One of the defining aspects of the Brock School of Business is our faculty and staff. Our people are highly motivated and, themselves, answering the calling of their lives. They have deep professional experience, but equally as important, they are enthusiastic, passionate teachers and scholars whose commitment will enrich your time at Samford.
Doshia joined Samford University in 2005as Secretary to the Director of Davis Library. In 2006 she joined the Brock School of Business as Secretary/Receptionist to the Dean of the Business School. In 2012 she joined the Academic Programs Office as the Program Assistant. In her new role her responsibilities include entering all Brock School of Business classes in Banner, running ARGOS reports,R25, managing Undergraduate and Graduate spreadsheets, processing various student forms, requisitions/reimbursements, along with managing calendars for the Academic Programs Office. She also assists with all Academic Program Office events during the year including, Welcome Back, Rite of Passage and Commencement.Doshia is a native Louisianan who enjoyed a successful 14 years of service with a Louisiana CPA Public Accounting firm. She worked closely with the Senior Partner in the Tax Division which included tax audits, tax returns, billings, letters and various reports. She also handled the firms collections of past due accounts and established a successful program for collecting those accounts.Doshia majored in Business Administration at NLU. She has served on various committees in her community and church. She loves a good book, SEC football and traveling. Doshia has one daughter, Ashley (Brian) a graduate of Mississippi College with a degree in Nursing (RN). She has one grandson, Sam.
Lowell Broom joins Samford University’s Brock School of Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Associate Dean of UAB’s Business School. At the Brock School of Business he will oversee the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems.Lowell brings a wealth of experience to the students at the Brock School of Business. Early in his career he was a part of the Professional Audit Staff at Ernst & Young in Jackson, Miss. He began his teaching career at Louisiana Tech University in 1976. Lowell also has served as a consultant to a local housing authority regarding various issues related to proper financial reporting under the requirements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He also has served as an expert witness in nine litigation cases involving accounting and auditing issues. One of his cases involved securities fraud related to the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. He has written or co-written a number of publications on Accounting on topics ranging from the application of generally accepted accounting and auditing standards to ethical conduct to fraud detection.During the 74 months that Lowell served as associate dean at UAB, he served on a number of university committees and was involved in several initiatives as a representative of the School of Business. During his tenure at UAB he worked extensively on the technology infrastructure of the School of Business. He also re-established the Executive Education Program and developed an International Program in which students studied under the direction of professors in Europe and China. In 2004, Lowell was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to serve as a technical advisor to the Small Business Committee of the Governor’s Black Belt Action Committee. The committee was responsible for developing and implementing a plan to promote economic growth and improve the quality of life in Alabama’s Black Belt. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee for Region 3 (Central Alabama) of the Rural Alabama Action Commission. That commission was responsible for implementing economic development opportunities in the rural areas of a seven county in North Central Alabama.Lowell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants. Lowell , his wife, Redonda, and his two daughters and a son live in the Birmingham area.
Art is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, an Adjunct Program officer in Economics with the Institute for Humane Studies and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Previously, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and he had the honor of teaching in summer programs sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Art's main areas of research are Southern Economic History, development economics and the effects of "Big Box" retailers like Walmart and Costco.Art's research has appeared in journals like the Journal of Urban Economics, Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy and Business and Politics. He regularly contributes commentaries to Forbes.com and the Washington Examiner as well as, on USNews.com, Mises.org, and ForeignPolicy.com. He also has been interviewed and used as an expert in newspapers like the Tennessean, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Orlando Business Journal and numerous other media outlets.
Dr. Charles M. (Chad) Carson serves as Associate Dean and as Professor of Management and as the 2010-2011 Brock School of Business Advisory Board Research Scholar at the Brock School of Business. He was recently named the “Outstanding Educator” by the Federation of Business Disciplines for 2011. Carson has taught a wide variety of classes at Samford since the Fall of 2004 including Principles of Management, Human Resources Management and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Concepts at the undergraduate level and Organizational Management and Entrepreneurship at the MBA level. He is currently serving as the Vice President of Membership for the North American Case Research Association, the world’s leading case writing group. A two-time recipient of the Brock School of Business’ Outstanding Scholarship Award, Carson has published more than 25 peer reviewed articles in academic journals. Several of his articles have been published in leading academic journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Management Decision, Journal of Managerial Issues and Human Performance. As the President of Carson Management Consulting, Dr. Carson has provided research, training and consulting services to a wide range of clients including Hibbett Sports, HealthSouth, Community Bankers Association of Alabama, Hillsboro Retail Group of Charlotte, Ashley Furniture, G & O Supply Co and Stacks Furniture Outlet. Prior to entering the academic world Carson worked as a Senior Auditor for the State of Mississippi, a Human Resources Benefits Generalist for Mississippi State University, and as an Assistant Manager for his family’s business, Carson’s Department Store. Carson received his PhD from the University of Mississippi and an MBA and Accountancy degrees from Mississippi State University.
Barbara H. Cartledge is Assistant Dean of Academic Programs with the Brock School of Business at Samford University. She directs the academic advising of 400 undergraduate business majors and 150 graduate students in the MBA and MAcc programs. She administers the implementation and application of the majors, programs, and policies in the two arenas of undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has managed and coordinated the growth of the undergraduate program from 2 majors to 7 majors, 2 concentrations and 5minors as well as the implementation of 5 concentrations in the MBA program. Currently, she is directing Samford’s strategic focus of recruitment and retention in the Brock School of Business. As Assistant Professor, Barbara teaches the first business course, World of Business, which each undergraduate student takes during the spring of their freshman year. It is a unique offering with executive speakers and teams of students creating competitive business plans. The business plans are submitted to the Regions New Venture Challenge for the potential to earn seed money. Barbara developed a new course Business and Local Poverty which allows the students to engage and discover the initiatives within metro Birmingham that seek to alleviate and mitigate the oppression of poverty. The course grew out of Brock School of Business social entrepreneurship focus. She teaches sections of Principles of Management,Marketing Management and Foundations.Prior to her academic career, Barbara worked in the telecommunications industry with BellSouth Telecommunications,Inc., in marketing research, new product development and management in the small business sector. She also managed human resource data for CWA contract negotiations and strategic forecasting in BellSouth’s Human Resources organization. In the community she has served on the Vanderbilt’s Birmingham alumni chapter board, Sav-A-Life Board of Directors as Treasurer; a member of Vestavia Hills Mayor’s Education Committee; Covenant Presbyterian Church’s women’s servant team; Junior League of Birmingham sustainer. She is an alumnus of Birmingham MOMENTUM women’s leadership as well as alumnus of Leadership Vestavia Hills.Barbara and her husband, Tom, have two children, Hall and Joan. They live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
DevonS. Davidson joined Samford University in September 2012 and serves as theAdvancement Officer for the Brock School of Business. She is responsible for cultivation ofrelationships with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations in support ofthe School’s mission. Previously,Devon was Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund at the University ofAlabama at Birmingham School of Nursing where she strengthened the School’salumni connection through events, annual giving and volunteer service. She was also responsible for coordinating theUAB School of Nursing’s Annual Fund program which provided funds vital to thehealth and continued growth of the nursing program. Under her leadership Annual Fund gifts andpledge totals increased 161% from 2010 to 2011 and the number of giftsincreased by 124%. Nursing alumni membership in the UAB National Alumni Societyalso increased by 87%. Devonis a native of south Alabama but has called Birmingham home since graduatingfrom Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in2006. Devon is a member of the Associationof Fundraising Professionals and serves on several local non-profit leadership boards: VSA of Alabama.
Patrice Donnelly joins the Brock School of Business as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs as a Student Advisor. Prior to joining the Brock School she served as the Clinical Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program, in Samford University’s Kinesiology and Nutrition Science Department. There she advised athletic training students on their majors. Patrice is a member of Samford University’s Women’s Club and Legacy League. She also serves as faculty advisor for Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She is a 1996 Samford University graduate.
Clif Eason is Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Brock School. Prior to returning to school to earn his Ph.D., Clif worked for 15 years in banking and financial services in his hometown of Birmingham, AL and in Nashville, TN. Clif researches in the areas of firm-level branding, marketing strategy, corporate/consumer social responsibility, sales and nonprofits. He also has served on several nonprofit boards. Clif’s recreational interests include music, sports and travel.
BackgroundHoward Finch joined the Brock School of Business as Dean and Professor of Finance in July 2011. He previously served at Florida Gulf Coast University for 11 years, holding the Alico Chair in Financial Management and Planning and serving administratively as department chair, associate dean,and acting dean of the Lutgert College of Business. He also served for nine years on the finance faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and five years in private sector sales. He is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and Mercer University, and holds a PhD in finance from the University of Alabama. Teaching and ResearchAn active scholar, Dean Finch has co-authored more than 45 peer-reviewed papers in areas ranging from asset valuation, option pricing, real estate finance, entrepreneurship and finance pedagogy. He teaches in the areas of entrepreneurial finance and money and capital markets. Community ServiceDean Finch serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham and the Business Council of Alabama. He has served on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association, and is a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2013.PersonalDean Finch and his wife Kathy have two children, Ashley and Austin. They live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.
Elizabeth joined the Samford community in May 2005 as Program Assistant for the Paralegal Studies Department in the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, and was promoted to Program Assistant of the Doctoral Education Department in June 2007. In March 2010 she joined the Office of Financial Aid as a Graduate Financial Aid Advisor. She advised all graduate students at Samford with the exception of the Law and Pharmacy programs. In July 2013, Elizabeth became the Assistant Director of Academic Programs for the Brock School of Business. She coordinates the admissions functions for all prospective MBA and MAcc students including international student recruitment. She also advises MBA and MAcc students in determining course scheduling and graduation requirements.Elizabeth and her husband Brian live in Alabaster with their three rescue dogs.
Kay has extensive business experience and consulting in the areas of cost management, internal controls, budgeting, personal finance and other accounting areas. Prior to joining the faculty at Samford University, Kay taught at the University of North Texas, Samford University, University of Texas and St. Edward’s University. She served as Chair of Accounting while at Samford and Chair of Accounting and Director of Graduate Accounting at St. Edward’s University. Research:Kay’s research areas are auditing, ethics, fraud, behavioral research and case writing. She has published in the Case Research Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Business Perspectives, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Annual Advances in Business Cases and others. Her teaching interests are auditing, financial accounting, managerial/cost, ethics and tax.
Larry Harper is an assistant professor at the Brock School of Business and teaches courses in managerial values and international business. He joined Samford University in June 1991 when the Brock School of Business founded the Global Utilities Institute and appointed him as its Director. Under his direction the Institute has undertaken numerous training and management development projects worldwide. He has trained managers and provided consulting services to companies in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He managed the graduate programs at the Brock School of Business until 2012.Before joining Samford Larry was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Washington Utility Group. He also served as a Management Board Member and Chief Financial Officer at Eskom, South Africa which is among the world’s largest electric utilities. There Larry was a key member of the senior management team that successfully repositioned a struggling company as a business oriented and customer focused utility. They achieved this through a change that included a strong financial focus, improved marketing, new information systems, an aggressive corporate communication program (internal and external) and a stakeholder management strategy. Larry has successful hands-on experience in each of these areas. On graduation in 1980 from the MBA program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Larry earned Dean’s Student honors and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi. He also has a graduate degree in Finance from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Accounting) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sara Helms, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Brock School of Business, and is the Brock Scholars Program Coordinator. She teaches principles of microeconomics, public policy, econometrics and MBA micro-economics. Dr. Helms is a Research Associate at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. Dr. Helms’ research interests include applied microeconomics and public policy, particularly in the areas of volunteering, charitable giving, education policy and public health policy. She uses both traditional econometric and experimental methods. A list of ongoing and completed research can be found on her SSRN page.Dr. Helms has presented her work at the annual meetings of regional, national and international organizations, including the American Economic Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Activity, Economic Science Association, Southern Economic Association, the American Time Use Research Conference, Association for the Research of Society, Economics and Culture, and at the Institute for Studies of Labor (IZA) in Germany and the American Time Use Research Conference. Dr. Helms is a member of the honor fraternities Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Omicron Delta Kappa. Visit Sara's website
Betsy Bugg Holloway serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Professor of Marketing for Samford University. In this role she has responsibility for all marketing and branding initiatives across the operations of Samford University. Prior to assuming this role, Holloway served as the Dwight Moody Beeson Chair of Business and Professor of Marketing in the Brock School of Business at Samford University. She teaches courses in both the undergraduate and graduate (MBA) programs, and was the founding academic director of the Brock Scholars Program, the undergraduate honors program in the school. Dr. Holloway earned her B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, an M.B.A. degree from Samford University and her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Alabama (2003).Prior to her academic career, Dr. Holloway worked and lived in Japan (1992) and was employed from 1993-1999 for a global pharmaceutical firm, Scandipharm Inc. (now Actavis). She managed a Midwest sales territory based out of Chicago, and then spent five years building the company's international operations. She most recently served as the company's director of international business development. In this role, Holloway was responsible for the company's international division and global sales offices in Argentina, Denmark, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. She lived previously in the United Kingdom (1974 & 1981), France (1985) and Japan (1992-1993), and has working knowledge of French, Spanish and Japanese languages.Dr. Holloway's research interests include services marketing, consumer behavior and reputation management. Since entering higher education she has published more than 50 academic articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings and regularly presents her research at academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She previously served as a Visiting Professor at Kiev Business School (Ukraine), University of Jordan, and Beijing Institute of Technology. She serves higher education on the national level, including appointment on the editorial review board of Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. Dr. Holloway is the immediate past president (2010-2012) of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, which operates on more than 290 college and university campuses today. She is an active member of the American Marketing Association, the Academy of Marketing Science and the Society for Marketing Advances.Dr. Holloway is engaged in the local community in a variety of capacities. She serves on the board of directors for the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), Rotary Club of Birmingham, Scholarships for Kids, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Endowment and the Estelle Campbell Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA). She serves on two corporate boards, the BBVA Compass Birmingham Board of Directors and the McKinney Capital Advisory Board. Previous board service includes American Red Cross (Central Alabama), the IPC Foundation (board chair 2010-2011), and the Vanderbilt University board of trustees, where she represented her class as a Young Alumni Trustee from 1992-1996. Dr. Holloway is a member of the 2009-2010 class of Leadership Birmingham, is a graduate of Momentum (2011) and was a 2011 Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Rachel Jernigan joins the Brock School of Business as an Academic Advisor in the office of Academic Programs for primarily incoming freshmen students as well as serving as the official representation for the school of business at student recruitment events. She will also work to improve retention of freshmen students. Before joining the Brock School of Business, Jernigan served in various roles in Housing & Residence Life and Student Life. Most recently, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2014-2015) and before that, at the University of South Alabama (2012-2014). In both roles, Rachel coordinated a community setting, developed students of all classifications in their journey through the university as well as performing crisis response duties for an on campus population of over 2,000 students. In her time at the University of South Alabama, she was recognized as the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in her graduate program of Educational Leadership, which was one of Jernigan’s specific goals while in graduate school at USA. Jernigan is a member of Church of the Highlands and is currently pursuing a ministry certificate in the Small Groups directed study from Highlands College. She volunteers with The Well House, a local anti-human trafficking organization and also participates in the Arc Stories organization that creates events for local individuals to tell personal stories to large audiences as a form of modern-day parables and has told one personal story. Jernigan is passionate about the Revive Birmingham movement and actively participates in the REV Birmingham events.
Steve Jones holds a Ph.D. in finance from The University of Cincinnati, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, and a BA from Huntingdon College. He is the John W. Gay Professor of Banking in the Brock School of Business at Samford University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2001. His primary area of teaching is in financial management. At Samford’s Brock School of Business, Jones currently serves as faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Financial Management Association International, and as chair of the school’s Undergraduate Education Process Committee. In 2004 and in 2008, Jones received the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching award. In 2011, he received Samford’s annual George Macon Memorial Award for teaching. Jones is a past president of the Academy of Economics and Finance. Hisresearch has been published in such journals as the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Real Estate Research. He served as are viewer for South-Western’s 2010 text, Behavioral Finance, by Lucy Ackert and Richard Deaves. He has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including National Public Radio.Steve’s wife, Julibeth, is an audiologist in private practice. Steve and Julibeth merely pay the mortgage on a home that is, from all appearances,owned by their two extremely spoiled cats. Several years ago, Steve concluded a nine-year stint as assistant coach for his father’s middle school girls basketball team at Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. His chief duties in this position included complaining about the officiating, reminding the girls on the team to keep their hands up on defense and attempting to discourage players’ parents from offering advice to the head coach.
Kara Kennedy, a native of Birmingham, has worked extensively in the areas of Public Relations, media and marketing, and is currently the Social Media Strategist for Samford University and Director of External Relations of the Brock School of Business. Shortly after joining the Brock School of Business in June of 2007, she headed the PR team that implemented the successful strategy to brand the Samford School of Business, the Brock School of Business. Kara is working on strategic campus-wide social media initiatives as well as media relations, public relations and social media for the Brock School of Business. Kara's experience also includes PR, marketing, Public Affairs and fundraising for the American Red Cross National Office in Washington, DC. After 9/11 she worked in disaster public affairs to help victims of the September 11 tragedy. She also worked with the Red Cross Public Affairs team to help prepare the organization for Capitol Hill press conferences and hearings in the days following September 11. In addition, Kara has a background working with political organizations on both sides of the aisle. Her early political work includes, working with Alabama Governor Guy Hunt’s campaign during his bid fora second term in office and then serving with Governor Hunt's administration through 1993. Other political work includes project work with The International Republican Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, both of which are located in Washington, DC. After returning to her hometown of Birmingham,Ala., Kara started her consulting firm, Kennedy Resource Development. In the spring of 2007 and prior to joining Samford University, Kara worked with the Gaffey Group of Atlanta, Georgia on the economic development visit to Alabama of the EU Ambassador to the United States John Bruton. Kara has a BA in Communications and Political Science Auburn University, where she was member of the sorority Delta Gamma. (DG). Kara lives in Fultondale, Ala., and is a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Currently, Kara is a member of: Public Relations Society of America, Birmingham Chapter American Marketing Association, Birmingham Chapter The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable Alabama Social Media Association The Atlanta Press Club Volunteer Executive Director of the Board of the Fultondale Arts Council Member of the Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park Committee
Dr. Archie Lockamy, III, is currently The Margaret Gage Bush Professor of Business at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. With more than 25 years of experience in industry and academia, Dr. Lockamy has held a variety of responsible positions. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Lockamy held various engineering and managerial positions with DuPont, Procter and Gamble, and TRW. A list of journals that Dr. Lockamy has published in is below. He also has written for other prestigious journals. In addition, he is the author of the book Global Logistics: Managing The Product-Delivery System, and co-author of the book Re-engineering Performance Measurement: How To Align Systems To Improve Processes, Products and Profits. Dr. Lockamy served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award via appointment by the United States Department of Commerce from 1997 through 2002. He also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Educational and Research Foundation. Dr. Lockamy is recognized as a Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) by APICS, and is certified as an Academic Jonah by The Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute.
Dr. Franz T. Lohrke holds the Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and is Chair of the Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing Department in the Brock School of Business. Since 2007, he has helped design and build the Brock School’s Entrepreneurship Program, which the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship selected as the best new entrepreneurship in the U.S. in 2010. He also designed, championed, and helped implement MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship and international business in 2011. He has assisted aspiring entrepreneurs for almost 20 years through his teaching and community service activities. For example, he has taught entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels as well as served as a judge for both the Alabama Launchpad® Business Plan Competition and Birmingham Business Alliance’s Small Business Awards.Before joining the Brock School of Business faculty in 2006, he served as a faculty member at four other universities including the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and,most recently, the University of Alabama (UA). He developed an entrepreneurship concentration at USM and served on the team that redesigned UA’s into a nationally recognized entrepreneurship programLohrke has published articles investigating topics ranging from new venture challenges to small business strategic alliances in several top academic journals including Entrepreneurship:Theory & Practice, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, and Organizational Research Methods, and he has co-edited two books on entrepreneurship theory. He also has presented papers at several leading national and international entrepreneurship conferences including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research, U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange,and the Academy of Management conferences. His other research interests include social entrepreneurship, organizational decline and turnaround, sources and uses of organizational slack resources, new venture internationalization processes and management history.Lohrke is currently an executive board member for the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. He also serves on several journal reviewboards, including Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice and Journal of Small Business Management, and has reviewed papers investigating entrepreneurship issues for several leading journals including the Academy of Management Perspectives, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Small Business Economics. He was chosen as the Outstanding Case Reviewer for Entrepreneurship:Theory & Practice in 2011.Lohrkeearned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, MBA from the University of Iowa, and BA in Business Administration from Flagler College. Prior to his academic career, Lohrke worked primarily in the hospitality industry, including banquet services and restaurant management at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT® theme park.
Yolanda joined Samford University in November, 2006 as a department secretary. She was promoted to her current position in May 2007. In her role as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, her responsibilities include processing monthly financial reports, LOA’s, supplemental pay for faculty, along with managing all accounting for the Executive Education department. She is responsible for the coordination of annual faculty activity reports, depositing checks from donors, graduate department fees and international studies fees. She also assists in the coordination/direction of the BSOB maintenance of accreditation process through AACSB. Yolanda processes all course evaluations for the school, along with senior survey’s. She is responsible for Sedona updates and handles technology issues for the school. Yolanda also manages the planning of the school’s annual scholarship event.Yolanda retired from BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. in May 2006 more than 25years of service. During her time with BellSouth she served as Departmental Administrator in the Interconnection Services department, Secretary to the Assistant Vice President of Network Planning, along with secretarial positions in Marketing, Internal Auditing and Information Technologies Departments.Yolanda’s heart has always been with the non-profit world and she has had the honor of working with several non-profits, including United Way of Greater Greensboro (Greensboro, NC), United Way of Asheville (Asheville, NC), Big Oak Girls Ranch, Childcare Resources, Inc. and Gardendale First Baptist Church.Yolanda is married to Bob Long and they have three children; Rob, Rebecca and Ryan.
Dr. David Loudon is Professor of Marketing in the Brock School of Business at Samford University. He was formerly Head, Department of Management and Marketing in the College of Business Administration at University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Loudon has also been a faculty member at Louisiana State University, University of Rhode Island, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and North American Executive Program in Monterrey, Mexico. He has taught a variety of courses but focuses on marketing management, services marketing, marketing communications and consumer behavior. Dr. Loudon is the co-author of 15 books ranging from textbooks used in college classrooms around the world to specialized books focused on organizations as varied as law firms and universities. He has conducted research in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America on such topics as consumer behavior, international marketing, services marketing and marketing management. He has written more than 100 papers, articles and business cases, and his research findings have been published in a number of journals and in the proceedings of numerous professional conferences. Dr. Loudon serves as co-editor of two journals published by Taylor &Francis: Services Marketing Quarterly and Health Marketing Quarterly. He co-founded and co-edited the Journal of Ministry Marketing & Management and also serves on the editorial boards of several other professional journals. Dr. Loudon has been listed in numerous Who's Who directories.
For the last 26 years Dr. Jennings Marshallhas taught at Samford University’s Brock School of Business in Birmingham,Ala. Prior to that he taught for nine years at Tennessee TechnologyUniversity. He is Professor of Economicsand Chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis.Dr. Marshall also is the President of Marshall, Hendon, Minter &Associates, Inc., a consulting firm which has done work for a number of majorfirms in the Birmingham area, including AmSouth Bank, Baptist Health Care System,Protective Life and Hanna Steel. Marshall also is an expert witness and has testified in hundreds ofwrongful death cases as an expert on lost future income. Samford University honoredMarshall in 2010 with the creation of the “Jennings B. Marshall Service Award”given annually to a member of the faculty in recognition for significantsustained contribution of service to the University.
Matthew J. Mazzei, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management in the Brock School of Business. Matt has taught a variety of management and entrepreneurship courses as a course instructor at Auburn University, and currently teaches the undergraduate and graduate Strategy courses at Samford. His research primarily focuses on corporate entrepreneurship, with secondary interests in strategic leadership, new venture characteristics and longitudinal research methods.Dr. Mazzei has presented his work at the annual meetings of regional, national and international organizations, including the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, Southern Management Association, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference and United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.Prior to a career in academia, Matt worked in the financial services industry, with management and leadership experience in finance, accounting, and information systems. In his most recent role, he served as the Director of Information Technology for the real estate asset management subsidiary of an international financial services firm. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Carrie Anna Pearce is the Director of the Academic Internship Program, established in the School of Business in 1990. Her experiential education career began in 1980 as a post-graduate student at UAB. She came to Samford in 1990 after ten years in a similar capacity at Birmingham-Southern College. She holds an undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College and a graduate degree from Baylor University. In 2000, Carrie Anna presented Best Practices for Academic Internship Programs at the annual conference of the National Society for Experiential Education, and this year she will present The Internship Triangle: A Partnership of Student, Academy and Business Organization. In 1996, she was selected as a participant in the annual international seminar conducted by Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute. She is listed annually as a resource for life-work planning in this best-selling book. From 2001-2006 she served as a consultant regarding life-work planning with The Center for Leadership Development in both Armenia and Ukraine. Responsibilities at Samford have included: Internship Consultant to London Study Program S.U.ccess Program Advisor Academic Advisor to undeclared majors Cadre Leader: God’s Will and My Career Freshman Orientation (Horizons) Instructor Steering Committee Chair for campus visit of Baroness Caroline Cox Representative to Tentmakers International Exchange Representative to WBRC Channel 6 Job Hot Line Student Development Curricular Renewal Task Force Cross-Functional Marketing Team POESIS Team Charity Council Core Curriculum Literacy Team Carrie Anna is an active member of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, where she teaches a women’s Bible class and sings in the church choir.
Dr. James P. Reburn is a Professor of Accounting for the Brock School of Business at Samford University. At the Brock School he has previously served administratively as department chair, associate dean and acting dean.Jim received his doctorate in Accountancy from Louisiana Tech University. He earned is MAcc. and B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to joining the faculty at Samford University, Jim taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a permit to practice in the State of Alabama. He is a member of several professional associations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, and Alabama Society of CPAs.Jim's teaching interests are primarily in the area of financial accounting and reporting. In addition, he has taught in the areas of accounting information systems as well as Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting.His research interests are focused on the economic consequences of accounting standard setting. He is the author of several articles appearing in national and international publications including the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Journal of Financial Research, Advances in Accounting, Bank Accounting& Finance and Journal of Learning in Higher Education. Dr. Reburn and his wife Vicky live in Hoover and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Ginger Robertson was first employed at Samford University in April 2005. She served as a temporary secretary for Charles DeBow in the Cumberland School of Law before transferring to the School of Business in 2006 as the department secretary for the Department of Management & Marketing. In addition, Ginger assists the office of external affairs with events. Prior to coming to Samford, Ginger worked for nearly 10 years at Media Services, a subsidiary of Southern Progress Corporation, as a customer service representative in both the magazine and book divisions. Ginger also served as a secretary in Southern Research Institute's maintenance department for more than 10 years. The knowledge that Ginger gained from these positions has served the School of Business well. Ginger has a son, Kyle, who is a graduate of Corner High School, and who may one day be seen on Samford University's campus. Ginger currently lives in McCalla.
With 16 years management experience and six years as a computer programmer and systems analyst, Bill demonstrated his ability as a problem solver, and executive before receiving his Ph.D. in 1993 with concentrations in strategy, statistics, and MIS. In his prior career, he was a Vice President for TRW in Dallas, Texas where he led 250 managers, programmers and analysts under a $15 million annual budget. As a professor, he won the University wide teaching excellence award in his third year of teaching and he has published extensively in areas of strategy, ethics, communications, information systems, innovation, leadership, human resources and teaching among others.His 2006 book, LQ©: The Leadership Quotient, has received superb reviews on Amazon.com. Dr. Service thrives on working with MBAs, undergrads and professionals in their learning. Bill’s executive experience, his work in London, the Ukraine and contacts with international firms, as well as his current research, consulting and writing make Bill well qualified to educate, evaluate and consult in many areas of organizational development .
Romar X. Smith joined Samford University in August, 2005 as a Computer Technician. He was promoted to Senior Support Specialist managing several critical Enterprise Server Applications for the university in Technology Services. Most recently he accepted the Senior Academic Technology Specialist at the Brock School of Business for the school’s technology services needs.
Dr. Jeremy Thornton is the Dwight Moody Beeson Chair of Business, Professor of Economics and the Coordinator of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Brock School of Business. He also is the Yother Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. He teaches micro-economic theory, development economics, social enterprise and International Economics. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Thornton was the Director of Economic Development at Go International. In that role, he facilitated the design micro-enterprise and anti-poverty programs for civil society organizations in developing countries, primarily Latin America. His projects ranged from micro-lending programs for refugees to medium-sized agricultural and manufacturing operations. Dr. Thornton’s current research emphasizes the influence of market competition and governance on nonprofit organizations. See his current research at Research. Dr. Jeremy Thornton's VITA Dr. Jeremy Thornton's Personal Website
Darin White (Ph.D. in marketing, The University of Alabama), Professor of Marketing, is founder and coordinator of the Sports Marketing program in the Brock School of Business at Samford University. His professional interests include corporate strategy in sports, sports marketing, sports sponsorship,branding in sports, athlete endorsements and fan behavior. Darin’s extensive background in college coaching, scholarly work, and professional engagement in the business side of the sports industry makes him uniquely positioned to lead the Sports Marketing program.Darin is a go-to source for media seeking insights into sports business,and his comments on the industry have appeared in numerous media outlets including USA Today Newspaper and National Public Radio on topics ranging from the World Cup, sports celebrity sponsorship in the NBA and PGA, the commercial aspects of mega sporting events in relation to NASCAR, USTA and Indy Car,foreign expansion strategies of the English Premier League, projected impact of BCS changes on College Football, and the future growth of leagues such as the MLS, NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA.Darin is an accomplished and respected teacher and coach who seeks to put students first. He was named Men’s College Coach of the Year by Adidas and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NAIA south region). Two years earlier he led the Union University bulldog men’s college soccer team to a NCCAA national championship. In 2012, he was named Brock School of Business Faculty Member of the Year for Undergraduate Teaching. He was also awarded the United States of America Department of Homeland Security Certificate of Recognition.Considered a leading authority on sports marketing, Darin currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for three journals: Sports, Business & Management; International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship; Journal of Business Ethics. He has authored more than 50 articles and conference papers on a variety of marketing topics in publications such as the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, European Journal of Marketing,Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing and others. He has also been an American Marketing Association Consortium Fellow and was named Brock School of Business Outstanding Scholar in 2011. Among his other research and consultancy activities, Darin has worked with numerous organizations involved in sport including Major League Soccer, NASCAR, Manchester United, AON, Chelsea, PGA, Fox Soccer Channel, Bruno Event Team, University of Georgia Athletic Department, Georgia Tech Athletic Department, Eurosport, CSE Sports, World Soccer Shop, Indy Car, SportsPlus Superstores, Rush Soccer, Dreamland Holdings, BBVA Compass and Tienda Futbol Mundial.Along with traveling the world to play and watch games, Darin has been involved in almost every level of U.S. youth soccer, as a coach, referee and parent. Darin has frequently served his local community by donating his expertise in consultation to local school boards, the Performing Arts Council,and private secondary educational institutions. He and his wife, Laura, have served the community by teaching parenting classes to young couples and have led the Children’s Heart Foundation Parent Support Group. They live in the Birmingham area with their children Daniel, Corey, Avery, Bethany, Hannah, Abigail and John.
Dr. Woolley received his Ph. D. (1981) in Statistics and Research Design, M.S. (1977) in Biological Science/Education and B.S. (1976) in the Biological Sciences, all from the Florida State University. Prior to accepting the position of Professor of Statistics in the Brock School of Business, he was Vice Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Biomathematics and Head of Public Health Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center.In 1992, Dr. Woolley received the UAB President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2001he received Samford University’s Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. In 2000, he was named the Carnegie Foundation/CASE Alabama Professor of the Year. In January of 2003 Dr. Woolley was named a Templeton Scholar and was among 30 international scholars who he participated in the Templeton Oxford Seminars in Science and Christianity at the University of Oxford (2003 through2005). He is also co-founder and Senior Fellow in the Samford University Center for Science and Religion. Having published or presented before scientific conferences nearly 200 works, his current research interests include indeterminacy in business, experimental design, applied Bayesian analysis,outlier methodology, theology of chance, and contingency in the theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Woolley is married to Mary Lyn; together they have two grown children, Drew and McKenzie.