Recognizing a trend in 2002 that retailers were increasing their expectations of the supplier base, Jim founded ERS to help improve the retail business acumen of suppliers. Over the last decade, ERS has vastly improved the decision-making capability of retailers, suppliers and licensors, enabling them to increase their sales, profit and inventory productivity.
As a former Buyer at JCPenney, he managed or bought key categories in men's, children's and home textiles throughout his 15-year career. He was honored several times with executive-level projects and sat on varying key company initiative task forces. Jim has been featured in apparel, home textiles and licensing publications, including License!, and has conducted seminars at industry associations and trade shows, including NEECOM, VCF, The Licensing Show and MAGIC.
Dr. Sevilla partners with a dynamic team of faculty, administrators and stakeholders to create a best-in-class experience for over 5,000 undergraduate business students at UF. The Heavener team is driven by the opportunity to create transformation in the lives of the students they are entrusted to serve, by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, career readiness and leadership development.
From 2005-2016, Dr. Sevilla served as the Assistant Dean & Director of MBA Programs at UF. Under his guidance, Florida developed a unique market position for its MBA brand, which led to 110% growth in MBA enrollment and quadrupled MBA program revenue. His team's efforts helped the UF MBA earn a top tier position among the world's best MBA programs, as defined by U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The Economist. In 2013 and 2014, the UF MBA program was recognized by The Princeton Review as the #1 Best Administered MBA in the U.S.
Dr. Sevilla earned his doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. He teaches leadership courses for the Heavener School, speaks frequently across campus and engages with corporate organizations in the areas of transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, authenticity, leading teams, influence and leading change.
Dr. Sevilla's passions center around helping others, life satisfaction, and family. He aspires to help others understand how their unique strengths apply to leadership and then use that awareness to advance their professional success, and more importantly, their life satisfaction. He considers himself fortunate to be able to immerse himself in these types of opportunities regularly, with students, mentees, alumni and professionals. In his free time, Dr. S loves to travel, hike, play guitar, attend music and sporting events, embrace new life adventures and spend quality time with his incredible family.