Management Bios

Susan Shultz, Founder & CEO

Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981.and has conducted senior level searches locally, nationally and internationally, and is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, CFO Magazine and numerous other media.  She currently leads the Global Board Practice for INAC Executive Search Worldwide, helping public and private companies build better boards of directors.

She has spoken about corporate boards and executive search at The Business Roundtable, the Economist CFO Forum, Tokyo, the advanced director symposium at the Anderson School, UCLA, The Commonwealth Club, the Canadian Chartered Accountants, Montreal, the Financial Executives Int’l Annual Summit, Semantic Annual CIO Symposium, various CEO gatherings, and to many other organizations.

In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent, educational tools to help directors evaluate, educate and improve their boards, committees and individual directors.  The Board Institute (http://www.theboardinstitute.com) offers the only web-based solution to director education and board evaluation that is fully accredited by RiskMetrics.

Before establishing SSA, Susan had a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S., state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years, and has written for numerous other publications. She had 4 major books published, including the #1 worldwide bestseller.  Prior to that, for five years, she served as Legislative Assistant to Rep. William E. Brock, US Congress, in Washington, DC.  Susan received a BA in Government and Economics from the University of Arizona and completed all core graduate work in International Affairs and International Economics at George Washington University.

Susan chaired the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for 16 years, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC), Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), is a director for the Arizona Technology Council, The Council Foundation, the School of Global Studies, ASU and Charter 100, and is past President of the Arizona Business Leadership Association. She served on numerous other boards, was a Presidential Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and is recognized in numerous publications including Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.

Bruce Mowery, President

Bruce Mowery has over 20 years of marketing experience in a host of industries, with a concentration in high technology dating back to the introduction of the first word processor for the IBM PC and the original Apple II personal computer.

While at Apple, Mowery was closely associated with the brand positioning and launch of almost every major product for a decade, starting with the introduction of the Macintosh, and helped Apple become one the widest known and most respected brand leaders worldwide.  His efforts won industry recognition in receiving the Management Excellence Award from the American Association of Advertising Agencies, a Golden Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, the annual Design Excellence award from the prestigious New York One Club, and he twice was recognized as its Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association.

Subsequent to Apple, Mowery held senior sales and marketing positions at two pioneering young technology companies, MNI Interactive and Visioneer.  MNI was the first company to create a Web-based interactive music site under the MusicNet brand name, which subsequently was acquired by AOL.  At Visioneer, Mowery led the creation of a new category for personal imaging, which combined the company’s pioneering hardware and software technology into an image management solution within easy reach business professionals and consumers.  Visioneer remains the category market leader today.

Between his stints at MNI Interactive and Visioneer, Mowery served as the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield, and Byers, Silicon Valley’s premier venture capital firm.

Most recently, he led the marketing efforts for SupportSoft, an innovator in support automation solutions.  Mowery was instrumental in building SupportSoft into the leading brand for a new category of software solutions that assist broadband service providers and enterprises automate the resolution of technical problems.

Now working as a consultant to both mature and early stage technology companies in strengthening their brand marketing efforts, Mowery has provided insights to clients that include, among others, Adobe, Cisco, Gale Technologies, IDEO, NEC, Quantum and Zones.

Mowery is a graduate of The Ohio State University, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and holds a diploma from INSEAD, Europe’s leading business management school.  He served for five years as a member of the United States Postal Service Marketing Advisory Board and currently serves on the boards of two aspiring young companies,  Site9 and Sundia Corporation.

Mark Edwards, PhD, Chief Metrics & Behavioral Research Advisor

Mark brings to The Board Institute his experience as an author and Professor of Survey Research at ASU, leading the charge to continually enhance and optimize the unique methodology employed in TBI’s indexes. Mark is the creator of the 360-degree feedback methodology and author of the best-selling book 360 Feedback. Mark is also the CEO of TEAMS, Inc., a consulting firm implementing the 360o approach now in use at more than 100 companies.