Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Paul Stumb

President, Cumberland University

Friday Opening Luncheon
Paul Stumb

Dr. Paul Stumb was named President of Cumberland University on August 25. 2015. He has served Cumberland University since 2003, when he became an Adjunct Professor, a capacity in which he served for two years before becoming Dean of the Labry School, a position he has held continuously while the division evolved from the School of Business and Economics to the School of Business and Technology, to its current incarnation as the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business. During his tenure at Cumberland, Dr. Stumb has written successful grant proposals to federal, state and local entities, and secured the second largest unrestricted philanthropic gift in the Labry School’s history.

In addition to overseeing the personnel and academic functions at the Labry School, expanding offerings to include non-credit courses, new majors, and new curricula, establishing a Business Advisory Board of more than 50 members, Dr. Stumb has played a key role in the University’s overall accreditation process, including overseeing completion of the required institution self-study. Other institution-wide activities have included service on the Executive Management Team and the University President’s Council, engaged in policy development and decision-making for the entire institution. Dr. Stumb has served as an examiner for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which accredits business education nationwide, and has been a site visit chair, mentor, and President of ACBSP’s Region 3. Dr. Stumb is widely engaged in the Central Tennessee community, and provides consultation services for local and regional manufacturers, municipalities, and nonprofit entities.

Dr. Stumb has served as an Adjunct Professor for the National Security Agency, Georgia State University, Shorter College, and Middle Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of the Navy War College Strategy and Policy Course, and holds a BS earned at Auburn University in Alabama, an MS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master’s in Education from Cumberland University, and earned his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of a number of professional and honor societies, deeply involved in civic and professional activities. A prolific researcher, writer and presenter, Dr. Stumb retired from the US Navy Reserves with the rank of Commander, and is the recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal and other awards, commendations, and honors.

Dr. William (Bill) Pickard

Chairman, Global Automotive Alliance; Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino; CEO, Bearwood Management Company

Saturday Keynote Luncheon
William Pickard

Dr. William F. Pickard, PhD is Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers.

Pickard’s thirty-five-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee in Detroit, Michigan. In 1989, he founded an automotive manufacturing company and grew it into Global Automotive Alliance, a logistics and manufacturing company with more than one half billion dollars in sales and eight plants in the U.S. and Canada. GAA services corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot and Merck Pharmaceutical.

He has served on numerous business and non-profit boards including Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, Michigan National Bank, LaSalle Bank, Business Leaders for Michigan, National Urban League, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In 2001, Pickard was awarded Michiganian of the Year for his business success, civic leadership and philanthropy. Pickard was the first chairman of the African Development Foundation in 1982, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and under President George Bush he was appointed to The National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations (1990) the Federal Home Loan Bank Board-Indianapolis Bank in Indiana (1991).

Dr. Pickard holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In honor of Dr. Pickard, The William F. Pickard Living Center is named in his honor at Grand Valley State University.

Alejandro José Cheyne Garcia

Dean, Business School of Universidad del Rosario - Colombia

Sunday Closing Luncheon and Panelist
Alejandro José Cheyne Garcia

José Alejandro Cheyne G. is considered one of the most important professors in higher education programs in Colombia. His strong desire to share at a very young age, and his experiences of theoretical learning practices have earned him various awards at Universidad del Rosario, The Outstanding Young People of the Junior Chamber International Colombia, and Professor highlighted in graduate programs among others.

His great effort to strengthen the complex thought in his students with physical, intellectual and spiritual dimension in response to the contradictions of hypermodernity is reflected not only in the development of core competences. But also even more noble results when it manages to transcend its project of life.

The permanent desire to advance the process of academic training led him to successfully fulfill his undergraduate in economics, specialization in university teaching, majoring in business administration, studies of high international management and recently his PhD in education where entrepreneurship has been become the focus of their research work.

Dr. Terri Friel

Consultant, Deanworks

Terri Friel

Terri Friel has a Doctor of Engineering and MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. She also has a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering and Master of Engineering in chemical engineering and a BA in French. She is fluent in French, conversational in Spanish and can speak tourist Japanese and Gaelic.

She served as the Dean of the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University from 2008-14 and was the Associate Dean at the Butler College of Business 2006-08. She is currently the CEO operating Doctus, Inc Consulting and is a Partner at Series Advancement Academy. She is a regent at Realtor University, the Finance Chair and board member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and a consultant at Deanworks. She has also authored two books on developing management skills for academic leaders - Management for Deans (2013) and Advanced Management for Deans (2016).

With 17 years of teaching experience in Operations Management, her expertise in training and developing people is considerable. She combines her management abilities and her training and development abilities for a unique perspective on how to get the best from individuals and creatively build an organization.

With corporate management experience in Procter & Gamble, Fries & Fries, PepsiCo and academic management at Butler and Roosevelt University, Friel has demonstrated her ability to solve difficult problems, manage complex and diverse projects, while building a coalition for solving problems to develop new opportunities. At Butler University she was responsible for the budget of the college and the $22 million Lilly Foundation grant. She initiated and oversaw the design and installation of the $2.5 million college classroom and office upgrade with $250,000 for new technology.

Dr. George Vukotich

Consultant, Deanworks

George Vukotich

George has a Ph.D. in Training and Organizational Development from Loyola University. He also has an MBA from DePaul University. In addition he completed a executive program in Human Resources at Harvard University. Being a military member he completed senior level military programs including Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. 

George has been the Dean of the College of Business at Concordia University as well as the Department Chair for the Graduate Program in Training and Development at Roosevelt University. He has also been a senior level administrator including a VP of Military Affairs. In addition he served on the College of Business advisory board at Northeastern Illinois University.

George has also run programs in entrepreneurship for joint venture business/university partnerships. In his role as the Senior Vice President of Programming at 1871 he managed the university relationships. He has built and advised a number of organizations on curriculum development and program roll-out.

Brian Walker

Consultant, Deanworks

Brian Walker

Brian has over 30 years of experience in both the corporate world and higher education. He has served in various roles including Executive Director, Assistant Dean, and Director at institutions such as Rice University, Roosevelt University, and Lewis University. He has also developed and managed large branding and marketing campaigns for both higher education institutions and corporations.

He has a BA in Business from Hillsdale College, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, a Graduate Diploma in International Relations from University of London / London School of Economics, and a Management Certificate from Rice University's Jones School. He is currently completing his Ed.D in Educational Leadership.

In the late '90s, as Director of Admissions & Marketing for Rice University's Jones school, Brian developed and led the overhaul of the school's marketing and admissions department and implemented a recruitment strategy that helped propel the school's ranking.

He is the CEO of American Graduate School, which provides accredited online education and training programs in the Philippines and Asia, as well as serving as a consultant at Deanworks.

Dr. Anthony Negbenebor

Dean Emeritus, Godbold School of Business, Gardner-Webb University

Anthony Negbenebor

Dr. Anthony Negbenebor is Dean Emerita and Dover Chair of Business at the Godbold School of Business, Gardner-Webb University. He is also Professor of Economics and International Business, and faculty advisor to ENACTUS students and World Trade Club (WTC). Anthony received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988. He completed summer studies on International relations at Universite De Paris (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in Paris, France, and advance studies on Economic Development for Developing Nations at the London School of Economics, London, England. Anthony is the current past President of ACBSP and Chair-elect of Accreditation Governance Board.

Dr. Dewayne Thompson

Chair, Department of Business, Lee University

Dewayne Thompson

Dewayne Thompson serves as Chair of the Department of Business at Lee University where he has worked as both a full time faculty member and as an administrator over the past 34 years. Having served as a faculty member in business administration with a focus in management and ethics courses for 18 years, he moved to administrative positions for the past 15 years. In addition to administrative duties, he is a professor of management teaching to both undergraduate and graduate students. Thompson taught or lead seminars in Paraguay, Ukraine, and China. Additionally, other professional obligations required his travel to Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Cambodia, and Switzerland. He is involved in his local community serving on various boards and committees; moreover, he currently is serving on the local Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He served as Secretary, Vice President, and President of ACBSP Region 3. He is currently the Chair of the ACBSP Board of Directors. Other involvement with ACBSP includes serving as a site evaluator, mentor, committee membership, and committee chair.

Dr. Carlos Tasso Eira De Aquino

Chair, Undergraduate Business and IT Programs, Argosy University - Tampa

Carlos Tasso Eira De Aquino

Carlos Tasso Eira De Aquino is an accomplished senior executive and educator combining over 25+ years of experience in leadership and scholarship in Business, Education, IT, and Engineering with a PhD and two Post-Docs. As an executive, he has been strategically building, managing and guiding diverse teams to solve complex, systemic problems. As an educator, he has taught, developed and supervised, and published relevant research and scholarship. Along his career Dr. Aquino accumulated achievements and recognition as Executive-Director, Senior Director, Project Manager, Provost, Dean of Business, Assistant Dean of Accreditation, among other capacities in organizations in the USA and abroad, with followers that encompassed a clear diversity of cultures.

In recent years, he co-led the ACBSP Accreditation process for a multi-campus university in the USA. He also created, launched, and led for two years a center dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and is currently involved with solutions development in the various dimensions of Diversity and Inclusion, with a substantial focus on companies and organizations that embrace or are willing to launch diversity and inclusion strategies and professional development among internal and external stakeholders.

Dr. Aquino is a multi-lingual professional (English, Portuguese, and Spanish). Before moving to the United States in 2008, Dr. Aquino was responsible for the Brazilian version of many business books, published by Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill. Dr. Aquino has also authored a book on Adult Higher Education (How to Learn: Andragogy and Learning Skills) for Pearson Education in Brazil in 2008. He is the editor and co-author of a book on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace to be published in 2017 by Palgrave McMillan.