Board of Directors

Michael Degan

Michael Degan was elected to the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in 1999 and serves on the Nominating and Compensation & Benefits Committees.

Michael is partner and executive producer of Nonfiction Unlimited, a bicoastal production company specializing in television commercials and film projects for international advertisers such as Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Ford, Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy.

Before joining the production community, he was a principal at Innovative Services, a computer consulting firm working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to create proprietary software systems. Earlier in his career, Michael worked for Stuart Dean, starting in the California division and then serving as manager of the marble and stone division in New York City. He later became manager of the Boston division. In 1989, he opened Stuart Dean’s San Francisco office.

Timothy Shea
Vice Chairman

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Adriene Bailey

Adriene serves as senior vice president and general manager, Yusen Logistics

Thomas B. Brown

Thomas is partner at LGT Capital Partners

Ketti Ciarniello
Assistant Secretary

Robert T. Cook

Robert has served as Stuart Dean’s chief financial officer since 2006. In this role, he is responsible for cost control and forecasting, strategic planning, and operational and corporate third-party services.

Robert is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Stuart Dean, he held positions at KPMG; Siemens AG; and as divisional CFO for Omnicom, an international advertising conglomerate.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Adelphi University.

Chris Degan

Chris has served on the Stuart Dean Board of Directors since May 2010.

Chris is currently president of Razzoo’s, Inc.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

James Degan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim has served Stuart Dean in a variety of capacities during the course of his career. This is his second tour as Chief Executive Officer, having formerly held the position between 2002 and 2011. Prior to that, Jim had served as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and General Manager, Sales Manager, and began his career nearly thirty years ago as a salesman in the company’s Chicago office. Since 2002, he has continuously served as a member of the Board of Directors, where he serves on all five committees and chairs two (Investment and Nominating). After completing his MBA in 1993, Jim worked for four years for the Tetra Laval Corporation as an account manager, where his clients included Ocean Spray, Cadbury Schweppes, Arizona Beverages, Austin Nichols and several other internationally distinguished brands.

Jim earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, with twin concentrations in finance and marketing, in addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with twin majors in Economics and History from Northwestern University.

Edward Gargiulo, Jr.

Edward was elected to the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in 2010.

Edward is managing partner at Mecox Real Estate Partners, LLC.

Edward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, an MBA from New York University, and also sits on the board of directors of St. Peter’s Preparatory in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Bruce Hallett

Bruce Hallett was elected to the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in March 2011.

Bruce retired as publisher at Playbill magazine. He has served as CEO of Murdoch Books, a publisher based in Sydney, Australia. Previously, he was president of MyPublisher, an Internet-based photo book publisher based in New York. He also served as a consultant to a variety of companies, including Institutional Investor, News Corp and Veria. Bruce’s professional experience also includes an impressive career with Time-Warner, where he was president of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Hallett also served as managing director of Time, Inc. Magazines Pty., Ltd.

A graduate of Princeton and Columbia Business School, he has served as a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Scott Halstead
Chairman, Audit Committee

Scott was elected to the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in 2001

Previously, Scott was the chief executive officer of WageWorks, where he helped grow the company into the largest provider of consumer-directed health spending and savings accounts. During his time at WageWorks, the company was twice rated among the top 30 in Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies. Prior to WageWorks, he was the chief operating officer of eBenX, a publicly traded company that provides health and welfare benefits administration services to large and mid-sized employers.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristen Schorp

Kristen serves as associate general counsel, Tulane University