Community Consultants of Darden

CCoD 2013-2014 Leadership Team

Jeff Bates

Jeff Bates
President

Jeff is responsible for ensuring the CCoD executes on its mission to provide high quality consulting services to Charlottesville and the surrounding community and to provide on-the-job experience to Darden students. He is experienced in corporate strategy, market analysis, commercialization of new technology, competitive intelligence and acquisition sourcing. In 2013, Jeff led a team of Darden First Years to help Rocky Top, a local climbing gym, grow its customer base. Prior to joining the CCoD, Jeff managed or worked on engagements with 8 Fortune 200 companies at The Beacon Group, a boutique consulting firm in Portland, ME. He worked at GE in business development over the summer. Jeff graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelors of Arts in environmental studies and Spanish, and enjoys mountain and road biking.

Brandon PratherBrandon Prather
VP of Business Development

Brandon Prather, VP of Business Development, is responsible for connecting with the Charlottesville community to source projects for the coming year. In 2013, Brandon led a CCOD team working with OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) to help better understand their customer base, positioning within the Charlottesville community and value proposition to members. Brandon graduated from the University of Georgia with majors in Finance and Economics. Finding a love for Athens, GA he co-founded a tutoring company focused around providing large scale exam reviews to college students. Over the summer Brandon worked for UPS performing a situational analysis on potential product offerings. Outside of school and work he enjoys college football, hiking, and cooking.

Emily WeinmanEmily Weinman
VP of Program Development

Emily Weinman, VP of Program Development, is responsible for training and development of the CCoD consulting teams. In Spring 2013, she led a CCoD team that worked with a local nonprofit to assess the feasibility of a flash freezing business that provides local frozen produce to senior centers, schools and hospitals in Virginia.  Prior to Darden, Emily spent five years working for a marketing agency in New York City where, in addition to her marketing strategy role, she was part of the recruiting and training team for entry level staff.  She studied at NYU and the French Culinary Institute, and served on the board of a community supported agriculture co-op. She spent her summer prior to Darden working on a sustainable family farm and interned with a juice startup in Park City, Utah this past summer.

Emily SchullerEmily Schuller
VP of Marketing 

Emily Schuller, VP of Marketing, is responsible for getting the word out about CCoD to both Darden First Year Students and the Charlottesville community.  As a “Double Hoo,” Emily was excited to return to UVA grounds and work with CCoD on the project for Oakencroft Farm.  Prior to Darden, Emily interned at the PGA TOUR and worked on a top-performing commercial real estate team with CBRE, serving over 50 exclusive clients in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.  Emily interned with USAA this past summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Matt AttanucciMatt Attanucci
VP of Human Resources 

As VP of Human Resources, Matt is responsible for the First Year Consultant and Second Year Partner recruitment and selection processes. In 2013, Matt led a team of First Year Consultants who worked to help Oakencroft Farm organize and understand their financial data and conduct market research. Prior to Darden, he worked as an accountant for Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a $115B pension fund, in Austin, Texas and as a Senior Associate with the Deloitte Financial Advisory Services in Houston, Texas. He earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant. This past summer Matt interned with The Boston Consulting Group in their Dallas office. Outside of school, Matt enjoys any and all outdoor activities, travelling with his wife, and trying (usually unsuccessfully) to cook a decent meal.

Brandon NelsonBrandon Nelson
VP of Finance & Operations

This past summer, Brandon worked in management consulting for A.T. Kearney’s Chicago office.  Before coming to Darden, Brandon worked for two years in professional sports and two years in commercial banking.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2008, Brandon worked in Corporate Partnerships for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC, the NFL and MLS teams in his hometown.  In 2010, he made a career switch into commercial banking, where he worked as an analyst and later as an underwriter on a middle market portfolio.  Aside from school and work, Brandon enjoys watching and playing sports, live music, and travel.

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