Founder & CEO
Bill Shepard is the Founder and CEO of COO Forum, a 15-year-old professional development association for Second-in-Command Executives. He founded the COO Forum in 2004 expressly to enable COOs and Second-in-Command Executives to have an opportunity to learn and problem-solve with their peers.
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Executive Vice President
Laura Weikle brings extensive organizational management experience to the COO Forum. She spearheads chapter growth and development, manages member services, oversees the administrative functions of the association, and works directly with CEO Bill Shepard overseeing the association's day-to-day operations.
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EASTERN REGION CHAPTER DIRECTORS
Larry Stybel is a licensed doctoral-level psychologist, co-founder of two companies, a national expert on corporate governance/leadership and careers. He and his partner Maryanne Peabody are co-authors of monthly perspectives on leadership published in Psychology Today and downloaded 240,000 times. They are co-authors of Navigating the Waterfall, a book on leadership in the 21st Century. One of Larry's companies focuses on providing leaders for Board of Directors. Another company focuses on Leadership & Career Success. Larry received his doctorate from Harvard University.
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Monique Gaw is a senior financial and general management leader who can assess situations and determine the impact of decisions on market value and overall business success. She has served as COO for a diversified energy development and integration company serving public and private sector clients around the world. Monique started her career on Wall Street where she established global expertise in financial services—and moved on to Washington where she became a regulatory expert to ensure company operations and interests are served by regulation both domestically and abroad.
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Originally from Sweden, Gunilla Girardo has spent most of her career in the United States helping companies and organizations grow and succeed. She is a results-driven and agile—internationally recognized—leader backed by strong market development skills and a vast network. She has a keen entrepreneurial understanding of the possibilities of growth and transformation by understanding, identifying, and capturing emerging markets and needs—all while helping companies find talent, meaning and building a foundation for success.
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Gwen Kinsey helps people navigate the gap between the way things used to be and our fast-emerging future. She facilitates leadership meetings that explore strategic direction, workshops designed to help people navigate the inevitable challenges that arise from organizational change and leadership executive coaching that supports change makers. Gwen incorporates holistic practices that help people learn as they go. Her workshop expertise includes developing soft skills, the dynamics of change management, building collaborative teams and experiential, natural systems approaches for collaborative problem solving.
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Lisa J. Kuruvilla
New York City, New York
Lisa Kuruvilla brings 20+ years of C-level experience and certifications as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, Certified Master/Executive Coach from MentorCoach, and as Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Lisa applies real-world experience in her executive coaching practice, and consulting services on organizational assessments, developing transformational strategies, succession planning, and building highly resilient business operations and leadership teams.
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Maryanne Peabody is co-founder and Vice President of Stybel Peabody. As an organization development consultant, she has assisted companies in the areas of leadership effectiveness and career management since 1981. One of Maryanne's areas of expertise is assisting individuals rising through the professional ranks to become leaders without their having received specific education in management. Maryanne has been a guest on various national and local TV and radio programs to discuss career issues. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Boston Globe.
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SOUTHERN REGION CHAPTER DIRECTORS
Gina Folk bridges the gap between operational agility and leadership abilities. She finds that too many organizations compartmentalize departments, work in silos – not fully understanding their purpose which creates massive waste and chaos. Productivity and profit are gushing out of these companies. Gina takes her 20+ years of corporate experience working with people, process and change to help small to medium size businesses become more operationally efficient, eliminating waste and increasing productivity and profits.
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Richard Mays Owen
Austin & San Antonio, Texas
Richard Mays Owen's most recent 20-years consulting in business analysis, process improvement, and compliance has exponentially enhanced the previous 20-years of excellence in business-to-business relationship building and strategic decision making critical to leadership success. In 2008, Richard earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a dissertation and published work in Business Ethics, followed by designing and teaching Risk Management & Organizational resiliency in Cybersecurity. Richard is now bringing his education, experience, and network exclusively to the board room by founding Top Board Advisor.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Chaks Karuturi is an experienced Consultant in Business Process improvement, Strategic/Financial Planning and Performance management, with over 30 years of leadership, operational and international experience in premier companies, namely Xerox, Bank of America, AT&T and IBM.
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Rick Kloete has more than 25 years of recruiting, search, talent acquisition, sales, sales leadership, and coaching experience. Rick has extensive global and national sales and management experience with Siemens, AT&T, NEC, GTE, Lucent Technologies, Verizon, AVAYA and leadership roles with Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Association of Sales Professionals, Toastmasters International, Wholesalers, Professional Associations and community and non-profit organizations.
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Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Percy Cannon is an executive coach, leadership consultant, author and speaker. He is an "alumnus" from three multinational corporations, P&G, IBM and Microsoft. He leverages his close to three decades of corporate, executive-level experience to coach corporations within the Americas in leadership, career and personal development. Percy is a Certified Professional Coach from Wainwright Global, an Authorized Partner for "The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team," and "Everything DiSC" methodologies, and a certified "Go-Giver" speaker & coach. Percy has lived in seven different cities and five countries, and speaks Spanish (native) and Portuguese fluently. He's a passionate runner and reader.
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Alicia Butler Pierre
Alicia Butler Pierre is the founder and CEO of Equilibria, Inc., a 14-year-old operations management firm specializing in business infrastructure for fast growing small businesses. Alicia has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, an MBA from Tulane University, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Combined, her content has over half a million views across various online platforms. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure: Curing Back Office Blues podcast. She's also the author of the Amazon bestseller, Behind the Facade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success. Committed to doing the right things the right way, Alicia's mantra is "to leave it better than you found it."
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MIDWESTERN REGION CHAPTER DIRECTORS
Adam Kaplan is a retained executive search consultant who helps mid-market CEOs grow their companies faster and better by hiring a COO who fits. Prior to his time in search, Adam served as a Regional COO for a Dental Services Company acquired by Morgan Stanley Private Equity, and as an organization design consultant at PwC.
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Cathy Lieberman is an executive coach, facilitator, change management consultant and a skilled public speaker. With 25 years of corporate and non-profit experience, she coaches individuals and teams in leadership, career and skill development. Cathy serves as a board member for World Chicago and as a Mentor for the Leadership Circle of the Executives Club of Chicago and is certified in Coaching for Learning and Performance from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
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Margaret Ricci is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Strategies, LLC. Margaret is the first triple-qualified Gallup Coach in the Twin Cities area. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Gallup BP10 Coach, and Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Champion. Margaret uses a broad knowledge gained from over 30 years in business at multiple levels. She understands the needs of business owners to develop themselves as leaders to build strong teams and businesses that benefit their clients and employees. Margaret also has a keen interest in helping leadership teams excel, getting past problematic conflicts, and becoming more productive in their interactions with one another.
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MOUNTAIN REGION CHAPTER DIRECTORS
Isabella Zaczek utilizes her 18-years experience supporting Fortune 500 and other global companies, to leverage the potential of their sales and operations teams to increase profits and loyalty while lowering organizational friction and costs. Isabella's endeavor is to mind and bridge the gap between the key stakeholder teams in the customer service life cycle, to improve internal engagement and dedication, and increase customer sales and loyalty. Having led 120+ people strong global customer operations teams across Europe, Asia, North, Latin- and South-America, performing various roles in Customer Operations, Sales, Service Delivery, System and People Training and Coaching, Program and Bid Management, Isabella comprehends what organizations need from their internal teams.
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WESTERN REGION CHAPTER DIRECTORS
San Francisco & Silicon Valley, California
Bill Shepard is the Founder and CEO of COO Forum, a 14-year-old professional development association for Second-in-Command Executives. He founded the COO Forum in 2004 expressly to enable COOs and Second-in-Command Executives to have an opportunity to learn and problem-solve with their peers.
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San Francisco, California
Aiphi Wang is a senior finance executive, developing finance and accounting functions by recruiting talents, setting up processes and implementing new systems. She has enabled growth, analytics, and strategic development at multiple VC-backed companies. She has also worked at a Fortune 300 company and PwC transaction services on IPO and M&A deals. She holds a Masters in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley and is a CFA and CPA.
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San Diego, California
Felicia Lyon is an accomplished human capital professional and trusted advisor with 20 years' experience; 11 of those years at one of the largest consulting firms. She brings a hands-on approach, backed by leading practices, to develop and deliver organization effectiveness solutions to drive her clients' key business objectives. She has expertise in executive coaching, organization design, competency modeling, performance management, leadership alignment, and organizational change management. Her track record of success spans across industries to include Energy, Life Sciences, Technology, and State and Federal government.
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Paul Herrerias has more than 21 years in retained executive search and coaching for high-performance business teams. Previously he worked as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche, and as an entrepreneur. Paul’s focus is serving his clients so they can be better achieve their organizational goals by having the right people on the team, in the right role, at the right time. Additionally, he teaches on the topics of ethics, leadership, and career success.
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Rich Horan, a former Air Force Colonel, provides extensive leadership and operations expertise gained over 28-years in a wide variety of global management roles. Currently he provides cognitive diversity and insight to entrepreneurs and organizations as a coach, mentor and angel investor. A national Association of Corporate Directors Board Fellow, Rich is an independent board member of a private company, serves on the Yolo County Financial Oversight Committee and served as a not-for-profit board member.
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Silicon Valley, California
Juan Montermoso is an executive consultant in Marketing and Leadership Development. Juan enables high-tech organizations to reach, touch, and retain their best customers through effective marketing planning and implementation. Juan also is a professor of Practice in Marketing at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and is a core faculty member and mentor at Silicon Valley TVLP (Technology Venture Launch Program).
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Ralph Young is partner of Top Gun Ventures, a premier global executive search firm that specializes in recruiting proven executive GameChangers. With a background in a variety of vertical markets at Microsoft, including executive leadership positions within multi-billion dollar business units, Ralph understands what it takes to build and run a world-class organization across a wide array of markets.
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Orange County, California
Petra Matern-Russell is an International Business Training Executive, Culture Consultant, and Triple-Certified Leadership Coach. Petra's work is a 'guidance-from-within-approach' that involves a commitment to act skillfully in the present moment and making intentions for future actions to achieve extraordinary and sustainable success. She partners with individuals and organizations to create real breakthroughs in performance by leveraging her expertise in building an authentic culture to increase employee engagement and her background in Design Thinking to drive change and inspire a bias to action.
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Duncan Brand is a Leadership and Talent Executive offering 20+ years of success cultivating top talent, steering talent development initiatives, and positioning succession planning as a strategic tool for the organziation. Duncan transforms culture for Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and small- to mid-sized enterprises through Talent Management, Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Program Management and Human Resource expertise.
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Snapper LaGrone has 23 years of executive leadership across multiple Fortune 500 companies with international exposure. Snapper has an engaging and successful track record in transformational leadership combined with unique ability to navigate international staffing models focusing on cultural diversity and social perceptions. He has 20 years of experience in executive training and coaching. Snapper is known as an inspirational, honest, and engaging leader with a legacy of mentored individuals who are successful in their fields.
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Marvell C. Allen
Marvell C. Allen is Owner and Principal, of Millennium Career Advantage, LLC, a professional leadership development and executive coaching practice, started in 2010. Marvell is an expert at delivering executive, management, and staff development programs with passion and commitment, focused on supporting organizational objectives. Marvell is known as a key strategic partner for senior executives and cross-functional teams to help achieve business imperatives. Additionally, she is a sought-after business facilitator who assists teams and organizations with solving their most critical challenges. Marvell holds several coaching certifications and has worked with both domestic and global teams. Current and past clients have included companies and organizations in technology, banking/financial services, hospitality, municipalities, and the US Government.
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INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER DIRECTORS
Montreal, QC, Canada
Alain Gardner is the ‘go to’ person in the fields of high-performance teams, change management, performance management and business transformation (from strategy to bottom-line results). Alain has over 25-years leading businesses through change by training/coaching of management, employees and teams into surpassing their own perceived limits. He is experienced with large, medium and small businesses with international experience in North America, South America and Europe.
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London, United Kingdom
Geoff Shorter is a vastly experienced recruiter and sales manager with an enviable track record of high performance. As a professional recruiter with a strong commercial background and former owner and manager of two recruitment enterprises, Geoff supports SMEs with growth, cash flow management, corporate governance and compliance, recruitment and retention, and coaching and mentoring. He currently works with start-up businesses within the recruitment industry, and in the personal development and training industries.
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Brad Horan is the founder and director of Lucrature-Financial Peak Performance. Brad helps business executives get out from under the day-to-day management of their companies by putting the management infrastructure in place that teaches the business to manage itself. Brad has an extensive career in management accounting and global business transformation with such firms as HSBC, MetLife, Vodafone and Otis Elevator.
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