Business Advisory Council

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Nautilus, Inc.
Vancouver, Washington

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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.

Nautilus, Inc. is the American worldwide marketer, developer and manufacturer of fitness equipment brands Bowflex, Modern Movement, Nautilus, Octane Fitness, Schwinn Fitness and Universal. 

Previously, 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.

Prior to that, 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 and

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.

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Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Renovia Inc.

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

He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Renovia Inc., a medical equipment manufacturer in Boston, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEGR), a company he took public in October 2010.

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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Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Chicago, Illinois

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Brandon Cruz graduated from Miami in 1999.

Brandon started his career as a systems developer for Lante, a publicly-traded information technology and services provider. He left after a year to co-found GoHealth with the goal of offering innovative products and solutions to improve the care industry in the United States.

Today, GoHealth is a technology-driven health insurance marketplace that is changing the health care industry through a variety of innovative applications that are used by more than 135 insurance carriers and millions of individuals each month.

Since its founding in 2001, GoHealth has twice been listed by Inc magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the country, has been named one of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces, listed as part of Crain’s Fast 50, a Top 100 Digital Company by Built in Chicago, one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, and was named to Deloitte’s 2014 North America Technology Fast 500.

Brandon has been included in the Techweek 100, Crain’s 40 under 40, and was named a Midwest winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Brandon is an active member of Young Presidents Organization and regularly speaks on the topics of technology and health care in Chicago and across the country.

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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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Executive Vice President and CIO
Columbus, Ohio

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Jim graduated from Miami in 1994 with a dual major of Management Information Systems and Marketing. Jim later completed an MBA at Xavier University.

He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Nationwide. In this role, he is responsible for the Nationwide technology strategy, IT capabilities and business transformation programs.

Prior to joining Nationwide in 2018, Jim was Chief Information Officer for General Electric, where he led the GE global information technology strategy, services, operations and internal digital transformation program. Prior to his 18-year career at GE, he held IT roles with NCR and Accenture. He started his career as a system analyst for NCR before moving to a management position with Accenture. In 2000, he transitioned to the first of many positions with GE, starting as the manager of Unix technology, and quickly moved up the ranks to the “C Suite.” After working as an IT leader in almost every GE business, Jim became the Chief Information Officer and Group CIO for GE.

Jim is a Miami Merger – his wife, Adrienne (Wood) Fowler, graduated a year later with a degree from Miami’s College of Education, Health & Society. They are the proud parents of Catherine (Cat), a sophomore at Miami majoring in Speech Pathology & Audiology.

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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. 


Managing Director, Deputy Head of US and Co-Head of Global Economics
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. As Deputy Head of US, she works closely with the Head of US and leadership teams across NatWest Markets and NatWest Group to identify and advance business growth opportunities in the region that align to the bank's broader strategic goals. She also provides end-to-end supervision of the regional business, looking after the US technology, operational and business risk and control functions. Additionally, Michelle sits on the US Management Committee and the Board of Directors for NatWest Markets Securities Inc. and, along with fellow members, is responsible for setting, implementing and monitoring business strategy in the region.

As Co-Head of Global Economics, Michelle leads a team of economists, located in the US, China and India, responsible for forecasting growth, inflation, monetary and fiscal policy, and interest rates for both developed and emerging market economies. She identifies and analyzes macroeconomic trends relevant for longer-term business planning, and uses quantitative analysis, alternative data, and econometric models to develop proprietary indices and forecasts. Collaborating with market strategists across the globe, Michelle provides synergistic analysis on market-moving developments to support NatWest’s clients, senior executives, and global business lines. Michelle is also a regular speaker and commentator on the economic outlook on various print, radio, and television news media including CNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV & Radio, and Yahoo! Finance.

Michelle is an Executive Co-Sponsor of the US Energized Employee Network, leading initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, recognition, well-being and sustainability. She is a founding member of the NWM US Women’s Network and has taken an active role in helping to create and strengthen the talent development offerings for women across the organization. In addition, she serves on the NWM Retirement Committee and the US HR Benefits Advisory Committee.

Previous 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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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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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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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 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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Partner, Advisory Compliance Services Solution Leader (retired)
Columbus, Ohio

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Tammy graduated from Miami University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.

She began her career with Ernst & Young following graduation in 1991 in their Audit group, using her degree and CPA to kick start her profession. Tammy grew her career with Ernst & Young, gaining experience and serving clients in areas such as compliance, risk, data analytics, IT and security, controls/audit, process improvement, accounting, and auditing.

She has retired from her position as the Compliance Offering Leader overseeing all compliance projects in the United States for Ernst & Young’s Risk Transformation practice.  Tammy has almost 30 years of experience serving many multi-national, Fortune 1000 companies in a variety of industries coordinating service delivery across all service lines which include Transactions, Assurance, Advisory and Tax.

Tammy also serves on the Board of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, a nonprofit focused on providing programs for children K-12 that teach financial literacy, ignite an entrepreneurial way of thinking, and build skills for success in careers and life.  Additionally, Tammy is also on the board of My Special Word, a member of United Way, and served as President of the Risk Institute at Ohio State University.


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Operating Partner
Kohlberg & Company
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 an Operating Partner for Kohlberg and Company leading their Biopharma and Medical Device Products and Service Sector.  He previously served as the Chairman, CEO and President of Phillips-Medisize Corporation.

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.

He currently serves as Executive Chairmen for Cadence Medical and Board director for Spinal Elements, Nelipak/Bemis Healthcare Packaging for Kohlberg. He also serves as Board director for Angus Chemical owned by the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and on the CEO Advisory Council for AdvaMed, the Association for Advance Medical Device and Technology.

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Founding partner and Chief Operating Officer
The Edgewater Funds
Chicago, Illinois

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Greg earned a B.S. in marketing from Miami in 1983 and has an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Greg is the co-founder and partner in the $2.4 billion (in committed capital) Chicago based Edgewater Private Equity Funds and serves on the portfolio company boards of Brilliance Technology, Industrial Services Solutions, Premier Safety, Reflective Apparel, Flex Pack, Unitech Aerospace, and Testing Services Solutions.

Prior to joining Edgewater, Greg has held CEO and senior management positions with three companies. Greg co-founded, a leading online auction marketplace, and became its CEO and Chairman. In four years, he built the company’s revenues to approximately $500 million and had a successful IPO. The company was subsequently sold for nearly $500 million. Prior to, Greg was at 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. Prior to APAC, he was President and COO of the Reliable Corporation of Chicago, a $200 million dollar revenue direct marketing business which was sold to Boise Cascade.

Philanthropically, Greg served as Past Chairman of the Board of the ($5 billion in revenue - with announced merger) NorthShore University HealthSystem. He serves on the boards of Accelerate Institute, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Co-Chair’s Miami University’s Business Advisory Council Board.

Greg is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Commonwealth Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. He has received the State of Michigan Leadership Award, 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 University, Ohio. He is also a past Chicago Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is currently a member of YPO Gold and is Chicago City Chair for Chief Executives Organization (CEO) and serves on the International Board.

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Founder & CEO
Kaiser Consulting
Columbus, Ohio

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Lori earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Miami University and an MBA from The University of Chicago. She began her career at KPMG working in both assurance and advisory and also held the positions of Corporate Controller for Nationwide Communications and Chief Financial Officer for

She is the Founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting, an award-winning, multimillion-dollar accounting and information technology consulting firm.  Kaiser Consulting has been recognized as a Progressive Organization by Smart Business Magazine and named a Central Ohio “Best Places to Work” by Columbus Business First multiple times.

Lori serves as an Independent Trustee and Audit Committee Chair for the Capitol Series Trust and is on the Board of Directors of The Ohio Society of CPAs, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and Franklin University. She also teaches in the Fisher College of Business MBA program at the Ohio State University and is an FAA licensed private pilot.


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CFO (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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CEO & President
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
St. Louis, Missouri

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Nina Leigh graduated from Miami University in 1983 with a B.S. degree in marketing and received her MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in 1994.

She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President for Nestlé Purina PetCare Company in the U.S. Nina Leigh began her career at Purina in 1994 in the cat food marketing division. She went on to hold various positions of increasing responsibility within the company, working on key global brands and initiatives and has been instrumental in bringing innovation to market.

In 2010, Nina Leigh was named Vice President of Purina’s Golden Products litter division, moving to the position of Chief Marketing Officer in 2015. Nina Leigh was promoted to President in 2016 and named CEO in November 2020.

Nina Leigh lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, Robert; their two sons, Dean and Brandt; and their two dogs, Guinness and Caffrey. Nina Leigh is active in her community, serving on multiple boards and executive committees of various non-profit organizations.

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Managing Partner
The Kuzio Group

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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 The Kuzio Group, 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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Cargill (effective 6/1/21)

CFO (retired)
General Electric

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Jamie Miller will assume the position of CFO for Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the United States with 2018 revenue of 114.7 billion.

She retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE. In this role, she led GE’s overall financial activities and global finance organization, including accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, internal audit and treasury.

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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Founder and Managing Partner
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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Aramark and Splunk

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

Currently, Patty is a director with Splunk (SPLK),  Baxter (BAX) and Virtusa ( VRTU). She was previously Executive Vice President, Customer Care Shared Services and Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health, a health care products and services company. In this role, she was 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.


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Account Executive
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.

He currently serves as an account executive with Salesforce, I help our healthcare and life sciences partners improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and improve patient experiences by putting the patient at the heart of every healthcare and life sciences decision.

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.

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Newport Beach, California

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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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Senior Vice President - Finance 
Stop & Shop

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Mary Lynn graduated from Miami University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy. She is a senior executive with broad financial and operational experience in highly competitive markets to drive growth, improve financial results and deliver operational efficiencies.

Mary Lynn serves as the Senior Vice President of finance for Stop & Shop, an innovative grocery chain with more than 400 stores throughout New York, New England and New Jersey.

Mary Lynn began her professional career at Ernst & Young and transitioned to the Fashion / Retail industry where she has held various financial leadership positions in public companies known for their financial acumen and aggressive growth strategies (LBrands Inc., Tapestry Inc., (formerly Coach, Inc.)). As the Divisional CFO of Coach, Inc. North America (2003-2013), she developed and implemented the financial strategies, performance reporting models, distribution strategy and organizational infrastructure to support revenue growth from $0.7 B to $3.5 B.

Mary Lynn successfully leveraged the large organization experience and disciplined financial approach to support smaller organizations in transition. As the CFO at Talbots, Inc. (2013-2015) she delivered growth in revenue and EBID through improved inventory productivity, focused promotional strategies, measured expense management and targeted investment strategies. Operating as the CFO of Stuart Weitzman (2016-2018), she managed the buyback and integration of the China distributor, directed extensive organizational and operational changes and the implementation of an integrated technology platform.

Mary Lynn lives in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale with her husband, Charles Phillips. She serves as an advisor and mentor to Miami students in the Business of Fashion program.

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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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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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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.

Until his retirement in 2018, Ron served as president, chief operating officer and assistant secretary of RPM International Inc., a nearly $6 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. Before joining RPM, he held various positions with Willis Towers Watson, an actuarial consulting firm.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for TimkenSteel Corporation (NYSE: TMST) and is also on the board of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Children’s Hospital. Ron is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Cleveland Class. He and his wife, Susan, and their three children reside in Hudson, Ohio.

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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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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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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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President & Chief Commercialization Officer
Alveo Health
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. As president and chief commercialization officer for Alveo, Brett will lead a team that specializes in aggregating claims, automating the process of getting the claims to the correct payers, and accelerating the remittance of reimbursement to billing providers/physicians.

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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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 with honors from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business in 1996.

He serves as a Managing Director and Partner at William Blair and Company where he works in the Investment Banking Group. 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. Britt has been active in recruiting on Miami’s campus and has lead the annual William Blair Investment Banking case competition at Farmer for the last 11 years.  He has helped to recruit more than 25 Miami students to William Blair.  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 Chicago, a member of the Chicago Commonwealth Club and as President of the New Trier Hockey Club.

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Edsal Sandusky Corporation Zhongshan
Chicago, Illinois

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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.

He will lead the company, working to advance Edsal’s strategy and continue to support its customers and employees. Prior to assuming the CEO role at Edsal, Scott served as the senior advisor to the CEO of LG Household & Healthcare, helping the company to integrate New Avon into LG. Since he had previously served as the CEO of New Avon, he was invaluable during this transition.

He joined New Avon from Abbott Laboratories, where he spent 10 years, last serving as President of International 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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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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Chief Commercial Officer
Johnson Controls

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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.