Members provide advice and counsel to the dean, serve as ambassadors and advocates for the School and help secure the private resources that ensure our competitive excellence.
George Alexander is the Executive Director of Muthoot Finance, the largest Gold finance company in India. In his role he takes care of operations in the States of Karnataka, Goa & south of Telangana, he also has the additional responsibility of the global operations of The Muthoot Group in U.S.A. He is presently serving on the board of other group companies namely Muthoot Insurance Brokers, Belstar Finance & Investments, Asia Asset Finance & Muthoot Securities. Muthoot Finance is the flagship institution of The Muthoot Group. It was listed in 2011 and is traded in BSE & NSE. Apart from Muthoot Finance, The Muthoot Group has 16 other divisions, to name a few are Hospitality, Health Care, Education, Insurance broking etc. The group is four generations old and George Alexander represents the fourth generation. Prior to joining his family business George had worked for ING & Kotak Mahindra Bank in India.
He was the Chapter Chair of Confederation of Indian Industries – Young Indians Bangalore Chapter in 2015. He also served on the Board of Entrepreneur’s Organisation Bangalore as Finance Chair from 2016 to 2018. George was one among the ten Indians chosen to represent India for AIYD (Australia India Youth Dialogue) at Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.
George Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala TKM College of Engineering in 2004 and he subsequently received his Master’s in Business Administration from University of North Carolina’s – Kenan Flagler Business School in 2011.
Ritch Allison serves as president of Domino’s International, overseeing over 8,000 Domino’s stores and all franchise relationships outside the United States. Domino’s is currently the world’s second largest pizza company, with more than 13,000 stores in more than 80 countries.
Since Allison joined Domino’s to lead the International business in March 2011, the division has grown by more than 3,500 stores. Domino’s International has achieved 90 consecutive quarters of same stores sales growth and accounts for more than one-half of the company’s global retail sales – over $5.0 billion in fiscal 2015.
Allison joined Domino’s after more than 13 years at Bain & Company Inc., a leading business consulting firm, where he was a partner and co-leader of Bain’s global restaurant practice, working with some of the world’s most well-known restaurant brands. His work covered strategy and solution development, including market segmentation and growth strategies, marketing and advertising effectiveness measures, menu development and pricing strategy, organizational design, driving operational efficiency and improving supply chain performance.
In addition to his experience at Bain, Allison worked for BellSouth Corporation in strategic development and online services.
Allison received his B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later earned an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he was named a Dean’s Scholar and received the Norman Block Award. He also serves on the Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Visitors.
He currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Susan. Their two children, Jake and Emily, are students at Carolina.
Jeff Allred, a native of High Point, NC, is president and CEO of Griffeon Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and merchant banking firm, managing partner of Kidder Properties, LLC, an affordable housing developer, and a senior partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, a full service AmLaw 200 law firm. He has a BA, JD and MBA from UNC-CH. Outside of work he serves on the boards of various community and educational organizations and enjoys spending time with his family.
Phil Ameen began his professional career as an accountant with deep roots in Chapel Hill. Phil, a UNC-CH alum, was certified as a Public Accountant while in Greensboro with Peat Marwick and submitted the second best of 28,000 CPA exams in the nation. He and his family left North Carolina for the bright lights of NY and, ultimately, the role of VP Comptroller and Principal Accounting Officer for Jack Welch and that remarkable General Electric team. Phil retired in 2008, having signed his name to more GE annual reports than anyone in history and having brought a voice of reason to US and international accounting standards setting. He is an active participant on a wide range of eleemosynary and conservative political causes.
Dwight Anderson is the CEO of Ospraie Management, LLC, an investment firm that focuses on basic industries and commodities. He holds a MBA from UNC-CH. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the NYU Langone Medical Center.
Nathan is a partner with Deloitte. He is the U.S. and Global Practice Leader for Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting practice and serves as Lead Client Service Partner for UNC-Chapel Hill. Nathan received both his BSBA and MAC from UNC Kenan-Flagler. He and his wife, Karrie, live in Hillsborough.
With over 24 years of financial services experience, Black has held a variety of roles at financial institutions. She currently leads a number of Charlotte economic and civic efforts, working with 30 corporate CEOs across multiple industry sectors. Prior to her current role, Black was the Mid-Atlantic Region Executive for the bank’s Local Market President organization. These teams manage local grants and sponsorships and work to drive collaboration across eight lines of business to deliver the full resources and expertise of Bank of America.
Black has also led a national marketing analytics team that developed customer-centric strategies for online and offline sales. In addition, her experience includes the management of consumer deposit products and pricing, product development, product marketing and brand strategy. She has led a national small business sales force for Merchant Services and managed a sales territory for Group Banking and Corporate Relocation services.
Black received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University of Charlotte, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Black resides in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband and three boys. She currently serves on the boards of Queens University of Charlotte and Communities in Schools. Prior boards on which she served include Safe Alliance, supporting victims of domestic violence, and the Arts & Science Council. She is also a seven-year volunteer veteran teaching Junior Achievement curriculum at the elementary level.
Sam Bowles is a Managing Director at Minturn Partners. Prior to joining Minturn, Mr. Bowles spent ten years at Carousel Capital, a Charlotte, NC based private equity firm. Mr. Bowles’ previous work experience also includes time in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Morgan Stanley, as an Associate at Castle Harlan, and an Associate at Vestar Capital Partners.
Mr. Bowles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Bowles serves on several non-profit boards, including the Mint Museum Board of Trustees, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Vestry, and the JDF International Investment Committee.
Kim is a partner in Deloitte’s Strategy and Business Transformation Group, helping to drive Deloitte’s national tax strategy and planning. She has been with Deloitte for more than 30 years serving clients in the Private Wealth and Banking sector with extensive experience leading key business development pursuits, transitioning and serving large-scale wealth management outsourcing engagements and managing relationships with key stakeholders.
Kim has held numerous leadership positions within Deloitte, including National Women’s Initiative Leader, National Tax Chief of Staff, and East Sector Global Employment Solutions Leader. Additionally, she has served on various Deloitte advisory committees and boards including National Tax Risk Management Committee, Deloitte Foundation Board, Senior Tax Advisory Committee and Managing Partner’s Advisory Committee.
Throughout the years, Kim has been an avid supporter of UNC serving as Deloitte’s first Partner in Charge of UNC Strategic School Recruiting, leading both Deloitte’s national recruiting and fundraising efforts for many years. During her tenure, she led the fundraising initiatives for The Kenan Flagler Center for Accounting and Research, The John L. Brantley / Deloitte Fellowship and The Thomas W. Hudson Jr./Deloitte Distinguished Professorship. She also served on the Kenan Flagler MAC Advisory Board and received the 2003 Kenan Flagler Alumni Merit Award.
Kim and her husband, Phillip, live in Atlanta. They have five children. Their youngest daughter, Kirby Elizabeth, is currently a junior at UNC!
David Carroll leads Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) at Wells Fargo. Approximately 36,000 team members in this unit provide a full range of personalized wealth management, investment, and retirement products and services to clients across U.S.-based businesses. Through its sub-brands — Wells Fargo Advisors, The Private Bank, Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust, and Wells Fargo Asset Management — WIM delivers financial planning, private banking, credit, investment management, and fiduciary services to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families. It also serves customers’ brokerage needs, supplies retirement and trust services to institutional clients, and provides investment management capabilities to global institutional clients through separate accounts and the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. WIM manages and administers $2.2 trillion in client assets, including $188 billion in deposits, and holds $69 billion in loans.
A financial services veteran with more than 37 years in the industry, David joined Wachovia Bank & Trust Company in 1979 and then First Union National Bank (Wachovia’s predecessor) in 1981. From 2005 until the merger with Wells Fargo, Mr. Carroll served as senior executive vice president and head of Wachovia’s Capital Management Group, which included retail brokerage (Wachovia Securities), asset management (Evergreen Investments), and Retirement and Investment Products. Previously, he was head of corporate services and merger integration, chief of eCommerce and technology, and head of First Union’s General Banking Group region in Florida and earlier in Georgia.
Mr. Carroll earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a board member of Trees Charlotte, the UNC Chapel Hill Foundation, and the Chapel Hill Investment Fund. He also serves and on the Board of Visitors at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
Brent Callinicos is an experienced financial and technology executive. He is currently Strategic Financial Advisor at Virgin Hyperloop One in LA. Prior to this, he was the COO and CFO at Virgin Hyperloop One. Prior to moving to LA, he was the CFO at Uber Technologies from September 2013 – March 2015. Prior to Uber, Brent served as VP, Treasurer & Chief Accountant at Google from 2007- 2013, where he was also responsible for Tax, Internal Audit, and M&A Finance. He also ran Google’s Green Energy investing and Google Financial Services. From 1992 – 2007 he served in a variety of increasingly senior roles at Microsoft, where he was most recently Corporate Vice President and Divisional CFO for Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Division. He also ran Worldwide Licensing and Pricing and Microsoft Financing. He was Microsoft’s Treasurer from 2000 – 2004. While at Microsoft, Brent sat on the Council of Economic Advisors for two WA State Governors. Brent is currently on the Board of PVH, Baidu (Chair of Audit Committee) and Rubicon Global (Chair of Audit Committee). Brent has a BS/Bus. from UNC – Chapel Hill and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, which awarded him the MBA Alumni Merit Award in 2004. He is also a CPA.
Susan Cates is the Chief Executive Officer of The Association of College and University Educators, which in partnership with institutions of higher education nationwide, supports and credentials faculty members in the use of evidence-based teaching practices that improve student engagement, retention, and learning. She also serves as a Partner at Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the education, training and software industries.
Susan was the Chief Operating Officer for 2U from 2016 to 2017. Prior to joining 2U, Susan served as president of executive development at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and as founding executive director of MBA@UNC, its online MBA program and one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country.
Prior to that, Susan was a partner and led global acquisitions at Best Associates, a private equity firm with investments primarily in the education sector. Susan was also part of the founding team and principal of ThinkEquity Partners, an investment banking boutique, where she led the education investment banking practice and had responsibility for business development, client relationships and deal execution. She previously worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York, as well as in corporate lending at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta. Susan earned her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, where she received a Tiger Fellowship and was a Dean’s Scholar. Susan earned her BA from Duke University where she was a B.N. Duke Scholar.
Susan serves as the lead independent director for the board of directors of Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ: PRMW). She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Scott Warren, and their daughter Cate.
Mr. Clark is a managing director in Harris Williams & Co.’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Group. Over his 20-year career, which includes experience in investment banking, venture capital, and consulting, Mr. Clark has advised public and private companies in merger, acquisition, divestiture, financial reporting, tax strategy, and valuation engagements. Mr. Clark’s healthcare experience includes sell-side engagements across a wide range of healthcare services, products, and technology market segments. Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Mr. Clark was an Investment Manager in Ericsson AB’s Strategic Venture Capital Group and a Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Strategy, Finance, & Economics practice.
Mr. Clark earned an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for academic honors. Mr. Clark also earned a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Clark lives in Richmond with his wife and two children.
Jan Davis is Managing Partner for Davis Growth Partners and serves as an active investor, board member and advisor for companies in software, analytics, digital marketing, information and drowning prevention. These enterprises sell products and services to a broad range of industries, including retail, real estate, financial services as well as on-line to consumers. She presently serves on the boards of directors of Megalytics, ShowingTime.com and SEAL Innovation and on the boards of advisors of multiple companies, including Market Vue Partners and cultivate.social. She is on the Screening Committee for the Carolina Angel Network, an active investor in and past president of Triangle Angel Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship at UNC. She also chairs the Investment Committee for the non-profit Launch Place Seed Fund in Danville VA.
Davis served as CEO of ShopperTrak RCT Corporation, the global leader in pedestrian traffic counting. Before joining ShopperTrak, she was an executive vice president and business unit president at TransUnion LLC, the credit reporting giant. Previously, Davis was a marketing consultant in Boston and in Warsaw, Poland. She co-founded SmartNames, a venture-backed database marketing information, analysis and services company.
Davis holds a BA and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Cary NC, where she moved in 2010 after decades in Boston, Warsaw and Chicago.
Ajit graduated from the Kenan Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. Ajit earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bombay University in 1981. He has over 25 years of experience in the investment management industry.
In 1990 Ajit founded Quantum Advisors; an India focused Investment Manager and Advisor. Between 1992 and 1995, Quantum had a partnership with Jardine Fleming which was one of Asia’s largest financial firms before its eventual purchase by J.P. Morgan. From 1997 and 2003, Quantum had a partnership with Hansberger Global Investors working with the late Tom Hansberger, the co-founder of Templeton, Galbraith, & Hansberger – now known as Franklin Templeton. In 2006, Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings – via its affiliates and associates – took a significant minority equity stake and became a long-term strategic investor in Quantum. Ajit is a Board Member of Pacific Pension Institute.
Ajit and his partners helped create 2 charity efforts: (1) Natural Streets for Performing Arts – to get music and the Arts back in public spaces in urban India, and (2) HelpYourNGO – a database that allows donors to better evaluate charities before making donations; HYNGO also provides the listed charities with tools and assistance to help them improve their efficiency and increase their capacity for doing more good. In addition to www.NSPA.in and www.HelpYourNGO.com Ajit was instrumental in the creation of the Pay It Forward India Fellowship in 2013 in honor of Professor Jack Behrman, who influenced Ajit with his discourses on Ethics in Business. Though Professor Behrman passed on on August 19, 2016, Ajit hopes his legacy and teachings will continue to inspire future generations of business leaders.
Alex Dickey has recently begun working as an Adjunct Professor of Consulting at UNC Kenan-Flagler after a 28-year career in Financial Services Consulting. He began his career at Andersen Consulting/Accenture after graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler in 1987. He spent 21 years defining, developing and implementing innovative solutions for the world’s leading Financial Institutions. In 2009, Alex joined Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group as the COO & Chief Strategy Officer. He was charged with significantly expanding the firm’s offerings and defining a strategy to grow the firm into and industry leader. The firm grew to over 1200 consultants and $150m in revenue while winning many industry awards and was acquired by NTT Data in 2015.
In addition to his Board of Visitor role at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Alex is very passionate about the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program (His passion for the program began as a BIG at UNC). He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of BBBS of Greater Charlotte after being on the board for 13 years. Alex also serves as a Big Brother in the program.
Alex has been married to Christa (BSBA 1989) for almost 25 years. They have a son who is a freshman at UNC Wilmington and a daughter who has committed to play soccer at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall of 2018.
Debbie is retired after 20 years of various management positions with Time Warner in NYC and Time Warner’s HBO in Atlanta. Prior to Time Warner, she worked for Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem, NC.
She recently served a five-year commitment on the board of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and is now serving on a task force for Women in Philanthropy with the Community Foundation. In addition to serving on The Kenan Flagler Board, she serves on the Advisory Board of The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Women’s Leadership Committee of The University of North Carolina and is an active Stephen Minister with First Presbyterian Church where she also serves on the Cuba Mission Council. She is a graduate of Georgia’s Regional Leadership Institute and Life Member of The Girl Scouts of America, having served in Girl Scout Leadership for over 10 years.
Debbie previously served on the boards of The Trust for Public Land, The Board of Visitors of The University of North Carolina and the March of Dimes, among others. She has also served as a committee leader on the UNC Carolina First Campaign (the school’s largest fundraising campaign in history), and raised funds to restore historic Memorial Hall. She is a past member of the Strategic Planning Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and has served in numerous leadership roles at First Presbyterian Church and The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, including Westminster’s Parent’s VP of Community Service Activities.
Debbie is a graduate of Stephens College where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and she received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Joi Ernst is vice president and head of Investment Strategies & Solutions at MetLife. IS&S oversees the selection and monitoring of separate account subadvisors and registered funds included in MetLife’s institutional securities products and provides investment consulting services for institutional businesses that include securities products in their solution set. Her division oversees approximately $70 billion in separately managed account assets.
Since Joi joined MetLife in 2002 she has held a variety of roles including vice president and chief of staff to the president of U.S. Business, head of Capital & Credit Markets and head of Rating Agency Management. Prior to joining MetLife, she was an investment banker in the Media & Telecommunications group at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she advised wireless service providers, entertainment companies, cable programmers, radio broadcasters and advertising firms on capital raising, investment and acquisition opportunities. Joi worked in a similar capacity in the Real Estate Investment Bank at Bankers Trust, advising REITs in the evaluation of hotels, shopping centers and office buildings. She began her career on Wall Street in the Corporate & Equity Operations group at J.P. Morgan after performing a similar role at Southern National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Joi earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill with a minor in Spanish Language & Literature. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for leadership in career accomplishments.
Peter B. Fox is the Founder of Fox Development Corporation, a real estate development firm which develops, manages, and leases office and retail space in Champaign, Illinois. Mr. Fox formerly served as Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. from 1985 to 1997. In 1997, he relocated to Champaign to devote more time to his real estate development and private equity investments. Mr. Fox and his companies are focused on creating and retaining jobs associated with technology and the service sector. He serves as Manager of Fox/Atkins Development, LLC, developer and manager of the Research Park at the University of Illinois in Champaign. In addition to being the developer of the Research Park, Fox/Atkins invests in companies in the Park through equity on debt, funding, or favorable lease terms. In August 2008, Fox/Atkins and the University of Illinois opened the I Hotel and Conference Center, as a joint development. The I Hotel and Conference Center is located on the UI campus in the Research Park and also features a Houlihan’s restaurant franchise. In addition, Mr. Fox has investments in start-up companies and restaurant chains including Jimmy John’s. He is franchisee for 30 Jimmy John’s restaurants located in Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina and was named Franchisee of the Year for Jimmy John’s in 2010. Mr. Fox received his degree from Stanford University.
Paul Fulton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 8, 1934. He was raised in Walnut Cove, North Carolina where he attended public school through the 11th grade.
After two years in the U.S. Navy, Fulton began his business career as a trainee at Hanes Hosiery in 1959 and served as vice president and general manager of L’eggs Products during the development and introduction of the revolutionary pantyhose in an egg-shaped container. He was named president of L’eggs Products in 1972 and later promoted to executive vice president of Hanes Corporation with responsibility for L’eggs Products and Hanes Hosiery. Hanes Corporation was acquired by Sara Lee Corporation in 1979 and Fulton was elected president of the Hanes Group and senior vice president of Sara Lee Corporation in 1981. In 1987, he was elected executive vice president and a member of the board. He served as president of Sara Lee Corporation from July 1, 1988 through June 30, 1993, when he retired to assume the position of Dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as Dean until July 1997.
Fulton assumed the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. July 7, 1997. He served as CEO of Bassett until April 2000, when he became non-Executive Chairman of the Board. He currently serves on the Board at Bassett, and is Chairman Emeritus.
Fulton serves on the Board of Directors of the Wm. Carter Company, Atlanta, Georgia and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Bank of America Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina, Sonoco Products, Hartville, South Carolina and Lowe’s Companies, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
He served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors from 2009-2013. Fulton is founder and Co-Chairman of Citizens for Higher Education, a grass roots organization advocating for higher education. From 2000-2010 he was Co-chairman of the North Carolina Higher Education Bond Oversight Committee.
Until June of 1993, he served on the Board of Trustees at Winston-Salem State University and was National Chairman of the Leadership Campaign for their $25 million Centennial Campaign. He was also campaign chairman of the 1984 United Way of Forsyth County Campaign, founding chairman of the local Tocqueville Society in 1987 and co-chair, once again, in 1998.
Fulton was the recipient of the 1992 Maya Angelou Tribute to Achievement Award, presented by the North Carolina United Negro College Fund. He is also the recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award presented in 1988 by the United Way of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership in the community. In 1999, the United Way award was renamed the Paul Fulton Alexis de Tocqueville Award, in recognition of Fulton’s contribution to the community.
Fulton is a 1953 graduate of Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he chaired the Board of Trustees from 1973 to 1979. In October 2011, he became the first recipient of the Robert Carter Jeff award for life time achievement.
He graduated in 1957 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BSBA degree. He served on the board of Trustee from 2001 – 2009. He also co-chaired the $2.3 Billion Carolina First Capital Campaign.
Allen Gant is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glen Raven, Inc., a global provider of performance fabric solutions. He attended UNC-CH and was a member of the UNC Board of Visitors and Educational Foundation Board. Allen serves on many boards and as a Trustee for Elon University and Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Meredith Garwood is Group Vice President of Strategic Tax for Charter Communications. She leads Charter’s federal and state tax policy for income, property and transaction taxes. She also leads the Company’s tax controversy and property tax groups. Meredith represents the company in national state tax organizations and projects. She has been proactively involved in numerous tax policy initiatives including state tax reform efforts and federal legislation.
Meredith currently serves on the Board of the Council on State Taxation, Board of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Business School and is President for North Carolina Cable and Telecommunication Association. She is Past President of the Business Advisory Council to the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and former Vice President of Women in Cable and Telecommunications-Carolinas. Meredith is a frequent speaker at various tax and industry forums.
Meredith has over 25 years of tax experience in all areas of tax including income, property, and transaction taxes. Prior to joining Charter, Meredith was Group Vice President for Time Warner Cable and Senior Director of Tax with AT&T Wireless.
Meredith worked with a leading public accounting firm for over eight years where her practice focused on various aspects of corporate tax. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting with a concentration in Taxation. Meredith and her husband, John, live in Charlotte. They have a daughter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a son at Clemson University
Tom has spent the bulk of his career in telecommunications including starting wireless operations internationally and domestically and is active as a director of a venture capital fund. Apart from the demands of raising his four boys, Tom also coaches youth basketball. His son Ian is also a Carolina graduate (BSBA ‘13), and a UNC Kenan-Flagler donor!
Mike Griffin, a native of Charlotte, NC, is a managing partner in Griffin Brothers Companies, a diversified family business that includes retail operations in tire & auto repair, waste processing, golf & hospitality, and property development & management. The family business started with his father, Larry Griffin, Sr., with one tire & auto repair business over 50 years ago and has grown to a diversified business with over $40 million in annual revenue. Mike’s duties include corporate treasurer for all operating divisions and director of civic and government relationships. He started and ran a wireless communications business becoming the largest distributor for ALLTEL (sold business in 1999). He serves as Chairman of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp, Chairman of Wells Fargo Lake Norman Board of Advisors, and a board member for Ovation Wireless Management. He serves as an alumni advisor for his fraternity at UNC since graduating and served on Delta Sigma Phi’s National Foundation Board for ten years. Mike received his BSBA in Accounting from UNC-CH in 1987. He lives in Cornelius, North Carolina with his wife and two young children.
Joseph High is a retired Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for W.W. Grainger, Inc., North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. Joseph earned his BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a member of the Board of Visitors. He also has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.
Jeff Hoffman is a Senior Managing Director focused on medical technology at Guggenheim Partners. He has more than 25 years experience in the full range of investment banking activities including financial advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and venture capital investments. Jeff’s execution focus is on life sciences and medical technology clients. Mr. Hoffman received a BS in Psychology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rolf Hoffmann is one of the most respected Operations Executives in Big Pharma and recently in Biotech, having achieved remarkable results in significant countries around the world, over the past 26 years.
Rolf headed Eli Lilly operations in Germany, Subsahara and South Africa as well as Latin America, before moving to Amgen to take on their International operations in Europe and subsequently the United States operations out of U.S. Headquarters.
Since retiring from Amgen in July 2016, he has served on the Board of STADA (Germany’s largest independent Generics/OTC enterprise), Danish Genmab (Europe’s largest Biotech company), Trigemina Inc. (a U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused
on the discovery and development of targeted neurological drug therapies), EUSA Pharma (a European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on oncology and oncology supportive care), Shield Therapeutics (a European pharmaceutical company
focused on the development and commercialization of late-stage, hospital-focused pharmaceuticals), Paratek (a U.S. based biopharmaceutical company focused on drugs that target infectious disease and other difficult to treat conditions) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Association) and is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Biotest (a German-based global provider of plasma proteins and biological drugs). Furthermore, he consults with US- and European Biotech companies.
Rolf also acts as a member and VP External Affairs for the German-American Heritage Foundation and serves as Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
In these leadership roles, he has created large new businesses, grown or turned around existing businesses, and managed them through all kinds of crisis to deliver hypergrowth. Rolf is a master of the entire instrumentarium of growth levers, including organic growth, acquisition, partnerships and licensing.
In addition, he has been successful on both sides of the table in analyzing, buying and selling Biotech products and company opportunities.
Leo Horey is the Executive Vice President – Operations of AvalonBay Communities Inc. He has held this title since January 2004 and was Senior Vice President—Property Operations from February, 2001, through December, 2003. Prior to assuming that office, Mr. Horey had served since the Merger as Regional Vice President—Property Operations. Prior to the Merger, he had served since 1994 as Vice President—Property Operations for Avalon Properties. Previously, Mr. Horey had worked for TCR since 1990. Leo received his Masters of Business Administration from the Kenan- Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Richard H. Jenrette Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.
James is a former Senior Financial Services Executive with extensive experience in several aspects of banking, including distribution, strategic planning, sales management, process improvement, corporate integrations, and customer experience.
James began his career as a credit analyst and since then has held progressively responsible roles in two of the nation’s top financial institutions, Bank of America and Capital One. At Capital One, James was the Executive Vice President (EVP) for North America Branch Distribution (1,000 bank network) and the Mid-Atlantic Market President (Washington, DC MSA).
Prior to Capital One, James served in EVP leadership roles at Bank of America in several businesses, including Premier Banking & Investments, Home Lending and Retail & Business Banking. Also, he served as President of the Virginia Bank, where he led the state-wide transition from NationsBank to Bank of America.
Most recently, James was the Sales EVP for Credit Services and Decision Analytics at Experian North America. He led the largest business to business (B2B) sales organization, representing ~50% of revenue in North America. Also, James was responsible for leading sales transformation and implementing new go-to-market client coverage models.
James earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Kenan Flagler). He is a CPA and has a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Harry Jones is the Managing Partner of Edge Capital and serves on the portfolio management team of the Blue Current dividend equity strategies. Before co-founding Edge, Harry spent his entire professional career in the investment advisory business at Credit Suisse in Atlanta, Morgan Stanley in Atlanta and New York, and as an analyst for the Excelsior Value & Restructuring Fund in New York.
Harry earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics with distinction (Omicron Delta Epsilon) from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was a Captain of the lacrosse team. Harry also graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business, which presented him with its Young Alumni Award in 2009.
Harry is active with his community endeavors, including his time as a youth lacrosse coach and being awarded the 2011 Man of the Year for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia chapter. He is also a member of YPO and serves on the Advisory Council of Pershing Advisory Solutions and the Board of Visitors of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Harry is married with three children and lives in Atlanta.
Bob Jones is Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at CAPTRUST. Prior to joining CAPTRUST, Bob was the co-founder of the Jones-Blair Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. He earned an AB in chemistry and philosophy with honors, as well as an MBA, from UNC-Chapel Hill. His wife Mindy also graduated from UNC in ’82, along with their sons Robert, who received his BSBA in 2014, and Chris, who received his BSBA in 2016 and was a Wayland Cato Scholar. Both boys currently reside and work in NYC. Daughter Anna (’19) is currently studying Early Childhood Education.
Peter Keane is President and Chief Investment Officer of Keane Capital Management, Inc. He began his investment career with T. Rowe Price and in 1987 joined Interstate/Johnson Lane (IJL) as an equity analyst and was later promoted to director of the firm’s equity strategy group. In 1997 he was named director of IJL Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Interstate/Johnson Lane. In 1999, Peter Keane founded Keane Capital Management, where he manages an investment partnership. He is a member of the North Carolina Society of Financial Analysts and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He was also previously employed with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia – this prior to earning his M.B.A.
He graduated from Guilford College with a B.A. in Accounting in 1982. He subsequently received his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987.
He has two daughters, and a son.
Pete is on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina, the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina Business School, a member of the Board of the ClearPath Foundation and President of the Alpha Omega Foundation.
Mr. Keber joined Hines in 2012. He serves as Senior Managing Director in Hines’ New York office where he has global responsibilities within the Capital Markets Group for structuring and capitalizing the Firm’s investment vehicles.
Prior to Hines, Mr. Keber was a Partner and Director of Global Capital Raising at Starwood Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Previously, Mr. Keber worked in the New York office of Credit Suisse in the Real Estate Private Funds Group, a leading adviser to private equity firms dedicated to real estate.
Mr. Keber is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and an MBA (Real Estate) from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he is the outgoing Chairman of the business school’s Alumni Council.
Frank is the Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of KD Capital Management, LLC, an investment partnership which he launched in 2014. Prior to founding KD Capital, Mr. Kenan was an analyst for Boulderado Group, a concentrated value-oriented investment fund based in Boston, MA from 2011-2014. Prior to the work with Boulderado, Frank was a Development Associate at Edens & Avant. While at Edens & Avant, Mr. Kenan focused on managing every stage of ground-up retail developments from site selection and financial underwriting through final completion. Before joining Edens & Avant, he was an Underwriting Analyst for the Vivum Group, a private equity firm. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Omaha Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company, and the Cougar Club of the College of Charleston, which serves as the fundraising arm for the College of Charleston Athletic Department. Frank earned a B.S. in Anthropology from the College of Charleston in 2005 and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2011.
Steve Krichmar is the founder of Krichmar & Associates, a virtual advisory firm in the financial services domain providing strategic planning, interim C-suite staffing, governance support, and operations reorganization consulting. He is also an independent trustee of the Goldman Sachs Trust II Funds. Steve previously served as Chief of Operations, Senior Managing Director for Putnam Investments in Boston, Massachusetts (2001-2016) and as an audit Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (1981-2001) where he was the investment management industry leader (assurance) for the Northeast United States. He received a BSBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler in 1980, and lives in the Boston area with his wife Karen.
Steve is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s Hospital; a member of the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies; a member of the Board of Trustees of Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; and a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Stuart received her BA from UNC in 1991. She is President of USA Operations and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Coca-Cola USA. She leads the strategic management of The Coca-Cola Company’s largest brands and oversees its National Retail Sales, Franchise and Commercial Leadership organizations. In addition, Stuart is on the board of directors of the American Beverage Association. Stuart and her husband, Kurt, live in Atlanta with their two daughters.
Kel Landis, III, was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where at the age of 15 he earned his Eagle Scout. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s of business administration.
Kel has over 30 years of experience in banking, financial services, investment management, and private capital and is a founding partner of Plexus Capital, a North Carolina-based investment firm. He co-founded Plexus Capital after retiring as CEO of RBC Centura Bank. Kel also serves as a director of Live Oak Bank, one of the leading lenders to small businesses across the country.
Kel has served as a Trustee of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Trustee of Elizabeth City State University, and as an adjunct professor of finance for the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Currently, he is a member of the UNC Foundation’s board of directors, a member of the board of visitors for the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Trustee for The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. Kel is also a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations.
Kel is a former director of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and a former chair of the North Carolina Bankers Association. He co-founded and served as Chair of the Foundation of Renewal of Eastern North Carolina. In addition, he is a former board member for the Golden Leaf Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports grants for economically distressed communities. He also served as Senior Advisor for Business and Economic Affairs for the Governor of North Carolina and as Trustee of the North Carolina State Supplemental Retirement Fund. Today Kel is board member for the North Carolina Community Foundation, which provides support for community foundations across the state.
Earlier in his career, Kel was President of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rocky Mount Area United Way, and President of the Rocky Mount Family YMCA. He was also Treasurer of the local homeless shelter, a board member for Nash HealthCare Systems, and a board member for the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry. He is also a former member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Lynn Lewis is Chief Commercial Officer for Envigo, one of the world’s largest nonclinical Contract Research Organizations. In this role, she is responsible for directing all commercial activities globally including sales, marketing, new service development, and customer engagement. Lynn brings extensive knowledge in both science and business to the company through her successful career in pharmaceuticals, and leadership roles within sales and operations in the contract research organization (CRO) industry.
Prior to joining Envigo, Lynn was Group Vice President of Business Development, Clinical Development and Commercialization Services for Covance. During her 15 year career with Covance, she also led the global sales organizations for Covance’s nonclinical and central laboratory businesses and also served as the General Manager of Covance’s drug discovery and development campus in Greenfield, Indiana.
Lynn also worked for Eli Lilly and Company for 16 years before Covance leading cross functional development teams to bring new medicines to market. She held various positions in sales, marketing, strategic planning, and general management. Her last position was Product Team Leader for two of Lilly’s osteoporosis compounds. In this position, she led a team of scientific and commercial professionals through submission and approval of Forteo in the US and Europe. She also spent two years abroad as General Manager for their Danish affiliate.
Mrs. Lewis’ background includes a MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University. She has served on several community boards, including BioCrossroads’ External Advisory Board, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association External Advisory Committee, Bucknell University’s Alumni Board of Directors and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Board of Advisors.
Jason Liberty is Chief Financial Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., responsible for overseeing the company’s Treasury, Accounting, Corporate and Strategic Planning and development, Revenue Planning and Systems, Deployment, Internal Audit and Investor Relations operations.
Since joining the company in 2005, Liberty held several senior management positions. He was appointed senior vice president of Finance and Strategy, responsible for Treasury, Strategic and Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Deployment and before that served as vice president of Corporate and Strategic Planning, in charge of Corporate, Capital and Strategic Planning, Energy Management, Revenue Planning and Systems and Insurance.
Liberty was a senior manager with the accounting firm KPMG LLP before he joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He is an accounting graduate of the University of Miami School of Business and has an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.
Liberty lives in Weston, Florida, with his wife Erica and their four children.
Eric Livingston is Americas Financial Services Principal with EY in Charlotte. With over 26 years of experience, Eric has demonstrated ability collaborating with global financial services companies to develop strategy and provide large-scale, globally diverse programs in technology and business.
His experience spans strategy development to drive customer experience and efficiency, executive level portfolio planning, outcome-based business capability prioritization, complex and global program/project management, post-merger integration leadership, and management and enterprise change management leadership.
Eric received an MBA and a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also attended Yale University’s Chief Executive Officer Institute. He is married with two daughters.
Anne Lloyd is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Martin Marietta. She joined the company in 1998 as Vice President and Controller and was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in 1999. She has served as Chief Financial Officer since June 2005.
Before joining Martin Marietta, Anne was with Ernst & Young LLP for 14 years in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately as a Senior Manager and client service executive for the natural resources, mining, insurance and healthcare industries.
Anne currently serves as Treasurer of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). She also served on NSSGA’s MAP-21 Reauthorization Committee and on the Blue Ribbon Panel of Transportation Experts for the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. Anne is the immediate past Chair of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a member of their Infrastructure and Economic Development Policy Committee. She is also a Commissioner on the Civil Justice Committee of the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice. Further, Anne is a Board Member of the Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P., serves as the chair of its Audit Committee and is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
Anne is active at White Plains United Methodist Church and also serves as a Vice Chairman of the Council on Finance and Administration of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Anne is a 1983 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Anne and her husband, Steve (BSBA ’85), live in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have been married for 28 years and have two adult sons.
Thomas L. Lutz (Tom) is a Senior Partner and Managing Director for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He began work with BCG in 1992, and is currently the Global Leader of the Consumer & Retail Practice and the Leader of the North American Consumer Private Equity Practice. Prior to these roles he served as the Global Restaurant Topic Leader and Managing Partner of the South System (Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, and Denver).
His industry expertise includes specialty retail, restaurants, hotels, grocery retail, convenience retail, and Private Equity.
Tom earned his Master of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from The Harvard Business School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves on the Business School and the Honors Board. Tom is a member of the Dallas Citizens Council.
Tom is a native of Western North Carolina, and currently lives in Dallas, TX with his wife, Dana, and two teenage daughters, Charlotte and Morgan.
Mr. McNairy is CEO of International Farming Corporation, an agricultural investment manager. Mr. McNairy has overseen farmland acquisitions, mid-stream assets and agtech investments across a multitude of geographies and crop types. He grew up working for his family’s farming businesses, including Harvey Farms. Mr. McNairy was a Morehead Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa and Academic-All ACC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he played for Coach Dean Smith. Mr. McNairy received his M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Nancy leads Deloitte’s US Inbound Services group and globally leads Deloitte’s Consumer Business Industry. Nancy served as the Manufacturing Industry leader for nearly five years. With clients across North America, Europe and Asia, Nancy leads projects involving complex tax matters, as well as other business issues.
A longtime supporter of UNC Kenan-Flagler, Nancy Millett actively recruits students and currently serves on the Board of Visitors. She and her husband created a fund that enables the dean to direct money to areas of the School’s greatest need or importance each year. In 2012 they also designated a planned gift to the School.
Bill Moore is a Co-Founder and Chairman of private equity firm Lookout Capital. He has had a successful career as a company founder, CEO, investment banker, investment manager, private & public equity investor, board chairman & member, and Kenan-Flagler professor.
Bill is a proven company builder and executive. He founded and served as CEO of Trident Financial Corporation, a boutique investment bank that specialized in IPOs and M&A transactions for financial institutions. (After 25 years of successful operations, the firm was sold to KeyCorp in 1999.) He had a short, but productive tenure as CEO of MCNC, where he led the successful reorganization and turnaround of that company in 2001-02.
In addition to his success as a CEO, Bill has been a chairman, board member, partner and investment committee member for numerous organizations, including Franklin Street Partners, the U. S. Naval Academy, the National Humanities Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Weaver Foundation and Vietri, Inc.
He is currently Chairman of RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes.
He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the U. S. Naval Academy and UNC-Chapel Hill respectively.
Mike is a retired Fortune 500 company CFO and executive with 29 years of experience in retail and multi-unit global businesses. He is accomplished in business turnarounds and leading transformational change in high-growth environments, with a proven track record of creating shareholder value. Mike was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Advance Auto Parts, from 2008 to 2016. In addition to his finance responsibilities, he also oversaw Legal from 2008 to 2014, IT in 2013, and Human Resources in 2012. Prior to Advance, Mike spent almost 20 years with Best Buy. Mike started his career in Best Buy’s Canadian subsidiary and had escalating financial leadership roles in Canada, ultimately serving as head of finance. In the U.S., he held several finance officer roles with the last role being President – Financial Services.
Mike is on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair of Clarios (Formally Johnson Controls Power Solutions). He is a Director Emeritus of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a former International Board of Directors Member and Finance Committee Member of the JDRF. Mike and his family have been actively involved in the JDRF for 12 years. Mike is also on the Ravenscroft School Board of Trustees and sits on their Investment Committee.
Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CGA, Canada.
Mike has been married to his wife Helen for 29 years and they have two sons. Dylan is a sophmore in high school, and Jordan, a junior at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Mike is also an avid runner.
Tom Newby is a Partner of Lexington Partners primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of buyout, mezzanine, alternative and venture capital interests.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2007, Mr. Newby was a managing director and the head of principal investing at Montgomery & Co., an investment bank, and a general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures.
Mr. Newby graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BS (Honors) in business administration and from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA.
Ken O’Herron is founder and president of O’Herron & Company with over 30 years of experience in portfolio management and investment banking. He is currently serving as chairman and CEO of 3TEX Corporation and Tavve Software Company and on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Worldwide and others. Ken is chairman of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s current Capital Campaign and serves on the NC Museum of History Foundation Board. Ken graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he received both his BA (’72) and MBA (’80).
Michael is retired from a 25-year career in financial services with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. He received his BSBA in 1981 and MBA in 1987 from UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he has also established a scholarship fund to provide funding for students to obtain international study opportunities. He is a former member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alumni Council. Michael lives in Charlotte and also currently serves as a volunteer construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity, and also has served on the boards of Friendship Trays, Friendship Gardens, and Slow Food.
Cami Rice is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, Chief Administrative Officer of the Institutional Securities Group (ISG), and Head of ISG Business Unit Risk Management for the Americas.
Cami joined the Firm in 2003 as an Associate in the Institutional Equity Division, and held numerous positions during her 11 years in IED. Most recently, she served as Global Chief Operating Officer of the Research Department and was a member of the Research Operating Committee before assuming her current role in July 2018.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Cami worked from 1997-2001 as a trader at Bramwell Capital. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball team for four years. She earned her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Cami resides in New York with her husband Tim and their nine-year-old twins: Charlie and Eloise.
Lansdon graduated from UNC in 1987 with a BS in Business Administration. He began his career at General Electric where he completed the Financial Management Program in 1989 and served in several marketing, business development and management roles. In 1992 he graduated from Northwestern University’s JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management and in 1994 he left GE to start his first of many entrepreneurial ventures, including ACCENT Marketing, Service Net Solutions and Azalea Stables. Lansdon’s current companies include PetFirst Healthcare, which markets and administers pet insurance for cats and dogs; and Simply Waste, a commercial waste brokerage entity. A native of Nashville, TN, Lansdon currently resides in Louisville, KY, with his wife Diana and has three children (Lansdon IV, Westin and Kendall). His hobbies include reading, fitness, travel and thoroughbred horses.
Bill Rogers is the founder of TexWest,LLC [ www.texwestllc.com] – his principal investment vehicle – which focuses on investments in Asia, alternative energy, and agriculture. Bill Rogers is a founder of International Farming Corporation, the Halifax Group, and Colony Capital [private international investment groups]. Bill is a native of Eastern NC and lives today principally in Dallas, TX and part-time in Santa Barbara , CA. He received a BSBA degree from UNC-CH and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Bill currently serves as a Board member of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise and as a Board member for Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy.
As the Vice Chairman, Client Service for East Region of the United States at PwC, Mary is responsible for the development of committed relationships between clients and our firm for a broad range of assurance, tax, and advisory services. In addition to the Vice Chairman role, Mary is the leader of the PwC US Brexit Response office. In this role, Mary leads a team of professionals focused on helping US-based clients navigate the risks and opportunities around Brexit. Mary also serves on the global priority account leadership team.
In her more than 30 years of professional experience at PwC, Mary has served key clients across a variety of industries in the areas of technology, consumer markets, entertainment, media and telecommunications industries. Over the course of her career, she has led consulting engagements involving financial and operational due diligence, design and implementation of governance structures and target operating models, human capital organizational design and deployment, profitability analyses, industry/market research, financial modeling and forecasting, statistical analyses, valuations, contract management and forensic investigations.
Mary holds a B.S. and a Masters in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a licensed CPA in California and North Carolina. As a proud graduate, Mary was the keynote speaker for the 2017 MAC commencement and the 2018 Carolina Women in Business Conference.
William Seymour is Chairman and CEO of Primax Properties, LLC, a Charlotte-based real estate investment company building retail/commercial and office/service facilities for tenants and clients throughout the United States. Bill has a BSBA from UNC-CH.
Kevin Smith received his BSBA in 1990, and is currently Senior Managing Director of the Macquarie Group. Before joining Macquarie, Kevin served as co-head of Credit Suisse’s U.S. high yield capital markets group. He first joined Credit Suisse in 2000 when the bank merged with Donaldson, Luftkin & Jenrette. He and his wife Kristie live in Connecticut with their children. Their daughter Jordan is a sophomore at UNC.
Bill Starling is CEO of Synecor, LLC, a business generator of new medical device companies based in the Research Triangle Park (RTP), N.C., Santa Rosa, California, and Silicon Valley, California and managing director of Synergy Life Science Partners, a venture capital partnership investing in medical device companies primarily in the RTP and Silicon Valley. He received his BS degree in business from UNC-CH and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Bill formerly served as chairman of the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Board of Visitors and serves as Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board of the UNC/NCSU School of Biomedical Engineering.
Duke Steinemann is CEO of Steinemann & Company, a full service Real Estate company primarily focused on development. Steinemann & Company formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979 and relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in 2000. Duke is active in numerous professional and philanthropic organizations including the Mayo Clinic and serves on the Board of Trustees of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Duke holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in History from UNC-CH. He resides in Jacksonville, FL and Newport, RI.
Beth Struckell recently earned her PhD in Management (Strategy & Entrepreneurship) from the University of North Texas where she is now employed as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Fulfilling her personal strategic plan, she retired from a successful and diverse 25-year career with PepsiCo in 2008. Always considered an entrepreneur within corporate walls (corporate entrepreneur), she has become a true entrepreneur with real estate and business ventures including a successful weight loss and longevity business she started. Her attention is now focused on teaching, various board positions, research projects, small business and non-profit consulting.
Her final and most senior roles within PepsiCo included leading the PepsiCo Vend/Foodservice as SVP/GM for 6 years. She was instrumental in the successful merger of Quaker Oats Company with PepsiCo in 2001. Beth started her PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in 1983 as an Assistant Product Manager. At Frito-Lay, her career included Brand Management Positions over Ruffles, Tostitos, Doritos and Channel Marketing. In 1989 she joined the sister company of Pepsi-Cola, first as Area Vice President then as Vice President of Re-engineering reporting to the PepsiCo Treasurer. She returned to Frito-Lay in 1994 to lead merger and acquisition efforts for the Division.
She holds a BA and MBA from the University of North Carolina.
Frank Sutton is a born and bred Tar Heel from Salisbury, NC. He graduated from UNC Kenan-Flagler with his BSBA in 1982. He is the Founder and CEO of Positive Distribution LLC, which owns the patent and trademark for Lock Laces, the original no-tie elastic shoelaces. He and his wife, Shelayne, have five children, two of whom also graduated from UNC Kenan-Flagler.
Patrick Trask is President of Wood Partners, currently responsible for overseeing the company’s development and construction divisions and for developing new equity and debt capital relationships. Prior to his role as President, Patrick served as Regional Development Director for Wood Partners’ Central Region, which consists of Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and Chicago. He serves on Wood’s Board of Directors and heads its Investment Committee. Patrick joined Wood Partners in 2001 and opened the Texas offices for Wood Partners. Before joining Wood Partners, he served as a Development Associate in Trammell Crow Residential’s North Florida Division, where he was active in their developments in Orlando and Tampa. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a Foreign Exchange Interest Rate Trader with CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley in their New York and London offices.
Patrick received an MBA degree at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan‐Flagler Business School in May 2000. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College in May 1993. Patrick grew up in Beaufort, SC and currently lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Cathy, and three children.
Jeff is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Century Bridge Capital, a Dallas and Beijing based private equity firm focused on investments in China. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm, including operations in the U.S. and China, as well as global institutional capital raising. Since it’s founding, Century Bridge has invested in real estate developments in China totaling over $1.2 billion in value. Jeff spends much of his time traveling in China, as well as in Europe and the U.S., where the firm’s institutional investors are based.
After graduating with a BBA degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University in 1994, Jeff began his career in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, where he was engaged in federal government relations for the City of New York. In 1995 he began working in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Small Business, where he led Congressional oversight activities, hearings, and legislative initiatives focused on banking, federal contracting and taxation issues.
In 1997 Jeff moved to North Carolina and joined Franklin Street/Fairview Capital, a Raleigh based private equity investment firm, before starting in the MBA program at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he graduated in 2000. After business school, Jeff joined a North Carolina based Internet incubator and venture capital firm called Interactive Marketplace Group, where he served as a Director. In 2002 Jeff moved back to Washington, D.C., where he became a Vice President with The Halifax Group, a middle-market private equity investment firm.
Jeff currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors and as the Chairman of the International Board of Advisors at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He received the school’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2001 and its Global Leadership Award in 2015. In 2001 he created a charitable endowment that was recently expanded and renamed the Rollie Tillman, Jr. Development Fund, which is aimed at growing UNC Kenan-Flagler’s development capacity. Jeff also currently serves on the UNC Chancellor’s Global Leadership Taskforce.
In addition to his work with UNC, Jeff is a member of the Board of Councilors of the EastWest Institute (EWI), an independent NGO focused on global conflict resolution. He is also an active member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a Washington, DC based non-profit comprised of over 450 American business executives who volunteer their time and expertise to address the national security community’s most pressing challenges.
Steve Vetter is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ennis-Flint, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of road marking materials for the highway safety industry. Steve also is founder and managing member of Tarheel Properties, LLC, a family owned real estate investment company specializing in developing and owning multi-family properties currently totaling over 14,000 unites located primarily in southeastern US. Steve lives in Greensboro, NC, is married to Debbie, and has two children and three grand-children all currently living in Greensboro. Steve earned a BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Vanessa Wittman serves as the CFO of Oath. Previously, she served as CFO of Dropbox and SVP and CFO of Motorola Mobility, following its acquisition by Google in 2012. Before Motorola, Vanessa was CFO and EVP of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, she served as CFO and EVP of Adelphia Communications, navigating a multi-year bankruptcy proceeding. She has also held senior roles at Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Metricom, and Sterling Payot Company, a venture capital firm.
A Raleigh native, Smedes has spent many years serving in various capacities in his community. He is part of a family business that began in Raleigh in 1910. Chairman of York Properties, Inc., McDonald York Building Company and Berkshire Hathaway York Simpson Underwood. Graduate of Broughton High School in 1959.
Earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1963 where he played basketball for the legendary Everett Case. Earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the UNC Chapel Hill in 1968. Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State University in 2009.
Served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1964-1966), receiving an Army Commendation Medal for his service in South Korea. Served on the Raleigh City Council (1977-1979) and two terms as Mayor (1979-1983). Past chairman of the North Carolina Chamber, the N.C. State University Board of Trustees and the YMCA of the Triangle. Served as Chairman of the Urban Land Institute from 1989-1991 and continues to serve as a Trustee. As a ULI member, he has chaired many advisory service panel assignments including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Current positions include Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Foundation, North Carolina Amateur Sports and NC State University Foundation.
Inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame, Needham Broughton Athletics Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
Received the Watauga Medal from North Carolina State University and the Distinguished Citizenship Award from the North Carolina Chamber. Smedes and his wife, Rosemary, have two sons, George and William, and three grandsons, Smedes, Bowen and Crawford.