Advisory Board

ADVISORY BOARD


Scott Walker - Chairman
Robert Burgess
Michael Feuer
Thomas Greer
Sharon Harper
Mike Hecomovich
Peter Jungen
Jack Lavin
Ron Siegenthaler
Suzanne Sutter
Anthony J. van der Hoek

Advisory Board

Scott Walker - Chairman

Mr. Walker '81 is the Chairman and Founder of ProCore Laboratories. ProCore Labs provides outsource manufacturing services to the personal care, cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and beverage industries. 

Previously, Mr Walker was the President and CEO of BillMatrix Corporation. BillMatrix provides outsourced alternatives to traditional payment methods using the latest automated technologies. Nationally, BillMatrix is considered the leading outsourced IVR bill payment company. The company was recognized for three years in a row as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In September 2005, NASDAQ-listed Fiserv, Inc acquired BillMatrix.

Prior to BillMatrix, Mr. Walker was one of the founders and served as Chief Financial Officer of one2one Learning Foundation. One2one operated as a not-for-profit company engaged in providing individualized curriculum programs to children not enrolled in public or private schools. From 1995 to 1996 Mr. Walker was the second employee and Chief Financial Officer for DirectNet Corporation, a start-up company engaged in constructing POP’s (points of presence) for an Internet backbone. This company was sold to GTE and represents a portion of GTE’s Internet backbone today.

Mr. Walker is a member of the Board of Directors, and served as treasurer of the Direct Response Forum, an industry organization that addresses issues faced by the card-not-present industry. Mr. Walker also serves as co-chair for the Emerging Technologies committee for the Merchant Risk Council, an organization of large retail merchants engaged in combating payment fraud. Mr. Walker is also actively involved in the National ACH Association (NACHA) through its Council for Electronic Billing and Payment.  He is a member of the Executive Board of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and is a member of Safer Dallas, Better Dallas, and dedicated to providing resources to the greater Dallas Police Department.

Mr. Walker serves on the Board of Trustees of Thunderbird School of Global Management and is the Chairman of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.  In 2003, Mr. Walker received an outstanding alumni achievement award for entrepreneurship from Thunderbird. He received a B.A. from Utah State University (1977) and a MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School (1981). Mr. Walker is married with three children.

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Robert Burgess

Employment History

  • Glengarry Partners LLC – President 2001 – Present
  • Long Point Capital LLC – Senior Advisor 2003 – Present
  • Pulte Homes, Inc. 1983 – 2001
    • America’s Largest Builder
      Over $7 billion in revenue and 30,000 homes built annually
    • Pulte Operations in 43 markets, 25 states plus Mexico, Puerto and Argentina
    • Voted “America Best Builder” in 2001
    • Named #1 Quality Builder by J.D. Powers
    • Acquired Del Webb in 2001 – largest active adult builder
    • 19-year career – Becoming President in 1985 and CEO in 1990
    • Grew revenues from $700 million to $7 billion
  • Plante Moran – Partner in Charge of Management Consulting Services 1977-1982
  • Touche Ross & Co. – Manager Consulting Services 1972 –1976
  • General Electric – Manager Manufacturing and Systems 1967 –1971

Professional Activities

  • Michigan State University

    • Vice Chairman MSU Foundation – Board of Trustees

    • Past President Broad Alumni Board

    • Member of President’s Cabinet – Capital Campaign

    • Chairman Broad School Capital Campaign

    • Michigan Biotechnology Institute – Board of Directors

  • Amerisure Companies – Board of Directors
  • William Beaumont Hospital – Board of Directors, Chairman William Beaumont Hospital Research Institute
  • Eurodesign Holdings – Board of Directors
  • Savage Sports Corp. – Board of Directors
  • Homeshpere, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • Oakland Housing – Board of Directors
  • Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation – Board of Directors

Education

Michigan State University Bachelor of Science 1966

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Michael Feuer

Michael Feuer, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of OfficeMax, left the office products retailer after its Dec. 9, 2003, $1.5 billion sale to Boise Cascade Corporation. Mr. Feuer immediately formed his new firm, Max-Ventures LLC, a venture capital/operational organization with a focus on specialty retailing, with offices in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights. Max-Ventures works with emerging growth companies and new retail concepts, as well as mid-sized retailers and businesses, providing services to retailers. Max-Ventures invests in companies that may require an infusion of new capital, but more importantly, strategic and operational expertise to take a business to its next growth stage.

OfficeMax, a start-up lead by Mr. Feuer, opened its first store in suburban Cleveland in the summer of 1988 with $20,000 of Mr. Feuer’s own money combined with investments by a small group of other investors. During the ensuing 15 years, OfficeMax grew to an international retail powerhouse with revenues of approximately $5 billion, nearly 1,000 locations, a major internet/catalog business unit and direct sales force presence throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. As a part of the agreement with the sale to Boise, Mr. Feuer has a five-year continuing consulting agreement with OfficeMax.

Prior to founding OfficeMax, Mr. Feuer spent 15 years at Jo-Ann Fabrics, a publicly held, New York Stock Exchange-listed company, now with over 1,000 stores throughout the country. Mr. Feuer held several key senior management positions at Jo Ann and was involved in building this fabric and craft retailer into a national chain. Mr. Feuer served as Senior Vice President of JoAnn Fabrics and was a member of its Executive Management Committee.

Mr. Feuer has received numerous awards for his business achievements during his career, including being named DSN Retailing Today’s Specialty Discounter of the Year while at OfficeMax, and for leading OfficeMax to become one of only four companies in the United States to ever reach $3 billion in sales in less than nine years. He has authored numerous articles and has been a frequent guest lecturer at leading universities and organizations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He also writes a monthly magazine column, “Tips from the Tip,” featured in the Smart Business Network publications across the country that focuses on building and operating an entrepreneur-driven organization.

Mr. Feuer serves on the boards of directors for three privately held corporations including PsyMax Solutions, which Max-Ventures’ is majority owner; Western Reserve Partners, a Cleveland-based investment banking firm that focuses on middle tier-sized companies; and Vision Care Holdings, a national chain of optical superstores and Lasik vision centers where he is a Management Advisor and Lead Director.

In the philanthropic and academic sector, Mr. Feuer is a member of numerous committees and boards of directors, including University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he is also Chairman of the National Leadership Council for the Health System’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Mr. Feuer has served two terms on the New York Stock Exchange Board of Directors Listed Company Advisory Committee, is a frequent speaker at Baldwin-Wallace College Business School and a member of its advisory board, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, and the Menorah Park Foundation, supporting senior living. He is also a member of the Finance and Investment Committee for the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.

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Thomas F. Greer, Jr. '73

Mr. Greer is an international businessman with over three decades of experience in Asia and more than twenty years as the ranking senior executive responsible for Asian operations. He is recognized for leadership accomplishments turning around or initiating and developing sustainable businesses to maximize profitability and provide shareholders the full potential of their investments.  

Mr. Greer is a founder partner of China Enterprise Capital Corporation one of the leading private equity management firms in China. He also directs his personal investment company investing in and advising privately held companies and serving on the board of directors. 

He began his business career with J. P. Morgan Bank and later worked at Citicorp in Asia for over a decade in senior positions in Indonesia, South Korea and Hong Kong. He joined Royal Trust Asia where he initiated a merchant banking and private banking business that was sold to the Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Greer then joined Bank of America as Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of America Trust Corporation(Asia).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Colorado and a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He served as an infantry and special forces officer in the United States Army in Viet Nam and Europe

Mr. Greer  is or has been  a member of a number of professional organizations to included the Young Presidents' Organization , World Presidents' Organization, Trustee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and is a Trustee of the Thunderbird School of Global Management ,Chairman of the Thunderbird Global Council and Vice-Chair of the  Thunderbird Private Equity Center  a Trustee of Thunderbird.

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Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Plaza Companies, a premier Arizona based real estate development, investment, and management firm. Founded in 1982, The Plaza Companies is nationally recognized for its innovative development including medical/healthcare and biotech research facilities and senior living communities.

Designated as one of Arizona’s top privately owned companies, The Plaza Companies and Mrs. Harper was the recipient of the 2008 Good Scout Award from the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2008 BOMA Medical Office of the Year, the 2007 Best Places to Work Award by Phoenix Business Journal and the 2007 Economic Engine Award from Arizona Business Magazine In addition, Mrs. Harper was the recipient of the 2007 Sandra Day and John O’Connor Award for outstanding community service and the 2006 Creighton University Alumni Achievement Citation. Additional awards include, “Woman of the Year” by Today’s Arizona Woman Magazine, the prestigious Athena Award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Twenty-Five Most Powerful Women by the Arizona Business Magazine, Best of the West Leadership Award, the President’s Award by Brophy College Preparatory, and BOMA Medical Office Building of the Years 2001 and 2004 and 2008.

Sharon Harper’s forward-thinking, commitment to excellence and hiring dynamic executives who share this same commitment has created success as well as respect throughout the industry. Sharon is not only dedicated to her business endeavors, but is actively involved in many different aspects of the community.

Mrs. Harper is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Board of Directors of the Arizona Community Foundation, Board of Directors for Banner Health Foundation, Past Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Honorary Commander Luke Air Force Base Arizona, Executive Board for Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Brophy College Preparatory, Member of the Creighton University National Alumni Board, Member of the Governor’s Arizona Film and Television Commission, Past Board Member of the Maricopa County Arts Cultural Task Force, member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and serves on several editorial advisory boards for both local and national publications.

Mrs. Harper served as National Chairman of the 2008 Presidential Campaign for Senator John McCain, Arizona

The Plaza Companies is focused on three major core businesses: medical/healthcare, bioscience/biotechnology facilities and senior living communities. Notable projects include Classic Residence by Hyatt and The Plaza Companies at Grayhawk and Classic Residence at Silverstone in Scottsdale, Arizona, Splendido at Rancho Vistoso in Tucson, SkySong, the ASU Innovation Center, the Phoenix Biomedical Plaza, Banner Estrella Medical Plaza, Paradise Valley Medical Plaza and many medical facilities throughout Arizona. Additionally, Plaza Companies has a dynamic third-party Landlord Representation Services company.

A native of Mankato, Minnesota and a graduate of Creighton University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism, Mrs. Harper and her husband, Oliver Harper, M.D., and their five children call Phoenix their home.

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Mike Hecomovich

Michael Hecomovich has over thirty years of progressive business experience that ranges from Fortune 100 companies to small start-up ventures. He has had the opportunity to develop a broad base of skills in general management, sales, marketing, and business development. He has been involved in the start-up and growth of eleven different companies. He also has experience in turnaround and growth ventures in positions of general management, sales, marketing, and operations at all levels. As a result he has an in-depth understanding of the issues regarding new companies, business development and leadership.

Mr. Hecomovich was the founder and Chairman/CEO of Global Marketing Services, the exclusive sales and marketing organization that represented IBM Printing Supplies in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for ten years. Global Marketing Services has a separate division that currently serves as the Oracle Tape Media Sales and Support Team in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

He lived in Europe for three years and has traveled extensively. He possesses excellent cross-cultural communication skills and works well in a diverse and challenging environment. He has received language training in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and has an excellent understanding of the global marketplace.

Mike holds a BS in engineering from the United States Naval Academy. During his senior year, he was Brigade Commander, the highest-ranking midshipman at the Naval Academy. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1976. Mr. Hecomovich received his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and is a member of Honor Societies for International Studies, Modern Languages and World Business. Mr. Hecomovich is a life member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Class of ’71 Board of Trustees. Mike serves on The Board of Trustees for the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was the first Chairman of the Board for American Solutions for Winning the Future. He is also a member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. He resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his wife Sandy. They love to ski, golf, and travel.

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Peter Jungen

Chairman, Peter Jungen Holding GmbH
President European Enterprise Institute
President of European Business Angels Network (EBAN) (2001-2004).

Peter Jungen is an entrepreneur/angel investor and chairman (owner/founder) of Peter Jungen Holding GmbH, Köln, Germany with investments in various industries and service related companies. Prior to that he was managing director or CEO in various companies.

  • He holds an MBA from Cologne University, Germany. After graduation he joined a large German private group, where he served for about 20 years as managing director. In 1986 he was elected CEO of STRABAG, one of the largest German civil engineering groups. After a successful turnaround of Strabag he started his own entrepreneurial activities in 1991 and founded Peter Jungen Holding GmbH.
  • He is a partner of the Halo Fund, Palo Alto.
  • He is a chairman or board member of several companies and institutions, including New York Philharmonic New York City, International Angelinvestors.org, Palo Alto, Idealo Internet GmbH, Berlin (Chairman), Flossbach & von Storch Vermögensmanagement AG, Köln.
  • He is chairman or member of several advisory councils, including Deutsche Bank AG, Ost, Frankfurt / Berlin (Chairman); AXA Colonia Konzern AG, Köln; Pipeline Engineering Consulting GmbH, Berlin; New Atlantic Initiative, Washington.
  • He is a member of the International Advisory Council, Columbia University, New York, and a member of the International Josef Schumpeter Society.
  • He is co-founder and president of the European Enterprise Institute (EEI).
  • He is founding president of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) as well as co-founder and president of European Business Angels Network (EBAN) (2001-2004).
  • He is co-president of the SME Union and Chairman of the Economic- and Social Policy Committee of the EPP. He was vice chairman of the German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA) and a member of the Presidency of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
  • In September 2000 the leading German business magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, named Peter Jungen One of the 100 Most Important Personalities who Shape the Future of the New Economy in Germany (New Economy Top 100).
  • In August 1999 Peter Jungen was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Jack Lavin

President and founder of Javlin Enterprises, a financial consulting and service company, was the President and CEO of Arrow Financial Services LLC, a Sallie Mae Company and a premier accounts receivable management firm specializing in acquiring, financing and servicing performing and non-performing consumer receivables in a variety of different asset classes. Arrow was been recognized on the INC. 500 list for three years as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Arrow was also recognized by Chicago Crains as one of the Largest Privately Held Companies in Chicago for three straight years.

In June 2003, Mr. Lavin won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Illinois, in the Financial Services category. Jack has over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience including international finance and derivative markets while at Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Bankers Trust in New York, London, and Chicago. Jack earned a BBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).

Mr. Lavin serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board ~ University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Center for Global Entrepreneurship of Thunderbird.

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Ron Siegenthaler

Mr. Siegenthaler, has been a director of XETA Technologies since its incorporation. He also served as the company's executive vice president from July 1990 until March 1999. Since 1974, through SEDCO Investments, a partnership in which Mr. Siegenthaler is a partner, and as an individual, Mr. Siegenthaler has been involved as partner, shareholder, officer, director, or sole proprietor of a number of business entities with significant involvement in fabrication and marketing of steel, steel products and other raw material, real estate, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

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Suzanne Sutter

Ms. Sutter currently with the Make-A-Wish Foudation, was president of Things Remembered, a nearly $300.0 million business that designs and sells engraved and monogrammed gifts nationwide through catalog, internet, and more than 600 mall-based stores.

Ms. Sutter’s career spans nearly 30 years. She progressed through human resources and organizational development and planning roles, to become Chief Human Resources Officer in 1984. Her ability to convert human resources to a “line-oriented” function won Ms. Sutter a promotion to a general manager position in 1991. She was named president of Things Remembered in January, 1997.

Since 1997, Things Remembered has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America through the sales of limited edition holiday ornaments and gifts, raising more than $4.0 million in donations to date. On a personal level, Ms. Sutter and members of her executive team became Make-A-Wish sponsors in 1998 after helping to grant a young girl’s wish to be remembered. Things Remembered has been recognized numerous times as a role model in cause marketing.

Suzanne was been an active volunteer for Make-A-Wish since 1998, serving on the Board of Trustees of Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America and serving as Chair of the Board from 2003-2005. Before her employment with the Foundation.

Ms. Sutter has been honored for contributions to children’s health by the Cleveland Clinic, honored as Innovator in Business, Non-Profit Board Executive of the Year and a Distinguished Marketing and Sales Executive.

Suzanne is active in women’s business organizations, children’s charitable causes and her alma mater, Case Western Reserve University. She holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.

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Anthony J. van der Hoek

Global Customer Marketing Management
Director Strategy & Business Solutions
Global Customer Development
The Coca-Cola Company

Anthony “Tony” van der Hoek is a true twenty-first century manager and marketing executive who brings a rich global perspective, keen process understanding and infectious enthusiasm to every undertaking.

Tony’s strategic and technology skill sets are applied to the distinct benefit of the North America based global customers for Coca-Cola and of the Wal-Mart Global Account Team in particular. In this capacity his responsibilities have included establishing global customer strategies and guiding the development of account-specific IT systems and business processes. These global customers are as diverse as Wal-Mart, IGA, Blocbuster, SkyTeam, Domino's, TGIF, Papa John's, Cinemark, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron Texaco.

Currently, Tony drives development of the global management routines, business planning and customer solutions for the Wal-Mart Global Account Team, which encompasses 11 countries and accounts for more than $2.2 billion of worldwide retail beverage sales. He is lead business architect for a global customer analytical and reporting platform for retail scan data which will deliver more than $75 million in operating profit over 5 years, with a payback period of 38 days.

Prior to his current position, Tony directed strategic planning and analysis for the 7-Eleven Global Account Team of The Coca-Cola Company. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing a global Joint Venture Strategy that increased worldwide revenue with the 7-Eleven account by more than $1 billion over five years. He also led, with Coca-Cola's first technology incubator start-up, the business and marketing development of a collaborative marketing CRM e-business suite of applications for use with 7-Eleven and Coca-Cola global systems.

Since 1998, Tony has served on the Board of Directors of the British America Business Group, Atlanta Chapter. And since 2002 he has been on the Center for International Business Research and Education (CIBER) Advisory Board at Georgia Tech. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for two start-up technology companies, WolfeTech Inc. (New York) and EnLeague Inc. (Atlanta). In his spare time since 1998 Tony is an avid tennis player, currently playing in the Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association’s A3 division.

Tony received a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration ('84) from Guildford County College of Technology in England. He also received his B.S. in Business Administration ('87) and an MBA ('89) from Arizona State University. He received his Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird ('89).

Tony has brought considerable energy, talent and know-how to his unfailing support for Thunderbird over the years.

  • Past President of Atlanta Alumni Chapter (1998-2000) and currently Chapter Alumni Ambassador
  • Vice President of TSG ’88-’89 (Student Government)
  • Captain of Thunderbird Rugby ’88-‘89
  • Thunderbird Alumni Marketing Award Winner 2003
  • Thunderbird Global Council Member since 2004
  • Passionate Alumnus – Participated in Marketing Branding workshop May 2004, consulted Innovation Challenge initiative on positioning and marketing materials, and assisted Chief Customer Officer with new role definition and customer relationship management initiative.
  • Hired five interns in 2004 (four at Coca-Cola and one for the Atlanta Alumni Chapter). Hired two interns in 2003 and one in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
  • Internal Coach to developing an Executive Education program between Coca-Cola and Thunderbird, working on presentation materials and content (with Bob Moran, et al).

Tony is of British and Dutch decent, and was born in Switzerland. Today, Tony resides in Atlanta, Ga.

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