Board of DIrectors
President, Encore Technologies
John Burns is Founder and President of Encore Technologies. Encore is a privately owned, full-service Data Center and IT solutions company focused on the Enterprise, Healthcare and Commercial markets. John has over 30 years of experience in developing entrepreneurial ventures in the information technology industry. During that time, he has served in leadership capacities including President, Vice President and General Manager.
In 1984, John started his IT career in sales at Computerland in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1987, John joined several other investors to purchase a Cincinnati-based IT services and hardware reseller, which was merged with The Future Now in 1990. The merger expanded the reach and breadth of services to include the entire Midwest region. The company was sold to Xerox in 1998.
John joined CBTS in 1999 as Vice President of Sales and became General Manager in 2004. Under his leadership, CBTS grew from less than $2M in revenue in 1999 to over $400M in 2014. During John’s tenure, CBTS entered the data center business in 2000. That business grew to over 250,000 sq./ft. of colo space by 2010. In 2010, CBT acquired Cyrus One, combined the CBTS data center operations under the Cyrus One name and spun the business out in an IPO. John left CBTS in 2014 to start Encore Technologies.
A native of Cincinnati, John earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Cincinnati College of Business. He is active in various community and charitable organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region and currently serves on the boards of The Anthony Munoz Foundation, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Cincinnati Golden Gloves for Youth, Cincinnati Learning Schools (Carpe Diem Aiken), The Dragonfly Foundation, Integrative Medicine Foundation and Purcell Marian High School.
Partner at Ernst and Young
Doug Cooper is a Partner in the Audit and Advisory practices at Ernst & Young LLP (EY). After a 36-year career at EY, he will retire on June 30, 2017.
Throughout his EY career, Doug has served in numerous senior leadership roles. As Office Managing Partner of the West Palm Beach office, he successfully achieved 95% growth in global revenue, reduced expenses by 35%, increased the number of partners by 100% and obtained the highest employee retention rate in the Southeast Region. In his role as a global partner, Doug was responsible for all client services and helped clients improve their businesses and minimize risk.
Doug led EY’s South Florida health care and life sciences practice where he grew this practice by 190% in global revenue. He was also a member of EY’s National Health Emerging Growth Market Leadership team.
Doug helped build a dominant EY health care and life sciences practice in Florida, where EY served approximately 80% of all companies in this sector. He served companies in the following health care sectors; acute care, managed care, life sciences, laboratory, pharmaceutical, staffing, home health, long term care, medical device, technology, physician organizations, rehabilitation, etc.
He has extensive experience in numerous industries including health care sectors, technology, real estate, services, retail and distribution, communication and entertainment, etc.
Doug served as lead partner on Global Fortune 500 and Russell 3000 companies, as well as rapidly growing public and private entrepreneurial companies. He has extensive experience working with SEC registrants and helping numerous companies through their initial public offering (IPO) journeys and rapid growth initiatives. Doug has worked on hundreds of equity and debt offerings totaling over $50 billion, involving management and Boards of companies, bankers, law firms, underwriters, PE firms, etc.
He has a proven record of working with Board of Directors, Audit Committees and client management. Doug has worked with companies regarding innovation and technological change, enhancing risk management, sustainability, strategic planning (growth and competitive strategy), navigating the geopolitical and regulatory environment, optimizing long-term capital allocation strategies, human capital management and the workforce of the future, strengthening board composition through strategic alignment, operational efficiencies, SEC and other technical issues, improvement of controls including ICFR, IT and cybersecurity, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, etc. He’s also saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars through due diligence services and reduction in purchase price.
Founder, Le Soupe
When Suzy DeYoung was just 13 years old her father died. But his impact on her life continues. DeYoung’s father, Chef Pierre Adrian, brought fine-dining and the city’s first Mobil 5-star rating to Cincinnati with The Maisonette. DeYoung knew she would follow in her Adrian’s footsteps because, for her, it’s all about legacy.
DeYoung trained in Cincinatti kitchens but, eventually craved something more. She moved to France to spend a year training with some of the best chefs in Europe, from classic, casual bistros to restaurants like Brasserie La Gavroche in Paris and the Michelin three-star restaurant, L’Auberge d’Ill.
Returning home, with a new world of flavors and ideas, DeYoung opened La Petite Pierre, named in honor of her father. The restaurant has endured and thrived for 25 years, serving Cincinatti and visitors including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Prince Andrew, and Bruce Springsteen. In 2013, she launched La Soupe, a citywide initiative to combat food waste, in which DeYoung and local chefs turn what would be wasted produce into complex, delicious soups to feed the city’s hungry. She is a winner of the Jefferson Award for her service in Cincinnati
Too Small to Fail
Meredith has a range of strategic and operation experience in non-profit and campaign work. She currently serves as Program Manager for Too Small to Fail, an initiative working to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth.
Previously, she worked on gubernational campaigns in Rhode Island and California and in communications and public affairs at Nielsen. Meredith also serves on the Board of California Women’s List, a PAC focused on increasing the number of women serving in public office in California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with a BA in American Studies.
Mitchell Habib is FCM’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, heading client engagements and company strategy. He has led sustainable, profitable growth for prominent global firms across multiple industries during his 30-year career. Before launching FCM, Mitchell served as Chief Operating Officer for Nielsen, where he created the Global Business Services (GBS) operations and technology organization of 44,000 people in more than 100 countries. In seven years, GBS delivered $2.3B in cash savings and a +3x return on investment for Nielsen’s private equity investors. Prior to joining Nielsen, Mitchell was the Chief Information Officer of Citigroup’s North America Credit Cards division and, subsequently, its Consumer Business division. He delivered more than $300MM in annual cost savings for Citigroup over four years by capitalizing on regional synergies, optimizing sourcing, simplifying technology and re-engineering processes. Mitchell previously served as the global Chief Information Officer of General Electric’s Healthcare division, where he managed strategic information technology planning, systems development and infrastructure, and was a member of the company’s Senior Executive Board. Mitchell graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Journalism. He currently serves on the boards of directors for Pactera, YuMe, and the National Underground Freedom Center.
Sarah Habib is founder of Mission2Move, a program designed to provide education, advocacy, and resources to help underserved students understand and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Sarah started Mission2Move out of a passion to use movement, meditation, and nutrition as a way to build bridges between communities. She believes every student should have the opportunity to live his or her life to the fullest. Before starting Mission2Move, Sarah held leadership roles at Nielsen, and TIBCO. She has a certificate in Z-Health R-Phase and I-Phase. She has a certificate from Mindful Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies - Comparative Race and Ethnicity from Tufts University.
Head Chef, Sleepy Bee
As a dancer and fitness enthusiast Executive Chef Frances Kroner of Sleepy Bee Café is obsessed with making delicious food that allows guests to walk with a bounce in their step as they leave. Food that helps the body thrive. After graduating from Midwest Culinary School and working in a number of regional restaurants (BOCA, Slims, Lola to name a few). Chef Kroner started FEAST Catering and Food Event Design and Random Snacks of Kindness. Throwing elaborate parties, building edible installations and working with local nonprofits to design tailor-made snacks to help support and fundraising. With Sandra Gross and Dr. John Hutton, Chef Kroner opened Sleepy Bee in 2013, now on their third location. Chef Kroner can be found in the kitchen at the Bee or teaching on the dance floors of DANCEFIX.
Former Chairman and CEO pf P&G, co-chair of National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center
Mr. Pepper spent a 40 year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002. He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.
John E. Pepper, Jr. currently serves as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007. Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.
Pepper has devoted important effort over the past 29 years to Early Childhood and Youth Development. He currently serves as a member of the Cincinnati Preschool Program Board of Trustees. He was a founding supporter of Every Child Succeeds (which provides home visitation to at-risk 0-3 year olds), and was a co-founder and currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, one of the nation’s most successful mentoring and tutoring organizations.
In his capacity as Co-chair of the national CEO Task Force on Early Childhood, John has testified before the United States Senate; met with numerous Members of Congress and state Governors; and participated in meetings with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius. Through his work with ReadyNation, he collaborates with local business owners and executives at the state level in advocating for smart public investments to ensure that all children are healthy, educated and successful.
Pepper graduated from Yale in 1960, where he served on the Board of the Yale Daily News. He served as Fellow of the Yale Corporation from 1995 – 2003, including two years as Senior Fellow.
A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Pepper and his wife Francie have four children and ten grandchildren and reside in Wyoming, Ohio.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Information Officer, Hamilton County
Julie Wilson is a life-long Cincinnati resident. She graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1976, Georgetown University in 1980 and the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983.
Julie has worked for most of her legal career in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office where she currently serves as a Chief Assistant Prosecutor/Communications Director. She was previously employed as the Chief Magistrate in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas/Juvenile Division and as the Assistant General Counsel for Cincinnati Public Schools.
Julie currently serves on the board of ProKids which advocates for children in the dependency system who are alleged to be neglected or abused.