Board of Visitors

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The Farmer School of Business is extremely proud of the outstanding individuals who comprise our Board of Visitors. Their many years of wisdom and experience are of great value to the school, guiding the school's process of continuous improvement on our journey "from good to great.”

The external members of our Board of Visitors are energetic risk-takers who have steered their companies through times of change and challenge, keeping those organizations creative and competitive. By harnessing that entrepreneurial mindset, the Farmer School ensures that the Board remains a source of advice and ideas that benefit students, faculty, and the greater Miami University community.

Members of the Board of Visitors

Richard T. Farmer

Richard T. Farmer

Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Cintas Corporation
Mason, Ohio

As the founder and chairman emeritus of Cintas corporation, Richard T. Farmer has created and guided a dynamic company that today is the largest in its industry. Cintas provides highly specialized services to more than 800,000 businesses throughout North America and was recently named among Fortune magazine's list of "America's Most Admired companies" for the ninth consecutive year.

Upon graduating from Miami University in 1956 and being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, Farmer joined his family's business. He worked in the company for 11 years, eventually rising to become president of the company. In 1968 he left the business to test new concepts and systems that ultimately revolutionized the industry.

Within two years, Farmer's new company was so successful that it acquired the Farmer family's business.

Under Farmer's leadership, Cintas has grown to over $3.5 billion in revenue. Cintas today is more than 30,000 people strong and maintains more than 400 locations.

Farmer was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame in 1996, named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995, and honored by the Cincinnati USA Regional chamber in 2010 as one of the Great Living Cincinnatians. He is the recipient of Doctor of Laws degrees from Miami University and Xavier University, CEO of the Year awards from Financial World magazine in 1994 and 1995, and the 1992 Executive of the Year Award from Sales and Marketing Executives Cincinnati. In 1999, United Way of Greater Cincinnati thanked Farmer for his steady friendship by presenting him with its Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award.

Farmer was born in November 1934. He married Joyce Barnes in 1957. The couple has three children and 10 grandchildren. Their Farmer Family Foundation has provided grants and pledges to more than 200 organizations.


John Altman

John W. Altman

Miami University Trustee Emeritus and Retired Richard A. Forsythe Professor of Entrepreneurship
Chandler, AZ

John Altman graduated from Miami in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts from the Fuller Theological Seminary in 1987 and completed the Owner/President Management Program, a three-year certificate program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business, and an entrepreneurship executive program at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Miami University, Phillips Graduate Institute, and Sierra Nevada College.

For more than three decades as a highly successful entrepreneur, John owned, founded, and/or was a partner in six businesses, two of which were ultimately sold to multinational companies. He also served as a senior manager for two multinational corporations, Rohm & Haas and ICI.

John has taught extensively at the university level at Babson College, University of California-Berkeley, and Miami University - where he was the first Richard A. Forsythe Professor of Entrepreneurship. His impact on students was recognized through several teaching award nominations and the Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994 as well as Miami Greek Associations’ Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award in 1997.

John served as the first director of the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship, and was the first person to be inducted into the Miami University Academy of Entrepreneurs. Currently, he serves on the Miami University Board of Trustees, and is Chairman of the John W. Altman Charitable Foundation.

John's other work at Miami includes serving on the For Love and Honor Campaign's steering committee and chairing its major gifts committee. He has also served on several other Miami boards, including the Foundation Board and MUAA Advisory Board. He is also a long-time volunteer with the MUCORP program.

Outside of Miami, John has served as a trustee at three other institutions of higher learning. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV; Vice-Chairman, Finance of the Boards of Trustees of Millikin University, Decatur, IL., and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.


C. Michael Armstrong

C. Michael Armstrong

Retired Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John Hopkins Medicine,
Chairman of Comcast and the former Chairmain & CEO of AT&T
and Hughes Electronics

Mike Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Miami University in 1961 and completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute in 1976.

He is the retired Chairman and Director Emeritus of Comcast Corporation and the former Chairman and CEO of AT&T and Hughes Electronics. He spent more than three decades with IBM, beginning as a systems engineer and rising through the ranks to become Chairman of the Board of the IBM World Trade Corporation.

An active supporter of higher education and community activities, Armstrong is Vice Chairman, Johns Hopkins University, and Chair of the Corporate/Foundation Campaign at Miami University. He is co-founder and past President of ABC (A Better Chance) in Darien, Conn.

Armstrong has chaired the President's Export Council, the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the FCC's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. He is a former member of the Business Council, the Business Roundtable, The National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and The Defense Policy Advisory Committee. He has been a visiting professor at MIT's Sloan School.

Currently, Armstrong serves on the board of directors of IHS (Information Handling Services), Parsons Corporation, IDS, The Philharmonic Center for the Arts (Naples, Florida), the Forum Club of Southwest Florida, and the Telluride Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Conference Board, and is a senior advisor at SV Investment Partners and Tudor Venture Capital.

He is the recipient of honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, Shenandoah University, and Miami University, as well as a Doctor of Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Robert E. Coletti

Robert E. Coletti

Partner
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
Cincinnati, Ohio

Bob Coletti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Miami University in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1982. He has been a partner with Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL since 1988, and currently supervises a transaction team that has overseen more than 300 acquisition and divestiture transactions in the past five years with an aggregate transaction value in the billions of dollars.

Bob also serves in a general counsel capacity for several firm clients and represents funds, investment partnerships and individuals in private equity investments and venture capital based transactions. He also is active in counseling start-up companies and preparing companies for sale and generational transitions of family businesses.

Coletti is a member of both the Cincinnati and Ohio Bar Associations and is a member of the Miami University Board of Trustees, as well as being a trustee for the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati and for Archbishop Moeller High School.


Scott D. Farmer

Scott D. Farmer

Chairman and CEO
Cintas Corporation
Mason, Ohio

Scott D. Farmer earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University in 1981.

Having spent the summers of his youth in Cintas’ uniform processing plant, Farmer grew up in the business he now runs. In 1981, he joined Cintas as a fulltime marketing trainee, and has since held several positions. In 1994, he was elected to the Board of Directors and in 1997, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer. During his six years as COO, Cintas revenues nearly tripled—from $995 million to more than $2.6 billion.

Farmer was elected Chief Executive Officer and President in July 2003. Currently, Cintas revenues approach $4 billion; the company employs more than 30,000 people and maintains a network of more than 400 locations.

Active in The Commonwealth Club of Cincinnati, the American Society of Corporate Executives, and the Young President’s Organization, Farmer also serves as a director of The Christ Hospital, The Cincinnati Eye Bank, and Summer Hill Partners.

He has been recognized nationally for his commitment to diversity in the workplace, and helped direct Cintas’s humanitarian efforts that have provided clothing and medical supplies to more than 1.5 million people worldwide.

Farmer and his wife, Mary, have three children.


Stephanie Ferris

Stephanie Ferris

Stephanie graduated from Miami in 1995 with a degree in accountancy. She is a global public company CFO and COO with 20+ years of proven people and change leadership. She is a business leader with general management experience and expertise in strategy formulation and execution, acquisitions, spin-offs and IPOs, and technology often in the context of significant transformation.

Stephanie Ferris served as chief operating officer of FIS (NYSE: FIS), a Fortune 500 company that holds leadership positions in payment processing, financial software and banking solutions.

As COO, she led a global team that drove the FIS corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, technology, marketing and communications, as well as portfolio analytics and optimization. In addition, Ferris was responsible for the successful integration of Worldpay from FIS, the company’s global delivery organization, and partner and vendor optimization.

She previously was chief financial officer of Worldpay, Inc., which was acquired by FIS in July 2019. Worldpay, Inc. was formed in 2018 when Cincinnati-based Vantiv, Inc. acquired Worldpay Group plc, a London-based leader in global eCommerce and technology-led payment solutions.

As CFO of Worldpay, Ferris was responsible for leading the global public company's finance department and its overall financial strategy. Her responsibilities included overseeing accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations.

Earlier in her career, Ferris was CFO of the payments processing division of Fifth Third Bancorp, which was later spun out and became Vantiv. She also held multiple progressive financial leadership roles at Fifth Third, after beginning her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ferris is a certified public accountant and graduate of Miami University.

Stephanie joined the Board of Directors of lululemon athletica, inc in July of 2019. She serves on the Company’s audit committee. She is also a 2019 YWCA Career Women of Achievement honoree; a 2018 PaymentsSource Most Influential Women in Payments winner; and a 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business silver honoree (Female Executive of the Year – Business Services – More Than 2,500 Employees – Services Industries).


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Christopher M. Gorman

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
KeyCorp

Director
Keycorp

Cleveland, Ohio

Chris currently serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of KeyCorp.

In September 2019, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of
KeyCorp, and was named Chairman and CEO of KeyBank, N.A. in 2012. Previously,
Chris was Vice-Chairman and President of Banking where he was responsible for
KeyCorp’s businesses. He was responsible for leading Key’s integration of First
Niagara Financial Group, which was the largest acquisition in Key’s 190-year history.

Prior to that, Chris served as the President of Key Corporate Bank, which was comprised of KeyBank Real Estate Capital, Enterprise Commercial Payments, Key Equipment Finance and KeyBanc Capital Markets. Earlier in his career, Chris led KeyBanc Capital Markets and held various leadership roles at McDonald Investments, a registered brokerdealer acquired by KeyCorp in 1998.

Chris serves on the Board of Directors of The Bank Policy Institute and is member of the BITS Committee, technology policy division of the Bank Policy Institute. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of The Clearing House and serves as a board member of University Hospital Health System, Catholic Community Foundation of Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Miami University.


Roger L. Howe

Roger L. Howe

President, Howe Investment Co.
Chairman (retired), U.S. Precision Lens, Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio

After graduating in 1957 from Miami University with a BS in business, Roger Howe was employed for 13 years by the S.D. Warren Co., a Boston-based fine paper manufacturer. He worked in sales management, product management, and as Director of Advertising.

In 1970 Howe purchased U.S. Precision Lens, a small maker of plastic optics in Cincinnati, and built it into a world leader of innovative optical systems for the photographic, instrument, and television industries. In 1986 he sold the company to Corning, Inc. and remained as Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1997.

He formerly served on the boards of Cintas Corp., Convergys, Taft Broadcasting, U.S. Shoe Corp., Great American Communications, Eagle Picher Industries, Cincinnati Bell, Baldwin Piano and Organ, and U.S. Bancorp.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Howe has been active in health care as a board member of The Christ Hospital, The Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association, and the James N. Gamble Institute of Medical Research, including serving terms as Chairman of each of them. He was formerly a board member of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.

Howe’s record of service to Miami University includes membership on the Business Advisory Council of the Farmer School of Business, the University Foundation Board, and the Board of Trustees, which he chaired for three years. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Miami in 1987 and was inducted into the Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame in 1998.

Howe and his wife, Joyce, have one son and two daughters.


Dinesh Paliwal

Dinesh Paliwal

Senior Advisor: Board and CEO, HARMAN; Board Member: Bristol Myers, Nestle, Raytheon Technologies; Former Chairman & CEO, HARMAN

After completing a master's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Dinesh came to the U.S. in 1981 to Miami University, where he earned both a MSc in Computational Science and Engineering and an MBA.

Dinesh is the past president and chief executive officer of HARMAN, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Board and CEO of Samsung/HARMAN and as a board member for Bristol Myers, Nestle and Raytheon Technologies.

Dinesh joined HARMAN in 2007. In addition to serving as president and CEO, Dinesh served as chairman of the Board of Directors of HARMAN (NYSE:HAR) from 2007 to March 2017 when the company was acquired by Samsung Electronics for US$8.8 billion.

Dinesh has worked in the United States, China, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and India. Prior to joining HARMAN, he spent 22 years with ABB Group of Switzerland, where he last held the dual role of president of ABB Group with company’s global P&L, and additionally he held the role of chairman and chief executive officer of ABB North America. Dinesh was instrumental in ABB’s turnaround from near collapse in 2002.

He is a member of the Global Advisory Council at The Wilson Institute (a bi-partisan think tank). He also serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and the Farmer School Board of Visitors.

Dinesh was named Fortune Magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” list, the Motor Trend’s Power List, listed in Yahoo Finance’s 5-Star CEOs, and on the Recode 100. In addition, Dinesh has been honored by numerous organizations for his contributions to diversity, education and community efforts, including T.J. Martell Foundation, B'nai B'rith International, GOPIO and EY. He is a recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, founded by the Ellis Island Honors Society (EIHS), which counts among its past medalists seven U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and other world leaders of government, industry, education, the arts, and sports.

In 2019, Dinesh was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the President and Board of Trustees of Miami University. In the same year, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology.


Mark Ridenour

Mark Ridenour

President, DALE Management Co., LLC.
Sylvania, OH

Mark Ridenour earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Miami University in 1982. As a student at Miami, he was a member of MUSF, the Miami Marching Band and Phi Kappa Tau.

He started his professional journey with National City Bank before transitioning to a local tech company, Caltec. Mark then spent the next three decades at Heidtman Steel Products, Inc. an Ohio-based company with facilities in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio, serving customers across a wide variety of industries supplying flat rolled steel products. The company experienced tremendous growth during Ridenour’s tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, Mark assumed the position of president of DALE Management Co., an asset management company based in Sylvania, Ohio.

Mark has served on dozens of not-for-profit boards, and was Chairman of several. He currently serves on the Miami University Board of Trustees and has served as its Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Committee Chair. Mark is a founding director of Waterford Bank, N.A., an advisory director for Wurtec, Inc. and a director for American Power Pull.


Andrea Saia

Andrea Saia

Board of Directors
Align Technology & LivaNova
Chicago, Illinois

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, and LivaNova PLC, a London-based medical technology company.

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 is a member of Women’s Corporate Directors, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Signature Group. She lives and works in Chicago, IL, where she professes a life-long devotion to the Chicago Cubs.


Richard K. Smucker

Richard K. Smucker

CEO (retired)
J. M. Smucker Company
Orrville, Ohio

Richard Smucker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in 1970, and then completed an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

He and his brother, Timothy, are the fourth generation of Smuckers to lead the food company launched by his great-grandfather, Jerome Monroe (J.M.) Smucker, in 1897. Until June, 2011, Richard Smucker shared CEO duties with his brother, and was Executive Chairman of the company; he then became sole CEO.

In 2009, Richard and his brother were named MarketWatch CEO of the Year.

Since joining the family business, Richard Smucker has held various financial and operational positions, including President, Treasurer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. To keep J. M. Smucker growing and vital, he and his brother have spurred major acquisitions of compatible food companies, including Folgers, Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, and Eagle Brand. Although the company’s product portfolio has changed in recent years, the company’s location has not. Its corporate headquarters are still in Orrville, the small northeast Ohio town where J.M. Smucker began.

Smucker is a director of The Sherwin-Williams Company, a Deputy Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  He has also been involved with various charitable organizations.

He married the former Emily Delp (Miami ‘70), and they have one married daughter and two grandchildren.


S. Biff Bowman

S. Biff Bowman

Chief Financial Officer
The Northern Trust Company
Chicago, Illinois

Biff graduated from Miami University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He also holds an MBA from DePaul University.

Biff is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Northern trust Company. Before serving in these roles, he was Head of Americas Region, Corporate & Institutional Services, responsible for all Northern Trust's institutional businesses in North and South America.

Prior to his current appointment, Biff was the Chief Executive Officer of EMEA, responsible for all of Northern Trust's businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Other roles at Northern Trust have included Managing Director of Northern Trust's Guernsey operation, providing leadership for the company's three primary businesses (Fund Administration, Banking and Personal Trust); Division Manager within the Large Corporate Business unit; Commercial Banking Officer serving Fortune 500-type companies; and Division Manager within the Internal Audit department, focusing on operational reviews of banking and trust operations.

Biff is a Trustee for Glenwood Academy, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Skills for Chicagoland's Future.


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Amy Altman

Chief Operations Officer
Reliant Immune Diagnostics
Austin, Texas

Dr. Altman received her B.A and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from Miami University and her Ph.D in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University.

A prolific researcher and writer, she is frequently tapped to speak about biodetection and biodefense at conferences across the country.

After teaching at Nashville State Technical Institute and Vanderbilt, she accepted a position at BoozAllen Hamilton where her subject matter expertise in the field of biological and chemical agents was in high demand.

After leaving BoozAllen, Amy moved to Luminex Corporation in Austin, Texas where she started as the Director Extramural Research, responsible for strategic planning and execution of a robust extramural research program designed to garner external funds. . From there, she advanced to the position of Senior Director, Research and Development where she managed Research and Development of the Luminex Bioscience Group. Dr. Altman completed her tenure at Luminex spending seven years as the Vice President, Biodefense and Protein Diagnostics. In this role, she was responsible for directing early research and feasibility studies, product development and design transfer to manufacturing for market launch. She was also charged with expanding the Luminex presence in the Biodefense and Food Safety adjacency, including penetration into the Public Health and Point of Care markets.

In early 2018, she transitioned to Reliant Immune Diagnostics as their Vice President of Clinical Affairs and currently serves as Reliant’s Chief Operations Officer.

Dr. Altman is a member of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.