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


Greg Albert

Greg Albert
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Greg Albert has served in multiple leadership roles during his 32-year tenure with Honeywell Aerospace, a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, avionics, and other aviation products.Recently, Greg has performed general management roles in leading Honeywell business segments responsible for Boeing Airlines and Airbus, with annual revenue responsibilities ranging from $900 million to $30 billion.

He completed an international assignment as vice president of Honeywell’s European aftermarket services business, with oversight of facilities in Germany, United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, the Middle East, and Africa.

Prior to joining Honeywell in 1985, Greg worked for Bechtel Power Corp., an international engineering, construction, and project management company.

Greg holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and hiking in Colorado, dancing, traveling, and cooking.


Richard H. “Rick” Baer

Richard H. “Rick” Baer
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Rick spent more than 35 years in marketing and brand management with Colgate-Palmolive Co., Continental Promotion Group Inc., and The Dial Corp. 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 most recently taught global marketing communications, global brand management, and global pricing as an adjunct professor of global marketing at ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management for 8 years.

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 and Europe, doubling sales in year one and generating growth of 25 percent or more for three consecutive years.

Rick hold 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).


Holly Barrett

Holly Barrett
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Holly Barrett has 30 years of international corporate finance experience and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Banner Health Ambulatory. Prior to joining Banner, Holly held held executive positions in manufacturing, legal, corporate affairs, and high-growth start-up business divisions with Intel Corporation. Holly was also leader in Intel diversity initiatives from the beginning, coaching, mentoring, and sponsoring high potential, diverse employees.

Holly served as the Vice President of Finance for the Internet of Things Group, where she played a key role in growing the business by over 30% to $2.5B between 2013 and mid-2016. She was also a leader in setting the strategy and executing on standing up a successful memory joint venture between Intel and Micron Corporation (IMFT). Holly also served on the Board of Directors for Wind River Systems and on the Governing Board of Directors for IMFT. During her Intel career, Holly was awarded three Intel Achievement Awards, Intel’s CEO approved, highest level of recognition.

Since retiring from Intel in June 2016, Holly has been providing consulting services via Gehrson Lehman Group, serving as an Arizona State University Alumni Council member, as a W.P. Carey School of Business Alumni Council member, and as an Executive in Residence Executive Connections mentor for the W.P. Carey School of Business Full-Time MBA Program. She is actively pursuing public Board of Director opportunities and volunteering for a variety of organizations focused on children’s health and well-being.

Holly holds a Certificate in Health Care Management from UCLA, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from University of Montana. In her spare time, Holly enjoys weight-training, photography, reading, travel, volunteer work, and home improvement projects.


Matt Benjamin

Matt Benjamin
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Prior to retiring as a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in 2015, Matt was responsible for a number of domestic and multinational companies in the retail, telecom, media, and consumer products industries.

During his 40+ year career, he led the firm's national apparel and textile practice, and was responsible for development of new business, technical consultations and talent development. His clients included Verizon Wireless, Toys R Us, Church and Dwight (Arm & Hammer), Rite Aid, and Polo Ralph Lauren. In serving those and other clients, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Western Europe, and Asia.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (major in accounting) from Baruch College-City University of New York in 1974. Since graduating, he was heavily involved in recruitment activities. Later in his career, he was active in Baruch College’s Executives on Campus program, where he served as an undergraduate and graduate honor student mentor. Matt has a long history of philanthropy, serving in a leadership role at two New Jersey not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) prior to relocating to Arizona, where he now serves on the Executive Committees of two highly visible Valley NFPs. His personal interests include classic cars, wine, travel, art, and bicycle riding.


Brian Boylan

Brian Boylan
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Brian Boylan has more than 30 years of leadership experience in both publicly traded and privately held companies. He served as a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for more than 18 years at companies in both the technology and basic materials industries. For 14 years, Brian was the CHRO for JDA Software (nowBlue Yonder), a leading global AI/ML supply chain software company.

Brian was a member of the Executive Committee responsible for driving the growth of the organization from $200m in revenue to over $1B. Brian also spent 16 years with ASARCO Incorporated, a Fortune 500 global producer of non-ferrous metals. At Asarco, Brian served in a number of leadership positions in both operations and administrative functions, including SVP of HR and Legal Affairs.

Brian currently is Managing Director for BPB Talent Strategies, LLC, a boutique human capital advisory practice, providing HR consulting and high impact executive coaching services.

Brian has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Pace University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.


Bert Braden

Bert Braden
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During a career that included 18 years at KPMG and 14 years at Deloitte Bert has lived and worked in Arizona, Hawaii, North Carolina, Guam, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. As a partner at Deloitte Bert served as COO of Deloitte Southeast Asia and was a key leader in driving the consolidation of the ASEAN countries practices into a single Deloitte Southeast Asia (SEA) firm. The formation of Deloitte SEA required the creation, development and implementation of standardized financial, technology and human resource systems as well as the teams to support SEA.

During the 10 years Bert was COO of Deloitte SEA the revenue grew to $500 million with 5,000 professionals and over 20 offices. Following his retirement as COO Bert continues to work with Deloitte Thailand and Deloitte Vietnam as senior adviser and mentor to the Boards of Directors, leadership teams and high potential partners and future leaders. Prior to joining Deloitte Bert was a tax partner at KPMG serving a wide variety of clients within and outside the U.S. including manufacturing, distribution and nonprofits.

Over the course of his career, Bert has served on numerous non-profit boards and currently and member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Bert holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Arizona.


Janet Bruno

Janet Bruno
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As a physician and entrepreneur, Janet Bruno has worn a number of different hats in a continually evolving career, taking her from the bedside to the boardroom to an international platform as a speaker, author, and consultant. During her career as a practicing medical doctor, she worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, with the specific intent of deeply understanding what components of our health care system work well and which don’t.

Transitioning her career into the business of health care, she served as a physician executive with UnitedHealth Group, providing operational leadership of disease management and wellness program delivery to more than five million individuals, including offering sales and training expertise. She also led a county jail medical system and the State of Arizona prison medical system. Janet later transitioned into independent consulting, with particular focus on helping employers deliver high quality health benefits at significantly lower costs. She also developed and currently manages a successful ecommerce business selling health-related products in the U.S. and Europe.

She holds a doctorate of medicine from the University of Washington in Seattle, a master’s of international affairs and economics from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree in pre-med and business from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She trained in surgery at Georgetown University and in family medicine at a UCLA program in Ventura, California. She became board certified in family medicine. Janet enjoys writing, running, cycling, yoga, meditation, travel, the arts, creative pursuits, marketing, and learning something new each day.


Luis Caballero

Luis Caballero
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Luis Caballero is currently Executive Director of Marketing for Cox Communications. Luis is a recognized as a subject matter expert in connecting consumers with brands by conceptualizing and delivering marketing and branding strategies that drive loyalty, consumer engagement, and brand awareness. With a flexible mindset and ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment, Luis has directed the development of various marketing strategies that achieve short- and long-term revenue growth.

As part of his efforts, Luis assumes responsibility for developing and nurturing talent and supporting operations that foster high performance. His strengths include the ability to cultivate relationships throughout all levels of an organization, including gaining buy-in from executive leadership for the implementation of new marketing branding ideas. His track record of success is evident across the following industries: multi-unit retail service/franchise organizations (retail, QSR, and wireless/consumer electronics), consumer packaged goods companies, and network entertainment/media organizations.

Luis holds a BA and MA from Southern Methodist University. He serves as a member of the National Diversity Council for Cox Communciations and as a Board Member for Goodwill of Arizona.


Lisa Cagnolatti-Daniels

Lisa Cagnolatti-Daniels
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Lisa Cagnolatti is the recently retired vice president of customer service operations at Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for operations that have direct, front-line communication with customers, including the billing and credit departments and the company's customers service centers. Previously, Lisa served as vice president of the business customer division at SCE where she oversaw the company's relationships with its major industrial, commercial, and government customers, led cross-functional initiatives including outage management improvement and streetlight strategies, and implemented programs to stimulate business development.

Before joining SCE, Lisa worked for 11 years with Southern California Gas Company holding positions of increasing responsibility in account management, marketing, environmental policy, and regulatory affairs. She also worked for two years at Procter & Gamble as a paper manufacturing team manager.

Lisa serves in a leadership capacity for numerous community organizations focused on improving educational opportunities for under-served youth and enhancing the lives of women and girls around the world. She is a board member of the YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, the National College Resources Foundation, and has served with the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. She was previously board chairwoman for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles.

Lisa earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Lisa is married with two grown sons. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, cycling and yoga.


John Clifford

John Clifford
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In July of 2018, John retired from Travelers, a Fortune 100, Dow 30 company based in New York City after 34 years of service, the last 15 as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). As CHRO, John led all talent acquisition, management development, employee relations, compensation and benefits for a 30,000-plus employee organization operating in the U.S. and selected international markets. He was responsible for roughly $3 billion in employee salaries, bonuses, equity, pension, and welfare benefits as well as staff in excess of 400.

During his career, John oversaw a number of mergers, acquisitions, and divestures, the largest of which was the merging of The St. Paul Companies and Travelers Property Casualty. At the time, it was the largest merger in the property casualty industry and formed the second-largest U.S. writer of commercial property casualty insurance.

Prior to his retirement, John served on the board of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and the Minnesota Private College Council. He was a guest lecturer at the for undergraduate and graduate level courses at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Relations and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

He holds a BA degree in economics from Carleton College and a Master of Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. John and his wife Lynn have three adult children who work in the investment management and technology industries. He enjoys golf, hiking, art and international travel.


Julie Conti

Julie Conti
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As a Supply Chain Executive, Julie Conti has been responsible for major Subcontract performance for over 17 years, and Director of Supplier Engineering at the same firm for 2+ years. In this capacity, Julie was responsible to ensure all direct material from the global supply base met strict DOD and Government requirements. She has led large Supply Chain organizations of 150+ professionals that manage strategic supplier relationships across leading edge technologies. Her average annual material spend responsibility was ~$2B. Julie's teams were located across five geographical areas.

In addition to her Raytheon experience, Julie also has had extensive Supply Chain execution experience in commercial electronics, and medical industries having worked for General Dynamics Corporation, Texas Instruments, and Beckman Coulter.

Julie is well versed in creating efficient and effective organizational constructs to achieve business goals in an ever dynamic global Supply Chain environment. Julie holds a BS from ASU in Marketing and MS in SCM from USD.


Charlotte Diener

Charlotte Diener
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Charlotte retired after a corporate career spanning technology and traditional manufacturing industries. After retirement she worked with companies to improve their strategic and operational processes and with individuals to enhance their performance and career potential. Charlotte has experience in marketing, sales, purchasing, supply chain, demand forecasting, customer service, and business P&L management. 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 VP of the standard components business.

As senior VP of global supply chain operations, she led ON Semiconductor to multiple awards for service and delivery excellence. She also served as senior VP and chief integration officer, managing the operational integration of acquired companies.

During a career that included experience at Intel Corp., 13 years at Ford Motor Company, and 13 years at Motorola and ON Semiconductor, Charlotte has lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. She has managed large organizations in China, Malaysia, the U.K., France, Germany, and Slovakia, and has served on the board of directors for Leshan-Phoenix Semiconductor Co. based in Sichuan, China and Model United Nations of the Far West.

Presently, Charlotte is a member of the Advisory Board for The Guerrant Foundation, an organization that helps the poorest women in the world through micro-loans fro businesses. 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, hiking, traveling, reading, gardening, and cooking healthy food.


Bruce Gilmore

Bruce Gilmore
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As Director of Supply Chain Management for Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Bruce is responsible for supply chain leadership for Mayo Clinic’s U.S. Southwest region including the development of strategies, operations, and implementation of key initiatives. Bruce is also a Professor of Practice in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. CareySchool of Business.

Prior to his role at Mayo Clinic, Bruce served as a Director in Intel Corporation’s Global Supply Management organization, where he had responsibility for direct materials annual global spends of >$1B. The supply network spanned Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and China supporting Intel’s assembly/test factories in Asia and in Arizona. Bruce has a broad range of experience including procurement, materials management, service management, logistics, and transportation in a global, high-technology environment. Over his career with Intel, Bruce had extensive experience with leading global teams of employees and suppliers to achieve outstanding results across Europe, Asia, 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 the organization to ensure effective deployment of high-leverage programs contributing directly to the bottom line. He is also an outstanding communicator with the proven ability to influence at the highest levels internally and external to the company.

Bruce earned a BS in Business Administration/Purchasing – 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 Arizona.


Kerri Grosslight

Kerri Grosslight
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As a former executive of Wells Fargo Bank, Kerri was responsible for Technology, Data, Operations and Enterprise Global Risk Management and Compliance. In this capacity, Kerri was accountable for evolving a risk culture that proactively anticipated and addressed current and emerging risks through mitigating controls and remediation efforts. Kerri provided oversight and guidance to ensure consistent adherence to compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies. Additionally, she provided risk management and governance leadership and oversight for all of the enterprise corporate staff groups including; Finance, Human Resources, Audit, Legal and Corporate Risk and Credit. The annual budget for this team exceeded $100MM including specific strategic projects and related initiatives. Additionally, Kerri's career highlights with Wells Fargo included: the development of governance practices and business processes for evaluating fintech products and services as part of the Innovation Group; planning and developing the Company's IT offshore strategy and successfully launching the start-up venture in India; managing a Technology Infrastructure division with a team of over 2,000 members responsible for Network Services, Information Security, Business Continuity, End User Computing and Risk Management.

Other career accomplishments included: consulting as a Strategic Account Executive for a Financial Services Software company, Carreker Corporation; Managing Director of VAS Consulting specializing in process engineering and optimization services - client organizations included; Kaiser Permante, Columbia Sportsware, Northwest Natural Gas and Several Financial Services companies; Lending CIO for First Interstate Bank including production support and all related system development, vendor management, application project management for consumer, commercial, real estate, asset based and construction lending applications.

Kerri is an avid equestrian who competes in horse show jumping events in a variety of domestic and international locations and also enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking and travel to sunny destinations.

Kerri holds a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from UCLA with a minor in Economics.


Anne Guerrant

Anne Guerrant
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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
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Robert Healy is the regional global practice manager in the Phoenix office of Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. He specializes in financial and economic analyses, project feasibility evaluations, due diligence reviews, process improvement, and project development. His focus is on assisting clients to successfully deliver energy projects specifically in the areas of wind, solar, and biofuels.

Robert has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and more than 20 years of experience, with nearly eight years working internationally. Robert is also actively engaged in the Phoenix community by serving as a Board member for Junior Achievement in Arizona.


Mila Henn

Mila Henn
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Mila Henn, MBA, has more than 30 years of operations and supply chain experience across multiple industries, including manufacturing, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Her leadership has transformed organizations to deliver improved expense control/reduction, implement technology and robotics for process efficiencies, and has restructured departments to deliver high levels of performance. She has been hand-picked to lead international projects at the Cleveland Clinic, and Manitowoc Cranes based on her ability to work across cultures, disciplines, and management styles. Additional work experience includes New York Presbyterian Health System, Energizer, and Wyeth. She has a passion for developing professionals to achieve their potential and leads her teams to provide opportunities for career growth. Henn has served in non-profit boards and holds LEAN and Six Sigma certifications. She obtained a B.S. in Microbiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and a M.B.A in Information Systems from Pace University in New York City.


Chuck Jackson

Chuck Jackson
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As an executive at Pitney Bowes, Chuck managed a variety of business segments and locations with total revenue responsibilities in excess of $340 million. Responsibilities ranged from recruitment, hiring, and development of employees to operational responsibilities focused on product line and business revenue development.

During a career that spanned more than 25 years, Chuck worked his way up from a commercial and government sales executive into district, regional and divisional/corporate management. He was a dynamic, visionary executive that positioned his organizations for accelerated growth and long-term results. A strong and decisive leader, he had a reputation for motivating employees and delivering unprecedented business results. Chuck was also known as a corporate leader that promoted diversity and inclusion in his management ranks.

Chuck has served on several nonprofit boards and continues to work toward the education and development of those in our community that need assistance. As a Gallup certified coach, he works with smaller organizations and nonprofits to have a positive impact on both their employees, and our communities. Chuck also understands the importance and impact of "the manager" in today's business organizations. He knows that today's employee wants and needs a manager that is also a coach that will help them accomplish their life goals.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration, from the College of Graduate & Business Management, University of Phoenix. Chuck also attended George Mason University and Babson College, School of Business for Leadership Training.

Chuck embraces the philosophy of Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world".


Doug James

Doug James
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Doug "Bulldog" James is the president of Hound Strategic Inc. Hound Strategic focuses on business strategy and development, primarily focused in the aerospace industry. Doug is also a A320 Captain for JetBlue Airways based in Long Beach, CA.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Doug was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force then attended USAF pilot training at Williams AFB, Phoenix, AZ. In the USAF, Doug flew over 2,800 hours and 119 combat missions in the A-10 and F-15C aircraft. In 2001, he transferred to the USAF Reserves while working at Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. At the Pentagon Doug specialized in fighter modernization and liaising with Congress as a member of the USAF’s legislative liaison staff.

Doug was on the senior staff for two major military command organizations. The first was a four-year active duty tour as Deputy Director of the Coalition Coordination Center, United States Central Command. While in this capacity, Doug was a member of General Petraeus' and General Mattis’ staff and led a team of officers from the Army, Navy, USAF, and Marines responsible for melding all aspects of Coalition forces into both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The Undersecretary of Defense recognized Doug’s team of exceptional officers in 2010 for their outstanding service. In 2013, Doug was hand-picked to serve in the high-profile position of Deputy Assistant Director of Air, Space, and Cyber Operations for the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific Command. In this position, Doug was a senior advisor to the ‘4-star’ for all USAF operations in the Pacific region.

In addition to his military leadership, Doug was Chief Pilot for JetBlue Airways’ New York base and later the Fleet Captain in charge of all A320 aircraft standardization. As Fleet Captain, Doug wrote the first Quick Reaction Checklist for the A320 aircraft, which has become an industry standard. He recently served for three years as the Chairman of the Board for the non-profit ‘Save Our Heroes’. As Chairman, Doug was honored to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee in March 2019.

Doug has a physics degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Florida State University. Doug is a board member for SentrySix Defense and the Diamond Strategy Group and a strategic advisor for Intrinsic Ventures, D3 Air and Space Operations, and Executive Springboard.


John Jennings

John Jennings
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John Jennings is CEO of CQR Technologies, a software integrator and developer for Visitor Management and Access Control. Before this position, John was CEO of Safeguard Security and Communications, the largest independent security company in the southwestern United States. During John’s tenure, revenues increased from $500,000 to over $40 million.

John has completed more than 20 acquisitions of similar companies. He sold Safeguard to a national provider in 2014 and currently works with his daughter, Sarah, in developing innovative products using technology to make visiting a secure location easier and more efficient. John believes in strong teams and developing leaders within those teams to help lead a company to success. He currently serves as the secretary of the board of directors for Hospice of the Valley, is a past chairman of its board and a past president of the 100 Club.

His family actively supports the arts including Phoenix Botanical Garden, Ballet Arizona, and the Phoenix Symphony. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing, golf, collecting vintage vehicles, and traveling. He holds a BS in public management from the University of Arizona and both he and his wife are native Phoenicians.


John Jenson

John Jenson
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As Vice President and Corporate Controller at Amkor Technology, John Jenson leads the global finance and accounting team operating in the US, Portugal and seven countries in Asia.

Prior to joining Amkor in 2017, he has served in multiple leadership roles including Corporate Controller, CFO, Investor Relations and Company President. His industry experience is varied and includes Aerospace & Defense, Automotive Manufacturing, Aerospace Repair & Overhaul, For-Profit Education and Insurance.

His experience includes mergers & acquisitions, as well as developing greenfield manufacturing & operating facilities in both Northern England as well as Thailand.

He started his career with Deloitte serving as an Audit Manager. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Murray Jones

Murray Jones
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On graduation joined General Electric Co. Final position Automotive Industry manager on Corporate Staff: $11B topline. Stayed 33 years. Traveled the world, always got out of bed in the morning at a dead sprint, thrived while working for one of the "world's toughest bosses." GE Virginia Tech Campus Executive mid-1990s, $1.5m to endow a Chair in Minority Engineering PHD, recruited approximately 40 Engineering and Finance graduates annually through the 1990's

Post GE, Absolute Consulting: provided onsite engineering staffing for Wind & Solar Farms construction; ABB: VP Electrical Vehicle Charging on global Smart Grid team; ECOtality: COO for cloud based Electric Vehicle Charging network, 35,000 subscribing members, installed base of 18,000 home and public chargers.

Since 2013: Active with Arizona Commerce Association: Venture Ready - EIR and panelist; Virtual Accelerator – mentor; Arizona Innovation Challenge - Judge
BSME Mechanical Engineering, minor in Nuclear Power Virginia Tech 1969
MBA Owen School Vanderbilt University 1983


Karen Kowal

Karen Kowal
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As an executive at American Express, Karen Kowal has had the opportunity to hold several global leadership positions including VP of technology for online consumer card, middleware and infrastructure. She also managed $2 billion in spend within procurement and $95 million in real estate in North America, South America, and Mexico. Karen had the opportunity to build the first prototype mobile application for American Express and work on several strategic efforts including data center consolidation, Membership Rewards, and Blue Work, a flexible work program and office design.

Currently, Karen coaches executives seeking to make a career change and helps them through the process of applying, networking and interviewing.

Prior to American Express, Karen was a director in operations/enrollment at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. She started her career as manufacturing engineer in Nebraska producing computer hardware. Fun fact: This hardware is currently on display the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

Karen holds a BS in engineering technology (mechanical and industrial engineering) from the University of Nebraska. She participated as an engineering judge and judge coordinator for the Future City Competition in Arizona for our 12 years (7th & 8th graders building future cities). She is married, has two grown children and likes destination bike rides to places like the Czech Republic, Austria, France, and Tempe. She also likes to golf, ski, play tennis and scuba dive.


Rohnn Lampi

Rohnn Lampi
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As founder, owner and president of Aspen Way Enterprises, Inc., Rohnn built a network of 22 Aaron's stores in six states in the Pacific Northwest. Aaron's is a Georgia-based NYSE company that franchises retail furniture, appliance and electronics stores. He sold all but five of those stores to another Aaron's franchisee in 2014. He also started and owns Montana Restaurant Brands, Inc., a franchisee of Blaze Pizza, and currently operates a store in Billings, Montana. He also owns and manages Villa Lands End LLC, a luxury vacation rental property in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Prior to starting Aspen Way Enterprises in 1999, Rohnn was Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, for Chase Securities in Houston, Texas. At Chase, and Salomon Brothers before then, he executed transactions in a number of industries, including the professional sports industry. As such, he led purchases or sales or four sports franchises – the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Falcons.

Rohnn's passion throughout his adult life has been youth sports, as a parent, coach, board member and fundraiser. He has served on the board of Billings American Legion Baseball for 18 years, supporting an organization that is the leading provider of college scholarships to Billings high school students. He has also raised funds for Best Buddies of Texas and Earthx. He enjoys membership in the Economic Club of Phoenix.

Rohnn has a BS degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He has four adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys splitting time between Phoenix and his cabin near Red Lodge, Montana. Reading, theater and college and professional sports are his favorite pastimes, when such activities are allowed.


Bob Leone

Bob Leone
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As a Senior Partner with Hewitt and Aon (post Aon/Hewitt merger 2010), Bob held various leadership roles within the organizations, and acted as a lead consultant and actuary for over 60 large organizations, with more than half representing the Fortune 500.

During Bob’s 35-year consulting career some of his notable accomplishments included working with a broad variety of industry and business across the US, promotion to Partner after seven years of service and advanced to Senior Partner, developed expertise in many critical business areas (e.g. finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefit plans, etc), and establishing a retirement practice in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) with an initial (1996) revenue budget of $2.9 million and a $30+ million budget after 20 years of leadership.

In addition to Bob’s consulting experience he is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Carlson School of Business (University of Minnesota), where he developed and has been teaching a class on Employee Benefits since 2012.

Bob is a graduate of Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science and a minor in business. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and with honors. He worked as a fully credentialed actuary for 34 years, as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Tim Lindemann

Tim Lindemann
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Vice President, Customer Experience (Retired)

CACTUS CONSULTING GROUP
Founding Partner & Principal Consultant

AMERICAN AIRLINES
Formerly Fortune 100 Senior Executive

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATE
Early Stage Business Ventures Seeking Senior Thought Leadership
Privately Held Companies Rapidly Expanding Through M&A
Private Equity Firms Restructuring Acquisitions

BOARD EXPERIENCE
American Airlines Credit Union, Vice-Chair and member of the Technology Committee
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, member of the Finance and Restore Committees

Tim Lindemann is a former Fortune 100 senior executive valued for his progressive perspective on complex strategies that set the direction for critical business decisions. He has driven change initiatives that have brought about transformational results across distributed environments. As a functional leader in two high-profile airline mergers, he became an expert in creating strategies, developing actions plans and delivering results with flawless execution. He successfully navigated difficult situations that required sophisticated people skills and decisive leadership across a range of disciplines: operations, customer experience, and revenue management.

After a distinguished career at American Airlines, Tim co-founded Cactus Consulting Group, a startup boutique firm of senior-level executive experts serving the travel and hospitality industries. Previously at American Airlines he served as Vice President of Customer Experience for Global Reservations & Customer Planning. In this role, he was recognized for successful merger integration and top divisional performance, a 10,000-person organization comprised of a union and non-union workforce.

Prior to the merger with American Airlines, Tim held various customer-focused leadership roles at US Airways including Vice President of Customer Experience for Contact Centers. He attributes his success to starting as a frontline customer service agent with America West Airlines in addition to his continued education, participation in two mergers, and mentorship by exceptional leaders throughout his career. He was repeatedly tapped for turnaround efforts and exceeded expected outcomes.

Tim earned an MBA in Economics from Arizona State University and a BS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. Tim is pursuing a Certificate in Director Education from the Center for Corporate Governance at Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Shantini Munthree

Shantini Munthree
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For more than 20 years, Shantini Munthree has helped transform some of the world’s leading brands for Vanguard, Procter & Gamble, Miller Brewing Co., Sara Lee, and Caterpillar. She has also guided start-ups and medium-size businesses to achieve dramatic growth and market leadership. Shantini is an established thought leader, consultant, and author on the topics of corporate and business positioning, brand strategy, business transformation, and women/diversity. As a former multinational executive, Shantini has the vantage point of understanding consumers and business clients across five continents and eleven industries.

At the age of 26, she led the revitalization of a billion-dollar beer brand in post-apartheid South Africa. Shortly thereafter, Shantini moved to the U.S. to help Miller Brewing unseat its dominant rival brand. She also helped reinvigorate sales for a top five brand for Procter & Gamble and divestiture efforts for Sara Lee’s household business. At Vanguard, Shantini was tapped to lead transformation and marketing efforts behind a $200 million IT program and then steered the Vanguard brand globally as a financial services powerhouse.

Shantini has attended the 2017 United Nations Media for Social Impact Summit and subscribes to its mission through her work. She is the recipient of marketing awards in the financial services and consumer products industries for her contributions to marketing innovation and leadership. Shantini is an author of a soon-to-released marketing strategy book and has contributed to Designing Brand Identity (5th edition), 2017, Wiley, a best-selling branding book in the areas of brand strategy and large-scale marketing initiatives.

Currently managing partner of the Union Marketing Group, a business and branding consulting firm, Shantini holds an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa and a degree in journalism from Rhodes University.


Mark Nemschoff

Mark Nemschoff
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As the head of Nemschoff Chairs Inc., Mark’s innovative and pioneering approach transformed the health care furniture industry. Customer focused marketing, service, and manufacturing enabled health care clients to customize products to meet their needs and differentiate their facilities. Quality, value, and custom products dramatically fueled Nemschoffs’ growth to the No. 1 position in health care furniture for nine consecutive years.

Mark began his career as a design engineer and team manager for an outdoor power equipment company, being awarded two patents for noise and vibration control. Ultimately Mark joined the family business, doing every mid and upper-level job prior to taking on the leadership role of president/CEO. Recognized as the industry leader, Nemschoff Chairs, Inc. was sold to Herman Miller, Inc. in 2009.

Mark was known for touting the phrase, “people do business with people they like” as a way of instilling the value of human connection in his employees. Always a hands-on leader, he prided himself in being a keen observer, deep listener, as well as a wholistic thinker.

Concurrently, Mark founded Colby Metal, Inc, a make to order contract metal fabricator that supplied Nemschoff Chairs, Inc. as well as other regional customers. Under Mark’s leadership, the company experienced significant and profitable growth, and was ultimately sold to Colby Metal management in 2017.

In addition, Mark founded Nemschoff Sports Ltd. which housed his offshore power boat racing team. Over a nine-year period he won three world championships, two national championships, and numerous speed records.

Mark has served on private and public boards of both local and national organizations. He earned his BS in Applied Science and Engineering, minor in Business, from the University of Wisconsin.


Tina Oliver

Tina Oliver
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As a leader at Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 technology company, Tina Oliver has led the company's global Mechanical New Product Introduction, Subcontract Management and Supplier Development teams in the Aerospace Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) division for the past 24 years. She has also been the site lead for the Aerospace Women's Council which focuses on the career growth of women in the Aerospace Industry. In addition, she developed and launched a mentor program and Diversity of Thought program within Honeywell that focused on improving Inclusion and Diversity. Tina has held an expat position in Puerto Rico and has worked extensively throughout the United States, China, Mexico and Western Europe. She holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science and a Certificate in Project Management.

Tina is a 1st generation U.S. citizen, the daughter of an Air Force veteran and the first in her family to earn a master's degree. She is a native Arizonan, a loyal ASU alumni and a self-proclaimed ambassador of Tempe. Tina volunteers for several local agencies – Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) food bank, Lost Our Homes (LOH) pet rescue, Frank Elementary School STEM mentoring and Hospice of the Valley. She is an alumni of Tempe Leadership and serves on the board for the Tempe Youth Leadership program. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hot yoga, any activity involving water, reading and riding her bike. She is her happiest when she is on the beach watching the sun set and toasting the sun with "thank you for today, I'll see you tomorrow".


Bill Pesch

Bill Pesch
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Bill Pesch is a board director and retired CEO who led five businesses for private equity, selling three to strategic buyers. He currently serves as a director for Hall Technologies, a professional audio/visual manufacturer in Tustin, CA, and several not-for-profit Boards. Previously, Bill served on the Board of Governors for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the Boeing 737 Interiors Council, and the Advisory Boards of the University of California, Irvine, Merage School of Business and the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management.

Bill has strong private equity, operational, marketing, and sales experience in the aerospace/defense, technology manufacturing, and energy management industries and has extensive international experience. He served until 2017 as CEO of the B&E Group, a precision aerospace manufacturing and MRO company sold to StandardAero and Cadence Aerospace. Previously Bill served as CEO of Able Manufacturing, CEO of McBride Electric, and President of Driessen Aircraft Interiors, a manufacturer of Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft galleys, selling the business to Zodiac Aerospace in 2008, now part of Safran.

Earlier, Bill served as President of Anacomp Inc.(ANMP), President of FP Mailing, VP of the international division of AB Dick (now Mark Andy), VP of International Business Development for Maytag Corp. (now Whirlpool), and Director of Global Marketing and Director of Manufacturing for Siemens Building Technologies.

Bill earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He grew up in Santa Fe, NM and is an avid global traveler, alpine skier, and scuba diver.


Don Riegger Jr.

Don Riegger Jr.
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As a senior partner of Deloitte, Don Riegger was a key leader and global management board member of the firm’s $1 billion Global Employer Services (GES) practice. As a direct contributor to the global practice’s strategy, he led implementation of client service delivery to the firm’s major multinational clients managing their complex international cross-border tax, human resource, finance and business operations. Don's global career included leading business units in Germany, France, Belgium and Asia, as well as the U.S.

Prior to retiring in 2016, he was the GES Asia Pacific Leader leading a $115 million professional practice with a team of more than 1,000 partners and professionals. Over the course of his career, Don has served on numerous non-profit boards and lectured at universities and conferences in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. He has provided content for diverse publications including The International New York Times, Wall Street Journal (Asia), The Arizona Republic, and The Tax Advisor.

Don is a CPA and holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business. He and his wife, Mallory, live in Tucson, Arizona and enjoy travel and outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, skiing and running.


Ashok Santhanam

Ashok Santhanam
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Ashok Santhanam is a seasoned technology industry executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience leading technology product and service businesses. He currently is Managing Director of Camelback Strategy Partners, a firm providing strategic advisory services to early and growth stage companies and venture capital and private equity firms.

Most recently, Ashok was co-founder and CEO of FogLogic, a venture-funded startup applying machine learning and other AI techniques to transform the management of large enterprise software applications. Before that, he was President and CEO of Bristlecone, which he turned around from a small, generic IT consulting firm with a history of losses to a mid-sized, fast growing, industry-recognized leader in supply chain management solutions and several years of solid profitability. Prior, he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations at Epiphany (Nasdaq: EPNY), a leader in the analytics-driven CRM software industry before its acquisition by Infor Global Solutions (now part of Koch Industries).

Earlier, as founder, CEO and Chairman, Ashok grew Inventa Technologies, a VC-backed provider of B2B e-commerce systems integration services, from zero to $60 million in annualized revenues and acquisition by Healey Industries.

As head of operations for one of the major divisions of Gould Inc. (NYSE: GLD), and the youngest executive in the company's key management group, Ashok drove one of the earliest US tech industry implementations of a Kanban-based just-in-time manufacturing process, resulting in unprecedented inventory reductions that freed up cash for major strategic initiatives.

Ashok holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. Married with two grown sons, his personal interests include golfing, traveling and enjoying foods from around the world.


Mary Temm

Mary Temm
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Mary F. Temm is CEO and president of Temm & Associates Inc. — a national health care consulting firm that provides creative solutions to help health organizations evolve, adapt, and transform. During her more than 30 years of experience, Mary has become a subject matter expert in managed care, as well as long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs. Her unique blend of operational, financial, regulatory, and leadership skills have cemented her reputation as a catalyst in the transformation of health care, with a proven ability to identify and solve challenges in ways that advance clients as market leaders while advancing the quality and impact of care and experiences delivered to patients by client organizations.

Mary holds a Doctor of Science in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a master’s in health services administration from ASU, and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Benedictine College. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the highly respected consultant is also board certified in health care management. Mary previously served as CEO of various Medicaid health plans, including the nation’s first Medicaid managed long-term care programs.

Originally, from St. Louis, Mary is still a diehard Cardinals fan. She enjoys exploring new ideas that challenge the status quo, focusing on innovations and possibilities that add depth and relevance to her vast industry knowledge and expertise. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, watching both Broadway musicals and college football, and sharing her appreciation for fine wine with family and friends.


Anna Thomasson

Anna Thomasson
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Anna Thomasson has more than 30 years of experience driving functional excellence through talent development, process, and technology. She is known for leading effective change for businesses via strategic improvements to culture, employee performance and engagement, and succession management, all of which serve her well in her role at Willis Towers Watson — a leading global consulting organization engaging 40,000 employees and serving more than 140 countries.

In addition to being a consultant, Anna has held numerous leadership roles, including a stint as managing partner through which she grew some of the firm’s largest client relationships with prominent global brands. She has served as an advisor to seven startups, including her own pet products company.

Anna holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Oregon. She currently serves as a public member of the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, and is an active fundraiser for the local Franciscan Renewal Center. Her leisure time is spent hiking and indulging her passion for raising and training guide dogs for the blind.


Terri Tierney Clark

Terri Tierney Clark
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During her tenure as a managing director at Merrill Lynch & Co., Terri Tierney Clark developed and managed the real estate private equity placement business into the largest of its kind, developed the Merrill Lynch Latin American equity placement business, and was among the founders of Merrill’s private equity institutional fundraising business. Her responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, managing, and executing equity placements in buyout, venture, international, high yield, distressed security, and real estate funds, as well as in private companies. Additional responsibilities included securing equity commitments from United States, European, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Asian investors.

More recently, Terri founded Summit Leadership Advisors to help companies retain, attract, and advance women and diversity professionals within corporate executive ranks. An adviser to Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Sallie Mae, Silicon Valley Bank, and Association for Talent Development on leadership and diversity issues, she often shares her expertise through keynote talks and presentations to corporations, universities, and business groups.

Terri is the author of a No. 1 Amazon bestseller, Learn, Work, and Lead: Things Your Mentor Won't Tell You, and earned London’s Financial Times’ “Reader’s Favourite Books of 2014”. She has published articles in Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider, among others. She is founder and President of Code Maine, a not-for-profit coding academy, a Board member of American Corporate Partners, a national veterans organization, and a Trustee of The Jefferson Trust at the University of Virginia.

The married mother of three is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.


Paul Tufano

Paul Tufano
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Paul Tufano is a veteran of the technology and telecommunications industries, having served in a variety of finance, operations and executive leadership positions for over the past forty years. Most recently he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Benchmark Electronics, a global provider of innovative product design, engineering services, technology solutions and advanced manufacturing services to the medical; aerospace and defense; industrial; computing and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Benchmark, Paul served initially as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer of the Alcatel-Lucent Group, a global provider of networking and communications technology, products and services operating in over 130 countries. During his time at Alcatel-Lucent he resided in Paris. Before joining Alcatel-Lucent, Paul served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Solectron Corporation, an electronics manufacturing company for original equipment manufacturers and later as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Solectron, Paul was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Maxtor Corporation, a manufacturer of hard disk drives for business, consumer and entertainment applications. He joined Maxtor as its Chief Financial Officer and later assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer. Paul started his career at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a technology and consulting company, where over his 17 years with the firm he held a variety of management positions in finance and operations.

Paul has been fortunate to have played a part in the growth and evolution of the Technology sector. He has amassed extensive experience in strategy, business development, financial and operations management, organization and leadership development.

Paul currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Teradyne, a supplier of automation equipment for test and industrial applications and EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration, Finance, Accounting and International Business from Columbia University.


Mike Tully

Mike Tully
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Michael Tully currently serves as an independent director for CopperPoint Insurance Companies, a multi-line commercial insurance company with $4B in assets and $1.6B in surplus. An SEC/SOX financial expert, he is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Human Capital Committee and is a CPA. He also serves as an independent director for National Association of Corporate Directors, serves on the Program Committee, and is the Chairman for the Arizona advisory board. He also serves as the Advisory Board Chair for OralKleen, a Series A medical device company and also serves as an advisory boards for Hammoq, a AI, machine-learning startup and Gainey Business Bancorp.

He is a former Chief Executive Officer of AAA where he led the creation of a $10B, 22-state holding company, later consolidating seven Western states resulting in one of the largest AAA's in the world with 5.5 million members, $850M in assets, and $3.5B gross revenues.

Tully's diverse experience includes executive leadership roles at two Fortune 100 Digital Equipment Corporation and Fairchild as well as roles as a startup CEO for an EXIM Bank financial service firm, Export Risk Management, and a CFO/President role PJH Brands, a high-end manufacturer of motorcycle lubricants. His experience spans managing large, complex businesses as well as working in innovative, entrepreneurial environments.

Tully currently serves as a CEO mentor for both YPO as well as the Arizona Department of Commerce. He is the managing partner of Horizon Strategic Advisors, a management-consulting firm and is a CPA and a graduate of the Harvard Business School. He received his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees in Finance from Arizona State University. He resides in Scottsdale with his wife and two daughters (both ASU graduates!)


George Weathers

George Weathers
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As an executive at Mobile Mini, George Weathers has led the company's efforts to upgrade and optimize its analytical and financial operations as the Vice President of Finance. George oversees financial planning & strategy, pricing, business intelligence and M&A analysis for the company.

Across his career, George has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of Finance, Strategic and Operational roles with companies such as Procter and Gamble, Vanguard, United Rentals and IHeart Media. He has helped lead projects such as new venture creation e.g. Tide Dry Cleaners, SK-II Day Spas in Asia and emerging media (IHeart app).

George has served on the board of several not for profits as well as several startup companies most recently working with the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix and also advising LifeProfit, an online lifestyle firm. In the past George was active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and the 100 Black Men of Philadelphia as a mentor as well as leading efforts to establish high quality Charter education options in underprivileged neighborhoods.

He holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from Georgetown University as well as an MBA from the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University). George also studied at the University of Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg South Africa.


Carole West

Carole West
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After serving the healthcare industry as a human resources executive for the past few years, Carole recently launched her own business, Divine Momentum, with the vision to eradicate disparity, building up one person at a time. The mission of Divine Momentum is to empower those overlooked in society, by inspiring them to soar.

Prior to Carole’s stint in healthcare, she spent more than 10 years with Walmart, where she most recently led a multi-unit/multi-state retail operation team with P&L responsibility of more than $450 million in sales volume. In that role, she opened new stores, managed remodel store projects and ensured that existing stores improved their associate and customer experience. Carole also led the human resource strategy team for Walmart Stores, including change management and project implementation supporting more than 3,700 facilities and 350 HR professionals. Previous to Walmart, she was the managing director of INROADS/Northern California and INROADS/Central Texas, a non-profit organization that develops talented minority youth in preparation for corporate and community leadership.

Carole has built a reputation as a collaborative and excellent thought partner, someone that brings clear perspective, a balanced approach, and a willingness to try new ways of working to achieve better organizational results. Her vision and ability to nurture relationships has led to a long-term solutions and success.

Carole holds a MBA with a concentration of human resource management and a bachelor's degree in accounting. She enjoys spending time investing in the development of others, traveling with her family especially to warm and sunny places, and loves listening to music.


Jack Zwingli

Jack Zwingli
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Jack Zwingli is accomplished business leader with both corporate management and entrepreneurial experience, at the highest levels of diverse organizations worldwide. On the corporate side, Jack was the senior executive responsible for an extensive portfolio of diverse global business under the S&P institutional and retail investor division. He managed more than 1,300 people in offices around the globe, with business units providing investment research, analytical platforms, real-time data feeds, and S&P index services. He also held key management positions for Moody’s Investors Service and Dun & Bradstreet.

Jack spent the other half of his career as CEO of entrepreneurial firms The Vantra Group, Audit Integrity, and GMI Ratings — all of which were acquired and remain successful. Most recently, he established executive compensation data and analytics firm Incentive Lab as a groundbreaking service provider, based on market-leading data and advanced quantitative analytical tools — paving the way for its acquisition by corporate governance leader Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).

A well-known thought leader on corporate governance, executive compensation, and accounting integrity, Jack currently teaches strategic management to students at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. He holds a bachelor's in marketing from Indiana University and an MBA from Rutgers University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, traveling, running, hiking, and biking.