The Charles F. Dolan School of Business Advisory Council Members
Mary Campbell MA'72
Mary Campbell is a Managing Director and Founder of EDF Ventures. EDF Ventures, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital firm, invests in early stage market driven opportunities in health care. Mary is a Managing Director and Founder of EDF Ventures. She has been an active investor both in healthcare and information technology companies for over 20 years.
Mary led several of the firm's most successful transactions including:
- Pixelworks, a leader of system-on-a-chip integrated circuits for the advanced display market which became a public company
- HandyLab, a developer of molecular diagnostic assays and automation platforms, sold to Becton Dickinson & Company
- Sircon, a provider of automation solutions for the insurance industry, sold to Vertafore the nation's number one insurance software provider
Kevin Cannon '80
Zweig-DiMenna Associates LLC
Kevin is Chief Executive Officer of Zweig-DiMenna Associates, a New York based hedge fund adviser, a position he has held since 2000. He started with the firm as COO in 1998, after he was asked by his classmate and friend, Joe DiMenna '80, former University Trustee, to take on this new role. Kevin began his career at Deloitte after graduating from Fairfield in 1980 with a B.S. in Accounting. He was Partner in charge of the Connecticut tax practice prior to joining Zweig-DiMenna.
Kevin and his wife, Elaine live in Easton, CT with their 15-year old son Nicholas.
Kevin has been a member of the Fairfield Awards Dinner committee and a Director for the Connecticut Grand Opera. He has also been the director of the DiMenna Foundation since 2003 which supports organizations in the arts, education and those for the development of children.
Christopher S. Cardell '81
Former President and COO
Christopher S. Cardell has been a director, President, and Chief Operating Officer of Jupitermedia since its inception. Previously, Mr. Cardell was President and Chief Operating Officer of Mecklermedia from November 1997, and a director from February 1997 until it was acquired by Penton Media in November 1998. Prior to November 1997, Mr. Cardell held the office of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Mecklermedia. He joined Mecklermedia as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 1996. Prior to that time, Mr. Cardell was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Hugh Davis '95
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Critical Mix, Inc.
Prior to Critical Mix, Davis was a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Greenfield Online/Ciao Surveys and held several roles within the company. Davis was part of Greenfield Online as a two-person start-up while in college and for the following 15 years was part of the leadership team that grew the business to a 600+ employee publicly traded company (Nasdaq: SRVY), and ultimately the sale of the business to the Microsoft Corporation.
Davis’s career highlights as part of the executive leadership team at Greenfield include: the 1999 MBO led by Insight Venture Partners; the sale of Greenfield Online custom-consulting business to Taylor Nelson Sofres in 2002; serving as company CTO from 2001 to 2005, and as such taking responsibility for all technology and product development; opening a wholly-owned 200+ employee offshore division in Gurgaon, India in 2004; completing a successful IPO and a secondary offering (Nasdaq: SRVY) in 2004; the acquisition and integration of three companies - CIAO, Gozing and Rapidata in 2005-2006; the sale of the business to the Microsoft Corporation in the fall of 2008 and the divesture of the ISS Division which was acquired by Toluna plc in July of 2009.
Hugh is an avid endurance athlete (Ironman 2x, Marathon 6x), pilot and entrepreneur.
Christopher C. Desmarais '93
GAMCO Asset Management
Chris is a Managing Director of GAMCO Asset Management Inc. as well as the Director of Socially Responsive Investments. In addition to being the co-portfolio manager of The Gabelli SRI Green Fund - an open-end mutual fund adhering to social and environmental guidelines, Chris' responsibilities involve marketing and client service of GAMCO's Value, Growth, and International capabilities for institutional, endowment, and family office clients as well as direct oversight of all of the firm's SRI equity products. Since joining GAMCO in 1993, Chris has been actively involved in expanding the firm's capabilities and involvement in the field of Socially Responsive Investing. Chris serves as the Chairman of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Advisory Council at Fairfield University and has been a frequent speaker at various national and regional SRI conferences. Chris is a graduate of Fairfield University with a B.A. in economics.
Thomas J. Fanning, Sr. '78 P'10, P'06
Heritage Strategies, LLC
Mr. Fanning, founder and Co-Managing Member of Heritage Strategies LLC, is widely recognized as a leading expert in the field of estate and business continuity planning bringing over 30 years experience to the position. Mr. Fanning is also Co-Managing Member of Heritage Solutions LLC and Sterling Heritage Partners LLC. Mr. Fanning, a 1978 Fairfield University graduate and certified estate planner, began his career within the I.F.D. division of CIGNA, a $60 billion financial services leader.
Recognizing that his high net worth clientele desired more sophisticated and focused estate planning, Mr. Fanning partnered with two former CIGNA colleagues in 1990 and established one of the top national life insurance brokerage firms in the country representing some of America's most prominent families. In 2002, Mr. Fanning's former partnership was acquired by National Financial Partners, a NYSE listed company, where he remained as President until reacquiring his practice and establishing Heritage Strategies in 2009.
Mr. Fanning lectures extensively for major corporations, insurance companies, and prominent accounting and law firms on such topics as the implementation of sophisticated estate planning structures and strategic business planning techniques. Mr. Fanning also serves as Founder and Board Member for Gold Coast Bank and Member of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Advisory Council at Fairfield University. In addition, he has long been devoted to philanthropic endeavors, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for The Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson's Research, member of the Foundation Board at St. Francis Hospital (SFH), and member of the Chairman's Committee for SCO Family of Services (SCO) and The Viscardi Center Sports Night Dinner Committee.
Mr. Fanning resides in Glen Cove, New York, with his wife, and has two grown children.
Michael Ferrante '90
Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations
Michael Ferrante is the Executive Vice President, Chief of Operations at MultiPlan Inc, the nation's oldest and largest supplier of independent, provider network based cost management solutions in the healthcare industry. In his current role, Mr. Ferrante oversees all aspects of traditional operations departments, all Business Process Outsourcing, and all aspects of developing and maintaining MultiPlan's national network of healthcare providers.
Prior to his position at MultiPlan, Mr. Ferrante worked at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. His career at Empire began in a Management Training Program. Throughout his career at Empire, Mr. Ferrante served in various roles, the last of which was as Director of Managed Care Product Development and Management.
Mr. Ferrante's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University and an MBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business.
William F. Greenwood '81, P'11
Meridian Asset Management
William F. Greenwood is an accomplished and well respected financial industry executive with 23 years experience and a successful record of business development, portfolio management, and trading. Mr. Greenwood has extensive experience in fixed income markets, global treasury management, asset/liability management, private equity, business start-ups, and system implementation. He is involved in launching a managed futures fund with several partners and currently raising capital.
In 2006, Mr. Greenwood was recruited by The Carlyle Group as part of a management team to provide leadership in the development and implementation of a permanent capital vehicle where he served as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Greenwood served as First Vice President in the Global Treasury Department of Merrill Lynch where he managed the firm's liquidity and collateral portfolios. He also worked closely with the global funding team in managing the risk of Merrill's debt portfolio. Mr. Greenwood served on Merrill's Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO).
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1999, Mr. Greenwood served as a Vice President and U.S. Government bond trader at NationsBank, predecessor to Bank of America. Mr. Greenwood started his career at Chemical Bank, predecessor to JPM Chase in the U.S. Government and Agency bond department as a trader. He is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA in Economics and received an MBA from Northeastern University.
Neal D. E. Griffin '91
Senior Managing Director
Head of Institutional Equity Trading
Institutional Strategy and Investment Group, Inc.
Neal has been with ISI for 16 years and has been instrumental in expanding the company from 19 to 120 employees. ISI is a macro-economic based research firm and also has a separate money management group that manages over $1.5 billion for individual investors and endowments.
Douglas W. Hammond '86
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
National Financial Partners
Mr. Hammond joined NFP in November 1999 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since April 2008. Mr. Hammond served as NFP's Executive Vice President and General Counsel from January 2004 to June 2008 and as NFP's Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel from December 2002 to January 2004. Prior to joining NFP, Mr. Hammond was an attorney with the law firm currently known as Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he represented NFP's capital sponsor prior to NFP's formation. From 1995 to March 1998, Mr. Hammond held various legal and business positions in the financial institutions division of Gulf Insurance Group, Inc., a specialty lines insurance company. Mr. Hammond serves on the Board of Directors of Institutional Life Services, LLC and on the Trustees Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees of Fairfield University. Mr. Hammond received his B.A. from Fairfield University and J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.
E.A. Hughes & Co.
Elaine Hughes, after graduating from Hunter College, was hired in 1976 by Springs Industries in an industry-setting precedent as the first female account executive in the Company's apparel fabrics division. Springs also sponsored Elaine toward her MBA degree which she received in 1980 from Sacred Heart University. Elaine went on to marketing positions in the textile industry with Malden Mills and Blue Ridge Winkler textiles. In 1991, after a term as Partner in the executive search firm of Bader Hartley, Elaine founded E.A. Hughes & Company.
Elaine was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Fairfield County Girl Scout Council. She is a three-term board member of Women in Management, where she initiated two programs: The WIM Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance to women who are attending college, working and raising families, and the WIM Mentorship Program, which assists high school teenagers with positive role models from business.
Elaine is a founding member of the New York Textile Group, formerly known as the New York Textile Board of Trade. She is on the board of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and is a former board member of the Baseball Express Catalog Company in San Antonio, Texas.
Elaine Hughes is also the search partner in the retail consulting business, The Grayson Company, founded by Bob Grayson, former CEO, Limited Stores.
Elaine is regularly quoted in a number of publications, including Women's Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Crain's New York Business. She has been a featured speaker at numerous industry related events over the past 25 years.
Adrienne A. Johnson '91
Senior Vice President
Corporate Strategy and Business Development
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
Adrienne Johnson is the Senior Vice President responsible for Corporate Strategy and Business Development at AXA Equitable, which oversees corporate strategic planning, new business development, business area support, and operational excellence.
Adrienne has held several leadership positions since joining AXA Equitable in 1999, including Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO, and Vice President in the Marketing and Product Development. Prior to AXA, Adrienne was with Enterprise IG, AIG Trading Group, Inc., Morgan Stanley, and Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Adrienne received her B.S. from Fairfield University and her M.B.A. from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Since 2009, Adrienne has been an active member on the Fairfield Awards Dinner Committee, helping to raise funds for the University's Multicultural Scholarship Fund. She also currently serves on the Fairfield University Dolan School of Business Advisory Council.
Adrienne resides in Manhattan with her two sons.
Paul LaViolette '79
SV Life Sciences
Paul LaViolette joined SVLS in January 2009. Paul was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), an $8 billion medical device leader. During his 15 years at BSC, he served as COO, Group President, President-Cardiology and President-International as the company grew revenues over 20 times. Paul integrated two dozen acquisitions and led extensive product development, operations and worldwide commercial organizations. Paul previously held marketing and general management positions at CR Bard, and various marketing roles at Kendall (Tyco). He served on the boards of Urologix, Percutaneous Valve Technologies and Advamed, and currently serves on the boards of TranS1, Direct Flow Medical, Conceptus and DJO Surgical.
Paul received his BA in Psychology from Fairfield University and his MBA from Boston College.
Joan Bender Makara '74
Vice President Global Risk Operations, Consumer Finance
Joan Makara has spent her entire career at GE. She entered the company on their Financial Management Program and has held numerous finance roles in GE and GE Capital. In 2001 she assumed her first role in GE Capital's Global Risk Management corporate function. Her roles there have given her extensive experience in commercial and consumer loan portfolio monitoring, economic capital analysis, policies, governance, and consumer products underwriting. Today her role supports a $110B global operation providing credit cards, consumer loans, and mortgage lending activities across Europe, parts of Asia and in the U.S.
Joan previously served on Fairfield University's Trustees Advisory Council.
Christopher McCormick '77
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chris McCormick became President and CEO of LLBean, Inc. in May 2001. In 1977, after graduating from Fairfield University, he began his career in marketing and accepted a position as Media Buyer with Garden Way, Inc. He became Marketing Manager and remained with the company until 1983.
Chris was particularly drawn to LLBean because it was a family-owned company bound by the principles of honesty, integrity, respect for people and a love of the outdoors. In 1983, he accepted the position of assistant advertising manager for the company. In the years that followed, he earned a succession of promotions. In May 2001, upon Leon Gorman's move to Chairman of the Board, he became the first non-family member to assume the title, of President and CEO of LLBean, Inc.
Under Chris McCormick's leadership, LLBean has emerged as an industry leader in brand management, customer loyalty and marketing database systems.
Robert M. McMahon '87
Senior Managing Director
GE Capital Americas
Rob is a Senior Managing Director in charge of Product Management for GE Capital America's. In this role, which he began in late 2010, he is responsible for all products across this finance company's 10 business units, which generate about $2 billion in net income annually.
Rob has 20 years of experience in bankruptcy related financing, and before taking his current role, he led GE Capital's Restructuring Finance Group - a recognized leader in bankruptcy lending. As a subject matter expert, he was frequently interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Rob also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at GE's Commercial & Industrial Finance group, where he led two business integrations in addition to overseeing the unit's IT, Operations, and Six Sigma teams.
Before joining GE, Rob worked for 13 years at Dutch bank ABN AMRO and two of its U.S. subsidiaries, European American Bank (NY) and LaSalle National Bank (Chicago).
Rob played soccer for four years at Fairfield University and graduated in 1987 with a B.A. in Economics. He later obtained an M.B.A. in Finance and Management Strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
John R. O'Neill '71, P'08
Managing Director & Practice Leader
Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC
John O'Neill is a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal and is the leader of the firm's valuation services practice. Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global multi-disciplinary consulting firm with over 2100 professionals located in 25 countries. Building on its roots in restructuring and turnaround consultancy, it has evolved to provide a full range of consulting services across the life-cycle of an organization, all of which draw on its operational heritage and are free of audit conflicts.
Prior to joining A&M, John and his family were franchisees and the area developer for Connecticut for Roni Deutch Tax Centers. John has spent the majority of his career in the accounting and tax world, having been a partner at Ernst & Young and the firm's U.S. Leader of Private Equity, as well as a tax partner in the firm's Transaction Advisory Services practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, John spent 25 years with Arthur Andersen where he was managing partner of the firm's Global Private Equity practice and the U.S. Transaction Advisory Services practice.
John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of Public Accountants.
John has a B.S. in Accounting from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in Taxation from Iona College Graduate School of Business.
James J. O'Shaughnessy '79
Jim is an Audit Partner in the New York Metro practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). He has over 30 years experience with PwC working on a broad range of large multinational companies in the media, services and technology sectors, in addition to maintaining a variety of leadership roles with the firm. Jim has had significant experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, initial public offerings and equity and debt offerings in both public and private environments.
In addition to Jim's client responsibilities he has held various leadership positions including the Managing Partner of PwC's Global Entertainment & Media practice. Jim has been a frequent speaker on the trends and evolution of product delivery in the media industry and has been a contributor to the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Entertainment and Media Outlook.
Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.
Kevin C. Piccoli, CPA '79
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Kevin is Deputy Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the CFTC where his responsibilities includes implementing the Dodd-Frank legislation and oversight of all commodity and swap dealers and major swap participants. Prior to joining the CFTC, Kevin was Managing Director and CFO of Tradeweb, a leading global electronic trading exchange which focuses on creating markets in fixed income and derivative securities around the world. Kevin came to Tradeweb from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation as an Executive Vice President responsible for managing the Corporate Consulting Group which assist businesses enhance revenue, assess strategy and reengineer process flows. The group consists of former, senior level consultants and business people who understand the Company's business and that of its' competitors. From May 2001 through November 2006, Kevin was the Chief Auditor of the Company responsible for the global audit function.
Prior to the Bank, Kevin was the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, responsible for the Firm's Global Accounting, Regulatory, Management Reporting and Treasury functions. Kevin was also the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of eSpeed, Inc. (a majority owned NASDAQ listed subsidiary of Cantor), where, along with the above responsibilities, he was also responsible for Investor Relations. Prior to joining both Cantor and eSpeed in the fall of 1999, Kevin was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Greenwich Capital Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Kevin's responsibilities included the global accounting, tax, and regulatory reporting areas of the Firm. Prior to joining Greenwich in April 1992, Kevin was an audit partner at Coopers & Lybrand and co-head of the Firm's Derivative Products Practice.
He received a BS degree in Accounting from Fairfield University in 1979. Kevin has written numerous books and periodicals on the financial service industry covering topics including risk, accounting issues, and AICPA Accounting and Audit Guides. Kevin is a NASD Series 24 FinOp, was a member of the AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee Financial Instruments Task Force, AICPA Stock Brokerage Committee, and the SIA Risk Assessment Committee.
Maive F. Scully '76
Former Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
Maive Scully served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE Money in Stamford. Beginning in 1976, Ms. Scully held various financial management positions with GE and GE Capital. She was named Vice President, Finance for GE Consulting Services in 1988; Portfolio Manager for GE Capital Services in 1990; and Chief Financial Officer for GE Capital's Structured Finance Group in 1992.
Ms. Scully's time at GE has been characterized by "learning and change." Within the company, she held 15 different positions spanning five major businesses. "I've worked with bankrupt airlines, telecom startups, and Fortune 100 companies," Ms. Scully says. "I've traveled around the world and worked with people from all around the globe."
Lisa Cowell Shams '87
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Westfield Group LLC
Lisa Cowell Shams serves as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs for the Westfield Group LLC., one of the world's largest publicly listed real estate companies with world headquarters in Sydney, Australia and its United States headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
At Westfield, Lisa serves as the senior executive responsible for government affairs in the United States. Prior to joining Westfield, her professional background has spanned senior roles with a number of political campaigns, service as a United States Senate staffer as well as with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and as founder of a strategic consulting firm.
Her political experience includes service as Deputy Finance Director of the DSCC under the leadership of the Chairman, Senator Bob Kerrey (NE), Vice Chairman Senator Bob Torricelli (D-NJ) and then-Democratic Leader Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Lisa's campaign background includes the re-election campaigns of Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Senator Chris Dodd (CT), as well as a US Senate race in Missouri and a number of other statewide and local races in Connecticut. She worked in the U.S. Senate on the staffs of Senators Lautenberg (NJ) and Max Baucus (MT).
Lisa serves on the Advisory Board of the California Business Properties Association and the Board of The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation as well as serving as Board Chair for The Affinity Advisory Group. She has also served on the Board of the National Retail Federation Foundation. Through her work at Westfield, she was a Board Member of the American Australian Association and she has been an active advisor with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on their annual Thanks & Giving campaign. In 2012, she received recognition as a "Woman of Achievement" by the Century City Chamber of Commerce.
Lisa Cowell holds a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Politics with a minor in Religious Studies, from Fairfield University.
A native of Connecticut, Lisa Cowell currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Ray Shams.
Kevin C. Shea '87
Kevin is a salesperson in the Interest Rate Products Group. He worked for 12 years as a trader on the US Government Trading desk. In 1999, he moved to London Fixed Income Sales, focusing on the Central Bank franchise. Kevin returned to New York in 2003 to join the Interest Rate Product Sales team, covering official institutions and macro hedge funds. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1987 and was named managing director in 2010.
Kevin served for three years as a member of the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus Zoning Board of Adjustment and is serving a three-year elected term as a member of the Town Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
Kevin earned a BA in Economics and English from Fairfield University in 1987. He lives in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, with his wife and three daughters.
Steven Siwinski '92
High Road Capital Partners
Steven Siwinski is a Partner at High Road Capital Partners, a $470 million private equity firm focused on buying and building leading middle market companies. Steve is responsible for working with portfolio company management teams to formulate and implement financial best practices, value creation initiatives, and add-on acquisition integration plans across High Road’s portfolio companies with the goal of achieving excellence in financial operations. Steve brings to High Road a unique combination of private equity, corporate finance, public accounting and advisory experience. Prior to joining High Road, he was a Finance Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners where he led due diligence and transition activities on new investments, provided interim financial leadership to portfolio companies, and advised portfolio company CEOs, CFOs and boards on strategic initiatives. Prior to Marlin, Steve was the Vice President of Finance and Strategy at The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) where he was a member of the senior management team, advised the chairman and CEO on corporate-wide strategic initiatives, and served as CFO for one of Hain’s newly acquired high growth divisions. Steve was also a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) where he worked on the GM bankruptcy and led various advisory projects for private equity firms. Steve began his career at Ernst & Young, where he rose to the level of Partner in the transaction advisory services practice and worked with private equity firms and their portfolio companies. While at Ernst & Young, he was also a member of the risk management committee responsible for new firm guidelines and co-leader of the middle market private equity initiative in New York.
Steve received a B.S. in accounting and finance from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in finance and management strategy from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he was a stern scholar and graduated with honors. He is a CPA in New York and Pennsylvania. He has previously served on the board of the Montclair United Soccer Club and on the sponsorship board of the New York Private Equity Network. Steve has spoken on private equity, corporate finance and M&A related topics for a variety of industry and educational organizations.
Christopher J. Stephens, Jr., CPA
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Barnes Group Inc.
Chris Stephens is Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Barnes Group Inc. Mr. Stephens has more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, including Honeywell, The Boeing Company, Allied Signal and Ingersoll-Rand. Most recently, he served as President, Honeywell Consumer Products Group (CPG), an automotive products business with leading brands such as Prestone, FRAM, and Autolite. Prior to CPG, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Honeywell's Transportation Systems business. He also held senior leadership roles at Boeing Company and Allied Signal. He started his career at Ingersoll-Rand as a member of the Financial Management Training Program and held finance positions with increasing responsibility over the next 10 years.
Mr. Stephens received a bachelor's degree in accounting from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in corporate finance from Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business. He is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Stephens previously served on the Business Advisory Council at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Kevin Walsh '82
Managing Director and Group Head Power & Renewable Energy
GE Energy Financial Services
Kevin Walsh leads GE Energy Financial Services' Power and Renewable Energy group, which invests in thermal and renewable energy projects and also engages in venture investing in energy. Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit since 2006. Under Kevin's leadership, GE has invested more than $7 billion globally in projects generating power from wind, sun, biomass, water, geothermal and other renewable energy sources.
Kevin's group also makes investments in thermal electricity-generating, transmission and distribution assets. The GE business unit holds investments in power projects with a capacity to produce nearly 30 gigawatts, equivalent to the installed generating capacity of Norway.
Kevin serves on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and is a frequent speaker at universities and energy conferences on energy project and venture investing. He is also a member of GE Chairman Jeff Immelt's ecomagination Advisory Board.
Previously, Kevin was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services' $20 billion global portfolio of energy investments. Since joining GE Capital in 1990, Kevin has held leadership positions in International, Capital Markets, Industrial and Asset Management. Prior to 1990, he held positions with GE Trading, GE Aviation and GE Corporate. He is a graduate of General Electric's Financial Management Program (FMP) and, following graduation, became the Global Program Manager for FMP.
Kevin graduated cum laude in 1982 from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and was the recipient of the Richard B. Curtis Award for outstanding achievement in Management. He is a member of the President's Circle at Fairfield University and has served on the fundraising committee for the Annual Awards Dinner.
Kevin is co-founder and past president of the Fairfield Wildcats Youth Football League and an active supporter of the Kennedy Center (Trumbull, CT) and the Pan-Mass Challenge cycling fundraiser for cancer research. Kevin lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife Sandy and their two boys, Kyle and Cory.