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Executives in Residence

Along with a nationally recognized faculty and support staff, you will find a number of “super mentors” gracing the halls of Robins. 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.

"When I reached out to one of our Executives in Residence, I knew it could help my career’s trajectory, but I did not expect to form a genuine mentor relationship. After just two meetings with Steve Aronson, I felt comfortable enough to stray from conversations about my career and speak with him casually about my day-to-day life. Steve has guided me tremendously, especially this spring, as I prepare for my summer internship." -Michael Procaccino, '21

2020-21 Executives in Residence 

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

John Adams has spent 41 years at 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 U.S.

Aronson Steve Aronson, Executive in Residence 
(804) 289-8559
RSB 309

Steve Aronson’s career in financial markets has centered around institutional trading, distribution management, client development, and career mentoring.  

Steve joined Barclays fixed income client distribution in 2000, where he became Head of Interest Rates Sales for Institutional Asset Managers. Most recently he served as Managing Director in Global Senior Relationship Management, overseeing Barclays top client relationships across all business lines. 

Steve’s passion for mentoring led him to head Campus Recruiting for the distribution division. In this capacity, he prepared, interviewed, advised, hired, and mentored college students during their quests to obtain internships and ultimately jobs. 

Prior to Barclays, he began his career in 1987 with Nikko Securities Co. Intl., Fixed Income Division. In 1993, he joined Aubrey G. Lanston & Co., serving as Senior Vice President and Global Sales Manager for Fixed Income. 

A 1987 graduate of the University of Richmond, Steve is currently a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to serving as a Trustee, he was a member of the Robins School of Business’ Executive Advisory Board. He is also the parent of two fellow Spiders, classes 2015 and 2018.   

Emmett Shane Emmett, Entrepreneur in Residence 
(619) 823-7833
RSB 343

Shane Emmett is the co-founder and CEO of Health Warrior, an innovative and explosive health food brand that in 2018 was acquired by PepsiCo, the largest food and beverage company in North America. Health Warrior was a mission-focused brand, committed to building a powerful culture. Shane was responsible for all aspects of the business throughout the adventure.

Shane likes to work on the big problems with exceptional people. His career began as an archaeologist, focused on learning the lessons of history to help us do better in the future. After finishing law school at Oxford University, he served as legal counsel for Oceana, a leading environmental organization, Obama for America (South Carolina and Virginia), and in the counselor’s office for the Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. 

Students can meet with Shane to discuss a variety of topics, including: unorthodox career choices, law school, legal careers, new business ideas, consumer packaged goods careers, sustainability careers, finance careers, leadership, professional athletics careers, geographic career connections: NYC, LA, San Francisco, things 22 year-old Shane wished he knew, great books.

He is also open to host career lunches, an opportunity to discuss careers and life over lunch. Register here

Failla John Failla, '15, Founder in Residence 

John graduated from the University of Richmond, where Trilogy Mentors was first started as an in-person mentorship program that matched university students with K-12 students for academic support and mentorship. Having a deep personal connection to academic mentorship, John expanded Trilogy Mentors to the online space to increase access and build support networks for students. Knowing that meaningful relationships with instructors and tutors have the power to inspire students to reach personal and academic success, John is dedicated to partnering with parents, schools, nonprofits, and other educational organizations to reach students when and where they need academic support the most. John was recently named one of Richmond’s 25 most influential innovators under 25 by Richmond Innovation.

Johnson Monique Johnson, PhD, Executive in Residence 

Over the course of her career, Monique has served as a social enterprise leader, a community and economic development practitioner, and an advocate for next-generation leaders. Her 20 years of experience spans the non-profit and public sectors of commercial real estate development, small business and real estate finance, and organizational and talent development. After college, Monique stumbled into the world of community development. The work reconciles her interest in transforming the built environment with a commitment to catalyzing equitable development and access within communities of color.   

In her current role as COO for the Better Housing Coalition (BHC), Monique works with the CEO, CFO, and Board of Directors to formulate and operationalize the company’s strategic growth goals. BHC is among the top-performing high-capacity nonprofit developers in the country, having won numerous awards for its community impact, green building approaches, and innovative design models.    

Teaching, mentoring, and actively sponsoring young leaders has been a consistent theme throughout her career. Monique is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also launched a program in partnership with the Richmond chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) called CREW Careers to introduce minority girls to careers in commercial real estate.

She obtained her PhD in Public Policy and Administration, an MBA from the University of Richmond, and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Virginia.

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 an 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.

Lethbridge Moira Lethbridge, MBA Executive in Residence
(804) 289-8486
Office: RSB 122

In her professional career, Moira is the principal and owner of Lethbridge & Associates LLC. Her services include business and executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership and personal development. She draws on 26 years of successful organizational experience to help individuals and companies increase their productivity and improve their performance.

Previously, she was president and CEO of a professional services firm, where she was named one of SmartCEO magazine's "Smart 100" in the Washington, DC area for three years running.

Page Michael Page, Entrepreneur in Residence
(804) 869-3069
Office: RSB 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.

Stevens Jerry Stevens, Executive in Residence
(804) 289-8957
Office: Q368

Jerry L. Stevens retired in 2020 after 33 years as a Professor of Finance at the Robins School of Business. He remains active as an educational consultant and speaker for the Certified Risk Management (CRM) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional certification seminars. Jerry was a founding member of the Vantage Consulting Group in 1982 where he now serves as the group’s Chief Economist and Senior Consultant. He is the author of the Vantage Quarterly Market Summary and Outlook and leads a quarterly planning session on the firm’s top-down approach to client fund positions. 

He is an active member of the advisory board for the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) at the Robins School and recently created a multidisciplinary investment group of Richmond students who trade exchange traded funds (ETFs). His work with ETFs has been published in the Journal of Trading and appears as a chapter in a book on student investment funds. Jerry regularly accompanies finance students on visits to New York City and maintains relationships with former students and alumni groups.

Jerry received his M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. in economics (1980) from the University of Illinois. During his academic career, Jerry held a number of endowed chairs, won numerous teaching and service awards, and served as an editor or associate editor for several journals. He has over 50 publications in refereed research journals to include the American Economic Review; Journal of Portfolio Management; Financial Management; Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance; Financial Services Review; Journal of Financial Education, Journal of Investment Consulting; and the Journal of Financial Planning.

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