Our Advisors

Robert A. Giacalone

Robert A. Giacalone, Ph.D. is The Raymond and Eleanor Smiley Chair in Business Ethics and the Director of The Ginn Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. He has edited and authored 10 books and over 160 articles on business ethics, social responsibility and values, impression management, and exit interviewing. He has been a consultant for many organizations in different sectors, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, PERSEREC, (a security division of the U.S. Department of Defense), Bell Atlantic, Carter-Wallace, Wheat First Butcher Singer/Wachovia Securities, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Bob Browne

Bob is an experienced banker with over 40 years of industry experience in a broad array of areas within community banks and credit unions. Past 20 years he has been a consultant to financial institutions nationwide with regard to Strategy, M&A, Operations, Payment Systems, Information Technology, Compliance and Lending related issues. Strong leadership skills combined with long track record of innovation.

Donald J. Gorber

Don Gorber, PH.D, Co-founded an environmental consulting company in 1980 and served as President until 2015, when he sold the company. Shortly after, Don is the founder of Independent Environmental Consultants which offers consulting services to many organizations around the globe. Don’s technical specialization is environmental assessment (EA), sustainability and strategic advice which involve the management and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary and EA studies, environmental monitoring programs, government and public liaison, expert testimony, training and sustainable development. He provides strategic advice to corporate clients on many types of projects involving large municipal and industrial undertakings globally.

Pam Perdue

Pamela Perdue is a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of banking, regulatory and technology. In addition to her current role serving as Chief Compliance Officer at Heritage Southeast Bank, Pam previously founded or co-founded four regtech ventures: Compliance Compass, Compliance Coach, My Compliance Info and Continuity. A former Federal Reserve examiner, she has collected financial institution visits like tourists collect refrigerator magnets. Pam has visited over 1600 banks or credit unions in a supervisory or consulting capacity, and worked with tens of thousands more as a technology partner over her 30+ year career. Pam has served in C-level roles at banks ranging from startup/de novo stage to global organizations.

Lisa Seim

in Austria, Germany and NYC in the mid 80s and 90s. Lisa was part of the early launch of a European, web-based electronic trading company here in the US; she then spent time a full year at an FX, treasury and cash management company learning the true meaning of “vaporware.” Lisa founded Strategic Exchanges Innovative Markets in July 2011, a consortium comprised of solution providers that focus on various components of the trade life cycle. Lisa’s initial focus was on regulatory impacts and has since morphed into digital transformation as market participants grapple for more holistic approaches to the inefficiencies of financial market investments and trading. 

Trish Springfield

Trish has worked with, and within, Banking, Retail and Education environments for over 25 years. She is an active advisor and works with corporate trainers across the U.S., Canada, and Europe on how to Energize, Optimize, and most importantly, Capitalize on growth opportunities in their industry.  She is a financial and retail specialist in payments, strategy, sales, and execution and has worked for community and regional banks