The Executive in Residence program is an initiative that invites Nicholas Center board members and other influential and accomplished business leaders to the Wisconsin School of Business to more closely involve them with the learning component of the Nicholas Center. By facilitating the sharing of their own professional experiences in the business community with students, the Executive in Residence program helps to enhance the Nicholas Center's awareness of important business problems and decisions for purposes of maintaining topical curriculum and state-of-the-art student skill sets; and, provides the visiting executive with an opportunity to attend classes or research seminars for purposes of increasing their own personal familiarity with current finance curriculum and research.

Activities and Responsibilities

Executives in Residence participants partake in a variety of activities during their stay on campus, including, but not limited to:

  • Classroom activities, including teaching, guest speaking, attending or observing various courses or seminars;
  • Curriculum enhancement activities, which involve assisting class instructors and/or the Center Directors in more fully understanding the needs and expectations of the business community with regard to the critical skill set of finance professionals, and devising methods for implementing curriculum improvements into the program;
  • Academic research activity, including meetings with finance and other functional area faculty to discuss any topics of mutual business and research interest, or attending academic seminars; and,
  • Mentoring activities, including one-on-one meetings with students to discuss career goals and opportunities, as well as conducting mock interviews.

The following finance professionals have participated in our Executive in Residence Program:

Patricia Ackerman
Vice President, Investor
Relations and Treasurer,
A.O. Smith Corporation

Scott Ackerman
Nicholas 2003
Finance Director, Export Markets, Heineken Caribbean

Mary Amor
Nicholas Board Member
Director, M&A, Siemens

Bruce Anfindsen
Nicholas Board Member
Managing Director, INTL Provident Group

Doug Baird
Nicholas Board Member
Chairman of Equity Capital Markets for the Americas, Citigroup

Rodney Behm
Nicholas 2009
Senior Financial Analyst, HP

Mark Berman
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Gary Bischoping
Vice President & Treasurer, Dell

Margaret Bogenrief
Partner, ACM Partners

Ross Bogenschneider
Nicholas 2010
Lead Financial Analyst – Corporate, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Barbara Bolens
Nicholas Board Member
Vice President & Treasurer, Joy Global

Ben Braun
Nicholas Board Member
Managing Director in M&A, Merrill Lynch & Co.

Mike Bress
Managing Director, Shorewood Advisors, LLC

Andy Bruno
Nicholas 2009
Senior Financial Analyst, Best Buy

Steve Carter
Nicholas Board Member
Corporate Controller, SC Johnson

Bruce Cohen
Nicholas Board Member
Principal and Consumer Goods Industry Leader  - Global Private Equity Services, Kurt Salmon Associates

Gary Cole
Nicholas Board Member
Managing Director, Antares International Partners, Inc.

Don Condon
Nicholas Board Member
Retired Sr. VP – Olefins and Corporate Business Development, Westlake Chemical

Robert Destromp
Nicholas 2008
Operations Manager, SC Johnson

Ryan Douglas
Senior Finance Manager, Ecolab

Dennis Duerst 
Nicholas Board Member
Director of Benefits Fund Investments, 3M

Cathy Durham
Nicholas Board Member
Vice President, Capital Valuation

Kim Fleissner
Senior Finance Manager, Shopbop

Rick Fleming
Nicholas Board Member
Retired Executive VP and CFO
USG Corporation

Kirk Geadelmann
Nicholas Board Member
Controller, Best Buy

Phill Gross 
Nicholas Board Member
Managing Director, Adage Capital Management

Patrick Hammes
Nicholas 2007
Nicholas Board Member
Managing Director, Hammes Holdings

Trish Hansen
IB Director, R.W. Baird

Brad Hanson
Nicholas 2009
Financial Analyst, Johnson Controls

David Harkavy
Nicholas 2000
Consultant, Robinwood Consulting

John Haushalter
Senior Financial Analyst, Shopbop

Phil Hoffman
Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions

Aaron Holt
SC Johnson

Chris Hornung
CEO, Next Testing

Daniel Howell
Mesirow Financial

John Hulbert
Nicholas Board Member
Director – Investor Communications, Target

Michael Jamison
Nicholas 2003
Managing Member, MIVIJA, LLC

David Johnson
Partner, ACM Partners

Fred Johnson
Managing Director at Middle Market Investment Bank, William Blair

Heather Johnston
Ceo, Find My Spot

Jaime Joynt
Senior Financial Analyst, SC Johnson

Steven Kennedy
Senior Vice President/Regional Manager
Lancaster Pollard

Justin Karnes
Senior Finance Manager, Lands' End

Peter Kies
Nicholas Board Member Emeritus
Managing Director, R.W. Baird

Sean Klett
Finance Manager, Ecolab

Jenna Kraska
Kinesiologist, Next Testing

Tim Krause
Nicholas Board Member
Associate Director, Finance

Susan Kreh
Nicholas Board Member
Vice President, Corporate Controller,
Johnson Controls

Bill Krugler
Nicholas Board Member
Retired Managing Director, Mason Wells

Linsey Lauritzen
Nicholas 2011
SC Johnson

Mike Leske
HR Director, Johnson Controls

Craig Lewis
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Alex Maia
Managing Director, RBS Global Banking & Markets

Mary Martin
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, USG Corporation

Tim Matheson
RW Baird

Terry Maxwell
Adjunct Professor, Wisconsin MBA, (Retired Managing Director at RW Baird)

Luis Miraglia
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Dave Mirsberger
Financial Controller – Acquired Companies
SC Johnson

Roberto Morales
Nicholas Board Member
Nicholas 2001
Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager
Adage Capital Management

Ben Morales
Nicholas 2003
Director, Ethnic Strategies, United Health Group

Mindy Mount
Nicholas Board Member
President, Jawbone

Karen Murphy
CFO, Chicago Bears

Dan Musielewicz
Nicholas Board Member
Senior Manager - Services and Distribution Sourcing, Direct Supply, Inc.

David Nagel
Executive Vice President of BP America Inc., BP

Joel Nelson
Nicholas Board Member
Director, Alliances & Innovation, General Mills

Grant Nicholson
Vice President and Treasurer, AMD

Judd Nystrom
Nicholas Board Member
CFO, Garden Ridge

Andy Olen
Nicholas Board Member
Vice President Global Commercial Operations

Dan Olszewski
Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

Dan Oros, Kleiner-Perkins

Scott Peck
Nicholas 2007
Senior Financial Analyst, HP

Aneesh Prabhu
Nicholas 2001
Director, Standard & Poor's Credit Markets

Anita Pramoda
Board Director, Allscripts

Asad Rahman
SC Johnson

Nick Rauer
Nicholas 2007
Family Care Plant Accounting Manager, P&G

Bill Reiland
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Annika Reinemann
Managing Director, Brittan Park Valuation

Kris Scheihing
Nicholas 2001
Global Beauty & Grooming CBD Finance Manager, P&G

Chirag Sheth
Director of Revenue, Epic Systems Corp.

Mark Stuart
Nicholas 2007
Senior Financial Analyst, Ecolab

Tom Tefft
Nicholas Board Member
Senior Vice President and President
Neurmodulation, Medtronic

Adam Trigg
Nicholas Board Member
Nicholas 2007
Director, UBS Investment Bank

Jeff Tryon
DISH Network

Ashok Vishnubhakta
Vice President, Macquarie Bank Limited

Kevan Wooden
Johnson Controls

Jeff Yurcisin
Nicholas Board Member
Director, Amazon Clothing / GM and President Shopbop