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Davis College of Business
The following are JU Davis Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidates and graduates of Cohort 1. Those who have successfully defended their dissertations and received their doctoral degrees are noted in the biographical information below.
Dr. Kimberly Bynum, DBA
Kim is a military veteran with 21 years of military service in the U.S. Navy whose career includes at-sea tours on the amphibious ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), destroyer USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and guided-missile cruiser USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64). Her final Navy tour was at UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida conducting maritime planning.
Currently, Kim is the Co-Owner of OneCor924, a business serving collegiate and professional athletes transitioning to the business world. Previously, she served as Director of Operations, District 4 Medical Examiner's Office for the City of Jacksonville, and Deputy Director, Military Affairs and Disabled Services for the City of Jacksonville. Kim also serves on the board for Operation New Uniform, a nonprofit serving military veterans.
Kim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Jacksonville University. Kim successfully defended her dissertation on April 25, 2017. Her dissertation chair was Dr. Richard Cebula. She graduated from JU Davis DBA program in Spring 2017.
Kim's interests include coaching girls' sports and spending time with her family. She is married to a former Marine, JT, and they have two children, son Raleigh 21 years old and daughter, Tess 11 years old.
Dr. Wendy Gillis, DBA
Wendy Gillis has been building robust brands for almost 20 years. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts. She later spent time in New York cutting her teeth on brands like Maxwell House coffee, Post cereals, 3M Post-it Notes, and Jergens lotions. Since moving to Jacksonville in 2004, Wendy has continued her work on brands like Johnson & Johnson Vision Care/VISTAKON and the JAX Chamber. She is Principal of Wendy Gillis Marketing (WGM), a consultancy specializing in marketing strategy and business writing.
Wendy earned her MBA from the University of Florida and currently teaches a few marketing courses at UNF’s Coggin College of Business. Wendy successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "How Customer Engagement and Customer Participation Affect Customer Satisfaction in the Professional Service Industry", on March 19th, 2018. Her dissertation chair was Dr. Douglas Johansen. Wendy graduated with her doctorate in the Spring 2018 JU Graduate Graduation Ceremony.
She is married to Tim Gillis, a JU grad, of GILLIS WAY & DUNCAN Attorneys at Law. They have a 4-yr old son and 2.5-yr old daughter and live in San Marco.
Marlon Hubbard, ABD
Marlon is currently employed at ITG Brands, LLC. as the Director Brand Marketing in charge of factory Mass Market Cigars in the U.S. ITG Brands, LLC., is a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group Company based in the U.K. which operates in 168 countries.
Marlon recently served as Vice-President Account Director for Wal-Mart at GlobalHue advertising, the largest multicultural advertising agency in the U.S. overseeing the relationship between Wal-Mart and GlobalHue.
Prior to Wal-Mart, Marlon served as the Director of Neighborhood Marketing - Urban for Winn-Dixie, Manager of Segment Marketing at SuperValu, Lead Marketing Manager of Strategic Innovations and Lead Marketing Manager on Camel Brand at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco.
Marlon currently commutes between Greensboro, NC for work at ITG Brands, LLC. and Jacksonville, FL where his wife of 16 years, Chevara Orrin resides and runs her own Consulting business. Marlon is also owner of Azucena Corner Deli, a Downtown Bar and grill in Jacksonville. He has two sons, Michael A. Williams a graduate of Columbia University and William Orrin Woods a current student at FSCJ and aspiring actor.
Dr. John Jinkner, DBA
John is a long-time resident of Jacksonville, Florida and currently serves as the Program Manager for the LINCS in Supply Chain Management grant program at Florida State College of Jacksonville. Through the LINCS grant, John provides the SCProTM Fundamentals certification to transportation and logistics professionals in the North-East Florida area. Prior to FSCJ, John managed Public Pricing at CSX Transportation and continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Webster University. John received both his Bachelor's degrees and his MBA degree from the University of North Florida where he was recognized as the Outstanding Graduating student and Outstanding Graduate student in each program, respectively.
During his 20 year career at CSXT, John become an expert in transportation and logistics, wrote several articles regarding business to business pricing theory and received two Chairman's Award of Excellence awards; CSXT's highest award, for his teamwork and participation in pricing. "The world of pricing is a firm's best opportunity to define its value proposition."
John is an expert in the Capsim Capstone Business Simulation program which is used in many major Universities worldwide. In 2007 and 2008 he sponsored winning teams in Webster's Worldwide Capstone Challenge. In 2008 and 2010, John was invited to Harvard Business School, Boston Ma. Along with 9 other professors to lecture and coach the simulation to over 900 students during Capstone's first two inaugural years at Harvard. And, in 2016, he sponsored the winning team for the Capsim Worldwide Challenge.
John is very active in international business relations. In 2012, he taught logistics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China. John successfully defended his dissertation on October 6th, 2017. His dissertation chair was Dr. George Gresham. John graduated with his doctorate degree in the Spring 2018 JU Graduate Graduation Ceremony.
John and his wife are highly interested in exploring, understanding and preserving our ethnically diverse world heritage, and are looking forward to a lifetime of cultural immersion together.
Dr. Steven Kelley, DBA
Steve is a financial services professional with diverse leadership, business development, and relationship management experience with regional and national banks. Key roles have included building a team and processes to manage the commercial loan portfolio following acquisition of four failed banks under loss share agreements with the FDIC, establishing a national sales team to address the financial service needs of the country's largest Marine and RV dealers, and developing the community development lending and investing programs for two regional banks utilizing traditional and alternative sources of capital. Steve has been instrumental in developing strategy and leading teams through change following numerous mergers and acquisitions.
Active in the Jacksonville community, Steve serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of North Florida, as a member of the RealSense Steering Committee and member of a Resource Allocation team for the United Way of Northeast Florida, and on the Florida Multifamily Development Product Council for the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Steve successfully defended his doctorate dissertation, entitled "Rental Housing Cost Burden: A study on the Relationship with Income Inequality in the United States", on March 9th, 2018. His dissertation chair was Dr. Hassan Pordeli. Steve graduated with his doctorate in the Spring 2018 JU Graduate Graduation Ceremony.
Frank Lombardo, ABD
Frank is a Certified Public Account in the state of Florida. He has been working as an IT Auditor for 16 years and as an Internal Auditor and Systems Analyst for six years before that. He started his career in Public Accounting and moved into Systems Analysis and Reporting at Crowley American Transport. From there, he went to work for CSX as an IT Auditor and is currently employed in that capacity at Watsco, Inc.
Frank grew up all around the US since his father was a meteorologist for the United States Air Force.
As a child, Frank lived in Salt Lake City UT (where he was born), Omaha NE, Honolulu HI, Dayton OH, Sumter SC, until finally moving to Daytona Beach FL in the 9th grade where his family lived when his father retired from the Air Force.
Frank’s grandfather was a butcher in Pennsylvania who came to America from Italy when he was 18. In Italy he never had the opportunity to finish school and only made it to the third grade. He understood the value of Education and installed that as a core value within Frank’s family. After his military career, Frank’s father became a math teacher and eventually worked his way into the executive management of Daytona State College. Frank’s two cousins are both teachers and his sister is a nurse who is now teaching classes.
It is this understanding for the vital importance of education that has driven Frank to seek his doctorate at Jacksonville University and he is honored and grateful for the opportunity.
Dr. Sarah "Cathy" McCrary, DBA
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Cathy worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP, assisting with financial statement audits. Later, she worked for the Medical Division of C. R. Bard, Inc., where she was responsible for the monthly reporting and analysis of the manufacturing plant’s financial performance. While working at Bard, she began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Georgia Piedmont Technical College and eventually accepted a permanent position as an accounting instructor.
Additionally, she earned licensure as a certified public accountant offering financial planning and tax preparation services to select clients. She serves as a Sunday School teacher at her church and is involved in her community by leading money management seminars sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension in DeKalb County.
Cathy enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her husband Terrence and their children. Cathy successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Impact of SFAS No. 158 on Pension Benefit Discount Rates & Pension Intensity: An Empirical Examination", on August 11, 2017. Her dissertation chair was Dr. Robert Houmes. Cathy graduated with her doctorate in Summer 2017.
Rochelle Price, ABD
Rochelle joined Colo5, a leading independent data center operator offering secure and hardened colocation and disaster recovery services, as Chief Operating Officer in January 2009. She has over 15 years in the telecommunications industry. She has held other roles such as VP of Technical Services/Project Manager.
Rochelle earned a BA in Management from Valdosta State University in 1998 and an MBA in 2006. She has been a resident of Jacksonville since 2004. She is active in supporting the arts and music within her community. She has become personally involved with the Girl Scouts of America, Hands on Jacksonville, MDA Lockup, and holds a seat on the Executive Committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Rochelle is married to Ryan Price and they have an 11 year old daughter, Serena.
Ryan is facilities engineer at FIS and Serena is a Middle School student at Kirby Smith School of Science and Technology. Rochelle enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains of West Virginia, as well as on the beaches here in Florida. She enjoys kayaking, walking her dogs, shelling, and hiking.
Dr. Jim Simak, DBA
Jim is an entrepreneur and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in technology startups, commercial software development and executive management. As Executive Vice President at Harris Computer, Jim is responsible for vertical software solutions for local governments, first responders and utilities. His primary focus is on M&A and business development in the Public Safety Sector.
Prior to joining Harris, Jim served as CEO at System Innovators Inc. In 2008, Harris acquired System Innovators and Jim continued his executive leadership with roles at Harris’ System Innovators and MS Govern Divisions. Jim previously worked for several local startups as well as Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Computer Science Corporation, ECI Telecom, General Dynamics and United States Steel.
Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and continued graduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his EMBA from Jacksonville University in 2006. Jim serves on the University of North Florida’s School of Computing Advisory Board. Jim successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Entrepreneurship in the United States of America: Antecedents and Consequences following the Great Recession", on April 20th, 2018. His dissertation chair was Dr. Richard Cebula. Jim graduated with with DBA degree in the Spring 2018 JU Graduate Graduation Ceremony.
Jim and his wife, Theresa, are active in the Jacksonville community and support several local organizations including North Florida’s Child Protection Team, Hubbard House and Exchange Club. Jim and Theresa have three children and live in Jacksonville Florida.