Meet our team of experienced Executive Leaders
Shellye Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and the President of Arizona State University, and serves on the board of two national nonprofits, Catalyst and Braven.
Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company. During her tenure MetricStream grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader.
She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. A book that will inspire you and provide the tools to enable you to fight the battles, make the tradeoffs and create the life you want. She is also a Forbes contributor and the protagonist of the Harvard Business School Case Study: Becoming a CEO.
Ms. Archambeau enjoys the performing arts, traveling, cooking and writing a blog that provides career advice, insights and other musings (https://shellye.com).
Les Brun is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sarr Group, LLC, a diversified holding company for his investments. He is also Senior Advisor of G100 Companies, a unique business partnership that combines the world's best C-level learning communities with a handful of premier professional services firms. Previously, he was a Managing Director in the New York office of CCMP Capital Advisors. Les also founded and was Chairman Emeritus of Hamilton Lane, the world’s leading Private Equity advisory and management firm. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Richcourt Group, a Hamilton Lane company specializing in hedge fund of funds management.
Les is currently Chairman of the Board of Director of CDK Global, Inc. (NASDAQ “CDK”). He is Lead Director of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE “MRK”) and Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE “BR”), where he was formerly Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Corning, Inc. (NYSE “GLW) and Ariel Investments, LLC. Les was formerly Chairman of the Board of Directors of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NYSE “ADP”) until November 2015 and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE “HPE”). He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he was Chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s S.B.I.C. Advisory Council, and a member of the Committee for the Reinvention of the S.B.A.
Les has over 40 years of investment banking, commercial banking and financial advisory experience.
Les holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus, and is a former Trustee of the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc. He is also a former Trustee of Widener University, as well as Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA. Most recently, Les was recognized by the NACD as one of America’s top 100 Corporate Directors in 2015.
Philip L. Francis retired in 2012 as Executive Chairman of PetSmart, North America’s leading pet specialty retailer. Prior to joining PetSmart in 1998, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc., headquartered in Massachusetts.
A graduate of the University of Illinois and the Indiana University Business School, he has 45 years of retail and wholesale experience in various leadership positions with Roundy’s, Cardinal Health and Jewel Companies. He has been heavily involved in the Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Boston United Way organizations, and served on the Board of the National Retail Federation.
Mr. Francis serves as chairman of the board for Teach for America Arizona. Additionally, he serves in the Greater Phoenix Leadership, and is on the ASU WP Carey School of Business Dean’s Council of 100. He serves on the Federal Reserve Board’s Western Region Advisory Council and is chairman of UMOM’s (homeless) Patrons Board. Mr. Francis is on the boards of Carefusion. He serves on the board of Pharmaca (private) headquartered in Boulder.
Kaleim Manji is the CEO of Spear Education LLC, the nation’s leading in-person and online educator for dentists, their teams and patients. Kaleim currently serves on the Pacific Region Board of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Kaleim also currently sits on Open Wide Foundation board. Kaleim holds his Master's in Business Administration from Duke University and was awarded one of Phoenix Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40. In his free time, Kaleim enjoys biking, traveling, wine, being a foodie, cheering on Duke Basketball and watching Formula One racing. Kaleim is from Vancouver, Canada and currently lives in Scottsdale with his wife Liz and son Liam.
Judy Jolley Mohraz is the retired president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private foundation committed to supporting organizations that enrich health, wellbeing and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Previously she served as president of Goucher College in Baltimore where she fostered greater commitment to community service among students and faculty. An American historian by training, she was a member of the faculty of Southern Methodist University and served as Associate Provost. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked for more than three decades to ensure that women’s experiences are included in the curriculum from kindergarten through the college level.
Dr. Mohraz was a presidential appointee to the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy and co-chaired the Special Committee to review the Naval Academy. Active in local and national organizations in higher education and philanthropy, she has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Committed to engagement in the community where she lives, she has served as a trustee of the St. Mark’s School of Texas, ChildCare Dallas, Baltimore Community Foundation, and the board of directors of Greater Phoenix Leadership. Currently she serves as a trustee of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and serves on the board of Encore.org.
Her honors include Baylor University Distinguished Alumni Award and the Business Journal’s designation as one of Phoenix’s Most Admired CEOs.
Erik Olsson, B.Sc., became President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Mobile Mini in April 2013. Mr. Olsson had been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of RSC Holdings, Inc. from 2006 until that company was acquired by United Rentals, Inc. in April 2012. NYSE listed, RSC had grown to become a premier provider of rental equipment in North America, servicing the industrial, maintenance and non-residential construction markets with 440 branch locations across 43 states in the U.S. and three provinces in Western Canada.
Mr. Olsson joined RSC Equipment Rental Inc. in 2001 as its Chief Financial Officer and Olsson served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of RSC Equipment Rental Inc., and RSC Holdings Inc. from August 4, 2006 to 2012. Mr. Olsson served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of RSC Equipment Rental since 2005 and oversaw the efforts to fulfill the equipment rental needs of the more than 200,000 RSC customers in NEBITDA margins in the mid-to-high 40s and generated strong free cash flow resulting in more than $1 billion in debt reduction. Mr. Olsson also led RSC’s 2007 IPO and successful sale in 2012 creating significant gains in shareholder value.
Earlier, he held a number of senior financial management positions in various global businesses of RSC’s former parent company, Atlas Copco Group, in Sweden, Brazil and the United States, including his last assignment as Chief Financial Officer for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation in Milwaukee, WI from 1998 to 2000. He is also a Director on the board of Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers Incorporated.
Jeffrey Pruitt is CEO and founding partner of Tallwave. He is also General Manager in Tallwave Capital. Previously, Jeff served as President of iCrossing, where he helped drive the development and growth of the world’s largest independent search marketing agency. During his tenure at iCrossing, revenues grew from $2M to $100M.
Jeff serves as a committee co-chair for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Innovation Council. In 2009-10, Jeff served as chair of SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization), helping drive the search industry’s trade group initiatives in research and best practices education. In 2010, B2B Magazine named him one of the top ten most influential persons in search marketing. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has sat on the advisory councils of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jeff resides with his wife and three children in Phoenix, AZ.
Eve Ross, J.D. is an experienced Medical Technology executive with a track record of successful product commercialization and public policy accomplishments. She is a strategic leader who uses her legal experience to help businesses excel. She headed global Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Gore [W.L. Gore & Associates]’s 1.7B Medical Products Division prior to retiring in mid-2017. Previously, she was lead healthcare counsel for the corporation.
Eve Ross has been nationally recognized for her unique combination of healthcare system and medical technology industry perspectives. Nationally, Ms. Ross was the founding Co-Chairman of AdvaMed’s Value Based Care Committee, and a former Chairperson of the AdvaMed Technology and Regulation Steering Committee. She served as a merit reviewer for the federal Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and previously served on the MDEpinet National Medical Device Registry Task Force and the International Medical Device Regulator’s Task Force.
In Arizona, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Community Foundation; the Board of Directors of Teach for America – Arizona; the ASU Idea Enterprise Advisory Board; The Advisory Board of the BioDesign Institute, the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy’s Board of Advisors; and is Vice Chair of The Flinn Foundations’ BioScience Roadmap Steering Committee. She also serves on the finance committee of Hushaby Nursery working to secure coverage & coding for a new clinical pathway for opioid-addicted newborns. She served on Governor Ducey’s Trade and Transportation Corridor Alliance, and is a former Board member at Senestech (SNES), a publicly traded ag-bio startup.
Eve Ross received her B.A. from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY and her J.D. from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Kathy Starkoff is an Independent Director, President and CEO as well as an accomplished Fortune 500 technology executive with 30+ years of experience leading global, highly-regulated and industry-leading organizations. She has skillfully translated digital/technology innovations into strategy, directed enterprise risk management, and guided mission-critical system, process and organizational change. Kathy is recognized for her strong communication and collaboration skills; she simplifies the complex and connects seemingly dissimilar points, with transparency and trust.
Kathy is an independent Director of the Gentex Corporation (GNTX; Nasdaq). She is also Board Chair of Flying Horse Farms, camp for seriously ill children and a Board Member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global organization, where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.
As the President and CEO of Orange Star Consulting, Ms. Starkoff advises executives and boards on matters of IT strategy, large-scale change and risk management. Her understanding of diverse industries, cultures, and norms is appreciated by clients that range from regional public accounting firms to multi-billion dollar manufacturing concerns, including government and higher education.
Previously, Kathy was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at The Ohio State University, a top tier research university. As a member of both the President’s Council and the University’s Management Committee, she advised key leadership and the Board. There, she united 35 IT organizations of competing interests (e.g.medical center, research, athletics and colleges) resulting in foundational enterprise strategies for IT, elearning and cyber security.
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Group Vice President of Limited Brands, a $6 billion global retailer that included Victoria’s Secret, now LBrands, Ms. Starkoff led transformational change, advising key executives and the Board. She was key to the creation of new enterprise functions, including the supply chain, shared services (HR, IT, and Finance), as well as Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to that, Kathy was CTO and Senior Vice President of Bank One Corporation, now Chase, where she improved the speed and effectiveness of mergers and acquisitions.
Kathy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Kent State University.
Markos Tambakeras currently serves as chairman of the board of NYSE-listed Xylem Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Make-A-Wish International, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
During his extensive international career he served in various executive management positions for Honeywell Inc. in South Africa, Hong Kong and the United States. He was president of Honeywell Asia Pacific in the mid-1990s and president of Honeywell’s industrial Automation and Control business in the late ‘90s. From 1999 to 2006 he served as chairman, CEO and president of NYSE-listed Kennametal Inc. He has also been a director of Parker Hannifin, ITT Cororation and Newport Corp and has served on the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University as well as the Foundation Board of ASU.
Tambakeras and his wife, Pamela, reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and have two children, both living in the Phoenix area. His interests are mentoring, travel, history, gold and reading.