UWF’s Executive Mentor Program welcomes second class of students and mentors

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The University of West Florida College of Business’s new Executive Mentor Program has matched its second class, expanding from 30 students last year to 50 students this year, with area business leaders who will serve as mentors to initiate networking and career opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The following prominent business leaders have been designated as Executive Mentors for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare
  • Knut Bergan, president of Ian-Conrad Bergan, LLC
  • Pam Bilbrey, president of Bilbrey & Associates
  • Carol Carlan, president of the Sacred Heart Foundation
  • Bill Cleary, vice president of Landrum Companies
  • Dave Cleveland, senior vice president and partner of the Highpointe Hotel Corporation
  • Al Coby, Past Administrator, City of Pensacola
  • Kevin Doyle, past president and publisher of the Pensacola News Journal
  • Rodger Doyle, sales consultant at ESM Enterprises
  • Evon Emerson, past president and CEO of the Greater Pensacola Chamber
  • Chuck Emling, RVP of Business Development at Refuse Specialist, Inc.
  • Al Foland, past president and CEO of Corey’s Jewelry, Inc.
  • Steve Gracik, chief operating officer of Ashley Furniture and Turner’s Furniture Holding Corp.
  • Jody Henderson, partner at Warren Averett O’Sullivan Creel
  • Michael Hicks, president and CEO of Hixardt Technologies, Inc.
  • Allison Hill, CFO of Lakeview Center
  • Michael Holland, president and COO of Coastal Bank and Trust
  • James Hosman, vice president and partner of Florida First Capital Finance Corp. and CollegeFrog.com
  • John Hosman, partner at FS Financial Advisors and CollegeFrog.com
  • Dave Hoxeng, owner of Cat Country 98.7 and NewsRadio 1620.
  • Ron Jackson, president of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
  • Tim Kane, partner at Kane & Sherman P.A., CPAs
  • Ann Keiek, president of Nurses on Call
  • Dale Knee, president and CEO of Covenant Hospice
  • Andrea Krieger, CEO and president of United Way Escambia County
  • Rick Lambert, financial advisor and CFP at Edward Jones
  • Bob Larkin, sole proprietor of Robert L. Larkin Jr. Consulting, LLC
  • Scott Luth, senior vice president of economic development at the Greater Pensacola Chamber
  • Eleanor McGee, vice president of finance and controller at Baptist Health Care
  • Dean Minto, district manager at Sherwin Williams
  • Steve Moorhead, managing partner at McDonald, Fleming, Moorhead
  • Molly Murphy, partner at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
  • Sheila Nichols, director of marketing at Pensacola State College
  • Bob Ozburn, owner of Ozburn, LLC
  • John Peacock, financial advisor and CFP at Edward Jones
  • Scott Ramsey, senior risk manager at State Farm Insurance
  • Steve Riggs, partner at Carr, Riggs & Ingram
  • Buzz Ritchie, CEO of Gulf Coast Community Bank
  • Patrick Rooney, CEO and lead principal consultant at Coastal CXO Services
  • Sandy Sims, community development manager at Gulf Power
  • Holly Smith, president and managing partner at H2 Performance Consulting
  • Jay Smith, regional director at Verteks Consulting
  • Jim Stohlhanske, firm administrator at Clark, Partington & Hart
  • Bentina Terry, vice president of external affairs and corporate services at Gulf Power
  • Mark Wise, senior sales specialist at Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals
  • Phillip Wright, CEO of Santa Rosa Medical Center
  • Doris Young, vice president at Cox Media

The program, which launched its first class during the Fall 2012 semester, matches students from the college with influential community business leaders who share their personal and professional experience, knowledge and skills. The one-on-one mentor relationship allows for individual attention to the student mentees’ career aspirations, professional development and networking needs. The access to local business leaders provides students with an inside track for full-time, post-graduate employment.

The program is open to full-time juniors, seniors and graduate students in the College of Business. Students are selected for the competitive program based on their ability to meet the eligibility requirements and maintain academic goals, campus and community service, and prior academic and leadership experience, as well as their willingness to be active participants. For a complete list of requirements and Executive Mentor Program applications visit uwf.edu/executivementor.

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