About the College

Executive Advisory Council

Chair

Robert McCann

Title: Executive Vice President
Company: The Nielsen Company
Bio: Robert L. McCann, Jr. is the senior leader at The Nielsen Company's Global Technology and Information Center in Tampa Bay. He represents Nielsen's extensive global business with visiting clients, media and government officials, and with the 3,000-plus employee population spread across five Florida facilities. McCann was also responsible for managing all Nielsen activities associated with the London 2012 Games. McCann has held multiple positions within Nielsen, including serving as chairman & CEO of Nielsen Media Research International and senior vice president of ACNielsen, as well as other companies in the information/consulting and advertising industries. McCann is member of several nonprofit and service organizations. He has been a speaker at major industry conferences and has appeared as an industry spokesperson on major network television programs. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. McCann is an alumnus of Pace University in New York.

Council Members

Barry Alpert

Title: Senior Vice President, Investments
Company: Raymond James
Bio: Barry Alpert joined Raymond James in 1997 as managing director, investment banking and currently holds the title of senior vice president, investments. Alpert also has extensive experience in the banking and insurance industries, having served in leadership positions for numerous financial services companies including Home Life Financial Assurance Corp., Pioneer Western Corp., Western Reserve Life Insurance Co., and Colony Savings Bank. He is a former member and chairman of the Florida Real Estate Commission. He received his bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin. Alpert was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2004 and serves on the boards of several philanthropic and professional organizations.

Brad Bernstein

Title: Founding Partner
Company: SE Capital, LLC
Bio: Brad Bernstein is a managing partner at Chicago-based SE Capital, LLC, a private equity firm that he co-founded in 2001. Bernstein focuses on identifying new investment opportunities and works with existing portfolio companies on strategic planning, financial management, and ongoing corporate development. He is also responsible for the overall administration and management of SE Capital's day-to-day operations. Bernstein has more than 25 years of private equity and investment banking experience. He has served on the board of directors of numerous private companies and non-profit organizations. He earned a BA in finance from the University of South Florida and also holds an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Sandy Callahan

Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: TECO Energy
Bio: Sandy Callahan is the chief financial officer of TECO Energy, Inc., a publicly held Tampa-based company with annual revenues of $3.5 billion and electric and gas utility operations in Florida, electric generation in Guatemala, and coal operations in Kentucky. She was named chief financial officer in July 2009, and previously held the position of treasurer, vice president of risk management, and chief accounting officer. A licensed Certified Public Accountant, Callahan was an audit manager with the public accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand before joining TECO in 1988. Callahan currently serves on the boards of numerous professional and charitable organizations.

Robert M. Dutkowsky

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Tech Data Corporation
Bio: Tech Data is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions, serving 125,000 resellers in more than 100 countries. Robert M. Dutkowsky oversees all aspects of the company's worldwide IT products distribution operations. Dutkowsky joined the company in 2006, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, including senior management positions in sales, marketing and channel distribution with leading manufacturers and software publishers IBM, EMC, and J.D. Edwards. Dutkowsky serves on the board of directors for several local organizations and nonprofits. He earned a bachelor's degree in labor and industrial relations from Cornell University and is a recipient of the 2000 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing distinguished American citizens.

Robert Fisher

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Company: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Bio: Robert Fisher is president and chief executive officer of Grow Financial Federal Credit Union in Tampa. Fisher has been active on the boards of several organizations. He has also served on various industry boards and committees. Fisher has also served on the advisory committee for the Industrial Management and Systems Engineering department at USF. Fisher is an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with concentrations in economics and marketing, and attended Yale University's School of Management to study advanced management studies.

Ron Floto

Title: Director of Strategic Development
Company: Fintech
Bio: Ron Floto joined Fintech in May 2009 as director of strategic development.
A former resident of Hong Kong, Floto served as CEO and was on the board of directors of Dairy Farm International Holdings, Ltd. Floto has decades of experience, including positions at the Pentagon and Department of Transportation, and corporate management positions at Jewel Food Stores, Buttrey Food Stores, Kash n' Karry Food Stores, and the Super K Division of Kmart Corporation. He received an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and was named a Baker Scholar. He also holds a BS in engineering from the United States Military Academy. Floto served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam veteran.

Steven D. Freedman

Title: President
Company: Freedman's Office Furniture & Supplies
Bio: Steve Freedman founded Freedman's Office Furniture in 1980, shortly after graduating from the USF College of Business with a BA in finance. The firm has grown to include two furniture showrooms, a 40,000-square-foot distribution center, and the opening of Freedman's Office Supplies. Freedman is an active member of the Tampa Bay business community, belonging to several civic organizations, and also contributes to many charities. He has also served as a mentor in the USF College of Business Corporate Mentor Program.

Ralph C. Ghioto, III

Title: President
Company: Century Automotive
Bio: Ralph Ghioto III grew up in the automotive business, working in every area of Century Automotive while growing up. He has been the president of Century Automotive since 1992. In 1998, Ghioto received the TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year award – the single most prestigious individual dealer award. Ghioto and the company have been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He has served as president of the Tampa New Automobile Dealers Association and is also past chairman of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association. Ghioto received a BS in business from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Henry Gonzalez

Title: President, Tampa Bay Region
Company: Platinum Bank
Bio: Tampa native Henry Gonzalez began his career in banking, and currently serves as the president for Platinum Bank's Tampa Bay region. Formerly, he held the position of executive vice president at the Bank of Tampa, leaving the bank in 2011 to take on an entrepreneurial challenge: running Firm Solutions Holdings, LLC as president. Over the years, Gonzalez has held numerous leadership roles in the Tampa community. Currently, he serves on several community boards and is a member of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago. Gonzalez is a dual-degree alumnus of the USF College of Business.

Stanley I. Levy

Title: Central Florida Managing Partner
Company: Grant Thornton, LLP
Bio: As the central Florida managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP, Stan Levy is responsible for the firm's operational and strategic priorities. Prior to his current role, Levy served as the firm's southeast region managing partner and Grant Thornton's national director of capital markets. An active leadership volunteer, Levy has been involved with numerous non-profits and professional organizations. He has been a member and served on the boards of numerous local organizations and nonprofits. He has served on the USF School of Accountancy Advisory Council and the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business and Fisher School of Accounting advisory boards. Levy was inducted into the prestigious Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education, and was named a Chapter Honoree by the USF College of Business Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. He has also been lauded by Gulfcoast Family Services, named the "Celebrity of the Year," and was presented the Jewish National Fund "Tree of Life" award.

Elizabeth Lindsay

Title: President
Company: L3 Farms and Bairns' Associates
Bio: Elizabeth 'Liz' Lindsay is the founder and President of Bairns' Associates, Inc. in Sarasota, a privately held construction company. Lindsay was one of southwest Florida's first female building contractors, and in 1981, she became a licensed interior designer. She also Lindsay has also serves as president and partner of L3 Farms, a vegetable, citrus, and cattle-raising operation in Manatee County. From 1973 to 1982, she was vice president of construction and remodeling for Lindsay Publishing, the company that owned the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Lindsay is a member of multiple nonprofit and professional organizations. She is also a member of the board directors for the David Lindsay Foundation in Sarasota. Lindsay studied engineering at Purdue University. She also holds a BS in construction technology from Thomas A. Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., and was one of the charter class members and graduates of the Executive MBA program at USF.

Linda Marcelli

Title: Vice President
Company: Lucky's Real Tomatoes
Bio: Linda Marcelli serves as vice president for Sunrise Sun-Ripened Tomatoes, Inc. (Lucky's Real Tomatoes), which grows and provides vine-ripened tomatoes to restaurants and purveyors nationwide. She is the former first vice president and managing director (Tampa Bay Complex) for Merrill Lynch, joining the firm in 1975 as a financial consultant. She served as district director of New York City for many years. In 1990, she was named to the New York Academy of Women Achievers. In 2001, Marcelli relocated to Tampa and was appointed director of the Merrill Lynch Tampa Bay Complex. She serves on the boards of countless local organizations, ranging from education to the arts. She received a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton and the Tuck Institute at Dartmouth College.

Fred A. Meyer

Title: Owner and President
Company: SITECH
Bio: Meyer is president of Southern Lending, Inc., a specialized lending company that concentrates in the construction and surveying industry, helping professionals acquire and retain the necessary technology to remain competitive. Southern Lending works in conjunction with SITECH (formerly Southern Precision and Southern Laser, companies Meyer started) to provide Trimble Navigation's surveying and construction technology throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Prior to starting Southern Laser/Southern Precision, Meyer was a founding board member and the former president of Lake State Bank until 1996 when the bank merged with SouthTrust Bank. Meyer is actively involved at the University of South Florida. For many years, Meyer has also been highly involved with what is now known as Florida Hospital. Meyer served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969.

Donnie Mills

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: Sea World Parks & Entertainment
Bio: Donnie Mills was named chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in February 2010 after serving as executive vice president and general manager of the company's Tampa parks, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Mills has worked at five of 10 parks in the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment portfolio during a career that spans 36 years. He started at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as a seasonal employee in 1974 while still in high school. After earning a marketing degree from USF, he went on to serve in several executive positions within SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Prior to returning to Tampa, Mills was executive vice president and general manager of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. He also has served as park operations vice president at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, SeaWorld in San Diego and Busch Gardens in Tampa. Mills has served on the boards of professional and nonprofit organizations.

Roxann Moore

Title: Executive Vice President
Company: SunTrust
Bio: Roxann W. Moore has over 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial banking and has been with SunTrust for 21 years, serving in many leadership positions over her career. She is currently an executive vice president and the commercial executive with SunTrust. Moore graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in finance from the University of South Florida in 1981. She was inducted as a member of Phi Kappa Phi in 1981 as well. In 1985, she graduated from the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. Moore has served on several community and nonprofit boards and committees. Most recently, she joined the University of South Florida's Executive Advisory Council for the College of Business.

George Morgan

Title: Operating Advisor for OMERS Private Equity of Toronto
Bio: George Morgan served in executive and financial management for more than 20 years. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Virtual Radiologic, a national radiology firm that works with local practitioners and hospitals to optimize radiology's pivotal role in patient care. Morgan previously served for seven years as executive vice president of U.S. Oncology, one of the nation's largest networks of community-based oncology physicians dedicated to advancing cancer care in America. He held executive roles for five years at HCA, the largest private operator of health care facilities in the world, including service as president of the Ambulatory Surgery Division, COO, and CFO of the Western Group. Morgan is a member of the boards of the University of South Florida Foundation and the USF Research Foundation. The Sarasota resident earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of South Florida, and was a Certified Public Accountant prior to entering health care executive management.

Frank Morsani

Title: Chairman/President (retired)
Company: Automotive Investments
Bio: The retired chairman of Automotive Investments, Inc., and a trustee of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Frank Morsani's career as a businessman and developer began when he joined Ford Motor Company as a service representative. He entered the retail automobile business as a service manager in Fort Lauderdale and later managed dealerships in New Jersey and California. His business interests grew until, at one time, he owned more than 30 dealerships nationwide. His career includes service on national, state, and local committees and boards. One of the area's most notable businessmen and philanthropists, Morsani established the Carol and Frank Morsani Fund in the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and, through this fund, provided significant support the to Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (now known as the Straz Center). Passionate about higher education, the Morsanis have provided funds for programs, scholarships, endowed chairs, and capital projects at both the University of South Florida and Oklahoma State University. Most recently, in 2011, the couple pledged $20 million to the College of Medicine, which now bears their name. Morsani is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and served three years in the U.S. Navy.

Ray E. 'Chip' Newton

Title: Senior Managing Director (Former)
Company: Evercore Partners, Inc.
Bio: Chip Newton is the former senior managing director of the private equity group, Evercore Partners, Inc., a leading investment banking firm. Newton currently serves on the board of directors as treasurer for the National Psoriasis Foundation. Newton's past employment includes senior managing director at Perseus, LLC, from 1999-2008, where he focused on investments in the consumer and business services sectors. He also served on the company's board of directors. Prior to Perseus, LLC, Newton was a general partner at J.H. Whitney & Co., and in 1992, he was named the youngest general partner in J.H. Whitney's history. Newton also served as the former director of Brothers Gourmet Coffee and the former director of Northface, Inc.

Steven S. Oscher

Title: Owner and President
Company: Oscher Consulting
Bio: Steven S. Oscher is the managing director of Oscher Consulting, a firm that provides support services and financial analysis to the legal community. Prior to forming Oscher Consulting, he served as an audit and quality review partner and was the director of litigation services with an international accounting firm. He has also taught numerous professional education courses, is a member of several professional organizations, and has served on multiple boards and committees, both locally and nationally. Oscher's longstanding service to USF has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Don Gifford Service Award.

Scott "Skipper" Peek

Title: Executive Vice President
Company: Lake Nona Property Holdings
Bio: Skipper Peek is part of Lake Nona Property Holding's executive team, serving as executive vice president of commercial sales and development. He has 30 years of experience in the real estate industry and manages Lake Nona's commercial real estate portfolio. The veteran executive has held senior level positions with Panattoni Development Company, DeBartolo Property Group, Highwoods Properties and, Citicorp Real Estate. Peek's professional affiliations include service on numerous advisory boards, and he is a frequent guest speaker or lecturer for the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida, NAIOP, ICSC, BOMA, NACORE, CREW and other business organizations. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

Jeff Reynolds

Title: Senior Vice President
Company: The Reynolds Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Bio: Jeff Reynolds is a third generation financial advisor with nearly two decades of experience. As CEO of the Reynolds Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, he focuses on private banking, business/personal lending, and wealth management. He has earned Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's highest certification of wealth advisor. Reynolds is also a member of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's President's Club. He is currently on the board of USF's Alumni Association and Beef O' Brady's NCAA Football Bowl, and has been involved in numerous local organizations and foundations.

Susie Levin Rice

Title: President
Company: RMC Property Group
Bio: Susie Levin Rice, chairman of RMC Leasing & Management, oversees the company's corporate and real estate operations. She has been active in the commercial real estate business in Florida for 20 years. Rice began her career as a commercial bank examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As an industry expert, Rice has spoken and presented to organizations such as Commercial Real Estate Women, the Real Estate Investment Council, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Rice is actively involved in the community and has served on several boards. She currently is a trustee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance from George Washington University. She is a licensed real estate broker in Florida and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She was named the Young Business Woman of the Year in 2005 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Scott Riley

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: FinTech
Bio: Riley has been part of the majority ownership group of Fintech since 1996 and has served on the board continuously since then. He was named CEO in 2005. Fintech is an electronic data and payment solutions company which allows alcohol distributors to be paid electronically by their retailers. Before he worked with Fintech, Riley owned an advertising agency, which was later sold to a national firm. He also worked as a regional manager for a TV and radio broadcast group and was instrumental in the development of the Real Estate Channel on cable TV. Riley co-founded Parker Communications Network, Inc., a satellite-based monitor system distributing commercials to large grocery chains throughout the country for companies such as Coca-Cola, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and Nabisco. He also co-founded In Store Media, which worked with major grocers such as Publix, Kroger, and Albertson's to merchandise their private label products. Riley is on the boards of numerous charitable and community organizations. In addition, Riley established the Riley Family Education Foundation, whose mission is to provide scholarships to assist with special needs education.

David G. Shell

Title: Partner and Managing Director (Retired)
Company: Goldman Sachs & Co.
Bio: Dave Shell retired at the end of 2011 as a partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. Since 2002, he served as co-chief investment officer of the growth team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Shell joined Goldman's growth team after Goldman Sachs acquired Liberty Investment Management, where he was a vice president and senior portfolio manager. Shell joined Goldman as a vice president; he was named managing director in 2000 and partner in 2004. Shell began his career at Liberty's predecessor firm, Eagle Asset Management, as an analyst and portfolio manager. He has served on the boards of several private companies and nonprofits. He often serves as an informal mentor to students involved in the USF College of Business Student Managed Investment Fund. Shell earned a business degree from USF.

Joseph P. Teague

Title: Managing Partner
Company: Northwestern Mutual Financial Network/The Teague Financial Group
Bio: In 1989, Joe Teague became managing partner of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network office in the greater Tampa Bay area. Joe is only the third individual to hold this position since the Tampa Bay office was established in 1957. Teague joined Northwestern Mutual in 1978 as a financial representative in the company's Nashville office. During the 1980's, Teague opened a new office in Knoxville, Tennessee. Under his tenure, that office became one of Northwestern Mutual's top-10 District Network Offices in the nation and won the an achievement award three years in a row. Teague is a member of numerous community, charitable, and economic organizations. Teague earned a bachelor's degree in business and economics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

John Townsend

Title: Vice President
Company: T. Rowe Price Services
Bio: John Townsend is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Services, Inc. He is the general manager of the Tampa Financial Center and has responsibility for retail account management and retirement client services. Townsend joined T. Rowe Price in 1993 and has held several leadership positions there, most recently serving as the manager of the firm's Participant Service Center in Owings Mills, MD. He left T. Rowe Price in 2004 and joined BISYS Retirement Services as vice president of client services. In 2005, he returned to T. Rowe Price to assume his current responsibilities. Townsend graduated from Randolph-Macon with a BA in English. He is also a Series 7, 24, and 63 FINRA registered representative.

Jeremy C. Wensinger

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: GTSI
Bio: Wensinger joined GTSI in September 2011 as chief operating officer, where he is responsible for operational activities, reporting to GTSI's CEO. Previously, Wensinger served as president of Cobham Defense Electronic Systems Division, which designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations. Previously, he was group president of Government Communications Systems for Harris Corp. He holds a BS degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University General Manager Program and a fellow with the Royal Aeronautical Society. He serves on the boards of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation and the Brevard Alzheimer Foundation.

Bill West

Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Company: The Bank of Tampa
Bio: Bill West is the president of The Bank of Tampa. West began his banking career at the Exchange National Bank of Tampa in 1975. He took on increasing leadership positions with that firm, and later Barnett Bank and Wachovia, before joining The Bank of Tampa in 1993. He has been president of the bank since 2008. West has been highly involved in the Tampa community, serving on numerous community and nonprofit organizations. He is also a member of the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from USF.

Executives in Residence

Terry Aidman

Title: Managing Partner Emeritus
Company: Cherry Bekaert LLP
Bio: B. Terry Aidman serves as the Managing Partner Emeritus of Cherry Bekaert LLP through the spring of 2013. As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor with diverse experience, he provides strategic accounting and business services to privately-held and publicly-traded clients across a spectrum of industries. Prior to joining CB&H, Aidman, developed a leading position in Tampa Bay as the Managing Partner of Aidman, Piser & Company, serving mid-market businesses, entrepreneurs and publicly-traded corporations for over 17 years. He also previously served as both the director of tax services and as Managing Partner for the Tampa Bay offices of an international accounting firm. He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) with a degree in accounting. He currently serves on and is past chair of the USF School of Accountancy Advisory Board, and is a member of the USF President's Council and an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi. Terry serves on numerous boards, both for profit and non-profit organizations, and also received the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) Public Service Award for his commitment to community service. He also serves as an editorial advisor and columnist for the journal of accountancy.

Richard J. Dobkin

Title: Managing Partner (Retired)
Company: Ernst & Young
Bio: Richard Dobkin is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Pennsylvania, with more than 37 years of experience with Ernst & Young in Tampa, Pittsburgh, and New York. He was the Tampa managing partner of Ernst & Young from 1987 until 2005. Recognized as a major business leader, Dobkin chaired the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and the Committee of 100 (now called the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Council) in 2000. In 2011, he received one of the area's highest honors: induction into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. He still serves on the boards of several private companies and community organizations. Dobkin earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has also participated in the Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University.

Frank Morsani

Title: Chairman/President (retired)
Company: Automotive Investments
Bio: The retired chairman of Automotive Investments, Inc., and a trustee of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Frank Morsani's career as a businessman and developer began when he joined Ford Motor Company as a service representative. He entered the retail automobile business as a service manager in Fort Lauderdale and later managed dealerships in New Jersey and California. His business interests grew until, at one time, he owned more than 30 dealerships nationwide. His career includes service on national, state, and local committees and boards. One of the area's most notable businessmen and philanthropists, Morsani established the Carol and Frank Morsani Fund in the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and, through this fund, provided significant support the to Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (now known as the Straz Center). Passionate about higher education, the Morsanis have provided funds for programs, scholarships, endowed chairs, and capital projects at both the University of South Florida and Oklahoma State University. Most recently, in 2011, the couple pledged $20 million to the College of Medicine, which now bears their name. Morsani is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and served three years in the U.S. Navy.

Leslie M. "Les" Muma

Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Company: Fiserv, Inc.
Bio: Les Muma co-founded Fiserv, Inc., a Fortune 500 company providing technology products and services to more than 17,000 financial institution clients worldwide. He served as president of the company from 1984 to 1999; Muma retired from Fiserv in 2006. Muma had more than four decades of business experience when he retired, in a range of career positions in fields from data processing to information technology. He and his wife, Pam, are known for their civic service, expressed through both their personal means and via their family foundation. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from USF. The university has presented him with many other awards, including its 2008 American Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award. In 2003, he received the College of Business Free Enterprise of the Year Award. He has been named a community honoree by USF's Beta Gamma Sigma honor society as well.

Georgianna Nichols

Title: President and Chief Operation Officer (Retired)
Company: CenterPoint Energy
Bio: Georgianna Nichols retired as president and chief operating officer in 2008 from CenterPoint Energy after 25 years of service to the company. Nichols has been a member and served on the board of directors for numerous community, economic and professional organizations. In July 2002, Texas Executive Women and The Houston Chronicle named Nichols as one of Houston's "10 Women on the Move." Additionally, she is a YMCA Outstanding Woman of Achievement – Business 2003 Award winner and the 2006 recipient of the Strong, Smart, and Bold Award for Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston. Nichols currently serves on the advisory board of Arcadian Networks, a wireless communications company. She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

John Simmons

Title: Business Executive
Bio: John Simmons is a CPA who has recently served on the board for Lifestyle Family Fitness and also served as its president and CEO. His career began with KPMG Peat Marwick, where he worked from 1976 to 1993. There, he audited Publix Super Markets, Jabil Circuit, Danka Business Systems, and Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. He was also was partner in-charge of the private business advisory services and technology practices for the west coast of Florida. In 1993, he joined Checkers as chief financial officer. In 1995, Simmons became vice president and controller of Eckerd Corporation, a drug store chain with 1,700 locations. In 1997, JCPenney Company acquired Eckerd. Simmons' professional and community involvement has included service with numerous community and economic organizations and advisory boards.

Nick Vojnovic

Title: President
Company: Little Greek Franchise Development, LLC
Bio: Nick Vojnovic is the president and majority partner of Little Greek Franchise Development, LLC, a restaurant chain based in Tampa. Before joining Little Greek, Vojnovic was president of Beef 'O' Brady's Family Sports Pubs/Family Sports Concepts, also based in Tampa, for 12 years. He also held positions at Famous Dave's of America, a 140-unit barbecue and blues chain headquartered in Minneapolis, and Sunstate Ventures, a 13-unit franchisor of Chili's Grill and Bar in Tampa. Vojnovic is the former chairman of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. He has become a regular on Fox Business News with more than 10 appearances, and has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Vojnovic received the Elliot Motivator of the Year award, a Golden Chain award, and was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Vojnovic graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in 1981 and earned an Executive MBA from USF in 2012.