Gloria is the Founder of Story Partners, a premiere public affairs and public relations firm, with expertise in complex communications on behalf of government, technology, healthcare, energy and transportation organizations. Gloria and past / current businesses have provided transformative guidance on managing national disasters and pandemics, including the resurrection of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, as well as providing complex organizational guidance to the U.S. Government in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gloria brings to Aperio a global network of strategic contacts in the Wellness and Luxury Products segments.
So dubbed by WIRED magazine, Gloria is a trusted counselor who provides strategic communications, corporate positioning and messaging advice to members of Congress, cabinet Secretaries and business leaders.
She founded Story Partners in 2010 after the successful acquisition of Dittus Communications by FTI Consulting, which included a five-year commitment on the senior management team leading client engagements for major technology, energy and transportation organizations.
With 30+ years of public policy, communications and political experience, Gloria has worked with executive teams at Shell, HSBC, Home Depot, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, GM, Southern Company and other Fortune 500 brands, helping them to protect and enhance reputation, weather and prevent crises and favorably position leadership.
Dr. Tina Alster is the Founding Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on dermatologic laser surgery as well as aesthetic and clinical dermatology, authoring 8 textbooks and hundreds of peer-reviewed academic articles. Dr. Tina Alster has been an advisor to reputed global beauty companies on premium product development, including to L’Oréal (Lancôme skincare line) and Estée Lauder (La Mer skincare line). She brings to Aperio a rich knowledge of the premiere skincare marketplace and will guide the Company towards optimizing current and forward product lines and downstream strategic relationships.
Tina Alster, M.D., F.A.A.D. is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She received her B.S. and M.D. degrees with highest honors from Duke University and completed her dermatology residency at Yale University.
She is a world-recognized leader in dermatologic laser surgery and has published hundreds of articles and 8 textbooks on the subject. Dr. Tina Alster maintains leadership and board positions in numerous professional and national organizations and has served as a product development consultant to several skin care companies, including L’Oréal (Lancôme skincare line) and Estée Lauder (La Mer skincare line).
Her commitment to teaching and mentoring others is evident in her establishment of scholarship endowments for women pursuing careers in medicine at Duke University.
She has received numerous accolades by her peers including the prestigious Mentorship and Legacy Awards from the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS). In addition to serving as an expert on TV and radio, she has been acknowledged in America’s Top Doctors, Town & Country’s Best Cosmetic Surgeons, America’s Elite 1000, Allure’s Influencer of the Year, Elle Genius Awards and Washingtonian’s Best Doctors and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 1 percent of physicians in dermatology in US News & World Report.
Jerry is the prior Founder and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest global organization serving the manufacturing industry. Jerry serves as a Board Member of several publicly-traded corporations. Jerry brings to Aperio a vast global network of business leaders, to help drive Aperio value through investment, strategic insight and business to business partnerships.
Jerry Jasinowski has had an esteemed global career in the manufacturing segment.
Jerry is the Founder and former President of the Manufacturing Institute (MI). The Manufacturing Institute, founded in 1990, is the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.
As head of the Manufacturing Institute, he led fund raising initiatives of over $8 million, to support path-breaking research and publications, providing US companies with the knowledge and tools necessary to increase global competitiveness. He also helped to establish the Center for Workforce Success (CWS) the MI’s training and educational affiliate.
Jerry also created and implemented the “Campaign for Growth and Manufacturing Renewal,” an awareness and communications program that led to the first US Department of Commerce Report, “Manufacturing in America.” Additionally, while serving as President of the Manufacturing Institute, he helped launch “Dream It, Do It” as a pilot program in Kansas City, to address the manufacturing skills shortage, resulting in the local technical college experiencing a 35% increase in enrollment in manufacturing-related courses; the program’s success led to the creation of “Dream It, Do It” campaigns throughout the country. He also launched Get Tech, a Web-based, interactive program co-sponsored by the US Department of Commerce and designed to encourage young people to use technology and to see manufacturing as a technology-based industry.
Jerry served as the President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers from 1990-2004. The Manufacturing Institute, founded in 1990, is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. While serving as President and CEO, Jasinowski helped to raise
visibility of NAM, transforming the organization into the leading voice for the industry; galvanized the leadership around a common theme of productivity and economic growth, resulting in unprecedented cohesion and significant increase in membership. Jasinowski achieved best in class business development activities, including the launch of a small and medium-sized manufacturers initiative to ensure these sectors were fully engaged in NAM’s policies and priorities; the growth of non-dues revenue services; expanding NAM’s telemarketing capability; and the creation of a stronger field sales force.
During his prolific career, Jerry has transformed advocacy operations by building diverse coalitions that included the creation of a state-by-state grassroots lobbying effort, which strengthened NAM’s capacity to secure beneficial legislation for the industry at state and federal levels. He led an industry effort to secure landmark legislation affecting trade, taxes, and other issues for the manufacturing sector, including the passage of the US Trade Promotion Authority Act (2002) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)(1994).
Jerry is recognized as an expert on manufacturing and other economic issues. His letters have appeared in the New York Times. Jerry is a popular speaker and frequent guest on TV programs such as CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. He is the author of notable books, including Making it in America (1995) and The Rising Tide (1997).
Charlie is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Stone Pier Advisors, leading Middle Atlantic investment bank. Charlie has served previously as the Head of Life Sciences Law (Jones Day) and Head of Corporate VC for Bayer AG. Charlie offers Aperio insight into complex, often cross-border joint ventures and distribution relationships, in addition to M&A.
Charlie Schliebs has over 30 years of experience as a dealmaker and strategic advisor in a variety of industries, first as a lawyer and then as an investment, venture capital and private equity professional.
In 2012, Charlie and Dale Killmeyer, his partner in an iNetworks affiliate, International Capital Networks, LLC, co-founded Stone Pier Capital Advisors, LP, to act as merger & acquisition, financial and strategic advisors across a variety of industries.
Prior to co-founding Stone Pier Capital Adivors, Charlie co-founded iNetworks, LLC, and iNetworks Advisors, Inc., together with a highly-regarded, multi-billion dollar, family-owned multi-industry holding company, in late 1999. iNetworks and its affiliates have invested in numerous companies in the healthcare/life science and energy-related fields, and continue their investment activities today, with Charlie retaining a minor role as co-founder. Beginning in early 2008 and until January 2010, Charlie and iNetworks were retained by Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the nation’s second largest producer of natural gas, to facilitate the entry of Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC into the Pennsylvania portion of the Marcellus Shale. Following his retention by Chesapeake, he was trained at Chesapeake’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK, and elsewhere with respect to unconventional oil and natural gas exploration and development, shale geology, land and rights acquisition, hydraulic fracturing, domestic and foreign natural gas markets, CNG and LNG, etc.
From 1988 through 1999, Charlie was a partner in Jones Day, a 2,500-lawyer, international law firm. His substantive expertise was as a securities / corporate finance / merger & acquisition partner, along with being an international business law specialist, with his primary industry specialization being in the inter-related pharmaceutical, medical device / diagnostic, agricultural chemical, animal health and biotech fields, principally counseling multinational healthcare / life science companies. At Jones Day, he was the entrepreneurial founder of the highly successful Pittsburgh office in 1989. Charlie formed the Life Sciences Practice Group at Jones Day, and was the Group’s worldwide head until he left the firm to co-found iNetworks.
While at Jones Day, Charlie was the lawyer responsible for all client service worldwide to Bayer AG, the international pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate, for which Charlie acted not only as counsel but also as a trusted senior business advisor and dealmaker. For Bayer and many other multinational companies, Charlie directed all types of investment, acquisition and finance transactions, as well as the negotiation of research and collaboration agreements, product co-development agreements, co-promotion and co-marketing agreements, and license agreements.
Charlie was the Elliot E. Cheatham Scholar in Law at, and received his J.D. from, the Vanderbilt University School of Law (receiving a full, merit-based scholarship award covering tuition, room and board, and other expenses, Vanderbilt’s largest scholar award at the time). He also holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. as well as a B.S. Econ. from the Wharton School (concentration and senior
thesis in international business). He attended Penn/Wharton on a competitive merit scholarship for children of pipefitters, provided by the Pipe Fitting & Air Conditioning Council.
In addition to serving on the boards of for-profit companies, he serves or has served on a variety of boards involving entrepreneurship, social and ethical issues, including Pittsburgh’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cross-Cultural Ethics (Board Chair), and the President’s Visiting Committee on Social Justice at West Virginia University. He currently serves as a Board member of the Pittsburgh Energy Innovation Center and as a member of the National Executive Committee of the RAND Corporation’s Policy Circle.