The Milgard School of Business Executive in Residence Program is comprised of respected industry professionals and reflective practitioners who have expertise in their respective fields. It was created to provide students and faculty the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of these professionals, to strengthen the relationship between the Milgard School of Business and local and global businesses, and to help transition students into the business community.
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Executives in Residence will:
Share knowledge and provide industry, functional and leadership expertise.
Engage with faculty by consulting and collaborating on research and other projects
Engage with students and contribute to their students’ personal and professional development
Engage with Community by assisting with referrals for executive education programming and sharing School initiatives.
The Milgard School of Business recognizes Executive in Residence by providing:
Introduction to internal stakeholders with identified areas of engagement
Access to University resources
Shared office space
Marlo DeLange joined Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara, PS in 2004. She practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law, securities law, international business law, and business organizations and transactions.
Prior to joining VJ&G, Marlo was a Securities Enforcement Attorney with the Securities Division of the Washington Department of Financial Institutions from 1997 to 2000. She began private practice as an associate with Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell from 2000 to 2004.
Marlo is a leader in the legal profession and community. She Chaired the Executive Committee of the WSBA Business Law Section from 2011-2012 and served in other officer positions and as a member of the Executive Committee from 2006-2013. She is a former Co-President of the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers. She is a member of the Washington State and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Associations.
Marlo is currently a member of the Milgard Executive Council for the University of Washington, Tacoma Milgard School of Business. Marlo served on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center of Tacoma for more than a decade and Chaired the Board in 2009-2010. She also served o the Board of Directors for Chambers Creek Foundation from 2001-2006 and was an adjunct professor for the school of Business at Pacific Lutheran University from 2006-2008.
Marlo obtained her JD cum laude in 1997 from the Seattle University School of Law, and her B.A. in Finance in 1992 from the Idaho State University, College of Business.
Marlo received the "40 Under 40" Award presented by the Business Examiner in 2006; the Securities Division’s Enforcement Employee of the Year in 2000; the Washington State Governor’s Quality Award in 1999; the Department of Financial Institutions Director’s Quality Award for 1999; Idaho State University College of Business Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in 1992; and was on the Idaho State University College of Business Dean’s List, 1989 to 1992.
Until his retirement in 2016, Tom Everill served as President and CEO of Northwest Center, one of the largest and most successful social enterprise nonprofits in the region. During his tenure Northwest Center turned itself around financially, developed a collaborative culture aligned with its values, and established itself as an innovator and thought leader in the national disability rights community.
Before that Tom worked through a 27 year progression of accounting and finance roles in the global logistics industry at Airborne Express where he designed and managed cross-currency financial settlement systems, launched a highly
successful profit improvement program, led offshore merger and acquisition projects, and served as integration officer when Deutsche Post acquired Airborne under the DHL umbrella.
His 40 years of experience leading turnaround efforts and ambitious change projects in both sectors has given Tom a profound fascination with organizational transformation, complexity and uncertainty, group dynamics and conflict, the critical importance of culture, and the paradoxical power of leadership that evokes rather than directs. His experience at Northwest Center has also convinced him that business can be a potent instrument of social good.
He teaches the MBA capstone course in systems thinking and complexity at Milgard.
- BA in History (with distinction), University of Arizona
- MS in Management, Antioch University Seattle
Benjamin is strategic marketing executive with more than 30 years’ experience with Fortune 500 corporations. His expertise spans healthcare and technology industries, strategy, marketing, communications, and digital marketing with firms IBM, Ernst & Young, SapientNitro and Motorola.
Benjamin is currently Division Chair of Integrated Marketing and Demand Generation for Mayo Clinic. In this role, his teams are responsible for delivering marketing strategies and execution across audiences and channels Benjamin is
currently Division Chair of Integrated Marketing and Demand Generation for Mayo Clinic. In this role, his teams are responsible for delivering marketing strategies and execution across audiences and channels (e.g., B2C, B2B, B2E, B2D) in support of clinical practice, education and research priorities and facilitating expansion of clinical practice, education, and research impact.
Prior to Mayo Clinic, Benjamin was most recently Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Marketing for MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 18,000 team members, ten hospitals and over 200 locations. In that capacity he was responsible for branding, marketing, communications, customer experience and media relations.
Previously, he served as Director of Regional Marketing for Northwestern Medicine, a seven-hospital academic medical system with over 4,000 physicians, Benjamin led the development of the Northwestern Medicine brand and marketing growth for multiple clinical service lines and hospital marketing. Benjamin helped the hospital achieve National Honor Roll status for the first time on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking in 2012 and subsequently in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining Northwestern Medicine, Benjamin founded BW Hill & Associates, a strategic and digital marketing consultancy. BW Hill & Associates focused on helping Chief Marketing Officers “get more from their marketing” efforts and investments.
Prior to founding BW Hill & Associates, Benjamin led Motorola’s global interactive and relationship marketing function. Reporting to the CMO, he had responsibility for online marketing and promotions, global CRM, direct marketing, partner extranets, and the development, promotion, and operations of global websites. He led the online marketing effort for the world-renowned Motorola RAZR phone and his teams received numerous creative awards and media recognition including Cannes, FWA and NYF International Advertising Awards – Grand, Webby Honoree.
Benjamin is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, the Direct Marketing Association (DCMP), the American Marketing Association (PCM) and the Public Relations Society of America. He was an advisory board member the Harold Washington College in Chicago. Benjamin was an adjunct professor for the City Colleges of Chicago and the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business. Benjamin is the former Board President for Ladies of Virtue, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of young women in underserved communities. He is a current board member for Food Lifeline, a non-profit organization that supplies food to over 300 different food banks, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington.
Benjamin obtained his Master of Business Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, where he concentrated in Marketing, Strategy and Finance, his Master of Science in Business Analytics from the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma and his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Troy spent 22 years in institutional asset management at Russell Investments, ultimately serving five years as the Managing Director, President & CEO of Russell Investments Implementation Services.
Troy had full accountability and responsibility for the global growth, daily product delivery, risk management and associate management of the business, which consisted of over 100 associates across Russell’s key offices in North America, the UK, Japan, and Australia. The services included exposure management (derivatives and currency overlay), specialty asset management (transition management, interim portfolio management), and execution management
(global trading, commission management). He was recognized for unique skill at combining deep and diverse technical knowledge with an outstanding ability to communicate how the product or service could provide value to a client.
During his tenure at Russell Investments, Troy was one of the chief architects and leaders of Russell’s global Implementation Services business. He held numerous roles focused on business growth and daily operations – advancing from Technical Analyst to Portfolio Transition Manager, then into senior leadership roles as Chief Operating Officer, then Managing Director.
Currently, Troy is co-owner of Performance Footwear and Outdoor Gear. It is a customer service focused retail store specializing in premium brand recreational footwear, apparel and gear. Troy enjoys leveraging his skillset in business growth and development and operational efficiency to help lead this thriving business.
Troy is also an investor and advisor for a startup ‘Insights as a Service’, data, and analytics company. The business supports Institutional Asset Managers and Asset Owners, with a mission to empower clients to make better-informed decisions about their ‘Culture, Controls, and Business Model.’ The platform enables clients to benchmark their organization against competitors, allowing them to make data-driven decisions to reduce risk and optimize their business.
Originally from the east coast, Adam has called the South Sound home since 2005 and has spent much of his time exploring the incredible natural settings of the Pacific Northwest with his family. He spent 10 years working for a local forest products company before shifting gears and working for a Seattle-based technology and management consulting firm for three years.
When the opportunity to rejoin the South Sound business community presented itself, Adam jumped at it and has been with Schnitzer Steel since 2019 - initially as the General Manager of their Tacoma-based regional hub facility, and more
recently as the Director of Enterprise Data Analytics.
Adam holds a B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College, and an MBA from the University of Washington-Tacoma Milgard School of Business.
Bob Whitsitt is the former President and General Manager of the Portland Trailblazers and the Seattle Supersonics as well as the President of the Seattle Seahawks. During his seventeen year tenure as a NBA General Manager, Whitsitt’s teams made the playoffs 16 times, including four trips to the Final Four.
As President and General Manager of the Seattle Supersonics from 1986-1994, Whitsitt converted a non-playoff team with the lowest attendance in the NBA into a championship caliber team. Whitsitt’s last season in Seattle earned him the NBA Executive of the Year award as the Sonics had the best record (63-19) in the NBA.
During Whitsitt’s tenure in Portland, the Blazers made the playoffs every year and were one of the top 5 NBA teams in sponsorship and ticket revenue
As President of the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 to 2005, Whitsitt negotiated the acquisition of the team for Paul Allen and led a successful statewide referendum that secured $300 million in public funding for the Seahawks’ new football and soccer stadium. Bob built a team that made its first three playoff appearances in nearly a decade, won two division championships and played in Superbowl XL.
Whitsitt also served as president of a wide range of companies in Portland including Rose City Radio, Oregon Arena Corporation, Red Lion Hotel, Action Sports Media, Portland Fire (WNBA).
Whitsitt recently completed a two-year consulting agreement as Chief Sports Advisor to the company building Climate Pledge Arena and launching the NHL’s Seattle Kraken expansion franchise. In addition to his consulting, Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2021.
Richard Wilkinson, Milgard’s recently appointed Executive in Residence, has held HR/OD leadership roles in three industries: municipal government, global health, and higher education. He has masters degrees from USC in public administration and from Antioch University Seattle’s Organization Systems Renewal program.
Creating healthier workplaces has been a consuming interest of Richard’s since his undergraduate days, with a particular interest in the pivotal role skilled managers play in creating positive, productive workplaces.
Retiring in 2019 from his position as Associate Vice Chancellor for HR and organization development at UWT, he has since served as adjunct faculty in both the MBA and MCL programs and in the MBA program in Portland State University. He is a skilled facilitator, enthusiastic educator, and evangelist for better management.
Richard currently serves on Milgard’s MBA Refresh Task Force. Earlier played a key role in helping create the current strategic plan for the School, including updating the School’s mission.
In 2018 Richard received the Lisbeth Claus Trailblazer Award from the HR Roundtable/Global HR Consortium, a regional forum of HR leaders. He was also a featured practitioner in the 25th anniversary edition of Marvin Weisbord's notable book on the history and practice of organization development, Productive Workplaces.
Executive in Residence, University of Washington Tacoma
Sandeep has more than 40 years of international auditing and accounting experience, including 20 years at Deloitte. Before retiring from Deloitte, he served as their Global Risk Advisory leader in Mining and Metals sector working with Fortune 200 companies. At Deloitte, his responsibilities included providing oversight to global outsourced internal audit functions, communications with senior management and Board of Director’s Audit Committees, coordination with external audit leadership and providing overall direction and advice to the global project teams.
He specialized in Business Controls, Process Re-engineering, Financial, Operational, and Compliance Audits, Forensic Investigations, Anti-fraud Programs and Controls, Fraud Risk Assessments, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, Internal Audit Risk Assessments and Internal Audit Management.
While at Deloitte, Sandeep has also provided specialized internal audit services to clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, telecommunications and real estate. Prior to joining Deloitte, he acquired a broad and diverse background in commercial finance as a Principal with a regional public accounting firm, specializing in providing due diligence and fraud investigation services to major banks and financial institutions serving clients in various industries.
Mr. Verma holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Delhi Law School . He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.