Davis Leadership

​Leadership Team

Dr. Ritter

Dr. Barbara Ritter

Dean, Davis College of Business & Technology and Executive Director of Career Services

About Dr. Ritter


Caitlin Sockbeson

Caitlin Sockbeson

Associate Dean, Davis College of Business & Technology

About Caitlin Sockbeson


Paul Dinius

Paul Dinius

Assistant Dean, Davis College of Business & Technology


About Paul Dinius


Bob Boylan​

Dr. Bob Boylan

Department Chair, Accounting, Finance, and Analytics

About Dr. Boylan

Dr. John Shaw

Dr. John Shaw

Department Chair, Business & Communication

About Dr. Shaw

 Dr. John Shaw

Cpt. Matthew Tuohy

Director of the School of Aviation and Military Sciences

About Cpt. Tuohy


 Dr. Emre Selvi

Dr. Emre Selvi

Director of the School of Engineering & Technology

About Dr. Emre Selvi


 Dr. Mini Zeng

Dr. Mini Zeng

Director of the Center for Cybersecurity

About Dr. Mini Zeng


Executive Advisory Board

The Davis College of Business & Technology has an active Executive Advisory Board (EAB) that works with the Dean on a number of issues ranging from strategic planning to increasing internship opportunities. The EAB is composed of a broad cross-section of business leaders that are committed to serving as the conduit between higher education and industry to enhance the student experience in the Davis College of Business & Technology.



  • 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 & Technology Executive Advisory Board
  • Dreams Come True Board Member
  • Railinc Board of Directors
Mark Bennet

Mark Bennett

Bank of America Southeast Region Executive, Business Banking President, Jacksonville

Mark K. Bennett, senior vice president, is the Southeast region executive for Business Banking, which serves small to mid-sized U.S.-based companies with $5 million to $50 million in annual revenues, by delivering strategic financial advice and solutions to help companies grow, improve cash flow, manage U.S. and international payments, and invest for the future.

Mark also serves as president of Bank of America in Jacksonville, where he serves as the enterprise leader to ensure delivery of the full breadth and depth of the bank’s global financial services to individuals and businesses locally. He also oversees the bank’s local corporate and social responsibility activities, including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism throughout the area.

Since joining Bank of America in 2003 as an associate client manager, Mark has held leadership roles as Central and North Florida market executive, North and South Carolina market executive and senior Treasury Solutions officer, where he managed a portfolio of Global Commercial Banking clients with liquidity balances exceeding $900 million.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Mark was an assistant to Florida State University’s Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden in Tallahassee, Florida.

A certified treasury professional, he graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management Information Systems. He also earned a graduate degree from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, where he continues to serve as a leadership instructor and student advisor.

Mark resides in Jacksonville, Florida and is committed to the community. Mark currently leads the Black and African American business owner initiative for the bank nationally, and actively involved with Bank of America’s Black Professional Group, JAX Chamber of Commerce (board of directors chair), American Heart Association (board director), Communities In-Schools Advisory Council, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (advisory board and selection committee), Diverse Leader sponsor, Emerging Leadership instructor, Black Executive Leadership Council (advisory committee), Leadership Jacksonville, First Coast YMCA (board director), Jacksonville Civic Council (board member), Jacksonville Children’s Chorus River City Dancing with the Stars Contestant, and the North Florida Association of Financial Professionals (board director). He is a member of Florida State University's Academic Excellence Society, Alumni Association, GOLDEN RING Society, and Presidents Club’s Robert Strozier Society. He has also served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Central SC Alliance, Columbia Urban League, Charlotte Global Vision Leaders Group, PACE Center for Girls, and Jacksonville Urban League.

Dee Brown

Dee Brown '90

Senior Associate AD / University & Athletics Relations; Jacksonville University

Jacinta Carter

Jacinta Carter

EVP, Human Resources, People & Culture; Swisher 

Jacinta Carter has served as Swisher’s Executive Vice President - Human Resources, People & Culture since January 2022. Jacinta is a values-driven, results focused human resources leader who delivers solutions that help companies realize the full potential of one of their most valuable assets – their people. Jacinta has a proven track record of creating inclusive and collaborative cultures that inspire business growth and strong customer satisfaction by empowering and motivating employees to continue to grow and to bring their best to the job.

Prior to joining Swisher International, Jacinta most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Atrium Hospitality. In her role as SVP, HR Jacinta was a key member of the executive leadership team that was responsible for growing the company from a small start-up in 2015 into an industry leader. Jacinta led the creation and development of Atrium’s overall human resources strategy, talent acquisition, leadership development, organizational design, compensation & benefits, cultural development, HR operations and technology solutions.

Jacinta also previously served as the Vice President of Corporate Human Resources for Graphic Packaging where she supported the executive leadership teams as well as led the Talent Management and Corporate Communications functions for the global enterprise. Jacinta ascended to the VP, Corporate HR role within Graphic after serving in a variety of HR business partnership roles. Jacinta started her HR leadership career in the manufacturing industry with plant HR leadership roles with increasing responsibilities with Tyson Foods and ConAgra Foods.

Jacinta’s career in Human Resources has been a natural fit as being of service to others has been a part of her DNA for as long as she can remember. One of the organizations that provides Jacinta a great platform for her to fulfill her personal pledge to “always give back” is the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney’s Foundation Board. Jacinta has proudly served on the GABWA Foundation Board since 2012 as the Foundation Board Secretary. Jacinta is also a member of the Davis College of Business and Technology Executive Advisory Board as well as a Board member of the Northside Community Involvement, Inc (NCI) in Jacksonville, FL. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, the Society of Human Resources Professionals (SHRM) and has been a volunteer with Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Atlanta.

Jacinta graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She has earned her Senior Human Resources Professional certification.

Mathew Chang

Matthew Chang

Chang Industrial

Matthew Chang is an innovative businessman and community leader, with a background in engineering and an Executive MBA from Jacksonville University. He has both a professional license and general contracting license here in the US and has a professional engineering license in China. He founded Chang Industrial, specializing in autonomous vehicle technology and connected systems. Matt helped develop and shepherd Jacksonville’s autonomous vehicle system (Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s U2C) planning during its infancy. Following that he led several groundbreaking projects, including the implementation of the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a thought leader who sees technology’s ability to disrupt the world as we know it; Matthew isn’t afraid to embrace that change, and he has the expertise to do so.

Marty Chomiak

Marty​ Chomiak '81, '84

Global Strategic Marketing, Johnson & Johnson; Retire

Marty Chomiak is New Jersey native, who came to Jacksonville University and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management. Active college life to include Student Government President and member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Postgraduate Study at Columbia University Business School – Strategic Marketing

Joined Procter and Gamble and completed JU MBA degree 1984. A BIG YEAR – new degree, new job (Johnson & Johnson), married college sweetheart – Cynthia B. Chomiak (’83) and bought a house in Ft Caroline. In ’86, daughter (Catherine) came along, who now lives in Abu Dhabi and works as a journalist & producer for CNN International. Two years later, along comes son Christopher who lives in NYC and works for a hedge fund.

J&J career has spanned 36 years and covered positions of increasing responsibility and complexity:

  • Sales, Sales Management, Training / Development
  • Corporate account director for all J&J - covering NYC
  • International Market Development responsible for Asia Pac
  • Business Unit - Board Member
  • Led a special assignment in China for 2 years
  • Returned to NJ to lead a fledgling surgical group and grew it over 10 years
  • Opportunity to transfer to J&J Vision Care in Jacksonville
    • Global Strategic Marketing – Emerging Technologies

Active in community

  • Leading J&J Vision Community Outreach – Young Leader Development Program (YLDP)
  • Education Foundation, Board Member, Branchburg Twp., NJ
  • Member of the University of Pennsylvania – Parents Council
  • Former Chairman Parks Committee, Branchburg, NJ
  • Assistant Scout Master - Boy Scouts of America, Branchburg, NJ and Shanghai, PR China
  • Coached youth sports
John Crowley

John Crowley EMBA ’07

Chief Information Officer, Fidelity National Title Group; EAB Chairman

Jed Davis

Jed Davis

President/Chief Executive Officer, ​​DDI, Inc.​​; Chair EAB Nominations & Advancement Subcommittee

Nathaniel P. Ford

Nathaniel P. Ford EMBA '17

​Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is an award-winning transportation expert and leading advocate for how autonomous vehicles (AV) and other advances can be used to improve the quality of life for travelers throughout the nation. His proven track record as a change-agent and visionary who embraces state-of-the-art technology and innovations has made him a highly sought after advisor, consultant, and executive coach.

Ford began his stellar career at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, the oldest and largest in the country, where he learned every facet of the industry before he went on to become CEO of two of the 10 largest transportation authorities in the US - the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in California, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Georgia.

Those positions gave Ford the distinction of ushering in industry firsts – the first 100% transit smart card and multimillion dollar transit-oriented development at MARTA, and the first real-time smart parking app and oversight of a regional authority spearheading a multibillion development in San Francisco, to name a few. That expertise and forward-thinking was the compass that helped guide Ford when he was named CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). Since joining the JTA in 2012, Ford has been lauded for leading the total transformation of the mid-sized Authority from a local company focused on buses, roads, and bridges, into a best-in-class, regional organization that is held in high-regard locally, nationally, and even globally.

One of Ford administration’s crowning achievements is developing an autonomous vehicle program centered on the JTA’s Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C). The cutting-edge innovation was in the world spotlight during the COVID pandemic when the JTA partnered with autonomous vehicle providers to transport COVID-19 tests for Florida’s esteemed Mayo Clinic.

Ford is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the prestigious Transportation Research Board (TRB), a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that promotes innovations, technology, and research in transportation. He is a former chair of the influential American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Ford has participated in study missions to Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Sweden to provide consultation and advice about transportation policy, management, and sustainable infrastructure development. His global perspective has enhanced his value to corporate boards and commissions that often seek his input.

In recognition of his wisdom and outstanding leadership, Ford received the Honorable Ray LaHood Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar of Northeast Florida in 2022. He was named the “2020 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager” by APTA. In 2019, he was inducted as a “Thought Leader” by the Eno Center for Transportation, and in 2016, Ford was named a “White House Champion of Change in Transportation” by the US Department of Transportation for embracing innovations and improving the quality of all modes of transit.

Ford has an MBA from Jacksonville University’s Davis School of Business. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science in organizational leadership from Mercer University, and is a certified Master Executive Coach. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University and has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ford is married to Jannet Walker-Ford, Senior Vice President for Rail and Transit at WSP, and chair of WTS International. They are recognized as two of the most influential people in modern transportation.

Abel Harding

Abel Harding

Executive Vice President and North Florida Market President, IBERIABANK/First Horizon

Bryan Hipsher

Bryan Hipsher

Chief Financial Officer, Dun & Bradstreet

​Justin Hesterlee is Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for Availity, where he manages the company’s financial strategy, including financial planning, budgeting, reporting, and decision support analysis. Justin joined Availity in 2015 after serving as Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Capital for Southeastern Grocers. In this role, he was responsible for managing the corporate strategic planning process and overseeing execution activities, which involved several merger and acquisitions, as well as a large rebranding initiative. He also served as the company’s Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Merchandising & Marketing. Prior to Southeastern Grocers, Justin began his career in the business operations division of AB InBev (previously Anheuser-Busch). During his eight-year tenure, he assumed roles with increasing responsibility up through his last position as senior plant controller of their Jacksonville, FL brewery. Justin received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida. He lives in Jacksonville and participates in several charities, including Beaches Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he has served as a volunteer mentor.

John Hirabayashi

John Hirabayashi

Chief Executive Officer, Community First Credit Union

​John Hirabayashi is president and CEO of Community First Credit Union. Community First Credit Union is one of the largest credit unions in Florida. Community First is headquartered in Jacksonville and has 20 branch locations and $2.7 billion in assets. The nonprofit member-focused financial institution serves more than 170,000 members. Mr. Hirabayashi has led Community First Credit Union since 1996, when it was known as Educational Community Credit Union and had $200 million in assets and 44,000 members.

​Mr. Hirabayashi served as president and CEO at Cal State 9 Credit Union from 1990 to 1996, CEO at Patelco Credit Union from 1989 to 1990, and served in various positions at Pentagon Federal Credit Union from 1980 to 1989.

​Mr. Hirabayashi is a member of the board of directors for Jacksonville Public Education Foundation. His former directorships include the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Members Development Company, Alliance for World Class Education, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Foundation (formerly Florida Community College), and the JAX Chamber Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Executive Advisory Board of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University. He is the former chair of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) and WJCT Public Broadcasting.

​Mr. Hirabayashi received an MBA in finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Pamplin in 1986, a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business in 1980 and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received the Jacksonville Business Journal’s Ultimate CEO award in 2011.

Matthew Kampfe

Matthew Kampfe '06, '08

President & Chief Executive Officer​, Kampfe Manag​ement 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.

Community Involvement

  • 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​
Jack Keigwin

Jack Keigwin

Chief Executive Officer, Sound Point Asset Management, Inc.

Anthony 'Tony' Kurlas

Anthony 'Tony' Kurlas

Managing Director--Community Markets Strategy Executive, Merrill-Lynch Wealth Management

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 & Technology.

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.

Anna Lebesch

Anna Lebesch​

Vice President for Talent Development at the JAXUSA Partnership

With more than 20 years of experience as an educator, college administrator and economic developer, Dr. Anna Lebesch has been instrumental in paving the career paths for countless students and workforce members who are currently serving our Northeast Florida communities. She has been involved in developing more than 60 educational programs to answer the local workforce needs, partnering with Northeast Florida businesses, industries, colleges, universities as well as regional school districts.

Dr. Lebesch holds a Doctorate from the University of Florida and a Masters and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri. She is currently the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Talent Development at the JAXUSA Partnership. Anna is dedicated to serving the community in talent development and attraction increasing the economic vitality of our communities and economic mobility of our citizens.

Andy Levinson

Andy Levinson

Senior Vice President of Tournament Administration / PGA TOUR

Andy Levinson has been at the PGA TOUR since December 2004 and serves as Senior Vice President of Tournament Administration. His responsibilities include competitions, regulations/policy compliance, governance, player development, security, agronomy, player health and fitness and government relations. Levinson serves as Executive Director of USA GOLF Federation, the national Olympic governing body for golf overseeing the men’s and women’s U.S. Olympic teams. He spent five years in the TOUR’s Corporate Marketing and Business Development departments. Prior to the TOUR, Levinson managed advertising and public relations for Mizuno USA and spent four years at Cohn & Wolfe, providing communications council for clients, including PGA of America, Coca-Cola and MLB.

Cheikh Mboup

Cheikh Mboup 

Chief Executive Officer of SSH Investments  

Dr. Mboup is the Chief Executive Officer of SSH Investments® a funding and asset holding firm with portfolios in retail and real estate.

Dr. Mboup has experience in global operations, capital markets, governmental investments and business development. Over the past decades, Dr. Mboup has founded and sold various brands Zap’s Grill acquired by RBI (parent company of Burger King), Three Layers Café acquired by Tim Hortons, “Pour My Beer” Patent acquired by The Food Network in use in over 9300 locations globally. Mboup also grew the franchise Edible Arrangements to a global network of over 1200 locations in 11 countries earning him the position of Forbes Business Council Member in 2021.

Dr. Mboup holds a PhD. in Economics & International Business, a MBA in Economics & International Business from Jacksonville University, a Bachelor’s of Finance & Statistics from Lehigh University and a Certificate of Strategic Management of Growth from Harvard University.

Dr. Mboup holds a board seat at the Jacksonville University College of Business, is a member of the Forbes Business Council, is a trustee with the YMCA.

Todd Mollitt

Todd Mollitt, PHR, SHRM-CP



Joseph Nackashi

Joe Nackashi EMBA '07

President, Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.

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.

Monica Peck

Monica Peck EMBA '12

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.


Pete Pennella '98

Vice President of Human Resources; RF-SMART

Tom Peterson​​​

Tom Peterson​​​ EMBA '06

Chief of Staff: Sales Management Operations​, Black Knight Financial Services; Retired

Dr. Linda M. Pittenger

Dr. Linda M. Pittenger

Associate Professor of Leadership, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

​Dr. Pittenger is a recognized leading industry expert and thought leader on Human Capital. She has had a successful career in academic and industry. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Professor in the doctoral program at Jacksonville University, Consultant and a certified Executive Coach. She was the recipient of the 2021 ACBSP International Teaching Excellence Award and graduate of Leadership Jacksonville 2021 class. Dr. Pittenger conceptualized, launched and sold her business to a Fortune 500 company. She has led organizational transformations at several Fortune 100 corporations. Her work at a global bank was the subject of a MIT case study and her leadership directly impacted AT&T winning the Malcolm Baldrige national quality award. Currently, Dr. Pittenger serves as Coaching Coordinator and Past Chair of Leadership Development for the International Leadership Association, Vice President of the Board for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI Jacksonville).

Michael Santarone

Michael Santarone

Executive Chairman of Stellar

Michael S. Santarone is Executive Chairman of Stellar, a Jacksonville, Florida-based global corporation focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide employing more than 750 professionals. Mike serves as Stellar’s lead executive driving the company’s strategic vision and is responsible for its direction and growth. Stellar designs and builds projects including complex food processing and refrigeration facilities as well as commercial buildings, public and private.

Prior to his appointment as Stellar’s senior strategic leader, Mike spent his career helping Stellar to become what it is today. A native of Jacksonville and a graduate of the University of Florida’s Building Construction program and Jacksonville University’s MBA program, Mike joined Stellar in 1986 when the company was just beginning with than 30 employees.

Through his tenure in positions such as assistant superintendent, project manager, superintendent, project developer, senior project manager, division manager, divisional vice president, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Mike is versed in the multiple facets of the company’s operations and played critical roles in growing Stellar to a company with revenues of more than $500M annually.

A significant milestone in Mike’s, and Stellar’s, history came more than two decades ago when the company won a project to design and build Smithfield Foods’ new hog processing facility in North Carolina. Until that time, Stellar’s industrial experience was limited to large refrigeration warehouses. The Smithfield project was Stellar’s entry into designing and building entire food processing plants.

Through research and this newfound expertise, Stellar branched out from the meat sector, entering other niche areas such as bakery, dairy, beverage and prepared foods. For the next decade, Mike led Stellar’s efforts in the highly specialized food processing industry, winning and leading projects for companies such as Sara Lee, Boar’s Head, Pillsbury and Starbucks.

In 1996, Stellar formally established its food industry presence with Mike at the helm. He continued to lead the company to new heights, expanding its capabilities to include not only facility design and construction, but also process engineering. Today, Stellar provides every service needed to bring a new food processing plant to fruition, including design of lines and specifying, procuring and integrating processing equipment. Stellar’s clients include many top 25 food companies such as Starbucks, Nestlé, Kraft, Royal Cup, Bell & Evans and Domino’s.

With Stellar’s desire for the company to have a greater impact on the community, in 2006 Mike helped establish the Stellar Foundation. Its mission is to assist civic and community service programs that encourage volunteerism and enhance the effectiveness of the non-profit sector, address community needs, promote leadership and support diversity in the workforce and society. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Stellar Foundation. In addition to his corporate efforts through the Stellar Foundation, Mike is a community trustee. He dedicates his personal time to service on boards whose focus is betterment of public interests such as education, healthcare and assisting the homeless.

Mike and his wife, Anne, have been married for 35 years and his daughter Kristen is in her second year of residency and fellowship in psychiatry at UF Health Jacksonville.

Pamela R. Schneider, CP​​A​​

Pamela R. Schneider, CP​​A​​

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.

Alice Rigdom

Alice Rigdon

​Chief Financial Officer, Mayo Clinic in Florida

Alice Rigdom

​Chief Financial Officer, Mayo Clinic in Florida

Alice Rigdon joined Mayo Clinic in January 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. As the strategic finance leader, Alice is responsible for financial direction and oversight of the Florida campus.

Alice began her career as an associate with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving into the role of vice president of client services at Interpoint Partners, LLC. Interpoint was a start-up company which provided revenue cycle management and business intelligence technology solutions to healthcare providers and was acquired by Streamline Health. Alice then joined Tenet Healthcare where she served in several roles, including Director of Outpatient Strategy and Development at Tenet’s corporate office and Chief Financial Officer of Piedmont Medical Center in South Carolina. Alice then went on to join SCL Health to lead the financial operations of Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Furman University. She also holds an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Mike Sims

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 30 years of industry experience. Since 1981, Far East Brokers 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, managing their business at 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 the world’s top consumer brands.

In 1998, Sims left Acosta to start Promo Depot, Inc. with his wife Dea (JU DCOB Class of 1989). 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 leading blue-chip consumer brands and retailers 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 lives in Jacksonville. He is a member of the Food Marketing Institute Non-Foods Advisory Board and was recognized by the consumer packaged goods industry’s GMDC/Retail Tomorrow in 2020 as a Champion of Change. Mike is active in and supports various philanthropic endeavors throughout his community and in his spare time enjoys traveling with his wife Dea, college sports and fishing with his sons Lawrence and Logan.

Lance Windley

Lance Windley​

Florida Market Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman

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.

Charlie Wodehouse

Charlie Wodehouse

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

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Henry Brown

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Dan Davis

Dan Davis

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Jerry Mallot

Jerry Mallot

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Chuck Wodehouse

Chuck Wodehouse

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Morrie Zimmerman

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