Young Professionals Advisory Council

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MATTHEW BENNET
Stonehendge (MedVet Medical & Cancer Ctr.)
M&A Analyst/ Business Development

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Class of 2012 Finance

Matt is currently Director of Business Development at MedVetMedical & Cancer Center for Pets, where he leads M&A and internal growth initiatives.He was previously with J.P. Morgan in New York City as an Associate in the Corporate Strategy group and as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Sponsor group.

Matt is a 2012 graduate from the Farmer School of Business and majored in Finance.

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JESSICA BYKE
Fifth Third Bankcorp
M&A Analyst/ Business Development

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Jessica is an Associate within Fifth Third Securities’ Financial Sponsors Group, joining the firm in August 2017.  Her responsibilities include idea generation and execution of capital markets transactions with a number of the firm’s most strategic private equity client relationships. Jessica has over four years of investment banking and Mergers & Acquisitions experience.

Immediately prior to joining Fifth Third in 2017, Jessica was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking group at KeyBanc Capital Markets.  While at KeyBanc, she focused on executing M&A for both private and public companies across the Consumer and Industrial verticals.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marketing from Miami University and holds FINRA Series 63 and 79 licenses.  She currently resides in Rocky River, Ohio.

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KRISTIN CONATTI
Strategic Account Manager
Steelcase

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Class of 2008 Marketing

Kristin Conatti, a Cleveland native, is a 2008 graduate of the Farmer School of Business, graduating with a Marketing degree. After leaving Miami University, Kristin joined Steelcase Inc, which is the largest office furniture manufacturer and workplace research company in the world based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After and intensive training program in Michigan she joined their sales team focused on the Architecture and Design community in New York City. Three years later she moved across the globe with Steelcase as their key Global Account Manager for the Asia Pacific region based in Singapore where the career focus was to increase sales, exposure and services to some of Steelcase’s biggest multi-national clients around the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, Kristin returned to the US and resides in Cincinnati running sales in the market as a Strategic Account Manager. Almost all of her spare time is spent traveling both domestically and internationally as well as spending time with her rescue dog, Ted.

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ERIC DOLLIN
GBQ Consulting, LLC
Sr. Financial Analyst

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Class of 2007 Finance & DSC

Eric Dollin is a Senior Financial Analyst at GBQ Consulting, LLC, where he has worked for the past seven years. He performs business valuations for interests in public and privately-held companies, mainly in the Midwest, for various purposes, including: employee stock ownership plans, transaction advisory, estate & gift tax planning and compliance, business succession planning, purchase price allocation, and many more. He obtained a BS in Finance and Decision Sciences from Miami University in 2007. Eric currently resides in the Indianapolis area.

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BRYCE DUKE
Investment Associate
Coastal Ridge Real Estate

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Class of 2013 Finance

Bryce leads the Midwest region for Coastal Ridge Real Estate's Investment team and is based in Columbus, OH. He is responsible for assisting with deal sourcing, property underwriting and structuring, acquisition due diligence, and portfolio analysis.

He previously worked as an Associate at Brookfield Financial in New York City, NY where he was focused on property and portfolio brokerage, recapitalization or restructuring, and debt placement and advisory across all major asset classes including alternative sectors such as healthcare and self-storage.

Prior to Brookfield Financial, Bryce worked for Monday Properties in acquisitions and at JP Morgan in their Real Estate Investment Banking group. He graduated from the Farmer School of Business Honors Program at Miami University with a B.S. in Finance.

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PAVEL GUREVICH
Principal, research and health
Elysim Health

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Class of 2012 Finance

Pavel Gurevich previously joined J.P. Morgan's Healthcare group in New York as an analyst in the summer of 2012. At J.P. Morgan, Pavel advises corporate clients on both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, accessing capital markets and exploring other strategic initiatives. In the summer of 2014, Pavel will join as an associate at GTCR �" a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Information Services & Technology industries. Pavel graduated magna cum laude from Miami University with a B.S. in Finance and Supply Chain & Operations Management.

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ADAM HINKLE
Manager of Strategy & Payment Innovation
Surgical Care Affiliates

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Class of 2012 Finance and Accounting

Adam is currently Manager of Strategy & Payment Innovation at Surgical Care Affiliates, where he leads internal market prioritization initiatives as well as value-based engagements with risk-bearing medical groups and payers.

He was previously with West Monroe Partners as a Senior Consultant in their Operations Excellence Practice. Adam is a 2012 graduate from the Farmer School of Business and majored in Finance and Accounting.

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CHRIS JEHLE
Product Manager
Expedia Group

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Class of 2013 Finance

Chris is currently a Product Manager at Expedia Group managing the digital customer experience for their vacation rentals business. Prior to Expedia, Chris earned his MBA at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and spent five years working at Discover Financial Services. While with Discover, Chris held multiple roles focusing on product strategy, digital user experience and direct-to-consumer marketing. Chris currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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SAM KORACH
Startups, Disruption and Innovation Manager
EY

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Sam Korach was a 2015 graduate of Miami University with a B.S. in Accounting & Sociology and an M.S. in Accountancy.

Sam began his career with EY as a strategy consultant in Chicago, IL. He then was appointed as Startups, Disruption and Innovation Manager for EYs Growth Markets team. From 2016-2018, he served as the EY Advisor in Residence at Cintrifuse, a public-private partnership whose mission is to transform Cincinnati into the premier startup / innovation hub in the Midwest. There, he lead client relationships for a corporate innovation program and as a project director of Spry Labs, a healthcare venture-building studio turning ideas into vetted business concepts and prototypes in a short period of time. He’s now returned to consulting in EY’s Innovation & Growth Strategy practice.

Sam is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has published work with the Journal for Applied Business Research and the USA Today. Sam serves on the boards of the William Isaac and Michael J. Oxley Center for Business Leadership and the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) at Miami University.
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MATT LASKY
Equity Inc.
VP

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Class of 2011 Finance

Matt Lasky is a Managing Partner at Equity Velocity Funds, a leading boutique real estate private equity fund with an emphasis on value-add and opportunistic healthcare & retail assets. He is responsible for deal sourcing, structuring, and analysis. Post-acquisition, Matt helps implement the strategic business plan on each asset to enhance its value. He has been involved in $1+ Billion of Commercial Real Estate transactions and consulting engagements. Matt graduated cum laude from Miami University in 2011 with a degree in Finance and emphasis on Business Analytics.

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DANIEL MATER
Parthanon EY
Associate

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Class of 2011 Accounting & Marketing

Daniel joined Ernst & Young's assurance practice in Chicago as a Staff Associate in July 2011. As a Staff Associate, he serves clients in the manufacturing, real estate and life sciences industries. Daniel is a Certified Public Accountant and an active member of the Illinois CPA Society.

During his time at Miami, Daniel spent a semester at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management studying marketing and cross-cultural management. He is also a co-founder of the Farmer School of Business Ambassador Program, which executes recruitment initiatives for the Farmer School.

Currently, Daniel lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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BRADLEY MEEKS
Senior Portfolio Manager
Madison Wealth Management

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Class of 2004 Finance & Management

Brad Meeks is a senior investment professional with a decade of experience in the financial services arena, comprising buy-side and sell-side equity and credit research, and experience in investment operations and strategy. Brad works closely with foundations, endowments, and First Financial’s high net worth clients to design and implement holistic investment management solutions. He is an integral part of the investment committee and has considerable expertise in fundamental equity valuation and security selection for both growth and value oriented styles, as well as extensive experience with portfolio construction and risk management strategies. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Cincinnati.

Prior to joining First Financial Bank, Brad was a cross-industry equity analyst on the Core Growth mutual fund at RS Investments, a fund designated by Morningstar as an Ultimate Stock Picker Fund and an institutionally recommended mutual fund by Russell Investments.

Previously, Brad was an equity analyst at Morningstar where he covered numerous sectors and industries as a generalist analyst, publishing new investment ideas supported by indepth fundamental security analysis and financial modeling. Brad started his career at Deloitte & Touche, where he focused on operational and strategy engagements in the investment management arena for the national Capital Markets Group. Through time on both the buy and sell-side, Brad has employed a consistent methodology and independent approach to investment management and has been quoted in video and print publications including the Wall Street Journal, WSJ Smart Money, Barron's, Crain's Business, Dow Jones Market Watch and Chicago Tonight.

Brad earned a Bachelor of Science double major in Finance and Management Information Systems from Miami University's Richard T. Farmer School of Business, and was a graduate of the Buck Rodgers Leadership Program. Brad currently serves on the University of Cincinnati Economics Center YP board and was selected for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Board Orientation and Leadership Development program and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce c-Change 2015. Brad also serves on Miami University’s Professionals Advisory Council for the Farmer School of Business and was a former Board Director of Against The Grain Scholars.

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RODERICK MILLS
J.C. Baker and Associates

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Class of 2018 Finance 

Roderick Mills Jr. graduated from Miami in 2018 with a Finance degree from the Farmer School of Business. Additionally, he was a student-athlete playing on the Men's Basketball Team for 4 years. He realized his dream of becoming a professional basketball player by playing in the Republic of Georgia after graduation. During his time overseas he started a financial literacy blog named "The Relentless Finisher" in order to keep his mind sharp and also to give back to others. In the blog which he continues today, he breaks down basic financial principles that are geared towards bridging the financial gap with young adults, especially athletes. During this past offseason, between basketball workouts and training, he continued to build his business and financial acumen by working at J.C. Baker and Associates, a global consulting firm in Cincinnati. Under the guidance of Dr. J.C. Baker, he has been able to assist clients grow and expand their company and also experience how businesses actually operate. Currently, he continues to play professional basketball and simultaneously work for J.C. Baker and Associates. He looks forward to being part of YPAC and giving back to the next generation of Farmer students. He hopes to contribute to their learning on how to navigate the business school as well as achieve success in the real world upon graduation.

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ALEX NIEKAMP
Credit Risk Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Class of 2015

Alex lives in Chicago, IL where he is a Credit Risk Analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He sits on a global industrials team that covers a portfolio of 20 large corporate clients, working to structure, underwrite, and hedge upward of multi-billion dollar bank funded transactions. Alex is a 2015 graduate of Miami University and the Farmer School of Business. During his time at Miami, Alex served as the CEO of First Miami Student Credit Union and the President of the Business Student Advisory Council. Alex also served as the student speaker for the 2015 Farmer School of Business Divisional Recognition Ceremony.

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NICHOLAS PETRUSKA
Hennessy Capital LLC
Vice President

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Class of 2009 DSC

Nicholas is currently Vice President at Hennessy Captial LLC. He previously with CHS Capital as a private equity associate in 2012 where he evaluated leveraged buyouts and structured equity investments across multiple sectors and oversaw various activities within CHS' portfolio companies. Prior to joining CHS, Nicholas worked as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley in Chicago. During his time there, he worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions group with a focus on diversified industrials and consumer retail.

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KATHERINE RIETHMAN
G.E. Oil & Gas
IT Advisory Services

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Class of 2006 Management Information Systems

Post-graduation, Katherine joined Accenture's Cincinnati office as an Analyst specializing in JD Edwards implementation work. Following a year and a half of key learning experience, she pursued an interest in IT Security joining Deloitte's Security and Privacy team. Here Katherine helped with the design and implementation of security measures for ERP systems, specifically regarding segregation of duties. While at Deloitte, Katherine was also responsible for evaluation of IT risk and controls in a variety of environments. In November of 2010, she joined Grant Thornton's Business Advisory Services group in Chicago. She has worked on numerous projects in both the external and internal IT audit spaces. In Spring of 2012, Katherine transferred to Grant Thornton's Cincinnati office. She is now working for G.E. Oil & Gas in the Cincinnati office.

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ROBERT SCHILL
Vistria Group
Associate

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Class of 2016 Finance and Accounting

Robert is currently an Associate at the Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private investment firm focused on middle-market companies in the healthcare, education and financial services industries. At Vistria, Robert is a member of the firm’s Healthcare group where he is focused on evaluating and executing new investments and supporting the growth initiatives of existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Vistria, Robert was an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lincoln International, a middle-market investment bank, and was based in New York.

Robert is a 2016 graduate from the Farmer School of Business where he majored in Finance and Accountancy and was a member of the University Honors Program.

 

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MELANIE SMITH
Deloitte Consulting
Business Analyst

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Class of 2014 Supply Chain & Operations Management

Melanie is currently a business analyst for Deloitte Consulting, based out of the Cleveland office. She has worked on projects in Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Supply Chain Strategy, and Supply Chain Analytics, primarily in the consumer and industrial products industry. She is passionate about developing firm culture and skills-based volunteering opportunities.

Melanie is a 2014 graduate from the Farmer School of Business and majored in Supply Chain & Operations Management, with minors in Management Information Systems and Actuarial Science. She additionally majored in Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Arts & Sciences. She was the President of the Business Student Advisory Council, and was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She also studied abroad three times, participating in programs in London, Luxembourg, and Argentina.

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RYAN SMITH
Kimberly-Clark
Business Development Manager

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Ryan Smith is a Business Development Manager at Kimberly-Clark, leading their Baby & Child Care business with Amazon. Ryan has 7 years experience in the CPG industry, first joining K-C in 2012 as member of their Customer Development Associate rotational program in Boston. Since then, he has worked in Customer Business Partner, Sr. Category Management, Ecommerce Channel Development and Strategic Account Management roles. His experience ranges from direct customer planning & relationship management in the field to developing & deploying digital commerce strategies out of Kimberly-Clark's North American HQ in Neenah, Wisconsin.

MRyan is a Boston area native, currently residing in Seattle. He is a 2012 Miami University graduate, with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the Farmer School of Business. Ryan also studied as an International Associate Student at Queen Mary University of London in 2011.

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MARY TEHRANI
Newell Brands
Trade Strategy Manager

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Mary currently is a Trade Strategy Manager for the Outdoor & Recreation Division of Newell Brands, which consists of several iconic consumer brands including Contigo and Coleman. Prior to her current role, Mary held several roles within Marketing for Outdoor & Recreation and worked within Newell’s Transformation Office on a cross-functional team leading transformation and integration efforts across the organization. In her Transformation Office role, she focused on supply chain transformation strategy across Newell's brand portfolio, which is comprised of leading brands, such as Paper Mate, Sharpie, Marmot, Graco, Rubbermaid, and many others.

Before joining Newell Brands, Mary worked in strategy consulting for Parthenon-EY. She spent most of her time within Parthenon-EY's Private Equity Practice, where she worked on both buy- and sell-side engagements across several industries, including Education, Technology, Healthcare, and Consumer Goods. Mary also worked with corporate clients focusing on both strategic planning and product pricing strategy.

While at Miami, Mary majored in Marketing with minors in Spanish and Business Analytics. She was heavily involved in the William Isaac and Michael J. Oxley Center for Business Leadership as a Fellow and President of Student Leadership and Engagement. She was also an active member of Pi Sigma Epsilon professional business fraternity and Chi Omega sorority.

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ALEXANDRA WEBBER
Brand Management
MillerCoors

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Alexandra Webber currently works in Brand Management at MillerCoors in Chicago. Alexandra joined MillerCoors in November after spending a year in London where she worked for a non-profit in the youth sector focusing on government relations and communications. Prior to moving to the UK, Alexandra worked in Global Brand Strategy at Hasbro where she launched Hasbro’s Disney Princess and Frozen business. Alexandra has also worked in research and innovation for Dunkin’ Brands where she launched the brand into eight international markets. Alexandra holds a BS in Business Marketing from Miami University where should founded a business organization, Miami University Women in Business.

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ERIK WYNKOOP
Strategist
Napier Park Global Capital

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Class of 2008 Finance

Erik is a Strategist with Napier Park Global Capital.  The company is a 100% employee controlled global alternative asset manager. The platform, with over $12 billion in Assets Under Management, invests exclusively on behalf of Accredited Institutional Investors. Napier Park specializes in the areas of Credit, CLO, Real Assets & Private Equity. 

Prior to Napier Park, worked as an Advisor to the CEO of Ericsson of North America and was a member of the Operating & Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) team. He was responsible for new business development in North America. 

Erik graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Miami University of Ohio. He is a cash flow specialist, focused on business development & strategy within the ICT industry. Erik currently resides in Connecticut.