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Michael Wilson

Michael D Wilson has as M.L.A. Degree from the University of Chicago and is ABD from Purdue University in Engineering Education. He is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of Entrepreneurship Programs in the Department of Management at the Miami Herbert Business School. Prior to academe, Michael founded several startup companies, consulted with many Fortune 500 companies and global brands. Wilson founded a large Internet Service Provider (ISP) backbone serving greater New England both connectivity and complex web development projects for over 1000 business-to-business customers. 

As the resident “Pracademic” for the University of Miami, Wilson bridges U-I relations through commercial applications whether spin-in or spin-out opportunities. An expertise in technology as a catalyst for entrepreneurial ventures and engineering education; hands-on advising with cognitive frameworks and careful attention to deal/growth strategy. Specialties: Project management, public speaking, new software development, digital and distributed platforms using high-end supply PLM/FPX tactics with idea brokering, c-level presenting, writing, big data analyzing, machine learning, and major advisory/board expertise.

Marianna Makri

Marianna Makri is an associate professor of management. She teaches courses in strategic management and family business at the undergraduate and graduate level. She received her PhD in business administration from Arizona State University and MA degree in mathematics from the University of South Florida. She joined the University in 2003 and has published in the areas of corporate governance and innovation management. Her more recent work focuses on family firms as a unique form of ownership. Her research examines how family firms differ from non family firms in terms of governance, compensation, innovation, diversification, corporate social responsibility and risk propensity. Before entering academia she worked as a research analyst for Critikon and more recently she has served on the advisory boards of ChronicDB, Rafinco and the Council for Accountable Advertising.

Susana Alvarez-Diaz

Suzy Alvarez-Diaz has her MBA from UM and is completing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership.  She is a Lecturer within the Department of Management where she teaches several undergraduate classes in Entrepreneurship. She is the former director of entrepreneurship programs at the University of Miami where she more than doubled enrollment, tripled participation in the annual Business Plan Competition and hosted ABC’s Shark Tank two years in a row, the only university in all of Florida to do so.

Aside from being an academic, Alvarez-Díaz is also a serial entrepreneur.  She has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and corporate communications including public relations, branding, internal communications, public affairs, and community and university relations.  She is the Founder and CEO of ADG Omnimedia – a public relations, marketing and branding firm she launched in 2002. Susy worked with the White House Rapid Response team during the 2004 Presidential debate and aided in handling the press at the vice president's town hall meeting in Miami. Her firm handles numerous Fortune 500 clients, as well as start-ups.

She is a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity and is a board member of CUARTO – the Cuban American Roundtable Organization.  Susy has served on the Miami Dade County Public Schools Attendance Boundary Committee, the Miami Dade County Women’s Commission, the Miami ALPFA Board, and the Miami Lakes Cultural Affairs Committee. The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized her with the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in international finance and marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in marketing and management. 

Joseph Ganitsky

Joseph Ganitsky is a Professor of Professional Practice at the Miami Herbert Business School. He received his D.B.A. From Harvard University and his M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He studies competitive strategies of multinational and local firms in Latin America, global startups and entrepreneurship worldwide, and strategies for the bottom of the pyramid. He teaches entrepreneurship, strategy and international business at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been involved in starting several ventures, and has extensive experience consulting with student teams writing business plans, and with business schools in Europe and Latin America in setting up and moving forward with their entrepreneurship programs.

Robert Rubin

Robert Rubin is the CEO Skypatrol, a company that develops software solutions using GPS technology to manage and optimize mobile assets such vehicles, fleets, trucks, motorcycles and heavy equipment as well as the efficiency of the employees operating the mobile assets. Rubin is also the CEO of Topp Labels, which produces and prints pressure sensitive labels for various industries such as nutraceuticals, food, beer, wine, water, manufacturing, cosmetics and other adhesive label applications.

In the community, Rubin is a member of the University of Miami Citizens Board since 1997 and was past president (2008-2009) of the Citizens Board. He is a former University of Miami trustee. He has also been a member of the Miami Herbert Business School's Entrepreneurship Programs Advisory Board and was a founding member of the School’s Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition and judge since the inception of the Business Plan Competition. Rubin has also been a judge for many years at the University of Miami Ethics Competitions and a participant of the School of Business mentoring program.


Richard Toren

Employee at start-up out of Business School (Loyola Graduate School of Business) - Survival Technology Inc. Company developed unique technology in healthcare (devices) and sold to pharma for royalty income.




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