Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance


Position the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG) as a leading global resource in developing and communicating thought leadership on governance issues for boards and C-level executives of public, private, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and positively impact how governance is carried out.


Identify and research important current and emerging governance challenges and develop and communicate effective solutions that enhance the abilities of board members and C-level executives to protect and promote the interests of their stakeholders. We pursue this mission by:

Research Papers

  • Connect with the Director
  • Nonprofit Governance Certificate
  • Events & Hotels
  • Bank Director Program
  • Directors
  • Members, Sponsors & Advisors
  • Speakers

Failures of high-profile companies such as Enron and WorldCom led to Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002. The law encouraged directors to do a better job in fulfilling their fiduciary duties especially in the area of financial reporting. Abuses by Wall Street and mortgage bankers and poorly designed incentives for credit rating agencies, among other reasons, led to the credit crisis of 2008 to which the government responded with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Dodd-Frank encouraged shareholders to be more active and hold directors more accountable.

The federal government over the past 50 years has also failed to exercise its fiduciary responsibilities to its shareholders (today’s and tomorrow’s citizens). In particular the last two CEOs have increased the direct federal debt from 5 trillion to over 16 trillion. Some of the country’s directors (congressmen) have been replaced and given a mandate by some shareholders (Tea Party and other activists) to exercise better governance.

The IECG believes that corporate and government fiscal and governance failures have resulted largely from poor governance practices which include:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Failure to adhere to the duties of care and loyalty
  • Occasionally failing to act in good faith
  • Failures to act in accordance with corporate by-laws and the Constitution

As a result of these many failures, the United States of America finds itself with a fiscal mess, monetary policy which operates in uncharted waters and debts and deficits which are, to say the least, unsustainable. Corporate America is ever more resilient but too many corporations seem to believe that the primary source of capital is political. In a nation where the revolving door of corporate executives and political appointees is ever turning, there is a growing sense that trust in our basic institutions is perhaps irreparably eroded. It is within this context that IECG finds itself in the roles of assisting board members to understand and perform their fiduciary duties and provide direction to their companies, but also in encouraging business leaders to assure that government leaders do the same.

Dennis McCuistion

Executive Director

2015 Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Governance

Agenda Advisory Board

Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Governance

Registration options below

Register Here for Complete Program Modules 1-6

$100/Half Day
(one module)
Register Here for One Module- specify which Module 1-6

$150/One Day
(two modules)
Register Here for Day 1, 2 or 3 all day

The practice of Corporate Governance has evolved significantly over the past several decades into what is now a highly specialized and complex activity. However, formal academic governance education is still lacking. As the need for good governance and skilled directors increases, the days of having uneducated directors are long gone.

The Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Governance (ECNG) teaches essential concepts and principles of serving on the board of directors of a nonprofit corporation incorporating evidenced-based research, case studies, appropriate legal issues and situational learning delivered by expert practitioners and scholars in the area of Nonprofit Governance and philanthropy.

Please contact Dennis McCuistion or call (972) 883-5967 for more information about the certificate and registration.


Anyone currently serving on a Nonprofit Board or a senior executive in business or nonprofit sector aspiring to serve on a Nonprofit Board.


The ECNG is comprised of the following six modules.

IECG programs respond to current corporate governance issues. These programs are designed for directors and senior management. IECG also offers programs focused on the particular needs of directors or senior management also with specific corporate governance issues. For more information, contact Sharon Foster at (972) 883-4925.

IECG Up Coming Events

  • February 26, 2015 International Breakfast

  • March 11, 2015 Board Dynamics Breakfast

  • April 30, 2015 13th Annual Corporate Governance Conference

  • August 27-29, 2015 Bank Director Program

Preferred Hotels

Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel, Richardson Texas

900 E. Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
+1 (972) 367-2000
Get directions

Hyatt Richardson

Hyatt Regency North Dallas

701 East Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas, USA 75081
Tel: +1 (972) 619-1234
Fax: +1 (972) 907-2578
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Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn, Dallas/Richardson

1001 W President George Bush Turnpike, Richardson, Texas, 75080, USA
TEL: +1 (972) 792-9393
Get directions

IECG Past Events

August 27-29, 2015 Bank Director Program

For more information and to register, contact:
Sharon Zakes
Texas Bankers Association
Tel (512) 472-8388 / (800) 462-7295

Operating a solid community bank takes skill, dedication and effort. Looking back at the mistakes and bank failures of the past few years, many boards regret that they did not clearly understand the risks their management team assumed. In the wake of the economic crisis, directors have taken on more duties that require a greater technical understanding of the business of banking. And board involvement (and liability) will likely increase with the implementation of new regulations and requirements. Although the economy is slowly improving, the challenges community banks face are many. The work required to operate a profitable institution, in a safe and sound manner, is becoming increasingly difficult. Today’s CEOs and board members must ask this question: Is this the board our bank needs today and for the foreseeable future? Do they have the knowledge and the skills to perform their duties and help their banks stay competitive and prosper?

The Director’s Certification Program is designed with today’s community bank director in mind. Participants will learn fundamental duties and responsibilities, taking into account the myriad of challenges present in our constantly changing banking environment. Both new and more experienced directors are encouraged to attend. The program has been developed by The Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG). The IECG is a 10-year-old center whose mission is to enhance the abilities of corporate directors, senior management and institutional investors through ongoing education, awareness and accountability. Instructors have been chosen from an elite group of industry experts who will share their experience and knowledge in an informal, but dynamic classroom environment. For more information, contact:

Don Reavis, IECG Strategic Advisor
Tel (214)-679-7653

Sharon Zakes
Texas Bankers Association
Tel (512) 472-8388 / (800) 462-7295

Dennis McCuistion, Executive Director IECG
Tel (972)-883-5967

Sharon Foster, Program Manager
Tel (972)-883-4925


dEnnis McCuistion

Dennis McCuistion, Executive Director

Dennis McCuistion is a long-time member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and holds the Certified Director designation. Dennis has owned his financial consulting firm, McCuistion & Associates, Inc., since 1977. He is a former bank CEO who joined his first for-profit board in the early 1970s. Since that time he has served on over a dozen private, public and not-for-profit boards including serving as Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director. He has served on the board and audit committees of two New York Stock Exchange companies and one American Stock Exchange company since 2003. One of those companies was sold in a private equity buyout for $1.6 billion and was consummated in 2006. Dennis was the Lead Independent Director in that insurance company. Additionally, Dennis served as the chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Audit Committee of a Fortune 500 business process outsourcing company with 62,000 employees worldwide. During his tenure he served on special committees which were charged with the responsibility of investigation of stock option backdating and the eventual firing of the CEO and CFO. Additionally, he was involved in two aborted private equity buyouts during the credit crisis of 2006 to 2008. Dennis has been involved with taking companies public, raising capital, and the evaluation of boards and their individual members.

During his career he has been a life-long educator, having served on the faculties of several graduate schools of management for financial related firms. His topics have included strategic planning, leadership, financial analysis and corporate governance. He has authored three books on the financial services industry and is a frequent speaker for corporations, associations and universities. He regularly facilitates all types of panel discussions and board and corporate planning retreats. Today he is the Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he also serves as a Clinical Professor. Finally, he is the host of a television program on PBS, a position he has held since 1990. In that role, he has interviewed and facilitated thousands of important dialogues about political, economic, business and social issues of the day. He is also in demand as an expert on other radio and television programs including Fox News, and various network affiliates.

Suresh Rdhakrishnan

Dr. Suresh Radhakrishnan, Director

Suresh Radhakrishnan is a Professor of Accounting and Information Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, Director of Research at the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, and a Visiting Research Fellow at various Asian universities. His research papers have been published in leading academic journals in accounting, finance and operations management. His work on organization capital and charitable giving has been covered by major newspapers and media, and presented at forums such as the Microsoft CEO Summit and the SAP Global Congress. His research interests include valuation of intangible assets, performance evaluation, contracting and impact of corporate governance. He teaches financial and managerial accounting. He has won teaching awards at New York University, Rutgers University and University of Texas at Dallas.

Gregg Ballew

Gregg Ballew, Director

Mr. Ballew joined Westwood in 2010, and he specializes in serving wealthy families and their related entities. He has over thirty years of experience in providing banking, investment management, and wealth advisory services in Texas and surrounding states. rior to joining Westwood Trust, Mr. Ballew was Regional Managing Director of the Wealth Advisory Group for Northern Trust in Texas. He led the creation of this group and oversaw its successful integration into Northern Trust’s Personal Financial Services business. Prior to forming the Wealth Advisory Group, he served as President of the North Texas market for Northern Trust and on the company’s Texas Management Committee.

Mr. Ballew is active in the community and serves in leadership roles on numerous non-profit boards, including the Dallas Symphony Association, the Dallas Symphony Foundation, The Senior Source, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at UT Dallas, and the Alliance for Higher Education. He is also a member of the Preston Center Rotary Club. Mr. Ballew earned his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his BBA from Baylor University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Investment Management Consultants Association.


Michael Grant, Director

Michael is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas. He is a multi-recipient of the coveted Emmy® award for outstanding achievement in television. Previously, Michael worked for the Belo Corporation of Dallas, Texas, During his 15 years at Belo, he served as president of Belo Productions, developing and producing media content for the Belo TV group andcable networks; vice president of cable news operations, developing 24-hour cable news channels in Belo markets across the United States; vice president and general manager of KGW-TV, the Belo-owned, NBC affiliate of Portland Oregon; and station manager of Belo’s flagship TV station, ABC affiliate WFAA-TV of Dallas, Texas.

In 2000, Michael served as president of Convergence Communications of Dallas; an Internet start-up .He also currently serves as regional vice president of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition, he is a visiting instructor at the University of North Texas at Denton and Amberton University of Dallas, Texas. Michael, is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas, an online and offline marketing, media content development and HD video production company that helps businesses define and improve their marketplace recognition, perception and performance. He serves as a branding strategist, marketing technologist and content curator engaged in media content distribution on TV, satellite and cable networks. Michael is a newly elected member of the IECG Board.

David Kohl

David J. Kohl, CPCU, Director

David is a Principal with Roach Howard Smith & Barton in Dallas, a specialty insurance broker focused on serving the needs of public and private middle‐market companies. His responsibilities include leading the Directors and Officers Liability Practice and International operations. David started his insurance career as an underwriter and then moved into various executive positions working for national insurance companies. 20 years later, he joined Roach Howard and in 2009 & 2010 was recognized by Risk & Insurance Magazine as a finalist in the annual Power Brokers listing for exceptional client service in the Global Broker category. David holds the designation of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and is an active member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. He sits on several private company boards and serves as a Director and Advisor to the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Anthony LeVecchio

Anthony J. LeVecchio, Director

Anthony J. LeVecchio is President and Owner of The James Group, Inc., a general business consulting firm that has advised CEOs across a wide range of industries in both public and private companies. Mr. LeVecchio qualifies as an SEC financial expert and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of ViewPoint Financial Group (VPFG) as well as the Audit Chairman. He also serves as a board member and the financial oversight executive of UniPixel, Inc. (UNXL.). His prior public company boards include Microtune, Inc., DG FastChannel, Inc., and Maxum Health, Inc. As a public company director, he has experience with IPOs; secondary offerings; Sarbanes Oxley preparedness and qualification for 404 accelerated filers; NASDAQ de-listing and relisting; SEC stock option backdating investigations and class action lawsuit resolution. He has served on the board of over 15 private companies ranging from pre-revenue startups to companies with over $50 million in annual revenues. In this capacity, he has guided companies through all phases of corporate growth including startup operations; achieving profitability; asset, debt and equity financing; and merger and acquisitions.

Prior to forming The James Group in 1988, Mr. LeVecchio was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for VHA Southwest, Inc., a regional healthcare system. Previous to that, Mr. LeVecchio held financial management positions with Phillips Information Systems, Exxon Office Systems and Xerox Corporation. Mr. LeVecchio received a Bachelor of Economics from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and an MBA in Finance from the same institution where he remains an active alumnus and member of their Board of Trustees.

Carl Mudd

Carl Mudd, Director

Carl Mudd holds board positions with two China based U.S. public listed corporations. Mudd’s work experience ranges from Senior Accountant at PWC through CFO/COO/President positions with such companies such as Mitsubishi Aircraft International, Inc., Curtis Mathes Corporation, Color Tile, Inc., Eljer Industries and others. He currently is Chairman and CEO of ACM Holdings, Ltd., an Asian-US based consulting firm and Senior Managing Director of ADi Group, a U.S. and foreign group of companies under common management control doing business from China through India providing outsourced strategic procurement and supply chain services, M&A/JV support, market channel development, structured trade finance and local support services to major Chinese and foreign companies.


Mark Sinclair, Chairman

Mark Sinclair is a Partner with the regional accounting firm of Whitley Penn LLP and is the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the UT Dallas. Mark is also Vice Chairman of the Board of the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization. Mark is a retired Partner with Ernst & Young where he spent 38 years and was the Strategic Growth Markets Leader and Venture Capital Advisory Group Leader for the southwest area.

Mark’s experience comes from auditing and advising public and private corporations, generally with global operations, ranging from very large conglomerates, to high growth venture capital and private equity backed companies. His primary focus has been working with the management and Boards of companies in the technology, life sciences, manufacturing, mining and service industries as they strive to minimize the execution risks of their high growth strategies. Mark has been active in the community having been on 30 non-profit Boards in the Dallas area and serving as Chairman of 10 of them. The Boards ranged from civic Boards with an economic development focus, to Boards of charitable and professional organizations. Mark has chaired two capital campaigns for non-profits. Mark has also been involved in numerous political campaigns, generally issue oriented, serving as Treasurer for nine and Chairman of one.

Strategic Advisors

Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus, Strategic Advisor

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and business strategists. He is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients better understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. Over the past quarter century, he has established a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of accurately predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world.

He is a strategic advisor to executives from many Fortune 500 companies, helping them to develop successful competitive strategies based on the creative application of leading-edge technologies. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Honda, ExxonMobil, and IBM. He is the author of six books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight: How To See The Invisible and Do The Impossible, as well as the highly acclaimed Technotrends. He is also a featured blogger on the topics of innovation, change and the future for CNBC, Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine to name a few.

He has been the featured subject of several PBS television specials and has appeared on programs such as CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune, and Forbes. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the nation. He is a highly innovative entrepreneur who has founded and managed six businesses, three of which were national leaders in the United States in the first year.

Richard LeBlanc

Richard Leblanc, Research Fellow

Richard Leblanc is an Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the founder of the LinkedIn Group Boards and Advisors, with over 2,500 members, blogs for Canadian Business, has taught governance at leading business, law and professional faculties (including Harvard University during the summer of 2012), and is a former recipient of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.™” His research and teaching are in the areas of boardroom dynamics, leadership and competencies, as well as executive compensation, risk and regulatory compliance. He is the lead author of “Inside the Boardroom: How Boards Really Work and the Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance.” A lawyer in Ontario Canada and Certified Management Consultant, Richard holds a PhD from the Schulich School of Business, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and an LLM from the Osgoode Hall Law School. He regularly advises NYSE, TSX and Nonprofit boards.

Don Reavis

Don Reavis

Don Reavis is a veteran Texas banker with over thirty years of bank management experience. He has served as either an outside director or management director of five commercial banks. He is currently the President/CEO of bank consulting firm Silverstone Consultants which provides consulting services of various kinds to community banks and their boards of directors in and around Texas. Don is the creator of the Silverstone Loan Approval Process and the author of the widely read banking blog, Post Mortem.

Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance is supported by its members, sponsors, and institutional advisors. Sponsors are composed primarily of corporate and institutional advisors are drawn from organizations closely related to corporate America.


Sponsors for IECG’s outreach to professional service providers who assist corporate directors, senior management and institutional investors with timely advice in their specific areas of expertise. This relationship helps ensure that IECG is at the forefront of important developments throughout the entire spectrum of services affecting corporate governance.

David J. Kohl, Senior Vice President & Principal.
Roach Howard Smith & Barton

Skip Moore-Managing Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Mark Sinclair, Partner
Whitley Penn

Glen J. Hettinger Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Bryn Sappington, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Media Sponsor

Glenn Hunter, Executive Director

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsors provide important benefits because their representatives to IECG typically have strong ties to corporate directors, senior management, and institutional investors. They assist IECG in identifying and recruiting speakers and panelists, provide guidance on the effectiveness of planned programs and research, and suggest new activities for IECG.

Robert A. Luettgen, Manager, Office of the Secretary

Alan Halliburton, Chairman and CEO Geralyn DeBusk, President

Todd Bluedorn, Chairman & CEO
Lennox International

Dennis Miller, SVP & Controller Officer

Joseph F. Hubach, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Texas Instruments

Institutional Advisers

Institutional advisers provide IECG guidance in the national/global arena of corporate governance. This group alerts IECG to impending changes and events broadly affecting corporate governance that should be incorporated into research and programs. Institutional advisers also work with strategic partners and corporate sponsors by providing another dimension of research and program review. In addition, institutional advisers provide speakers and access to other groups that can assist IECG in achieving its mission.

Kevin T. Six , Deloitte Tax LLP Partner

Mark Smith, Vice President
Center For American And International Law

Michael Cangemi, President and CEO William H. Baxley, Vice President Finance and Treasurer; The Freeman Companies. Paul Mason Executive Vice President and CFO, Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc.

Frederick E. (Shad) Rowe, President and Trustee, Investors for Director Accountability
Investors For Director Accountability

Steve Valenta, Senior Managing Director

Hala Elsherbini, Vice President Halliburton Investor Relations

Founding Partners

Angelina Kwan

Angelina Kwan
Chief Executive Officer at Stratford Finance Limited

Ann Rhoades

Ann Rhoades
PRES at People Ink, Director at Jet Blue Airways

Baruch Lev

Baruch Lev
PhD, Professor of Accounting and Finance at New York University Stern School of Business

Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn
Executive Chairman,
American Beacon Advisors

Billie Williamson

Billie Ida Williamson
EFH Director & Audit Committee Chair, Retired Partner & Americas Inclusiveness Officer-EY

Bruce Freed

Bruce Freed
President and Founder, Center for Political Accountability

cynthia Pharr

Cynthia Pharr
PR/Marketing Executive, Corporate Board Member, Co-Founder Texas Women Ventures

Wayne Watts D. Wayne Watts
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T
Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus
Technology Forecaster, CEO of Burrus Research

David Westberry

David Westberry
Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry International-Dallas

David Daniel

Dr. David Daniel
President, The University of Texas at Dallas

Edward Rose

Edward W. “Rusty” Rose III
President & Owner, Cardinal Investment Company

Francis Byrd

Francis H. Byrd
CEO Byrd Governance Advisory

Frederick Rowe Jr.

Frederick E. “Shad”
Rowe Jr.

President, Rowe and Company, Executive committee member of Texans for Lawsuit Reform

Jim Fontaine

Jim Fontaine
Director for Vedero Software, Inc. & North Texas Angel Network

Jim Wetherbe

Jim Wetherbe
Texas Tech University Professor of MIS Former Best Buy Director

LIsa Croley

Lisa Croley
Senior Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners

Marc Hodak

Marc Hodak
Managing Partner, Hodak Value Advisors

Marianne Jennings

Marianne Jennings
Arizona State University

Melendy Lovett

Melendy Lovett
CAO Trinity Industries, Inc., Director at Trinity Industries

Michael Oxley

Michael Garver Oxley
Member of Government Policy group at BakerHostetler

Phil Asmundson

Philip L. Asmundson
-communications Sector & Managing Partner, TMT, Deloitte

Raj Sisodia

Raj Sisodia
Co-Author, “Conscious Capitalism” w/John Mackey of Whole Foods

Renee Hornbaker

Renee Hornbaker
Director, Eastman Chemical CFO, Stream Energy

Harry Raduege Jr.

Retired General Harry D. Raduege Jr.
Chairman, Center for Network Innovation at Deloitte

Rhys Best

Rhys Best
Director, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Austin Industries, Inc., Commercial Metals Company & Crosstex Energy CP LLC

Richard Bowen

Richard Bowen
Former Business Chief Underwriter for the Consumer Lending Group of Citigroup

Richard Howard

Richard J. W. Howard
Managing Director at Hayman Capital Management covering Global Markets

Richard LeBlanc

Richard Leblanc
Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member at Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas

Sam Coats

Sam Coats
Vice Chair, Board of Directors at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Sandra Beach Lin

Sandra Beach Lin
Director, American Electric Power

Stephen Schuckenbrock

Stephen F. Schuckenbrock
CEO at Crossmark, Director at Accretive Health

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore
Editorial board member and senior economics writer, The Wall Street Journal

Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett
Senior Advisor, Treliant, Former CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable

Terry Brock

Terry Brock
CEO Achievement Systems, Consultant to Skype

Terry Jones

Terry Jones
Founder and former CEO of, Chairman of and CIO of Sabre, Inc. Author of “On Innovation”

Terry Schpok

Terry Schpok
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Todd Bluedorn

Todd Bluedorn
Chairman & CEO, Lennox International

Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge
The Honorable Tom Ridge, President /CEO, Ridge Global

Tony Alessandra

Tony Alessandra
PhD, CSP, CPAE, President Online Assessments

Tony LeVecchio

Tony LeVecchio
Director, ViewPoint Bank

William Ezzell

William F. Ezzell CPA
National Managing Partner, Legislative Relations,

Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper
Texas Bank Commissioner

William Chittenden

William Chittenden
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Texas State University, Associate Professor of Finance at Texas State University

John Fleming

John Fleming
Law office of John Fleming

Frederick Rowe Jr.

James R Rickards
Author of New York Times best seller, The Death of Money

Raj Sisodia

Reatha King
Chairman, NACD