Annual Mason Business Plan Competition Judges

Thomas R. Frantz
Tom Frantz is chief executive officer of Williams Mullen. Drawing on his tax background, Mr. Frantz also maintains a corporate practice representing multi-national corporations, handling major mergers and acquisitions and advising corporations on a variety of legal matters. He is a graduate of William & Mary, who was given the 2009 Citizen-Lawyer Award by the William & Mary Law School Association

Charles A. Banks
Charles Banks received his B.A. in International Relations from Brown University in 1962.  Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy, where he served two years on active duty and five additional years in the Naval Reserve, advancing to Lieutenant (USNR).  Mr. Banks joined the Peebles Supply Division of Ferguson Enterprises in 1967, advancing quickly through appointments as General Manager of Ferguson’s Herndon location and to Regional Manager for the Southeast region.  In 1987, he moved to the corporate office as Senior Executive Vice President and in 1989 was promoted to President and Chief Executive of Ferguson Enterprises Inc.  In 1992 Mr. Banks was appointed to the Board of Wolseley PLC (the parent company of Ferguson) and in 2001 was appointed Group Chief Executive.  He retired in July 2006. 

Mr. Banks is currently a partner in Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; a Non Executive Director of Bunzl PLC and of TowneBank/Peninsula.  He holds an honorary degree from Christopher Newport University.  In 1989, Mr. Banks was elected to the William and Mary Business School Foundation Board of Directors and from 1992 until 2001 served as chairman.  In 2005 the Alumni Association named Mr. Banks an honorary alumnus and in 2006 he was awarded the T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Medallion by the Business School.  Mr. Banks was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2006.  Currently, he serves as Chair of the Committee on Financial Affairs, Vice Chair of the Committee on Buildings and Grounds, and is a member of the Executive Committee.  Mr. Banks is a past Chair of the Committee on Athletics.

Catesby Jones
Catesby Jones is the founder and president of Peace Frogs, Inc., a casual sportswear company founded in 1985 while he was a student at the University of Virginia.  He earned his B.A. in International Relations and minored in Economics and History at the University of Virginia in 1987.  Motivation and vision gripped him at an early age when he started the clothing line.  Mr. Jones nurtured this idea into a multimillion dollar international business located in Gloucester, VA.  He regularly contributes to local charities, and organized Peace Frogs Bank to Bank Fund for needy children in the Tidewater Area, a two-mile swim for charity across various tributaries in the Middle Peninsula region.  He is no armchair fundraiser because he actually swims the two miles!  Mr. Jones is a Trustee of Ware Episcopal Church and a board member of the Gloucester Community Foundation.

Connie Desaulniers
Connie Desaulniers specializes in acrylic paintings on canvas, and often combines other media such as clay, glass, mirrors and mosaic.  She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Fine Arts.  Ms. Desaulniers spent many years in a marketing career that started at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and culminated with her own business.  In 2003, she decided to focus her attention on art.  After progressively resigning most marketing clients, she began painting full time in May 2005.  She now has over 130 collectors located from New York to Hawaii.

Mike Bowers
Mike Bowers is the President of the Comark Building Systems which specializes in prefabricated concrete building.  Mr. Bowers graduated from West point in 1964 and currently lives in Williamsburg with his Wife Barbara Bowers.

Kermit Buntrock
Kermit Buntrock graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Chemistry in 1965.  He received his M.S. in Economics from ISU in 1967.  Mr. Buntrock received an Executive MBA from William & Mary in 1994.  He was introduced to the investment casting industry through Monsanto Corporation, Specialty Chemicals Division, where he was in technical service.  He is founder and CEO of Buntrock Industries, Inc. founded in 1973. The company sells ceramic materials, chemicals and equipment to the precision investment casting industry.