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Jim J. Shoemake

Jim J. Shoemake is a senior partner of Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake, LLC, in St. Louis. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University and is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. He has been in private practice at Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake since 1970 and previously served with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. He has the distinction of having obtained the then largest civil judgment in the history of the State of Missouri when he obtained a verdict in an antitrust lawsuit. He was the leading litigation partner in much of the anti-takeover litigation including TWA/Icahn, Chromalloy/Sun Chemical, and the Cardinal Acquisition/Interco matters.

Besides his service as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Lindenwood University, Shoemake currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Urological Research Foundation. He has served as president, vice president and director of the Missouri Quarter Horse Association and presently serves as a director. Shoemake served as president of the American Quarter Horse Association and presently serves on its Board of Directors, the world’s largest equine association with more than 280,000 members. He has served as director and chairman of the American Horse Council in Washington, D.C.

Shoemake was born in Greenville, Mo., and has resided continuously in the St. Louis area since 1967. He and his wife, Rita, have three married daughters and 11 grandchildren. The Shoemakes own a farm near Farmington, Mo., and have been involved for many years in breeding and raising registered quarter horses.

Ben Blanton

Ben Blanton is chairman of Blanton Construction Company, which he founded in 1970. Blanton Construction is a design/build and general contracting company with a philosophy based on the belief that integrity and excellence are the keys to a successful and profitable business.

In addition to his long service on the Lindenwood University Board of Directors as Vice Chairman, Blanton is founding chairman and still serves on the planning committee of the St. Charles County Businessman's Prayer Breakfast. He is also on the board of Ministry to Men. His distinguished community service includes leadership on more than 20 local boards and organizations.

He and his wife, Carole, have three children and three grandchildren.

John W. Hammond

John W. Hammond is a retired entrepreneur who spent 23 years as president of G.W. Composites, Inc. in O'Fallon, Mo. Prior to that, he worked 12 years as a program manager of DC-10 flight simulators at McDonnell-Douglas.

Hammond joined the Lindenwood University Board of Directors in 1991, and he currently serves as treasurer. He played an integral role in the University's creation of the University Commons shopping center across from the St. Charles campus.

A Jefferson City, Mo., native, Hammond still serves as chairman of the board of Frontenac Bank. He is past president of Progress 64 West and remains active in that organization as well as Rotary. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Chesterfield.

Grace Harmon

Grace Harmon is a retired St. Charles community leader who, with her husband Ray, ran the world’s most successful baby photography company, First Foto (later Hasco). She ran the corporation’s personnel division, hiring many of the company’s 1,400-plus employees.

She has been an officer on the Lindenwood Board of Directors for nearly a decade. Her husband served as Board Chairman for many years before he died in 2005.

Harmon has generously given her time to many community and charitable organizations, including the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Sunrise Rotary, Partners for Progress, Business and Professional Women, and the Foundry Arts Center. She was selected St. Charles Citizen of the Years in 2002.

She has two daughters, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and remains very active in the community.

Board Members

Patricia A. Ahrens

Patricia Ahrens has been a member of Lindenwood University’s Board of Directors since 2009, serving on the board’s Fundraising and Facilities committees, as well as the Capital Campaign Committee for the Lindenwood Belleville Campus.

She is the president of Ahrens Contracting, Inc., a site contractor specializing in demolition, excavation, and environmental remediation. Ahrens Contracting, Inc. has completed jobs such as the demolition of the former St. Louis Greyhound Station (Site of America’s Center/Edward Jones Dome), demolition of old Busch Stadium and earthwork for new Busch Stadium, demolition of the former Deaconess Hospital, and partial demolition of Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Kevin Bray

Kevin Bray is a senior vice president of Commerce Bank and the group manager for 11 Commerce Bank branches in St. Charles County and North County. He has worked for Commerce Bank for 40 years and was promoted to his current position in 2003.

Bray received his BA in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his master's in finance from Saint Louis University. He currently serves on the boards of Lindenwood University and the St. Charles County Economic Development Council.

Jackie Brock

The Reverend Jacqueline Brock is a longtime member of the Board of Directors at Lindenwood University. The wife of St. Louis Cardinals legend and National Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, she is an ordained minister and educator who has committed her life to the service of others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and has taken graduate courses in human services and coursework for certification as a Bible teacher.

Brock has received the distinguished Women of Achievement Award and the coveted St. Louis Women in Leadership Award. She was also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Brocks travel across America delivering spiritual, motivational, and inspirational messages. She is very active in numerous national and local charities, including life members of the NAACP, the National Urban league, and is co-chairs of the Whitney Young Society. She is chairman emeritus of Old Newsboys Day and the Lou Brock Scholarship Foundation. She is a devoted mother, grandmother, and Delta Sigma Theta sorority member.

Judith Brown

Judith Forstmann Brown (’67) is Lindenwood University’s Alumni Board President. Brown is an officer at The Commerce Trust Company in Clayton, Mo., where she has been employed 16 years. Prior to that, she operated the family business, Forstmann’s Paints and Wallcovering in St. Peters.

Brown is active in numerous charitable activities, most recently leading Commerce’s efforts to provide nearly 100,000 meals for the needy across The Commerce Trust Company system in celebration of Commerce Bank’s 150th anniversary. She is one of Lindenwood’s most active alumni club members, volunteering at Homecoming, Christmas Walk, and the St. Charles Alumni Club Luncheon & Fashion Show and speaking at Commencement, Honors Convocation, and Freshman Convocation.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, she received a master’s in communication from the University of Denver in 1970. She and her husband, Richard, have been married 47 years and live in St. Charles.

Gaspare Calvaruso

Gaspare Calvaruso is president of Capital Region Medical Center, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system in Jefferson City, Mo., which operates two principal campuses, the Main Campus and the Southwest Campus (Goldschmidt Cancer Center). CRMC consists of a 114-bed acute care hospital (including a 14-bed rehabilitation unit), 28 ambulatory care sites in the surrounding area, the Goldschmidt Cancer Center, and an employed 130-physician, multi-specialty group practice known as Capital Region Medical Group. Annual net revenues for CRMC are in excess $165 million.

He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and he earned a master's degree in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton. Besides the Lindenwood Board of Directors, he serves on the Central Missouri United Way, Jefferson City Downtown Rotary, the Old Munichburg Association, and the St. Joseph Cathedral Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Melissa, have three boys.

Nancy Calvert

A Lindenwood communications graduate and veteran marketing communications professional with decades of experience in advertising, public relations, branding, and strategic communications, Nancy Calvert has been a member of the Lindenwood University Board of Directors since 1989.

A journalism and public relations director for her hometown school district in Indiana, she was assistant director of radio and television for a St. Louis advertising agency, director of public relations and advertising for a division of General Motors, and director of marketing communications for an electronics manufacturer.

Dedicated to Lindenwood alumni activities since the mid 1980s she served three terms as president of the Lindenwood Alumni Association and received the Lindenwood Alumni Merit Award and the Sibley Medallion of Honor, which recognizes an individual’s deep personal commitment to the University. She was honored with the Lindy Award as Communications Alumna of the Year in 2012. She is a member of the University’s Butler Society and Sibley Heritage Society.

J. Michael Conoyer

J. Michael Conoyer, MD, is the founder and president of Midwest ENT Centre, P.C., a single-specialty, six-physician ear, nose, and throat practice dedicated to providing a full range of ENT service, including allergy and hearing aid devices, to residents of St. Charles and the surrounding counties. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and received his MD degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed his ENT postgraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis and has practiced continuously in St. Charles County since 1980.

He served as the president of the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts (Missouri's medical licensing board) as well as on numerous local boards. He has been honored by United Services for the Handicapped and Youth In Need for charitable service. He was named Citizen of the Years by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce in 1994 and received the 2004 St. Peters Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leadership Award. In 1996, he received the sole American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery National Award for Practitioner Excellence. He and his spouse, Carol, have three children, two of which practice medicine with him, and five grandchildren.

David G. Cosby

David Cosby is the director of advancement for Ninos de Mexico, an organization that receives orphaned children on a permanent basis in the greater Mexico City area. The children typically remain with Ninos through completion of their education (including college). Ninos operates five children's homes, a school, and a medical facility that provides community outreach services.

Other professional interests include healthcare management and a prior career in banking.

Cosby holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Duane Flowers

Duane Flowers is a retired businessman. He was president of Bass-Mollett Publishers. He graduated from Greenville College in 1965 and served in the Air Force and Air National Guard until 1971.

Ron Gorgen

Ron Gorgen retired in 2014 as compliance director at Edward Jones. He had worked there since 1979.

After working in field supervision, he joined the Compliance Department in 1999. He was a member of the Edward Jones Compliance Committee and was responsible for the semiannual Compliance Committee meeting and the Compliance Regulatory Symposium. He has been a member of the Edward Jones Leadership Council and Edward Jones Compensation Committee.

Gorgen is a co-founder of the Securities Industry Association’s Insurance Supervision Committee, which is responsible for insurance and annuity supervision for financial services firms. Besides serving on the Lindenwood University Board of Directors, he is on the St. John’s Mercy Foundation. He is also a former president of the St. Louis Area Foodbank board and the president of the Central City, Neb., Chamber of Commerce.

Gorgen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Denver and completed his MBA at Lindenwood University. In addition, he graduated from the Securities Industries Institute at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

James Edward Issler

James Issler is president and chief executive officer of H.H. Brown Shoe Company, Inc., a footwear conglomerate and Berkshire Hathaway company. With Issler’s many years of experience in the footwear industry, he has served as a mentor to many and is also applauded for his charitable involvement within the industry.

Issler grew up in St. Louis. His foray into the footwear industry began at the Brown Group, Inc., where he quickly rose through the ranks to vice president general manager of the Handbag Division. He later moved on to become the vice president general manager of the Brown Group’s Naturalizer Footwear Division. Issler then made strides to become the president of Outdoor Sports, Inc., a subsidiary of the Brown Group, Inc., based in Denver.

In 1984, Issler joined the H.H. Brown Shoe Company in New York City, eventually becoming the youngest president and CEO in the company’s history. After taking the reins, he transformed the company from a group that primarily offered rugged outdoor footwear, premier work shoes, and boots to a full-range supplier and retailer offering women’s and men’s comfort casual and dress shoes. Today, H.H. Brown is made up of over 24 brands distributed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Art Johnson

Art Johnson spent 28 years as an executive with AAA Missouri, retiring in 2013 after serving as president and CEO for seven years.

Prior to joining AAA, he worked in the advertising, public relations, and marketing area where he was employed by KSJ Advertising as executive vice president. Johnson served on the National AAA Accreditation Commission, the Board of Directors of Auto Club Insurance Company of Florida, the Automobile Club of Missouri, the Auto Club Inter-Insurance Exchange, Auto Club Family Insurance Company, and Auto Club Enterprises. Additionally, he served on numerous AAA national committees, including the AAA Response Board of Managers, the Strategic Marketing Council, and the AAA Member Services and Benefits Committee.

He is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, and besides the Lindenwood University Board of Directors, he serves on the board at Mercy Healthcare, East Community, and has previously served on civic boards, including the Golf Foundation of Missouri, Director, Junior Achievement, and the St. Louis Chapter of American Red Cross.

Mark Kern

Mark Kern has been the St. Clair County board chairman since 2004. He served as mayor of Belleville from 1997 to 2004 and was an alderman for the city from 1993 to 1997.

Kern has won many awards, including the NAACP Stellar Award and Sibley Medallion of Honor at Lindenwood University in 2007, the Crystal Wagon Award from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in 2008, the Racial Harmony Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009, and the Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award in 2012.

Besides being a member of Lindenwood's Board of Directors, Kern is involved with the Shriners, Elks, Moose, and Optimists and is a member of several local chambers of commerce. Kern is also the chairman of Metro Counties of Illinois, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and the East Side Health District. Kern earned a BS in business administration from Millikin University in 1985, a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 1988, and an MBA from Olin Business School at Washington University in 1991.

Christopher B. Lissner

Chris Lissner is president and one of the founding partners of Acropolis Investment Management. He has over 34 years of experience successfully managing financial assets through a wide variety of market environments. Prior to starting Acropolis in 2002, Lissner served for 13 years as senior vice president and managing director for Mark Twain Bank's Capital Markets Group. Lissner began his career in 1980 with Bear Stearns & Company on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today, he continues to work with a select group of private clients and consults with various institutional accounts.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ullico Inc. and on the Board of Directors for Lindenwood University. He has served on multiple charitable boards and remains active in the community today. Lissner earned a BS in biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Joseph Mathews

Joseph G. Mathews has owned Mathews & Associates since 1985. Prior to that, he worked for Phoenix Life Insurance Company and Stix, Baer & Fuller and was an officer in the United States Army.

He is the past president of the St. Louis chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters and past director of St. Louis Life Underwriters and is in the Phoenix Home Life Insurance Company Hall of Fame. Mathews is also an honorary member of the Board of Directors for Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, where he is a past chairman. Mathews is an Eagle Scout with gold, silver, and bronze palms.

Besides serving on the Lindenwood Board of Directors, Mathews is a board member at SSM Healthcare of Lake Saint Louis and a member of the US Bancorp Advisory Board.

Doug Mueller

Doug Mueller is co-founder of Mueller Prost and is a leading business advisor for corporate and emerging tax issues. He focuses on high-level tax planning and consulting for high-net worth individuals, business owners, and their related businesses across a broad range of industries.

Mueller has developed a culture and team at Mueller Prost that is dedicated to quality, technical expertise, and service. He sits on multiple professional and charitable boards, including the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mueller has earned various awards, including Who's Who in Law and Accounting by the St. Louis Business Journal, Beyond the Best by Small Business Monthly, St. Louis Top Accountant by a leading business publication, the fourth annual Money Magazine Tax Contest, and many more.

Ronald W. Ohmes

Ron Ohmes is a longtime business leader in the St. Louis area, having spent 57 years with Kirchner Block & Brick. It is a family business that grew from a local brick company into a Midwest powerhouse. He retired in 1999 and remained active as owner and on the company board of directors until 2012.

Ohmes joined the Lindenwood Board of Directors in 1991. He serves on the facilities committee and the finance committee and is one of the university’s top donors. He received the Sibley Medallion of Honor in 2009 for his deep ongoing commitment to Lindenwood.

Ohmes was very active with the St. Charles Jaycees, where he served as president. He went on to be president of the Missouri Jaycees. He has a long list of volunteer and service activities with has parish, St. Charles Borromeo, and many other civic organizations. Ohmes and his wife, Janice, live in Roach, Mo. at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ronnie D. Osborn

The Reverend Ronnie Osborn has served as pastor at St. Charles Presbyterian Church since 2005. He joined Lindenwood’s Board of Directors in 2008.

Osborn is a native of South Kansas City, Mo. He earned his BA in psychology from Baylor University. He worked in the social services field after college and was employed as a Deputy Juvenile Office for the State of Missouri and as a District Program Director for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. He received his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1992 and has served churches in Pittsburgh, Penn., Omaha, Neb., and Euharlee, Ga., before coming to St. Charles. While in Omaha, he completed his studies in the Master’s in Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University.

Osborn and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1992. They have two children.

Donald W. Paule

Donald W. Paule is an attorney with Paule, Camazine, & Blumenthal, P.C., with offices in Clayton, and St. Charles.

He has extensive experience representing closely-held businesses and not-for-profit organizations, advising them on sales, financing, merger and acquisition, and real estate transactions. An extensive portion of his practice is also devoted to tax and estate planning for individuals and business owners, including ownership succession planning.

Paule earned his JD from the Washington University School of Law. He also earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University and an LLM in taxation from Washington University.

He has received many honors and awards over the years, and besides serving on the Lindenwood Board of Directors, he is a member of the St. Louis County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, American Arbitration Association, and Visiting Nurses Association.

Patricia Penkoske

Lindenwood University alumna Patricia Penkoske (’69) is a longtime critical care physician who remains involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Penkoske moved to St. Charles during her high school years and attended Lindenwood College when it was transitioning to coed. Summer jobs in a research lab exposed her to research and medicine. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1974. Further training included general surgery and cardiac surgery. Penkoske was a practicing pediatric cardiac surgeon, researcher, and residency program director for 16 years at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and for two years at Saint Louis University. In 2005, she joined the faculty at Washington University.

The mother of three daughters, Penkoske lives in the Central West End and enjoys participation on several boards, sports, and travel.

Chip Peterson

Harry H. (Chip) Peterson is an entrepreneur in Farmington, Mo., where he serves as president and vice-president of several small companies. He is the president of Farmington Development Company, which has been the main developer of commercial property, as well as residential developments, in Farmington. He owns Insight Partners Inc., which has operated as many as three Steak N Shakes in Missouri; Show-Me Cici’s Pizza, Inc. and Q Loco, LLC, which he owns and operates as Cici’s Pizza and Qdoba restaurants respectively; as well as office and retail ownership and management.

Peterson is a graduate of the University of Boulder – Colorado, where he earned his BS in small business management. In addition to being on the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University, he serves on the First State Community Bank Board of Directors. He is president of Farmington Industrial Development Authority and has served on the Mineral Area Community College board, American Legion Missouri Boys State, the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, the Presbyterian Children’s Home board, and the Farmington Memorial Methodist Church boards. Peterson and his wife of 31 years, Debbie, who also owns and operates their various businesses, have one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren.

Lucy D. Rauch

Lucy Rauch is a community leader in St. Charles. She retired after 30 years of service as a judge in 2012.

In February 2015, she was honored by the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the Years. Her proud service on the Lindenwood University Board of Directors follows the family legacy – her mother, Elizabeth, is a Lindenwood alumna and served the board for many decades. In addition to her Lindenwood board service, Rauch was on the board of the Academy of the Sacred Heart and the St. Charles County Salvation Army Advisory Board.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University, a master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a juris doctor from Saint Louis University.

Herb Roach

Herb Roach has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, finance, manufacturing, and distribution. The experience includes corporate responsibility for human resources, corporate development, information systems, customer service, procurement, government relations, and international shipping.

Roach and his wife, Nancy, have a wealth of entrepreneurial experience as well, having started their own business and successfully operating it for 20 years before selling it.

He is currently an alderman in the city of O’Fallon, Ill., and has a lengthy list of civic involvement.

Jane Calvert Rogers

Jane C. Rogers is president of Preston/Rogers Associates, Inc. Her company provides market research and media consulting services to clients ranging from publishers' associations to corporations.

Prior to starting her own company in April 2000, Rogers was vice president of research operations for Reed Business Information in Newton, MA.

Rogers graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and has a master’s in communications from Indiana University.

Jerry Scheidegger

Jerry Scheidegger is well-known for his dedication to serving the community. Born and raised in St. Charles, Scheidegger has been one of the key players in helping to make his hometown area both prosperous and compassionate. After finishing high school and joining the armed service, Scheidegger returned to St. Charles, engaging in small entrepreneurial ventures where he learned everything he could from his personal business experiences.

Today the Scheidegger family owns Corporate Group, Inc. and manages property it owns or has ownership in, located in St. Charles and Warren counties, and Lake of the Ozarks, and residential development in Colorado.

Bill Schoenhard

William Schoenhard is a retired healthcare executive and former deputy under secretary for health for operations and management for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Before his appointment to the VA, Schoenhard was executive vice president/chief operating officer for SSM Health Care. A former U.S. Navy officer, he serves on the boards of directors of Lindenwood University, the Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis, and Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries, as well as on the Finance Council of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Schoenhard graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration in 1971. He earned a master’s degree with honors in health care administration from the Washington University School of Medicine.

Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw is senior vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley. He has more than four decades of industry experience. He was named a President’s Club member while at Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley) and earned membership on the Director’s Advisory Council at E.F. Hutton (now part of Morgan Stanley).

He was named Youth in Need’s Man of the Year in 1988, Dean Witter Reynolds’ Broker of the Year in 1991, and Boys & Girls Club Man of the Year in 1996, and received the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Distinguished Service Award in 2002. His alma mater, Iowa Wesleyan College, awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1993.

Shaw believes in giving back to the community and serves on several not-for-profit boards including: Missouri Kids, Foundry Art Centre, Lindenwood University, Endowment for United Services, and Iowa Wesleyan College. Shaw and his wife, Joyce, have 6 children and 14 grand-children.

Michael D. Shonrock

Michael D. Shonrock, a self-described futurist and undying optimist, became the 22nd president of the Lindenwood University System on June 1, 2015. Previously, Shonrock served as president and professor at Emporia State University and senior vice president and associate professor at Texas Tech University.

Shonrock holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Kansas, an Educational Specialist from Pittsburg State University, and his Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science from Western Illinois University.

Currently, Shonrock serves on a number of regional boards and advisory councils including: St. Louis Regional Chamber and Higher Education Council, Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Sports Commission, City of St. Charles Economic Development Council, National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Midwest Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and the Commerce Bank Advisory Board (St. Charles/North Group).

Shonrock is involved and interested in a number of professional associations including: Council of Independent Colleges, Association of Governing Boards, Higher Learning Commission, Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, and the Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc.

Shonrock and his wife, Karen, enjoy participating in a number of campus, community, and regional cultural and sporting events.

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan is the executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. He has been with the HBA in various capacities since 1980. For 15 years, he managed the association's governmental and political affairs.

At the HBA, he has won more than 30 awards from the National Association of Home Builders for political, public relations, governmental affairs, and membership services programming, including the 2004 award for national Executive Officer of the Year from among the leaders of the 750 builder associations in the United States, and he received the same organization's Career Achievement Award in 2012. A 1972 graduate of the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism, Sullivan oversees a staff of 16 employees at the HBA offices in Creve Coeur. He is a native of the tiny Lincoln County, Mo., community of Corso. He and his wife, Sandy, reside in the city of St. Charles, Mo.

Donald E. Tuttle

Don is co-founder and managing partner of Top Gun Ventures, a premiere national retained consultancy firm that helps start-up to Fortune 500 companies build high performance executive teams at the "C" level. With offices in St Louis, Dallas, Austin, Boston, Palo Alto and Seattle, Don and his partners have assisted entrepreneurs, investors, CEO’s and Board of Directors attract "GameChangers" to build and scale companies throughout the U.S. and around the globe. In the last thirty years he has helped many companies to build entire executive teams. Many of these companies have grown, prospered and undergone successful liquidity events (IPO/buyouts).

Prior to building this business from 1984 to present, Don progressed through engineering and operational management roles within a Fortune 500 technology company.

Don completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University, and also completed all coursework leading towards a M.S. degree.

Don has been featured on CBS MarketWatch and other business programs and enjoys contributing to articles in various newspaper and magazines in the U.S. and globally. He enjoys golf, reading, fine wine, cooking, traveling and being a guest lecturer at universities and business events. He also has a passion for ensuring students select the proper educational degrees and transition their higher education into a fulfilling career.

Life Members

Jonathan Ford
Elizabeth Huss
Larry Kelley
Elizabeth Rauch
Dale Rollings

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