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University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee 

Corporate Directors College Faculty/Speakers 






Dr. Anderson presently serves as Dean of the USF Sarasota‐Manatee College of Business. He  received his bachelor's degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in  Marketing from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Finance from the  University of North Texas. He joined the faculty of the USF College of Business in 1971. In  1989, Dr. Anderson was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and,  in 1996, became Dean. In 2006, Dr. Anderson was appointed Dean Emeritus of the College  of Business Administration, University of South Florida, Tampa campus.   Dr. Anderson's areas of academic specialty are Marketing Research, Marketing  Management, and Promotion Management. Most of his research has been in the areas of  consumer behavior and promotion. Recently, his research and writing has been i n the  adoption and diffusion of technology in consumer markets. He is the author of a textbook  entitled Advertising Management: Text and Cases. Dr. Anderson has published in the  Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Business Research and has  presented professional papers at the annual conferences of the American Marketing  Association, Decision Sciences, Academy of Advertising, Academy of Marketing Science, and  the Southern Marketing Association.  He is presently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of University Community Health, Inc.,  which is a regional network of five hospitals located in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties,  and serves as president of Unitrust, a management services organization for health care  delivery systems. Other community activities include the Marketing Committee, the High  Technology Committee, the Financial Services Committee, and the Steering Committee of 


the Committee of 100 of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce; the Advisory Board of  Leadership Hillsborough; the Community Advisory Council for the Florida Community  Opportunities Partnership Center; the Board of Directors of the Florida Council for  International Development; the Steering Committee of the Gulf Coast Life Science Initiative;  the Board of Directors of the U.S./Africa Foundation; Board of Directors of Sales and  Marketing Executives; and the steering committee of the Florida Financial Services Cluster  Initiative (FFSCI). He is presently on the Board of Directors of the American Arthritis  R   esearch Institute. 





Mark is a Shareholder in the Corporate & Tax Group who concentrates his practice on  securities and corporate law, including counseling clients in connection with public and  private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, corporate  governance and other general corporate matters.  Prior to joining Hill Ward Henderson, Mark practiced in the New York office of a national  law firm and was a member of the staff of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.  Through his experience in New York and Tampa, Mark has represented major and boutique  investment banks, large to small cap public companies, private equity and state pension  funds, venture capital funds and emerging growth companies in an array of corporate  transactions and securities matters. These include multi‐million to multi‐billion dollar  acquisitions of public and private companies, going private transactions, initial public  offerings, traditional preferred stock financings and day‐to‐day securities matters.  Mark is an active member of the American Bar Association's Committees on Federal  Regulation of Securities, Private Equity and Venture Capital (Chair), and Negotiated  Acquisitions. 


Mark is also active in the community, serving as a member of the Board of Governors of  Prevent Blindness Florida and the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Head Start  Community Foundation. Away from the office, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and  t   hree children. 





Richard J. Dobkin, 64 , was appointed to serve as an Independent Director to The PBSJ  Corporation Board of Directors in October 2009. Mr. Dobkin’s experience includes 37 years  with Ernst & Young of Tampa, Pittsburgh, and New York. He was Tampa Managing Partner  for the firm from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. His experience with Ernst & Young  included active participation in venture capital activities and serving as senior advisory  partner and client service to companies in all stages of growth—from startups to large  publicly held companies with global operations. He has served on the board of directors of  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) (NASDAQ) and has been a member of CBRL’s  Audit Committee (Audit Committee chairman) since 2007. He has been a member of CBRL’s  Compensation and Stock Option Committee since 2006. He is active in the Tampa Bay area  and currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee for WEDU‐TV, the  board of directors for the Museum of Science & Industry, the Tampa General Hospital  Foundation board of directors, and the Tampa Bay Rays Community Foundation Advisory  Board. He is a certified public accountant in Florida and Pennsylvania. He received a  bachelor of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a master  of science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie‐Mellon University. He is a  raduate of the Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University. He resides in  ampa, Florida.  g T       









Donald G. Fell currently serves as Director of Executive and Professional Education at the  University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee. Additionally, he serves as program director  for the Davis, CA‐based Foundation for Teaching Economics Institutes on The Environment 

nd The Economy as well as The Right Start Institutes which he conducts throughout the US, 


Canada and the Caribbean.    

He is a former member of the Executive MBA and MBA faculty at the University of South  Florida, having taught Managerial Economics and Global Environment of Business. 

Previously Don taught Price Theory, Labor Relations and Money and Banking at the  undergraduate level and Public Administration and Policy at the graduate level. Prior to  teaching at USF, Don taught economics at The Ohio State University as well as Illinois State  University. He has lectured on economics and environmental economics in over 40 states,  the Caribbean, Central America, Canada and Eastern Europe.  He is past president of the  National Association of Economic Educators, served as a founding board member on the 

ow Jones & Company Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and as chairman of the  D Securities Industry Association SMG Advisory Board.      Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for Sundstrand Corporation, the University of  Costa Rica, PERC, a Bozeman, MT.‐based think tank, as well as law and financial advising  irms. He previously served as president of state councils on economic education in both  f Florida and Ohio.     Since mid‐2009 he has served on the corporate board of Sansur Renewable Energy, Inc, a  start up Tampa‐based renewable energy company with operations in Montana, Illinois and  India. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Indiana State  niversity.  U








  Dave Felman has practiced banking, corporate, and securities law both in Tampa and in New York City. While with  Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, his practice focused on acquisitions and public and private securities offerings,  including representation of a major leveraged buy‐out firm and several major underwriting firms. Since returning to  Tampa in 1990, Dave's practice has principally involved securities offerings, venture capital investments, mergers and  acquisitions, and general representation of established and emerging growth companies. Dave acts as counsel to a  number of institutional venture capital investors, including Lovett Miller & Co., Incorporated, Ballast Point Venture  Partners, Stonehenge Capital, and Inflexion Fund, L.P. He also acts as counsel to a number of “angel” investors. Several  recent deals include representing Audio Visual Innovators, Inc. in its merger with Signal Perfection Ltd, a deal financed by  equity from Silver Lake Sumeru, and representing Renew Life Formulas, Inc. in its purchase by Swander Pace Capital.  Dave also acts as counsel to public companies with respect to securities and governance matters, including Exchange Act  reports, SRO requirements, audit and compensation committee practices, annual meetings, and general advice to Boards  of Directors.  Dave has chaired The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section, its Corporations and Securities Law Committee, and committees  responsible for drafting laws governing Florida corporations and guidelines for legal opinions. He continues to serve on  the Executive Council of the Business Law Section. Dave serves as a faculty member of the annual Federal Securities  Institute, a two‐day program in Miami, and has spoken at seminars throughout the United States regarding securities  offerings and compliance, private equity capital raising transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and  lending deals. Dave also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Venture Forum and is a  founder and the principal organizer of The Florida Directors’ Institute, an annual full‐day program on corporate  governance for public company directors.     







Professor Clark Furlow joined Stetson University College of Law in 2002 and presently  serves as Associate Dean, Tampa Law Center and Associate Professor of Law for the  University.  Teaching responsibilities include Advanced Corporate Law Seminar, Agency  and Unincorporated Organizations, Corporation Law, Delaware Influence on Corporate  Law, Partnership Law.   Prior to joining the Stetson faculty, Professor Furlow practiced corporate law in  Wilmington, Del. He represented plaintiffs and defendants in stockholder class and  derivative actions in state and federal court. He argued numerous corporate cases in the  Delaware Supreme Court and the Delaware Court of Chancery. Thirty‐three of the cases in  which he was involved led to published judicial decisions. Some have been included in law  school casebooks.     Professor Furlow served as the vice‐chairman (1983‐86) and chairman (1986‐88) of the  Delaware State Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee and as assistant secretary  (1983‐87) and secretary (1987‐88) of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners.     Professor Furlow earned his undergraduate degree at Boston University in 1973 and his  law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1977 where he served on the editorial  board of the Emory Law Journal and as a director of the Moot Court Honor Society. He is a  national member of the Order of Barristers. 








Robert R. Harris is Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public  Accountants for 2009‐10.  Harris has served the AICPA in many capacities.  He is a former member of  the Board of Directors of the AICPA and has been a member of the  governing Council for 15 years. From 2003 – 2008, he was chairman of the  AICPA’s National Accreditation Commission, which oversees the Institute’s  four specialized credentials.  He chaired the 150‐Hour Task Force in 1999‐ 2001 and has served on the PCPS Executive Committee, Work/Life and  Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, Quality Review Executive  Committee, Life and Disability Executive Committee, State Legislation  Committee and Finance Committee.  He is managing director of Harris, Cotherman, Jones, Price & Associates,  CPAs, in Vero Beach, Fla.  In his role as a consulting and testifying expert,  he speaks to attorneys and CPAs throughout the country on professional  standards and malpractice issues.  He was president of the Florida Institute of CPAs from 1990‐1991 and a  member of the Board of Governors from 1985‐2001.   arris graduated from Stetson University with a B.B.A. in Accounting.     H      


Suzanne Hopgood


Suzanne  Hopgood  is  Director  of  Board  Advisory  Services  of  the  National  Association  of  Corporate  Directors,  the  only  not‐for‐profit  membership  organization  dedicated  exclusively  to  serving  the  corporate  governance  needs  of  directors  and  boards.  Ms.  Hopgood has served on the board of nine companies, five of which are public companies  and as Chairman of the Board of two. She is the President and CEO of The Hopgood Group,  LLC, a business consulting firm she founded in 1985. She has also served as CEO of both  public and private companies, and she is a Financial Expert.  

She  has  assisted  a  variety  of  companies  in  facing  difficult  business,  financial  and  legal  challenges and crises, serving at various times as CEO, as chairman of the board, as chair of  public  company  executive,  nominating,  governance,  and  audit  committees  as  well  as  a  member of strategic planning, compensation, and CEO search committees. She has served  on  the  board  of  an  Italian  company  and  currently  serves  as  Chair  of  Nominating  &  Governance  of  Acadia  Realty  Trust  (NYSE:  AKR).  She  previously  served  on  the  board  of  Point  Blank  Solutions,  Inc  (PBSO.pk),  a  global  leader  in  the  design,  manufacture,  and  distribution of high performance body armor. She has twice served as a member of board  slates elected in proxy contests initiated by institutional investors.  

Ms.  Hopgood,  a  member  of  the  teaching  faculty  of  the  National  Association  of  Corporate  Directors, is an NACD Certified Director, and an active educator, facilitator and mediator for  boards of a wide variety of public and private companies on behalf of the NACD. She is a  frequent  writer  and  speaker  on  corporate  governance  issues,  and  co‐authored  the  award‐winning Board Leadership for the Company in Crisis.  


Prior to founding The Hopgood Group, LLC, Ms Hopgood was responsible for a $1 billion  quity real estate portfolio for Aetna Realty Investors, a subsidiary of Aetna. She has a B.S.  egree in business administration.  e d  






Rhea Law is Chairman and CEO of Fowler White Boggs P.A. and a member of the

Environmental and Land Use Practice. Governor Jeb Bush initially appointed Ms. Law to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2001, and Governor Charlie Crist reappointed her for a five year term effective January 6, 2008. She serves as Elected Chair. Governor Jeb Bush also appointed Ms. Law to the Florida Council of 100, and she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Growth Management Task Force.

Ms. Law serves on the Board of Directors of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and is the past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a seven county economic

development organization. She is the Past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber’s Board of Governors. She is the past chair of the Committee of 100, the economic development organization of Tampa/Hillsborough County. Ms. Law is the past president of Florida and Tampa Bay Chapters of The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. She is a member of the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar, and practices in the areas of Land Use, Governmental and Environmental Law.

Ms. Law has received numerous recognitions including being selected as the 2008 Tampa Bay CEO of the Year, 2004 Business Woman of the Year, induction into the Business Hall of Fame for Tampa Bay and the Hall of Fame for St. Petersburg as well as recipient of the 2006 Chair's Cup for Excellence in Regionalism by the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Her practice includes representation of developers, industrial and commercial businesses, and governmental entities (i.e. community development districts). She received her B.A., With Honors, from the University of South Florida and her J.D., With Honors, from Stetson

University College of Law, where she served as Executive Editor and wrote extensively for the Stetson Law Review.

Ms. Law speaks and writes regularly on topics such as Land Use, Governmental Public Policy, Education, Economic Development and Law Firm Management.







Nancy May is President and CEO of The Board Bench Companies the parent company of  Board Bench™, WGBA, and Peer Counsel®. Board Bench is a strategic board and executive  services provider that builds qualified and diverse succession and recruiting pipelines of  board members; the Women’s Global Business Alliance, which delivers executive diversity  consulting; and Peer Counsel®, which provides sophisticated global roundtable programs  for senior corporate executives and connects them with world business leaders to address  new ways to improve business performance. Each company’s services are focused towards  giving corporations the advantages needed to build and maintain their competitive lead in  their industries.    Ms. May has more than 20 years experience as a strategic advisor to CEOs and executive  management in evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing strategic and  marketing opportunities. Utilizing new and trusted methodologies and technologies, she  has worked in a broad variety of industries including: automotive, energy/utility,  technology, healthcare, consumer goods/services, education, financial services, industrial  manufacturing, media, communications and others. Clients have included such companies  as, Niagara Mohawk Power Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, Hoechst Celanese, Ford  Motor, Electroteck, Citibank among others.  She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the World Affairs Forum, and the  International Women's Forum. She served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout  Council of Connecticut where she served on the Executive Committee and chaired the  Nominating Committee, and on the Board of the Connecticut Venture Capital Group ‐ Stamford. She has also served on the advisory boards of emerging high growth consumer  goods and technology companies. Ms. May has been honored by government and industry  organizations for her work and support of women and was invited to meet President  Clinton as one of the Nation’s top business leaders. Ms. May has been a guest lecturer for  business and professional organizations, The Conference Board, National Geographic Films,  and numerous college and university graduate schools. 







Malcolm Riddell advises leading international companies on investing or doing  transactions in China, and he represents them directly in negotiating these deals in China.    He is Mandarin speaker, who lived nearly 20 years in China and Taiwan.   He is board‐certified international law and a member of the Florida Bar's International Law  Certification Committee.  He was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers; a U.S.  delegate to the UN; Florida Undersecretary of State for International Affairs; and a case  officer and Special Operations Group reserve officer in the CIA.  He is a Senior Visiting  Fellow, lecturer, and member of the Advisory Board at Peking University's Center for Real  Estate Law.  He is an Associate‐in‐Research at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese  Studies, has been an Asia Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and  he  regularly teaches and lectures on China issues at Harvard.     Besides a law degree from Stetson University, Malcolm's graduate work includes: Harvard  Graduate School of Design, AMDP in Real Estate; Columbia University, Master of  International Affairs; and Harvard Business School, MBA.  Malcolm is a member of the  C   ouncil on Foreign Relations.  


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