Fall 2011 Executive Forum Lecture Series
Release Date: Sep 23, 2011
The Executive Forum series provides FAU students exposure to the wealth of knowledge and experience of entrepreneurs and executives from a wide variety of businesses and industries.
The executive forum is designed to provide the wealth of knowledge and experience of inspirational leaders and executives from a wide variety of businesses and industries. The speakers present a brief overview of their businesses, as well as specific professional experiences, followed by a discussion of key issues facing their industries in the current business and economic climate.
ACE proudly organizes the executive forum to help students and external audience members to hone in on their career development interests by enabling them to gain insight from business leaders who represent a wide array of industries.
The speaker series is comprised of presentations and seminar-like interaction with entrepreneurs and executives focusing on the practical nature of business development. Audience members and executives will discuss current challenges facing business and industry today and consider alternative ways of meeting these challenges.
Greg Hanlon, Vice President & General Manager – NextEra
Greg has enjoyed a 21-year career of awarded leadership; General Electric for 18 years and Resun Corporation for three years. His career has been highlighted by recognized business and academic achievements and accelerated advancement culminating in various VP, SVP and COO roles. Currently, Greg is Vice President & General Manager, FPL Energy Services.
Greg has delivered breakthrough results in revenues, margins, profitability and organizational development through strategic direction, transformational change and turnaround leadership. He has earned numerous GE leadership awards and a sales process patent application. A results-proven Fortune 50 executive-turnaround management expert, Greg is a builder and leader of best-in-class organizations. His documented successes in improving profitability have earned him a reputation as a dynamic, visionary and highly effective agent of change.
Greg holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Sociology/Anthropology from Lycoming College and a M.B.A. with honors from Pennsylvania State University. He is a GE Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Sales Research Institute Integrate Selling Chain Management System expert.
John Duffy, CEO – 3Cinteractive
John Duffy is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in communications and payment processing. As founder and CEO of 3Cinteractive, Duffy is responsible for setting corporate strategy, driving revenue, and helping to maintain the company’s key relationships with customers and vendors.
Under Duffy’s leadership, 3Ci ranked 28th on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S., with three-year revenue growth of 6,844%. 3Ci was also recognized as the Business of the Year, Fastest Growing Technology Company and one of the Best Places to Work in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal. The South Florida Business Journal also recognized Duffy as a 2011 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO. Recently, Duffy was named a finalist for the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Florida.
Duffy began his career as an account executive at MCI. Prior to founding 3Ci, Duffy built several successful companies in a broad section of industries including Internet Billing Company, one of the first Internet-based payment processing companies, which sold to Intercept in 2002.
Duffy believes that giving back is at the heart of his success. He is very involved in several philanthropic organizations including the Dan Marino Foundation, Jason Taylor Foundation, Here’s Help, and the Jim Moran Foundation. Duffy is also a sought after speaker on topics ranging from mobile to entrepreneurship.
Duffy is a graduate of Ohio University where he was a wrestler. He lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Duane Stiller, Founder and President - Woolbright Development, Inc.
Duane Stiller has always believed in making Florida's places better. He founded Woolbright in 1985, and from the beginning he established industry knowledge, personal service and innovation as core values for the Woolbright team. Mr. Stiller built Woolbright Development into one of the fastest growing retail real estate companies in Florida, and during the last decade the firm acquired 56 retail projects totaling 8.5 million square feet.
Historically, Woolbright's typical projects consisted of redevelopments of existing shopping centers located in Florida's densely populated metro areas. Recently, ground-up developments have been incorporated into the Woolbright project mix, and this successful combination has helped make Woolbright Development one of the largest acquirers, managers and top 10 owners of retail real estate in Florida.
As Woolbright Development has grown, Mr. Stiller has taken his corporate philosophy of making Florida's places better and made it a core value of Woolbright Development's community service and philanthropic endeavors. His belief that thriving communities require strong cultural, educational and health care institutions has expanded the scope of Woolbright's definition of community development.
The entire Stiller family and Woolbright Development team participate significantly in volunteer service and philanthropy. Mr. Stiller personally supports the American Heart Association; American Red Cross, Hurricane Katrina Victims; Cornell University Schools of Architecture and Engineering, Boca Raton Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew's School (Boca Raton), among others. Additionally, Woolbright Development contributes to Boys & Girls Clubs, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boca Raton Art Museum, Mizner Center for the Arts, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and The Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer Community Service Award.
Duane Stiller was born in Syracuse, New York and moved to Florida in 1970 where he has been a keen observer and active participant in Florida's real estate market for more than three decades. After graduating from the Cornell University College of Engineering, Mr. Stiller began his career with Traveler's Asset Management International Corporation as director of property management. He is a licensed real estate broker and licensed general contractor. Mr. Stiller is a visiting professor at Cornell University and frequent lecturer at University of Florida and Florida State University.
Duane Stiller is proud to call Boca Raton, Florida home, where he resides with his wife, Dalia, an architect, art enthusiast and trustee at Cornell University, and his daughter, Cristina, a Cornell University student and aspiring journalist and writer.
Allan L. Schuman, Chairman Emeritus - Ecolab, Inc.
Allan L. Schuman is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ecolab, Inc., headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
His career with Ecolab spanned from 1957 through 2004 when he retired as President and CEO. Mr. Schuman maintained the position of Chairman of the Board for an additional two years through May 2006, and he now holds the title of Chairman Emeritus. Ecolab’s operations serve customers in North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Pacific with premium cleaning, sanitation and maintenance products and services.
Mr. Schuman earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from New York University. He is also the recipient of two honorary Doctorates of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales and the Culinary Institute of America.
Mr. Schuman serves on the board of directors of the Schwan Food Company and was appointed as the company’s Chairman of the Board in January 2009; he also serves on the board of directors of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
He is a past board member of Henkel-Ecolab GmbH (a joint venture headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany), the Culinary Institute of America Corporation, the Ordway Music Theatre, the Hazelden Foundation, the Soap and Detergent Association, the Guthrie Theatre, Capital City Partnership, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, and is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Hamline University.
David Blaszkowsky, Acting Associate Director for Data and Analytics - Securities and Exchange Commission
David M. Blaszkowsky is the Associate Director for Data and Analytics of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in its new Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation. David’s responsibilities include the Office of Interactive Data (OID), which David was appointed to start and lead in October 2007, and which remains focused on implementing interactive data standards (including XBRL) for financial reporting and other disclosures, and on developing and carrying out strategies and policies to improve disclosures and their use through interactive data standards. OID helped to develop the SEC rules have been adopted for XBRL tagging for public company financial reporting, mutual fund reports and ratings.
David joined the SEC after a private sector career in management consulting and financial information, most recently as a director leading several equity research and analytic information businesses for Standard & Poor’s in NY. Before that, David was the Director of Strategic Planning and Development for McGraw-Hill’s Construction Information Group (where he also worked on an early industry-specific data standard), and held financial management and reengineering roles at Fidelity Investments in Boston. David’s first career was in management consulting, at McKinsey & Company, as well as at Price Waterhouse and Gemini Consulting. David trained in economics at the University of Chicago, receiving a BA, and earned his MBA in finance and marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In 2009, David was listed on “Top 100 Most Influential” lists in both finance and accounting.
Steve Calkins, Senior Vice President, Contract Sales - Office Depot
Steve Calkins is a Senior Vice President with Office Depot whose responsibility is to oversee the Company’s Contract Sales Division in North America. In this role, Steve manages the company business to business and government contract sales, as well the division’s pricing strategy department. Prior to assuming this position in April 2011, Steve was the Company’s Vice President & Deputy General Counsel responsible for the North American legal department for Office Depot. In that role, Steve managed attorneys responsible for litigation, labor and employment issues, benefits, contracts, intellectual property, licensing, advertising, records management and real estate.
In addition, prior to joining the business side of the Company, Steve was responsible for the government relations department, which was formed in early 2010. As part of his legal and government relations duties, Steve was actively involved in the company's media communications efforts. Steve has also been part of numerous corporate projects, including helping to oversee the Company’s construction of a new global headquarters, which was completed in late 2008.
Prior to joining Office Depot in 2003, Steve was an attorney with Kilpatrick Stockton in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his practice concentrated in complex commercial litigation. He received his undergraduate degree (BA) from Michigan State University and his JD from the University of South Carolina.
Timothy B. Loomer, President & CEO - Campus Management Corporation
Tim Loomer is President and Chief Executive Officer of Campus Management Corporation, a Boca Raton, Florida-based enterprise software company serving postsecondary education and not-for-profit organizations. The company employs 720 associates and provides mission-critical software and services that help run 1700 institutions across 17 countries. Behind the scenes, the company’s software addresses the needs of millions of students, administrators, alumni and donors, processing college applications, financial aid, scholarships, loans, academic records, job applications, and payrolls.
Since joining Campus Management in February 2008, Mr. Loomer’s leadership has produced a long-range strategic plan, and instilled into the organization a systematic approach to software product management and development, acquisitions, and international growth.
Mr. Loomer’s more than twenty years of experience in technology-related businesses, coupled with his passion for education, has continued to drive the company’s continuous profitable growth. Recent accomplishments include the acquisition of Talisma, the leading brand of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for higher education, assimilating to more than 170 employees across multiple countries into an organization growing at double-digit rates for more six years. Today, Campus Management is described as “Visionary” and a “top three vendor” by the analysts at Gartner and Datamonitor, alongside its Fortune-rated global competitors.
Chris Prindle, Investor - J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Chris Prindle is a Vice President and Investment Specialist for J.P. Morgan’s Private Banking business. He is responsible for drawing upon the vast, global resources of J.P. Morgan to provide wealthy individuals and families with customized investment solutions designed to build and preserve their wealth. He also partners with other specialist at J P J.P. Morgan to provide comprehensive wealth management capabilities that help clients meet all of their financial goals.
Chris joins J.P. Morgan with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Chris was a Senior Director of Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist for Wachovia’s Wealth Management Group, serving Palm Beach County. Prior to moving to Florida, Chris was a partner with First Union/Wachovia’s Wealth Management group covering Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, where he was recognized as the top relationship manager in the region and was named the youngest Partner in the Private Bank. Chris is a CFA Charter Holder and a member of the CFA institute and the CFA Society of South Florida. Chris is an avid golfer and he enjoys traveling with family at every opportunity.
Abdol Moabery, President & CEO - GA Telesis
Abdol Moabery is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis, a global leader in commercial aerospace. Founded in 2002 by Mr. Moabery, GA Telesis has fast grown into one of the largest firms in its sector, amassing vertically-integrated global businesses with hundreds of employees. He has over 20 years of direct experience in various disciplines in aviation from flight, lease and structured finance to logistics and maintenance.
A serial entrepreneur, he is responsible for the start-up, organization and development of several companies in the fields of finance, defense technologies, military software and commercial aerospace. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Aviation Systems International, Inc., where his responsibilities included oversight and management of all operations. Prior to joining ASI, Mr. Moabery was Director of Marketing and Sales at C-S Aviation Services, Inc. (a Soros Fund Management company), where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of a fleet of commercial aircraft that were placed in EETCs and syndicated leverage instruments.
Mr. Moabery and his wife are prominent philanthropists who have donated and directed millions of dollars to charitable causes that directly impact children. Some of these organizations include His House Children’s Home, Kids in Distress, Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Food for the Poor, the ISTAT Foundation, the Wing’s Club Scholarship Foundation, the Factor Foundation, and the March of Dimes. The Moaberys also sponsor several deserving special needs families through their commitment to cover expenses not generally covered by government programs or charitable organizations.
Mr. Moabery is the President of the Wing’s Club Scholarship Board and serves as advisor to several national and local children’s charities. He is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Navy and United States Naval Reserve.
Mr. Moabery resides in Delray Beach, Florida with his wife and two children.
Robert Danzig, Former Nationwide CEO for Hearst Newspapers - Author, Dean of the Hearst Management Institute
- grew up in foster homes
- first job as teenage office boy at Albany, N.Y. Times Union
- 19 years later named Publisher of that 1,200 employee newspaper
- 7 years later named nationwide ceo of all Hearst Newspapers—6,000 employee –multi billion revenue business
- author of : The Leader Within You/ Vitamins for the Spirit/ Angel Threads/ Every Child Deserves A Champion/There Is Only One You/Conversations with Bobby—from Foster Child to CEO/Shakespeare Lives On Cape Cod (and everywhere else).
- awarded Journalism fellowship to Stanford University—the only business executive ever included in that fellowship program
- on teaching faculty of the prestigious New School University in NYC—taught “ The Confidence Course”
- named to Speakers Hall of Fame in 2007
- is Dean of The Hearst Management Institute
- donates speaking fees and book royalties to foster care children in college.
Chris Milliken, Former President & CEO – OfficeMax
Chris Milliken is the former President and CEO of OfficeMax, a nationwide office supply, office furniture, and office technology store. Mr. Milliken graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina in 1970 with a B.S. in Industrial Management. After college, Mr. Milliken held various merchandising positions at Marshall Field and Company (now Macy’s) in Chicago, IL from 1970 to 1977. He left the company as the Merchandise Manager for Stationery, Greeting Cards, Writing Instruments, Small leather goods and luggage. Mr. Milliken joined Cascade Office Products in 1977 as a product manager for furniture, paper, and desk accessories. In 1980 he moved to Boston to become Operations Manager and subsequently General Manager of New England resulting in revenue increasing from $2 million to $75million. Mr. Milliken returned to the Chicago headquarters in 1985 as National Marketing Manager. He went back to Boston in 1987 as Eastern Regional Manager with responsibility for distribution centers in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, and Orlando. He returned to Chicago in 1992 as National Sales and Operations Manager over 27 distribution centers. In 1994, Mr. Milliken added international acquisitions to his responsibilities including acquisitions in Canada, UK, France, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1998, he added the $100 million mail order business (Reliable Office Products) to his responsibilities. Mr. Milliken then manages the IPO of Boise Cascade Office Products (NYSE: BOP) in 2000. In 2003, Mr. Milliken managed the buy-back of public stock, and sold timber and paper operations to raise capital to purchase a $4 million retail office products chain (1,000 stores) and changed the name of the company to OfficeMax. Mr. Milliken was appointed CEO and President of OfficeMax in 2003. He retired as CEO and President in 2006.
Robert Wolfe, Managing Director - United Capital Private Wealth Consulting
Rob specializes in the design and implementation of customized and sophisticated wealth management strategies for affluent families. The vast majority of his clients are entrepreneurs, business owners, senior corporate executives and professional athletes.Respected for his knowledge of current wealth management issues, Rob is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswire, contributes articles on wealth management topics to local, regional and national publications, and has been a frequent guest on CNBC’s “Make Your Money Work” segment of their “Power Lunch” program. He has been repeatedly named to Medical Economics’ exclusive list of “The 150 Best Financal Advisors for Doctors” and in 2000 received the prestigious “Ticker Ace Advisor of the Year Award for Best Educator” presented annually by the industry renowned Ticker Magazine to one advisor throughout the entire country demonstrating superior proficiency and skill in client education.
Rob is also the creator of The Wealth Empowerment Formula - a comprehensive wealth management advice deliver system. Prior to joining United Capital Financial Advisors, Rob was a partner at Compu-Val Investments, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. Rob graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed the CFP® Professional Education Program and the Accredited Asset Management Specialist Program at the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.
Sidney Cohen, Former President - Cohen's Frozen Foods
Cohen’s Frozen Foods was begun by my mother, Pearl. With the help of a small loan from a neighbor, she rented a two-room shop not far from where we lived and began making knishes in the back room and selling them in the front room. We lived in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood, where making exceptionally good knishes was enough to secure fame if not fortune. Eventually, the little knish business expanded to include additional menu items and a few tables and chairs, and I joined the family business with an eye toward expansion. We eventually have seven hot dog/hamburger stores. When my father’s health began to fail, we shifted our focus away from retail to the wholesale food business. The evolution of that experiment took place over a period of many years, some of which were frighteningly lean, while others were more encouraging. My family grew along with the business and eventually included by wife, Estelle, and two sons and two daughters, Ira, Neil, Lori and Cindy. My son Ira is an attorney and Judge in New Jersey. Neil, Lori, and Cindy all enjoy successful careers in the wholesale food business.
Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, we continued to focus on the food items we knew best while experimenting with automation, quality control, and the expansion of our core product line. By the 80’s, at the height of what became Cohen’s Famous Frozen Foods, annual sales topped the $5 million mark. I retired when we sold the Cohen’s Frozen Food business in the late 90’s. Although you can still find frozen hors d’oeuvres bearing the family name in various supermarkets, someone else now owns that brand name and no one in my family has any connection to it.