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UI Tippie College of Business Announces New Advisory Board Members

Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean of the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa, is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to the college's advisory board. Christopher Hoffman, Monica Nassif, Margaret "Peg" Stessman, and Mike Wokosin will all start their four-year terms in the fall of 2013.

"We are working to ensure that the expertise represented on our advisory board reflects that of the world of business," explains Gardial. "These new members bring various areas of expertise to the board: finance, entrepreneurship, accounting, health care, and digital marketing. Having these voices at the table will help ensure that the college’s programs and curriculum reflect the changing needs of business."

Christopher Hoffman is a senior partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, serving as lead audit partner on key clients in the private company practice as well as the health care and higher education sector. He joined PwC in Kansas City in 1990 after  a few years with regional and smaller national firms. He was admitted to the partnership in 2000 and has worked in the offices of Kansas City, Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago. He is on the regional board of One Hope United and the board of trustees and audit committee chair of the OHU Federation. He previously served on the Tippie College's Professional Accounting Council from 2005 through 2013. He received his BBA in accounting from the University of Iowa in 1985.

Monica Nassif serves as an entrepreneurial and brand consultant to start-up businesses in the retail and consumer product industries. Previously, Nassif was founder and CEO of Caldrea Company, a company dedicated to premium, fragrant, and earth-friendly household cleaners through two distinct brands—Caldrea and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. During her tenure, the company grew to more than 15,000 stores across the United States. Nassif sold the company to SC Johnson in 2008. She has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Good Housekeeping magazine, Ernst & Young, and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. Nassif serves on the board of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She holds degrees in English from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from the University of Iowa. 

Margaret "Peg" Stessman is the president, CEO, and owner of StrategicHealthSolutions LLC (Strategic) in Omaha, Nebraska. Stessman, who is chairwoman of Strategic's Board of Directors, began her career as a nurse and transitioned into senior management specializing in Medicare and Medicaid administration. In 1997, she went into business for herself and formed Strategic, then a consulting firm for managed care providers. Having been persuaded by one of her clients, she joined IntegriGuard and became the company's president and CEO. She restarted Strategic in 2005 with the intent of supporting state and federal governments in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Today, Strategic employs more than 170 people and reported revenues of $19 million in 2012. Stessman has a B.S. in nursing and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Mike Wokosin is the vice president of Digital Marketing for Redbox, a national rental distributor of movies and video games. Wokosin joins Redbox at a time when the company is starting to provide streaming services. His experience in marketing, communications, and digital spans more than 16 years. He previously served as the senior vice president of digital strategy for Edelman; vice president of digital marketing at Universal Studios, and led NBCUniversal’s Digital Marketing Council; and executive director of global digital marketing at Warner Brothers. He holds a BBA from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

The Tippie Advisory Board is a group of business leaders and alumni that provide advice and counsel to the business school's dean. A full listing of board members is available at:

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