Executive Mentors

UWF is very thankful for these remarkable business executives who give their time and energy to help UWF students prepare to successfully enter the business world.

Mike Hicks and Neil Light

“For me as a business owner that’s owned a company that’s been a fast growing business, it’s all about finding the talent and UWF has been a great resource for me for finding that talent. If I can find the top 1% of the candidates in one place where I can troll around and find them, it's right here, because if you’re going to separate yourself from your peers getting involved in a program like this is definitely a way to actually do it. You’re going to meet the people that make the things happen in the community and you need to understand there may not be a position that’s open at their company but if they meet the right person, there’s going to be a position that opens. That’s kind of how it worked out for myself and Neil. Neil was my protégé/mentee and now he is the Director of Operations at Hixardt Technologies.”

- Mike Hicks, President/CEO
Hixardt Technologies, Inc.

Please Note: This list represents the business executives who have participated in this program. Current mentors are in bold (03/26/19). Those noted with a ‌‌ are UWF alumni.

Executive Mentors
Angela Balent Partner Warren Averett
Malcolm Ballinger Publisher Ballinger Publishing
Brian Baumgardner (relocated) President / CEO  West Florida Healthcare
Jodi Bell Regional Director of Sales Pensacola News Journal
Bob Bennett CEO / Chairman Enviromation, Inc. / Zero Energy Foundation
Knut Bergan  President / CEO Ian-Conrad Bergan, LLC
Pam Bilbrey  President Bilbrey & Associates
Becca Boles  Corporate Communication Director Gulf Power
Danny Bozart (relocated) Vice President, Distribution Sales Central Wire Industries
Deborah Brousseau Director of Marketing LandrumHR
Eric Buer Director, Business Development TRU Simulation & Training / Textron Inc. 
Carol Carlan President Sacred Heart Foundation
Brenda Chestnutt  Chief Financial Officer Escambia County Tax Collector
Ryan Christopher Executive General Manager Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Tal Clark Owner Clark Enterprises
Bill Cleary  VP, Senior Business Relationship Manager Wells Fargo
Dave Cleveland Senior Vice President Highpointe Hotel Corporation
Al Coby  Administrator (retired) City of Pensacola
Matt Coughlin Assistant County Administrator Escambia County
Jason Crawford  CEO (past) IRIS
Tammy Davies  VP, Business Banking Manager Wells Fargo Bank
David Deliman Market Vice President, Gulf Coast Cox Communications
Christina Doss Managing Director Saltmarsh Financial Advisors
Dr. Debbie Douma  Dean, Institutional Effectiveness Pensacola State College
Kevin Doyle (relocated) President & Publisher (retired) Pensacola News Journal
Rodger Doyle Sales Consultant ESM Enterprises
Evon Emerson President / CEO (retired) Greater Pensacola Chamber
Chuck Emling RVP, Business Development Refuse Specialist, Inc.
Bobby Fair Executive Vice President (retired) ServisFirst Bank
Fredrick Fehlauer Owner Vergas Associates, LLC
Rick Fine Entrepreneur Resource Recycling Inc.
Daniel Flynn Airport Director Pensacola International Airport
Al Foland President / CEO (retired) Corry's Jewelry, Inc.
John Fritz  Vice President, Southeast Region (retired) Kraft Foods
John Gormley  Senior Vice President BBVA Compass
Steve Gracik President Turner Furniture Holding DBA Ashley HomesStores
Jonathan Griffith President Studer Entertainment and Retail
Jennifer Grove Community Development Manager Gulf Power
Jodi Gup Development Manager Nemours Children's Specialty Care
Wayne Harris CEO Crestview Chamber of Commerce
Pam Hatt Vice President of Marketing Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Matt Hayes President Three Daughters Marketing
Joseph Henderson  Partner Warren Averett
Michael Hicks President / CEO Hixardt Technologies, Inc.
Allison Hill  President & CEO / Senior VP Lakeview Center, Inc. / Baptist Health Care
Mike Hodges Owner Change and Prosper
Jan Hodnett  Comptroller Gulf Power
Cory Hogue  Manager, Analytics Ascension Healthcare / Sacred Heart
Michael Holland (relocated) Regional Market President Coastal Bank and Trust
James Hosman  Market President Centennial Bank
John Hosman  Partner FS Advisors, Inc. / AccountingFly
Rus Howard Chairman Deepgulf, Inc.
Dave Hoxeng Owner Cat Country 98.7 / NewsRadio 1620
Ron Jackson, CPA, CGMA  Shareholder - Past President Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
C. Ray Jones  President Ray Jones & Company
Tim Kane Partner Kane & Sherman P.A., CPAs
Michelle Kaufman Vice President, Employee Services Navy Federal Credit Union
Ann Keiek  President / VP Nurses on Call Inc / Deluna Lanes
Catherine Kelly (relocated) Center Director  Florida Blue
Kevin Kemp (relocated) Regional Vice President Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Ted Kirchharr  VP / Chief Operating Officer Landrum Human Resources
John Kizziah Agency Owner State Farm - John Kizziah Agency
Dale Knee  President / CEO (retired) Covenant Hospice
Andrea Krieger Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Pensacola State College
Rick Lambert, MBA, CFP® President / CEO / Wealth Strategist Iron Horse Wealth Strategies
Chuck Landers Senior Manager Audit / Tax Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Bob Larkin Sole Proprietor Robert L. Larkin Jr. Consulting, LLC
Jamie Bristow Lavoie (relocated) Founder and President Nonprofit Match, Inc.
Josh Lavoie (relocated) CEO Nonprofit Match, Inc.
Xia Liu (relocated) VP / Chief Financial Officer Gulf Power
Kristin Longley Director, Public Affairs Cox Communications
Ralf Lorenzen Chief Operating Officer IMS Expert Services
Jay Lunt President Lunt Enterprises, Inc.
Scott Luth President/CEO FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance
Jerry Maygarden  Owner / Senior Consultant J.L. Maygarden Co.
Grace Resendez McCaffery  CEO / General Manager/President Latino Media Gulf Coast
Eleanor McGee  VP / Finance & Controller (retired) Baptist Health Care
Donnie McMahon President McMahon & Hadder
Amy Miller Port Director Port of Pensacola
Capt. Kevin Miller President Ready Deck Productions
Dean Minto District Manager Sherwin Williams
Steve Moorhead Managing Partner McDonald, Fleming, Moorhead
Curt Morse VP, Private Banking The First
Molly Murphy  Partner Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Tom Murphy President Spenser & Associates, Inc.
Cecilia Nanni VP, Wealth Advisor Regions Private Wealth Management
Sheila Nichols Director of Marketing Pensacola State College
Peter Nowak CEO and President Nowak Enterprises, Inc.
Mort O'Sullivan  Managing Partner, Gulf Coast (retired) Warren Averett
Allyson Oury Manager, Audit Services Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Bob Ozburn  Owner Ozburn Inc., LLC
John Peacock Financial Advisor, CFP Edward Jones
Larry Perino Manager, Business Programs Navy Federal Credit Union, Commercial Lending Division
Brad Phelps Agency Owner State Farm Insurance
Jeff Phillips CEO Accountingfly
Scott Ramsey  (relocated) Senior Risk Manager State Farm Insurance
Lisa Reese President and Publisher Pensacola News Journal
Steve Riggs  Partner Carr, Riggs & Ingram
Buzz Ritchie VP of Children's Services and Development Capstone
Meredith Robinson (relocated) Chief Operating Officer  Greater Pensacola Chamber
Patrick Rooney  CEO / Lead Principal Consultant Coastal CXO Services
Michael Ryan President Ryan Media Consultants
Sam Seevers Editer / Owner Life's A Beach Publications
John Shaffer Agency Owner State Farm Insurance
Monica Sherman Senior Vice President Hancock Whitney Bank
Sandy Sims  (relocated) Community Development Manager (relocated) Gulf Power
Christy Smith Manager, CPA Warren Averett
Holly Smith President and Managing Partner H2 Performance Consulting
Jay Smith Managing Partner Data Revolution
Adrianna Spain Shareholder Wilson, Harrell, Farrington, Ford, Wilson, Spain & Parsons, P.A.
Jim Stolhanske Firm Administrator (retired) Clark, Partington & Hart
Lance Tartt (relocated) District Manager / VP Wells Fargo Bank
Bentina Terry (relocated) VP, Customer Services & Sales Gulf Power
Gene Valentino Chief Strategy Officer JetPay Corporation
Tom Vaughn  Wealth Management Advisor Northwestern Mutual
Patty Veal  SVP of Communications & Compliance New Horizons Credit Union
Robin Verge  Commercial Real Estate Advisor / Broker SVN Southland Commercial Real Estate
Bill Wein CEO IMS Expert Services
Patrice Whitten  Executive Director, Alumni Affairs Pensacola State College
Debbie Williams Director of Digital Marketing Gorilla Group
Mark Wise  Senior Sales Specialist Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals
Phillip Wright (relocated) CEO Santa Rosa Medical Center
Doris Young Vice President (retired) Cox Media
Cynthia Zubia Regional District Manager / VP Wells Fargo Bank