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JIM BARR
Digital Transformation Leader
Chicago, Illinois

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Jim earned a BS in Accountancy from Miami University in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1990.

Jim has spent his career in ecommerce and driving digital transformations. He specializes in helping large companies either create or respond to digital disruptions in diverse industries. He has completed transformations at two of the top 10 internet retailers, three Fortune 500 companies, in B2B and B2C, and in both higher technology and industrial businesses. While in these roles, he has managed several $1B+ businesses and created multiple successful digital and omni-channel growth strategies and businesses.

Most recently, he was Group President, Multichannel Products & Technologies for Ritchie Brothers (NYSE: RBA), the largest industrial auctioneer in the world, where he led a transformation of the company from a single-channel brick and mortar auctioneer to a digital and multichannel leader, including several online marketplaces. Mr. Barr oversaw RB’s digital businesses and products and its marketing and technology teams.

Previously, Jim served as the executive vice president and chief digital officer at OfficeMax where he oversaw all aspects of the company's e-commerce business and its multi-channel digital strategy. Jim also worked as the president of Sears Holdings' online division where he held full P&L accountability for multi-channel strategy and online sites such as sears.com and kmart.com.

He spent twelve years in Microsoft’s internet Division in a variety of leadership roles, including as Partner & GM, Commerce Services & Marketplaces, where he led its B2C ecommerce businesses, such as MSN/Bing Shopping, classifieds and auctions. Jim started his career in public accounting, investment banking and management consulting.

Jim has three children, including a 2018 Farmer School graduate, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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GEORGE BAYLY
Principal
Whitehall Investors, LLC
Lake Forest, Illinois

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George earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Economics from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

He is a Principal of Whitehall Investors LLC in Lake Forest, Illinois, responsible for consulting, directorships and private equity investing. He also serves as Chairman of Ryt-Way Industries - Wind Point Partners and Peninsula Packaging - Odyssey Investment Partners. George served as the Chairman and CEO of Altivity Packaging LLC until its merger with Graphic Packaging in 2008.

George served in the US Navy, retiring as a Lt Commander and currently serves on the boards of ACCO Brands Corporation, Graphic Packaging International LLC, Ryt-Way Industries LLC, Treehouse Foods and Huhtamäki.

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MARC BEER
Chairman
Minerva Neuroscience, Inc.

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Marc graduated from Miami University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEGR), a company he took public in October 2010. Aegerion is a biopharmaceutical company whose first marketed product was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2012.

Marc brings over 20 years of development and commercialization experience in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Prior to his position at Aegerion, Marc was the founding CEO of ViaCell (VIAC), and over a period of seven years under Marc's leadership, the company grew to more than 300 employees and went public in 2005. Prior to founding ViaCell, Marc held various positions within Genzyme (GENZ), including Vice President of Global Marketing. Prior to Genzyme, he held a variety of sales and marketing roles in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic divisions of Abbott Laboratories (ABT). He also was a former member of the Mass Life Science Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Marc serves on the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Emerging Companies Section Governing Board as well as on the board of directors of Good Start Genetics, Inc. where he is Chairman; Chairman of the board of directors of Minerva Neurosciences; Strategic Consultant to OvaScience; board member of The Joe Andruzzi Cancer Foundation; and a member of the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council of Notre Dame University.

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DAVID C. DAUCH
Chairman & CEO
American Axle & Manufacturing
Detroit, Michigan

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David obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University with dual majors: one in production/operations and one in purchasing management. He received an MBA from Michigan State University.

He began his automotive career in 1982 as a manufacturing co-op student with the former Chrysler Corporation. He continued with Chrysler's summer co-op program until he completed his Bachelor's degree. In 1987, David joined Collins & Aikman Products Co., where he served as Sales Manager of Ford Programs, receiving that company's President's Award for leadership and innovation. David also managed the Toyota and Honda accounts for Collins & Aikman.

In 1995, David joined American Axle & Manufacturing as Manager, Sales Administration. He was appointed Director of Sales, GM Full-Size Truck Programs in May 1996 and was named Vice President Sales & Marketing in August 1998. Since 2001, he has served as Vice President-Manufacturing, Driveline Division; Senior Vice President-Sales, Marketing & Driveline Division; Senior Vice President-Commercial; and Executive Vice President-Commercial & Strategic Development. Prior to assuming his current position, David served as Executive Vice president, President, & Chief Operating Officer.

At present, he serves on the Board of Directors of American Axle & Manufacturing, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Great Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan. He served on the Collins & Aikman Board of Directors from 2002-2007.

David and his wife, Anita, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with their four children and are active members of Christ Church Cranbrook.

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TYLENE J. ELLIOTT
Chairman and
CEO
Oneida Partners, LLC
Morrisville, North Carolina

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Ty received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami in 1981 and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

After 20 years in investment banking, she formed her own consulting firm, Oneida Partners, LLC. Currently, Ty enjoys coaching college students and young professionals in networking and launching successful business careers. She regularly speaks before classes and student organizations (www.tyleneelliott.com).

Before establishing Oneida Partners, Ty was Global Head of Leveraged Finance & High Yield for JP Morgan. The firm recruited her in 1998 to establish an investment banking franchise focused on paper, packaging and building products companies and invited her to join JP Morgan's North American Investment Banking Management Committee. She also was a member of the Debt Underwriting Committee and later became its Co-Chairman when she was promoted in 2000 to Global Head of Leveraged Finance & High Yield.

Earlier in her career, Ty worked in leveraged finance and investment banking at Wells Fargo, Citicorp and Bear Stearns & Co.

Ty and her husband, Chris (Miami 1981), live in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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PAUL GALAT
Portfolio Manager
Promus Capital, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

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Paul Galat is a Portfolio Manager for Promus Capital, LLC. Promus Capital is an SEC registered investment advisor dedicated to serving the investment needs of a small community of family clients.

He started his investment career at Banc of America Securities LLC in Chicago as an analyst in its Leveraged Finance unit. He attended Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business for his MBA. During this period, Paul worked for BayStar Capital Management LLC in Larkspur, California analyzing small cap healthcare companies. In March 2012, Paul joined Advisory Research, a Chicago-based investment manager, continuing the long/short equity strategy he previously managed. In January 2017, he bought out Advisory Research from its ownership interest in his strategies and joined Promus.

Paul graduated from the Farmer School with a finance degree in 2000 and is a Miami merger. His parents are also both Miami alumni. 

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MICHELLE GIRARD
Managing Director
NatWest Markets
Rye, New York

 

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Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Miami with both a MA and a BS in economics. She currently serves as the Chief US Economist and a Managing Director for NatWest Markets. She is responsible for developing forecasts for growth, inflation and interest rates, and monitoring Federal Reserve and Treasury actions.

Prior to joining NatWest Markets, Michelle held roles as Co-Head of the Fixed Income Strategy & Research Group at Prudential Securities, Chief Economist at Sanwa Securities (USA) and Economist with Bear Stearns. Michelle began her professional career as a Research Assistant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. 

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RYAN GRAVES
Founder/CEO
Saltwater Capital
Omaha, Nebraska

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Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Miami University.

He is the Founder/CEO of Saltwater Capital, a Board Member at Uber Technologies Inc. and a Board Member at charity: water. Ryan formerly served as the Head of Global Operations for Uber. In this position, he led the company’s business operations teams. Ryan drove Uber’s expansion as the company grew to more than 300 cities and 2,500 employees. He was Uber’s first employee.

Prior to Uber, Ryan focused on growth and business development for Foursquare and SocialDreamium. He also led enterprise resource planning and corporate restructuring at General Electric and CNA Insurance.

Ryan volunteers as a consultant for internet businesses and not-for-profit ventures.

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JILLIAN GRIFFITHS
Partner/COO
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
New York, New York

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Jillian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University in 1992.

Since 2015, Jillian has been a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private equity firm in New York. In that role, she has leadership responsibilities for finance, information technology, human resources, legal, compliance, and office management.

Prior to joining CD&R, Jillian was a Deals Partner in the New York and London offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. During her 22 years with the accounting firm, she specialized in assisting clients with financial due diligence and leading cross-functional teams, participating in over 150 transactions. Besides her client responsibilities, Jillian served as the US Advisory Private Equity Sector Leader and as a member of the Advisory Leadership Group.

In 2014, Jillian was honored as one of New York City’s YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders, and in 2013 she was awarded Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting–Client Service award.

Jillian also serves on the Board of Directors of Turnaround for Children, a charity focused on connecting the dots between science, adversity and school performance to catalyze health student development and academic achievement. She and her husband, Jim Cusick, reside in New York City.

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GEORGE HEATH
President, Global Finishes Group (Retired)
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Cleveland, Ohio

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George received his MBA from Miami University in 1990 and his BFA from Bowling Green State University.

George recently retired from Sherwin-Williams where he was President of the Global Finishes Group at Sherwin-Williams, a $3 billion group responsible for the Automotive Finishes, Product Finishes and Protective & Marine Coatings Divisions in North and South America, Europe and Asia. George joined Sherwin-Williams in 2004 as Vice President of Marketing for the Product Finishes Division before becoming its President & General Manager in 2006. After becoming Group President in 2008, he helped accelerate the company's growth globally, including several acquisitions.

Before joining Sherwin-Williams, George led the marketing team of the Industrial Coatings business at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining PPG, he served in several global roles for Axeda, a venture-funded startup in Boston and for Thermovation Engineering, an equipment manufacturer in Cleveland. Thermovation grew more than 1,900 percent during George's tenure and won five consecutive Weatherhead 100 Awards from the Case Weatherhead School of Management as one of Northeast Ohio's fastest-growing companies.

George also serves on the advisory board of the China Business Program here at Miami and is actively involved with Junior Achievement, spending time in the classroom every year. For the last few years, George has spent time in several Farmer School classrooms, too, as a guest lecturer.

George, his wife Julie, and their two young sons reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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MATT JENNINGS
Chairman, CEO, and President
Phillips-Medisize Corporation
Hudson, Wisconsin

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Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University and a master’s degree in strategy and business development from Michigan State University.

He is the Chairman, CEO and President of Phillips-Medisize Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Spectrum Plastics Group and Spinal Elements Corporation as an Operating Executive for the private equity firm Kohlberg and Company and is a Board of Director of Angus Chemical owned by the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

Prior to joining Phillips-Medisize, Matt served as President of Teleflex Incorporated North American Medical businesses. Before that, he was the President & CEO of Bioenterprise Corporation, a bioscience business formation, investment and acceleration company.

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GREGORY K. JONES
Partner and Chief
Operating Officer
The Edgewater Funds
Chicago, Illinois

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Greg Jones earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami in 1983 and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Early in his career, Greg held positions with The Warehouse Club, Office Express, and Ernst & Young. He then joined the Reliable Corporation of Chicago, a 200 million dollar revenue business in direct marketing, where he became President and COO. When Reliable was sold, Greg moved to APAC Teleservices, Inc., becoming Senior Vice President. During his tenure, APAC increased revenues from $100 million to $276 million and completed a highly-successful IPO. Greg then co-founded uBid.com, a leading online auction marketplace, and became its CEO and Chairman. In four years, he built the company's revenues to $500 million and took it public. The company was subsequently sold for about $500 million.

In his current position with The Edgewater Private Equity Funds (with over $2.7 billion of capital commitments raised since 2001), Greg serves on multiple boards.

Greg is Past Chairman of the Board of NorthShore University Health System (formerly Evanston Northwestern), and was Chairman of The Illinois Math and Science Academy Foundation. He is a Co-Founding board member of The Alain Locke Initiative and an active board member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, World Sport Chicago, Lake Forest Academy and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is also active with several educational and health-related organizations.

Greg has received the State of Michigan Leadership, the 1999 Ernst & Young, and the KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year awards. He was inducted into the University of Illinois-Chicago's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at Miami. He is also a Past Chicago Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization.

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PETER KIRCHOF
Managing Director
Strategic Value Partners
Greenwich, Connecticut

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Pete graduated from Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree.

Pete is Managing Director at SVPGlobal, based in New York. Pete’s mandate is to grow and develop the America’s Private Equity Business. He has served on numerous Boards and typically leads Strategy and/or Audit Committees. Pete is currently a board director at Panavision, Genco, White Energy, and GSE Environmental. Peter joined SVP Global from Gregory and Hoenemeyer (G &H) where he served as a Managing Director. Prior to G&H, he worked for Cerberus Capital for ten years as a Senior Operating Executive and Practice Leader for Diligence, Transition, Integration, and Monetization.

Prior to Cerberus, Peter led Commercial, Strategy, and Business Units at Nestle and PepsiCo for Fourteen years. He was Head of Retail Strategy and North American Sales for the Pepsi Bottling Group, a $10B beverage manufacturer and distribution company. The majority of his operating experience was from PepsiCo in a variety of Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Operating roles. Pete began his career as an officer at ABN/AMRO Capital Markets in Chicago.

He currently serves on the Board at A Better Chance and is a Trustee and Confirmation Deacon at The Wilton Congregational Church. Pete also is part of a Miami Merger, married to Pamela Pothier Kirchof and has a daughter currently attending Miami Luxembourg.

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BRUCE R. KNOOIHUIZEN
Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
San Antonio, Texas

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Bruce graduated from Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Business and subsequently earned an MBA, with a finance concentration, from the University of Cincinnati.

His career in telecommunications began in 1980 with the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. After eight years he moved to Ameritech Applied Technologies in Chicago as director of accounting operations, then became Ameritech Cellular's Controller and Treasurer. In 1994, Bruce joined with other executives in a management buyout of Westlink Holdings, Inc. in San Diego, a wireless provider. He served as its CFO for two years before moving to Oklahoma City-based Dobson Communications Corporation.

Bruce spent 11 years with Dobson, as the $1.4 billion wireless company's Executive Vice President and CFO. In March 2008 he was hired by Rackspace, a leading global provider of hosted IT services. In his position as CFO, Bruce was responsible for all of the company's financial and accounting functions, including investor relations.

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THOMAS L. KUZIO
Senior Vice President of Sales
PepsiCo International (Retired)

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Tom graduated from Miami University with a B.S., then earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and completed the AMP at Harvard University.

He is the Managing Partner of Kuziogroup, a firm that specializes in building capabilities to drive profitable growth for retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers worldwide.

His career began at Procter & Gamble. In 1978 he joined Frito-Lay. Tom has served as Senior Vice President of Sales for PepsiCo United Kingdom & Ireland, Senior Vice President, National Sales for Frito-Lay North America (FLNA), President of Frito-Lay-West; Director of Sales for Frito-Lay-Australia; and Vice President, Sales Development for FLNA. He recently retired as Senior Vice President of Sales for PepsiCo International.

Tom is a member of the advisory board for the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas.

Tom and his wife, Janet, have four sons.

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TRISH LUKASIK
Chief Executive Officer
Luxury Garage Sale
Chicago, Illinois

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Trish graduated from Miami in 1992 with degrees in business economics and finance and was a Presidential Scholar. She currently serves as the CEO of Luxury Garage Sale (LGS), a leading omni-channel retailer of high-end boutique and consignment merchandise.

Prior to joining LGS, Trish served as Chief Operating Officer for SpotHero. Before joining SpotHero, Trish built a distinguished career over two decades within the consumer packaged goods industry, including positions with Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, most recently serving at the Chief Customer Officer for a $10BN division of PepsiCo.

She currently serves on the Boards of the Sargento Foods Company, NatureBox, Aspire and WTTW. Trish is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and is active in The Chicago Network, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, The Committee of 200, and the Economic Club.

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DAVID MEYER
Partner, Financial Advisory Services
Ernst & Young
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Dave earned his Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in Accounting, from Miami University.

He is a partner in the EY financial services advisory practice and has 30 years of financial services experience, 24 of which have been in public accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Financial Executive International.

Prior to joining EY, Dave served as the Interim Commissioner of Insurance for the Ohio Department of Insurance and the Assistant Director - Office of Financial Regulation, also for the Ohio Department of Insurance.

He is a board member of the ArtsWave of Cincinnati where he chairs the governance committee. He is also a trustee of the American Red Cross where he chairs the corporate giving committee. In addition, Dave serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Notre Dame High School.

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JAMIE MILLER
Chief Financial Officer
General Electric
Fairfield, Connecticut

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Jamie Miller is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE. In this role, she leads GE's overall financial activities and global finance organization, including accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, internal audit and treasury.

Jamie joined GE in 2008 as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. She went on to become GE's Chief Information Officer where she led the company's global information technology strategy, services, and operations. After two and a half years in that role, Jamie became the President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global technology leader and supplier to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power, and drilling industries with annual revenue of roughly $5 billion and more than 10,000 employees globally.

Prior to joining GE, Jamie served as the Senior Vice President and Controller of WellPoint, Inc. (now Anthem), managing investor relations, controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax and financial systems for the company. She was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she held numerous roles.

Jamie serves on the Board of GirlsWhoCode.

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MARK MITTEN
Founder
The Mitten Group
Chicago, Illinois

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A 1980 graduate of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Mark earned a Master of Management degree in 1983 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mark served as Chief Brand Officer for Chicago 2016, Chicago's committee charged with winning the bid to host the 2016 Summer Games. He has also been a producer for Mark Burnett Productions, responsible for creating episodes and structuring deals for Seasons 2 and 3 of NBC's hit television series, The Apprentice.

Prior to that, Mark was a principal in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company, where he was one the leaders of its North American marketing practice. He developed business strategies with a focus on driving growth of Fortune 100 consumer package goods, retail, technology and media clients.

Mark joined McKinsey in 2000 when the company purchased ENVISION, a brand strategy consultancy he co-founded in 1994. ENVISION clients included Nike, Microsoft, the United States Olympic Committee, The Weather Channel, Gateway, FOX, Discovery Channel, Allstate, Gatorade and Kinko's.

Mark was also a lead contributor to Blueprint to a Billion, a 2006 bestselling John Wiley & Sons book revealing the strategic essentials for maximizing business growth.

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PATTY MORRISON
Executive VP, Customer Shared Services, CIO
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Dublin, Ohio

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Patty graduated from Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.

She is Executive Vice President, Customer Care Shared Services and Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 19 health care products and services company. In this role, she is responsible for the company's enterprise-wide information technology as well as its customer contact centers and Contracts & Pricing.

Previously, Patty served as Executive Vice President and CIO for Motorola, and also as the CIO of Office Depot Inc. and held senior-level information technology positions at General Electric Co., PepsiCo Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co., and The Quaker Oats Co.

Morrison’s reach within the IT and business community has spanned 30 years across five different industries. She has broad expertise in managing complex, multi-business shared services. A respected and experienced IT professional, she was named 2007 CIO of the Year by the Executive's Club of Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals. She was also inducted into the CIO Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2014, Patty received the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership. She has dedicated her career to using technology to solving business problems.

Morrison was named to the board of directors of Splunk Inc., a tech start-up founded to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. She also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Columbus Museum of Art, TechColumbus, and serves on the board of trustees for Opera Columbus. Her public board experience included SPSS Inc. and Jo-Ann Stores Inc.

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YULEE NEWSOME
Dignity and Pride Manager
Handshake
San Francisco, California

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Yulee earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami in 2000 and his MBA, with a finance concentration, from Yale University in 2009.

After graduating from high school, Yulee served as a hospital corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Groton, Connecticut, where he managed the immunization program for more than 2,000 submariners and performed minor surgeries and treated non-threatening illnesses. He was chosen for the highly selective Officer Accession Program and was enrolled in the NROTC program during his undergraduate years at Miami.

Returning to the Navy in 2000 as an officer, Yulee was assigned to the USS City of Corpus Christi, a nuclear fast attack submarine. He created the ship's first sound silencing program, which minimized the vessel's chances of detection. He also managed the ship's quality assurance program and developed its mine warfare program, which was adopted by the Navy as the new fleet standard. From 2005 to 2007, Yulee was the naval science instructor at MIT, serving also as a student advisor and the school's LAN administrator.

At Dow, Yulee managed the Coca Cola account (worth more than $1 billion), and has been the senior analyst for the sale of Styron to Bain Capital, the allocation of the $4.2 billion SG&A and R&D budgets and the Olympic Sponsorship Steering team.

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BRIAN NICCOL
CEO
Chipotle
Denver, Colorado

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Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Miami University in 1996, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Brian currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle. Prior to his move to Chipotle, Brian most recently held the post of CEO of Taco Bell, after holding the positions of President and Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for the brand. Prior to his positions at Taco Bell, he served as General Manager for Pizza Hut, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the brand and leading an organization of nearly 16,000 people in more than 6,000 restaurants. Earlier, he was Chief Marketing Officer, where for four years he led the development of the Pizza Hut mega-brand strategy and positioning that achieved record transactions and market share. Additionally, he opened a new digital/mobile access mode that generated over a half billion dollars in sales. His Pizza Hut career began in late 2005 in the role of Vice President of Strategy.

Before joining Pizza Hut, Brian spent 10 years in various brand management positions at Procter & Gamble. Brian and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

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DAVID PROBST
Partner
Stonehenge Structured Finance Partners
Columbus, Ohio

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David earned his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Accountancy, from Miami University in 1979 and his MBA from The Ohio State University in 1984.

He is a Founding Partner of Stonehenge Structured Finance Partners (SSFP), an affiliate of Stonehenge Partners. SSFP is a merchant banking firm that invests in and arranges capital for financial services companies. Transactions have included providing equity and mezzanine capital for portfolios of financial assets as well as for the companies themselves. SSFP also secures capital for energy efficiency projects for a portfolio company. Prior to joining SSFP, David was a Senior Managing Director of Red Capital Group and Banc One Capital Corporation, managing their structured finance groups.

He serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations including JDRF and the Handshake Foundation. David and his wife, Cindy, live in Dublin, Ohio. They have three children, two of whom graduated from Miami.

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NICHOLAS QUIL
President
HBR Consulting
Chicago, Illinois

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Nick graduated from Miami with degrees in accountancy and MIS. He currently serves as president of HBR Consulting, a firm he co-founded. In this role, he leads operations, practice group strategy and growth initiatives across the firm. Nick regularly conducts industry briefings for law firm leaders to share insights on how developing trends from within corporate law departments are influencing future law firm operations and strategies.

Nick was also the creator of Legal Lab, an invitation-only forum where executives collaborate and share ideas on innovation and driving changes that support the law firm and corporate client relationship.

Prior to co-founding HBR, he was instrumental in the development of Huron Consulting Group’s legal consulting practice. He started his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen, then served as a vice president at Hildebrandt International.

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RONALD A. RICE
President and Chief Operating Officer (Retired)
RPM International
Medina, Ohio

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Ron graduated from Miami University with both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and statistics, and minors in operations research and statistical analysis.

Ron serves as president, chief operating officer and assistant secretary of RPM International Inc., a $4.4 billion multinational holding company (NYSE: RPM), with subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, primarily for maintenance and improvement applications. He previously served as RPM’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since October 2006. He has been with RPM since 1995, steadily ascending the ranks, most recently as senior vice president - administration. Before joining RPM, he held various positions with The Wyatt Company, an actuarial consulting firm.

He serves on the boards of TimkenSteel Corporation and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Children's Hospital. Ron is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Cleveland Class. He and his wife, Susan, and their 3 children reside in Hudson, Ohio.

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ANDREA SAIA
Board of Director
Align Technology & LivaNova
Chicago, Illinois

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Andrea started her career in brand management with Procter and Gamble after completing an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School in 1981 and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in 1979.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Align Technology, a global medical device company that pioneered the invisible orthodontics market with the introduction of the Invisalign system and 3D digital scanning solutions for orthodontics and dentistry practices.

Andrea was previously the Global Head of Vision Care in the Alcon Division of Novartis AG. Prior to this role she was the President and CEO of CibaVision, a global leader in contact lens and lens care products. As the Head of CibaVision, Andrea lead the acquisition and merger of Alcon Eye Care into the new Novartis Vision Care Division. During her career with Novartis, she lived and worked in Europe as President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, and also served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

Prior to joining Novartis, Andrea held many positions of executive leadership with consumer products companies including: Senior Vice President of Revlon Beauty Care in New York, Vice President of Marketing with Unilever's Helene Curtis Division in Chicago, and Vice President of Marketing with Monsanto's Fortified Foods Division in Chicago.

Andrea serves on the Board of Australian based Optometry Giving Sight. She lives and works in Chicago, IL, where she professes a life-long devotion to the Chicago Cubs.

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DOUG SCHOSSER
Executive Vice President
Key Corporate Bank
Cleveland, Ohio

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Doug earned his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Accountancy, from Miami University in 1992.

He is the Executive Vice President of Key Corporate Bank. Previously, Doug was the Chief Accounting Officer for KeyCorp. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Key Corporate Bank and Victory Capital Management (VCM). In this capacity, he was responsible for the financial management, planning and forecasting for Key Corporate Bank and VCM and their primary segments; KeyBank Real Estate Capital, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Key Equipment Finance and Public Sector.

He also served as Executive Vice President and Line of Business Chief Financial Officer for Associated Bank Corp in Green Bay, WI, and as Finance Director of the Northeast Region of Key Community Bank, Chief Financial Officer of McDonald Financial Group, Project Management within Victory Capital Management and a Vice President within KeyCorp’s Internal Audit department. Doug began his career in financial services in 1992 in a management training program at the former National City Corp.

Doug is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and past board member for Ambassador Food Services and the Middleton Doll Company.

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JUSTIN D. SHEPERD
Partner, Chief Investment Officer (Retired)
Aurora Investment Management L.L.C.
Chicago, Illinois

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Justin received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 2003. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Aurora manages approximately $10 billion in hedge fund assets for onshore and offshore entities as well as customized portfolio solutions and the Aurora Horizons Fund, a registered mutual fund. The Firm's alternative asset investment business was established in January 1988 with the launch of Aurora Limited Partnership.

Mr. Sheperd's duties on behalf of the Firm include evaluating and analyzing both existing and prospective managers, their investment strategies and their risk controls. Mr. Sheperd also is responsible, as a voting member of the Firm's Investment Committee, for the investment management of all products which Aurora privately offers both domestically and offshore and for providing investment services to private account portfolios of hedge funds.

Prior to joining Aurora in 1996, Mr. Sheperd worked in the Database Services Department of Information Resources Inc., a firm that conducts research for the consumer packaged goods industry. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Wellness Center in Northbrook, IL. Justin has been a guest speaker at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and Miami University.

Justin lives in Wilmette, Illinois with his wife and two sons.

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DENIS G. SIMON
Senior Executive Vice President
Challenger, Gray & Christmas
Dallas, Texas

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Denis serves as Senior Executive Vice President of Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas. He has been with the company for more than 26 years. Denis is based in Dallas, with responsibility for offices throughout the Southern U.S.

Prior to joining Challenger in 1987, Denis served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and was a member of the board of directors of Club Corporation of America. Previously, he was Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for Zale Corporation and Manager of Headquarters Personnel for Frito-Lay, Inc., both of Dallas.

Denis earned his M.B.A. from Miami University in 1973 and his Bachelor of Science in Labor Economics and Personnel Management from Ohio State University in 1969 with a focus in the area of Industrial Relations.

He is currently a member of the President's Advisory Council at Ohio State, representing the Fisher College of Business; a member of the Associate Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU, and a member of the Emeritus Board of Trustees at the University of Dallas.

Denis is a decorated Army veteran, having served in Southeast Asia, achieving the rank of Captain. He is a member of the Board of Camp John Marc, a Texas ranch for disabled children; and a Foundation Board member for the Family Place, a shelter for abused women and children. Denis has been an ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Dallas for 26 years and serves as a confidential advisor to the Bishop of Dallas.

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BRETT STOVER
Executive Vice President (retired)
Saatchi & Saatchi X - Publicis Groupe
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Brett graduated from Miami in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Brett is a global executive leader and advisor in omni-channel shopper marketing, one of the fastest-growing, in-demand segments of marketing today. As one of the world’s acknowledged authorities in omni-channel shopper marketing and insight identification and application, Brett has helped clients in more than 175 organizations and 27 countries deliver outstanding and sustainable business results.

Brett has lived in Geneva, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, and Cincinnati, giving him valuable firsthand knowledge of consumers, shoppers, and retailers around the world.

Brett is serving or has served, on the boards of Opera America (New York City), Chorus America (Washington, DC); and in Cincinnati the Dean’s Advisory Committee University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s May Festival, (and sang in the chorus for 17 years), Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Taft Museum of Art, and Contemporary Arts Center. When not consulting or volunteering Brett can be found in the kitchen cooking for family and friends, experiencing the visual and performing arts or traveling.

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BRITT TRUKENBROD
Managing Director & Partner
William Blair Company
Chicago, Illinois

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Britt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in 1990 with a major in finance and received his MBA from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business in 1996.

He serves as a Managing Director and Partner for William Blair and Company. He has extensive merger & acquisition advisory and capital markets (debt and equity) experience for both public and private companies. Britt joined William Blair in 2000 and made Partner in 2004.

Britt started his career as a Consultant at Arthur Andersen then moved to Investment Banking with Robert W. Baird & Co. He is active in the community as an Advisory Board member at iMentor and with the University Club of Chicago and the Chicago Commonwealth Club.

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J. SCOTT WHITE
Chief Executive Officer
New Avon LLC
New York, New York

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Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in 1990 and completed an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Scott is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company. He is also a member of New Avon LLC Board of Managers.

Scott is an accomplished industry executive, bringing more than 25 years’ experience working with leading women’s and health and wellness brands. He joined New Avon from Abbott Laboratories, most recently serving as President of International Nutrition. Under his leadership, over 9,000 Abbott employees across 100 countries delivered consistent double-digit revenue growth of the company’s $4 billion international nutrition business. Scott’s accomplishments as President also include establishing a robust innovation pipeline for the North American Nutrition business, and building strong sales and marketing teams for Abbott’s continued success. Prior to this role, he served in several other leadership positions throughout his decade-long tenure at Abbott, including President of Abbott Nutrition North America, Divisional Vice President of Latin America and Divisional Vice President of U.S. Pediatric Nutrition.

Earlier in his career, Scott spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble, holding numerous brand management roles, including Marketing Director of Global Hair Care, Marketing Director of Mexico and Central America and Marketing Director of Latin America Hair Care.

Scott serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Direct Selling Association.

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BRIAN WOLFE
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, Illinois

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Brian Wolfe is a corporate partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focuses on complex private equity and public company business transactions. Brian also co-founded SearchWorks, a technology investment platform. Outside of the office, Brian serves on boards of the Chicago Legal Clinic and Teach for America-Chicago. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law. Brian previously served as Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Public Schools and worked in strategy and finance, including at Amazon.

Brian graduated from the Farmer School in ’00 with a major in Decision Sciences. He received his law degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. Brian and his wife, Emilee, MU ’00, reside in Winnetka, Illinois, with their four children.

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BRIAN S. YOUNG
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Johnson Controls
Switzerland

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Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in 1985.

He is the Chief Commercial Officer for Johnson Controls. Brian previously served as Sr. Vice President of Sales for Switzerland-based Tyco International, the world's largest dedicated fire protection and security company. Prior to that, he spent 28 years with 3M, first working as a sales representative in the Automotive Trades Division. He ended his 3M career as VP of 3M's Global Sales Operations.

Brian and his wife, Annette, reside in Switzerland. They have two sons and a daughter. Their daughter is a member of the Miami class of 2014, their oldest son is a member of the Miami class of 2017, while their youngest is currently a junior at Miami.