Dr. Thomas Harris is a professor emeritus in communication studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to coming to The University of Alabama, he taught at the University of Evansville, Rutgers University New Brunswick, and the George Washington University. He has worked as an organizational consultant for over 30 years with organizations ranging in size from Bristol/Myers Squibb, IBM, Regions Bank, Mercedes-Benz (MBUSI), and Georgia-Pacific to small businesses. In addition, he has assisted major regional medical care facilities, manufacturing firms, and volunteer organizations. He facilitates strategic planning and team building retreats for numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations
Sharon W. Lovoy, SPHR, president of Lovoy’s Team Works Inc., is an experienced human resources consultant who has developed a thriving practice through proven results and long term relationships with client organizations. In addition to her Senior Human Resource certification, Lovoy is a certified mediator through Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Advanced Mediation through CDR, and has received dialog training through DiaLogos, Cambridge, MA. She has been retained by law firms and state and local governments to conduct diversity and prevention of harassment training and to intervene to remedy problem behaviors and create a wholesome work environment.
Ronald Dulek has co-authored six books and published more than 40 refereed journal articles. One of his books, The Elements of Business Writing, was on the Executive Bestseller lists of Houghton-Mifflin, Macmillan, and Prentice-Hall publishing companies. In 2006, the Association for Business Communication selected Dulek for its highest research honor, the Kitty O. Locker Award for Outstanding Research in Business Communication. In 2007 the senior class at The University of Alabama selected Dulek as the inaugural speaker for the newly instituted Last Lecture Series. He has been voted MBA/ EMBA Teacher of the Year eighteen times.
James Rowell is the president of HRD Associates, Birmingham, Alabama. He is a veteran training and development professional based in Birmingham, Alabama. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of training and organizational development. In addition to his current consulting practice, Rowell was also training and development director for Gulf States Paper Corporation and the director of training and development at The University of Alabama. He has taught psychology and sociology at the college level and was director of training and development at a residential treatment facility for the developmentally disabled.
Louis "Lou" Marino, Ph.D., is an associate professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at The University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his MBA from SUNY Buffalo and his Bachelor's from SUNY Geneso. His primary areas of research and teaching include strategic management and entrepreneurship with subspecialties including strategic alliances, strategic management in small and medium sized enterprises, and new venture creation. His research has won two national Best Paper Awards and appears in top management journals. In the teaching arena, Marino is an award winning teacher who has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs.
James Leonard is the vice dean of The University of Alabama School of Law. Leonard received his J.D., M.L.S., and B.A. from the University of North Carolina. While in law school, he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review. Leonard served as director of the law library at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law from 1986 to 1997 and directed the legal writing and research program from 1986 to 1992. Leonard became professor of law at The University of Alabama in 2010 then became interim vice dean for the Law School in 2013, and vice dean in 2014. He teaches courses in employment law area and has published in the fields of employment law, federal jurisdiction, and language policy.
Robert W. McLeod, Ph.D., CFP, CFA, is professor of finance in the College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama. An experienced financial management consultant, he has taught a number of financial conferences and workshops. He has published more than 30 articles and is the author/coauthor of four books. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Financial Services Review.
Jefrey "Jef" Naidoo, Ph.D., currently teaches Business Communications and Applied Management, and serves as coordinator of the core business communication course in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky. Jef was formerly employed at Ernst and Young, and worked on various information technology and business reengineering consulting projects of varying scope, and across multiple industry sectors. His research focuses on how advanced analytics and data visualization techniques may be leveraged to help organizations navigate big data and meet business intelligence objectives. He is currently the principal investigator on a Lockheed Martin grant to develop a prototype for a business intelligence dashboard that incorporates empirically supported visualization capabilities.