The Private Company Governance Summit 2015
Reserve your seat at the governance conference for directors, owners, and advisors of family-owned, closely-held and private-equity owned businesses of all sizes.
Session topics include:
Facilitated peer discussions on:
Special Pre-Conference SessionPrivate and Family Company Governance Basics (Complimentary add-on session for those attending the full conference.)
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Standard registration rates
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
- $1,795 First attendee
- $1,295 Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
- $1,615 First Attendee
- $1,165 Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
- $2,250 Each attendee
Wednesday May 13, 2015
3-8 pm Registration Open 4:00-5:15 pm PRECONFERENCE SESSION Private and Family Company Governance Basics This session will provide nuts-and-bolts information on how a board can help a private company to grow and thrive. Panelists will offer insights on determining whether a fiduciary or advisory board is right for you, the optimal number of board members, director recruitment, board composition and managing concerns about director liability. Moderator: Steve McClure, Principal Consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group Speakers: Darcy Howe, Director, Heatron, Advisory Board Member, The Bama Companies; Jim McHugh, Director, Southworth International Group Inc. and Kennebec Technologies Inc.; Dennis Cagan, Director, Copper Mobile, Acorn Technologies, Truston, HeartStories, Inc., New Law Technology, Inc. 6:00-7:15 pm How Private and Family Company CEOs Work With Their Boards What do private and family company CEOs expect from their boards, and how can the board help a CEO lead his or her company most effectively? Sitting private company CEOs will discuss their working relationships with their boards and how their boards have been a guiding force for providing discipline, accountability, strategic guidance and expertise. Speakers: Julia H. Klein, Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.; Paul Bartelt, President and CEO, The Vollrath Company; Keith E. Williams, President, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; Secretary-Treasurer, US-China Business Council; Director, National Fire Protection Association Moderator: F. Douglas Raymond III, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP 7:15-9 pm Networking reception and buffet dinner
Thursday May 14, 2015
7:30 am Registration Open 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast 8:30-8:45 am Conference Introduction Growth, Technology and Risk: 2015 Issues and Opportunities for Private Companies Roger Nanney, Vice Chairman, Deloitte LLP 8:45-9:15 am Keynote Interview Jim Kristie interviews John âJackâ Brennan, chairman emeritus, Vanguard; Director, General Electric Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, LPL Financial Holdings, Inc. 9:15-9:30 am Networking Break 9:30-10:45 am Strategy and the Private and Family Company Board What the board needs to know in order to help formulate and drive a private companyâs strategy. How a board sets strategy. Company strategy is perhaps the key role a private company board plays. Does that board set strategy or oversee the company strategic plans? Whatâs the right balance? And how does a boardâs role evolve as a company strategy is pursued over time?
Speakers: Meghan Juday, Director and Family Council Chair, IDEAL Industries; B. Joseph White, President Emeritus, University of Illinois and Director, Gordon Food Service; Howard Brod Brownstein, âPresident, Brownstein Corporation; Director, P&F Industries Moderator: Scott Chase, Directors & Boards 10:45-11:00 am Break 11:00-12:15 pm Refreshing the Board Competitive circumstances changeâbut board membership often doesnât. As the shifting marketplace, new technologies and globalization create new demands on management and the CEO, how can a private company ensure that its board is composed of engaged members who have the expertise and energy the company needs currently and in the future? How can the board balance new perspectives with the institutional memory and valuable insights of long-serving directors? How can a board prevent groupthink? Panelists will discuss age and term limits, board evaluations, finding new talent and new skills, and tactfully asking ineffective directors to leave. Speakers: Gerry Czarnecki, Director, State Farm Insurance, MAM Software Group, Inc.;Anthony W. Schweiger, âCEO & Managing Principal, The Tomorrow Group, LLC, Director, Marketcore ; Steven R. Walker, General Counsel, Secretary, and Director of Board Advisory Services, National Association of Corporate Directors Moderator: John Wood, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles 12:15-12:30 pm Break 12:30-1:45 pm Lunch and Keynote Address Seth Goldman, President & CEO, Honest Tea 1:45-2 pm Break 2-3:30 pm Breakout Sessions (45 minute sessions, repeated once. Attendees may select two sessions to attend).
3:30-3:45 pm Networking Break 3:45-5:00 pm Onboarding the New Director In bygone days, a new director would serve for at least a year before being expected to contribute in a meaningful way. But todayâs competitive environment puts pressure on private companies to appoint board members who can hit the ground running. This session will focus on best practices for new director orientation. What kinds of documents and training sessions should be provided to bring the new director up to speed? What is the role of the board chair, the lead director, the CEO and key managers in this process? And what can reasonably be expected of new directors?
Speakers: Bernard H. Tenenbaum, Advisory Board Member, Diesco, Woldenberg Group; Nina Henderson, Director, CNO Financial Group, Regus plc, Walter Energy; Janet Morrison Clarke, Director, Cox Enterprises, Forbes Media Holdings Moderator: Jeffry Powell, Executive Vice President, Sales, Diligent Board Member Services Inc. 6:00-9:00 pm Group Dinner Old Ebbitt Grill, a Washington, DC landmark. Cocktails on the observation deck, with panoramic views of the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, National Cathedral and the Potomac River.
Friday May 15, 2015
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast 8:30-9:15 am Keynote Address Speaker: Lansing Crane, Chairman Canal Insurance Company, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools and Wellsâ Enterprises; Former Chairman and CEO, Crane & Co. Inc.. 9:15-10:00 am Table Discussions Working to a case study, conference attendees will work in small groups to discuss potential solutions. 10:00-10:15 am Networking Break 10:15-11:30 am Private Company Governance in the Real World This session will focus on boardroom challengesâwhen theory meets reality. How can a board manage dissident shareholders, a rogue director or a difficult CEO? What happens when an ownership group wonât heed the boardâs recommendations, or when a faction of the board members favors advice thatâs off-target? Panelists will share their war stories and offer advice. There will be time for hardball questions from the audience.
Speakers: Edward D. Horowitz, Co-Founder and Board Member, U.S. Space LLC; George Isaac III, Director, Findley-Davies, The Isaac Group; Cynthia Watts, Director, Furst-McNess Company Moderator: Jennifer M. Riley, Vice President and Global Private Commercial Specialty Manager, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Conference Close
Director, Southworth International Group Inc. and Kennebec Technologies Inc.
Jim McHugh is the Founder & CEO of McHugh & Co., a strategy and performance improvement consulting firm. Jim specializes in âfixing Stuck companiesâ. He created the 9StucksÂ® business diagnostic tool that identifies nine distinct yet interrelated business challenges that cause a company to underperform. His practical approach to working with the leadership of these Stuck companies has produced substantial improvements in strategic focus and alignment, operating performance, organizational clarity, profitability, cash flow, and shareholder value. Jim has worked extensively with Boards, investors, owners, CEOs and senior leadership teams of management-owned, family-owned, or private equity backed businesses in diverse industries: manufacturing, distribution, technology, business/professional services, and retail. In addition to his work as a CEO advisor and consultant, Jim has broad, senior, general management experience in middle market and emerging growth companies as an operating executive (CEO and CFO) and a member of multiple Boards of Directors. His operating roles include Chairman and CEO of Chi-Vit Corporation and President of Strategies, Inc., an information technology consulting firm. He co-founded (2005) and leads the Maine Board Forum CEO Peer Group. Jimâs current board positions include Southworth International Group, Inc. and Kennebec Technologies, Inc. In the past Jim has served on the boards of Beckwood Services, Inc., Climax Manufacturing Company, The RETEC Group, Inc., Shield Pack, Inc., Chi-Vit, Inc., Questech Metals, Inc., and the Advisory Boards of Seaman Paper Co., Inc. and Animation Technologies, Inc. He is a former Director of the Boston Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and Founder of The Concord Vine, a monthly breakfast group of operating executives, private investors, corporate development professionals, and attorneys. He writes regularly on his blog at www.9Stucks.com and for numerous business publications. Jimâs passions outside of work include family life (married 40 years with two daughters), running, reading, writing and boating. He graduated with an AB in Economics from Bowdoin College and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He earned his CPA while employed with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Chairman Emeritus, Vanguard Group; Director, General Electric Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.
Jack Brennan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He joined Vanguard in 1982, was elected chief financial officer in 1985, president in 1989, and served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2008 and chairman from 1998 through 2009. He has been chairman emeritus and senior advisor to Vanguard since 2010. Mr. Brennan is a director of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and LPL Financial Holdings Inc., and lead governor of the FINRA Board of Governors. He is a trustee of The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program and the University of Notre Dame and served as chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation. Mr. Brennan also served as a director at The Hanover Insurance Group during the last five years. He serves on the Management Development and Compensation (chair), Risk, Governance and Public Affairs committees for General Electric.
President & CEO, Honest Tea
Seth Goldman, co-founder of Honest Tea, drank a lot of liquids. An active person, Seth was continually in search of the perfect drink to quench his thirst after a run, a game of basketball or between grad school classes. Yet, Seth found most drinks either too sweet or too tasteless. Barry Nalebuff, Sethâs professor at the Yale School of Management, found that he and Seth shared a passion for the idea of a less sweet, but flavorful beverage during a class discussion of a Coke vs. Pepsi case study. They agreed that there were tons of sweet options and lots of watery drinks, but in 1994, there was nothing in between to fill the void. Fast forward to â97. Seth goes for a run in New York City with a college friend who used to concoct juice drinks with him after class. As they found themselves doing the same beverage mixing after the run, Seth knew then that if he was going to quench his thirst for good, he would have to create the drink himself. He e-mailed Barry to see if he was still excited about the idea. Timing was everything. Barry had just returned from India where he had been analyzing the tea industry for a case study. Among other things, he came away with the impression that the tea many American companies purchased for bottling was the dust and fannings left after whole tea leaves had been brewed. Barry had even come up with a name to describe a bottled tea that was made with real tea leavesâHonest Tea. When Seth heard the name, the simmering idea began to boilâit was the perfect name for an all-natural brand that would strive to create healthy and honest relationships with its customers, suppliers and the environment. Seth took a deep breath, quit his job at Calvert mutual funds, and started brewing batches of tea in his kitchen. Five weeks after taking the plunge, he brought thermoses of tea and a recycled bottle with a mock-up label to Fresh Fields (Whole Foods Market). The buyer ordered 15,000 bottles, and Seth and Barry were in businessâif they could figure out how to make that much tea. They did, and weâre still at it 15 years later. In March 2011, The Coca-Cola Company purchased Honest Tea after an initial 40% investment in 2008, which helped expand the distribution of HONESTÂ® beverages. Today, Honest Tea is run as an independent business unit and our HONEST TEAÂ®, HONEST ADEÂ®, HONEST KIDSÂ®, HONEST SPLASHâ¢ and HONEST Fizz beverages can be found in more than 100,000 stores across United States. The dream that took root in Sethâs kitchen in 1998 became a company that just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Seth continues to run the business as the President and TeaEO in Bethesda, MD with the same passion towards health, the environment and social responsibility.
Chairman, Canal Insurance Company, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools and Wellsâ Enterprises; Director, Ginsey Home Solutions; Former Chairman and CEO, Crane & Co., Inc.
Lansing Crane retired in 2007 from Crane & Co. Inc. after 12 years as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A member of Craneâs Board of Directors from 1985 until 2007, he is currently Chairman of the Board of SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, Canal Insurance Company, and Wellsâ Enterprises Inc. He is a Senior Advisor on mergers and acquisitions and family corporate matters to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Mr. Crane is also Executive-in-Residence at the Family Business Center of the Loyola School of Business in Chicago Illinois. Mr. Crane is a sixth-generation descendant of the founder of Crane. During Mr. Craneâs tenure at Crane & Co., the company moved from being a New England manufacturer of niche products to a diversified, global company while still retaining the values and culture of a unique legacy company. Mr. Crane led a professionalization of Craneâs board of directors, management and family governance structures. Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Crane practiced law in New Haven, Connecticut and taught in the Yale School of Medicine until joining Crane & Co. He and his wife, Katharine, now reside in Boulder, Colorado. Crane was established in 1801 and has been privately owned by the Crane family since then. Crane is a world leader in the manufacture and sale of high security currency products, fine cotton stationery and high performance, nonwoven materials for filtration and insulation. Crane has supplied the U.S. Treasury with all of its currency paper requirements since 1879, and has developed banknote security features that are present in the currencies of the United States, the European Union, and many nations of the world. With its 2001 acquisition and subsequent modernization of the banknote printing and paper facilities of the Central Bank of Sweden outside Stockholm, Sweden, Crane Currency has become a fully integrated supplier of banknotes, banknote paper and security features for governments worldwide.
Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.; Director, Eastern States Group
Julia H. Klein is chairwoman and CEO of C.H. Briggs Co., one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials, and a director of Eastern States Group. She is a leader in the building materials distribution industry who transformed a local business into a super-regional, professionally managed platform company. With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, Klein has led C.H. Briggs for more than 20 years, serving as CEO and chairwoman since 2007. Klein has successfully integrated six acquisitions expanding the company’s footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast regions. Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its segment, and is among the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses.
Klein was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Greater Philadelphia, and was honored with the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Award, the Athena Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia.
Klein is a former board of directors member of the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors Institute for Distribution Excellence, the North American Building Materials Distribution Association and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, World Presidents Organization, the Committee of 200 – an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives and board members.
Other board service includes Hedwin Corporation, Arbill Safety Supply, Reading Health System, Reading Physicians Network and the Berks County Community Foundation.
She earned a M.A. in public policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a college-aged son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Director and Family Council Chair, IDEAL Industries
IDEAL Industries, nearly 100 years old, has over 1,200 employees and manufactures more than 6,000 products for the electrical, datacomm, OEM, wire processing, security, automotive, telecommunication and industrial markets. IDEAL has headquarters in Sycamore, IL; manufacturing plants are located in Sycamore and DeKalb, IL; Massachusetts; Canada; Ireland; England and China. International sales facilities are located in Canada, England, Germany, Australia, China, India, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For the past eight years, Meghan has been the IDEAL Family Council chair and a director on the IDEAL Industries board of directors, a primarily independent board. Meghan has worked as a business analyst and Project Manager at CSC and as a next-generation leader of the IDEAL Industries family. Meghan was one of the first graduates of the Family Business Stewardship Institute at the Loyola Family Business Center. She has a B.A. from St. Johnâs College in Santa Fe, NM, where she graduated in 1994 with a concentration in mathematics and philosophy.
Director, MAM Software Group, Inc., Jack Cooper Enterprises
Gerry Czarnecki is the Senior Managing Director & Executive Producer of Ventureland Productions, LLC, fullservice media and marketing organization concentrating on Brandintegrated TV. Gerry is also Chairman & CEO of The Deltennium Group, Inc., a consulting practice helping individuals and organizations with effective strategic marketing, managerial leadership and board governance. Prior to forming The Deltennium Group, Mr. Czarnecki was Chairman and Founder of Snowden Hill, a boutique investment bank focused investments in the retail industry. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and operated several consumer marketing organizations, and continues to this day with investments in retail marketing. Mr.Czarnecki held a number of executive positions in the banking and financial services including General Manager of the 4th largest bank Trust Department in the country; CFO of the 8th largest bank holding company; the CEO of a large, publicly held bank and another large privately held bank owned by an investor group headed by former Secretary of the Treasury, William Simon. In 1993 Mr.Czarnecki was part of the team recruited by Louis Gerstner to begin the turn around of IBM Corporation. Serving as an IBM Senior Vice President, Mr. Czarnecki had worldwide responsibility for customer focused quality initiatives, human resources, real estate services, quality programs, non-Â-manufacturing procurement, aviation and a wide range of other staff functions. Later he was President of UNC, Inc., NYSE aviation company, which manufactured air craft engine parts, repaired and overhauled aircraft engines and accessory components and provided significant outsourcing services to the US military. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Mr. Czarnecki is an author who has written 6 books,the last was published in April, 2013. Mr.Czarnecki holds a B.S. in Economics from Temple University, an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Doctor of Humane Letters from National University. He is also a member of the board of directors of several companies: MAM Software Group, Inc, where he is the Chairman of the Board, and Jack Cooper Enterprises, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also the founder and Chairman of The National Leadership Institute, not-for-profit organization committed to expanding research and development of leadingedge ideas in marketing, strategy and customer focused organizational development. This organizational so provides training in those techniques, in large measure to small-to-medium sized business and other not-for-profit entities. He is also: a member of the Board of Trustees of National University, where he is former Chairman; Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors-Florida Chapter, advisory board member for Private Capital, Inc.; the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Inc.
Director, Heatron; Advisory Board Member, The Bama Companies
Darcy A. Howe is a high performance executive and board director with extensive experience building an entrepreneurial business within a Fortune 100 company in the financial services industry. As the founding partner and co-development lead for an elite private banking and investment group, she brings 30 years of financial services experience with strategic planning skills, general business management expertise, and business advisory services. Her clients include entrepreneurs, family business owners, Fortune 500 executives and two Forbes 400 families. Darcy is an experienced board director, who brings a strategic perspective with financial discipline and risk assessment expertise to the boards, companies, and the families she serves. As a Senior Vice President of Investments for Merrill Lynch, Darcyâs group also functions as the family office for many high net-worth clients. Her practice, The Howe/Hise/Lowry Group, founded by Darcy, delivers a full range of seamless services that include portfolio management, risk assessment, regulatory insight, governance oversight, multi-generational financial education, and business advisory services. Additionally, as a senior executive of Merrill Lynch, Darcy is responsibility for practice vision, development, growth, talent acquisition and management, and full P&L accountability. Her group is focused on creating a defined vision for her clients, intentional strategic planning, continuous education on options and opportunities, and a collaborative partnership with effective communications that serve her clientsâ growth plans. As a result, she delivers clear business and financial decision-making processes that incorporate leadership succession. Darcy founded her investment practice in 1984. She established her credentials by developing new business and operating models which helped define financial planning road maps that resulted in robust diversification and higher performance to those she serves. Her innovation, business expertise, and collaborative style led to her being selected in 2000, from 16,000 colleagues, to form the elite 300-advisor Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. From 2006-2008, Darcy was a member of the Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Advisory Council to Management. The Council was established in 2000, with the intention of forming a collaborative relationship with executive leadership in support of business imperatives, improvements to company platforms, and to drive innovation. In 2012, Darcy received the Kansas City Business Journal "Women Who Mean Business" award. In 2009, Barronâs Magazine named Darcy âTop 100 Women Advisors in the U.S.â and, in 2007, Darcy was honored as Worth Magazine âTop 100 Wealth Advisors in the U.S.â Darcy has brought her diverse experience and talents as an advisor to numerous boards and committees. Her value to these boards includes: strategic oversight on growth, expansion, consumer insights, alliances, process improvement, branding, and change initiatives. As a founding member of a women-led angel investing network, she helped the organization create a path for 72 women-led ventures to apply for angel funding, with 25 of those companies moving forward for investor presentations. To date, 6 companies have received funding. As further evidence of Darcyâs diverse board experience, from 2010 to present, she has been serving on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees of Heatron, an engineering company specializing in custom heating and LED integration. In January 2013, Darcy was nominated to the Board of Advisors of The Bama Companies. An international foodservices company that manufactures and distributes bakery goods, Bamaâs operations facilities are located in Tulsa, OK, Beijing and Guangzhou, China and in Poznan, Poland. She launched her career with Armstrong World Industries in the New York City office as a representative for commercial accounts. Darcyâs tenure with Armstrong provided her with an invaluable foundation on production and distribution systems, brand building, marketing, and sales.
âCo-Founder and Board Member, U.S. Space LLC
Edward D. Horowitz is Co-founder and a Director of U.S. Space LLC, a satellite services company, and Chairman of ViviSat, its in-orbit servicing venture. In January 2013, Mr. Horowitz joined the Office of the CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a leading provider of worldwide television channel origination, live sports and news distribution, digital media and government services. Prior to Encompass, Mr. Horowitz served as President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, a market-leading satellite operator serving media, the DOD, Office of Homeland Security and other government agencies, as well as commercial customers. In addition he was a member of the Executive Committee of its parent company, SES (SESG Euronext Paris, Lux.). Mr. Horowitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications (NASDAQ: FRP), Director of Online Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCC), PT Link Net (the second largest fixed broadband and cable TV operator in Indonesia), The Tennis Channel and the non-profit American Management Association (AMA). He also is Chairman of EdsLink LLC, a New York City based venture capital firm formed in 2001 to provide financial, advisory and technology consulting services and a Senior Executive Advisor to Tennebaum Capital Partners. Prior to joining SES in May 2005, Mr. Horowitz founded EdsLink LLC and served as a Strategic Advisor to Cablevisionâs Rainbow DBS Satellite Company, SPARX Group (TOPIX 8739), an independent, publicly-traded Japanese financial services and investment company, and to Neustar (NYS: NSR), Inc., the leading provider of neutral, third party clearing house services to the telecommunications industry. He also served on the Boards of iVillage and Acterna until their sale to NBCU and JDSU respectively, and EaglePicher and American Reprographics (NYSE: ARC). Before forming EdsLink, Mr. Horowitz founded and was Chairman of e-Citi, the unit of Citigroup created in 1997 to pioneer electronic commerce and financial services strategies and initiatives to extend Citigroupâs industry leadership into the internet. He also served on Citigroupâs Executive, Operating and Investment Committees. Mr. Horowitz is known for the breadth of his knowledge and business abilities in a wide variety of areas, including technology, strategy, marketing, economics, sales and content creation. Prior to joining Citibank in January 1997, he was Senior Vice President, Viacom Inc., Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcast Interactive Media and a member of the Viacom Executive Committee. From 1974 to 1989, Mr. Horowitz held various senior management positions at Home Box Office (HBO), a subsidiary of Time Warner. He earlier had been a founder of Suburban Cable. Throughout his career, Mr. Horowitz has executed successful business strategies that leverage technology to open markets and bring compelling content to people around the world. Early on, he was a pioneer in the cable and programming industryâs efforts to create a satellite encryption system approach for direct-to-home distribution. Mr. Horowitz has testified before the Defense Department Advisory Board regarding strategic space, and the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies on telecommunications and public policy issues. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security, (BENS) a nationwide, non-partisan organization, through which senior business executives work to enhance the nationâs security. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science, the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, and The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
Director, Findley-Davies, The Isaac Group
George Isaac is the founder and President of GAI Capital Ltd., a fifteen year old national consulting and investment firm. Through its George Isaac Consulting division, he provides specialized management consulting services to family businesses and family offices. The firmâs primary focus is assisting clients create, realize and protect family business wealth, based upon Mr. Isaacâs perspective and skills gained through decades of family business, public company and capital markets experience. His clients are often addressing a multitude of issues associated with transition planning and succession management, corporate and family governance, problematic family dynamics, corporate finance including buying/selling a business, and business strategy/operating performance improvement, and private company shareholder wealth realization. Isaac has served on over twenty-five boards including fourteen public and private corporate boards for companies ranging in size from $30 million to $1 billion and has consulted on over 100 client engagements in a variety of industries. As a result, he has a rare understanding of all aspects of starting and maintaining a family enterprise, from the technical to the behavioral. His experiences as a family business CEO and Director, Deloitte management consulting partner, corporate board member, public company senior executive, and private equity investor provides him with the unique perspectives of an operating executive, management consultant, and investor. The result is an ability to deliver pragmatic, strategic and implementable counsel to his family business and family office clients. Isaac is also the co-managing member of the Isaac family office, GeoZac Holdings, Ltd. In addition, he owns and operates a metals recycling company and serves as co-managing member of two of his familyâs 2nd generation operating companies. He is on the board of directors (prior CEO) of his 4th generation family business, The Isaac Group and his familyâs foundation, George Isaac Foundation. Upon joining The Isaac Group as CEO, he rebuilt the management team, revised business strategies, and grew the business six-fold over 8 years prior to selling its major operating unit to a public company. After the sale, Isaac joined the public company as an Executive Committee member (EVP and Divisional President) and Board of Directors member where they consolidated his industry and created at $1.2 billion operating entity. Isaac is a frequent speaker at national and international business meetings and conferences and has had numerous articles published on family enterprise issues. He is a member of Young Presidentsâ Organization, the CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network, the National Association of Corporate Directors (prior member), and an International Board Member of Chief Executives Organization (CEO). Mr. Isaac is a credentialed Certified Management Consultant (1984) and has an MBA with distinction in Finance and a BS Industrial & Operations Engineering from The University of Michigan.
President Emeritus, University of Illinois; Director, Gordon Food Service
B. Joseph (Joe) White is President Emeritus of the University of Illinois, James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership, and Dean Emeritus of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He teaches U.S. corporate governance to graduate business and law students at Illinois. He is the author of The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader (AMACOM, 2007), as well as the forthcoming Boards That Excel. Joe is a trustee and chair of the corporate governance committee of Equity Residential, Inc. (NYSE:EQR). During his service, EQR has grown from an enterprise value of $800 million to over $30 billion, delivered annualized total shareholder return of nearly 13% and become an S&P 500 company. Joe is a director of Gordon Food Service. GFS has become one of Americaâs 40 largest private companies during his service. He helped create governance arrangements intended to enable GFS operate in perpetuity as an independent family business. Joe has extensive experience on corporate and nonprofit boards including Kelly Services, M Financial Holdings, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Argonne National Laboratory, American Council on Education, National Merit Scholarship Corporation and Georgetown University. Joe was the 16th president of the University of Illinois from 2005-2009. He served as dean of the University of Michigan Business School (now the Ross School of Business) from 1991 to 2001. He has private sector experience including six years as an officer of Cummins, Inc. Joe brings a background as an influential force in business education and talent development. As dean at Michigan, he integrated action learning into MBA studies, creating the first new curriculum model since introduction of the case method. Joe touched off movements in the business school world that elevated corporate citizenship and increased the ranks of women and minority executives. In Boards that Excel, Joe blends governance research with practical experience and shows how to turn knowledge into action. He urges corporate and nonprofit directors to set high aspirations and provides practical advice on how to achieve them. He shares the wisdom of experienced directors through candid and insightful interviews. Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University, Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Mary, have two children and five grandchildren.
Advisory Board Member, Diesco, Woldenberg Group
Bernie, Managing Partner of Lodestone Global, has personally been a member or assembled nearly 50 Boards of Directors. His experience spans the public, private, and non-profit board environments. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Diesco, one of the largest Caribbean-based manufacturing companies, as well as an Advisory Board member for the Woldenberg Group, a Chicago based conglomerate specializing in learning aids, laboratory distribution, and real estate businesses. Additionally, Bernie serves as the President of Childrenâs Leisure Products Group (CLP). He led CLPâs acquisition of Vivid Imaginations, Ltd., the largest privately held toy company in the United Kingdom. Vividâs revenues at the time of the acquisition were in the $50 million range. Today, Vividâs revenues exceed $360 million after a number of follow-on acquisitions, and the company now exports to 32 countries. Bernie was previously Vice President of Corporate Development at Russ Berrie & Co. (NYSE:RUS), a maker of childrenâs toys and other gifts, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1989-1997. He also was a member of the Board of Directors at SYMS Corporation (NYSE:SYMS), a family-owned chain of off-price retail clothing stores, chaired its Audit Committee, and as Presiding Director, led the Boardâs role in the acquisition of Fileneâs Basement. Bernie also was a member of the Vision Board of ToysRUs.com. Bernie has served on the Board of Directors for The Franklin Mint, a leader in the collectibles industry; Unger Global, an international manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment; and, Nexiq Technologies, a publicly traded (IND:NEXQ) technology company. He has been an Advisory Board member/shareholder in Kidlandia, a software platform for childrenâs personalization products; Yowie.com, a streaming video platform to connect performers, opinion makers and trendsetters directly with their fans; and FanStamp, a company that specializes in makeup-based press on designs and logos. Bernie has served as the Global Chair for Family Business Programs for the Young Presidentsâ Organization (YPO), and has taught the YPO âBuilding a Board of Directorsâ seminar from Barcelona to Vancouver. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast U.S. Region of the World Presidentsâ Organization (WPO) as Regional Membership Chair, as well as on the International Networks Committee. In 2009, Bernie was recognized by YPO as âBest of the Best,â an international award granted for executing the best cross-chapter event on âBuilding Effective Boards of Directors.â Bernie is a ârecovering academicâ, having served as the Associate Director of the Wharton Entrepreneurial Center for 10 years, where he founded the Wharton Small Business Development Center. He taught undergraduate and MBA classes in business strategy, venture capital, and business planning. Bernie is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University. He received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from The Wharton School in 1981.
Director, Acorn Technologies, HeartStories, Prista Corp, Pratter, Inc.
Dennis Cagan is a recognized authority in the high-technology industry. He is a respected CEO, entrepreneur, professional board member, venture investor, mentor, consultant, and Shadow CEOâ¢. His career spans 47 years of founding and leading a wide variety of information technology, systems, software, services, distribution, and Internet firms. Dennis has been on 52 corporate boards. He has authored a number of articles on the dynamics of private and early-stage company boards of directors, many of which have been featured in Directors & Boards. He has done business in dozens of countries and has an impressive track record of both start-up and turnaround situations. He has founded over a dozen enterprises, and has participated in taking several public. Since 1981 Dennis has delivered his services through his consulting firm Caganco Inc. As a serial interim CEO, in 2011 Dennis served as president, CEO and managing member of a cybersecurity software company; in 2009-2010 as president and CEO of a software-as-a-service financial services firm; in 2006-2008 as CEO and president of a public distance learning company; and from 2000 to present as founder, chairman and CEO of a private technology incubator and venture investment firm. Between 1983-1995 Dennis provided consulting services to numerous technology companies, including AT&T, IBM, General Electric, and Xerox, and other smaller firms. In 1979 he had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the first COMDEX Show in Las Vegas. In 2011 he was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame - Channel Wing, administered by CompTIA. In 2013 he was selected by NACD and the Dallas Business Journal as one of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas. Dennis currently serves on five corporate boards: Copper Mobile, Acorn Technologies, Truston, HeartStories and Tavros Technology. He served in the USMC and is active in his church. He lives with his wife Angelia in Carrollton, TX, with their youngest of four daughters.
Director, Furst-McNess Company
Cynthia Watts is the CFO & General Counsel of Brighter and has over a decade of experience leading successful internet companies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Furst-McNess Company, an independent agricultural company providing customized vitamin and mineral premix, commodity blends, and feed ingredients to the beef, dairy, poultry and swine industry throughout the United States and Canada. Cynthia is also a partner in Blue Waters Research LLC, and a managing director of eCompanies LLC, an internet incubator. Prior to her work with Brighter, she served as eCompaniesâ Chief Operating Officer, as well as Managing Partner of eCompanies Venture Group, an internet venture capital fund. Businesses founded by eCompanies include Business.com, JAMDAT Mobile, and Boingo Wireless and USBX. eCompanies Venture Group was an early investor in LowerMyBills, Inc., as well as other digital media companies. Cynthia has also been a partner in a private equity firm specializing in retail and consumer manufacturing companies, and SVP and General Counsel to a publicly traded national retail company. She holds honors degrees from Yale College and Harvard Law School, and lives in Santa Monica with her husband and sons.
CEO and President, The Vollrath Company
Paul Bartelt is the CEO and President of the Vollrath Company LLC, a 140 year-old global company supplying products to the commercial foodservice, retail foodservice, industrial component and industrial cleaning industries. Over the past 5 years, Vollrath has more than doubled in size through significantly expanding both its product lines and global reach. Prior to Vollrath, Paul held a variety of leadership positions at the Kohler Company and John Deere. Paul has a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. Paul has been happily married for 24 years to his wife Beth and had two children, Katie(15) and Noah (13). They currently reside on a hobby farm in progress outside of Sheboygan Falls, WI and when not on the farm spend as much time possible sailing on Lake Michigan.
Director, CNO Financial Inc., Regus PLC, Walter Energy Inc.
Nina Henderson is a Director of CNO Financial Group (NYSE) Bankers Life, Washington National and Colonial Penn insurance companies audit, risk and investment committees; a Director of Regus plc (LSE) global office services provider Chair remuneration committee, member audit and governance committees and a Director of Walter Energy Inc (NYSE) metallurgical coal for the global steel industry audit and safety/environmental committees. She served as a Director of AXA Financial and The Equitable Companies (NYSE) audit, investment and finance/risk committees; Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE) Lead Director and Chair nominating & corporate governance committee (sold to KKR); Pactiv Corporation (NYSE), audit committee (sold to Reynolds Holdings); Royal Dutch Shell, plc (LSE) and its predecessor company The Shell Transport and Trading Co. plc (LSE) audit, remuneration, corporate/social responsibility committees; Hunt Corporation (NYSE) audit and compensation committees (sold to Berwind). At Bestfoods ($9.4 billion) and its predecessor company CPC International (NYSE), she was one of fourteen corporate officers as Corporate Vice President and also President, Bestfoods Groceryâs $1.3 billion U. S. consumer business (Hellmannâs, Skippy, Mazola, Muellerâs, et cetera); Corporate Vice President Bestfoods Food Service Global Development $1.7 billion in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America; Corporate Vice President and President, Bestfoods Specialty Markets Group in Canada, United States, Caribbean, Worldwide Exports food/non-food brands for North American General Market, Hispanics and Asian consumers. Prior to her general management positions, she held numerous marketing positions. Bestfoods was sold to Unilever. Nina is a Trustee of Drexel University, including the College of Medicine, where she is Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and a member of Executive and Finance Committees; a Director of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a Director of the Foreign Policy Association and President of the Kent Land Trust Foundation. An honors graduate of Drexel University, B.S. Nina received the A.J. Paul Drexel Distinguished Alumni Award and is a member of the Drexel 100. She speaks frequently on business strategy, globalization, higher education and corporate governance for McKinsey, Rand Corporation, NACD, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Conference Board, Practicing Law Institute and NYSE/Euronext and Bogazici University (Istanbul).
Director, Cox Enterprises
Janet Morrison Clarke is President & Founder of Clarke Littlefield LLC, a firm focused on providing strategic consulting services to the financial services industry with particular emphasis on marketing technologies. Her prior experience includes executive roles at DealerTrack Holdings [2002-03] Young & Rubicam, including Chairman & CEO of its KnowledgeBase Marketing subsidiary [2000-01]; Citigroup, where she was Managing Director of Global Database Marketing [1997-2000] and executive positions at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company [1979-1997]. Clarke is a former director and chair of the compensation committee of Asbury Automotive Group (NYSE). and a former director of ExpressJet Holdings. Clarke served as a director of eFunds Corporation [2000-07] and Gateway Corporation [2005-07]. Both companies were sold in 2007. In 2004, Clarke chaired the special committee in the âgoing privateâ transaction of Cox Communications. In 2007, she joined the board of the privately held acquirer, Cox Enterprises, where she currently chairs the compensation committee. She serves on several private company boards. Clarke is a graduate of Princeton where she serves as a Charter Trustee Emeritus and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee [2000-07] and co-Chairman of the Capital Campaign [1995-2000].She currently serves on the advisory board of Princetonâs Center for Economic Studies [CEPS] and is a member of the Princeton University Varsity Club Board. She has an AMP from Harvard Business School and is a former member of the Alumni Advisory Board [2002-2005]. She teaches a course entitled âCEO Compensationâ at Wharton Business Schoolâs Directors Program.
President, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; Secretary-Treasurer, US-China Business Council; Director, National Fire Protection Association
On May 1, 2005, Keith Williams became the 10th president of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. UL is an independent standards development organization, testing lab and certification body with a mission to enhance life and safety and facilitate global commerce. Founded in 1894, UL is a Chicago-based company with worldwide operations. Subsequent to earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Keith joined General Electric Co. During a 23-year career at GE he held assignments in global business management, global logistics, marketing and sales. From 1993 to 1996, he resided in Beijing, China, and was president, GE Medical Systems China. In late 1996, he became the first global champion for using 6 Sigma to address commercial transactions within GE Medical. In 1997, Keith was named president, Asia-Pacific Operations for Medtronic Inc. based in Tokyo, Japan. During an eight-year career with Medtronic, he also served as chief quality & regulatory officer and as president, Spinal & Neurological Business Unit. During his 11 years working in Asia, Keith served on various joint venture boards, including businesses with Samsung, Yokogawa Electric, Wipro and the Chinese Ministry of Health. In addition to his work at UL, Keith serves as secretary-treasurer of the US-China Business Council, a director of the National Fire Protection Association and a trustee of Opera Memphis.
President, Brownstein Corporation; Director, P&F Industries, PICO Holdings, Inc.
Howard Brod Brownstein is President of Brownstein Corporation, which obtains financing and buyers for companies large and small, and provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as fiduciary services, litigation consulting, and investigations. Mr. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent board member, and has chaired board Audit, Nominating and Strategic Planning/Risk Assessment committees. He currently serves on the board of P&F Industries (NasdaqGM: PFIN), a manufacturer and distributor of air-powered tools and hardware. Mr. Brownsteinâs board experience spans a broad range of domestic and international industries, including basic metals production, manufacturing, apparel design and retailing, banking and financial services, as well as nonprofit organizations. Such positions have included âsensitive situationsâ involving, e.g., governance issues and restructuring. He previously served as sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC, a privately-held designer and retailer of womenâs apparel, on the board of Special Metals Corporation, a $1 billion nickel alloy producer, where he also chaired the Audit Committee, and on the board and Audit Committee of Magnatrax Corporation, a $500 million manufacturer of metal buildings. He also served as Board Chair of the National Philanthropic Trust, among the fastest-growing charities and largest grant-making institutions nationally (over $1 billion to date), and the largest independent provider of donor-advised funds. Mr. Brownsteinâs additional board experience includes a regional bank, a retail department store, and nonprofit Boards including board chair of a United Way agency. Previously, Mr. Brownstein was Managing Director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), a Japanese trading company, then one of the worldâs largest companies. Mr. Brownstein served in several senior executive and board positions, including CEO and COO of The Stone Group, a leading multinational manufacturer of comfort and safety equipment for the passenger rail industry with operations in the United States, Spain and England. Prior to becoming a turnaround management consultant, Mr. Brownstein founded a metals trading firm. Mr. Brownstein is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP). He has served on the boards of the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as board committees and program leadership, and received TMAâs âOutstanding Individual Contributionâ award in 2007. He has published over seventy articles, books and chapters, and serves as a contributing editor to two publications. He is an annual guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU, Villanova, and Northeastern, as well as at professional and educational programs. Howard Brownstein is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained B.S. and B.A. degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences.
âPrincipal Consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group
Steve McClure is a principal of the Family Business Consulting Group. Steve specializes in family communications and decision making, succession planning and implementation, and governance and management in family firms. His work often involves family and non-family employee teamwork, implementing advisory boards or boards of directors, family governance, successor development and management practices, such as compensation and strategic planning, tailored to family businesses. His clients are primarily in North America and include financial services, manufacturing, philanthropic, distribution, construction, retail, agricultural, textile services and professional services (i.e., family offices and trust companies), all operated or owned by families. Clients range in size from $5 million (USD) to several billion. Steve earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Purdue University. He has taught business planning and family business management and governance to retail networks of international manufacturers, clients of law practices, international trade groups and business advisers, and to the members and owners of family businesses, both domestically and internationally. He is an innovator in providing unique services to private businesses and his articles on consulting methods appear in three volumes of collected works. He is co-author of books on family business succession and working in a family business. He is an active member of the Family Firm Institute, serves as a mentor to consultants entering the field and has won the prestigious Beckhard award for outstanding contributions to the field of family firm consulting. Steve has worked with family businesses for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Family Business Consulting Group in 1999, he consulted exclusively with family firms for ten years, preceded by a position as a management consultant with a regional CPA/consulting firm, where he created and managed the Organizational Consulting Group.
General Counsel & Managing Director, Board Advisory Services, National Association of Corporate Directors; Director, Director, Objective Interface Systems, ContractRoom
Steven R. Walker has led the legal affairs and Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2009 where he currently serves as the General Counsel and Director of the Board Advisory Services. In his Board Advisory Services role, Mr. Walker provides counsel to board leaders and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of board governance, performance, and composition and has been designated a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow by NACD. Prior to joining NACD, Mr. Walker has served as general counsel and senior executive to public and private entities ranging from private equity backed start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations in a variety of sectors, including managed healthcare, healthcare delivery, pharmaceuticals, life and health insurance, banking, securities, finance, technology, funeral and cemetery, and software. Mr. Walker has also served in the government sector as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance during the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley. He was also a Senior Attorney with the State of Florida Division of Banking, Finance, Securities and Investor Protection. Mr. Walker is the past Co-Chair of the Securities and Governance Forum of the Association of Corporate Counsel Washington Metro Chapter. The breadth of his board service also includes the Advisory Board of ContractRoom, Orange Bowl Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel-MI Chapter, American Cancer Society-Tampa, and Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts-Miami. Mr. Walker is an alumnus of Florida State University where he earned his BS and JD degrees. He also completed post graduate studies at Oxford University and Emory University.
Director, Drummond Scientific, Femco Holdings, LLC, Exocor, Inc.
Stan Silverman is the former president and chief executive officer of PQ Corporation, a family owned global company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific in two core businesses â chemicals and engineered glass materials. Stan rose through the ranks at PQ over nearly 35 years, and is very experienced in dealing with the issues of family-owned enterprises. Stan is the Leadership Catalyst at Tier 1 Group, a firm of strategists and advisors for preeminent growth. He is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Drexel University, a trustee of Friends Select School and a member of the Drexel Close School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Stan writes a weekly guest column on Effective Leadership for Philadelphia Business Journal. He is the former chairman of the board of the Drexel University College of Medicine, and former chairman of the Soap and Detergent Association. He has served as a guest lecturer on Executive Leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University, where he holds the position of executive in residence. He is a director on the boards of Drummond Scientific where he serves as lead director, Femco Holdings, LLC, Exocor, Inc. and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He formerly served on the boards of General Chemical Corporation, A. Schulman, Inc., innRoad, Inc., C&D Technologies, Inc., Met-Pro Corporation and PQ Corporation. Stan began his business career as a process engineer at Atlantic Richfield, subsequently acquired by BP plc. He joined PQ Corporation in 1971. During his career at PQ, he has held positions in engineering, operations planning, marketing, sales and business unit executive management. Stan became PQ Corporation president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors in January 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a MBA degree from Drexel University. Stan also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
CEO of All Media Ventures; Director, Blue Socks Media
President, Barnegat Bay Capital, Inc.
Edward J. Smith is an independent director and corporate finance and governance consultant. He has been a director and member of the audit committee of four public companies since 2003. Each company had active internal and external growth program in place. As a director, Mr. Smith was involved in three company sales, over 15 merger or acquisition projects, three management succession processes and two independent accounting investigations. He has chaired each of the three required board committees. In 2006 and 2007, he taught a seminar in corporate governance at Yale University. He is a Board Leadership Fellow and holds a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors. Currently, Mr. Smith is a director for the New Jersey Chapter of NACD and a trustee and treasurer of Saint Thomas More Chapel and Catholic Student Center at Yale University. Mr. Smith was a director, chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance committee of ATS Corporation (a $130 million provider of systems integration and other strategic IT services to U.S. federal government agencies) which was sold to a private equity buyer in 2012. He was a director of Cognex Corporation (the worldâs leading supplier of machine vision systems). Mr. Smith was a director of Global Imaging Systems a $1.1 billion office imaging company which was sold to Xerox in 2007 for $1.5 billion. He was also a director and chairman of the compensation committee of Fargo Electronics (a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems) which was sold to Assa Abloy of Sweden in 2006 for $325 million. In 2001, prior to his board service, Mr. Smith founded a corporate finance and board governance consulting firm, Barnegat Bay Capital. Previously he was a Managing Director in investment banking at Prudential Securities, Merrill Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Kidder Peabody for 30 years. In those roles he completed over 250 financing transactions and 50 M&A assignments primarily for small and medium sized companies. Mr. Smith earned an A.B. degree in Philosophy from Yale University in 1970 and an MBA degree in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1972.
CEO & Chairman, Solon Group, Inc., Advisory Board Member, The Biltmore Company, Independent Director Representative, Richcourt Funds
Deborah Hicks Midanek is an experienced director, and her knowledge of operations, finance, and strategy has served 15 corporate and 5 nonprofit boards since 1990. At Solon Group, where she serves as Chairman and CEO, Deborah works with companies on growth strategy and handling rapid change. For example, she has served as Business Advisor to a Federal District Court and later a Receiver in a complex and highly sensitive cross border fraud situation; has helped a pharmaceuticals manufacturer manage a drastic revenue decline caused by a patent loss; has played numerous roles in the recent financial services company difficulties, has developed multiple successful investment funds, registered and unregistered funds; served as the de facto board of directors when the board of the GP of a Master Limited Partnership resigned and no one was available to right the ship and rebuild the board. Not content to sit and watch, she wants to resolve the issues at hand so all can move on. Previously, as President of Glass & Associates, Deborah guided the firm to double revenue and triple margin in two years. She started and ran the New York office of this provider of interim management services to manufacturing and distribution companies, opened new offices in the U.S. and Europe, rebuilt the brand, and positioned the firm for a successful sale in 2005. In addition, she led teams for diverse companies including Parmalat USA, Mississippi Chemical, and FINOVA. Earlier, she served as interim CEO of United Companies Financial Corporation and Standard Brands Paint. Deborah has served as director, lead director or chairman as well as committee chair (audit, compensation, governance, special independent) for public and private companies including HCC Insurance Holdings, Signature Group Holdings, MB Holdings, Phosphates Holdings, Inc., Rodman & Renshaw Group, Inc., and Tricapital, Ltd., among others. She is a member of the executive committee for the Committee for Economic Development, is on the advisory board of family owned Biltmore Companies and is Solonâs representative as sole director of various BVI-based investment funds. Deborah chaired the board of Standard Brands Paint and American Homestar, and The Solon Funds, registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. She also served as de facto lead director for Drexel Burnham, deemed an inadvertent investment company, during its bankruptcy, where she organized the shareholders to achieve recognition in the bankruptcy and restructured the incumbent board to favor independent directors. She joined Drexel Burnham to start its derivatives function, which grew to $50 billion in contracts; she then formed and led the firmâs structured products group. She is a 2011 NACD Board Leadership Fellow, the first year such designations were available. Her Wall Street background combined with her experience running her own institutional investment management firm, Solon Asset Management Corporation, gives her both depth and breadth of knowledge of capital markets and the innovations of the last few decades, where she has had a front row seat. Her firm, founded in 1990 with $75,000 in personal savings, quickly became a highly regarded institutional investment management firm due to the firmâs reputation for detailed knowledge of complex instruments and how to use them to reduce rather than amplify risk. The firm, which attracted Fortune 50 pension funds, large endowments and foundations as clients and won national recognition for its work with troubled derivatives portfolios, was sold in 1997. Deborah also built a no load mutual fund complex from $100 million to $1 billion in assets in 11 months, then the fastest growth recorded by Lipper. Deborah earned her MBA from the Wharton School and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. A frequent writer and speaker on governance, strategy, and leadership, Deborah also manages Prevail Investments LLC and Prevail Fund, Inc., all part of Prevail Companies.
Executive Vice President, Sales, Diligent Board Member Services Inc.
Jeffry Powell serves as Diligent Board Member Servicesâ EVP of sales, where he is responsible for the development and execution of client acquisition strategies throughout the Americas. Throughout his five years with Diligent, he has advised thousands of companies across industries, including banking, energy, higher education and health care on how secure, electronic access to board materials can improve organizational effectiveness and governance. In addition to more than 15 years of sales experience, Jeffry also worked for 12 years as a founder, board member and officer of a commercial translation agency. This deep familiarity with both the sales and executive management of growing organizations has enabled him to become expert in critical governance issues. He frequently contributes thought leadership and appears at both governance-related and vertical market events to discuss board portal adoption and implementation best practices. He is also a member of both the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.
Vice President and Global Private Commercial Specialty Manager, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Jennifer Riley is a vice president and the global private commercial specialty manager for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Based in Chubbâs world headquarters in Warren, New Jersey, Ms. Riley was appointed to this position in 2014. With 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, Ms. Riley is responsible for Chubbâs executive protection insurance for private companies including directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, employed lawyers liability, miscellaneous professional liability, cyber liability, crime, kidnap/ransom and extortion, and workplace violence insurance. In 2009, Ms. Riley was appointed the specialty insurance regional manager based in Chubbâs Washington, D.C. branch office responsible for overseeing business in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior responsibilities include several managerial roles for Chubbâs specialty insurance business units in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon. She also held underwriting positions in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Riley is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and organizational behavior. She is a graduate of the Smith College Leadership Consortium.
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Doug Raymond has been a corporate lawyer for 25 years and has been consistently singled out as among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, "Best Lawyers in America" and the Legal 500. He has been described as "an excellent adviser who stands out for his practical and solution-oriented advice" and praised for his "excellent business sense and problem-solving abilities." He has also been endorsed by Practical Law Company. Doug was formerly a Managing Partner of the firm and served as the chairman of its Corporate and Securities Practice Group for more than 10 years, stepping down in 2010 to return to the full-time practice of law. Much of Doug's work is transactionally focused â on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and joint ventures â and is driven by his relationships with his clients. Doug focuses on understanding his clients' businesses and industries, their objectives and how they want to achieve them, and he is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their goals, effectively and efficiently. Doug also works extensively on matters of corporate governance for both public and private companies. He advises boards of directors and special board committees across a range of challenges from conflicts of interest and changes in control, to corporate investigations and risk management assessment. Following college, Doug worked as a commercial lender. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School magna cum laude, Doug clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Doug graduated from Harvard College with a degree in classics and is a member of the boards of directors of the Atwater Kent Museum and National Community Capital Advisors.
President, Amirexx, Vice Chair, Xamax Industries, Director, Viad Corp.
Margaret Pederson is a strategist, innovator and business operator who serves as a Board Director and Chair of Innovation and Strategy Committees and member of Compensation & Nominating/Governance committees for public and private companies. Her current board assignments are: Viad (NYSE: VVI), Chairman of Innovation and Marketing Strategy Committee, Member of Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees; Xamax Industries, Chair Strategy Committee; TextureMedia Inc, Member Compensation Committee; National Association of Corporate Directors, President Connecticut Chapter and Women Corporate Directors Advisory Board. Margaret was President of Penton Exhibitions, Primedia Exhibitions (NYSE: Primedia) and Prism Exhibitions over a period of nine years. She held operating and senior management roles at Reed Exhibition Groups (Reed-Elsevier). Her early career included preparing Board material for Corning Glass and PepsiCo. She now runs Amirexx, a boutique consulting group that focus on innovation, business development and strategy for middle market and private equity companies and governments. She works in early stage investing with Golden Seeds with a focus on Media and Technology and a functional expertise in marketing. Margaret has both domestic and international operating and business development experience in stand-alone as well as large multidivisional companies. She has led operations in Canada and led development in Europe and Asia having lived in London, Paris, Tokyo and Manila. Margaret has demonstrated professional experience in strategy, business development, M&A, innovation and marketing for a wide range of industry sectors. She is a frequent speaker and writer on Innovation in the Boardroom. Margaret combines judgment, experience and knowledge in a collaborative manner that adds value to board matters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Program at University of Virginia,, an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business and studied international law and business at The London School of Economics. She enjoys adventure travel, trekking, home renovation, reading and writing.
Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles
John Wood is Vice Chairman and a member of Heidrick & Strugglesâ Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors Practice based in New York. He has 20 years of executive search consulting experience, having completed more than 200 chief executive officer and board directors for a broad range of clients. John joined Heidrick & Struggles from another executive search firm where he was a core member of their chief executive officer, board, private equity and consumer practices. He began his career in advertising and has held senior management positions at Grey Advertising (now the Grey Group) and Foote, Cone & Belding. Business Week recently named John one of âThe 50 Most Influential Headhunters in the Worldâ. He is a regular commentator in the media on issues including succession planning, executive compensation and board assessment. John earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Vice Chairman; National Leader, Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, Deloitte LLP
CEO & Managing Principal, The Tomorrow Group, LLC, Director, Marketcore
Anthony W. Schweiger is CEO and Managing Principal of The Tomorrow Group, LLC, a risk management consultant. He is also the Managing Principal of Board Equity Partners. The Tomorrow Group focuses on providing strategic, operational and risk management counsel to financial services businesses. Board Equity Partners provides governance counsel to public companies and other organizations with focus on board evaluations and the dynamics of corporate governance. He has over 40 years of experience in managing and counseling companies. In addition to being the CEO and COO/CFO of a large regional lending business, his business experience includes governance oversight, capital market management, risk management, technology, and strategic planning for a variety of service and technology businesses. From 1992 to 2012, he was a director and Governance Chair of Radian Group, Inc., a NYSE traded provider of private mortgage insurance and credit enhancement products. In addition, he served on Radianâs Audit, Finance & Investment and Compensation Committees. Mr. Schweiger has also served as a director in a number of private and public companies with roles as Audit, Compensation and governance Chairs. He is currently a director of two development stage enterprises. In his capacity as a consultant, Mr. Schweiger advises various businesses on governance, operational and strategic issues.
Managing Director, Deloitte LLP
Managing Director, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP
Regional Managing Partner, Industrial Americas
Based in the Chicago office, Bo Herbst is Regional Managing Partner, Industrial Americas. Bo focuses primarily on serving industrial, manufacturing and B-to-B services clients and has brought value to his clients through the placement of senior executives on Boards of Directors and in Chief Executive Officer, general management and finance functions. He has helped build effective leadership teams at respected companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Bo has served in a variety of leaderships roles at Heidrick & Struggles including Managing Partner Americas Manufacturing Sector and Managing Partner Americas Building Products Practice. Bo has also been actively involved in various global firm initiatives including strategy and training & development and is a long-serving member of the firmâs Global Quality Council. Bo joined Heidrick & Struggles from a major management consulting firm where he led a competitive intelligence and sales strategy team for several business units. In this role he helped to develop in-depth, industry-specific sales strategies that allowed the firm to significantly increase its business development effectiveness. Previously, Bo worked in Spain and Portugal as a sales manager for a large US-based industrial manufacturing firm. Clients included multinational manufacturing firms in the automotive, capital equipment and controls industries, as well as power generation enterprises, oil refineries and petrochemical companies. Previously, he served as dean of students at Harlaxton College â the British campus of the University of Evansville. Bo is actively involved in the local community and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Bo received an international MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University.
Standard registration rates
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
- $1,795 First attendee
- $1,295 Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
- $1,615 First Attendee
- $1,165 Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
- $2,250 Each attendee
Stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington and experience the upscale elegance of this premier hotel, centrally located in Penn Quarter across from CityCenter DC in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., near popular attractions. The Grand Hyatt Washington has a host of world-class services, amenities and well-appointed hotel rooms which feature an in-room safes, coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and iHome(R) stereo with alarm clock. The hotel is located close to three airports: Reagan National Airport, 4 miles; Dulles International Airport, 27 miles; and Baltimore Washington International Airport, 32 miles. A limited number of rooms are available at the PCGS 2015 special group rate of $329 per night, plus 14.5% taxes To qualify for the group rate, reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of Tuesday, April 14, 2015. To reserve your room online, visit Directors & Boards | Grand Hyatt Washington To make a reservation by phone, call 1-888-421-1442 and reference Directors and Boards for the group rate.