Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors

The Owen Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors was founded in 2005. Their purpose is four-fold: to serve as a demanding partner in engaging the Dean concerning the strategic direction of the school; to provide advice and counsel to the Dean with respect to curriculum and needs of the business community; to work with students and faculty in programs of interest as speakers, panelists, contributors; and to assist in the mentoring and placement of Vanderbilt students in internships and post-graduate employment.

David IngramDavid B. Ingram

Chairman and President, Ingram Entertainment Inc.; Chairman, DBI Beverage Inc.
Chair, Owen Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors

David B. Ingram is Chairman and President of Ingram Entertainment Inc. and also serves as Chairman of DBI Beverage Inc. Ingram Entertainment Inc. is currently the nation's largest distributor of videos, DVDs and video games. On February 20, 2002, Mr. Ingram formed DBI Beverage Inc. ("DBI") as a separate company that currently holds the assets of five beverage distributorships in Memphis, Napa, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Products distributed by DBI include Miller, Coors, Corona, Heineken, Pabst, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Fat Tire and Red Bull. Mr. Ingram is Vice Chairman of the Montgomery Bell Academy Board of Trustees. He is the Chairman for the Vanderbilt Owen School Capital Campaign Steering Committee, serves as head of the Investment Committee for the Tennessee Golf Foundation and as Treasurer of The Golf Club of Tennessee. He is also a board member of Avenue Financial Holdings, Inc. Mr. Ingram is a former board member of Buy.com, Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc., Ingram Micro, and the Video Software Dealers Association. He graduated from Duke University and earned his Master of Business Administration from Owen.


Belinda Grant-AndersonBelinda Grant-Anderson

Vice President –Diversity and Inclusion, AT&T

Belinda Grant-Anderson is Vice President – Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T. In this role she has responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s diversity & inclusion strategy, including partnering with the business units to achieve their annual diversity goals, overseeing the company’s awards submission process, and managing our relationship with external research partners. . During her tenure, AT&T has received numerous awards including being named a Top Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, the No. 1 company for Diversity by Hispanic Business Magazine, a Top 40 Company by Black Enterprise, a Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association of Female Executives, and maintaining a perfect 100% score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Ms. Grant-Anderson joined the former BellSouth Corporation in 1998 and the responsibilities she held include Vice President - People Development, Vice President - Policy Resolution for Regulatory & External Affairs, Division President- Operator Services, and Executive Director - Strategic Management Unit. Prior to joining BellSouth, Ms. Grant-Anderson was a consultant with the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, for seven years. She began her career with Procter & Gamble’s Research and Development Division in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Grant-Anderson received her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a past Board member of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Vanderbilt Alumni Board, the Texas Diversity Council, the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, and St. Jude’s Recovery Center. She and her husband reside in Dallas with their 2 daughters.


Scott BeckerScott Becker

Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance, Nissan North America, Inc.

Scott E. Becker is senior vice president, administration and finance for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). In this role, Becker oversees the corporate finance, consumer and dealer finance (NMAC), corporate planning, legal, government affairs, information systems, organization support, real estate, security, aviation and internal audit functions for Nissan's operations in the Americas. Prior to being named senior vice president in August 2009, Becker served as vice president, legal and government affairs, and general counsel for NNA. His duties included providing legal advice and counsel to the company on a broad range of corporate governance, transactional, litigation and legal compliance matters, as well as leading Nissan's government affairs activities. Before joining Nissan in July 2006, Becker was vice president and deputy general counsel for retail operations, real estate and services for Sears Holdings Corporation. Becker joined Sears in 2000 and held several litigation positions in the company's legal department. Prior to joining Sears, Becker worked for the Chicago law firms of Sanchez & Daniels; Rosenthal and Schanfield PC; and D'Ancona & Pflaum LLC. Becker received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School


John BrockJohn F. Brock

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.

John Brock is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia, the largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products in the world. Mr. Brock began his career at Procter & Gamble, before joining Cadbury Schweppes in 1983. In March of 2000, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes and Chairman of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group's Board of Directors. Later that year, Mr. Brock was named Beverage Industry's Executive of the Year. In 2003, he was named CEO of Interbrew, headquartered in Brussels (Belgium), before joining Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2006. He also serves as Chairman of the Americas for the International Business Leaders Forum and as a trustee on the international IBLF Board. Mr. Brock earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.


Doug CahillDoug Cahill

Executive Advisor, CCMP Capital Advisors

Doug joined CCMP Capital as an Executive Advisor in May, 2013 .He brings more than 25 years of experience growing consumer-focused and industrial companies, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oreck, the Nashville-based manufacturer of upright vacuums and cleaning products. He grew the company from $250 million in sales to $1.2 billion, an effort that culminated with engineering the sale of the company to Mars, Inc. Before joining Oreck, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Doane Pet Care Company, a private label manufacturer of pet food and former CCMP Portfolio company. In 2005, he led the sale of Doane to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund for $875 million and in 2006 he spearheaded the company's sale to Mars Incorporated for $1.2 billion, retaining leadership through both transactions. Prior to joining Doane, he spent 13 years at Olin Corporation, a diversified manufacturer of metal and chemicals.He serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and is on the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. In January 2009, he was appointed an Advisor to Mars Incorporated. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Banfield Pet Hospital, Jamieson, and Ollie's Bargain Outlet. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green University.


Beau CumminsHugh S. ("Beau") Cummins, III

Wholesale Segment Executive, Suntrust Bank

Hugh S. (“Beau”) Cummins, III currently serves as a Wholesale Segment Executive for Suntrust Bank. Previously, Cummins served as a Commercial & Business Banking executive from June 2013 until accepting his current position.  The position included oversight for SunTrust's geographic leadership of 12 division and region presidents. Cummins most recently served as chairman, president & chief executive officer of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH), the corporate and investment banking division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. STRH delivers strategic advice, capital raising and risk management solutions to thousands of corporate clients in a variety of industries and across a national corporate banking franchise. Before joining SunTrust in 2005, Cummins held numerous leadership positions with Bank of America including global head of investment grade origination, global head of foreign exchange and co-head of global interest rate and commodity derivative sales. He began his investment banking career at Citibank in its Global Derivative Products business. Cummins serves on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and is a trustee of YoungArts. He is a past chairman of the board of trustees of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, and a two-term past member of the Business Advisory Council at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. He also previously served as a board member of the ABA Securities Association and is a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Foreign Exchange Committee. Cummins earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Mike DallasMike Dallas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources Global Operations, Hewlett-Packard Company

Mike Dallas has a dual role for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As a Senior Vice President leading all Human Resource areas for Global Sales and since 2014 also Global HR leader for HPE's Divestiture Management Office (DMO) responsible for Spin/Merge activities. These include the separation of HP Inc., the spin/merge of HPE Enterprise Services with CSC to create DXC Technologies and the HPE Software assets merger with Microfocus. He is part of the Senior Advisory to CEO office including due diligence. In an evolving business, Dallas continues to lead complex transformation of HR models flexing between large scale HR Operational group ownership and Senior Business Partner accountabilities. Dallas directly manages all Country HR leaders tied to HPE's Managing Business Directors and 100s of HR professionals in over 75 Countries. A member of HPE’s Executive HR team he is part of several senior advisory committees including Benefits, Sales Comp., Standard of Business Conduct among others. Outside HPE, Mike Dallas is an Independent Director for Lionbridge Technologies (LIOX) serving on their compensation and nominating committees.


Bob DennisRobert J. (Bob) Dennis

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Genesco, Inc.

Bob Dennis was named chairman of Genesco in April 2010, adding to his existing responsibilities as president and chief executive officer. He had served as president and chief executive officer since August 2008 and president and chief operating officer since October 2006, when he also became a director of the Company. Dennis, who became chief executive officer of Hat World, Inc. in 2001, was named a senior vice president of Genesco in June 2004 following the Company's acquisition of Hat World and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Genesco in October 2005. A 27-year retail veteran, his experience includes a senior position with Asbury Automotive from 1997 to 1999. From 1984 to 1997 he was with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm, becoming a leader of the North American Retail Practice and a partner in 1990. Dennis holds a master of business administration degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School, with a focus on consumer marketing, and bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemical engineering and organic chemistry, with honors, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Dennis was named a director of Teavana Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TEA) in July 2011. He also serves on the board of directors with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Nashville Symphony, and on the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management.


Adena FriedmanAdena T. Friedman

President and CEO, Nasdaq

Adena Friedman assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq on January 1, 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Friedman brings more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise and is credited with significant contributions that shaped Nasdaq’s strategic transformation to a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations on six continents. Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Friedman served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nasdaq throughout 2016 and was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth and expansion. Ms. Friedman rejoined Nasdaq in 2014 as President to oversee the technology, information, and corporate businesses that comprised over two-thirds of Nasdaq’s revenues. Prior to her return, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from March 2011 to June 2014, and played a significant role in taking the company public in December 2012. Before Carlyle, Ms. Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy, as well its Chief Financial Officer. She played an instrumental role in the company's acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993. She has been outspoken on the topic of women in leadership and is an avid supporter of mentoring and career opportunities for women in the financial services industry. She is also an advocate for financial literacy and education and has served on the Board of the Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of Junior Achievement, a non-profit that supports youth in their journey to financial independence. Ms. Friedman earned an M.B.A. from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.A. in political science from Williams College in Massachusetts.


DaSalivaJosué Christiano Gomes da Silva

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas—Coteminas

Josué Christiano Gomes da Silva is Chairman and CEO of Companhia de Tecidos Norte de Minas—Coteminas, the biggest textile group in Latin America. Springs Global, a company controlled by Coteminas, is the worldwide leader in the towels and bedding segment, with sales of $2 billion and with industries in several countries in North America. He is also President of the Institute of Studies for Industrial Development and the former President of the Brazilian Association of Textile and Clothing Industries. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG (MG, Brazil), in addition to earning his law degree from Faculdade Milton Campos (MG, Brazil) and a Master of Business Administration from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, where he received the Founder's Medal in recognition for his academic achievement.


Henry GuyHenry L. Guy Jr.

President and CEO, Modern Holdings

Henry L. Guy is the President and CEO of Modern Holdings.  He has overseen and managed investments in over 30 portfolio companies. Prior to joining Modern Holdings, Henry was the Chief Financial Officer at Ephibian, Inc., a leading software development firm that focuses on developing comprehensive database-driven software applications. Before Ephibian, Henry served as an officer in the United States Navy. Henry serves on a variety of boards including those of Metro International S.A. (OMX MTRO SDB B), Anima Regni GP LLC, Basset Labs AB, Audit Value International S.A., and Lors Photography, Inc. Henry serves on the Board of Visitors for Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.


William E. HugerWilliam E. Huger

Partner, Voyager Management, LLC

Mr. Huger is an active member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee for the hedge fund of funds firm Voyager Management, LLC. Prior to merging with Voyager Management, LLC in late 2009, Mr. Huger co-founded Global Strategies Investment Management, LLC in 1998. From 1998 until 2000, Mr. Huger was a Managing Partner of K2 Advisors LLC, a New York based fund of funds, prior to being a Managing Member of Winston Absolute Return Management, LLC. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Huger was Executive Vice President and Director in charge of marketing and administration for the long/short equity firm J.O. Patterson & Co. Previously, he worked in Equity Capital Markets at Robinson Humphrey/Shearson Lehman developing and presenting investment strategies to mutual funds and alternative investment managers. Prior thereto, he worked at L.F. Rothschild as an institutional fixed income sales trader. Mr. Huger graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Economics, in 1985 and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1993.


Paul JacobsonPaul Jacobson

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Delta Airlines (Global Finance)

Paul Jacobson is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for Delta’s global finance organization. Throughout his career, Paul has been a key contributor to Delta’s strategies and has been instrumental in a number of initiatives including the purchase of the Trainer refinery; balance sheet initiatives that have resulted in nearly $10 billion in debt reduction; the expansion of the T4 facility at JFK, and the airline’s capital allocation strategy. Paul’s contributions have been instrumental in Delta’s return to the S&P 500 index as well as upgrades to Delta’s credit rating in recent years. The work of Paul and his team was recognized by Air Finance Journal when it named Delta Airline of the Year. Since joining Delta as a financial analyst in 1997, Paul has held several positions including serving as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Delta from 2005. In March 2012, he became Chief Financial Officer. Paul currently serves on the Board of Visitors at the Owen Graduate School of Management as well as the Aviation Management Advisory Board in Auburn. Paul graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree of aviation management and later received a master’s of business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.


JueptnerPeter Jueptner

Executive Vice President of Strategy, New Business Development and Transformation Initiatives, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Mr. Peter Johannes Jueptner serves as Executive Vice President of Strategy, New Business Development and Transformation Initiatives at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Mr. Jueptner has been Managing Director of Europe at EMM Group BV since June 30, 2008. Over the 15 years, Mr. Jueptner held C level positions with leading global corporations and a technology startup. He served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and M&A at Philip Morris International Management S.A. since September 2005. He served as Chief Strategy Officer for Philip Morris International (PMI) in Lausanne, Switzerland, he led several key transformation projects that focused on innovation, brand management and company restructuring. As part of the strategic marketing initiatives at PMI, Jueptner engaged EMM Group to develop programs to drive top line growth. He became intrigued by EMM Group's thought leading demand management intellectual property and worked to expand EMM Group's client base in Europe and support its overall global growth initiatives. Prior to PMI, Mr. Jueptner served as Chief Operating Officer for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. where he built the foundation for the eventual regional consolidation of the grocery chain and served as its Executive Vice President A&P U S from November 15, 2002 to November 2004 and its Executive Vice President of Retail Development since November 1, 2004. Mr. Jueptner served as the Chief Commercial Officer for WWRE. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Campbell Soup, including General Manager of Latin America and also the Beverages Group, where he helped to reinvigorate the V8 brand. Mr. Jueptner began his career in Germany and Asia while working at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Jueptner holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and an engineering degree from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany.


Kevin KaseffKevin P. Kaseff

Managing Partner, Titan Real Estate Investment Group, Inc.

Kevin Kaseff is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Titan Real Estate Investment Group, Inc. Titan is a commercial real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition of office, multi-family, retail and industrial properties throughout the United States. Mr. Kaseff runs the company and oversees Titan's commercial property division. With more than 20 years of broad experience, Mr. Kaseff has successfully completed and managed commercial real estate transactions both nationally and internationally, including assignments in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. Prior to founding Titan, Mr. Kaseff was a Managing Director of Insignia Financial Group (NYSE:IFS), responsible for identifying, structuring and overseeing joint venture investment opportunities in the Western United States and Asia. Mr. Kaseff has also held senior positions at Greenwich Group International and Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company. He earned his master's degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Kaseff is a guest lecturer for the University of Southern California's Real Estate Program.


Cindy KentCindy Kent

President and General Manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division

Cindy Kent is a health care veteran with 20-plus years in the industry. She is currently the president and general manager for the drug delivery systems division of 3M's $30 billion diversified technology company known worldwide for its innovation. Cindy is a member of the company's executive leadership conference and sits on the health care business group's senior leadership team. Prior to joining 3M in October 2013, Cindy was the vice president and general manager of the gastro/urology therapies business unit and chaired the Global Women's Leadership Network for Medtronic. She is a 2007 German Marshall Fellow. Cindy sits on the Metropolitan Economic Development Association's (MEDA) Board of Directors and until recently was the fund development chair. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, The Links, and the Executive Leadership Council. Cindy holds an MBA in marketing as well as a master of divinity, both from Vanderbilt University. In addition, she has a BS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and is an ordained minister. Cindy is a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Dave KloeppelDavid C. Kloeppel

Founder, Domus Hospitality LLC

David is a founder of Domus Hospitality LLC, an investment vehicle focused on innovation in hospitality, travel and tourism. He is the former President and Chief Operating Office for Gaylord Entertainment Company until they sold the management business and restructured into a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). He joined Gaylord in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and was a driving force behind the financial turnaround of Gaylord. In 2009, he served as President and CFO and in June 2009, he became the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for all sales, marketing and operations for Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. Before joining the Company, Kloeppel worked as a vice president in the mergers and acquisitions department of Deutsche Bank in New York, where he was responsible for the department's activities in the lodging, leisure, and real estate sectors. Prior thereto, Kloeppel was with Bankers Trust Company as a defined contribution plan administrator. Kloeppel earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1996; he was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2003. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1991, where he majored in economics. Kloeppel serves on the board of trustees of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the University School of Nashville. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. From 2005 - 2008, Kloeppel served on the board of directors of FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc.(NYSE: FCH), where he was a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.


Gordon KnappGordon Knapp

Chief Executive Officer and President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.;
Vice President and Senior Officer, Bridgestone Corporation


Gordon Knapp assumed his role as Chief Executive Officer and President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in September 2016. In addition, he serves as Vice President and Senior Officer of Bridgestone Corporation, and is a member of the Board of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. As CEO, Knapp will focus on accelerating BSAM’s growth and helping to achieve the vision of becoming a truly global company, and will be responsible for the tire business units, marketing, the chief administrative office, human resources, legal, quality and product development at the Americas Technical Center. Most recently, Knapp served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BSAM. As COO, he played a key role in helping to oversee human resource alignments, operations strategy and policies, and worked to foster employee alignment with corporate goals. Under Knapp’s leadership, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has strengthened its focus on delivering value to consumers through innovation and achieving operational excellence. Knapp brings invaluable experience, including a strong global mindset built by living and working internationally throughout his career. Knapp joined the company in 2013 as President, Consumer Tire, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations North America. He previously served as President of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Family Care North Atlantic, Consumer Tissue Division, as well as President and Vice President of North America Consumer Brands at Pfizer, Inc., where he gained experience in leading operations for iconic brands such as Kleenex, Viva, Listerine and Schick. Outside of his work with Bridgestone, Knapp serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Knapp received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trent University, and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and their two sons.


Virginia (Gigi) LazenbyVirginia B. (Gigi) Lazenby

Chairman and CEO, Bretagne, LLC

Virginia "Gigi" Lazenby is managing member, chief executive officer and 100 percent shareholder of Bretagne LLC, an oil and gas production company she founded in 1988. Previously, Mrs. Lazenby served as president of Transatlantic Exploration LTD. Mrs. Lazenby is the Vice Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America where she previously served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Political Action Committee as well as serving on several other IPAA committees. Mrs. Lazenby will assume the Chairmanship of the Independent Petroleum Association of America in November 2011. Mrs. Lazenby also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute and is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a post appointed by the Secretary of Energy. Mrs. Lazenby also previously served as the President of the National Stripper Well Association. She is also a member of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association. Mrs. Lazenby has testified before Congress many times on behalf of the National Stripper Well Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America and was awarded the IPAA Leadership Award in 2001. Mrs. Lazenby previously served as the President of the Owen Alumni Association at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She also previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Belle Meade Plantation, an historic property in Nashville Tenn. representing a history of agricultural and Thoroughbred breeding encompassing a full century of Southern History. Mrs. Lazenby received a B. A. in history from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in finance from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Mrs. Lazenby is a life-long resident of Nashville, Tenn. She is the daughter of the late Paul Banks, Jr., who served as president of Spur Oil Company, now a division of Murphy Oil Company, and Southern States Asphalt, a division of Marathon Ashland Petroleum, P.L.C., now Marathon Petroleum Company, LLC.


Jack LongW. Jackson Long, Jr.

Chairman and Co-Founder, PeopleAdmin, Inc.

Jack Long is Chairman and Co-Founder of PeopleAdmin, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based software business. Prior to co-founding PeopleAdmin in 2000, Jack was a co-founder of Lone Star Overnight, L.P., a regional air express transportation company. Lone Star Overnight and PeopleAdmin were both recognized as Inc. 500 companies in 1996 and 2007, respectively. Jack was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business MBA program from 1999 until 2002 in the entrepreneurship program. In 2003, he became part of the founding faculty of the Acton School of Business where he teaches various entrepreneurship courses. Jack holds a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.


Andy McCainAndy McCain

CFO, Hensley & Company

Founded in 1955, Hensley (one of the largest, privately held companies in Arizona) serves the greater Phoenix and Prescott Valley areas delivering a very diverse and first-rate portfolio of Anheuser-Busch products, imports, craft brews, spirits, specialty beverages, energy drinks, water, teas and wine. Hensley also has a Tucson operation for many of its products. Andy's responsibilities include overseeing and managing the finance; treasury; strategic planning; information technology; operations, sales and marketing functions of the company. Andy serves as Chairman of the Anheuser-Busch National Wholesaler Advisory Panel; Past Chairman, Board Member and Executive Committee member of The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Board member of Fiesta Bowl; Co-chair Hensley Employee Foundation; and Patrons Committee member of United Methodist Outreach Ministries' New Day Centers. Andy received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, 1984, and a Masters in Business Administration, 1986, both from Vanderbilt University. He has lived in Phoenix since 1996 and is married with two children.


Chris MondzelewskiChris Mondzelewski

General Manager, Naturals, Mars Petcare North America

Chris Mondzelewski is general manager of Naturals for Mars Petcare North America, headquartered in Franklin, Tenn.  He leads strategic growth and development across Naturals in the North America division of the world’s largest pet care company. Prior to his current role, Mondzelewski was vice president of marketing for Mars Petcare US. In this role he led marketing, innovation, communication and development of the core brands for the US. Mondzelewski also led the CESAR® brand globally for Mars Petcare as the Brand Strategic Lead. Prior to joining Mars Petcare in 2011, Mondzelewski was senior business director at Kraft Foods where he led businesses in North America and China. Before his business career Mondzelewski was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mondzelewski received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mondzelewski resides in the Nashville area with his wife, four young children and their husky mix, Minnie Pearl.


William M. MoungerWilliam M. Mounger

Chief Executive Officer, TriStar Technologies

William M. (Billy) Mounger II currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Technologies, LLC and a member of Votum Capital, LLC, both business development companies. In addition, he is President of Telos Foundation, Inc., which assists various nonprofit groups with both financial and advisory support. He was formerly Chairman of TeleCorp PCS, Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tritel, Inc. and President of Mercury Communications Company. Mr. Mounger served as Chairman of the Cellular One Advisory Council and on the Board of the Personal Communication Industry Association. He was named one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Businessmen" in Mississippi in 1995 by the Mississippi Business Journal and was named the Ernst and Young "2000 Entrepreneur of the Year" for Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Mounger graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and later received a Master of Arts degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.


Eric NollEric W. Noll

President and Chief Executive Officer, ConvergEx Group

Eric W. Noll is President and Chief Executive Officer of ConvergEx Group. Prior to joining ConvergEx, Mr. Noll served as Executive Vice President, Transaction Services, NASDAQ OMX, Inc. in the U.S. and U.K where he was responsible for all US/UK equity, options and futures exchanges – NASDAQ, NOM, PHLX, PSX, BX, BX Options, NFX and NLX from 2009-2013. In this role, he helped manage and grow all relationships with broker-dealers and investors (buy side) for equities, options and futures including technology, market structure, functionality, order types and pricing. From 1994-2009, Mr. Noll was Managing Director with Susquehanna International Group, where he managed external and exchange relationships and was responsible for strategic planning and new product development. From 1993-1994, Mr. Noll was with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where he was Assistant Vice President – Strategic Planning and New Product Development, and from 1990-1993, he was Manager, Strategic Planning at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Mr. Noll holds a Series 7, 63 and 24. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, with a finance concentration. He received his A.B. from Franklin and Marshall College, with a double major in government and economics. Mr. Noll is a member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors, Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.


William OehmigWilliam C. "Billy" Oehmig

Founder and Managing Partner, Kestrel Capital, LLC.

Billy began his career at Texas Commerce Bank in International Lending.  He left banking to represent foreign investors acquiring and managing middle market companies in the United States in the oilfield service, manufacturing, distribution, heavy equipment and real estate industries.  In 1984, Billy became a partner at Sterling Group in Houston, Texas.  During his thirty plus years at Sterling, Sterling and its portfolio companies made over 140 acquisitions totaling over $8 Billion. He currently serves on the board of North American Energy Partners (NOA) and chairs their Risk Committee.  Billy previously served as Chairman of the Board of NOA, Royster-Clark, Sterling Diagnostic Imagining, Purina Mills and Exopack and as a Director of Airtron, Inc., Reeves Carlberg, Panolam Industries and Propex.   Billy also served on the Board, and as Chairman of the Board of the Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He presently serves on the Board of Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, and the Board of Visitors at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. Billy is the quintessential investor and executive with investment partnerships in commercial real estate, agriculture, oil and gas, banking, and a variety of private equity partnerships.  At Kestrel, Billy provides advisory services for both buy and sell side transactions, provides debt placement services for senior and mezzanine debt, and acts as a principal in private equity transactions. He received his B.B.A in economics from Transylvania University and a M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. 


Doug ParkW. Douglas Parker

Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines

Doug Parker is Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines Group and its principal subsidiary company, American Airlines. He became CEO following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013.  Previously, he was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Prior to the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of America West. He became the CEO just 10 days before September 11, 2001 and led the carrier through the crisis.Under his leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth and operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. He has been one of the most vocal proponents of airlines industry consolidation, which has provided a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities and stockholders. His experience prior to joining America West includes four years at Northwest Airlines as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer and VP of Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to joining Northwest, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1986. He serves on the board of directors for Valley of the Sun United Way and is a member of the Board of Visitor at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.


James PowersJames M. Powers

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Calibrus Call Center Services, LLC

Calibrus is an onshore Customer Management Contact Center BPO provider specializing in customer management solutions and back office support.  James is an entrepreneur and business operator; founding, growing and ultimately selling several successful companies in a variety of industries including technology and healthcare. He has been the CEO of both publicly traded and private companies and most recently he served as Chariman, President & CEO of iLinc Communications, Inc (web/video collaboration software) until he sold iLinc to Broadsoft, Inc. in late 2011. Prior to starting iLinc, he was the co-founder, Chairman and President of Clearidge, Inc., a Nashville, TN based bottled water company that he led through 16 acquisitions to become one of the largest independent bottlers in the southeast and then sold it to Suntory. Powers was the co-founder and President of Barnhill's Buffet, a restaurant chain started in Memphis, TN, which he helped grow to more than 3,000 employees with restaurants throughout the southeast before selling it in 2004. In addition, he founded Liberty Dental Alliance in Nashville, TN, where he served as Chairman, President and CEO. In 1998, Liberty merged with publicly-traded Pentegra Dental Group and he re-located to Phoenix, AZ to serve as Chairman, President & CEO.Powers serves on numerous philanthropic and corporate boards and currently is the Vice-Chairman of the Arizona Technology Council. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, a BS from the University of Memphis and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center.


Neil RamseyNeil P. Ramsey

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ramsey Quantitative Systems, Inc.

Neil P. Ramsey is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ramsey Quantitative Systems, Inc. (RQSI), a Louisville, Kentucky-based private investment firm. Mr. Ramsey is primarily responsible for the leadership of quantitative strategies development and providing strategic direction for RQSI. Prior to forming RQSI, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with both domestic and foreign multi-nationals in developing corporate strategies. Mr. Ramsey graduated from Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude, with a BE in Engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.


Clay RichardsClay Richards

Chief Executive Officer, naviHealth, A Cardinal Health Company

Clay Richards, CEO of naviHealth, Inc., joined naviHealth upon its founding in January 2012.  As CEO of naviHealth, Mr. Richards is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of the organization.  Since 2012, naviHealth has experienced phenomenal growth under Mr. Richards’ leadership.  Starting with a modest 28 colleagues, naviHealth has grown to over 850 colleagues nationwide with operations in 25 states. naviHealth offers the industry’s most comprehensive, flexible and proven approach to post acute management.  While leveraging a suite of solutions to deliver personalized programming for every customer, and through our leading expertise in people, technology and process, we consistently improve clinical results while lowering health care costs.   
Prior to joining naviHealth, Mr. Richards served as Senior Vice President at Healthways, Inc., where he was responsible for the leadership and growth of the company's Health Plan Market, including delivery of services to over 60 health plans.  While at Healthways, he also served as the company's General Counsel.  Mr. Richards received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Richards has a passion for community service and is Chairman of the Board of Martha O’Bryan Center, which empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.  He was recently elected to the Board of Nashville Healthcare Council, an association of health care industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital.  Mr. Richards also serves on the Board of Oak Hill School in Nashville, a coeducational, nondenominational, independent school serving approximately 500 students in PreK through sixth grade.


Sean RogersSean Rogers

Managing Director and Global Head of Communications Technologies, Investment Banking at Citigroup

Sean Rogers is a Managing Director and Global Head of Communications Technologies Investment Banking at Citigroup. He has extensive transaction experience advising firms on both capital formation and mergers and acquisitions. Some of the clients Sean has worked with in the recent past include: Amphenol, Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Belden, Brocade, Ceragon, Cisco, Commscope, Comtech, Corning, Ericsson, Genesys, Harris, HP, Logica, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and TE Connectivity. Sean began his investment banking career in 1995 at Chemical Bank and joined Salomon Brothers' (Citigroup) Energy Investment Banking team in 1997. He moved into Technology Investment Banking in 2000, working with venture capital firms on portfolio consolidation and with a number of data networking, optical components and optical systems companies. After spending 8 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he returned to Citi with his team in the fall of 2012. He holds MBA and bachelor's degrees from Vanderbilt University.


Sam SamadSam A. Samad

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Illumina

Sam Samad joined Illumina in 2017 and holds the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the company’s finance, accounting, investor relations, internal audit, and treasury functions. Before joining Illumina, Samad held several senior leadership positions at Cardinal Health including Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer, with leadership responsibility for Cardinal Health’s China business. He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the pharmaceutical segment, and Vice President, Healthcare Supply Chain Services. He also previously held finance roles at Eli Lilly and Pepsico Inc. Samad holds a BBA degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and an MBA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.


Ronald G. Smith, Regions BankRonald G. Smith

President, Mid-America Region, Regions Bank

Ronnie Smith joined Regions in 1981 and oversees banking operations in the Mid-America region which includes Middle and West Tennessee, Texas, North Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa. Smith is also a member of the company’s Operating Committee. Regions is a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $122 billion in assets, operating over 1,600 banking offices in 16 states. Smith began his banking career at Regions as a management trainee. During his career, he worked as a credit analyst and a relationship manager. He also held leadership roles, including corporate division manager, city president, area president for Mississippi/North Louisiana and regional president of the Southwest region prior to assuming his current role in 2012. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from Mississippi College, and graduated from The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University as well as the KPMG Commercial Banking Institute. He serves on the boards of Tennessee Bankers Association, Regions Foundation of Tennessee, Woodward-Hines Foundation, Mississippi Valley Title, and Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Mark TillingerMark A. Tillinger

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Vice President/ The Riedel & Cody Fund, Founder and President

Mark is Vice President, Transforming Client Relationships, at Cognizant Technology Solutions.  In this role, Mark is responsible for elevating the firm's role in helping companies transform their businesses. Prior to joining Cognizant, Mark had a 28 year career at Accenture, 18 of which as a partner.  While at Accenture, Mark was responsible for some of the firm's largest client relationships, as well as holding several North American and global leadership positions. Mark is also the Founder and President of The Riedel & Cody Fund, a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization.  The Riedel & Cody Fund focuses on many aspects of companion animal cancer, including treatment funding and support.  Mark received his BA, Economics from Vanderbilt in 1981, and his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 1982.  He has served on Owen's Alumni Board and is currently on the school's Board of Visitors.  Mark lives in Connecticut with his wife, Theresa.  


John UnderwoodJohn Underwood

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

John has over 20 years of investment experience. He advises a select number of senior executives, family offices, foundations and endowments. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, John was a high yield fixed income analyst covering multiple sectors. He is a National Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America (Pacific Region) and a Trustee of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, the Board of Trustees at Marquette University and the Advisory Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (Greater Bay Area). Formerly, he was a founding member of the Global Institute of Sustainability Board of Trustees, the United States Lacrosse Foundation, Larkin Street Youth Services and the Squaw Valley Corporation. John is a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco. He received an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Marquette University.


WalkerGeoffrey Walker

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Technology Officer,
Mattel, Inc.

As Mattel’s Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Geoff Walker is responsible for driving growth and innovation across the company’s iconic portfolio of global consumer brands. By investing in and adopting advanced technology platforms, data analytics and new business models, Geoff and his teams are relentlessly focused on changing and improving the way children learn, play and develop. In his role as Mattel’s senior technology visionary, Geoff has oversight for the company’s smart technology platforms, nabi and Sproutling, and is responsible for the company’s advanced concepts and e-commerce teams. Throughout his career, Geoff has helped build impactful learning and play experiences, inspired by brands the world loves. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mattel’s multi-billion dollar Fisher-Price division, with oversight for worldwide strategy, product innovation, production, marketing, and global distribution for a portfolio of beloved brands including Bob the Builder, Imaginext, Little People, Power Wheels and Thomas & Friends. He was also responsible for partnerships with many of the world’s top entertainment companies to develop toys for animated series such as Dora and Friends and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Previously, Geoff served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mattel’s European business, based in the U.K. and managing 10 offices across Western Europe. He co-led a cross-functional division of 500 employees focused on building strong brand franchises and transforming core business strategies to accelerate growth. Earlier in his career, Geoff held a variety of brand management positions with Mattel, managing brands like Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Scrabble and UNO, and working with licensors including Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros. Geoff earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California, and an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University.