Advisory Board Members

The following are biographies of the current members of the Angell Snyder School of Business Advisory Board:

Timothy P. Dye
Tim retired in December 2016 as VP, Supply Chain - Global Product Flow and Fulfillment, after a 36 year career with VF Corporation.(VF Corp is the world’s largest publicly held Apparel and Footwear Company with $13 B in Revenue, 160 % growth since 2005 and a reputation as strong disciplined financial managers. VF is a portfolio of 33 Brands including Lee & Wrangler Jeans, The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, JanSport, and Reef. It services a Multi-Channel market including Wholesale to the largest retailers, and its own Direct-to- Consumer business with owned stores and e-commerce)  His responsibilities included overseeing the global Logistics and Distribution organizations, providing leadership and guidance on the VF Global Network Strategy and expansion. He served on the Advisory Board of the Haslam School of Business, University of Tennessee, and is currently serving as Chair of the Angell Snyder Business School Advisory Board, Ottawa University.

Tim held a variety of Supply Chain positions across VF during his career. In 1980 he joined the Lee Company in Kansas City where he held positions in Quality Control, Product Development, Production Planning, Material Control, Purchasing, Distribution and Manufacturing. Ultimately he was named VP, Operations and led the Lee supply chain. He joined the VF Jeanswear Coalition in Greensboro, NC in 1997 as VP, Merchandising Services where he helped consolidate the Lee and Wrangler supply chains. In 2000 he joined the VF Imagewear Coalition in Nashville, TN as VP, Supply Chain consolidating the Workwear and Knitwear Coalitions. In 2005, he was named VP, VF Distribution - North America and was a charter member of VF’s first centralized Supply Chain organization. In this role, he directed the implementation of a network optimization strategy as a part of VF’s Fuel the Growth initiative. In 2014 he assumed his last role as the leader of the VF Global network. He provided strategic direction for a global network optimization managing capacity to support VF’s growth and expanding Direct-to-Consumer businesses. The network consisted of a $700 M spend for 33 Distribution Centers, and all transportation movements from product supply to customer shipments.

Tim is a native of Chicago, IL. He received his BA degree in Business Management from Ottawa University in 1980 He, and his wife Karla, have 2 daughters. They currently split time in 2 residences, Summerfield, NC and Seven Devils in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Capt. Candace Eckert, USNR
Captain Candace Eckert enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1985 and received her Direct Commission in 1991. Subsequently, she served as a Division Officer with Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 105 (MIUWU-105), followed by a Department Head tour with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. In 2000, she reported aboard Inshore Boat Unit SIXTEEN (IBU-16) as the Executive Officer.

Recalled to Active Duty in 2004 with MIUWU-103 to Kuwait, she qualified as a Small Boat Patrol Leader. Mobilized again in 2006, she deployed to Mosul, Iraq, with the US Army’s 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion. There, she led creation of Iraq’s first provincial terrorism court using traveling judges. Subsequently ordered to II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) in Fallujah, she coordinated formation of Al Anbar Province’s first terrorism court and qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Officer. While in Iraq, Eckert conducted 144 combat missions. Upon redeployment, she reported to Navy Combat Documentation Detachment 206 as the Fleet Historian for Commander, Naval Air Forces, documenting the final operational voyage of USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).

She has commanded as an O4, O5, and O6, including Maritime Expeditionary Security Division THIRTEEN, NR United States Africa Command Headquarters Det 108, and NR Office of Naval Research Det 111. In 2015 she was recalled to active duty and reported aboard the Office of Chief of Naval Personnel to lead development and implementation of Navy’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and oversee the full integration of women into Navy's previously closed combat positions.

A Joint Qualified Officer, CAPT Eckert is a Distinguished Graduate of National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School with a Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy. She also earned a MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a BS in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Service schools include USAF Joint Special Operations Staff Officer, USMC Rear Area Security, US Navy Amphibious Planning, and US Army Civil Affairs Courses. Personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Expert Pistol Medal, and various campaign, unit, and service awards.

She has held numerous civilian leadership roles, most recently Vice President, Acquisition Compliance, for a Fortune-100 global industrial company.

James Gwartney, Ph.D.
James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice, (South-Western Cengage Learning, 2014), a widely used principles of economics text that is now in its 15th edition. He is also the co-author of Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin's Press, 2010), a primer on economics and personal finance designed for the interested layperson. Throughout his career, he has published more than 100 scholarly articles. His publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics and the Journal of Economic Education and popular media such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Economic education has been a focal point of his career. In recent years, he has worked with a team to develop an exciting Economics for Life course that uses videos, interactive exercises, online readings, and PowerPoint slides to make economics come alive for even students with little initial interest in the subject. His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington.

His research has focused on the measurement and determination of factors that influence cross-country differences in income levels and growth rates. In this regard, he is the co-author of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the consistency of institutions and policies with economic freedom for more than 150 countries. This data set, published by a worldwide network of institutes in 80 countries, is widely used by scholars investigating topics ranging from economic growth to peaceful relations among nations. During 1999-2000, he served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U. S. Congress. He was invited by the incoming Putin Administration in March 2000 to make presentations and have discussions with leading Russian economists concerning the future of the Russian economy. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free market ideals. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala. He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

Hugh Whelchel
Hugh Whelchel is Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, a non-profit he founded 5 years ago committed to advancing biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society.

Over thirty years, Hugh’s unique career as a senior executive in the business world has given him the opportunity to work in a number of industries including Information Technology and Higher Education. In addition to his business acumen, Hugh has a passion and expertise in helping individuals integrate their faith and vocational calling. He is the author of How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work, released May 2012. He has also served as both the executive director and board member of The Fellows Initiative (TFI), a coalition of Post-Graduate Christian Leadership Development Programs established in key communities around the nation.

On the topic of faith and work, Hugh is frequently called upon to teach and speak on the radio, at conferences, churches, seminaries, business groups, and universities around the nation. Hugh is a contributor to The Washington Post/On Faith “Local Leaders” website and has been published on The Gospel and ByFaith Online. He has also been a guest on Moody Radio Network’s “In the Market with Janet Parshall,” Salem Radio Network, IRN/USA Radio Network, and “Truth That Transforms” (Truth in Action Ministries), among other shows.

A native Floridian, Hugh graduated from the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary before moving to Northern Virginia thirteen years ago. Hugh serves as an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America; he serves in leadership at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia and also serves on the boards of several Christian non-profits organizations. In what little spare time he has, Hugh enjoys hiking, golf and restoring old sports cars.

Tom Zender
Tom Zender has held leadership roles at General Electric and Honeywell, and has been a Senior Vice President in publicly held corporations, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed. Additionally, he was the CEO of a startup technology company and President and CEO of a global nonprofit that serves over two million people.

Tom Zender’s corporate board experience includes NASDAQ, Toronto Stock Exchange, and OTC listed public companies. He has held nonprofit board positions with Ottawa University, the Forum for Corporate Directors, and the Evolutionary Leaders.

As CEO and senior vice president he has held responsibility for:

  • Strategic Business Development
  • Marketing, Sales and Customer Support
  • Information Technology Development and Deployment
  • Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Production, Facilities Management

Tom is also a very successful author. His first two books were Amazon bestsellers in business ethics. He recently published a third book, “The Bottom Lines 2016: 52 Unforgettable Lessons in Leadership.” Tom writes for the Phoenix Business Journal. He has spoken to large audiences in over 20 countries about numerous business topics.

He is a graduate of Ottawa University with a B.A. in Business with focus areas of Leadership, Marketing, and Information Technology.
Tom lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Dr. Wendy Zender, Ph.D.

Tom’s business experience includes:

  • General Electric (NYSE listed): Manager Technical Support; large-scale computers; marketing and sales in manufacturing, financial, and technology industries; designed systems and software.
  • Honeywell (NYSE listed): Manager of Worldwide Large Systems Support; networked large scale systems; support development, marketing and sales; Manager of Large Systems Product Requirements.
  • ITT (NYSE listed): Vice President of Customer Service; computer display systems; provided field service and support to several hundred customers worldwide with a base of 30,000 systems.
  • GenRad (NYSE listed): Director of Marketing; electronic test systems; strategic planning, marketing, key customer sales and support (e.g., IBM, Kodak, GTE, U.S. Army, Xerox).

Alfonso N. Cornish
Alfonso N. Cornish is System Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development/Chief Learning Officer for Norton Healthcare. He is responsible for the leadership of Norton University. Norton University is responsible for the staff, physician, leadership and executive development programs as well as e-learning offerings. In addition, he is responsible for media services, career and succession planning as well as the diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Mr. Cornish has over thirty years experience in administrative, training, human resource and operations management. He has been in senior leadership roles in some of the most well-known companies in America including AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., Central Parking Systems Inc., 7-Eleven Food Stores, Inc., Automatic Data Processing and Hardee’s Food Systems. Most recently, he served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Lacrosse University.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors: 2014, Leadership Louisville Center Trustee of the Year Finalist; 2009 was named one of 117 Connectors in metro Louisville and Southern Indiana -'Connectors' are successful in getting things done because of their distinctive style of "trusted leadership;" 2009 Robert C. Burks Distinguished Leadership Award; 2012 and 2009 Fifth District (Kentucky & Tennessee) of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Founders’ Award; 2009 Campbellsville University Leadership Award for his national, state and local leadership in the field of healthcare; 2009 Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achievers Award; 2009 induction into the University of Maryland National Alumni Association Hall of Excellence in the areas of Business and Professional Accomplishments; appointed in 2008 a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear in recognition of his commitment to community work; 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Who’s Who in Black Louisville; 2012 & 2008 Founders’ Award, Theta Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 2007 Theta Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Man of the Year; 2006 Maryland Governor Citation for contributions to the County and State; 2005 Founder’s Award, Tau Pi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 2004 Boy Scouts of America’s Good Scout Award; 2004 Businessman of the Year, Tau Pi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 2001 Induction into the University of Maryland Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in recognition of distinction in business, management and administration; 1997 Resolutions from the Governor of Maryland, the Maryland Senate and House for contributions to the County and State; 1993 Award of Excellence from the Governor of Maryland; 1993 NAFEO Distinguished Alumni Award - University of Maryland; 1990 Prince Georgian of the Year Nominee; 1990 Man of the Year, Prince George's County, Maryland Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; 1990 Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans; 1990 Southland Corporation Outstanding Leadership Award; 1988 "Neighbor of the Week" Prince George's Post Newspaper; 1988 and 1987 Outstanding Young Men in America; 1986 Harlem YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award; 1985 Metropolitan Washington DC Minority Trade Association Business Award, and the 1983 Southland Corporation Eagle Award.

An active participant in his community, Mr. Cornish holds membership in several professional and social organizations, including the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Theta Omega Chapter); Life Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Louisville, Kentucky Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; Ye’Ole Esquire Club; Society for Human Resource Management; American Society for Talent Development; American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administrators; National Association of Health Services Executives; Associate Member, Leadership Louisville; National Institute for Healthcare Leadership Executive National Learning Network,; University of Maryland and Lacrosse University’s National Alumni Associations and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

He is the board member of the Ford NGL CEO Advisory Committee; Kentucky Derby Festival, Spalding University Board of Trustees; Jefferson County Public Schools Foundation Board; CLO Magazine’s Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board; University System of Maryland Foundation Board; University of Maryland Board of Visitors, Campbellsville University Board of Visitors, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Volunteers of America; Ivy Tech Corporate College Advisory Board; Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Healthcare EcoSystems, and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS). Mr. Cornish has a son, Alfonso II who resides in Minneapolis.

Chris Waddell
Chris Waddell always thought that the lessons he learned in sports would provide the foundation for later success. As a ski racer at Middlebury College in 1988, he had no idea how profoundly one moment could change and paradoxically enhance that conviction. On December 20th his ski popped off in the middle of a turn. He fell, broke two vertebrae, and damaged the spinal cord. Paralyzed from the waist down, he learned and achieved more than he could have imagined.

He returned to college just two months after the accident, started monoskiing in less than a year and was named to the US Disabled Ski Team a little more than two years later. With 12 Paralympic medals, he became the most decorated male monoskier in history. Also a track athlete, he’s one of a handful to have won World Championships in both the winter and the summer. He competed in four Winter Paralympics, winning 12 medals and three Summer Paralympics, winning a silver medal in the 200 meters in Sydney. In World Championship competition, Waddell won 9 total medals.

Waddell was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Paralympics Hall of Fame. The Dalai Lama honored him as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion”. People Magazine named him one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World”. Skiing Magazine placed him amongst the “25 Greatest Skiers in North America”. Middlebury College presented him with a Doctorate in Humane Letters. National Public Radio (NPR) named his 2011 commencement address to Middlebury College as one of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.”

In September of 2009 Waddell became the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. The film documenting the climb has won awards throughout the world. Chris has appeared on Dateline, Oprah and 20/20. He is the founder of the One Revolution Foundation and does his best to share the belief that, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

David C. Owen
Dave is the Chairman of The David C. Owen Leadership Institute. The Institute was founded by Dave and his wife Laura to inspire servant leaders, in 2010.

Dave has had an interesting career that included public service as State Senator and Lt. Governor of the State of Kansas. Dave was Campaign Manager for Senator Bob Dole’s U.S. Senate campaigns from 1968-1986, and in Senator Dole’s run for Vice President in 1976, and served as Senator Dole’s National Finance Chairman in his subsequent runs for President of the United States in 1980 and 1988. Dave served as Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party 1984-1986, and was a delegate to two Republican National Conventions (1976 and 1984).

He served as Chairman, CEO and owner of two banks in the Kansas City Area, one of which he chartered. Dave was also the Founder and CEO of ICOP, a company that engineered and marketed mobile-video dash cams, worldwide (NASDAQ: ICOP). Dave spent several years as Regional Manager for Stephens Inc., the largest investment bank off-Wall Street, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Stephens led many of the most interesting IPOs in US history, including Wal-Mart and JB Hunt Trucking; and Stephens financed the Tyson Foods acquisition of Holly Farms, and the New Orleans Superdome.

Dave served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 16 years; and was Chairman of their annual banquet and golf tournament, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to send disadvantaged youth to FCA summer camps.

Dave was responsible for bringing the NAIA “Champions of Character” program to Ottawa University when he served on the Kansas City Advisory Committee of the NAIA. He is a member and past President of the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. As President, he established the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) scholarship program that awards scholarships to outstanding student athletes at the BAHOF annual banquet. He currently serves as the BAHOF Scholarship Chairman.

Mike Ruchensky

Biography TBA.

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