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School of Business and Industry
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Tallahassee, FL 32307-5200

Announcements and Events

SBI Alumnus John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft

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GLC 2015

Professor Charles L. Evans

What's New at SBI?

The newly renovated Bull & Bear Lounge dedicated in honor of Professor Charles L. Evans.


Bull and Bear Lounge

Alumni Spotlight: John W. Thompson

Congratulations to John W. Thompson, School of Business & Industry Alumni, who was honored with the Technology and Business Award at the BET Honors Award Show.

 John W. Thompson


Career Opportunity

Gulf Power
Community & Economic Development Director (Pensacola FL)

This position is responsible for directing the economic and community development activities and programs of the department, providing leadership to department personnel, interacting and exceeding the expectations of internal and external stakeholders and helping the company grow revenues by creating new jobs in strong communities.

Please follow up with recruiter Greg Young via email at GSYOUNG@SOUTHERNCO.COM or call (850) 444.6819.

For more details >>

County of Wayne, Michigan Resolution

It is with great pleasure that we, the members of Wayne County Commission, recognize and bestow due honor upon the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry in Tallahassee, Florida, on the occasion of celebrating 40 years of Leadership and Legacy...  More >>


FAMU SBI Tailgate


SBI 40th Celebration Homecoming





Career  Opportunity

Orlando Magic (Orlando, FL)
Premium Sales & Client Services: Client Relations/Customer Service

Position: Client Services Manager
Job Description: Deliver legendary, world-class service to season ticket holders while implementing short and long-term retention strategies that increase fan affinity and continue to strengthen the Orlando Magic brand. Responsible for effectively leading Client Services staff while assisting with implementing a results-oriented, year-round retention strategy that maximizes revenue.

All interested candidates visit orlandomagiccareers.com.


Ro' Shell Rosemond

Alumni Showcase: Ro' Shell Rosemond

SBI graduate, Ro' Shell Rosemond is a corporate professional with nearly a decade of procurement experience at several Fortune 500 companies.

Rosemond launched the Liquid Courage brand of lip lacquers and lip sticks to inspire courage in all women through beauty.  

Read the full article >>



Dr. Atira Charles

Faculty Spotlight

FAMU professor selected to speak at Black Enterprises’ Women of Power Summit
By: Ameer Brown - Feb. 25, 2014

TALLAHASSEE--Dr. Atira Charles, Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business and Industry at FAMU, was selected as a highlight speaker at the 2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm. Read the full article >>

SBI 40th Anniversary - West Cost Event - Register Now!


SBI 40th Anniversary - West Cost Event - Register Now!


Alumni Spotlight

"TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- One of the top jobs at computer software giant Microsoft now belongs to a Florida A&M University graduate.
John W. Thompson, a 1971 graduate of FAMU, was named February 4 as independent chairman of Microsoft Corporation; a role previously held by company founder Bill Gates. Thompson first joined Microsoft's board in February 2012..."

February 7 2014, Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, dean of FAMU's School of Business and Industry, appeared on WTXL ABC27 Sunrise to discuss the significance of SBIan John W. Thompson's selection as Microsoft's chairman.  More >>

John W. Thompson and Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud


Emmanuel Emerson

Student Spotlight

SBIan Emmanuel Emerson’s commitment to academic excellence and community service is paying off – literally. Today, Emerson was named the fourth of five FAMU students to receive the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January. Tom Joyner, radio personality, philanthropist and founder of the foundation, recognized Emerson on today’s airing of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Next Thursday, Joyner will announce the final scholarship recipient. The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.” Emerson will receive a $1,500 scholarship to use toward tuition, books and on-campus living. He maintains a 3.9 GPA, while serving as a resident assistant and an active member of the Chief Financiers Organization and National Association of Black Accountants. Upon graduation, Emerson plans to pursue a career in the financial industry and hopes to serve as a leader in guiding others toward financial awareness and stability. According to Emerson, he is using his time at FAMU to get a head start on accomplishing his goals. “I have organized finance seminars to help educate students on how they can successfully manage their resources to build and protect their wealth for the future,” said Emerson a junior from Indianapolis. Personal and professional growth is a top priority for the 20-year-old.


Douglas Parker

Student Spotlight

SBI’ian Douglas “Trey” Parker recently published his book “The Tea”.  The book’s underlying message highlights the importance of embracing adversity and overcoming all obstacles that life presents.

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Fsu newspaper article



FAMU Named An ‘Online College in Florida That Wins on Affordability’ by AC Online

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. FAMU has been listed as an "Online Colleges in Florida That Win on Affordability" by the website AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online). FAMU was ranked No. 16 on the list of 53 institutions.

“This accomplishment is just phenomenal,” said Franzetta Fitz, FAMU director of Instructional Technology.  “To receive such an honor within the two years that our online program has been in existence is quite admirable.”

Affordable Colleges Online helps students find affordable college options and provides information about financial aid and college rankings. Read the full article >>


Global Leadership Conference

SBI Open House

Attention all SBI Force Alumni (and your families)! Please join the FAMU School of Business and Industry for an Open House as we celebrate 125 Years of Excellence with Caring!
 When:                 Friday, October 18, 2013
 Where:                SBI Front Lawn (Front Entrance)
 Time:                  Immediately following Homecoming Convocation (About 12:30  p.m. to 2:30  p.m.)
 Sponsor:             Aerotek & TekSystems

 A flyer is attached! Please dress in orange and green! For more information, please contact Kenyatta Rosier at Kenyatta.rosier@famu.edu.


Life after Retirement

The "Life after Retirement - Growing Successful Business Ventures" Certificate Program is an intensive, integrated four-weekend business boot camp series that will culminate with a bank-reviewed business plan for retired basketball players interested in starting and growing successful businesses. Self and life assessments to assist participants in dealing with various life stressors will also be included. Registration Information >>


Dr. Evans

Dr. Charles L. Evans
July 23, 1945 - August 21, 2013

Memorial Service
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bethel A.M.E. Church
501 West Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32310

In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made payable to
Dr. Charles Evans Building Fund
P.O. Box 15671
Tallahassee, Florida 32317
or by PayPal to


SBI Battle of the Decades


Jemal Gibson

Alumni Showcase: Danielle McKinley

INROADS, Inc. announced it has selected SBI graduate Danielle McKinley as its new marketing communications manager. Danielle is tasked with bringing greater visibility to the organization through traditional and digital outreach. INROADS, the nation's largest source of salaried corporate internships, develops diverse, skilled talent to become Corporate America’s future leaders.

Most recently, Danielle has been one of INROADS’ top national recruiters having sourced the second-highest number of new and accepted intern applicants in the country. She has created and developed INROADS’ current social media programming standards, and has already served as one of the national spokespeople for the organization. Danielle has an MBA from Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Albany State University. Danielle is an avid world traveler who relishes opportunities to practice Spanish and Portuguese whenever possible.


Heritage Day 2013


Jemal Gibson

SBI Alum News Story

SBI Alum, author, and motivational speaker Jemal Gibson has a powerful story which has attracted media attention. Growing up in an environment of gangs and drugs, Jemal Gibson, a Chicago native, survived to become a successful corporate pharmaceutical executive. Mr. Gibson has also published a book of his story called “Drugs My Curse My Savior.”

View Mr. Gibson’s story >>



Florida A&M University International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Accreditation

FAMU now offers a B.S. in Business Administration with a Program Major in Facilities Management through collaboration between the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and the School of Architecture (SOA). Given the growing emphasis in global commerce, this new program requires two internships, and leverages SBI’s Professional Leadership Development (PLD) model along with SOA’s design and technical expertise in the built environment world. The program received provisional accreditation by IFMA in October 2012 and is the only accredited facilities management degree program in the state of Florida and historically black college or university. Special thanks is extended to Dr. Roscoe Hightower and Professor Ronald Lumpkin for their leadership, dedication and professionalism in creating, implementing, and running this exceptional program that leads to rewarding careers for our graduates.


Dr. Suarez

Florida A&M University mourns the loss of Tiki Suarez-Brown, Ph.D., associate professor for the Division of Management Information Systems in the School of Business and Industry, who passed away on Wednesday, Nov, 21.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to “Metro Atlanta Community Impact Project” in Tiki’s memory. 

SBI Dominates Globe-Without-Borders Global Business Case Competition

The Globe-Without-Borders Global Business Case Competition is an annual case competition that brings together undergraduate business students to compete in a challenging business case study. On September 21, 2012 two of our teams placed 1st and 2nd at Savannah State University with the supervision of their faculty advisor Professor Rashada Houston. A total of six teams from four universities participated in the competition: Florida A&M University, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, and South University.

First Place Team

SBI Team 1

From left to right Brandon Camille, Tiana McClellan, Zachary Addy, Professor Rashada Houston

Second Place Team

SBI Team 2

From left to right Hillrod Lumpkin, Shayna Gunn, Breyon Love, Professor Rashada Houston


New Fall and Spring Scholarship opportunities!

Welcome SBI students. The following School of Business and Industry (SBI) scholarships are available for SBI students for the 2012-2013 year (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013):

Daimler-Chrysler Corporation Corporate Finance Scholarship
Daimler-Chrysler Corporation Minority Women’s Scholarship
Florida Lottery/Scientific Games Scholarship
James Kozlowski of PepsiCo Award Scholarship
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Professional MBA Scholarship
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship

Financial Assistance Request application

Please complete the application on-line, print and submit by the deadline. A
student can also pick-up a scholarship packet from Suite 104, SBI South Wing.
All applications must be returned no later than September 19, 2012 by 4:00 pm for
consideration to:

ATTN.: SBI Budget Office
School of Business and Industry
Florida A&M University
Sybil C. Mobley Business Building Complex
500 Gamble Street
Suite 104, South Wing
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-5200



The School of Business and Industry (SBI) is hosting its 2012 Virtual Summer Camp Series. This creative online experience allows students across the nation to learn concepts and theories within the business world and apply those concepts to everyday life. As a result, students will enhance their critical thinking skills, improve their competitive advantage, increase scholarship opportunities, and gain the necessary life skills to excel in college. More >>


BEEP Case Competition – 1st Place – SBI!!

The BEEP case team came in first place in Orlando on Friday, June 8th! The team members were Andrew Lucas, Asia McFarland, Najee Sanders, and Krystal Wilson.  The other finalists were Claflin University and Fayetteville State University.

Team Advisor:  Dr. Jennifer Collins


Alfonso Cornish II

Alumni Showcase: Alfonso Cornish II

“SBI Superstar” on the move! Read about our own Alfonso Cornish II in the “Business Journal”. More >>



Aaron Gray

SBI Takes First Place!

Congratulations to Dr. Saundra Drumming and the Deloitte Case Competition Team:
Shayna Gunn, Bethany Holt, Brian Johnson, Wendy Neptune and Jean Laguere!!!

They won First Place in the National Deloitte Case Study Seminar in Dallas, TX, beating out Notre Dame, University of Miami (Ohio), University of Washington, University of Texas and Brigham Young!!


Aaron Gray

SBI Places 2nd in the OFC Business Plan Competition!!!

Congratulations to the SBI Business Plan team who placed second in the OFC Business Plan Competition!!!  They also were awarded Outstanding Presentation!  The competition included 23 HBCUs.  The final results were:

1st place - Fayetteville State University
2nd place - Florida A & M University
3rd place - Tennessee State University

The team included: Antoinyce Eaton, Benjamin Evans, III, Omitope Taylor, and Scarlett Williams.
Team Advisor:  Dr. Jennifer Collins


Aaron Gray

Alumni Showcase: Peter W. Washington

As of February 7, 2012 SBI is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter W. Washington to the position of Vice President from Senior Associate. Jeff Pfeffer, Managing Partner of CapX Partners, states, “Peter is ready to take on the next phase of his career. CapX is excited to have someone with sound underwriting skills out in the market developing business.”

Peter received his MBA with concentrations in accounting, finance, and strategy from the Chicago Booth School of Business. Peter graduated magna cum laude from Florida A&M University, receiving a B.A. in Business Administration.

CapX Partners, founded in 1999, is an equipment financing and secured mezzanine fund focusing on transaction sizes of $2 - $10 million for private equity and venture backed portfolio companies. CapX is investing out of its fourth fund, and favors manufacturing, distribution, service, technology, and healthcare service industries with an emphasis on revenue producing fixed assets. (Release courtesy of Illinois Venture Capital Association)


Aaron Gray

Alumni Showcase: Sonia Jackson Myles

SBI alum Sonia Jackson Myles' ebook "The Sister Accord:  51 Ways To Love Your Sister" is now available on iTunes! 

The Sister Accord was born as a resolution presented 3 years ago to a group of women encouraging and inspiring them to have loving, positive relationships with each other.  Mrs. Myles said “I had no idea that I had tapped into something that would resonate with so many people around the world!  Today, girls and women, in many countries around the globe, are using the principles of The Sister Accord and igniting the power of Sisterhood in their lives.  Word of Mouth and The Internet has enabled The Sister Accord to touch so many people in such a short period of time!”

The Revolution of LOVE has begun!  Join the movement, buy the eBook (printed version will be available late March/early April) and spread the LOVE!! 

Click on this iTunes link to see a sample of the book or to purchase: The Sister Accord

For more information on The Sister Accord, please visit:  www.thesisteraccord.com. Our new website is Coming Soon!  Stay Tuned!!

Click here to view the full book release >>


Aaron Gray

Alumni Showcase: Aaron Gray

We are pleased to announce that SBI Alum Aaron Gray has joined Global Payments as Director, Corporate Development and will help drive the domestic and international corporate development and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) initiatives for worldwide expansion and growth as of November 9 2011.

Prior to joining Global Payments, Aaron served as Manager, Strategic Business Development/Corporate Strategy for The Home Depot. He executed extensive research on market trends to identify key issues and their impact on core business strategies as well as provided analyses and recommendations on strategic business and operational initiatives to the executive leadership team.


Javonté Anyabwelé

Alumni Showcase: Javonté Anyabwelé

As of December 12, 2011, we are pleased to announce the appointment of SBI Alum Javonté Anyabwelé as Productivity Director, Asia Pacific, based in the US.  

With Javonte’s strong background and experience in change management, global strategic sourcing, indirect procurement, direct supply chain management, program development, continuous improvement, six sigma methodologies, outsourced manufacturing, and due diligence valuation, he has gain an executive position at Bausch & Lomb.  He joined Bausch & Lomb in 2006 as Senior buyer, Indirect/Supplier Readiness and progressed through the roles of Senior Supplier Quality Engineer/Supplier diversity coordinator to his most recent role as Global External Manufacturing Manager/Supplier Diversity Manager.  Prior to Bausch & Lomb, he held the role of International Project Manager with Office Depot based in The Netherlands, and before that was employed as a Professional Health Care Representative with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.


Alumni Showcase: Shundrawn Thomas

Shundrawn Thomas

SBI Alum Shundrawn Thomas was recently recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine, October 2011 issue, as one of the most powerful blacks on Wall Street.  Shundrawn Thomas currently resides as the Senior Vice President of Northern Trust Investments for Northern Trust-Chicago. 

Shundrawn serves as a managing director and global head of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group.  He is responsible for strategic planning, product innovation, business development, vendor management, and talent acquisition. His capital market experience includes equities, fixed income, and derivative investment products.


Competition Winners


2011 NBMBAA 1st Place Trophy goes to FAMU SBI

This year twenty-one top universities competed and over 10,000 people attended the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) conference.  Of the six Chrysler Case team finalists, FAMU SBI was the only HBCU to advance.  The top three awardees were:  FAMU SBI for 1st place; Pennsylvania State for 2nd place; and the University of Georgia for 3rd place.  We have taken 1st place in three of the past five years, since we entered the Chrysler sponsored competition in 2007.

From left to right: Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey, Benjamin Evans, Cianna Reaves,and Antionyce Eaton

In this year's case, the students were required to assess the recruitment and retention efforts of Chrysler and provide best-in-class strategies that would be financially beneficial for the company and provide them high return on talent management. Students were given 5 weeks to analyze the business case. All schools competed by presenting their findings and solutions to a diverse judge panel of Chrysler and other corporate executives in hopes of winning the case competition.

In the past years, Chrysler has awarded the winning teams monetary awards of $15,000 (1st place), $10,000 (2nd place), $8,000 (3rd place). This year, Chrysler decided to show their appreciation of their partnership with the NBMBAA conference and raised the award amounts to $25,000 (1st place), $15,000 (2nd place), and $10,000 (3rd place).  SBI's team took home the grand award and trophy. SBI's winning team was composed of Antionyce Eaton, Professional MBA Student from Raleigh, NC; Benjamin Evans, Professional MBA Student from Philadelphia, PA; and Cianna Reaves, Team Captain and Graduating MBA Student from Perry, FL. The Advisor for the winning team is Dr. Joycelyn Finley-Hervey, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management in SBI.


SBI scholarships for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012

View the following scholarship description sheets and submit the financial assistance request forms below before September 15 by 4:00pm!!!  View the announcement and submission details >>


Employment opportunity - Janssen Pharmaceutical

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, is recruiting for a Manager, Market Research - Virology to be located in Titusville, NJ. More >>


Edward Jones Reception - St Louis

The reception will be on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm (Edward Jones Headquarters - St Louis).  This will be an excellent opportunity for you and your family to learn more about Florida A&M University and scholarship opportunities, as well as network with key executives, current students and alumni of Florida A&M University.

RSVP and Location Information >>


Diversity opportunity-GlaxoSmithKline

Full-Time Human Resource position available in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. More >>


Marvin Green

SBI Alum Marvin E. Green Named Director of Student Activities at FAMU

Marvin E. Green Jr. has been named Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) new director for Student Activities. Green will officially begin his new position on July 1. Green received the Business Administration Degree from the FAMU School of Business and Industry.

“I am honored and excited that I can serve my alma mater at this capacity,” – Marvin E. Green

More >>


Dr. Roscoe Hightower

Teacher of the year!

SBIans, it is with extreme pleasure that we announce the naming of Dr. Roscoe Hightower as FAMU 2010-2011 “Teacher of the Year”.  Dr. Roscoe Hightower has been an exemplary faculty member and has excelled in every phase of academia at FAMU.


SBI co-hosted the  “HBCU Business Deans Roundtable” 2011 Summit

SBI co-hosted the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable Summit reception was co hosted at the Florida A&M University  law school in Orlando Florida, June 2, 2011.  The reception helped kick off the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable Summit whose goal is to strengthen and develop partnerships and alliances with corporations, government, and national organizations to provide the essential tools and resources for student success. The Summit concluded on June 4, 2011.

HBCU Business Deans RoundtableBusiness School  Dean Nelson,  Business School Dean Friday-Stroud, Law  School Dean PernellHBCU Business Deans Roundtable


SBI illumination – SBI’s Newsletter

Volume1, Issue 1 – October 23, 2009 (pdf)

Volume2, Issue 1 – January 1, 2011 (pdf)



SBI Alum Ms. Kimberly Corbin named President and CEO

Ms. Corbin formally began her term as President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. on January 3.  She has an impressive record of accomplishments… More >>

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