CSBA Mentor Association News
Fall 2012 News:
The Mentor Association welcomes our newest Mentor Coordinator, Patricia Bergmann. Patricia’s last position was as Development Specialist, Development and Alumni Relations, Mason School of Business, The College of William and Mary.
Welcome Our Newest Mentors!
Wesley Amick is an insurance consultant specializing in Property & Casualty products for affluent individuals and families. Wesley presently works for HUB International Insurance, the 10th largest insurance brokerage in the nation and the largest privately held Personal Insurance writer in America and Canada. Previously, Wesley worked with Wells Fargo Insurance Services and was awarded their top consultant award for two consecutive years.
Wesley graduated from The Citadel in 2000 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Management Information Systems. He was a part of Tango Company and was a senior officer within Tango Company in 2000.
He has served as an insurance advisor for the South Florida real estate alliance as well as prominent individuals and families across the United States.
In his free time, Wesley enjoys tennis, golf, fishing and boating.
Cecil Dye is a retired Corporate Turn-Around Executive in Silicon Valley, CA and current Senior Business Broker for Sunbelt Network in Charleston, SC. He graduated with BSEE the Citadel, holds an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, a Middle Management Degree from Babson College and a PMD from Harvard Business School, both in Boston, MA. At the Citadel he was a member of Junior Sword, Summerall Guards, D Company and First Battalion Staff. He was a former President and Asst. Director of BNI Broward County, FL., and the largest business networking organization in the world. He served 3 years in USAF as an Electronic Counter-Counter Measures Officer. Cecil has done business in 26 countries and traveled to over 436 cities in the world. His expertise is in turning around the performance of companies in trouble which includes strong financial management, selecting product and service alternatives and precise personnel management to save companies and jobs. He lives at Stono Ferry Golf and Horse community, 14 miles West of Charleston with his wife, Joyce a Charleston native. They celebrate 50 years of marriage 03.29.13, have three children and five grandchildren. His hobbies are golf, exercising and networking.
Alicia Floyd works for Boeing as a career advisor and educational mentor for employees on professional and leadership development. She has also helped publish a mentoring article titled, “Mentoring: Creating an Association to Develop Careers,” in the Journal of Innovative Education Strategies alongside The Citadel School of Business professors. She graduated from Erskine College Due West in 2006 with a double major in Psychology and Business Management. In 2009 she graduated from The Citadel with a Masters of Business Administration. She has received many awards including: Successful Business Owner NPR Guest 2011, National SCORE Woman-Owned Business of the Year Nominee 2011 and Outstanding MBA Student of the Year 2009. Alicia is also involved with many activities, such as Charleston Chamber of Commerce Latin Business Council and Final Assembly & Delivery Capturing the Value of Quality Core Integrator.
Charles Fox spent 28 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1995 in Washington D.C., where he was the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of the Air Force. During his Air Force career, he served three tours of duty overseas and held a variety of line and staff positions. He is a Vietnam veteran and had a tour of duty as a base commander in Arizona and wing commander in Tokyo, Japan.
After retiring from the Air Force, he became the Director of Congressional Affairs for the Raytheon Company. After serving as the Director for three years, he became a consultant to the Executive Office of the Raytheon Company. After coming to South Carolina, he served as the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for five years.
He graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Political Science and received his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Washington and completed the Emory University Executive Management Program. He is married to Marilyn Fox, also a mentor, has 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
Marilyn Fox has a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting; an M.S. in Management; Masters of Health Administration and Masters of Health Information Administration. She served 22 years in the Air Force in Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics and 11 years at Roper Hospital in Quality Management. Currently retired and lives with her husband in Seabrook Island.
Scott Garcia is a class of 1994 Citadel graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a member of the Junior/Senior Class Board of Directors, founding member of the Citadel Investment Club, Platoon Leader in November Company, and member of Summerall Guards along with other cadet activities. He served his country in the Air Force Reserve in the combat arms/security field and was activated during Operation Enduring Freedom. Scott has been in the banking industry and has worked in all aspects of banking since 1995. During this time, Scott has graduated from USC School of Banking and also LSU Graduate School of Banking. He is employed with Tidelands Bank and holds the position of Regional Market Executive/Sr. Vice President. Tidelands Bank is a South Carolina state chartered community bank that has branches in the Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Blufton markets. Scott has served the community through various organizations such as Rotary International, Charleston and Dorchester County Chambers of Commerce Committees, a Graduate of Leadership Charleston and lifetime member of the Citadel Alumni Association. Scott was born in Charleston, SC and was the first of three brothers to attend The Citadel. Scott resides in Charleston with his wife Christine and four children.
Timothy Key recently retired after a successful 39 year career in marketing research, having worked for several leading Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. He and his wife moved from Columbus, Ohio to Mt. Pleasant where he started a consulting business, Key Marketing Insights LLC. He enjoys helping young adults navigate the choices they face in this stage of life. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University ('74) and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Evansville ('72).
He has been married for 36 years to Sally McVey Key and enjoys his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Patricia McArver Communications professional with expertise in presentations, speech-writing, tributes and special communication situations. She began her career as a journalist and received numerous AP awards for reporting and editorial writing during her years in radio news and community newspapers.
She then moved to the business world, working as a corporate writer and marketer for an insurance restoration franchise. She has also worked in education at a prep school and college, serving six years as vice president for communications at The Citadel.
In August 2007 Patricia stepped down and is now a visiting professor in The Citadel School of Business and director of the college's communications lab that specializes in public speaking.
In 2008, she established her own business, pmwriting LLC (www.pmwriting.com), which provides speech and freelance writing services.
Specialties: Speechwriting including toasts, tributes, memorials, dedications and special occasions; ghostwriting including columns,op-ed pieces, tributes and toasts; public speaking; business presentations; communications plans; writing on leadership issues; writing on issues specific to the insurance restoration industry.
Bob Novick, Originally from Winchester, Virginia, Bob Novick received his higher education at the University of Tennessee, majoring in transportation. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard and spent five years as a marketing executive for a major motor truck common carrier. After spending three years in the advertising and promotion industry, Novick began his two years as an instructor in the school of business at the University of Baltimore as well as helping to raise a family of four. He authored training manuals for dealership use and has been a guest speaker before many GM, Ford, Chrysler and National Auto Dealer Association seminars on leasing and rental of motor vehicles.
In 1972, Bob obtained the Chevrolet franchise in Bridgeton, NJ and since that time has added eight other GM and Chrysler franchises at the same location. Novick has served on many industry related councils and boards over his forty six year history in the automobile industry and served as Cumberland County’s trustee appointment to the New Jersey Auto Trade Association for over twenty years.
Bob has been involved in many groups and clubs and has received awards for this participation as a volunteer from the Bridgeton Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Big Brother Big Sister, Cumberland County United Way, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Coast Guard, The Reading Council of Southern New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vineland Library. Bob has also been a member of the Cumberland County Planning Board and General Motors and Chrysler Dealer Councils. With a background in broadcasting, Novick has made infomercials for use by schools, museums, and government agencies.
Many years ago, Novick’s commitment to education expanded with Humanitarian Award Scholarships to all the county high schools in an endeavor to recognize outstanding abilities in a senior’s devotion toward human welfare. These scholarships are directed by the Cumberland County College Foundation.
In 1995, Bob fathered RACCOON, “Read Aloud Cumberland County Offers Opportunity Now.” RACCOON is a program in which addresses county literacy, dropout rates and the high cost of supplemental/remedial education. The program’s leadership was through the Cumberland County Superintendent of Schools.
In addition to Bob’s service on the Foundation Board of Cumberland County College, he also serves on the Business Advisory Board of the School of Business at Rowan University as well as the Rowan Foundation Board.
Since moving to Charleston, SC, volunteer involvement in several organizations have occupied many hours a week…including a cancer resource center volunteer for American Cancer Society, a docent at the nation’s oldest synagogue, serving at crisis ministries, and mentoring at SCORE, Service Organization for Retired Executives, to help people looking to start their own business, as well as mentoring MBA students at the College of Charleston.
Bob has a strong belief in continuing education and has spent the last twelve years enrolled at colleges near his home.
David Tittle, a veteran of over three decades in the executive search industry, was the co-founder of Paul-Tittle Search Group (PTSG), a national executive search firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Dave has a BS in psychology from Duke University and extensive postgraduate work in manpower planning and utilization at The George Washington University. Early in his career he was an analyst with the U.S. intelligence community and a manpower planning specialist with the U.S. Navy Personnel Research Laboratory. Later he served as director of human resources management consulting firm. At PTSG he has led hundreds of executive search assignments for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Fortune 500’s, small companies, start-ups and federal agencies. He has specialized in high technology industries, including telecommunications, information technology, new media/Internet, healthcare and professional services organizations.
Dave has been a frequent writer and speaker on executive search, career planning and manpower utilization. He has been a regular contributor to the Washington Business Journal, Financial Times, New York Times and Washington Post. He was also a guest lecturer at the William & Mary Graduate School of Business, founding member of the Potomac Officers Club and has appeared on local and national radio and television. He and his wife recently relocated to Charleston, S.C. He has two sons in their 20’s, both recent college graduates in the early stages of their careers.
Jay Wallace III is a 2004 Citadel Graduate, Tango Company, with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Management Information Science. Mr. Wallace has had a deep involvement with seven clubs while on campus and has assisted in the founding of four of these, including the Investment Club, El Cid Toastdawgs & the HR Society.
In his 15 years of experience, Mr. Wallace has worked in a variety of industries including: Grocery/Retail, Roofing/Construction, Banking, Marketing/Sales, Hospitality, Investment Management, IT, Real Estate, Accounting Firm Operations and Executive Level Corporate Management. Mr. Wallace is now president of the company he has been with since graduation, Monster Self Storage, a regional Self Storage operator. In 2012, Mr. Wallace successfully negotiated and executed the sale of a large, $37 million commercial real estate portfolio; a portfolio that Mr. Wallace has worked to develop over the previous eight years. Currently, Mr. Wallace is responsible for the operations of a regional self storage/commercial real estate firm and a medium size accounting firm. Mr. Wallace is also currently elected as the President of the South Carolina Self Storage Association, where he leads legislative and professional development efforts in South Carolina for his industry. Some of his other responsibilities include being an online business web design/CRM consultant, a recurring speaker at national self storage conventions, a business development/acquisition consultant and is the Network Administrator at his accounting firm.
Personally, Mr. Wallace is closely involved with several civic groups in the Charleston area and lives in West Ashley with his wife of 5 years and their Weimaraner. On the weekends, you can most often find him sailing or cruising the Charleston water ways.
Over the past twenty-five years, Bill has held numerous senior financial positions including CFO, treasurer and controller. His experience has covered a wide range of industries including liquor and spirits distribution, trucking and automotive, voice and data telecommunications and home building. Companies have ranged in size from start-up to $5 billion dollars.
Bill is active in the local business community, working with the Charleston Digital Corridor and EXECnetSC through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of Charleston First (a business / government forum) to ensure the health of businesses throughout the greater Charleston area.
Nationally, Bill has membership in FENG (Financial Executive Network Group) and is a contributor to the Capital Resources Management Group (CRMG). The Institute of Management Accountants issued him a CMA certificate requiring continuing educational credits each year.
Bill was awarded the QuickBooks ProAdvisor certificate. This indicates satisfactory completion of a 17 hour continuing education course and the right to display the QuickBooks ProAdvisor shield.
Bill’s career success is grounded on his MBA in Finance from San Diego State University and his BS in Computer Systems from San Diego State University.
In March, 2009 The CSBA Mentor Association Model was submitted for an award from the National Academic Advising Association. In order to qualify for this award a number of criteria had to be met, including: innovative quality, creativity, current issues and problem solving, institutional commitment, impact and transferability. In late April, NACADA notified the Executive Committee that the CSBA Mentor Association was one of three national organizations to be recognized with this award. It is an opportunity for the program to grow, reach for higher goals and seek permanent sources of funding.
Dr. Earl Walker accepts the NACADA award at the annual conference in San Antonio, Texas
UNIVERSITY MENTORING: CREATING AN ASSOCIATION TO DEVELOP STUDENT CAREERS (pdf)
By: W. Earl Walker, The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, A. Bruce Strauch, The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, Wesley M. Jones, The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina and Alicia Lopez Floyd, The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina*