Executive Forum Speaker Series
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.
This series is sponsored by:
The College of Business offers this program to our MBA students every Thursday. This program is for currently enrolled FAU MBA students. If you would like to attend, you must RSVP in advance.
August 23, 2018
Founder and Chairman
Jordan Zimmerman is Founder, Chairman and architect of the Zimmerman Advertising Empire, one of the top 10 largest advertising agencies in the world with published billings in excess of $4 billion. Jordan founded his company in 1984 working tirelessly, personifying an insane commitment to be the best. Jordan trademarked his own term, “Brandtailing®”- a maverick combination of long-term brand building and short-term sales boosting that delivers measurable results. Jordan Zimmerman is known as “Advertising’s Bad Boy” and his list of winning clients is a “who’s who” of the retail world. His is the firm that is behind such great brands as AutoNation, Chuck E. Cheese, City Furniture, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hair Cuttery, Five Below, Michaels Arts and Crafts, McDonald’s, and Nissan. Highly respected within the advertising world, Jordan is often asked to address industry groups and participate in panel discussions across the country. April of 2015 brought perhaps the most prestigious honor that any American could ever dream of being awarded. Jordan was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. This tremendous honor is bestowed upon individuals who triumphed over adversity in their lives and achieved success despite obstacles placed in front of them. In 2017, Jordan was the commencement speaker for the Masters and graduate students at Nova Southeastern University where he was awarded his honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration. Jordan has been featured numerous times in South Florida CEO Magazine, where he continues to make the list of the “One Hundred Most Powerful People in South Florida.” Through The Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, he generously supports the University of South Florida and its unrivaled Zimmerman Advertising Program (ZAP), a specialized program that he founded and continues to support. He also supports our very own FAU. Jordan believes strongly in philanthropy and giving back to the greater community. He supports the National MS Society, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Junior Achievement of South Florida, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, among many others.
August 30, 2018
Chief Operating Officer
West Boca Medical Center
Ryan Lee currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for West Boca Medical Center where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital and for providing management oversight for the development of new clinical initiatives.
Coming from South Carolina, Lee began his tenure at Tenet Healthcare in 2013 as the director of physician services at Coastal Carolina Hospital. From there, he was promoted to associate administrator where he made a noteworthy impact in several key areas. He was involved with a number of crucial growth and development projects, including the expansion of the Women’s Pavilion, the addition of the MRI suite and the renovation of the Operating Room. Lee also played a lead role in the construction of the hospital’s new Observation Suite and Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit.
Lee is a 2016 graduate of the Tenet Leadership Academy, a 15-month senior leader development program that brings together a small class of high-potential clinicians, administrators and corporate office employees. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lee received his Master in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clemson University.
Ryan and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Coral Springs, FL with their 2 year old daughter and newborn son.
September 6, 2018
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
SBA Communications Corporation
Mr. Stoops joined SBA Communications in 1997 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2002. He was appointed chairman in 2000, and a director of the company in 1999. He previously served as Finance Director and Legal Counsel where he was responsible for finance activities, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and legal affairs of the organization, including the supply and purchase of the first towers for the company. Before joining SBA, he was a partner in Gunster, a law firm in Florida, where he worked for thirteen years in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions areas. Mr. Stoops is the current Director and past Chairman of the Board of the Wireless Industry Association (WIA), the trade organization of the wireless communications infrastructure industry. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida; the Advisory Committee of the Business School of Florida Atlantic University; and the Board of Directors of the entity responsible for the Honda Classic PGA golf tournament held annually in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Mr. Stoops is the former Chairman of the Board of St. Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, Florida. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and “Juris Doctor” from Florida State University.
September 13, 2018
Keith Koenig is president of City Furniture, a retail furniture company of 30 showrooms in South Florida and Central Florida under two brands, City Furniture and Ashley HomeStore.
City Furniture evolved from Waterbed City, which was started in 1971 by Keith’s late brother, Kevin. Keith and the City Furniture team have received local and national recognition, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the UF MBA Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Furniture Retailer of the Year Award.
Keith is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami branch. He is Chairman of the Holy Cross Hospital board and Chairman for Broward Workshop. He is also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Council of 100. He is active in many other organizations including the University of Florida Foundation and is a past board chair.
He was made a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II. Keith resides in Plantation, FL with his wife, Kelly. Keith has two children and five grandchildren.
September 20, 2018
Town Center at Boca Raton
Sal Saldana serves as General Manager for Town Center at Boca Raton where he is responsible
for the financial, marketing and operational performance for the renowned luxury shopping
center. He leads a team in driving sales and traffic to the property while maximizing
the customers shopping experience through a safe, friendly, clean and aesthetically
pleasing environment. In addition to the day-to-day operations for the mall, he is
also provides direction for permanent and short-term leasing as well as any potential
Saldana has made his career with Simon Property Group and has served in various roles at several of the most coveted shopping centers in the country in his 24 years with the company. He originally began as a Marketing Director in Texas where he quickly was promoted to General Manager, managing several shopping centers in Texas and Florida. He has assisted and/or led in the grand opening of seven new shopping center developments, transitioning others into the company as a result of merger/acquisitions and is an emergency response team member for the Florida region. He is the architect for Simon’s Lifestyle Center Guide, a property management tool used in implementing best practices at open air centers and is a Simon corporate award recipient for many regional and national awards including Simon’s prestigious recognition as being one of the best mall managers in the entire company, “Best of the Best” 5 years in a row. Sal also serves on the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is actively involved in several local charities.
During his off time, Sal enjoys music, art and takes great pride in writing and composing his own folk music highlighting the Mexican cultural influence that he grew up in. He recently celebrated his 28th anniversary being married to Josephine Saldaña and together they have two beautiful daughters, Danielle 24 and Julia 20, and the proud grandparents to Isabella and Audrey. Both Sal and Josephine are originally from Texas but have made Florida their home.
September 27, 2018
Managing Director/Investment Advisor
Bell Rock Capital, LLC.
Jacqueline Reeves is Managing Director of Bell Rock Capital, LLC. She heads the firm’s research and portfolio strategy group. At Bell Rock, our 401(K) advisory services include the role of financial advisor on the company plan which provides proactive investment selection, monitoring and employee education. Ms. Reeves is a resource for national media, including CNBC, Bloomberg television and radio, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and various other printed media. Our mission is to deliver returns consistent with client goals.
Prior to joining Bell Rock Capital, Ms. Reeves was Managing Director at Ryan Beck & Co., leading the financial institutions research effort. Prior to 2003, Ms. Reeves was Director of Research at Putnam Lovell NBF as well as a senior publishing analyst. Jackie reviewed all financial services sector research products, encouraged the development new ideas, and promoted interaction among the sectors covered. She managed planning, recruiting, budgeting and forecasting for the Research department and the Production area. She has also been an integral component of the highly regarded bank equity research team at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup), which received high rankings from Institutional Investor and Greenwich.
Jackie is a Board member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, a 2013 DIAMOND Award recipient, a 2010 recipient of the Chairman’s Award, and chaired the 2011 Leadership Boca class. Ms. Reeves received the Mirror Ball trophy in 2011, co-chaired the Boca Ballroom Battle in 2012 and received the Community Service Award in 2015 from the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Jackie was a Soroptimist Award recipient in 2013. Jackie remains very active in the community, volunteering with the Junior League, the Y, Florence Fuller Child Development Center and Leadership Palm Beach County. Jackie chaired the Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon in 2010 for the Junior League of Boca Raton. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Boca Raton and the Endowment Fund.
October 4, 2018
Vice President, Head of Customer Engagement Strategy
Michael is currently the Vice President, Head of Customer Engagement Strategy for
the Miami Marlins, where he has organizational oversight of all guest experience functions,
in addition to creative and managerial responsibility for the Club’s retail business.
In the newly created role as the Head of Customer Engagement Strategy, Michael has developed an internal engagement council that includes representatives from customer-facing and supporting functions. The engagement council is tasked with developing strategies that will create a first-class experience for guests and fans at Marlins Park.
Over Michael’s professional career, he has developed direct relationships with almost every sports franchise within the “Big 5” North American pro sports leagues. Previously, as the Principal of Business Development at Amazon, he developed go-to-market strategies for Amazon’s ticketing business and led discussions with the NFL, NHL, and NASCAR. Prior to Amazon, Michael served as the Head of Sports Partnerships at Groupon, and was the leader of a portfolio of business partners across North America, including Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, and the NCAA.
Michael also secured partnerships with Fortune 50 & 100 brands and negotiated a first-of-its-kind partnership with one of the world’s most valuable sports organizations, City Football Group, while serving as the Vice President of Global Revenue at Glide Slope, LLC. In addition to his business development experience, Michael also has an extensive sports media background and previously worked for ESPN and Silver Chalice New Media. Working in the Programming and Acquisitions group at ESPN, Michael was responsible for managing pro league relationships, developing scheduling strategies, and the creation of the NBA schedule on ESPN and ABC. Michael also played a key role in growing the networks at Silver Chalice where he developed programming strategies and managed partnerships with top companies, including YouTube, Apple, and Reebok.
Michael’s approach in business is rooted in understanding his strengths, building meaningful relationships with people from all segments of life, and believing the most effective communication is in-person, honest, and fair. Michael began developing his approach at an early age, as he built a five-person sales team during his sophomore year of college that sold food & sporting event coupons door-to-door to earn extra income for the upcoming semester.
Michael is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a proud graduate of Middle Tennessee
State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Michael has made multiple appearances on ESPN’s, True Hoop TV to do what he loves
most, talk sports. Additionally, Michael has been a featured speaker and panelist
throughout the country, including SXSW, Sports Business Journal Summits, and a guest
on The Wharton Sports Business Radio Show on Sirius XM.
Michael is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and has lived in many different cities around the country, spending the last six years in Manhattan before relocating to South Florida in 2017.
October 11, 2018
Chairman of the Board
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Colin Brown is chairman of the board for JM Family Enterprises, Inc., ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies” and for 20 consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®.
Brown joined the family-owned business in 1992 as vice president and general counsel. He was appointed chief operating officer in 1997 and president in 2000. Brown served as president and CEO from 2003 to 2018, the first non-family member to hold the titles of first president and then CEO. Brown is often recognized for his corporate and community leadership. Florida Trend magazine recognized him as the 2015 Floridian of the Year for raising JM Family's minimum wage to $16/hour. Brown was also named the Broward County Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel, one of its four Excalibur Awards for 2011.
In 2008, he became a member of the Board of Directors for the Automotive Hall of Fame. He has also been a member of the Broward Workshop since 2003, a forum of top business leaders that addresses critical issues facing Broward County. Additionally, Brown is chairman of the CEO Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, which markets and promotes South Florida as a premier location for businesses.
Since 2005, Brown has served on United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors. Among his contributions is playing a key role in creating Mission United through fundraising and leadership. He also helped United Way develop its Community Impact Model, designed to enhance donor interest, increase funding for pressing issues facing Broward County and improve outcomes for people in need. He is also a member of the organization’s Tocqueville Society, founded by United Way of America to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding volunteer service in their communities. As chairman of JM Family, Brown leads the company’s annual United Way giving campaign.
Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Automotive Training Center and a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida TaxWatch, a private, nonprofit research foundation dedicated to ensuring the tax dollars of Florida’s citizens and businesses are being spent fairly and productively.
Brown graduated from Duke University School of Law with a juris doctorate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He is on the Board of Advisors for Duke University School of Law and is a board member of the Williams College Alumni Fund. Raised overseas in a Foreign Service family, Brown resides in Lighthouse Point, Fla., and has three children.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $15.1 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. JM Family is also ranked No. 51 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 20th consecutive year on the list. Primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp., and JM Lexus. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. Interact with JM Family at Facebook.com/JMFamilyEnterprises.
October 18, 2018
Executive Director - Talent Development, Human Resources
National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
Elisa Glazer recently joined NCCI as the Executive Director, Talent Development where she has responsibility for corporate learning solutions, performance management, succession planning, and the organization’s charitable giving and volunteer program, NCCI Cares. Elisa possesses over twenty years of experience in learning and organizational development, working in both consulting and corporate capacities.
Prior to joining NCCI, Elisa served as as Senior Director, Learning and Organizational Development at Office Depot where she led a major culture and change management initiative during a back-to back merger and attempted acquisition. Earlier in her career, Elisa spent twelve years as a Leadership and Talent Consultant at the Hay Group.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College, City University of New York. During her graduate studies, Elisa received a fellowship from West Point Military Academy where she conducted her dissertation research.
Outside of work Elisa enjoys spending time with her husband Rob and two boys, Spencer and Alex, exercising, and traveling.
October 25, 2018
The ADT Corporation
Naren served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The ADT Corporation since 2012 until May 2016. Mr. Gursahaney served as the President ADT North American Residential and Small Business Security Segment at ADT Corp. Her served as the President of ADT Worldwide of Tyco Fire & Security LLC and ADT Security Services Inc since 2007. He served as the President of Tyco Security Solutions at Tyco International Ltd. from 2007-2012. Mr. Gursahaney served as the President of Tyco Engineerred Products and Services since 2006 as well as President of Tyco Flow Control since 2005. He served as the Vice President of Operational Excellence of Tyco International from 2003-2006. He served as the Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence of Tyco International until 2006. He worked at General Electric Company where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Medical Systems in Asia and the Pacific. He held a number of positions during his 10 year career at GE.
In his most recent position as head of GE MEdical Systems in Asia-Pacific region, he was responsible for growing revenues and operating margins by 15% in 2001. He served as the Chief Information Officer of GE Medical Systems and Vice President of Service at GE Medical Systems-Asia. As an executive in GE's corporate offices in Fairfield, CT Mr. Gursahaney supported the Vice Chairman of GE in the rollout and implementation of key corporate initatives such as Six Sigma, in GE's international operations. He served for over four years at Booz Allen and Hamilton in Cleveland, OH. He served as an Engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He served as a Director for ADT LLC. He has been a Director for NextERa Energy since 2014.
He serves on several Penn State advisory boards and was honored in 2009 with the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. Mr. Gursahaney holds an MBA in general management from the University of Virginia, Darden School and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. In 2015, Naren was honored as the Business Leader of the Year by FAU's College of Business.