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Why do 93% of private companies report an increase in EBIT after implementing a Board? According to Lodestone's 2019 Private Company Board Survey, this is just one of the likely impacts from adding an independent board of directors. At this event, our seasoned panelists and moderator with decades of experience on private company boards will discuss how private companies can drive superior performance through the strategic use of corporate and advisory boards.
This event's discussion is designed for private company business owners and management, board members, and prospective board members. Key takeaways addressed: • How do boards promote accountability and drive performance in private companies? • What topics are likely to emerge when starting or joining a private company board? • How has our panelists' board membership directly enhanced company performance? • Who fits the profile of a private company board director?
About Our Panel:
Jill Wittels: Dr. Jill Wittels is managing partner of Sostenuto Strategic Advisors as well as COO and president of Route Dynamics Corp., a startup in the aviation space. She is also a public board chair, private board director, CEO mentor, and angel investor. She serves as fiduciary or advisory director or strategic advisor to technology companies in a wide range of markets. Currently she is chair of the board of eMagin (EMAN), an OLED micro-displays company. She has recently been engaged as a member of a newly formed Science and Innovation Council for the international mining giant, BHP Billiton, and she has joined the founding team of a startup in aviation as president and COO. She also serves as a CEO advisor/mentor to early-stage companies in the New England high-tech zone in markets from biotech and medical IT to mobile banking security, either through MIT Venture Mentor Service or independently. Her primary nonprofit experience was nearly 20 years on the board of directors of Fermi Research Alliance, which operates the DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Since launching SSA in July of 2011, Dr. Wittels has also consulted for several of the top-rank aerospace and defense enterprises. In July 2011, she retired as corporate vice president of business and technology strategy at L-3 Communications (2001-2011) where she worked directly for the CEO. Her first board directorship was for eight years as a L-3’s board director for Innovative Microtechnologies Inc., a California-based designer and manufacturer of complex MEMS devices. Dr. Wittels has nearly 35 years of experience with business unit P&L management, strategy, engineering management and leadership. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from MIT in 1970 and a PhD in physics from MIT in 1975. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, the American College of Corporate Directors, The Boston Club, as well as the American Physical Society.
Ed Pendergast: Ed Pendergast has been a Managing Director of Dunn Rush & Co. since the firm's inception in 2009. Ed works across a number of industries helping owner-managers increase their company’s value. He has done this throughout his career as an investment banker, CPA, corporate financial consultant, business valuator, CEO, Director, arbitrator and mediator, and a faculty member for the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Board Advisory Services. Ed has been an advocate for emerging businesses with a special emphasis on working with closely held and family businesses. For more than 25 years, Ed has served as President of Pendergast & Company, a Corporate Financial Consulting firm which has advised a wide variety of companies on corporate financial strategies. Prior to that, he was a founding partner in a regional accounting firm, National Director of Planning for a national accounting firm and CEO of yet another regional accounting firm. Ed has been President of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s, the Smaller Business Association of New England and the New England Chapter of NACD. He was Vice Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Ed serves and has served on numerous public, private and nonprofit boards. For two companies, as Chairman, he became interim CEO to bridge the gap left by departing CEO’s. Ed is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program and holds a M.S. in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Registered Investment Banking Representative (Series 62, 63, 79).
About Our Moderator:
Carl Metzger: Carl Metzger is a partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and is the Chair of the firm’s Risk Management & Insurance practice. His clients include public and private companies, insurance carriers and brokerages, private equity and venture capital firms, and non-profit and educational institutions. He specializes in advising clients on director and officer liability, insurance coverage matters, liability risk prevention and litigation due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Metzger has been recognized as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” and a “New England Super Lawyer” as published by Boston magazine, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC). He has been a Lexology’s Client Choice Award exclusive winner, is highlighted as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and a Corporate LiveWire Global Award winner for expertise in his field. Mr. Metzger writes and speaks nationally on liability-related topics, and he has been quoted in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,CNN, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Corporate Board Member Magazine and CFO Magazine. He currently is a board member and President of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).