Executive Forum Speaker Series : Fall 2022
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.
The Executive Forum Speaker Series takes place each week in the Office Depot for Executive Education Building at the FAU College of Business in OD-101.
Susan Dennett, Ph.D.
Instructor and Operations Director, Madden Center for Value Creation College of Business
Dr. Susan Dennett serves as an Instructor and Operations Director for the Madden Center for Value Creation with Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. Prior to joining FAU, Susan was the Academic Dean for Northwood University, West Palm Beach. Her international industry experience includes providing human resource development leadership for Lionel Trains, ABB, Cummins Engine Company and QVC. Susan has consulted with the hospitality industry, as well as being a thriving entrepreneur creating a successful start-up in the international corporate gift area. Susan was educated both in the UK and the US. She earned her MS in Adult and Community Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development from Florida State University and her Doctorate in Adult and Community Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. An avid tennis player, Susan also played on the Oakland University, Michigan, women’s tennis team. Susan also serves as the FAU club tennis faculty advisor.
Founder, Chairman, Architect, Zimmerman Advertising Empire
August 30, 2022 @ 6:30pm
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 believes it is not about the output of the creative work but the outcome of the creative work.
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, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Planet Fitness, Office Depot, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Yuengling, City Furniture, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hair Cuttery, Five Below, Michaels Arts and Crafts, McDonald’s, Nissan, Think About Your Eyes, Essilor, Kay Jewelers, JetBlue Vacations, Ashley Furniture, Sam’s Club, and Lumber Liquidators.
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.
With a donation of 10 million dollars from the Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, he established, and continues to support, the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications and it’s unrivaled Zimmerman Advertising Program. Jordan has had a hands-on approach in building the curriculum to become one of the largest and best-earned advertising programs and degrees in the United States of America. When Jordan Zimmerman took over the program only 12 percent of students received jobs in the advertising field upon graduation. Ten years later, 88 percent of students are getting jobs in the field upon graduation.
Jordan was appointed by the Governor of Florida for two terms to the Board of Trustees at the University of South Florida where he served as the Chair of the Board.
In 2017, Nova Southeastern University awarded Jordan an honorary degree of Doctorate in Business Administration for being a proficient leader in business and for his significant philanthropic efforts. Currently, he serves on the Cleveland Clinic of Florida Board of Trustees.
Jordan 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, Atlantis Resort, City Furniture, Christmas Tree Shops, Dunkin’ Donuts, Extended Stay America, Virgin, Hair Cuttery, Five Below, Michaels Arts and Crafts, McDonald’s, Nissan, Essilor, Kay Jewelers, Ashley Furniture, Sam’s Club and Lumber Liquidators. Highly respected within the advertising world, Jordan is often asked to address industry groups and participate in panel discussions across the country.
In April 2015, 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.
With a donation of $10 million dollars from the Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, Jordan established, and continues to support, the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications, as well as it’s unrivaled Zimmerman Advertising Program. Jordan maintains a hands-on approach to building the curriculum, which is one of the largest media programs in the State of Florida. Additionally, Jordan was appointed by the Governor of Florida for a second term to sit on the Board of Trustees at the University of South Florida, where he now serves as the Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Jerome Burke
Director, Hockey Administration at Florida Panthers
September 6, 2022 @ 6:30pm
I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec by a French-Canadian mother, and an Irish American father from Boston. I grew up playing multiple sports which ultimately lead me to play football and graduate from McGill University in 2008. My formative years playing sports taught me work ethic, teamwork, and a competitive mindset. Upon graduating from McGill, I started my professional career with a junior hockey team working in various roles ranging from accounting, tickets sales and even beer sales. Working for a minor league organization allowed me to wear many hats and learn the in and outs of running a business. After 2 seasons, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and pursue an MBA in Sport Management at FAU. My goal/purpose was to challenge myself to work at the highest level of professional sports. My time at FAU has led me to the incredible opportunity I received from working with the Florida Panthers. After 10 years working with the Panthers, I can reflect and value the unconventional journey I took.
Jerome Burke is currently the Director of Hockey Administration with the Florida Panthers. Jerome oversees the budgeting and forecasting of the Hockey Operations department. Jerome also acts as a liaison between the business and the hockey side of the Panthers’ organization in all manners, including player payroll, immigration, insurance, and the new practice facility at the War Memorial in Fort Lauderdale. With over 10 years of experience with the Panthers, Jerome has worked with concert promoters, travelled the country with the Panthers’ team as team service manager and has also been the Matt Caldwell’s (President & CEO) Chief of Staff.
President and CEO Boca Chamber of Commerce
September 13, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Troy M. McLellan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce in Boca Raton, Florida, the largest chamber in Palm Beach County. Having been promoted from the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in November 2005, he has held various positions at the Chamber, enjoying 25 years of service. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was a strategy specialist, developing marketing programs keyed to analysis and future planning for the high-end mail order catalog industry.
McLellan is a Past Chairman of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP). He also serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, and the Florida Chamber Federation. Troy is a Past-Chairman and current Board member of Discover The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County's Destination Marketing Organization, and serves on the Board of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation, and Business Leaders United for Boca Raton (BLU-PAC). Other local board seats include the Research Park Foundation, the Community Academies Advisory Board (CAAB) serving the West Boca Community High School, the 100 Club, which serves the Boca Raton Police and Fire Departments, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. He is also on the City of Boca Raton Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Further community involvement includes the American Cancer Society and the Boca Raton Community Public Safety Task Force.
Former Board service has included the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), Florida Atlantic University Schools (FAUS) School Advisory Body (SAB), CareerSource Palm Beach County, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Board.
He received his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation title ACCE in 2007 and his Florida Certified Chamber Professional designation (FCCP) from the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals in 2012. Troy is a graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Transformational Leadership Program, The Institute for Economic Development, UNC at Chapel Hill, and the Boca Raton Chamber’s Leadership Boca Program and Political Training Institute.
Originally from New Hampshire, he has been a resident of Boca Raton for nearly 30 years. Troy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He is an avid fan of all Boston professional sports teams.
Executive Director, Boca Raton Airport
September 20, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Clara Bennett is the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Airport Authority, where she leads a team of dedicated aviation professionals in the business, operations, marketing and development of the Boca Raton Airport (BCT). Ms. Bennett has 30 years of experience as an airport executive.
Since joining Boca Raton Airport Authority in 2014, Bennett has developed a $40 million Capital Improvement Plan to enhance facilities and services available to the flying, public including the new US Customs and Border Protection Facility, various safety and security enhancements, and airfield and access improvements.
Ms. Bennett previously served as Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) Manager, directing the operation and administration of the Executive Airport, the 200-acre Airport Industrial Airpark, the John Fuhrer Downtown Helistop and Foreign Trade-Zone #241.
Ms. Bennett is a licensed pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Bennett maintains several professional affiliations and industry leadership positions including Vice Chair of the US Contract Tower Policy Board, Member of the Access Committee of the National Business Aircraft Association, Board Member of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, past Member of the Board of Directors of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and two-time past Chair of the Florida Airports Council.
Since beginning her career at Bank of America in 1982, she has served as controller, chief financial officer, commercial lender, client manager, market manager, market executive, region executive and vice chair. Fab has held the position of Palm Beach County president since April of 2007. She is the Chair-elect of the Florida Bankers Association and Chairs its Government Relations Council; is the Chair-elect of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and co-chairs its Racial Equity Policy sub-committee; is a member and past chair of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County; is the current Secretary of the United Way of Palm Beach County; and is a member of the iHeart Advisory Board. She has served as member and chair of the governing board of West Boca Raton Medical Center and the Palm Beach Black Business Investment Corporation. She has held board positions with the Gulfstream Boy Scouts of America, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
She is a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, co-chairs the Investing in Women’s Council, is co-executive sponsor of the Asian Leadership Network and former executive sponsor of the South Florida Chapter of LGBT+. She has served as a Bank of America ambassador in Brazil under the Global Ambassador Program, a partnership with Vital Voices connecting women leaders from emerging countries with established women executives from a variety of business sectors. Fab has been heard on local and national radio stations discussing financial issues for entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses and has been recognized with the Florida Bankers Association’s 2019 Chairman’s Award; South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders 250 (five consecutive years – 2016 through 2020), Outstanding Voice honoree for the 2019 Business of Pride, 2018 Ultimate CEO for Palm Beach County/South Florida, and 2011 Top 100 Power Leaders; Florida Atlantic University’s 2018 Business Leader of the Year; Florida Trend’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders (three consecutive years – 2018 through 2020); United Way’s Leadership Award; Palm Beach Atlantic University’s companion medalist 2014 American Free Enterprise Award; Palm Beach County Business Development Board’s 2014 Economic Development Leadership Award; and Sun-Sentinel’s 2012 Excalibur Business Leader of the Year. Fab earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an international master’s of business administration from Florida Atlantic University, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
President and CEO GA Telesis
September 27, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Abdol Moabery is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis, a leader in integrated commercial aviation services. Founded in 2002 by Moabery, GA Telesis has quickly grown to one of the largest firms in its sector, amassing vertically integrated global aviation services businesses including engine, component and aerostructural maintenance and engineering, aircraft replacement parts distribution and supply-chain management, aircraft and engine leasing, and investment management with operating units throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The company has also developed several strategic partnerships, including GAIC, a one-of-kind joint-venture, based in Beijing, with Air China and its Engine MRO with US airline ATSG. GA Telesis has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2018 Air Transport Best Integrated Aviation Solutions Provider, 2014 Air Transport World MRO of the Year, The Boeing Gold Services Award and was also named among a select group of companies in the United States classified as a Good-to-Great company. While Moabery holds a substantial stake in the company, since 2007, the company’s shareholders have grown to include significant stakes by global financial institution, Tokyo Century Corporation (8439: Tokyo), and also All Nippon Airways Trading Company.
A serial entrepreneur, Moabery is responsible for the start-up, organization and development of GA Telesis. He has 30 years of direct experience in various disciplines in aviation from flight, lease and structured finance to logistics and maintenance. Moabery previously served as Executive Vice President of Aviation Systems International, Inc., where his responsibilities included oversight and management of worldwide operations. Prior to joining ASI, he was with C-S Aviation Services, Inc. (a Soros Fund Management company), where he was responsible for the sale and marketing of the company’s aviation portfolio assets.
Moabery and his wife, through their family foundation, are prominent philanthropists that have donated and directed millions of dollars to charitable causes that directly impact children and young adults. The Moaberys also provide financial support to deserving special needs families through their commitment to cover expenses not generally covered by government programs or charitable organizations.
Moabery is Chairman Emeritus of Florida Atlantic University where he served for two terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and is currently serving as the President of the Wings Club Foundation Board of Governors. Moabery received the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Award in 2014 and the ISTAT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 for his accomplishments in aviation. He is an honorably discharged veteran from the United States Navy and resides in Delray Beach, FL, with his wife and has two children attending university. He is an avid explorer, having traveled to over 120 countries across the globe, and is a passionate golfer who has teed it up on six continents.
Founder of the Latina Leadership Collective, International Speaker & Author
October 4, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Ana Larrea-Albert is an executive coach, international speaker, author and teacher, who is passionate about human potential, leadership development and cultures that flourish. She is also dedicated to changing the narrative of Latinas and founded the Latina Leadership Collective to equip Latinas to step into their power.
Ana leads the transformation and empowerment of executives, professionals and students around the world through her corporate partnerships consulting, designing, conducting and facilitating corporate training, development programs, virtual workshops, and coaching. She has worked with organizations such as PayPal, NASA, Office Depot, First Data, Littler, ALPFA, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Georgia Tech, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, the UN’s World Maritime University in Sweden, among many others.
Ana is the author of the bilingual children’s book series “ZeeZee Can | ZeeZee Puede” that encourages children to dream big, take action, and make a difference. Her second book, “ZeeZee Can Make the World Smile | ZeeZee puede hacer sonreír al mundo” received an honorable mention at the 2021 International Latino Book Awards for Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book.
After over 20 years of experience in business, serving in her last role as the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience for a European multinational company, she went back to school to better equip herself to create more impact in the community. She graduated from Harvard University with an MPA in 2021, and has an MBA in International Business and a BS in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where she teaches Leadership and Organizations at FAU’s Professional MBA program.
Her work with the Hispanic community has been recognized with the Latina of Influence distinction and the Everyday Hero Award nomination. She has presented and moderated panels on marketing, customer experience, leadership and empowerment at events in the US and abroad. She is a published author of award-winning research and has presented her research on women in industry and international business at national and international universities.
She was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and lives in Wellington, Florida with her husband, son and puppy ZeeZee, who is the inspiration and the protagonist of the book series.