We believe at Morgan Dempsey that it is good business to surround ourselves with good counsel. We created the Morgan Dempsey Advisory Board to provide us with direct feedback and honest assessment regarding the company’s strategy, operations, financial results, marketing, leadership and management of the firm. We additionally look to our advisory board for wisdom, insights and creativity in solving problems and maximizing opportunities. To that end, we are honored to highlight five of our highly experienced professionals on the Morgan Dempsey Advisory Board.
Steve Hardy was the President and Founder of Zephyr Associates, Inc. which licenses the StyleAdvisor software program to over 1000 major institutional investor clients including pension plan sponsors, money managers and consultants. StyleAdvisor was the first commercially available software program designed to utilize Bill Sharpe’s unique returns based style analysis. This program measures manager style and creates customized style benchmarks (normal portfolios) using only manager and index returns.
Prior to forming Zephyr Associates, Steve Hardy was a principal of the firm Balch, Hardy, Scheinman & Winston, Inc., a money management firm. During its twenty-one year history, the firm pioneered the use of options and developed a number of quantitative stock and option strategies for large tax-exempt funds. Prior to co-founding BHSW, Mr. Hardy was a Vice President of Dean Witter & Company. He received his degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1968. Steve Hardy sold Zephyr Associates in 2007 and lives in Zephyr Cove (Lake Tahoe) with his wife Lana Hardy.
Mr. Pecora brings an extensive knowledge base to the Board from his 28 year career with Altria/Kraft Foods which culminated in his role as the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Kraft Foods from 2007 to 2009.
As the Treasurer of Kraft Foods, John was a member of the Benefit Investment Committee and the Disclosure Committee. He has extensive experience in leadership and management, risk management, benefit plan investments, banking relationships, as well as billions in financing for M&A. He has managed department budgets of over $10 million and been responsible for over $15 billion in cash management assets.
Mr. Illman is CEO of OneTouchPoint, a $138 million, 800 employees, fast growing, leading marketing communications company with operating in Hardland, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Denver, Austin, and Tempe. Chris brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning and growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, sales, operations, HR, finance and administration.
Chris is also a co-investor with ICV Capital (OneTouchPoint is majority owned by ICV Capital) and is responsible for management all strategic business activities. He has extensive M&A experience being a part of over 15 transactions as an investor and operator. His leadership has resulted in more than doubling the company’s size over the past five years and he has delivered 21 consecutive quarters of revenue and profit growth in addition to customer satisfaction improvements. Prior to OneTouchPoint, Chris was President & CEO of CoakleyTech, Managing Director of Sales for Gartner eMetrix. He also spent 15 years at Xerox Corporation.
Will Tesch is CEO and Founder of TESCHGlobal, a global technology consultancy with focused expertise in Enterprise Business Intelligence and Integration. Will built TESCHGlobal up to a team of 25 technology professionals and has worked on projects in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Mexico and the Netherlands as well as numerous projects across the US. TESCHGlobal has built a strong leadership presence within the Software Integration and Business Intelligence Software space by securing partners with some of the largest enterprise technology brands in the world to include Apple, Microsoft, Talend, Information Builders, Infor, Ataccama and HealthEdge Software. In parallel with the Professional Services business, TESCHGlobal has launched software products to the marketplace to include the mobile deal-management engine called ReachWhere, Supersaver.com and the newly announced HealthLX product that is focused on supporting the interchange of Healthcare messages between providers and payors. Prior to building TESCHGlobal, Will’s background includes a 20-year executive leadership work history within the food and distribution industry to include Director of Store Technology (Sentry Foods) and CIO (S. Abraham & Sons).