UF Graduate Business Career Services Annual Professional Development Day



Photo: John Spence

John Spence

Author & Executive Leadership Consultant; Professional Speaker

John Spence is the author of four books, a business management consultant, executive trainer and speaker with a client list that includes numerous Fortune 500 firms, small to medium-sized businesses and other organizations around the globe.

At 26 he was the CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries. Just two years later he was an Inc. Magazine Up and Coming Young Business Leader. Today, John is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in America and one of the top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World.

John is also one of the American Management Association's Leaders to Watch in 2015 along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos.

He has been a guest lecturer at more than 90 colleges and universities including MIT, Stanford, Cornell and the Wharton School of Business, the owner or CEO of 10 companies and has made a career out of "Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple".

John Walsh

Corporate Finance Executive; The Walt Disney Company – Leadership Speaker

John Walsh is a Finance Executive with the Walt Disney Company, where he is responsible for managing a $4B annual capital portfolio for Parks, Resorts, Cruise Ships, and New Vacation Development across the globe. John progressed from intern to Executive in less than ten years and has led financial and strategic efforts in operations, business development, financial planning, products and services, technology, and vacation ownership. John also serves on the Board of Directors for Partners Federal Credit Union ($1.5B in assets) and is Chairman of the University of Florida MBA Advisory Board.

John has been a guest speaker at the University of Florida and the University of Virginia, and is featured at the University of Florida's Annual Professional Development Day and other national events. Recently, John founded a startup company, Institute for Performance, Leadership and Success, dedicated to the development, training and preparation of young professionals for high achievement in business and life. As a Coach and speaker, John uses his business insights and stories with Disney, partnerships with world-renowned organizations including the Center for Creative Leadership®, and years of research to help emerging leaders succeed through personal ownership and excellence.

John graduated from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and has an MBA from the University of Florida's Hough Graduate School of Business.

Photo: Jim Karrh

Jim Karrh

Consultant & Professional Speaker, "Manage the Message"

Dr. Jim Karrh is an expert at helping business professionals, teams, and entire companies lead more effective customer conversations—which in turn produces better customer relationships, improved sales, stronger brands, and more employee engagement.

Jim's business insights come from world-class marketing experience and training. He formerly served as Chief Marketing Officer of Mountain Valley Spring Company, building an integrated marketing and public relations program judged best in the global bottled-water industry.

A recognized thought leader in marketing and buyer behavior, Jim has served on the faculty of three universities. His research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, and he is a frequent speaker at national events.

Today, as a consultant and coach, Jim has clients on three continents including associations, small businesses, high-growth tech firms, North America's largest martial-arts organization, and a dozen members of the Fortune 500.

Jim earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, along with bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. But Jim also knows you don't have to be a Ph.D., a professional speaker, an extrovert, or a brilliant conversationalist to bring your own story to life. You just need to follow a process he calls "Managing the Message."

Cass Black

Customer Vice President
Southeast Area Sales,
Mondelēz International

Cass is a Customer Vice President for Mondelēz International. He leads Sales and Customer Develop for all grocery customers headquartered in the Southeastern United States, including Publix, Southeastern Grocers, Ingles, Food City and Lowes Foods.

Cass has over 25 years' experience in customer sales and logistics. He has lead teams in multiple channels including grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores. He also spent over nine years in headquarters sales planning, working with and leading cross functional teams, launching new products, and developing innovative supply and in store solutions.

He holds a MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University.

Kevin Miller

Region Vice President
Southeast Retail
Mondelēz International

Kevin is responsible for heading up the Southeast Retail Region. His primary responsibility is driving Executional Excellence across 5,000+ stores with a workforce of over 2,000 full and part-time employees.

He has 28 years of experience with the company and has progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in both headquarters and at field level. He has worked across multiple functions including Retail Implementation, Strategic Planning and Customer Management, with seven (7) years running our Nabisco and Oscar Mayer business on Walmart.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Richmond, VA with a degree in Marketing & Economics.



  • John Spence, Author & Executive Leadership Consultant; Professional Speaker
  • John Walsh, Finance Executive; The Walt Disney Company; Leadership Speaker
    Presentation: "Performance, Leadership and Success: It's All About You"
  • Jim Karrh, Consultant & Professional Speaker,"Manage the Message"
    Presentation: "Three Keys to Accelerate Your Career"
  • Kevin Miller and Cass Black, Mondelēz International
    Presentation: "How to Add Value to a Company"


Careers in Consulting/Client Service

Careers in Corporate Finance/Commercial Banking
  • Brett Minor - Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis, Ryder System, Inc.
  • Kate Nesselt - Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking, Wells Fargo
  • Shawn Oden - Executive Director, Middle Market Banking, JPMorgan Chase Ban
  • Colleen Reakes - GFP&A Implementation Finance Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Amy Rice - Assistance Vice President, Commercial Finance, CSX
  • Adam Smith - Director, Intermodal Finance, CSX Transportation
  • John Walsh - Director of Finance, Worldwide Capital Planning & Analysis, The Walt Disney Company
Careers in Entrepreneurship
  • Rick Carlson – Founder & CEO, SharpSpring
  • Darin Cook – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Infinite Energy
  • Jonathon Rowe – Founder, NeuroNet
  • Eric Graves – CEO, Actionable Quality Assurance
Careers in Human Resources
  • Tim Carswell - HR Business Partner, Harris Corporation
  • Donna Cress – Director of Human Resources, Signature Brands
  • Chris Grancagnolo – Assistant Vice President, Director of Human Resources, Tower Hill Insurance
  • Cathy O'Brien – Sr. Recruiter, Disney Campus Recruitment
  • Karen (Wernick) Prigg – Vice President, Senior HR Business Partner, Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon Company
  • Syed Rizvi – Target Stores
Recruiter Panel
  • Jennifer Lestin - Manager for University Recruiting, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD
  • Mike McCall – Strategy and Planning, Global Consumer Technology (TLP Recruiter), Citi
  • Erica Nowak – Recruiter/Senior Recruiter, Disney Campus Recruitment, The Walt Disney Company
  • Ieliana Rivera – Director of Recruiting, Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Careers in Supply Chain & Logistics/Operations
  • Carlo Claudio – Area Manager, Amazon
  • Bryan Harper – Transportation Analyst-Dedicated Fleets, CHEP
  • Amaris Johnson – Director of Business Development, Southeast Electrical (GLDP), Eaton
  • Morgan Lamborn – Logistics Coordinator, CHEP
  • Amy Parrish – Promotions Integration Manager, The Walt Disney Company
Careers in Marketing
Careers in Information Technology
  • Abram Harrell – Vice President, IT Project Manager, Citi
  • Sajid Hasan – Director of Technology Operations, Infinite Energy
  • Joe Liuzzo – Senior Vice President, Global Citi Technology, Global Learning Program Manager, Citi
  • Larry Ratliff – Senior IT Manager, Solution Engineering, The Walt Disney Company
Careers in Real Estate
  • Bill Davis - Associate Director, Asset Services, CBRE
  • Josh Smith – Senior Vice President / Director of Business Development, Realty Capital
  • Melissa Tolson – Field Manager-LDA, Shea Homes
Careers in Sales & Account Management
  • Christopher F. Curcio – Director, Digital Experience and Mobility Sales Consulting, Oracle
  • Ken Earp – Regional Director of Retail, Mondelez International
  • Jamie Kanter – Client Executive, IBM
  • Jim Karrh – Consultant & Professional Speaker