Denis J. Gallagher, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Student Transportation Inc., has over 30 years of experience in the passenger transportation industry. He directs the strategic operations of STI while leading and developing investor activities through capital raises and debt financing for the company. Gallagher is a proven senior executive who has spent his entire career in transportation. In 1997, Gallagher formed Student Transportation Inc. making him the third generation in his family to found and head a passenger transportation company. Prior to forming Student Transportation Inc., Gallagher was Regional Vice President and then Senior Vice President of Operations for Laidlaw Passenger Services Group, with responsibility for over 200 locations in the US. As a member of the Laidlaw senior executive team, he played a key role in the company's expansion into new markets, along with the consolidation and integration of many acquisitions. Gallagher began his career at Coast Cities School Buses Inc.; founded in 1922 by his grandfather and father, which later, as president and CEO he grew to the largest privately held school bus company in New Jersey. A 1976 graduate of Monmouth University, Gallagher earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a past member of the University's Board of Trustees and was the recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumni Award. He is involved in numerous industry and community activities. Gallagher served as an original member of the Board of Directors of Canada Cartage Fund, a dedicated trucking and logistics company listed on the TSX, until the company was acquired in 2007.
Grace Palombo is a corporate director, lawyer, business consultant and most recently served as the Senior Vice President Corporate Human Resources for CanWest Global Communications. Ms. Palombo also worked with the Boards of Directors and the HR Committees for the CanWest businesses. Prior to joining Canwest, Ms. Palombo held various executive positions in Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services with Husky Injection Molding Systems, Canada Life Financial Services, Westcoast Energy/Union Gas and Bombardier Aerospace. Ms. Palombo served as Corporate Secretary at Union Gas and is a director of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association and the Norshield Investors Advisory Group (NIAG). She currently is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Conference Board of Canada, Council of National Human Resource Executives, the Law Society of Upper Canada, The Canadian Bar Association, the Women's Law Association and the Women's Executive Network.
Wendi Sturgis has worked at the intersection of technology, marketing and the digital worlds since the inception of her career. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Services at Yext, a NY-based local technology and marketing platform. She previously ran the North America Account Management team at Yahoo! where she was responsible for an 800 person organization and $1.4B in revenue.
She has a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Georgia Tech Presidential Advisory Board. Ms. Sturgis is the Vice Chair of the National Board of Step Up Women’s Network. Ms. Sturgis is actively involved in the start-up community in NY and currently serves on the Dailyworth.com board.
Barbara J. Basney is Vice President of Global Advertising for the Xerox Corporation. She is currently responsible for Xerox brand and product advertising, including traditional television, print, radio and outdoor, as well as digital media. Her responsibilities include the formulation of advertising strategies, campaign development and implementation, media mix optimization and campaign results tracking in more than 35 countries. Prior to joining Xerox, she spent more than 15 years in marketing and advertising for both B-to-B and B-to-C Fortune 100 corporations including Rite-Aid, Tektronix and Convergys. Basney has managed functions including advertising, public relations, corporate communications, direct marketing, tradeshows, customer communications and marketing strategy.
Basney is active in the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), a member of the National Advertising Review Board, International Advertising Association (IAA) and serves on the ANA Corporate Communications and Television Advertising committees. She is also a member of the Advertising Women of New York and is on the Annual List of 100 Marketing Leaders by The Internationalist. Basney, a Cherry Hill, N.J. native, grew up in Germany. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. and a master's degree in business administration from Portland State University in Portland, Ore. She currently resides in Stamford, Conn.