Daniels College of Business Welcomes new Executive Advisory Board members

February 26, 2015


The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business welcomes eight new members to the Executive Advisory Board, a network of business advisors who support and advance the vision, values, mission, and strategic goals of the College. Members of the Board participate in Daniels activities, planning, events and task forces, working closely with Dean Brent Chrite and College faculty, staff, students and alumni.

New members include:

Dewey Bushaw is Executive Vice President of Pacific Life’s Retirement Solutions Division, and oversees the development, distribution, marketing, operations, technology, administration, risk management, and profitability of Pacific Life’s retail and institutional investment product lines. He is a member of Pacific Life’s Management Committee and Executive General Management Team, reporting to the CEO and Chairman of Pacific Life. In addition to being on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, he is a director on the Boards of the American Cancer Society, the LIMRA-LOMA Secure Retirement Institute, the Pacific Life Foundation and the Pacific Life Political Action Committee, and is a Daniels alumnus.

Diana Fredericks is Director of Business Development and Sales of Air Methods and a Daniels Executive In Residence. She is an experienced executive in strategic planning and business development with 28 years of leading, coaching and mentoring sales professionals worldwide. Prior to joining Air Methods, Fredericks worked as the vice president of business development for RE/MAX Headquarters, overseeing their national franchise sales team. She joined RE/MAX in 1993 and held a variety of roles through the years, including vice president of southwest region, director, senior franchise development consultant, regional franchise sales director and vice president regional development for RE/MAX of Michigan. She currently oversees the national business development team for Air Methods, the largest air medical transport company in the world.

Cynthia Hansen is First Vice President – Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. She is a Certified Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC©) and Portfolio Manager in the Portfolio Management Program. Hansen has extensive experience and expertise in finance, structuring investments and strategy serving as a financial advisor, telecoms executive and Certified Public Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte). In addition to being on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, she is Chair of Excelsior Youth Center Board of Directors, the Cancer League of Colorado Corporate Board and is a member of the Colorado Judicial Institute Board of Directors and their Family Law Committee. Hansen is a founding member of the Virtual Exchange, a founding sister for Capital Sisters International, a member of the 4word: Denver leadership team, a member of Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society, and a Daniels alumnus.

Christopher (Chris) Hunter is the President of Premier Precision Group (PPG) an Arizona based company that manufactures complex components for the global defense and aerospace industries. Prior to PPG, he worked for Special Devices Inc. (SDI), owned by two different private equity firms. The original firm was JFL Partners, an investment company that focuses exclusively on acquiring middle market companies in the defense, aerospace and maritime industries. The second firm was Wayzata Investment Partners whose focus is the alternative investment market that targets opportunities in undervalued debt, equity and assets. He led a series of strategic restructuring efforts which resulted in the subsequent divestment of three business units to different strategic customers. As CEO of SDI, he also led the post transaction transition process from private equity ownership to a publically traded Japanese firm. Prior to working for SDI, Hunter held a variety of executive leadership and board positions at international companies in differing industries. He has extensive board experience ranging from international for profit firms to local not for profit organizations, including serving as the Past President of the Harvard Business School Club of Arizona and is a Daniels alumnus.

Laurinda Pang is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Level 3 Communications, with global responsibility for human resources, corporate strategy, corporate development, corporate communications, investor relations and corporate social responsibility.Before assuming her current role, Pang was the chief human resources officer for Level 3. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and prior to joining Level 3, she was senior vice president of human resources at Global Crossing. She also served as vice president of Global Crossing customer experience re-engineering, and was responsible for all aspects of global business transformation affecting customer experience. Before that, she held a number of key roles at Global Crossing, including vice president of investor relations, chief of staff to the CEO and vice president of operations and was a member of the executive team that restructured the company during a critical phase in its history.

Christopher A. Gantz is a Senior Investment Analyst at AMG National Trust Bank, based in Denver Colorado, and is an integral member of the Investment group that is responsible for implementing and executing the firm’s Investment Research, Portfolio Management, Portfolio Trading and Proprietary Technology development, integration and deployment. He utilizes his mathematical and computer engineering expertise to enhance the quantitative elements that drive AMG’s investment manager selection, due diligence process and the stock selection process for the AMG Portfolio Strategies. He is also a member of the AMG Investment Committee, Information Technology Committee and Publicly Traded Securities Committee. Prior to joining AMG, was an advanced software system applied researcher and software developer for a variety of software and research firms including: Sun Microsystems, Bell Laboratories, US West Advanced Technologies and the Mitre Corporation. He serves on the boards of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and the QWAFAFEW Denver Chapter. He was honored as the recipient of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Graduate Scholar (2005), the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business Marsico Scholarship (2006), the US West Advanced Technologies Graduate Fellowship (1993-1995), and is a Daniels alumnus.

Wade Loo is currently the Audit Committee Chair for Kofax Limited, a leading supplier of software solutions to help enterprises manage the capture, transformation and exchange of business information. He is a retired KPMG audit partner, working with companies in both local and international environments. Prior to retiring from KPMG, he served as the Senior Partner in Charge of Audit for the Northern California Business Unit, which consists of the KPMG offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento and Honolulu. In addition, he led KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI) in Silicon Valley. KPMG’s ACI provides corporate governance and best practices support to board members through publications, seminars and share forums. He served for eight years in KPMG’s international offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore. He is currently Chairman of the Board of JobTrain, an organization helping people in need – located in the East Palo Alto and surrounding communities – to find meaningful jobs. He is also on the Board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a Daniels alumnus.

Eamon Twomey is Vice President, Client Service and Support for Charles Schwab & Co. He is responsible for the Austin site leadership of client service and support, the Trade Support Group, Derivatives, IPO/MF Load, Advanced Technical Support and optionsXpress service and trading teams. Prior to Schwab, he was the COO of The Hartford Broker Dealers and had responsibility for defining operational processes and controls that support the requirements in the Wealth Management broker dealers, including retirement, mutual funds, 529, annuities, hedge funds, private placements and life insurance.  In addition, he was also responsible for all of the trading, clearing and custody of these products which was over $200B in assets. Prior to Hartford Broker Dealers, he was a senior officer of Curian Capital, a subsidiary of Jackson National Life.  He was responsible for all of the Operations for this registered investment advisory firm that had over 100,000 accounts and $10B in assets. He is a Daniels alumnus.

Learn more about the Daniels Executive Advisory Board.