Ron Hodge

Ron Hodge

Advisory Board Chair

Ron Hodge has more than 30 years of professional leadership and management experience, most recently as a Partner/Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, with a concentration and Behavioral Economics in Science and Technology.   He earned his MBA from George Washington University and a B.S. in management and marketing from Virginia Tech.

As Booz Allen Hamilton went from a private partnership to a publically held corporation, Mr. Hodge was the lead partner in managing financial operations of the firm’s $1B technology business. 
He served on its Finance and Operations Group, which oversees firm-wide finances, operations, and integration and education. 
This group ensures planning is aligned with strategy, resources are in place to operate the business and monitors risk and managing risk mitigation strategies. 

Rick earned a bachelors of science in management and a MBA from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Rick began his professional career as an officer in the US Marine Corps where he led Marines and served in Desert Storm.  He went on to be a business process and technology consultant for Andersen Consulting where he worked with clients in the consumer packaged goods and telecommunications industries.  He joined Altria Client Services, Inc. in 1998 where he is a Program Manager.

As a program manager with Altria Client Services, Inc. in Richmond, Va, Rick is responsible for the coordinated management of multiple related projects to achieve strategic objectives.

He is an experienced project manager and leader who has led multiple large high priority programs and projects to drive business change.  He specializes in business process improvement and information technology projects.  He earned the Project Management Professional certification in 2005.


Richard J. Fisher

Program Manager, Altria Client Services

Marshall Fleming graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelors of science in Political Science and Government. From 1988 to 2001, Marshall was president of Welton, Duke & Hawks Inc. He served as the COO of Bankers Insurance LLC from 2003 to 2005. Since 2005, he has been the president and CEO of Bankers Insurance. 

Marshall Fleming

President & CEO, Bankers Insurance

Elizabeth Howard

DevOps Engineer, Capital One

Elizabeth Howard is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Management Science & Information Technology and was a member/officer of the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed business fraternity. In recent years, she has been drawn back into the world of technology, joining Capital One in 2016 as a Project Manager in Global Finance. She later became a Scrum Master at Capital One, focusing on fostering Agile principles, and is currently a DevOps Engineer in the Commercial Banking Technology department.

She spent her early years post-graduation in the technology industry as a software developer, tester, usability analyst and client relationship manager. She later worked in the banking industry where she translated her technology and client skills into managing commercial and small business product sales and relationships. In 2005, she became an entrepreneur, starting a successful event planning company and later partnering to create a new Virginia winery and wedding venue, Upper Shirley Vineyards. Along the way, Elizabeth has completed numerous certifications to include: Six Sigma Black Belt, Agile Scrum Master, Certified Agile Coach and Team Facilitator. 

Elizabeth enjoys giving back to her alma mater in any way she can, whether via her service on the Department of Management Advisory Board, as a founding board member for the APEX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, visiting classes to share industry knowledge with current students or attending VA Tech Football games and tailgates. Elizabeth grew up in Virginia and currently resides just outside Richmond. She enjoys spending time with her 15-year-old son, running, traveling, wine tastings, reading, and cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Cynthia Lawrence

President, Design Marketing & PerformanceLink Systems, Inc.

Cynthia Lawrence is the founder and President of two companies. PerformanceLink Systems, Inc. and its sister company, Design Marketing. She has been helping clients create and manage employee recognition programs and corporate branding campaigns since 1986. Ms. Lawrence is committed to the importance of education, having founded an organization of women business leaders in 1996, The Commonwealth Council, that is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for working women of need who wish to finish their undergraduate education and demonstrate leadership potential.

Ms. Lawrence is also dedicated to giving back to her community, currently serving as Vice President, Mill Mountain Theatre; Chair, Roanoke Regional Airport Commission; member of the Boards of Directors of Carilion Clinic Foundation; Foundation for Roanoke Valley; and the Virginia Lottery. She has previously served as President of the Boards of Directors for Virginia Museum of Transportation and Science Museum of Western Virginia; and as a Board member of Virginia Opera, Opera Roanoke and Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.

Dan has been President of Kollmorgen since September 2013. Prior to Kollmorgen, he was at  Deere & Company where he led the combined business in the Commonwealth of Independent States and had responsibility for Global Combine Strategy.
Dan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Dan joined Deere in 2001 and progressed through various roles of increasing responsibility. From 2008-2011, he lived in Tianjin, China as General Manager of a 1,500 person Chinese joint venture. Prior to Deere, Dan worked as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte and Touché and Accenture.

Dan St. Martin

President, Kollmorgen

Tim Mullins

Managing Director-Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors

Tim Mullins is Managing Director – Investment Officer of Wells Fargo Advisors in Richmond, VA. He is a recipient of the firm’s 1999 Professional Excellence Award and received the first James C. Wheat, Jr. Award for community service.  He currently serves on the investment and finance committees for Feedmore/Meals on Wheels, a charitable organization serving the Richmond Community. He received a B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business in 1977. He is a past president of the Richmond Hokie Club.

Tim and his wife, Michele, and their three children reside in Richmond, Virginia.

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC.

Kim Shanahan has worked with hundreds of CEOs, Board members, and Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) across the country in multiple industries focusing on leading executive level searches and projects. She is the president and CEO of accelHRate, a company that helps other companies transform the way they think about talent and specifically the HR function. Kim is showing enterprises that HR is more than just a support function. She is redefining what “great” looks like when it comes to HR talent – and proving that the right HR leaders are key to driving transformative business success. She holds a BS degree with a double major in Finance and Communications from Virginia Tech.

With more than 20 years of business experience, Kim understands the impact that a company’s human capital can have on its bottom line. Her passion for HR, talent, and business transformation led Kim to found accelHRate and help companies transform the way they think about talent and specifically the HR function. Her extensive network and valued relationships provide the critical insights necessary for identifying the most talented and effective HR leaders. 

Before launching accelHRate, she led Korn Ferry’s Human Resources Practice as well as served as Managing Director for the company’s technology-centric Northern Virginia office. Prior to Korn Ferry, she applied her C-level management consulting and executive search experience with Heidrick & Struggles.

Kim developed and led MCI’s global executive recruiting and talent strategy managed Wireless Corporate Strategy and Business Development and launched new markets. She cultivated her global consulting experience with DFI, where she assessed merger and acquisition targets and created strategic market entry plans.

Kim currently serves on the Board of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Program and has co-hosted “The CEO Show” on Executive Leaders Radio. Kim has been published or featured in publications such as HR Executive, Chief Executive Magazine, HRO Today, Fortune, National Defense, and The Washington Post, and was named one of Washington’s 100 Tech Titans in 2011. Kim is also on the Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s APEX CIE. 

Kimberly J. Shanahan

President and CEO, accelHRate

Frank Vorndran

Financial Advisor, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Frank Vorndran graduated with a bachelor of science in Management from Virginia Tech in 1999.  Frank is a Vice President and Financial Advisor based in Morgan Stanley’s McLean, Virginia office. Frank develops long-term relationships with companies and executives in the Technology and Government Services sectors to help prepare them for liquidity events, strategic exits, and the preservation of wealth. Frank develops highly customized solutions for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and private equity partners. They also work with hedge fund executives, endowments, and privately controlled corporations.

On an individual level, the client services form a comprehensive wealth planning solution to include asset & risk management; cash management & lending solutions; alternative investments; tax efficient planning strategies; intergenerational wealth transfer solutions; and strategies for concentrated equity holdings. From a corporate perspective, Frank can facilitate introductions to Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team for emerging growth company planning, and will provide stock plan services, corporate retirement plan services, block trading, and lending solutions.

Frank excels at dissecting complex financial challenges through a multi-disciplinary approach, applying Morgan Stanley’s strengths where possible. Using institutional-level research and world-class investment managers, clients receive personalized advice that is client-driven. Frank utilizes an open-architecture of investment advice that is intellectually honest, purposeful, and fee transparent. Clients receive direct contact with our capital markets desks and global investment committee for specialized advice on large trades, and intricate asset allocation. 

Frank serves on the Advisory board for Management at the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech. He has two lovely daughters, and lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia. In addition to his family and his practice, Frank loves long-distance bicycling, and passionately watching Formula1 auto racing.

Kimberly graduated with a bachelor of science in Management from Virginia Tech in 1999. She is currently a manager at KPMG in Charlotte, NC. In her position, she leads Workday HCM projects involving strategy, implementation support, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) optimization related to Information Technology (IT) operations, business processes, security, and data integrity for the Workday applications. She also supports business development activities such as identification, proposal development, and other pursuit activities; work with the appropriate KPMG resources from other service lines/industries.

Prior to KPMG, Kimberly was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She also worked a Standard Technology Inc., eToys Direct, Aon Corporation, Ascension Health, XPO Logistics, and Chiquita prior to KPMG. 

Kimberly has a masters degree from Averette University and a doctoral degree in Business Administration (Strategy and Innovation) from Capella University.

Kimberly Wood

Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

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Joe Barco

Director of Software Engineering, Capital One

Joe graduated from the Pamplin College of Business in 1995 with degrees in both Management and Finance. Additionally, he obtained his MBA with a concentration in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. After starting his career at the Federal Reserve System as an Analyst, he moved into IT in 1997 performing several roles including computer programming, project management and database administration. Currently, he is a Director of Software Engineering at Capital One, where he manages software development supporting their Commercial Banking systems.

Joe comes from a family of Hokies. His father, sister, aunt and uncles are all graduates of Virginia Tech. A Virginia Tech Football season ticket holder for over 20 years, he enjoys attending football games in the fall.  He also enjoys golfing, visiting his daughter Keely who is in college and spending time with his son Zach who is active in high school sports.

Go Hokies!!