Board of Advisors

Robert M. Sterling

Dan Cottingham

John W. Harris

Don L. Hubbard

Robert M. Sterling
Rob's career experience includes identifying the fundamental changes needed to position a company to effectively manage risks, increase top line growth and maximize return on investment. He is recognized within and outside of his industry as a "change agent" who provides customers non-traditional, innovative business solutions that result in more cost effective, higher impact services proven effective in increasing customers' top line and profitability.

Rob began his career at age 22 working in the warehouse of a paper company that was later acquired by International Paper. He quickly ascended to President and Segment Business Leader of a division he created. The first of its kind when it was established, his business, known as the Sterling Group, is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative groups in the paper industry to date. His forward thinking, change agent approach to strategic positioning in supply chain management is the hallmark of his 26-year career. In fact, Rob is the only three-time winner of a prestigious top industry award given to those who demonstrate integrity, leadership and innovation and who have effected cultural change in the industry.
It is this business acumen that Rob applies to assisting ISS—challenging the way the company assesses risks and security from a business perspective to ensure the company provides clients with cost-effective, viable solutions that are solid, sustainable business decisions.

Rob has served on a number of industry boards and non-profit civic and social boards throughout his career. He currently is a member of the boards of Jacobs Ladder, a workforce development program, Charlotte First Tee, a youth program teaching the principles of life through the game of golf, Council for Children and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation Board.

Dan Cottingham
Dan was born in Douglas, Georgia and has been in Charlotte since 1976. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated in 1974. Dan started COTTINGHAM-CHALK & ASSOCIATES in 1983 with John D. Chalk III, specializing in real-estate. His firm has offices in SouthPark and brings in billions in sales annually.
Dan has served on the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, KinderMourn, The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Myers Park United Methodist Church Admistrative Board, Teach For America, Public School Advocate, First Tee, Myers Park Country Club Board, and the Past President of Charlotte Board of Realtors.

Dan is an avid golfer and gardener and enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda, and two children, Daniel and Leigh, both employeed in sales with COTTINGHAM-CHALK & ASSOCIATES.

John W. Harris
A lifetime resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, John W. Harris grew up on a farm just outside the city. Thanks to his family’s vision and leadership, Charlotteans now know that “farm” as SouthPark.

John began his professional career with The Bissell Companies, Inc., a major commercial real estate and investment management company. After rising to become their President, he went on to form his own company, The Harris Group, in January 1992. In 1999, John formed Lincoln Harris, an affiliate company of Lincoln Property Company.

Today, John is responsible for the development and management of over 20 million square feet of property throughout the Southeast. He is a past recipient of the Charlotte News Man of the Year award, as well as the Charlotte Regional Commercial Board of Realtors Cornerstone Award.

John has served on the boards of Piedmont Natural Gas, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Leadership Advisory Board of Directors, The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Dominion Resources, Inc., Mapeley Limited and The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority among many others.
His public service includes a mayoral appointment to the Airport Advisory Committee, and he is a former chairman of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Sports Commission.

Don L. Hubbard
Don Hubbard is the former Managing Director, Global Security for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Network of firms, where he managed a comprehensive security program. Elements of the security program included physical security, information security investigations, travel security, personnel security, investigations regarding matters both internal and external to the Firm, forensic accounting investigations, business continuity and crisis management planning, and security awareness.

He consulted in the areas of general risk, asset protection and security for a wide array of the firm's clients covering virtually every industry.

Formerly, Don was Staff Vice President, Security for Trans World Airlines (TWA). He was also President of International Aviation Security, Inc., a wholly owned, 1400-employee subsidiary of TWA, which provided security services to 15 airlines and three airports at 21 locations throughout Europe and the Middle East. His previous positions include Manager of Corporate Security for Howard Hughes' Summa Corporation, and Vice President of Security and Administration for Playboy Enterprises.

Prior to those security positions, Don spent nine years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He began his career as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corps.
Don is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has graduate degrees from Coppin State College and the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the International Security Management Association and the Security Executive Council.

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