Gail Berger, Ph.D.
With a doctorate in management and organizations, Gail Berger is a clinical associate professor at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communication and the deputy director of the Center for Executive Women at Kellogg.
Berger has more than 20 years of experience as an executive coach and leadership development expert, bringing her knowledge of talent development, conflict resolution and team dynamics to help individuals, teams and organizations. Most recently, Berger developed a program that leverages poker as a platform to help women hone their leadership skills.
Berger has won multiple teaching awards, including Instructor of the Year at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and has been published in leading journals. Blending her background in education, business and psychology, Berger creates a powerful teaching approach by combining purposeful reflection, candor and support to guide individuals to make lasting behavior changes.
Tim Calkins is a clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management where he teaches marketing strategy and biomedical marketing. He is co-academic director of the Kellogg on Branding executive education program.
Calkins has received numerous teaching awards, including the Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013, the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award and two Kellogg Faculty Impact Awards. Calkins also received the Top Professor Award four times from the Kellogg Executive MBA Program.
Calkins works with major corporations regarding strategy and branding, including clients such as Novartis, AbbVie and Pfizer. He created the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review in 2005, a program that has generated more than 5 billion media impressions during the past decade.
Melody Camp earned her master’s of business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has been an adjunct professor in organizational development at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and is the owner of Smart Computing and an organizational consultant.
Camp served as vice president for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group and Harris Bank, and her expertise includes strategic planning, corporate culture, leadership development and conflict resolution. She is a coach for management teams regarding effective communication and employee involvement.
Tom Emigh is a senior consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, using his passion for business development and his doctoral work in organizational behavior and leadership to provide strategic guidance to individuals and family-owned businesses.
Emigh’s ability to quickly establish rapport and trust with business owners allows him to build rich, long-lasting relationships with clients and help them reach their full potential. His goal is to propel family-owned businesses to success through coaching and mentoring based on curricula he developed. Emigh brings real-world leadership experience, systems thinking and operational expertise to coaching and consulting relationships in large and small organizations.
As CFO of Sutter Roofing Co. from 2003-19, B. Henry Thomas oversaw all financial and IT processes, earning him the Tampa Bay Business Journal 2009 CFO of the Year award in the publication’s medium-sized private company category.
Henry is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities, sharing his expertise regarding construction finance, account management, human resources and litigation. With a master’s in business administration and decades of industry experience, he empowers clients to efficiently manage their business’ processes, projects and strategies in rapid-growth environments.
Jamie McAdam is president of F.J. Dahill Co. Inc., a family-owned roofing and structural restoration company that has served New England since 1883. He began his full-time career at F. J. Dahill in 1977 and—after 17 years as a laborer, manager and vice president—he was elected president in 1994.
After two terms on NRCA's board of directors and two terms as vice chairman, McAdam served as NRCA’s president from 1999 to 2000. He has been on the North/East Roofing Contractors Association board of directors for 12 terms and received its Clarence J. Carr Roofing Industry Award in 1997.
McAdam is a well-recognized member of the roofing industry in New England and nationally. He has been a speaker at 12 NRCA conventions and more than 100 educational programs. In 2007, he was the 60th recipient of NRCA's prestigious J.A. Piper Award.
Duane Musser is vice president of government relations at NRCA, where he oversees and directs the association's work regarding government policy and political matters. Musser joined NRCA in January 2008 as senior director of federal affairs and assumed the responsibilities of vice president of government relations in January 2009.
Musser worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Rep.Wally Herger (R-Calif.), a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. While working for Herger, he handled tax, international trade, environmental and other legislative and regulatory issues.
Musser earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University.
Loran Nordgren is a behavioral scientist, lecturer and practitioner. As a behavioral scientist, his research explores the psychological forces that propel and prevent the adoption of new ideas and actions. His research has been published in leading journals and is regularly discussed in prominent forums, such as Harvard Business Review. In recognition of his work, Nordgren has received the Theoretical Innovation Award in experimental psychology.
A former Fulbright scholar, Nordgren is an associate professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management and has twice received Kellogg’s Management Teacher of the Year award. He also was one of Poets&Quants’ 40 under 40 business school professors. In October 2020, he became the academic director for Kellogg’s Executive MBA programs. As a practitioner, Nordgren has worked with companies throughout the world regarding a wide range of behavior change problems—a process he calls behavioral design.
Vanna Novak is a nationally recognized authority on developing and delivering presentations designed to influence the thinking and decision making of audiences and motivate them to take specific, desired action.
Based in Seattle, Novak is president and owner of Speak to Persuade and has been a professional speaker, trainer and consultant for more than 20 years. Her background includes serving as a director of employee relations, university adjunct faculty member, twice-elected director for the National Speakers Association, two-time gubernatorial appointee in Washington state, and a featured guest on radio and television shows.
Novak is a founder of the Executive Development Institute, an organization that offers leadership development programs for Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic professionals.
Stephen M. Phillips
Stephen M. Phillips is a senior partner with Atlanta-based law firm Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C. , focusing on legal issues pertaining to the commercial roofing industry. He served as general counsel to NRCA for more than 30 years, and was a founder of NRCA’s National Roofing Legal Resource Center. Phillips is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Panel and has served on the board of the Georgia Legal Services Program.
He has been recognized and listed in publications such as "Best Lawyers in America," The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, and Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Before entering private law practice, Phillips worked as a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C. As an analyst in environmental policy for the Congressional Research Service, he authored several congressional studies addressing environmental issues. He earned his law degree from Emory University, Atlanta.
A senior advisor of The Family Business Consulting Group, Amy Schuman supports family businesses by helping them implement the systems, structures and relationships needed to be effective stewards of their enterprises. She helps businesses create family councils, ownership councils, boards of directors, constitutions, policies and guidelines, family education, team building, and other tools to ensure their success.
As founding facilitator of the Next Generation Leadership Institute at the Chicago Loyola University Family Business Center (1996-2006), Schuman coached young men and women set to assume leadership positions in their family businesses. Schuman founded and facilitated Loyola University's first Peer Advisory Group for Women and taught group process and facilitation skills in the university’s Family Business Communication Institute.
Schuman is adjunct lecturer at the Center for Family Enterprise, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Oberlin College and earned her Master of Business Administration at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a graduate of the Center for Conflict Resolution's 40-hour Performance-Based Mediation Skills Training program.
Tom Shanahan joined NRCA in 1989, focusing on risk management, health and safety. He directed NRCA University; the National Roofing Legal Resource Center; NRCA's international membership, state legislative and regulatory activities; and the National Roofing Foundation.
Shanahan created the Foreman Leadership Training course in response to a 1999 Gallup survey commissioned by NRCA, which revealed the need for leadership training for foremen. He has helped to develop Senior Leadership Training and Owner Leadership Training and has trained thousands of managers.
Shanahan attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Shanahan also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He retired from NRCA in 2022 but continues his work as an FEI instructor and contributing author to Professional Roofing magazine.
Kathy Woodliff is director of product management and corporate underwriting for Frankenmuth Insurance Co., Frankenmuth, Mich. Before joining Frankenmuth, Woodliff worked as a consultant at a predictive analytics software company. She also owned her own consulting practice to help family-owned businesses implement focused strategies to drive growth in profits, people and purpose to succeed.
Woodliff headed $2 billion property and casualty divisions at CNA Insurance. Under her leadership, she improved profitability by 30 points and grew the business by more than $200 million. Woodliff received a bachelor’s in psychology and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and business strategy from the University of Chicago.