LCWA Advisory Board

Amarante, Mauro Auriffeille, JF Barkley, Nella Bennett, Adelaide
Boyer, Robert Buggie, John Cameron, Gerry Chubb, Adam
Cohen, David Cummings, Martha Fanning, Drew Festa, Conrad
Gillespie, Larry Hazelton, J. Douglas Heath, AJ Kosion, Robert
Lehman, Peter Massamillo, Eugene McManus, Doerte Melville, Jim
Noble, Phil Olivetti, Connie Semmes, William Shanahan, Katelyn
Smith, Catherine Smith, Hilton Thibault, Albert Weaver, Keith
Weingarten, Jeffrey Whack, Hal Ziff, Loren



Mauro Amarante

Mauro Amarante has retired as CEO and President of IFA Rotorion – North America
LLC, responsible for all operations and functions in North America in a matrix
organization. He was with the IFA Group from 2011 to 2019, acting both as CFO to the
North American subsidiary and also as the Global Head of Finance. As the Global Head
of Finance Mr. Amarante led the worldwide restructuring of the financial function for the
entire IFA Group.
Mr. Amarante has over 39 years of international experience in a variety of industries,
including automotive, electrical, chemical, agriculture, construction and mining. He
began his career with the Siemens Group as a trainee, and developed into a controller
and became responsible for numerous commercial functions. He went on to work as the
primary controller for the Ometto Group, a sugar and ethanol producing company in
Brazil with over 4000 employees. Mr. Amarante later moved to Thyssenkrupp
Corporation, where he played a key role in implementing SAP, as well as being
responsible for the accounting, controlling and tax services for multiple plants in Brazil
and Mexico. He went on to assume the role of CFO for the company in Mexico and then
later in the United States. Directly prior to joining IFA, Mr. Amarante held the position of
Site Manager for the Brazilian operation at Metso, an international technology
corporation operating in the mining & construction, paper and oil industries, where he
led over 2,000 employees in all functions in a matrix organization. Additionally he was
CFO for South America overseeing the operations in Chile and Peru.
Mr. Amarante received a technical degree in computer science from the University of
Campinas (Brazil), a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from
Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He speaks fluent Portuguese, English, German and


Nella G. Barkley

A veteran of strategic consulting for both not-for-profits and for profits, Nella Barkley decided she’d had enough of – even seasoned – people showing no signs of turning their well honed management skills to charting satisfying lives. This was over thirty years ago and, today, there seems to be more need than ever as the dynamics within organizations change with alarming speed.

Research led Nella to John C. Crystal, a brilliant thinker with respect to applying commonsense strategies to designing lives, and they teamed up to copyright Life\Work Design through the Crystal-Barkley Corporation, now working globally as both the Crystal-Barkley Corp. and under the banner of her new company, BestWork, Inc.  Many thousand clients and their employers are currently enjoying expected results under conditions which they have uniquely crafted in response to their goals.

Nella lives in Charleston, SC – because she loves her family life there – and travels a great deal both for work and pleasure, spending any discretionary time she has on matters of education and the arts.  The founder of South Carolina’s Educational Television Endowment, as well as Chair of the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Board early in its development, and former Chair of South Carolina Future Minds, she was awarded the State’s Order of the Palmetto and the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.


John Buggie

John Buggie brings more than 25 years of professional experience serving senior management of large global corporations on issues of strategy, organizational change, and marketing innovation.. John has been a partner/leader at top management consulting firms including Strategos, Kearney, Ernst & Young, SupplyLogic and a marketing operating executive for Fortune 500 global corporations in Europe and the United States.

Prior to his career as a management consultant, John was a marketing executive in the luxury goods industry at Brown Forman and LVMH Group (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) in Europe, Latin America, and Asia while managing profit and loss responsibility for multi-million dollar brands. While living in Europe, he also co-founded two privately-held entrepreneurial start-ups, and helped shape them into viable ongoing businesses.

Buggie holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton, and a Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. 

John is a founder and past chairman of the Lauder Institute Alumni Association. His undergraduate degree is in International Business from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  He is married to his lovely wife Nicole of 15 years, and a proud father of two young children, Nicholas (12) and Victoria (10) who keep him active all times, seeking fun adventures in scuba diving, racquet sports, and their new home in Charleston, SC. 


Gerry Cameron

Gerry Cameron is a partner in the Charleston office of Caldwell Partners and a member of the Financial Services and Education, Not-for-profit & Government practices. He has more than 10 years of executive search experience and more than 25 years of management and operational experience with a diversified global financial institution. His areas of focus embrace leadership positions on both the buy-side and sell-side, with a particular emphasis upon wealth management and family offices on the buy-side and investment banking and municipal finance on the sell-side. In addition, he channels long-held interests into identifying leadership for the not-for-profit and education sectors.
Prior to joining Caldwell Partners, Gerry was a partner in the Financial Services Practice of Heidrick& Struggles. Some of his work there included assignments for J.P. Morgan, UBS, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Toronto Dominion and a number offamily offices. Previously, Gerry was the managing partner of Highland Partners' New York, Stamford and Boston offices, and served as co-leader of the Financial Services Sector.
Prior to joining the search industry, he was a managing director and head of human resources for global investment banking at J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York. He formerly served as European head of human resources for J.P. Morgan based in London; general manager of J.P. Morgan's Italian offices based in Milan; head of banking for Morgan's Canadian subsidiary based in Toronto and team leader in Public Finance based in New York. He also served in the United States Navy.
Gerry earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from Yale University.


David Cohen

David Cohen served as the dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston from 2006 to 2014.  Cohen is also a dean emeritus of the library, where he served as dean from 1982 to 2012 overseeing the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, the Marine Resources Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the John M. Rivers Communications Museum and the Lowcountry Graduate Center library. With a background in library science and research interests in 18th- and 19th-century France, Cohen has presented his work at annual meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Library Association, and many of his articles have been published in academic journals such as Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Journal of Academic Leadership, Library High Tech, The Serials Librarian and Library Trends. Cohen has consulted for the Pennsylvania Commission for the Humanities, the Philadelphia Club, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, Johnson and Wales University, NetGen, Francis Marion University and more than 15 other universities. Cohen is past-president and current member of the South Carolina Library Association and has served on the advisory board of the Gale Corporation and as chairperson of the Southeastern Library Network’s board of directors, treasurer for the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, executive committee member for the Library Directors Forum and chair of the Council on Library and Information Resources’ College Library Committee. He is a longstanding member of the American Library Association and currently serves as a board member for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. At the College, Cohen has served on a long list of committees – including the curriculum committee as well as the Academic Affairs Organization Study Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Computing Needs, both of which he chaired. In 2008, he led the effort to gain approval for a new Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. In 2011, Cohen worked with Honors College Dean John Newell to launch the International Scholars Program, which is designed for students who are committed to finding solutions to critical global issues and who want to be comfortable moving between different cultures and languages.


Robert Kosian


Peter Lehman 

Director, Partner Relations for North America at Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). He has previously worked for the South Carolina Ports Authority as General Manager of Cruise and Real Estate, Vice President of Cruise and Real Estate, Director of Planning and Business Development, and Executive Assistant to the President. 

Peter Lehman has also been an adjunct faculty member at Webster University, College of Charleston, Limestone College, Johnson and Wales, and The Citadel. He was Executive Director at the South Carolina World Trade Center - Charleston as well as worked as a Foriegn Trade Representative for the New Jersey Division of International Trade. 


Phil Noble

Phil is founder of World Class Scholars - an innovative project that creates global classrooms with real time online educational and cultural exchanges -launching at Dubai Expo 2020 world’s fair. Beginning in 1994, Noble was an early pioneer in using the internet and new technologies in the civic sector - media, politics, government, NGOs, foundations and education. As an entrepreneur, he has started six digital companies and NGOs. He is a veteran of over 350 public affairs projects and political campaigns in 40 states and 32 countries including work with over two dozen political parties and campaigns to elect the head of state in 15 countries. Noble has been a guest lecturer at over 30 colleges and universities in the US and internationally. He held teaching and advisory positions with a variety of universities and their academic publications at George Washington University, University of Southern California, University of Amsterdam, and University of Athens. He was a Resident Follow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Hilton Smith

Hilton is the President and CEO of East Bay Co., LTD, and President and CEO of various real estate development and home building companies in Maryland, West Virginia, and South Carolina.  He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Finance and began his career at the World Bank in international finance.  Hilton joined his father-in-law, William Murray, at East Bay Company in the late 1970s and has been President since 1998. Hilton serves on the boards of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust, Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, and Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina.  He previously chaired the South Carolina Aquarium board and is Chairman Emeritus.  He also served on the Board of the EastWest Institute. Hilton is past chair of the College of Charleston Foundation Board and is chair of the School of Languages, Cultures & World Affairs Advisory Board.  He was also a member of the Boundless Campaign Steering Committee.

Hilton and his wife, Catherine, helped establish the School of Languages, Cultures & World Affairs in 2004, with a lead gift from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.  They have continued to advocate for the College, and most notably LCWA, in securing significant funding from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust and the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust.


Keith Weaver

Keith Weaver is the Navy Programs Lead for the Defense & Space division of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security and Environmental global business unit. Prior to Bechtel, Keith was with Northrop Grumman Corporation as an International Campaign Lead within the Aerospace Sector. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer / Senior Vice President, Enterra Solutions.
Among Keith’s many distinctions, Keith served as the Senior Vice President for Operations and the Chief Operating Officer of the United Service Organizations (USO), during which time he expanded support facilities to combat zones and deployment hubs both stateside and across the Middle East.
Keith was previously Senior Vice President, Business Development, Communications, and Capture Management for Force Protection Industries, and served as the Senior Vice President for Government Relations and as the Chief Operating Officer at Enterra Solutions LLC. In 2012, he served with Holliday & Associates, Inc., providing clients a broad range of expertise with particular emphasis on opportunities in the Arabian Gulf.
Prior to entering the corporate sector, Keith’s career in the Navy included command of Patrol Squadron 23 in Brunswick, Maine and Patrol Wing 11 in Jacksonville, Florida. He also served as the Special Assistant for Weapons Systems Acquisition on the staff of the Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs).
Keith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Bachelor of Science, Naval Science); the Naval War College (Master of Arts, International Relations); and Salve Regina University (Master of Science, Management).


Loren Ziff

Loren Ziff has spent the past 30+ years creating value in commercial real estate throughout the country. Loren has successfully worked on over $3.5B of assets in various stages of completion, stability and capitalization. Loren’s hallmark is defining and achieving success no matter the status, type or timeline of the property. He can serve as investor, advisor, broker or expert witness. Asset types include office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hospitality, land and mixed use.

Loren has been entrusted with a broad array of responsibilities throughout his career:
• Creating an investment business worth over $100M (Ziff Properties, Inc.)
• Overseeing $3B in distressed assets of the Federal Government (FSLIC)
• Managing two failed Savings & Loans $500M (FSLIC)
• Over $50m in private sector workouts

In 2003 Loren created EastRock Properties, LLC, a private real estate investment, brokerage and
consulting firm. Leveraging his extensive transaction experience, relationships and market knowledge,
Loren consistantly creates long-term value for his clients. Managing expectations and defining success
compliment his energy, creativity and experience. Loren’s style is direct and collaborative.

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