UF 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".

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."

John Crossman

CCIM, CRX, President, Crossman & Company

For over a decade John Crossman has been president of Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms, with over 28 million square feet of properties in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. The firm recently expanded into Virginia and Mississippi.

As President John promotes the firm’s core values including a strong commitment to community service, industry education initiatives and an unwavering dedication to diversity through creating scholarships and mentoring.

He serves on numerous community, higher education and industry boards and has been recognized with many awards including Father of the Year by The American Heart Association and the Personal Empowerment Award by The Central Florida Urban League.

Prior to joining Crossman & Company, he was a principal at Trammell Crow Company, where he led their Retail Council, which worked to advance the nationwide retail strategy. In his 20-plus year career he has done over $1 billion in transactions.

Together John and his brother Scott have built Crossman & Company into one of the industries most respected and thriving commercial real estate firms. He recently authored a book, "Top 5 Career Killers, Career Builders," based on his popular lecture series.



  • John Spence, Author & Executive Leadership Consultant; Professional Speaker
    Presentation: "How to Build a World Class Career"
  • Jim Karrh, Consultant & Professional Speaker,"Manage the Message"
    Presentation: "Three Keys to Accelerate Your Career"
  • John Crossman, CCIM, CRX, President, Crossman & Company
    Presentation: "Career Killers Career Builders"


Careers in Consulting
Careers in Entrepreneurship
Careers in Finance
  • Brian Alexander - Senior Managing Director, Director of Equity Research, Raymond James
  • Brett Minor - Senior Manager, Corporate Finance & Accounting - IT, Ryder System, Inc.
  • Dawn Werner - Manager of Finance, The Walt Disney Company, Parks & Resorts; Disney Parks Live Entertainment
  • Joe Fleece, CFA - Vice President, Corporate and Leveraged Finance, Regions Capital Markets/Regions Securities LLC
Careers in Human Resources
  • Donna Cress – Director of Human Resources, Signature Brands
  • Erica Edwards – Human Resources Business Partner , Harris Corporation
  • Karen Prigg – Lead HR Advisor, BNY Mellon
Careers in Information Technology
  • Sajid Hasan – Director of Technology Operations, Infinite Energy
  • Nikul Patel – Senior Vice President – Information Technology/Cyber Security, Citi Group
Careers in Marketing
  • Doug Brames – Vice President of Marketing, TracFone Wireless, Inc. - The Cost of Management and Price of Leadership
  • Michelle Fares - Financial Analyst, Strategic Initiatives, Southeastern Grocers
  • Nicole Levy – Marketing Events & Strategy Manager, SharpSpring
Careers in Real Estate
Recruiter Panel
  • Jill Harper - Chief Human Resources Office, Campus USA Credit Union
  • Grace Rios -Senior Talent Advisor, Campus Recruiting, Raymond James
  • Chip Turrisi - Campus Recruiter, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD.
Careers in Retail
  • Alexis Bargamin - Production Controller, Target Corporation
  • Ervin Goad - Omnichannel Assistant Merchant, Chico’s
  • Betsy Goodman - Miller Retail Center, UF Warrington College of Business
  • Brian Jablonski - Store Manager, Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Samantha Paluch - Project Analyst, E&J Gallo Winery
Careers in Sales & Account Management
  • Eric Lane – Senior District Manager, Florida Gulf, ELANCO – A division of Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Tony Thomas – Regional Account Executive, Aramark
  • Jeff Tuckis – Senior Manager, Business Development - Innovation Strategy, ELANCO – A division of Eli Lilly & Co.
Careers in Supply Chain & Logistics/Operations