Susan Fiorito, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Program
Her role: She is the director of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and holds a Jim Moran Professorship. Her classes include Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Women and Minorities in New Ventures and Family Business.
Fiorito also was a professor in the Department of Retail Merchandising and Product Development in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State. While there, she became one of the first research fellows of the Jim Moran Institute. Prior to joining academia, Fiorito was part owner of four small family-owned boutiques in and around Atlanta. Read More
Bob Garner, MBA, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: He advises students who have established businesses or ideas for new businesses. His classes include Negotiation in Entrepreneurship and Managing New Venture Growth.
Garner has more than 19 years of personnel and industrial management experience. He has directed and coordinated financial, physical and human resources in public and private businesses. Garner won the Leadership Award for contributions to personnel development and profits for Roadway Express Miami Terminal. An expert in franchising, he built three Hardee’s Restaurants in four years, and employed more than 100 people with approximately $2.5 million in sales. Read More
Lanny Lewis, MBA, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: Lansing has 19 years experience in the retail industry with specialties in new item development and commercialization of consumer goods. He has started businesses in consulting, brand development, retail and consumer goods. Read More
Douglass Tatum, MAcc, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: He teaches New Venture Creation and Funding Sources. Tatum is chairman of the board for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and private equity firms and is an expert on capital markets and the entrepreneurial growth economy. He also is vice chair of the board and chair-elect of the board of the Association for Corporate Growth, a global not-for-profit organization. Read More
Wendy Plant, MBA, Entrepreneurship Program
Her role: Her responsibilities include oversight of student engagement programs such as the InNOLEvation® Center, and management of all student activities outside of the classroom, including competitions, events and programs. She coordinates the entrepreneurship program’s contributions to campus-focused entrepreneurship activities, providing assistance and consulting services to students and coordinating student activities on and off campus.
Prior to coming to Florida State in 2014, Plant was program manager at the University of South Florida’s Polytechnic Blue Sky Business Incubator and USF CONNECT Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, where she gained extensive experience in business incubator management and educational program development. Read More
Brian Baber, MBA, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: Baber will be teaching Personal Finance and Entrepreneurial Technologies in the Fall of 2017. Baber’s natural entrepreneurial spirit is passionately reflected in his wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience as a highly respected franchisee of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a custom and luxury home builder. His devotion to building a top notch team yields unsurpassed service and quality with dedication to excellence in customer satisfaction which is evident in customer surveys and a 1st Place ranking in Best of Bay 2015. Read More
John Breed, MBA, BBA, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: John C. Breed has extensive experience developing, leading and consulting businesses as an entrepreneur, C-suite executive, management consultant, sales executive and a college faculty member. John has a passion for teaching, developing products, building client relationships, mentoring students, and growing companies. Read More
Mk Haley, MFA, Entrepreneurship Program
Her role: Mk Haley has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1994 serving primarily with Walt Disney Imagineering in both technical and creative roles with the Virtual Reality teams, R&D, Special FX, Show Quality Services, and the Disney Research Labs. These teams allowed support of projects with a 10 year lead time, to critical in-park issues that needed immediate solutions. Mk has also served Disney Corporate initiatives related to New Technology programs and collaboration tools, as well as with emerging tools and Television. She has been an educator for 25 years teaching at both the high school and University level, including the Imagineering – UCLA partnership in Themed Entertainment Design, and recently served as both the Associate Executive Producer and Faculty at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With more than 25 years of service to ACM SIGGRAPH, Mk more recently served as the SIGGRAPH Conference Chair, and as the Themed Entertainment Association’s SATE Conference Technology Track Chair. Read More
Mark McNees, D.Min., Entrepreneurship Program
His role: Mark brings a wide range of entrepreneurial and executive management experience from the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Dr. McNees is the Founder and CEO of RedEye Coffee, Founder of Element3, and serves as a board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. His education includes a B.S. in Marketing, Minor in Finance and Merchandising, M.A. in Religion, and a D.Min. in Leadership. His education and experience is the foundation he uses to inform his passion that social entrepreneurship, commerce, and innovation are powerful tools that can produce a positive impact on many current global issues such as poverty traps, economic injustice, and environmental neglect. Read More
Peter Weishar, Entrepreneurship Program
His role: Before serving in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Themed Experience Institute Professor Weishar was Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University. Prior to that Peter Weishar served as the Dean of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Entertainment Arts for approximately 10 years. Before his time at SCAD, Weishar served as a professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts department of Film and Television while serving as Acting Director of the Animation Program. He is the author of three books: Digital Space: Designing Virtual Environments (McGraw-Hill), Blue Sky; The Art of Computer Animation (Abrams Books) and CGI: The Art of the Computer Generated Image (Abrams Books). He also has private sector experience in design and animation development management and has worked with a number of video and new media technology companies, as well as creative firms and advertising agencies. Read More
The following individuals are Entrepreneurs in Residence at their respective academic units:
Richard M. Benham, JD, College of Law
His role: Professor Benham joined the College of Law in spring 2014 as Entrepreneur in Residence. He directs and teaches in the Business Law Clinic at Florida State University. Prior to earning his law degree, Professor Benham had extensive experience in the information technology field and co-founded a software development consulting company where he served as chief executive for seven years. Admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005, he has counseled many small businesses in areas including entity formation, capital acquisition, business planning, and start-up business operations. Professor Benham’s projects include co-founding a business developing software for the nano-materials industry and a start-up fabricating magnet system components for the global fusion reactor project (ITER). Most recently, he co-founded a non-profit “maker space” that provides an open creative space for students, inventors and artists.
Michael Devine, PhD, College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
His role: Mike Devine is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL. For 18 years he was as a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Science and Public Policy Program at the University of Oklahoma. From 1987-1995 he was Associate Vice President for Research at Florida State University. Among many other responsibilities, he initiated an active and successful technology transfer program that substantially increased patenting and licensing activity, including a license for Taxol synthesis that generated over $350 million in royalties. From 1995-2000 he was Vice Chancellor for Research at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2000, he moved back to Tallahassee as Executive Director of the non-profit MDS Research Foundation and SynCure Cancer Research Foundation, where he served until 2012. From 2009-2012 Dr. Devine was also the Executive Director of FL CURED in the FSU College of Medicine. For the past several years he has taught a course at “Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization” (first developed in 1994) and initiated other programs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. College of Engineering Website
Ron Frazier, MBA, College of Business, Department of Management
His role: Ron Frazier is responsible for the capstone course in the College of Business – Competitive Dynamics, an online business simulation. Ron previously taught new venture financing, commercializing new technologies and new venture planning. Ron recently completed the BioDesign Graduate Certificate program at Stanford University. He is also an Executive-in-Residence at Moffitt Cancer Research Center. Ron is a mentor at the Alchemist (Internet of Things) incubator in San Francisco and a mentor at the 1776 incubator in Washington, DC. Ron is the founder and chief-editor of the Rocinante Virtual Reality blog. Prior to joining Florida State University, Ron served as Executive Vice President for three different billion dollar, global technology consulting firms.
Molly Hand, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
Her role: Molly Hand (Ph.D., Florida State University, 2009) is a scholar and editor with considerable experience in academic and technical writing, editing, and research. She is Entrepreneur in Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she serves as Internship Program Director for the Editing/Writing/Media (EWM) concentration in the Department of English and teaches EWM and literature courses. Before assuming her current role, she taught, worked in state government, and worked as an independent contractor, providing editorial and research services primarily for scholarly works: critical editions, scholarly monographs, a peer-reviewed journal. Currently, she is working to encourage critical conversation around professionalism among English students, to build a greater network of internship opportunities in the Tallahassee area and beyond, and to establish a structure of support and resources around the internship program to provide students with the necessary tools for success and career readiness.
Bruce Manciagli, MS, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
His role: Bruce’s career has focused on building the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities through education and training, leadership and organizational development, as well as strategic funding and resource development to more effectively address social and environmental problems and create lasting social value. He has a long-standing commitment to Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, having co-founded or founded three social enterprises (one of them a national award winner). As Social Entrepreneur in Residence in Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, he’s led the development of a Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (SEI) Specialization within the Interdisciplinary Social Science Program and co-led the development of an SEI Concentration within the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. With a background in both social entrepreneurship & innovation and the social foundations of education, he views how students learn is as important as what they learn.
Jim Mclaughlin, Executive in Residence
His role: After spending twenty-five years in retail management with Maas Brothers and Burdines, Mr. McLaughlin began his academic career teaching Fashion Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences where he taught four classes each semester and directed the merchandising internship program placing over 1,800 students in internships both in our country and abroad. While in the College of Human Sciences he developed the concept of the Center for Retail Merchandising, the annual fall Merchandising Dinner, the Retail Summit and the Macy’s Merchandising Laboratory. He was also instrumental in partnering with his colleagues in expanding the study abroad program to Paris and Milan during the sixteen years he participated in the London Program. Recently, Mr. McLaughlin worked close with Dr. Mike Brady, Department Chair of Marketing in the College of Business, in developing and launching a Retail Management major. He developed an annual Retail Management Reception for students and retail executives, an exploratory field trip to New York to meet with executives from major retail companies and a variety of internships throughout the country.
Stan Pelkey, PhD, College of Music, Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship
His role: Stan Pelkey is the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship in the College of Music at Florida State University. He is charged with providing leadership for public relations and marketing in the College, managing guest residencies, and guiding efforts in entrepreneurship education in the undergraduate music program. Before joining the FSU community, he served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Roberts Wesleyan College where he led the development of several new degree programs designed to meet growing student interest and need in the region. Stan’s primary interests lie in career development, risk taking, and risk management for music students, and rethinking the arts and humanities in response to current market pressures and changing priorities and policies in higher education. He remains active as a performer, composer, and researcher, and he blogs about career development for musicians and film and television music at stanpelkey.com.
Qinchun Rao, PhD, Human Sciences, Nutrition Food & Exercise Sciences
His role: Dr. Qinchun Rao has a Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. His research interests lie in utilizing food chemistry, especially immunochemistry and physical chemistry, as a tool to answer questions arising in both food safety and food quality disciplines. His research related to food safety primarily focuses on the development of rapid methods for the detection of harmful or prohibited substances in food products such as undeclared allergenic food residues (AFR). His research related to food quality primarily focuses on studying 1) the fundamental mechanisms and external factors influencing the interactions of proteins and other ingredients in foods and 2) the bioavailability of nutrients and bioactive components in foods.
Cesar Rodriguez, MD, College of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Research Faculty I and Entrepreneurship Advocate
His role: Cesar is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Medicine. His focus is cell engineering and cell-based therapeutics. Prior to rejoining FSU in 2015, Cesar engaged in intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area. This included working as a Senior Research Scientist at Autodesk, Research Lead at Genome Compiler, and Software Lead at BIOFAB (a joint Stanford-UC Berkeley translational project). Cesar is a co-founder and former editor of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL). Cesar advocates for the perspective that biological engineering requires excellence in empathy, curiosity, and ingenuity.
Raymond B. (Vic) Vickers, PhD, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of Institute for the Prevention of Financial Fraud
His role: Dr. Vickers, whose background includes a law degree and a Ph.D. in economic and business history, served for four years as Assistant Comptroller of Florida, the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Banking and Finance. As an attorney, he has represented more than 100 financial institutions, including community banks, regional banks, Wall Street banks, and international banks. He is also the author of Panic in the Loop: Chicago’s Banking Crisis of 1932, which won the Silver Medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the Finance/Investment/Economics Category;and Panic in Paradise: Florida’s Banking Crash of 1926.
Trip Wyckoff, University Libraries
His role: Trip serves as FSU’s Entrepreneurial Outreach Librarian, providing research assistance to faculty and students starting businesses. Additionally, library research and tools to support Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Deans, and administrative units of FSU. The Entrepreneurial Outreach Librarian helps to identify and arrange with other library liaisons new items for the library’s collection targeting “entrepreneurship.” The Entrepreneurial Outreach Librarian also provides support for local and regional business support institutions (like the public library, DOMI Station, SBDC, and EBV for veterans).
Additional members of the Jim Moran Faculty Associates are:
Ken Baldauf, MS, Director, Program in Interdisciplinary Computing
His role: Ken Baldauf joined the Florida State University faculty in 1998 to coordinate a campus-wide computer literacy effort. Since then, Ken has developed courses in computer fluency, management information systems, digital media, object-oriented programming, web design and web development. He developed one of the first online courses at FSU in 1998, and has been devoted to developing effective online teaching systems and methods ever since. Ken is currently the Director of FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Computing, has authored several textbooks, produces a weekly tech news podcast for tech teachers, and has designed the online learning framework for Intro Computer courses titled Emerge with Computers. In recent months Ken has been actively researching innovation frameworks and innovation centers with plans to bring the benefits of this research to institutions of higher education. Find out more about Ken at www.techminded.co.
Joseph Calhoun, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
His role: Joseph Calhoun is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics and the Director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. He also teaches some upper-division courses, including the newly created ECO 3041 Personal Finance. He is also responsible for training and mentoring new graduate student teaching assistants for their initial teaching responsibilities at FSU.
A graduate of Illinois State University with a BS in finance and economics and of DePaul University with an MBA, he began his career in the health care industry before leaving to become an economist. His Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia under the direction of David Kamerschen.
Dr. Calhoun has received numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award at the University of Georgia, the Undergraduate Teaching Award at FSU in 2008 and 2016, and six times received the Service Excellence Award for Teaching from Phi Eta Sigma at FSU.
Sam Staley, Ph.D., Director, DeVoe L. Moore Center, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
His role: Sam Staley co-created and continues to teach a capstone senior seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (ECS 3022) through the economics department in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy where he helped create an integrated social entrepreneurship program. He was instrumental in securing private funding to launch an international social entrepreneurship program that generated 120 proposals, funded the business plans for 11 social entrepreneurship projects, and seeded social enterprises in Haiti, Nepal, Uganda, and West Virginia. Sam joined the Florida State University as a full-time faculty member in 2011, bringing with him 25 years of experience working in the non-profit private sector in executive management positions, in leadership positions on governing boards, and co-founding three nonprofit organizations. Sam’s student-centered and experiential approach to learning is grounded in his personal experience in nonprofit start-ups and grappling with the difficulties of overcoming institutional barriers to achieve social change. He is an internationally recognized expert on urban policy and economic development.