John Foster has 30 plus years of distinguished leadership and management experience with multiple companies at various stages of development across several fast paced industries including; finance (investment banking partnerships, valuation services), business consulting (strategic planning), national distribution (computer hardware and consumer electronics), healthcare (co-founded Medicaid HMO), commercial real estate (development of medical facilities, personal investing) and publishing (In Room Magazine, Hyatt Hotels).
John has demonstrated expertise in strategic and all operational aspects of business. In his capacity as Chairman for Alliance Computing Technologies, Inc. (ACT), John interacted regularly with shareholders, an outside board of directors, bankers and general counsel in communicating the company’s vision and reporting results. As CEO of ACT he led the formulation of strategic initiatives, oversaw the deployment of tactical plans for each functional area, and was ultimately responsible for the company’s success. His duties also took him to Washington, DC over four years where he was an advocate for the Rent To Own (RTO) industry before both houses of Congress.
Dr. Holly Tompson is a Professor of International Business at Florida Southern College. She has taught undergraduate and MBA courses in the U.S. and abroad for over 25 years, serving on multiple committees and supervising senior theses.
Prior to Florida Southern College, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Institute for Corporate Productivity. Holly has taught at the University of Tampa, Saint Leo University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where she lived with her family for four years. Dr. Tompson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity University with a B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology. She completed her doctoral work in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of South Carolina, where she received the Educational Foundation Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Dr. Tompson lives in Tampa with her husband and 3 children.
In her work with the Institute for Corporate Productivity, she has advised numerous Fortune 200 companies in Leadership, Global Management, and Coaching. Holly is a certified Executive Coach and has partnered with the Center for Focused Leadership Executive Education program since 2006. She received certification to administer the Hogan Personality Indicator as well as the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Assessment. Holly works with several non-profits in the Tampa Bay area and teaches in the University of Tampa’s Non-Profit certification program. Her current research includes coaching and peer-to-peer mentoring, work-life balance and adjustment to international job changes. Dr. Tompson has authored or co-authored numerous refereed journal and proceedings articles for publications such as The Journal of Management, The Journal of International Business Studies, Business and Society, The Journal of Education for Business, The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Human Resource Management.
Jody Tompson is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the Sykes College of Business at University of Tampa and the Director of Business Strategy at Naimoli Institute. He is also the Founder of CitriClean of Florida, an all-natural citrus based dishwasher detergent.
He specializes in organizational dysfunctions, organizational decline, entrepreneurship, and family businesses. Dr. Tompson has taught business courses for 25 years using the case method, statistical surveys, computer simulations, among others.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Jody Tompson provides on-site training in business planning, strategy and innovation. He consults with top management on decision making skills.
Senior Tax & Legal Consultant
Bill Mitchell is a Board Certified Attorney in Labor and Employment Law who specializes in employee benefits and the Affordable Care Act. He is co-author of Employee Fringe and Welfare Benefit Plans and the author of the Estate and Retirement Planning Answer Book. In 2009 he was named a Florida Super Lawyer and has chaired the Certification Committee for Labor and Employment Law. He has a Master’s in economics and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in tax law from Georgetown University. He has been involved in numerous civic organizations and is currently involved in educational television and in assisting severely wounded soldiers.
Pati Morris is an information and knowledge expert possessing high-level skills to include finding, managing, applying, and communicating information to clients with various needs. Whether clients are developing a business plan, a web presence, a proposal, or in need of competitor profiles, she has the ability to pull together necessary resources, sort through the “noise” to find meaningful content, organize it for clarity and refine it for presentation in a timely manner.
Pati has produced company/competitor profiles in the following sectors:
- Education technology (i.e. Blackboard, Better Lesson, Discovery Education, Knewton, Grovo Learning, Engrade)
- Research services (i.e. 451 Research, Coleman Research Group, Constellation Research, Forrester Research, SIS International Research)
- Library services (i.e. ProQuest, Safari Books Online, LibraryThing)
- Media companies (i.e. Acquire Media, Ampush Media, Horizon Media, Specific Media, Twelvefold Media, Unicorn Media, and Hulu)
- Online publications (i.e. Advertise.com, Adweek, Computerworld, Glam Media, Evolve Media, PennWell, Penton Media)
- Tech startups (i.e. CrowdRise, Kickstarter, PhotoBucket, Rapportive, Zoom Information)
Her specialties include selecting, developing, and managing resources to meet an organization’s current and anticipated needs; managing social media; business and industry research; database searching; reviewing news publications, business and academic literature on client-relevant topics; and wiki development.
Pati received her MLIS (Master’s in Library and Information Science) and BA in American Studies from the University of South Florida. She has been an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America programs for the last 15 years and served her country as a military spouse while her husband served in the United States Marine Corps for over 22 years.
Senior Professional in Human Resources
Lori Goldsmith is an HR generalist with experience in a variety of industries from large corporations to small businesses. Her leadership experiences include managing appreciable number of workforce personnel and sizeable amounts of dollars and resources in manufacturing, construction, technology consulting staffing and other service industries. As President of Heart of HR Shared Services, Lori’s passion and practice is dedicated to helping small businesses develop best practices.
Lori is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute. Professional certification is one of Lori’s passions. She believes all HR professionals should seek certification.
Lori also believes in giving back to her profession. She served as HR Florida State Certification Director in 2007-2010 and the HR Tampa board of HR Tampa as Director, Education/Certification 2001-2006. In August 2009, Lori was recognized as the HR Florida Volunteer of the Year. In 2008, Lori’s development and implementation of the “Look HR Smart – Stay HR Smart” awards program was the winner of SHRM’s (Society of Human Resource Management) Foundation Grant for State Councils. Lori also served as the HR Florida State Conference and Expo Program Chair (the largest HR conference in the Southeast) in 2009 and 2010 and SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) Foundation Judge 2010, 2013 and 2014. For many years, Lori served as the chairperson of the Screening Committee for Job Readiness Training with the Philadelphia and Tampa Urban League. In 1994, Lori was recognized as the National Urban League’s Volunteer of the Year. Currently, Lori still volunteers for the HR Certification Institute as an item writer for the GPHR exam. Lori holds a B.A. degree.
Senior Capital Projects Manager
Jonathan Moore has 20 years experience as an owner’s representative, architect, entrepreneur and business development professional. He recently sold ownership in an award-winning architecture practice to pursue real estate development consulting with an emphasis on risk management. Jonathan is an Owner’s Rep, assisting owners through the process of expanding, renovating or building new construction. He provides architecture, construction, financing, scheduling and logistics services with over $1 billion of construction experience amongst the team. A special focus includes leveraging the value of idle balance sheet assets, non-profit and institutional advisory services with associated risk assessment. Managing risk within a capital project allows an organization to minimize time, resources and funds.
An Owner’s Representative assists an owner in an expansion / development process, bringing relative design, construction and development experience into the ownership team. Owner’s Reps assist with the selection of architects, developing schedules, leading meetings, providing third-party reviews as well as being the “owner’s tuned eyes” during the entire process.
Jonathan has been a part of the Tampa community for 25 years, attending Chamberlain High School and graduating from the University of Florida. He received his Masters of Architecture at SCI-Arc / Los Angeles, where he worked under famed architect Eric Owen Moss. He is active with many community organizations including the Rotary Club of Tampa, and is the father of two young children.
Senior Strategic Planning Consultant
Michael Kelly has served as an organizational development consultant to employees at all levels of the organizations he’s counseled. His clients represent a variety of industries including transportation, construction, financial services, food services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, sales, and utilities.
In the area of rail transportation, Michael has worked primarily in the area of Process Management with Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, CSX, and BNSF.
As a faculty member for the ING Business School in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he also served ING as an advisor on Lean Six Sigma implementation to the senior regional management of the Asia-Pacific Insurance Division, which covers the entire Pacific Rim from China to India, including Australia.
Among Michael’s other clients are TIAA-CREF, Premier Health Care, NextEra Energy, and Educational Testing Service (ETS).
In addition to authoring Everyone’s Problem Solving Handbook (Productivity Press, 1991), Michael has developed over 100 custom training programs covering such Leadership Development and Lean Six Sigma topics as Greenbelt training, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement & Measurement, Problem Solving, Team Building, Project and Change Management, Interviewing, Coaching, and Performance Management.
Michael received a BBA from the University of North Florida in 1974, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in 1981.
Senior Communications Specialist
Chris Ingram is the former chief of staff to United States Rep. Max Burns (R-GA) and Washington, D.C. press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Chris is well versed in the language of Capitol Hill. Chris also served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA).
Chris is frequently requested to provide commentary and political analysis on television and radio news programs. He has appeared on a variety of programs including The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Politics, The Big Show, Newsstand, Dayside, and Hannity and Colmes as well as other programs on CNN, BBC World News, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, among others. Chris is also called to provide colorful quotes and commentary for the print media. He has been featured or quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, Campaigns & Elections, PR Weekly, and Roll Call among others.
Chris is an accomplished writer and editor, whose talents have been deployed as a contributing columnist to the Washington Times, National Review Online, United Press International, and the non-partisan political website FreedomChannel.com. He has also ghost-written op-eds and speeches for numerous members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and Fortune 500 company executives.
Chris’ strategic communication clients include but are not limited to; American Express, the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and Mirage Resorts, and countless political candidates including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
He has extensive experience promoting brands and legislative issues for clients including the Employment Policies Institute, the American Beverage Institute, and Seagrams spirits. Chris’ work on behalf of these clients has included “hits” in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many smaller newspapers, trade magazines, and journals. His company’s work on behalf of Seagrams included promoting athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
His service in a number of political leadership roles includes Republican State Committeeman, and as a Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention. In 1994, at the age of 23, Chris was elected the youngest county party chairman in Georgia GOP history.
Chris contributes a weekly column on politics for the Tampa Tribune and is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all-news television station in Florida’s largest media market.
Senior Risk Management Consultant
John Oros is currently heading up risk management and providing practical solutions to corporate risk management functions. Mr. Oros formerly held several senior level positions in risk management and treasury, including Chief Risk Management and Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, at several large multinational manufacturing firms, where he was responsible for their global treasury and risk management functions.
He was involved in the initial formation and development of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), including serving several terms on its Board of Directors, Chair of several AFP committees including, Certification and Editorial Advisory Board and was instrumental in the development of the AFP’s Certified Cash Manager credential, including the development of the body of knowledge and test development. He was also responsible for the final review of the AFP’s Certified Treasury Professional credential’s body of knowledge. Mr. Oros was Senior Editor for the AFP publication – Treasurer’s Handbook of Financial Management. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council and is currently a member of the Board of Fellows at the University of Tampa, serving on its Development and Facilities Committees; he also serves on the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Standards Consensus Group and is a member of the AFP, Financial Executives International (FEI) and Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).
He was named to the AFP’s Top 300 for financial professionals, completed the Wharton School of Business’s Financial Policies and Practices Certificate Program, is a Certified Cash Manager and Certified Treasury Professional and holds a BS cum laude, and MBA from Seton Hall University.
Senior Turnaround Management Specialist
Sie Kamide has twenty-nine years of experience as a banker where he began as an Asset Based Lender and retired as a Community Bank Regional President. Sie understands business from the ground up and from the inside out. In addition to his years as an effective business banker, Sie ran businesses as an entrepreneur and as a consultant. As a consultant providing CFO services he helped turn a $100MM national environmental service company around and worked with banks to provide strategic planning with a special focus on problem asset acquisition and resolution. As a risk manager and executive charged with credit policy Sie has a particularly unique understanding of managing risk and in building the balance sheet to mirror bank requirements for extending credit.
Sie formerly was the co-owner of a glass fabrication company where he was responsible for increasing sales 50% in a two-year period.
He received his education from St. Lawrence University where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor concentration in accounting Minor Concentration in Accounting. He has completed 21 Graduate Hours in the MBA program at The State University of New York at Buffalo.
Senior Healthcare Compliance Specialist
James Randolph is an Information Technology Professional with twenty-eight years of experience in developing and implementing Business and Information Technology strategies to achieve stated goals. He has strong analytical and communication skills with experience at implementing cost-effective business solutions across multiple industries.
James served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1974 until 1981 then with the US Naval Reserves until 1988. After completing his military service obligation, he joined IBM as a technical marketing specialist. He has used these skills to develop and support business technology solutions in Florida since July 1994. Specifically, his expertise includes Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) methodologies including; Business Continuity Planning / Business Contingency Planning (BCP), Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Disaster Recovery Planning & Business Resumption Planning (DRP / BRP), E-Discovery Plans and has a strong background in Healthcare
Information Technology (HIT) / Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) models focusing on Rural Healthcare Providers (CHC, RHC, CAH, and FQHC look-alikes) and Hospices via Health Information Management (HIM) consulting services. He has been the lead consultant in multiple strategic planning, business assessment, and audit sessions.
He also maintains a State of Florida certified MBE and City of Tampa certified SBE designation and serves as a; Advisory Board Member of Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida, Member of Florida Hospice Palliative Care Association, Member of Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative, Chairman of Tampa Business Professional Roundtable (BPR), and President of Tampa Bay iSeries DEBUG User Group.
James received his A.S., Electricity / Electronics and A.A., Business Administration from San Diego City College, San Diego, CA. He is also an accomplished Toastmaster having earned both the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and Advanced Leader-Silver Certificate Awards.
Senior Procurement Specialist
Tanker Snyder brings nearly four decades of executive leadership in the commercial, public, non-profit, and international sectors. He served 29 years in the US Air Force before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2007 when he was recruited to serve as senior managing director of a New York City financial fund, responsible for defense and aerospace investments. Now as President of AeroSage and related companies, he provides products, services, and consulting to national and international commercial and government clients. Tanker delivers a unique combination of skills to the Pathfinder Group with expertise and relationships in government acquisition, technology, manufacturing, operations, finance, risk management, and international engagement.
While with the Defense Department, Tanker served in a variety of command positions including squadron, group, and wing commander where he served as MacDill’s 6th Air Mobility Command and installation commander. He has also served as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Assistant Professor of Management and Operations Research at the United States Air Force Academy, and Command Director and Chief of Staff of the NORAD/ US Space Command Cheyenne Mountain Operation Center. As Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for the joint US Pacific Command, and Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and International Affairs, Pacific Air Forces, he was responsible for military strategy, planning, command wide force structure, personnel, and resource allocation, and international engagement with the 43 countries in the Pacific region.
Tanker has served in leadership of a diverse group of professional and civic organizations including Executive Director of the Tampa New Auto Dealers Association and Greater Tampa Bay Auto Dealers Association, Co-Chairman of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society, Board Director for the US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Board Director for the Wharton Club of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Chapter Director of the National Defense Transportation Association, the Chair of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and served with other organizations such as the Order of Daedalians, Armed Forces History Museum, Airlift/Tanker Association, Air Force Association, National Defense Industrial Association, the University of Tampa Board Of Fellows, and the Association for Corporate Growth.
He earned a BSE from the US Air Force Academy, and MSE from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA with Distinction from Penn’s Wharton School.