The Borick School of Business advisory board provides strategic direction and guidance to help develop, grow and enhance the university’s robust business program offerings.
Meet the Board Members
Megan Reamer is the co-founder and CEO of Jackson’s Honest. Megan and her husband Scott started Jackson’s Honest as a way to share their son Jackson’s story and the delicious snack foods they made for him. Jackson’s Honest makes potato chips, tortilla chips, and grain free puffs all cooked in organic coconut oil. Their son’s autoimmune disease defined the types of foods he could eat and when they started addressing his disease through diet and nutrition in 2003, specifically a paleo and ketogenic diet, they couldn’t find the foods they needed so they made them all from scratch. These delicious products were some of those foods.
Megan started her career at Dow Jones & Co. as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and a copy editor for the Dow Jones News Service. She then joined Accenture with a focus on business development and marketing in the Financial Services and Government industries. After starting a family and raising for four children, Megan and Scott founded Jackson’s Honest in July 2012 with the mission to re-introduce healthy fats back into the food chain, particularly the snack aisle.
Megan and Scott were on the season premiere of Shark Tank in October 2017 and partnered with a guest investor named Rohan Oza who was a driving force behind the success of Vitamin Water (and its subsequent sale to Coca-Cola), Pop Chips and Bai Drinks (and its acquisition by Dr. Pepper Snapple).
Megan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Stan Weil is one of the original architects of the cable and digital industry’s growth and success. For years, he worked in close partnership with Ted Turner, overseeing the creation and development of many of today’s renowned properties and assets at Turn Broadcasting Systems. As Executive Vice President, Entertainment Division: Sales and Marketing, Stan was responsible for the revenue generation and marketing for all of Turner’s entertainment units: TBS, TNT, The Cartoon Network, and its syndicated content libraries; which was the first advertising sales division to generate a billion dollars in revenue. Stan was one of the originators of The Cartoon Network. At a time when Nickelodeon Network monopolized the cable kids’ marketplace, the newly formed Kids Division of Turner Broadcasting successfully competed and made The Cartoon Network into the financial success it is today, under Stan’s guidance.
After his successful run in the cable industry, Stand joined the digital world as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the entertainment gaming Internet site, The Hollywood Stock Exchange. He created and built the HSX sales division nationally, restricted and launched the marketing division, and was responsible for the successful branding of HSX to the consumer and advertising community. Stan also became the COO/General Manager of Womensforum.com; which is the second largest destination for women on the Internet. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations that were required to maintain and grow a solid, profitable business. Stan’s clever and imaginative marketing strategies helped ignite additional revenue streams for the sales, syndication, and marketing throughout these emerging companies.
Rich is a Federal Tax Partner and former tax leader for PwC’s Silicon Valley practice. In his role, he has consulted with high technology companies on U.S., state, local, and foreign tax issues for over 24 years.
He has been involved in various transactions including numerous restructurings, spin-offs, and acquisitions. His work included value chain transformation and intellectual property planning, tax basis allocations, R&D base period carve-out, tax accounting carve-out, tax sharing agreement negotiations, determination of federal and state compliance requirements, accounting methods elections, tax department organizational structure consultations, effective tax rate analysis, and transaction costs analysis. Rich has also been involved in assisting clients with their overseas expansion including establishment of operating entities in foreign locations. He has participated in projects involving the transfer of intellectual property to offshore low tax countries, resulting in significant reductions in company effective tax rates. Rich has extensive experience in assisting clients with their IRS and FTB audits including audit and appeals negotiations/settlements.
Scott Desmarais is a partner in McKinsey’s Lagos office. He brings over 20 years of experience in strategy consulting, operations, and organization-performance improvement, working with leading global corporations, governments, and social institutions. During his time with McKinsey, and in his previous consulting roles, he has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Scott is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He also speaks a few African dialects (for example, Setswana, Lingala) from his years living and working in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria.
Scott’s passion is sustainable economic and social development impact in emerging markets. Having studied development economics and worked in the public sector of some of Africa’s most challenging markets, Scott believes that a vibrant, growing private sector is essential to lasting economic development. McKinsey’s ability to serve as a catalyst for innovative local and regional approaches to economic development is unrivaled.
Bob Nicolls is the owner and CPA responsible for the overall operations and performance of Monarch Investment and Management. Mr. Nicolls has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience and handles acquisitions, dispositions, property financing, and asset management duties. He was a Certified Public Accountant with auditing experience at a Big Eight accounting firm and has financial reporting experience with a Fortune 500 Company. He also was involved in real estate lending, focusing on workouts and turnarounds on apartment buildings nationwide for a Chicago based bank.
In 1992, he co-founded First Pacific Investments with two partners. The concept of that entity was to provide investors with a “cradle to grave” real estate investment and management service. In 2004, he solely founded Monarch Investment & Management Group. This entity is a full-service real estate investment, management, and transactional company primarily focused on the acquisition of apartment communities. Opportunities are not limited by property quality or location as the company can perform across a wide variety of property types and locations. Profit maximization is paramount as the investment criteria.
Mr. Bruce L. Crockett, J.D., holds an A.B. degree in Geography and Economics from the University of Rochester, an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Columbia University, a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, and an honorary J.D. degree from the University of Maryland. Mr. Crockett has more than 30 years of experience in finance and general management in the banking, aerospace, and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Crockett has served as a chairman for several different groups such as Crockett Technologies Associates, the Invesco Mutual Funds Group, the Board of Invesco Floating Rate Fund, Invesco and AIM Fund Complex, the Board at Short-Term Investments Trust Tax-Free Cash Reserve Portfolio, and the INTELSAT Board of Governors. He joined COMSAT in 1980 and held various other operational and financial positions including Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and senior financial positions. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at COMSAT Corporation from February 1992 to July 1996. He served as Director of COMSAT Corporation from 1992 to 1996. He served as a Director of Short-Term Investments Trust – Tax-Free Cash Reserve Portfolio since 1992. He served as a Director of Para Protect Services Inc., and Augat, Inc., since 1994. He served as a Director of Captaris, Inc. from 2001 to 2008. From March 2002 to February 2003, he served as the Administrator Delegue of Global Radio, S.A. He served as a Director of Global Radio, S.A. He has been Trustee of AIM Treasurer’s Series Trust since 2003. He has been a Trustee of AIM Counselor Series Trust (Invesco Counselor Series Trust) – Invesco since 2003. He served as an Independent Director of ACE Limited (now known as Chubb Limited) from May 1995 to May 16, 2012. He has been a Director of Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. since April 9, 2014. He has been a Director of Ferroglobe PLC since December 23, 2015. He serves as Non-Executive Director of PeachHI, LLC. He serves as a Director at Multicast Technologies, Inc., an Internet-based digital content delivery company. He serves as Member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Rochester, Tax-Free Investment Trust, AIM Tax-Exempt Funds, AIM Variable Insurance Funds, AIM Growth Series and AIM Floating Rate Fund.
Mr. Geiman is originally from the state of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and worked for three years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he focused on distributing improved rice varieties and oil palm seedlings to local farmers. Upon his return to the U.S., he operated a small farm in Virginia for several years before attending the Darden School at the University of Virginia and receiving his MBA in 1980.
Upon graduation from Darden, Mr. Geiman went to work at Continental Grain Company, an international agribusiness company where he held positions in the grain division, corporate planning, and industrial services. He was eventually promoted to head of the Cattle and Swine Divisions with over one billion dollars in sales annually and a thousand employees.
In 1995, Mr. Geiman left Continental to start his own specialized swine production company in cooperation with Land O’Lakes, the large midwestern cooperative. He also did risk management and consulting work for a number of the largest cattle production companies in the US, and general agricultural consulting for Koch Industries, Land O’Lakes, and Maple Leaf Foods of Canada.
He was president of CattleSale.com, an internet cattle company; started a software company to produce task management and laboratory management software, and established a business jet leasing business in contract with Delta Private Jets/Wheels Up. He taught briefly at the Eisenhower Institute in Philadelphia and has served as a resource person at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.
He currently works with students at Western Colorado University through the Geiman Fellows leadership and service courses and with a Virginia non-profit called Project Grows which grows vegetables for food banks and teaches nutrition to school-age children.
He and his wife live in Kansas City and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.
Doug has a Ph.D. from Kyoto University in Information Systems, a Masters in Cybersecurity from John Hopkins and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Doug is currently developing the Cybersecurity program at Western. Doug previously served as the VP of Products and Procurement at Dell. He has also served as a Harvard Fellow and was the Founder and President of Solbourne.
Andy McNeill is the CEO of Denali Water Solutions (Denali), headquartered in Russellville, Arkansas. Denali is an organic residuals management company that focuses on diverting waste from landfills whenever possible. Denali accepts organic waste from water and wastewater treatment facilities, food processing facilities, and large-scale food and green waste sources. Denali operations convert the waste to beneficial use for land application or energy production and compost, mulch, soil, and livestock feed products.
Andy also owns Ramco Waste and Recycling, a solid waste hauling company, and Jackalope Cycling, a bicycle and outdoor store.
Andy earned an accounting degree from Auburn University and an MBA from The University of Notre Dame. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and Belgium during most of the 90s. In mid-2002, Andy became the President and CEO of Terra Renewal, an organic residuals management company in Arkansas.
After a few acquisitions and restructuring, Terra Renewal became Denali Water Solutions. Denali has recently acquired multiple businesses across the United States to create America’s largest organic residuals management company. As of Summer 2021, Denali is poised to continue its growth both strategically and organically as a key player in our nation’s organic residuals management industry.
Andy is active in several civic, church, and charitable boards. He coached youth sports for 18 years and is an avid cyclist, runner, and swimmer.
John was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley’s Alternative Investment Partners (AIP) in Philadelphia, PA. AIP managed more than $20 billion in custom and commingled portfolios of private equity, hedge funds, and real estate during John’s tenure. John was head of business development for AIP in North America and managed several of the group’s largest pension fund and family office clients. From 2008-2011 he served on AIP’s executive committee. From 1990-2003, John managed portfolios for individuals as an Investment Representative at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in Atlanta, GA and earlier as a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management. John worked as an Applications Engineer for Schlumberger Industries from 1988-1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988. He currently serves as board president of the Crested Butte Land Trust