RABEF is pleased to share that we have speakers that can share their ethical expertise with your organization. The individuals listed below all are Rochester area experts in ethical areas. They have both experience and academic knowledge in philosophies, theories, best practices, and the real-life challenges of ethical situations.

Below you can see a brief introduction to the individuals in the Speaker's Bureau. We have provided some overall information on each person and some general categories in which he/she would be willing to share knowledge. If you are interested in having one of our recommended speakers come to your organization, please contact the individual directly (contact information is provided below). Please note that any fees will need to be negotiated with the individual not RABEF.


Bob Whipple

Bob Whipple, MBA, CPLP


Bob Whipple is CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated, an organization dedicated to development of leaders. He speaks on leadership topics and the development of trust in numerous venues internationally. He also teaches leadership and business classes at several universities. As a leadership coach and business consultant, he works with individual clients as well as large organizations such as government agencies, corporations, and The Rochester Business Alliance. A highly successful leader at a Fortune 500 company for over 30 years, Mr. Whipple accomplished revolutionary change while leading a division of over 2000 people through the application of outstanding “people” skills.

Ethics Competency Areas

  • Trust
  • Governance
  • Values
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Public Sector
  • Global

Mr. Whipple is a student of the leadership process and has developed unique approaches to achieving excellent results through full engagement of people. He is author of four books on trust:

  • The Trust Factor: Advanced Leadership for Professionals (2003),
  • Understanding E-Body Language: Building Trust Online (2006)
  • Leading with Trust is Like Sailing Downwind (2009)
  • Trust in Transition: Navigating Organizational Change (2014)

He published a 30-segment video series in 2015 with Avanoo entitled Building Trust

He is also a contributing author of four books:

  • Group Dynamics and Team Interventions : Franz (2012)
  • Trust Inc. Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset: Kimmel (2012)
  • Trust Inc. A Guide for BODs and C-Suites: Kimmel (2013)
  • Trust Inc. 52 Weeks of Activities and inspirations for Building Workplace Trust: Kimmel (2014)

Bob's ability to communicate pragmatic approaches to building trust in an entertaining and motivational format has won him top ranking wherever he speaks. Audiences relate to his material enthusiastically because it is simple, yet profound. His work has earned him the popular title of "The TRUST Ambassador."

The Trust Across America: Trust Around the World organization has named Mr. Whipple one of 15 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients for trust. He is a Founding Member of the Alliance of Trusted Business Experts (ATBE). He was named as one of the Top 101 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association. He is a certified Vistage Speaker and a member of The Global Speakers Federation. Whipple is registered on "Speakerpedia" as an international speaker. He received the 2011 BEST Consultant for Learning and Performance Award in the Central New York region of ASTD.

Mr. Whipple has been published in Leadership and Training journals including Leadership Excellence Magazine, HR Magazine, Sales and Service Excellence, and T+D Training + Development Journal. He is a frequent contributor to The Rochester Business Journal and is an active blogger with over 400 articles. He was named one of the top 15 thought leaders on leadership development by Leadership Excellence Magazine. Mr. Whipple also publishes articles on Trust and Leadership through the Evan Carmichael Motivation & Strategies for Entrepreneurs and is currently the #1 rated leadership author with over 400 published articles in the system.

Mr. Whipple holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Masters of Business Administration from The Simon School at The University of Rochester.  He is a Management Quality "Blackbelt" and has achieved a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification from the American Society for Training and Development (recertified in 2014).

He is the past Chair of the National Leadership Development Team of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD : now ATD – Association for Talent Development). He is past president of the local chapter of ASTD serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years and he also served on the National Advisors for Chapters Team for ASTD. He is a founding member of the ASTD Organizational Development Special Interest Group in Rochester, NY.

Bob is a member of the Rochester Professional Consultants Network (RPCN), and The National Human Resource Association (NHRA). He has done volunteer work through SCORE, United Way, and is currently on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF). He is a Charter Member of The Rochester Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and serves on the executive committee. Mr. Whipple is a member of the Rochester Business Alliance and a member of the Small Business Council.


Peter DeMarco

Peter C. DeMarco

Priority Thinking®, LLC
4 South Main Street Pittsford N.Y. 14534
Work: 585.388.2040 | Cell: 585.478.8489
pdemarco@prioritythinking.com | www.prioritythinking.com | www.ethicspoll.org follow us on Twitter: @PriorityPower

Peter C. DeMarco is the founder and President of Priority Thinking®. Peter supports his clients as an executive coach, organizational consultant, ethics facilitator and strategy advisor. Peter helps leaders and their teams to achieve significant performance improvements while reducing risks and embedding ethical power into decision making at all levels. He also facilitates leadership and ethics education programs for nonprofits, for profits and top business schools. His work includes turnarounds, crisis intervention, and helping organizations work through complex regulatory demands in medical device and financial service industries.

Peter's operating priority framework is considered a common sense model for building and sustaining operational and moral excellence in any setting. Over his thirty-plus (30+) year career, Peter has extensive leadership experience in general management, and senior level executive assignments in the United States and Mexico with Xerox, Bausch & Lomb and Latex Foam International. During these assignments, Peter served as chief operating officer, division president, managing director, general manager, plant manager, manager of information technology, and quality engineer. He has designed, built and led two large scale production facilities – one in Mexico – from the ground up and led three lean transformations that yielded significant sales, throughput and gross margin improvements.

Prior to his business career, Peter enlisted in the United States Army after high school and later served as an infantry officer in airborne and mechanized infantry assignments including seven (7) years as citizen soldier and company commander in the NY National Guard. Peter holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point; an MS from the University of Southern California; an MS from the College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. He has his permanent certification as a Lean-Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) through Villanova University.

Recently, Peter was named a "Top Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business " in 2014 & 2015 by Trust Across America - Trust Around the World.


John Keiser

John Keiser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Business Administration & Economics
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

John Keiser is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Business Administration & Economics at the College at Brockport; State University of New York. He has been with the College since 2001 and taught courses in the Management Area including: Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Business, Government & Society, the course that covers ethics for Business Administration majors.

His publications include research in career patterns, corporate governance, nonprofit management, ethics, human resource management, and organizational theory.

Dr. Keiser earned his bachelors degree in Management Science from The Pennsylvania State University and his doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Brockport, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has taught internationally, and in 2008, he was designated an International Fellow at the University of Debrecen in Hungary.

Ethics Competency Areas

  • Values
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
  • Non-profit


"Business Ethics Education in Former Soviet Bloc Countries," Journal of Business and Economics, Vol. 4, No. 11, 2013, pp. 1073-1079.

"Business Ethics and Ethics Education in American Business Programs." Competitio, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2008, pp. 195-200.

Chief Executives from 1960 – 1989: A Trend toward Professionalization," Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2004, pp. 52 - 68.

"Board of Directors of the Hospitality and Tourism Industries: An Exploratory Analysis of Composition and Interlocks," Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2002, pp. 155 – 174.
"Exploratory Demand Analysis for a Part-time or Executive Masters Degree in Hospitality Management," Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2000, pp. 33 – 38.

"Nonprofit Management in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry," Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2000, pp. 16 – 20.

"Hospitality and Tourism: A Rhetorical Analysis and Conceptual Framework for Identifying Industry Meanings," Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1998, pp. 115 – 128.

"Managing the Human Element in Mergers and Acquisitions," The Hospitality Financial Management Review, Winter 1997, Vol. 9, No. 4.


Linda MacCammon

Linda MacCammon, Ph.D.

Director, Ethics Minor Program
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Office: 585-385-8363
Cell: 585-301-7424

Dr. Linda MacCammon is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at St. John Fisher College and is currently the Director of the Ethics Minor program.

She holds a joint doctoral degree in theological ethics from Boston College and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Her areas of expertise include business ethics, social ethics and public policy, philosophical and theological ethics, and Old and New Testament studies.

In June, 2009, her book, Liberating the Bible: A Guide for the Curious and Perplexed, received first place in Scripture from the Catholic Press Association. Currently, Dr. MacCammon is working on a book on business ethics, rethinking the discipline in light of new environmental and economic realities.

Awards and Honors

Book Award: First Place in Scripture, "Liberating the Bible: A Guide for the Curious and Perplexed," Catholic Press Association (2009)
Who's Who in College Teaching (2004)
Wabash Center Summer Grant (2003)
Wabash Center Grant for Teaching and Learning Workshop (2001)
Postdoctoral Fellowship (1998)
University Dissertation Fellowship (1996-1997)
University Fellowship (1995-1996)
Recipient of Bishop Foery Medal for Outstanding Work in Religious Studies (1989)


Books and Essays

Liberating the Bible: A Guide for the Curious and Perplexed (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, March 2008).

"Revelations from a Dying Planet: Agriculture, Corporate Capitalism, and the Murder of Nature" in Verbum, St. John Fisher College, Fall, 2014.

"Saving the 'Ignorant American': Reflections on Science, Religion, and Public Scholarship" in Verbum, St. John Fisher College, Spring, 2013.

"Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, and the Marginalization of Christianity: Can the God of Presence Be Saved?" in Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought, ed. John Wall, William Schweiker, and David Hall. (New York: Routledge Press, 2002).

"Paul Ricoeur on the Nature of the Faith/Ethics Relation: Re-establishing the Christian Voice in a Postmodern Age" Presented as part of a panel for the Theology and Continental Philosophy Group at the AAR/SBL Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, Nov 18-21, 2000.


Jim Nortz

Jim Nortz

Chief Compliance Officer
Carestream Health
Contact Information:
Phone: 585-260-8960
Email: jimnortz@gmail.com

Jim Nortz is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in the field of business ethics and compliance.

Jim spent the first 17 years of his career as a litigator trying both criminal and civil cases before becoming Crompton Corporation's first Vice President, Business Ethics and Compliance in 2003. 

Since then, Jim has served as a compliance officer at Crompton and for five other multinational corporations and is now Chief Compliance Officer at Carestream Health.

Mr. Nortz is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business, RIT's Saunders School of Business, St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College and other law schools and universities around the country.

Jim writes the monthly business ethics columns for the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket magazine and the Rochester Business Journal and is a contributing writer for Corporate Compliance Insights and The Business Journals.

Jim served on the Board of Directors for the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association ("ECOA") for eight years. He currently serves on the Board of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation and is a member of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism.

Ethics Competency Areas

  • Trust
  • Financial
  • Governance
  • Values
  • Leadership
  • Environment
  • Organizational
  • Public Sector
  • Non-Profit
  • Global


Monthly Business Ethics column, ACC Docket since March, 2004

Monthly Business Ethics column, Rochester Business Journal since July, 2008

Contributing Author: The Business Journals

Contributing Author: Corporate Compliance Insights

Dangerous Dust Collectors: Ethikos, 2006.

Business Ethics: Put Some Life into Your Program, ACC Docket 22, no 2 (February 2004):  56-69

Discovery Under Rule For Courts Martial 701(e) – Does Equal Really Mean Equal, Army Law, August 1989, at 21.