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Michael J. Gade

Principal Lecturer, Department of Marketing & Logistics at University of North Texas - College of Business
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Michael J. Gade

Principal Lecturer, Department of Marketing & Logistics at University of North Texas - College of Business


66 (Born 1952)
Notable Companies
Challance Group LLP
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Chief Executive Officer at Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Founder at One Network Enterprises, Inc.

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Crane Group Co.

Co-Founder at One Network Enterprises, Inc.

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.

Former Head, Investor Relations at Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.

Principal at Brentwood Advisory Group LLC

Principal at Barrie International LLC

Representative from Texas's 26th Congressional District

Chief of Overseas Markets at Sierra Energy (California)
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Educational Background

Undergraduate Degree 
The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.
Master of Business Administration 
The Max M. Fisher College of Business is the business school of The Ohio State University. Fisher's campus is located on the northern part of The Ohio State University, within a partially enclosed business campus adjacent to Ohio Stadium. It is composed of brick buildings loosely arranged in a quadrangle. The 370,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) complex is the largest multi-building project ever undertaken by the University[citation needed]. Fisher is one of the founding members of the AACSB. The Fisher College of Business is located in Columbus, Ohio, the largest city in Ohio and the 15th largest city in the United States with an estimated 2005 population of 730,657. The greater Columbus metropolitan area has a population of 1,708,625 as of 2005 represents close to 100 nationalities. Columbus is located close to the geographic center of the state and is the fourth largest city in the Midwest.


Founded in 1977, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only national membership organization created by and for directors, providing unparalleled solutions and resources that empower boards to be more effective.The NACD network includes nearly 10,000 directors and executives from leading public, private and nonprofit companies; nationally-recognized firms whose professional services meet important corporate governance needs; and governance experts from academia and elsewhere.

Career History

Principal Lecturer, Department of Marketing & Logistics
The University of North Texas College of Business is a constituent college of the University of North Texas in Denton. It is organized in five academic departments — (i) Accounting, (ii) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Law (FIREL), (iii) Information Technology & Decision Sciences, (iv) Management, and (v) Marketing & Logistics. The College also has six interdisciplinary centers — (a) the Center for NAFTA Studies, (b) the Information Systems Research Center, (c) the Institute of Petroleum Accounting, (d) the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship (e) the Professional Leadership Program, and (f) the Center for Logistics Education & Research. The College awards Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
Executive in Residence
The University of North Texas was founded in 1890 and is the flagship university of the UNT system, a student-centered research university. It is the state's fourth largest university and the most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. UNT has about 36,000 student enrolled in 97 bachelor's, 88 master's and 40 doctoral degree programs.
Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer
7-Eleven is the world’s largest convenience store chain operating, franchising and licensing more than 60,000 stores in 18 countries, of which nearly 10,700 are in North America. 7-Eleven also is one of the nation's largest independent gasoline retailers. Its company’s name was changed from The Southland Corporation to 7-Eleven, Inc. after approval by shareholders on April 28, 1999. Founded in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience store concept during its first years of operation as an ice company when its retail outlets began selling milk, bread and eggs as a convenience to guests.
Senior Executive, Southwest Region
2003 - 2004
Home Depot, Inc. is a home improvement retailer that sells building materials and home improvement products. It operates The Home Depot stores, which provides full-service, warehouse-style stores that sells a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement products and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. The company offers national installation services through pre-screened independent contractors for products ranging from floors to roofs, windows to water heaters, and kitchen cabinets to vinyl siding. Its retail stores offer professional customers, including repair and remodel contractors, special services and support to make them more successful on the job site. The company serves professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, small business owners, and tradesmen. Home Depot was founded by Bernard Marcus, Arthur M. Blank, Kenneth Gerald Langone and Pat Farrah on June 29, 1978 and is headquartered at Atlanta, GA.
Executive Vice President-Strategic Marketing & Development
1995 - 2000
Associates First Capital Corp. provides consumer finance, commercial leasing and finance, credit cards, insurance and related services. The Company's corporate activities include, among others, managing the operations of its domestic and foreign subsidiaries, accessing the global debt, securitization and capital markets and managing the mix of businesses in its portfolio. The company was incorporated in April 20, 1990 and is headquartered in Long Island City, NY.
Founding Partner
Senior Partner
Coopers & Lybrand was the name of one of the predecessor firms which, in July 1998, merged with Price Waterhouse firms to form the global network of PricewaterhouseCoopers firms.

Boards & Committees

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Member, Board of Directors
2005 - Current
Rent-A-Center, Inc. engages in leasing household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The company provides the customers the ownership of products, such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation. Its stores offer durable products such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories under flexible rental purchase agreements that typically allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed-upon rental period. The company operates its business through the following segments: Core U.S., Acceptance Now, Mexico and Franchising. The Core U.S. segment consists of company-owned rent-to-own stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that lease household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The Acceptance Now segment offers the rent-to-own transaction to consumers who do not qualify for financing from the traditional retailer through kiosks located within such retailer's locations. The Mexico segment consists of its company-owned rent-to-own stores in Mexico that lease household durable goods to customers on a rent-to-own basis. The Franchising segment use Rent-A-Center's, ColorTyme's and RimTyme's trade names, service marks, trademarks and logos, and operate under distinctive operating procedures and standards. Rent-A-Center was founded by Mark E. Speese on September 16, 1986 and is headquartered in Plano, TX.
Member, Board of Directors
Crane Group Co. operates a holding company focused in manufacturing and building trades. It manufactures and distributes of building products including plastic pipeline systems, copper tube, hardware, bathroom and plumbing supplies. The company was founded by Robert S. Crane in 1947 and is headquartered in Columbus, OH.
One Network Enterprises, Inc. provides community based supply chain solutions. Its products are used in the areas of automotive and manufacturing, consumer products, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, high tech and retail industries. The company was founded by Ranjit Notani and Gregory A. Brady in 2002 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.
2013 - Prior
Employer Direct Healthcare, Inc. provides healthcare solutions for self-funded employers in the United States. It allows plan members to access a network of medical providers and facilities for various procedures, such as major heart, orthopedic, spine, colonoscopy and endoscopy, and outpatient procedures. The company offers a capacity-management tool for healthcare providers to manage patient flows. The company was founded by Robert Kummer and Erickson Ken in 2010 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.
Independent Director
2009 - Prior
Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells specialty piping and leak detection systems for oil and gas gathering, district heating and cooling, and other applications. It develops piping solutions that solve complex challenges regarding the safe and efficient transportation of many types of liquids. The company was founded on October 12, 1993 and is headquartered in Niles, IL.

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