On June 5, 2024, Dunton Family Dean David De Cremer and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business Development team launched the Boston Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the second of 10 regional and industry-focused Councils that will roll out over the next year. Together, they comprise the collective National Executive Leadership Council for D'Amore-McKim.  

The evening was a resounding and spirited success, hosted at Suffolk Construction's headquarters by its Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Medeiros, DMSB'03. He was the evening's MC, and the event included inspiring talks by John Fish, Suffolk's Chairman and CEO, and De Cremer, who shared the School's new vision, mission, and values and an outline of his academically and culturally diverse, international journey to the Deanship.

De Cremer shared how vital the ELCs are in the School's effort to help our students “learn across borders to lead with impact” and educate “responsible business leaders of the world who can navigate, create, and manage in a digital world.” He also called upon guests to consider joining the Executive Leadership Council in their respective regions and help D'Amore-McKim expand its co-op offerings and global network. In addition, he outlined the four initiatives he intends to establish in the very near future, including Centers of Excellence in Responsible Business Leadership, Experiential Entrepreneurship, Global Influence in Business, and Data Analytics and Intelligence, the latter of which he is launching with a signature event this Friday afternoon featuring Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov and a panel of experts in the fields of artificial intelligence and technology. 

The Dean also announced a generous major gift in honor of the council donated by Vice Chair Vivek Sharma, his wife Vandana, and daughter Arshia, who is attending D'Amore-McKim this fall.

Senior Director of Development Mark Murray introduced the new Boston Vice Chairs and Members:

Boston Executive Leadership Council Vice Chairs:

Boston Executive Leadership Council Members:

  • John Bowman, DMSB'82 – Managing Director, Co-Head Direct Lending, Crescent Capital Group, LP 
  • John Hartz, DMSB'09 – President, Sloane and Company 
  • Dick Power, DMSB'63 – Investment Advisor Representative, Power Plans
  • Peter Ross, MBA'05 – Vice President Marketing, Enterprise & Strategic Accounts, Athena Health 
  • Robert Schultz, DMSB'03 – Biotech and Life Science Entrepreneur, Venture Capital, Professor. 

New York City Vice Chair Gurpreet Oberoi and Southern California Vice Chair Mark Miniciello were in attendance, as were 75 potential ELC recruits and 20 current D'Amore-McKim co-op students who enjoyed the networking opportunity. In addition, Rich Montoni, DMSB'75, Director and Former CEO of Maximus and a member of D'Amore-McKim's Dean's Executive Council, was also there to welcome the group. 

“I have never been as inspired as I am tonight by the D'Amore-McKim School of Business alumni community,” says Assistant Dean for Development Julie Anne McNary, as she shared the plan for recruiting over 1,000 alumni by the end of 2025. She strives to build a sphere of influence for D'Amore-McKim alumni, faculty, and students across regions and industries in the United States and, eventually, abroad. “When D'Amore-McKim alumni collectively work together across the country on their own individual deal flow, much deeper networking opportunities, co-op expansion, and philanthropic investments will happen – the sky will be the limit.”  

D'Amore-McKim alumni interested in joining the Executive Leadership Councils in any of the following regions should contact McNary at j.mcnary@northeastern.edu: Boston, New York City, Northern California, Southern California, Florida, Texas, Washington, D.C.,  Chicago, Denver, or Seattle.

Co-op students in attendance at the launch event for the Boston Executive Leadership Council.
Co-op students at the Boston Executive Leadership Council launch.