BERGES LECTURE SERIES BIOGRAPHIES


 

Tom Carmazzi, CEO, Tuthill Corporation

As CEO, Tom has but one job, and that’s to bring Tuthill’s COMPASS to life.  COMPASS is a special document that describes Tuthill’s reason for being, its definition of ultimate success, and the ongoing focus of its profitmaking activities.  It also speaks directly to the spacious environment the company will maintain and the responsibilities entrusted to each member of the Tuthill community.

Tom has shared the story of Tuthill’s journey to become a “conscious company” in many distinguished forums.  He so believes in what his company is doing that he wants everyone with an interest to benefit from hearing about the ten years of hits and misses he’s witnessed as the company has undergone a profound transformation – a transformation that began as an intensely personal journey for Tom & a couple of close collaborators – and a transformation that is still very much underway.

Two decades ago, Tom was completely unable to foresee the path his life would take.  He was busy scaling the corporate ladder, first in the financial world, next in business development, and finally in manufacturing.  He leaned heavily on numbers, hard work, and courage.  Who could have guessed that two decades later Tom would find himself, happy as he could possibly be, in a place where affairs of the heart are the keys to the castle.

A long, long time ago, Tom thought his education was mostly complete once he’d collected degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Chicago.  Tom is married to his high school sweetheart.  He and Deb have two children aged 23 & 20.  In addition to his Chicago-centric credentials, Tom is a member of the Parents Board at Westminster College in Salt Lake.

Tuthill Corporation is a 125 year family owned manufacturer of pumps, meters, blowers, and vacuum systems used in the foundational markets of agriculture, energy, construction, food & beverage, and wastewater treatment.


 

Keith Sherin, Vice-Chairman, General Electric Co., Chairman and CEO, GE Capital

He previously served as GE's chief financial officer from 1998 to 2013. He was also named vice chairman in 2007. Sherin first joined GE in 1981 through the GE Financial Management Program in Medium Steam Turbine. After three years he joined the Corporate Audit Staff where he progressed to executive audit manager and later manager of programs and planning.
Sherin was promoted to manager of finance for Commercial Engine Operations at GE Aircraft Engines in early 1992, and the following year he was named director of finance for GE Plastics Europe in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.
In the fall of 1995, Sherin joined GE Medical Systems as manager of Global Finance and Financial Services, and less than a year later he was promoted to vice president of Finance and Financial Services Operation.
Sherin earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.


 

Kenneth Ricci, Principal of Directional Aviation Capital 

Kenneth Ricci is a 35 year aviation industry veteran beginning in 1980 with Corporate Wings, an aircraft charter operation. Today, Kenn is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital which owns various aviation enterprises including Flexjet, Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Sky Jet, Nextant Aerospace, N1 Engines, and Constant Aviation. 
Kenn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cleveland Marshall School of Law. He is an airline transport pilot with extensive international experience and was Governor William Clinton’s pilot when he ran for President in 1992. 

Kenn was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year and received the Harvard Business School’s  Dively Entrepreneurship Award. He was also the youngest recipient of the prestigious William Ong Award for extraordinary achievement in the general aviation industry.  
Kenn serves on the Board of Trustees for University Hospitals, the University of Notre Dame and the Smithsonian. He also serves on several Corporate Boards and is the aviation advisor to the Guggenheim Aero Opportunity Fund. 

Kenn’s management strategies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and he is the Author of “Management by Trust”, a book featuring practical management techniques for building employee trust and success.


 

Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health

Michael J. Dowling is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area; pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; and health care coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co., Inc. Northwell Health is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce of about 61,000 employees – the state’s largest private employer. With 21 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, more than 450 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $9.5 billion in annual revenue. 

Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 

Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.

Mr. Dowling has been honored with many awards over the years. They include: the 2012 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award, the 2011 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the 2011 CEO Information Technology Award from Modern Healthcare magazine and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the State University of New York’s Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of New York State, an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, the Alfred E. Smith Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Gold Medal from the American Irish Historical Society. In August 2015, Modern Healthcare ranked Mr. Dowling 22nd on its annual list of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” In March 2016, Mr. Dowling was also listed No. 1 on Long Island Press’ 2015 “Power List” recognizing the 50 most-influential Long Islanders.

Mr. Dowling is chair of the Healthcare Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York. Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, Hofstra University and Dowling College.


 

Jean Sweeney

Jean Sweeney, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of 3M Company

Jean Bennington Sweeney is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for 3M Company. Ms. Sweeney has held a diverse array of positions at 3M ranging from product development to manufacturing. Her leadership includes assignments as Manufacturing Director 3M Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of 3M Taiwan and Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability.
 
In her current role as CSO, Ms. Sweeney is responsible for 3M Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability programs globally. This includes technical and regulatory EHS expertise for over 200 facilities and the development and implementation of corporate Sustainability strategies in collaboration with 3M employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders globally.
 
Ms. Sweeney is recognized as a female leader in engineering and is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM. In addition, Ms. Sweeney is a strong advocate for purpose-driven innovation and the business benefits of Sustainability.
 
Ms. Sweeney holds a degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science (Engineering) from Montana State University.
 

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