Member Engagement Committee Chair
Jim Schleckser is the CEO of the Inc. CEO Project, helping leaders grow their companies. He specializes in the issues that fast-growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes, and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Schleckser and his team work with over 100 CEOs of high-growth companies nationwide.
With 30 years of leadership in business, he brings to the table experience in leading global organizations in both public and private environments across many functional areas. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Time, Huffington Post, and National Public Radio. His ideas have been translated into nine languages, and he has done business in more than 27 countries. Schleckser is the author of the best-selling published book, Great CEOs Are Lazy, detailing the behaviors that make the difference in CEO performance.
He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Connecticut. He has done postgraduate work at London School of Business.
Schleckser serves on the board of Defenders as the chair of Talent & Compensation and previously as the chair of Governance and Nominating. He also serves on the board of Daniel Defense, AltoVista Software, and Youth with a Mission, San Pedro, DR. He has previously served on the board of Hanover Research.
Schleckser is a soccer player, CrossFitter, prolific reader, and outdoorsman. He resides in Potomac, Maryland.
Member Engagement Committee Chair
Alan Croll is a solutions-focused senior executive and director with over 45 years of success in the high-tech and rich media asset management industries. He has been affiliated with the NACD Capital Area Chapter for over 15 years, first as a sponsor and Advisory Board member and then as a director since 2013. He served as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee in 2016 and currently serves as vice president and chair of the Member Engagement Committee.
Croll has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, organizational development, entrepreneurship, and business process improvement. He is skilled in strategic planning, consulting, business development, enterprise software, IT strategy, and project management.
For the past 15 years, Croll has been leading eknow Inc. as its CEO and chairman. The company provides M&A tools for corporate development, acquisition integration, divestitures, reorganizations, and other corporate initiatives. In this capacity, he leads the company in support of Global 2000 client transactions spanning multiple industries and ranging in size from under $100 million to over $100 billion.
He began his career as a co-op student on the Air Force Eastern Test Range in support of the U.S. space program and as a computer engineer at RCA before holding progressive executive management positions with Digital Equipment Corp. and Nichols Research Corp.
Croll's leadership, change management, and organizational transformation skills were honed during 21 years at Digital Equipment Corp. where he was instrumental in the growth of the global professional services business to over $2 billion. He was one of the principal executives in the planning and implementation of the internal merger of two services businesses into a single, multi-billion dollar organization. While managing a $450 million line organization, he also served as leader of the Quality Leadership initiative across the North American services organization.
After leaving Digital, Croll served in a series of executive roles including president of CSSi, a subsidiary of Nichols Research Corporation; VP of Professional Services at SAGA Software; and COO at eMotion. In these roles, he worked on both sides of M&A transactions, strengthening his skills in post-merger integration and gaining experience in the sale and divestiture of an operating division. Croll's passion for quality and integrity in leadership led him, along with two colleagues, to launch a monthly executive leadership breakfast group that has been operating for more than 24 years and includes over 1,400 members in the Washington, DC, area.
Croll earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Drexel University before attaining a master's degree in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed several executive programs, including "Managing the Enterprise," at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and "Management of Service Operations," a special program created by Harvard University and Digital Equipment Corp.
In addition to his board roles at NACD, Croll is chairman of the board at eknow Inc. and he serves as treasurer of the CXO Forum. He is also a life member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Jim Handlon is founder and CEO of Bottomline Partners, a company known for delivering high-impact business transformation for clients to drive revenues and profit increases. Since 2003, Handlon has led the company's direction and operating teams in serving clients. Its clients are small- to medium-size (mid-cap) companies and selected associations across various industries. Wanting to grow and prosper but needing critical growth resources and results are the key mutual client success factors for using Bottomline Partners.
Handlon is a highly experienced business growth and transformation executive with 30+ years of combined Fortune 50 executive operations/management and Big Four (Ernst & Young) business transformation/M&A and performance improvement experience. His background includes corporate senior executive roles with global firms such as Marriott International, Towers Perrin, and Ernst & Young. His expertise is in strategically building and growing businesses, M&A including PMI (post-merger) synergies capturing, business processes improvement, business transformation strategy and execution, financing and fundraising, product and service innovations, and technology-leveraged solutions, and managing large complex initiatives. He is also a corporate governance and board committee effectiveness expert.
Handlon's deep governance experience includes E&Y Board Advisory services, board charters and committee charters development and governance transformation, board best practices services, and both publicly traded and private board services in an array of different industries over the past 16 years. He has been an NACD continuing member for 16 years.
Handlon earned an MBA (George Washington University), BSBA-Business (University of North Carolina), and professional certifications in corporate governance, PeopleSoft, and SAP. He serves as board chairman and CEO of Golf at the Highest Level Foundation, the NACD Capital Area Chapter including chairman of Programs Committee, chairman and CEO of Bottomline Partners, board member of the Web.Com PGA Tour IMG Events, and member of Congressional Country Club's Greens and Grounds Committee (15 years). He also cofounded CXO Forum.
Handlon is married and resides in Oxford, MD, and McLean, VA.
Michael Rochelle is a senior-level human resources manager with 37+ years of executive leadership and management experience. A recognized strategic human resources executive with exceptional organizational and people skills, he has applied those talents to achieve community and organizational excellence. Rochelle has led strategic Lean Six Sigma deployment in several large and complex organizations, and he is a renowned public communicator and team builder. Upon his retirement from the public sector, Rochelle immediately founded, as president and CEO, MDR Strategies LLC, a successful strategic human capital consulting firm located in Northern Virginia.
Donald E. Ellison is currently chairman of the board of a company and also an association. He has been a non-executive chairman of the board on numerous boards of directors, chairman of the board's Audit and Risk Committee, chairman of the board's Nominating and Governance Committee, and a member of board's Finance and Compensation Committees. Ellison is a Board Leadership Fellow and a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), as well as a graduate of NACD's Corporate Directors Institute and Master Class. Additionally, he serves as the NACD Capital Area Chapter's secretary and on its Board of Directors. Ellison was formerly chairman of the chapter's Membership Committee.
He has served as an executive career official in the Federal Government, a trade association chief operating officer, an industry executive, a consultant to multinational companies and entrepreneurs, and an independent member of corporate boards of directors. Since 1988, Ellison has been appointed and reappointed by successive U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representatives to provide guidance on international trade policies for the Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress. Additionally, he was selected to serve on the Federal Government's "Manufacturing 2040 Task Force." His international business responsibilities have taken him worldwide to negotiate with governments, trade associations, and businesses.
Ellison serves on numerous professional and trade association councils and committees. On behalf of industry associations, he has testified before the U.S. Congress, federal regulatory bodies, and state legislative committees. He is also active with the Congressional Award Foundation. Most recently, he was vice chairman of the Space Council at the Aerospace Industries Association.
Ellison received his baccalaureate degree in Political Science and Economics from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado's Center for Special and Advanced Studies. He was also selected for the U.S. Government's Executive Development Program and graduated from the Environmental Management Institute at the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration. Ellison has completed all-but-dissertation toward a doctorate at the Center for Technology and Administration at The American University in Washington, D.C. He has attended classes at the National Defense University.
He has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for his lifetime involvement and was honored with the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has recognized him with both the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He and his four sons are Eagle Scouts. Additionally, Ellison is active in civic and church responsibilities. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 40 years. They live in Northern Virginia.
Hon. Cari M. Dominguez is a corporate director of ManpowerGroup and serves as lead director on the board of Triple-S Management Corp., the leading managed care company in Puerto Rico with exclusive rights to the BlueCross BlueShield trademark. She is also a trustee of the Calvert Funds and former chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dominguez has also served in the U.S. Department of Labor in roles including Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards and director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Her corporate experience includes various senior human resources positions at Bank of America, including director of executive programs. She was also a partner at two international executive search firms, serving in their financial services, human resources, and corporate board practices.
Dominguez serves on the national board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee, and is also on the board of the NACD Capital Area Chapter. She is a founding member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). A member of the U.S. Department of Labor's National Taskforce on Apprenticeship Expansion, Dominguez has also served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is the current president of the International Women's Forum of Washington, D.C.
Dominguez has received numerous awards and national recognition for her public policymaking roles and global efforts to promote workforce development and diversity. Hispanic Business magazine has recognized her as one of the "80 Elite Hispanic Women" and one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country."
Peter Gleason is the President and CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance issues. He serves as a member of NACD's national faculty, is regularly quoted in the national media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, and board/shareowner relations. He has served as a commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report issued over the past 16 years, including the most recent releases on The Strategic Asset Board, Long Term Value Creation, Strategy Development, Talent Development, and Board Diversity. Peter currently serves on the board of NACD and on the advisory board of Nura Health, Inc., a development-stage health-care company. Gleason is also a director of the NACD Capital Area Chapter, Deputy Chair of Global Network of Director Institutes, and is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. He is the former chair of the International Professional Practices Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors and was formerly a director of The Patriot Fund.
Before joining NACD, Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. In addition, he served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Research for Institutional Shareholder Services.
Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech, from where he has a MBA with concentrations in both Finance and Marketing.
Julian Ha has served on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Capital Area Chapter since 2016. Specifically, he serves on the Member Engagement and Nominating & Governance Committees.
Ha is a partner and practice leader with Heidrick & Struggles, based in Washington, D.C. He leads the firm's Government Affairs and Association Practices and places CEOs and senior executives into public and private firms and member-driven organizations across all industries and sectors.
Ha has extensive private and not-for-profit (NFP)/association board experience. On the private sector side, he has served on the Board of China Recycling Energy Corporation (CREG), a NASDAQ-listed cleantech company where he chaired the compensation committee; and Propulsys, a privately held, precision manufacturing company with operations in the United States, Germany, and China. On the NFP side, in addition to NACD, he is currently a board member of the Public Affairs Council and US-ASEAN Business Council. He also serves on the global Board of AESC, which represents the entire retained executive search and leadership consulting profession.
Prior to executive search, Ha practiced as a corporate lawyer in New York; Washington, D.C.; London; Singapore; and Shanghai. As a lawyer for Paul Weiss, Baker & McKenzie, and Linklaters, he advised multinational corporations on their IPOs, private equity investments, and cross-border M&A transactions. He has also served as a director in the Corporate Finance group of Evolution Securities China Limited, an investment bank based in London.
Ha received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, his master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and his JD from The NYU School of Law. He attained a Certificate in Corporate Finance from The London Business School and holds an NACD Certificate of Director Education. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.