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Farley Advisory Board

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Antoine Selim Bassoul

NU ‘12, MBA Candidate ‘19Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Middleby Corporation

Antoine Bassoul (NU ‘12, MBA Candidate ‘19) was a student in the Farley Center’s inaugural NUvention Web and Media cohort.  He served as the Division President for The Middleby Corporation for six years before returning to Northwestern University to pursue his MBA and MS Design Innovation degree where he is currently a June ’19 candidate. After his degree, he will be headed to J.P. Morgan within their private equity group.

Jim Farley, Jr.

Board Member, Farley Family Charitable Foundation

Jim Farley, Jr. is a Board Member, Farley Family Charitable Foundation.

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Hillary Hass

Hillary Hass (NU ‘14) is an Investment Analyst at M3 Capital Partners.  During her time as a Farley Certificate student, she started a company, MeterGenius, during NUvention Energy.  Hass ran product strategy for Avant’s UK loan originations and planned the Energy Thought Summit in Chicago 2015.

Sarah Farley Huskey

Board Member, Farley Family Charitable Foundation

Sarah Farley Huskey (MA ‘82) is a Board Member, Farley Family Charitable Foundation.


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William Kroll

Executive Chairman at Matheson TriGas Senior Managing Director at Taiyo Nippon Sanso in Japan

William Kroll (NU '71) is an experienced Chairperson with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals industry. He is a strong business development professional skilled in Thin Films, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, SixSigma, and Coatings. Kroll graduated from Northwestern University with a BS/MS in Materials Science and is currently the Executive Chairman at Matheson TriGas and the Senior Managing Director at Taiyo Nippon Sanso in Japan, Japan's largest industrial gas producer and one of the world's top five industrial gas suppliers.

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Priscilla Marilyn Lu

PhD ’80 (Computer Science)Director of ZAP, Inc.

Dr. Priscilla M. Lu is director of ZAP, Inc., and previously served as the managing partner and founder at Cathaya Funds. She founded ViDeOnline Inc. in February 2004 and served as its chief executive officer until May 2008. Lu has over 25 years of international industry experience in telecommunications.

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Bret R. Maxwell

BSIE ’81, MMGT ‘82Managing General Partner, MK Capital

Bret Maxwell is a managing general partner at MK Capital. He is also the managing general partner on three of the Productivity Funds totaling $200 million in committed capital. Maxwell has been a decision-making partner in six other fully invested funds, representing over $300 million in committed capital. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-founder of First Analysis' venture capital practice in 1985.

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Rich Padula

Volunteer, Mentor, Investor, Technology Geek

Rich Padula is a successful entrepreneur with a background in technology, business process improvement, mobile software and solutions, systems integration, and technology education. Padula is a seasoned executive with deep experience in start ups, international expansion, and customer satisfaction. He founded Syclo, one of the leading providers of enterprise mobile solutions and led the company thru its successful acquisition by SAP in 2012.

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David Sachs

BSIE ‘81Senior Advisor, Ares Management

David Sachs is a senior advisor in the Ares Capital Markets Group and serves as an Investment Committee member on all Ares Management funds. He was previously a principal of Onyx Partners, Inc., and before that worked at Taylor & Co.

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Robert E. Shaw

BSME ’70, MMGT ‘81Retired President, Milex Products, Inc.

In recent years, Robert Shaw has volunteered as a consultant and advisor to NUvention and undergraduate engineering design courses at Northwestern University. Before that, Shaw spent nearly 30 years as the co-owner of Milex Products, Inc., a small, medical device company.

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Tim Stojka

BSIE ‘89CEO, Agentis Energy, Chicago, ILChairman, Fast Heat, Inc., Elmhurst, IL

Tim Stojka is currently the CEO of Agentis Energy based in Chicago, IL. Agentis is an energy technology company delivering wireless energy management systems for commercial and industrial applications. In addition to his role at Agentis Energy, Stojka has served as the chief executive officer of Fast Heat Inc, a designer and manufacturer of heating elements, sensors, and controls.

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Todd Warren

BA ’87Adjunct Professor, Computer ScienceManaging Partner of Divergent Partners

Todd Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and teaches NUvention Web. He is also an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.

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William J. White

BSIE ‘61Farley Advisory Board Member

Bill White teaches courses in organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and general management. White was instrumental in launching the undergraduate entrepreneurship program as well as Northwestern Student Holdings, a group of student managed businesses. Prior to joining the university he served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Bell & Howell Company. Earlier, White held executive positions with USG, Mead, and Hartmarx Corporations.

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