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Below please find upcoming Crummer Alumni Association Events. Scroll down for more information and to register to attend!

  • Crummer Venture Plan Competition Finals – March 20, 2024
  • Alumni Weekend – March 21-24, 2024
  • A Special Rollins Reception in Miami – April 4, 2024

Contact the Alumni Relations team at crummeralumni@rollins.edu with any questions.

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Crummer Venture Plan Competition Finals

Wednesday, March 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bush Auditorium, Rollins College

We invite you to watch in-person or virtually as the final four teams, FlowIntell, PETE Learning, RoomRite, and Silicon Assurance, vie for their share of a prize package valued over $100,000 with $40,000 going to the winner!

This annual competition is Central Florida’s largest, most prestigious, and most comprehensive business plan and pitch competition. During the event, the four finalists will present their final pitches to a panel of judges made up of the region’s top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The evening will also feature leadership advisory and private equity expert David Shpiz ’95 as the keynote speaker, and networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with fellow attendees, judges, and the competition’s semi-finalists and finalists. All winners will be announced at the end of the event

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About the Finalists
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About the Crummer Venture Plan Competition
2023 Crummer Venture Plan Competition

About the Finalists

FlowIntell: For women with undiagnosed menstrual pain, FlowIntell’s non-invasive at-home endometriosis screening kit and app provides rapid, affordable results and a connection to specialists and community forums for follow up support.

PETE Learning: PETE is an AI-powered learning platform that accelerates the course creation process for training and boosts learning effectiveness through a cost-efficient, customizable, and learner-adaptive solution.

RoomRite: RoomRite is the leading online resale marketplace for hotel room blocks. Through their proprietary marketplace, meeting planners and hoteliers can list and resell excess rooms from contracted blocks to other meeting planners.

Silicon Assurance: Silicon Assurance is a hardware security company that develops software to address security assurance and trust issues in silicon chips designed by semiconductor and system companies.

About the Crummer Venture Plan Competition

The annual competition, hosted by the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College every year since 2015, is Central Florida’s largest, most prestigious, and comprehensive business plan and pitch competition for startups. Open to all regionally headquartered startups, the annual competition is where teams battle for funding, exposure, and mentorship in front of the region’s top entrepreneurs, leaders, and venture capitalists. Participants compete for prize money before multiple distinguished judges panels, all of whom are successful investors and entrepreneurs. The competition continues to serve as the platform for Central Florida startup companies to gain exposure and funding.

Fast Facts About the Competition

  • Two of our past 1st place winners were successfully acquired in 2020.
    Of the 34 companies that have been finalists for the competition since 2012, 27 are in business today. Together those 27 companies:
    Generated over $55 million in revenue.
  • Raised $36 million in investment capital.
  • Employ over 374 people.
  • The unique partnership developed with our winners provides them with limitless potential to make a difference in Central Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and in their industry as a whole.
  • Companies indicate that they participate for investment, connections, coaching, networking, mentoring, and an intense, real-world immersive experience of pitching their company.

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Alumni Weekend

March 21 – 24, 2024

We’re thrilled to invite alumni to the exciting Crummer events happening during Alumni Weekend! From engaging educational sessions to delightful social gatherings and family-friendly fun, we have something for everyone. Reconnect with cherished classmates, esteemed faculty, dedicated staff, and beloved friends. You’ll have the chance to expand your network, stay updated on all the latest happenings at Crummer, and snag some awesome swag along the way!

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Crummer Events at Alumni Weekend
Crummer Events at Rollins Alumni Weekend

Crummer Events at Rollins Alumni Weekend

Crummer Alumni Fun Run – A Family-Friendly Affair
Saturday, March 23 | 7:30 a.m.
Lace up your sneakers, grab your family, and kick-start the weekend with our energizing, self-guided run (or walk)!

The Wisdom of Diverse Teams: Leading Breakthrough Innovation
Saturday, March 23 | 1 – 3 p.m. | SunTrust Auditorium
Continuous innovation is the ongoing process of introducing breakthrough ideas, methods, and products within an organization to maintain a competitive edge and drive growth. It is about people and the revolutionary ideas they generate in diverse and collaborative teams. Managers adept at leveraging their staff’s diverse capabilities can lead their teams to outshine homogenous groups consistently. Hear from C-suite executives on the importance of leveraging diverse experiences and perspectives for continuous innovation. Panelists will discuss how you can increase innovative capacity by effectively managing staff from different backgrounds, disciplines, and cultures.
Panelists: Paula Hopkins, ’94HH ’97MBA ’18DBA (Chair), President and CEO of Second and Sixth, LLC, and a former strategist at PepsiCo | Mila Ernest ’26DBA, a visionary leader and advocate for diversity-driven innovation | Chris Brown ’25DBA, COO of AON North America | Mick Golson, President of Engineering and Computer Simulations | Dr. Keith Whittingham ’01MBA, Associate Professor of Management Science & Founder and CEO of Artifx Cafe

Faculty and Alumni Panel: Future of AI in Business—Hype, Reality, and Future Trends
Saturday, March 23 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. | Bush Auditorium
Broaden your perspective and inspire innovative thinking with this dynamic panel. Gain valuable insights as our experts delve into current trends, share real-world experiences, and forecast the future trajectory of AI technologies.
Moderator: Anil Menon | Panelists: Jay Liebowitz, Crummer Professor of Business Innovation and Industry Transformation | Sherry Graziano ’10MHR, Head of Digital, Client Experience, and Marketing at Truist | Ash Shoeibi ’16DBA, Sr. Director of Data Science, Core Ads Growth at Meta

Crummer Alumni Reception
Saturday, March 23 | 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Rollins Museum of Art Patio
Mix, mingle, and reminisce with fellow alumni at our evening reception set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Virginia. Explore the museum’s captivating exhibits and meet Crummer’s new dean, Anil Menon.

Crummer Alumni Brunch
Sunday, March 24 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Mills Lawn
Share stories, laughter, and good food at this family-friendly brunch in the heart of our award-winning campus.

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A Special Rollins Reception in Miami

Thursday, April 4
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach, FL

Join us for a special reception hosted by Rollins Trustee Rod Adkins ’81, with President Grant Cornwell. Meet the Crummer School’s new dean, Anil Menon, while enjoying an evening of warm conversation, light appetizers, and drinks with your fellow Tars.

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Additional Events

Additional opportunities to learn, connect, and engage.

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Crummer Connections: Webinar Series
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Crummer Connections: Webinar Series

Past Events

Tuesday, January 23

Crummer Alumni Winter Social

Set against the stunning backdrop of the FINFROCK Terrace at the Orlando Science Center under the twinkling stars and stunning views, attendees had the opportunity to meet Crummer’s new dean, Dr. Anil Menon and network with fellow alumni.

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Crummer Alumni Winter Social 2024

Tuesday, December 12

Crummer Alumni Virtual Town Hall with Dean Menon

All Crummer alumni and students were invited to join Crummer’s new Dean, Dr. Anil Menon, and Alumni Board President, Austin Montgomery ’17MBA, as they sat down to chat about the Crummer’s School’s latest developments and discuss the Dean’s visionary perspective on the future of business education and how Crummer is positioning itself to lead the way.

Thursday, September 14

Dr. Mark Johnston's Retirement Celebration

After 30 years at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Dr. Mark Johnston has retired! Following the Crummer tradition of celebrating retiring faculty members with a last lecture, Dr. Johnston gave one last lecture to the campus community titled, “The 5 Important Lessons I Never Shared in Class… until Tonight.”  It was a wonderful evening of entertainment, wonderful memories, great music, and fun!

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About Dr. Mark Johnston
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Fun Facts!
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Dr. Johnston Through the Years
Mark Johnston Retirement Celebration

Dr. Mark Johnston Biography

Mark W. Johnston is the Alan and Sandra Gerry Professor of Marketing and Ethics at the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Prior to receiving his doctorate from Texas A&M University he worked in industry as a sales and marketing representative for a leading distributor of photographic equipment. His research has resulted in dozens of published articles in a number of professional journals such as Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management and many others. Mark has been cited by the Journal of Business Research as one of the most important researchers in the area of personal selling and sales management. He continues to do research in sales and marketing ethics as well as sales force performance and motivation.

Mark has been retained as a consultant for firms in the personal health care, chemical, transportation, service, and telecommunications industries. He has consulted on a wide range of issues involving strategic sales force structure and performance as well as sales force technology implementation. In addition, he has worked with a number of companies’ worldwide on a range of business ethical issues and training. Mark also works with MBA students on consulting projects around the world for companies such as Tupperware, Disney, and Johnson & Johnson.

Finally, Mark has conducted a number of seminars around the world on a variety of topics including motivation, managing turnover in the organization, sales training issues, ethical issues in marketing, and improving overall sales performance. Mark continues to provide specialized seminars to top managers on strategic marketing issues.

For more than two decades Mark has taught Marketing Management working with thousands of students. His hands-on, real world approach to marketing management has earned him a number.

Fun Facts About Dr. Mark Johnston

  • Years at Crummer: June 1993 – May 2023 (30 years)
  • Hometown: Palatine, Illinois
  • First car: Chevy Vega
  • Favorite hobbies: Traveling & boating
  • Little-known fact: I once slept in a bathtub
  • Favorite job besides Crummer: Teaching overseas
  • Courses taught: Business Ethics, Marketing Management, Sales Leadership, Marketing Research
  • Why you choose marketing: Marketing is learning about people so you can help add value to their lives – that always sounded interesting to me
  • How you came to Crummer: Carol Anderson, retired Crummer faculty, reached out to me when I was at LSU
  • Favorite part of teaching: Meeting, working with, and learning from our great students
  • What do you think students remember most about you: Music, fun (I hope), & marketing stuff
  • What retirement holds: New Adventures
  • Favorite artist: Moody Blues
  • Song to rock out to on your way to Crummer: Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones

Dr. Johnston Through the Years

Mark Johnston's Retirement

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Build Your Network

Crummer Connections

Crummer Connections are a Crummer Alumni Board initiative designed specifically to provide opportunities for alumni to easily connect with each other through informal get-togethers around Central Florida. Events are held in different geographic regions and hosted by members of the Crummer Alumni Board.

All alumni are welcome to attend any all of the Crummer Connection events!

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June Events
Crummer Connections

June Events

EAST ORLANDO

  • Event Details: Happy Hour | Wednesday, June 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Irish 31, Oviedo
  • Hosts: Diahann Smith ’16MBA & Lovelyn Findley ’19 ’21MBA

SANFORD/LAKE MARY

  • Event Details: Networking (Family Friendly) | Tuesday, June 13 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | The Yardery, Sanford
  • Hosts: Josh Snyder ’10MBA & Michael Hawkins ’14MBA

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

  • Event Details: Networking | Wednesday, June 14 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Vault 38, 38 E. Pine Street, Orlando
  • Host: Anthony Chessa ’20MBA, Carmen Rasnick ’13HH ’16MBA, & Tadar Muhammed ’17MBA

DR. PHILLIPS

  • Events Details: Happy Hour | Thursday, June 15 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | American Social
  • Hosts: Manny Agon Kresky ’08MBA & Alexandra Manrique ’07MBA

Wednesday, May 24th

Time Will Not Dim the Glory of Their Deeds: The 100th Anniversary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

In 2023, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) celebrates 100th years of caring for and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice and who lay in rest in 26 cemeteries around the world. This little-known, but fascinating and emotional, story will be told by Rollins/Crummer graduate and retired Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, a former commissioner and chairman of this government agency. Mark will also tell the story of several Rollins graduates who are honored by a campus memorial but who rest forever in ABMC sites overseas.

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About Lt. Gen. (ret.) Mark Hertling '19DBA

The Mission of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)

Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling '19DBA

Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling retired from the military in 2013. For several years he served as a Senior Vice President and advisor at the Leadership Institute at AdventHealth. His book, Growing Physician Leaders, provides leadership lessons for those in the healthcare industry. He has taught his course at several healthcare systems, and there are now over 1200 physician, nurse and administrator graduates.

Mark served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, commanding at every level from tank platoon to Field Army. He finished his Army career as the Commanding General of US Army Europe in 2012, where he over 60,000 soldiers and partnered with the Armies of 51 nations. He served over three years in combat, including Commanding the US Army’s 1st Armored Division (1AD) and Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq for 15 months during the surge.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975, and he holds three master’s degrees: a masters of kinesiology from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, a masters in military arts and sciences from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and a masters in international relations and security studies from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. In 2019, Mark received a Doctor of Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, defending research addressing physician leadership in the healthcare industry.

After retiring from the Army, LTG Hertling was appointed by President Obama as one of 25 members to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. In 2021, he was appointed by President Biden as one of eleven commissioners on the American Battle Monument Commission. He also serves as an advisor to the non-profit organizations “Mission: Readiness” in California, and “Operation Gratitude” in Washington DC. He served for five years as an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, and he currently is a member of the Dean’s Alliance at the School of Public Health of Indiana University. He teaches MBA students here at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College as an adjunct professor of strategic leadership. He is the senior military and national security analyst for CNN/CNN International.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, two terrific daughters-in-laws, and five grandsons.

Thursday, May 16th

Farewell Celebration for Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on

After 16 years at the Crummer School, Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on is leaving Rollins and Crummer to pursue a new opportunity at her undergraduate alma mater, Bradley University, as the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive/Academic Director of the Turner School of Entrepreneurship (TSEI).

A special farewell celebration was held in honor of Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on to bid her farewell and thank her for all that she has done for the Crummer School. The event included speeches, light refreshments, and an opportunity to express appreciation and well-wishes.

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About Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on
Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on

Mary Conway Dato-on, is Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship, George D. & Harriet W. Cornell Chair, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, USA. She is a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Scholar whose research covers social entrepreneurship, nonprofit branding, international marketing, cross-cultural consumer behavior, gender and ethics. She has published 20+ peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, 10+ cases, and 40+ professional conference papers. Additionally, Mary leads efforts to promote social entrepreneurship, including a board position on Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator, as the inaugural Faculty Director for the Rollins Impact Hub, and as a leader in developing The Global Links Initiative – a public–private partnership with reach in four countries.

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Crummer Alumni Weekend

March 23 – 25
Rollins College

Crummer alumni are invited to come back to campus for an in-person Crummer Alumni Weekend 2023 experience! Reconnect with your classmates, make new memories, celebrate being a Crummer grad, and sharpen your skills with your favorite professors at our “Back to School” sessions during this can’t-miss weekend.

And, Crummer Alumni Weekend is held in conjunction with Rollins Alumni Weekend so there is a full schedule of events over the course of four days – including the annual Grove Party, a BBQ Lunch, and an All-Alumni Dinner featuring dinner, dancing, and drinks.

It’s a beautiful time of year to be on campus, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available and walk-ins and guests are always welcome! 

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Crummer-Hosted Events
Crummer Alumni Weekend

Crummer-Hosted Events

Thursday, March 23
Crummer Venture Plan Competition Finals
5:30 p.m. | Bush Auditorium & Virtual

All alumni and community members are welcome to attend the finals of Central Florida’s largest, most comprehensive, and most prestigious business plan and pitch competition! Be there as the three remaining startups pitch their plans live before a panel of distinguished judges for a chance at over $100,000 in prize money and in-kind services. If you enjoy the tv show “Shark Tank,” like networking, or are interested in connecting with Central Florida’s vibrant entrepreneurial community, then this is a must-attend event! Click here to register to attend the Venture Plan Competition Finals. >>

Friday, March 24
Crummer Social: Graduates of the Last Five Years
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Dave’s Boathouse Patio, Cornell Campus Center

Calling all Crummer alumni who graduated during the last five years! Join us poolside for sips, eats, and treats as you reconnect with your classmates and reminisce about your Crummer days. Catch up with old friends, make new connections, and celebrate your class alongside your family and friends. Complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers will be available.

Saturday, March 25
Complimentary Professional Headshots

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | Outside Crummer Hall

Is it time to update your LinkedIn profile image? Do you need headshots for speaking engagements? Make sure you stop by Crummer Hall for your complimentary professional headshots. No sign up required; first come, first served.

Crummer Back to School in 60 Minutes

1 – 5 p.m. | Crummer Hall & Zoom

Sit back, relax, and learn! Get back into the Crummer classroom for fun, interactive Back to School sessions featuring our amazing professors. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience their thought leadership in action!

  • 1:00 p.m. The Global Links Initiative with Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on. Discover The Global Links Initiative, a cross-cultural training program that advances the social entrepreneurial skills of female scholars from emerging countries, who in turn, educate students as they mentor female entrepreneurs. Learn about its impact in Brazil and India, its future, and its connection to the Rick & Susan Goings Foundation with special, virtual guests Rick Goings, Chairman of the Rollins Board of Trustees, and Elinor Steele ’01MBA, Special Advisor to the Rick & Susan Goings Foundation.
  • 2:00 p.m. Design Thinking with Dr. Keith Whittingham. Design thinking is a “systemic, intuitive, customer-focused problem-solving approach that organizations can use to respond to rapidly changing environments and to create maximum impact”. As one of the first MBA programs to make this a required part of our core courses, Crummer is further positioning graduates for success and value creation in their careers. In this session, we will explore the key concepts that distinguish Design Thinking from traditional “brainstorming” activities. Additionally, we will explore some recent design-based projects that Crummer students have carried out in a Global Sustainability context.
  • 3:30 p.m. Family Business with Mike Kazazis ’07MBA. Regardless of the size, family businesses have long been and continue to be an economic engine. In this session, we’ll provide an introduction to issues specific to family enterprises such as governance, ownership structures, succession planning, conflict management, and inter-generational dynamics. Special guest David Duda, recently retired president and CEO of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. will be our guest for this engaging session.
  • 4:30p.m. Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Kimberly Jentsch. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is as important to a leader’s success as is cognitive ability. Come back to school for a 60 minute session that will summarize key findings from research on emotional intelligence and demonstrate an activity for building your emotional intelligence skills.

Crummer Cocktail Hour
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Rice Family Pavilion

Join us for cocktails and conversations at the beautiful Rice Family Pavilion. Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and guests and reconnect with faculty and staff while enjoying complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available and walk-ins and guests are always welcome! 

Lt Gen Mark Hertling '19DBA presents,

Russia's Illegal Invasion of Ukraine: Phases of the Campaign

Thursday, March 9, 2023

The entire Rollins community had the opportunity to learn and hear from one of the nation’s top military and leadership experts. CNN senior national security and military analyst, Lt Gen Mark Hertling hosted an engaging discussion on the war in the Ukraine. In addition to appearing frequently on CNN, General Hertling currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Crummer and is a graduate of Crummer’s Executive DBA Program. He served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, commanding at every level from tank platoon to Field Army. He finished his Army career as the Commanding General of US Army Europe in 2012, where he was over 60,000 soldiers and partnered with the Armies of 51 nations.

 

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About Lt Gen Mark Hertling
Dr. Mark Hertling '19DBA

About Lt Gen Mark Hertling

Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling retired from the military in 2013. For several years he served as a Senior Vice President and advisor at the Leadership Institute at AdventHealth. His book, Growing Physician Leaders, provides leadership lessons for those in the healthcare industry. He has taught his course at several healthcare systems, and there are now over 1200 physician, nurse and administrator graduates.

Mark served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, commanding at every level from tank platoon to Field Army. He finished his Army career as the Commanding General of US Army Europe in 2012, where he was over 60,000 soldiers and partnered with the Armies of 51 nations. He served over three years in combat, including Commanding the US Army’s 1st Armored Division (1AD) and Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq for 15 months during the surge.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975, and he holds three master’s degrees: a masters of kinesiology from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, a masters in military arts and sciences from the Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and a masters in international relations and security studies from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. In 2019, Mark received a Doctor of Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, defending research addressing physician leadership in the healthcare industry.

After retiring from the Army, LTG Hertling was appointed by President Obama as one of 25 members to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. In 2021, he was appointed by President Biden as one of eleven commissioners on the American Battle Monument Commission. He also serves as an advisor to the non-profit organizations “Mission: Readiness” in California, and “Operation Gratitude” in Washington DC. He served for five years as an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, and he currently is a member of the Dean’s Alliance at the School of Public Health of Indiana University. He teaches MBA students here at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College as an adjunct professor of strategic leadership. He is the senior military and national security analyst for CNN/CNN International.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, two terrific daughters-in-laws, and five grandsons.

Build Your Network

Crummer Connections

Crummer Connections are a Crummer Alumni Board initiative designed specifically to provide opportunities for alumni to easily connect with each other through informal get-togethers around Central Florida. Events are held in different geographic regions and hosted by members of the Crummer Alumni Board.

All alumni are welcome to attend any all of the Crummer Connection events!

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February 2023 Events
Crummer Connections

February 2023 Events

DISNEY / UNIVERSAL

  • Event Details: Happy Hour | Thursday, February 23 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Scat Cat’s at French Quarter
  • Hosts: Manny Agon Kresky ’08MBA, Katie Gottsch ’04MHR ’08MBA ’21DBA , Michael Wallace ’19MBA, and Alexandra Manrique ’07MBA

WINTER PARK

  • Event Details: Coffee/Breakfast and Networking | Friday, February 24 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | The Coop at Winter Park
  • Hosts: Paige Greninger ’01MBA and Nicole Perez ’17MBA

EAST ORLANDO

  • Event Details: Happy Hour | Friday, February 24 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes
  • Hosts: David Yong ’18MBA and Anthony Chessa ’20MBA

Crummer Speaks: Prioritizing Mental Health to Lead a Balanced Life

Thursday, February 16

Many organizations talk about the importance of work-life balance and mental health, but how do we intentionally practice prioritizing our mental health to ensure a healthy work-life balance while being successful within our organizations?

During this Crummer Speaks event, our panel of business leaders shared best practices for self-care and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives.

Panelists

  • Dr. Stefanie Meyer-Goodwin, Clinical Director at The Meaningful Life Center, LLC
  • Tiffany Pratt, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at Orlando Health
  • Audra Romao, Chief People Officer at the Orlando Magic
  • Jarrod Strickland, Executive Director at NAMI Florida
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About the Panelists
Crummer Speaks Prioritizing Mental Health

Learn More About the Panelists

Dr. Stefanie D. Meyer-Goodwin

Dr. Stefanie D. Meyer-Goodwin has worked in the mental health field for over a decade. She earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Family and Relationship Counseling from Rollins College and a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. She currently serves as the Clinical Director for The Meaningful Life Center, overseeing their evidence based complex trauma program.

In this role, Stefanie is responsible for training and developing a team of 20 clinicians ranging in experience from graduate interns to seasoned professionals with over 10 years of experience. In addition to her current role, Stefanie is an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a supporting professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Rollins College. Stefanie is passionate about multicultural and social justice issues in the counseling field and focuses her research and presentations on improving multicultural awareness and professional competency.


Tiffany Pratt

Tiffany Pratt joined Orlando Health in July 2018 and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Team Member Experience, Engagement & Retention. She has over 15 years of healthcare human resources experience ranging from recruitment, retention/engagement, leadership development and employee relations. In her current role, she is responsible for creating a people strategy of engagement by executing innovative programs and practices to transform the workforce culture.

Recently, Tiffany led a team to receive the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work Award in 2020 and 2021 – despite many challenges during the pandemic. Prior to joining Orlando Health, Tiffany worked as the Employee Engagement Director for JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas, where she increased team member engagement from the 24th to 90th percentile in just three years, and achieved Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work in 2017 and 2018.

While at Orlando Health, Tiffany has received the 2019 40 under 40 Award by the Orlando Business Journal. Tiffany earned her Master of Science in Human Resources from Western Carolina University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winthrop University. She has dual HR certifications with the Society of Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute. Tiffany is a former executive committee member on the board of directors for the Seminole County Public Schools Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in the community with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, event planning and spending time with family and friends.


Audra Romao

Audra Romao, SPHR is the Chief People Officer of the Orlando Magic. She oversees the People Team and Office Services for the “team behind the team.” Audra started with the Magic as the Assistant Director of Human Resources in May 1999. Since then, she’s held various titles as she rose through the organization, being named as the Chief People Officer in June 2015.

Audra earned a BS degree in human resources management from Cabrini University. Romao received her MA degree in human resources management from Rollins College in 2000. Audra truly enjoyed her time at Rollins, and it was there that she learned about the opening at the Orlando Magic. Audra serves on the Crummer Leadership Advisory Board and is an active Mentor in the Crummer Mentoring Program.

Audra and her husband, Lou, reside in Orlando with their beloved English bulldogs, Noah and Louna.


Jarrod Strickland

Jarrod Strickland is the Executive Director of NAMI Florida, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. Over his 20 years of experience, Jarrod has developed a diverse range of leadership skills that he acquired through his time in the military and in the healthcare and nonprofit industries.

Waltzing On Wall Street: A Conversation with CIO Cameron Dawson ’10 ‘12MBA

Wednesday, February 15

During this event, Wall Street CIO Cameron Dawson ’10 ’12MBA provided interesting insights about economic scenarios in 2023 and beyond. She shared about her own tremendous journey from the Rollins theatre and professional ballet dancer to Wall Street executive in New York City.

Cameron graduated from Rollins in 2010 as Valedictorian with a major in Economics and a minor in Theatre. After graduating with honors from Crummer in 2012, she received the prestigious Edward Moses Award for Outstanding Potential in the Field of Finance.

Cameron is the Chief Investment Officer at NewEdge Wealth – an ultra-high net worth and high net worth private wealth manager. She has been with the firm since May of 2021 and prior to that was the Chief Market Strategist and Managing Director for Fieldpoint Private. Cameron is also a regular contributor on CNBC as well as Bloomberg, financial podcasts, and various shows.

This event is brought to you by the Crummer Finance Organization (CFO) and the Crummer Alumni Relations office.

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About Cameron Dawson '10 '12MBA
Cameron Dawson Event

About Cameron Dawson '10 '12MBA

Cameron Dawson is the Chief Investment Officer for NewEdge Wealth an ultra-high net worth and high net worth private wealth manager. She has been with the firm since May of 2021 and prior to that was the Chief Market Strategist, Managing Director for Fieldpoint Private. Cameron has been in the finance area for over 10 years having worked at Bank of America and US Trust as well.

Cameron graduated from Rollins in 2010 as the Valedictorian with majors in Economics and Theater. She graduated from the Crummer Graduate School of Business with honors in 2012 where she also received the prestigious Ed Moses Scholarship Award for Outstanding Potential in the Field of Finance.

Dawson is also a regular contributor on CNBC and a variety of financial podcasts and talk shows.

Click here to watch Cameron Dawson’s Crummer Connections: Podcast & Video Series episode (Season 1, Episode 2).

Wednesday, November 16

Crummer Alumni Fall Social

It’s the most wonderFALL time of the year and you really autumn know that it’s time to get the alumni network back together! Join us at the award-winning, alumna-owned Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe for an evening event like no other. We’ve reserved a private space that includes both indoor and outdoor areas perfect for networking with new connections and reconnecting with old friends. A complimentary dinner buffet and two drink tickets will be available courtesy of the Crummer Alumni Board.

We are so grateFALL for our amazing alumni – we hope to see you there

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Thursday, November 17

2022 Fall Networking & Recruiting Night

All students and alumni were invited to participate in a night of networking and opportunities to meet with employers in the Central Florida area.

This event was hosted by the Crummer Career Resource Center and the Rollins Center for Career & Life Planning

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Thursday, November 10

Latin America: Are Inflation and Low Growth Inevitable?

The 7th annual Latin America Pathways event was brought to the Crummer community by The São Paulo School of Economics at Fundação Getulio Vargas, the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, the University of Buenos Aires, the Centro Mackenzie de Liberdade Econômica da Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, and AQUA Wealth Management. The topic of this year’s event was “Latin America: Are Inflation and Low Growth Inevitable” and it will offer perspectives from the United States and Argentina.

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Speakers
Dr. Dan Biller - Featured Speaker

Moderator

Speakers

  • Alexandre Tombini, Ph.D. – Chief Representative of the BIS Office for the Americas, Former President, Central Bank of Brazil, 2011-2016
  • John Welch, Ph.D. – Research for Emerging Markets Inc, Professor U P Mackenzie, IPEA Fellow, e REM Inc
  • Diego Petrecolla, Ph.D. – Investigador IIEP, Profesor Universidad de Buenos Aires

March 2022

Crummer Alumni Weekend
at Rollins Alumni Weekend

Crummer Alumni Weekend returned this year and was held in conjunction with Rollins Alumni Weekend. We were able to offer Crummer-focused events and activities and Crummer alumni had the opportunity to access to the in-depth programming of the wider Rollins event, allowing them to network with Rollins alumni from around the world!

Crummer’s lineup of events included four Crummer Masterclasses taught by Crummer faculty and alumni.

 

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About Bill Grimm
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About Jacob Hancock '19MBA
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About Dr. Tim O'Brien '17DBA
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About Stanton Reed '93MBA

2022 Crummer Masterclasses

Negotiation in a Nutshell
Instructor: Professor Bill Grimm, Crummer Professor of Entrepreneurship and Negotiation

In this Masterclass, Professor Bill Grimm facilitates a negotiation exercise with students, shares what works and doesn’t work in negotiation, and demonstrates the importance of preparation.
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Design Thinking in a Culture of Innovation
Instructor: Jacob Hancock ’19MBA, Executive Director, Seeds Innovation Lab & Crummer Instructor
We live in a world that is changing more rapidly than ever before. So, we all know we need to innovate. But what does it take? How do we do it? What is “innovation” anyway? In this Masterclass, we’ll explore these topics together and provide you with a framework for expanding innovation within your organization.
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Social Media Reviews and Customer Complaint
Instructor: Dr. Tim O’Brien ’17DBA, Crummer Instructor – Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management

In the role of business owner or management how do you handle customer social media reviews and complaints properly? This session will focus on how to handle social media reviews and online customer complaints. When to respond to the customer (when not to) and how to respond. This will be an interactive session with audience participation.
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Drawing on Diversity
Instructor: Stanton Reed ’93MBA, Interim Campus President Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses Valencia College

Learn how fundamental drawing concepts inform diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) through a hands-on, interactive workshop. Key takeaways include: ability to suspend negative judgment, identify assumptions, and value all voices – all while practicing drawing concepts like perception of edges, spaces, relationships, and gestalt. Sharpen your pencil and get ready for an engaging experience!
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Bill Grimm Negotiation

About Bill Grimm

Bill Grimm is the executive-in-Residence for Negotiation and Entrepreneurial Finance at Crummer, joining the full-time faculty in 2009. After practicing law as a corporate and securities lawyer for more than 40 years, he teaches Negotiation in Business, Raising Capital for Entrepreneurial Ventures, and Commercializing Technology (co-teaching with Dr. Pete McAlindon). He served as outside general counsel and on the boards of directors of numerous companies in Central Florida. He was counsel to these companies in numerous mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and securities offerings to venture capital firms, private groups and individuals. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, an MBA and a Juris Doctor’s degree and served in the US Navy as the Supply Officer on a destroyer, the USS Strong DD-758.

Jacob Hancock '19MBA

About Jacob Hancock '19MBA

Jacob Hancock is an adjunct instructor at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and the Executive Director of Seeds Innovation, a team of innovators utilizing Design Thinking to solve complex challenges for global organizations. As both a practitioner of Design Thinking and a student of the craft, he unites the worlds of theory and real-life application. His driving passion is to empower students at Crummer to think about challenges differently and create novel solutions relevant to an ever-changing world.

Dr. Tim O'Brien '17DBA

About Dr. Tim O'Brien '17DBA

Dr. Timothy O’Brien is a Marketing academic and practitioner. As an executive in Orlando, FL he has worked with both Fortune Enterprises and Startups to help improve their digital and experiential marketing strategy. He currently works as the SVP of Business Development at EventLink. In addition, Dr. O’Brien owns and operates a Once Upon a Child retail franchise.

Dr. O’Brien earned an Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. His primary research focus is within Entrepreneurship and Digital Marketing and loves to work with firms who are focused in bridging the gaps between digital and physical customer relationships. Dr. O’Brien is an instructor at Rollins College, University of Central Florida, and Flagler College.

Stanton Reed '93MBA

About Stanton Reed '93MBA

Currently, Stanton G. Reed is the interim campus president for Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses part of Valencia College. Prior to serving as interim campus president, he served out a three-year commitment as college wide faculty President-Elect, President, and Past-President (2018 – 2021). Stanton is a tenured business and accounting professor and serves as a facilitator for the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute and Bridges for Success program cohort Molding Men for Tomorrow (MM4T).

Stanton has served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Hospice of the Comforter, Executive Officer/Treasurer of Southeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventist. Additionally, he has served as Associate Vice-President of Finance/Chief Operating Officer Non-Academic Programs for Oakwood University, Director of Business Development for Orlando Regional Healthcare System (now Orlando Health), and Chief Financial Officer for Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Stanton is a graduate of Oakwood University (HBCU) in Huntsville, Alabama, where he majored in accounting and business administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Crummer Graduate School of Business Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida. Over his career of 40 years of service, he has worked and taught in the fields of education, business, and accounting.

Thursday, November 11

Latin America: What kind of Economic recovery?

The Crummer Graduate School of Business participated in the 6th annual Latin America Pathways event brought to you by the São Paulo School of Economics at Fundação Getulio Vargas and AQUA Wealth Management. During this event, a panel of economic experts discussed, Latin America: What kind of Economic recovery? by examining the following aspects of the region: Perspectives from Europe, Perspectives from the U.S., and Sustainable Recovery in Latin America and Brazil.

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Dr. Dan Biller - Featured Speaker

Speakers

Moderator: Eduardo Goldszal, PhD – Partner at MEER Tax

Speakers

  • Paulo Sergio Tenani, PhD – Professor of International Finance, Fundação Getulio Vargas | Head of Research, Aqua Wealth Management |  São Paulo, Brazil
  • Antonio Leite, PhD – Professor, Nova School of Business & Economics | Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dan Biller, PhD – Executive-in-Residence for Economics, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College | Winter Park, FL, USA
  • John Welch, PhD – Founder, Research for Emerging Markets (REM), Inc., Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, October 12

Crummer Speaks: Diversity Series - Authentic Inclusive Leadership

Many organizations talk about the importance of inclusion but how do we take the next step into intentional inclusive culture. The Crummer Alumni Association partnered with the Center for Leadership Development and the Student Leadership Advisory Board to bring you the first installment of the Crummer Speaks: Diversity Series focused on Authentic Inclusive Leadership. A panel of distinguished business leaders shared how they practice inclusion proactively in their business and personal lives.

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About Kim Alex Lopdrup
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About Stanton Reed
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About Ashley Ridgeway-Washington
Event Panelists

The Panelists

  • Amie Dugan ’93, VP, Organizational Development, Special Olympics North America
  • Kim Axel Lopdrup, Corporate Director / Retired CEO, Red Lobster
  • Stanton Reed ’93MBA, Interim President, Valencia College
  • Ashley Ridgeway-Washington ’15MHR, Former Interim, VP HR Christus Health
Amie Dugan

Amie Dugan

Amie Dugan serves as Vice President, Organizational Development for Special Olympics North America and leads the Organizational Development team which provides guidance and oversight to all SONA Programs (comprised of United States, Canada, Caribbean), from ensuring compliance to facilitating the operational and programmatic advancement and excellence of all Programs.

In addition to overseeing the Organizational Development team, some of Amie’s specific areas of specialty include CEO searches and CEO on-boarding, executive coaching and leader mentorship, Board Governance training and consultation, organizational capacity building strategy, strategic planning, leading practices/centers of excellence building, professional and leadership training and development, facilitation, curriculum development, risk management, enterprise risk management, business operations and continuity, crisis communications, brand/communications/marketing, fundraising, special event planning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She serves as the global leadership and program excellence lead for Special Olympics North America.

Amie has experience ranging from the grassroots to international levels of the movement during her 27 years’ experience with Special Olympics.

Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications Special Olympics North America from 2012-2017 – a role she established. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Special Olympics Florida for fourteen years.

In those roles Amie oversaw marketing, communications, media, social media, digital media, crisis communications, risk management, brand and more, including national and World Games. She has served on Special Olympics’ global brand task force, co-chaired the United States Leadership Committee’s marketing and communications committee, served as a member of the Special Olympics USA management team, and continues to serve on the Special Olympics (Intl.) Risk Management and Insurance Task Force.

Amie began as a Special Olympics volunteer in 1994, and has been a local management team member, coach and Unified partner over the years. She is a second-generation Special Olympics volunteer as her mother was a coach and County Coordinator in Michigan. Amie was inducted into the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame in 2011.

Prior to Special Olympics, she worked for the Walt Disney World Company and the Juilliard School of Music, and was a volunteer with multiple performing arts organizations.

She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rollins College and holds a MMBA as well as a certificate in nonprofit management, multiple leadership institute program certificates, and has designed and led numerous Special Olympics Leadership Academies.

Amie is an instructor for the nonprofit governance certificate program and custom consultation programming at The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. She is a BoardSource certified nonprofit consultant, working with an array of U.S and international boards of directors.

Amie volunteers as a WISE (Women in Sports and Events) Within mentor, is a member of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run (Central Florida), is a member of the Greater Orlando Organizational Development Network, and continues to volunteer with Special Olympics.

Kim Alex Lopdrup

Kim Lopdrup retired from Red Lobster in August 2021 after leading the brand for 14 years as President or CEO. He led three turnarounds, each under a different owner. Red Lobster is the world’s largest seafood restaurant company and was named to Forbes magazine’s most recent lists of America’s Best Large Employers.

Since separating from Darden Restaurants in 2014, Red Lobster built an outstanding team and improved its food, service, convenience and value. All of Red Lobster’s seafood is now traceable, sustainable and responsibly sourced. Off-premises sales have grown five-fold behind the introductions of Touchless Delivery, Rapid Red Curbside Pick-up and online ordering/payment. My Red Lobster Rewards now has over 10 million members and was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s Best Loyalty Programs.

Kim previously served as President of the Specialty Restaurant Group and New Business for Darden Restaurants, leading their Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, Bahama Breeze and Yard House brands as well as Darden’s International Division and Consumer Packaged Goods business. Prior to that, he led Red Lobster as President for seven years, where he comprehensively revitalized the brand with initiatives such as the award-winning Today’s Fresh Fish program, wood-fire grilling, Bar Harbor Image remodels and a new logo – resulting in industry-leading guest satisfaction and record profits.

Before joining Red Lobster, Kim served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North America, for Burger King Corporation. He led that company’s 8,500 North American restaurants to record guest satisfaction scores in both company-owned and franchised restaurants, contributing to a turn-around of declining same-store sales.

Earlier, Kim spent 16 years with Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants (since renamed Dunkin’ Brands), the franchisor of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins. He turned around Dunkin’s previously declining coffee business as that brand’s Product Marketing Manager for Beverages. Later, as Vice President of Marketing, he managed Dunkin’s iconic “Time to Make the Donuts” ad campaign starring Fred the Baker. Finally, as Chief Executive Officer of Allied Domecq’s 3,500-unit international division, he dramatically accelerated growth and took that business from record losses to 82% above its previous profit record in just three years.

Kim began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, working on Folgers and High Point coffees and Citrus Hill orange juice.

He serves on the boards of Wawa, Inc. (since 2006); Bob Evans Restaurants (since 2017); and Kalera (since 2020). He recently agreed to become the next Chairman of Kalera’s Board. He previously served on the boards of Rubio’s Restaurants (traded on NASDAQ), 31 Ice Cream (traded in Japan) and Hiram Walker & Sons, Ltd. (a Canadian company). He also served on the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida for 12 years, being named Board Member of the Year in 2011 and receiving National Service to Youth awards in 2010 and 2015. He is currently co-chair of Project Opioid. Orlando Business Journal named Kim a “CEO of the Year” in 2016 and Florida Trend included him on their most recent list of the 500 most influential people in Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in 1980 and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1984. He is married and has four children.

Stanton G. Reed '93MBA

Currently, Stanton G. Reed is the interim campus president for Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses part of Valencia College. Prior to serving as interim campus president, he served out a three-year commitment as college wide faculty President-Elect, President, and Past-President (2018 – 2021).

Stanton is a tenured business and accounting professor and serves as a facilitator for the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute and Bridges for Success program cohort Molding Men for Tomorrow (MM4T).

Stanton has served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Hospice of the Comforter, Executive Officer/Treasurer of Southeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventist. Additionally, he has served as Associate Vice-President of Finance/Chief Operating Officer Non-Academic Programs for Oakwood University, Director of Business Development for Orlando Regional Healthcare System (now Orlando Health), and Chief Financial Officer for Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Stanton is a graduate of Oakwood University (HBCU) in Huntsville, Alabama, where he majored in accounting and business administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Crummer Graduate School of Business Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida. Over his career of 40 years of service, he has worked and taught in the fields of education, business, and accounting.

Ashley Ridgeway-Washington

Ashley Ridgeway-Washington '15MHR

Ashley Ridgeway-Washington most recently served as the Human Resources executive overseeing global People and Culture operations in the technology and telecommunications sector at AVC Technologies. Prior to that, she served as a VP of Human Resources at CHRISTUS Health. In addition to her full-time role, Ashley is an independent human capital consultant, executive coach, trainer, and keynote for various industries.

Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Juris Doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2003 and 2009. She also earned a Master of Human Resources Strategy from Rollins College in 2014. Although she no longer practices have been an active member of the Florida bar since 2010.

Ashley serves the community through membership in the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Allies in Service, and the American Heart Association North Texas Health Alliance. She also serves on the Coppell, TX YMCA Board of Management and National Healthcare Diversity Council Board of Directors.

Ashley continues to build her brand as a Human Resources strategist, engagement Influencer, and thought leader in the Human Resources space but gets her greatest sense of accomplishment from being “mom” to Aniyah (age 18) and Ace (age 9).

Tuesday, August 17

On Bended Knee: A Retirement Celebration for Dr. E

After more than 21 years at Crummer, Dr. Bruce Elwell, aka Dr. E, is traded in his binders and spreadsheets for more time on the greens. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends joined the celebration of Dr. E and his time at Crummer, and to thanked him for his dedication to so many students throughout the years. During the event, Dr. E will gave one more classroom lecture, and attendees shared their favorite Dr. E memories, stories, and photos.

Thank you, Dr. E – QBA at Crummer will not be the same with you!

Wednesday, May 26

Crummer Connections: Pick Your Libation - A Tasting Event with Crummer Faculty

During this event, two of our talented faculty members shared their knowledge and wisdom about two of their passions – beer and coffee. Participants choose their beverage of choice and enjoyed an interactive tasting session with the corresponding faculty member.

  • Beers Around the World: A Virtual Global Beer-Tasting Event with Dr. Jim Johnson
  • Coffee: A Treat for the Senses with Dr. Keith Whittingham
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Dr. Jim Johnson

Beers Around the World: A Virtual Global Beer-Tasting Event

Dr. Jim Johnson, Nancy Siebens Binz ’55 Chair of International Business, took guests on a journey around the world through a beer tasting experience. Participants tasted 6 different beers (see below) that covered the range from light and fruity to dark and sweet.

  • Wheat Beer: Hoegarden Witbier OR Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Blue Moon
  • Lager: Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Corona (not Light), Red Stripe
  • Pilsner: Pilsner Urquell OR Warsteiner, Heineken, Stella, Grolsch, Bitburger
  • Pale Ale: London Pride, Bass, Abbot Ale, Boddington’s Pub Ale
  • Red Ale: Smithwick’s Red Ale, Kilkenny Irish Red Ale, Fat Tire (American Amber Ale)
  • Stout/Porter: Guinness Draught Stout, Murphys Draught Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout

Other types of beer that were discussed included Lambic, Saison, Abbey Ales, and Strong Ales.

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Coffee - A Treat for the Senses

Associate Professor Keith Whittingham traced the journey of coffee from the farm to the cup, with an emphasis on factors that impact aroma and flavor. Guests got a glimpse into the formal cupping process and the coffee flavor wheel.

Guests who wanted an interactive version of the experience, purchased the below Artifx Cafe varieties to join the tasting.

  • Tacana Select-organic Vienna Roast Arabica
  • Tierra Monterverde- Vienna roast Arabica
  • Monterverde Natural-Light Roast Costa Rica Coffee

Artifx Cafe can be purchased via its website.

Thursday, March 11

Crummer Connections: Fireside Chat with Patrick de la Roza '08MBA

Patrick de la Roza ’08MBA shares his journey from Crummer and winning the 2014 Venture Plan Competition to selling his company, EASE Applications, for $25mm to Vocera, a publicly traded company on the NYSE.

Moderators: Crummer’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dr. Pete McAlindon & Crummer Early Advantage student Ralph Lehnert

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December, 2020

Alumni Holiday Social

Crummer Alumni Association hosted an entertaining evening of holiday cheer to virtually celebrate the season (and the end of 2020). The agenda included a cocktail class, a comedy show, two networking sessions, and a raffle to win a night’s stay at The Alfond Inn with a wine basket.

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Alumni Holiday Social
Diahann Smith '17MBA

Cocktail Ingredients

Spanish “Eggnog” Coquito Ingredients
(makes about 2 liters)

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1.5 cups of rum
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Star anise for serving
  • 3 eggs yolks
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

 

More about Diahann Smith ’17MBA

Diahann Smith, Florida Dairy Farmers Director of marketing and Business Development, community volunteer and enthusiastic cook.

Diahann Albarrán Smith, a consumer marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience. Diahann has local, regional and international marketing experience. She began her career at the Orlando Sentinel where she helped launch the Spanish-language El Sentinel and committed to working with the Central Florida Hispanic community where she is an active volunteer. Florida Dairy Farmers recruited Diahann to grow its Hispanic marketing outreach in Florida. She also worked with sister organization the U.S Dairy Export Council, to help market U.S. dairy in the Caribbean. In her current position as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Florida Dairy Farmers, she develops and executes marketing plans and partnerships to promote Florida dairy farmers and the health benefits of dairy. Diahann has volunteered for over 15 years with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando where she not only serves on the board, she leads the 25-person Chamber Ambassadors program. She also serves on the Alumni Board for the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College where she completed her executive MBA. Diahann enjoys running, baking, and cooking. While not a trained chef, Diahann “plays” one TV where she regularly shares her recipes in national and local TV shows as well as online. She lives in Orlando with husband Jim and their two kids Ethan and Eliana.

Mike Freed

About Mike Freed

Comedian, Attorney, Runner and Do-Gooder

Mike is a clean observational comic who counts as his influences Demetri Martin, Steven Wright, and Jerry Seinfeld. He performs regularly at the Comedy Zone in Jacksonville, Florida and at other clubs and venues nationally. Mike is a Jacksonville transplant from Washington D.C. He is a father of five who became a comedian after rising to a level of success as both an attorney and an ultra-marathoner. In other words, Mike has a short attention span. His material is largely self-deprecating and draws on the trials and tribulations of being a little bald guy in a big person world and his role as a father, husband, lawyer and a runner. Mike’s material is fresh, regularly updated, sometimes intellectual and sometimes stupid, but always clever. His comedy sets are fast-paced, provocative and engaging. So, they are nothing like this biography.

August 25, 2020

Free Business Resources for Crummer Alumni During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blake Robinson, the Business Librarian at Rollins College’s Olin Library, spotlights a variety of FREE business resources for both for-profit and nonprofit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the recording to learn more about specialized COVID-19 business information, virtual business libraries, and key Rollins resources.

 

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Blake Robinson

About Blake Robinson

Blake Robinson is the Business Librarian at Olin Library, Rollins College, which he joined in 2019. Blake works with students, faculty, and staff of the Crummer Graduate School of Business, along with Crummer alumni, to meet their research and information needs. Prior to Rollins, Blake worked in various academic, public, and government libraries in North and Central Florida.

Thursday, July 23

The Intersection of Healthcare and Business: A Leadership Perspective

Join the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as we explore the challenges and most rewarding moments of leading in a rapidly changing healthcare industry.

In a landscape filled with risk and disruption, how does a leadership team develop and sustain a culture of safety and innovation?

Learn what it takes to build a high-performing, clinically integrated network that keeps the consumer at the heart of every decision, and remains viable into the future.

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Panelists 

  • Brinsley Lewis, MBA, FACHE – CEO of Kindred Healthcare
  • Dr. Omayra Mansfield, MD, MHA, FACEP – Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Apopka and AdventHealth Winter Garden
  • Jerry Senne – Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health

Moderator & Host

  • Keenan Yoho, PhD – Professor of Operations Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College
Brinsley Lewis

Brinsley Lewis, MBA, FACHE- CEO of Kindred Healthcare

Brinsley Lewis is an experienced, transformational HealthCare Executive who has served as a hospital CEO for over 20 years with both non-profit and for-profit national health systems – Advent Health, Trinity Health, and Kindred Healthcare. He has a diverse background in operations, clinical, business development and strategy, with a track record of positioning organizations competitively and producing stakeholder value.

Born on a small island in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Brinsley started out his career as a respiratory therapist. He received a Bachelor’s in Biology, holds an MBA and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is recognized as pro-active, innovative, community-minded, and committed to servant leadership, people-development, and teamwork.

As a CEO, Brinsley has led hospitals ranging from 200 to 2600 employees, and medical staffs up to 750 physicians. As an energetic and relationship-driven transformational leader, Brinsley ensures that the appropriate leadership team is first assembled. Then through continuous mentoring, collaboration and leadership development, a high-performing team emerges. Evidence-based leadership tools are deployed, with heavy emphasis on Associate and Medical staff engagement. Shortly thereafter, the organization will begin to experience a significant up-tick in all of its metrics.

As a change-agent, Brinsley understands the complexity of change and how to lead this transformation.
As the industry continues to transform, care will be delivered differently in the future. This transition requires strategic business development, horizontal collaboration, and communication skills. Care sites will need assistance in making the shift while feeling valued, and Brinsley is there to lead the way.

Dr. Omayra Mansfield

Dr. Omayra Mansfield, MD MHA FACEP

Dr. Omayra Mansfield is an emergency medicine physician. She is the Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Apopka and AdventHealth Winter Garden. She is the immediate past Chief of Staff of AdventHealth Celebration and is a proud graduate of the AdventHealth Physician Leadership and REACH Leadership courses. Dr. Mansfield co-authored The Trust Transformation, a workshop that helps participants transform and improve the relationships in their lives by building a foundation of trust. Her primary areas of interest are improving the physician and patient experience as it relates to improving provider wellbeing, patient adherence to care, and clinical outcomes, and she has lectured extensively on these topics. She is married to Frederick, a pediatric anesthesiologist with USAP-Florida. Together they enjoy the adventure that is raising their daughter Elizabeth and son Alexander who regularly remind them to savor the little joys in life. They stay healthy doing Crossfit and running together.

Jerry Senne

Jerry Senne - Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health

Jerry Senne is Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health. Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion integrated healthcare system in Central Florida that operates: nine hospitals, 200+ sites of care, 700 employed physicians, urgent care facilities, free-standing ERs, healthcare pavilions, home care, imaging centers and a full range of health services.

Jerry is responsible for a team managing 182,00 lives in value-based care arrangements with five national health insurers, Medicare Shared Savings, and Disney Worldwide Services– the largest direct-to-employer arrangement in the U.S.

In five years, Orlando Health’s value-based arrangements have produced savings of over $120 million and have returned over $60 million to ACO partners.

Prior to joining Orlando Health, Jerry was SVP of Evolent Health helping healthcare systems develop strategies for value-based care and managing under risk.

Jerry was the Founding CEO of Health First Health Plan, a successful provider based health plan in Central Florida serving Commercial and Medicare Advantage patients. In addition, he served as Chief Strategy Officer and CEO of the 500 bed tertiary flagship hospital of the Health First System.

Dr. Keenan Yoho Teaching

Keenan D. Yoho, Ph.D., Professor of Operations Management

Dr. Keenan Yoho has spent more than a decade working with senior management leading change in both commercial and public sector environments. Dr. Yoho’s research and applied work is focused on supply chain cost modeling and operations management to achieve enterprise-wide outcomes under conditions of uncertainty and resource scarcity.

Dr. Yoho served as Senior Special Advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2012 to 2014. During this time Dr. Yoho worked with a special team reporting directly to the Commander, USSOCOM that was charged with crafting and executing a plan for posturing special operations forces (SOF) for the next three decades. Dr. Yoho has advised several U.S. and international organizations to include IBM (semiconductors), General Motors (autos), General Mills (foods), Intel (semiconductors), Rockwell Automation (machine automation), BASF (chemicals –Germany, US and Mexico), Merck, KGaA (chemicals – Germany), Ryerson (steel processing & distribution), Qualcomm (designer/supplier telecommunications technology), and Polioles SA de CV (chemicals – Mexico), the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Transportation Command in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, continuous improvement and organizational transformation.

Prior to joining the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Dr. Yoho was an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California where he led projects to improve the operational effectiveness of the U.S. military during war. Dr. Yoho was recently an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he received 4 consecutive teaching awards including the School’s highest award for excellence in teaching and impact beyond the classroom. Dr. Yoho has published in the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, and the Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Yoho holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management, M.B.A. in Operations Management, and M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism from Temple University.

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Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College

Just outside Orlando in Winter Park is the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, a graduate school distinguished by its renowned faculty, intimate class size and applied approach to learning. It touts top MBA rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes magazines and is among a select group of business schools carrying AACSB International graduate-level accreditation, including the first accredited Executive Doctorate in Business Administration program in the state. The school also houses its renowned Centers of Excellence, which include the Center for Leadership Development, the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, the Center for Management & Executive Education, and the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership and the Crummer Alumni Association.

Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business. Rollins serves approximately 3,200 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu.

ACHE of Central Florida

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Central Florida

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Central Florida is comprised of executive healthcare professionals committed to providing the experiences needed to achieve management excellence. We encompass nine counties – Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Lake County.

The Mission of the Chapter is to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet its members’ professional, educational and leadership needs; and to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional interaction and promoting social collegiality.

The Purpose of the Chapter is to provide an organized structure for members and others in the field of healthcare management that will enable them to work together on problems of interest; to conduct educational programs and further the professional knowledge of its members; to serve as a resource to related healthcare associations; to promote channels of communication between the Chapter, and other organizations; to promote the purpose of, and membership in, the ACHE; and to help advance the mission of the ACHE.