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Ms. Ashley Altenbach

Dorsey Alston Realtors
100 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

Ms. Ashley Altenbach

Ashley is a graduate of Ole Miss MBA (2010) and also received her Bachelor’s in Finance (2009). Upon graduation, Ashley moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in residential real estate. Ashley is a realtor with Erin Yabroudy & Associates at Dorsey Alston, Realtors. Her team specializes in intown Atlanta real estate sales and sold over $60 million in real estate transactions in 2015, making them the #1 large team at Dorsey Alston. Ashley balances her success with community involvement such as Junior League, the Chastain Horse Park, and the Ole Miss Assistantship Committee. Ashley brings experience in finance, real estate, and marketing in one of Atlanta’s most dynamic and growing areas.

Mr. Stephen Altenbach

Finance Manager, US Store Analytics
The Home Depot Corporation
2455 Paces Ferry Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

Mr. Stephen Altenbach

Stephen is a graduate of Ole Miss MBA (2010) and also received his Bachelor’s in Finance from Ole Miss (2009). Stephen is a manager in the strategic analytics group at The Home Depot. Stephen leads more than 4 teams and has experience identifying $60 million actional opportunities across multiple functions within his organization. Stephen is a member of the Ole Miss MBA Assistantship Committee and brings and analytics/strategy skillset from a prestigious organization. Stephen, along with his wife and fellow-board member Ashley, founded the Ole Miss MBA golf tournament that now provides assistantships to candidates each year

Ms. Allyson Best

Office of Technology Commercialization
University of Mississippi
303 Barr Hall
University, MS 38677
Ex Officio

Ms. Allyson Best

Allyson Best currently serves as the Director for the Division of Technology Management in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at The University of Mississippi. She has been employed at Ole Miss for 23 years and her work includes market analysis, intellectual property protection and business development for technologies out the university. She earned her B.S. in Marketing from Clemson University and her M.B.A. in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management from The University of Mississippi. Allyson and her husband, Brad Best (UM JD), live in Oxford with their two daughters, Aubrey & Lauren.

Mr. Brandon Blewett

Director of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions
Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (NASDAQ – SIC)
400 Galleria Parkway Suite 1760
Atlanta, GA 30339
(470) 548-7131
Board President

Mr. Brandon Blewett

Brandon is Select Interior Concept’s Director of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions

Blewett, a Texas native, received undergraduate degrees in marketing and English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina and completed his MBA at the University of Mississippi in 2010. He worked as a legal analyst for Baker Botts LLP in Houston; practiced mergers & acquisitions tax and strategy consulting at KPMG LLP in Atlanta, and worked in mergers & acquisitions delivering deal value at PwC. Blewett recently began working as the director of corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions at Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (NASDAQ - SIC). Blewett is an active mentor for students in the Ole Miss MBA program; remains active in both SMU and Ole Miss Atlanta Leadership Councils and serves on various committees and volunteer boards at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. He maintains membership with the 43 Society at the George W. Bush Presidential Foundation and the Future Business Leaders of America. 

Brandon currently serves the Ole Miss MBA Board of Directors as its President, with previous board engagement as Membership Committee Chairman and co-chairing the Professional Development Program. The Professional Development program created a marked rise in ranking and reputation for Ole Miss MBA, where it rose to rankings as high as #67 in Bloomberg.  As Membership Chair, Brandon grew the MBA board size by 80% and expanded its ability to provide supplemental programming to current MBA candidates. Brandon received the 2019 MBA Outstanding Young Alumnus award. 

Ms. Charlotte Caudill

SLED Field Marketing Manager
1740 Technology Drive, Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95110

Charlotte Caudill

Charlotte Caudill graduated from Ole Miss in 1995 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She spent time working in the advertising industry before returning to Ole Miss for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She graduated in 2000 with an emphasis in Human Relations and Marketing.

After receiving her MBA, Charlotte began her career in IT working to increase sales opportunities through marketing campaigns. She has spent the last 10 years focused on the public sector. She has worked for Electric Data Systems (EDS) and Hewlett – Packard (HP). She currently works for Nutanix marketing their Enterprise Cloud Platform to state, local and education organizations.

Charlotte and her husband Bill live in Dallas, TX and are an SEC family and avid baseball fans.

Mr. West Cook

Founder / Owner
Cook Builders, LLC
P.O. Box 150266
Nashville, TN 37215

Mr. West Cook

West has been in the construction business for 13 years in the custom residential space. West is a native Nashvillian and is very active in the community. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. He then graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduating and working for 10 years in the electronic payment industry, West earned a MBA at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. West and his wife have 4 school age children.

Mr. Justin Croft

Predictive Analytics Practice Leader
Board Professional Development Committee
5136 Saratoga Drive
Jackson, MS 39211

Mr. Justin Croft

Mr. Croft joined Revelwood in 2015 as practice leader for predictive analytics. He is responsible for all design and delivery of predictive analytics solutions for Revelwood clients nationwide.

Previously, Mr. Croft led the big data and analytics team at C Spire Wireless, where he was responsible for driving gross and net sales using predictive analytics. He was recognized by both IBM and InformationWeek for having the most innovative business analytics project of 2014, and is the recipient of the Association of National Advertisers’ 2014 Marketing Analytics Leadership Award, which recognized the most advanced analytics program nationally.

Previously at C Spire, Mr. Croft was the Manager of Financial Analysis and Planning, where he was responsible for reporting financial performance to senior management and planning for long-term strategy development. Before joining C Spire, Mr. Croft was a Senior Financial Analyst with AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, TN.

Mr. Croft holds two degrees from the University of Mississippi, including a Masters of Business Administration. He currently lives in Jackson, MS with his family.

Dean Ken Cyree

Dean, School of Business
University of Mississippi

Dr. Walter Davis

Faculty Director of MBA Program
School of Business Administration
The University of Mississippi
345 Holman Hall
University, MS 38677

Dr. Walter Davis
Mr. Hundley Elliotte

Chief Executive Officer
PW Minor Shoe and Boot Company (A Tidewater Company)
1860 Anjaco Road
Atlanta GA, 30309
(B) 404-434-5020

Mr. Hundley Elliotte

Hundley Elliotte is a Managing Director in the Accenture Strategy Practice and serves as the Operations Strategy practice lead for the South East Region. Hundley has worked extensively with firms across many industries and government agencies to improve his clients Operating Strategy performance. 

Hundley has published a number of thought capital pieces including the June of 2011 book publication through McGraw Hill titled: Building High Performance Government through Lean Six Sigma – a Leader’s Guide to Creating Speed, Agility and Efficiency

Hundley graduated from Ole Miss in 1985 with a business degree and received his MBA from the Kelly School of Management at Indiana University. He lives in Atlanta GA with his wife Amy and Son Hundley Jr. Personal interest include Ole Miss Football, Golf and Wake Surfing.

Mr. Austin Ellis

Vice President
Par Land & Timber Investments, LLC
Jackson, MS

Mr. Austin Ellis

Austin Ellis is Vice President at PAR Land & Timber Investments, LLC. Austin earned his BBA in 2008 and MBA in 2010 at The University of Mississippi. Upon graduation, he gained valuable experience working extensively on key operational, financial, and IT directives as a Financial Analyst for TruGreen in Memphis, TN before leaving to start a third party distribution and fulfillment business. Currently, he is managing a family-owned business, investing in property tax liens and commercial & residential real estate.

Mr. Eli Gross

Strata Management, LLC
Hughes Oil South, LLC
P. O. Box 608
Oxford, MS 38655

Mr. Eli Gross

Eli Gross is from Oxford, as his father has been teaching psychology at the University of Mississippi since 1986. After graduating from Lafayette High School, Eli attended Ole Miss for both his BA in psychology and his MBA. There was no master plan, but a family friend felt that the psychology background coupled with an MBA might open some doors in a wide variety of fields. Since graduation, he has worked mostly in finance, with experience in receivable financing and traditional retail banking. Currently, Eli works in Oxford for a small company with oil and gas interests. He and his wife Kate have two children, Ellie Lynn and Walter.

Mr. Patrick Kieffer

Programs Office Chief
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Board President, Professional Development Committee

Mr. Patrick Kieffer

Mr. Kieffer joined the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in 2009 as a Research Mechanical Engineer in the Survivability Engineering Branch of the Geotechnical and Structure Laboratory.  In 2017 he joined the Military Engineering Office of Technical Directors as an Associate Technical Director.  In July of 2018 he was selected as the Chief of the ERDC Programs Office.  Prior to joining ERDC, he began working for FMC Technologies as a Design Engineer in Tupelo, Mississippi in 2008.

Mr. Kieffer has conducted research for multiple projects supporting the warfighter through researching and understanding weapons effects and developing and improving survivability solutions.  Specifically, this work has involved developing solutions to mitigate terminal effects of mortars, Improvised Explosives Devices, small arms, and large blast and penetrating weapons.  Mr. Kieffer graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2007 while also fulfilling all of the requirements to become a graduate of the Sally M. Barksdale Honors College.  He also received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi in 2008.  

He is a member of the professional societies the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Mississippi MBA Program and previously served as the Professional Development Committee Chair and the President.  He is a certified Project Management Professional, has published numerous technical reports and is a registered Engineer Intern in the state of Mississippi.

Ms. Julianna Kirkland

6000 Poplar Avenue, Suite 216
Memphis, TN 38119
901.333.2250 direct
901.498.9086 mobile
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianna-kirkland-707ba7123

Julianna Kirkland

Julianna is a double graduate of the University of Mississippi, holding both Bachelor’s (2007) and Master’s (2009) degrees in Accountancy. Her professional career began in 2009 as a Staff Accountant at a law firm in Dallas, and she moved to Houston after a year to be closer to family. There Julianna joined a food distribution company as a Staff Accountant and left after three years to pursue a different role. She joined an Oil and Gas company as an Intercompany Accountant and received several promotions in her three years with the company. In April of 2016, Julianna's family moved to the Memphis area in large part to be closer to Oxford. In an attempt to find an Accounting role, Julianna met with a Recruiter for Vaco and ended up being invited to join their staff. She now lives in Collierville with her husband Russ (also an Ole Miss grad) and toddler Katherine (future Ole Miss grad).

Mr. Ben LaRue

Financial Analyst
WYNIT Distribution, LLC
2 W Washington Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Mr. Ben LaRue

Ben LaRue is a financial analyst at WYNIT Distribution, LLC.

Prior to working at WYNIT, Ben worked with SYNNEX Corp.  As an underwriter, he was fully engaged in the negotiations in the program structure and risk management of the $300 million retail portfolio. Subsequently, Ben became the supervisor of all the Beats by Dre distribution channel, responsible for the onsite negotiations with all major North American retailers sourcing Beats by Dre.

Ben is a graduate for the Ole Miss MBA program and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Ms. Ashley McGee

Director of MBA Program
School of Business Administration
The University of Mississippi
320 Holman Hall
University, MS 38677

Ms. Ashley Jones

Ashley McGee is the Director of MBA Administration. She is a Business School alumni and received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi in 2004. She earned a Master’s in Higher Education in 2010 while working as Coordinator of Student Services at the Southaven campus.

Originally from Olive Branch, MS, Ashley worked at the University’s DeSoto campus for seven years and had the pleasure of working closely with Northwest Mississippi Community College to promote their 2+ 2 partnership. She chaired the UM DeSoto Scholarship Committee and was involved in establishing the Bonnie Buntin 2+2 Scholarship Endowment. As a student advocate, she formed an Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter to recognize outstanding GPAs of nontraditional students and served as chapter advisors for several student organizations.

In 2013, she moved to Oxford, MS upon accepting the MBA Director position. Her higher education interests involve service learning, student retention, and student support.

Community Involvements past & present include: Economic Development Council & Leadership Desoto (Chairman in 2010), Rebel Club Board, Chamber/ LOU activities and volunteering with Palmer Home and the Humane Society.

Mr. Mac Monteith

Monteith Construction, LLC
PO Box 2821
Oxford, MS 38655

Mac Monteith

Principal of Monteith Construction, LLC and a variety of property development entities. He has worked in every facet of commercial and residential real estate development; including land development, building construction, brokerage, and management. Mac received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi in liberal arts in 2000. After a year of working in the commercial construction business in Austin, Texas, he returned to Oxford to complete his MBA in 2002. Following graduation, he began working for White Construction Company as a project manager on the Ole Miss Football Indoor Practice Facility. In 2006, he started his first development company catering to commercial and retail clients. Those operations have expanded in scope and geography to include acquisitions, residential development, homebuilding, and commercial construction. Mac and his wife Elizabeth live in Oxford with their three children.

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Moutoux

IT Manager, Planning & Scheduling
International Paper
1740 International Drive
Memphis, TN 38197

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Moutoux

Charles (Charlie) Moutoux is currently the IT Manager for Production Scheduling and Transportation Planning at International Paper.  His approach to leadership is driven by a strong desire to develop and grow others and a passion to achieve success through the success of his team. Mr. Moutoux obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.  Since graduating from the Ole Miss MBA Program, Mr. Moutoux has spent 15 years in various leadership roles with International Paper. Outside work, Mr. Moutoux enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, enjoying the outdoors, and attending Ole Miss football games. 

Mr. Andrew Nail

Senior Merchandising Analyst
AutoZone, Inc.
123 South Front Street, Dept. 9015
Memphis, TN 38103
Board Professional Development Chairman
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgnail

Mr. Andrew Nail

Andrew Nail is a Senior Merchandising Analyst for AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned both his Master of Business Administration (2011) and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing (2009) from The University of Mississippi. Andrew was first introduced to AutoZone through a campus career fair after submitting his resume for the MBA Resume Book. Currently, Andrew serves as the Chairman for Professional Development, overseeing the same MBA Resume Book which jumpstarted his career along with several student workshops focused on resumes, interview skills, and offers.

Andrew currently serves as the Chairman for Professional Development and Mentoring. He was recognized as the Outstanding Young MBA Alumnus in 2016 and was voted onto the board in 2014 as the youngest member in the history of the MBA Advisory Board.

Andrew also serves on the Ole Miss Career Center Employer Advisory Board, actively recruits from Ole Miss, and serves as a mentor in AutoZone’s Navigator program for summer interns.

Andrew is a native of Grenada, Mississippi, and currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mr. Mickey Paduda

Managerial Consultant
Paduda, Inc.
1739 Saint Ann Street
Jackson, MS 39202

Mr. Mickey Paduda

Mickey Paduda graduated from the Ole Miss MBA program in 2001.  Upon graduation, he began his consulting career at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting within the Oracle Financials practice. He continued his early career at KPMG Consulting/BearingPoint until going independent in 2004 at which time he began Paduda, Inc. For the last eight years, Mickey has been part of the Defense Agencies Initiative which is a critical Department of Defense (DoD) effort to transform the budget, finance, and accounting operations of most DoD agencies.  His current role is Procure-to-Pay lead.  

Mickey lives in Jackson, MS, with his wife, Kim, and their 3 children: Georgia (6), Mack (4) and Elis (1). 

Mr. Joe Pegram

Southeastern Retail Development
607 S. 16th Street
Oxford, MS 38655

Mr. Joe Pegram

Joe joined Southeastern Retail Development in early 2017 after 10 years in the commercial real estate brokerage industry. He started his career in Washington, DC with a boutique, family real estate firm before moving to Oxford, Mississippi and serving 8 years as vice president and associate broker of Randall Commercial Group. Joe brings a unique perspective to the development sector having worked on deals in 7 states and the District of Columbia. His primary focus was the creation of investment sales by working closely with developers to identify and create development opportunities, manage the process, and dispose of the asset. Joe has experience with single tenant build to suits, preferred developer programs, and the planning and development of multi-tenant centers. Joe holds a BBA in Banking and Finance from The University of Mississippi as well as an MBA. Joe currently resides in Oxford, MS with his wife Summer.

Mr. James Robbins

Managing Director Southeast Industrial Products
431 Turnberry Court Oxford Ms 38655

James Robbins

Mr. Robbins is Accenture’s North America Automotive Leader, with experience across many global companies. He is based in Atlanta and has worked with manufacturing and distribution companies on many different types of initiatives. His focuses is on supply chain improvement programs and ERP systems implementation. Mr. Robbins is active in the local community and has served as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. He is also a board member for the National Association of Manufacturers. In addition to P and L responsibility for North American Auto, Mr. Robbins is responsible for setting the strategic growth strategy for the practice, developing inorganic growth strategy, and coordinating market development and outreach activities. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Mr. David Ruben

Property Manager
Boyle Investment Company
5900 Poplar Avenue, Suite 100
Memphis, Tennessee 38119

James Robbins

David Ruben works in Commercial Sales & Leasing at Boyle Investment Company in Memphis, TN. He is responsible for the leasing, management and development of office and mixed use properties across the Memphis area. David first interned at Boyle around a decade ago and works with a wide range of tenants to meet their needs across multiple property types. David graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a business administration degree and received his MBA from Ole Miss in 2016. David resides in Germantown, TN with his wife Mallory.

Mr. Joseph Shayeb

Senior Associate, M & A Tax
303 Peachtree St NE, Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30308

Mr. Joseph Shayeb

Joseph Shaveb is a senior associate in KPMG’s Mergers & Acquisitions Tax practice. He is based in the Atlanta office. Joseph originally joined KPMG in 2006 after receiving his Master of Taxation from the University of Mississippi School of Accountancy. He spent two years as an associate with KPMG’s Audit practice in Memphis, Tennessee, where he focused on integrated audits in the banking and finance industry sector. In 2008, Joseph left KPMG to attend law school at the University of Mississippi where he served as Business Manager and Staff Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Joseph graduated law school summa cum laude. Subsequently, Joseph received an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law, where he was a Graduate Editor for the Tax Law Review. Following graduation in 2012, Joseph rejoined KPMG in the Mergers & Acquisitions Tax practice.

Mr. R. Scott Taylor

Director, Commercial Support and Fleet
Customer Satisfaction
AutoZone, Inc.
123 South Front Street, Department 9015
Memphis, TN 38103
Board Alumni Emeritus

Mr. R. Scott Taylor

R. Scott Taylor graduated cum laude from Ole Miss in 1997 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration in 1999. Upon graduation Scott began his career with Ernst & Young LLP as a Financial Consultant in Memphis. A year later he accepted a position as a Financial Analyst with AutoZone, Inc. also in Memphis.

Scott has held a variety of positions during his 18-year career at AutoZone including Controller, Commercial; Controller, Supply Chain; Controller, Human Resources and Loss Prevention.  For the past year he has held the position of Director, Commercial Support and Fleet, where he has responsibility for data analytics, sales force management technology, and fleet.

Scott is a charter member and Past President of the MBA Board of Directors. During his time on the Board he initiated the fundraising efforts to endow the Zach McClendon MBA Assistantship and helped create the Professional Development series of seminars.

Scott is a native of Vancleave, Mississippi, located on the Gulf Coast. He is married to an Ole Miss alumna, Jennifer Poissot of Covington, Louisiana. Jennifer and Scott live in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Mr. Breck Tyler

Executive Vice President
Trustmark Mortgage Services
248 East Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201
601-208- 7424
Board Professional Development Committee

Mr. Breck Tyler

Breck is President of Trustmark Mortgage Services, a division of Trustmark National Bank in Jackson, Mississippi. He has over 32 years in the mortgage industry with 25 years served at Trustmark. Trustmark is a $12.2 billion bank and has over 200 bank locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. His mortgage team provides mortgage services within the bank’s footprint, in addition to third party relationships throughout the Southeast. The mortgage division’s servicing portfolio exceeds $6.7 billion and annual mortgage production is approximately $1.5 billion.

Breck holds an MBA and a BBA from Ole Miss. He is a current member of Mississippi Mortgage Bankers Association and Fannie Mae Customer Advisory Boards. He is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Jackson, MS and the National Mortgage Bankers Association.

Breck and his wife, Denise, live in Brandon, Mississippi. They have three children. Their two daughters, Whitney and Perryn, received undergraduate degrees from Ole Miss and their son, Reed, attends Brandon High School.

Mr. Charles Vianey

Managing Principal
Professional Services & Systems Engineering
Mainline Information Systems
1042 Lake Colony Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242
Board Alumni Emeritus

Mr. Charles Vianey

Charles Vianey is the Managing Principal of Professional Services and Systems Engineering at Mainline Information Systems, a privately held company providing information technology solutions to clients across the U.S.

Vianey joined Mainline after spending 30 years with the IBM Corporation where he had a variety of sales, marketing and consulting roles. While in IBM Global Business Services, he was responsible for selling and delivering general business and supply chain consulting, and systems integration services to clients across a variety of industries.

He received his B.S. from Mississippi College in 1979 and M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1980. Board members recognized Vianey’s dedication to the Board and to MBA students’ success, recognizing him, as the Board’s first Alumni Emeritus in 2014.

Charles is married and lives with his wife in Birmingham, Alabama where he is an active member of the community.

Mr. Michael Zei

TenantBase, Inc.
225 Arizona Ave, Suite 350Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mr. Michael Zei

Mike is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of TenantBase, a technology-enabled commercial real estate brokerage founded in 2014.  Mike has led all operations and marketing efforts for the company since inception.  TenantBase now operates in five major markets and has raised over $10.5 million in venture capital to scale to more markets nationwide .

Mike received his Bachelors degree in Risk Management and Insurance in 2008 and his MBA in 2009, both from the University of Mississippi.  Following his education, Mike pursued a career in commercial real estate in Chicago and Dallas before launching TenantBase in Nashville.

Mike, his wife Jessie and their son Louie currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.


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