Advisory Board

Blair M. Kelly

Blair is a serial entrepreneur having started and sold several successful businesses in a diverse group of industries from publishing to real estate to internet services. Some of these companies include: Charlottesville Business Journal sold to Media General (MEG) in 1995, The Closing Company, Inc. sold to Land America (LFG) in 2004, and Cornerstone Networks, Inc. sold to what is now Ntelos (NTLS) in 1999.

Blair is the founding publisher of The Hook, a weekly newspaper based in Charlottesville with the highest weekly circulation. He is also the CEO and Director of Eye Response Technologies, Inc., a market leading medical device company. Blair’s latest startup, Guardian 24/7, involves providing premium concierge medical services to high net worth individuals and resorts.

Blair holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia.


Donald R. Carlson

Until recently Don led the financial service practice for Axiom Legal, an entrepreneurial business that is seeking to define the new category of “onsite counsel.” Axiom recruits highly qualified attorneys and “seconds” them out to large corporate law departments to meet current legal resource needs. During Don’s tenure at Axiom, the financial services practice expanded its client relationships to include 8 of the 10 largest investment banks and nearly tripled in size to 85 lawyers and a $26 million revenue run rate.

In 2000, Don joined Goldman Sachs as Chief Knowledge Officer for the Investment Banking Division, where he led a global group of 45 knowledge management professionals. In November 2003, Don moved to a new role as chief of staff for the legal division, reporting directly to the General Counsel of the firm and responsible for the financial, technological, and operational aspects of the 500-person Legal Division. Through his five years at Goldman Sachs, Don was also a frequent teacher of leadership and negotiation seminars for the firm’s executive education program.

Don came to Goldman Sachs from the Corporate Executive Board (Nasdaq: EXBD), a cross-industry best practices research firm in Washington, D.C. As the managing director heading new business development, Don was the steward of the firm’s growth strategy during the period following its public offering in 1999. During this time he launched several new businesses serving the strategic research needs of senior executives at Fortune 1000 firms.

Prior to getting into the business research sector, Don was a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly, a leading Washington, D.C. law firm, for five years. His practice included a varied mix of criminal defense, bioethics, medical malpractice, and securities fraud litigation.

From 1990-1992 Don was a professor at Williams College, where he served as Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Program in Political Economy and held joint appointments in economics and environmental studies. He was responsible for developing and teaching more than a dozen courses in public policy, environmental law, negotiation skills, and the moral foundations of market economies.

In his early career Don served as legislative director and chief counsel for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II during Mr. Kennedy’s first two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Don also clerked with the Honorable Bruce Marshall Selya on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Don earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College in 1983, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he specialized in negotiation theory and worked extensively with the Harvard Negotiation Project.


Henry H. McVey

Henry H. McVey (New York) joined KKR in 2011 and is Head of the Global Macro and Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. McVey was a Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager and Head of Global Macro and Asset Allocation at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), with approximately $8.3 billion in AUM across a variety of macro-related and asset allocation strategies. Prior to his time at MSIM, he was a Portfolio Manager at Fortress Investment Group and Chief US Investment Strategist for Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. McVey was also a member of the Morgan Stanley’s asset allocation committee and the top ranked asset management and brokerage analyst by Institutional Investor for four consecutive years before becoming the firm’s strategist. He earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McVey is a board member of the TEAK Fellowship and a member of the St. Christopher’s School and Lincoln Center Investment Committees.