ISyE Inducts Five New Advisory Board Members and New Chair at Spring 2019 Meeting
Catherine Cooper, Casey Hodgson, José Montero Jr., Prentis Wilson, and Marty Young joined Georgia Tech’s H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) Advisory Board in the spring of 2019. These five alumni, along with 15 other distinguished professional and community leaders, serve as a sounding board for the school chair in an advisory capacity, as well as assisting with the School’s development goals. Each member will serve a four-year term (2019-2023). Dan Shinedling Jr. was inducted as the Advisory Board’s new chair. Rhonda Sides will serve as vice chair. Both will serve one-year terms.
Dan Shinedling Jr., CEO of KS2 Technologies, Inc., grew up in California and moved to Roswell, Georgia his junior year of high school. He attended Georgia Tech from 1988-1992, earning a bachelor’s degree from ISyE. While at Tech, Shinedling co-oped for IBM, waited tables, and played guitar at the Wreck Room, PJ’s Nest, and nearly every fraternity and sorority house on campus.
His background in consulting goes back to when he worked as a contract software developer as an undergraduate. Post-graduation, after several years as a professional consultant, Shinedling started KS2 Technology’s consulting services division with his father and Eric Kuefler, KS2’s cofounders. Over the years, he has helped KS2’s professional services division grow and diversify across multiple industries and technology platforms. He launched KS2’s first managed services engagement and initiated the company’s industrial engineering consulting program.
Catherine Cooper (BIE 90) has dedicated her career to the logistics industry with the last 20 years in top leadership positions (CIO of a $1 billion global logistics service provider and president of two successful consulting firms) before founding World Connections, a supply chain consultancy, in 2006. DC Velocity magazine honored Cooper as Industry Rainmaker/Thought Leader (2010), and she served as president of the Warehousing and Research Council National Board of Directors in 2011.
Casey Hodgson (BIE 1992, MSIE 1993) currently serves as the managing partner of MCH Consulting, a supply chain management consulting firm that partners with traditional consulting firms and that works directly with consumer products companies.
Prior to founding MCH Consulting, Casey spent 25 years in the Coca-Cola system where he most recently served as the area vice president of system transformation. In this role, he helped lead the largest refranchising effort in U.S. history. Other key roles included corporate director of supply chain planning, group director of equipment fulfillment, and vice president of infrastructure development.
José Montero Jr. (BIE 1995) is president and founder of the Montero Group, an international strategic advisory agency that specializes in growth strategies, market development, positioning, and branding. Having worked in more than 50 countries over the past 20 years, Montero currently leads a network of global professionals who serve as high-impact strategy teams to CEOs and senior executives around the world, advising global brands on growth strategies, positioning, branding, and market development.
Prior to founding the Montero Group, Montero worked for the Coca-Cola Company for nearly 16 years in various capacities around the globe. Most recently, he led corporate M&A (mergers & acquisitions) and business development initiatives for Latin America and Europe, including joint ventures/alliances, divestitures, strategic partnerships, and restructuring of corporate assets and portfolios.
Montero earned an MBA from Georgetown University in 2001 with a Dean’s Citation and a Certificate in European Strategic Management from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He graduated from Georgia Tech with highest honors. While an undergraduate, Montero was in the co-op program and was involved in Executive Round Table, the Student Government Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, and was president of ANAK. He speaks Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.
Prentis Wilson (BIE 1995) is the vice president and general manager of Amazon Business. Wilson built Amazon Business from concept to the official launch in 2015, establishing Amazon.com’s presence in the business-to-business e-commerce market segment. He is responsible for the full P&L and leads all aspects of the business, including engineering, sales and marketing, and operations. In less than four years, his business has grown to over $10 billion/year and has expanded to eight countries.
Prior to joining Amazon in 2011, Wilson held senior supply chain and operations roles at Cisco Systems. He served as the vice president of global supplier management (2009-2011), where he was based in Hong Kong, China and led all aspects of Cisco’s global sourcing and procurement operations. Prior to this position, Wilson was Cisco Systems’ vice president of product operations (2007-2009), where he had global responsibility for engineering support and new product launches. Before joining Cisco in 2007, Wilson contributed 12 years at Honeywell International in a variety of engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing operations roles, including as the vice president and head of advanced manufacturing engineering for Honeywell Aerospace.
Wilson is a fellow of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program. He holds two M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: one in business from the Sloan School of Management (2000) and one in mechanical engineering from the School of Engineering (2000).
Marty Young (MSOR 2001) is a career restructuring professional, having executed over 50 operational turnaround and balance sheet restructuring assignments. He is currently a managing director at M-III Partners, a premier Wall Street restructuring boutique. Young is also the CFO/COO of Buckle, an Atlanta- based InsureTech company serving the shared economy. In addition to his degree from Georgia Tech, he also earned a B.S. in physics from the United States Military Academy (1993) and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business (2006).