Executive Advisory Council Members

The SOBE Executive Advisory Council (EAC) is comprised of successful senior executives, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders from a wide variety of organizations from the corporate and non-profit sectors. These professionals serve as advisors to the administrative and academic leadership of the School. The EAC members--many of whom are A&T alumni--are also ambassadors and advocates for SOBE and strongly support students in their academic and professional endeavors through donating to scholarships, serving as guest speakers, and hosting networking and mentorship opportunities.

Ken Bouyer, Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernst & Young, LLP
Ken Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. The organization strives to reflect the changes in world demographics, taking into account the new mix of cultures and individual characteristics that build its talent pool. Prior to his current role, Bouyer was a Director in the firm’s Advisory Services practice, supporting various global internal audit clients. Additionally, Bouyer is currently the Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion; and a Board Member and the Chair of the Audit Committee for the American Accounting Association. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting) organization. Bouyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and AICPA member. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Shorn, and their daughter, Kelsie.

James Clausell, Clausell & Associates, CPA's, P.C.

Clausell & Associates, CPA’s, P.C.
James Clausell is the managing principal of Clausell & Associates, CPA’s, P.C. with its main office located in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm is a full service firm specializing in auditing, forensic services, accounting, tax advisory, management consulting and financial services in the Southeast and Midwest USA. He also serves as a business advisor to many clients in industries such as colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, employee benefit plans and tax planning for professionals. He serves on a number of board of directors and board of advisors (including BB&T, The Institute of Student Financial Aid and Administrative Services, Inc., Clausell Developers and Contractors, Inc., G.B.E. LLC, etc.). He is also an active peer reviewer of other certified public accounting firms and is currently serving on the AICPA Executive Peer Review Committee in the State of Georgia. He has a Masters of Business Administration (emphasis in Finance, Forensic Accounting and strategic planning) and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting (summa cum laude). He is a practicing CPA in the Southeast and Midwest. He is one of few Certified Forensic Accountants in the USA. He is a Diplomat and “Fellow Member” of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia and Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Darryl Crooms

John Deere

Mr. Darryl Crooms is a Senior Financial Analyst, Treasury, at Deere & Company, a position he has held since April 2014.  Crooms joined Deere & Company in 2009 as a financial analyst in the International Finance Group.  A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Crooms earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida A&M University.  He is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and also serves as a board member for Live By Faith Ministries.  He has successfully completed the Level 2 CFA exam as well as the four exams required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Willie Deese, Merck & Company, Inc.

Merck & Company, Inc.
Willie Deese is Executive Vice President and President of the Merck Manufacturing Division, with responsibility for Merck’s worldwide manufacturing operations. He oversees 85 manufacturing and distribution sites in over 25 countries around the world with 26,000 people reporting in to him and with an operating budget of $9.0 billion. He is also responsible for Merck’s global procurement organization. Mr. Deese serves as a member of Merck’s Executive Committee.

Lance Delarosa

Sam’s Club

Mr. Lance de la Rosa’s career began in 1987 with Walmart Stores, Inc., and is a recognized retail leader and innovator.  Lance progressively grew his skills and leadership roles within the organization with accolades based on his exceptional contributions and diverse portfolio of experiences within the broader corporation.  In 1999, Lance joined the International division of Walmart working for two years in Germany as District Manager Advisor.  In 2001, he returned to the corporate office in Bentonville, Arkansas and assumed the position of Divisional Manager for the Optical division.  No surprise that Lance would continue to grow his career, and in 2011 Lance assumed his current role as Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club, responsible for the eastern division, covering 333 Clubs in 23 states and Puerto Rico, overseeing millions of Business and Household Members and tens of billions of dollars in revenue.

 Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, Bank of America

Bank of America
Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders is a Senior Vice President and Enterprise Services Executive. In this role, Ms. Eubanks-Saunders leads a team that drives global commodity purchasing, operations and vendor management strategies for portfolio in excess of $10 Billion. She also serves as Bank of America’s Supplier Diversity and Development Executive. In this role, she leads team responsible for achieving Bank of America’s corporate commitment to spending $10 Billion over five years with small, medium, and diverse suppliers.

Denise Gatling, GlaxoSmithKline

As a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) employee for over 24 years, Denise Gatling has demonstrated her ability to build, maintain, and leverage relationships to successfully manage and implement strategic change solutions to achieve desired state. Currently, Ms. Gatling is the Director of Global Supplier Diversity and Business Development at GSK. She is responsible for leading the initiative by implementing successful strategies to progress diverse business inclusion and development efforts across the globe. She has served as a US delegate to Australia, London, China, Brazil, and South Africa to advance minority business development in those countries. Denise serves on numerous boards and councils including chair, GlaxoSmithKline and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Supplier Business Initiative; chair, National Corporate Advisory Council of the Minority Business Roundtable; EVP, The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine; member, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council; member, Students In Free Enterprise Board; member, The Conference Board: Supplier Diversity Leadership Council, member, GlaxoSmithKline's Political Action Committee. Gatling holds a bachelor's of science in business administration from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and an MBA from Meredith College.

Tracey Gibson, Cargil, Inc.

Cargill, Inc.
Over the last 26 years Tracey Gibson has held various positions in the Financial Risk Management Platform, Global Treasury as well as Diversity & Inclusion. In her current role, she is responsible for increasing the organization’s capabilities in the area of diversity and inclusion and achieving strategic results for Cargill businesses. Ms. Gibson consults with corporate leaders and advises on solutions. She excels at building relationships and creating strong strategic partnerships with key Cargill customers and community organizations. Tracey serves on the several boards nationally including the National Advisory Board for Science and Engineering Alliance. She is also the chair of the board for Richard Allen Math and Science Academy, a charter school for inner city youth. A passion of hers is to empower women so she also serves on the non-profit board Women of Hope.

Melanie Glover

Melanie Glover is a Director within the Risk Assurance practice of PwC, where she specializes in assisting clients with internal controls assessments, regulatory and contractual compliance attestations, third-party assurance and information technology audits. She holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration - Management Information Systems, from North Carolina A&T State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Public Accountant, in the state of North Carolina, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Walter Glover, U.S. Olympic Committee

U.S. Olympic Committee
Walt Glover has served as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) chief financial officer since January 2005. He has management responsibilities for the organization’s finance, information technology, and internal audit operations. Walt is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He and his wife reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served on the board of directors of several community organizations.

Kevin Gray, GFS Investments

GFS Investments
Kevin Gray is Managing Partner of GFS Acquisition Partners GP, LLC, President and founder of GFS Investments, Inc. GFS Investments, Inc. is a Financial Services holding corporation specializing in acquiring and managing privately held companies that provide financial services. Holdings include two Investment Banking franchises, Mortgage Brokerage, Registered Investment Advisory, and Direct Access Trading software platforms. Mr. Gray is instrumental in creating entities and managing workforce. He was Managing Principal of the offices of Barron Chase Securities and RJ Steichen franchises.  As consultant to private and public companies, he is engaged in various activities including, business development, structuring of mergers, PIPE funding, Cost Reduction, and Strategy Development. He has conducted mergers with corporations to provide them with listing on the NASDAQ OTC and Frankfurt markets and structured borrowing facilities on equity securities. For the past four years Gray has been an active private investor, investing his own capital in emerging companies in the United States and Europe.

 J. Harold Hatchett, Ill, The Hatchett Group, LLC

The Hatchett Group, LLC
J. Harold Hatchett, III is a highly acclaimed senior executive and entrepreneur who has worked for several major corporations such as Royal Dutch Shell, Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), Aetna, and Heritage Inks International (a Citicorp Venture Capital company) over his 30 year career. He has recently launched his own consulting firm—The Hatchett Group, LLC—which specializes in investor relations and corporate governance. Hatchett has practical CFO experience in which he has had complete financial responsibility for related companies ranging from $500 million to $60 billion in revenue. In addition to his work with A&T, Hatchett serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Longwood University. He is a Board member of the Executive Leadership Council. Also, he formerly served as both Board of Directors member and Treasurer of Affinity Health Plan in New York.

Ty Heath

John Deere

Mr. Ty Heath holds the position of Director Supply Management, Turf and Utility Platform at Deere & Company since June 2012.  Heath joined the company in 1997 as a Production Unit Leader with John Deere Turf Care.  He has held several positions during his 18 years of service at John Deere. Ty has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Executive MBA from Duke University.  His family life includes his wife Wanda, and 3 children, Devin, Kennedy, and Jayden.  Ty enjoys coaching youth sports team, running, bicycling, golf and weight training.

Ms. Christina Howard

Dixon Huges Goodman, LLP

Christina brings nearly 15 years of accounting and business consulting knowledge to Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP’s clients in the market, including a proven track record serving the Risk Advisory industry’s largest public and private companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in North Carolina and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.  She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.  Christina is a graduate of the University of Virginia (Masters in Accountancy) and a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish).

Janice Bryant Howroyd, Act 1 Group

ACT-1 Group
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Chairman and CEO of the Act•1 Group, a global leader in the staffing and human resources industry. Building on an international scope and resources, her company creates and implements innovative technologies and business services that allow firms to optimize their talent pools and bottom line through optimal/innovative resource management. Her expertise on the subjects of workforce optimization and entrepreneurship has made her a much sought-after speaker. She is also the author of The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!, in which she distills over 30 years of experience into a work/life balance guide for individuals wishing to further their personal and professional success.

Ben Hume


Mr. Ben Hume is a director in Deloitte’s Charlotte audit practice, serving public and private companies in the real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, construction and retail industries, as well as working with his clients on initial and secondary public offerings, shelf offerings and acquisition due diligence.  He is the audit champion for the Carolinas’ DGES (Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services) practice.  Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in British and French Accounting from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  As part of that degree he also studied for one year at Jean Moulin University Lyon III in Lyon, France, earning an MSTCF (masters in accounting).

Anthony Humphrey, MeadWestvaco Company

SOBE Alumni
Anthony Humphrey received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycling, reading, and listening to music.


The Boeing Company

 Gary Kersey

Wells Fargo Retirement

Mr. Gary Kersey is a Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for the Retirement line of business within Wealth, Brokerage & Retirement 9WBR) for Wells Fargo Bank.  He is an executive with over 35 years of broad financial services business and risk management experience; including consumer banking, commercial lending, wealth management, private banking, personal trust, institutional trust, ERISA, investment management, insurance, and reinsurance.  Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Management) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and has graduated from the University of NC at Chapel Hill in the School of Banking Program and Young Executive Program.  He is also a graduate of the Duke University Leadership Program.

Timothy O. King, The Dow Chemical Company

The Dow Chemical Company
In 2010, Tim King retired as a Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company after over 34 years of service. During his Dow career, King held a variety of roles including sales, marketing, purchasing and business operations. As a leader of several global businesses and corporate functions, King’s knowledge, experience, and outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills significantly contributed to driving the company’s strategy forward.

Mitchell Martin, Martin, Harps, Syphoe&Co.

Martin, Harps, Syphoe & Co.
Mitchell Martin, CPA, MBA, is the Managing Partner of Martin, Harps, Syphoe & Company, Certified Public Accountants (MHS & CO), and founder of Global Concessions Inc. (GCI), both of which are located in Atlanta, Georgia. MHS & CO was established in 1986. GCI is a multi-franchise concept owner/operator and employs in excess of 650 people with revenues in excess of $30 million annually.

Bernard J. Milano, KPMG Foundation

KPMG Foundation
Bernie Milano is president and a member of the boards of directors of three nonprofit organizations; the KPMG Foundation, the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund and The PhD Project. He joined KPMG (then Peat Marwick Mitchell &Co.) following his graduation from Temple University in 1961. He held positions of National Partner in Charge of University Relations followed by National Partner in Charge of Human Resources. He holds two honorary doctorates one of which is from North Carolina A&T State University.

Scott Morris, 3M Industrial & Transportation Business Services

3M Industrial & Transportation Business Services
Scott Morris is the National Manager for 3M Design Solutions and a Global Key Account Leader for 3M’s Appliance Market initiative. In addition to managing a U.S. based team, he has developed the strategic vision, solutions process, and metrics for this new 3M Business Model, which is being replicated globally. This motivational leader has created and is certified to teach an array of sales, leadership, and personal equity workshops. Morris sits on the 3M African American Network Leadership Council.

Dmitri L. Stockton, GE Asset Management

GE Asset Management
Stockton is currently President and CEO of GE Asset Management, a global asset manager with $115 billion in assets under management for GE’s U.S. employee pension and benefits plans and a wide range of other institutional investors, including plan sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, and endowments. In this role he oversees an array of investment strategies managed by the firm, spanning U.S. and international equities, fixed income, real estate, private equity and hedge funds. Stockton is a former Board Director of Garanti Bank in Turkey, Bank BPH in Poland and BAC Credomatic Bank in Central America, and is currently on the non-profit boards of A Better Chance, GE Foundation and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He is also a member of the Parents Advisory Council at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Stockton has received numerous recognitions and awards in his career including his selection as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful in Corporate America in 2009 and 75 Most Powerful on Wall Street in 2011. In 2012, he was chosen by Savoy Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Stockton is an inductee in the National Black College Hall of Fame and was chosen by the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society as the Business Information Professional of the Year in 2005 and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for the Business Achievement Award in 2007. He has also been the recipient of the North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Excellence Award.

Jesse Waibel, Caterpillar

Jesse Waibel is a Business Support Manager at Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division in Cary, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant. Waibel joined Caterpillar in 1994 and he has been involved in campus recruiting and interviewing for the majority of his career.

Michael Washington, Shell Oil

Shell Oil
Michael A. Washington is currently the Continuous Improvement Expert for Global Commercial Americas.  In this role he is responsible for the deployment of Lean/6 Sigma practices and cultural shifts for operational assets and supply chain functions in North America and Latin America for the Lubricants Supply Chain organization for Shell Oil.  Prior to this assignment, he was Vice President of North American Logistics Operations for Shell Oil Products US supporting the transportation and distribution of ~350 million gallons of finished lubricants across the US and Canada.  Prior to these roles he was President and CEO of Pedes, Inc a supply chain company supporting several Fortune 500 clients in the Mid-West.  Lastly, he spent almost 15 years at Procter and Gamble in the Packaged Soap Division in various role in engineering and R&D.  Michael earned a Chemistry Degree from Fisk University and a Chemical Engineering Degree from Tuskegee Institute.  He is married with two children and residing in Houston, Texas.

Jini Thornton

Jini Davis Thornton, CPA 
Envision Business Management Group 

Jini Thornton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Envision Business Management Group, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Envision has been in business for 19 years and provides accounting, tax, financial planning, tour accounting and logistics, and other financial related services to individuals and businesses in the entertainment industry. She created and served as the host of the award winning Money Talks, a financial commentary segment, which aired Monday through Friday on the Atlanta Radio One station WHTA-FM, Hot 107.9 and the Macon station WFXM-FM Foxie 107.1 for over eight years. Jini frequently contributes to the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show providing financial advice to listeners throughout the Southern United States. Jini attended North Carolina A&T State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1991 and received her Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Illinois of Urbana Champaign in 1993.

Tyrance Marcus

Marcus Tyrance
Streamline, a Union Pacific subsidiary

Marcus Tyrance is a Sr. Business Director in the Marketing & Sales Department, where he leads the Commercial Team for Streamline, a Union Pacific subsidiary that provides door to door intermodal services.  Marcus holds a BA in Journalism and an MSM in Transportation and Business Logistics.  Immediately after college, Marcus was a production assistant at a small talk radio station.  Prior to joining the railroad, he was also an Operations Manager at a third party logistics company and a dispatcher at a small trucking company.
In 2006, Marcus graduated from the MSM program at NC A&T and joined Union Pacific Railroad as an Account Representative at the Market Development and Sales Center in Omaha, NE.  In that position, Marcus managed the commercial relationship between Union Pacific and several small Intermodal Marketing Companies.  Marcus subsequently held several roles with increasing responsibilities in the Marketing & Sales department in Omaha, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.