Gary Norcross

As chairman, president and chief executive officer of FIS, Gary Norcross is highly focused on driving FIS’ $12 billion global business. FIS is a Fortune 500® company and holds leadership positions in payment processing, financial software and banking solutions.

Highly respected throughout the industry, Norcross has experience serving financial institutions large and small, domestic and global. He started his career with FIS more than 30 years ago when he joined Systematics Inc. in 1988 as an entry-level programmer. He went on to serve in a variety of leadership roles prior to being named president and chief operating officer in 2012, president and chief executive officer in 2015, and chairman, president and chief executive officer in 2018.

Using a client-focused approach, Norcross has overseen significant growth of FIS’ product portfolio and global footprint. He was critical to the company’s acquisition and integration of Metavante Technologies, Inc. and SunGard, and was heavily involved in its acquisitions of a large number of companies, including Certegy and eFunds. More recently, he drove the company’s 2019 acquisition of Worldpay,one of the world’s leading global eCommerce and payment technology companies.

Under Norcross’ leadership, FIS has grown to more than 55,000 employees worldwide, serving over 20,000 clients in more than 130 countries. FIS also ranks consistently among the industry’s leading financial technology providers, including topping the FinTech 100 six times within the last 10 years.

Norcross also holds a variety of leadership and board of directors’ roles. He serves on the dean’s executive advisory board for the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, and he is a board member of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the Knowledge is Power Program’s (KIPP) Impact School in Jacksonville, Fla.

In 2018, Norcross was named by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of their “Ultimate CEOs.”Norcross holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas

Jeff Weiner

Jeff Weiner is the CEO of LinkedIn, the world’s largest and most powerful network of professionals. Jeff joined the company in December 2008, and under his leadership, LinkedIn has rapidly expanded its global platform to 19 languages and 26 offices around the world, grown its membership base from 33 million to more than 225 million members and increased its revenue more than tenfold to $972 million in 2012.

Before LinkedIn, Weiner was an executive in residence at Accel Partners and Greylock Partners, where he advised the firms– consumer technology portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities. Previously, Weiner served as executive vice president of Yahoo!’s Network Division, a business that generated $3 billion in annual revenue with more than 3,000 employees and responsibility for many of the company’s consumer-facing and industry-leading products.

Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2001, Weiner spent more than six years at Warner Bros., where he helped oversee the company’s online efforts and developed the initial business plan for Warner Bros. Online in 1994.

In addition to LinkedIn, Weiner serves on the board of directors for Intuit Inc., and Malaria No More.

Alan White

Alan B. White is a visionary entrepreneur and tireless community leader. He founded PlainsCapital Corporation in 1987 and acquired Plains National Bank (later renamed PlainsCapital Bank) in 1988. White expanded PlainsCapital Corporation into a fully diversified financial institution offering banking, investment banking, public finance advisory, asset management, trust and residential mortgages with approximately 400 locations in 45 states and more than 4,000 employees nationwide. He is a champion of PlainsCapital’s relationship-focused approach to delivering financial services.

White has been recognized as one of the Most Powerful Dallas 500 Business Leaders in Banking, received the Robert H. Dedman Lifetime Achievement Award in Philanthropy by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Citizens of the Past 100 Years by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech Alumni Association.

Joe Williams

Joseph D. Williams has been chairman of the executive committee of Warner-Lambert’s board of directors since his retirement as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer in 1991. He has also worked as a management consultant for the company since his retirement.

Mr. Williams joined Parke-Davis out of college as a sales representative. He was named group vice president of sales and marketing in 1970. A year later he was named chief operating officer and was appointed president of the company in 1971, a year after Warner-Lambert had acquired it. He moved over to Warner-Lambert in 1975 and was appointed chairman and CEO in 1984.

In 1996, Mr. Williams received Phi Delta Theta’s Nance-Millett Award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the American Free Enterprise System. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation since 1997.

Williams chaired a $250 million campaign for the United Negro College Fund. He served as Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education for the State of New Jersey. He has served on the Board of Directors for many firms including AT&T, the Exxon Corporation, J.C. Penney, Inc., Thrift Drug, Inc., Therapeutic Antibodies, Inc., The Wyatt Company, and Rockefeller Financial Services. He has served as a Trustee for the Liberty Science Center and Columbia University.

In 1980, Mr. Williams received the pharmacy profession’s most distinguished award, the Remington Honor Medal from the American Pharmaceutical Association. He has received many honorary degrees including ones from the University of Maryland, Seton Hall University, Long Island University, Rutgers University, the University of Nebraska, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Ronald Woodard

Ronald Woodard is Chairman of the board and Co-Founder of MagnaDrive Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of industrial power transmission devices. He served as President and CEO of MagnaDrive from 1999 to 2002.

From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Woodard served as President of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group of The Boeing Company with responsibility for marketing and launching Boeing’s 777-300, 757-300, 767-400 and 737-900 aircraft. He retired as Senior Vice President from The Boeing Company in 1999. He served as President of Boeing de Havilland and Executive Vice President of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Woodard served as Vice President and General Manager of the Renton Division from 1991 to 1994. He was responsible for the design, development and production of all Boeing narrow-bodied aircraft. He began as a Structural Engineer with Boeing in 1966. His career included assignments in Engineering, Program Management, Sales, Marketing, Procurement and General Management.

Charles Woodbridge

Charles Kingsley Woodbridge was chairman of the board of the Dictaphone Corp., which he helped to organize in 1922. Mr. Woodbridge had served as president of Kelvinator, Inc., and vice president of Remington Rand, Inc.

He began his career in advertising and sales work with Adriance Platt and Co, after his graduation from Dartmouth and was successively with Preston and Keith, Loose-Wiles Biscuit Co, and Kellogg Products Co. After the organization of the Dictaphone Corp., in 1922, he later became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Dictaphone Corp. and its subsidiaries, Dictaphone Co., Ltd., of England, and Dictaphone Corp., Limited, of Canada.

Mr. Woodbridge had also been a vice president of Audubon Realty Co., a trustee of the West Side Savings bank, and a trustee and chairman of Bennett college; was a member of the advisory committee of the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration and of the School of Commerce Accountants and Finance. He was a former president of Advertising association, a former vice president of the American Management association, was a former president of the National Association of Office Appliance Manufacturers, was a former chairman of the American Society of Sales Executives and was also a member of the executive committee and treasurer of the group. He was also a member of Political and Social Sciences and Casque and Gauntlet. He had been decorated with the Chevalier Legion of Honor.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture.” Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. His creative period spanned more than 70 years.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright wrote 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.”

Ralph Sockman

Ralph Washington Sockman was the senior pastor of Christ Church in New York City from 1916 to 1961. He gained national prominence as the featured speaker on the weekly NBC radio program, National Radio Pulpit, which aired from 1928 to 1962.

In 1961, Time reported that Sockman was generally acknowledged as the best Protestant preacher in the U.S.” He was also an esteemed author. Some of his titles include : The Paradoxes of Jesus (1936), Live for Tomorrow (1943), Date With Destiny; A Preamble To Christian Culture (1944), The Lord’s Prayer (1947), and How to Believe, Answering the Questions that Challenge Man’s Faith (1953).

David Steiner

David Steiner is president and chief executive officer for Waste Management. Prior to being elected president and CEO in March 2004, Mr. Steiner was Waste Management’s chief financial officer. Mr. Steiner joined Waste Management in November 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and was appointed senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in July 2001. In April 2003, he was elected CFO. He joined WM from Phelps Dunbar, a law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to that, he was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Jose, California. Steiner currently serves as a director of Tyco Electronics Corporation and FedEx Corporation.

Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of their strategy, Waste Management is committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals, including zero waste. Waste Management is also a renewable energy provider, producing more than twice the amount of renewable electricity than the entire US solar industry.

Bill Stetson

Eugene W. Stetson served as vice president and member of the executive committee of the Guaranty Trust Company of New York. He was educated at Gordon Military Institute, Barnesville, Georgia, and at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. Upon completion of his education he began his banking career with the American National Bank of Macon, Georgia then became cashier of the Exchange National Bank of Fitzgerald, Georgia, then organized the Citizens National Bank at Macon, serving first as its cashier and later as president, when he was only twenty-eight years old. He served as president of the Macon Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce. He also served as arbitrator for the city of Macon when the city took over the water system from a private corporation.

Stetson was appointed to numbers of corporate boards, spanning a diverse set of industries including banking, insurance, manufacturing, petroleum, soft drinks, carbonation, sugar, textiles, machinery, automobiles, railroads, tobacco, drugs, baking and alcohol. Stetson was appointed to a mind-boggling number of corporate boards, spanning a diverse set of industries including banking, insurance, manufacturing, petroleum, soft drinks, carbonation, sugar, textiles, machinery, automobiles, railroads, tobacco, drugs, baking, and alcohol.

Established in 1984, Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who helped negotiate the first major leveraged buyout in corporate history.