Business School Convenes Executive Advisory Council

  • Sunday, April 15, 2007

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - A new link, connecting the University's Business programs with the regional business community, is growing. The Business Executive Advisory Council, assembled by the School of Business and Technology Acting Dean, Dr. Ayodele J. Alade, in partnership with Institutional Advancement, was convened for the first time late last month.

    The group is charged with advising the dean for incorporation of real-world challenges in the academic program and will provide a valuable professional networking opportunity for faculty and students in the program. The members of the council represent a variety of long-established and the relatively new leadership companies in the region and will work in partnership with the UMES faculty to enhance the quality of education.

    "We are looking forward to learning from these successful business leaders," said Alade. "And we will share our expertise with them. The council will be a valuable resource as the Department of Business, Management and Accounting pursues accreditation."

    The Business Executive Advisory Council is chaired by Perdue Farms Inc. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Eileen E. Burza. Peninsula Regional Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer R. Alan Newberryis vice chair. PKS & Co., P.A. and PKS Investment Advisers, LLC President John M. Stern, Jr. serves as secretary/treasurer.

    Business Executive Advisory Council members are: John J. Allen Jr., CCCL, vice president, Bay Region, Delmarva Power; Rafael Correa, president, MaTec High Performance Man; Austin Cox, president, Austin Cox Mechanical, Inc.; Mike Gershenfeld, senior vice president, Lankford-Sysco Food Services, Inc.; Mark S.

    Holloway, CRB, GRI vice president, Eastern Shore Reg. Mgr., Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.; Erik Lytikainen, president, Baltimore Biodiesel; Doug Marshall,CAI, president, Marshall Auction & Marketing Co., Inc.; William Martin, president, ERA Bill Martin and Associates, Inc.; Joe Morse, president, African American Pride Magazine; Joseph Ollinger, retired business entrepreneur; Dr. Victoria Pilate, president, Crandell & Rose Publishing House; Monty Sayler, senior vice president, Bank of America; BijanShapoorian, president, Homes by Bijan, Inc.; John M. Stern Jr., CPA, president, PKS & Co., P.A., PKS Investment Advisers, LLC.; Ellen Trusty, president, Vann's Spices, Ltd.; Edward Urban, executive vice president, Harvard Custom Manufacturing; Dennis Williams, president, Annapolis Specialty Houses.  Serving ex-officio are: President Thelma B. Thompson,Ph.D.;Dr. Emmanuel T. Acquah, vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Ayodele J. Alade

    dean of the School of Business and Technology; Gains B. Hawkins Jr., vice president for institutional advancement; Dale A.