Crummer Connections

Hosted ByJ.B. Adams

Summary

Hear the stories of Crummer alumni and professors in their own words as they discuss their accomplishments and the Crummer experience.


All Episodes

Dr. Brian Walkup Maximizes Value

Business leaders make decisions to ensure the growth and profitability of their companies, but they sometimes overlook what is in the best interest of owners, shareholders, and other stakeholders. In this interview, Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Brian Walkup describes common mistakes in the understanding of finance, his entrepreneurial upbringing, and how effective firms consistently maximize value.

02:07 — Common mistakes that business leaders make in their approach to finance
08:18 — Early business influences growing up in an entrepreneurial family
22:08 — Career philosophy and finding passion and value
24:14 — Teaching philosophy, differentiating theory from tools and application

Resources
Crummer Graduate School of Business — https://www.crummer.rollins.edu/
All Around Charters & Tours — https://allaroundbus.com/
CNL Financial Group, Inc. — https://www.cnl.com/

Credits
Guest — Dr. Brian Walkup, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-walkup-ph-d-4738211/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator / Host — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka
Production Assistance — Kyle Sawyer

Mary Conway Dato-on Raises Consumer Consciousness

It’s easy to express care and concern for our planet and the people on it, but being a responsible consumer means researching purchases and making informed decisions about them. In this interview, Professor of International Business and Social Entrepreneurship Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on describes her career in social entrepreneurship and how all of us can become more thoughtful consumers.
SUBMIT A QUESTION: Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Dr. Conway Dato-on will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to clara@victormediagroup.co.

01:13 — The importance of international marketing and social entrepreneurship
16:38 — Career philosophy; always being ready to pivot
22:55 — Teaching philosophy, challenging student thinking

Resources
Global Links Initiative — https://globallinksus.com/
Rally — https://www.rallysea.com/
IPADE Business School — https://www.ipadebusinessschool.com/

Credits
Guest — Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-conway-dato-on/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator / Host — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka
Production Assistance — Kyle Sawyer

Keith Whittingham’s Favorite Blend: Fascination and Passion

Earth Day gives all of us the opportunity to consider how we can make our planet a safer, cleaner and more fair place for all of us to share. In this interview, Associate Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility Dr. Keith Whittingham describes his career in coffee production, his approach to sustainability, and how we can foster fresh ideas for a thriving world.
SUBMIT A QUESTION: Do you have a question or comment for this guest? Send your submission and Dr. Whittingham will respond to it on the Crummer Hour, our follow up discussion show that is broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM. Be sure to include your name, hometown, company, and title. Send to clara@victormediagroup.co.

0:02:28 — Dr. Whittingham on the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals and his association with Artifx Cafe
0:11:26 — Dr. Whittingham’s early business influences growing up in Trinidad and Tobago
0:28:00 — Dr. Whitthingham’s career philosophy and differentiating fascination from passion

Resources
Artifx Cafe — https://www.artifxcafe.com/
United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals — https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Credits
Guest — Dr. Keith Whittingham, https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithwhittinghamphd
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator / Host — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Sound Editing — Aaron Trnka
Production Assistance — Kyle Sawyer

Natalie Schmook MBA’06

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Natalie Hayes Schmook, founder and owner of Hayes Wealth Advisors LLC, a financial planning and investment management services company serving optometrists, optometry practice owners, and their families. Ms. Schmook graduated from Crummer in 2006 as a part of EAMBA 9. Her career started in private wealth management with SunTrust Bank, pivoted to operating a franchise, and then evolved to starting Hayes Wealth Advisors. She and her husband Eric Schmook (a fellow alumnus) continue to be involved with Crummer by assisting with Career Services and participating in the annual venture plan competition.

Serg Albino MBA’10

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Serg Albino, Co-Founder and CEO of ecoSpears, an impact venture delivering cost-effective and eco-friendly cleantech solutions to destroy persistent organic pollutants from our land and waterways. Mr. Albino is a serial entrepreneur with a long career in technology, engineering, and consulting. He graduated from Crummer in 2010 as a part of SMBA 05.

Diahann Smith MBA’17

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Diahann Smith, who currently serves as the director of marketing and business development for Florida Dairy Farmers. Before starting her thirteen-year career with Florida Dairy Farmers, she had a long career in marketing in Central Florida, previously working at the Orlando Sentinel. Ms. Smith graduated from Crummer in 2017 as a part of EMBA 36.

Joshua Snyder MBA’10

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Joshua Snyder, who currently serves as the vice president of strategic partnerships and business development at PowerDMS. Mr. Snyder graduated from Crummer in 2010 as a part of EAMBA 13. In the time since his graduation, he has continued to maintain a strong relationship with Crummer, by working at the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship for five years, serving at Crummer’s Oktoberfest fundraiser, and joining the alumni board.

Cameron Dawson MBA’12

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Cameron Dawson, who currently serves as Director, Senior Equity Analyst in the Chief Investment Office of Bank of America. Her first exposure to business came when, as a teenager, she moved to Miami to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer. After spending a year at UCF, she enrolled at Rollins College and participated in the 3:2 program to complete her MBA at Crummer. As a part of EAMBA 17, Ms. Dawson focused on the finance track with help from Dr. Clay Singleton. After graduating, she received the Edward Moses scholarship, studied to take the CFA, and landed her role with Bank of America.

Tadar Muhammad MBA’17

In this show, host J.B. Adams interviews Tadar Muhammad, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Workforce Development for Home Builders Institute (HBI). In his role, Mr. Muhammad helps young people develop the work skills they will need to succeed in home building jobs as well as careers. He graduated from Crummer in 2017 as a part of EAMBA 37 and he continues to nurture his relationship with Crummer as a guest speaker and mentor.

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