Stay Connected Virtually
Crummer Connections: Webinar Series
Our in-person Crummer Connections events have been adapted into a webinar series to help alumni stay engaged and informed. We invite you to join us on a virtual journey of interesting, thought-provoking topics led by distinguished faculty and alumni from the Crummer community.
November 10, 2020
Post-COVID Latin America
The Crummer Graduate School of Business is pleased to offer the Crummer and Rollins Community an invitation to the 5th 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 a Post-COVID Latin America by examining the following aspects of the region: Lessons from Europe, Lessons From the USA, Post-Covid Argentina, and Post-Covid Politics in Brazil.
Moderator: Eduardo Goldszal, PhD – Partner at MEER Tax
- 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
- Diego Petrecolla, PhD – Professor, University of Buenos Aires | Professor, Torcauato Di Tella University | Consultant | Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Firmino Soares, MSc – Mayor | Teresina, Brazil
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September 17, 2020
The Pandemic Roller Coaster: Looking Back and Learning Forward
Impact on Entrepreneurs and Business
As companies and entrepreneurs re-evaluate their business models, hear from top business leaders on the impact of the current pandemic on businesses of all sizes, what they are doing, and what the future looks like.
- Joe Raymond ’84 – Founder & Managing Partner at RVR Consulting Group
- John Grunow ’69 ’70MBA – Chairman of Grunow Enterprises
- Glaucia Jones ’15MBA – Corporate Counsel at Ravago Americas
- Evan Wyant, Greater Orlando Market President, Senior Vice President at BB&T now Truist Financial
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About Joe Raymond '84
Joe has successfully facilitated the launch, growth, and exit of 100s of companies. Over many decades, he has helped businesses solve their most pressing challenges, accelerating their growth and maximizing their exit value.
In 1986, Joe founded and grew the Transworld Services Group staffing company to over $45 million in 10 years. By 1994, the company was among Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies. Looking forward, Joe facilitated the business’ ISO 9002 certification, securing a standard of prestigious, international quality, and sold the company at a significant market premium ten years later. Soon after, Joe became President and 50% owner of ASG, a $3.5 million construction staffing company, building it into a $200 million business with 30 offices in five years. In 2007, ASG was sold to a publicly traded company, again at a market premium.
Joe founded RVR Consulting Group in 1999 as a full-service growth management consulting firm intended to help companies accelerate growth, execute turnarounds, and prepare for exit. RVR works to optimize and grow businesses for efficiency and profitability, and since its inception, RVR has expanded to include more than 40 team members. RVR currently works with more than 50 clients in 10 states each year to help them achieve their vision and generate faster returns.
In the community, Joe is the Board Chairman at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), and is also on the Truist Bank Advisory Board. Additionally, He serves on Crummer’s Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
About John Grunow '69 '70MBA
Business History & Accomplishments:
Mr. Grunow graduated from Rollins College receiving a B.A (majoring in economics) and an MBA (majoring in finance). He expanded his education at Miami of Ohio and qualified as a CPA in New York.
Mr. Grunow spent four years in public accounting and management services with Ernst & Ernst. In 1974 founded International Marine Industries and grew it to one of the world’s largest marine accessory manufacturers with 2,000 employees. He was twice nominated for this accomplishment for the “Small Businessman of the Year Award.”
Mr. Grunow joined Ocean Reef Club in 1990. He continued his leadership within the community serving on many committees at the club : Ocean Reef Advisory Board, Marine Advisory Board, Membership Committee, Tennis Committee, Social Committee, etc. He has held numerous board positions at the Health and Tennis Club.
Since joining the club, Mr. Grunow has become one of Ocean Reef’s largest property and equity owners and was president of more than a dozen condominium associations in which he owned property. Mr. Grunow was the past President of Yachtsman Inn and on the Yachtsman Inn Board for five years prior to 2010. Currently Mr. Grunow is President of the Ocean Reef Condo IV (Fdock), President of Yachtsman Inn, and President of the Golf Village Association. He is presently a Director of Angelfish Cay III, Director and past President of Pumpkin Cay Garden Home Association, Director and past President of Creek House, and was a Director and past President of Marina IV (H dock).
Mr. Grunow is a major benefactor to Ocean Reef: a Founder of the Ocean Reef Medical Center, a Founder of the Ocean Reef Cultural Center, and a contributor to the Academy at Ocean Reef and ORCAT.
He is a member of the Flying Club, Men’s Tennis Association, Fish and Gun Club, Anglers Club Men’s Breakfast Club.
- Chairman-Grunow Enterprise Inc.- Consulting Services
- Chairman- Fairway Property Managers, Inc. (Reef Rentals)- Ocean Reef Rental Properties
- Vice Chairman- Morrow Equipment Company- North Americas largest Rental Crane Company
- Chairman- Kenyon Marine, Inc.- A leading stove provider to powerboats
- Chairman- International Marine Industries, Inc.- Marine Holding Company
- Chairman- Lewmar Marine LTD- Worlds largest Winch manufacturer
- Chairman- Sparcraft Marine LTD-Custom Mast supplier to America’s Cup Yachts
- Chairman- Barient Marine, Inc.- Winch Manufacturer
- Chairman- Vigil Radar Electronics, Inc.-One of the first Digital Radar manufacturers
- Chairman- Adler Barbour Refrigeration Marine, Inc.-Refrigeration for sail and powerboats
- Chairman- Brooks and Gatehouse Electronics, Inc.-Electronic packages for racing yachts
- Chairman- Autohelm America, Inc.-Autopilot and Navigation Electronics
- Chairman- Isomat S.A. and Isomat, Inc.-Cruising Masts
- Chairman- Francespar –Cruising Mast
- Chairman- Navtec Rigging, Inc.- Rigging for Sailboats
- Chairman- Benjamin Priest Group LTD Holding Company in which he was chairman of 12 subsidiary engineering and manufacturing companies.
- Director and Chairman of Audit Committee- N.Y Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE Company)
- Director- Pentzer Division of Washington Water Power (NYSE Company)
- Director- Bertram Yachts, Inc.- Sport Fishing Powerboats
About Gláucia Jones '15MBA
Gláucia Jones is a Corporate Counsel at Ravago Americas LLC, a global distributor of resins and chemicals headquartered in Orlando, Florida. In her role as an in-house attorney, she focuses primarily on drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts.
Gláucia was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She moved to New York in 2001 to pursue her goal to attend college in the United States. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, has an M.B.A. from Crummer (PMBA48) and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.
About Evan Wyant
Evan Wyant serves as senior vice president and market president for the Greater Orlando market for BB&T, now Truist. Evan plays a critical role for the combined organization of BB&T and SunTrust, now Truist, serving his clients and his community in one of the largest and fastest growing markets for Truist. He is focused on inspiring and building better lives and communities and does that through a “client first” mentality and serving on many non-profit boards in Central Florida. Currently, he is serving the community through: Central Florida YMCA, Metro Board Member; UCF College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board; Junior Achievement of Central Florida Board Member; Visit Orlando Board Member; Conductive Education Center of Orlando Board Member; and Orlando Economic Development Investor Relations Committee.
Evan began his financial career with BB&T, now Truist, in Maryland in 2003. He relocated his family to Orlando, Florida in 2012. Evan attended Pensacola Christian College, where he majored in Business and Finance. In addition to his undergraduate degree, Evan is a graduate of American Bankers Association, Stonier Graduate School of Banking at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Adapting Leadership in a Crisis
Host: Lieutenant General Mark Hertling ’19DBA
Mark Hertling, SVP Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret.) is currently a senior vice president at AdventHealth. Previously he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Gen. Hertling serves as a military analyst for CNN and is the author of Growing Physician Leaders: Empowering Doctors to Improve Our Healthcare.
This webinar will discuss how the demands on leaders change during a crisis situation, and how smart leaders prepare. Leadership is always challenging but leading in a crisis places unique demands on the leader and their team. Communication, vision, personal characteristics, values, information exchange and building teams to address critical issues are all that much more difficult when facing complex and demanding challenges.
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About Lieutenant General Mark Hertling ‘19DBA
Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling retired from the military in 2013, and since then he has served as a Senior Vice President and now an advisor at the Leadership Institute at Advent Health. His book, Growing Physician Leaders, provides leadership advice and tells the story of the course he was asked to teach at Advent Health. That course now has over 700 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 a total of 38 months in combat, including a tour 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. He serves as an advisor to the non-profit organizations “Mission: Readiness” in California, “Operation Gratitude” in Washington DC. He is an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, he serves as an executive member of the Dean’s Alliance at the School of Public Health of Indiana University, and he is an adjunct professor of strategic leadership at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. 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.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
How To Ace a Virtual Negotiation
Negotiations continue when people work remotely and business travel is grounded. And, while negotiating in a pandemic comes with a whole host of challenges, Crummer’s Executive-in-Residence for Entrepreneurship and Negotiation Bill Grimm will share his knowledge, insights, and strategies to better equip you for successful business negotiations in a virtual world.
Before joining Crummer as a full-time faculty member, Bill practiced corporate and securities law in Florida for over 35 years. He was general counsel to many high-tech companies in the Central Florida area, including several publicly held companies, and he handled many venture capital transactions for high-tech and other companies. Prior to that he was the chief financial officer of a publicly held company, a vice president of corporate finance for an investment banking firm, and he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
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About William A. Grimm, J.D., M.B.A.
William A. Grimm is an Executive-in-Residence for Entrepreneurship and Negotiation at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he brings many years of experience with venture capital, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and negotiation into the classroom. Prior to joining the full-time faculty, he served as the chair of the advisory board for the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship for six years.
Before serving 35 years as an attorney, he was the chief financial officer of a publicly held company and later was a vice president of corporate finance for an investment banking firm. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Grimm’s law practice focused on technology companies and the unique problems they face. He has worked with many high technology companies in Central Florida, including several publicly held companies, and has handled numerous mergers, acquisitions and venture capital transactions. Additionally, he has been instrumental in helping companies go public and has been a member of the boards of directors of several high technology companies.
Mr. Grimm is vice chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association. He has been named to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite and recognized in the Best Lawyers in America and Florida Super Lawyers publications. He has published articles in a variety of journals, and is a well-known speaker in Central Florida at seminars on venture capital financing and initial public offerings. He is the author of What Entrepreneurs Need to Know; Avoiding Big Mistakes That Can Prevent Success.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Economic Globalization Under Pandemic: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns
Dr. Dan Biller, Executive in Residence for Economics, discusses some implications of the 2020 pandemic for the global economy and globalization focusing on what is known and foreseeable risks. Using some of the available data, models and projections, he presents major policy interventions and discusses potential future outcomes for the short-to-medium run.
Prior to joining the Crummer faculty in 2019, Dr. Biller worked at World Bank Group where he held several managerial and technical positions. In his last position, he was the Manager of the Economics Unit in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, overseeing MIGA’s country and project risk assessment as well as the analysis of development impact.
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About Dan Biller, Ph.D.
Dan Biller joined the Crummer faculty in 2019 from the World Bank Group and teaches Economics. At the World Bank Group, he held several managerial and technical positions. In his last position, he was the Manager of the Economics Unit in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, overseeing MIGA’s country and project risk assessment as well as the analysis of development impact.
Prior to joining MIGA in 2013, Dr. Biller was the Sustainable Development Lead Economist for the World Bank’s South Asia Region, Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region, and Environment and Natural Resources Program Leader at the World Bank Institute. He was also a senior economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and has taught at universities and worked with private sector and governments on infrastructure and mining/hydrocarbon regulatory issues while he was on the staff of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.
Dr. Biller has published extensively on topics such as economic development, natural resource and environmental economics, sustainable consumption, urban/rural linkages, infrastructure, climate change, and social development issues. He received his PhD and master’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in geophysics from the University of Kansas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Leading in the Age of Discontinuity with Dr. Keenan Yoho
Dr. Keenan Yoho, Professor of Operations Management, discusses some implications of the 2020 pandemic and methods for leading and managing during disruption as well as the implications of organizational structures and networks on performance.
An expert in supply chain and operations management, Dr. Yoho has spent more than a decade working in national security as well as an advisor to private U.S. and international organizations including IBM, General Motors, General Mills, Intel, and many more.
“At the Crummer Graduate School of Business, we are dedicated to the art and science of management and leadership. As a faculty member, I am committed to the development of our students and supporting them in their goals to advance and transform organizations for the purpose of improving the lives of others.” – Dr. Keenan Yoho
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About Keenan D. Yoho, Ph.D.
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.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Leadership in Crisis with Dan Cockerell '01MBA
Great leaders shine and inspire during difficult times and are prepared, poised, and positive. Please join the entire Rollins worldwide community for an educational and motivating discussion on leadership and inspiration with Dan Cockerell ’01MBA. Learn how we can motivate ourselves and our teams from a distance, and how we can lead effectively through this crisis and any moving forward. Drawing on his 26 year career at Walt Disney World, Dan has addressed and delivered keynote speeches to companies around the world. His experience in building and cultivating great culture combined with his ability to lead teams of all shapes and sizes, are relevant to all of us during these challenging times.
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About Dan Cockerell '01MBA
Dan attended Boston University, graduating in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. An avid rugby player, he was selected for the 1990 and 1991 USA Collegiate All-American Rugby team and was Captain for the 1991 team.
Upon graduation from Boston University in 1991, Dan moved to Florida and worked as a parking attendant at Disney’s Epcot Center. Subsequently, he joined the Disneyland Paris Management Trainee Program, as part of the opening team.
While in France, he held various management positions in Park Operations. He and his wife Valerie, who was also with Disneyland Paris, were married in France and spent five years there before moving back to Orlando in 1997.
Since that time, Dan has held various executive operations roles at the Walt Disney World Resort, both in the theme parks and resort hotels, and retired as the Vice President of the Magic Kingdom where he led 12,000 cast members and entertained over 20 million guests annually.
He earned his MBA in 2001 at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Dan was a keynote speaker for the world-renowned Disney Institute for 18 years. He has addressed open-enrollment participants as well as attendees in customized programs including the USAA Bank, General Motors, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, the Southern Methodist University Business School, Porsche A.G., and United Airlines.
He also participated in the Sodexo Quality Life Worldwide Conference Panel, moderated by Arianna Huffington, in 2015. He served on the board of Junior Achievement of Central Florida from 2004 to 2018, and was Chairman in 2010.
After a fulfilling and exciting 26-year career with the Walt Disney Company, Dan and Valerie made the decision to set out on a new venture and start their own consulting and speaking business.
Dan provides customized, authentic presentations, insightful workshops and one on one coaching, focusing on leadership and management practices drawing upon his extensive Disney career with relevant examples and inspiring storytelling.