Crummer Connections: Podcast & Video Series
Hear the stories of the Crummer Community in their own words as they discuss their accomplishments and Crummer experience.
Podcast & Video Series: Season 3
Episode 6. Austin Franklin '19MBA: Find the Advantage
In this life, each one of us will be called upon to face challenges and adversity, and there will be times when we feel like we’re at a disadvantage. This episode’s guest is Austin Franklin, Co-Founder and CEO of Good-Natured Life. In this interview, he’ll explain how serving the community starts with being your best self, and even when you are in the midst of challenges, you can find the advantage in the disadvantage.
- 01:16 — Philosophy of service, giving back to the community, being your best self
- 08:25 — Backstory, parents as business role models, messages of positivity
- 15:40 — Career journey, overcoming disadvantages, the inception of Good Natured Life
- 25:27 — Career advice, finding the advantage in the disadvantage
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Austin will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to email@example.com.
- Wake, Rise, and Smile: Four True Stories and One Remarkable Idea Which Encourage Us to Rise Above Life’s Disadvantages by Austin J. Franklin. Purchase >>
- The DifferenceMaker Leader: Five Timeless Ideas That Inspire You To Lead Differently In The World by Austin Franklin. Purchase >>
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by John David Mann & Bob Burg. Purchase on Amazon >>
Guest — Austin Franklin ’19MBA. Connect on LinkedIn >>
Host — J.B. Adams. Connect on LinkedIn >>
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc.
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Showrunner — Kyle Sawyer
Audio Design — Aaron Trnka
Production Assistance — Rachel O’Bryan
Episode 5. Marcus Davis '20 '22MBA: Learning to Run
Think about something that you’ve always wanted to accomplish and then ask yourself what is holding you back from doing it? This episode’s guest is Crummer MBA student Marcus Davis. In this interview, he’ll share his early experiences in business, and explain the importance of learning how to run so that you can separate yourself from the rest of the pack.
- 01:12 – Philosophy of service, servant leadership and situational leadership
- 08:47 – Backstory, playing sports and keeping the gas tank full
- 14:40 – Lessons from mentor James Gore, having a Plan B
- 21:23 – Career advice, ask questions, “learn how to run, then run faster”
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Marcus will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 4. Mai-Han Harrington '10 '15MBA: Embracing Change
Think back to the early stages of your business career, did you have a clear idea of where you were headed? For most of us, it’s not that easy. Today’s guest is Mai-Han Harrington, Director of Administration at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and immediate past president on the Rollins College Alumni Advisory Board, and in this interview, she’ll share with us what to do when you don’t know what to do, and how she found her way to continue the legacy of a proud family business.
- 01:05 — Philosophy of service, and creating meaningful relationships
- 06:46 — Backstory, the birth of Kobe Japanese Steakhouse as a family business
- 14:29 — Career journey, pursuing interests before joining the family business
- 22:37 — Best business advice, expect change and embrace it
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Mai-Han will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to email@example.com.
Episode 3 - John Henry '88 '90MBA: Passion, Patience, Pivot, and Perseverance
Imagine being a parent and learning that your child has an illness that will affect both of you for the rest of your lives. In this interview, John Henry, executive director of the MyCareConnect Foundation and current vice president of the Rollins College Alumni Advisory Board, shares how his situation made him step up as a parent, shift his career, and redefine his commitment to service.
- 01:18 — Philosophy of service, importance of meaningful connections
- 07:35 — Backstory, job search, patience, and passion
- 17:04 — Career journey, the inception of MyCareConnect, and helping families in the Type I Diabetes community
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and John will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 2 - Alex Manrique '07MBA: Inclusion as a Business Priority
In the 21st century, it is increasingly essential to put a sense of humanity at the center of business decisions. In this interview, Alex Manrique, Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Universal Parks & Resorts, discusses her approach to service through fostering relationships and embracing the differences of others.
- 01:49 — Service philosophy, importance of taking care of future generations
- 07:35 — Backstory, growing up in Colombia, treating people with kindness
- 12:49 — Career journey & best business advice, helping employees find a sense of belonging
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Alex will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to email@example.com.
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces by Karen Catlin
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Universal Orlando Parks & Resorts
Episode 1 - Terry Castillo '21MBA: Using Your Gifts
This episode begins with a simple question: Do you have a job, or do you have a career? In this interview, Terry Castillo, training and development manager for the Orange County Clerk of Courts and vice-chair of the Osceola County School Board, and former chair of career enhancement and service at the Crummer Graduate School of Business discusses the importance of identifying your gifts and using them to serve others.
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Terry will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Podcast & Video Series: Season 2
Episode 6 - Dr. Keenan Yoho is Strategically Bold (and Might Crash Your Party)
For many business leaders, the details are something you work out later, after you’ve determined your strategy. But for operations managers, the details will make or break your strategy. In this interview, Professor of Operations Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business Dr. Keenan Yoho discusses the importance of operations management, early lessons gained through his interest in music, and how to be strategically bold in your career choices.
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Dr. Yoho will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to Clara Mount ’20MBA at email@example.com or to Lovelyn Findley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sex, Drums, Rock ‘n’ Roll!: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business — Purchase on Amazon >>
Episode 5 - Dr. Robert Prescott Embraces Life-Long Learning
All managers lead their organizations through change, but the most effective ones make it easier for employees to embrace change and come along willingly. In this interview, former executive in residence associate professor and now continuing graduate faculty of management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business Dr. Robert Prescott explains the importance of building trust between managers and employees; he also describes the management lessons he learned from key mentors and builds a case for life-long learning.
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Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Dr. Bob will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to Clara Mount ’20MBA at email@example.com or to Lovelyn Findley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 4 - Dr. Tracy Kizer Defines "Earned Determination"
Business leaders are constantly faced with choices; sometimes just one important decision can change the course of the rest of your life. In this interview, Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Tracy Kizer explains the importance of marketing and messaging in a changing business landscape, how her parents influenced her development, and how success comes through hard work and following your soul.
Episode 3 - Dr. Brian Walkup Maximizes Value
Business leaders make decisions to ensure the growth and profitability of their companies, but they sometimes overlook what is in the best interest of owners, shareholders, and other stakeholders. In this interview, Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Brian Walkup describes common mistakes in the understanding of finance, his entrepreneurial upbringing, and how effective firms consistently maximize value.
Episode 2 - Mary Conway Dato-on Raises Consumer Consciousness
It’s easy to express care and concern for our planet and the people on it, but being a responsible consumer means researching purchases and making informed decisions about them. In this interview, Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship and first female faculty president at Crummer, Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on describes her career in social entrepreneurship and how all of us can become more thoughtful consumers.
Episode 1. Keith Whittingham's Favorite Blend: Fascination and Passion
Earth Day gives all of us the opportunity to consider how we can make our planet a safer, cleaner and more fair place for all of us to share. In this interview, Associate Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility Dr. Keith Whittingham describes his career in coffee production, his approach to sustainability, and how we can foster fresh ideas for a thriving world.
- Guest: Dr. Keith Whittingham. Connect on LinkedIn >>
- Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. Learn more >>
- Creator/Host: J.B. Adams ’11MBA
- Executive Producer: Gerard Mitchell ’91 ’18MBA
- Sound Editing: Aaron Trnka
- Production Assistance: Kyle Sawyer
Podcast & Video Series: Season 1
Episode 6. Natalie Schmook '05 '06MBA
Founder & Owner of Hayes Wealth Advisors, LLC
Location: Atlanta, GA
In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Natalie Hayes Schmook, founder and owner of Hayes Wealth Advisors LLC, a financial planning and investment management services company serving optometrists, optometry practice owners, and their families. Natalie graduated from Crummer in 2006 as a part of EAMBA class 9. Her career started in private wealth management with SunTrust Bank, pivoted to operating a franchise, and then evolved to starting Hayes Wealth Advisors. She and her husband Eric Schmook ’06MBA continue to be involved with Crummer by assisting with the Career Resource Center and participating in the annual Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition.
Listen as she shares:
- How her father served as a role model who helped her become interested in entrepreneurship
- Her journey after Crummer working with SunTrust Bank, operating a franchise with her husband, and finally starting her own business
- Lessons learned from starting multiple businesses
- How to find a meaningful balance between running a business while also building a life
More About Natalie Schmook ’05 ’06MBA
Natalie Hayes Schmook is the founder and owner of Hayes Wealth Advisors LLC, a financial planning and investment management service for employed optometrists, practice owners and their families.
Natalie started her career in the Private Wealth Management division of SunTrust Bank in 2006 and earned her Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 2009. An advisor since 2006, she left her corporate background to put her experience and expertise to work for ODs in an independent, fee-only capacity. Natalie is also a Certified Valuation Analyst™ and Certified Exit Planning Advisor has developed expertise in business valuations and exit planning with a specific focus on optometry practices.
Natalie graduated with Honors from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and also received her Masters of Business Administration there. She and her husband Eric live in Atlanta, Georgia with their two fun, spunky little girls and enjoy playing league tennis in their free time.
Episode 5. Serg Albino '10MBA
Co-Founder & CEO of ecoSPEARS and Saturday MBA graduate.
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Serg Albino, Co-Founder and CEO of ecoSpears, an impact venture delivering cost-effective and eco-friendly cleantech solutions to destroy persistent organic pollutants from our land and waterways. Mr. Albino is a serial entrepreneur with a long career in technology, engineering, and consulting. He graduated from Crummer in 2010 as a part of Saturday MBA class 05.
Listen as he shares:
- How his company ecoSPEARS finds innovative solutions to challenging environmental problems.
- The challenges he overcame immigrating from the Philippines to live in New York City and then Orlando.
- His experience as an aerospace engineer and how he came to study at Crummer.
- How he applied lessons from the Crummer domestic consulting course to his approach as a consultant.
More About Serg Albino ’10MBA
Serg is an aerospace and thermal engineer by trade as well as a serial entrepreneur. While working at NASA Kennedy Space Center, he worked alongside the inventor of the SPEARS technology. Recognizing the global impact of this breakthrough technology in environmental cleanup, Serg worked with NASA’s Tech Transfer Program and founded ecoSPEARS to continue advancing this technology for worldwide environmental applications. Serg has been involved with the Crummer Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction (ESD) program working with teams of students to further develop and commercialize NASA technology. Prior to establishing ecoSPEARS, Serg mentored two Crummer ESD groups working on the SPEARS NASA tech on go-to-market, marketing, and sales strategies. Prior to ecoSPEARS, Serg founded IROC Tactical, a firearms accessory company focused on improving health, safety, and performance for law enforcement and the military. Serg directs the organization’s vision, mission, technical development as well as its business development and strategy formulation. A native of the Philippines and raised in New York City, Serg moved to Central Florida. He holds an Aerospace Degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA with a focus on Operations & Technology Management from Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
Episode 4. Diahann Smith '17MBA
Director of Marketing and Business Development for Florida Dairy Farmers and Executive MBA graduate.
Location: Orlando, FL
In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Diahann Smith, who currently serves as the director of marketing and business development for Florida Dairy Farmers. Before starting her thirteen-year career with Florida Dairy Farmers, she had a long career in marketing in Central Florida, previously working at the Orlando Sentinel. Ms. Smith graduated from Crummer in 2017 as a part of EMBA 36.
Listen as she shares:
- The secret to finding the freshest milk in Florida.
- Her beginnings in Puerto Rico and the role models who shaped her approach to business.
- Lessons about networking learned while navigating early career roles.
- Advice to current MBA students.
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.
Episode 3. Joshua Snyder '10MBA
Vice president of strategic partnerships and business development at PowerDMS and Early Advantage MBA graduate.
Location: Sanford, FL
In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Joshua Snyder, who currently serves as the vice president of strategic partnerships and business development at PowerDMS. Joshua graduated from Crummer in 2010 as a part of EAMBA 13. In the time since his graduation, he has continued to maintain a strong relationship with Crummer, by working at the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship for five years, serving at Crummer’s Oktoberfest fundraiser, and joining the alumni board.
Listen as he shares:
- His experience working in the technology industry and what he loves about it.
- Early beginnings helping his parents run their business.
- Lessons learned from serving in a consultant role during his time with the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.
- Insights on becoming an effective leader.
More About Joshua Snyder ’10MBA
Joshua Snyder is the Vice President of Business Development at PowerDMS, a SaaS company in Downtown Orlando with 100+ employees whose investors include Ballast Point Ventures and Frontier Capital. He and his team are responsible for identifying growth opportunities, developing strategic alliances, and serving as the voice of the company to their network of partners. As a member of the senior leadership team, he is also responsible for guiding the company’s strategy for product and corporate development.
Joshua has worked with growth-oriented companies for the past decade, leveraging his background in business development, project management, marketing and strategy creation. Prior to joining PowerDMS, Joshua was the Assistant Director at the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College. He has held senior level management positions with and served as an advisor to companies in the SaaS, data analytics, modeling & simulation, and arts & entertainment industries among several others.
Joshua teaches Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Central Florida to an interdisciplinary group of business and engineering students. In his capacity as a champion for the technology and startup community, he has done extensive work with early stage companies. In 2017, he was appointed by the Sanford City Council to serve a four-year term on the board of the Downtown Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency. He also serves on the board of StarterStudio and has served on the boards of the Orlando Tech Association, the Victory Cup Initiative, and GrowFL. In 2016, Joshua was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal’s 40-Under-40.
Joshua holds an M.B.A. from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and a B.S. from the University of Central Florida. He is a lifelong resident of Sanford, FL where he resides with his beautiful wife, Crystal, their daughter, Ruby, and their German Shepard, Jimi. He is also an avid music lover and enjoys performing with his cover band, The Smoking Jackets, at corporate events, weddings and several venues throughout Central Florida.
Episode 2. Cameron Dawson '10 '12MBA
Director, Senior Equity Analyst in the Chief Investment Office of Bank of America and Early Advantage MBA graduate.
Location: New York, NY
Cameron Dawson, currently serves as Director, Senior Equity Analyst in the Chief Investment Office of Bank of America. Her first exposure to business came when, as a teenager, she moved to Miami to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer. After spending a year at UCF, she enrolled at Rollins College, graduated as valedictorian, and then went on to join the Early Advantage MBA cohort 17 at Crummer. Cameron focused on finance track and was eventually awarded the Edward Moses Distinguished Finance Award. After graduating, she studied to take the CFA, and landed her role with Bank of America.
Listen as she shares:
- The foundations of business she learned through her career in ballet
- How she found a new passion for finance through Crummer
- Her journey as she broke into the finance scene in New York City
- Advice for other Crummer alumni on paying it forward
Tadar Muhammad '17MBA
Senior Vice President of Workforce Development at HBI (Home Builders Institute) and graduate from the Executive MBA program.
Location: Winter Park, FL
More about Tadar
In his current role, Home Builders Institute Senior Vice President of Workforce Development Tadar Muhammad is responsible for the operation of HBI’s Workforce Training & Employment Department–a budget of more than $8 million and 95 staff. He is responsible nationally for oversight of all workforce development initiatives of secondary and post-secondary students, justice involved youth and adults, veterans and transitioning military and more.
Over the past 25 years, Muhammad has worked in human services, youth development and workforce development with a goal of developing partnerships that assist individuals with learning career-translating skills. Having participated as a featured speaker at several local and national workforce development conferences, he serves on numerous boards and councils to include a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Board of Directors for the Prison Rehabilitative Industries & Diversified Enterprises in Florida, Board Chair for Sunshine Charter High Schools in Orlando, Florida, Board of Directors for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Foundation, Board of Directors for the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates and Orange County’s Citizens’ Commission for Children Advisory Board.
A native Chicagoan, Muhammad moved to Orlando in 1983. After receiving a scholarship to Valencia College and a Warner University Organizational Management B.A., he earned his Executive MBA from Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business.
In addition to his noted degrees, Tadar Muhammad has completed performance and public speaking-relevant B.A.-level training/coursework in Broadcast Journalism while studying at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
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