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Along with a nationally recognized faculty and support staff, you will find a number of “super mentors” gracing the halls of Robins. Typically, we host three Executives-in-Residence per year. These C-suite-level individuals meet with students, getting to know them and giving them advice. Participating executives have included corporate presidents, CEOs, vice presidents and other leaders of the business world.

2019-20 Executives in Residence 

John Adams John Adams, Executive in Residence 
(804) 289-8559
Office: BUS 309

John Adams has spent 41 years at the The Martin Agency, an award-winning advertising agency based in Richmond, Virginia. The agency has been included on the Advertising Age "A-List" five out of the six years it has been published and most recently, The Martin Agency won an Emmy for an interactive documentary created for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

John plays a key role on the team that continues to bring national attention to Martin, representing such brands as Discover Financial Services, GEICO, Mondeléz, Walmart, Hanes, Kraft Foods and BFGoodrich.

John is an active leader both locally and nationally. He is chairman of the board of directors at Virginia Commonwealth University's Brandcenter, and also serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He is a past rector of Longwood University and has served on the boards of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society.

A member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, John lectures frequently on marketing and business issues throughout the United States.

Kelly Richard Kelly, Executive in Residence
(804) 289-1798
Office: RSB 323

Richard Kelly's career has spanned three decades in the Consumer Products, Healthcare, and Manufacturing sectors. An effective leader as a Fortune 50 executive, a management consultant, and a startup entrepreneur in the Food and Agricultural sector, he has led both large scale and early stage organizations. He has been an intrapreneur in established corporations leading transformational change from within and an entrepreneur with early stage organizations disrupting existing industries and creating new markets.

From 2013 to 2018, he was CEO and co-founder of Nutriati, a venture capital supported plant-based Ingredient Technology company helping brands and food manufacturers develop great tasting and healthy products. Prior to founding Nutriati, he was CEO of Worldwide Sourcing Advisors LLC (WSA), an advisory firm he founded that provided procurement, supply management, and business development expertise to public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. In advance of founding WSA, Richard spent 25 years at multinational consumer products giant, Altria Group, in a variety of capacities inducing finance, corporate strategy, manufacturing, quality, product commercialization, and procurement. Richard has a MBA from Duke University and a BS with Honors in Health Policy and Management from UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he serves on the Dean's Advisory Council. Richard currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of World Pediatric Project. He is also involved in mentoring entrepreneurs at Start-Up Virginia and Hatch Kitchen RVA, and is a guest lecturer to universities on leadership and entrepreneurial topics.

brady Michael Page, Entrepreneur in Residence
(804) 869 3069
Office: 323

In addition to his role as Entrepreneur in Residence, Mike is co-founder and principal of RunRate, LLC, a financial and strategic advisory firm; co-founder and managing partner of Gum Tree Properties, a commercial and multi-family property roll-up; and co-founder and co-managing partner at Trefoil Ventures, a multi-brand retail, e-commerce and investment company. In his advisory capacity, Mike helps early-stage and high-growth companies in Central Virginia execute capital formation and growth strategies.

Mike’s entrepreneurial career began as co-founder of Valor Communications Group, a U.S.-based telecommunications company that grew to $500MM in annual revenue before listing on the NYSE and subsequently merging with Alltel to form what is now Windstream Communications. Subsequently, Mike co-founded Soundpath Teleconferencing, which was sold to Premier Global Services.

Mike’s executive experience includes serving as CFO of Clearwire International in Vienna, Austria, and as senior vice president, telecommunications and data services, for Insight Communications, in Louisville, Ky.

Mr. Page earned a bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

kemp Tom Kemp, MBA Executive in Residence
(804) 289-8786
Office: RSB 122

Business & Leadership Advisor

As a Senior Executive he built a reputation for successfully navigating uncertainty and leading organizations through major transformational change. Not only does he understand the challenges faced by senior and emerging leaders in the public and private sectors, he has direct experience in many facets of a business ranging from sales and marketing, to finance and operations.

Today, he leverages this extensive experience to provide a shorter path to success and prosperity for leaders, teams, and organizations. Through advice and collaboration he helps them to identify and resolve the toughest challenges related to growth, profitability, and workforce productivity.

Specific Expertise

  • Growth & Profitability Strategies
    Develop business plans that meet diverse organizational, operational, financial and market challenges; successfully revitalize underperforming businesses in public and private sectors, and across multiple industries.
  • Sales Processes, Culture & Productivity
    Introduce methodologies and develop behavioral expectations for sales leaders and individual contributors that significantly impact activity and revenue growth.
  • Leadership Presence & Effectiveness
    Communicating often with all stakeholders and employee in a clear, direct and energetic fashion that establishes trust and maintains high levels of engagement by focusing on the humanistic needs of all.
  • Career Development for Emerging Leaders
    Coach and mentor managers, leaders and high potentials to retain top talent by encouraging growth, enhancing performance, and aligning their career goals with those of the organization.
  • Managing Change, Ambiguity & Uncertainty
    Guide organizations through tumultuous change related to acquisitions, consolidations, dramatic financial improvements, and restructuring in support of business plans and long-term strategic vision.
  • Cohesive Leadership Teams
    Build collaborative executive leadership teams that can achieve full consensus and buy-in to support new initiatives and manage internal change.
  • Culture Transformation & Alignment
    Smoothly integrate newly acquired businesses and engage employees in a unified culture.

Center for Professional Skills and Development

Robins School of Business
102 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Shelley Olds Burns
Director of Career Programs in Business
Queally Hall room 273
(804) 287-1255