Davis Executive Career Coaching Series Fall 2021

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Having a trusted adviser, such as a Davis Executive Career Coach, is a secret weapon of executives across Jacksonville and beyond, but you don’t have to be a member of the C-suite to take advantage of this opportunity. Attend the Davis Executive Career Coaching Series at Jacksonville University to learn more on how to develop your career path.  In this series, students are introduced to the careers of a variety of successful executives and leaders who will encourage them to discover their own personal career goals and reflect upon their development and networking needs. Coach designated Davis Executive Career Speakers will allow you to contact them after the presentation for one-on-one executive coaching.


Links to the speaker events are provided to all Davis graduate students.  Watch your email for your invitation.

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Upcoming Series Speakers

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm

Marty ChomiakMarty Chomiak 

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


Friday, November 5, 2021 at 1:15 pm - 2:10 pm

nat fordNathaniel P. Ford 

Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
He has an Executive MBA from Jacksonville University. 

 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.


Past Speakers

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

President Tim CostTim Cost

President Jacksonville University

President Cost, a 1981 Magna Cum Laude Jacksonville University graduate, received his MBA in Finance and Economics from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Presidential Seminar. As a collegiate athlete and four-year letterman on the JU baseball team, he is one of the top 10 winningest pitchers in JU Baseball and, as a freshman in his first NCAA appearance, pitched the only 9-inning no-hitter in JU history.

Building on the education he received at JU, President Cost crafted an impressive foundation as an experienced business leader, adding to his academic credentials acquired skills in marketing, strategy, public policy, capital markets, crisis and issues management, investor relations, government affairs, business development, philanthropy, brand and corporate communications, customer outreach and retention, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory affairs, corporate social responsibility, reputation management and alliance development--all within the realm of FORTUNE 500 company experiences.

Throughout his career, President Cost was part of successful senior management teams known for their innovation (FORTUNE’s "Most Innovative Companies"), optimal workplace environments ("Best Places to Work"), inclusion ("Best Places for Women," "Best Places for Hispanics" and others) and progressive management ("Most Improved U.S. Investor Relations Program"), among others.


Friday, August 20, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Monica PeckMonica Peck

Senior Vice President, Black Knight Financial Services
She has an Executive MBA from Jacksonville University

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.