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Executive Connections mentors

During the two-year W. P. Carey Full-time 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.

W. P. Carey’s Executive Connections program currently has 40 mentors — representing over 1,000 years of corporate experience.

Meet our executive mentors

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 at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

The diversity of our mentors echoes that of our students, with a breadth of industries, expertise, demographics, and experiences represented.

Over half of Executive Connections mentors have C-suite experience, running companies while living in over 20 countries around the world.

Executive Connections mentors have over 400 years of managerial experience in technology, marketing, and finance.

Two-thirds of our mentors have worked at the executive level in consulting or manufacturing.

Mentor profiles and directory

Todd Altomare

Todd Altomare

Todd Altomare is an instructor at the W. P. Carey School Of Business in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship. Mr. Altomare teaches MGT 430 Negotiations, ENT 441 Managerial Entrepreneurship WPC 480 Capstone and MGT 411 Leading Organizations. He brings over 29 years of significant corporate experience in the financial services industry working in leadership executive roles in client relationship management, investment advisory, business development and investor relations.

Mr. Altomare truly enjoys teaching and sharing his business and life experiences with every class and each student. He likes to engage his students in experiential learning which helps his students develop skills through learning activities and practicing through classroom exercises.

Todd has held the Certified Financial Planning Designation (CFP®) since 2013. His undergraduate studies were at Boston College where he received a Bachelor of Science in the majors of Finance and Marketing. He also received his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Academia, Todd worked in the financial services industry for two of the largest mutual fund companies in the world, Fidelity Investments and Vanguard. He is also Founder of High Seas Consulting where he uses technical analysis, price and chart patterns to execute daily and swing equity trades. His consulting firm also provides leadership training for small and mid-size companies.

Todd has been involved in giving of his time volunteering to several non-profits including his children's schools, several community food banks and organizations working to stop the spread of human trafficking.

Richard Baer

Richard H. “Rick” Baer

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

Holly Barrett

Holly Barrett

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

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 as a Board Chair for two highly visible Valley NFPs. His personal interests include classic cars, wine, travel, art, and bicycle riding.

Brian Boylan

Brian Boylan

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

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.

Nancy Campo

Nancy Campo

Vice President-Lead Commercial Relationship Manager

Nancy Campo is a Lead Relationship Manager for the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking team in Scottsdale Arizona, where she manages clients with annual revenue of up to $100 million.

Nancy joined Wells Fargo in 2018 as a Commercial Banker and has held various senior roles within Wells Fargo and other well respected financial institutions. She is skilled in Sales, Relationship Building, Leadership, Strategic Planning, Treasury Solutions and Financial Analysis. Daily job functions include managing a portfolio of clients and developing new client relationships. Nancy earned her degree in Corporate Finance from Hofstra University’s School of Business. She was accepted into and completed the very prestigious Credit Training Program offered by Chemical Bank in New York and has continued to enhance her credit acumen over many years.

Nancy currently sits on the Board of The Scottsdale Area Chamber, the Sponsorship Council for NAWBO and is active with local charities, including Valley Life. She has held Board Positions with Women’s Enterprise Foundation and Women in Business. She is a member of the national council for DE& I for Wells Fargo, as well as, other national leadership councils for the bank.

In her free time, Nancy loves to hike and spend time with her family.

Terri Tierney Clark

Terri Tierney Clark

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.

Chikezie Anachu

Getting to know the executive mentors was an invaluable part of my W. P. Carey MBA experience. They all gave so much of their time to coach us, sharing decades of their business and leadership knowledge. My classmates and I richly benefited from their generosity and wisdom.

As I progress through my career, armed with the resources the mentors shared, I hope to pay it forward by keeping doors open for those behind me and sharing my own learnings with the next generation of business leaders.

Chikezie Anachu (W. P. Carey Full-time MBA)

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