Three Rivers Chapter Leadership
Bob Krizner is the Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh office of KPMG. He serves as an Audit Partner, primarily serving public companies ranging from local to global organizations. He has also served for several years in KPMG's Advisory practice where he specialized in providing risk management services throughout the U.S. Bob worked in both the New York and Chicago offices of KPMG before returning to Pittsburgh in 2005. He has served as a National Instructor for KPMG technical trainings and acts as moderator for the semi-annual KPMG Audit Committee Institute Roundtables. Bob is a member of the boards of trustees of the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Corporate Circles Board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Allegheny Conference Board, and the Pittsburgh United Way.
Kelly Szejko (Shako) has been a respected presence in the region's business community for more than two decades. With a gift for growing organizations, managing prospects and building expansive networks of volunteers, Kelly has parlayed her experience as an accountant and corporate controller into leadership roles in numerous non-profit business associations.
Kelly's dedication to the region's economic vitality, her ability to capitalize on untapped opportunities and the talented consortium of professionals that she has amassed are invaluable assets to western Pennsylvania and the organizations for which she serves. Most recently, Kelly was named President of the National Association of Corporate Directors Three Rivers Chapter [NACD3R], January, 2012. NACD3R is a non-profit membership organization focused on promoting good corporate governance practices in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati & Buffalo.
Membership in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) provides directors and governance professionals outside of the boardroom with a forum to deepen their knowledge of leading practices, discover emerging governance trends and broaden their peer-to-peer networks.
Kelly also serves as President of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association [PVCA], an association that advocates on behalf of the investment community, and is the President of the Association for Corporate Growth [ACG], Pittsburgh Chapter, a trade association that fosters corporate growth through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and is the Executive Director of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the only international non-profit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management.
Under her leadership, all the organizations have experienced impressive gains in membership, outreach and impact.
James D. Chiafullo is a Business Group Director at Cohen & Grigsby where he focuses on corporate, securities, commercial finance and real estate law. Earlier in his career, he spent ten years as General Partner with Thorp, Reed & Armstrong and as in house counsel for Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh and Houston, Texas. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for corporate mergers and acquisitions and business. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh Law School. Jim was a Member of the Hearing Committee serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for six years. He is also a member of the board of the Western Pennsylvania Epilepsy Foundation and the board of FNB Corporation. He is also the President of The Club at Nevillewood.
Sarah Stewart is a Managing Director with the Board Practice of Boyden, a global executive search firm with more than 70 offices in 40 countries. Previously, she has conducted board director search and governance consulting projects as a Senior Associate, Executive Director and Partner with two New York-based search firms, Spencer Stuart and Boardroom Consultants. During her career, her work has resulted in more than 300 director placements for public, private and nonprofit organizations, about one-third of which were for diversity candidates. She has also consulted with clients on corporate governance issues including board evaluation, management succession and board effectiveness. In addition to her board work, she has managed selected recruiting assignments for CEOs, CFOs, General Counsels, and senior human resources, investor relations and corporate communications professionals. She has a BA from Colorado College and also studied at the University of London's Goldsmith's College. She is a member of the Private Business Advisory Board at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Rachel Allen is the general counsel for ALung Technologies, Inc. Rachel was formerly a Partner with Jones, Day where she practiced in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, transactional, securities law, and corporate counseling. She has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestiture activity, corporate restructurings, capital formations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and venture capital transactions. Rachel's experience in these areas includes extensive work in certain highly regulated industries such as energy and health care. Prior to rejoining Jones Day, she served as Vice President, General Counsel and New Business Development Officer for DQE Enterprises, an affiliate of DQE, Inc. which invested in and developed businesses in the energy services and technologies and electronic commerce industries. Rachel is listed in Chambers USA, the guide to America's leading lawyers for business. She serves and has served on a number of boards, including H Power Corp. , The Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services, Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, and Brother's Brother Foundation. In addition, Rachel served as chairperson of the Three Rivers Venture Fair in 2005.
William H. Hernandez is the retired Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of PPG Industries, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of Albemarle Corporation as Chair of the Audit committee; BlackBox Corporation as Chair of the Nominating and Governance committee; Eastman Kodak as Chair of the Restructuring committee; USG Corporation as Chair of the Audit committee; and the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. He previously served on the board of Pentair Corporation. Mr. Hernandez was recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine for four years as Best CFO in the Chemical industry, and by Chemical Week magazine as CFO of the Year. He is a Certified Management Accountant, and member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute. He has published in Management Accounting Magazine and The Harvard Business Review. He received his Bachelor in Economics degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA degree from Harvard University with concentrations in Finance and Control. Prior to PPG, Mr. Hernandez had finance, management, operational, or executive positions at the Ford Motor Company and BorgWarner Corporation.
As Senior Vice President and President of MSA International, Mr. Herring, 55, oversees MSA's business in Europe, the Russia/Caspian Sea Region, the Middle East, India, China, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa. In this capacity, Mr. Herring is responsible for all business initiatives and strategy execution in the geographies that drive approximately half of MSA's global revenue.
Since joining MSA in 1983, Mr. Herring has served in a variety of roles including senior sales representative for MSA's New York and New Jersey territories; product line manager for airline respirators; director of marketing; general manager of the company's former safety products division; vice president of global product leadership; and most recently, as President of MSA Europe.
During his tenure as President of MSA Europe, Mr. Herring guided the implementation of a multi-year, multi-phase transformation initiative that significantly changed MSA's business model in Europe. This initiative was focused on improving efficiencies, cost structure and customer satisfaction through process harmonization and master data consolidation, warehouse consolidation and the implementation of one common IT system. He also worked to strengthen the European organization's functional focus by establishing a principal operating company to better align strategic decision making and drive performance from one central location and reinforce process standardization to ensure sustainability in serving customers and generating a sustainable profitable advantage. As Vice President of Global Product Leadership, Mr. Herring drove the standardization of multiple MSA processes, including the establishment of a phase-gate New Product Development process, the creation of Global Branding Standards and a New Product Portfolio selection processes. In 2007, MSA was awarded the Product Development Management Association's Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of these accomplishments.
Mr. Herring earned his MBA from Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey in 1988 and his bachelor's degree from Montclair State University in in Montclair, New Jersey in 1983.
Mr. Herring currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), the National Eagle Scout Association of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
Mr. Herring and his wife Nancy were expatriates living in Berlin, Germany and Rapperswil, Switzerland from 2010 through 2015. They repatriated to the United States in November of 2015, and currently reside in Mars, PA. They have three grown children. Mr. Herring is an avid golfer, and also enjoys tennis, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, backpacking and trap shooting. He is also an Eagle Scout
Lynette Horrell is the Pittsburgh Office Managing Partner and an Assurance services partner with Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has 28 years of experience serving numerous companies in different industries with emphasis in the manufacturing, chemicals and distribution industries. Lynette was admitted to the Ernst & Young partnership in 1998. As Office Managing Partner, Lynette oversees our Assurance practice including Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing (RDM), Energy, Technology, Communications and Entertainment, and Health Care practices. She is responsible for ensuring quality service to all clients in the Pittsburgh market as well as implementing and disseminating leading practices with respect to firm vision and thought leadership locally. Lynette has significant experience serving SEC clients. Her role as Office Managing Partner combined with her multinational experience provides her with the unique access to global resources and tools to best serve her clients. She has served as coordinating partner on four initial public offerings and has extensive experience in a wide variety of other 1933 and 1934 Act filings. She was the local Sarbanes-Oxley technical resource in the initial year of implementation and serves as an area technical resource in the area of revenue recognition. In addition to revenue recognition, Lynette has extensive experience with stock compensation, purchase accounting and inventory accounting.
Dennis M. Oates is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAP). He was named Chairman of the Board in 2010 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since January, 2008. Oates joined the Board of Directors of Universal in 2007.
Mr. Oates served as Senior Vice President of the Specialty Alloys Operations of Carpenter Technology Corporation from 2003 to 2007 where he led the $1.5 Billion specialty steel manufacturing operations with global operations serving the aerospace, medical, energy, automotive, consumer and industrial markets. In 2002, Oates was the Senior Vice President of Engineered Products Operations for Carpenter with responsibility for revenue growth and operational effectiveness of its titanium, powder metals and engineered products companies.
From 1997 through 2002, Oates was President and Chief Executive of TW Metals, a $500 million metals processing and Distribution Company formed in 1997 with 44 locations around the world providing specialty metals mainly to the aerospace market.
Prior to forming TW Metals, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston-based Connell Limited Partnership (CLP) from 1995 to 1997. CLP was a $1.4 Billion privately-held company in the metals recycling and precision metal fabrication industries doing business as Luria Brothers, Wabash Alloys, Danly Machine, Danly Die Set, Mayville Metal Products and Yuba Heat Exchange Company.
Mr. Oates began his career in the metals industry in 1974 at Lukens Inc. (NYSE:LUK) in Coatesville, PA where he progressed through positions of increasing responsibility before being named President and Chief Operating Officer of Lukens' General Industries Group in 1988. In 1991, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Lukens Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of Lukens Steel Company.
Mr. Oates was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 by Ernst & Young. He is a past Chairman of the North American Specialty Metals Council and previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Steel Manufacturers Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Specialty Steel Institute of North America and as a Director on the Metal Service Center Institute Board. Mr. Oates is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Fellow and a NACD Governance Fellow. Mr. Oates holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple University.
Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAP) manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steel products to the aerospace, power generation, petrochemical and general industrial markets.