Dr. Angela Mattia
Department Chair, Management & Decision Science- Information Management
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.
Dr. Don Capener
Dean, Davis College of Business
Don Capener was selected as dean of the Davis College of Business in 2011. A serial entrepreneur, Capener helped start Above the Rim Hoopwear, Netcentives, and started what became San Diego’s third largest marketing agency. Dean Capener worked in marketing management and agency roles for Leo Burnett/Frankel, Visa, PayPal, and Reebok.
His first startup sold to Reebok and his second start-up, Netcentives, went public via NASDAQ in 1999. While CMO at Netcentives, he helped drive the marketing architecture and developed systems and technology solutions to distribute airline miles as rewards for online purchases and as employee bonuses.
He was professor of the year in 2006 for Monmouth College where he taught international business and marketing for a total of 11 years. He also was a popular visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo and San Diego State University.
Capener earned a PhD in 2011 from the International School of Management in Paris, France. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
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.
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
Bruce R. Kern is president and CEO of Logix3, LLC, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Logix3 provides outsourced business services and technology solutions to Food Distributors, Retailers and Manufacturers worldwide.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He began his career with Procter & Gamble in Sales and Marketing moving four times before settling in Jacksonville. In 1985 he formed First Coast Sales to develop and market Store Brand products and in 2001 established Logix3, LLC.
He currently serves on the board of the Food Marketing Education Council, Paul Anderson Youth Home, as well as EverBank Advisory Board.
He is a resident of Jacksonville Beach where he lives with his wife, Holly.
Mary Kiefert '03
Vice President of Operations, AMERICARE Home Health
- Originally from Wisconsin
- Home health care filed for 20+ years
- Experience in startups, mergers and acquisitions
- Help AmeriCare grow from 2 to 10 locations in past 5 years
- Increased patient census to 1200+ per day
- Added private duty service line in Daytona and Gainesville office
- Named top 25% Home Health Care Agency in US 2012
- Volunteered with Voluntary Action Committee, Aides Task Force, Junior League
Anthony 'Tony' Kurlas
Managing Director, Merrill-Lynch, North Florida Complex
Tony is the Managing Director of the Wealth Management Business for Merrill Lynch in North Florida, headquartered in Jacksonville. He is a native of Louisville, KY and a graduate of Centre College. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1995 in Louisville, as a Financial Advisor. Since then Tony has worked in Evansville, IN, Pittsburgh, PA, Miami, FL, Baton Rouge, LA, and now Jacksonville, FL serving in various leadership positions.
Tony is married to Ginger, his wife of 17 years, and they have three daughters Courtney Jane, Mimi Page, and Virginia Scott. Courtney will be attending Episcopal as a rising 8th grader and her sisters are attending St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School. They live in Ortega and are members of the River Club and Timuquana Country Club. He is currently serving on the President’s Advisory Council for Centre College, in Danville, KY and on the Executive Committee of Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
In the past, Tony has served on the boards of the LSU Opera, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the MGA of the Baton Rouge Country Club, where he has held various leadership positions with each organization, including Chairman of the Board for both the LSU Opera and BRSO.
Jerry M. Mallot is the Executive Vice President of the JAX Chamber and President of JAXUSA Partnership. Mallot directs a staff of 12 in the JAXUSA Partnership in the areas of Business Development, International, Workforce and Research. He led the formation of a seven-county economic development program to expand high wage jobs in northeast Florida. Jacksonville and the region have attracted tens of thousands of jobs, including many headquarters, financial services, logistics and manufacturing companies during his tenure since 1994.
Mallot is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Jacksonville University School of Business, THE PLAYERS Council, Community Connections and the Gator Bowl Association. Mallot is a past president of Leadership Jacksonville and the Florida Economic Development Council as well as the World Trade Center Association of Florida. Mallot has served on the Board of, Enterprise Florida, the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Visit Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council. He has been named the Economic Development Professional of the Year in both Florida and Kansas.
Numerous awards include Northeast Florida Business Hall of Fame, Ultimate CEO by the Jacksonville Business Journal and Florence Davis Community Achievement Award from Community Connections. Mallot served as Mayor Alvin Brown's economic development advisor in 2011 and 2012.
Prior to coming to Jacksonville in January of 1994, Mallot was senior vice president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the first executive director of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
Mallot is from Wichita, Kansas where he served as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce and led economic development for 17 years.
He received a Bachelor's Degree in business and a Master's Degree in economics from Wichita State University. Mallot has earned the Certified Economic Developer and Certified Chamber Executive designations, the top professional certifications in these fields.
Mallot enjoys golf, biking, the arts, travel and outdoor activities, has six grandchildren and served as a Big Brother for 16 years.
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.
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.
Carole is VP Of Strategic Initiatives for Watsco, Inc. a NYSE company. Watsco is headquartered in Coconut Grove, Florida, is a Fortune 1000 public company and is the largest HVAC Distribution business in the world.
Carole grew up in Jacksonville, earned an academic scholarship to Jacksonville University and graduated with an Accounting major. In 1977 she began working as a Staff Accountant at Baker Distributing (then Baker Bros., Inc.), a small public company and earned an MBA at the University of North Florida in 1981. She became a Florida CPA in 1980.
She held the positions of Controller, Vice President of Finance, CFO and Executive Vice President at Baker. In 1999 she became President of Baker and held that position until 2013 when she was asked to join the team at Watsco headquarters.
Carole was a member of the National Association of Accountants and Financial Executives Institute and rose to the position of President of each of these organizations. She finished a 3 year term on the NATE board, an industry testing and certification organization.
She was awarded a Girl Scouts "Women of Distinction" award, a "Women in Business – Corporate Leadership Award", a "Woman of Influence" award, was an Eve award finalist in the employment category and was featured as the cover story in HVAC Distributor Magazine. She won the "Spirit of Rosie" award and the Jacksonville University Community Leader Award and Distinguished Leader Award.
She also serves on many community Boards, especially those serving children:
She is past Board Chair of The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Board member and a founding member of Inside/Outside, Inc., a faith based organization mentoring juveniles in jail and upon release, Board Member of member of the Executive Advisory Council of the Davis College of Business as well as a Trustee of Jacksonville University, and a member of The Jacksonville Women's Network, and the Women's Giving Alliance. She served on the governing body of the Athena Powerlink Program of The Chamber, mentoring women business owners and is past president of the Interfaith Council of Jacksonville, and has served on the boards of Boy Scouts of America and JCCI.In addition, Carole has been married to Al for almost 40 years and has two adult children who live in Jacksonville. Over the years she has volunteered in her children's schools, been a Girl Scout leader, and active with youth leadership in her church.
Chief Financial Officer, Stellar Group
Clint Pyle is currently the Divisional Vice President of Finance & Shared Services for Stellar, a fully-integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire, certified by the Financial Management Institute of Management Accountants. Pyle holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance from Stetson University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. He was elected to the board of trustees of Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) in 2012. In conjunction with his board position for JCDS, Pyle also sits on the board of the Stellar Foundation and Dreams Come True. Pyle enjoys spending time golfing, watching football and traveling with his wife, Lori, and son, Noah, who is currently a 4th grader at JCDS.
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.
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.
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 surfer.
Former Vice President, CSX Technology; Vice President, CSX Transportation
Employment: Retired President, CSX Technology, Inc. and Senior Vice President, CSX Transportation. Former Vice President and Controller, CSX Transportation; Former Vice President – Audit & Advisory Services, CSX Corporation; Former Audit Manager, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, CPA’s.
Community involvement: Treasurer, Member of Executive, Finance and IT Committees, Board of Trustees, Jacksonville University; Member, Aspire Campaign Cabinet and Member, Advisory Board to Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University; Past member, Board of Visitors, Jacksonville University; Past President, Jacksonville University Council.
Active in a number of United Way activities, including De Tocqueville Society and Achievers for Life partnership; Mentor, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center; Treasurer, Member of Board of Governors, Sawgrass Country Club.
Former Director, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Science Museum of Virginia, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and St. Elmo Club of Virginia. Former Member: Financial Executives Institute; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; American Association of Railroads; Institute of Internal Auditors; Past Annual Campaign Chair, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Education: BA, University of Virginia; MBA, Rutgers University. Certified Public Accountant.
President, Far East Brokers & Consultants, Inc.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Morrie Zimmerman spent his High School years working after school and weekends in both retail and wholesale distribution businesses.
Morrie graduated with a degree in International Business from the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia. While in college he spent two summers working in Asia and Hong Kong. After a successful 8 year career in the insurance and investment industry, Morrie joined his father in 1994 as Far East's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. During his time in this role, the company's revenue and customer base grew tenfold and in 2010 he was promoted to President where he leads the strategic direction and daily business operations of the company.
As President, Morrie continues to strategically shape the future of Far East. Recognizing that today's retailer requires suppliers with advanced capabilities and skill sets, he is building upon the solid foundation he assumed, but with an eye toward the future by fostering a performance-driven culture focused on delivering results for each customer. Under his leadership, Far East maintains its position as the industry pace setter and thought leader in business intelligence, technology, superior product, consumer insights, and shopper marketing.
Morrie is very active and visible in the North Florida area where he commits much of his time and energy to improving the community. He is heavily involved with his synagogue, the Jacksonville Jewish Center, and he sits on the boards of several non-profits including the Jacksonville Zoo, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, and the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife Chase, their son Bennett and daughter Wendell. When not traveling for Business, Morrie still enjoys trips with his family and following the activities of his children.
Emeritus Board Members
Chairman & President, Estuary Corporation
Earnie Franklin, MBA '09
Program Operations Executive, Transformation Office, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
As the program operations executive, Earnie Franklin, has leadership accountability for a multi-year transformative enterprise wide program to enable Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to meet its future vision, mission and strategic goals. Earnie provides management and oversight of the Transformation Leadership Team, and is responsible for providing management, direction and decision making to ensure the overall success of the Operating Model Transformation.
Franklin comes to Blue Cross with extensive experience in the health insurance industry. Prior to joining BCBSMN he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Incepture Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Blue. In his role, he had oversight of all operational aspects of Incepture; including strategic direction and successful execution of the company's objectives. Earnie also served as senior vice president and chief information officer for TriServ Alliance LLC, where he was responsible for leading the information technology and corporate security. Prior to TriServ, he served as vice president of Florida Blue and held several other leadership positions during his tenure.
Throughout his career, Earnie has been active in several professional and civic organizations. He is a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of Jacksonville University, and past Chair of the Executive Advisory Board for the Davis College of Business.
Earnie completed undergraduate studies in business and computer science at Samford University and Jacksonville University and holds a Master's in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.
Former Corporate Vice President, Union Carbide Corporation
James F. Flynn was elected Corporate Vice President in 1993, an additional responsibility to his duties as Vice President & General Manager of the Solvents, Intermediates and Monomers Division. Also, Mr. Flynn was responsible for the formation and leadership of Union Carbide’s “Product to Customer” organization to manage worldwide logistics as well as the worldwide sales process and the worldwide distributor network. He was also geographically responsible for Union Carbide’s activities in Central and South America and South Africa.
Along with these corporate duties, he was a board member of World Ethanol, a joint venture with Archer Daniels Midland; UOP, a joint venture with Allied Signal; American Acetyls, a joint venture with BP; Asian Acetyls, a joint venture in Korea with BP & Samsung and Nippon Unicar, a joint venture in Japan with Mitsubishi Rayon. He was a member of the board of directors and served on the executive committee of the National Paint and Coatings Association and held a membership in the Society of the Chemical Industry - American Section and the National Association of Chemical Distributors.
Mr. Flynn joined Union Carbide in 1965 as a technical representative in the Chemicals and Plastics Division. He joined that division's financial staff in 1970 as a financial analyst. Moving to sales and marketing management in 1972, Mr. Flynn then completed a variety of managerial assignments in the Silicones Business before being named vice president and general manager in 1983. In 1989 he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Solvents and Coatings Materials Division. The following year his department was expanded to include the division's coatings resins business.
Since retiring in 2001, he has served as Board Vice President for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and President of the Amelia Island Club. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Arsenal Capital Partners, Niacet Corporation, Inhance Technology and the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University.
A chemical engineering graduate of Newark College of Engineering, Mr. Flynn also holds an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. He and his wife, Jane raised two children with 5 grandchildren and currently reside on Amelia Island in Florida.
President, The Shad Company
Mike Shad was born and raised in Jacksonville. He spent five years in the U. S. Army, which included a year's tour in Vietnam with the Green Berets. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in accounting and has a Masters in Business Administration degree from Jacksonville University. Prior to entering the automobile business in 1974, he was a Certified Public Accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., CPAs in Jacksonville.
He spent almost his entire career in the car business at one dealership-Southside Ford. In 1984, he and his wife purchased Southside Ford from its owners, renamed it Mike Shad Ford and relocated it across town to the Orange Park area of Jacksonville. Under his leadership, the dealership has been among the top 100 Ford dealerships and had won Ford's Distinguished Achievement Award every year since 1985. It also had won Ford's highest recognition for customer satisfaction, the Chairman's Award, eight times. In 1996, the Company won the Florida Governor's Sterling Award for Quality, a Baldridge type award that had never been won by any retail organization in the State of Florida.
Mr. Shad is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida and is a past chairman of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is a past President of the Jacksonville Auto Dealers Association, a former and current director of the Florida Auto Dealers Association and a former director of the National Auto Dealers Association. He also is a past chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council, representing all 4500 Ford dealers.
In 1997, Mr. Shad merged his two dealerships, the Ford store and a Chrysler, Plymouth, Jeep dealership with AutoNation, Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale. He remained as President, managing the daily operations of these two dealerships, as well as the other four AutoNation operations in Jacksonville. From November, 1999 until November, 2001, he served as Senior District Vice President for the South Florida district for AutoNation, Inc., managing 32 dealerships located in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
These 32 stores represented $2.5 Billion in revenue, 100,000 annual vehicle sales and 4,000 employees.
In late 200 l , Mr. Shad elected to return to Jacksonville. He remained a consultant to AutoNation until 2003. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida. In late 2005, he purchased controlling interest in Bozard Ford-Mercury in St. Augustine, FL. He built a new facility in 2007 and relocated the dealership to Interstate-95. When he acquired the dealership, it was in the last quartile in the Region in sales volume and now is among the top five in sales volume.
Gregory B. Smith
President, Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
Greg Smith is the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida market president for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is also leading the transition of Americas Commercial Lending of Merrill Lynch to the Bank of America.
Greg joined Bank of America in 1988 as a vice president in the Commercial Real Estate Division. He was promoted to senior vice president in Credit Risk in 1992 and to regional executive in Private Lending in 1995. Greg moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2000 as the Southeast Region Business Lending executive and in 2004 became a National Credit Services executive. In August 2006, he was named to the additional role of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida market president.
Greg received a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and a MBA degree with a concentration in finance and banking from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Greg is currently or has served on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce where he was chosen as their 2009 Cornerstone Chair, the University of North Florida Foundation Board, and the United Way of Northeast Florida Board of Trustees and the General Board of Jacksonville Zoological Society. He is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society with the United Way of Northeast Florida, THE PLAYERS Council with THE PLAYERS Championship and Vice Chairman of the 2010 Gator Bowl Committee. He also serves as an executive sponsor for the Bank of America's Black Professional Group of Florida and the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement.