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.


Laura Ann Bartlett

Laura Ann Bartlett
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Laura Ann Bartlett is passionate about helping people and organizations to achieve financial success and accomplish their financial goals. For nearly 30 years, she has assisted corporations of all sizes to establish and manage company-sponsored retirement plans for their employees. Additionally, she aids non-profit foundations and endowments to support their missions by becoming better stewards of their financial assets. At BOK Financial, she leads the business development organization for the Institutional Wealth division throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and other Western states, and represents the Bank’s highly customized capabilities in retirement plan services, asset services, and institutional investment management. BOK Financial, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is one of the country’s 25 largest financial institutions.

During her career, her clients have ranged from Silicon Valley startups to fully mature, Fortune 500 companies, to Tribal governments and their related entities. Understanding the needs of each client organization and tailoring a solution to meet their specific needs are her areas of specific focus and expertise as an institutional investment professional. Ms. Bartlett also has been effective in building client service teams and developing employees’ knowledge and skills in the field of investment management. She has played a key role in strategic planning for BOK Financial in Arizona, and led specific initiatives related to enhancing organizational effectiveness in communicating complex investment concepts to underserved audiences.

Ms. Bartlett is active in a variety of community and professional activities. For over five years, she served as the Marketing and PR Chairperson for the University Campus in Payson Volunteer Committee, creating awareness, support, and advocacy for a project to acquire 250 acres of land on which to build a four-year university campus in central Arizona. These efforts culminated in 2015 with the $4.5 million purchase of the target property from the US Forest Service. She is a past-president of the Board of the Phoenix Chapter of the Western Pension and Benefit Council. Ms. Bartlett is an active supporter of ASU Women and Philanthropy and an executive coach in the W.P. Carey School of Business MBA program. She is also the current president of the board of The Rim Golf Club in Payson.


Donald Becka

Donald Becka
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As a Corporate Real Estate Executive Don gained extensive experience in strategic portfolio planning and business leadership while serving the State of Washington, Bank of America, McDonald’s Corporation, Washington Mutual Bank, Tosco Marketing Company (branded; BP Oil, Exxon, 76 Products-Unocal, Circle K) and Shurgard Limited Real Estate Partnerships. As Deputy Director of Real Estate Services for Washington State, Don’s Team achieved numerous first-ever successes and returned over $13 Million to various internal customer departments through redefining site efficiencies and lease negotiated savings.

In his role as Senior Vice President and Director of Transactions and Investments for Bank of America, Don held responsibility for a wide range of internal and external strategic corporate real estate planning, leasing, realignment and sale-leaseback activity throughout the Western US. Through Don’s leadership his teams have successfully engaged in the acquisition, sale, lease and management of over $3 billion in office, industrial, retail and M&A related Real Estate transactions for benefactor companies.

As an effective change agent and eternal visionary, Don maintains a deep understanding of people, policies and politics. A proven champion of innovation and excellence Don is in constant pursuit of new opportunities designed to enhance performance and productivity. He fosters an open and communicative leadership style that has been extremely effective in motivating high performing teams and delivering positive results. He has demonstrated the ability to advocate new approaches to team leadership and accountability in non-controversial ways, continuously seeking win/win solutions while striving for excellence in people, process and self.

Don holds a bachelor’s degree from Lewis University and has served as Mentor for Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics MBA Program, the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Arizona State University’s (ASU) National Science Foundation’s I-CORP affiliation, ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and, Arizona’s Social Venture Partner Fast-Pitch Program for non-profits in Phoenix.


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.


Stephanie Bergeron

Stephanie Bergeron
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Stephanie is the founder, president and CEO of Bluepoint Partners, a consulting company providing advice on financial and capital structure. She also served as the sixth president and CEO of Walsh College from 2007 to 2017. Upon her retirement, the Board of Trustees elected her president emerita.

During her tenure at Walsh College, she presided over numerous investments in facilities, including award winning lab learning environments. Successful fund-raising campaign provided significant scholarship funds and increased endowment levels. New degree programs were created including graduate dual degrees.

Prior to taking on the leadership role at Walsh College, Stephanie spent 25 years in the automotive industry at General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Her finance experience focused in corporate and operational finance leadership roles.

Stephanie is a Henry Ford Health System trustee and chairs its finance and planning committee. She is a director of Sun Communities, a REIT with 379 communities (132,000 sites) in 31 states and Canada. She is s past chair, board of directors, of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is a CPA and CGMA and has served on the State of Michigan Board of Accountancy.


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.


Bryan Brady

Bryan Brady
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For over 15 years, Bryan Brady served in multiple roles with Computer Sciences Corp., a Fortune 150 company in the IT software and services industry with revenues of $17 billion and 100,000 employees in 93 countries. Bryan was based in London as chief financial officer of Europe, Middle East, and Africa, followed by two stints in Los Angeles as corporate controller and corporate vice president of global tax. He retired in 2012 as corporate vice president of investor relations, based in Washington D.C.

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

He holds the S.N.C. in business studies, Chartered Institute Management Accountants qualifications (1 and 2) and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Bryan has served on a number of boards and in retirement, enjoys working with committees at his church and investing in local businesses. He and his wife, Marel, have been married for 50 years and in his spare time, Bryan enjoys soccer and golf.


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 let a county jail medical system and the State of Arizona prison medical system.

Janet later transitioned into independent consulting, building and optimizing programs in health care innovation. She also developed and currently manages a successful ecommerce business focusing on 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, 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.


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.


Debbie Flores

Debbie Flores
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As a senior leader of Banner Health, Debbie Flores oversees two large medical centers as CEO, responsible for strategic planning, business growth, physician alignment and relations, community outreach, and system integration. The two medical campuses produce a combined net income of $75 million with 3,400 employees and 1,600 volunteers.

Debbie has over 30 years of health care leadership and operations experience working in both for-profit and non-profit health care systems. Her previous roles have included responsibilities for service line management, physician practice management, business development and human resources. She is active in the professional community through the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds her FACHE certification. Debbie serves on the American Hospital Association, Regional Policy Board 8 as a delegate. She is active in the community serving as a board member of Benevilla, a local social service agency. Previously she was a surveyor for the Arizona Quality Alliance and a certified trainer in transition management through William Bridges and Associates.

Debbie is a Phoenix native, and she and her husband have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. She enjoys all types of sporting events especially football, along with traveling, the outdoors, and hiking. One of her favorite relaxation spots is on the beach enjoying the sunset.


Stephen Galasso

Stephen Galasso
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Stephen Galasso is semi-retired and currently working with multiple venture capital firms to find structure and complete investment deals in the financial technology sector primarily online, non-secured personal loans, and all payment cards like credit, debit and prepaid cards. His business model is to join an existing VC portfolio company or start up/early stage company as an independent director and strategic advisor. Steve has 25 years of senior leadership experience in financial technology. He was the founding chairman and CEP of NetSpend Corp., the first and largest reloadable prepaid card in the U.S. He was president and CEO of Bank of America’s credit card business — Visa's fifth largest issuer worldwide. He was President and CEP of the marketing and loyalty company Universal Value Networks.

Additionally, Steve has been hired by multiple venture capital firms to create a reloadable prepaid card companies in other parts of the world, like Advanced Payment Solutions, the UK’s first and largest prepaid card company, and Accesso Card, which is Brazil’s first reloadable prepaid card. In each of these, Steve helped author the business plan and served as an independent director and strategic advisor. Prior to these activities, Steve ran large marketing departments at General Electric, Unilever, and Citicorp. Steve has also been involved in community work in the Phoenix area for over 20 years, serving as a board of director for Sojourner Center, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, Crisis Nursery, and Ryan House.

Steve received his MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business in New York City and a BA from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.


Mark Geninatti

Mark Geninatti
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Mark Geninatti was most recently an independent Consultant from 2012 to 2016 when he officially retired. As the former CIO and group vice president of JDA Software 2002-2012, he was responsible for JDA’s internal information technology organizations and Administration worldwide. In his decade at JDA, Mark established IT as a strategic asset and enabled strategic growth through acquisition. He also oversaw the successful integration of seven acquisitions from 2004 thru 2012.

During a career that spans 40 years, Mark worked for high tech manufacturing companies and software companies building senior leadership skills in software development, mergers and acquisitions and running large enterprise IT/Administrative organizations. Starting his career with McDonnell Douglas Automation (McAuto/Boeing), he moved to Arizona in early 1982 and initially served as Development Director for Transform Logic. IBM acquired technology developed under his direction in the late 80’s and he led the integration of this technology into several IBM products. In early 1990, he moved to Viasoft as Senior Director / CIO. Viasoft in 1996 went public and became one of the most successful NASDAQ companies in the Y2K space.

Mark serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Department of Information Systems at ASU, as well as NAU. Mark still enjoys mentoring and working with Start-up companies throughout Arizona. He holds a BS in computer management from Eastern Illinois University, where he was recently named one of EIU’s Distinguished Alumni. His personal interests include spending summers in Flagstaff AZ with his wife and playing golf, hiking, and exploring Southern Utah and Colorado.


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. Carey School 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.


Phil Griffith

Phil Griffith
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For more than 25 years, Phil Griffith has a proven record of success in driving revenue, profitability and quality for industry leaders United Airlines, General Electric, Honeywell, and Horseburgh & Scott. He is current Vice President for Supply Chain for United Airlines. Phil is known for developing and implementing dynamic, sustainable business plans that consistently exceed corporate goals. As a senior executive with GE he led multi-site manufacturing operations for the $6 billion Industrial Systems and $16 billion health care businesses. At Honeywell, he served as the VP of sales and operations planning for the $5 billion engines, systems and services business.

Phil also has experience in private equity specializing in manufacturing turnarounds. He is a champion of change, successful in startup and turnaround situations, and continually developing effective strategies to scale companies for growth. Experienced with all facets of operations, he has particular expertise in manufacturing, new product launches, plant start-ups, continuous process improvement, customer fulfillment, and inventory management. Phil was instrumental in the success of diverse segments of GE both domestically and with its global expansion. He developed business models to fund manufacturing and training facilities in Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Ethiopia, and Nigeria while minimizing costs. Along with startups and expansions, Phil is credited with leading several restructurings, including the successful reorganization of GE Healthcare's Americas operations. Additionally, he has also turned around multiple underperforming operations across the USA and in Mexico.

Among Phil's other accomplishments are developing and implementing quality improvement plans that included a Net Promoter Score program, establishing new design and manufacturing rules and implementing lean manufacturing training and project tracking. Be it supply chain strategy or manufacturing leadership for health care, consumer and industrial businesses, Phil has been successful in leading consistently productive, high quality, and safe operations.


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.


Meighan Harahan

Meighan Harahan
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As a Portfolio Manager at Driehaus Capital Management, a boutique investment firm, Meighan Managed various growth equity portfolios for institutional clients over a 14-year period. Her performance on the Driehaus Midcap Investment Fund ranked in the top 1% of all relative funds over a 10-year period. In addition to making all investment decisions for the funds, responsibilities included managing a team of analysts, marketing to new prospects, client servicing and public speaking.

Prior to investment management, Meighan’s career included financial and accounting positions with Deloitte, the Walt Disney Company, Prudential-Bache, and PPM America.

Currently, Meighan is a Board Member of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the autism community. She has also served as an Executive-in-Residence for private equity firm Cave Creek Capital Management.

Meighan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA from Michigan State University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.


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.


Susan Healy

Susan Healy
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Susan Healy has a wide business background and more than 15 years of international corporate experience, including multiple executive positions overseeing strategic planning, marketing, human resources, and sales. In her last role as a marketing executive at BP, she was based in Madrid and led a team of 55 people from five countries and was accountable for a $60 million marketing budget. Significant customer data was involved to ensure alignment of objectives within the business unit as well as regionally. She also served as a senior mentor for women and entry-level hires.

Susan has broad general management experience and direct P & L responsibility across a range of industries, in both start up and complex multi-level organizations. Her experience includes long terms strategic planning, strategic and financial analysis, marketing, and business development, and leading teams with varying skill sets.

During her career with BP, she spent eight years living in London and Madrid and conducting business regionally across Europe as well as implementing initiatives globally. In Kansas City, she was actively involved in many children’s organizations. She co-chaired fundraisers for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired for six years, instituted literacy nights at Operation Breakthrough, and chaired her children’s school’s education endowment fund. In Phoenix, she is active with Boys Team Charity, Andre’s House, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Susan has a BS in engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA in finance and strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Susan enjoys running, reading, traveling and volunteering. She grew up in the Midwest and has recently relocated to Phoenix.


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

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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 Jones

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

Prior to joining General Dynamics, John spent seven years with Bryan Cave LLP, where he was a partner in government contracts and intellectual property law practices. John also served 20 years in the U.S. Army as both an engineer in the Corps of Engineers, and as a judge advocate, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

John is active in the American Bar Association, editing four editions of the ABA's Government Contract Law Deskbook. John received his bachelor's in engineering from Vanderbilt University, and both a juris doctor and master of laws in government procurement from George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Airborne and Ranger Schools. He enjoys skiing, sailing, travel, and hiking.


John Kalkowski

John Kalkowski
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John Kalkowski is the Editor in Chief of Flexible Packaging magazine and Packaging Conference Director for BNP Media. In related roles, Kalkowski has served as editorial director of Brand Packaging, Packaging Strategies, Packaging Digest, Converting and Food Online. He also has worked as marketing director of packaging equipment maker Delkor Systems and was North American marketing manager for Sun Chemical. Prior to joining Sun Chemical, he was the director of technical service for paper manufacturer Abitibi Consolidated.

John began his career as a journalist, working for several newspapers and magazines around the United States and in Hong Kong. He was executive editor for a start-up business magazine in China and also edited the Pacific edition of a magazine for the U.S. military. After 12 years in journalism, he worked as a production manager at major newspapers owned by Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard.

Kalkowski has a Master's from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and a Bachelor's in journalism from the University of Nebraska. He was a Rotary Journalism Fellow in the Yale- in-China program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and maintains an active interest in Chinese business and cultural programs. He also is a certified project manager.

He and his wife, Diane, live in Maricopa, AZ. Diane is a special education teacher at Legacy Charter Schools. His son, Andrew, attended W.P. Carey, and now works as an emergency room nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix and as a combat medic in the U.S. Army Reserves.


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.


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.


Lynn Moran

Lynn Moran
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Lynn Moran is the CEO and co-owner of Arizona Coaching and Consulting, as well as the CEO of Sonoran Life Transition and Performance Coaching. With more than 30 years of business experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a history of success to her clients. As a professional and board-credentialed coach, she serves as a business advisor and executive and leadership coach.

Lynn was the President of Ethel M® Chocolates, the retail, B2B, and direct-to-consumer confectionary business within Mars Inc., one of the largest food companies in the world. As president of Ethel M, she was also a member of the leadership team responsible for managing the company's $7 billion domestic food business portfolio. Over the course of her 26-year career with Mars, Lynn held senior leadership positions in human resources, sales, and licensing. She led the HR function for the national office and sales organizations, a total population of approximately 1,800 associates, and was responsible for managing key performance areas including recruitment, associate development and leadership initiatives, organizational effectiveness and internal resolution. In addition to field sales management, Lynn was also a senior leader in national accounts where her team managed one of the top customer channels, delivering more than $350 million in revenue.

Lynn earned a bachelor's in business administration from Centenary University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a professionally trained and credentialed coach, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a board member of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.


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.


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 AQST Space Systems, a light payload launch vehicle manufacturer in Mesa, AZ, Hall Research, a professional audio/visual manufacturer in Tustin, CA, and several not-for-profit Boards. Previously, Bill served on the Boards of the private equity owned companies he led, the Board of Governors for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) , the Advisory Boards of the University of California, Irvine, School of Business and the University of California, San Diego, School of Management, and the Boeing 737 Interiors Council.

Bill has strong private equity, operational, marketing, and sales experience in the aerospace/defense, industrial 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 company. 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.

Earlier, Bill served as President of Anacomp Inc., President of FP Mailing, VP/GM of the international division of AB Dick, VP of International Business Development for Maytag Corp., 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.


Wes Sagawa

Wes Sagawa
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As an executive officer at Arrow Electronics, Wes Sagawa retired as senior vice president of global marketing and had beenAs an executive officer at Arrow Electronics, Wes Sagawa retired as senior vice president of global marketing and had been chairman and president of Arrow’s Capstone Electronics division. At Arrow, his accomplishments include turning around an unprofitable division to the most profitable division. During his 32-year career at Avnet Inc. and Arrow Electronics Inc., Wes traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. He has served on the boards of NEDA (National Electronic Distribution Association), EDIC (Electronic Distribution Industry Council) and the Business School Advisory Board of the University of Colorado, Denver.

Sagawa’s interests include playing golf as well as mentoring executives, and mentoring business school students from four different universities. Wes studied systems engineering at UCLA, attended Harvard Program Management Development, and has certificates from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in strategic sales and marketing and from IESA University (Spain) for achieving breakthrough customer service.


Bryan K. Segedi

Bryan K. Segedi
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Bryan Segedi is a globally recognized financial executive who successfully grew multiple service lines for one of the world’s leading professional services firm. He is a sought-after speaker and business advisor given his broad range of experiences at the global, regional, and local levels serving companies ranging from emerging businesses going public to market leading global enterprises. Based in London, Bryan served as the deputy global vice chair of assurance and led this strategic and largest service line with over 77,000 professionals and $12 billion in global revenues.

In 2006 Bryan was appointed Americas vice chair, assurance and advisory services where he served on the Americas executive board. He fostered the firm's relationship with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board while also serving as a senior advisory partner for several of the firm's largest clients.

Bryan is active in business, education, and civic affairs, serving on the Alma College Board of Trustees, as well as the Core 7 board of advisors. He graduated from Alma College with a bachelor's in business administration, earned a master’s in management degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and is a certified public accountant.


John Standring

John Standring
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John Standring is Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Global Business Services organization at American Express, a global shared services organization that supports all operational markets and lines of business and includes functions such as Global Real Estate, Supply Management, Analytics and Reporting and various global servicing functions . He also provides leadership oversight to the approximately 3,000 servicing colleagues based in Phoenix. Prior to his current role, John held a number of senior vice president roles in Global Servicing and was part of the inaugural executive leadership team that formed global business services group in 2010, responsible for the global financial operations shared services group that provided financial operations, accounting, and reporting.

Over the past 20+ years John has gained extensive experience in shared services, leading global multi- site organizations in both finance and customer service operations in the U.S. and internationally. He has led large scale process and technology transformation projects, helping drive standardization across markets and geographies while successfully managing change from a process and cultural perspective.

John is a licensed CPA and UK Chartered Accountant with a BA in economics from the University of Exeter, England. In his spare time, John volunteers for and is a board member of Junior Achievement and until recently a board member of UMOM, the largest family homeless shelter in Arizona.. John and his wife Suzanna have 2 adult children and together they have a passion for travel, the outdoors, and skiing.


Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens
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In his 30 year career, Craig Stevens has consistently been involved in establishing new global markets for products and services. He has held lead positions creating/running the management, sales, marketing, support, strategic partnerships and infrastructure required to drive profitable business ventures for new divisions of existing firms and start-up companies. His clients have included numerous Fortune 1000 firms which have taken him to all 50 states in the US, 8 provinces in Canada, and over 50 countries around the world.

Craig’s career started with IBM’s National Marketing Division helping to grow the new office system line of products including the IBM Personal Computer. For the past several years, his expertise has centered on international managed services derived from his background in information systems, contact centers, business process and support functions, business development, and management consulting.

Craig is an avid Sun Devil fan for all sports and loves listening to classic rock. Craig and his wife volunteer at a local animal shelter where they rescue animals, treat them, and get them ready for adoption to a loving family. Craig holds both a bachelor's degree in information systems and an associate's degree in management from Bentley University, where he is also a member of the Bentley University Double Falcon Society.


Kim Taylor

Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor is serial entrepreneur and C-level executive. As Ipro’s president and CEO, he was responsibility for managing the overall strategic growth and direction of the company, which eventually led to a sale to sale to a PE firm. Prior to joining Ipro, Taylor was co-founder and CEO of Lex Solutio for eight years. During his tenure, Lex Solutio was appointed to manage the data for litigation against Enron Corp. Lex Solutio was acquired by Encore Discovery Solutions in 2003.

After a hiatus, Taylor rejoined Encore Discovery Solutions as chief operating officer and helped develop the company into one of the top providers of electronic discovery, eventually resulting in the sale of the company for $108 million to Epiq Systems.

Taylor has maximized the value of technology to support the legal profession through his unique approach to eDiscovery, which provides the legal community with viable options to reduce their total legal technology spend; through his work, Kim was awarded a U.S. patent. He holds a W. P. Carey Executive MBA, a master of business operational excellence from Ohio State University, a bachelor's in liberal studies from ASU, and and a paralegal degree from Phoenix College.



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.


Richard Tompeck

Richard Tompeck
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Beginning a career in corporate marketing provided Richard Tompeck with a foundation of experience that fueled rapid professional advancement, and ultimately supported his transition to entrepreneurship. He started out in refined copper sales at Phelps Dodge and quickly climbed to the rank of assistant manager, before being recruited by and joining Pennzoil Company as national copper sales manager. Richard’s responsibilities at the time included managing the sale of refined copper to major manufacturers, negotiating the processing and sale of precious metals, and handling a range of administrative functions.

A significant downturn in the mining industry led to new opportunities. After learning advanced strategies for worldwide trading via the Transworld Metals platform, Richard started Conversion Resources Inc. (CRI) with two founding partners. What began as a three-man operation in his spare bedroom grew into a second company — Warrenton Resources Inc. (WRI) — a combined workforce of 100 people in three states, and sales in excess of $500 million.

Richard holds a bachelor's in marketing from Seton Hall University and an MBA from Farleigh Dickenson University. After 22 years in the industry, and 12 years owning and managing CRI/WRI, he sold his companies and retired. He continues to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and serves the community through education- and health-focused organizations. He and his wife of 41 years have three children. After their youngest moved away to college, they relocated to Arizona where they visited for the first time back in 1981.


Lynn Torrel

Lynn Torrel
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As senior vice president of global customer and supplier management at Avnet, Lynn Torrel is responsible for its global business arm Avnet United, providing best-in-class service to the world’s largest contract manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers as well as the global business migration team. She is also responsible for Avnet Velocity, the organization’s vehicle for nontraditional supply chain solutions. In addition, Lynn is chartered with optimizing complex supplier strategies and business plans across Avnet, as well as providing oversight of all key semiconductor initiatives in order to share and link them regionally as global best practices.

An innovative and results-oriented leader with 23 years of experience in the electronics industry, Lynn joined Avnet through its 2001 acquisition of EBV Elektronik (Munich), where she had served as manager of corporate accounts and logistics since 1998. Aetna has recognized her continued delivery of improved financial performance and enhanced customer relationships with several high-level promotions: director, supply chain solutions; director, global business management; vice president, global and strategic accounts, senior vice president, global supply chain and strategic accounts; and senior vice president, semiconductor business development worldwide.

Before joining Avnet, Lynn began her career in sales at Wyle Electronics. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University and is based in Phoenix, Avnet's global headquarters.


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.


Carole West

Carole West
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After serving the healthcare industry as an human resources executive for the past 3 years, Carole recently launched her own business, DM Phoenix, where the focus is on serving individuals with mental illness and drug addiction and the vision is to eliminate mental health stigma.

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.


Steve Woodworth

Steve Woodworth
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Steve Woodworth currently serves on the board of directors of a regional construction company and is a mentor to the executive director of a local nonprofit organization. He relocated from Southern California where he founded and ran a private investment banking firm. Previously he was a partner in a merger and acquisition firm and an executive for a global financial services company. Steve has more than 35 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and strategic planning, largely with private and family owned businesses. In addition, he has owned, served on the boards of, and overseen the activities of numerous private companies in industries such as construction, technology, global business services, food and agriculture, distribution, software, manufacturing, and capital equipment.

Steve has a history of leadership in public, private and non-profit organizations. As a retired military officer, he has a keen interest in governance and service to others. He has also taught at the MBA level, served on two university foundation boards and a public advisory council, and directed numerous professional associations and nonprofit organizations. He continues to enjoy collaborating with private company owners to build long term enterprise value and to facilitate exit/succession objectives.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA in finance from California Lutheran University, in addition to being a graduate of the Managerial Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. He and his wife Robin have two children and three grandchildren.


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.