Dean's Leadership Breakfast Series
The Dean’s Leadership breakfast series is a professional development opportunity for School of Business students to meet over breakfast and network with prominent business leaders.
Speakers and Event Dates
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FedBid, Inc.
November 18, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Enterprise 204
Ali Saadat provides strategic vision, oversight and leadership for FedBid, Inc. and is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing the overall strategic business and operations plan for the company. Saadat has more than 35 years of experience in the information technology and internet industries, including over 30 years of experience managing and growing successful businesses from inception to maturation. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and has a passion for using disruptive technology, service and business model innovations to create business and market value.
Saadat earned a Master of Science in industrial engineering from George Washington University.
Melvin F. Wesley, III, BS 1994 and MBA 1999
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Vice President, OPNET Technologies
November 11, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Enterprise 204
Melvin F. (Mel) Wesley III has been the Chief Financial Officer of Opnet Technologies Inc., since July 6, 2005 and has been vice president since July 1, 2005. Wesley served as Corporate Controller of Opnet Technologies Inc., since June 2004 and served as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Acting Principal Accounting Officer since December 6, 2004 until July 2005. From August 2003 to June 2004, Wesley served as Corporate Controller for SteelCloud, Inc., a publicly traded corporation that provides design, development and manufacturing of network appliances and infrastructure server products. From October 2000 to August 2003, Wesley served as an assistant controller for Learning Tree International, Inc., a publicly traded corporation that provides training to information technology professionals and managers. From December 1999 to October 2000, Wesley served as financial accounting manager of Learning Tree.
Sebastien Sigwalt, MBA 2003
President of Baryonyx Management Consulting, Inc.
October 14, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Enterprise 204
Sebastien Sigwalt has spent the past fourteen years working in the fields of operations management and performance management consulting, and spent the past four years working as an attorney on ad hoc matters, representing mostly businesses. Following graduation from George Mason University in January 1999 with a BA in psychology, Sigwalt worked as an analyst for the American Psychological Association where he helped establish and manage a database of publications for researchers and press releases. He then joined Star Mountain Inc. (which was acquired by Provant, Inc.) in 2000 as a management analyst on a Department of Justice contract where he worked on analyzing performance data from operational systems. Two years later, Sigwalt joined ManTech International Corporation as an assistant technical director on a Department of Homeland Security contract where he helped manage a team of analysts and developers and supported the client in operations management and performance management projects. After four years, he and his business partner Adam Fajardo established Baryonyx Management Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in website design and development, software development and integration, and management consulting. The company has been operating since 2006 and serves both public and private sector clients in these areas. While at ManTech and Baryonyx, Sigwalt earned an MBA from George Mason in 2003 and a JD from George Mason in 2007 and passed the VA bar exam that same year. Sigwalt worked part-time for a general practice law firm in Fairfax between 2007 and 2009 and has since continued to represent business clients on specific legal matters related to government contracting, business formation, mergers, acquisitions and contracts.
Sigwalt is a former member of the United States Army Reserve. He is married to Danielle Sigwalt, also a Mason alum, and together, they have one child, Charlie Sigwalt, and are expecting another in December. He and his family live in Arlington, VA. In his free time, Sigwalt enjoys reading historical fiction and non-fiction, coaching basketball and surfing.
Tony Maull, School of Business BS 1990
President and CEO, Federated Power
September 16, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Enterprise 204
Tony Maull is the president and CEO of Federated Power. Prior to Federated Power, Maull was the US Regional Green House Gas Initiative Leader as well as the Clean Tech Market Leader for Ernst & Young in the mid-Atlantic. He advised leading U.S. utility clients on smart grid implementations and led Ernst & Young’s national effort on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with clients in the U.S. and Europe.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Maull served as the VP of marketing of Experian-Scorex, which is an international provider of consumer credit scoring, analytics and software. Experian-Scorex served the largest financial institutions in understanding consumer behavior and developing models and programs that delivered personalized products and services. Prior to Experian-Scorex, Maull was an investment banker with CIBC World Markets and focused broadly on technology products and software.
Maull earned his BS from George Mason University. He is currently a Research Fellow at Virginia Tech’s Energy Efficiency Partnership and serves as an advisor to the Virginia General Assembly's Joint Committee on Science and Technology.
James "Jim" Lowthers, BS 1976
President of Baryonyx Management Consulting, Inc.
September 9, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Enterprise 204
Jim Lowthers was an active union leader for 35 years and is the retired president of Local 400, United Food and Commercial Workers Union representing more than 40,000 men and women in a diverse range of industries, including 1,000 health professionals working for Kaiser Permante.
Lowthers, who received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from George Mason University, is currently a director of The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, on the Board of Directors, CareFirst, Inc., and past commissioner of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, which sets hospital rates in Maryland. In addition, he serves as a trustee on the Washington Wholesalers Health and Welfare Fund, and the Board of Health Care for All.
Lowthers and his wife, Denise reside in Annapolis, Maryland.