Each year, we are honored to present Commencement speakers who embody the mission and values of Rollins and impart inspiring and pragmatic advice for graduates.
Bob Darretta retired from Johnson & Johnson, the world's largest and most broadly based healthcare company, in 2007, after nearly 39 years of service. His career at Johnson & Johnson started in the financial area and progressed to general management as he led various Johnson & Johnson businesses based in both Europe and the United States.
During his last 10 years at Johnson & Johnson, Darretta served as chief financial officer and as a member of the company’s executive committee as well as vice chairman of its board of directors. He was also responsible for oversight of investor relations, information technology, global procurement, strategic planning, and venture capital functions.
A former trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University and former chairman of the Council of Advisors to the Villanova School of Business, his alma mater, Darretta has also served as chairman of the advisory board to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, as well as on the board of trustees of Operation Smile, which provides free surgical care to children in more than 60 countries.
Wilson is a shareholder with Central Florida law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed. Her principal areas of practice are land use and development.
She has experience throughout Central Florida in working with local governments in order to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.
A leader in her field, Becky represents property owners, developers, lenders, and other participants in a wide array of projects. Over the years, such projects have included high-rise developments in downtown Orlando, hotel developments, planned communities, large "power centers", redevelopment of existing buildings, mixed-use projects, big-box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family development, and office developments.
McKee is president and CEO of McKee Foods Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of branded sweet baked goods, cereals, and grain-based snacks. The brands include Little Debbie, Sunbelt Bakery, Drake’s, Fieldstone Bakery, and Heartland Brands.
McKee Foods is a family-owned and managed company founded by O.D. and Ruth McKee in 1934. Mike is one of four third-generation McKee family members working in the business. His brother, Chris McKee, and cousins, Debbie McKee-Fowler and Rusty McKee, also hold positions of leadership.
Headquartered in Collegedale, Tennessee, the company operates bakeries in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia, and also maintains a warehouse and distribution center in Arizona.
Mike graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1984 with an engineering degree and earned an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1987.
In addition to experiencing various front-line jobs in the bakeries during high school and college, Mike held positions in engineering, marketing, R&D, and manufacturing prior to entering executive leadership roles.
One of Mike’s favorite quotes is "If you want to predict the future, study those things that will not change."