The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University named two new members, Mark R. Giannini and James L. Reber, at its February meeting.
Mark R. Giannini is the founder and chief executive officer of Service Assurance, the largest regional technology support, IT outsourcing and managed services provider in the Mid-South. Prior to starting Service Assurance in 1989, he worked at IBM and EMC. Giannini was one of the Memphis Business Journal’s TOP 40 UNDER 40 recipients in 1996 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997 by the same publication. Additionally, Entrepreneur Magazine named him one of the TOP 500 Entrepreneurs in the US in 1997. Giannini recently authored the book, The Tallest Pygmy, and speaks nationally on such topics as Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity Planning and Using Information Technology as a Competitive Weapon.
He is active in the community, serving as director on several boards including The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, The Visible School of Music and Worship Arts, Beale Street Caravan, Memphis Botanic Gardens and the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Giannini earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a concentration in Management Information Systems from Christian Brothers University.
James L. Reber is president and chief executive officer of ICBA Securities, which is an institutional fixed income broker/dealer associated with Vining Sparks. Prior to this appointment, Reber worked as a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) registered representative and senior vice president with ICBA Securities. He has also served as a financial officer with a mortgage company, compliance officer for a regional broker/dealer and as senior auditor with Ernst and Whiney.
Reber is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the CFA Institute. He is a frequent speaker at bank conventions, seminars and conferences and also writes a monthly investment column for Independent Banker magazine. Reber is on the Board of Regents and Executive Committee of the Paul W. Barret School of Banking. In addition, he serves on the Development Committee of the Ave Maria Foundation and has been Chairman of the Ave Maria Gala for the past two years. A regular blood donor, Reber has donated over 14 gallons to Lifeblood, the Mid-South Regional Blood Center. Reber holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Christian Brothers University.