Executive Forum Speaker Series: Spring 2023
Susan Dennett, Ph.D.
Instructor and Operations Director, Madden Center for Value Creation College of Business
January 14, 2023 @ 1:15pm
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.
Dr. Denise Gravatt, DBA MA
Strategy and Engagement; Instructor
Florida Atlantic University, College of Business, Executive Programs
February 4, 2023 @ 1:15pm
Dr. Denise Gravatt is a multi-faceted communications specialist working across several FAU College of Business departments including Executive Education and the College Communications Team since 2007. As an instructor, Denise teaches Communications Strategies for both MBA and Master of Accounting students (with customized communication courses for forensic accounting, digital accounting forensics and data analytics, and business valuation concentrations).
She earned her Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing from the University of South Florida. Her research investigates digital marketing impact on the market outcomes in residential real estate. In her communications/marketing roles, she interviews our students, alumni, and business community partners, writes their engaging stories, and also provides strategic vision and editorial expertise across digital and print assets. In addition to her fulfilling work teaching and developing content, Denise is also passionate about networking and creating opportunities for students, alumni, staff, faculty and FAU business partners to make meaningful connections. Currently, she oversees the college’s networking platform – FAU Business Network!
Richard Cascio, CPA, FHFMA
Managing Partner, RCascio & Associates, LLC
February 4, 2023 @ 1:15pm
Mr. Cascio is Managing Partner of RCascio & Associates, LLC, a Boca Raton based healthcare business advisory firm providing a full range of healthcare related services to academic medical centers, community hospitals, public health systems, children's hospitals, physician practices, non-acute care providers, and private equity firms.
Mr. Cascio has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry where he has served in multiple C-Suite roles including as CEO for academic medical centers and tertiary healthcare systems, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategic Officer, and Chief Restructuring Officer. Also a partner in two international business advisory firms where he served healthcare clients both nationally and internationally, Mr. Cascio holds a degree in mathematics from Adelphi University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Mr. Cascio currently serves as Executive in Residence, Career Coach for graduate students in the FAU College of Business and as a mentor for students enrolled in the FAU Business Mentor Program.
CEO and Founder, DigiStar Media
February 25, 2023 @ 1:15pm
Robin Colner is an acclaimed digital marketing strategist, university educator and corporate trainer. An MBA graduate of The Wharton School of Business, Robin has more than 30 years of technology enabled product development, branding and direct and online marketing experience. She has held senior marketing positions at Fortune 100 financial services corporations, including Citigroup and American Express and leading advertising agencies such as McCann Erickson.
As the founder and CEO of DigiStar Media, an award-winning digital and social media branding, marketing and training agency, Robin is dedicated to helping businesses, professionals and nonprofits drive traffic to their websites, improve their brand reputations, acquire customers and attract leads using digital, social media and content marketing techniques. Clients call Robin their critical “go to” online business partner and digital transformation expert.
Robin is an adjunct faculty member in NYU’s Integrated Marketing and Communications Master’s Program and also the Founding Director of Fordham University’s Digital and Social Media Professional Certificate Program where she was the instructor for the social media classes.
In addition to working with over 200 leading consumer, hospitality and retail brands, Robin has coached professional service providers in every industry from law, real estate, financial services, insurance, banking, accounting and marketing to technology, advertising, and consulting, to use LinkedIn and social selling techniques to build relationships, generate referrals and close sales. She specializes in training professionals to leverage social media to attract new business, amplify the impact of public relations campaigns and implement successful integrated marketing programs.
Robin also coaches managers and team members on the best techniques to become effective brand advocates on social media. A 2016 winner of the 914INC Women in Business Award, Robin is a sought-after keynote speaker, seminar instructor, moderator and panelist on all aspects of social media, digital marketing and branding. An entertaining and extremely knowledgeable speaker, Robin has spoken at regional industry conferences, professional associations and executive forums throughout the country.
Owner, Orion's Guild
March 18, 2023 @ 1:15pm
When it comes to accomplishing unreasonable results, Mike Haarlander is like a dog on a pant leg. Since realizing his childhood dream of graduating from the University of Notre Dame, the relentless pursuit of achievement was instilled, ensuring success in anything he takes on.
Whether dominating sales quotas, starting and selling businesses, getting an MBA over 40, or completing marathons, Mike applies this tenacity to all facets of life. Masterful at heading into fear, he lives by a run-to-the-roar tenet. When faced with the challenges of the pandemic, Mike uniquely pivoted and took his family on an epic nine-month, 48-state RV trip. Shortly thereafter, they moved to a canal house in the heart of Amsterdam to begin another adventure.
Currently, the entrepreneur, podcast host, and inspirational speaker helps others push past their comfort zones to take the next big step toward their ambitions. His vulnerability and willingness to share his mistakes allow others to see themselves in their journey. Mike's no-nonsense style is equally energetic and fun-loving, leaving an imprint on how one views life. Audiences are captivated by his candid storytelling and inspired to pursue their wildest dreams revealing the obstacles before them.
President and CEO, GA Telesis
April 8, 2023 @ 1:15pm
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.
CEO, Polen Capital
April 29, 2023 @ 1:15pm
Mr. Moss joined Polen Capital in 2003. As CEO, Mr. Moss is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and maintaining and nurturing a culture for talent to thrive in. Prior to joining Polen Capital, Mr. Moss served in CFO, strategic planning, operational and business development capacities for AmSouth Wealth and Asset Management. Prior to AmSouth, Mr. Moss was an Auditor for Coopers & Lybrand focused on financial services companies.
Mr. Moss received his B.S. in Accounting and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, where he was a student athlete. He received his M.S. in Global Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business and HKUST Business School. Mr. Moss is a CFA® charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He is a member of YPO (formerly the Young Presidents’ Organization), the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of South Florida. Mr. Moss currently serves on the Florida Atlantic University College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and as chairman for the annual Polen Capital Make-A-Wish golf event.