Meet Our Leadership Team
Our leadership team is a distinctive combination of governance, leadership, management, and technology expertise providing client firms with a unique opportunity to achieve extraordinary results.
Mark W. Sickles
Chief Executive Officer
Mark W. Sickles, described by Financial Times' Agenda as an allocation hardliner, is an inventor, interdisciplinary pioneer, organizational architect, and driving force behind the Total Capital Management™ Movement. He is CEO of value creation firm SuperOrg®, Inc. and Chairman of the Chief Capital Officer Institute.
Using the SuperOrg methodology, now the Digital Total Capital Management Toolkit©, Mark created billions of dollars of shareholder value as a senior executive and management consultant to corporate leaders for multiple firms in multiple industry sectors.
He has extensive leadership experience in corporate governance and board director education serving as the Founding CEO, Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Chairman of the MENA Region Corporate Governance Congress, and Strategic Governance Fellow at the Governance & Accountability Institute.
Mark served as an instructor at Rutgers University, Singapore Institute of Management, AT&T, and American Management Association; he recently served as the Lenna Visiting Professor at St. Bonaventure University. Mark has also served as a CEO mentor for the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and Pacific Community Ventures.
In partnership with Financial Executives International, he is increasing the supply of Total Capital Management professionals needed to meet the growing demand for these interdisciplinary leaders in the Total Capital Management era of business.
Mark authored three books -- Shareholder Value Assurance, Strategic Governance, and The SuperOrg Way -- and is widely published in journals including Directors Monthly, Directors & Boards, Investor Relations Update, Financial Times's Agenda, Financier Worldwide, Financial Executives International, and Human Resource Executive. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a M.S. degree from Rutgers.
Chief Technical Officer
As SuperOrg's Chief Technical Officer, Kenneth brings world-class engineering management that includes expertise in leading strategy for technology platforms, partnerships and external relationships. He has built and managed many technology teams at various companies and ensures high technical standards throughout any organization.
During his career, Kenneth has supervised engineering, software testing, information systems security, and maintenance teams. He has led organizations in evaluating major technology changes, driven technical direction, and developed contingency plans to keep projects on track.
Kenneth is a seasoned C-Level Executive for small to mid-sized companies. He has driven Software Development Life Cycles (SDLC), Engineering Management, architected and implemented highly scalable Server-side cloud and Web Services using multiple technology stacks, and architected networking Infrastructures, Software and Cross-platform systems.
He has also been involved in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Logistics, Financing and Public Speaking and the Video Game Industry.
"Put that in your pipeline and interpolate it." - Kenneth Hurley
"If work wasn't hard they would call it fun!" - Kenneth Hurley
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
Managing Director, Banking Sector
As SuperOrg’s managing director for the banking sector, John brings extensive experience in banking, capital markets, and both asset and risk management. Trained as a central banker at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he has deep experience evaluating credit and capital market risk.
During a five-year period as a vice president at ContiFinancial, John successfully funded and hedged asset growth from $300 million to $12 billion in annual debt securitizations. As senior vice president, corporate strategist for Blaylock Van, LLC (BV), he negotiated BV into the selling group for FNMA’s CAS 2018-C04 $945 million Credit Risk Transfer Program. His work with technology companies resulted in AAPL, selecting BV as a co-manager for their September 2017, $5 billion Corporate Bond New Issuance Transaction.
John has managed fixed income portfolios at Prudential Insurance and ABN AMRO Asset Management. As the senior portfolio manager, he also served on ABN AMRO’s Global Fixed Income and Currency Committee that defined the asset allocation for $13.2 billion under management.
John earned his BA from Colgate University and MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. Currently, he is a member of the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), San Francisco Chapter’s Steering Committee while also serving on the Board of Directors for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Company in San Francisco.
Recently retired, Suzanne Fairlie served as a Managing Director of Preston and Partners after merging her firm of 27 years, ProSearch, an executive retained search firm specializing in senior IT, Finance, Legal, and HR search for Fortune 500 and fast-growth companies. Her focus on helping people think outside the box for creative win/win solutions continues today. Suzanne's belief in completing every search with passionate candidates who bring added value to their new employers helped in the firm's strong growth for so many years. She was active on the CIO Advisory Board of Tech Impact, SIM, and IRC Global Executive Search. As a past board member of a national organization of retained search firms and HR heads in major corporations, and the past Global Technology Co-Chair of IRC, Global Executive Search, Suzanne values her extensive network. She previously held IT leadership roles at IBM, Academy Insurance and Sun Oil. Named one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business, Suzanne has been interviewed on CBS, CNN, various newspapers and television shows, and has testified before Congress. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in Mathematics, supported by a National Science Foundation Scholarship.
Robert S. Mills, Jr.
Robert S. Mills is an experienced CEO and board director with 40-years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Bob recently retired as President and CEO of Scientific Protein Labs (SPL) after selling SPL to a Chinese pharmaceutical company for 3 times original purchase price, with potential to be 5 times. As President of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Bob increased sales by over 50 percent in one year, resulting in Qualitest being acquired by Endo Pharmaceuticals for $1.2 billion, 15 times EBITDA. Prior to Qualitest, he solved a worldwide recall issue for Columbia Laboratories, Inc.’s principal product, leading to his promotion to CEO. Under his leadership, sales more than doubled in two years. Previously, as Vice President and General Manager of Watson/Schein’s solid dose division, Bob increased profitability in one year by $60 million, increasing shareholder value culminating in Schein’s acquisition by Watson. He has produced multiple product acquisitions, joint ventures and product divestitures. Bob was recognized as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year for New Jersey in 2009 by Ernst and Young. He holds a B.S. Degree from Grove City College and graduate credits from Temple University.
R. Eric McCarthey
Eric McCarthey leverages a versatile combination of strategic leadership and operational, entrepreneurial, and change agent expertise in three distinct roles. 1) As a Venture Capital and Private Equity Value Creator: Managing Partner and acting COO of Crestlight Ventures and CEO of Shelty-Viking Capital Group, LLC. Proven results in raising Crestlight Fund 1, which is focused on disruptive technologies (meta data search, IT productivity, apps development, retail and predictive analytics). Active leadership and lead investor positions with Mycotechnology, Domino Decisions, Froovie Organics, IP2biz, and Medical Home Exchange. Commerce Science Corporation, SuperOrg LLC. 2) As a Senior Corporate Officer, Change Catalyst and Marketing/Commercial Executive: 30 years of operating experience in the global Coca-Cola system across four continents. Extensive capabilities in consumer and retail marketing, brand management, results-driven strategic planning, brand and commercial innovation, and sales systems with execution leadership. Led the adoption of EVA and Economic Profit integration with global marketing and operating units. 3) As a Public and Private Board Director: Past Lead Director, Audit Committee Chairman, Compensation Committee, and Nominating Committee Director for Global Imaging Systems (NASDQ: GISX). Completed tender offer/merger with Xerox for 50% premium in May 2007. Expertise with succession planning, long range strategic planning, capital restructuring, internal auditing, capability development, enterprise risk oversight and investor communication strategy. Selected to join Standard Register (NYSE:SR) Board of Directors, effective April 2008, and currently serving as Executive Committee member, Audit Committee Chair and Governance/Nominating Committee member.
Steve Weber is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow, and a member of the NACD Board Advisory Service. He recently retired as Vice President and Executive Partner with Gartner Executive Programs. Prior to joining Gartner, Steve was an executive technology and information technology leadership development consultant. Before that, he was the senior vice president and CIO for One America Financial Partners and Aid Association for Lutherans (Fortune 500 companies). Steve has spoken on technology and leadership in many venues, including Gartner Symposium, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the LIMRA Marketing Forum. In addition, he led strategic technology sessions at NACD Master Classes in 2012-2013. Finally, Steve is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Executive Education program, teaching a course on Business/IT Alignment. He has also served on the boards of directors of the ThedaCare integrated healthcare system, Harbor House domestic abuse shelter, and First Tee Fox Valley Foundation. Steve is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Life Underwriter.
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