in engineering from Vanderbilt University, and both a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Government Procurement from George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Airborne and Ranger Schools. He enjoys skiing, sailing, travel, and hiking.


John Kalkowski

John Kalkowski
Professional Interests: journalism, startups, cultural programs, Chinese business, project management, and paper manufacturing
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John Kalkowski serves as editor-in-chief of Brand Packaging magazine and the packaging conference director for BNP Media. As editor-in-chief, Doug works to find packaging innovations and designs that inspire companies and organizations to reimagine their brand strategies.

John began his career as a journalist, working for several newspapers and magazines around the United States and in Hong Kong. After serving 12 years in the writing side of journalism, he worked as a production manager at major newspapers owned by Knight Ridder Inc. and the E. W. Scripps Co., where he was responsible for the development of new ways in which to approach production in a changing industry.

John holds a BA degree from the University of Nebraska and an MA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Previously, John was a Rotary Journalism Fellow for the Yale-in-China program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He enjoys time with his wife and son. His wife is a special education teacher at Hamilton High School and his son is a combat medic in the Arizona Army National Guard.


Nick Kissel

Nick Kissel
Professional Interests: Financial services, Manufacturing, Real estate construction/Development, Real estate services
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Nick Kissel started his career with Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) in 1970. He worked in a number of different industries, but specialized in the financial services industry, auditing large banks and their related operations, including various lending activities, mortgage banking operations, capital market activities, foreign operations, regulatory compliance requirements and mergers and acquisitions. He also worked on projects such as management accounting, and financial reporting systems; capital markets operations; internal audit service delivery; fraud audits; and numerous debt and equity offerings. Some of his clients included predecessors to Sun Trust Banks, Inc., Huntington Bancshares, Bank of America, ABN Amro (Netherlands), Principal Financial Group, and US Bancorp. During his career, he worked in E & Y offices in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Columbus, OH.

He retired in 2007 and 2008 began consulting with the Ernst & Young Foundation the following year, developing college courses comparing International Financial Reporting Standards to US GAAP, emerging and converged accounting standards, auditing of certain emerging accounting standards, and case studies related to professional judgment and unusual accounting transactions.

Nick lives in Scottsdale and serves on the board of directors of Goldwater Bank as well as two homeowners associations.


Caroline Kolman

Caroline Kolman
Professional Interests: cost reduction, health care consulting, manufacturing, recruiting, project management, and methodology
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As managing director at Navigant Consulting, Caroline Kolman leads the national health care supply chain practice, delivering cost reduction and process improvement solution to health care organization nationwide. Navigant Consulting delivers comprehensive cost-saving approaches and operational redesigns to reposition health care providers for long-term growth and success. In this role, Caroline is responsible for identifying new approaches that create value for clients; leading internal teams for recruiting, project management, and methodology; and streamlining processes across the practice.

Caroline has over 15 years of experience in delivering bottom line results for health systems and academic medical centers. Previously, Caroline served as the managing director for Prism Healthcare Partners Ltd. and president of C. Kolman & Associates.

Caroline is a licensed professional engineer, and has served on the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. She is also a sitting member of the University of Pittsburgh Industrial Visiting Committee.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Caroline has made Scottsdale her second home. She enjoys hiking local trails, spending time with her two grandchildren, and developing an appreciation for wine.


John Lindell

John Lindell
Professional Interests: real estate development, real estate consulting, and the identification and communications of emerging issues
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John Lindell is a partner at KPMG US LLP, and has served in a variety of roles and leadership positions in the firm’s real estate audit group. His clients are primarily in real estate investment, brokerage, institutional, and development functions, including numerous real estate investment trusts. John regularly works with the Securities and Exchange Commission and was the firm’s expert in REIT initial public offerings.

John has spent 34 years at KPMG, 25 of which has been spent as a partner. He has also been involved in the formation of a startup real estate syndication company and also served as the chief accounting officer of a real estate syndication.

He serves on the board of directors and chairs the Audit Committee of the National Equity Fund, a Chicago-based real estate company, and serves on the board of directors of the Holy Trinity High School.

He holds a BS degree from the University of Nebraska. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fly fishing, golfing, and traveling.


Tim Lindemann

Tim Lindemann
Professional Interests: global reservation organization, data leveraging, service and productivity improvement, operating metrics, and airport operations
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Tim Lindemann serves as the vice president of customer experience for the global reservations division of American Airlines Inc. He assumed the role in 2013, and is responsible for customer and employee experience with American Airlines’ contact centers worldwide, including planning and analysis, network operations, automation, training, and policies and procedures.

With over 25 years of experience, Tim began his career with America West Airlines as a frontline customer service agent. During his two decades with America West, he held multiple leadership positions in revenue management, e-commerce, and operations planning. Previously, Tim served as the managing director of customer strategy and planning, where he was responsible for leading several key initiatives to implement technology, increase ancillary revenues, improve operating metrics, and focus on airport operations.

He is currently a board member of the American Airlines Credit Union and an executive sponsor for American Airlines’ Virtual Employee Business Resource Group, which assists with the unique opportunities and needs of remote, home-based employees.

Tim holds a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business. In his free time he enjoys cycling, golf, fishing, and spending time with his wife of 24 years.


Lynn Moran

Lynn Moran
Professional Interests: small retail businesses, entrepreneurship, leadership teams, associate development, leadership initiates, organizational effectiveness, and internal business solutions
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Lynn Moran serves as the CEO and co-owner of Arizona Coaching and Consulting, and is the CEO of Sonoran Life Transition and Performance Coaching. In these roles, her responsibilities include facilitating both individuals and teams in leadership and executive coaching.

Lynn has over 30 years of corporate experience with Mars Inc., Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Masterfoods USA Inc. She served as president of Ethel M. Chocolates, a direct-to-consumer confectionary business within Mars — one of the largest food companies in the world. As president, she was also a member of the leadership team responsible for managing Mars’ domestic food business portfolio. Lynn’s key accomplishments at Ethel M. included talent development and organization alignment; repositioning and enhancing the brand image; packaging redesign and relaunch; and expanding the reach and presence of the product line into event marketing and high visibility, upscale retailers.

After retiring from Mars, Lynn transitioned into an executive leadership position with Russ Berrie and Co., a global gift company. She holds a BS degree from Centenary University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a professionally trained and certified coach and Six Sigma Green Belt, and a member of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.


Robert G. “Bob” O’Malley

Robert G. “Bob” O’Malley
Professional Interests: leadership, culture change, IP management, supply chain management, distribution channels, outsourcing, supplier management, international business, scaling operations for growth, strategy in dynamic industries, business ethics, employee development
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Bob O’Malley has more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry, most recently serving as CEO of SED, an Atlanta-based technology distributor with operations across the U.S., Colombia, and Argentina. Bob was also the CEO of visual communication leader InFocus, held senior leadership roles at wholesale technology distributor Tech Data Corporation, served as CEO of Immersion Corporation and of Pinacor Inc., and was president of both Intermec and MicroAge.

Bob began his tech career as a sales rep with IBM, advancing to executive positions in sales, financial, and product management, and gaining exposure to audiovisual and information technologies while working as a rep for multiple manufacturers, distributors, and integrators. With extensive global experience in sales, product marketing, operations, and supply chain management, Bob is an expert on integrating acquisitions, managing culture change, creating business model innovations, and launching new products.

Bob is one of the founding board members of the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), a current member of the Triton Technologies Board of Directors, and a two-time participant in InfoComm International — an annual gathering of audiovisual thought leaders to assess and chart the course of the industry. He was also an instructor pilot and Captain in the U.S. Air Force and, during his IT career, has been an active board member for a variety of professional, charitable, and civic organizations.

Bob holds a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.


Alban W. Schuele

Alban W. Schuele
Professional Interests: Manufacturing
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An ASU alumnus who emigrated from Germany to Arizona, Al Schuele served as a corporate officer first at The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. and later with Hoechst Celanese Corporation. At Chase, Al was responsible for the bank’s Central European Region of its Foreign Direct Investment Division.

As treasurer of American Hoechst Corporation in 1986, Al negotiated the financing of the multi‐billion acquisition of Celanese Corporation. He was subsequently asked to lead an effective integration process of the two significantly different corporate cultures, reporting directly to the president and CEO of the merged Hoechst Celanese Corporation. Among his responsibilities at Hoechst Celanese were overseeing eight diverse Divisions operating in several States and Europe, holding executive responsibility for $2 billion of diverse businesses with 2,000 employees throughout Canada, and leading the worldwide financial integration of three merged pharmaceutical businesses headquartered in Frankfurt, Paris, and Kansas City under the Hoechst umbrella.

Al served as officer and director of the Crested Butte Music Festival for many years and volunteers with Foothills Caring Corps in Carefree. An opera lover and avid skier, Al and his wife enjoy splitting their time between Arizona and Colorado, traveling, and visiting children and grandchildren in New York.


Bryan K. Segedi

Bryan K. Segedi
Professional Interests: auditing, fraud and forensic practices, global consulting, audit analytics, public speaking, and accounting
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Bryan K. Segedi is the former deputy global vice chair of assurance for the global network of audit, tax, and advisory services KPMG US LLP. In this role, Bryan was responsible for the overall global audit transformation program that was one of the firm’s most significant investments. Previously, he served as the America’s vice chair, overseeing the firm’s relationship with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board while serving as a senior advisory partner for several of the firm’s largest clients.

While Brian was vice chair, he negotiated the acquisition of multiple Anderson audit and tax practices, creating a 14-office region. Over his five-year tenure in this role, he turned poorly performing offices in the Rust Belt region into one of the firm’s fastest growing and highest marginal operating units.

Bryan is active in business, education, and civic affairs, serving on the Alma College Board of Trustees and the Core Seven Board of Advisors. He formerly served as chairman of multiple organizations, including Leadership Cleveland and Business Volunteers Unlimited.

Bryan holds a BA degree from Alma College and his MS degree from Northwestern University. Bryan is a certified public accountant and enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with his wife in their Scottsdale home.


Kevin Sellers

Kevin Sellers
Professional Interests: global marketing, brand strategy, advertising, digital marketing, demand generation, public relations, accountancy, and technological solutions
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Kevin Sellers serves as the chief marketing officer for Avnet Inc., a $27 billion electronics distributor and technology solutions provider. Kevin joined Avnet in 2015 and is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s global marketing and communications, including brand strategy, advertising, digital marketing, demand generation, and public relations.

Prior to joining Avnet, Kevin was the managing director at Sard Verbinnen, a strategic communications agency that helps companies manage crisis situations and issues affecting corporate reputation.

Kevin spent over 23 years working at Intel Corp. in various leadership roles both domestically and internationally. For eight years, he helped lead a $3 billion operation in Japan grow its business and revitalize its brand. He has also directed brand revitalization projects for various teams.

Kevin holds a BS degree and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Currently, Kevin and his family reside in Gilbert, Arizona. He is the proud father of four children and loves to golf, travel, cook, and is an avid sports fan.


Mike Stanley

Mike Stanley
Professional Interests: manufacturing and distribution, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, change management, organizational behavior, systems implementation
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Mike Stanley has more than 20 years of C-level and board leadership experience with accomplished manufacturing companies serving the medical, pharmaceutical, consumer products and technology sectors. He is currently consulting and devoting more time to community-oriented pursuits, including business education and serving on the boards of two strong not-for-profit organizations positively impacting the Phoenix area.

Mike is CEO of EB Endeavors, a management consulting firm. Prior to this role, Mike was co-founder of Medegen, an international medical products manufacturer headquartered in Phoenix. Mike has led the manufacturing, engineering, finance, HR, IT and strategic planning functions within Medegen and with earlier employers. He currently chairs the board of Positive Coaching Alliance-Phoenix and is a board member and treasurer of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller scholar. Mike is married and has three children, two sons in college and a daughter in high school. In his free time, he can often be found outdoors, either hiking in the desert or on a golf course. While a fan of virtually every sport, Mike is most passionate about football and soccer.


Markos I. Tambakeras

Markos I. Tambakeras
Professional Interests: strategy, operations, technology, marketing, manufacturing, talent development, competitiveness, globalization, capital deployment, risk management
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As a chairman of the board and CEO of Kennametal Inc., a $2.5 billion global company headquartered in Latrobe, Pa., Markos Tambakeras led the financial turnaround of the company. During his seven-year tenure in Kennametal's top executive position, Markos championed talent development, innovation, operational excellence, global expansion, and installed the Kennametal Value Business System (KVBS), a set of six core business processes by which the company was managed. Upon his retirement from Kennametal in 2006, global sales accounted for 50 percent of all revenues, while sales from new products grew to 40 percent.

Prior to joining Kennametal, Markos served 19 years with Honeywell Inc. in several senior management positions in South Africa, Hong Kong, and United States. Markos is chairman of the board of Xylem Inc. and a former director of ITT Corp, Parker Hannifin Corp and Newport Corp. He served for three years by appointment of the President’s Manufacturing Council, a group of 15 manufacturing leaders who act in an advisory capacity for the Secretary of Commerce on matters affecting U.S. manufacturing.

Since 2011, Markos has served as a trustee of Loyola Marymount University and is a member of its Finance Committee. At ASU, he served as a member of the ASU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2007-2012 and is currently a member of the President’s Club and Dean’s Council for the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Markos received a BS in industrial chemistry from the University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his MBA in marketing at Loyola Marymount University. An avid sports fan, Markos has a particular love for soccer. He plays golf and enjoys theater, music, and travel. He and his wife, Pamela, have two children and reside in Paradise Valley.


Terri Tierney Clark

Terri Tierney Clark
Professional Interests: fundraising; advancing diversity; leadership; and presentations to corporations, universities, and business groups
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Terri Tierney Clark is the CEO of Summit Leadership Advisors, which helps companies create cultural change to retain, attract, and advance women and diversity professionals within a company’s executive ranks. Terri has served as an advisor to companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Credit Suisse Group, SLM Corp., Silicon Valley Bank, and the Association for Talent Development.

Terri served as a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, where she was responsible for sourcing, structuring, managing, and executing equity placements in buyout, venture, international, high yield, and distressed security and real estate funds. She secured equity commitments from investors in Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, and South America. During her tenure as managing director, she developed and managed the real estate private equity placement business and helped secure Merrill Lynch placement in South America.

She wrote an Amazon Bestseller titled Learn, Work, Lead: Things Your Mentor Won’t Tell You and earned the London Financial Times’ accolade for best book of 2014. Terri has written articles for Forbes, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and The Muse.

Terri holds a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Dartmouth College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.


Brian F. Wagner

Brian F. Wagner
Professional Interests: volunteering, fundraising, guest speaking, productivity initiatives, brand innovation, sustainability, and organizational strategy
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Brian F. Wagner has over 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technology, and foods. He served in multiple executive roles with Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions, Kellogg Co., Sara Lee Corp., Burger King, and General Foods Corp.

Most recently, Brian served as the vice president of consulting services for Havi Global Solutions, which has helped over 250 client organizations achieve better bottom line results through developing future focused growth and productivity initiatives, as well as consumer and market insight, design, brand innovation, sustainability, and organizational strategy. Brian co-founded the ARK Angel Network, a volunteer program that helps under-resourced and at-risk children around the world, with an emphasis on education and job creation.

Brian is a business coach and mentor, as well as a frequent speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends, business strategy, consumer insight, and sustainability. He was inducted into the Michigan State University School of Packaging Hall of Fame in 2008, and was recognized as a thought leader by the Western Michigan Business Review.

Brian holds a BS degree from Michigan State University. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children.


Shirley A. Weis

Shirley A. Weis
Professional Interests: corporate governance, strategic planning and leadership development
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Shirley A. Weis is President of Weis Associates, LLC, a national management and leadership consulting firm. Shirley is recently retired from her role as vice president and chief administrative officer for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Her work involved coordinating overall institutional strategy and operations of Mayo Clinic’s $9 billion, 60,000 employee healthcare system that treats more than a million patients a year from around the world through its sites in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Shirley has earned a reputation as a world-class leader adept in combining leadership, communications and financial expertise to execute and provide oversight on enterprise-wide initiatives that enhance quality, safety and service while assuring bottom line results. In her 40-year career, she has served as chair of administrative services for Mayo Clinic in Arizona, chair of the Mayo Clinic managed care department, executive director for Mayo Management Services, Inc., COO for Blue Care Network-Mid-Michigan, and emergency services manager for a Lansing Mich., healthcare system.

Shirley has a broad academic and teaching background. She is emeritus professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and has taught healthcare leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Lansing Community College, and for the Michigan Hospital Association.

A magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing, Shirley also earned a master’s in management degree from Aquinas College, and was recently awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Michigan State University.

She has been named a Michigan State University Distinguished Alumna and has received the Diana Award for Outstanding Business Women. In both 2007 and 2013, she was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.