CINCINNATI, Sept. 23, 2011 -- Xavier University today announced the addition of four new members to the University’s Board of Trustees:
• Stephen G. Cuntz, president and CEO of BlueStar Inc.
• Natasha Hamilton Holiday, senior managing consultant at Public Financial Management
• Paul V. Muething, managing partner at Keating Muething Klekamp, PLL
• Karen Smith Wells, vice president of strategy for McDonald’s USA, LLC
Below is more information about each of the new trustees.
Stephen Cuntz is the president and CEO of BlueStar Inc., an international wholesale distributor of niche electronic solutions including mobile data management, RFID, bar coding, point-of-sale, and security applications.
Under Cuntz’s leadership, BlueStar has been recognized with numerous awards including Motorola Distributor of the Year, Microsoft Dynamics Distributor of the Year, and Star Micronics Distributor of the Year. In 2003, he was named a winner of the prestigious Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” designation. He has led BlueStar to numerous business awards such as the “Cincinnati 100”, “Cincinnati Fast 55” and the Northern Kentucky “Emerging 30.”
Cuntz received a BSBA in 1976 and an MBA in finance from Xavier University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves as a member of Xavier’s Williams College of Business Economics Board and as a mentor, and is a board member for the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) and the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA)
Natasha Hamilton Holiday
Natasha Holiday works as a senior managing consultant at Public Financial Management (PFM), the nation’s largest independent financial advisory firm, focused on infrastructure finance and public private partnerships. She is responsible for financial analysis, project management and client development in the firm’s Manhattan office. Previously, Holiday was a vice president with Scott Balice Strategies. At both firms she consults city and state governments in the development of capital plans, debt management, financial modeling and the planning and execution of public private partnerships.
Holiday also worked as an investment banker in Goldman Sachs’ municipal finance group where she provided analytic and technical support to municipal bond issuers in transportation, stadium and project finance, and has served as a consultant on commercial and affordable housing developments in New Orleans, Providence, San Diego, and Cleveland.
Holiday’s public policy experience includes work for the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, where she researched health disparities in urban communities; immigration policy and language access initiatives for the City of New York. Recently, she faced a 106-vote loss in her first run for elective office in 2010 for the NY State Democratic Committeewoman position.
Holiday is a mentor with iMentor, a non-profit organization that utilizes technology to facilitate mentoring relationships with underserved NYC high school students, and is a 2009 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow. She currently serves on the Leadership Board for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the Board of Managers for the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA. She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBCF) Alumni Network, the National Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellows Program, New York City Urban Fellows Alumni Network, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A graduate of Xavier University, Holiday received a BA in History and BS in Political Science. While at Xavier, she was student body president and a recipient of the Board of Trustees Excellence in Leadership Award and the Antonio Johnson Scholarship Award. In 2007, Holiday received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Paul Muething is managing partner at Keating Muething Klekamp, PLL in Cincinnati. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business planning, corporate law, and real estate development. He represents both public and private companies involved in a wide range of industries including insurance and real estate development.
Muething has served as the Managing Partner of the firm since 1995. He serves as Chairman of the Board at Chatfield College, member of Ursuline Foundation, and Campaign Chairman for Catholic Inner City Education Fund.
Muething graduated with an AB in 1974 from Xavier University. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from the University of Cincinnati.
Karen Smith Wells
Karen Wells is Vice President of Strategy for McDonald’s USA, LLC. In this role she is responsible for developing strategic, cross functional plans and forming partnerships both internally and externally to build the McDonald’s Brand and profitably grow the business. Wells has been a leader at the McDonald’s Corporation for nearly 20 years.
Prior to this role, Wells served as vice president of Nutrition and Menu Strategy. She was responsible for developing and communicating fully integrated, cross-functional plans to drive long-term growth through food and beverage innovation for the core McDonald’s USA business.
Wells also served as vice president and general manager for the Indianapolis region where she was responsible for a billion dollar business comprising of more than 600 restaurants across six states, and employed 70 employees. In that same region prior to general manager, she served as vice president of operations, where she led a team of 36 department heads and mid management executives to maximize restaurant operations and efficiency.
Wells began her career at McDonald’s as a marketing supervisor in 1992. She became the regional marketing manager for the Raleigh, NC Region in 1997. As a highly selected candidate for the McDonald’s Accelerated Operations Program, Karen moved to the frontlines of the McDonald’s business as crewperson and worked her way up from restaurant manager to director of operations in the Atlanta Region. There she provided leadership and direction for all aspects of the day-to-day operations for more than 450 restaurants.
Before McDonald’s, Wells was in sales for M&M Mars Candy Company. She also worked at the Drackett Company as a buyer in logistics.
Wells holds a Bachelor of Science and Administration in Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.