Mark A. Vander Ploeg has over thirty years of investment banking experience, providing strategic and merger and acquisition advice to major retail and consumer companies in the United States and globally. Until his retirement in 2011, Vander Ploeg was a Senior Managing Director of Evercore Partners. Prior to Evercore, he served as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Head of Consumer Industries for Merrill Lynch & Co. Vander Ploeg is a board member of the Stanford University Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET). He is a former director of Okabena Company, the investment company of the Dayton Family, founders of Target Corporation and is a director of Dawson Geophysical Company. Vander Ploeg has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Macalester College, where he is a current Trustee and former Board Chair.