Visiting Executive Program

Getting the Inside View
F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive Program 

Spend personal time with success executives

The F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive Program, in the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, gives students and faculty a time to personally meet with successful executives in a classroom environment on campus.  The program provides students with both an insider’s view of corporate decision making and leadership in a global environment thus inspiring their continued personal and professional development.

Mr. Smith’s endowment of the Visiting Executive Program has made it possible to bring to Florida Tech business leaders and entrepreneurs from a broad range of industries.  Mr. Smith was the inaugural speaker in 2007 discussing his 30 plus year career with General Motors where in 1981 he was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for the corporation.  He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for Florida Tech.

Visiting Executives have included:

  • Bob Paul, CEO, Compuware; former President and COO, Compuware; and former CEO, Covisint, LLC.
  • Kent Smith, Co-Founder, Revolution Technologies; former CEO, TeamStaff, Inc.; and former President, The HoneyBaked Ham Company.
  • Tim Smick, President and CEO of Harbor Retirement Associates, LLC
  • Ted Parker, Founder and CEO, Revolution Technologies
  • Paul Showerman, Showerman Distribution Company
  • Bob Leger, former Senior Vice President of Marketing for Gillette’s North American business
  • Dick Beeson, Former CEO of Colgate Palmolive of Canada, CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, CEO of Canada Dry Corporation, Founder of R.C. Beeson, Inc.
  • Joseph Caruso, President and CEO, Omnifirst Capital Corporation.
  • Thomas J. Folliard, Chief Executive Office, President, Director and Member of the Executive Committee, CarMax, Inc.
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  • Debbie Harvey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Ron Jon Surf Shop.
  • Michael (Misha) W. Joukowsky, Visiting Scholar, Engineering Department, Brown University, CEO of a small investment firm, General Partner, SSP Real Asset GP, LLC and SSP Private Equity GP, LLC.
  • Frank Straub Starkey, Co-founder and President, Longleaf Development Company.
  • Doug M. Sweeny, Former Corporate Vice President of Business Strategy, IBM.  Current Senior Business Strategy Consultant, American Telemanagement Solutions, LLC.