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The Center for SEV Research and Teaching Fellows

The SEV Fellowship programs provides a way for the Center to engage its constituents as proscribed by Tenet 9 of the Return Driven Strategy framework "Engage Others."

The SEV Research Fellows and Teaching Fellows are a select group of highly motivated SEV alumni volunteers who work with the professors in the Center on research and participate in our SEV courses, thereby continuing learning and participating in teaching and sharing of knowledge.


Ricardo Aponte
Research Fellow 2015-2016
Ricardo Aponte served as a Research Assistant for Dr. Mark L. Frigo, Director of The Center for Strategy, Execution and Valuation and Strategic Risk Management Lab. Ricardo completed his Finance MBA at DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, with concentration in Strategy, Execution & Valuation (SEV). As a Research Fellow he is working on the applications of Return Driven Strategy to Microfinance and Microenterprises through Microeducation programs.  Also, he is assisting Dr. Frigo in several educational initiatives including: Driven Strategy, Leadership Driven Strategy, Success Driven Strategy, Mission Driven Strategy, Entrepreneurship Driven Strategy and Start-up Driven Strategy. Ricardo is also working on translating the book coauthored by Dr. Mark L. Frigo and Joel Litman "Driven: Business Strategy, Human Actions and the Creations of Wealth" into Spanish and Portuguese. Ricardo earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in Finance from the Universidad Privada Boliviana in Bolivia. His background is in banking, having worked as a Risk Analyst for micro and small enterprises, and also as an International Business Assistant and Trust Fund assistant in his home country Bolivia.


Tim Manning
Research Fellow 2011-2012
Tim Manning is working on case study research with Dr. Frigo on high-performance companies including USAA. He completed his studies in the Center for Strategy, Execution and Valuation at DePaul and continues his work with the Center as a Research Fellow. Tim served for five years as an Officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a Mechanized Combat Engineer. He served two yearlong deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom conducting engineering related infrastructural analysis and security missions. Tim has also worked as an Engineering Supervisor for Covidien where he managed large-scale facility infrastructural improvement projects for a 500,000 sq. ft. injection molding facility. In addition, he has been a Buyer/Planner facilitating the operational planning of manufacturing operations and the procurement of commodity-based raw materials. Tim is currently a Senior Planner at Covidien. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a MBA from DePaul University.


Russell Gottesman
Teaching Fellow Summer 2011
Russell Gottesman is founder of Commuter Advertising, the first and exclusive provider of location- and timed-based audio sponsorship messages that play on public transportation vehicles. Russ oversees new market development and building the Commuter Advertising sales teams in each market. Commuter Advertising operates nine advertising contracts in seven cities and is in the process of expanding domestically and internationally. The company has been featured in the NY Times, Mass Transit Magazine, Passenger Transport, the Dayton Business Journal and a number of online publications.

Prior to founding Commuter Advertising, Russ managed offices at Westwood One and CBS Radio in Chicago. He won the Soin Award for Innovation as well as two business plan competitions at DePaul University and the University of Dayton. He has an MBA at DePaul University with a double concentration in Strategy, Valuation and Execution and Entrepreneurship. Russ also sits on the advisory board of the University of Dayton's Crotty School of Entrepreneurship.


Amy Marie Frigo
Research Fellow - Summer 2011
Amy works on research relating to leading practices in Strategic Risk Management and ERM. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance (with Honors) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2011 and completed the Strategic Risk Management seminar course in the DePaul Center for Strategy, Execution and Valuation at DePaul in June 2011. She joins Ernst & Young in August 2011 in Advisory Services.


John Wesley
Research Fellow 2011
John is a Research Fellow at the SEV center, assisting Dr. Mark L. Frigo and Professor Richard J. Anderson. Prior to starting his MBA program in 2011, John worked as an Instructional Designer with Acumen Business Processes, offering consulting services on Training & Development. Prior to joining Acumen, John worked as a Content Developer with Tata Interactive Systems in 2004, and was involved with content design and development for multinational companies in North America and Europe. He holds an Electronics Engineering degree from Bharathiar University, India. John is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility programs and runs a charity called Helping Hands, which helps underprivileged kids in the South of India with books and supplies.


Gergana Gencheva
Research Fellow 2011
Gergana is working on several research projects in the Center. She is currently engaged in the upcoming DePaul University Forum on COSO with Dr. Mark L. Frigo and Richard J. Anderson. Gergana is working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University and is serving on the Kellstadt Student Advisory Board. She holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria and is pursuing her MBA in Strategy, Execution and Valuation and Accounting from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. In 2010 Gergana was the President of Graduate Women in Business at the KGSB at DePaul and was awarded with the Diversity MBA Magazine's Outstanding Graduate MBA Student Leaders Award.


Thomas M. Walker
Center Teaching Fellows Fall 2009
Teaching Fellow (Fall 2009 GSB 611 Return Driven Strategy)
Tom Walker is a Section Manager at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Inc. based in Northbrook, IL. He came to DePaul for advanced studies in the Center for SEV after completing his MBA at Marquette University. Tom's background is in engineering with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA from Marquette University. He was the first recipient of an Executive Certification in Strategy, Execution and Valuation from the DePaul Kellstadt MBA program in Chicago. At UL, his team is focused on evaluating and certifying products to comply with UL Safety Standards so that UL is the fastest, highest-quality and most customer-friendly safety certification organization in the world. A certified Green Belt in Lean Sigma, he pioneered an approach utilizing Attribute Agreement Analysis in evaluating the repeatability and reproducibility of technical decisions. His career experience includes project management, quality engineering, teaching classes at UL University, ISO auditing, Lean Sigma DMAIC execution and training, sales and leading a team of engineers. Tom is the recipient of the 2008 Helene Ramanauskas-Marconi Award for distinguished achievement in Advanced Managerial Accounting Education through the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Tom is married with two daughters, enjoys reading, personal financial management, fishing and is an avid amateur photographer. He studies Akidio at the Lake County Aikikai and holds the rank of Yonkyu (4th Kyu).