School of Business alumni honored as one of 20 Prominent Patriots each year epitomize The Mason Graduate as engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars who are prepared to act.
Peer-nominated and peer-selected, the 20 Prominent Patriots represent School of Business alumni as the very best in demonstrating citizenship, scholarship, and leadership in their daily lives.
Nomination Acceptance Now Closed
The School of Business is seeking our most notable alumni to be honored for their contributions and leadership in their communities and respective fields.
Winners will be commemorated at The Annual Business Alumni Celebration on Friday, October 16, 2015. In addition, winners will be featured on the School of Business website and the Mason Business Alumni blog. Found here.
Nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a School of Business Alumni
- Must demonstrate leadership, scholarship, and citizenship as defined by The Mason Graduate
Honorees will be selected by the 20 Prominent Patriots Selection Committee.
Notice: Deadline for nominations concluded on July 1, 2015
Class of 2014
BS Accounting '92
Grossberg Company LLP
Samim Ardeishar is a partner at Grossberg Company LLP, a CPA firm providing accounting, tax, and business consulting services. With over 20 years of experience in public accounting, she specializes in the real estate and non-profit industry and focuses on advising small business entrepreneurs about accounting and tax issues.
Ardeishar serves on the George Mason University School of Business' Accounting Advisory Council. She was also an active participant with the Arts Council of Fairfax County International Children's Festival, as well as with Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Region of Americas Executive Committee of JHI (an international association of accounting firms).
BS Finance '98
CEO & Chairman
Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC)
As CEO and chairman of Global Board Advisors Corp (GBAC), Yusuf Azizullah brings thought leadership to corporate governance by providing customized education to international boards, confidential advice to audit committee chairs, and strategic planning for product launches in international and emerging markets.
Having advised Dow 30 companies, top 50 global financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds across a variety of industries, Azizullah is a subject matter expert on Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, BASEL, EMIR, and Privacy and Data Security compliance. He has been published multiple times in compliance and risk management magazines.
In addition to his work at GBAC, Azizullah is a member of Building Community Bridge and The One Less Foundation's Board of Directors and serves as a frequent speaker at National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) events. In 2011, the NACD ranked Azizullah among the top corporate governance experts on social media.
MS Technology Management '06
Founder & CEO
Sylvanus Bent is the founder and chief executive officer of Asset Insights, an innovative RFID startup headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Asset Insights applies worldwide standards for RFID to develop software to help organizations track and manage their valuable physical assets using wireless RFID Tags.
In 2012, Bent alongside a group of independent RFID industry veterans co-founded the International RFID Institute, a global nonprofit organization focused on promoting professionalism in the RFID industry through the development of standardized certification programs. As a result of his experience as a RFID subject matter expert, Bent was elected to serve as chairman and president of the institute by his fellow co-founders. He has led the organization in developing its strategy for supporting both the general public and RFID professionals.
During his career Bent has led the development of the Supply Chain Solution of the Year for Deloitte, earned the Award for Excellence from the Institute of Logistics, and co-authored EPCGlobal's most important software standards, Application Level Events and Electronic Product Code Information Services.
BS Marketing '97
President and Founder
McLean Mortgage Corporation
In 2008, Nathan Burch founded McLean Mortgage Corporation, a company devoted to helping clients achieve homeownership through quality service. Under Burch's guidance, McLean Mortgage has become a national leader recognized as the 47th Largest Mortgage Lender by Scotsman Guide, 10thBest Mortgage Company to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine, and an Inc. Hire Power Award recipient in 2013.
Burch serves as a member on several Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) committees in addition to serving on the Board of Governors of the MBA of Metropolitan Washington. In 2014, Burch was named to the Board of Directors of the MBA of America.
BS Finance & BS Management '13
Business Process Development Analyst
As a fall 2013 graduate of George Mason University's School of Business, Chaimaa Fekkak was able to leverage her many prestigious internships, including NPR, NeuStar, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, to begin her career with Accenture as a Business Process Development Analyst.
At Accenture, Fekkak supports the design and implementation of activities for a specific business function or functional area including analyzing and designing/re-designing business processes and/or defining parts of an organization.
Aside from her professional work, Fekkak participates in many non-profit volunteer activities including Loudoun County Free Clinic, Computer C.O.R.E., and Food for Friends, to name a few. She is also a frequent attendee at the School of Business' Women in Business events. She plans to pursue an MBA in consulting and/or an M.S. in Information Technology.
Executive MBA '08
Annandale Millwork/Allied Systems Corporation
Founded by his father, William C. Frogale, in 1952, Annandale Millwork/Allied Systems manufactures and distributes pre-hung interior and exterior doors, windows, and trim and custom architectural millwork, and the entire framing package which consists of wall panels, floor systems, lumber and roof trusses. Having taken over the company as President in 1984, Gene Frogale makes his greatest contributions in strategic planning, marketing, and sales.
As a Northern Virginia native, the Frogale family has a long history with George Mason University. Gene's father served on the Board of Visitors, while his brothers and sons join him as Mason alumni. In 2011, Gene and his brother Rob endowed the William C. Frogale Scholarship to honor their father and his commitment to Mason. Today, Gene continues the Frogale legacy at Mason by serving on the Board of Trustees.
Executive MBA '04
Area Vice President
Ritz Carlton Hotels
As area vice president for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Chris Gabaldon oversees operations for sixteen Ritz-Carlton hotels from Toronto to Hawaii. Gabaldon focuses his work on annual budgeting, capital planning, operations management, development, and owner relations.
Prior to stepping into his role as area vice president in July 2013, Gabaldon spent three years as chief sales and marketing officer, four years as vice president of sales, and three years as vice president of sales strategy and support at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. In 2012, while serving as chief sales and marketing officer, he was recognized as a Brand Genius by Adweek.
Having earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University, he stays connected with the university by serving on its Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board. As a graduate of Mason's Executive MBA program, Gabaldon served on the EMBA Advisory Council post-graduation.
MS Accounting '97
Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
In May 2014, Kellie Goldstein was named senior vice president and chief financial officer for Travel Channel, the world's leading travel media brand available in nearly 96 million US homes and over 130 countries. She is responsible for finance, accounting, strategic partnerships, mobile programming, budgeting, and business planning functions.
Prior to her role with Travel Channel, Goldstein spent thirteen years at Thomson Reuters. While at Thomson Reuters her roles included chief financial officer of the Emerging Markets and chief financial officer of Asia based in Hong Kong (two of the highest growth and strategic divisions), global controller, and senior vice president of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A). She also has experience raising venture capital, in global merger and acquisition transactions and with an IPO.
Aside from her academic work at Mason, Goldstein is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor's degree in business from Virginia Tech. She also participated in the strategic financial leadership executive education program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
BS Accounting & BS Finance '13
The Blackstone Group, L.P.
Prince Jindal is currently working as a Financial Analyst with The Blackstone Group, L.P. in New York City. Jindal graduated from George Mason University in May 2013 and started at Blackstone shortly afterwards. Jindal graduated with a BS in Finance and Accounting with a minor in German and graduated in 3 years. He is a CFA Level II candidate and is also involved with the iMentor program in New York City for high school students in low income communities.
BS Finance '95
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Recreation & Resource Management
Tim Keough is the senior vice president and general manager of Recreation & Resource Management for Accela, Inc., a company offering recreation management solutions for parks, forests, and campgrounds through cloud-based technology. Prior to his role at Accela, Keough was founder and chief executive officer of Kinsail Corporation, which was acquired by Accela in June 2014. Kinsail was the leading provider of online permitting and pass sales solutions for recreation and land management agencies across the country.
As a serial entrepreneur, Keough founded several other companies including AperServ, a performance management service provider, ZonaFinanciera.com, the largest application service provider and web portal for Latin America, and Virtual Loan Corporation, one of the first online loan and mortgage websites.
Keough has served as a judge for the School of Business' Annual Dean's Business Plan Competition and is a mentor to entrepreneurs through the Mason Innovation Lab and The Founder Institute.
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Veracity Engineering, LLC
As executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Veracity Engineering, Thomas Lamoureux is charged with the development and implementation of the corporate business plan, including marketing and sales strategies for both the government services and commercial business segments.
Prior to joining Veracity Engineering, Lamoureux was a certified acquisition professional with responsibilities in the administration of over $300 million in regional infrastructure programs for military and intelligence clients such as the United States Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Lamoureux is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), serves on the Air Traffic Controllers Association (ATCA) Scholarship Selection Committee, and is an active member of the DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).
Princess Aliyah Nisa Pandolfi
BS Management '04
Kashmir World Foundation
Having retired from a prominent career in real estate, business, and international finance, Princess Aliyah Pandolfi founded Kashmir World Foundation to help disadvantaged people and protect endangered species around the world. Her approach is to enlighten with education and communications so people are aware of the broader context in which they live; empower with real and financial infrastructures within which communities can flourish; and provide the surveillance systems and other tools needed to enforce laws including those to protect endangered species.
Under the direction of Princess Pandolfi, Kashmir World Foundation has developed a unique approach to helping people evolve from dependency on others to cultivating leaders within a sustainable community. As a decedent of royals from Kashmir, Princess Pandolfi hopes return to an independent and vibrant Kashmir.
BS Marketing '05
Dr. Frigz International
Muhammad Rehan is the director of Dr. Frigz International, one of the largest privately held surgical instruments manufacturing company in Pakistan. His goal as director is to convert a people-dependent company to a systems-dependent company by focusing on research and development, process improvement, strategic management, and international marketing.
Apart from his work at Dr. Frigz International, Rehan owns a Total Parco Pakistan gas station that holds a top ten ranking among Total Parco gas stations across the country. Additionally, Rehan is a multi-unit franchisee of Subway restaurants earning him the company's Regional Franchisee of the Year award in 2014 for the Middle East region. Last, but not least, he serves as director at Sialkot International Airport.
After graduating with his undergraduate degree from Mason, he earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan in 2008 and later achieved the Six Sigma Black Belt certification through Singapore Quality Institute.
John D. Ring
BS Business Administration '80
Chief Financial Officer
Paralyzed Veterans of America
John Ring is the chief financial officer for Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) where he manages the Accounting, Human Resources, and Meeting & Office Services departments. In 2007, Ring won the Award for Financial Excellence in the nonprofit Category from the Washington Business Journal for his exceptional work at PVA.
Prior to joining PVA in 2003, he was the director of Accounting Operations for Unisys Corporation's Federal Government Group. From 1998 to 2002, Ring was director of Finance and Administration for Arthur Andersen's Office of Government Services. For a sixth-month period from 1997 to 1998, he served as a consulting and acting treasurer for the Baltimore Ravens football team.
Ring is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Ring served on the Not-for-Profit Expert Panel of the AICPA for three years.
David A. Roe
BS Accounting '89
Executive Director of Administration and COO
George Mason University Foundation, Inc.
For 24 years, Dave Roe has worked as George Mason University Foundation. In his current role, Roe serves as executive director of administration and chief operating officer. In addition to his work with the Foundation, Roe serves on the Board of Trustees, has been an adjunct professor in accounting at Mason on several occasions, and was the primary contributor in the creation of the Gunston Business Scholars program.
Aside from his life at Mason, Roe is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Northern Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Northern Virginia Community College Real Estate Foundation Board. Roe is an active youth coach, church and community volunteer, and an avid fan of all Mason athletic programs.
He holds two degrees from George Mason University including a BS in Accounting and a MBA. He is a certified public accountant and was a CFO of the Year finalist from Virginia Business Magazine in 2006 and 2007.
Executive MBA '05
Co-Owner, President, and CEO
Chuck Schue is co-owner and president of UrsaNav, Inc., an advanced engineering firm with principal offices in Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Belgium. Schue started UrsaNav in the second term of his EMBA program at Mason. Under his leadership, UrsaNav is a three-time winner of Inc. Magazine's 500|5000 award for the fastest growing, privately held, engineering companies in the United States.
A recognized radio navigation expert, Schue is currently "making the market" for wide-area navigation, timing, and frequency alternatives to satellite systems, like GPS, when they are not available or trustworthy.
A serial entrepreneur or, as he likes to refer to himself, "strategic gambler", Schue has start-up experience in medical technology, software products, hardware products, public safety and security, and financial engineering.
In addition to this Executive MBA, Schue holds master's degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
Juliana G. Simmons
BS Management '96
Human Capital Strategic Consulting
Julie Simmons is the managing director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting, a certified woman owned management consultancy focused on providing human resources solutions. Simmons has extensive experience supporting the dynamic needs of clients in the professional services, technology, nonprofit, and government contracting industries. She has deep technical knowledge in the fields of change management, strategic planning, compensation/benefits administration, and leadership development.
Outside of business, she volunteers in various leadership positions with George Mason University, Marymount University, and The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. Simmons is the co-chair of the Future Fund, a charitable giving circle of young professionals, and also serves on the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board.
She holds a MA in Human Resources from Marymount University and BS in Management from George Mason University. In March 2013, Simmons published her first book Letting Go of the Status Quo.
BS Marketing '06
Public Sector Marketing Manager
Christina Vanecek is the public sector marketing manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in providing strategic marketing expertise to senior executives, partners, and clients. In her role, Vanecek is responsible for a variety of complex and multifaceted marketing projects targeted throughout the federal, state, and local governments, and aligns commercial endeavors to public sector initiatives. She has successfully managed enterprise-wide branding initiatives, multi-year marketing campaigns, and currently leads the execution of marketing strategies across a wide variety of functional areas.
Vanecek has over eight years of marketing experience throughout public and private sectors and across product and professional services firms. Prior to her role at PwC, she managed the marketing for the commercial aerospace practice, consumer retail practice, and global public sector practice at PRTM Management Consultants, LLC, was a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, and marketed online abstracts to higher education organizations.
Outside of her professional life, Vanecek serves as an At-Large Director for the George Mason University Alumni Association Board and is a founding member of Mason's Women in Business Consortium.
MS Technology Management '08
Senior Technical Advisor
SRA International, Inc.
Carl Willis-Ford is a senior technical advisor for SRA International, Inc., in their Health and Civil Group. Willis-Ford started his career as a nuclear reactor operator on fast attack submarines in the U.S. Navy. Post-Navy, he worked as a federal civilian manager at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard until joining SRA in 1997. He received an Individual Excellence award from SRA in 2013 and was also named a Senior Member of the Information Systems Security Association.
As a volunteer, Willis-Ford serves as a mentor to Mason students in the School of Business' executive education programs since 2008. He is a board member for the Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) and (non-voting) of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.
In addition to his MS in Technology Management from George Mason University, he holds a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Network Security, and is currently pursuing a DS in Information Assurance.
BS Marketing and BS Decision Science & Management Information Systems '94
Rockbridge Associates, Inc.
Gina Woodall is a strategic marketing research professional currently serving as president of Rockbridge Associates. She has been with the market research and consulting firm since 1994 helping it to become a leader in custom insights. Woodall serves as a senior consultant on engagements for her clients, including Fortune 500 players in the technology and services sectors such as Verizon, Wells Fargo, Gap Inc., Panasonic, and Ancestry.com. In addition, she recently led the development of OpinionPond™, Rockbridge's ground breaking social media research app.
As part of her active leadership in custom market research, Woodall has both written articles and spoken at conferences to share her own expertise and vision for the industry, as well as findings from Rockbridge studies.