Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Colleen Barret

Colleen Barrett
President Emeritus, Southwest Airlines

Prior to stepping down as president in 2008, Colleen oversaw management, leadership, and budget responsibilities for much of the company's operational groups; she was a member of the company's board of directors, as well as a member of the company's executive planning committee. She chaired numerous special teams, task forces, and committees relating to internal and external Southwest customers.

Some of the awards Colleen has received include: the World's 100 Most Powerful Women: (2005, 2004); 50 Most Powerful Women in Business: Fortune Magazine (2003, 2002); Best Managers: BusinessWeek (2002); America's Most Powerful Business Women: Fortune Magazine (2001).

Prior to joining Southwest in 1978, she worked for several years as an Executive Assistant to Herb Kelleher (Southwest's former Executive Chairman) at his law firm. For Southwest Airlines, she served as Vice President, Administration from 1986 to 1990; Executive Vice President, Customers from 1990 to 2001.

Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.
Chief Spiritual Officer, Ken Blanchard Companies 

Ken is Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979 in San Diego, California. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at Cornell University. Ken is cofounder of The Center for FaithWalk Leadership, which is dedicated to helping leaders walk their talk in the marketplace.

The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. In 2004, Ken was awarded with the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA - The Association of Learning Providers.

Ken has co-authored many books, including, but not limited to: The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, High Five!, Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, Leadership by the Book, and Lead Like Jesus.

Ken Blanchard received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University, and his master's from Colgate University.

Margie Blanchard

Margie Blanchard, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Ken Blanchard Companies

As Co-Founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, she works diligently to develop the company into one of the premier management consulting and training companies in the world. Margie now heads the firm's unique Office of the Future - a think tank charged with shaping the future of both the training industry and the company.

Margie served as president of the company from 1987-1997, leading its rapid growth and success. She coauthored The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance.

She coauthored The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life and Working Well: Managing for Health and High Performance.

Margie received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dennis Carey

Dennis Carey
Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International

Dennis specializes in the recruitment of CEOs and corporate directors; clients include 3M, Tyco International, Unisys, MCI, American Standard, American Express, CBS, Allied Signal, GlaxoSmithKline, CIGNA, and many others. Dennis serves as a director of AirClic, The Edgewater Funds and Wharton's Director's Institute, which he co-founded. He has been an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association since 1981. He founded G100, the Chairman Academy and the CEO Academy.

Previous experience includes acting as managing director at Hay Management Consultants; Secretary of Labor and Industry to Governor Pierre S. Dupont IV; and serving as Vice President of the University of Delaware.

Dennis has authored numerous articles on corporate governance, director recruitment, board compensation (Directors & Boards Magazine), and business strategy related to spin-offs (McKinsey Quarterly). He also has published three books: CEO Succession and The Human Side of M&A, both published by Oxford University Press in 2000, and How to Run a Company, published in 2003.

Dennis holds a Ph.D. in finance and administration from the University of Maryland and was a post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University in 1982-1983. Dennis also has held visiting Fellowships at Princeton Theological Seminary and the ECC.

Kevin Freiberg

Kevin Freiberg
Founder and CEO, and San Diego Consulting Group, Inc

Kevin is the founder and CEO of, a professional speaking and consulting firm dedicated to equipping leaders for a world of change. He has a global practice working with firms in Europe, Japan, India, Central and South America, as well as companies throughout the United States and Canada. works with over a hundred different groups a year. Kevin's constant interaction with business leaders around the world gives him the ability to identify future trends, garner best practices, and help clients discover what works and what doesn't work.

Kevin has authored the following books: NUTS! Southwest Airlines -  Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success; and GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors off Business-as-Usual.

Kevin holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of San Diego.

Tom Gilman

Tom Gilman
Executive Vice Chairman, Chrysler Financial

Mr. Gilman spent 27 years at Chrysler Corporation, and its successor, DaimlerChrysler AG. He held 18 financial positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, product development, sales, marketing, treasury, and international operations of the company.

Highlights of Tom's Asbury experience include a $1.3 billion credit agreement that he structured with the Big Three captive finance companies, General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Ford Motor Credit, and DaimlerChrysler Financial Services; the initial public offering of Asbury; and a 100% appreciation of Asbury's stock during 2003. Mr. Gilman founded CEO Solutions LLC, a strategic and financial consulting firm, and was recently retained by Cerberus Capital Management to determine valuation and operational strategy for its $14 Billion acquisition of General Motors Acceptance Corporation. Mr. Gilman is qualified as a financial expert by the NYSE and NASDAQ.

Tom earned a B.S. in Finance from Villanova University. He did his post-graduate studies at Indiana University and Butler University. Tom is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay
Chairman, Mackay Envelope Company  

Harvey is chairman of the Mackay Envelope Company, a $100 million company he founded at age 26. Mackay has 600 employees and manufactures 25 million envelopes a day. Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in 52 newspapers around the country, including the Chicago Sun Times, San Francisco Examiner, and Arizona Republic. He also is one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers, speaking -- on average - once a week to Fortune 500-size companies and associations.

Harvey Mackay is author of five New York Times bestsellers. Harvey's works include Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive; Beware The Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt; Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty; Pushing The Envelope; We Got Fired! ... and It's The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us.

In April 2004, Harvey received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in the Supreme Court Chambers. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2002. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world.

Harvey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program.

Eric Pillmore

Eric Pillmore
CEO, Pillmore Consulting LLC

Eric M. Pillmore served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Governance for Tyco International Ltd. from 2002 to 2007. Working with the Board of Directors and the Tyco leadership team, Pillmore helped transform Tyco from an image of poor governance to a role as a leader in Corporate Governance. These efforts resulted in Tyco being named by GMI as the most improved U.S. company in the governance area from 2002 to 2005.

In addition, he served for 17 years in a variety of senior finance roles for General Electric from 1979 to 1996, including roles as CFO for GE Plastics Americas and GE Medical Systems Asia. Pillmore also served as Senior Vice President and CFO for General Instrument Corporation (GI) from December 1997 to January 2000, leading up to the sale of GI to Motorola. He also served as a US Navy officer from 1975 to 1979, aboard the USS Robison in the western Pacific, and as an auditor with the Naval Audit Service in Washington, DC.

Pillmore has a master's of business administration from Villanova School of Business and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico. He currently serves on the boards of CARDONE Corporation, Revalesio Corporation, CEO Forum, Focus on the Family, Ken Blanchard School of Business at Grand Canyon University, and the Pillmore Family Foundation. 


Sheldon Harris
CEO & President of Trust Funding 

Sheldon Harris became involved with Cold Stone Creamery when the company was virtually unknown, and he helped lead the growth of this respected brand for nearly a decade.  Upon departing in 2006 from his role as President, there were over 1400 stores operating both domestically and internationally, and Cold Stone Creamery was ranked as the 11th fastest-growing franchise in the nation.  

Prior to this, Sheldon spent 13 years with Costco where he rose from an entry-level position to become one of the youngest Warehouse Managers in company history.  Overseeing operations in Alaska, he was responsible for over 350 employees and $160M in annual sales.  Sheldon also led a variety of diverse projects which included spearheading Costco's entry into the Russian market, and launching a new athletic club subsidiary known as SportsNation. 

Most recently, Sheldon launched a new company called Trust Funding in 2006, which features an innovative consumer lending model that helps people get back on their feet after a financial hardship.  This program has helped over 1000 people to date, and will be expanding across the country.