The Private Company Governance Summit 2022

This June we brought together executives, owners and directors of private and family-owned companies for The Private Company Governance Summit 2022. This year we explored the best ways to shore up your fundamentals to get the most effective board possible.

Now celebrating our 10th year, The Private Company Governance Summit offers:

• Speakers who are serving directors or private company owners/shareholders, sharing practical, real-world experiences

• Inspiring keynote addresses

• Collaborative discussions covering key governance topics

• Content tailored for private company boards no matter where you are in your governance journey Who Should Attend? PCGS is for private and family-owned companies anywhere in their governance development, from just starting out, to adding sophistication and improving execution of already high performing boards. This event is designed to help you make adjustments to your governance, whether incrementally or in leaps, that will pay dividends in shareholder harmony and corporate growth.

PLUS... The 2022 Dinner and Private Company Boards of the Year Awards
 
New this year!  Capitol Hill Visits
 
Come and meet with members of Congress and tell them your family and private business story; what challenges you face and how the laws in this country impact your business. Hill meetings will be set up prior to the start of the opening session and will be facilitated by Family Enterprise USA.

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Confirmed Speakers

Honorable Hester M. Peirce

Commissioner
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.

Prior to joining the SEC, Commissioner Peirce conducted research on the regulation of financial markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was a Senior Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where she advised Ranking Member Richard Shelby and other members of the Committee on securities issues. Commissioner Peirce served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. She also worked as a Staff Attorney in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. Commissioner Peirce was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

Commissioner Peirce earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.

Michael Sneed

Board Member
Wayfair

Michael Sneed most recently served as Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Chief Communication Officer, and a member of the Executive Committee at Johnson & Johnson. He was appointed to the Executive Committee in 2018. Since 2012 he had been leading the Corporation’s global marketing, communication, design and philanthropy functions. Prior to that, he was Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group Operating Committee, a role he assumed in January 2007. He had primary responsibility for the global vision care franchise.

 

Michael joined Johnson & Johnson in 1983 as a Marketing Assistant for Personal Products Company. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the marketing organization. In 1991, he moved to McNeil Consumer Products as a Group Product Director and was promoted to Vice President, Worldwide Consumer Pharmaceuticals in 1995 to lead the Company’s growth in the Asia Pacific, Eastern European and Latin American regions.

In 1998 Michael relocated to Europe as Managing Director, McNeil Consumer Nutritionals Europe. He returned to the U.S. as President, McNeil Nutritionals Worldwide, in 2000. In 2002, he was named Global President, Personal Products Company. Michael was promoted to Company Group Chairman and a member of the Consumer and Personal Care Group Operating Committee in 2004, with North American responsibility for the Personal Products Company, Johnson & Johnson Sales and Logistics Company and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Canada. In his role, he also had North American responsibility for the IT, Finance and HR organizations within the Consumer & Personal Care group.

Michael is a member of the Board of Trustees at Macalester College and the Thomas Jefferson Health System. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wayfair, and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Ad Council.

Michael holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Macalester College.

 

Bill Rankin

Director and Vice Chair/Liaison, Former Chief Financial Officer
Blue Bell Creameries

W.J. “Bill” Rankin, CPA served as the Chief Financial Officer of Blue Bell Creameries, U.S.A., Inc. for 33 years, retiring in 2014. Since then, he continues to serve as a director and as the Vice-Chair and Liaison to Management. Prior to being at Blue Bell, he was an Air Force pilot for six years.

Rankin is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has an MBA from Sul Ross State University. He and his wife Lois have been married for 49 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Rankin has been on numerous philanthropic and public boards of directors including the Brazos River Authority, Lutheran Social Services of the South, the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, and the Brenham Independent School District.

Adis Vila

Vice Chair
Latino Corporate Directors Association

Adis Vila is a global CXO with 30+ years of experience driving success for multibillion-dollar public and private sector organizations. She specializes in navigating highly regulated industries and empowering organizations undergoing transformation. Adis is an expert in international business and regulation, with extensive public policy and foreign affairs experience. As a CXO and senior-level executive, she has led a broad mandate including
strategic planning, corporate development, financial management, and human capital management. Adis brings an informed global, regulatory, and public policy perspective to executive teams and boards.

 

As a private sector executive, Adis enabled profitable global growth and expansion for $750 agri-business Vigoro. As the company’s Vice President of International Business Development, she drove market access for products in Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and Scandinavia and negotiated agreements with distributors and business partners. Adis served as Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Policy for the Caribbean and Latin America for $22b telecommunications supplier Nortel Networks. In that role, she led international trade, infrastructure development, foreign investment, and social responsibility activities across forty countries. She worked closely with local governments to resolve regulatory issues and extended her skills to advocacy efforts for deregulation and privatization.

In the public sector, Adis has managed complex government agencies in C-level positions. As Secretary (CEO) of the Florida State Department of Administration, she managed a $750m dollar annual budget and directed all human capital functions, including collective bargaining, EEO, compensation and benefits including retirement and health for 125,000 employees across the state. As Assistant Secretary for Management (COO) for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), at the time the largest civilian government agency, Adis managed a $1b dollar annual budget. She led a broad mandate spanning finance, internal controls, information resources management, safety and health, ethics, operations, and human capital including recruitment, people development, and EEO. Adis came into the government as a White House Fellow, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Adis has guided organizational transformation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At the USDA, she defined a framework to drive a culturally diverse workforce and policies on equal opportunity and civil rights. As the first Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) of the United State Air Force Academy (USAFA), she designed and executed comprehensive DEI strategy to meet federal, Department of Defense, US Air Force, and USAFA policies. Adis was a principal strategic adviser to leadership, helping them meet commitments in workforce diversity, workplace inclusion, and sustainability. She designed and led a program recognized with an Innovation Award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal to enable cadets to develop on-the-job management at multinational companies and learn about different organizational and national cultures.

Adis’ command for driving cross-cultural understanding for businesses is rooted in her personal experience. Cuban-born, Adis came to the US as a political refugee and speaks four languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese). She has lived and worked throughout the US, Latin America, and Europe and is a 30-year member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Adis is the beneficiary of prestigious global fellowships including the US- Japan Leadership Fellowship, the Eisenhower Fellowship (US to Argentina), and Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange to India and Graduate Ambassadorial Fellowship to Geneva, Switzerland.

Named a “Leading Latina” by Hispanic Executive and a “Director to Watch” by Directors & Boards, Adis leverages her governance knowledge gained from serving on the Board of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Telephone Bank and on the Advisory Board of Global Asset Management (GAM), a subsidiary of UBS. She holds the NACD’s Board Leadership Fellow designation and is a member of the inaugural class of the Herndon Directors Institute, a joint effort of the Herndon Foundation and NASDAQ. She is 2nd Vice Chair and serves on the Executive, Finance, Nominations, and Governance Committees of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). She is a member of Women Corporate Directors and Private Directors Association.

Adis earned her J.D. from The University of Florida, her Diplôme in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and her BA in Mathematics from Rollins College. She is a member of The Florida Bar, the Washington DC Bar, and the International Women’s Forum.

Sanjai Bhagat

Independent Board Member
ProLink Solutions

Skillsets as an Independent Board Member, Board Director
• Qualified finance expert
• Executive compensation policy
• ESG (environment/social justice/governance) corporate policy

 

Dr. Sanjai Bhagat has spent over two decades in senior finance positions in venture capital, private for-profit companies, and public non-profits. He has advised the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and U.S. Department of Treasury, on corporate finance and corporate governance. Given his expertise and experience, he can be a strong contributor to your audit committee, compensation committee, and the board governance and nominating committee.


• Dr. Bhagat is an Independent Board Member of ProLink Solutions, an enterprise-level application software company serving financial markets with enterprise-grade software solutions in underwriting, origination, and asset management systems. Advises the CEO on financial and business strategies. Shares responsibility for the financial and audit oversight of ProLink’s annual budgets.


• Dr. Bhagat has served as an advisory board member of Integra Ventures LLP, a venture capital company focused on cutting-edge technologies in life sciences. As a board member, was responsible for evaluating business plans and advising the general partners on the investments the fund would make. Shared responsibility for the financial and audit oversight of Integra’s annual budgets.

Board Education 2011 to present: 185+ hours of director education with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Skillsets as an Independent Board Member, Board Director


• Qualified finance expert: Served on two corporate boards; financial and audit oversight of annual budgets. Advised U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission on corporate finance. Consulted for several public companies on corporate finance. Research expertise in value-enhancing M&A, and IPO valuation.


• Executive compensation policy: Served as executive compensation expert in two corporate boards. Advised U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and Council of Institutional Investors on executive compensation reform.


• ESG (environment/social justice/governance) corporate policy: Advised U.S. Department of Treasury, and Bank of International Settlements (Basel) on ESG initiatives.

 

Glenn Wilson

President and CEO
Communities First Inc

Glenn Wilson has amassed more than 15 years of experience in corporate leadership, community development and board service. He serves as an innovative and conscientious board member on the advisory board of the Flagstar Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Wilson also serves on the boards of the Mass Transportation Authority, Hurley Foundation and Michigan Housing Council.

As an active board member, he has facilitated executive searches and initiated DEI programs. He is a convener of industry experts and a trusted advisor to CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies and Foundations. Wilson’s multisector experience culminates in a unique and valuable perspective.

Wilson is the award-winning President and CEO of Communities First, Inc., where he is transforming cities across the Midwest through real estate development, engagement of residents and creation of economic opportunities. He a graduate of Northwood University with a degree in business administration.

Lynn Clarke

Chairman of the Board
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

Lynn is an independent board director, Chair & CEO with consumer packaged goods, digital, e-commerce, manufacturing, distribution, technology & specialty retail expertise. She has driven growth & has strategic, branding and operating experience in nine different industries. Currently Lynn is a director of several privately-held and private equity owned companies.

 

Her experience includes 17 years of general management, branding and operations roles at PepsiCo & General Mills, 4 years as CEO of private equity-owned companies & 11 years as CEO of an award-winning, direct to consumer global e-commerce business.

Lynn is Chairman of the Board, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas; Operating Partner and Independent Board Director, Jelly Belly Sparkling Waters; Board Member, Governance Chair, Basic American Foods; A. Duie Pyle, The Vollrath Company, The Feel Good Lab, a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut chapter, a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO). She is also a frequent speaker on strategic planning, digital disruption & compensation, including at the 2018 NACD Summit, NACD Advanced Directors Conference, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Private Directors Association & the Georgia Institute of Technology Business School.

Meghan Juday

Chairman of the Board
IDEAL Industries

Meghan Juday is an enthusiastic champion for family business. Her dedication to the global family business community is rooted in her experience as the fourth-generation leader and Non-Executive Vice Chair of IDEAL Industries, now 103 years old. Meghan has served on the IDEAL board as a director and subsequently Nominating and Governance Committee Chair until she took over the role of Vice Chair in 2018.

In her role as Nominating and Governance Committee Chair, Meghan transformed the board through the development of additional committees, recruiting two new directors, developing and implementing a merit-based Family Leader Development Program to help family members become qualified to serve as a family leader, voting trustee, or director; developing and implementing a board skills matrix, and developing a board

member evaluation program.

Prior to her role as Vice Chair, Meghan served as Family Council Chair for 14 years, acting as a liaison between the board, shareholders, and management. Some of Meghan’s greatest successes as Family Council Chair includes implementing innovative family governance practices to ensure that the family can keep pace with a transforming business, changing the mindset of the family towards stewardship and long-term
decision making to ensure that the family is acting as the best possible partner with the board and management, developing an inclusive and transparent decision-making environment to help build engagement, relationships, and trust across all 50 family members, and developing and implementing the IDEAL Family Development and Education program, unique in the industry, which allows all family members equal access to leadership and director roles, the selection of which is merit-based.

Her innovative work at IDEAL has allowed Meghan to contribute to the field of family business as a thought leader. She worked to build a robust family business education program as Interim Director of the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at St. Joseph’s University. She also started a family business consulting company, Family Business Strategy Group (FBSG), to support strong stewardship, leadership

development, and smooth transitions from one generation. Meghan worked with families to help develop family governance, family directors, and establish or revamp their corporate boards. Meghan is a sought after public speaker and worked to develop the Family Business Stewardship Institute and Governance Institute at the Loyola Family Business Center.

Her ability to work with IDEAL and other family businesses is rooted in her previous work as a business analyst and project manager at CSC, Computer Sciences Corporation, where she consulted for diverse clients in both private and public sectors. Meghan was one of the first graduates of the Family Business Stewardship Institute at the LFBC. She also sits on the board at the Germantown Cricket Club, as Squash Chair. Meghan has a BA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM where she graduated in 1994 with a concentration in Mathematics and Philosophy.

Michael Montelongo

Independent Board Director
Larry H. Miller Management Corporation, Civeo North America, Conduent

The Honorable Michael Montelongo, a career soldier, public official, and corporate executive, is president and chief executive officer of GRC Advisory Services, LLC and most recently was chief administrative officer and senior vice president for Sodexo, Inc. He is also a senior advisor at leadership Forward, a premier leadership performance firm serving Fortune 500 and small business clients. An experienced c-level and corporate governance leader for commercial, public sector, and non-profit organizations and NACD Board Leadership Fellow, Montelongo brings a broad service industry skill set in facilities and food service management, outsourced technical services, telecommunications, professional services, and aerospace/defense, including service in the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

He is a Bush White House appointee who served as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the US Air Force and concluded his Pentagon tenure as acting secretary of the Air Force. A public policy expert, Montelongo is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the Bush administration, Montelongo was an executive with a global management consulting firm and a regional telecommunications company, and completed a career in the U.S. Army, a Congressional Fellowship in the U.S. Senate, and service as an assistant professor teaching economics and political science at West Point.

Active in civic leadership, Montelongo volunteers for organizations that expand opportunities for young people, support community health and wellness, assist veterans, and promote national service. The first in his extended family to attend college, Montelongo earned his bachelor’s degree in science from West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Besides corporate and military awards and the highest decorations for Exceptional Civilian Service in the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), he is featured in several nationally-recognized Latino publications including being twice-listed in Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics; NACD Directorship magazine profiled him in its Board Fellow Spotlight feature; and Private Company Director magazine named him one of its 2018 Directors to Watch.

Bill Rock

President, MLR Holdings

Bill Rock is a third-generation family member and President of MLR Holdings.  MLR Holdings owns media and B2B information businesses including The 451 Group, the parent company of Uptime Institute and 451 Research, and magazines and media properties under the brands Directors & Boards, Private Company Director, and Family Business
 
Uptime Institute, the Global Data Center Authority, is focused on improving the performance, reliability and efficiency of business critical infrastructure through industry leading standards and certifications, research, and consulting. Uptime Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier Standards for Data Center Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability, along with its Management and Operations (M&O) reviews and FORCSS methodology. To date, Uptime Institute has awarded over 1,000 certifications to data centers in over 80 countries.
 
451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, 451 Research provides essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 120 analysts deliver that business value via syndicated research and proprietary data, advisory services, and live events to more than 1,000 client organizations.
 
Through print and digital publications, handbooks and live conferences, MLR Holdings’ three media properties, Directors & Boards, Private Company Director, and Family Business, provide guidance and insight to public and private company directors, family-owned companies, family offices and advisors on governance, succession, and wealth issues.
 
Bill received his B.A from Harvard University, his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.   Bill is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization.  

Mike Airheart

Board Director
HUB, board member, Quartix; President, Charlotte Chapter of the Private Directors

Mike Airheart spent most of his career with Bank of America as a Managing Director, Senior Corporate Banker in the Global Industrials Group. Currently, he serves on the fiduciary board of HUB Corporation, a privately held, minority-owned, manufacturer of high tolerance, metal parts sold to industrial end-users. He also serves on the advisory board of Quartix Finance, Inc., a FinTech company whose digital app delivers supply chain finance solutions to middle market companies.

Airheart serves on the board of Child Care Resources, Inc. (“CCRI”), a private, non-profit, childcare resource and referral agency that works with families and communities to help ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable early learning.

He is also the President of the Charlotte Chapter of the Private Directors Association (PDA, a non-profit, national organization).

 

Neeti Dewan

Board Member
Symmr, Indo American Chamber of Commerce – Atlanta

CORPORATE DIRECTOR ⬥ SENIOR GLOBAL EXECUTIVE ⬥ FINANCE⬥ M&A⬥ BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION ⬥ AUDIT ⬥ TAX

 

Dynamic, performance-focused leader, a CPA and global finance executive. Over two decades leading in top companies: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ARAMARK, and Ryan. Strategic and operational capabilities with repeated success turning around business entities to positive EBITDA & double-digit margin growth. Direct P&L responsibility and deep M&A experience in targeting, due diligence and integration. Knowledgeable in Blockchain.

Throughout Neeti’s career, she has leveraged her deep understanding of accounting, finance, strategic planning and tax to positively impact the success and growth of companies. Currently with Club Car, which is owned by Platinum Equity; she has responsibilities as Global Head of Tax across US, EMEA and ASIAPAC. In her prior experience as Global Practice Leader for Ryan LLC, the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes, she had P&L responsibility for the global indirect tax compliance practice.

Previously with KPMG (2013-2017), Neeti was the Practice Leader and Chief Operations Officer for two compliance outsourcing centers, Chicago and Atlanta. Her goal with this new acquisition was to improve margins by double digits and stabilize the business with strong profitability through strategic cost reduction measures and top line growth. She exceeded the revenue goal by 100%, closing $14M+ in business. As a global finance and tax executive, Neeti utilizes her in-depth understanding of how to run and grow a business. Her tax expertise was built upon her nine years with ARAMARK as an Officer and AVP of Taxation. She worked closely with the C-suite and Executive Committee in budgeting, reserve analysis, tax reporting, and M&A analysis. She had responsibility for strategic business and tax planning in state, local and international tax operations in over 22 countries. All along the way she oversaw SOX compliance. One of her key accomplishments was bringing tax to the forefront of business decision making, which produced savings of over $125 Million.

Her deep level of accounting, tax, and M&A knowledge was built through her years with PWC and Arthur Andersen. In addition, one of her success attributes is her engaging personality. At PWC she was known as “Chief Motivational Officer” through her positive energy and affirmative leadership. Her management style was mentoring others and that produced excellent results. In fact, upon leaving PWC, Neeti was selected to serve on the PWC Alumni Advisory Board.

Additional corporate board service includes four companies in differing software and technology areas: SunRay Enterprise Inc; SYMMR; Banyan Way; and Sycamore Solutions. Neeti often serves on the Audit or Finance Committee.

For many years throughout her career, Neeti served on non-profit boards: NAWBO LA; and Tax Executives Institute, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Currently also served on the Harvard University, Women’s Leadership Board, Kennedy School thru 2021 and she is a Founding Atlanta Chapter Member of the Private Directors Association, a national governance organization. She serves on the board of Indo American Chamber of Commerce.

Neeti achieved a Master’s in Taxation from Villanova University and a BA in Economics from California State University-Northridge. Over the years Neeti has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership, including “10 BEST WOMEN LEADERS OF 2020”; National Diversity Council, “Most Influential Women in Business”; Directors & Boards Magazine, “Directors to Watch”. Neeti is the Author of two innovative business books: “From Executive to Yogi in Sixty Seconds” and “High Level Leadership, Low Level Stress – How to Win in Business Without Losing Your Mind”.

 

Rajan Sheth

Retired Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mead & Hunt

Rajan Sheth has more than 48 years of experience in the consulting engineering and architecture business. He recently retired from Mead & Hunt; a firm founded in the year 1900. He joined the firm in 1977 as a structural engineer. He was Chairman of the Board from 1994 to 2020 as well as the CEO of the firm from 1994 to 2018. Mead & Hunt is a national firm providing consulting services in the fields of transportation and water infrastructure, architecture, food and beverage industry, and cultural resources. Mead & Hunt grew under Raj’s leadership from a local Wisconsin company in 1994, to a national company with offices in 20 states. The company revenue has grown from $10 million in 1994 to over $191 million in 2020. The growth and success of the firm has continued under the leadership of Raj’s successor. Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned company (not an ESOP), with nearly 30% of employees as shareholders.

Raj was instrumental in promoting people focused values at Mead & Hunt. He attributes the company success to staying highly focused on people, while pursuing smart growth organically and by acquisitions. Mead & Hunt has successfully acquired and integrated twelve companies in the last 20 years. The company has been consistently named as one of the fastest growing, and one of the best places to work. The Mead & Hunt Board of directors was awarded the “Private Company Board of the Year” award in 2016 by a national magazine for its best governance practices.

Raj serves on the boards of directors of several consulting engineering and architectural companies. They range from a 100-person architectural firm to a 900-person international engineering firm. With some of the firms, he has facilitated several sessions on employee-ownership, strategic planning, acquisition strategies, and organization restructuring. He has also assisted several companies in CEO selection and leadership transition.

He served for several years on the Board of Trustees for the College of Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, as well as on the Dean’s Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was the commencement speaker at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science for the graduating class of 2018.

In the past, he has served in leadership positions in various professional associations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies. He was one of the trustees of the ACEC Retirement Trust. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Manufacturer and Commerce (Wisconsin’s Chamber of Commerce). He has also served in leadership positions in several community and charitable organizations. He is recipient of many achievement awards from various professional and business organizations.

Raj has B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from India, and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer. He is a Fellow of ASCE and ACEC.

Howard Brownstein

President
The Brownstein Corporation

Howard Brownstein regularly serves as an independent member of Boards of Directors, and has chaired board Audit, Nominating and Strategic Plan-ning/Risk Assessment committees. He currently serves on the Board of P&F Industries (NasdaqGM: PFIN), a publicly-held manufacturer/importer of air-powered tools and various residential hardware, chairs its Nominating & Governance and Strategic Planning/Risk Assessment Committees, and serves on its Audit Committee, and also serves on the Board of Merakey (formerly NHS), a leading nonprofit provider of education and human services to individuals with special needs, with more than 10,000 employees providing care to 40,000 adults and children in eight states and an annual budget over $600Mil. He served on the Board of Renew Financial, a leading provider of financing for home improvements, where he chaired the Risk and Operating Committees, and on the Board of A.M. Castle & Co. (OTMKTS: CASL), a publicly-held global metals distributor and supply chain solutions provider, and on its Audit and Human Resource Committees. He was also Audit Committee Chair of PICO Holdings (Nasdaq: PICO), a publicly-held diversified holding company and the designated “financial expert” for Sarbanes-Oxley purposes. He also served on the Board of LMG2, successor to Chicago Loop, a $600Mil parking infrastructure entity in downtown Chicago, in which a lender group led by Société Générale succeeded to ownership following a restructuring.

 

Howard Brownstein previously served as sole Board member of Betsey Johnson LLC, a privately-held designer and retailer of women’s apparel with equity sponsor Castanea Partners, and on the Board of Directors of Special Metals Corporation, a $1 billion nickel alloy producer, where he also chaired the Audit Committee and which was sold at a substantial gain, and on the Board and Audit Committee of Magnatrax Corporation, a $500 million manufacturer of metal buildings, which was similarly sold for a large gain. He also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Philanthropic Trust, the largest independent provider of donor-advised funds. Mr. Brownstein previously served on the board of a regional bank, a retail department store, and nonprofit boards including chair of a United Way agency.
Mr. Brownstein is a nationally-known turnaround and crisis management professional, and is the President of The Brownstein Corporation which provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as investment banking services, fiduciary services, and litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services.
Previously, Mr. Brownstein was Managing Director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), a Japanese trading company and then one of the world’s largest companies. Enprotech acted as ITOCHU’s acquisition and holding company for engineering service and product businesses with over $1 billion in assets. Mr. Brownstein served in several senior executive and board positions at Enprotech, 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 numerous boards of professional organizations, including the Turna-round Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association (now Secured Finance Network), and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as board committees and as a (TMA) program leader, and received TMA’s “Outstanding Individual Contribution” award in 2007. He has pub-lished over 100 articles, books and chapters, and serves as a contributing editor to two publications. He is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU, Villanova, and Northeastern, as well as at professional and educational programs, and is a regular faculty member at national Fellowship programs of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

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. Mr. Brownstein is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida, but does not actively practice law. He also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

Roberta Sydney

Lead Independent Director
Kiavi; Director, Tiedemann Advisors, HEI Civil
Sydney is a seasoned board director and former CEO serving as Lead Independent Director on the board of Kiavi, the leading lender for real estate investors. Previously, she chaired Kiavi’s Nominating/Governance Committee and served on the Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of Tiedemann Advisors, a global wealth advisory firm that recently announced its plans to go public via SPAC. In addition, she serves as Board Chair of HEI Civil. Her previous board service includes chairing the Compensation Committee and serving on the Nominating and Governance Committee for Plaxall, Inc., the Long Island City based manufacturing and real estate company that secured Amazon for their HQ2 before Amazon withdrew. She also brings digital and industry expertise to VC-backed real estate technology startups including Locatee, based in Switzerland. These startups create SaaS and device solutions to lower expenses, drive energy efficiency, improve tenant retention using predictive data analytics leveraging machine learning and IoT devices.

 

Sydney’s prior corporate experience includes senior roles with financial services and money management institutions, such as State Street Global Advisors, BayBank, and the Boston Company, before founding, growing, developing, and managing 9 million square feet and successfully exiting her commercial real estate development company, Sydney Associates, Inc. During her tenure, she cemented deep relationships with prestigious clients/tenants such as Bank of America, Trader Joe’s, AT&T, and CVS. Her experiences include positions in construction management, real estate development, strategy, marketing, sales, and finance.

In addition to her many accomplishments, Sydney is actively engaged in philanthropy serving on the Neuroscience Advisory Committee and the Trustee Advisory Board of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital. She has also mentored dozens of entrepreneurs through StartUp Partners, a local coaching initiative she co-founded through Harvard Business School Alumni. In the past, she also served on the board and as Treasurer for C200 (Audit Committee Chair).

Sydney received a BS in French from Wellesley College, a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She completed the Women on Boards program at Harvard Business School in 2019 and named a Private Company Director to Watch in 2020.

 

 

Marcel Bucsescu

Senior Director, Credentialing & Strategic Engagement
NACD

Marcel Bucsescu is the senior director of credentialing and strategic engagement for NACD, leading the NACD Directorship Certification program, NACD Fellowship, NACD’s Fortune 500 Advisory Councils, and providing strategic oversight of select content offerings for NACD members. Before joining NACD, Bucsescu served as co-program director of The Conference Board’s Chief Legal Officers Council for 12 years. He has also served as executive director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. For the last decade, his work has addressed environmental, social, and governance issues; risk management; cybersecurity; shareholder activism; and corporate governance with boards and members of the C-suite.

 

 

Dennis Kessler

President
Midwest Family Business Advisors

Dennis Kessler is the President and founder of Midwest Family Business Advisors, midwestfamilybusinessadvisors.com, a firm, founded in 1998, which specializes in helping families to overcome the challenges inherent in mixing business with family. He advises clients on, succession planning, conflict resolution, family and business governance structures, strategic planning, employee recruitment and retention strategies, and work/life balance. Dennis is the former Co-President of Fel Pro Inc., which was in his family for 80 years.

Fel-Pro Inc.

Fortune Magazine ranked Fel-Pro fourth in their list of best companies to work for in America, and the company holds a top ten spot in the book, “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” Fel Pro was chosen as one of the ten best employers for women in the country by “Working Mother” magazine for twelve straight years, was named “Employer of the Year” in Illinois. The Business Enterprise Trust, founded by Norman Lear, awarded Fel-Pro special recognition for its programs enhancing the quality of life for employees.

Dennis Kessler

Dennis is a founding member and Board member of the Private Directors Association, Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. He is currently a member of the advisory board of DePaul University’s College of Commerce and Washington University in St. Louis’s Engineering School Council. Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Fel-Pro, MFRI, Loyola Family Business Center, Swank Motion Pictures, QuesTek Innovations, O’Neil Industries, and Ideal Industries, Inc., and as Chairman of the Workforce Development Committee of Lake County Partners, IL. He also held positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern Illinois Business Association and was Chairman of Northwestern University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council and others.

Dennis earned an Industrial Engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked for DuPont, Union Electric, and Orchard Paper, prior to joining Fel Pro. At Fel Pro he held several managerial positions, including Vice President of Engineering, VP of Operations, and VP of Original Equipment Sales; he also served as President of the Ventures Group of companies, including Fel-Pro Realty Inc. and Fel-Pro Chemical Products LLP.

Dennis is a sought-after guest lecturer for numerous organizations, including NACD, Loyola Family Business Center, Family Firm Institute, Northwestern University—Kellogg Graduate School, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania—Wharton School of Management, and the Southeastern Family Office Forum. He has previously contributed on a volunteer basis as President of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and the North Suburban Housing Center, and as Vice President of Congregation Solel. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the Washington University of St. Louis Engineering School.

Dennis and his wife, Barbara, live in Highland Park, Illinois, and have 3 grown children.

 

Glen Johnson

President of Membership
Family Office Exchange

Glen W. Johnson is President of Membership at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the member experience, ensuring that each family member, family office executive, and trusted advisor has an unsurpassed experience partnering with FOX by providing unique industry knowledge and insights coupled with a safe and confidential environment where members can share best practices. In addition, Glen oversees the operations of FOX and is charged with establishing and executing systems to execute FOX’s strategic plan, promoting its vision and service-centric culture, and enabling the FOX team to work together to exceed our member’s expectations.

 

Glen has over 30 years of experience working with family offices, business owners, and executives, first as an attorney and then as a wealth advisor, eventually founding Mirador Family Wealth Advisors – the multi-family office for Fifth Third Bank. He has worked with business owners and executives across all stages of their business life cycle including business succession. Glen writes and speaks nationally focusing on family and business governance and the unique challenges faced during the sale and transition of closely held businesses.

Glen earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI.

 

Sheila Rege

Chairman of the Board
American College of Radiation Oncology; Director, Physicians Insurance

Sheila Rege, MD, FACRO, is an experienced board member, Chair and CEO in the healthcare sector with expertise in tech savvy solutions, brand development, and regulatory issues.

 

She has founded companies that outperformed larger established entities. At Northwest Cancer Clinic LLC, her team developed a unique brand with disruptive thinking, incorporation of automated virtual software systems, and national certification recognition of customer service. Northwest Cancer Clinic LLC created a strategic partnership with an international entity. Currently, Sheila owns privately held companies in the healthcare and real estate industries.

Sheila’s inclusive and visionary approach as well as a 360-degree view of healthcare has led to leadership roles within clinical care delivery, regulatory, payor and data privacy boards and committees. Sheila has received numerous awards including Top Oncologist for her contributions to healthcare.

Sheila is currently Chair of the Board of the American College of Radiation Oncology and serves on the boards of directors of Washington State Medical Association and Benton Franklin County Medical Society. She serves on the committee member of the health policy committee at the American Medical Association. She is Chair of the Washington State Health Technology Committee.

She has served as Nom/Gov Chair and Compensation Committee member for Physicians Insurance, a mutual company. She advises CEOs of computational health start-ups at the University of Washington Foster School of Business Creative Destruction Laboratory Program. She is a Life Science Committee member at the Seattle Alliance of Angels. She teaches leadership and analytic thinking as Associate Professor at WSU Medical School.

Sheila has a passion for corporate governance best practices, regulatory compliance, and diversity issues. She believes that “the best board members have humility, mental toughness and learning agility. Diversity within boards strengthens independent thinking amidst a culture of trust. This allows board discussions to have an element of creative tension, that is hard to define but you know it when you experience it.”

 

Robert Rosone

Managing Director
Deloitte LLP

Bob is a managing director with Deloitte LLP focused on expanding Deloitte’s services to private companies through Deloitte Private. His responsibilities include operations, business development, marketing, public relations, advertising, and communications. Bob is a member of the Deloitte Private Leadership Committee and leads the US Best Managed Companies program. Prior to his current roles, he served as chief of staff for Deloitte’s chairman of the board and has held numerous marketing and leadership positions since joining the firm in 1998.

 

Bob received his MBA from Fordham University and BS in political science from the College of the Holy Cross. He is the chairman of the board of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and a board member of Pro-Mujer, a women’s empowerment organization serving 250,000 women in Latin America.

 

Sara Hamilton

Founder and Board Chair
Family Office Exchange

Sara founded the Family Office Exchange (FOX) as a peer network for family office executives in 1989. Within a few years, Sara could see that families needed help developing their enterprise vision and managing their family transitions, in addition to overseeing their family offices. As a result, FOX became an advisor to family owners of the enterprise, in addition to sharing family wealth best practices, and being an industry advocate for the importance of private enterprise in a global economy.

 

FOX has a unique team of 20 subject matter experts who oversee member relationships in 24 countries. The FOX management team is supported by an operational team of 30 staff members based in Chicago, New York, Denver, Richmond, Pittsburg, So Florida and Madrid.

In her role as family advisor, Sara provides consulting advice to a select group of enterprise families and helps identify enterprise best practices for the FOX Knowledge Center. She supports the development of new FOX learning programs and delivers educational programs at the University of Chicago Booth School in Chicago and at VU University in Amsterdam. At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Sara is an adjunct faculty member for their Private Wealth Management and Wealth Essentials courses.

As Board Chair for FOX, Sara oversees the values, vision and mission for the firm, provides oversight for the strategic investments made by the business, and serves as an advocate and advisor to the unique membership community that FOX represents.

Sara is co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times. Sara is on the international governing board for the Foundation for Advancing Impact and Sustainability in Bologna, Italy and the governing board for Private Directors Association in Chicago.

Peter Moustakerski

CEO
Family Office Exchange

Peter Moustakerski is CEO of Family Office Exchange (FOX), the premier resource for families managing private enterprises and family wealth across generations. For over 30 years, FOX has been recognized as the industry’s most exclusive, innovative, and influential community for peer networking and learning, and has provided independent insights, expert guidance, and practical solutions to complex problems related to family transitions and family wealth.

 

Peter has spent more than 25 years as a C-level strategist and executive across a variety of industries, including wealth management, capital markets, and technology. He is a former family office executive and FOX member, management consultant, and entrepreneur. He has served as a strategy, innovation, and growth leader for a number of private and public companies and founded two start-ups in New York City and China.

Prior to joining FOX, Peter served as Chief Operating Officer of the family office of the founder of Bridgewater Associates, where he worked closely with the principal family members to envision and oversee the redesign of the family office strategy and day-to-day operations to better serve the evolving needs of the family. Before that, Peter was a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, advising many of the world’s top C-suite leaders, and a strategy executive at UBS, leading all growth and transformation initiatives for the bank’s wealth management organization.

Most recently, Peter was Chief Strategy Officer of News America Marketing, a former News Corp. subsidiary, where he built and led the Corporate Strategy and M&A function and led the company’s successful carve-out and sale to a private equity sponsor. In addition, for more than 20 years, Peter has been a contributing writer and researcher with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and has led many qualitative and quantitative research projects, and written a number of influential white papers for the EIU, NBER, and other research institutions and media publications.

Peter holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University in China, and is proficient in Mandarin, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Carey Oven

National Managing Partner

Deloitte Private

Carey is a national managing partner of Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness. She leads the Center to help both corporate board members fulfill their governance-related responsibilities and aspiring board members position themselves for board service through a portfolio of innovative and immersive experiences, and eminence resources.

 

Additionally, Carey is the Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory chief talent officer and is passionate about driving Deloitte initiatives for its professionals in all aspects of talent. Carey has nearly 30 years of client service experience and is a thought leader on topics of corporate governance, compliance, culture, talent, and risk.

Wendy Diamond

U.S. Family Enterprise Leader
Deloitte Private

Wendy Diamond currently serves as Deloitte Private’s U.S. Family Enterprise leader—helping multi-generational businesses navigate the unique considerations associated with family-owned enterprises. For nearly 25 years, it has been her passion and purpose to strategically advise private companies and their owners.

 

Wendy’s broad range of experience includes income tax and succession planning for privately owned businesses, as well as advising single family offices and the families they serve on topics ranging from family office structuring and process and technology transformation, to transfer pricing, and trust, gift and estate planning. These experiences have equipped Wendy with the deep knowledge needed to help family enterprises identify and address issues and opportunities.

In her role as U.S. Family Enterprise leader, Wendy focuses on the interconnectivity of the family, the business, and the ownership and helps owners think strategically about their business across generations. Recognizing that purpose is at the heart of many family businesses, Wendy helps families infuse their unique purpose into their decision making, such as evaluating acquisitions, preparing generational transitions, developing governance models, and establishing philanthropic and community relations strategies. This work is supported by Deloitte’s talented teams who deliver a unique suite of holistic capabilities, including consulting, technology, audit, financial advisory, and tax planning.

 

Amy Wirtz

Consultant
The Family Business Consulting Group

Amy Wirtz is a consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in shareholder value enhancement, business planning processes, and transition implementation of management, leadership or ownership of a business. Her passion stems from growing up in her grandparents’ second-generation business, surrounded by the wonderfully complex matters a family business presents.

Amy brings a diverse range of experience to family enterprises by serving in various roles, such as an exit-planning advisor, collaborative lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, lecturer and teacher. Drawing from 25 years as a lawyer, she believes in peaceful resolutions to complex issues by helping families learn new communication skills to resolve family and business matters. While no longer practicing law, today Amy focuses on providing creative solutions to family business engagements and presenting to relevant audiences. She also helps business owners use their advisors as a resource team to create optimal value.

Max Hughes

Senior Vice President
Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC

Max Hughes has more than 15 years of experience providing capital raise and investment banking services to founder-owned and family-owned companies. His experience focuses on creating solutions across the capital structure and raising capital to facilitate shareholder distributions, shareholder buyouts, management buyouts, acquisitions, growth investments, and shareholder transitions. Mr. Hughes has completed transactions across a wide range of industries with a focus on the real estate services sector.

 

Mr. Hughes previously served on Deloitte’s Advisory Council, developing strategic initiatives for Deloitte’s privately-held family business segment, and participated in Deloitte’s CFO program, supporting the strategy development for incoming CFOs for Deloitte clients

 

Justin Albertson

Client Partner
The Family Business Consulting Group

As client partner at The Family Business Consulting Group, Justin focuses on assessing the needs of families to ensure alignment with the firm’s expertise. He has over 20 years of experience in assessment, organizational effectiveness, leadership development and executive coaching. He partners with families to assist them in finding ways to strengthen relationships and develop strategies that help them realize their vision and goals, both as a family and as a business.

 

He has dedicated his career to studying human behavior and organizational effectiveness. Using expertise in behavioral assessment, leadership development and coaching, he ensures proper fit between families and consultants. Having assessed and given developmental coaching to over 2,500 professionals within various industries across the globe, he brings a tremendous amount of practical experience and key insight to the behaviors most important for effective and productive relationships.

 

Barton Edgerton

Associate Director of Governance Analytics and Products
National Association of Corporate Directors

 

Barton Edgerton is associate director of Governance Analytics and Products for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is responsible for generating valuable insights to elevate board performance and prepare directors for future challenges. Some of his most recent work for NACD includes, “What’s the Status? A Look into the Year’s Boardroom Trends and Practices,” and developing the annual reports, Inside the Private Company Boardroom and Inside the Public Company Boardroom, which capture NACD member perspectives on emerging governance areas that recently include climate; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and boardroom dynamics.

 

Over the past 20 years, Edgerton has worked with a variety of boards, private equity firms, and Fortune 500 executives. Prior to joining NACD, he worked at Gartner and CEB serving senior executives in finance, audit, risk, and HR. He has a diverse research background which also includes time as an adjunct faculty member of Tufts University and as a course teacher at Harvard, Colgate, and the London School of Economics.

 

Meghan Day

Vice President Marketing Strategy – ESG & Data Intelligence
Diligent Corporation

Meghan Day serves as Vice President of Marketing Strategy – ESG & Data Intelligence for Diligent Corporation, the leading governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS provider, serving more than one million users from over 25,000 organizations around the globe. A proud member of the Diligent team for 10 years, she is currently responsible for harnessing the power of ESG and GRC data, insights and content to deliver market-leading solutions that drive transformational impact for organizations around the globe.

A self-proclaimed #governancegeek, she also co-hosts The Corporate Director Podcast, which features interviews with board members and governance experts from around the world. Meghan serves as an advisory board member for several National Association of Corporate Directors chapters and has presented at hundreds of events about the power of technology to enhance board governance.

Before joining Diligent, Meghan spent time in various marketing, communications and business development roles at GLG, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, and OMD. She is a proud alumna of Penn State, recipient of the 2008 Young Alumnus Award and served for 10 years as President of the NYC Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Meghan also serves as a board member for The Alice Paul Institute, which promotes gender equality through education and leadership development.

Brian Mattison

National Sales Leader, Tax
Deloitte Services, LP
Brian is a CPA (inactive) with 25 years of experience in the professional services industry serving clients of all sizes across multiple industries.  Brian joined Deloitte’s Raleigh office in the summer of 2011 and led Deloitte’s business development and client relationship efforts across the Carolinas.  He recently relocated to Dallas, TX and is leading those efforts in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex.  Brian also serves as the National Sales Leader where he leads a team of 20+ Tax Sales Executives across the country.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Brian worked in the accounting and finance consulting industry providing companies with senior-level interim, contract, and consulting resources.  Brian started his career in Big Four public accounting where he practiced tax for nine years with the last two years as a member of National Tax.
 
Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  He is a Board Member of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Emmaus House of Raleigh, and the Triangle chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Brian also serves as the State Chairman and is a member of the State Council for North Carolina Ducks Unlimited as well as a member of the National Corporate Relations Board for Ducks Unlimited.  Brian and his wife, Melissa, live in Dallas, TX and have three children.
 

Matt Vnuk

Partner
Compensation Advisory Partners LLC

Matt Vnuk is a partner of Compensation Advisory Partners LLC (CAP) in New York. He has 15 years of experience advising boards and management in all areas of executive and director compensation, across a wide range of public and private companies, with a focus on the financial services, high-tech, insurance, payment processing, manufacturing and luxury retail industries.

 

Matt has been featured by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as “a leading mind in compensation,” having extensive experience establishing a robust CEO performance assessment framework – with board and CEO buy-in – and linking it to annual compensation decisions, providing support with setting shareholder-focused performance targets, customizing incentive programs to shifting strategic priorities, shareholder and proxy advisory firm engagement, and addressing Say on Pay challenges. He has worked with a number of clients to craft best in class CD&A’s and has supported several Fed submissions from banking organizations on their pay programs, including the development of dynamic risk/pay models.

Matt leads CAP’s methodology committee, regularly authors CAP client alerts, and has been quoted by or written for numerous publications; e.g., Agenda, Directorship and The Wall Street Journal. He has also co-authored several comment letters to the SEC and ISS on behalf of CAP, as well as the annual NACD Director Compensation Report, and has also been a speaker at a number of compensation and regulatory-focused events sponsored by Equilar, the Knowledge Congress, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP).

Prior to joining CAP, Matt was a consultant at Pearl Meyer.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester.

Doug Raymond

Partner
Faegre Drinker

Doug Raymond delivers constructive and strategic counsel for clients, advising on strategic acquisitions and joint ventures, high-stakes governance issues, securities transactions and complex legal matters. Doug has a focus on sophisticated family enterprises and is himself an independent (nonfamily) director of a fifth-generation family business with interests in industrial abrasives and related businesses. His intuitive understanding and thoughtful consideration of the business and strategic objectives of clients make him a trusted, results-oriented counselor. Highly regarded by clients and peers, Doug is even-tempered yet persuasive, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, which he draws on to creatively solve clients’ most intractable issues. Doug is a member of Faegre Drinker’s board. Chambers USA has noted the high esteem of his peers, with one reporting that Doug is “one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever worked with.” Doug is particularly valued for his work in mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, and other complex corporate matters. He also has the judgment and perspective to address the unexpected and provide informed, practical solutions in acute situations and on an ongoing basis.

Bill Hayes

Managing Editor
Directors & Boards and Private Company Director

Bill Hayes is the managing editor of Directors & Boards and Private Company Director magazines. He served for almost 18 years as the managing editor for the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his position, he not only worked as the driving force
behind the magazine, but also held important roles in several other communications vehicles. He hosted PICPA’s official podcast, CPA Conversations; led the organization’s blog, CPA Now; and played pivotal creative and strategic roles in the areas of video, e-newsletters and social media. Bill has written and edited professionally for 23 years after his graduation from Rowan University, from which he earned a Communications degree with a Radio/TV/Film concentration.

 

He lives in Eagleville, Pa., with his wife, Estera, and three sons, Evan,Spencer and Noah. When not working, his favorite pursuits are watching his kids play sports, listening to music and building his ever-growing film collection.

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