Advisory Board


 
Elaine Crable
Elaine Crable, Ph.D.
     Director, Center for International Business
     Professor of Management Information Systems
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Crable has been a member of Xavier’s College of Business since 1981.  She has a Ph.D.  from the University of Georgia and  an MBA from Xavier University.  Her research interests include behavioral and pedagogical issues in online course delivery, social networking, entrepreneurial efforts of women in developing countries, business analytics, and most recently accessibility issues for online users.  
 
She has taught international business and over the past twenty years has taken graduate and undergraduate students abroad to countries in South America, Asia and Europe. She supervised Executive MBA students on numerous travel-abroad experience and has also taught two terms of international business on-site at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and supervised two semesters of international service learning courses while living in Delhi, India.   Her work has appeared in various academic and pedagogical journals including Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research, Information Systems Management, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Cases in Information Technology, and the Business Intelligence Journal.

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Gale Beckett
     VP - Corporate Quality Assurance & Innovation Diamond Management
     Procter & Gamble

Gale D. Beckett is a Vice President - Corporate Quality Assurance & Innovation Diamond Management at Procter & Gamble. She holds a B.S. ChE from University of Colorado in 1978. She is a part of executive committee, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center from 2003 to present. She is also the President of American Chamber of Commerce, Tianjin, China from 1996-97 and was a part of United Way Committee, Greensboro in 1994. Prior to her current role Gale was the Vice President for Product Supply Global Male Grooming & Braun in 2009 and Vice President - Product Supply Global Home Care, Snacks and Coffee in the year 2007. Prior to these positions Gale held several other strategic positions throughout her career.

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Aref W. Bsisu



Aref W Bsisu has over Forty-one years of wide-ranging experiences in the fields of sales, marketing, finance, and development, backed with an in-depth knowledge of corporate management, and conducting business across continents. Throughout his career, Aref Bsisu gained rich and varied expertise in building and expanding businesses in seemingly unrelated sectors while using a unified platform and an innovative approach that resulted in high degree of success in managing large contracts, and building and retaining a large base of individual, corporate, institutional, and government agencies clients.  Aref Bsisu has recently retired.


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Alfonso Cornejo
     President
     AC & Consulting Associates

Alfonso Cornejo is president of AC & Consulting Associates, a Business Consulting firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Cornejo has a well- rounded background in all facets of business with particular expertise in Manufacturing and Human Resources. Before entering the consulting field Mr. Cornejo worked for a total of 30 years with several Fortune 500 Companies i.e., Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Chiquita Brands. His main areas of expertise are business development initiatives in Latin America including the Integration and Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as providing Human Resources support for companies interested in their Hispanic workforce development. Mr. Cornejo is an active speaker and trainer on the topics of Doing Business in Latin America, Hispanic Workforce Development, Hispanic Culture, and Diversity initiatives with Hispanic perspective. He writes Hispanic related articles for the Cincinnati Business Courier. Mr.Cornejo was born, raised and educated in Mexico. Holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Mexico. Mr. Cornejo is in the board of Directors of: The Freedom Center, United Way, The Fine Arts Fund, The Workforce Investment board, NKITA the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association and the Agenda 360 Regional initiative. Mr. Cornejo has been recognized by the state of Ohio as a distinguish Hispanic and has received awards from LULAC and The National Society of Hispanic MBA's (NSHMBA). Mr. Cornejo has been the President of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA for the last 7 years and is also founder of Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics that is a non-for profit entity that organizes the Cincy-Cinco Latino charity festival each year in Cincinnati. This festival which has become the largest Hispanic Spring festival in the Midwest of the USA has granted more than $ 190,000 to Heath Care and educational institutions that support Hispanics in the Cincinnati-metro area.
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Steve Joern
 

During his career at IBM, Steve Joern has worked in front of and behind the scenes to develop and implement many of IBM’s strategies. He held positions in general management, strategy management, product and program management, project management, skills development, and training/facilitating/coaching. He was responsible for results in sales, marketing, product management, finance and planning, market research, third party channels, total quality management, organizational development, strategy management consulting, and executive education/training/facilitation. He, also, has been a coach and mentor to multiple executives. Mr. Joern has over 20 years of international experience and responsibilities. He held positions such as: IBM global business planning manager --- office products division/ IBM global divisional product manager --- office products/ IBM Americas Far East business planning manager / IBM Senior Faculty Member at the IBM Advance Business Institute / IBM Associate Partner --- strategy consulting practice / IBM Skills and Talent Manager --- Financial Services Sector. Mr. Joern has worked / conducted business development / delivered executive seminars / managed consulting engagements / provided consultant training in countries such as: India, China, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Japan, and Canada. Since leaving IBM, Mr. Joern has been involved as a leadership consultant for a leading international pharmaceutical market research firm and worked and lived in Saudi Arabia. He graduated from Xavier University with a BA in English and was an assistant football coach at Xavier for two years.

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Hema Krishnan, Ph.D.

     Associate Dean, Professor of Management & Entrepeneurship 
     Williams College of Business

Hema Krishnan has extensive leadership and administrative experience. She has served as chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship department at Xavier University, Cincinnati, for five years, and for four years (to date) as Associate Dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier. She has several years of business experience at the managerial level and was the first woman in India to be appointed to a Sales position in the petroleum industry. Hema has made several keynote speeches and has served as distinguished speaker on the topic of strategic leadership on numerous occasions in the U.S. and India. She mentors women executives and college female students in India. She was the President of the Xavier Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma society, a scholastic society, during 2003-08. Hema conducts research in the areas of mergers/acquisitions, top management teams and corporate restructuring. She has published over 30 articles in premier journals of business such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Oxford University Press, and Academy Best Papers Proceedings among others. She has won numerous awards for her research including the O'Conor Professorship (two 3-year terms) and the O'Conor Fellowship. Also, her 2007 paper on acquisition premiums and workforce reductions published in the Journal of Management Studies was judged as one of the top 50 publications from over 15,000 publications in the premier journals of business. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Research. Hema teaches International Management, Emerging Markets, Strategic Management, Strategic Leadership, and Global Strategic Thinking.


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Jeffery Lay
     Managing Director
     Oxford Financial Group Ltd

Jeffery Lay holds an MBA, CMT and working as a Managing Director with Oxford Financial Group, Ltd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, he maintains and develops client relationships with affluent families, senior executives, institutions and foundations in the Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas. Prior to joining Oxford, Jeff was a private wealth advisor to high net worth individuals, institutions, and nonprofit organizations at Neuberger Berman, a Lehman Brothers Company until 2008, when he co-founded a global wealth management firm in Cincinnati. Jeff specializes in strategic and tactical asset allocation, focusing on capital preservation and the tax-efficient transfer of wealth between generations. His expertise includes the incorporation of commodities, alternative investments, non-correlated assets, and absolute return hedge funds into more traditional stock and bond portfolios.

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Mina Lee, Ph.D.
     Assistant Professor - Management & Entrepreneurship
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Lee came aboard Williams College of Business as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Dr. Lee had studied in Korea, United Kingdom, and United States. She received her LL.M. in International Economic Law at the University of Warwick and M.B.A. at Purdue University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Strategic Management at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. She earned the Krannert Certificate for Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. Prior to joining academe, she had worked as a newspaper reporter in Korea. Currently, Dr. Lee teaches Strategic Management and International Management. Her research investigates determinants of innovation after divestiture, determinants of diversification modes, and global supplier management. Her work has been published in Int'l Journal of Business and Globalisation, Journal of Small Business Strategy, etc. She also participated in the Academy of Management Junior Faculty Consortium (invitation only; Business Policy division) in summer 2010.

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Christopher Panczyk, Ph.D.
     Program Manager
     GE Aviation

Since March 2012, Christopher Panczyk has been managing advanced technology programs at GE Aviation focused on establishing manufacturing processes for new composite materials for the global aviation industry. Prior to his role at GE, Dr. Panczyk was Director of Process Engineering and Quality Assurance for SUMCO Corp, a global provider of silicon wafer products supplying the semiconductor industry. Since 1996, Dr. Panczyk has held various roles in R&D, Engineering, and Quality working closely with customers and suppliers throughout Asia and the US.

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Roger Roundhouse
     Senior VP & General Manager
     General Cable

Roger A. Roundhouse has been Senior Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Wire Harnesses for General Cable since October 2006. In 2007, he also assumed responsibility for the Company's Telecommunications business for a period of two years. Roundhouse began his career with General Cable in 1992 in product management for the Outside Voice & Data Team and in 1994, joined the Automotive Team as Product Manager. After returning from an international business assignment in Europe in 1997, he was promoted to Business Unit Manager, Automotive Products. In 2002, Roundhouse was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Products. In 2004, he accepted the additional responsibility of managing the Company's Wire Harnesses & Assemblies Products business. Roundhouse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ohio University and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University. General Cable (NYSE: BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy infrastructure, construction, retail, telecommunications and OEM markets. With annual revenues exceeding $4 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world and the largest in North America. It operates 44 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries and employs more than 11,000 associates.

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Clint Schertzer, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor - Marketing
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Schertzer has been on the graduate business faculty at Xavier University since 1974, teaching courses in the areas of marketing research and strategic business planning. In addition to teaching training and education he maintains an active consulting practice as president of Strategic Insights, a professional business consultancy in business since 1985. Clint has a unique background encompassing both finance and marketing. His BSBA and MBA are both in Finance. His Ph.D. is in Marketing with minors in Finance and Social Psychology. This unique combination brings a very "bottom line" orientation to marketing and strategic planning often not presented. He understands the need to select market positions, segments and strategies, yet also understands and stresses the financial realities of achieving target strategies. Anyone can set business and marketing strategies, not everyone can implement them.

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Amit Sen
Amit Sen, Ph.D.
     Chair and Associate Professor - Department of Economics
     Williams College of Business

Amit Sen is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Economics in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. Amit holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a co-major in Statistics from North Carolina State University. Amit teaching has focused on International Business, Statistics, Managerial Economics, Econometrics, and Time Series. Amit's primary research focus is in time series analysis and applied.

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Kathy Walker
     President
     Elm Street Resources Inc.

For over the past 20 years, Mrs. Walker has served as President and CEO of Elm Street Resources, Inc., her wholly owned energy marketing company based in Paintsville, Kentucky. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, but essentially grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where she graduated from Bryan Station High School and attended the University of Kentucky School of Business and Economics. She subsequently obtained her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, where she was selected for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business school honor society. Prior to starting her own company, she served as Secretary/Treasurer and Controller of Agip Coal, USA, a Washington, D.C. based subsidiary of ENI, the Italian energy conglomerate. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee of the National Coal Council, Washington, D.C., a federal advisory committee; a member of the Kentucky Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, Louisville, Kentucky, a judicial ethics committee; and an Advisory Board Member to the Center for International Business at Xavier University. She is a former Advisory Director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Charitable Gaming Commission, Frankfort, Kentucky. Other past accomplishments include founder and board member of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States of America, New York, New York; and founder and board member of First Security Bank, Lexington, Kentucky.

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