Colorado Chapter Leadership
Debra Koenig is a business executive and board director with four decades of experience across multiple industries in both Fortune 200 and entrepreneurial and equity-backed companies.
Her executive experience includes operations and leadership roles in private and public companies within the franchised multi-unit retail, food manufacturing, and hospitality sectors. Debra has served as Chief Executive Officer of VICORP, a franchised restaurant company, and Division President of McDonald's Corporation, a Fortune 200 QSR company. She is the founder of Koenig & Co, providing consulting and expert witness services in the franchise and hospitality space. In addition, she and her husband Dick own Koenig Sales, a global firm serving the historic car industry.
Debra currently is the Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors Colorado Chapter. She has board experience as Chair of Lube Holdings, Inc. and as a Director for VICORP Restaurants Inc, and Fitness Together Holdings. In addition, she has served as an Advisory Board Director for McDonald's Corp., Evolve (uniform manufacturing) and Blue Onion (full service advertising). She currently serves on Wings of Medina Liquidating Trust (full service restaurant) and GA Pincus Funds (a private investment firm).
She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a certified Board Leadership Fellow. She has been a member of the International Franchise Association where she became a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE). Debra holds a Master of Business Administration from Gannon University and Finance for Executives from Northwestern University.
Vandy Van Wagener
Director, Far Niente Wine Estates
Vandy is a seasoned business leader and Board Director with deep strengths in strategy, marketing, innovation, and organization building. His foundations were formed during two decades with Procter & Gamble, where he started in U.S. Brand Management, ultimately running marketing for one of six Divisions. Vandy was tapped in the late 1980's to help start P&G operations in Southeast Asia and was subsequently posted to Japan as VP leading the Asia-Pacific skin care and cosmetics division. He moved to Colorado in the mid-90's to pursue more entrepreneurial interests, serving as CEO of InfoBeat, the early leader in email marketing; VP of Sales for Quris, a digital marketing startup; CEO of dbDoctor, a startup in database monitoring; and Co-Founder of Evergreen Innovation Partners, a firm providing an array of Open Innovation services in the consumer goods space. In addition to his current role on the Board of Far Niente, Vandy has served on the Boards of several startups, Cakebread Cellars, Information Resources Inc., Craig Hospital, and Restorative Therapies Inc. Vandy was recently certified as a Blue Belt in Innovation Engineering, and earned an AB in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School.
Nominating and Governance Chair
Barbara M. Baumann is an Independent Director of Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) and of Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL), as well as privately-held Hat Creek Energy Corporation. Ms. Baumann is also an independent trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. She is President of Cross Creek Energy Corporation, a direct investor in and consultant to energy-related companies. Ms. Baumann was formerly an Executive Vice President of Associated Energy Managers LLC, the general partner of a private equity energy fund. From 1981 to 1999, Ms. Baumann worked for Amoco in a variety of positions, including serving as Vice President of the Company's San Juan Basin Business Unit. She is a former director of SM Energy Corporation (NYSE: SM), UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS), and CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI). She chairs the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke College, and serves on several other non-profit boards including The Denver Foundation. Ms. Baumann brings to the Board over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, including broad financial, strategic planning, economic evaluation, operational, natural gas marketing, and human resources management skills and experience, which are important to the oversight of financial, operational, and compensation management functions.
Kris has 25 years of management consulting, auditing and financial analysis experience. She currently is a Principal/Partner with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) in Denver where she leads EY's Strategic Transformation team within the Advisory Practice. Kris is an expert in large-scale business transformation and has as a charter to develop new EY offerings in the area of "Purpose Led" transformation. Skillsets include: strategy consulting, executive leadership/alignment, organizational change, organization design, value realization/financial engineering, and process/technology-driven transformation. Prior to joining EY, Kris was Vice President and Transformation COE Leader within IBM's Global Business Services organization. Before that, Kris was a Management Consulting Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which was acquired by IBM in 2002. Additionally, Kris was Managing Consultant with Gemini Consulting and, before that, an Internal Auditor with Consolidated Electrical Distributors. Industry focus includes high technology, consumer products, industrial products, retail, banking, automotive and telecommunication. Kris is corporate advisory director for Windward Reports, past corporate director of Great Western Bank (where she also served on the audit committee), and past advisory director of Microplas, a subsidiary of Nypro. She is the Vice Chair of ASMEs (Association of Mechanical Engineers) Industry Advisory Board; she serves on the Harvard Business School Women's Advisory Board; and is a member of the White House Commission for Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Kris is a featured conference speaker in areas such as corporate transformation, new era employee engagement, value realization, and women's initiatives. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Psychology and Business Administration from UCLA.
Bill specializes in developing and designing performance and compensation plans for broad-based staff, board of directors and executive leadership teams. He works with publicly and closely held companies in aligning performance with compensation for increased productivity.
As a senior consultant with both Arthur Andersen and the Hay Group he helped organizations retain top talent while improving business processes. Bill has served as Chief People Officer of two major national health care systems (National Jewish Health and Hospital Corporation of America) as well as developing consulting practices for BKD, CPA, one of the ten largest public accounting firms in the U.S.
Bill's graduate degree from the University of Colorado is in business and human resource administration. He is an independent director on the board of a private manufacturing firm that develops innovative fire retardant products for the aircraft industry. He is a fellow in and serves as the Chair of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association for Corporate Directors. Bill is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Human Resource People and Strategy and is a member of the American National Standards Institute Technical Group chartered by the International Organization of Standardization to develop human resource management standards globally.
Early in his career, Bill was on policy staffs as an active duty officer at the Pentagon and the Air Force Academy. His duties included managing the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act from inception to installation and providing advice on staffing matters to the Air National Guard headquarters staff. Bill's focus on Director' education has been a guiding light in over half of his professional career.
Greg has approximately 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, including 10 years as a Director of both public and private oil and gas companies, 16 years as a "sell-side" equity analyst and 13 years working directly in the oil and gas industry. In October, 2004 Greg retired as Vice President and Group Leader - Energy Research at A.G. Edwards, Inc., a large St. Louis-based investment firm. In that capacity, he oversaw all of the firm's equity research in the Energy Sector, including the integrated oils, exploration and production, oil service and master limited partnerships. Prior to A. G. Edwards, Greg was Managing Director of Equity Research at Hanifen, Imhoff, Inc., a Denver-based regional investment firm, as well as CEO of Point Resources, Inc., a privately-held oil and gas acquisition and production company he co-founded in 1987. Greg received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, with Distinction, from Schiller International University (London).
Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Boards of Directors of CU-Denver College of Business, PositiveWare Software 2006-2007 and Bard Center for Entrepreneurship (past Chairman) 2000-2008
Ron is a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, and founder of the firm's Colorado office. His national search practice focuses on senior executive-level assignments for CEOs and COOs, Board Members and functional specialists - for private equity-backed and growth stage companies. Ron's clients range from start-up and growth-stage companies such as Econergy International, eBags and Exclusive Resorts, to more established companies such as Ball Corp., Newmont Mining and Samsung. He also works extensively with venture capital and private equity investors. Ron has held various leadership positions with Heidrick & Struggles, including Associate Director of the International Technology Practice and Managing Partner of Principal Development, and he has received the company's most prestigious honor, the Partnership Spirit Award. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ron served in several appointed government positions, including Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. He is a Colorado native and a B.A. graduate of Washington & Lee University.
Fran Wheeler is a partner in the Colorado office of Cooley LLP. His practice includes corporate, securities and transactional matters, including public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, corporate governance and securities law disclosure and compliance. He has represented publicly and privately held companies, as well as board committees, in a broad range of industries, including as a transactional lawyer advising clients in bankruptcy. Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Wheeler was a partner with a Denver-based AmLaw 200 firm, where he headed that firm's corporate practice. Mr. Wheeler also practiced in New York City. Mr. Wheeler is currently named in Chambers USA:America's Leading Lawyers in Corporate/M&A (Band 1); in Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities/Capital Markets LawÍ¾ and in Euromoney Expert Guides in Corporate Governance. A member of the Merger & Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, Mr. Wheeler is active on the task force authoring the ABA's model tender offer agreement for the acquisition of a public company. He is also an officer and director of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and an NACD Corporate Governance Fellow. Mr. Wheeler has a BS in Chemistry from Weber State University and graduated with JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University.
Managing Partner, B/3 Management Resources, LLC
Bob Caruso has extensive senior management experience with Fortune 500 companies such as Alcoa and Coors and small to mid-size firms such as Applied Science and Technologies in the capacities of CEO, President and divisional VP/GM. Bob also held several officer-level leadership positions with responsibility for Marketing / Sales, Business / Product Development, Strategic Planning, Engineering and R&D. Most recently he was Co-Owner and President of Design Net Engineering which designs and builds spacecraft avionics systems and advanced military sensors. Mr. Caruso's industry background is in aerospace, manufacturing, technical services, technology development / commercialization and management consulting.
Bob's career spans a wide range of commercial, operational and technical disciplines along with international experience in Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. As a corporate executive, management consultant and investment banker, he has also spearheaded numerous M&A, Joint Venture and Strategic Alliance deals. Mr. Caruso has also served on the Boards of Directors of three publicly traded companies and several advisory boards in academia and industry. Presently, Mr. Caruso also serves on the Aerospace Advisory Committee at the University of Colorado - Boulder and on the Grant Proposals Review Board for the Colorado State Government - Advanced Industries Accelerator. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with undergraduate degrees in Engineering Mechanics (B.S.) and General Arts & Sciences (B.A.), holds an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University of Michigan and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Chief Strategy, Product and Marketing Officer, Western Union Company
As Chief Strategy, Product and Marketing Officer of the Western Union Company, Elizabeth G. (Libby) Chambers has responsibility for our global strategy, products, marketing, communications, and a range of corporate transformation initiatives.
Prior to joining Western Union, Libby served as Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the international law firm. Previously, Libby held a range of senior marketing roles at Barclays, including serving as Chief Marketing Officer of retail and commercial banking and Barclaycard. She also led Barclaycard's co-branded credit card issuing business in the UK for 3 years. Her tenure at Barclays was marked by a string of market-leading product innovations and partnerships, as well as digital channel development and brand transformation. Before joining Barclays she held C-level strategy, marketing and new business development roles at Bank of America, the Reader's Digest Association and Bingham McCutchen LLP.
She is a non-executive director on the board of Smith & Williamson, the accounting, tax advisory and wealth management firm. Previous directorships have included Dollar Financial Group in the UK, hibu plc (formerly the Yell Group) and the Home and Savings Bank, a start-up retail banking venture. She also served on/chaired the boards of Barclaycard's joint ventures with Home Retail Group (Argos), Thomas Cook and Solutions Personal Finance (Littlewoods). Earlier in her career she was an associate and then a partner with McKinsey & Company, serving financial institutions on a range of strategy, product marketing and organizational effectiveness topics.
A Harvard MBA, she is also a Stanford graduate and started her career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co.
Managing Director, Endeavour Capital
Mark is a Managing Director at Endeavour Capital, a private equity firm with offices in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver. Endeavour was founded in 1991 to serve as a long-term capital partner to leading companies in the Western United States. Endeavour is currently investing its seventh equity fund and has approximately $2.25 billion in assets under management.
Mark currently serves on the boards of Alpha Media, Arizona Nutritional Supplements, Grant Victor, Providien Medical, Nor-Cal Products, Equality Health, ZOOM+, and Temperatsure. He is also a Life Trustee at Lewis & Clark College, a National Council Member of the American Enterprise Institute, and Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, Executive Board Member. Mark received a B.S. from Lewis and Clark College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is married with three grown children.
Mark Jensen is a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, (NASDAQ LSCC) a developer of low cost, low power programmable semiconductor design solutions. In addition he is a member of the Board of Directors of Unwired Planet, Inc.,(NASDAQ UPIP) a pioneer in the technologies that enable mobile devices to connect to the internet, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chairman of ForeScout Technologies, Inc. a private company which enables users to access corporate networks without compromising security. He was most previously a U.S. Managing Partner-Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, Technology Industry and a U.S. Managing Partner-Venture Capital Services Group at Deloitte LLP until his retirement from the firm in early June of 2012. Prior to joining Deloitte as a partner in 2001, Mr. Jensen was briefly the CFO for Redleaf Group and prior to that, a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP where he was the Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley Office and also led the Global Technology Industry Practice. Mr. Jensen is a certified public accountant licensed in Colorado and California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado and California State Societies of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Jensen received a BachelorÃs of Education Degree from Colorado State University and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He is a Senior Fellow and a Board Member of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley.
NACD Colorado Chapter Chair, Roundtables
Barbara Mowry serves as CEO and founder of GoreCreek Advisors a management consulting firm focused on working with CEOs and Boards of Directors on business strategy and innovation.
Her prior experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of the Data Integration Division of Oracle Corporation. She joined Oracle as a result of the successful acquisition by Oracle of Silver Creek Systems the leader in product data integration and data mastering solutions where she served as President and CEO. Her extensive experience includes roles as senior executive in 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as CEO of 4 entrepreneurial ventures. She has founded companies and raised significant venture capital resulting in the successful sale of three of the companies. She has lead both business to business as well as business to consumer focused companies including Requisite Technology, Comcast (TCI) and United Airlines.
Her experience includes piloting organizations through rapid growth and international expansions, and merger and acquisition experience on both the buy and sell side. Spearheading the launch of new products, patented technology, and operating pioneering solutions such as the Mileage Plus program for United Airlines that focus on customer and business success has kept her at the forefront of innovation.
She is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kauffman Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers of the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. She is a Board member of the NACD Colorado Chapter, a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only organization comprised of the world's most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, The International Women's Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. She has served as a judge at the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and has served on public company boards such as Gaiam and Real Goods Solar. Barbara has a bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.