Cindy Kushner, Chairman Emeritus
Cindy Kushner is a Partner with Crowe Horwath LLP with 30 years of experience in the accounting profession of which 25 years with the “Big Four” as a trusted tax and business advisor serving large global clients in the public, private and private equity sectors. Cindy manages several tax outsourcing engagements where she and her team function as the tax department including income, property, sales and use, and franchise taxes, including foreign tax compliance, expat tax compliance, transfer pricing, tax provision assistance (GAAP and IFRS), and business and strategy planning.
Cindy has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring for global and multi-state companies, debt restructuring and recapitalization; tax efficient supply chain planning. Specialties: Cindy serves clients in the consumer products, healthcare/life sciences and staffing/services industries. She has more than 20 years serving the healthcare industry-private, publicly held and not-for-profit healthcare companies, including healthcare systems, physician practice management companies, nursing homes, hospices, durable medical equipment companies, cooperatives, medical staffing companies, pharmaceuticals and medical device companies.
Cindy has presented on a number of topics for the HFMA, Tax Executive Institute (TEI), FICPA Healthcare conferences, Florida International University classes, and firm-sponsored conferences. Before serving in her current role as Treasurer on the FL HFMA Board, she served one year as Secretary and two years as South Region Education Director. Cindy also serves as Chairman and Founder of Women Executive Leadership (WEL) for the past 10 years; serves on the National Board of InterOrganization Network (ION); Advisory Board of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida, and formerly on the United Way of Broward County’s Governance Committee. Cindy is a member of the AICPA; FICPA; and had served on the FICPA Mobility Task Force. She has been a mentor in the Women of Tomorrow program for 7 years mentoring high school students in Broward School System; past board of director for Florida Venture Forum, and former Ambassador for Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
Katherine Young, President
Katherine brings over 20 years of talent management consulting experience to the formation of Young Search Partners, Executive Search- a boutique retained executive search firm- having worked for the largest global firms in both the executive search and career management consulting industries.
Katherine formed Young Search Partners -Executive Search in 2009 with over 19 years experience in the executive search industry, previously as Director of the Retained Search Division for Hudson Highland Group and prior as a Principal with Korn Ferry International. Katherine’s search experience has spanned across industry and functional roles to include search assignments in the consumer/retail, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on critical leadership roles. A partial listing of Katherine’s corporate clients include: TECO Energy, Jabil, Raymond James, Bloomin Brands, Tupperware Brands, Gerdau Ameristeel, AAA Auto club, Masonite International, Checkers/Rally’s, Tech Data, Intelident Solutions, Darden, HSN and Catalina Marketing. Additionally, Katherine has conducted CEO searches in the Non-Profit sector in Tampa Bay for clients including- The Children’s Home, SPCA of Tampa Bay, The Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, The Centre for Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association of Florida, The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, and AMIkids ( CFO ).
Katherine’s prior experience in Career and Leadership consulting only strengthens the value she brings to recruiting critical leadership talent for her clients. Katherine spent over 10 years with the top two global leaders in the career management services sector―Right Management Consultants and Lee Hecht Harrison. Here Katherine’s central focus was consulting to CEO’s around key retention and performance coaching initiatives.
A native of Connecticut and a Tampa, Florida resident for over 25 years, Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Katherine remains very active and committed to her involvement in the Tampa Bay and Florida business community serving on several boards to include: The Board of Directors and Central Florida Chair of WEL- (Women in Executive Leadership) and the Board of Directors, Chair Elect, of the Florida State Association for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Katherine previously served on the Board of Leadership Tampa Alumni, the Florida Venture Capital Forum, and Chaired the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Council. Katherine is a member of the Athena Society, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, and is a Key Partner to the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. Katherine was recently honored as a finalist for the 2015 TBBJ Business Woman of the Year. Katherine is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa class of 2005, a member of LTA Alumni, and member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Michelle Eisner is a business executive who champions innovative and aggressive Human Resources approaches with a proven track record of transforming organizational performance in diverse industries ranging from Fortune 50 to entrepreneurial mid-sized companies. For 25 years, she has spearheaded major initiatives to position domestic and international companies for organic and acquisition growth. She is an effective Chief Spokesperson/Negotiator with success in union and non-union environments and is a Certified Mediator by the Atlanta Justice Center.
Michelle is currently the Chief Human Resources and Talent Officer at Hollander Home Fashions, a $250 million textile company she joined in 2002 that continues to manufacture in the US. As the key advisor and coach to the CEO and senior management team, she has been instrumental in formulating the organization’s vision and facilitating strategic planning to ensure corporate growth and profitability. Her accomplishments include revising the benefit structure to produce significant annual cost savings and negotiating contracts that create competitive cost structures. She serves as the company’s Chief Spokesperson and is on the 401K Advisory Committee.
She is currently on the Board for Society for Human Resources Management and Women Executive Leadership. Other professional affiliations include the American Society of Training and Development and South Florida Compensation and Benefits Association. Her expertise includes acquisition integration, change management, executive coaching, succession planning, productivity efficiency, incentive compensation, benefits, cost containment, team building, and employee/labor relations.
Michelle holds a MS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University/Baruch College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned a BFA degree from City College of New York. She is recognized as an Organizational Development Professional by University Associates. She is also a Certified Global Human Resources Professional, a Certified Compensation and Human Resources Professional and certified by Birkman Individual and Team Assessment.
Deirdre Brown, Treasurer
Deirdre Brown is a strategic and results-oriented leader with a track record of significant accomplishments in a range of functional areas primarily in energy. Her skills and experience include energy policy, rates and regulation, cyber security, efficiency, leadership development, corporate strategy, compliance, risk management, financial analysis, and mergers and acquisition. She also has significant experience serving and working with a variety of boards of directors of major organizations.
Brown currently is the Chief Executive Officer of a consulting practice advising businesses, non-profits and individuals on achieving strategic and organizational initiatives. Previously and for nearly 25 years, she led numerous complex and multi-faceted departments for TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an S&P 500 energy company. She consistently achieved efficiency, bottom line and employee development results. benefits. Through her leadership, TECO was recognized as one of the top places to work in Tampa Bay in 2013.
Brown was TECO Energy’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Chief Integration Officer and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, responsible for the development of strategies to achieve growth in gas and electric mergers and acquisitions, electric generation optimization, and investment in emerging technologies. Brown was also responsible for ensuring execution of corporate efficiency and process improvement initiatives and managing various corporate services departments including internal auditing, corporate strategy and financial analysis, safety, ethics and compliance, information technology and telecommunications, and internal and external corporate communications.
While at TECO, her responsibilities expanded in 2013 to include all aspects of planning and executing the successful integration of then newly-acquired New Mexico Gas Company. This included supporting negotiations during a competitive bid process, leading the integration management office and 12 teams, and co-leading regulatory activities for transaction approval including serving as the primary witness before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.
During her tenure, Brown’s roles afforded her the opportunity to work with TECO’s board of directors on a regular basis and to assist in the preparation of financial and operational updates with financial analysts, bankers and investors.
Laurie Green, Governance Chair
Laurie L. Green advises public companies on the corporate governance requirements of the NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ, and the SEC’s corporate governance standards under Sarbanes−Oxley. In addition to her corporate governance experience, Ms. Green represents companies in securities offerings, proxy solicitations, mergers and acquisitions, cash tender offers, cross−border tender offers, and distressed debt restructuring and exchange offers. Before entering private practice, Ms. Green spent 11 years at the SEC and served as Special Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C. in its Office of Mergers and Acquisitions. A frequent speaker on topics related to Sarbanes−Oxley and corporate governance issues, Ms. Green provides the firm’s clients with SEC regulation updates. Notable Client Work Issuer’s Counsel for special purpose acquisition companies, including the initial public offering and acquisition of a target company.
Shari Roth, Membership Co-Chair –South Florida
As a cofounder of CAPITAL iDEA, Shari Roth leverages her 20 years of corporate experience to help organizations Build RightFit Teams, Develop Leaders from High Potentials, and Breakdown Unproductive Barriers that exist in Corporate Cultures. CAPITAL iDEA www.capital-idea.net was named by South Florida Business Leader as one of the Top 100 small businesses. An accomplished performance improvement consultant and executive coach, Shari’s ability to simplify complex problems into effective solutions has driven notable results in over twenty different industries. A few of the familiar companies where Shari has worked with executives and their teams in include: Altegra Health, Boston Scientific, Ryder, The Continental Group, and Ultimate Software.
With over twenty years in key leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies, her clients find Shari’s ability to create clarity combined with her unique blend of business experience invaluable. Through Shari’s coaching her clients have been able to achieve professional and personal goals they once thought were not possible. Shari is also an adjunct instructor for MBA students at Florida Atlantic University taking the Global Leadership Assessment Development course. Shari is on the Board of Women Executive Leadership as well as loves being a Rotarian and is on the Board of the Rotary Club of Weston. Shari is committed to the missions of the organizations she is connected with and works to empower others in her business and through her volunteer initiatives.
Maureen Shea, Program Co-Chair, South Florida
As CEO and Co-founder of Right Management – Florida/Caribbean Region, Maureen Shea drives Right’s growth in diverse talent management and career management services for privately and publicly owned companies throughout Florida and the Caribbean Region. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer since 1986.
As a strategic resource, Maureen makes it her mission to “Guide and Inspire” her team and colleagues region wide. Recognized for helping shape and support South Florida’s HR profession, she serves on the President’s Council of the Human Resource Association of Broward County. She was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2009.
Maureen was honored with the Florida Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award, and has received South Florida Business Journal’s CFO of the Year award. Recognizing her community leadership, the National Conference of Community and Justice presented her with its Silver Medallion Award, and she was inducted into Junior Achievement’s South Florida’s Business Hall of Fame. Right Management – Florida/Caribbean was named 2013’s Socially Responsible Corporation of the Year by the Casimiro Global Foundation.
Maureen has served on the Board of Trustees and the Finance committee for Holy Cross Hospital. She is a Leadership Broward Foundation alumna, a board member of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California and of the Business Advisory Board of St. Thomas University. She currently serves on the finance committee of United Way of Broward.
A prominent insurance and HR executive before joining Right Management, Maureen was director of Recruiting for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company and Lincoln National Life. Among many honors, while at Lincoln National Life she earned the “Recruiter of the Year” Award as the top recruiter in the nation. Her undergraduate degree is from Kean College in New Jersey.
Stacy Burgess, Partnership Chair
Stacy Burgess is an innovative leader with a results-driven attitude, possessing strong analytical, relationship management, risk management, presentation, and communication skills. As a strategic financial executive, she structures and negotiates complex debt and capital solutions involving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, leveraged, and real estate transactions. Stacy is decisive and highly effective in a fast-paced environment leading and prioritizing multiple projects for various cross-functional teams supporting private, public, domestic, and international companies. She has a passion for building motivated and collaborative teams.
Stacy ‘s expertise is derived from many years as a financial leader. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Middle Market Banking group, she ensured the execution of complex financial modeling and extensive due diligence, while balancing risks with client needs, resulting in quality loan growth, exceeding client acquisition goals, and increasing profitability. Stacy oversaw the team’s adherence to regulatory compliance requirements.
Stacy’s previous role with Wells Fargo included working in the Asset Based Lending and Middle Market Groups in Philadelphia from 1991 through 2000, when she and her family moved to South Florida. Upon arrival, Stacy began serving the Florida market in their Miami-Dade Middle Market Banking Office until 2010 when she transitioned to the Broward and Palm Beach Middle Market Banking Office. Industries and specialties served include agriculture, aviation, beverage, contractors, country clubs, distributors, education, factoring, healthcare, heavy equipment, hotels, manufacturing, marinas, media, real estate, restaurants, retailers, and sports franchises.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stacy received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware. She is also on the Board of Women Executive Leadership in Florida. Stacy is an active supporter of Women in Distress.
Marie Lee, Board Member
Marie Lee is a results oriented, highly experienced Chief Information Officer with demonstrated success in technology leadership, planning and execution to support strategic business objectives. She is recognized for successfully implementing organizational design and best practices that supported the integration of multiple acquisitions and drove synergies to maximize growth and profits. Her strength is in building world-class IT teams, developing strategies and leveraging leading-edge technologies to transform the capabilities of companies, improve innovation and operational effectiveness.
Marie Lee’s expertise stems from many years of experience in Information Technology leadership positions in the vacation ownership, technology, financial, insurance and management consulting industries. In her most recent position as EVP & CIO of ILG, Inc. she led an IT organization of 500+ technology professionals. In addition, she led the implementation of major application modernization projects that resulted in the rapid launch of new products, established a world-class security organization, directed data center consolidations, drove the implementation of contact center technologies and mobile app strategies that provided scalability, flexibility and improved the customer experience.
Prior to joining ILG in 2000, Marie Lee served as Vice President Corporate Information Technology for Policy Management Systems Corporation, an international software development company specializing in insurance and financial services. In this position she was responsible for all aspects of information technology including the global deployment of ERP systems. She has also held executive management positions in information technology with Assurant Group, formerly American Bankers Insurance, in Miami, Florida and SHL Systemhouse, Inc. a management consulting company in Toronto, Ontario.
Marie Lee earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Barry University. She is also on the Board of Women Executive Leadership in Florida.
Nina Gordon, Board Member
Nina Gordon’s focus is in representing early- and mid-stage public and private companies in corporate finance and acquisition transactions. In that regard, she works closely with executive management and boards of directors in a variety of transactions, such as early- and later-stage financings, initial public offerings and secondary offerings, acquisition transactions such as mergers and asset purchases, joint ventures, credit facilities and other debt financings, and a variety of other business transactions and agreements.
For both her public and private company clients, she works closely with executive management, including the general counsel and the board of directors, to monitor and adapt to changes in the applicable regulatory environments and to update corporate governance practices, establish compliance programs, oversee internal investigations, and assist with relationships with equity owners and other stakeholders.
Ms. Gordon represents public companies in a variety of financing transactions, including public and private equity offerings; public and private debt offerings, such as senior notes, commercial paper, medium-term notes, and subordinated debt; and asset-backed and other secured and unsecured loans.
She frequently handles matters for clients involving joint ventures, licensing and development agreements with universities, distribution agreements, and other transactions relating to the expansion of her clients’ businesses.
In addition to the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, Ms. Gordon has experience in all aspects of banking law and bank regulatory matters, including de novo charters, holding company reorganizations, and bank acquisitions.