The following members make up the Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Board of Directors. Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.
Robert T. DeVincenzi
Robert T. DeVincenzi has served on our Board since April 2017 and has served as the Chairman of our Board since September 2017. Mr. DeVincenzi is the chair of the Strategic Opportunities Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committees. Mr. DeVincenzi also serves as the lead director of Lazydays Holdings Inc. and is a member of the Compensation Committee, since 2021. Mr. DeVincenzi is a principal partner in Lupine Venture Group, a business advisory firm that provides strategic consulting and corporate development advisory services, since 2014. Mr. DeVincenzi also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at California State University, Monterey Bay since 2014.
Previously, he served as a director and earlier as President and CEO of Redflex Holding Limited (2014-2021). Mr. DeVincenzi has also held the position of President and CEO at Inkra Networks Inc., Ignis Optics Inc. and senior executive sales, marketing and strategy positions at a variety of technology and services companies.
Mr. DeVincenzi received a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Luis Obispo and has completed Directors College at Stanford University.
Mr. DeVincenzi brings to the Board of Directors significant business leadership and strategy development experience as well as public company board expertise. Mr. DeVincenzi qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.
David A. Blaszkiewicz
David A. Blaszkiewicz has served on our Board of Directors since December 2011. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Invest Detroit, a leading investment and economic development organization focused on community redevelopment and business growth strategies. With more than 25 year of business leadership experience, Mr. Blaszkiewicz creates and oversees financial tools that lend and invest in real estate, commercial and industrial development, small businesses, and early-stage startups. In addition, Mr. Blaszkiewicz serves on the board of several private and non-profit organizations including the National New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, M-1 RAIL, Detroit Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Mr. Blaszkiewicz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Blaszkiewicz brings to the Board significant expertise in economic growth strategies as well as municipal and private investment experience.
George W. Brochick
George Brochick has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2020. Mr. Brochick has served as Executive Vice President - Strategic Development at Penske Automotive Group (PAG) since July 2012, and has held various executive positions since joining the company in 1996. In addition to his current executive functions, Mr. Brochick has held numerous dealership general manager positions throughout his automotive career. Previously, Mr. Brochick served as Vice President, Operations, for Southwest Kenworth, Inc. from 1977 to 1984 and also held the position of Director, Marketing Services, for Euclid, Inc., a division of Daimler-Benz, A.G. Mr. Brochick serves as a Board member of the Duke University Board of Visitors and has served as a Board Member of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Brochick brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive retail industry in addition to high-level connections throughout the transportation industry.
Jerome A. Grant
Jerome A. Grant has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2019 when he was named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Grant joined Universal Technical Institute as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November by 2017. Prior to joining Universal Technical Institute he served as Senior Vice President-Chief Services Officer for McGraw-Hill Corporation from June 2015 to April 2017. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill he spent more than 14 years in executive leadership roles at Pearson Education, Inc. including President - Business and Technology, Chief Learning Officer, Vice President - Digital Products and Vice President - Technology Strategy. Mr. Grant received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Labor Relations and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He brings to the Board more than two decades of executive leadership experience in post-secondary education, including digital strategy, strategic partnerships, marketing and technology.
LTG (R) William J. Lennox, Jr.
Lieutenant General William J. Lennox, Jr. (USA Ret.), has served on our Board since January 2014. Mr. Lennox has served as Chief Executive Officer of Lennox Strategies, LLC, a consulting company and personal business venture, since 2012. Mr. Lennox served as President of Saint Leo University from July 2015 to June 2018. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Lennox served as Senior Vice President, Washington, D.C., for Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm. Prior to his position at Goodrich Corporation, Mr. Lennox served approximately 35 years in the United States Army, culminating as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. In June 2021, Mr. Lennox joined the Board of Directors of Ignite Fueling Innovation, Inc., a veteran owned and operated systems and software engineering company.
Mr. Lennox received a Bachelor of Science degree concentrating in international affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University. Mr. Lennox’s experiences leading two institutions of higher learning, his exceptional military career, and his expertise in developing and managing strategic relationships between the private sector and government entities, bring a unique set of experiences and capabilities to our Board.
Ms. Okinaka brings to UTI more than two decades of financial and accounting leadership experience. Ms. Okinaka was appointed Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2015 having previously served as Vice President – Controller of Hawaiian Airlines. Ms. Okinaka joined Hawaiian Airlines as Senior Director in charge of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and special projects. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Okinaka worked for Hawaiian Electric Company and Coopers & Lybrand/PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Okinaka is a certified public accountant. Okinaka also serves on the Board of Directors of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Island Insurance Company.
Loretta L. Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez joined our Board of Directors in May 2021. She served in Congress from 1997 to 2017 as a Democrat from California’s 46th Congressional District, representing Orange County. One of her key priorities was ensuring access to all types of higher education, including career and technical skills training. While in Congress, she served on the Education and Labor Committee, Armed Services Committee, and as a ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. Ms. Sanchez is currently chief executive officer of Datamatica LLC, a consulting, data analytics and messaging firm that focuses on local, state, and federal issues and campaigns. She graduated from Chapman University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and she holds an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanchez is currently a public member of the Career Education Colleges and Universities Board of Directors (CECU) and also is a Trustee at Chapman University in Orange CA. Congresswoman Sanchez brings to the Board her political experience and expertise, including significant experience in education.
Christopher S. Shackelton
Christopher S. Shackelton has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2016. Mr. Shackelton is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Coliseum Capital Management, LLC. He has served as Chairman of the Board of ModivCare Inc. (formerly Providence Service Corp.) since November 2012. He has served on the board of directors of Lazydays Holdings, Inc. since March 2018. Previously, he was Chairman of Rural/Metro Corp, from December 2010 to June 2011 and Chairman of Medalogix LLC, from August 2014 to May 2021. He has also served on the boards of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., from February 2009 through March 2010, Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. from July 2014 to June 2016, LHC Group, Inc., from November 2012 to August 2017, and BioScrip, Inc., from March 2015 to August 2019. Prior to these positions, he worked at Watershed Asset Management and Morgan Stanley & Co. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. Mr. Shackelton brings to the Board significant expertise on strategic transformation and capital allocation, in addition to his experience leading the boards of other public companies.
Linda J. Srere
Linda J. Srere has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. Srere is a marketing and advertising consultant. From January 2000 to November 2001, she served as President of Young & Rubicam Advertising, a worldwide advertising network. From September 1998 to January 2000, Ms. Srere served as Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Young & Rubicam Inc. (“Y&R”). From January 1997 to September 1998, she served as President and CEO of Y&R’s New York office. Ms. Srere joined Y&R in September 1994 as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development. Ms. Srere served as the Chairman of advertising agency Earle Palmer Brown New York from 1992 to 1994, and served as President of advertising agency Rosenfeld, Sirowitz, Humphrey & Strauss from 1990 to 1992. For 11 years, until July 2012, Ms. Srere was a director of Electronic Arts Inc. During her tenure, she served on its compensation and its nominating and governance committees. Ms. Srere also served as a director of aQuantive, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007. She currently sits on the Investor and Executive Council of DCubed Group, a private market investment firm. Ms. Srere also serves on the Advisory Board of SOS Method, a meditation technology platform. Ms. Srere brings to the Board marketing, strategic and business leadership skills from her career in marketing and advertising.
Kenneth R. Trammell
Kenneth R. Trammell has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2011. From May 2020 until the sale of the company in March 2021, Mr. Trammell was a director of Red Lion Hotels Corp, an owner and franchiser of hotels. During that time, he served as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Trammell served as an Executive Vice President of Tenneco Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of vehicle components and systems, from January 2006 until his retirement in December 2018, as the Chief Financial Officer from September 2003 until June 2018, and as Controller from 1997 through 2003. He also returned to Tenneco as Interim Chief Financial Officer from April 2020 to September 2020. Prior to joining Tenneco in 1996, Mr. Trammell spent 12 years with the international public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP.
Mr. Trammell received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Trammell has significant business experience in the original equipment and aftermarket automotive parts industry for more than 20 years. He also has considerable experience in financial reporting, accounting, internal controls, capital markets transactions, investor relations and operations finance. Mr. Trammell qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.