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:
- Leadership Coaching — Helping you develop critical leadership competencies and personal, interpersonal skills
- Mentoring — Assisting with a variety of academic, business, personal and career-related issues
- Applied Projects — Offering guidance on industry projects in an advisory role
- Career Preparation — Helping you understand, decide and prepare for employment and internship opportunities
- 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.
Professional Interests: marketing, branding, marketing communications, pricing, advertising, global business management
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).
Professional Interests: human resources, organizational effectiveness, international HR, labor/employment law, technology, change management, leadership development, executive coaching
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.
Professional Interests: executive leadership, business integration, product management, program management, organizational effectiveness, performance driven culture, mergers and acquisitions, operations management
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.
Professional Interests: strategic planning, process improvement, operational excellence, organizational design, change management, mergers and acquisitions, cross-cultural organizational development, coaching and mentoring
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.
Professional Interests: supply chain, distribution and logistics, strategy, IT technology, procurement, globalization, performance management, decision science, trade policy, corporate responsibility, mergers and acquisitions
David Frentzel is the senior vice president of global contract logistics at Scottsdale-based APL Logistics. He has been responsible for the company’s warehousing, distribution, and value-added services businesses since 2010, covering over 200 customers and 3,500 employees across 20 million square feet of warehousing space in more than 20 countries.
Dave has worked around the world, living in Asia for eight years and managing businesses both there and in other emerging markets over the span of 20 years. Prior to joining APL Logistics, he held international logistics leadership positions at Exel — part of the supply chain division of Deutsche Post DHL — covering both Japan and Korea while based in Tokyo. Also in Tokyo, Dave served as president of JDA-acquired Manugistics, a provider of supply chain technology solutions. His earlier career included supply chain consulting positions at Mercer, Accenture, and Arthur D. Little.
Dave is a frequent speaker and author on international business and supply chain, a member of the W. P. Carey Dean’s Council, and a corporate sponsor of CAPS Research — jointly facilitated by the W. P. Carey School and Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
In his spare time, Dave can be found hiking and biking in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, where he also serves as a McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Steward. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University, a master’s in engineering operations research from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Professional Interests: employee Development, thought leadership, teaching, coaching and executive mentoring, mergers and acquisitions, software development, enterprise planning and execution, data center management
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.
Professional Interests: employee development, strategic growth and planning, corporate and customer communications and organizational culture development and motivation.
As President of M&I Bank-Arizona, Dennis Jones led the region’s growth from $800 million to nearly $8 billion in assets over a 10-year period, while increasing locations from 13 to 53 and employees from 200 to more than 700. During that period the bank was recognized as one of the best places to work by the Phoenix Business Journal for six consecutive years.
During a business career that began in public accounting with a national CPA firm, he served in several financial positions in three different banking organizations in the Midwest before moving into senior management positions in executive management. His career included working in both large and small financial institutions.
Dennis currently serves on the boards of directors of multiple charitable organizations in the Phoenix area. He served on the Arizona Banker’s Association Board of Directors for six years and was elected and served as chairman of the board.
He holds both a BS degree in management and an MBA from Indiana University with honors. Dennis is married with two adult children and two grandchildren. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys golf, exercising, reading, and travel.
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
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.
Professional Interests: startups, entrepreneurship, healthcare, venture capital, private equity, IPOs, board governance, biotechnology, life sciences, therapeutics, science, pharmaceuticals
Mitch Sayare has spent over 25 years as a CEO in the biotech industry. In 1985 he founded ImmunoGen, Inc., and led the company through four private rounds of venture financing and, after ImmunoGen’s IPO in 1989, numerous follow-on public rounds. He raised more than $500 million during his tenure and stepped down as CEO in 2010. He served as chairman of the board through 2011 and retired from the board of directors in 2012.
Mitch also serves as chairman of the board of PharmAthene, Inc.; is a director of Isabella Products, a consumer products company; and Cymogen DX, a pre-public diagnostics company. He is also a director of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute and a member of its scientific advisory board.
Prior to joining ImmunoGen, Mitch was an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Connecticut. During his tenure he founded a software company which he sold to the Insitute for Scientific Information, a large data-gathering firm.
Mitch presently serves as the CEO of Sunglow Holdings, LLC, the owner of a guest ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. Although he is not responsible for day-to-day operations at the ranch, he continues to rise to the challenge of meeting a bi-weekly payroll.
Mitch is fluent in German and can get by in French. He has lived in Basel, Switzerland for four years and has a certain kinship to the Swiss – particularly when it comes to skiing and hiking. His other personal interests include astronomy, photography, website design, and retail sales.
Professional Interests: leadership, organizational behavior
For over 30 years, Saundra Schrock has held executive positions within the financial services industry, with experience in marketing, branch banking management, and profit and loss. As division manager for Bank One’s retail lending organization, she oversaw assets of $60 billion and more than 7,000 employees.
While with Bank One, Saundra managed the second-largest branch banking network, with 3,000 branches and more than 30,000 employees. The front-line perspective helped her understand how to coach branch bank management to achieve extraordinary results.
As a member of the executive retail management ream at JPMorgan Chase, Saundra led the branch network through a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions, giving her a deep understating and appreciation for the need to help others through the change process.
Saundra has continued her passion for developing others by putting her knowledge and experience to work in consulting, training, and developing performance management systems in various companies and for not for profit organizations.
Saundra graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in psychology, and earned her MBA at Arizona State University. She believes that preparation for the business world is best done from the inside out, meaning that a student’s education should include both academic knowledge and knowledge of oneself.
Professional Interests: manufacturing and distribution, strategic planning, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, change management, organizational behavior, systems implementation
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.
Professional Interests: leadership, values, trust, finance, business development, management, motivation, communication, influence, real estate, hospitality, services
The founder of Stone Strategic Management LLC, Nancy J. Stone has more than 25 years of experience navigating companies from concept, through growth, repositioning, and disposition. For organizations that need to transition, overcome new challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities, she helps with everything from defining critical issues and developing action plans, to marshaling necessary resources and delivering on strategic outcomes. Nancy drives business owners and leaders to achieve their most important business goals, leveraging expertise gained in entrepreneurially driven companies, both private and public and in various industries.
Her career has included stints as CFO, president, and vice chairman of publicly held ILX Resorts, where she was the driving force behind more than a decade of profitability, presided over its initial public offering, and facilitated its acquisition by Diamond Resorts in 2010. In addition, Nancy has been treasurer of a private holding company which acquired, added value, and remarketed operating businesses; worked with one of the foremost real estate developers in the Southwest to reposition the organization and capitalize on current market opportunities; headed the business and financial affairs for a top-performing region of a national for-profit college; and worked for a professional services and consulting firm to develop a practice in a specialized new niche. All of this, atop the solid foundation she built in her early career with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Nancy is a CPA in the state of Arizona, and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from Arizona State University. She shares her expertise with the larger community, in a leadership capacity for both local and national civic, business, and charitable organizations. Currently residing in Scottsdale, Nancy enjoys the performing arts, hiking and biking, playing hand bells, and tap dancing.
Professional Interests: strategy, operations, technology, marketing, manufacturing, talent development, competitiveness, globalization, capital deployment, risk management
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.
Professional Interests: corporate governance, strategic planning and leadership development
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.
Professional Interests: business strategy, branding, alignment, facilities strategy, change management, company culture, leadership coaching, the future of work
Kristine Woolsey is a leading expert on alignment of business and facilities strategy, As a former ASU faculty member, her original research covered the impact of the physical environment on human behavior. She left full-time academia to launch Woolsey Studio, a company that grew to become the largest female-owned firm of its kind on the West Coast.
Primarily focused on business strategy, Kristi teaches CEOs about alignment, the future of work, and how to use the physical environment to drive behavior. Her current clients include second stage companies and established companies alike. She teaches the C-suite about the future of work, helps them identify where their current culture is, helps them decide how far they want to step into that gap between those, and then helps create a strategy for getting there.
As a member of the architecture school faculty at ASU, Kristi led summer classes in Europe; she speaks broken French and tourist Italian. She loves to travel and used the excuse of a fellow faculty member on sabbatical in Botswana to spend time in Gabarone.
Kristine holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and ASU, with additional education at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the New York Studio School. She has taught at ASU, SCIArch, and the University of Arizona, and has lectured at universities and conferences across the country.
Kristi started her family late in life and has two young children. Her personal interests include hiking, camping, sports, music, and art.
Professional Interests: business/corporate governance, staff/professional development, crisis management, social responsibility, ethics
After several years in the private practice of law, Shelby Yastrow was hired by McDonald’s Corporation in 1978 and later became the general counsel, executive vice president, and secretary of the company. In addition to overseeing all of McDonald’s legal functions, Shelby was on the senior executive management team and was the reporting officer from several departments, including insurance, government relations, facilities (non-restaurant real estate), environmental affairs, and corporate systems.
In addition to engaging in all activities overseen by the company's board of directors, Shelby served as the chief ethics officer, co-head of the company’s crisis management team, and was the designated media spokesperson on sensitive issues.
Since his retirement from McDonald’s, Shelby has served on several public and private corporate boards, as well as charitable and club boards. He has also consulted businesses on a variety of issues, but with an emphasis on franchising and governance.
Shelby received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University, He has been an in-demand public speaker and has written three books, including a best-selling novel. In his spare time he likes to play golf, fish, read, and writing goofy poetry.