Michigan Medicine Advisory Group includes some of the world's most successful leaders in business and industry. The group meets twice a year to provide an essential external view and offer insights into challenges facing the Health System.
Jon Aaron is a principal member of The Velvel Group, LLC, an entity created to provide trustee and family office services, and President of the William Davidson Foundation. He formerly served as the Assistant to the President of Guardian Industries Corporation. A native of the metropolitan Detroit area, Jon received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan and a JD from Michigan State University College of Law.
Jon is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit and its Investment Committee, and serves on the Governing Board of the University of Michigan Hillel. His Board memberships also include the Detroit Chapters of the American Society for Technion and the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. An Associate ADL National Commissioner, he serves on the board of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and chairs its Quality Committee. He also sits on the boards of the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation and Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. He is also a trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a member of the Advisory Board of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS.
Ian Ashken grew up in England and moved to the US in 1987 to get married in Ann Arbor. Ian has been a serial entrepreneur during his business career, co-founding four public companies over the last 30 years. His last operational role was as Vice-Chairman and President of Jarden Corporation, owners of many iconic American brands, which was sold in April 2016. Since that time, Ian has continued to serve on various public company boards as well as invest in privately owned businesses. He shares Nancy’s passion for most things Michigan, medical and cherries. In addition, Ian is involved with the Eden Project in the UK and Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Michigan, both environmentally focused charities.
Nancy Ashken grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984. She divides her time between Miami, FL, Westport, CT and Leelanau, MI where she is President of Red Acres, llc which owns cherry orchards in northern Michigan. Nancy is also President of the Ashken Family Charitable Foundation, which focuses primarily on educational causes and helping fund medical research. Nancy started her career in management consulting with Ernst & Young. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center and was one of the original impact investors in TEDMED, an independent health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” Her daughter Emily also attended the University of Michigan graduating in 2016 and her son Jon graduated from The George Washington University in 2017.
William K. Brehm is Chairman Emeritus of SRA International, a systems information company that he co-founded in 1978. He served as its executive chairman from 1980 to 2003, and retired from the firm in December, 2011.
Bill began his career in 1950 as an engineering research associate at the University of Michigan while a UM graduate student. Upon graduation in 1952 he joined the aerospace industry, serving initially as a systems analyst and later as a director of advanced systems development. In 1964 he joined the staff of the Secretary of Defense as director of Army and Marine Corps land forces programs. In 1968, Bill was appointed assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, and served until December 1970. Bill then assumed the post of corporate vice president for corporate development at Dart Industries, a consumer products firm, where his responsibilities included mergers & acquisitions and corporate research & development. In 1973, he returned to the Defense Department, first as the assistant secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs and later as the assistant secretary for Legislative Affairs. He served through the end of the Ford Administration.
Bill is a retired director of Herman Miller, Incorporated, where he was a member of the executive committee. He is past board chair of Fuller Theological Seminary and continues there as Trustee. He is also past board chair of the CNA Corporation in Alexandria, Virginia, a former trustee of Guideposts, and a former member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board. He holds a UM B.S. degree with honors in mathematics, and an M.S. degree with concentrations in mathematics and physics. Bill has major interests in medical research, scholarship, and music — and in the science of collaboration.
Robert M. Brown is CEO and founder of Monroe Management Company in 1969, now known as Treystar. Since 1982, the company has concentrated on real estate development and management. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering and received his Master's Degree in Finance from Harvard University.
Mr. Brown is President of Arcadia Capital, LLC, and has incorporated or assisted entrepreneurs in more than 40 companies in southwestern Michigan. He has provided high-risk venture capital to nurture new ideas and assist the existing Monroe-Brown Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to furthering higher education. He is a board member for Southwest Michigan First and Fabri-Kal Corporation.
Mr. Brown is an adventure traveler, enjoying the outdoors and athletic activities including downhill skiing, tennis, basketball, white water rafting, trekking, and bird hunting.
In 1986, Brian P. Campbell became the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TriMas Corporation (then known as Campbell Industries, Inc.), a diversified manufacturer of proprietary, mission-critical industrial products. After the sale of TriMas Corporation in 1998, Brian joined Kaydon Corporation as its President and Chief Executive Officer, and subsequently also assumed the role of Chairman. Kaydon Corporation is a leading international designer and manufacturer of proprietary custom-engineered products, supplying a broad group of aerospace, medical, and electronic equipment customers.
Upon departing Kaydon Corporation in 2007, Brian re-incorporated Campbell Industries, Inc., as a vehicle to pursue investments in privately-owned industrial companies. He serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an affiliated company, Kingsley Acquisition Corporation.
Brian is also the Chairman of The Campbell Fund, a foundation focused on providing support to medical and educational institutions. In 2007, The Campbell Fund endowed the David A. Bloom Professorship in Urology. Since then, The Campbell Fund has been a notable supporter of the Kim A. Eagle Professorship and Endowed Research Fund in Cardiovascular Medicine, as well as supporting the important research activities of Dr. Vibha N. Lama in the area of pulmonary and critical care medicine. In 2011, The Campbell Fund endowed a research fund at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center in honor of Paul R. Lichter, who stepped down in early 2012 as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Kellogg Eye Center. In addition, The Campbell Fund and Brian and his wife, Mary, have also supported The Ross School of Business, the Museum of Art, and the University Musical Society.
Originally from Chicago, Brian holds a B.S.C. in Finance and an M.S. in Taxation from DePaul University, as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from Northwestern University. He is a director of several civic organizations in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Brian is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Cardiovascular Center.
Hamilton Chang worked for Oppenheimer and Company from 2007 through 2009 as Managing Director and National Manager of the Structured Products Group. He has had many years of experience in the field of finance, ranging from managing tax-exempt fixed-income and swap practices for top ten type financial services firms to running derivative or structured finance advisory practices nationally and abroad for a large financial institution and several boutique investment banks. With over 15 years of experience in trading, structuring, and advising on financial products, he has structured, advised or acted as agent on over 400 interest rate management tools/financings for tax-exempt issuers. He has also transacted and risk-managed billions of dollars worth of structures on behalf of large financial institutions.
Before joining Oppenheimer and Company, Mr. Chang was Managing Director and National Head of Structured Products and Co-Manager of the Municipal Finance Group at Ryan Beck and Company, where he managed the firm's tax-exempt bond sales and trading desks. He built the infrastructure for the institutional tax-exempt sales and trading platforms, hired the majority of the institutional professionals and also built the Structured Products' practice.
Mr. Chang has managed the national Derivatives or Structured Products practices at Legg Mason and Ziegler Companies, where he led the respective divisions specializing in the structuring of sophisticated capital access tools for tax-exempt issuers. On both of these platforms he advised as an outside third party providing independent advisory services for complex financings.
At Bank of America, Mr. Chang was in charge of the Municipal Derivatives practice in the West Coast and Midwest regions, where he worked with municipalities, colleges and universities, health systems, water districts, school districts, ports and various other tax-exempt issuers. Additionally, Mr. Chang worked for First Chicago NBD/BankOne, where he led the Risk Management and Advisory practice in Asia and Australia again working as an independent advisor on complicated risk management or financing projects. Prior to leading the Asian advisory practice he was responsible for the marketing, structuring and risk management of Municipal Derivatives and Reinvestment Products.
Mr. Chang has served as a member of the management committees and/or capital commitments committees at Ziegler, Legg Mason and Ryan Beck, and was recently invited to join the commitments committee at Oppenheimer and Company.
Mr. Chang holds a University of Chicago M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Organizational Behavior, as well as a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan. He is a frequent featured speaker on the topics of derivatives, balance sheet management, FAS 133 (GASB), and risk management at numerous national and regional conferences.
Kenneth Eisenberg is the former chairman and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corporation based in Dearborn, Michigan. He and his wife, Frances, have supported dozens of social, health-care, and Jewish organizations. In addition, they founded the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at their alma mater, the University of Michigan.
Kenneth began his career in the steel industry shortly after attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the early 1960's, he joined his father, Sol, founder of Kenwal Products Corporation, a modest steel supply company which provided limited services to a small pool of automotive manufacturers. Kenneth's influence on his father's company soon became apparent as he pioneered efforts to diversify and expand its capabilities and customer base. Within a period of 10 years, Kenneth's business sense and acumen resulted in astounding success for Kenwal Products. The company broadened its service base to include major nonautomotive customers, electronic appliance and major equipment industries, and significantly increased its own operations by $20 million annual revenues.
In the 1980's, Kenneth's leadership brought more growth and development to Kenwal Products Corporation. The company added another steel plant in Gary, Indiana, to augment its existing Michigan facility and annual revenues climbed to the $200 million level. In the 1990's, Kenneth began to implement plans to make Kenwal Products Corporation a global presence in the steel industry through growth and repositioning in the marketplace. Kenwal Products Corporation changed its name to Kenwal Steel Corporation to reflect its new position in the steel industry. A new $20 million world headquarters was constructed in Dearborn, Michigan, with state of the art equipment and technologies including the Kenwal testing laboratory. Kenwal Pickling, a state of the science pickling line, was added and Pembroke Metals Corp., a secondary steel product provider, was founded. Kenwal also established an international presence with the founding of Kenwal Canada. The new millennium brought even more growth and expansion to Kenwal Steel Corp. Kenneth opened another steel service and distribution facility in Burns Harbor, Indiana. He announced his intentions to expand into the southern part of the country by building a new steel service and distribution plant in Lebanon, Tennessee, which opened in October, 2007.
Kenneth Eisenberg has an impressive professional vita including countless programs of steel sales and manufacturing, international seminars on steel training and the development and implementation of his own systems of management and distribution.
Kenneth and his wife, Frances, live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; have two sons and six grandchildren. Kenneth is a board member or active participant presently involved in dozens of social institutions and community organizations including: Detroit Institute of Art, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Jewish Welfare Federation, United Foundation, Jewish Vocational Services and Detroit Music Hall. Frances Eisenberg is also a board member or active participant presently involved in social institutions and community organizations: Sinai Guild, United Jewish Appeal, Detroit Institute of Art, Karmanos Cancer Institute and the United Jewish Foundation.
David Evans is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Child Development Schools ("CDS"). CDS is one of the largest providers of early childhood education and care ("ECEC") in the U.S., including children from underserved and lower income communities as well as military families. CDS is the fourth largest ECEC provider nationally with more than 270 centers across 11 states, serving over 35,000 children each day. CDS is committed to giving every child it serves "A Great Start in Life."
Mr. Evans also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glencoe Diversified Holdings, LLC which is a conglomerate engaged in Specialty Chemicals, Insurance, Education and Manufacturing industries. Mr. Evans also started Glencoe Capital in 1994 and serves as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Evans has been responsible for over $2.0 billion of private investments in over 100 operating companies.
Mr. Evans earned his MBA with Honors from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of General Science degree from the University of Michigan. He has served on numerous philanthropic boards, and together with his wife Joan, established the Prosper Road Foundation to address educational access and inequity issues in the United States. Joan and David have two sons - Joey and Jonathan.
Tiffany Ford is the President and CEO of the University of Michigan Credit Union. Ford joined the University of Michigan Credit Union in 2011. Under her leadership, the University of Michigan Credit Union has grown significantly in membership and asset size. The Credit Union has also won multiple local and national awards for talent development and products and services.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan Credit Union Ford served in senior management for over 11 years at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Ford served as Assistant Vice President of Internal Audit, Vice President of Contact Center, Vice President of Finance and Executive Vice President.
Prior to her financial institution experience, Ford began her career as a staff auditor for public accounting firm Plante Moran. Ford is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. Ford has earned the Michigan Ross Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate through the University of Michigan and has completed the Harvard Business School Women in Business Executive Education Program.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany and her husband reside in Metropolitan Detroit with their three children. Ford is an active volunteer in her community and serves on the Board of Word In Action Christian Center International. Ford also currently serves as a Board member of Ann Arbor Spark, Culture Source and Trellance. Ford previously served as a Board member of the University Musical Society. Ford served on the Michigan Credit Union League Committee who worked with the State of Michigan to update the Michigan Credit Union Act. Ford was named Professional of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League.
Nathan "Nate" Forbes and his family have been philanthropically involved in the University of Michigan for many years. Recently establishing the Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery, designed to advance cutting-edge science from the laboratory to patients by stimulating innovative technology and new therapies.
Nate is the managing partner of The Forbes Company, a nationally recognized developer, owner, and manager of luxury shopping destinations. He and his wife, Catherine Forbes, are members of the Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council, of which Nathan serves as chair. Nathan and Catherine have generously supported the Varsity Tennis Center, the Al Glick Field House, and the Michigan Stadium. They contributed a lead gift to the Michigan Athletics campus project. Nathan and Catherine served on the Leadership Committee for U-M's historic Victors for Michigan campaign, which raised more than $5 billion to support students, faculty, capital expansion, and the pursuit of bold ideas.
Sidney Forbes founded The Forbes Company over 40 years ago and has worked to create landmark properties and redefine the parameters of commercial development.
Each Forbes Company project reflects the development philosophy of creating a business environment that captures the essence of the market. Their portfolio includes such unique and diverse developments as the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan, a 1.5 million square foot fashion shopping destination that connects two shopping malls by a 700 foot moving skywalk; the internationally acclaimed The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida, which has drawn world interest for its dramatic architecture and world class retailers; most recently the acquisition and redevelopment of the Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida and the redevelopment of The Gardens Mall, a 1.4 million square foot shopping center designed to entice the distinctive consumer, seasonal visitors and the growing population of Palm Beach County.
Sidney Forbes has a long history of philanthropy in this community, supporting the arts, medical research and education; his interests have included the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cranbrook Schools, Beaumont Hospital, the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Stanley Frankel heads Frankel Associates, a privately held commercial real estate development and management company founded by his father. One of his interests at the University of Michigan is to provide experiences to business students to further their understanding of entrepreneurship, and in particular international entrepreneurship.
In 2000, Mr. Frankel was awarded the University of Michigan Business School's Distinguished Alumni Award for exemplary business practices and longstanding community service as well as his support of the International Multidisciplinary Action Projects and Global Project courses within the school.
Mr. Frankel received an A.B. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School. He has served on the Business School's Development Advisory Board and its National Campaign Committee and is a member of its Visiting Committee.
A native of Detroit, Ruth Roby Glancy has strong ties to Ann Arbor, where she spent her junior high and senior high school years and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1962. Chairman of the Detroit Zoological Society for the past 15 years, Mrs. Glancy was recently named Chief Executive Officer and has been a mayoral appointee to the Detroit Zoological Commission for the past nine years. She is Vice Chairman of the McGregor Fund and has been a Trustee of the Respiratory Foundation of Southeast Michigan for the past decade.In 1997, Mrs. Glancy was called one of Detroit's “most influential women” by Crain's Detroit Business. In recent years, she has been honored for her service by the University Liggett School, the National Society of Fundraising Executives, the Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable of The National Council of Christians and Jews, and the Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center.Mrs. Glancy is married to Alfred R. Glancy III, a Detroit civic leader who was Chairman of MCN Corporation, the parent company of Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, from 1988 to 2001. Mrs. Glancy is the mother of a daughter and three sons, with several Michigan MBA's among them.
Rebecca Gupta grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Biology. She got her law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1997. A lawyer and venture capitalist, she is also an active member of the Atlanta community. She sits on the Southeast Region Board for UNICEF and The Westminster Schools Board of Trustees. Rebecca and her husband, Sanjay, have three young girls and enjoy sharing with them the love of travel and the understanding of global responsibility.
Patricia Gussin has practiced medicine, conducted clinical research, and managed large medical research groups in her position as Medical Director at McNeil Pharmaceutical and as Worldwide Vice President of Johnson and Johnson Consumer Pharmaceuticals. Gussin has a Bachelor degree from Aquinas College, a M.D degree from Wayne State University, and a MBA from Columbia University. She has an Honorary degree from Duquesne University and is former Chairman of the Board of the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia. Patricia Gussin is the New York Times best-selling author of seven thriller novels and recipient of the Thriller Legend Award from International Thriller Writers. With her husband, she's the co-founder of Oceanview Publishing and the co-owner of Oceanview Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand. She lives in Sarasota, FL.
Robert Gussin is the former Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that he held several management positions at Johnson and Johnson and Lederle Laboratories. Gussin has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Gussin has been a lifelong supporter of the University of Michigan. He has chaired the Alumni Advisory Committee for the Department of Pharmacology at the U of M Medical School from its formation in 1987 to the present. The Gussins have endowed the Charles Ross Minority Scholarship and the Edward F. Domino, M.D., Professorship in the Department of Pharmacology. Having retired from medical research, he is the cofounder and CEO of Oceanview Publishing and co-owner of Oceanview Vineyards (Villa Maria Estates) in New Zealand. He now lives in Sarasota, FL, where he volunteers at a clinic for low income seniors, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Library Foundation. The Gussins are the parents of six children and the grandparents of sixteen.
William K. Hall is a Chicago-based entrepreneur who served as the President of Falcon Building Products, Fruit of the Loom, Eagle Industries, Procyon Technologies, and as Group Executive at the Cummins Engine Company during a thirty-five-year business career from 1980-2015. During this period, he also served as a member of the board of directors for numerous public, private and civic organizations.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering and Ross School of Business. In the 1970's, he was a professor at Michigan, INSEAD (France) and Harvard, and from 2004-2018, he volunteered at the University as a part-time Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, teaching interdisciplinary courses in the College of Engineering and Ross Schools.
James A. Hiller is a native of Detroit. He attended school in the city and graduated with Honors from the University of Detroit Law School in 1973. Jim is President and CEO of Hiller's Market, a chain of grocery stores.
In addition to his business efforts, Jim formed and endowed the PFUND (Program for Understanding Neurological Diseases) at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. PFUND seeks treatments and cures for neurological diseases such as ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. In 2004, Jim was honored to received the Jane L. Cobb Promise Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Friend of Israel Award from Yeshiva Akiva, and the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund.
Jim's other accomplishments include Past Commodore of the Great Lakes Yacht Club; Outstanding Young CEO Award from the National Retail Association; Special Investigator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission; Member of the Prismatic Club; Member of the Scientific Review Board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Fellow in the Royal Institute of Navigation; Member of the Board of Trustees of Beaumont Hospital; and Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Gary is the executive vice president and general counsel of Sherwood Food Distributors, L.L.C. headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Co-founded by his late father Alexander in 1969, Sherwood has grown to be one of the largest independent U.S. distributors in the meat and food industry. The company services more than 6,000 customers in a diverse range of areas such as retail, cruise lines and food service.
Gary earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1981 and his J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1984.
An active member of his community, Gary is President of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is currently a trustee of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and sits on the Advisory Board for Forgotten Harvest, an organization dedicated to relieving hunger. He previously sat on the Boards of Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, Variety - The Children's Charity, JARC, and B'nai Brith.
Gary also sits on the Board of the Harvest Insurance Company, a captive insurance company.
Gary, together with his mother Gabriella and brother David, oversee the Karp Family Foundation, which made a gift in January 2017 to endow a full professorship for the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. The fund will benefit Parkinson’s patients and was created as a legacy to Alexander Karp.
Susan Meister's professional work focuses on child health policy, with an emphasis on the contributions of clinical research to policy analyses and decisions. For more than 20 years, she has served as a member of the Harvard's Working Group on Early Life and Adolescent Health Policy. As Director of Health Services Research at Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, she led the California Association of Children's Hospitals projects to expand the costed clinical databases used for hospital payment with valid and reliable clinical classification and service data for five children's hospitals. She also served as the principal investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson-funded project to design and evaluate an innovation in care for children with serious chronic illnesses in two children's hospitals in two states. She coauthored an interdisciplinary study of the contributions of cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis and technology assessment to policy analysis at Harvard, as well as a monograph to evaluate the first fifteen years of the Harvard Working Group. Professional positions have also included past President of two health-related foundations in New Hampshire; consultant to an evaluation of a state-wide initiative in health care organization by the Vermont Hospital Association; HCFA grant review panels (hospital financing), meetings of the Planning Committee for the National Quality Forum, advisor for the HCFA's Quality of Medicaid study; journal editorial boards; Visiting Distinguished Centennial Professor in Health Policy at Columbia; Distinguished Soule Professor, Soule Summer Institute at the University of Washington; Visiting Scholar at New York University; Research Associate in Health Policy at Harvard Medical School; member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Society. She is also interested in science policy and served on the Genetics Advisory Council at Harvard Medical School.
Susan Meister is the founding Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Child Health and Evaluation Research (CHEAR) unit at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chair of the Duke University School of Nursing Board of Advisors. She is working with Dr. Julius Richmond to further develop child health policy efforts at Harvard. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She received her BSN and PhD from the University of Michigan and her MSN from Loyola University of Chicago
Mary Petrovich is Operating Executive for The Carlyle Group. She serves as a key Industrial and Transportation Practice advisor providing strategic guidance to this $100 Billion global private equity leader.
Her specialty is creating value for industrial businesses. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of AxleTech International, a global manufacturer and supplier of axles and components for specialty trucks, military vehicles and off-highway machines used in construction, mining, and material handling. After the AxleTech's 2002 distressed spin-off from Meritor, she converted a $5 Million equity investment into $350 Million within three years. Upon Carlyle's acquisition of the business in 2005, Mary led the company through another wave of growth and expanded earnings. AxleTech sold for 5X return on capital three years later, this time to General Dynamics. In short, with Mary's leadership, AxleTech transformed from a dying business into the most profitable and fastest growing business in its segments.
Prior to her decade with AxleTech, Mary served as President of Dura Automotive's global $1 billion Driver Controls unit. Before Dura, she had a successful eight-year track record at AlliedSignal, leading several automotive and industrial businesses. Early in her career Ms. Petrovich served in a variety of engineering, manufacturing, and finance roles with Chrysler and General Motors.
Mary received her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, where she was captain of the varsity softball team and Michigan's Female Scholar/ Athlete of the Year.
In addition to being an Operating Executive for Carlyle, she serves on the public boards of WABCO and Woodward and two Carlyle-owned privately held industrial businesses formerly owned by United Technologies and ITW. Mary currently serves on the University of Michigan National Fundraising Campaign Board of Directors as well as a number of other academic and athletic department advisory boards at the University of Michigan.
As a testimony to her track record, Mary has been featured on such leading media channels as CNBC Squawk Box, Business Week, and NPR, as well as Noel Tichy's book, The Leadership Engine. In addition, she has been honored with the University of Michigan College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Winner, and Crain's Automotive News Top 100 Women.
Richard H. Rogel of Avon, Colorado, is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan. Born in Essex, New Jersey, Mr. Rogel earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He was Valedictorian of the 1970 Business School class, and he is a former president of the University of Michigan's Alumni Association.
At the University of Michigan, Mr. Rogel is a member of President Mary Sue Coleman's Advisory Group, the University Musical Society Senate, the Social Work Development Committee Campaign Taskforce, the Advisory Board of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Greater Detroit Leadership Gift Committee, the Director's Cabinet in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Health System Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. With his wife, Susan, Mr. Rogel has made a campaign gift to establish the Rogel Scholars Program, the largest contribution ever made to the University for financial aid, which provides support to out-of-state students.
Mr. Rogel is a member of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organization, the American Preferred Health Networks, the American Hospital Association, and the Greater Detroit Health Council. He is non-operating chairman of CoolSavings.com and Director of Quelsys, Incorporated. Mr. Rogel serves as a director of the Michigan Cancer Foundation.
Craig R. Sincock acquired Avfuel Corporation in 1985. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a regional fuel supplier to its current position as a leading independent global supplier of aviation fuel and services. Mr. Sincock accomplished this growth through a strategic mix of 22 acquisitions (four of which were publicly-traded company spin-offs), internal sales growth and marketing alliances. Avfuel currently serves over 4,000 aviation customers at over 3,000 worldwide locations.
Mr. Sincock continues to focus on further international expansion with the goal of realizing his vision to build a company that drives the connections of people, business and culture.
The passion for aviation that led Mr. Sincock to purchase Avfuel is evident through his continued devotion to the company's success as well as through his advocacy efforts. He has served on the boards of several prominent industry organizations, including the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's (GAMA), among others. Past positions include seats on the Pride Refining Inc Board of Directors (PRF: NYSE) and Duncan Aviation Board of Advisors. He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization (WPO), an international organization fostering educational development and networking opportunities for company leaders. He is also an active participant in the National Aviation Transportation Association (NATA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and more.
Mr. Sincock graduated from the University of Michigan and continues to reside in Ann Arbor with his wife, Sue. The Sincocks' philanthropic efforts extend well beyond the aviation community; they are staunch supporters of organizations for health care and education such as the University of Michigan, and Mr. Sincock has served as the Senior Co-Chair of the Harvard College Parents Fund.
Elizabeth Schmidt emigrated with her parents from Austria to Detroit in 1952, where she met and married her husband, Markus Schmidt. Together they founded Atlas Tool, Incorporated, a supplier of tools, dies, and prototype parts, mostly for the automotive industry. Atlas Tool has been honored by many organizations, especially NASA for several contributions to engineering that have benefited the space program.
Elizabeth Schmidt was recognized in 2008 by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chapter, with the Pinnacle Award, as one of the Top 10 Michigan Business Women. Her philanthropic interests include education, engineering, and medical research, providing endowed scholarships to schools from the primary to post-graduate levels.
Edward Schulak is an architect, and a founder and director of life science companies.
Mr. Schulak graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture. He also attended St. Johns College of Classical Studies and the Rackham College of Graduate Studies at The University of Michigan. Mr. Schulak also graduated from the executive program of Singularity University.
For the last decade, Mr. Schulak has focused on life sciences, specifically genetic sequencing, bio informatics and drug development. He founded, funded and is Chairman of EdenRoc Sciences LLC. EdenRoc has built a group of eight life science companies which have developed many transformative innovations in the treatment of disease. Core to the enterprise is the creation of an evergreen platform of leading technologies and skills comprising over 100 leading scientists and 40 world class advisors.
Judith Tam earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkley. Judy has lived in Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and now resides in southeastern Michigan. Her professional career began when she became a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She then went on to become a contract programmer in the Statistical Consulting Department at 3M. After excelling in this field, Judy changed directions and pursued residential and then commercial real estate. In 2006, The Richard Tam Foundation came of age and she was elected the first President of the Foundation. Since then, her research and input have been instrumental in directing gifts to support Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, The Wounded Warriors, Communities in Schools, and since 2014, Judy has partnered with the Prechter Bipolar Research Program at the University of Michigan. The passion, commitment and depth of research being undertaken at U-M in bipolar disorder inspired Judy to commit, through the Richard Tam Foundation, a 10-million-dollar gift. This included the funds to commence the first Precision Heath initiative of the university in translational bipolar research.
William (Billy) S. Taubman is chief operating officer of Taubman Centers, Inc. He is responsible for development, acquisitions operations and leasing. Mr. Taubman also serves as a director of the company.
Mr. Taubman joined the company in 1986 from Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. in New York, where he was a financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Russian Studies. He also holds a master's degree in Philosophy from Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Mr. Taubman is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He is Chairman of New Detroit, an organization dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit metropolitan area, serves on the board of Governors for the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and is past Chairman of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Mary Weiser is the founder and emeritus fundraising chair for the University of Michigan's Food Allergy Center. Its mission is to improve the lives of food allergic individuals by conducting comprehensive research, providing excellent patient care and expanding education.
Mary has held a number of fundraising positions within the state and federal political arena, having worked for the US Senate, the governor of Michigan and numerous political campaigns. She also worked in the corporate sector for an integrated energy company, MCN Energy Group, Inc. as manager of their Political Action Committee.
She is a board member of FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, which is a national non-profit organization addressing food allergy. Closer to home, she served as director of fundraising for the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, a 501(c)3, in an effort to end homelessness within her community. She currently serves as the Board Secretary and member of the Executive Committee for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Jeff Wilpon is the executive vice-president of Sterling Equities, and a managing Partner at New York Excelsior (NYXL), a sports franchise in Blizzard's global Overwatch League. He is the former COO of the New York Mets baseball team and son of the former principal owner of the New York Mets Fred Wilpon.
He serves on the board of MLB Business and Media, and he is active on a number of not-for-profit organizations locally and nationally. Notably, Jeff received a Presidential Appointment from President George W. Bush in 2007 to the Board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A former catcher, Jeff was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1983.
Valerie Wilpon graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics in 1986. She's affiliated with the Greenwich office of Houlihan Lawrence, and an active member of the Greenwich community.
She works in tandem with her father-in-law, Fred Wilpon, on the Kessler scholarship at the University of Michigan and bi-annually conducts professional workshops at the Sports Management department for the University. Valerie and her husband Jeff have two children, one of whom attends the University of Michigan. They enjoy travel, culinary arts and being active in philanthropic causes.
Lawrence A. Wolfe was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Detroit with his family in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1969 and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1972
Mr. Wolfe practiced law for seven years specializing in corporate and labor law. In 1979, he joined Production Tool Supply Company, an international distributor of industrial tools, supplies, and machinery. He became President of this company in 2003.
Mr. Wolfe is married to the former Andrea Kahn, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He is an active participant or board member in many organizations including: American Technion Society, Bar Ilan University, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Jewish Community Center Association (North America), Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (2012-13 Campaign Chair), Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network (West Bloomfield/Detroit), National Men's ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation & Training), and United Israel Appeal (UIA). He is General Chairman of Israel Bonds for Metro Detroit and past-president of Adat Shalom Synagogue as well as the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit.