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Cornerstone Speaker Series October 26, 2023

Thursday, October 26, 2023
The Influence of Military Strategy on Business Strategy
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM

In business, we communicate with target markets, lead and motivate teams to meet organizational goals and objectives and compete with rival organizations to achieve a competitive advantage. Military organizations, while serving different objectives, often use strategies that business professionals can learn from and use as a guide - not only to achieve corporate objectives but to enhance their own personal career journeys. Join us as we speak to two seasoned professionals who have successfully used both military and business strategies to build successful careers.  

Panelists Include:
Andy McCartney Bob Shea
Andy McCartney
Bowden Manufacturing
Bob Shea
Vice Chancellor 
Finance and Administration
University of North Carolina

Donna DavissonOur October Cornerstone Speaker event is moderated by Donna Davisson, a faculty member in the Marketing Department who teaches both Marketing and International Business courses.

More about the October panelists:

Andy McCartney

Andy McCartneyC. Andrew (Andy) McCartney is the President of Bowden Manufacturing. During his tenure, the company has been honored with the Northeast Ohio Smart 50 award (2021, 2022), the Smart Business Northeast Ohio Evolution in Manufacturing award (2021, 2023), the Smart Business Northeast Ohio Smart Culture award (2023) and named to the Weatherhead 100, the Plain Dealer Top Workplaces, Crain's Cleveland Business Leading Edge Companies and the Lake-Geauga FastTrack 50 lists. Mr. McCartney himself was named to the Crain's Cleveland Business 40 Under 40 list.

Mr. McCartney is a native Clevelander. He graduated from Mayfield High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a Company Commander, Trident Scholar and also played varsity squash. He earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Electro-Optices from Tufts University. He served as a U.S. Navy Surface Nuclear Power Officer on both the USS Hue City and the USS Enteprise.

Mr. McCartney has served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. He is the current committee chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Bob Shea

Bob SheaBob Shea is the University of North Carolina, Greensboro’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, a member of the chancellor’s senior staff. He is responsible for finance, administration, budget, endowment management, auxiliary enterprises, risk and emergency management, human resources, planning, construction and campus police. UNCG has 18,000 students, a $450 million annual budget, a $400 million endowment and 2,700 employees. Prior to joining the leadership team at UNCG, he served in similar roles at NACUBO, Elon University and the Community College of Rhode Island. Bob has presented on strategy, leadership and the business model of higher education at many leading symposia both nationally and internationally. Bob has served the many communities he has lived in as a board member and youth coach. He currently serves as a trustee for the State of North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Board with $14 billion 401k and 457b assets under management and as chair of the Service Academy Nominating Committee for the Sixth Congressional District in North Carolina.

A veteran, Shea retired in 2007 from the US Navy as a captain. He served for twenty-five years with postings around the United States and the world, culminating his naval career with three years on the faculty at the Naval War College, in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds a Masters’ of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and an undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.