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Rollins MBA Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship Names New Board Members

April 21, 2010 — The Rollins MBA Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship announces the addition of six new members to the Center’s Board of Advisors. The Rollins MBA Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship prepares Rollins MBA students for entrepreneurial thought and action. It also provides services and support to local entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Board members play a critical role at the Center. They help to shape and support the Center’s mission, goals and programs. They mentor Rollins MBA students, provide them with internships, participate in lectures and roundtables and speak at the school and help to generate financial support for the Center.

A key part of the CFAE strategy is to continuously build a network of advanced entrepreneurs for prospective engagement with the Center and Rollins MBA students. Board members help advance this by providing access, introductions, endorsements and facilitating targeted contact to their own networks. The Board also participates in the school’s business plan competion—the Venture Challenge—and the Dream Team, an advisory group assembled for high quality business plans that emerge from the entrepreneurship classes as well as the Venture Challenge. Finally, the board helps faciliate the school’s Entrepreneurship Consulting Projects, where teams are assigned to entrepreneurial companies to assist with a variety of business issues.

Board members also work closely with local entrepreneurs. They participate in the Rollins MBA Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a program targeted to entrepreneurs who already have a sustainable business and are poised for next-stage growth; the ATHENAPowerLink program, an advisory program for growth-oriented, women-owned businesses; and the Advanced Entrepreneurship Network /CEO Nexus Forum, a network aimed to provide an integrated and confidential support and social system for advanced entrepreneurs with a focus on peer-to-peer learning and informal networking.

“The Board provides vital support to students and local entrepreneurs and helps to foster a climate that will enable them to succeed in today’s tough economic climate,” said Cari Coats, director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. “Their collective experience also adds dimension and context to our entrepreneurship education and provides students with tools to help apply this education upon graduation.”

The new Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship Board members are:

  • Michael Gallagher—Former president of sales and marketing for Nuvox Communications. At Nuvox, Mr. Gallagher was responsible for managing the company’s 600 person sales force with an associated revenue stream of $570 million. He also founded Florida Digital Network Communication in 2007, which was later acquired by Nuvox. Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of Rollins College and was a finalist in the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.
  • Dr. Charline Gauthier—Since 2008, Dr. Gauthier has served as executive-in-residence with InterWest Partners’ life sciences team. Prior to InterWest, Dr. Gauthier co-founded and served as CEO for an InterWest portfolio company. Dr. Gauthier earned her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, Canada and her Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Australia and her MBA from the Rollins MBA.
  • Rave Mehta—The CEO of MEHTA Group, a 30-year family office with businesses in engineering and construction, technology and finance and media and entertainment. Mr. Mehta pioneered the experiential learning technology approach originally used for DoD sumulation and training. Mr. Mehta holds a BS and MS in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the Rollins MBA. He was named a 2003 Businessman of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Harold Mills—Currently the CEO of ZeroChaos, Mr. Mills oversees the strategic direction and market development for the company. Prior to ZeroChaos, Mr. Mills held various executive positions in general management and corporate development with companies such as AT&T. Mr. Mills received his B.A. from Purdue University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Linda Rolf—Mrs. Rolf founded Quest Technology Group in 2001, a company which provides software development and integration solutions for the insurance industry. Mrs. Rolf graduated with honors with a B.S. from Rollins College.
  • John Thedford—Mr. Thedford is the founder and CEO of Family Financial, a retail pawn business. Prior to founding Family Financial, he established Value Financial Servicees, where he grew the company to 68 locations. Mr. Thedford is a graduate of Wichita State Univesity.

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