Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Advisory Board
The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Advisory Board consists of business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators, all of whom are committed to the pursuit of excellence in advancing the core values: Innovation, Diversity, Ethics, and Leadership. The Advisory Board plays an active role in support of the overall mission of the College of Business, as well as provides a structure for community and alumni engagement in activities and events.
President and CEO - Community Credit Union
David Brock is currently President and CEO of Community Credit Union (CCU). Mr. Brock graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Business Administration and from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business Administration. CCU is a dynamic cooperative credit union serving 35,000 members with $408 million in assets. Under Mr. Brock’s leadership, CCU has won numerous performance awards. He serves on several local and national boards and was selected by Junior Achievement of the Space Coast as a Business Hall of Fame Laureate.
Cavallucci, Eugene S.
Eugene S. (Gene) Cavallucci was formerly Vice President and General Counsel of Harris Corporation.
Before retiring in December 2010, he led a twenty lawyer legal department and was responsible for all the legal affairs of this Fortune 500 public company. Before becoming general counsel, Mr. Cavallucci served as vice president and legal counsel of Harris’ federal government, aerospace and defense business units and for five years was Harris's Director of Business Conduct. In this role, he was responsible for the compliance and business conduct program of this five billion dollar, sixteen thousand employee company
Prior to joining Harris in June 1990, he was vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel of DBA Systems, Inc., headquartered in Melbourne, Florida. Prior to joining DBA in December 1985, he was a partner in the law firm of Nabors, Potter, McClelland, Griffith and Jones, P. A., with offices in Melbourne and Titusville, Florida.
Before entering the private practice of law in 1980, he spent seven years on active duty with the U. S. Air Force. In his last assignment, he served as Chief of Contracts and Patents at the Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
Mr. Cavallucci received his B.A. degree from Penn State University, his J.D. degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, and his LL.M. degree in government procurement law from the George Washington University Law Center.
Mr. Cavallucci is admitted to practice in Florida and Pennsylvania. He has served as Florida State Co-Chairperson of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association and Co-Chairperson of the Public Contract Law Committee of the Florida Bar. He has been a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) since 1978 and was elected an NCMA Fellow in May 1992.
Mr. Cavallucci was an adjunct professor at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, where he taught graduate courses in government contract administration and contract negotiations. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business and serves on the Executive Committee of the Business College’s Center for Ethics and Leadership.
He has also served on the legal committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and was chair of the Government Contracts Council of the Manufacturer’s Alliance.
Founder and Owner - Craig Technologies
Carol M Craig is Founder/Owner of Craig Technologies, incorporated in 1999 and headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. As President and CEO, she leads a team of over 200 employees nationwide to provide innovative engineering and technical services to government and commercial clients.
Carol’s military experience includes active duty as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer, specializing in Anti-Surface and Sub-Surface Warfare. She is currently a student of two PhD programs- Electrical Computer Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, and Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida.
Carol is very active in the community and serves on several boards including the Florida Tech College of Business Board of Overseers, University of Central Florida Foundation, Civilian Military Community Foundation, National Space Club Florida Committee, The Haven for Children, Children’s Home Society, Space Coast March of Dimes, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Art Museum, and Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, among others.
In 2010, Carol was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award© in the technology category for the Florida region. Carol received the 2010 Space Coast Women's History Award, and the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award from the Space Coast March of Dimes. In 2008, Carol was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Society of Women Engineers.
Carol is the proud mother to Danny (9), Gillian (7), and wife to CAPT John W. Craig, USN, a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a Naval reservist. Carol and John are founding members and active supporters of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), since their son was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2002. Carol is also involved with several churches where she sings in the choir, and plays hand bells and piano.
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - Harris Corporation
Prior to joining Harris, Mr. Anthony Deglomine was a partner in the Orlando law firm of Dean Mead. Prior to Dean Mead, he practiced with the Miami office of Kelley, Drye, & Warren.
Mr. Deglomine has participated on numerous industry panels addressing various litigation and dispute resolution issues. He has also served on various boards including the Board of Directors for the publicly traded Compass Knowledge Group.
Mr. Deglomine earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law.
President - Joyal Construction
Paul received his early education from the University of Vermont, and then conferred with a BS of Science degree from the University of Florida. While employed in the space program with Pan American Airways and The Boeing Company during early days of manned space flight, he earned his master's degree from Florida Tech. He is twice Past President of the Home Builders & Contractors Association of Brevard and also was recognized with a Builder of the Year award. He also held several responsible positions as a participating member of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. In 2004, he was recognized by being inducted into the prestigious Florida Housing of Fame. He has also participated in several construction related boards with the City of Melbourne. At the inception of the present Florida Tech Alumni Association, Paul was the first treasurer and a member of the initial Board of Directors. Being in business for nearly forty years, he is still active as a contributing member of the Joyal Construction Team.
Controller - DRS Network and Imaging Systems
Connie Kahler, CPA, is Controller for DRS Network and Imaging Systems. In her current role she oversees the organization’s financial services. Connie has over 16 years of experience in industry including consolidating accounting departments, implementing new ERP systems and interfacing with a variety of audit and regulatory agencies.
Connie earned her MBA from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Recently accepted to graduate school at the University of South Florida, she will be pursuing her Executive Doctorate in Business Administration. She is a CPA and Certified Internal Auditor.
Connie actively volunteers through the United Way, assisting with tax return preparation and teaching budgeting classes throughout the year.
Manager Talent Acquisition - Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Kelleher, D. Michael
Brigadier General - U.S. Army Retired and Consultant
As an Army Officer, Corporate Executive, and Consultant, Mike Kelleher has been active in the military, logistics, and general business communities for more than 40 years.
Following a 28 year career in the US Army where he commanded and directed tactical and strategic logistics activities on three continents, in 1993 he joined the largest heavy and specialized trucking firm in North America as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing and President of its International Logistics subsidiary. In 1995 he moved on to a series of relationships and engagements as an independent business and logistics consultant that have involved him with industries as diverse as agribusiness, manufacturing, railroads, facilities management, high technology electronics, and international logistics. Currently he is particularly involved in the sustainment of US forces in Afghanistan and the related challenges that accompany the extrication of US Forces and equipment from that landlocked country.
He holds an AB in Economics from Lafayette College, an MS in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College and has completed the Program for Manager Development at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He resides in Atlanta.
President and CEO, Florida Bank of Commerce
Dana Kilborne is the President and CEO of Florida Bank of Commerce founded in 2005 with local business owners and community leaders. She is also President and a Director of FBC Holding, Inc.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry in Florida. She began her career in South Florida where she worked for several South Florida financial institutions. Her work took her to Brevard County in the mid-1990's in conjunction with bank acquisition work.
She earned a B.S. Degree in Finance and a Master's Degree in Banking with the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Her published thesis was entitled "Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for the Community Banker." She is active in community activities and over her career has served on the board of many organizations. She currently serves on the boards of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, the Jewish Community Center of Orlando, and as a member of the Advisory Board for Florida Tech and Habitat for Humanity.
President - Lonski and Associates, LLC
Henry Lonski is the President at Lonski and Associates LLC. Lonski's career, beginning as a Salesman, Store Manager, Vice President of Bombardier Recreational Products [Sea Doo PWC & Sport Boats, Ski Doo Snowmobiles, CanAm & Bombardier ATV, Evinrude & Johnson Outboards], President of Bombardier Marine, President of Auction123/eBay Motors, and a variety of senior executive positions within emerging Companies has allowed him to develop a solid and unique skill set.
Lonski’s successful, qualifying experience has been time tested and field proven, significantly affecting sales and market share as shown in documented results. Lonski has mastered every discipline within Sales, Public Relations, Marketing & Advertising, Administration, Product Development, Operations, Market Research, Strategic Planning & Implementation, and Sales Management.
Marks, J. Michael
Mike Marks co-founded IRCG in April 1987. He began his consulting practice after working in distribution management for more than 20 years. Over the years, his narrow focus in B2B channel-driven markets has created an extensive number of deep executive relationships within virtually every business vertical in construction, industrial, OEM, agriculture, and healthcare.
Mike has led project teams that improve market access by aligning resources to growth opportunities serving manufacturers, dealers, and distributors. Clients have ranged from small privately owned firms to many of the industry’s market share leaders. Ownership structures have included owner-operators, private equity, ESOPs, and publically traded firms. Mike is proud of the teams work and the confidence clients have shown with additional project work.
He has written extensively, and is frequently quoted on many industry issues. He has substantial board experience on both public and private distribution firms. His contributions to the field include serving multiple terms as a Research Fellow with the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, permanent faculty at Purdue University’s University of Industrial Distribution, eight years as Graduate Adjunct Faculty in the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A & M University, and rendering several precedent-setting expert opinions in contract disputes between manufacturers and distributors.
Prior to forming IRCG, Mike held the position of Executive Vice President at Lex Electronics, an $800 million vertically integrated electronics distributor in Stamford, CT. Mike's path to management in his early career was through increasing responsibilities in sales and sales management. He also completed a tour of duty as a manufacturer's representative.
Senior Vice President of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
Alan is a Senior Vice President of Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors in Melbourne Florida. He has been a Financial Advisor since 1989, and is a graduate of Florida Tech with a BS and MBA in Business. His professional practice is centered on financial planning and portfolio management for individuals prior to and during retirement.
He serves on the board of directors in several community organizations including the Alumni Association of Florida Tech, the Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, and the Evans Center. Previous community involvement includes the Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) Board of Directors, The Masters Workshop Board of Directors and the Carriage Gate neighborhood association Board of Directors.
Alan is vice president of the Hosts of Brevard, and is active in the greeting ministry at his church. He enjoys action movies, jazz concerts, dancing, great restaurants and traveling the US and abroad with his wife, Katie.
Robi Roberts refers to herself as an 'accidental' entrepreneur, having met with success in several businesses that she initiated, each of which led to extreme growth and profitability. With a lot of luck and an equal amount of drive, Robi Roberts business lineage include a former court reporting business, a construction firm and other business initiatives she enjoyed pursuing. Her construction company was the product of developing her own personal subdivision and multi-family units and flourished from there, gaining recognition in the Federal, State, Municipal and Aerospace communities. Robi Roberts sold her interests in her construction companies in 2005, but retained interests in her mining business.
Robi Roberts has been honored to serve in various capacities in many charitable, civic and community organizations, including Board Member of Parrish Medical Center, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and Board member / 2-year Chairman of Civilian Military Council. In 2002, Roberts was named Laureate and inducted into the Junior Achievement of East Central Florida Business Hall of Fame. Presently, Roberts serves as Board Member of Civilian Military Council, Advisory Board Member of SunTrust (Brevard County), and is a member of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Advisory Board.
President, CEO, Think Tek, Inc. - Think Tek Globally
Rick started his career in the USAF at Homestead AFB and received his first US Patent before the age of 20. Over the next 30 years, he went on to work as an engineer, manager, and executive at a number of corporations including: Watkins Johnson Company, Lockheed and International Game Technology. He taught computer science in the evenings at Mission College in Santa Clara, California for over twelve years.
In 2008, he started his own intellectual property consulting and development company and co-founded a next generation city transportation corporation in Nice, France. He is a named inventor on well over 100 patents and he is a registered patent agent.
Today, Rick provides consulting for a number of startups and continues inventing, patenting and starting new businesses to bring innovations to market. He has degrees in Avionics Systems Technology, Computer Science, MBA, and FINRA licenses: Series 7, 24 and 79. Rick is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and an alumna of Florida Tech.
Managing Director – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
With close to 30 years of experience in financial services, she began her career as a Financial Advisor in 1986 and joined A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc. in 1989. Dedicated to helping clients meet their financial needs and long term goals, Laraine utilizes appropriate asset allocation to develop client’s retirement and estate investment plans. She helps implement strategic investments designed to enhance diversification and reduce volatility. Laraine has served Melbourne and the surrounding Brevard County investors, to help them meet their financial goals for many years to come.
Laraine earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Committed to helping her community prosper, she is active with many organizations including FL Tech School of Business, FL Tech Women’s Business Center – WeVenture and League of Extraordinary Women, and The First United Methodist Church of Melbourne. The strong relationships Laraine has built with her clients and the community have helped make her a connected leader.
Laraine has been recognized as a Premier Advisor, a distinction reserved for the firm's top Financial Advisors based on production, educational attainment and client-service best practices. She is also a Senior Vice President-Investment Officer with our firm. Laraine completes approved educational programs, rigorous examinations, and meets stringent experience requirements for all of her acquired licenses in the securities business.
Laraine and her husband, Jay, have been married for 34 years. They have two daughters, Kristen and Jennifer, and one granddaughter, Bailey. Away from the office she enjoys traveling with her family to snow ski, and venture to new cities and places.
Smith, T. Kent
T. Kent Smith is currently the President/COO and Co-Owner of Revolution Technologies, an IT/Engineering solutions and staffing services firm headquartered in Melbourne, Florida. Kent invested in Revolution Technologies (RT) in 2008, which has since grown 22% CAGR. Kent engaged with RT after spending 2007 as an investment partner with Dewberry Capital, a private equity firm based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kent was previously the President and CEO of TeamStaff, Inc., a public micro-cap focused in the healthcare staffing industry, and well as the President of The HoneyBaked Ham Company, and CEO of the Heavenly Ham Company from 1998 to 2003. Kent also spent 11 years at Norrell Corporation, a $1.4 billion commercial solutions and staffing firm, later taking it public in 1994.
Kent earned his BA from Vanderbilt University and MBA from The University of Virginia. Mr. Smith played college tennis, was formerly an Executive in Residence at the Georgia State University Business School 2008-2010, member of the Advisory Board of The University of Virginia Nursing School 2004-2010, and past Chairman of the Council of CFO's, Conference Board, NY. He was also the past President of the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. and Chairman of the 2001 U.S. Amateur. He is currently on the Parents Council and Drug Advisory Task Force at Hampden Sydney College. Kent has been married for 33 years to Mary Louise Smith from Nashville, Tennessee.
Swaim, Robert W.
Robert W. Swaim, Ph.D. – Dr. Swaim combines over 50 years of practical international business experience with a distinguished record of teaching and graduate level research in the field of management and executive development. He collaborated with Peter Drucker (known as the “Father of Modern Management”) in developing Drucker’s over 65 years of contributions to management thinking into an EMBA and Executive Development Program for Chinese executives and managers in China. Dr. Swaim was a student, colleague, and personal friend of Peter Drucker for nearly 30 years prior to Drucker’s death in 2005. Dr. Swaim spent 10 years living in Beijing and teaching the Drucker Programs throughout China.
He was President of the Coto Group, Inc., a consulting and financial services firm which provided merger and acquisition, employee stock ownership plans, debt and equity financing, business valuations, and other corporate finance services to both privately held and public companies on a domestic and international level. Coto also dealt with transition management issues associated with mergers and acquisitions to ensure a successful new business combination. Dr. Swaim also developed and conducted management and executive development programs for multinational, joint venture, and private and state owned enterprises in China.
He has held executive positions with the Geneva Companies, a middle market merger and acquisition firm, Occidental Petroleum where he was instrumental in completing the second largest acquisition in U.S. history at the time, and also with Mobil Oil and Xerox.
He completed his doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University (Drucker Graduate School of Management) and also holds an MA in Management from Claremont; an MBA from Pepperdine University; and a BBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also served as Associate Professor of Management and Organization Development for the University of San Francisco Graduate School and was a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Management for Saint Leo University’s China MBA Program, Beijing Institute of Technology and the University of International Business & Economics (Beijing, PRC). He recently became an Advisory Board Member to the Fisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology.
He also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
“Dr. Swaim is a thorough, competent, hard-working conscientious person --- excellent knowledge of the major fields of management and business; considerable initiative and a good ability to work with people. I highly recommend him.”
Peter F. Drucker
Thomas, Stephen C.
Patent/Intellectual Property/Technology and Business Law Attorney
Mr. Thomas is a partner and Intellectual Property (IP) attorney with the law firm of Hayworth, Chaney, & Thomas P.A. Mr. Thomas is a licensed patent attorney and practices in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution, infringement litigation, technology law, licensing strategies and agreements, branding and business law. Mr. Thomas founded and has chaired from inception the Business and Intellectual Property Law Division of the law firm, advising clients in the above areas of practice and providing general counsel regarding business partnerships, business development, branding and marketing, IP portfolio development, market development and company asset acquisition and development. Mr. Thomas is engaged in prosecuting numerous patent applications in the USPTO and internationally. Mr. Thomas operates as IP counsel for business and academic clients, and provides a full spectrum of guidance regarding IP licensing and royalty strategy, IP acquisition strategies, building and maintaining an enforceable IP asset portfolio, IP docket management, teaming/partnering strategies and related matters. Mr. Thomas is licensed to practice in the courts of Florida, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).
Mr. Thomas is lead counsel for the firm’s litigated IP and business matters. As such, Mr. Thomas has litigated and resolved matters for corporate and individual clients including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, contracts and other litigation in both state and federal courts in Florida, Massachusetts and California. Mr. Thomas has also been accepted as an expert witness in the field of patent claim interpretation and electrical engineering. Mr. Thomas' independent opinion has also been relied upon for findings of infringement/non-infringement by other central Florida IP counsel prior to initiating patent infringement lawsuits.
Prior to joining Hayworth, Chaney & Thomas, Mr. Thomas was employed by defense contractor Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida in a program management, technology development, and design engineering and systems engineering capacity on government programs. These programs were technology development programs that included hardware and software design for commercial, military, and NASA platforms such as F-16, F-18 E/F, F-22, F-35, Comanche helicopter, National Aerospace Plane, the International Space Station, air to ground and air to air weapons systems, and numerous other technologies and programs.
Mr. Thomas actively engages in service to the local community. Mr. Thomas is a member of the FIT Women's Business Center (WBC) Advisory Board of Directors (past Chair), the Founder’s Forum Board of Directors, the Government Contract Advisory Team (GCAT), the Space Coast Energy Consortium Board of Directors, the Boys Scouts of America and the FIT College of Business Advisory Board.
Mr. Thomas is an active speaker regarding intellectual property law, technology law, entrepreneurship and general business law matters and often speaks as a community service in general forums such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the WBC at FIT, the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and local engineer and entrepreneur groups. He is a proud Florida Institute of Technology alumnus (class of '88, Electrical Engineering) and also graduated as valedictorian of his law school class at Barry University.
Williammee, John T.
John T. Williammee, 3rd, is Chairman and CEO of W-5 Corporation, Melbourne Beach, Florida. Mr. Williammee holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from Drexel University. Previously, he was an Engineer with Westinghouse Electric, moved to Sales Engineer with Airpax Electronics, Mace Corporation; and became the Sales Manager for Julie Research Labs.
Mr. Williammee founded Beacon Technical Industries in 1963 and Component Distributors in 1970 both of which he serves as Director. Both companies continue today to be profitable. Mr. Williammee founded Partner Coiltronics, Inc 1986, which was sold to Cooper Industries; and he founded W-5 Corporation in 1996, holding company, serving as the Director.
Mr. Williammee also is the Founding Partner for the following companies:
- Triad Semiconductor (2001) disruptive technology company--Director.
- RFMW Ltd. (2003) profitable today--Director.
- Octera Solutions, Inc. (2005) sold to Macnica--Past Director.
Mr. Williammee and his wife Nancy have three children – John 4th, David, and Betsy. John holds a degree from Clemson University, David holds a degree from Florida Tech, and Betsy holds a degree from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Williammee coached youth sports football, baseball, basketball, and softball; and he currently is coaching U-16 girl’s competitive soccer team.
His favorite books include: Atlas Shrugged---Rand, The Black Swan and Antifragile---Talib, Glory Road---Heinlein, Aftershock---Wiedemer, The Age of Global Warming---Darwell.
Current Vision—A successful grassroots movement with real action to return the Indian River to the condition it was in when he moved here in 1986.
Williams, Michael H.
President - MHWCGH
Mike Williams is a State Certified General Contractor and a licensed Professional Engineer. He is President of MHWCGI a 25 year old commercial/industrial builder. Some of his past and current Fortune 500 clients include Harris Corp, Northrup Grumman and Office Depot. He is very proud to be the builder that has expanded the FIT campus over the last 5 years including Harris Village, Harris Engineering and Science classroom/labs, Food Service and Parking garage, and the Aquatic Center. Mike is extremely involved in the community giving back his time and talent by serving on several boards like the United Way, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard County Construction Advisory Committee, and Government Affairs Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.