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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Dean's Advisory Council

To deepen the business community's participation in the development of future business leaders, the School of Business at George Mason University maintains a strong tradition of building business partnerships through the Dean's Council. The council's mission is to advise and assist the dean in the achievement of the school's mission to prepare our graduates to be successful contributors to the economic, civic, and cultural life of an increasingly global community.

Comprised of business and community leaders from many different locations, the Dean's Council provides strategic guidance to the dean as the School of Business seeks to align its programs to the needs of the business community.

Dean's Advisory Council members represent a variety of industries and companies ranging from startups to established, multinational firms.

Current Council members are as follows: 

 

Dale "Dusty" WinceDale "Dusty" Wince, Jr., '12
Council Chair 

Former Vice President and Division Manager 
ManTech International Corporation

Dale Wince is the founder and chief executive officer of Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG). Leveraging more than 27 years of Information Technology (IT) consulting experience and a proven formula for success, he founded KCG in 2000. Wince has presided over the company's successful transformation from a small start-up company to a leading provider of cybersecurity services to public and private sector organizations. With over 270 employees, KCG is widely recognized as the largest "pure-play" cybersecurity services firm in the market.

Wince holds a BS in business administration and finance from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of George Mason University's Executive MBA program with a concentration in National Defense.

  

Anne Altman

Anne K. Altman, '82
Retired General Manager, US Federal Government and Industries
IBM Corporation

Anne Altman is the former general manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector. In this role, Altman was responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM's multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients in the United States. Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients. Most notably, she helped establish IBM's footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company's server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.

Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market. In addition, her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients include: Federal Computer Week's Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women, the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council's Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year. Altman sits on the Board of Directors of SPXFlow Inc, as well as the Treasurer for the NSO and Vice Chairman of NVTC. 

Her professional success and tireless support of her alma mater were recognized in 2011 when she was honored as Mason's School of Business Alumna of the Year.

Altman earned her BS in marketing from George Mason University.

 

marc-anderson-croppedMarc E. Andersen '90
International Government & Public Sector Leader
Ernst & Young LLP

Marc Andersen serves as the International Government & Public Sector Leader for Ernst & Young.

Prior to his appointment, Andersen created and launched EY's Federal Advisory business. Under Andersen 's leadership as Americas Markets Leader, the practice achieved record growth through assisting the government in addressing some of the most complex challenges facing our nation.

Andersen serves on professional and non-profit boards, donating his time and talent to make a difference in the community with a specific emphasis on improving the lives of at-risk-children. His service includes the Youth For Tomorrow Board of Trustees, Boys and Girls Club, Great Falls Rotary, the Professional Services Council Board of Directors, the Tower Club Board of Governors, and the High Point University President's Cabinet.

As the recipient of the Washington Football Legends Community MVP Award, Andersen was recognized for his contributions to our community with a scholarship in his name for minority higher education.

A frequent speaker and author, Marc focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and the powerful opportunity that the private sector and the public sector have to harness their potential to achieve meaningful outcomes for citizens through Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Marc recently led the creation of a PPP between EY and the US State Department promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in Latin America.

Andersen earned a bachelor's of economics from George Mason where he was also a member of the crew team.

shaza-croppedShaza L. Andersen '89
Chief Executive Officer
WashingtonFirst Bank

Shaza Andersen is a Mason alumnus and founder and chief executive officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. As CEO, she is responsible for the bank's overall strategic direction, growth, and profitability. Under her leadership, the bank has grown to $1.4 billion in assets, with 17 branches in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to serving on countless boards throughout the region, Andersen founded the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Washington metropolitan area. WFYF has been a major sponsor of NBC4 Food4Families that has helped feed over 20,000 individuals in the area.

A sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Andersen has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in Washington Business Journal and Washington Magazine. She has also been recognized as a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine, one of the Top 25 Women to Watch by American Banker, and one of Washington Business Journal's Power 100, 50 Fastest Growing Companies, Women Who Mean Business, and Most Admired CEO.

 

kbouweiriKristina J. Bouweiri
President and CEO
Reston Limousine

Kristina Bouweiri is the majority owner of the Washington D.C.'s largest luxury transportation provider, Reston Limousine. Thanks to her innovative business strategies over the last two decades, Reston Limousine has enjoyed continued growth despite regional and national economic downturns.

An active business community leader, in addition to serving on the School of Business' Dean's Advisory Council, Bouweiri is a member of the boards of several influential organizations, including Eagle Bank, SmartCEO magazine, Enterprising Women magazine, Loudoun CEO Cabinet, and Loudoun Education Foundation.

Her recent awards include the 2013 International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, 2012 DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year, and SmartCEO Smart 100 Top CEOs of Washington DC since 2009.

Bouweiri holds a BA in international affairs from The George Washington University.

 

Creasy Mike RMichael Creasy, '91
Audit Practice Leader
Grant Thornton

Michael Creasy currently serves as audit practice leader for Grant Thornton's Atlantic Coast market which includes the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In this role, Creasy leads over 250 audit professionals. He also served as a senior strategic adviser to the leadership of Grant Thornton China's operations and had business development responsibilities in China. 

Creasy has many professional qualifications and memberships, including, past board member of the Association of Corporate Growth in China, past board member of George Mason University's School of Business Alumni Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs.

Creasy graduated cum laude with a BS in accounting and management information systems from George Mason University.

 

Boom 1605 Kathryn Falk 28Kathryn Falk
Vice President and Market Leader
Cox Communications

 

 

James "Jim" FontanaJames C. Fontana
Co-Founder and Principal
Dempsey Fontana, PLLC

James Fontana is the co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC. With over 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, Fontana is able to provide high quality legal services to companies who contract with US federal, state, and local government agencies as well as foreign government agencies. He also has experience executing mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors.

In addition to his role at Dempsey Fontana, Fontana is a former adjunct professor of law at George Mason University and an adjunct professor in the university's MBA program.

Fontana earned his BS in economics from American University and his JD from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

 

rsz betsy headshotBetsy Frantz
President & CEO
Leadership Center for Excellence

Betsy Frantz is passionate about creating a healthy and vibrant community through servant leadership and community service. Since 1998, she has led the Leadership Center for Excellence to become a preeminent community leadership development program that has graduated more than 1600 leaders. She has received national and local recognition for her career accomplishments, and serves the community on numerous boards.

 In addition to spearheading the organization’s annual Leadership Arlington program, Frantz is a sought-after speaker, leadership coach, and organizational management and strategic planning consultant. She has more than 30 years of experience in strategic thinking, leadership development, training and management of nonprofits as well as private and government organizations.

Previously, Frantz served as the Director of Development for The Northern Virginia Community Foundation. She currently serves as Chair of the National Association of Leadership Programs, and serves on multiple boards locally. A native of Virginia with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from The College of William and Mary, Frantz has three grown children and resides in Arlington with her husband and new puppy.

 

MichaelGallagherMichael Gallagher, '94
President
The Stevie Awards

To honor the millions of business executives and workers worldwide who quietly accomplish innovative and extraordinary things in the workplace every day, Michael Gallagher founded the Stevie® Awards in 2002. The name Stevie comes from the Greek name Stefanos, which means "crowned." Prior to founding the Stevie Awards, Gallagher focused his energies on marketing, sales, and product development, including serving as Vice President of Sales & Marketing with the Hoover's Media Technologies division of Hoover's Inc., the leading provider of information on public and private companies worldwide. Most recently, he was vice president of Sales & Marketing with Amazing Media, an online advertising company. Gallagher holds a bachelor of arts from Fordham University in New York City and a master of business administration from George Mason University. Gallagher was president of the alumni chapter in 2011-13 and was also a Director at Large.

 
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Kaylene H. Green, '87
President and Chief Executive Officer
Flagship Government Relations

In early 2009, Kaylene Green led the formation of Flagship Government Relations, Inc., an organization focusing on government relations to provide legislative strategy, federal budget insights, and strategic marketing analysis. As President and CEO, Green is responsible for the company's development by managing high-level client relationships and interfacing with government officials.

Green serves as the chair of the Dean's Council. Along with her husband, Green is a founding investor in the School of Business' Dean's Investment Fund. The pair dedicates much of their time and effort driving various initiatives at the university. This dedication was duly recognized in 2011 when the two were honored with the Alumni Service Award.

She is an alumna of George Mason University having earned her BS in accounting and legal studies.

  

Jerry GrossmanR. Jerry Grossman
Former Managing Director and Co-Head– Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) Group
Houlihan Lokey

Jerry Grossman completed his career at Houlihan Lokey's Washington, D.C. office in 2014. He was co-head of the ADG group, a premier investment banking practice representing leading industry companies in merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, providing fairness opinions and sourcing capital. He was a regular contributor on industry M&A, strategy and value creation dynamics to Washington Technology, a national magazine for government contractors, as well as a frequent speaker at industry events.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Grossman held senior positions in financial advisory, strategic consulting and corporate banking organizations. He earned a BS in industrial management at Penn State University and an Executive MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He is a Chartered Financial analyst and is reqistered with FINRA as a Genereal Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63).

 

Sharon Gubinsky
Principal
Santos, Postal & Co PC

 

chavennerW. Craig Havenner
President
The Christopher Companies

Christopher is a locally owned and operated residential and commercial building and development company based in the City of Fairfax. The company is currently developing and constructing residential and commercial projects located in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, Frederick County Maryland, and Sussex County Delaware. Christopher is well respected within the communities it serves and has won numerous local and national awards for their projects.

As president, Havenner is responsible for land planning, development, product design, construction and customer service.

Havenner joined the Christopher Companies in 1993 after nine years with the Artery Organization where he served as Vice President-Division Manager. Prior to joining Artery, Havenner managed Park Construction Operations for Fairfax County Park Authority.

During his career, Havenner has managed the development and construction of several thousand condominiums, townhomes, garden apartments and single-family homes in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Havenner is a 1979 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in construction management. A native of Northern Virginia, he is married and has resided in the City of Fairfax with his family since 1980. He is actively involved in professional and community organizations, including Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), where he is a Past President and was named "Builder of the Year" in 2002 and the Home Builder's Association of Virginia (HBAV), where he has served as a Build-Pac Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee, and as Area 5 Vice President. He served two terms as HBAV's legislative chair, and is currently serving as 2nd Vice President.

In addition, he presently serves as a member of the George Mason University School of Business Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is a Vice-Chairman of The City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority.

 

Lillian HeizerLillian T. Heizer
President
LCH Consulting Services

Bringing 25 years of hands-on leadership experience and established success in leading large IT organizations to consistently positive results to the table, Lillian Heizer's firsthand experience employing best practices makes her stand out as a consulting professional. As president of LCH Consulting, Heizer strives to bring thought leadership to her clients' complex challenges to produce measureable and sustainable results.

Outside of LCH, Heizer is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and sits on The Women's Center Board of Directors.

Heizer earned her BS in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology, a MS in computer science from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Mary Davis Holt

Mary Davis Holt
Partner
Flynn Heath Holt Leadership

Mary Davis Holt is an executive coach and expert on business, women, and leadership. She has held executive positions at Time Warner, including her time as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Life. In addition, she spent time managing the worldwide distribution of all Time Inc. magazines including Time, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated.

Holt is now a partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, whose mission is to help women and organizations move forward, faster. The firm has coached and trained over 5,000 women, conducted over 1,700 interviews with Fortune 1000 executives, and produced a New York Times Bestseller entitled Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power.

Holt received her BA from Salem College and her MBA from New York University.

 

Jolanda picJolanda N. Janczewski, '91
Chairman of the Board
CSS-Dynamac

Dr. Janczewski is Chairman of the Board of Consolidated Safety Services-Dynamac Corporation (CSS), a $50M company providing environmental, health and life science services to both public and private sectors. In addition, she is President/CEO of the Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), a company spring-boarded from CSS with a mission to conduct comprehensive audits of ground transportation companies and provide public access to motor carrier safety ratings.

A career-long safety professional, she holds a Master of Public Health in Biohazard Sciences from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD in Environmental Health & Public Policy from George Mason University. She has a BS in Biology for Mary Washington College and is one of a few people in the U.S. who hold an advanced degree in biosafety. She and her company CSS have played key roles in times of national environmental disasters, including anthrax decontamination of federal buildings, and deploying scientists and other specialists to assess the Gulf Oil Spill for the EPA and NOAA. In 2002, she and her company received the U.S. State Department Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award for their extraordinary efforts in anthrax removal and restoration of the worldwide mail facility located near Dulles Airport. Her new venture, TSX, is the only nationally-based private motor carrier rating company, providing information to the public to help in the identification and us of safer bus and truck companies.

Dr. Janczewski continues to be a recognized expert in her field providing testimony in front of federal regulatory hearings and serving as a federal expert witness for the US Department of Justice. She is also an international speaker and has appeared on National and International news and public services broadcast networks.

In 2012, she was an Influential Women of Virginia honoree and also recognized as a Smart CEO Magazine Washington Woman awardee. She also received the 2014 George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Science. In addition, she will appeared as the cover feature of Smart CEO Magazine in July, 2014.

 

Allen "Al" JohnsonThe Honorable Allen F. Johnson, '83
President and CEO
Allen F. Johnson & Associates

From April 2001 until September of 2005, Allen Johnson served as ambassador and chief agriculture negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) entity of the Executive Office of the President. He worked as a key architect in advancing the most active trade agenda in US history. In addition, he was trusted with various global responsibilities by handling the most complex, sensitive, and essential trade policy issues.

In 2005, Johnson founded Allen F. Johnson and Associates (AFJ) and currently serves as president and CEO. AFJ provides policy consulting, business consulting, and commercial services for clients and partners in the US and internationally. In addition, AFJ seeks to promote international trade, build alliances, and find solutions that create opportunities for clients in international commerce.

Johnson earned a BS in business administration from George Mason University and an MBA and MS in food research from Stanford University.

 

Jeffery "Jeff" JohnsonJeffery M. Johnson, '75
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Johnson & Strachan Insurance

Jeffery Johnson is the retired chairman and CEO of Johnson & Strachan, Inc., a full service locally owned and operated independent insurance agency. He also serves on the boards of directors of Millennium Bankshares Corporation and Millennium Bank, N.A. In addition, he volunteers with Five Talents International, a micro-finance organization that fights poverty and creates jobs for the poor in developing countries.

Alongside his work in the insurance industry, Johnson is actively involved in his alma mater. Not only is he a member of the Dean's Council, but he is a trustee with the George Mason University Foundation, a past president of the Alumni Association, and sponsors the School of Business' Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2009 he was honored with the Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to the university.

Johnson holds a BS in business administration from George Mason University.

Brian E. Kearney 
Chief Operating Officer
Kearney & Company, P.C.

 

Gary LovelandGary N. Loveland, Jr., '84
Principal
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Gary Loveland is a principal in PricewaterhouseCooper's advisory practice with over 22 years of information systems management and implementation experience. In his role, Loveland is responsible for the firm's global security practice. To drive PwC's success, he is focused on the critical issues of IT security and risk management and was a key architect of the firm's methodology for developing and managing strategic information security plans.

Over the years, Loveland has provided clients with security assessments, automated security compliance, patch management, and security awareness training. In addition, he has worked extensively with key vendors in the security industry to deploy security solutions to solve business needs.

He holds a BA in government and politics from George Mason University and a MA in information technology management from John Hopkins University.

 

EDM Corporate PhotoElaine Marion, '95
Chief Financial Officer
ePlus Inc.

Elaine has more than 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance including experience in the areas of corporate finance, risk assessment and management, strategic planning, human resources, business insurance, and information technology. As CFO, Elaine works closely with the CEO in establishing strategic objectives as well as operating policies and procedures to ensure attainment of organizational objectives. She actively participates in all committees of the board of directors, manages the overall operating risk of the company which includes financial, IT, regulatory, and fraud. She is responsible for reports as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, managing the relationship of the company’s working capital facility, oversees treasury functions and budgeting and oversees the company’s information technology functions including datacenter/infrastructure, communication/collaboration and custom and over the counter applications. Elaine is actively involved in investor relations and participates in roadshows and investor conferences.

In 2004, Elaine was Vice President of Accounting where she was responsible for all operational aspects of the accounting functions for ePlus inc. and its subsidiaries as well as the preparation of financial statements and reports as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, Elaine was responsible for reviewing and executing contractual agreements for ePlus Technology, inc., all external audits, treasury, and implementing Sarbanes-Oxley initiative. Ms. Marion joined ePlus in 1998 where she was a subsidiary level Controller. Prior to ePlus inc., Ms. Marion was General Manager of Bristow Development Corporation, a land development company.

Ms. Marion earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting from George Mason University. She is a council member of the George Mason University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and a board member of the Executive Advisory Board of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington. Ms. Marion was named one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Class of 2012. Recently, Ms. Marion was the recipient of the George Mason University School of Business 2017 Class of 20 Prominent Patriots.

 

Joe Martore 300 pixels July 2016Joe Martore
President and Chief Executive Officer
CALIBRE Systems, Inc.

 Joe Martore serves as CALIBRE’s President & Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors. He has held these positions since March 2010, and is responsible for setting and overseeing CALIBRE’s strategic direction, establishing corporate policies, and managing the overall business and financial performance of the company.

Under Mr. Martore’s leadership, CALIBRE was named Government Contractor of the Year ($75M - $300M category) in 2012 and 2015; recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate in 2016; named Impactful Government Contractor by RecognizeDC in 2017; recognized by CIO Review as One of the Most Promising Big Data Solutions Providers in 2013, 2014, and 2017, and as One of the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Content Management Solutions Providers in 2015; recognized by the Washington Business Journal on its 2015 Corporate Philanthropy List; recognized by the American Society of Military Comptrollers as the Distinguished Corporate Member of the Year in 2015; selected by the Washington Post as one of the Top Workplaces in the Greater Washington Area in 2014 and 2016; named by Virginia Business as one of the ten best large employers in Virginia in 2013 and 2014; and three times selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America. Mr. Martore was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year ($75M - $300M category) in 2013 and 2017.

Mr. Martore joined CALIBRE in March 2004 as part of its acquisition of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), which he co-founded and served as President & CEO. SMI was twice included in the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Mr. Martore was also a Principal founder and President of Management Strategies, Inc., and was a Senior Vice President of the publicly traded Tenera Corporation, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of its Government Services subsidiary. Prior to these executive positions, he served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Martore is a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee and the External Advisory Board of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, through which he has endowed a teaching award and a humanitarian logistics fund. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA; the Professional Services Council (PSC); the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; the Northern Virginia Technology Council; and the Laurel Grove School Museum Association. Mr. Martore is also a member of the George Mason University School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. In 2014, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., an Italian-American civic organization, named Mr. Martore its Man of the Year for his longstanding commitment to supporting children and adults with special needs. He is an invited guest lecturer at the George Mason Graduate School of Business and the Veteran Institute for Procurement.

Mr. Martore received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the George Washington University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Mr. Martore and his wife, Gracia, have two children.

 

Ed Newberry optEdward J. Newberry, '84
Global Managing Partner
Squire Patton Boggs

Ed Newberry is Global Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs and serves as a member of the firm's Global Board. Before joining the firm in 1991, Newberry served as a senior staff member in various congressional staff positions, including chief appropriations staff and press secretary to U.S. Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) and associate staff member on the House Appropriations Committee.

Practicing in Public Policy, Newberry has been selected as a "Top Lobbyist" by The Hill newspaper every year since 2009 and was profiled in The New York Times in 2006 as a former congressional staffer who is "Now a King of K Street" in an article titled, "Wing-Tipped Migration: Five Prominent Men and How They Got from Congress to K Street." His work has been highlighted by the trade industry press, including National Journal and Roll Call, and others. Forbes wrote: "For those who truly understand the personalities and skill sets that comprise the ranks of a major law firm, the conclusion is an easy one: Newberry is a doer of deeds."

He holds a BA in speech communication and a BS in business adminstration from George Mason University.

 

John NiehoffJohn T. Niehoff, '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.

 

Jerry PierceJerry T. Pierce, '92
Senior Partner Federal Tax Services
KPMG, LLP

Jerry Pierce is a senior tax partner at KPMG, LLP and has over 34 years of experience with Big Four public accounting. After beginning his career in auditing, he moved to tax and currently specializes in corporate taxation and accounting for income taxes (ASC 740, FAS 109). Jerry gained his tax experience by serving large Fortune 500 companies, middle market, and start-up organizations in Washington, D.C.

Jerry serves as the lead tax engagement partner for his clients, advising them regarding tax planning strategies, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, the School of Business honored Mr. Pierce with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. In addition, he has most recently been named to the list of Smart CPAs by the SmartCFO Magazine.

Jerry earned his BS in accounting from James Madison University and his MBA from George Mason University. Jerry has worked his entire professional career in the Washington Metro area and his current office is located in Mclean, VA.

 

Harold "Harry" RaunerHarold C. Rauner, '81 '86
Former, Regional President
Cardinal Bank

Prior to the acquisition of United Financial Banking Companies, Inc. by Cardinal Financial Corporation, where he served as president and chief executive officer since 1995, Mr. Rauner also served as president, chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board of The Business Bank and Business Venture Capital, which were the main operating subsidiaries of United. In addition, Rauner was also a director of The Business Bank Insurance Agency. Rauner also serves on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Directors of The Potomac Conservancy.

In 2013, Rauner was selected among the inaugural class of 20 Prominent Patriots.  Prior to that acknowledgement, Rauner was selected as a recipient of the School of Business' Distinguished Alumni Award as a result of his successful professional endeavors and ongoing dedication to the success of the School of Business.

Rauner received both his BS in finance and real estate and MBA from George Mason University.

 

Ola Sage 
President and Chief Executive Officer
e-Management

 

Sumeet Headshot 2015 09 optSumeet Shrivastava, '94
President
ARRAY

Sumeet Shrivastava is an accomplished executive and proven business leader with more than two decades of experience in the government IT industry. As president of ARRAY, he provides overall corporate leadership for the company's growth strategy. Prior to ARRAY, Shrivastava was SVP for Public Sector at Keane (now NTT Data). As EVP and COO of ANSTEC, a Government IT contractor, he architected the company's acquisition by Keane. Shrivastava has been committed to the Mason and regional community throughout his career. He has served as a member of George Mason University's Diversity Advisory Board and is currently on the School of Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Chaired the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Recently, Shrivastava was chosen as part of the inaugural class for the 20 Prominent Patriots in Business.

  

cspaethCourtney B. Spaeth
CEO
growth.

Courtney B. Spaeth is one of the nation’s foremost experts in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked in the White House, the Department of Defense, and three of the world’s largest defense contractors.

Spaeth founded growth. in 2007 and is the CEO. growth. has a proven track record of helping companies achieve intelligent expansion through business development, and provides transaction advisory services to private equity firms and companies both foreign and domestic. Clients include: General Dynamics, Erickson Aviation, Verizon, Genesys, Magnetar Capital, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, Microsoft, as well as many other global Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms.

Spaeth is also a highly sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues. She appears regularly in national and trade media, including Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, and Smart CEO magazine, and was recently profiled in Women of Influence Magazine. She has been a guest lecturer on Wall Street and in executive boardrooms, as well as at a variety of educational institutions. She recently received the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, an organization of which First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chair, in honor of her ongoing commitment to philanthropy.

 

bstrachanBill Strachan
Executive Vice President
Brown & Brown Insurance

Bill Strachan has been a pivotal part of the fabric of the Northern Virginia insurance industry since 1992. He currently acts as the executive vice president and profit center leader for the Brown & Brown Washington D.C. office. Brown & Brown ranks as the 8th largest insurance broker in the world, with approximately 200 offices in the United States, London and Bermuda.

From 1995 until its sale to Brown & Brown in 2012, Strachan co-owned and operated Johnson & Strachan, Inc., a full-service agency located in Fairfax and Burke. His expertise is in the Property and Casualty and Employee Benefits practice divisions.

Strachan has earned the distinction as a Certified Insurance Counselor. In addition to his professional designation, he has served on the boards of several community and civic organizations in both Prince William and Fairfax Counties during the more than twenty years he has lived in Northern Virginia.

Strachan earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/finance from Grove City College.

 

William "Bill" WalshWilliam L. Walsh, Jr., Esq.
Partner
Hirschler Fleischer

At Hirschler Fleischer, William Walsh concentrates on representing federal sector companies on issues including dispute resolution and bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, Federal Board of Contract Appeals, and executive agencies on contract administration matters, contract claims, contract terminations, teaming agreements, contractor qualification issues, organizational conflict of interest concerns, and small business matters.

Walsh often serves as lead counsel on numerous significant protest matters involving, collectively, several billion dollars in contract value. He has also managed several substantial prime-subcontractor disputes as well as a number of suspension/debarment matters and related civil false claims matters.

Walsh holds a BS from Boston College and a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.

 

Teresa "Terry" WeipertTeresa A. Weipert
Senior Vice President, Head of Government Practice
Sutherland Global Services

As senior vice president at Sutherland Global Services, Teresa Weipert leads the company's government outsourcing and analytics practice. She is responsible for meeting expectations of the company's government clients by providing them with an integrated business process outsourcing solution utilizing technology-enabled services to merge strategic back and front-office business functions.

Prior to Sutherland Global Services, Weipert served as a partner at Accenture with a focus in information technology. She has broad experience in designing and delivering information services and successfully applying information technology to meet mission-critical business requirements in a range of industries, including government, financial services, transportation, and commercial industries.

Weipert earned her MS in information systems from George Washington University.

 

raywinnRaymond L. Winn, III, '82 '85 '86 '90
Partner Aerospace and Defense Practice
Deloitte LLP

Raymond Winn has over 25 years of experience in serving commercial and Federal Government clients, including an in-depth understanding of the Federal Government market and Federal Government contracting. He is a member of the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services (AERS) Advisory Executive Committee and the Federal Executive Committee at Deloitte.

Winn holds an MBA with a concentration in information systems and a Masters Graduate Certificate in Information Resource Management from George Mason University, as well as bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, and decision science. He has been an adjunct professor of System Thinking and Business Simulation for George Mason University's MBA program. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Cost Analyst.