Innovators-in-Residence | A. B. Freeman School of Business

Innovators-in-Residence

Lepage Innovators-in-Residence are an accomplished group of executives, investors, and entrepreneurs who mentor student ventures, serve as guest lecturers in the venture accelerator course, and offer career advice during set office hours.

Innovators-in-Residence select their own individual titles, which may include designations such as Executive-, Investor-, or Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Regardless of professional background, each is an innovator committed to growing and transforming his or her discipline. This well-rounded group of professionals is equipped to aid students in any aspect of starting a business.

Stacey Berger

Current Role

  • Executive Vice President at Midland Loan Services / PNC Real Estate

Career Highlights

  • 27 years of experience in commercial loan servicing and asset management
  • Received the Founders Award from the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council
  • Served as Vice Chairman of the commercial/multifamily board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association

Companies

  • Midland Loan Services, Inc.
  • PNC Bank

Education

  • BA in Economics, Tulane University
  • MBA, Tulane University

Freeman.tulane.edu, LinkedIn


 

Timothy Bovard

Current Role

  • Founder & CEO of Search Fund Accelerator

Career Highlights

  • At Search Fund Timothy has helped entrepreneurs find, buy and manage companies
  • Over 20 company acquisitions and turnarounds
  • Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD since 2003 and Columbia Business School since 2015, teaching Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
  • Companies
  • Search Fund Accelerator
  • CPI Group

Education

  • BS in Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Masters in Political Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • MBA, INSEAD

 LinkedIn


 

Jim Christian

Current Role

  • Entrepreneur, Advisor to Tulane Freeman School of Business / Lepage Center

Career Highlights

  • 35 years business experience
  • CEO, Founder, Investor & Director
  •  Private Equity / Venture Capital
  •  Corporate Banking

Companies

  • Anschutz Investment Company
  •  Paribas
  • Dillon, Read & Co. Inc.

Education

  •  BA, Williams College

LinkedIn


 

Chris Damm

Current Role

  • Doctor, Cardiac Care Unit at Ochsner Medical Center

Career Highlights

  • Over 32 years of experience in medicine with a focus in cardiovascular disease
  • Received post-graduate training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City
  • Held faculty positions at several leading institutions including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Companies

  • Ochsner Medical Center
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine

Education

  • AB in Physics, Harvard University
  • MD, Columbia University
  • MBA in Finance, University of Pennsylvania

 

Deborah Elam

Current Role

  • President & CEO of Corporate Playbook

Career Highlights

  • Started with GE after graduation as a member of Human Resources Leadership Program
  • Spearheaded programs at GE that support the professional growth of women, including female-specific training and scholarships
  • Recipient of prestigious EPIC (Enhancing Perceptions in Culture) award from The White House Project
  • Formerly Chief Diversity Officer and President of GE Foundation

Companies

  • General Electric

Education

  • BA in Sociology, Louisiana State University
  • MA in Public Administration, Southern University

Bloomberg.com, WorkingMother.com, LinkedIn


 

John Elstrott

John Elstrott

Current Role

  • Former Chairman of the Board at Whole Foods Market
  • Founder at Elstrott, Maurer & Hunnewell
  • Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship

Career Highlights

  • Over 30 years of teaching at Tulane University
  • Chairman of the Board and Chair of the audit committee for Whole Foods from 1994-2017

Companies

  • Danos
  • Celestial Seasonings
  • Good2Go, LLC
  • Stewart Enterprises

Education

  • P.H.D. in Economics, Tulane University

LinkedIn


 

Sally Forman

Current Role

  • Former Acting CEO at The Idea Village

Career Highlights

  • Served as director of communications during former Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration
  • Published two books: “Eye of the Storm: Inside City Hall during Katrina” and “How They Did It: Profiles of New Orleans Entrepreneurs”
  • Owner of Sally Forman Communications

Companies

  •  The Idea Village
  • Sally Forman Communications
  • City of New Orleans

Education

  • BA, Louisiana State University

TheAdvocate, LinkedIn


 

Mike Katz

Mike Katz

Current Role

  • Investor/Founder at Tahoga LLC

Career Highlights

  • Technology investor with 15+ years of experience across all stages of company lifecycles
  • Current and/or prior investments include StubHub, Magic Leap, 23andMe, KeyMe, Dollar Shave Club, and ~30 others

Companies

  • Naspers Ventures
  • Alibaba Group
  • Battery Ventures
  • Conductor, Inc.
  • Pequot Ventures
  • Merrill Lynch & Co.

Education

  • B.S., Georgetown University
  • M.B.A., Columbia University

LinkedIn


 

Kevin Ryan

Current Role

  • Senior Executive with Natural Insights, Mission Athlete Care and IdealPaint, Inc.

Career Highlights

  • Sales and marketing agent for IdeaPaint, an innovative product that transforms any space into a dry erase surface, making collaboration accessible and effective  
  • Vice President of Field and Specialty Sales, Reebok International
  • Director of Sales Operation, Planning and Development Tambrands Inc.

Companies

  • Ryan Group
  • IdeaPaint
  • Mission Skin Care
  • Natural Insights
  • Reebok
  • TamBrands
  • Johnson & Johnson

Education

  • BS in Management, Tulane University

LinkedIn


 

Jeffrey Silverman

Current Role

  • Co-Managing Partner Laconia Capital Group L.P.

Career Highlights

  • 25 Years of experience building early stage media and technology companies
  • Holds investments in over 25 Companies such as TripleLift, ALICE, Kik, SyncOnSet Technologies, C3 Metrics and Localytics
  • Sits on the board of Homer Logistics, SyncOnSet Technologies and is a Senior Advisor at C3 Metrics

Companies

  • Laconia Capital Group, L.P.
  • Integrated Color Solutions
  • DoubleClick

Education

  • BA in History, Tulane University

LinkedIn, laconiacapitalgroup.com


 

Allen Square

Current Role

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Square Button

Career Highlights

  • Led the City of New Orleans Information and Innovation Department from 2010 to 2015
  • 15 years of experience across private, public, non-profit sectors in technology, transportation, healthcare and private equity industries
  • At Square Button, seeks to create job and ownership opportunities for young African-American men and women

Companies

  • Square Button Consulting
  • City of New Orleans, Information and Innovation Department
  • Bain & Company, Inc.

Education

  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA in Electrical Engineering, Tulane University
  • MS in Telecommunications, Southern Methodist University

Nola.com, The New Orleans Tribune, LinkedIn


 

Marianne Van Meter

Current Role

  • Managing Director and Founder of Legacy Capital

Career Highlights

  • Actively involved in providing financial advisory services to corporate clients in various industries
  • Previously served as Vice President with A.G Edwards & Sons, Inc., established their New Orleans Corporate Finance office
  • Presented lectures on the buying and selling of closely-held businesses on behalf of Millsaps College and the Cambridge Institute

Companies

  • Legacy Capital LLC
  • A.G Edwards & Sons, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Goldman Sachs

Education

  • BS in Economics, University of Iowa
  • MBA, University of Virginia

LegacyCapital.com, LinkedIn