College of Business and Economics Visiting Committee
As the WVU College of Business and Economics strives for unprecedented heights while staying true to its mission, ethics and Mountaineer heritage, we have engaged advisory committees at various levels. These bodies include the College of Business and Economics Visiting Committee, the Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board, the M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) Advisory Board and the MSIR (Master of Science in Industrial Relations) Advisory Board.
The Visiting Committee has taken on a more engaged role since the 2010 arrival of Dr. Jose "Zito" Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, and serves in a more expansive capacity. The highly respected and successful individuals that serve on these boards, including alumni, donors and friends of the College, contribute by using their life experiences. The guidance they offer helps to create a better College of Business and Economics.
Marie L. Prezioso, Chairperson
Marie Prezioso is Senior Vice President and Manager of West Virginia Public Finance for Piper Jaffray & Co. She has been with the firm since April 2012. Prezioso earned a BS in business administration in 1974 and an MBA in 1975 at WVU. After graduation, she taught at Fairmont State College and worked in several investment and finance positions in state government. After that, she began her career in public finance investment banking. Prezioso has been active in various boards and organizations. She currently serves as a trustee for the West Virginia Investment Management Board and serves on the board of commissioners for the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority. Prezioso received the Distinguished West Virginian Award from Gov. Caperton in 1995 and from Gov. Wise in 2002.
Richard (Rick) Adams Jr.
Rick Adams Jr. is president of United Bank Inc., the lead banking franchise of United Bankshares Inc. He is also executive vice president of United Bankshares Inc. He is a past chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association and of the West Virginia Bankers Trust Division. He is a member of the American Bankers Association Grassroots Committee, the Young Presidents' Organization, the West Virginia State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor at WVU-Parkersburg where he teaches business law. He also serves on several local charitable and community development boards in his hometown of Parkersburg.
Frank Alderman, MD
Dr. Alderman is CEO of MedExpress Urgent Care, an innovative outpatient healthcare delivery model. In founding the Company in 2001, Dr. Alderman sought to provide a customer-service approach to health care and address the need for access to patient-centric, high quality, affordable care. Under his guidance, MedExpress has experienced exponential growth while maintaining its devotion to treating each patient as if he/she were the only patient. Dr. Alderman is a native of West Virginia and holds both a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a medical degree from WVU. He completed his residency at WVU and is board certified in emergency medicine. In 2012, Dr. Alderman was awarded an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also the recipient of Ernst and Young's Venture Capital Award of Excellence, one of 3 such awards in the country. In 2008, he was named one of West Virginia's "Most Influential."
Lee Bakalarski is retired from the United States Navy and currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island.
B. Frederick Becker III
Rick Becker, a co-founder of Clarity Group Inc., has 35 years of professional experience in the insurance and healthcare industries. From 1985 to 2000 he was the chairman and CEO of MMI Companies Inc. He built MMI to one of the top 10 United States medical malpractice underwriters in 1999. Becker has also served as the president and CEO of Ideal Mutual, president and CEO of McDonough Caperton Employee Benefits Inc. and State Compensation Commissioner for West Virginia. He also practiced law in Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in finance and a law degree at WVU.
Amy Cappellanti-Wolf graduated from WVU with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in industrial and labor relations. At WVU she was involved in PRSSA, Kappa Kappa Gamma and MSILR Student Program. Cappellanti-Wolf served as Area HR Manager of Frito Lay, HR Director for The Walt Disney Com., HR Director of Sun Microsystems and VP of Human Resources at Cisco Systems. She is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at Silver Spring Networks.
Kim Craig, of Clarksburg, W.Va., earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and finance. He currently serves as the president and CEO of F.N.B. Wealth Management. Prior to this, he was employed at Promistar Financial Corp., Johnstown Bank and Trust Com., First National Bank of Morgantown, Blueville Bank of Grafton and Fidelity Union. Craig earned many post-graduate certificates including CTFA from the Institute of Certified Bankers, certification from National Trust School at Northwestern University, and Trust Functions and Services from Pierce Junior College.
Mike D'Annunzio is the Director of Organizational Development and Strategic Planning for Beverage Distributors, Inc. in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
James S. Dobbs
Jim Dobbs, of Charleston, W.Va., is managing partner of the Dobbs Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual. Prior to this he was a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual where he obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter designation and his Chartered Financial Consultant designation. He is very involved in West Virginia University academics and sports. He is a member of GAMA International, NAIFA, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Area Alliance. He is also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.
Robert Eastep is the Chief Executive Officer for Eagle Golf Management, LLC in Glen Allen, Virginia.
John Fahlgren, a native of Parkersburg, W.Va., now a resident of Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Kentucky. While attending, he trained in New York City at Interpublic Group's SSC&B, which is now Lintas, working on such major brands as Lego and Coca-Cola. He then returned to the family business, Fahlgren Mortine, an advertising, public relations and digital marketing firm. Now, as the chairman, he brings new business development and oversees the agency's board of directors. He has a passion for sports marketing. Fahlgren has cultivated new ideas for high school sports marketing and healthy lifestyles marketing programs, working with some of the nation's top athletes and sports personalities.
Glen Feinberg, a principal in strategy and operations practice at Deloitte Consulting, concentrates on financial services, which assist finance organizations in achieving world-class business practices. Prior to this position, he was a regional managing director for Deloitte and managing director for the Pittsburgh practice. He has also held other positions at Deloitte. Feinberg has be in charge of many global finance transformation initiatives and has designed and executed performance management systems, shareholder value programs and other various projects and programs.
Frank A. Fisher Jr.
Frank Fisher graduated from the WVU Eberly College of Arts & Sciences in 1969. He then enrolled at the WVU College of Law before joining the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in 1971. A former managing partner, he now works in the areas of institutional asset management through the Frank Russell Investment Group, a Northwestern subsidiary company, and in the insured funding of family wealth transfer and business succession. Fisher has served as an officer on several community boards including the Tulsa Area United Way, Hillcrest Medical Center, Junior Achievement, Holland Hall School, The Lexington School, Philbrook Museum, University of Tulsa College of Business-Executive Advisory Board and numerous Presbyterian Church committees.
John Gianola is the managing partner of the Charleston office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. He has been with the accounting firm for 38 years and has served both domestic and international clients. A native of Morgantown, John attended WVU and graduated in 1975 with BS in business administration major. Gianola is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Business Roundtable, and on the board of the WVU Foundation. He has served as a guest speaker in many classes at the WVU College of Business and Economics and has also led educational presentations for trade organizations, clients' management groups, boards of directors, internal groups and law firms.
R. Paul Gray
Paul Gray is an audit committee financial expert as defined by the rules and regulations if the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has over 20 years of experience as a accountant. He practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP and Beers & Cutler LLP. Currently, Gray serves as the Managing Member of Core Concepts, LLC, a strategic and financial consulting firm, which he established in 2002. He is also a board member of United Therapeutics Corps, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee. He also serves on the board of several public companies.
Bryan Katchur, native of Morgantown, graduated from WVU in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Afterward, he began his career at SBR Inc., Parkersburg based company that owned and operated many 7-Eleven convenience stores in four states. He became vice president of SBR in 1987 and took over as president in 1992. He retired in 2005, but occasionally works as a consultant. Katchur is an active member of the President's Club of the American Management Association, Young Presidents' Organization, and other professional organizations.
New Jersey native William F. "Bill" Kennedy received a bachelor's degree in finance from West Virginia University in 1964 and began his career in 1965 as a financial advisor with Eastman Dillon, Union Securities in Baltimore, Md. He joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1980, which merged with Paine Webber in 1995. Before retiring in 2002, he managed a division of 115 branch offices with 2,400 financial advisors and more than $1 billion in revenues. When he retired, Paine Webber renamed its management training program the "William F. Kennedy Leadership and Development Program."
Arthur King is the President and Owner of Kanawha Stone Company, Inc. in Nitro, West Virginia.
Gary LeDonne is the East Central Region Tax Managing Partner for Ernst & Young in the Columbus Ohio office. He joined EY's Pittsburgh office in 1985 and spent 10 years in the New York EY office primarily serving clients in the financial services sector. He has held various leadership positions with EY throughout his career. LeDonne graduated in 1985 from the WVU MPA program. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Ohio, New York and Connecticut. He is a native of Fairmont WV and graduate of Fairmont State University. In Columbus, LeDonne serves on the Board of Central Ohio Junior Achievement where is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also serves on the Fairmont State Foundation Board.
David McCormick, a resident of Morgantown, earned a bachelor's degree from WVU in marketing in 1991 and completed the MBA Essentials program in 2002. He is the division manager for Champion Industries, a commercial printing and commercial and contract office furniture company in Morgantown. He started in printing sales for Champion in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La. In 2005, then Gov. Manchin Manchin, appointed McCormick as commissioner of the West Virginia Lottery. McCormick is also the owner of McCormick Properties, a commercial and residential rental company.
Robert C. Mead
Robert C. Mead graduated from WVU in 1960 and earned his MBA from Long Island University in 1969. He began his career at Wheeling Steel-Pittsburgh Corp. in 1962. In 1970, he joined Airco Inc. He returned to the Ohio Valley in 1983 as president of Buckeye Savings Bank. Currently, he operates a real estate and business consulting firm, Mead and Associates. Mead was once president of the WVU Alumni Association, and he is now president-elect of the WVU Emeritus Board, president of the Beta Theta House Corp., and a member of the Irvin Stewart Society.
Michael Morris, a resident of Morgantown, is a graduate of WVU, the West Virginia School of Banking and the School of Commercial Banking in North Carolina. Morris serves as the SVP and West Virginia Region Manager for the Wealth Advisors Group of Huntington National Bank. He is on the executive and finance committees and is the treasurer for the Milan Puskar Health Right Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the finance committee for Mon General Hospital, a member of the North Central West Virginia Estate Planning Council and on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
L. Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips earned an MBA at WVU and holds a CPA, CLU, ChFC and CASL. He is the managing director for the MetLife agency, Gateway Capitol Financial. Under his direction, the agency has grown into four offices in the Metro D.C. area. Phillips has been honored with numerous awards including MetLife Management Hall Fame, five GAMA Career Development Awards, three Bronze National Management GAMA Awards and a Silver National GAMA Award. Phillips is the current president of the WVU Baltimore Alumni Association.
Stuart Robbins graduated from WVU in 1965 and is the former managing director of Global Equities for Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, one of Wall Street's leading investment banking firms. After retiring, Robbins was chair of the board of directors of Soundview Technology Group and is currently the chair of the board of directors of Open Exchange Inc. He has also been a vital part the board of Archipelago and the board of LaBranche & Co. Robbins is a former Institutional Investor All Star investment research analyst, a former chair of the WVU Foundation, a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Vandalia Society.
Penelope "Penni" F. Roll
Penni Roll graduated magna cum laude, earning her BSBA in accounting at WVU in 1988. She is the CFO of Ares Capital Corp. She joined Ares Capital Management LLC as executive vice president of finance in April 2010. She served as the CFO of Allied Capital Corp. from 1998 until April 2010, when it was acquired by Ares Capital Corp. She started at Allied as its controller in 1995. Prior to that, she was a financial services manager and senior/staff accountant at KPMG LLP. Roll is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
John Ruddick earned his BS in accounting from Villanova University and his CPA and MBA from the University of Charleston. He began working in 1980 at Coopers and Lybrand in Baltimore, Md. Currently, he is the general manager of Verizon for the state of West Virginia. He has been with Verizon for 27 years. He is involved in many organizations, including the board of directors for the Charleston Area Alliance, West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and Marshall Artist Series. He is also the director Emeritus of the Education Alliance.
Michael Stolarcyzk is the president of Kontane Logistics, an industry leader in Third Party Logistics, in Charleston, S.C. Previously, he was the CEO of Toldeo-Lucas County Port Authority in Toledo, Ohio, senior director for Exel and with the A.P. Moller/Maersk Group, where he held many management-level positions. Currently, Stolarcyzk is on the board of directors of Navismart Hungary Ltd and VenJuvo Inc. He also serves on the board of governors at West Liberty University. He published his first book, Logical Logistics – A Common Sense Primer for your Supply Chain, in January 2011.
Stephen Turner has over 35 years of experience in the formation, development and management of life science businesses. Turner has been the founder and CEO of six life science businesses. His most recent is Protea Biosciences in Morgantown, which was established in 2002. Prior to his passionate career in the life sciences industry, he was financial analyst at Dun & Bradstreet and director of marketing and product manager at Becton-Dickson & Co. Turner graduated from Stanford University in 1967 with a degree in biology and music.
Robert (Bob) Welty
Bob Welty is State President of Fifth Third Bank in West Virginia. In that capacity, Welty coordinates business development activities and decision-making processes for Fifth Third’s Retail, Consumer Lending, Commercial, and Investment Advisor Divisions in West Virginia. He has over 30 years of industry experience.
Welty serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, the State’s venture capital fund, and was recently named by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to the newly formed Capital Access Committee to encourage small business growth in WV. He is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of St. Mary’s Hospital, and is active on numerous other boards and foundations in the State. He and his family live in Charleston.
Raymond White is the CEO of the Watson Institute. Previously, White was president of the Margaret H. W. Watson Foundation and a member of the board of trustees. He also served as a principal and SVP of Johnson & Higgins, the largest private insurance broker and consultant in the world. White graduated from WVU with a degree in finance and earned degrees from the College of Insurance in New York City and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh chapter of the WVU Alumni Association, and Allegheny Country Club. He is also president of the Craig House.