Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of Student Agencies alumni and Cornell University faculty and professors. They serve as an experienced resource for the student management teams.
Nathaniel Weiss- Chairman of the board
Nathaniel is currently Director, Strategy at True Religion Brand Jeans (www.truereligion.com).
Previously, Nathaniel was a Consultant with Bain & Company (www.bain.com), a global management consulting firm, in the firm’s New York and Brussels offices.
While a student at Cornell, he was the General Manager of BRSS and the President of Student Agencies, Inc.
Board Member 2007 and December 2008-present; Foundation Member 2008-present
Currently, Adrian is Head of Industry, Automotive Aftermarket & Specialty Retail at Google.
Adrian was previously the Senior Manager, SMB Reseller Partnerships at Google. Adrian lead one of Google's reseller channel partner management teams and was responsible for partnership strategy in the Yellow Pages, Newspaper, and Automotive industries. He also created and now manages the AdWords Authorized Reseller Technology Platform (AARTP) certification program.
Prior to his role with the SMB Reseller Partnership team, Adrian was Google's Automotive Specialist. Working closely with dealers, dealer groups, and third parties, he built and executed Google's first outreach strategy into the local automotive industry. Adrian joined Google from Ford Direct, where he was Director of Strategy, responsible for the company's new product direction and partnership management.
Adrian graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the School of Hotel Administration in 1999 and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Student Agencies, Inc. from April 1998 - June 1999.
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Investindustiral Inc., a leading European-based private equity firm. Prior to this, Michael was a Managing Director of TowerBrook Capital Partners (www.towerbrook.com), a private equity firm with over $5 billion of assets under management. He was formally with Brera Capital Partners and Stolberg Partners, both private equity firms. He also served as head of business development for Advanced Telecommunications, Inc (ATI), an integrated communications company, and Chief Financial Officer for GAB Robins, a global insurance services firm. Michael began his career with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked in the Financial Institutions Group of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, and he also worked for a U.K.-based investment bank, S.G. Warburg (now part of UBS Securities), in both their London and New York offices.
Michael has been involved in numerous private equity investments in the media/entertainment/communications, financial services and manufacturing sectors, including Rave Motion Pictures (www.ravemotionpictures.com), Ladder Capital (www.laddercapital.com), ATI, GAB Robins (www.gabrobins.com), 2-10 HBW (www.2-10.com), Ironshore (www.ironshore.com), Western Industries (www.westernind.com), Anaheim Manufacturing (www.anaheimmfg.com), and Freedom Plastics. Graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1990, Michael has remained very active with Cornell. He serves on the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council (eship.cornell.edu), the Advisory Council for the Cornell College of Arts & Sciences and on the Cornell University Council.
President of Student Agencies, Inc., 1989–1990; Vice President, 1989; Manager of Refrigerator Agency, 1988–1989; Assistant Manager of Refrigerator Agency, 1987–1988. Board member, 1988–1994, 1998–present. Student Agencies Foundation Member, 1990-present. Secretary/Treasurer of Trustees of Student Agencies Foundation, 1999–present.
Currently a Principal in Dauk/Wagner Investments, a private investment company based in Ridgefield, CT which focuses on early stage investments and real estate development. Formerly worked for Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley in their Corporate Finance Departments specializing in both mergers and acquisitions and real estate finance.
Graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration in 1982 and received a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1989.
Consultant/General Manager of Student Agencies, 1986 – 1989; Board member since 1986.
Director of Human Resources, College of Engineering & Computing and Information Science at Cornell University
Matthew C. Wagner
Matthew is Solidifi’s Executive Vice President for Client Services. Solidifi is the 2nd largest independent provider of residential real estate appraisals.
Prior to joining Solidifi, Matthew worked for First Niagara Bank as a Senior Vice President, Consumer Finance Business Executive. He held responsibility for the Direct Lending segment of Consumer Finance with full oversight and management of the banks Home Equity, Consumer Loan and Credit Card business lines with $3.5B in AUM and $225M+ in annual revenue.
Matthew worked with Goldman, Sachs and Co. within both the Asset Management and Securities Divisions. Within the Asset Management Division Matthew focused on Investment Management where he and his team provided advice and executed investment solutions to their $2.7B client base consisting of individuals, large private and public companies and foundations. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Matthew worked with M&T Bank where he various roles in operations, business management, and corporate strategic planning.
Matthew graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management with a Master’s in Business Administration, and received his Bachelor of Science from The University at Buffalo School of Management.
Mathew was Johnson Fellow with SAI from 2007 – 2009. He is also an Officer on The University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association Board. Matthew is an active mentor, coach and judge for the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership within the University at Buffalo, and the founding member of The 2040 Collective.
Mr. Eisenberg is the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Urban American, a real estate investment and management firm. Urban American currently owns and operates approximately 14,000 apartment units in the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Eisenberg is responsible for the legal aspects of all real estate acquisitions, sales and financing. He serves as a liaison to outside counsel and supervises corporate governance and compliance. Mr. Eisenberg is also actively engaged in the management, operation and rehabilitation of Urban American’s portfolios. He currently serves as its Director of Sustainability and places a strong focus on increasing energy efficiency, promoting conservation and reducing carbon.
Prior to joining Urban American in 2004, Mr. Eisenberg practiced law, first at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP and then at Heller Ehrman, LLP. He represented real estate developers and equity investors in acquiring, developing and leasing various types of real estate, including multifamily housing, office buildings, luxury hotels and retail space. He also represented financial institutions in all aspects of real estate financing, including construction and permanent loans, community development loans and credit-backed bond financing.
Mr. Eisenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a JD from Cornell Law School, where he was an Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Between 1996 to 2007, Mr. Eisenberg served as a reserve officer in the United States Army and commanded units in the Field Artillery and then in the Military Police.
Currently Managing Director of Student Agencies Foundation, and previous CEO of Student Agencies, Inc., Dan formerly worked for Toshiba Display Devices as Vice President of Operations in their U.S. Tube Making Division. Dan joined Toshiba as Production and Inventory Control Manager, was promoted to Senior Manager of Manufacturing and ultimately to Vice President of Operations and made an Officer of the Company. After graduating from the Johnson School, at Cornell, Dan began his career with E. I. DuPont at their Engineering Headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on their corporate procurement team. He later worked for Rockwell International as a financial analyst at the largest truck axle plant in the world, and subsequently served as Materials Manager and then Director of Manufacturing for Precision Filters, Inc., a manufacturer of leading edge signal conditioning equipment. He served for five years on the Board of Directors of Evaporated Metal Films, a thin film coating company, and currently is on the Advisory Board of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship affiliated with the Hotel School at Cornell University.
Dan Graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the Engineering School in 1971 and received his Masters of Business Administration from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1973.
Board member since 1998.
Currently Principal of Entrepreneurial Support Services (ESS) based in Austin, TX that provides various services to primarily start-up businesses in diverse industries. Formerly worked for Cornell University as the Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program (EPE) from 1995 through 1997. In 1985, founded E-TECH to provide high volume and executive recruitment for an extensive collection of entrepreneurial firms.
Graduated from the University of Florida in 1970.
Board member since 1995.
Greg Thomas '93, MBA '10 is the Chief Administrative Officer, Global Strategy and New Ventures at State Street Bank. In his role, he manages the annual goals for the company and provides regular updates on key strategic initiatives and overall corporate performance to the Management Committee and Board of Directors. Prior to State Street, Greg worked at Fidelity Investments as Vice President, Strategic Measurement and Analysis; at Palladium as Vice President and Head of Retail and Consumer Brands; and at Sapient as Program Manager. As an undergraduate at Cornell, Greg majored in Economics and served as CFO of Student Agencies and Real Estate Manager in 1992 and 1993.
Greg stated that "being CFO of SAI equipped me with incredible real world business and financial skills that complimented my Cornell education. I have a tremendous passion for the company and am looking forward to my role as a guide and mentor to the next generation of business leaders.
Greg rejoined Student Agencies in June of 2015 as a member of the SAI Board of Directors and will work with other dedicated Cornell alumni to support the long-term growth of the company and fulfillment of the mission.
Kyle Karnes - CEO
Currently the CEO of Student Agencies, Inc., Kyle formerly founded and served as the President of Red Pearl Advisors, a boutique strategy consulting and M&A advisory firm focused on delivering high impact strategy development, execution and transaction advisory services to small and middle market companies. As the principal on all Red Pearl client engagements, Kyle leveraged his experience as a consultant, start-up leader, line executive and corporate development officer to provide direct strategic and tactical support to client owners and executive decision-makers.
Prior to founding Red Pearl, Kyle worked for Harris Interactive for eleven years. He joined the firm in 1998 to lead the development of the company’s pioneering Internet-based market research business, which ultimately led to the firm’s IPO in December 1999. At the time of his departure in 2009, Kyle served as Harris’ Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and was responsible for overseeing the firm’s global expansion and related M&A activities. Prior to assuming the corporate development role, he served stints as Group President for the Technology, Automotive and Product Solutions business units; Division President for the Technology, Automotive, CPG, General Markets, Financial Services and Advanced Analytics business units; Senior Vice President, Technology Research; Vice President, eBusiness research; and Vice President, Product Development and Market Planning.
Before joining Harris Interactive, Kyle worked for the LIGHTNIN Company, where he was the Director of Business Development and Operations for LIGHTNIN Process Equipment Services. Prior to joining LIGHTNIN in 1996, he worked in the Office of the Corporate Vice President of Operations for General Signal, LIGHTNIN’s parent company. He began his career as a Staff Consultant with Andersen Consulting and later worked abroad as an independent consultant for a then recently privatized company in the Czech Republic.
Kyle graduated from Cornell University’s School of Engineering in 1991 with a BS degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering (ORIE) and later earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Board member since 2013.
Luke Bushner- student agencies, inc. President
Luke is a junior in the College of Engineering studying Operations Research and Information Engineering. He intends to use his academic background to create sustainable business structures and reduce costs for each business. In addition, Luke hopes to create a productive and collaborative environment within the new eHub workspace. Prior to his presidency, he was the General Manager of Big Red Shipping and Storage. Outside of Student Agencies, Luke is the President of Sigma Chi and an active member in his professional fraternity, Theta Tau.
Board member since 2017.