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SBI Student Spotlight – Anderson Moore

SBI Economics student Anderson Moore has placed 1st in the HBCU National Stock Market Challenge. Mr. Moore's porfolio topped 465 other stduents who participated in the event.


SBI MuniMod

SBI Student Spotlight – Wycliff Fleurizard

We are so proud of our #FAMU Team that participated in the 2019 MuniMod Competition, hosted by the Florida League of Cities this weekend in Orlando. Our team that was made up of one SBI major, Wycliff Fleurizard; and one Computer and Information Sciences major, Amira Spann, took home the SECOND-PLACE prize of $5,000. We competed against the 13 other colleges and universities in Florida! This is the second straight year that FAMU has placed second in this competition.

Thanks also for the assistance provided from Freddie Triplett (CIS) and Keishon Smith (Engineering).


Student Spotlight: Emmanuel Dawson, Nalani Kelley-Marsh, Earl Perry, Livi Grant, Keishon Smith

Mogals in the Making - FAMU SBI Team

Big Sean announced the winners of Moguls in the Making, which went to the team at Florida A&M University. Five hundred applicants narrowed down to 10 University teams competed for the honor, in this Shark Tank like competition. The students were awarded internships at Ally Financial, a $5,000 scholarship each, and MacBook Air computers. More >>

Read even more from FAMU News >>



Ethics Challenge


Annual Heritage Day Celebration



Global Leadership Conference 2018 

SBI Homecoming

SBI Homecoming

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Bria Walker

Alumni Spotlight: Bria Walker

"Walker, daughter of David and Harolyn Walker, of Apalachicola, graduated with the highest grade point average in the business school. a 3.97 gpa out of a possible perfect 4.0. She received the Distinguished Scholars Award, and tutored student athletes while in college. She now heads to Columbia University to earn a masters in accounting, specializing in enterprise risk management." Read More>>


Florida Small Business Development Center at FAMU

America's SBDC Florida economic impact: Since 2011, Florida SBDCs provided 513,107 hours of consulting to 74,669 client businesses, creating a significant positive impact on Florida's economy. Read More >>


Kids invited to participate in Lemonade Day 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Lemonade Day is back in Tallahassee for the fourth consecutive year. The FAMU School of Business and Industry is presenting this year's youth entrepreneurship education program. The event teaches kids how to make spending decisions, plan their product, and find investors. Tallahassee is the only city in Florida participating in National Lemonade Day. Read More >>


Renita Bryant

Alumni Spotlight: SBI Alum and Sundial Fellow Launches Internship Program With FAMU Career Center - Renita Bryant

After obtaining her MBA from SBI in 2005, Renita Bryant worked for some of the world’s largest FORTUNE 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. While in corporate America, she received several prestigious awards, including the J&J President’s Award and a P&G CMK Insight Award. In 2012, Renita founded Mynd Matters Publishing and in 2014, she left her six-figure corporate career and launched her second business, SightsSet, a consumer research firm. Both of her six-figure companies have seen exponential growth year over year.

Renita facilitates domestic and international workshops, most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina and London, England. In 2017, she was awarded a Sundial Brands Fellowship and received an Executive Education Certification in Entrepreneurship from Dartmouth College. Earlier this year, Renita launched a literary scholarship in honor of her late mother along with a publishing contest for young children in her hometown of Fort Valley, Georgia, as a way to give back to her community. As if that were not enough, Renita is partnering with the FAMU Career Center to pilot a summer internship program between current HBCU students and African-American small business owners.



Clyde Ashley, Ph.D

FAMU SBI Community Mourns the Loss of Professor Clyde Ashley, Ph.D.

The Florida A&M University community is mourning the loss of Clyde Ashley, Ph.D., a professor of professional leadership development and economics in the School of Business and Industry (SBI). Dr. Ashley passed Wednesday afternoon, May 2, on campus in his SBI office. He had been employed with the University since 1987. “We extend sincere condolences to his family and will keep them in our prayers,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

Please be advised of the following concerning service arrangements:

Friday, May 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Release of Balloons Memorial Tribute
Informal gathering with Ashley Family to share our memories of Dr. Ashley

School of Business and Industry, Front Lawn & Portico
500 Gamble Street
One SBI Plaza
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, The Wake
Funeral immediately following Wake

Watson Temple Institutional Church of God in Christ
665 W Brevard Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Richardson’s Funeral Home is in charge of the services


Steve Philistin

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Philistin

SBI Alumni Steve Philistin was nominated and selected to receive the Diversity & Inclusion award the last two out of the three years in the area of Leading the way.

"What does Leading the Way stand for: Illustrates personal commitment to global ONE Ford leadership. This person makes a significant contribution to the team by fostering excellence, working together inclusively, and role modeling Ford values in all interactions while holding people accountable for delivering results across the global enterprise."

Mr. Philistin was also selected to be a part of the team that will grace the cover of the Finance recruiting brochure. Ford has maintained an excellent relationship with SBI which has lead to a number of students joining the organization as both interns and full time hires. View the finance recruiting brochure >>


Roshell Rosemond Rinkins

Alumni Spotlight: Roshell Rosemond Rinkins

Liquid Courage Cosmetics, a Silicon Valley-based cosmetics company, was recently selected as a featured brand in the first-time Market at Macy’s retail opportunity. The company is bringing its popular highly pigmented lipsticks to the entertainment capital of the world at the Macy’s department store in the Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall (3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd). The brand will be available in the Market @ Macy’s first-floor pop-up section from April 8 through May 5. Read More >>



Annual Heritage Celebration

Annual Heritage Celebration

The School of Business and Industry (SBI) will honor 63 graduating seniors and MBA graduate candidates on Friday, March 30, 2018, at its Annual Heritage Celebration.

Each year, the School of Business and Industry honors its graduating undergraduate and graduate students for their achievement in completing their academic program and for earning the privilege of becoming members of the SBI Force. SBI Force is a family of SBI alumni dedicated to preserving SBI’s heritage and protecting SBI’s brand around the globe.

The invitation-only event will be held at the Tallahassee DoubleTree Downtown located at 101 South Adams Street.


Dr. Roscoe Hightower

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Roscoe Hightower

An interview between Dr. Hightower and Mike Petrusky with Kayrell Connections was published January 16, 2018 on The Facilities Management Innovator Podcast; Higher Education Programs in Facilities Management and Marketing is the subject of discussion. Read More >>


Shawnta Friday-Stourd

FAMU SBI Dean Friday-Stroud Appointed Interim VP of Advancement, Cotton Announces Resignation

Vice President of University Advancement George Cotton has resigned his position, effective today, January 5, 2018. Cotton also served as executive director of the FAMU Foundation.

President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has appointed School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud as interim vice president of University Advancement. The FAMU alumna has served as the permanent dean of FAMU’s nationally recognized business school since February 2010. Additionally, she served as one of the co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Workgroup that helped develop the University’s five-year strategic plan, “FAMU Rising.”

Friday-Stroud earned her bachelor's degree and master’s degree in business administration from SBI and a doctoral degree in business administration from Florida International University. Hudson Nwakanma, Ph.D., chair of SBI’s Department of Management and Marketing will serve as SBI’s interim dean during the transition.




SBI 360/VR Experience

Bull & Bear Lounge >>

Memorabilia Room >>

SBI Student Support Services >>


GLC 2017


Livi S. Grant

FAMU School of Business and Industry Freshmen earns Coveted internship with U.S Open

Current Florida A&M University (FAMU) student, Livi S. Grant, was recently featured in the Golfer's Digest. She attributes her successes to behavioral skills learned in the Professional Leadership Development classes taken in FAMU's School of Business and Industry. These skills played a key factor in her ability to effectively network and secure her first internship experience.

Read more about Livi S. Grant! >>


Peter Washington

Alumni Showcase: Peter Washington

Peter Washington, an SBI graduate was promoted to Director, and will be managing transaction underwriting and portfolio management as a result of his hard work and dedication. Read More >>

Additional Information >>



Sonia Jackson Myles

Alumni Showcase: Sonia Jackson Myles

Congratulations Ms. Jackson Myles on being recognized as a 2017 YWCA Greater Cincinnati Career Women of Achievement! Eight women in the Cincinnati-area women have been selected for their outstanding leadership, vision, exceptional community contributions and renowned professional success.  Read More >>



Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy

Florida A&M University will be hosting the Inaugural Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy. The program, sponsored by funding from the School of Business and Industry's Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation (ICCI), is available for students in grades 3 through grades 12, and will consist of separate theme-based weeks designed to introduce students to various topics centered around technology and entrepreneurship.
Read More >> 


Media Sales Institute

Apply today to fast track your career in media sales!

Media Sales Institue

Click here for more details!


GLC 2016


 In Loving Memory of Cynthia Karesh!


Jim Nevels and Dean Friday-Stroud

Hershey board chairman visits SBI

Jim Nevels, Hershey board chairman, visited with SBI and discussed Hershey's $1,000,000 endowed chair gift made on behalf of Dean Mobley.  He humbly admitted that he would not be the Hershey board chair without the legacy of Sybil Mobley. Read about the visit in the Tallahassee Democrat  >>



Terry Waters

Alumni Showcase: Terry Waters

SBI alumnus, Terry Waters was recently recognized with Deloitte's "Applause Award" for what the firm describes as his dedication and willingness to go the extra mile. Shortly after graduating, Terry joined Deloitte's Consulting practice as an IT-Auditor in August of 2015 and has consistently been recognized as a leader among his peers. When asked what lessons he learned during his time at the School of Business and Industry that he attributes his success to, he says it is "The importance of having a thirst for knowledge as well as being willing to go the extra mile, while not allowing any obstacle to deter you from what you set out to accomplish." Congratulations, Terry, on this impressive achievement!


2016 Annual Heritage Celebration
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of
Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita  

March 31 – April 1, 2016


Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University School of Business and Industry
October 14, 1925 – September 29, 2015

Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry was the epitome of a “Phenomenal Woman,” trailblazing unbelievable paths in higher education, business education, and the world of business.  She was born on October 14, 1925, in Shreveport, LA, to Melvin and Cora Collins; and, she married James Otis Mobley.  Their three children are James Jr., Janet Sermon, Ph.D., and Melvin.

Dean Mobley earned a bachelor’s degree from Bishop College in 1945, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1963, and several honorary doctorates.  She started at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College (FAMCEE) as a secretary in 1945.  After receiving her post-baccalaureate degrees, Dr. Mobley rose from the ranks of a professor to department chair (1971-1974) to founding dean of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) from 1974 – 2003 (her fourth baby).  During her tenure as SBI’s dean, Dr. Mobley implemented her world renowned Professional Development (PD) Program, a leadership development program designed to teach students behavioral competencies to complement their academic preparation.  To support her innovative PD and academic curricula, Dean Mobley started the SBI Big Board, which consists of over 100 plaques.  Each plaque on the SBI Big Board represents a minimum donation of $100,000 endowed for scholarships.   The earnings from the SBI Big Board accounts still enable SBI to provide scholarships to its “Superstars” today.  As a result of her mega contributions to FAMU, Dr. Mobley received the designation of Dean Emerita after her retirement. 

In addition to serving as a master administrator in higher education and being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida, Dean Mobley served on the boards of directors of Anheuser-Busch Company, Champion International Corporation, Hershey Foods Corporation, Sears Roebuck & Company, Southwestern Bell Corporation, Dean Witter, and Discover.  Dr. Mobley and her husband, James Mobley, a successful entrepreneur, were also pioneers in the Tallahassee Civil Rights movement.   Some of Dean Mobley’s other affiliations included Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., the International Association of Black Business Educators, the National Association of Black Accountants, Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, and the FAMU SBI Hall of Fame to name a few.  Dr. Mobley served as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development for multiple African countries, and she was awarded the FAMU Lifetime Achievement Award among numerous other awards.

Through her tenacious and assiduous efforts, Dean Mobley positively changed the personal, economic, and professional trajectory of hundreds of thousands of individuals, including her students, faculty, and staff – past, present, and future.  Successful SBIans can be found in all industry sectors from education to the C-Suite of multinational corporations, and from entrepreneurs to non-profits all around the globe.  Dean Mobley named the SBI alumni the “SBI Force” because she said that we would be a “force to be reckoned with” in the global economy.  The ripple effects of Dean Mobley’s commitment to excellence in business education and the world of business have been and will be felt for decades. 

Job well done Dean Mobley. Rest in peace! 

Love, Your SBI Family!


Please make your 100% tax-deductible donations to the
1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

For electronic donations, visit the web page below.
In the “Please direct my donation to” drop down menu, select
1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

To mail donations, send to the address below.
School of Business and Industry Dean’s Office
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
105 Sybil C. Mobley Business Complex
500 Gamble Street
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Memo: 1974 Sybil C. Mobley Memorial Fund

SBI Heritage Day Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Sybil Collins Mobley, Ph.D., Dean Emerita

March 31, 2016

Farewell to Dean Mobley
Please contact us if you have any questions, positive comments or condolences at



Student Luncheon Reception – Scholarships Awarded!!!

February 6, 2016  
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Click here for event information.


GLC Welcome Mixer

GLC 2015


Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation Announcements

October 22nd: FAMU App Challenge Info Session
Description: Do you have an idea for an app? FAMU's Division of Research in partnership with Domi Station, ICCI, FAMU SBI and the Office of Technology Transfer invite you to learn more about the upcoming FAMU App Challenge!
Come by the info session TODAY, Thursday, October 22nd to learn how you can win $2500 for your idea!
Location: Domi Station 914 Railroad Avenue
Time: 6pm
For Information:

FAMU App Challenge

View the full flyer

October 30th: Deadline to apply for FAMU App Challenge
Location: Online at
Deadline Time: 11:59pm

November 6-8th: Actual App Challenge Event
Location: Domi Station 914 Railroad Avenue
Start Time: 4pm
For Information:

December 1st: FAMU Entrepreneur's Day and Business Plan Competition
Description: FAMU Entrepreneur's Day is brought to you by the Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation to celebrate student entrepreneurs and student business development. Sessions on how to secure investors, social media and internet marketing as well as registering a business will be lead by community thought leaders. A student business showcase and business plan pitch competition will round out the events. Food and refreshments will be served.
Location: SBI North G12
Time: 8a-6pm

FAMU Entrepreneur's Day and Business Plan Competition

View the full flyer

November 16th: Deadline to apply for FAMU Business Plan competition
Description: Submit your business plan idea for the chance to pitch to area experts for feedback, assistance and support as you embark on your entrepreneurial journey! The judging criteria is available:Business Plan Competition Rules & Judging Criteria
Location: via email to
Time: 11:59pm
View the flyer

November 16-22nd: Global Entrepreneurship Week
Description: Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
Location: Global, more information at





Southeast Distance Learning Conference
“Enhancing Access, Curriculum, and Relevance through Distance Learning Communities”
September 24 – 26, 2015
Tallahassee, Florida
For more information >>


Southeast Distance Learning Conference

Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud and Dr. Kelley Bolden Bailey on the WTXL Sunrise Show discussing the Southeast Distance Learning Conference. More >>

SDLC WTXL Interview


Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy

Florida A&M University will be hosting the Inaugural Mobley-Thompson Creativity and Innovation Summer Academy. The program, sponsored by funding from the School of Business and Industry's Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation (ICCI), is available for students in grades 3 through grades 12, and will consist of separate theme-based weeks designed to introduce students to various topics centered around technology and entrepreneurship.
Read More >> 


Errick D. Farmer

Faculty Spotlight: Errick D. Farmer

SBI faculty member Dr. Farmer has recently published “Factors That Influence African American Male Retention and Graduation: The Case of Gateway University, a Historically Black College and University” in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.
Read More >>  



Nkenge Harmon Johnson

Alumni Showcase: Nkenge Harmon Johnson

The SBI Alumna Attorney Nkenge Harmon Johnson is the new chief executive officer of the Urban League of Portland.  "Harmon Johnson will be the fourth female CEO of Portland's Urban League, an African-American civil service group that offers community health, workforce and youth programs." Read More >>



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


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.

Famuan article

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 (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


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: Our new website is Coming Soon!  Stay Tuned!!

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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

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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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