Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is a group of Owen’s most committed alumni. Board members serve the community through promotion of, and support for the school’s strategic priorities and initiatives. Their role is to both strengthen connections within the Alumni community at-large, and to partner with Owen in ensuring the school’s long-term growth and success.

Emily Baker TobinA Letter from Emily Baker Tobin, BA 1987 / MBA 1992
Chair, Owen Alumni Board

Dear Alumni and friends of Owen,

The Owen Alumni Board is dedicated to giving back to our amazing community of students, faculty, administrators and fellow alumni.  We assist with the strategic direction of the school during our biannual meetings and are constantly engaged in recruiting new students, assisting current and former students with career direction and placement, participating in Owen classrooms and conferences, and maintaining connections with other alumni.  To every person associated with our school: remember that your membership in the Owen family is for life.  We encourage you to reach out to us for help, information and advice when you need it. We are here to support you!

Best Wishes,

Emily Baker Tobin (Chair)
Vanderbilt BA 1987 / MBA 1992
Managing Director, Epoch Investment Partners (retired)

Emily was a Managing Director at Epoch Investment Partners where she was the lead portfolio manager for their International Small Cap equity strategy and a key member of their global investment team. Prior to joining Epoch, Emily served as a Partner and Senior Analyst with Artisan Partners where she was a member of the EAFE portfolio team. Before Artisan, Emily held the role of Partner and Managing Director at Chilton Investment Company where she managed European equities. Prior to Chilton, Emily worked as an European equity analyst at BEA/Credit Suisse Asset Management. Emily holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Emily had also served for 10 years on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Nature Conservancy.

Dru AndersonDru Anderson

Vanderbilt BA 1980/EMBA 1989
Senior VP and Principal, Corporate Communications

Dru Anderson is Senior Vice President and Principal at Corporate Communications, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the oldest and largest independent investor relations firms in the country.  Since its founding in 1975, Corporate Communications has worked with over 500 public companies to help them effectively communicate with the financial community, investors, analysts, Board of Directors, customers and other constituents.  Previously, Dru worked for J.C. Bradford & Co., a regional investment firm acquired by UBS Paine Webber. Dru has been an active community volunteer serving as a member of the boards of Hands on Nashville, a non-profit volunteer organization, the Boulevard Bolt, a race to benefit Nashville’s homeless, and the vestry and executive committee of St. George’s Episcopal Church.  She holds a BA in Economics and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Andrew BogleAndrew Bogle

Vanderbilt MBA 2004
Managing Director, Reva Capital

Andrew Bogle is currently the Managing director at Reva Capital, a boutique investment bank in New York City. Before Reva Capital, Andrew was the Chapter Director for the New York chapter for Kierestu forum - and investment community organized around private equity funding for mutual benefit. Prior to this role, Mr. Bogle worked at Gerstein Fisher as a member of the client advisory team with a focus on institutional business development, primarily working with corporations, non-profits, foundations and endowments. Previously, he worked at the Robin Hood Foundation from 2006-2010 where his primary role was to analyze hedge fund performance of Robin Hood donors. Before joining Robin Hood, Mr. Bogle was an Associate in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley from 2004-2006. During his tenure he traded options and equities for clients and evaluated alternative investments and equity strategies. Prior to that, he was an Account Executive at Telemet America, a provider of financial information whose client base was predominantly buy side institutions. Mr. Bogle serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kent School, where he is a member of the Investment and Finance Committees. He served as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Connecticut College in 2004. He received a B.A. in economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. in finance from Vanderbilt University in 2004.

Sapna BozeSapna Boze

Vanderbilt MBA 2010
Board Co-Chair, Gateway Public Schools

Sapna Boze is the Board Co-Chair of Gateway Public Schools, a chartered school system that provides a college preparatory education to a diverse group of middle school and high school students in San Francisco.  She is fulfilling her passion to help provide exceptional education and nurturing environments to students with diverse backgrounds and needs.  Sapna also helps with event planning and fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, and in the past served on the Advisory Board for KIPP Bay Area and the Council for the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  Prior to focusing full time on the nonprofit sector, Sapna was in Corporate Finance at Autodesk, and prior to that at Cisco Systems.  Sapna earned her B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis and her MBA in finance and strategy from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.  She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, Brandon (Vanderbilt B.E. ’02), and their three daughters.

Tripper BriggsTripper Briggs

Vanderbilt MBA 2006
Vice President, Strategic Business Development – Strategic Initiatives, HD Supply
Tripper Briggs is Vice President, Strategic Business Development – Strategic Initiatives, at HD Supply, one of the largest Industrial Distributors in North America.  He joined in Nov. ’13 and is responsible for developing the company’s Strategic Corporate Initiatives by providing thought leadership and analytical support for the executive team.  He leads projects across the key Business Units to drive improvements in Sales Growth, Margin Expansion, Cost Reduction, and Cash Improvement in order to enhance the customer and associate experience and to deliver increased value to shareholders. Prior to HD Supply, Tripper worked for 7 Years at The Home Depot, where he entered as an associate in the Business Leadership Program after graduating business school.  In his last role he served as Associate Install Merchant in the Décor Department, managing a national network of Service Providers installing blinds, shutters, and custom closets for Home Depot customers.   Before business school Tripper worked as an Analyst at the Nasdaq Stock market in New York and as a Research Associate at Economists Incorporated in Washington, DC.  Tripper earned a B.A. from Duke University in ’97 and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management in ’06.  He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Keely.

Bob CampeauBob Campeau

Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Co-Founder and Managing Member, Irish Twins Enterprises

Bob is co-founder and Managing Member of a boutique development firm specializing in the bridal industry. He oversees the development of concepts and serves as the financial manager and expansion specialist for the stores, which are currently located in the Western United States. He also works as an independent consultant within the restructuring and turnaround space. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Bob accumulated over a decade of experience in the restructuring and turnaround sector, leading multiple projects in the automotive industry, consulting on mergers and acquisitions in the metals industry, and bankruptcy accounting in the airline industry.  Bob also spent 8 years with International Paper in Memphis, TN. During his tenure there, he held a variety of roles in strategy, finance, and process redesign. Bob earned his B.A. in Finance from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and his Executive MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 2005. He resides with his wife, Wendy, and son, Case, in Oakland, CA.  In his spare time and enjoys coaching and supporting his son's athletic pursuits..

Mary CohronMary Cohron

Vanderbilt EMBA 1988
Managing Partner, Mary Cohron & Associates

Mary Cohron is the Managing Partner of Mary Cohron & Associates, a business management consultancy.  She served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Citizens First Bank and Citizens First Corporation (NASDAQ: CZFC) from June 1998 to April 2009.  She also served on the Board of Directors of Trans Financial Bank and Trans Financial Inc. (NASDQ: TRIFI) from 1979 to 1998. Her extensive community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Bowling Green City Schools, the Kentucky School Boards Association, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, the WKU Foundation and the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority.  Mary received her Executive MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1988.  She resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Cotter-Cunningham-125x125Cotter Cunningham

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
Chief Executive Officer, RetailMeNot

Cotter Cunningham is the founder, president and CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc., the world's largest online coupon and deals marketplace. Founded in 2009, RetailMeNot, Inc. has 370 employees with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands. In 2012, the company facilitated an estimated $2.4 billion in merchant sales. RetailMeNot's portfolio includes and – the largest online coupon sites in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. The company has raised approximately $300 million from investors including Austin Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Adams Street Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, JP Morgan and Google Ventures. In July 2013, RetailMeNot went public and is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol, "SALE." Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the COO of Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) for seven years, taking the company public and growing its revenues eight-fold. Cotter also was an executive with interactive agency VML and H&R Block, where he worked primarily with its CompuServe subsidiary. He wrote the book Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, Texas. 

Paul Eidbo

Paul H. Eidbo

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
President, Motor On Ventures LLC

Paul is the founder and president of Motor On Ventures, an Atlanta company that develops, owns and operates automotive service and repair facilities under the Motor On and Castrol Premium Lube Express brands.  He started the company in 2004 and has since grown the business to include locations throughout Metro Atlanta.  Paul graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in history, and earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University.  Paul and his wife, Kathleen, live in Buckhead with their three sons, Will, Thomas, and John.

Dave FiceliDave Ficeli

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, CeLLar D Wines
David is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CeLLar D Wines, the Napa, California based family wine company behind the Año Verde and C. Elizabeth brands. The focus of CeLLar D Wines is to develop distinct wines from premium varieties and vineyards. Dave has held several senior corporate and entrepreneurial roles within the wine industry, including executive levels, general management, strategy, sales and brand management.  Dave has almost 15 years of experience in the wine industry and 10 years running his own companies.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Dave went on to complete a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. From Vanderbilt, Dave went on to E&J Gallo Winery and later Beringer Blass Wine Estates/Fosters where he held various marketing and strategy roles.  Realizing the “learning curve” in the corporate world was flattening out, he branched out on his own and became a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of boutique brand and marketing firm m2c Partners and the consulting firm BASIS Strategy Group.  Dave combined his corporate and entrepreneurial experience to launch PL360 Beverage Partners, a wine company that created, produced and sold wine brands to large chain store customers, as well as LCF Wines which is a sales & marketing company representing family wine brands.
Dave is an active supporter of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association.  He also serves on several wine and business advisory boards.  An advocate for life-long learning, he is currently working towards his enology and viticulture degree.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports and can be found coaching his son’s lacrosse team.  Dave lives in Napa, California with his wife Christi, son Luke, and daughter Lucy.

Bob FrutcheyRobert Frutchey, CPA

Vanderbilt MBA 1995
CFO, Cowan Benefit Services, Inc.
Since graduating from Owen in 1995, Bob has worked with several fast growing startup companies in the Nashville community in the industries of healthcare and insurance.  In his current role as CFO for Cowan Benefit Services, Bob recently helped secure a deal between Cowan and Hub International, ranked a top ten insurance agency in the world.  Prior experiences include careers with Asurion, MedSolutions, and KPMG where he became a certified public accountant.  Bob received his BSBA from the University of Florida and when not working, Bob helps coach his children’s soccer teams and is involved in training for triathlons when his body cooperates.

Aaron Fung

Aaron Fung

Vanderbilt MBA 2012
Solutions Consultant, LinkedIn

Aaron Fung is a Solutions Consultant at LinkedIn where he advises high growth companies on talent strategy and branding. He previously spent four years in management consulting roles at Deloitte and Slalom Consulting, focusing on projects across the employee lifecycle, ranging from Talent Acquisition Strategy and Recruiting Operations to Onboarding and Leadership/Talent Development. Prior to consulting, he spent eight years in banking (Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and Ameriprise Financial) and non-profit organizations (Ascend).  
He received his BA in International Business from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2004 and his MBA in Human and Organizational Performance, Strategy and Finance from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2012. In his spare time, Aaron runs a travel blog called Go See the World ( and plays competitive tennis and badminton. Aaron lives in his hometown of San Francisco, CA with his wife Caitlin and their three-legged dog, Abbott.

Joe GordonJoe Gordon

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
CEO, Utiliflex LLC

Joe Gordon is co-founder and CEO of Utiliflex, a provider of consumer-oriented prepayment services for the utility industry. Utiliflex currently operates in 15 countries across four continents. Joe has over 15 years’ experience in the energy industry with a deep understanding of both wholesale and retail electric and natural gas markets. Prior to founding Utiliflex, he worked in business development roles for Enron Capital & Trade and Cinergy Marketing & Trading in Houston. Joe received his BS from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and his MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Joe and his wife Shannon live in Chattanooga, TN with their two sons.

Ted Griffith

Ted Griffith

Vanderbilt BS 2008/MSF 2009
Principal, Old Ivy Capital Partners

Ted Griffith is a Principal at Old Ivy Capital Partners, a private equity and merchant banking firm working with family offices and high net worth individuals. His experience includes financial modeling, operations analysis, due diligence, and business development. Ted actively volunteers in the community and is currently board treasurer for the Atlanta Families Awards for Excellence in Education, the co-chair of Hedge Funds Care | Help For Children Southeast, chair of the PDC Cup tournament, which raises money for A+ Squash, and the president of the Lawrenceville Club of Atlanta. Ted received a B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

James HareJames Hare

Vanderbilt EMBA 2006
Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Asset Management and Pinnacle Financial Partners
James Hare is a Senior Vice President with Pinnacle Asset Management and Pinnacle Financial Partners in Nashville, TN. James has 18 years’ experience working with wealth management clients.  He manages discretionary investment portfolios for a small number of high-net-worth families in the Nashville area. Previously, he worked as a Senior Vice President of Investments for Bank of America and a Vice President for Morgan Keegan & Co.  He has twice been named a Top 50 Advisor by Bank Investment Consultant Magazine (2012, 2014). He was also named one of the Top NextGen IBD Advisors under 40 by REP. Magazine and (2014). Mr. Hare earned a BA in Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Roxana and three daughters, Evelyn, Lillian, and Camilla James.

Kathy Harris

Vanderbilt MBA 1985
Senior Vice-President of Corporate Development, Sharecare Inc.

Eric Van HeystEric Van Heyst

Vanderbilt MBA 1980
Insurance Program Manager, Safehold Special Risk, Inc.
Eric currently serves as Trade Credit and Political Risk Insurance Manager for Safehold Special Risk, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank), where he manages one of the largest insured trade credit and political risk portfolios in the country, covering exposures to financial institutions in about forty different counties – mostly in emerging markets (India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Brazil,  Argentina, Guatemala, Panama, Egypt, Morocco, etc.) with notional insured trade transaction volume in the neighborhood of $4.0 billion per year – generating gross premium of about $25 million to the insurance market.  In this roll he helps to shape the strategy and structure of the program from the “ground-up” including documentation, underwriting guidelines, systems and staffing.  Previously he served as Vice-President and Senior Credit Officer for QBE North America’s Trade Credit and Surety practice.  Prior to joining QBE, Eric served as Managing Director at XL Capital Assurance.   Eric and his wife Darby have two children Victoria who recently graduated from Rhodes College and Warren who graduated from Emory University and is currently an investment banker with Credit Suisse in New York.  Eric also serves as a trustee of his residential association, and during his free time you can find him playing golf, tennis, hiking or reading historical non-fiction books.  Eric received his BA from the College of Wooster, where he was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt University in 1980. 


Brad Jewett 

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
CFO, BMC Software MSM Division

Brad is a Vice President of Finance at BMC Software and currently leading company-wide efforts to move the company from a Public setting to a Private setting. Previously Brad held a Division CFO role where he managed approx. 65% of BMC's Operating Profit and Cash Flow for the multi-billion dollar software company with global operations. His efforts have been influential during the strategic due diligence process and decision to move to a private setting while managing profitability to a record 60%+ operating margins and growing the top line through organic market based strategies and inorganic M&A efforts. Brad has also led the Enterprise Risk Management efforts for Microsoft and its Board of Directors prior to joining BMC in a similar leadership capacity. In recognition of his efforts and innovation in the emerging discipline of Enterprise Risk Management, Brad was recognized as one the Top 100 Finance professionals in 2008. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brad honed his finance and strategy skills while consulting for Global 2000 clients such as HP / Compaq and Valero / Diamond Shamrock during their merger integration efforts and Cisco Systems, Delta Air Lines, Sara Lee Corp. and many other well know brand name companies in various strategic and financial engagements. Outside of his professional pursuits Brad spends the majority of his time with his wife Brenda and their four children Jacob (15), Clark (13), Lela (9), and Ava (7). Jewett holds an MBA from Vanderbilt Business School and a BBA from The University of Texas Austin.

Erika Bogar King Erika Bogar King

 Vanderbilt MBA 1999
 Senior VP Human Resources North America, Avanade

 Erika has twenty years of industry and consulting experience in human resources,  change, merger integration, talent management, and compensation. Erika joined Deloitte after attending Owen, and most recently led Performance Management, focusing on providing best practices, standards and tools, performance programs and effectiveness measures to all Deloitte U.S. firms, including Audit, Tax, Financial Advisory and Consulting. Over the prior five years, Erika was the Lead Talent Director for Deloitte Consulting LLP, a $4 billion management consultancy with over 15,000 practitioners in the U.S., Mexico and India. Prior to joining Deloitte's internal Talent organization, Erika was a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital practice. Erika earned a BBA in International Business from James Madison University and a MBA in Human Resources and Organization Management from Owen. Erika is Board Member for Quality Care for Children, a non-profit focused on early care and education for Georgia's children. Erika, her husband Rogers (MBA '99), and her two sons reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chandra KumbarChandra Kumbar

Vanderbilt EMBA 2010
President, The Heart Group


Dale LeoDale Leo 

Vanderbilt MBA 2005
Portfolio Manager, Sagebrush Investment Partnership 

Dale Leo is the founder and portfolio manager of the Sagebrush Investment Partnership, L.P. ("the Sagebrush Fund"). Founded in 2005, the Sagebrush Fund is an equity value fund founded on the investment tenets of Benjamin Graham. Since inception, the Sagebrush Fund has generated average annual returns in excess of +14.0%, net to its investors. A sixteen year veteran of the hedge fund industry, Mr. Leo began his career in 1997 in New York City as a securities analyst and as an equity and options trader. Mr. Leo earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University ('97) and earned an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University ('05) as a full scholarship recipient. In '10, Mr. Leo and, fellow managing partner, Mr. Wesley Murry jointly endowed the "Sagebrush Scholarship" at the Owen Graduate School of Management. A CFA charter holder since 2000, Mr. Leo serves on the investment committee at wealth advisory firm, MCF Advisors, Cincinnati, OH with assets under management of US$1B. Mr. Leo resides in Lexington, KY and is an active committee member for the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center for children with hearing, speech, and language impediments.

Janet McCormickJanet Kim McCormick, CFA

Vanderbilt MBA 1988
Vice President, Global Asset Allocation, Fidelity Investments
Janet is VP, Investment Research and Development, Global Asset Allocation of Fidelity Investments in Boston.  She leads and directs research projects to enhance, extend and transform the investment management capabilities and solutions in Global Asset Allocation.  Janet’s 26-year career at Fidelity spanned from Research Analyst, Director of Research, Portfolio Manager and Research Strategist. 
Janet earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and her master of business administration degree in finance from Vanderbilt University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder as well as a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Janet is also a proud parent of Molly at Vanderbilt University and Connor at Middlebury College.  She lives in Dover, MA with her German Shepherd Dogs.

Lisa McKinnonLisa Davidson McKinnon

Vanderbilt BA 1978/ MBA 1987
Senior VP and Sr. Credit Officer, TD Bank, RMA-Risk Management Association

Lisa presently serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer for TD Bank.  She is responsible for the New England and Carolinas Institutional Healthcare portfolios, including approving credit exposures to hospitals, long-term care providers, and large physician practices while maintaining portfolio metrics within policy and guideline standards and serving as a corporate subject matter expert.  In her previous responsibilities at TD, Lisa was responsible for the bank’s Not for Profit, Education and Healthcare portfolio managed in Massachusetts. Prior to joining TD Bank, Lisa’s career spanned over 25 years of diverse commercial lending and credit experience, including responsibility for the corporate-wide healthcare initiatives at three institutions:  First American National Bank (now RegionsBank); Michigan National Bank (now Bank of America); and Citizens Bank (now FirstMerit). Lisa is also a member of the RMA (Risk Management Association) national faculty, currently teaching RMA’s Lending to Medical and Dental Practices and Lending to the Long-Term Care Industry courses.  She was an original steering committee member and is a prior chairman of RMA's annual Health Care Conference (now the Health Care Lending Forum).  Lisa co-authorized an award-winning series of articles on “Lending to Dental Professionals” for the RMA Journal. Lisa graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management.  Lisa is an alumna of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.  She and her husband, Hugh, a tax attorney for Raytheon Corporation, presently live in the Boston area.

Heiki Miki Heiki Miki

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Executive Officer & General Manager, Overseas Business at Shinagawa Refractories

After 30 years of experiences in global steel industry with various managerial responsibilities, Heiki is now Executive Officer and General Manager - Overseas Business at Shinagawa Refractories, one of the high quality refractories suppliers in the world, serving global steel industry since April 2014. He also serves as a board member at Shinagawa Advanced Materials Americas, Shinagawa’s 100% subsidiary in the US, located in Magadore OH. Until March 2014, Heiki served as General Manager - Sheets and Strips Products Export at HQ of JFE Steel Corporation, where he was responsible for almost 15% of total sales volume of the company. From 2010 to 2013, he served as General Manager of JFE Steel America's Houston Office, where he was responsible for marketing and strategic planning of JFE's tubular products serving oil & gas industries in the Americas. Prior to his position at JFE Steel Corporation, he worked as General Manager - Marketing and Planning at National Steel Corporation in Mishawaka IN, followed by a position as Vice President - Marketing at JFE Steel America Inc., in New York NY. He holds MBA in Marketing from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, and BA in Psychology from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Heiki splits his time in Tokyo Japan and Darien CT, where he lives with his wife Nobuko and a four legged daughter, Princess Fiona. He has two sons; Heita lives in New York NY and Taiki lives in Dallas TX.  

John Morrison John Morrison

Vanderbilt BA 1989/MBA 1993
Portfolio Integration Director, Brown-Forman Corporation

John is currently the Portfolio Integration Director for wine and spirits brands at Brown-Forman, which is one of the largest American-owned Spirits and Wine companies and sells its brands in more than 160 countries.  In his current role, John is responsible for the integration of programs between the sales and marketing teams throughout the North American Region.  John has nearly 20 years’ experience at Brown-Forman, starting in Finance, then an associate brand manager, multiple regional marketing roles, a territory sales manager position and roles on the Jack Daniel’s Marketing Team.  After graduating Vanderbilt, John worked as an assistant golf professional at Hermitage Golf Course before enrolling at Owen.  John spent two plus years at Brown & Williamson Tobacco before joining Brown-Forman.  John resides in Prospect, KY, with his wife Beth and daughters Rachel and Hannah. 

Matt PetersonMatthew Peterson

Vanderbilt MBA 1994
CEO Ancillary and Individual and Chief Administrative Officer UnitedHealthcare Commercial

Matt Peterson is the CEO of Ancillary and Individual and the Chief Administrative Officer of UnitedHealthcare Commercial segment, the largest segment of UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 6 company.  11K employees work in the Commercial platform of UnitedHealthcare.  Mr. Peterson is responsible for overseeing Individual, Dental, Vision, Life, Financial Protection, UMR and All Savers lines of business – overall, a $6 billion platform.  In addition, he operates the functions of Training and Development, Sales Incentives, Real Estate and Corporate Social Responsibility.  Earlier in his tenure with United, he held positions in Specialized Care Services (n/k/a Optum Health) and Human Capital.  He originally joined the organization as a Director of Corporate Development at UnitedHealth Group specializing in mergers and acquisitions and integration; participating in more than 50 transactions valued at $30B+. He is also the President of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, a 501c(3) public charity dedicated to advancing health care to underprivileged children in the United States.  He is a Trustee of The Blake School of Minnesota.
Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 1999, Mr. Peterson was a Manager of the mergers and acquisitions practice at Arthur Andersen.  Prior to this, he worked for the pharmaceutical benefits management firm, ValueRx, as well as spent several years in Eastern Europe privatizing enterprises in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Benton ReichenauBenton D. Reichenau

Vanderbilt MBA 1997
Head of Product Services for Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Investment Management and Trust; US Bank

Benton (Ben) Reichenau leads the Private Client Group (PCG) Strategy for US Bank.  PCG delivers a unified customer experience for affluent clients in both Metropolitan and Community markets. Prior to joining US Bank in 2013 as Head of Product Services for Banking, Brokerage, Insurance, Investment Management and Trust across U.S. Bank Wealth Management, Ben was a Principal/Partner at Ernst & Young (EY).

At EY, Ben was the Head of West Coast Consulting for Financial Services, which included Wealth Management and Banking. He also led the national Wealth Management practice for Investment Management and Trust Products.  

Before EY, Ben was with Wells Fargo in San Francisco where he was a Senior Vice President in the Wealth Management Group.  He led the Wealth Management Group’s Investment Management and Trust Client Solutions, which includes Investment Consulting Client Solutions, Trust Client Solutions, International Client Solutions, the Money Manager Due Diligence Group, and the Integrated Investment Initiative.  

Before joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Ben was with BearingPoint in San Francisco where he was a Partner/Managing Director working in the wealth management and credit card industries.  Ben's experience spans strategy, product development, process redesign, operations, and implementation of large scale efforts.  His clients included Wells Fargo, Visa, American Express, Citicorp, Clariden Bank, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia, and Washington Mutual.  Prior to BearingPoint, Ben worked at Merrill Lynch as a successful Financial Advisor.  

He received both his Bachelors and MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Maria Renz Maria Renz

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Vice President Delivery Experience, Amazon

Maria Renz was appointed CEO of Quidsi in July 2013. Quidsi, a subsidiary of, is one of the fastest growing e-commerce companies in the U.S. with ten unique shopping sites including, and
Before joining Quidsi, Maria served in various leadership positions at Amazon, leveraging her deep experience in e-commerce and digital marketing and helping the company scale new lines of business. Maria started at Amazon in 1999 and authored its first formal marketing plan. Most recently, she was Vice President of Physical Media & Canada where she led the company’s massive physical media categories, including books, movies, music, video games and software. She simultaneously oversaw Amazon’s entire retail business in Canada, fostering significant growth for Other previous roles at Amazon include the leadership of the consumables group and launching popular customer categories such as Beauty, Health & Personal Care and Grocery. She was also President of MYHABIT and Vice President of Jewelry & Watches, Shoes and In 2011, Maria launched, an online private sale fashion site from Amazon, offering members-only prices up to 60 percent off premium and boutique brands for women, men and children. Prior to joining Amazon, Maria worked in Brand Management at Kraft Foods, Inc. Before joining Kraft, she worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Nelson & Associates. Maria holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has spoken about leadership to students and alumni at Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Jim RodriguesJim Rodrigues

Vanderbilt MBA 2004
Vice President, JLL


Tasha RossNatasha Ross

Vanderbilt MBA 2008
Owner/Consultant, TR Consulting

Tasha Ross has twelve years of start-up, industry, and consulting experience in sales and marketing. She launched her own business, a bakery/café concept focused on gluten free and vegan foods called FiddleCakes, in 2009 where she took an interest in building a community around the FiddleCakes brand through digital marketing, events, partnerships, and press. Since then, she has built similar marketing communities for a number of start-ups. She believes in what a digital transformation can do for a company when paired with traditional strategies, and has helped companies make the transition. Tasha earned her B.A. from Scripps College and her M.B.A from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Tasha is a Board Member for the California 4-H Foundation, a University of California youth development program. Tasha lives in San Diego, California with her search and rescue canine, Lux.

Tom RyanTom Ryan

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
Co-Founder and CEO, ICR

Tom is co-founder and CEO of ICR, a strategic communications firm with offices in New York, Connecticut, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.  Since 1998, he and his senior team have built the company into one of the largest, independent consultancies in North America by marrying senior-level capital markets experience and deep sector knowledge with traditional corporate communications expertise. Throughout his career, Tom has analyzed companies from the perspective of corporate communications consultant, investment banker, and Wall Street Journal ranked sell-side analyst, and these varied perspectives have introduced a unique dimension to his counsel which is currently focused on shareholder activism, short seller defense, IPOs and secondary offerings, crises communications, and M&A communications. ICR has approximately 150 team members and currently works with more than 400 private and public companies across 25 industry sectors.  Before co-founding ICR, Tom served as a Managing Director in the equity research department of BT Alex. Brown (Deutsche Bank).  He has guest lectured at Harvard Business School and is the co-author of “Using Investor Relations to Maximize Equity Value” published by Wiley Finance in 2005.  Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chad A. Jacobs Memorial Foundation, The John Patrick Flanagan Memorial Foundation and is on the Board of Governors of Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, CT.  He received a B.A. in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA., an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and currently lives in Westport, CT with his wife Stephanie and three daughters, Lily, Sydney and Tatum.

Mike SaintMike Saint

Vanderbilt EMBA 1998
Founder, CEO and Chairman, The Saint Consulting Group 

Mike is founder of Anquiro, Inc. a Nashville-based tech start-up focused on competitive intelligence gathering and he is also the Chairman of The Saint Consulting Group, a management consulting firm he founded in 1983 in Massachusetts that focuses on land land use politics.
Since its founding, his Saint Consulting team has worked on more than 2,000 contentious land use projects in 48 US states and in four other countries. He is co-author of the book, NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use, which was published in the United States in 2007 and translated into Brazilian Portuguese in 2016. A graduate of Holy Cross College with a degree in political science, Mike earned his master’s in business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He has done additional study at the University of Chicago Business School and at the Harvard Business School.
Mike is a past board member and president of the Nashville Opera Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Management Consulting Firms in New York. He currently serves on the ULI Nashville District Council Governance Committee and as a board member at the Owen School. Mike previously served as a trustee on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Consulting and Management Inc. and was a board member of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is also an advisory board member to SEF Canada and Clean Gold Community Solutions, both of Vancouver, British Columbia.

He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Mike has been a guest lecturer at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, the Cornell Baker Program for its Real Estate Distinguished Speaker Series, the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University, the University of North Carolina, and at Hult International Business School in Cambridge, MA.
He is the author or co-author of articles published in Land Development magazine, Urban Land magazine, Shopping Center Business, the Stone, Sand and Gravel Review, REBusiness, Online and Design Intelligence magazine, and ADIT Brasil Master Planned Communities Association.
He has addressed the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference on Open-Air Centers and its ReCON Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas, the Commercial Retail Council of the Urban Land Institute, the Missouri Limestone Producers Association, the Government Affairs Committee of the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Ontario Sand, Stone & Gravel Association, the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress and Racing Forum, ADIT Brazil COMPLAN 2014 and other international, national and regional business organizations.
A lifelong entrepreneur and small business owner, he has been involved with numerous start-ups, including Today News Service, Gulf Coast Fruit Bar, The Cape Cod Business Journal, and Saint Communications. 

David StalnakerW. David Stalnaker

Vanderbilt MBA/JD 1989
President and Chief Investment Officer, Symmetry Capital Advisors, LLC.

David Stalnaker is President and Chief Investment Officer of Symmetry Capital Advisors LLC in Dallas, Texas ("Symmetry"). Symmetry is an independent registered investment advisory firm that provides wealth management services to high net worth clients. Previously, David served as President and Chief Operating Officer of another wealth management firm, was Executive Assistant to the President of Clemson University, and was a Shareholder in a Dallas law firm. David earned his MBA and JD (law degree) from Vanderbilt in 1989. He and his family reside in Dallas, Texas.

Beth TorresBeth Torres

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2011
President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee

Beth is currently President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. She has a successful background in both for-profit and not-for-profit industries. She worked in sales and marketing for Reebok International and minor league sports teams in Chicago. She has also served as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement. Along with serving on the Alumni Board of Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, she is a Trustee of the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. 

Kurt VolkKurt Volk

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kurt is a Senior Vice President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Boston.  Kurt has 22 years of financial services industry experience including ten years with Morgan Stanley.  Kurt began his career in accounting with Ernst & Young's audit practice, holds an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a BS in Accounting from Albright College and is a former practicing Certified Public Accountant.  Kurt lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and two sons.

David Walker CFADavid W. Walker, CFA

Vanderbilt MBA 1989
Wealth Director, Vice President, BNY Mellon

David is a wealth director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In this role, he is responsible for new business development in the New England region, and works with individuals and families to identify how BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s investment and wealth management capabilities can help them reach their overall financial goals. David joined the firm in 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry. Previously, he was a technology and research analyst at Trillium Asset Management. David spent most of his professional career as a senior portfolio manager with Van Kampen Investments/Morgan Stanley in Houston, TX. David received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Additionally, David is corporator at the Belmont Hill School.  David is board member of The Base, Dimock Center, the Hughey Center for Financial Services at Bentley University and the Judge Baker Childrens Center.  David is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Market Technician and a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society.


Chad WhiteChad White

Vanderbilt MBA 1998
Chief Executive Officer, JKM Manufacturing, Inc.

Chad B. White is the chief executive officer of JKM Manufacturing, Inc., a trusted leader in making precision and sophisticated products for the defense, communications and aerospace industries. White has nearly 20 years of entrepreneurial, manufacturing, operations, consulting and financial expertise. His background includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, valuations, strategic consulting, turnarounds and business development. As JKM’s top manager, he is a fervent champion of lean manufacturing, collaboration and communication – tenets that make JKM a responsive, reliable and proactive maker of quality products. He is committed to putting customers and their mission first. White has an MBA in operations, finance and accounting from Vanderbilt University, an MS in taxation from Georgia State University and a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University.

Derek YoungDerek Young

Vanderbilt MBA 1991
President, Global Asset Allocation & Vice Chairman, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management

Derek Young is president of Fidelity Investments’ Global Asset Allocation (GAA) division and vice chairman of Fidelity Institutional Asset Management (FIAM). Mr. Young assumed his current position in August 2011. Prior to this role, Derek worked in the Risk Strategy Consulting Practice for KPMG and for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Derek received a BS from Troy University in 1986 and an MBA from Vanderbilt in 1991. He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst; Derek has published articles and chapters in books on risk management and investment management.