Upcoming events for ACCD.

March 09, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Investment Banking in the 2021 Administration

Hosted by Mike Jeans, Featuring Jim Apostolides, Managing Director Needham & Company

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Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

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Mr. Apostolides joined Needham & Company as a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in 2008. He has 46 years of experience as an investment banker, a strategy consultant and a corporate executive, and he has completed a wide variety of transactions valued at well over $100 billion. In addition to serving a broad range of clients on M&A and restructuring matters, Mr. Apostolides also serves as Chairman of the Firm’s Fairness Opinion Committee.

Mr. Apostolides began his career at McKinsey & Company, helping clients develop strategies to address growth, resource allocation, turnaround and diversification issues across a wide range of industries, and was based in New York, Amsterdam and Athens.

As an investment banker, he has worked at Salomon Brothers, Scully Brothers & Foss, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Most of his banking career was devoted to working on large, extremely complex projects for some of the world’s most demanding clients, including GE, KKR, Accenture, GM, Hughes Aircraft, EDS, United Technologies and IBM.

Mr. Apostolides also spent four years in executive roles at Accenture, Oracle and BearingPoint, executing C-suite special projects of a financial and strategic nature.

Mr. Apostolides has a BS in Operations Research and an MBA in Finance, both from New York University.

March 23, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: An Update on the Political Arena

Hosted by Mike Jeans, Featuring Michael Whouley, Political Consultant

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Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

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As a co-founder of Dewey Square Group with more than 25 years of experience, Michael has been a key strategist in many of the nation’s high-profile public policy debates. He has led “war room” campaigns, directing messaging and political strategy operations for Fortune 50 companies, non-profits and coalitions.

A senior strategist for several national campaigns, Michael’s experience includes serving as General Election Director at the Democratic National Committee in 2004, Chief Political Strategist for the DNC in 2000, and senior advisor to the John Kerry for President and Gore 2000 campaigns. Additionally he was National Field Director for Clinton/Gore ’92 and National Campaign Manager for Vice President Gore during the 1996 reelection. Following the Clinton/Gore victory in 1992, Michael was appointed Director of the Office of Priority Placement in the White House Office of Personnel. In 2006 he oversaw national GOTV activities for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which led to a historic gain in US House seats and Democratic control of Congress.

Michael is a native of Boston and a graduate of Boston College.

April 07, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: How to get Invited to the Party: Getting a Board Seat

Featuring Mike Jeans.

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Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit

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Mike Jeans is an experienced board director and has held general management, marketing, sales, and operations roles in professional services, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics and photographic services industries.

He is a Director of AMICA Mutual Insurance Company where he serves on the Compensation, Nominating & Governance, and Investment Committees and is past Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves on the Northeast Region Board, chairs its Nominating Committee and is also a board member of the BSA local Spirit of Adventure Council in Boston. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts. He is a member of the Board of Maine Media Workshops + College and was past board president. He is also a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (NH) Foundation and is a member of the Board of Corporators of Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.

Mike was President and later Chairman Emeritus of New Directions, a career management firm providing coaching, career guidance, and transition services to senior-‐level people in business and the professions. Prior to New Directions, Mike served as President and CEO of Roxy.com, an on-‐line retailer of consumer electronics and telecom products. Mike was also CEO of Nashua Photo, Inc., a direct marketer of branded consumer photo processing services. Earlier, he served as President of Wesson/Peter Pan Foods, as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales at HP Hood, as Vice President of Marketing at Hunt Wesson Foods, and as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Cheesebrough-‐ Ponds Food Group.

Mike earned degrees from College of the Holy Cross (BA) and Dartmouth (MBA).

April 20, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: When Do Directors Need to Hire a Consultant?

Hosted by Mike Jeans featuring Meldon Wolfgang, Partner, BCG

Attendees earn 1 Qualified Credit

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Mel Wolfgang is a Partner in BCG’s Boston office, having also worked in BCG’s London and Kuala Lumpur offices. He has served clients across a number of heavy industrial spaces in areas relating to strategy, manufacturing, operations, growth, and pricing. He serves on the Global Leadership teams of both BCG's Operations and Organization Practices where he leads our Change Management topic. In addition, Mel serves on the NAMR Regional Management Team, where he leads all Talent Management.

He has deep expertise in the areas of manufacturing strategy, organization structure and engagement, shop-floor safety, advanced / data-enabled manufacturing, operational effectiveness, growth and B2B go-to-market, and pricing. He has also published a number of papers on the topics of supply chain optimization and industry 4.0 manufacturing.

His consulting project experience includes:

• Led the restructuring analysis of a 300+ location global distribution footprint, rationalizing regional footprints to reduce total locations by over 50% and net annual savings of over $2b

• Developed plant rationalization strategy for a multi-mill network in specialty paper industry, reducing 25% of locations with minimal investment capital in remaining footprint to absorb output

• Supported development of plant closure strategy for one of US's largest integrated steel mill companies

• Developed a plan to help a carbon steel mill avoid bankruptcy through a mix of operational, labor & financial levers

• Drove comprehensive turnaround strategy for one of the world's largest producers of specialty stainless – targeting sales lift, production cost reduction through lean and flexibility, inventory reduction, fixed cost reduction, talent and IT

• Implemented metals plant network manufacturing optimization, including working capital and labor reduction

• Developed of comprehensive corporate portfolio growth and shareholder value strategy for a special alloys player

• Supported due diligence and bid preparation for a metals company in looking at a key industry player

• Turnaround and carve-out plan for a wood-based building components company from its parent, focusing on lean operations and network restructuring

• Developed supply chain, pricing and growth strategy for a hard steel, tungsten and molybdenum materials producer

• Audited commercial organization capabilities for a U.S. integrated steel mill and redesigned sales operations, targeting ~10% in cost savings and ~15-20% in revenue increases with key customers
Prior to joining BCG, Mr. Wolfgang accumulated a variety of experiences in the marine industry, including research scientist at MIT, oceanographic equipment manufacturing, yacht design/construction, engine room technician aboard an LNG ship, and shipfitting, design, and repair for U.S. naval vessels.

Mr. Wolfgang holds a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a dual B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.

May 05, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Governor George Pataki Revisits Where Washington DC is Leading Us

Hosted by Mike Jeans, Featuring former N.Y. Governor and Presidential Candidate, George Pataki

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Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit
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George Elmer Pataki (/pəˈtɑːki/; born June 24, 1945) is an American lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 53rd Governor of New York (1995–2006). An attorney by profession, Pataki was elected mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York and went on to be elected to the State Assembly and the State Senate. In 1994, Pataki ran for Governor of New York against three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo, defeating him by a margin of more than three points as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was the third Republican Governor of New York elected since 1923 (the other two were Govs. Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller). As of 2020, Pataki is the most recent Republican to hold any statewide office in New York.
In early 2015, Pataki began exploring a candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016; he announced his candidacy on May 28, 2015. On December 29, 2015, Pataki ended his campaign before the Republican presidential primaries had begun.

May 25, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Basic Info All Directors Should be Aware of

Webinar featuring Megan Gates, Mintz Levin

Participants earn 1 Qualified Webinar Credit toward all levels of Professional Director Certification


Megan is a prominent corporate and securities attorney who deftly steers public companies through capital-raising transactions, SEC reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions. She applies knowledge she gained during an earlier in-house role with a laboratory and analytical instrument maker to ably advise life sciences and other clients on corporate governance and SEC compliance matters. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and BC Law School.

June 16, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: An Update of the Cyber Crime Epidemic

Brigadier General Gregory J Touhill, Retired, USAF


Brigadier General Gregory (Greg) J. Touhill Ret, USAF, is President of AppGate Federal and is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. He was previously appointed by President Barack Obama as the first Federal Chief Information Security Officer of the United States, stepping down in January, 2017.

June 29, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Thinking Strategically about Risk Management

Hosted by Mike Jeans, Featuring R. Brad Oates

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June 29 2:00 - 3:00p

Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

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Brad Oates once had a distinguished professional football career in the National Football League after a noted athletic career at Brigham Young University (“BYU”) where Brad was a two-time captain of the football team and was named to the 1975 Associated Press All-American team. Brad augmented his off seasons in the NFL by attending law school at BYU’s Law School. He graduated with honors in 1982, and he was awarded the Professional Responsibility Award by the Utah Bar Association. In 1985, Brad began his multi-faceted professional career in Texas, beginning with the banking industry. Brad is currently Chairman of Stone Advisors, LP, a Dallas-based buyout, business advisory, and resolution services firm. Former senior executive positions include: Chairman of NFC Global; Chairman of Universal Hardwood Flooring; Chairman of eBureau; Chairman of RiskWise International; President of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group; Executive Vice President of Stone Capital; President/COO of Bluebonnet Savings Bank; and SVP/General Counsel of Stockton Savings Bank. Brad holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, and serves as an independent board member at CIT Group (NYSE:CIT). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance that is associated with the Jindal School of Business at University of Texas – Dallas. He is a former Chairman of the Texas Savings and Community Bankers Association. And, he is a noted lecturer on business ethics and corporate governance.

July 14, 2021 Qualified Webinar

2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: “A great company deserves a great board”

Hosted by Mike Jeans, featuring Beverly Behan

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July 14, 2021 2:00 - 3:00p
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit
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Beverly Behan has worked with nearly 200 Boards of Directors over the past 25 years, ranging from recent IPOs to the Fortune 500 – from New York and Toronto to Bogota, Kuala Lumpur and Tel Aviv. She is the author of “Great Companies Deserve Great Boards” (2011), named Governance Book of the Year by Directors and Boards magazine and the newly released (January, 2021) “Board and Director Evaluations” and “New CEOs and Boards: A Practical Guide to Building a Great Board Relationship – and a Great Board.”
For more than two decades, Beverly has led many innovations inboard and director evaluations, dating back to 1996 when she conducted an individual director evaluation for a major Canadian bank, the first of its kind in North America. In 2001, she incorporated management input into board evaluations for a Fortune 500 publishing company. In 2015, she conducted the first board and director evaluations for one of the largest conglomerates in Southeast Asia. Over the past decade, she worked with several US boards on the development of Board 2.0, an innovation that helps boards optimize their composition and manage that transition. And in 2019, she worked with the board of a Fortune 100 company to create what became the New Director 360, an innovation for director orientation with both an evaluative and developmental component.
A former partner at Mercer Delta in New York and Managing Director of the Hay Group’s Board Effectiveness practice, Beverly started her own firm, Board Advisor, LLC, in New York in 2009.