Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
With a doctorate in management and organizations, Gail Berger is a clinical associate professor at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communication and is the deputy director of the Center for Executive Women at Kellogg.
Berger is an experienced executive coach and leadership development expert, bringing her knowledge of talent development, conflict resolution and team dynamics to help individuals, teams and organizations. She has won multiple teaching awards, including Instructor of the Year at Northwestern University’ s School of Education and Social Policy, and has been published in leading journals.
Blending her background in education, business and psychology, Berger creates a powerful teaching approach by combining purposeful reflection, candor and support to guide individuals to make lasting behavior changes.
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
Tim Calkins helps people use marketing strategy and branding to build strong, profitable businesses. He is clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management where he teaches marketing strategy, biomedical marketing and strategic marketing decisions in the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. He is co-academic director of the Kellogg on Branding executive education program.
Calkins has received numerous teaching awards. He won the Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, the top teaching award at Kellogg, in 2006 and 2013, making him one of just four people to have won it twice in the award's more than 40-year history. He also received the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award and two Kellogg Faculty Impact Awards. The Kellogg Executive MBA Program gave him the Top Professor Award four times.
Calkins is an expert on Super Bowl advertising. He created the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review in 2005 and has led the event ever since. During the past 10 years, the program has generated more than 5 billion media impressions.
In addition to teaching at Kellogg, he works with major corporations on strategy and branding issues. His recent clients include Novartis, AbbVie and Pfizer. He is managing director of Class 5 Consulting, a marketing strategy firm.
He began his career at the consulting firm Booz Allen and Hamilton, where he worked on strategy and branding projects. He joined the marketing team at Kraft Foods in 1991. During his almost 11 years at Kraft, he led businesses including Miracle Whip, Taco Bell, A.1. steak sauce, Seven Seas and DiGiorno. While at Kraft, he was responsible for the launch of more than two dozen new products. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale and his MBA from Harvard.
Calkins lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Melody Camp Group
Melody Camp earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She has served as vice president for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group and Harris Bank. She also has been an adjunct professor in organizational development at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and is the founder and director of Smart Computing and an organizational consultant.
Camp helps organizations work in their areas of need. Specialties include strategic planning, corporate culture development, management development and conflict resolution. She is a coach for management teams on effective communication and employee involvement.
For the future executives, Camp will begin to build a group culture at the first meeting following the kick-off dinner. The next morning she will delve into personal and professional development by facilitating a program on self-management skills and the ability to relate with other people. All people develop these skills to varying levels, and the Future Executives Institute is an ideal forum to be purposeful and deliberate in this area.
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
As a lecturer and adjunct professor of executive education for 25 years at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Dr. Cates has developed programming and consulted to clients (domestic and global) around issues of organization alignment, leadership development, communication, strategic planning, and employee relations.
Dr. Cates' coaching and consulting experiences span a wide range of clients, from corporate leadership teams to trade associations to charter school principals. Projects have included coaching mid- and senior-level leaders, organizational climate surveys, the development and implementation of upward evaluation, 360 and other performance feedback systems, workplace mediation to manage in-house conflicts, and delivery of other relevant group and individual consultative services. She occasionally partners with licensed consultants who perform leadership-based psychological testing, and in 2009 was certified to administer KornFerry/Hay Group's ESCI (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory).
Dr. Cates became a mediator in 1993 through the Center for Conflict Resolution, a nonprofit founded by the Chicago Bar Association. She mediated civil, criminal, property, small claims and employment litigation cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois. As a consultant, she provides conflict management services to all levels of the organization including managing team disputes, conducting workplace investigations, and facilitating executive-level strategic planning and decision-making.
Prior to academics and consulting, Dr. Cates was involved with industrial real estate development as a project manager responsible for the environmental safety and compliance of small hydroelectric power plant construction in New York and Washington States.
BS, Psychology, University of Illinois; MS, Human Resources and Human Development, University of Illinois; PhD, Social Psychology, Northwestern University
As CFO of Sutter Roofing Co. from 2003-2019, B. Henry Thomas oversaw all financial and IT processes, earning him the Tampa Bay Business Journal 2009 CFO of the Year award in their medium-sized private company category.
Henry has been an invaluable instructor at NRCA’s Future Executives Institute (FEI) since 2012, empowering FEI participants by sharing his financial and accounting management knowledge.
Outside of his work with NRCA’s FEI, Tom gives university guest lectures about construction accounting. With a master’s in business administration and decades of industry experience, Tom’s unique perspective makes him an integral member of the FEI team.
F.J. Dahill Co. Inc., New Haven, Conn.
Jamie McAdam is president of F.J. Dahill Co. Inc., a family-owned roofing and structural restoration company that has served New England since 1883.
McAdam received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bryant College. He began his full-time career at F. J. Dahill in 1977 and, after 17 years as a laborer, manager and vice president, he was elected president in 1994.
After two terms on NRCA's board of directors and two terms as vice chairman, he became the association's chairman of the board from 1999 to 2000. He also has been on the North/East Roofing Contractors Association board of directors for 12 terms and received its Clarence J. Carr Roofing Industry Award in 1997. In 2007, he was the 60th recipient of the NRCA's J.A. Piper Award.
McAdam is a well-recognized member of the roofing industry in New England and nationally. He has been a speaker at 12 NRCA conventions and more than 100 educational programs .
National Roofing Contractors Association
Duane Musser is vice president of government relations at the National Roofing Contractors Association, where he oversees and directs the association's work on government policy and political matters. Duane joined NRCA in January of 2008 as Senior Director of Federal Affairs and assumed the responsibilities of Vice President of Government Relations in January, 2009.
NRCA is one of the nation's oldest trade associations and represents over 4,000 roofing contractors and other industry participants nationwide. The association is active in Washington, DC, with efforts to influence government policy on a wide array of issues that impact the roofing industry. Duane also oversees operations of NRCA’s political action committee, ROOFPAC, which contributed over $300,000 to the campaigns of members of Congress and other candidates during the 2009-10 election cycle.
From 1993 to 2007, Duane served as Senior Associate at Schramm, Williams & Associates, Inc., a government affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC, where he represented clients before Congress and federal agencies on a variety of issues. While at Schramm & Williams, Duane served as Executive Director of The Association Healthcare Coalition, a coalition of association-sponsored health benefit plans.
Duane also worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Wally Herger (R-Calif.), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. While working for Congressman Herger, he handled tax, international trade, environmental and other legislative and regulatory issues.
Duane earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
Loran Nordgren is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management. His research considers the basic psychological processes that guide how we think and act. The overarching goal of his work is to advance psychological theory and to use theory-driven insights to develop decision strategies, structured interventions, and policy recommendations that improve decision-making and well-being. Professor Nordgren's research has been published in leading journals such as Science and has been widely discussed in prominent forums such as the New York Times, The Economist, and the Harvard Business Review. In recognition of his work, Professor Nordgren has received the Theoretical Innovation Award in experimental psychology. A former Fulbright Scholar, he teaches MBA and executive level courses on the Science of Leadership. Professor Nordgren has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in the classroom.
Speak To Persuade,™ Seattle
Vanna Novak is a nationally recognized authority on developing and delivering presentations designed to influence the thinking and decision making of audiences and motivate them to take specific, desired action.
Based in Seattle, Novak is president and owner of Speak to Persuade and has been in the business as a professional speaker, trainer and consultant for more than 20 years. Her background includes having served as a director of employee relations, university adjunct faculty member, twice-elected director for the National Speakers Association, two-time gubernatorial appointee in Washington state, and a featured guest on radio and television. She also is a founder of the Executive Development Institute, an organization that offers leadership development programs for Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic professionals.
When speaking to groups about effective presentation skills, her focus is on turning presentations and presenters who are simply informative into ones that will convince, persuade and inspire.
Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel, Atlanta
Stephen M. Phillips is a senior partner at the firm, and his practice focuses on legal issues pertaining to the construction industry, particularly the commercial roofing industry. He has gained national recognition concerning legal issues affecting the roofing industry. For more than 35 years, he has been representing parties in commercial roofing matters. For the past 30 years, he has served as general counsel to the National Roofing Contractors Association and was one of the founders and also serves as counsel to the National Roofing Legal Resource Center
Stephen is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Panel to hear construction disputes under the Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and has served as a construction arbitrator. In 1995, he was elected by his peers as a fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers. He has been designated as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the field of construction law and construction litigation each year since 2004 and has been recognized and listed in such publications as "Best Lawyers in America," The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, and Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Before entering private law practice, Stephen worked as a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C., and was the author of several congressional studies addressing environmental issues as an analyst in environmental policy for the Congressional Research Service. He has an undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and earned a law degree from Emory University, Atlanta. He is a member of the Forum Committee on the Construction Industry and the Section on Litigation of the American Bar Association. He has served on the Board of the Georgia Legal Services Program and is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Atlanta Bar Association.
Family Business Consulting Group Inc., Chicago
A Senior Advisor of The Family Business Consulting Group, Amy Schuman supports family businesses seeking to maximize success and strength in their families and businesses. For more than 20 years, Schuman has worked with hundreds of families, helping them implement the systems, structures and relationships needed to be effective stewards of their enterprise. Many clients come to Schuman early in their planning process, and she works closely with family members, owners, non-family executives and trusted advisors to facilitate a big picture, long-term strategy for successful continuity. In other cases, the family, owners and/or business are facing a difficult circumstance, even a crisis. In these cases, Schuman has the experience and knowledge, working with those involved, to chart a path through the tough issues and get to a place where a more strategic, long-term and less emotional approach can be crafted and implemented.
Schuman has worked with complex family businesses, large and small, throughout North America and abroad. She has helped families create family councils, ownership councils, boards of directors, constitutions, policies and guidelines, family education, team building, and many other useful tools and techniques. Rather than following one set consulting approach, Schuman sees each family and business as individual and adapts her approach to the unique needs and opportunities of each client.
As founding facilitator of the Next Generation Leadership Institute at the Chicago Loyola University Family Business Center (1996 - 2006) Schuman coached young men and women to assume leadership positions in their family business. Schuman also founded and facilitated Loyola's first Peer Advisory Group for Women and taught group process and facilitation skills in Loyola's Family Business Communication Institute.
Before joining The Family Business Consulting Group (1983-1996), Schuman served as a key non-family executive in a fourth-generation automotive manufacturer (Fel-Pro Inc.). She directed organization development, leadership development and total quality management efforts for the firm and helped develop the award winning corporate culture that led the company to be named to the Top 10 of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. At Fel-Pro, Schuman experienced firsthand the power of family ownership values and vision creating powerful competitive advantage for the business as well as an enduring source of strength and harmony for the family.
Schuman is adjunct lecturer at the Center for Family Enterprise, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She has presented at many family business centers throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as presenting for YPO and WPO events, the Family Firm Institute and the Family Business Network across the globe.
Schuman is the co-author of several family business books, including Human Resources in the Family Business: Maximizing the Power of Your People, Family Education for Business Owning Families and Family Business as Paradox.
Schuman and her husband live in Evanston and have three adult children and three brilliant grandchildren. Schuman as been active in several Chicago nonprofit organizationss throughout the years, notably Curts Café and Uptown Café.
Schuman has a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and earned her MBA at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is experienced in a variety of 360, communications and personal development tools, and has completed the Center for Conflict Resolution's 40-hour Performance-Based Mediation Skills Training.
Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management
Tom Shanahan joined the NRCA staff in 1989. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., graduating with a degree in business management. Shanahan also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He worked in the hotel industry for 11 years before NRCA, where his responsibilities included departmental management, food and beverage controller, and senior and executive management positions.
Throughout his tenure at NRCA, he has been responsible for directing its risk management section. In addition, he has directed NRCA University, the National Roofing Legal Resource Center, NRCA's international membership, state legislative and regulatory activities, and the National Roofing Foundation.
Currently, he is vice president of enterprise risk management and executive education. As part of the teaching faculty of these institutes, Shanahan teaches strategic planning and risk management courses. Part of the FEI strategic planning curriculum includes company-specific consulting that has included more than 150 roofing contractor organizations.
Armed with data from a 1999 national Gallup survey commissioned by NRCA revealing foremen wanted and needed leadership and management training, Shanahan created For Foremen Only. Since that time, he has had the privilege of training thousands of field managers. This success has led to the development and delivery of successful leadership and management programs aimed at senior managers (For Senior Leaders Only) and owners (For Owners Only).
Shanahan is a speaker, instructor and facilitator at roofing and construction industry and governmental events. He is known for developing and delivering educational programs; his expertise regarding roofing safety and health concerns; involvement and contribution to health and safety issues affecting the industry on national and international levels; contributions to NRCA's Professional Roofing magazine; and effective communication, leadership, management and training strategies.
Director of Product Management for Frankenmuth Insurance Co.
Kathy Woodliff is director of product management for Frankenmuth Insurance Co., Frankenmuth, Mich. Kathy and her team are responsible for building new products and services that meet customer needs.
Prior to joining Frankenmuth, Woodliff was a consultant with a predictive analytics software company and owned her own consulting practice to help family-owned businesses implement focused strategies to drive growth in profits, people and purpose to achieve successful outcomes.
Before founding her consulting practice, Woodliff worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years in senior leadership positions. She was a key member of the executive team brought in to dramatically change the culture, improve results and build the infrastructure to support profitable growth at Zurich North America. She also built organizational capabilities to drive success around the entire product management life cycle.
Woodliff headed $2 billion property and casualty divisions at CNA Insurance. Under her leadership, she improved profitability by 30 points and grew the business by more than $200 million.
Kathy received a degree in psychology and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and business strategy from the University of Chicago.
Kathy is an avid cyclist and hiker. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and splits her time between Colorado and Michigan.