Advisory Board

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    Carl Berquist

    Marriott International, Inc. – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    Carl Berquist is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marriott International, Inc., with responsibility for global finance, including financial reporting, project finance, global treasury, corporate tax, internal audit, and investor relations. His previous role was Executive Vice President of Financial Information and Enterprise Risk Management.

    Prior to joining Marriott in December 2002, Mr. Berquist was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP. During his 28-year career with Arthur Andersen, Mr. Berquist held numerous leadership positions covering the management of the business as well as market facing operational roles, including managing partner of the worldwide real estate and hospitality practice.

    Mr. Berquist holds a B.S. in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.



    William Lane

    Caterpillar Incorporated – Washington Director

    William C. Lane is a leading business advocate for free trade and global engagement in Washington D.C. Mr. Lane has been with Caterpillar since 1975 and is currently the company’s Washington Director for Governmental Affairs. Mr. Lane is a co-chair of the U.S. Andean Free Trade Coalition and Co-President of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

    Previously Mr. Lane founded and chaired the USA Engage Coalition and helped lead the business advocacy efforts in support of the Australia and Chile Free Trade Agreements, as well as Trade Promotion Authority. Mr. Lane is a member of the U.S. Industry Advisory Committee on Capital Goods and a Board Member of Partners for Democratic Change.

    Mr. Lane received his BA and MA degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and attended the University of Cologne in Germany. Mr. Lane is an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and a Board Member of the Penn State Smeal College Alumni Society.



    ron_morgan_150x200Ronald Morgan

    MorganFranklin Consulting – Co Founder and Board of Director

    Since co-founding MorganFranklin in 1998, Ron Morgan led all aspects of the firm’s consulting practice, including practice management, business development, client service, and personnel development. He also served as Chief Financial Officer from 1998 to 2004 and has worked closely with the executive leadership team to shape the company’s strategy and long-term vision. In May 2013, Mr. Morgan transitioned from his executive role to become an active director and advisor, focusing on building the company’s brand and developing its people and client relationships.

    Mr. Morgan holds a BS degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University. He is on the board of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) National Capital chapter and served as chapter president from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Morgan is on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. He actively participates in all MorganFranklin philanthropic activities.


    gene_riechers_150x200Gene Riechers

    EverFi – Vice Chariman

    Gene Riechers is Vice Chairman and an executive of EverFi, a leading education technology company.  Mr. Riechers has been involved in building great technology companies in the D.C. area as both an operating executive and as a venture capital investor. Previously, Mr. Riechers was a General Partner of Valhalla Partners, one of the leading venture capital firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to co-founding Valhalla Partners in 2002, he was co-founder and Managing Director of FBR Technology Venture Partners. He was named to the first AlwaysOn “Venture Capital 100″ list in 2010. Mr. Riechers is also a co-founder of the MindShare program, the leading mentoring organization for technology entrepreneurs in the greater Washington area. Prior to his venture capital life, he joined four early-stage ventures, all of which went public.

    Mr. Riechers has a BS in Accounting degree from the Penn State and an MBA from Loyola College. He has served as a guest lecturer at Penn State, Harvard Business School, University of Chicago, and Georgetown University. As a student at Penn State, Mr. Riechers was a leader in building THON, which is now the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raising over $12 million in 2013 to fight childhood cancer.


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