Ann Cramer

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Ann Wilson Cramer, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a degree in mathematics. She is serving as a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates after retiring from a long and successful career at the IBM Corporation, where she started as a Systems Engineer in Jacksonville and retired as its Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. Ann and her husband, Jeff, live in Inman Park and are active at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where Ann has served as Senior Warden of the Vestry. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Megan and Wil and his wife Lauren.

Ann’s commitment to and involvement with children and youth has been a lifelong journey. Even though she is retired from her job at IBM, she continues her work with the improvement of conditions for families and children.

In support of those priority faith and focus areas, Ann served as chair of the Atlanta Public School Superintendent Search Committee! Ann currently serves as chair of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), the ARC Educated Subcommittee and the Atlanta Partners for Education and as the past chair of the following - Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE), the Carter Center Board of Councilors, Communities- in-Schools Georgia, the Georgia Chamber’s Education Committee, Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Georgia Chapter of the International Women's Forum.

Ann is currently on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Education Committee, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Georgia Public Education Foundation. She serves on several non-profit organization boards including the Council on Foundations, Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre Company, UGA Board of Visitors, the Hands-on-Atlanta Advisory Board and the Atlanta Cities of Service board. And currently chairs the Advisory Councils for the Alliance Theatre, Imagine-It the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, TechBridge and CHRIS Kids. And she recently rotated off the boards of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Project GRAD, and Year-Up Atlanta.

Likewise, she has served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Foundations as chair of both the Policy and Corporate Committees, chair of the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council, chair of the Conference Board’s Business Education Council, the Executive Committee of both the US Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Institute for Competitive Workforce, the Independent Sector’s Membership Committee, , the Center for Corporate Citizenship Advisory Board at Boston College and the Southeastern Council on Foundations Communications Committee. BCLC awarded Ann with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in Corporate Citizenship.

In support of children, youth and education, Ann most recently chaired the Workforce Development Task Force for the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia. Ann has chaired the Governor’s Child Protective Services Task Force, served as Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Children and Youth and co-chaired the Governor's Welfare Reform Task Force, the Governor's Policy Council for Children and Families and the Grady Foundation, the Governor's Action Council for Safe Kids and led a team developing Voices for Georgia’s Children.  

The Women’s College Coalition honored Ann and Marian Wright Edelman with the first WCC Women Creating Change Award and Ann was one of 5 Georgia women to receive the first STEM Gems recognition. Ann received the YWCA Woman of Achievement honor in 2017! Recently, Ann was recognized with the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business listing and listed among Georgia Trend’s 30 Years of Influence, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service at Clayton State University and was honored with the inaugural ARC Harry West Visionary Leadership Award and the BIG Voice for Children award from Voices for Georgia’s Children. And in 2013 Ann received the prestigious Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), as well as the United Way Women’s Leadership Award and in 2009, Ann was the first to receive the “Essence of Atlanta” Award at the 41st Anniversary of Outstanding Atlanta. She was recently honored with the Georgia Center for Non-Profits 2011 Revolution Legendary Philanthropist Award and named by Atlanta Woman Magazine as the Power Woman of the Year,”25 Atlantans to Watch,” Legacy of Leadership by the Global Executive Women, inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and awarded Georgia’s 1st Visionary Leadership Award, Leadership Atlanta’s Legacy of Leadership Award, the Lexus Leader of the Arts, the Shining Star recognition from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the first Narrowing the Digital Divide Award, the Andrew Young Public Policy and Faith award, Leading Ladies and Women Making the Mark distinctions, the Georgia Council for Economic Education’s prestigious Van Landingham Award, the Urban League’s 2000 Distinguished Community Service Award, the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Outstanding Achievement in Child Advocacy and she has received the 1988 11-Alive Community Service Award, the 1983 Georgia Volunteer of the Year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Public Service Award; 1991 Alumnae Leadership Award for Salem College, and the 1990 DECA Award, one of ten outstanding business women in Atlanta.  

Ann is past chair of the United Way of Metro-Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, Research Atlanta, the Arts and Business Council; the World Class Schools Foundation; past president of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. and was selected by the YWCA for its first Outstanding Women of Achievement Recognition in 1984. She has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia and the Regional Leadership Institute, is a member of Outstanding Atlanta, and chaired Leadership Atlanta's 25th Anniversary Celebration. Also, she chaired the Volunteer Task Force for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG), was appointed the public member and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr.

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Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr., retired as Global Chief Executive Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd in September 2009, after eight years of leading the largest professional services firm in the world. Over his 36-year career at PwC, he led the U.S. firm as Chairman and Senior Partner, the Americas Tax Practice, and was a member of the Global Leadership Team. After retiring from PwC, Mr. Di Piazza joined Citigroup, where he served as Vice Chairman of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank from 2011 until February 2014. In this capacity, he served as the Senior Banker on many of the largest global clients of Citigroup, across multiple industry sectors and geographies. He also served in various leadership development roles while at Citi. He retired in 2014.

Sam currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Mayo Clinic. He serves on the Board of Directors of AT&T, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc., and ProAssurance, Inc. all NYSE listed companies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, The Inner City Scholarship Fund of New York City, and the UN Global Compact. He is a Trustee of the USA Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Executive Committee of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, a member of the Board of Seton Education Partners, Inc. and The Partnership for Inner City Education, New York City.

Sam has served as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, and is past Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council on Sustainable Development, The Conference Board, Inc., JA Worldwide, and the Financial Accounting Foundation. Sam is one of the most highly quoted members of his profession, having presented at the Munich Economic Summit, the World Economic Forum, The National Summit in Detroit, the National Press Club, the St. Gallen Symposium, and numerous academic institutions. He has been widely interviewed in print and broadcast media, including the China Daily, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and The New York Times, and is a frequent commentator on issues of corporate reporting, transparency, and the many facets of sustainable development.

Sam received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama and an M.S. from the University of Houston. He is the co-author of Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting.

Patricia L. Francy

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Patricia L. Francy is a corporate, mutual fund, foundation and not-for profit director. She served on the Board of Junior Achievement for more than a decade, chairing the Audit Committee, and is currently a Director Emerita of Junior Achievement USA. She has also been an active JA volunteer in the New York area, teaching JA Economics to sixth graders at PS 125, as well as working with the JA Job Shadow program.

As the first woman to assume the post of Treasurer at Columbia University, Patty retired from Columbia in 2005 as Special Advisor for Alumni Relations and Treasurer & Controller. She is a director of Old Westbury Funds, Inc., chairing the Nominating and Audit committees; the Matheson Foundation; the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation; and the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation. Patty also served on the Boards of Directors of Priceline.com, the Siebert Financial Corporation (until its recent sale), the Children's Tumor Foundation, the Women's Economic Round Table, and the Guttman Breast Diagnostic Institute.

Patty is an active supporter of Outward Bound USA and has previously served on its President’s Council and as Chair of the Audit Committee. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, the Economic Club of New York, the Princeton Club, the Penn Club, and the Columbia Club. Recognized by NOW as a Woman of Vision in Finance, she has received numerous honors and recognitions, including ones from Outward Bound, Respect for Law Alliance, and Lewis & Clark College, her alma mater.

Brad Geddes

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Brad Geddes is President and CEO of Zucora Inc., Canada’s leading provider of retail service programs for the home furnishings industry.

Driven by a keen interest in emerging technologies, Brad’s entrepreneurial interests have focused on providing solutions for businesses in the distribution, publishing and retail industries. Throughout his career, Brad has created several start-ups, acquired established businesses, and implemented unique exit strategies.

In 2011, the Geddes family (including Brad’s three adult children) acquired the 30-year old Zucora business and transformed it into Canada’s largest provider of product-protection programs, offering related services and associated products for the home-furnishings industry.

With a team of more than 40 employees, supporting thousands of associates across Canada, Zucora is currently pursuing its next 10X growth phase by deploying emerging technologies for the digitally connected home.

In addition to leading the Zucora team, Brad’s other interests include serving as a entrepreneurial mentor for MBA Students at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, a volunteer Board Member with Junior Achievement of London & District (JA), and as a member of JA Worldwide’s Global Council. JA is the world’s largest nonprofit educational organization that fosters work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship for young people so that they can achieve success in the global economy.

And when he isn’t traveling to various parts of the world, scuba diving, or training for the occasional triathlon, Brad and his wife, Sherry, enjoy spending as much time as they can with their family and three energetic grandsons.

Anubhav S. Goel

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Anubhav S. Goel is Executive Vice President of Client Growth Solutions, at SPINS, the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics, and consulting for the natural, organic, and specialty product industries.  

Anu works closely with all of SPINS’ clients to help them find and achieve growth. This includes working with brands on innovative growth strategies and with retailers on shopper and trend-aligned assortments. In addition, Anu heads up SPINS’ Financial clients practice, working with private equity firms, investment banks, and other financial institutions.

Prior to SPINS, Anu spent 20 years building successful consumer brands and businesses, with roles at Brand Equity Ventures, McKinsey & Company, and Beam, Inc. Anu has degrees in Finance and Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He resides in Evanston, IL, a sunny suburb just north of Chicago.

Mark Hamister

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Mark Hamister, Chairman and CEO of Hamister Group, is a proven leader with a clear vision for the future of his company. His attitude and drive define success.

Keeping his eye on the long-term future, he is determined to always excel at customer service and is anchored in a solid value structure. His commitment to research leads to a healthy recognition of when it is time to divest select product or service areas of the company. He is known for being humble enough to admit mistakes and is dedicated to community service with distinction.

Rob Klapper

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Rob Klapper is a higher -education leader deeply committed to ensuring that students have access to effective, flexible, affordable career-focused education opportunities. Rob is currently CEO of Ashworth College, an online school educating 60,000 traditionally under-served students with a unique model that enables students to graduate debt-free.

Prior to Ashworth, Rob was CEO of an early-stage lifelong learning venture during a period of significant growth and also CEO of a mid-stage online financial services firm that he and his team turned around. Rob's strategic, customer-focused perspective was developed during long stints in Marketing and General Management at Colgate-Palmolive and Charles Schwab.

Rob earned his MBA from the University of Virginia s Darden School and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He currently serves on JA Worldwide's Global Council and is an advisor to CEOs and entrepreneurs.

Walter Loewenstern, Jr.

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Dr. Walter Loewenstern was born in Houston, Texas, and served in the U.S. Navy for two years as an officer in the Civil Engineering Corp. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1961, where he spent eight years as an engineer for the Electronic Defense Lab of GT&E.  In 1969, he and three other engineers founded the ROLM Corporation, which grew to become a Fortune 500 company by manufacturing and selling computerized telephone exchanges and militarized computers.

In 1984, IBM bought the ROLM Corporation, and Walter retired from the company four years later. He is currently on the board of the Hoover Institution, is active as a venture capitalist in high-tech start-ups, and is an investor in real estate.

Walter has been active in JA for over 40 years.  He first volunteered as a consultant for several classes JA classes, which sparked his interest in JA. He then served on the board of the Santa Clara chapter of JA for a number of terms, and joined JA Worldwide in its infancy. He studied Russian, and then traveled to Russia to helped set up JA there. 

Walter has a B.A., B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University and a Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

He and his wife live in Los Angeles, and they maintain a second home in Santa Cruz, California. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Andrew McKee

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Andrew McKee has spent 30 years as a serial entrepreneur, investment banker, and private -equity and venture-capital investor. Upon graduating from college, Andrew worked as an investment manager for The Bank of New York and as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Andrew founded, grew, and sold three companies: Hear Music Inc, which was acquired by Starbucks; Overseas Adventure Travel, which was acquired by Grand Circle Travel (the largest tour operator in the United States); and Vacation.com, which was bought by Amadeus IT Group, a major Spanish IT provider for the global travel and tourism industry.

In 2004, Andrew co-founded Webster Capital, a private equity firm with $1B under management, which invests in leveraged buyouts in the consumer, business-to-business, and healthcare sectors. In 2017, Andrew transitioned back to making early-stage and angel investments, where he has an opportunity to mentor and invest in young entrepreneurs.

Maurice and Katy Ostro

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As members of Global Council of JA Worldwide, Maurice and Katy Ostro are passionate advocates of purpose-driven business. 

Maurice Ostro OBE is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who has fused the two main strands of his career in building Entrepreneurial Giving, a community to encourage entrepreneurs to embed purpose within their businesses. On the one hand, Maurice is a successful entrepreneur. His business ventures have ranged from frozen yogurt and gemstones to media distribution and airline catering. On the other hand, Maurice is a philanthropist. He founded the Fayre Share Foundation with his wife, Katy; serves as Vice Chair to the Council for Christians and Jews; and owns Collaboration House, a charitable co-working space in London. Maurice has never seen philanthropy and entrepreneurship as entirely separate and has maintained both throughout his career.

Katy Ostro studied Law at Oxford University and then went on to qualify as a solicitor at Slaughter & May. Post qualification, she worked with her husband, Maurice, to build up several businesses, focusing on marketing, communications, and legal matters. Following the sale of the businesses, Katy took on the role of Director of Legal & HR at a UK FTSE 250 Company, the only woman on the senior-management team. She recently left her corporate role to dedicate her time to helping catalyze the movement of encouraging entrepreneurs to be purpose-driven.

Katy and Maurice live in London and have three children, all in their 20s.

Art Papas

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Art Papas is the Founder and CEO of Bullhorn, Inc, the global leader in software for the recruitment industry. Art was the original architect of Bullhorn’s flagship Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, which now helps more than 7000 companies around the world run their businesses. Art is the Chairman of the Board at Career Collaborative, an organization that strives to end working class poverty. In 2014, Ernst & Young named Art an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner in New England. Prior to starting Bullhorn, Art started his career as a software engineer at Thomson Reuters.

Art is a graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

William Schawbel

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William Schawbel is the Founder and CEO of The Schawbel Corporation, a business he formed in 1981 through the acquisition of two divisions from The Gillette Company.  The Schawbel Corporation was sold in July of 2014, at which time Schawbel Technologies, LLC, was formed and includes consumer-product development and research along with the ThermaCELL Heated Insoles business.

Prior to founding The Schawbel Corporation, Bill held senior management positions with The Gillette Company, including President of Gillette-Japan and President of Braun North America.  His marketing and management experience includes significant contributions to many of Gillette’s divisions within the United States and internationally, with particular success in the areas of acquisitions and new business development.

Bill is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has served his alma mater as Trustee, Chair of the Board of Overseers, School of Veterinary Medicine, and as Co-chair of the James Brister Society.  

Bill is an alumnus of the Boston Latin School, where he has served as President of the School’s Foundation and chaired its Capital Campaign Committee. He is past chair of Junior Achievement of Northern New England, past vice chair of the Boston Museum of Science, past chair of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and was a founding board member of the Center for Women and Enterprise.  Mr. Schawbel has also chaired a number of not-for-profit engineering projects that required collaboration with global companies, such as General Electric Company and Johnson Controls, Inc.  Bill proudly served his country as a captain in the U.S. Army.

Andrew Schmahl

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Andy Schmahl is Partner and Managing Director for The Boston Consulting Group, based in Chicago. His primary industry focus is on the transportation, industrial, and private-equity sectors, where he helps clients evaluate new growth strategies and design operating model improvements.

Andy is known for his expertise in helping clients identify opportunities inherent within market disruptions, speaking recently at the Material Handling & Logistics conference in Salt Lake City on blockchain, the TIACA annual conference in Paris on Industry 4.0, the WESTAC conference in Edmonton on digital disruptions in trucking, and the ATX Conference in Chicago on the impact of 3D printing on transportation. He is frequently cited as an industry expert in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes. Andy is also the author of several articles including “2017 Commercial Transportation Trends,” “Same Day Delivery? Not So Fast,” “Future Disruptions in Transportation,” and “The Impact of Reduced Oil Prices on the Transportation Sector” in strategy+business magazine. Before joining BCG, Andy was a partner at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company).

Andy holds an MBA with distinction in Finance, Strategy, and Marketing from the Kellogg School Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the College of William & Mary.

Donna E. Shalala

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Donna E. Shalala is Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. She served as President of the Clinton Foundation from June 2015 to March 2017; President of the University of Miami from 2001 to 2015; President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987; and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. A leading political scientist, she has held professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the University of Wisconsin.

One of the most honored academics of her generation, she has been elected to seven national academies: the National Academy of Education, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Medicine.

President Clinton nominated Donna as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1993, and she served in that post for eight years. In 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Donna served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran from 1962 to 1964. In 2010, she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, recognizing her dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.

Dr. Shalala received her A.B. in history from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Brian J. Sidorsky

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Brian J. Sidorsky, a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, began his business career while a member of Junior Achievement, receiving his first lessons of business principles and success during his teenage years. Brian’s business career started in the furniture business, with the opening of his first small store in Calgary at the age of 20. Harnessing his passion and energy, Brian was able to apply the business principles learned from his days at JA. He went on to develop the largest retail furniture and appliance store in the city of Calgary, which he sold to The Brick, a large national furniture chain in 1980.

Brian then established a real estate company, Lansdowne Equity Ventures Ltd., embarking on a highly successful venture owning and managing residential manufactured-home communities. This new endeavor expanded his business enterprise to owning and managing shopping centers, in addition to developing residential subdivisions, overseeing commercial developments, and acquiring a sizable land-development portfolio.

Incorporated since 1965, Lansdowne Equity Venture has experienced rapid growth, increasing its land holdings, commercial assets, and various properties to become a highly profitable privately owned company. Lansdowne currently owns and operates eleven mobile home parks throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, owns ten shopping centers in Calgary and southern California, and holds one of the largest developable prime land banks on the outskirts of Calgary.

Brian attributes much of his success to his early days with Junior Achievement and to the philosophy of Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich written in the 1920s. Brian, always a voracious reader, enjoys books and videos on business, motivation, inspiration, and self-improvement. He applies his principles of entrepreneurship, free enterprise, and savvy salesmanship to every facet of his business life.

Brian served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, Scouts Canada, and Progressive Conservative Party, both provincially and federally. He and his wife of 47 years have three children and eight grandchildren. His lasting legacy is to provide financial literacy and business acumen to the world’s youth.

Mark Thompson

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Mark Thompson is a keynote speaker, senior executive coach, and The New York Times bestselling author. His books include Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now, Build a Great Business!; 7 Ways to Maximize Your Profits in Any Market; and Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters. Mark is the co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and an advisor to the Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked as Charles Schwab’s Chief of Staff, as Schwab's Chief Customer Experience Officer, and Executive Producer of Schwab.com.

Mark served on the faculty at the World Economic Forum and the World Business Forum, was a member of the Clinton Initiative, and was an executive coach for TED Fellows. He has been recognized by Forbes, the American Management Association, and Global Gurus. He is also a successful venture capitalist; an early investor in tech companies such as Facebook, Netflix, and Esurance; and a world-renowned authority and top speaker on leadership, driving change and innovation, sales growth, and customer and employee engagement.

Joseph J. Wintermans

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Also known as Jos, Joseph has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Connex See Service, Inc. (formerly, Cygnal Technologies Corporation) since 2005. Jos has also been Interim President and General Manager of Network Solutions Group of Cygnal Technologies Corp. since April 2006. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Life Labs, Inc., and interim Chief Executive Officer of Teranet Inc. until July 2, 2009. He has had a successful career as a top-level executive dating back more than two decades, with an impressive track record of identifying corporate inefficiencies, implementing solutions, and improving cash flow.

Jos has successfully experienced turnaround situations for a number of small to large cap companies in the telecom, financial services, retail, manufacturing, and distribution sectors. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sodisco-Howden Group Inc. from July 16, 2001 to December 2004, where his efforts contributed to a tripling of the stock price before it was sold. From 1999 to 2001, Jos served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Skyjack. From 1996 to 1997, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Cable, Ltd., and from 1988- to 1995, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Canadian Tire Acceptance Ltd. Since 1996, he served as Senior Vice-President of Diversified Business for its parent company, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), with responsibility for the CTAL, petroleum, and real estate & construction operations. He also served as Chairman of Acxsys Corporation.

Jos has been Chairman of the Board of Connex See Service, Inc. since August 31, 2007 and Manaris (2010) Corp. since June 2008. He serves as Member of Compensation Committee and Member of Executive Committee for Sodisco-Howden Group Inc. He has been Chairman of the Board of Avensys Corporation since June 2008 and has been its Director since November 15, 2005. He was also Director of Connex See Service, Inc. since November 15, 2005 and Manaris (2010) Corp. (alternate name, Manaris Corp.) since November 15, 2005. He served as Director of Sodisco-Howden Group Inc. from 1997 to December 2004; Skyjack from December 1999 to June 2001; Connex Telecommunications Corporation since November 15, 2005 and Rogers Cable Ltd., from June 1996 to May 1997.

He is a Canadian Stage Director. Mr. Wintermans received an MBA from Queens University, Master of Law from the University of Leyden, and an Honorary Fellowship from Ryerson University.