Work experience

Work experience
Mar 2013 - Present


Finance Committee, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Give input on endowment funding, establishing new chairs, potential new members of the National Advisory Board, fund raising.
Jan 2013 - Present

Board Member

National Advisory Council, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Advises on curriculum, future strategic direction of the Institute in a Post Soviet world, fund raising, spending priorities.
Jan 2013 - Present

Member of the Board of Directors

Responsibilities include reviewing and advising on the acquisition strategies and potential acquisition targets of the company, reviewing and analyzing the performance of existing operating companies, reviewing the company's plan to uplist to the NYSE MKT exchange, reviewing and advising on the company's long term growth strategy.
Jun 2014 - Apr 2015

CVSL Interim Chief Operating Officer

Oversaw HR, IT, Manufacturing, Global Sourcing, Business Planning, Customer Service, Event Planning and Global Operations for CVSL, Inc. as well as Product Marketing and Sales Development for The Longaberger Company.
Jan 1996 - May 2002

Managing Director

Richmont Transportation Services
Created business plan and market entry strategy for purchase and start up of Hertz Russia Master Franchise for Richmont Capital Partners. Secured funding and successfully executed strategy.
1999 - 2002

President, Europe

Mary Kay Cosmetics
1995 - 1998

President and Member of the Board

Mary Direct Selling Association of RussiaKay

Was the first President of the Direct Selling Association of Russia.

1994 - 1997

Member of the Board

Was an active member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce during the early years of the post communist transformation of Russia.

1988 - 1991

Account Manager

The American Trade Consortium

Advised Fortune 50 companies on joint venture businesses in Russia under Gorbachev's new law allowing 49% foreign ownership of limited joint stock companies in Russia. Clients included Kodak, RJR Nabisco, Johnson and Johnson, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Chevron. Accompanied operating teams to Russia and acted as business coordinator, interpreter and translator. Reviewed Russian manufacturing facilities in Siberia and the Moscow Region as well as client manufacturing facilities in the US including soy bean processing plants, consumer edibles, hog processing, agricultural commodity processing and experimental livestock facilities. Reviewed business plans for reasonableness and fit into the joint aggregate cash sources and uses plan which allowed for hard currency revenues generated from Chevron's Caspian sea drilling project to be set aside to convert rubles from consumer goods manufacturing projects inside of Russia.


1988 - 1990


Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs
1983 - 1987

Bachelor's Degree

University of Virginia
1986 - 1986


Pushkin Institute
Spent six months studying and working in Moscow, Russia
1984 - 1985


Middlebury College
Attended Russian Language School Summer of 1984 and 1985.



Certificate of Russian

Pushkin Institute of Russian Language

Awards & Recognitions  

  • Businessperson of the Year - September 1996
    • The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
  • International Fellow - September 1990
    • School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University
  • Seagram's Corporate Scholar - September 1990
    • School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University