Dr. Bill Crosby
Interim Dean, Davis College of Business
Dr. Angela Mattia
Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Programs; Department Chair, Management & Decision Science- Information Management
Dr. Robert Boylan
Department Chair, Accounting, Economics & Finance
Dr. Doug Johansen
Department Chair, Marketing and International Business
Dr. Carol Dole
Department Chair, Sport Business
Executive Advisory Board
The Davis College of Business has an active Executive Advisory Board (EAB) that works with the Dean and staff on a number of issues ranging from increasing internship opportunities to providing focus group participants for business issues and planning matters. The EAB has actively participated in several program reviews and most recently reviewed and edited the Davis vision/mission statement. While financial support from the EAB is always welcomed, that is not its primary purpose. It is composed of a broad cross-section of community leaders, some with long established donor ties to JU, while others are there to expressly represent the interests of specific community members, such as small business owners and women business owners.
Brian Barquilla '95
Founder, President, Publisher, Advantage Business Magazine; Chair, EAB Marketing Subcommittee
Kathleen Brandt '85, '04
President, CSX Technology, Inc.
- Jacksonville University, Masters in Business Administration, 2004
- Jacksonville University, B.S. Computer Information Systems, 1985
Chronology of CSX Employment
- 1985 to 1988 Software Developer, CSX Technology, Jacksonville
- 1988 to 1991 Senior Programmer Analyst, CSX Technology, Jacksonville
- 1991 to 1993 Applications Consultant, CSX Technology, Jacksonville
- 1993 to 1995 Senior Applications Consultant, CSX Technology, Jacksonville
- 1995 to 1999 Manager-Applications Development, CSX Technology Jacksonville
- 1999 to 2004 Director-Applications Development, CSX Technology Jacksonville
- 2004 to 2011 Assistant Vice President-Applications Development, CSX Technology, Jacksonville
- 2012 Assistant Vice President, Operations Integration
- 2013 to Present President, CSX Technology
Business and Professional Affiliations
- Jacksonville University Davis College of Business Executive Advisory Board
- Dreams Come True Board Member
- Railinc Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, Miller Electric Company; EAB Chairman
Henry K. Brown is the Chief Executive Officer for Miller Electric Company. He is a third-generation CEO of the company, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, H.E. Autrey, his uncle Ron Autrey, and his mother Susan Walden (CFO).
A Jacksonville native, he is a graduate of Stetson University where earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with and a Masters of Accountancy. After starting his career in Public Accounting, Henry joined Miller Electric Company in 2001 as the Controller, and moved up through the company as Vice President and later Sr. Vice President of Corporate Operations. He became CEO of the company in 2012.
In his current role, Henry is the leader of the senior management team with a focus on strategic planning, organizational development, and resource allocation. He works with other members of the management team on business development and industry relations, and stays involved with every major project. He also works closely with outside counsel on all legal affairs for the company, and with outside advisors for financial planning, risk management, and surety bonding.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the JAX USA Partnership
Cathy Chambers is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership. Recently named as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Cathy has over 20 years of experience working for Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and city government. In her role with JAXUSA, Cathy recruits high-wage jobs and private capital investment to Northeast Florida.
Focused on growing the financial services industry, Cathy has helped recruit more than 10,000 jobs to Jacksonville, including projects with Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fidelity National Financial, Macquarie Group, Fidelity Investments and Adecco. Cathy also oversees the Partnership’s strategic planning, marketing and research initiatives and coordinates partner activities for the seven-county Northeast Florida region.
Cathy serves on several state and local Boards, including her role as chair of the Florida Economic Development Council. She also serves on the Enterprise Florida Board, Clay County Development Authority, Visit Jacksonville Board and is an Advisory Council member for the North Florida chapter of the Urban Land Institute.
Cathy holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH) and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. She is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council and is an active member of CoreNet Global and the International Economic Development Council.
Dr. Bill Crosby
Interim Dean, Davis College of Business
John Crowley '07
Chief Information Officer, Fidelity National Title Group; EAB Vice-Chairman
President/Chief Executive Officer, DDI, Inc.; Chair EAB Nominations & Advancement Subcommittee
Jed is an active participant in the Davis Family Office, headquartered in Jacksonville. As such, he serves as an employee, officer or director in several of the operating entities administered by the Davis Family Office. Such entities include a private diversified holding company for which he oversees the 15,000 acre "new town" development of Nocatee and various other real estate activities.
Mr. Davis is active in many civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of the Next Generation Task Force for Mayo Clinic Florida. He is also an advisor to the James E. Davis Charitable Foundation, serves on the Advisory Board of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Renée Finley '88, '02
President, Preferred Playgrounds
Renée Finley was named vice president of innovation and market intelligence for Florida Blue in March, 2013. In this role, she is responsible for promoting and enabling an enterprise-wide culture of innovation and imagination to successfully transition Florida Blue to a health solutions company. Finley provides leadership to Florida Blue’s Imagination Center, facilitates and advances the execution of ideation and innovation processes, and serves as the executive champion for key innovation partnerships including TedMed, the Lake Nona Institute, and Healthbox, an entrepreneurial accelerator for healthcare startups. Additionally, she has accountability for the Integrated Market Intelligence function which provides real-time market/competitive insights and primary and secondary research capabilities for Florida Blue.
Prior to this role, Finley served in an 18-month appointed position for the Jacksonville Mayor’s office to establish and lead the first ever Office of Public Private Partnerships, where she was responsible for advocating and facilitating private sector and non-profit community involvement in the delivery of public services and the ownership and operation of public facilities. In this role, she was also responsible for encouraging the use of public-private partnerships to support the mayor’s priorities, as well as facilitating state, national and international initiatives and research regarding the use of public-private partnerships for the provision of public services and public facilities.
Finley has held a number of leadership positions at Florida Blue, most recently as vice president of corporate and market strategy where she was responsible for leading corporate and enterprise market strategy, integrated market intelligence and marketing planning and controllership. Finley’s other leadership positions include vice president of health business market segments; president of Incepture, a subsidiary of Florida Blue; CEO and managing director of Novitas Health, LLC., an alliance between Florida Blue and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; a Principal for business and alliance development at Navigy, a Florida Blue subsidiary; and as director of IT strategy and architecture.
Finley is active in the community and was named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in North East Florida in 2011 and was recognized in 2008 as United Way’s Campaign Chair of the Year for her leadership role in the largest employee campaign in Northeast Florida. In 2014, she was inducted as an honoree into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society recognized for her Business Excellence and was also recognized in the 2013 List of Movers & Shakers in Jacksonville. She serves on the executive committee of the Pine Castle board of directors and chairs the advocacy subcommittee for Women in Local Leadership's Success By Six Program for the purpose of advancing early childhood development. She also serves on the Board of the Florida Theater and the Florida Blue Foundation. Additionally, she provided leadership to the Marketing Diversity Business Council and was an America’s Health Insurance Plans minority development mentor.
Finley holds a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University and has completed executive development programs at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Additionally, she received her certification from Wharton for Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage and participates as a Wharton Fellow.
Nathaniel P. Ford '17
Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is the consummate transportation professional. His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including a combined 14 years as CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
Mr. Ford has built a legacy on organizational leadership, fiscal acumen, and innovation. He is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships, and transit-oriented development.
He is an expert on industry best practices and has gained insight on international transportation issues by participating in trade missions to Australia, China, France, New Zealand and Russia, and recently lead a delegation to Cuba.
Mr. Ford is also a visionary who embraces change and technological advances that promote sustainability as demonstrated by the recent public-private partnership negotiated for JTA's Compressed Natural Gas operations facilities.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, United Way of Northeast Florida, and serves as Vice Chair for the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL). Ford is a member of the American Public Transportation Association Board of Directors Executive Committee, and served as Chair of the Jacksonville 2015 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Campaign.
He has received numerous awards for his ambitious programs and initiatives over the span of his career, with the latest being the "White House Champions of Change" from the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx. He was also named "Ultimate CEO" from the Jacksonville Business Journal and received the Clanzel T. Brown Award for diversity programming. Ford's administration has also received several noteworthy awards, to include: 2014 Big Turnaround Organization, the Florida Planning and Zoning Association for Route Optimization Initiative; and the APTA Gold Safety Award.
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University and also received executive education from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Chief Executive Officer, Community First Credit Union
John Hirabayashi is president and CEO of Community First Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Florida. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Community First has 17 branch locations and $1.3 billion in assets and serves 108,000 members. Hirabayashi joined Community First as CEO in 1996 when the institution was known as Educational Community Credit Union which had $200 million in assets and 44,000 members. Hirabayashi was recently appointed to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. He also currently serves on the JAX Chamber board of directors and the WJCT foundation. He formerly served on the WJCT board of trustees, JAX Chamber board of governors, as well as the boards of the Alliance for World Class Education, the Florida Community College Foundation, the Clay County Educational Foundation, the Duval County Public Education Foundation and JCCI (Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.).
Matthew Kampfe '06, '08
President & Chief Executive Officer, Kampfe Management Services
Matthew serves as the President and CEO for Kampfe Management Services (KMS). For over thirty years KMS has specialized in rehabilitation and community reintegration services for survivors of brain injury. Kampfe has expanded this small business across the Pacific Northwest and they continue to expand into other parts of the country. Kampfe has developed relationships with national workers compensation insurance companies, managed care organizations key physician partners, and guardians / conservators to ensure coordination and outcomes (costs and quality) are appropriately managed for all invested parties. Throughout his career Kampfe has been recognized for his professional accomplishments however he has always taken time to give back to his community & state through his involvement with regional and statewide organizations. Matthew and his wife Whitney are blessed with three healthy and happy children.
- Connect Florida (CF): 2006 – present, Statewide Chair 2012 - 2013
- Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA): Mayoral appointed Commissioner 2010 – 2013
- Community First Credit Union: 2011 – 2013, Community Advisory Board
- Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce: Various committees 2005 – present
- THE PLAYERS: 2003 – 2012
- Top 40 Under 40: Jacksonville Business Journal- 2009
Chief Executive Officer, Sound Point Asset Management, Inc.
Owner, F. H. French Co., a designer and builder of signature commercial and industrial properties. C.E.O. of Sound Point Asset Management, a Florida holding company whose entities manage and own office parks and medical centers in New England. At Bryant College, created an entrepreneurship club, business plan contest and a nationally recognized entrepreneurship training program. Named Teacher of the Year in 1977 at Bryant College. Twice won the Ernst and Young, Kauffman Foundation and NASDAQ Award of Entrepreneur of the Year (1989 – New England) and (1996 – National). Named Outstanding Graduate School Professor at Bryant College, 1998.
Member and Chair of Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, Jacksonville University; Member, Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education. Trustee of Bates College. Member of boards of several other profit and nonprofit organizations.
BS in Biochemistry with Honors from Bates College; MBA with Distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Product Verification Solutions
Anthony 'Tony' Kurlas
Managing Director, Merrill-Lynch, North Florida Complex
Candace Moody '01
Vice President of Communications, CareerSource Northeast Florida
Candace Moody is vice president of communications for CareerSource Northeast Florida, the regional workforce development organization, which serves six counties in northeast Florida. She writes a weekly employment column for the Florida Times Union, and is frequently interviewed by the media on employment issues. Her writing on business and career issues has also appeared the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 904 Magazine, as well as in several national publications and websites.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Candace comes to CareerSource with over 15 years of experience in private industry. Her background includes experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and career consulting. She completed her M.B.A. from Jacksonville University in December 2001 and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Davis College of Business.
Her community involvement includes serving as a former chair of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. She is a former chair of the Jacksonville Women's Business Center advisory board. Candace was selected as a 2009 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal and was selected as the Corporate Leader of the year in 2011 by the Women Business Owners of North Florida.
Joe Nackashi '07
President, Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.; President, Servicing Technologies Division
As President of Black Knight Financial Services, Joe is responsible for creating a centralized Client Support team that will support Black Knight’s lender- and servicer-related offerings. Working with the other division presidents and divisional sales teams, Joe is responsible for enterprise client account management and sales strategy, enhancing cross-sales to our existing clients and helping ensure that new client sales include multiple technology, data and analytics offerings.
Joe has more than 25 years of experience providing innovative technology solutions to the financial services industry. Previously, Joe was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Lender Processing Services (LPS), where he was responsible for information technology strategy and management of the company's IT assets. This included application development, technology infrastructure, data center operations, critical facilities, information security, supplier management and telecommunications. Joe was also responsible for LPS' Servicing Solutions & Technology division, where he directed the technology and overall management of LPS' industry-leading MSP® loan servicing platform, LPS Desktop®, Enterprise Content Management, and Customer Support and Services groups. He provided technology leadership to effectively support the business strategies of LPS' customer base.
Prior to LPS, Joe was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for FIS, the world's largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. He has worked for predecessor companies of LPS and FIS since 1986.
Joe attended Belmont Abbey College and earned an M.B.A. degree from Jacksonville University.
Senior Vice President, Black Knight Financial Services
Monica Peck serves as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Program Management for Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI), a premier provider of integrated software, data and analytics to the mortgage industry. Monica is responsible for the Enterprise Program Management Office, which includes design and strategic roadmap, program management and governance, and portfolio management. In addition, her team supports enterprise-level reporting and analytics.
Prior to joining Black Knight, Monica served as Assistant Vice President for SunTrust Banks, Inc. where she served in various leadership roles within Human Resources; Training and Development; Marketing; Finance and Accounting; Asset and Liability Management; and Information Technology.
Monica earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stony Brook University and a Master in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.
Tom Peterson '06
Retired - Chief of Staff: Sales Management Operations, Black Knight Financial Services; Chair EAB Strategic Initiatives Subcommittee
Tom Peterson is Chief of Staff and responsible for Sales Management Operations for Black Knight Financial Services. As Chief of Staff, Tom works closely with the company's CEO and provides executive-level support for a multitude of strategic initiatives. Tom is also responsible for sales management operations, which includes strategic planning and account management and reporting.
Before moving into the role as Chief of Staff, Tom served as Senior Vice President for Lender Processing Services' (LPS) Office of the Enterprise, where he was responsible for sales strategy and account management, focused on the company's top 50 clients. Prior to joining LPS, Tom served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Support at Fidelity National Information Systems (FIS).
While at FIS, Tom led the company's customer support division, PowerCell. Under his leadership, PowerCell earned numerous awards, including Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact Excellence; American Business Best Support Organization; Help Desk Institute Team Excellence; and Mortgage Technology Excellence. In 2006, Tom was the recipient of the prestigious Stevie Award for the Best Customer Service Executive.
Tom is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves, retiring as a Captain in 2010. He has served as a Commanding or Executive Officer of numerous units and has received numerous medals for his service.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Iowa State University. He also has an Executive MBA from Jacksonville University. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Jacksonville University, Davis College of Business.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Watsco, Inc.
Pamela R. Schneider, CPA
President, SDN Computer Consultants, LLC
Pam Schneider is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin where she earned a BA in Accounting. Pam has been with SDN since 1989 . Her previous work experience includes five years as a controller and prior experience in a large corporation as a financial analyst.
As a computer consultant, Pam is involved in all aspects of serving the clients computer and information analysis needs. Her experience in consulting extends over twenty years with a wide variety of commercial and non-profit organizations. She has focused on serving clients in wholesale distribution, construction, manufacturing, Financial services, health care and various non-profit organizations. She works directly with management to ensure their reporting requirements are met.
As an implementer of Microsoft Great Plains software, Pam has received certification on SQL Great Plains implementation and installation, Frx Forecaster, Wennsoft Job Cost and Service Management, Scribe and Horizon manufacturing.
As a Certified Public Accountant, Pam is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mike Sims '91
Executive Vice President, Far East Brokers and Consultants
Mike Sims is the Executive Vice President of Far East Brokers and Consultants and is a consumer products goods veteran with over 26 years of industry experience. Since 1981, Far East has been the leading direct importer of seasonal general merchandise to the US Supermarket Industry.
Sims started his career in various sales and field marketing roles with Nabisco Brands, working with retailers across the Southeast US. From there, he moved to Acosta Sales and Marketing’s corporate headquarters in the mid 1990’s where he managed a large portfolio of top consumer brands and established the company’s first corporate category management and marketing support department.
In 1998, Sims left Acosta and started his own company. With offices in Jacksonville, Florida and Bentonville, Arkansas, Promo Depot was an early pioneer in Shopper Marketing and became one of the most respected agencies of its kind, servicing many blue-chip consumer brands and retail customers throughout North America. In late 2008, Acosta acquired Promo Depot and Sims became President of Acosta’s Marketing Division for the next several years. While there, he led the successful turn-around of Acosta’s MatchPoint Marketing company as well as the integration, rebranding, and expansion of Acosta’s integrated marketing group, AMG (Acosta Marketing Group). Under his leadership, AMG was recognized as a Top 12 Shopper Marketing Agency as voted on by industry clients, suppliers and peers when HUB Magazine ranked AMG #8 in 2011, soon ascending to #3 in 2012.
Sims holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Jacksonville University and resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Dea and their sons Lawrence and Logan. He is active in various philanthropic endeavors throughout his community and is a member of the Advisory Council for Global Market Development Center (GMDC), a CPG industry trade association specializing in general merchandise and health and beauty wellness marketplaces. In his spare time Mike enjoys time with his family, freshwater fishing, travel and college sports.
Resident Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions
Janette is responsible for the overall operations of the Aon Jacksonville office. In addition to her leadership role, she is actively involved in developing and utilizing risk and insurance solutions/strategies to help clients mitigate their risk, create new revenue channels, and ensure that the Jacksonville team is anticipating and exceeding their client's expectations.
Janette began her insurance career in 1995 and has held various underwriting, broking, and management positions at Aon, AIG, Travelers, and CNA before rejoining Aon in June 2012.
Janette's experience includes both the underwriting and broking of Management Liability and Professional Liability products (Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, Fiduciary, Crime, Kidnap & Ransom, and Miscellaneous E&O) for publicly traded and privately held organizations. She has also been responsible for managing the P&L of the Management/Professional Liability portfolios for multiple national insurance carriers.
Janette earned a B.S. degree from The University of Maryland.
Janette is a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Trustee Member, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee Member, Leadership Jacksonville Alumni Relations Committee member, Board Member for Players by the Sea, and has been newly appointed to the Executive Advisory Board for the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University. She has also served on the Southeast Board for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and is still a current member.
Janette lives in Jacksonville Beach and is an avid runner. She completed the ING NYC Marathon in November 2013, raising over $15,000 for the American Cancer Society, making her the 5th highest individual fundraiser in the country.
Florida Market Managing Partner
Lance serves as the Florida Market Managing Partner at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG), a national, full-service accounting and advisory firm. His public accounting experience spans more than 25 years and includes a focus on organizational leadership, large audit and assurance services. Prior to managing the Florida market, Lance served as the Co-Member in Charge for Construction and Real Estate Services before serving as the Jacksonville Office Managing Partner at DHG.
Lance participated in Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2013 and is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association, where he has held numerous roles including Triangle chapter president. He also serves as a trustee for Cummer Museum and has been involved with several literacy programs in Jacksonville including DHG’s Dreamkeepers and serving as a business advisor for the Council for Educational Change’s Executive PASS program.
Lance resides in Avondale with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Grayson. Outside of his professional and civic duties, Lance enjoys spending quality time with family, playing golf and fly fishing.
Chief Financial Officer, Blue Water Industries
Charlie Wodehouse is the Chief Financial Officer for Bluegrass Materials Company, a privately-held mining company that specializes in construction aggregates in the Southeast. Founded in 2010 by the Baker Family, formerly of Florida Rock Industries (which was sold to Vulcan Materials in 2007), Bluegrass Materials has rapidly expanded their footprint to include market-leading positions in parts of Kentucky, Georgia, and most recently Maryland. Since joining Bluegrass in 2013, Charlie was tasked with building a new corporate staff to accommodate several large acquisitions that have more than doubled the size of the company in each of the last two years. Charlie also serves as the Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer, and he plays an integral role in all strategic planning initiatives, as well as day-to-day finance and accounting initiatives.
Before moving into the role as CFO, Charlie was the Manager of Finance, Planning and Analysis for Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) in Birmingham, AL. While in Birmingham, Charlie served as the Head of the Community Service Committee, which oversaw all Corporate Volunteer activities. Prior to that, he served as the Area General Manager for the Northern Concrete Division of Vulcan Materials, overseeing all concrete operations in Central and Southeastern Virginia. He began his career with Florida Rock Industries, working closely with senior management on strategic acquisitions and investor relations. Charlie has also previously worked as an Investment Banker and was employed by CSR, Ltd., a large multi-national construction materials company, at its headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
Charlie earned his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Virginia in 1999. He also has an MBA from the University of Florida where he was the 2004 Class President and Matherly Scholar. Charlie lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife, Amanda, and are blessed with two boys and twin girls. When not spending time with his family, Charlie is an avid golfer and sur
Emeritus Board Members
Chairman & President, Estuary Corporation
Former President, JAXUSA Partnership
Retired President, CSX Technology
President, Far East Brokers and Consultants