What is your current job title and responsibilities ?
University related: Chairman, UCF Board of Trustees
Non-university related: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Palmas Services, LLC
What is your history at UCF and before UCF? (past job titles, responsibilities)
First relationship: student, and proud graduate
Subsequently, as a volunteer: Chairman of the UCF Foundation; Chairman, UCF Board of Trustees
What is your academic background?
Graduated from the College of Business Administration with a BSBA, with a major in Accounting.
Certified Public Accountant
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Immediately, after the completion of Memory Mall, and the new athletic facilities (arena, football stadium), walking from the Student Union towards the arena on Memory Mall. Both of my daughters were with me, one already a UCF grad, and one that was currently attending the University; starting the walk, and realizing how the campus had been transformed. Lots had changed since my time as a student.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
I would love to see a large enough endowment that would give the University the opportunity to attract outstanding students and faculty.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Always take time to listen, and be passionate about your beliefs.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
Not sure I would want anything named in my honor…instead, I would love to have an academic building named in my parents honor. They are the ones that taught me the value of education
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
I would love to have lunch with the “AVERAGE” student so that I could pick his/her brain.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
I love French food; my favorite restaurant Café de France on Park Avenue, Winter Park.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
I love all music genres.
What is your favorite vacation destination?
The beach, in particular Captiva Island, Florida.