McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors Biographies
McDonough Executive Committee
Cohen & Steers, Inc.
Robert Steers is CEO of Cohen & Steers, Inc (NYSE-CNS), a leading global investment manager of innovation with focus on real assets, including real estate, infrastructure and commodities. From 1984 to 1986, he was a senior vice president and chief investment officer of National Securities and Research Corporation and he organized and launched the nation’s first real estate securities mutual fund in 1985.
Steers holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University. He also serves as the Investment Committee Chairman of the University’s Endowment Fund and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Staff Retirement Plan of the IMF.
BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc.
Ann Sarnoff is President at BBC Worldwide Americas, where she has been COO since 2010. She was responsible for driving growth and profit across the company’s businesses in the United States and Canada. She oversaw Advertising and Affiliate Sales for the cable channels BBC America and BBC World News, Digital Program Syndication, BBC.com, TV Sales and Co-productions, Home Entertainment, Licensing and Live Events. For the past three years, Sarnoff has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine. Sarnoff also serves on the board of HSN, Inc., a $3B interactive multi-channel retailer. For the past three years, she has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine. Previously, she spent over 4 years at Dow Jones as President of Dow Jones Ventures and from 1993-2003 worked with some of the best-known brands in television.
Sarnoff holds a B.S. in marketing from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the boards of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Harvard Business School Women’s Association of New York.
Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner
KPS Capital Partners LP
Michael Psaros is a co-founder and co-managing partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP and a member of its Investment Committee. Currently he serves on the Boards of Directors of the nine KPS portfolio companies. He previously served on the Board of Directors of 18 former KPS companies and as chairman of six.
Psaros received a BSBA from Georgetown University in 1989 and attended Sofia University in Tokyo, Japan. He and his wife Robin created The Robin and Michael Psaros Endowed Chair in Business Administration at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and he also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and Policy.
Founder, President and CEO
The Churchill Companies
Hap Fauth is chairman and director of Churchill Equity and president and CEO of Churchill Industries, which he founded in 1982. Previously, he was EVP and COO for Waterways Transportation, Inc., and vice president and senior credit officer at Citicorp.
Fauth once served as a member of the Board of Directors (2004-2010) for Georgetown University and was part of the Presidential Search Committee in 2000 and 2001. He is a trustee at the University of St. Thomas and a former director of John G. Kinnard & Co. Investor Securities, Children’s Health Care, and Worthington Bancshares.
Fauth received an MBA from New York University and a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business. He and wife, Geren, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have three children.
Co-Head of Research
CRT Capital Group
Kirk Ludtke joined CRT in 2006 after working at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors for 22 years. While at CRT, he has specialized in developing investing strategies for stressed and distressed situations across a variety of industries. While at JPMorgan, he specialized in leveraged finance, financial restructurings, and fixed income research. He has been ranked as a leading U.S. auto industry analyst in Institutional Investor’s Annual Fixed Income Research Poll.
Ludtke received a B.A. cum laude in economics from Albion College and an MBA in finance from The University of Michigan.
Molly Ludtke worked in the medical publishing industry for 20 years, first at Medical Economics and later at Cliggot Publishing. When she retired 10 years ago as group publisher, her responsibilities included editorial, sales, and promotion for two publications along with all related medical education. Prior to medical publishing, she worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals (now Astra Zeneca) and Stouffer Foods. Molly received a BS/BA in nutrition and economics from Albion College. Currently she is an active volunteer in both the New Canaan School system and local community. The Ludtkes have three children, Jack (B' 17), Annie (B' 18), and Ellen, a high school sophomore.
Brookside Capital, LLC
Dewey Awad joined Brookside Capital in 2000 and is a managing director. He previously was vice president of internet infrastructure research at Soundview Technology. Earlier in his career, Awad was director of applications and middleware consulting at Gartner Group and he spent several years at Electronic Data Systems in the United States and Asia.
Awad received an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Colgate University.
President and COO
W.R. Berkley Corporation
Rob Berkley is president and COO of W.R. Berkley Corporation. He joined WRBC in 1997 and served as EVP (2005-2009) and vice president for strategy and acquisitions (2000-2002). He was EVP of Berkley International (2000-2001) and president (2001-2002). From 2002-2005 he was senior vice president of specialty operations. Prior to joining Berkley, he was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Company.
Berkley graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in finance. He also serves on the board of Interlaken Capital, Inc., VaporStream, Inc., Associated Community Bancorp, Inc., and Associated’s Connecticut Community Bank, N.A. subsidiary; St. John’s University School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science.; Greenwich Hospital Board of Directors; The Institutes Board of Trustees; and NCCI Board.
Peter Crnkovich serves as the chairman of Morgan Stanley’s worldwide healthcare industry investment banking practice. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1982. Previously, he was responsible for the firm’s healthcare mergers and acquisitions practice and covered U.S.-based healthcare companies. He also spent three years in the firm’s San Francisco office. He was elected to the Board of Trustees at The Seeing Eyes in 2003.
Crnkovich has a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in Madison, N.J.
President and CEO
Fisher Dynamics Corporation
Michael Fisher is president of Fisher & Company, a leading family-owned and operated engineering and manufacturing provider for the global automotive business. He has served on the boards of Fisher & Company, Henry Ford Health System Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, Grosse Pointe Academy, Michigan Cancer Research Fund, and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Fisher received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business. He and his wife Beth reside in Michigan and enjoy four children who have graduated from and/or are attending Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.
CCMP Capital Advisors
Jonathan Lynch is a managing director in the New York office of CCMP and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He focuses on investments in the consumer/retail and business services/technology sectors. Previously, he was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions division of Prudential Securities. He serves on the board of directors of Axiom Global, Inc. He served as president of the Venture Investors Association of NY (VIANY).
Lynch holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President and CEO
Pritchard Industries, Inc.
Peter Pritchard is president and CEO of Pritchard Industries, which he founded in 1986, becoming the third generation of his family to own and direct a service organization. Pritchard Industries operates building services throughout the northeast, southeast, and southwestern United States and also owns Commercial Restoration Technologies (CRT); Pritchard Events Ltd., and Pritchard Sports and Entertainment Group.
Prior to establishing Pritchard Industries, Inc., he served in management positions at Pritchard Services, Inc. (PSI). PSI was the U.S.-subsidiary of the London-based Pritchard Services Group, directed by his father, Peter R. Pritchard.
Pritchard and his wife Zorah live in Manhattan and have two children, Sara (C’06) and Peter (B’08).
Contrarian Capital Management, LLC
Gil Tenzer is the director of real estate and a founding member of Contrarian, an institutional money management firm with over $4 billion in funds under management including dedicated real estate funds. Since Contrarian’s formation in 1995 he has been responsible for sourcing, managing, and coordinating the disposition of the firm’s real estate investments.
Tenzer received a BSBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1987.
McDonough Board of Advisors
Robyn Abraham has been the executive director at HB Global since January 2007, where she oversees the full service for international business affairs, negotiations for film, stage, television, music, social media, licensing, merchandising, IT, and IP. Prior to joining in HB Global, Abraham was the senior vice president and partner at the International Capital Solutions and also worked at the Walt Disney Company for more than 15 years.
Abraham graduated with an MBA degree from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Institutional Clients Group, Citi Global Markets, Inc.
Zubaid Ahmad is vice chairman of the Institutional Client Group at Citigroup. He is also COO of Global Banking and Global Head of Public Sector and Sovereign Wealth Funds. He also serves as a member of Citi’s Business Development Council. Prior to joining Citi, he served as vice chairman and head of corporate finance, Americas for Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, he held various positions at J.P. Morgan including vice chairman and COO of the Americas Investment Banking division.
Ahmad holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1986). He and wife Lisa live in Larchmont, N.Y., with their three children.
President and Chief Investment Officer
Neuberger Berman Group, LLC
Joseph Amato is the president and chief investment officer of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. He also is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Lehman Brothers’ global head of asset management and head of its Neuberger Berman subsidiary.
Amato received a B.S. from Georgetown University and is a member of the university’s Board of Regents. He is also a member of the New York City Board of Advisors of Teach for America, a national non-profit organization focused on public education reform, and a trustee of the Montclair Kimberley Academy, a New Jersey-based independent school.
Senior Managing Director
Bill Anderson is a senior managing director and is global head of Evercore’s Activism/Raid Defense Business and Strategic Shareholder Advisory practice. Prior to joining Evercore, he led Goldman Sachs’ top ranked activism and raid defense for over 10 years. He pioneered the practice of activism defense and advises companies worldwide in connection with mergers and acquisitions, special committee situations, corporate governance issues, cross-border transactions, contested shareholder situations and preparing for hostile activity. Previously, he was a mergers and acquisitions attorney for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a certified public accountant for Coopers & Lybrand and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Anderson is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York Alumni Council of Georgetown Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Westchester and the Wall Street Alliance Board of Advisors.
Anderson graduated magna cum laude receiving a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and magna cum laude with a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business. He and wife Kimberley (B ’87) live in Scarsdale, N.Y. with their three sons.
Silverstone Capital Management
Sam Bakhshandehpour leads Silverstone Capital Management, a private hospitality and real estate investment and advisory firm. Prior to this, Bakhshandehpour served as president of SBE, a global hospitality and entertainment company, where he was responsible for top-level management of all company business surrounding the Hotel, Restaurant, and Nightlife Groups, as well as SBE’s International, Residential, Gaming, and Corporate initiatives.
Bakhshandehpour holds a degree in finance and international business from Georgetown McDonough. He serves on the board of The New Home Company and Brentwood Presbyterian Church Pre-School and is a member of the Make-A-Wish Real Estate Executive Committee, Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program, and the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance.
Senior Managing Director
Blackstone Group International LP
Joseph Baratta is the global head of private equity and a member of the firm's Management and Executive Committees. Since 1998, he has been involved in the execution and responsible for Blackstone's investments in several projects. Before joining Blackstone, he was with Tinicum Incorporated, and McCown De Leeuw & Company and also worked at Morgan Stanley in its mergers and acquisitions department.
Baratta graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University where he also serves on the university's Board of Regents. He serves as a director of Seaworld Parks and Entertainment and Penn Engineering.
Founder and Principal
Barth Advising, LLC
Natalie Barth is the founding partner of Barth Advisors, a boutique advisory consulting firm focused on helping small companies evaluate and execute strategic alternatives. Formerly, she was the director of operations/business management at Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining PWP, she was an associate then vice president at Morgan Stanley, and also was an investment banking analyst at CIBC World Markets/Oppenheimer.
Barth received a BSBA in finance and international business from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also a board member of Park Avenue Synagogue and UJA-Federation of New York. She resides in New York City with her husband and their twin sons.
Founder and CEO
Berman Capital Advisors, LLC
Justin Berman founded Berman Capital Advisors in 2010, providing wealth management and investment consulting services to a select group of high-net-worth clients. Previously, he was vice president in the Private Wealth Management division of Goldman Sachs & Co. He has also served in the Investment Advisory Group at myCFO, Inc. and in the Private Client Group at Arthur Andersen & Co. He is active in community affairs and also serves on the boards of Families First, Zoo Atlanta, and Emory University Board of Visitors.
Berman is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Richard Beyer served as the CEO and chairman of the board of Freescale Semiconductors, one of the major global producers of embedded hardware and semiconductors, from 2008 to 2012. Prior to Freescale, he was CEO and Director of Intersil Corporation, a position that he grew into when Intersil acquired Elantec Semiconductor, where he was president, CEO, and director. Beyer also is chairman of The Semiconductor Industry Association’s Board of Directors.
Beyer earned an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and undergraduate and M.S. degrees from Georgetown.
Tim Billings has been a partner at Quad-C Management since 2008, leading investment activity in the consumer, business services, and specialty chemicals sectors. The middle-market private equity firm has invested over $2 billion across more than 50 companies. He previously served as a principal at MidOcean Partners and as the vice president and senior associate at DB Capital Partners in New York.
Billings holds a degree in finance from Georgetown McDonough. He serves on the Board of Directors of Classic Party Rentals, Document Technologies Inc., and Generation Brands. He is a member of the Georgetown Alumni Club of New York and the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance.
JOSS Realty Partners, LLC
Larry Botel founded JOSS Realty Partners in 2005. Previously, he spent three years as the COO at Broadway Partners and directed Broadway from a sole proprietorship with limited operating capability to a full service real estate investment company. From 1997 to 1999, he was vice president and head of real estate at Fortress Investment Group. He is also a general partner of two affiliated Minor League Baseball teams.
Botel received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1993 and a BSBA from Georgetown University in 1988. He has been a member of the McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors since 2007.
Mark Casella is managing partner of PwC’s Financial Services practice and leads the firm's U.S. Alternative Investments practice. With more than 30 years of experience, he serves as the engagement partner and business advisor to alternative investment fund clients, including investment partnerships, hedge and offshore funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and their related investment advisors.
Casella received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Managing Director and Head of Healthcare IB
Nomura International PLC
Paolo Cicchine has been a managing director and head of healthcare investment banking for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Nomura since October 2008. Paolo was Financial News' “Banker of the Week” in May 2011, after leading Nomura’s European advisory effort on drug firm Takeda’s $14 billion acquisition of Swiss rival Nycomed. Prior to this, Paolo served as a managing director at Lehman Brothers and as a director at Dresdner Kleinwort, a British investment bank that was acquired by Commerzbank in December 2008.
Cicchine holds a BSBA in economics from Georgetown. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgetown University City Alliance.
Lisa M. Cregan is a managing director for Morgan Stanley and regional director of the firm’s mid-Atlantic region based in Washington, D.C. Lisa is responsible for 1,350 financial advisors managing over $155 billion in assets.
Since joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, Cregan has founded the Houston Women’s Advisory Council, a strategy to attract more women financial advisors and women clients. The success of the Houston Council led to the formation of over 30 Women’s Councils countrywide.
In 2011, Houston Woman Magazine named Cregan one of Houston’s “50 Most Influential Women,” and in 2014 she was named as one of the top 10 “Outstanding Women in Banking and Financial Services” by the Women’s Resource in Houston. She was most recently named as one of the 20 Most Influential Women to Watch in 2016 by Investment News.
Cregan is a member of Georgetown McDonough’s first MBA class and holds a B.A. in government and French.
Chief Executive Officer
Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL)
At a tender age of 39, Mohammed Dewji, aka Mo, is the group CEO of Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL). Under his 14 year leadership, METL employs more than 24,000 people and contributes 3.5 percent of Tanzania’s GDP. Dewji’s business empire is estimated at $1.3 billion and still expanding with a projection of $5 billion by 2018. His diverse group of companies deal in trading, manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, real estate, mobile telephony, and distribution in Tanzania and East and Central Africa. METL is undoubtedly one of the leading trading companies in the region.
Dewji received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Chairman and CEO
William Doucas serves as chairman and CEO of Elutions, Inc., and chairman of Elutions Capital Ventures. As a premier global provider of operational business intelligence solutions, Elutions improves energy efficiency, asset performance, and workforce productivity for businesses. Elutions works to help clients increase the lifespan of their assets and reduce the amount of unclean energy being used in various markets including telecommunication, retail, industrial, and commercial properties. Doucas is responsible for the strategic execution of the Elutions’ long-term goals and objectives.
Doucas holds a B.S. in finance from Georgetown University and also is a member of The Hellenic Initiative Board of Directors. He has three children and lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife.
Managing Director, Chief Human Resources
Dasha Smith Dwin is managing director, human resources & administration and chief human resources officer for GCM Grosvenor, a leading alternative investment firm. Previously, she worked for the Employee Relations and Employment Law departments and legal department at Time Inc., and also practiced as a corporate attorney at the law firms of Latham & Watkins, Covington & Burling and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Dwin received a B.S. in finance from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She also serves as a board member on the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and as a trustee of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Chief Marketing Officer
Glenn Eisen is the chief marketing officer of SlingTV, a subsidiary of DISH Network that provides programming content from Disney/ESPN, HBO, AMC, A&E, and Univision. He has more than 25 years of marketing experience, most recently serving as the chief marketing officer for Dish Digital from 2012 to 2015.
Eisen currently serves on the board of AnyPresence, Inc., a leader in cross-platform mobile app infrastructure. Before joining Dish Digital, Eisen was the executive vice president of marketing at Guthy-Renker and the senior vice president of marketing at Vonage and AOL.
Eisen received a BSBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is an Executive Board member of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), where he previously served as vice chairman and treasurer.
CEO and Co-Founder
Karim El Solh has more than 23 years of experience in private equity, asset management, investment banking, and real estate. He is the founder and CEO of Gulf Capital, one of the largest and most active alternative asset management firms in the Middle East. Previously, he was CEO of the National Investor, head of European high yield capital markets at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette and a senior investment banker at Citigroup. He also worked for five years at Price Waterhouse.
El Solh has a B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Georgetown University, a doctorate in economics from the Institute D’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a Certified Management Accountant diploma.
Longbow Capital Partners
Thomas Fitzgerald is managing partner and chief investment officer at Longbow. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. from 1999 to 2003, where he was a partner managing director in the Equity Capital Markets Group. He also served as co-head of Goldman Sachs’ global convertible and equity derivatives activities within the Equity Capital Markets Group. He spent 16 years at Salomon Brothers and its successor, Salomon Smith Barney, where he was a managing director and co-head of Global Equity Capital Markets.
Fitzgerald holds a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Marc Flamino is currently a managing director at RBC Capital. Prior to joining RBC in 2013, he was a partner at H/2 Capital Partners and a managing director at Goldaman Sachs. He began his career joining PaineWebber in 1989 and moved to Morgan Stanley in 1996.
Flamino graduated cum laude from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in 1989 majoring in finance and also holds an MBA (finance) from Columbia University. He currently resides in Chappaqua, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
Clark Enterprises Inc. (CEI)
Robert Flanagan is president of Clark Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Washington’s prominent Clark Construction Group. In this role, he oversees the acquisition, management, and development of new investment opportunities. As managing director of CNF Investments LLC, Clark Enterprises' private equity division, Flanagan serves on the boards of Clark Construction Group LLC, Eagle Oil & Gas Co., Brown Advisory, and Svelte Medical Systems.
A certified public accountant licensed in Washington, D.C., he received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business and an MST from the American University School of Business. Flanagan and his wife Elizabeth reside in Bethesda, Md., and have four children.
President and Founder
David Fogel serves as the President of IndexIQ, a leading stock indexing and ETF company, which he co-founded with another Georgetown Law alum in 2006. He co-founded SmartPortfolio.com Inc. in 1999 in his first entrepreneurial venture with three other Georgetown alumni, and later served as vice president and head of new product development for TheStreet.com. Fogel began his career as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 1997. In 2003 he helped to launch Circle Peak Capital LLC, where he served as a principal.
Fogel holds an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from the McDonough School of Business and a law degree from the Georgetown Law Center. He is a member of the MBA Alumni Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance.
Ann Gillin Lefever was a managing director at Barclays Capital. She began her career with Bankers Trust Company, where she worked in corporate finance and in Latin America. She remained there for 10 years before joining Sanford C. Bernstein as a principal and senior analyst, where she was responsible for introducing and launching coverage of the international food, beverage, and consumer products companies. Gillin Lefever also worked for Lehman Brothers as a senior analyst in equity research and managing director.
Gillin Lefever was recognized for her work in the 2002 Institutional Investor All America Research Team survey. She earned a B.S. in finance from Georgetown McDonough and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Healey Family Foundation
Megan Healey Hagerty is the director of the Healey Family Foundation, a charitable organization that conducts philanthropy on behalf of the Healey family, primarily her father, Thomas J. Healey (C ’64). Hagerty was a special events coordinator at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York in the early 1990s. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Columbia University. Megan is married to John C. Hagerty, a partner of Healey Development LLC and a graduate of Williams College.
Hagerty is part of an extended family of Hoyas, including her brother Jeremiah Healey (C ’95), cousins Sarah Oglesby (C ’01) and Erin Oglesby (C ’03), and uncles Raymond Sachs (C ’61), Gregory Sachs (C ’62, M ’66, R ’67), and Michael Sheehan (F ’60).
Chairman, President and CEO
Harvard Development, Inc.
Paul Hill is chairman and president of The Hill Companies. Through Harvard Developments Inc., he operates in areas of real estate, insurance, broadcasting, energy, and manufacturing in Canada and the United States. He chaired Crown Life, Boardwalk Equities, and served or is serving on the boards of Canada Trust, North Canadian Oils, Shopping.com, Government House Foundation, Conference Board of Canada, Asia Pacific Foundation, Chief Executive Organization, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, C.D. Howe Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, and various business schools including Ivey, Hill, and McDonough.
In addition, he was instrumental in creating the foundation “One Life Makes a Difference” and Mother Teresa Middle School, both focused on educating under privileged students.
Hill received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Partner and Co-Founder
David Hooper is a partner and co-founder of Centerview Capital, an industry-focused, operationally-oriented private equity firm. Prior to forming Centerview Capital in 2006, he was a managing director, head of the Consumer Group and chairman of the U.S. Investment Committee at Vestar Capital Partners. He once served as a financial consultant to GPA Group PLC. and was a member of the Blackstone Group’s Principal Investment Group and Drexel Burnham Lambert’s M&A department.
Hooper graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a BSBA, and he earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the board of directors of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Big Heart Pet Brands, and Richelieu Foods.
Global Head of Business Development
Millennium Partners, LP
Peter Hornick has been the global head of business development and a member of the executive committee at Millennium Partners, L.P., since July 2012. He previously served as the head of fixed income sales for Americas at Nomura Securities, as managing director and head of credit sales for North America at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as global head of the CDO group at Lehman Brothers, and as a derivatives trader at Merrill Lynch in New York and London.
Hornick holds a degree in finance from Georgetown McDonough and received an MBA from University of Michigan in 1994. He is a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Career Network, which provides students and alumni with advice on careers industries/industry trends and organizations within their areas of expertise.
Executive Vice President
Yongsoo Huh is executive vice president of GS Energy. As a family owner of GS Group, he was responsible for Group strategy, M&A and portfolio management until 2012. He is now responsible for GS Group’s new energy initiative, which includes gas, power and cleantech. Prior to joining GS Group, he was CEO of Seungsan Inc. He also served as board member of KB Bank of Korea and worked for Credit Suisse First Boston.
Huh received a BSBA from Georgetown University and an EMBA from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He also serves as a board member of the Korea National Museum.
TradeInvest Asset Management, Ltd.
Sarkis Dikran Izmirlian is the CEO of TradeInvest Asset Management, Ltd. and the chairman and CEO of Baha Mar, Ltd. After graduating from Georgetown University with a B.S. in international business and finance, he was employed in the New York offices of JP Morgan. Since leaving JP Morgan, he has been actively involved in his family’s businesses including commercial real estate investment and development, commodities trading, agricultural equipment manufacturing, and financial investments.
He attended the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., where he now serves as a trustee. Izmirlian also chairs or serves on the board of numerous philanthropic organizations including the Izmirlian Foundation. Born in Switzerland, he now resides in the Bahamas with his wife and children.
Izmirlian received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Jay Jacobs is PIMCO's president and a managing director in the Newport Beach office. Previously, he served as the global head of talent management. He spent five years in PIMCO's Munich office as the head of PIMCO's German business and a senior member of the European management team. He joined the firm in 1998 as a member of the executive office working closely with the leadership team in Newport Beach. He was also a vice president at Commercial Trust Company.
Jacobs holds an MBA from Georgetown University and received an undergraduate degree from Washington University, St. Louis.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC)
Daniel Jaffee graduated from Georgetown University in 1986. He joined Oil-Dri in 1987 after a year with Price Waterhouse. From 1990-1995 he served as CFO of the company. He became president of the Company in 1995 and CEO in 1997, also serving as COO from 1995 to 1997.
Jaffee received his undergraduate degree in business from the McDonough School of Business and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University in 2004. His civic activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago and as a Trustee of the Chicago History Museum.
Kantarian Sports Group
Arlen Kantarian served as the CEO, professional tennis for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), overseeing all aspects of the U.S. Open, the U.S. Davis Cup and Olympic teams, and the USTA National Tennis Center. Prior to joining the USTA, he served as president and CEO of Radio City Music Hall, vice president of marketing for the National Football League, and held senior-level brand marketing positions at Pepsi-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive. He was named to Businessweek’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in Sports.” He currently owns and operates a sports advisory group and serves as the Lead Director for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Kantarian holds a BSBA degree from the McDonough School of Business and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business. He and his wife Ann (B’ 77) live in Rye, NY.
Laurie Hodges Lapeyre is an active volunteer for educational and medical institutions and social service organizations in New York and Washington, D.C. She spent six years in Investment Banking at Goldman, Sachs and Co. focusing on the energy, telecomm and public utility sectors and 10 years in executive search recruiting leading executive and board-level management searches.
Lapeyre is a member of the advisory board of Horizons at Saint David’s and serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University and as vice chair of Georgetown University’s Board of Regents. She holds a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University. Lapeyre and her husband Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr. reside in New York. They have two children, Pierre (B ’15) and Jacqueline (B ’17).
COO, Alcon Television Group
Founding Partner, KlevanLongarzo, LLP
Jerry Longarzo is COO at Alcon Television Group and is a founding partner of KlevanLongarzo LLP. Longarzo oversees the business affairs, legal affairs, scripted production, and production finance departments for the Alcon Television Group. He previously held senior posts at Newscorp and The Walt Disney Company and began his legal career in New York as a corporate associate for the law firm Lord Day & Lord.
Longarzo earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a BSBA, magna cum laude, from the McDonough School of Business. He and his wife Diana have three sons and reside in Los Angeles, Calif.
Capital Advisory, LLC
Herbert MacArthur is a global consulting professional who brings a unique combination of domestic, international, government, and commercial experience to bear in strategy development, business process reengineering, and financial management. He is currently providing strategy and management consulting services to the energy, infrastructure, and federal contracting sectors. Prior to this, he was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led market teams in defense, transportation, and finance, as well as one of the firm’s functional Centers of Excellence. MacArthur has lived and worked extensively in Africa and Europe, speaks French and German, and is married with two children.
MacArthur received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Vice President & Chief Tax Officer
Wayne G. Monfries is the vice president of corporate tax and trading for Nike, Inc. Leading a team of over 120 tax and finance professionals around the world, he is responsible for managing tax planning, compliance, accounting, and controversy matters in over 145 countries. Monfries previously worked for Mars, Inc. as a regional tax director for the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Monfries also serves as the president of the Portland Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute. He has worked to mentor youth and young professionals through the Nike Black Employee & Friends Network (former co-chair) and the Nike Global Women’s Leadership Council Speed Mentoring program.
Monfries lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Sidney and Caitlyn.
Executive Vice President
E! Entertainment Television, Inc.
Jen Neal oversees and directs all marketing initiatives for E!’s global pop-culture brand. In 2012, she played an integral role in harnessing E!’s ongoing momentum to develop and execute the brand evolution strategy that included the network’s new look, logo, brand campaign, and “Pop of Culture.” Most recently, as chief marketing officer for BBDO North America, she was responsible for driving BBDO North America’s evolution and growth, including the positioning and branding of the agency.
Prior to BBDO, Neal was at Omnicom’s PHD, where she was responsible for running the New York office and all client relationships on the East Coast, including entertainment brands Discovery Networks, HBO, BBC, and Travel Channel.
Neal received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Managing Director, Business Development
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Eileen Nelson is a managing director of business development at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a private equity firm focused on information/business services and healthcare. Prior to joining WCAS, she was a partner and director of investor relations at FLAG Capital Management, a director at Credit Suisse Asset Management, and a senior vice president of Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette.
Nelson is an active GU volunteer whose leadership roles have included serving as the president of the Georgetown Club of New York and co-chair of the 25th Reunion. She and husband Michael live in Greenwich, Conn., with their sons Liam and Nicholas.
Nelson received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Halyard Capital Fund
Bob Nolan is the managing partner of Halyard Capital and chairs the Investment Committee. He represents Halyard on the Boards of Education Dynamics, Practice Insight, and Digital Fortress. Previously, he sat on the Board of American Consolidated Media. He was the CEO of the BMO Private Equity Group, managing director and head of media & telecommunications investment banking at CIBC World Markets, and also worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology Group.
Nolan is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C., bar associations. He received a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and a BSBA from Georgetown University.
CEO and Managing Partner
Hilltop Advisors, LLC
Jeff Oliver is CEO and managing partner of Mclean, Va.-based Hilltop Advisors, an accounting and advisory firm providing a wide range of consulting and financial services. Prior to founding Hilltop Advisors, he served as a managing director of KPMG Peat Warwick’s Mortgage and Structured Finance division, which became BearingPoint. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia.
Oliver and his wife, Sharon, co-founded Meany & Oliver Companies, Inc. with Phillip E. Meany, Jr. in 2004. The firm provides brokerage, consulting, investment, and marketing services to a variety of private & public sector clients, institutions, and landlords in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Olivers reside in Arlington, Va.
Oliver received a BSBA from the McDonough School of Business.
Partner, Ethics & Compliance
GAMCO Investors, Inc.
Wayne Plewniak is managing director at GAMCO. He was formerly with Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman, where he served as a managing director and senior portfolio manager following Neuberger's acquisition of Lipper & Company in 2002. He was responsible for the creation and management of Lipper & Company's high yield management from its inception in 1991. He began his career at General Motors Corporation and also has worked with Goldome FSB, Paribas North America, and Bell Atlantic Capital.
Plewniak is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and earned an MBA in finance and international business from Georgetown University.
Executive Director, Institutional Fixed Income Sales
Elaine Pochtar is an executive director in the Municipal Bond Department of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Fixed Income Department. She joined the department at its inception in 1983, having graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has served multiple terms on the Board of Advisors for McDonough and also is active in the Georgetown University Undergraduate Alumni Admissions Program, having served as an AAP interviewer for Northern New Jersey for the last 20 years.
Pochtar graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University. She and her husband, Jim Sweeney, live in Essex Fells, New Jersey with their children, Danny and Allie.
Jeff Powers started as a product manager for Rawl in 1981 and was subsequently promoted to regional manager and vice president of sales. He eventually took over as president in 1995, when he changed the company name to Powers. In this position, Powers expanded the business globally into Canada, Australia, China, India, and Europe. After selling the family company, he founded Powers Group, a consulting firm for privately-owned companies seeking strategic planning and implementation of eventual IPO or sale preparation/execution to a buyer.
Powers holds a BSBA in finance from Georgetown McDonough. He is the head of Eucharistic ministry at St. Vincent’s Hospital and serves as a staff assistant in the Medical Oncology Unit at Greenwich Hospital.
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.
Steve Pully is a director of several public and private companies, including Energy XXI, Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., and VAALCO Energy. Pully also provides investment banking and consulting services to companies and investors in the energy industry. He has more than 30 years of financial and legal experience, and served until recently as General Counsel and partner at Carlson Capital L.P. Before that, he worked for Newcastle Capital Management L.P., an investment partnership where he served as President, and at several Wall Street investment banking firms where he focused on the energy sector.
Pully holds a degree in accounting from Georgetown and a J.D. from the University of Texas. He is a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Career Network, which provides students and alumni with advice on careers industries/industry trends and organizations within their areas of expertise.
Partner and Co-Head of Debt Advisory and Restructuring
Centerview Partners, LLC.
Marc Puntus is a partner and co-head of the debt advisory and restructuring practice at Centerview Partners LLC., a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm. For over 20 years he has led restructuring, financing, and M&A assignments across a wide array of industries. He also acted as the managing director and founder of Miller Buckfire & Co., a member of the financial restructuring group of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and the partner in the business, finance, and restructuring department of the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Puntus has a J.D. (cum laude) from Boston University School of Law and a BSBA in finance from Georgetown University.
Senior Partner, The Abraaj Group
CEO, Abraaj Partners Holding Company
Hossam Y. Radwan is a senior partner at The Abraaj Group and the chief executive officer of Abraaj Partners Holding Company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, Radwan heads the team responsible for making investments across a variety of asset classes. He also is a member of the group’s Risk Committee. Most recently he served as CEO of EFG-Hermes in Saudi Arabia and as a member of the Executive Committee of EFG-Hermes Holdings.
Radwan received a B.S. in finance from the McDonough School of Business.
Beck, Mack & Oliver, LLC
David Rappa is a senior partner at Beck, Mack & Oliver LLC. He has more than 14 years of experience in the investment industry and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund’s portfolio. He previously was a principal at Austin Investment Management, Inc. where he served as a portfolio manager and an analyst during his tenure starting in 1997, including serving as co-portfolio manager of the fund.
Rappa earned a B.A. in international business from Georgetown University.
Head of Securities Division Distribution, Middle East and North Asia
Saleh Romeih is the head of securities division distribution for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in early 2013 after 18 years at Deutsche Bank, where he last served as head for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. After Deutsche Bank acquired Saleh’s previous employer, Bankers Trust, in 1999, he helped establish Deutsche Bank’s global markets coverage business in the CEEMEA region from 1999 to 2005. In 2006, Saleh relocated to Singapore to lead the debt capital markets and corporate coverage franchise in Asia, building Deutsche Bank’s origination and risk management businesses.
Romeih holds a degree in finance from Georgetown and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
International Chief Financial Officer
Bank of New York Mellon
John Roy has been the international chief financial officer for The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation since 2008. From 2007 to 2008, he served as BNY Mellon’s co-head of merger integration, following the July 2007 merging of BNY and Mellon Financial Corporation. Before the merger, Roy was head of investor relations and later head of corporate development and strategy at The Bank of New York.
Roy holds a degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MBA from Georgetown McDonough.
Searchlight Capital Partners
Eric Sondag has been a partner with Searchlight Capital Partners since 2011. He has more than 16 years of experience in financial services, previously working as vice president at GTCR Golder Rauner and as vice president at Wasserstein Perella, both in Chicago. At Searchlight, Sondag primarily focuses on the media, communications, education, and consumer services sectors. He was instrumental in Searchlight’s recent investment in Cengage Learning, for which he now serves as chairman of the board.
Sondag holds a degree in finance from Georgetown McDonough and completed the Executive Management Program at INSEAD in Singapore. He is a board member of Canadian retailer M&M Meat Shops and has supported several nonprofits with a focus on early childhood education.
EIG Global Energy Partners
William Sonneborn is president of EIG Global Energy Partners. Previously, he was the senior advisor to KKR and a member of KKR’s Management Committee. During his five years at KKR, he helped lead the growth of the public markets side both organically and through strategic acquisitions as well as the launch of new initiatives for KKR to access individual investors. Prior to joining KKR, he was with The TCW Group, Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Sonneborn graduated with honors from the McDonough School of Business in 1992. He currently lives in California with his wife, Karen.
Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy
Tim Stallkamp has been the managing director at Conway MacKenzie since 2006, where he focuses on providing turnaround and crisis management services to distressed and underperforming businesses. Prior to this position, he served as vice president in the financial advisory services practice of AlixPartners, focusing on insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He also worked as a litigation consultant for Navigant Consulting in Washington, D.C.
Stallkamp holds a degree in finance from Georgetown McDonough and received an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.
Executive Vice President, Operations
Tim Tassopoulos is executive vice president of operations for Chick-fil-A and is responsible for coordinating the activities of field operations, operation services, training and development, human resources, and purchasing and distribution. He began his career at Chick-fil-A in 1977 as a restaurant team member and joined the home office staff as a business consultant in 1983.
Tassopoulos graduated from Oglethorpe University with a B.A. in history and political science. He received an MBA from Georgetown University and was recognized with the Graduate School Service Award. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Oglethorpe University. He and his wife, Maria, have two sons, Luke and Nicholas.
Atlas Mara LTD
John Vitalo joined Atlas Mara as CEO in July 2014. Previously, he was at Barclays PLC where he was CEO, MENA, since May 2009. His previous roles at Barclays included CEO of Absa Capital, COO of Global Markets, and COO of Emerging Markets. Vitalo joined Barclays in 2002 from CSFB and prior to CSFB, he worked at Gleacher & Co. and Morgan Stanley & Co.
Vitalo graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a BSBA in finance and international management. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Co-Founder and Managing Member
Zuaiter Capital Holding, LLC
Abbas Zuaiter is a co-founder and managing member of Zuaiter Capital Holdings, LLC, (“ZCH”), a Greenwich, Conn.-based private family office (est. 2013). Previously, he worked at Soros Fund Management (SFM), serving in various capacities, including the role of CFO and COO. Prior to joining SFM, he was a partner in the financial services practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
Zuaiter graduated with a BSBA in finance and accounting from Georgetown University. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adecoagro, SA and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Bank plc and other for-profit and nonprofit boards.