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.
David C. Atkins, BS Decision Science '90
Director of Licensing, Marketing and Administration, George Mason University
David C. Atkins ‘90 is director of licensing, marketing, and administration at George Mason University where he is currently responsible for negotiating and administering contracts associated with trademark licensing, campus bookstores, beverage/snack vending, retail banking, and digital signage valued in excess of $45 million. Atkins also is responsible for brand awareness in the retail environment and division-wide marketing. He has a 31-year relationship with Mason – as a student, student employee, alumni, donor, adjunct faculty, and administrative faculty.
He led the fundraising campaign to establish the first alumni chapter-driven endowment with George Mason University in 2011. Atkins has served the Alumni Association Board as president of the Black Alumni Chapter and director-at-large over a period of six years. He has been involved with the School of Business Alumni Chapter for more than four years in capacities of VP of events, treasurer, chair of the Emerging Leaders Business Awards, chair of the Business Alumni Celebration and director-at-large.
Atkins is a member of the President’s Circle, Patriots Club, and 2012 George Mason Alumni Service Award recipient. He is also a licensed minister and certified foster-parent.
Thomas N. Bagamane, EMBA '95
Founder and Managing Director, Profitable Good Group & Founder and Chairman, The Giving Spirit
A native of Arlington, Tom Bagamane has a unique set of skills that have proven to be effective and valuable in the corporate shared values (CSV) space. He has more than 25 years of senior management consumer products/retail experience in strategy, operations, global business development, traditional and digital marketing, product branding and manufacturing. Bagamane conceived, raised capital, launched and successfully sold two start-up consumer product companies in the last seven years – the last one pioneering the “one-for-one” model in the dog food space. He has operated venture capital, private-equity and owner-financed product companies. Bagamane has a diverse product development background, branding and launching 40+ products; many which are currently sold all over the world.
However, the work of which he is most proud is his leadership in impacting his adopted hometown of Los Angeles. Bagamane is the founder and chairman of The Giving Spirit (TGS), one of the largest all-volunteer organizations in the U.S. Founded in 1999, TGS provides direct acute survival essentials to Greater LA’s large homeless population. To date, TGS has served over 42,000 clients directly in the streets with the help of over 13,000 volunteers. In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti honored TGS with a certificate of recognition for its service to the city.
In 2014, he merged his skill sets as successful for-profit entrepreneur and non-profit pioneer to found Profitable Good Group (PGG), a full-service strategic agency specializing in diversifying traditional revenue models and strategies into dynamic profit centers for shareholder growth and social justice. PGG advises CEO’s, investors, executive directors, municipalities and stakeholders on the positive net return impact of an integrated shared values strategy on both invested and human capital. PGG’s unique collective perspective in successfully developing, creating and executing strategies to provide profitable returns for business investors and charitable donors gives it valuable credibility within boardrooms and in communities. PGG’s motto succinctly defines their strategic mission - “Good is only Sustainable if it is Profitable”.
Bagamane received his EMBA from George Mason University’s School of Business and his BA in Communications/Political Science from Virginia Tech University, from where he proudly and humbly received Virginia Tech's Alumni Association’s Inaugural Humanitarian Award in 2005.
Nadeem I. Butler, BS Finance & Decision Science '91
President & CEO, Technatomy Corporation
Nadeem Butler is president and CEO of The Technatomy Corporation. Butler founded Technatomy Corporation in July 2000 and is responsible for developing and leading the corporation's overall strategic and business operations. With more than 20 years of management and information technology experience, Butler draws on his military and professional experience for Technatomy's vision: having the right decision-enabling information when and where needed. Butler's professional experience includes working with CACI, Integic Corporation, and InfoTech Enterprises, where he held the positions of software developer, project manager and director of business development. With this experience, he has gained the technical and business expertise in system development life cycle and various system development methodologies enabling him efficiently bring people, process and technologies together to serve the corporate mission.
Butler earned a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University (1991) before earning a Master of Science in Information Systems from the George Washington University (1998). He began his professional career in 1985 by enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment. During his service, Butler graduated from U.S. Army infantry school, airborne school, ranger school, airborne jumpmaster school, pathfinder school, and expert infantry. Upon honorable completion of his active duty services in 1988, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM). Under the leadership of Butler, Technatomy has received several prestigious awards for the company’s commitment to technical excellence and recognition for philanthropy efforts.
Christian D. Camacho, BS Decision Science & Management Information Systems '02
Chief Strategy Officer of Flashpoint & CEO of NinjaJobs
Chris Camacho is Flashpoint’s Chief Strategy Officer, partnering with the executive team to develop, communicate, and execute on strategic initiatives. With more than 15 years of cybersecurity leadership at The World Bank and Bank of America, Camacho has led initiatives across multiple areas, such as operational strategy, research and development, threat management, and security operations centers to ensure cyber risk postures are aligned with business goals.
Camacho is a respected leader, collaborator, advisor, investor, speaker and mentor in the cybersecurity community. He manages various collaboration groups geared at information sharing across multiple sectors including U.S. Government.
An experienced entrepreneur, Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite candidates with top tier global jobs and the only job platform dedicated to cybersecurity.
Eric D. Cevis, BS Marketing '86
President-Verizon Partner Solutions, Verizon Communications, Inc.
Eric Cevis graduated from George Mason University in 1986 with a bachelor’s in marketing. He was founding president of the first black fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated at Mason in 1984 and awarded the ‘Distinguished Black Alumni Award,’ at Mason in 2010.
Cevis was employed by Verizon upon graduation and has had more than a 30-year career with Verizon, advancing through several jobs of increasing leadership responsibility. He currently serves as the president-Verizon Partner Solutions, with responsibility for over $5 billion in revenues from customers across the globe. He’s in charge of domestic and international strategy, as he leads the sales, marketing, operations and customer service functions to all wireless and wireline carriers, ISP’s, cable companies, and content delivery customers on behalf of global wholesale. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and also serves as a School of Business board member for Virginia Commonwealth University.
Michael P. Gallagher, MBA '94
President, The Stevie Awards
Michael Gallagher is the president of the Stevie Awards, which he founded in 2002 and which have grown to be recognized globally as the “business Oscars.” Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs including The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the German Stevie Awards. Prior to founding the Stevies, Gallagher worked in the tradeshow, conference, and dot-com industries, where he was vice president of sales and/or marketing at firms including Hoovers Inc., Imark Technologies and Powerize.com.
He received his MBA from George Mason University in 1994, a BA in journalism from Fordham University in New York City in 1979, and is a 1975 graduate of Fordham Preparatory School. A Bronx native, he is curiously a fan of the Jets and the Mets.
Dianne D. Guensberg, BS Accounting '82
Managing Director, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP
Dianne Guensberg is a Managing Director in the Global Public Sector practice of Grant Thornton LLP. With over 30 years of experience with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) before coming to Grant Thornton, she is a recognized leader in federal financial management issues.
She led financial and performance audits of major federal entities and programs, coordinated GAO’s involvement in the Joint Financial Management Improvement Project (JFMIP) and supported significant federal financial and performance management legislation passage and oversight while on detail with both House and Senate oversight committees. Guensberg managed GAO’s performance audits, including improper payments reviews, at the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development. She also served as a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board’s Cost Management Standards Task Force, which developed the Managerial Cost Accounting Standards for the federal government. She is a member of Northern Illinois University’s Accountancy Executive Advisory Council and was a member of George Mason University's School of Management Employer Advisory Council.
Guensberg is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Virginia Society of CPAs, and Association of Government Accountants.
Charles F. Helme III, BS Accounting '85
Managing Principal, Thompson Greenspon
Charles (Chip) Helme is the managing principal of Thompson Greenspon and has been with the firm since 1986.
Helme provides audit, tax and advisory services to a diverse range of clients, including construction contractors, nonprofit organizations and professional service firms. He performs audits, reviews and compilations of financial statements, operational reviews, accounting services and tax planning and preparation services. He also has a base of individuals for whom he offers tax advice, and multi-state and federal tax preparation.
Helme is a graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He remains an active part of the Mason community as a board member for the George Mason University Accounting Advisory Council and former treasurer of the George Mason University Alumni Association.
Dale L. Hersey, BS Finance '11
Vice President, Medley Capitol
Dale Hersey, CFA is a vice president in the direct lending group at Medley Capital, a $5 billion credit investment fund based in New York, NY. Hersey’s primary accountabilities include evaluating investment opportunities in middle-market companies across a variety of industries and managing all aspects of the firm’s underwriting process. Since joining Medley Capital in 2012, he has invested nearly $1 billion over 30 transactions and has played key roles in many of the firm’s strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Medley Capital, Hersey was an analyst in the portfolio valuation and valuation advisory services group at Duff & Phelps in New York, NY. Outside of his busy professional life, he enjoys working on new business ventures, mentoring at risk youth, participating in corporate volunteer events, playing golf, and exercising.
Christine A. Landoll, BS Accounting '89 & MS Taxation '92
Managing Director, Deloitte Tax, LLP
Christine Landoll is an energetic, accomplished leader and a two-time Mason alumnus. She has more than 25 years of diversified professional service experience across various disciplines including tax, learning & development and global mobility.
She has a proven track record for leading diverse teams and securing executive-level commitment on large-scale initiatives. Landoll is passionate about the development of all and is a frequent instructor, facilitator, mentor and coach.
As a managing director within Deloitte since 2004, she specializes in helping clients achieve their business objectives, most recently integrating the global mobility function with talent management to align with organizational business and talent objectives.
Landoll is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) and a Global Mobility Specialist with a focus on Strategic Talent Mobility (GMS-T®).
Rear Admiral Brian E. Luther, EMBA '04
Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO, US Navy
Rear Admiral Luther was raised in Connecticut, is a 1984 graduate of Marquette University and holds a MBA from George Mason University.
He has commanded Sea Control Squadron 24, USS TARAWA, USS George H. W. BUSH and is currently in command of Carrier Strike Group TWO. He accumulated over 3,400 hours and 825 carrier landings during his career.
He served five tours in the Pentagon as an analyst for the Joint Chief of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations, as the assistant director Navy Budget Office, Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Congressional Liaison to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Navy Director of Operations and Plans. He is scheduled to be the Director, Office of Navy Budget.
His greatest achievement was marrying his wife, Dr. Sylvia Min. Together they chauffeur three sons to activities, play golf with more enthusiasm than skill and dream of travel that does not involve the Navy.
N. Ryan Merritt, MBA '09
Manager, Professional Services, Sungard PS
Norman Ryan Merritt is an accomplished corporate strategy professional and social entrepreneur. Merritt built his reputation and career in managing high-profile engagements for Fortune 500 organizations. These include the $8.5 billion Microsoft acquisition of Skype, the Booz Allen Hamilton commercial market re-entry, the GE Capital buyout, and the Dun & Bradstreet $119 million acquisition of Hoovers. In addition, Merritt has helped numerous social entrepreneurship organizations get off the ground, most recently, non-profit breweries in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently the manager of professional services at SunGard PS, helping to restructure their application development and operations.
He is originally from Virginia, though his work has allowed to live in Stockholm, Budapest, Riga, New York City, Seattle, and New Orleans, where he currently resides with his wife and 2-year-old son. Merritt earned his BA in political theory and Biology from the College of Charleston and his MBA at George Mason University. While at Mason, he was a founding member of the Ashoka Changemakers, with a focus on fostering social entrepreneurship. Merritt continues to remain involved with Mason through local alumni groups and job placement of Mason graduates.
G.F. Joey Musmar, BS Accounting '93
Founder and Partner, MillerMusmar CPAs and Advisors
G.F. Joey Musmar leads a team of experts that provide top-of-the-line tax, accounting and advisory services ranging from complex tax planning for mergers & acquisitions to financial and benefits planning for corporate executives and entrepreneurs. His clientele is multinational with niche businesses including restaurants, medical practices, government contractors, construction, non-profits, high tech, and diversified real estate agencies.
Musmar has more than 17 years experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has performed due diligence and consulted with client's attorneys to assist with structuring deals in the most efficient manner. He joined MillerMusmar as a partner in 1999 and became the managing partner in 2004, with more than a decade of experience in public accounting.
He worked for two of the "big-five" accounting firms, Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen. As a member of Deloitte & Touche, he established and headed their compliance and tax technology group, significantly contributed to the development and testing of their software packages, and worked on data integration projections to ensure timely and accurate tax returns. While at Arthur Andersen, he worked in both the real estate and enterprise and compliance services groups where he was responsible for not only corporate but also partnership and individual tax compliance and planning. He was a significant contributor to the corporate tax compliance divisions for both firms and eventually formed his own full service public accounting firm, Musmar & Company. In addition to his strengths in tax compliance and planning, Musmar is well versed in accounting software management and installation and has also overseen A-122 and A-133 audit engagements for non profits.
He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and an Accredited Business Valuator (ABV). He has testified and conducted valuations for divorce, estate, gift, and M & A purposes. He also holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation and is Series 7 securities licensed.
Musmar has appeared on News Channel 8 for the last 5 years. For two years, he has volunteered at Mason’s School of Business critiquing business plans for students. He is also a Reston Incubator Advisory Board (IAB) member and has, in the past, been an annual speaker to the Virginia Society of CPAs.
John T. Niehoff, BS Accounting '84
Partner, Baker Tilly
As a partner at the national accounting firm Baker Tilly (formerly Beers + Cutler), John Niehoff works with commercial businesses and leads the law and professional service firms practice, which provides audit, tax, and general business advisory services to closely-held businesses.
Niehoff has been honored with the George Mason University Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized most recently with the Alumni Service Award for his extensive involvement at the university. Not only is he a member of the School of Business Dean's Council, Niehoff serves on the George Mason Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Patriot Club and Green Coat Society in support of Mason athletics. In addition, he actively recruits Mason graduates for his firm and is instrumental in the effort to support Mason's accounting majors through the James R. Beers Accounting Scholarship Endowment, which recognizes Mason's top performing accounting students each year, and a contributor to the Phillip G. Buchanan Faculty Fellowship.
Niehoff earned his BS in accounting from George Mason University, was a member of the men's basketball team, and was honored in 2008 by the CAA as George Mason's Men's basketball legend honoree.
Edward H. Ryan, BS Accounting '94
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, RyanSharkey, LLP
RyanSharkey Managing Partner Edward Ryan, CPA, leads the firm’s assurance practice. With more than 20 years of experience, he works with a wide range of clients, including those in the government contracting, technology and service industries.
Ryan brings seasoned expertise to auditing and reviewing companies, ranging from small start-ups to large publicly held corporations. He has managed and performed IPOs, SEC filings, financial statement audits and financial statement reviews and compilations.
Ryan’s industry knowledge enables him to provide proactive advice to executives on financial transactions, business combinations and other key accounting issues, including: Employee stock compensation and complex equity transactions, Revenue recognition; Financial statement presentation; and Best practices for accounting processes and internal controls.
Prior to forming RyanSharkey in 2002, he served as a manager at two global firms, Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young, overseeing audits on companies ranging from development stage to $100 million in revenue.
Brock J. Walker, MBA '14
Acting Director, Shared Services Division, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Brock Walker is a high-energy and passionate individual with a desire for continuous learning and organizational excellence. At the Department of the Treasury, he currently serves as acting director of Shared Services, responsible for the management and oversight of the $.25 billion budget of the Treasury Franchise Fund/Shared Services Program.
Known for his take-charge attitude, Walker has developed a reputation for creating organizational efficiencies and fostering transparency. He was selected by Treasury leadership to represent the Department in the FY 2014 CFO Council Finance Fellows Program and recently graduated as a senior fellow from the Partnership for Public Service’s 2015-2016 Excellence in Government (EIG) Fellows executive development program.
Walker earned his MBA from George Mason University's School of Business in 2014 as the top student in his class and has served as an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Mason School of Business the past two years.
Michael R. Waple, BS Accounting '85
Vice President & Controller U.S./India Operations, CGI
Michael Waple is the Vice President, US Division CFO for CGI with responsibility for the financial operations of CGI’s $2.5B U.S. subsidiary covering the commercial, state and local and federal markets. His career has spanned public accounting, IT consulting, and corporate finance. At CGI, he has held positions responsible for the financial operations of the U.S., Canada and India. He contributes to CGI’s global growth by leveraging his leadership skills on strategic acquisitions and the integration of acquired companies.
He earned his MBA from UCLA and has obtained CPA, CMA and CIA certifications. Aside from his professional work, Waple supports STEM activities and serves on the board of the Oakton High School Crew Boosters as well as the Board of Advisors for the Mason GovCon Initiative.
Curtiss White, EMBA '96
Chief HR Officer, MCR, LLC
Curt White possesses 25 years of experience as a consultant and practitioner in human resource management and has worked in a variety of industries supporting domestic and global operations throughout the Americas, Asia Pac, and Europe. He possesses an EMBA degree from George Mason and for nearly 15 years has worked as an adjunct for Mason's Office of Continuing Education Program (OCPE), teaching a variety of human resource management courses. White takes great pride in his association with George Mason University and looks forward to helping strengthen the alumni network.
Thomas W. Willert, MS Technology Management '01
Chief Operating Officer, Eagle Ray Inc.
Tom Willert holds overall strategic and operational responsibility for all Eagle Ray programs. He provides the leadership and vision to ensure we have effective execution processes, operational controls, and reporting procedures in place to achieve outstanding customer satisfaction and to ensure corporate financial strength and operating efficiency.
Willert is an ISO 27001 lead auditor and a project management professional. He has a CIO certificate in federal executive competencies. His professional memberships include the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He was a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 2009.
Willert holds an MS in technology management from George Mason University and a BS in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Sarah Zeb, BS Accounting & Finance '15
Advisory Associate, KPMG LLP
Sarah Zeb is an advisory associate within KPMG’s financial risk management – credit risk practice based out of Mclean, VA. Prior to joining KPMG full- time in August 2015, Sarah interned in their credit risk practice in the summer of 2014 and was offered full-time employment at the end of her internship.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Mason’s School of Business in May 2015 with her BS in accounting and finance with a minor in economics. She was selected as the Outstanding Finance Major at the 2015 School of Business convocation, and also received certificates of excellence in major for both accounting and finance. During her tenure at the School of Business, Sarah worked as a teaching assistant for Dr. Steve Pilloff's financial management course and for Dr. Mike Anderson's financial institutions course.
Sarah serves as the director –at –large on the 2016-2017 School of Business board of directors.