Young Professionals Advisory Council

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JESSICA BAUMGARDNER
Fifth Third Bankcorp
Senior Associate, Sponsor Relationship Management

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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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SARAH CATA
Royalty Pharma
Vice president of finance

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Sarah is a Vice President of Finance with Royalty Pharma in New York. The company focuses on the acquisition of pharmaceutical royalties and has over $16 billion in royalty assets. Royalty Pharma funds innovation in life sciences both directly and indirectly: directly when it partners with life sciences companies to co-develop and co-fund products in late-stage clinical trials, and indirectly when it acquires existing royalty interests from the original innovators (academic institutions, research hospitals, foundations and inventors). Sarah joined Royalty Pharma in 2014 and previously worked as an analyst and associate in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at J.P. Morgan. 

Sarah is a graduate of the Farmer School of Business with degrees in Finance, Accountancy and Spanish. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

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ERIC DOLLIN
GBQ Consulting, LLC
Director, Valuation & Financial Opinion Services

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Class of 2007 Finance & DSC

Eric Dollin is Director, Valuation & Financial Opinion Services 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
Vice President, Investments
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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ALEXANDRA GRIFFIN
Founder and CEO
Alma Kitchen

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Prior to starting Alma Kitchen in May 2020, Alexandra Griffin was Chief of Staff at Chew, and worked 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 she founded a business organization, Miami University Women in Business.

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PAVEL GUREVICH
VP of Operations
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 joined 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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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
Senior Director

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Class of 2011 Accounting & Marketing

Prior to being senior director, Daniel joined Ernst & Young's assurance practice in Chicago as a Staff Associate in July 2011. As a Staff Associate, he served 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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RODERICK MILLS
Magnetar Capital
Fixed Income Analyst

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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 the 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
Corporate Banking Associate
Bank of America Securities

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Class of 2015

Alex lives in Chicago, IL where he is a Corporate Banking Associate 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
CFO and and Executive Vice President

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Class of 2009 DSC

Nicholas is currently CFO and and Executive Vice President at Hennessy Captial LLC. He previously was 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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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
Manager, Sales Strategy & Planning

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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.