The Board of Trustees is composed of individuals of national, state, and local prominence. These members serve without remuneration and give freely of their time in establishing policy and providing guidance to the administration in the furtherance of the educational goals and objectives of the University.
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Chairman and CEO
ICI Homes (Intervest Construction, Inc.)
Mr. Hosseini was elected to the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees in April 1999. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and is Chair of the Committee on Trustees, Executive, and the Facilities and Capital Planning Committees. He is also a member of the Compensation committee.
Born in Iran, Mr. Hosseini was primarily educated in London, England, where he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Studies and Master of Business Administration.
Mr. Hosseini is the Chairman and CEO of ICI Homes, founded in 1980 and one of Florida’s largest residential homebuilder/developers. Consistently ranked by Builder Magazine among the nation's Top 100 homebuilders, ICI Homes has built thousands of homes in most major Florida markets including the counties of Volusia (corporate office headquarters), Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Brevard. In addition to land development and homebuilding operations, Hosseini is involved in many other enterprises throughout Florida including a lumber company and a title insurance company.
Mr. Hosseini serves on several corporate, civic and public boards and associations. His affiliations include the following:
Chairman of the Committee on Trustees and Chairman of the Committee on Facilities and Capital Planning
Recognized for his countless professional, industry, civic and personal contributions to the community and the nation, many honors have been bestowed upon Mr. Hosseini, including:
Mr. Hosseini, his wife and three daughters are longtime residents of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Jim W. Henderson was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in February 2003. Jim serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is Chair of the Compensation committee, and is Co-Chair of the Development Committee. He is also a member of the Committee on Trustees, Audit, Executive, Facilities & Capital Planning, Finance, and Investment committees.
Led by Mr. Henderson as Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Assured-Partners, Inc. is a private equity firm specializing in investments in property and casualty, and employee benefits brokerage firms. Assured-Partners, Inc. is based in Lake Mary, Florida.
Previously, Mr. Henderson served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Brown & Brown and was responsible for its regional Company's Services and Brokerage divisions. Jim joined Brown & Brown as Chief Financial Officer in 1985. Jim served as a member of Brown & Brown's Board of Directors, and on the company's Executive and Acquisition Committees. In addition to his myriad of managerial responsibilities, he personally maintained a portfolio of commercial accounts that generate in excess of $1,000,000 in revenue annually.
A graduate of Florida State University, BS and BA Accounting, he was an Audit Supervisor with Ernst & Whinney and then Senior Vice President and Treasurer of the Ormond Reinsurance Group. He has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations.
Jim serves as Co-Chairman of the Insurance Accounting & Systems Association Property & Casualty Committee, and President of the Financial Executive's Institute of Central Florida. He is also on the Board of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, and the Business School Advisory Board of Stetson University. On the civic side, Jim's involvement has included Director of the United Way of Volusia County, Board of Directors - Ronald McDonald House, and he is a former Outstanding Jaycee of the Orlando Jaycees.
Chief Executive Officer
Global General Insurance, Retired
Mr. John Amore was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2010. He currently serves as Chair of the Investment Committee and serves as a member of the Audit and Finance committees.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Amore was a member of the Group Executive Committee and CEO Global General Insurance of Zurich Financial Services (Zurich). Mr. Amore joined Zurich U.S. (now Zurich North America) in 1992. Before being named CEO of Zurich U.S. in December 2000, he served as CEO of the Zurich U.S. Specialties business unit. In July 2001, he became a member of the Group Executive Committee and was appointed CEO of the North America Corporate Business Division. He held this position until the end of August 2004. In April 2004, he was appointed Head of Global General Insurance, and since September 2004 he has been concentrating on this global leadership role.
Prior to joining Zurich, Mr. Amore served as vice chairman of the Commerce and Industry Insurance Company, a member company of American International Group (AIG).
Mr. Amore is chairman of the board of directors of the American Insurance Association.
Mr. Amore holds an MBA in finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Aviation Management Consulting, Inc.
Kenneth M. Dufour was appointed as Alumni-At-Large Trustee for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in October 1998. He now serves as the Chair of the Student Life Committee and is a member of the Development and Flight Safety and Education committees. Mr. Dufour is also the Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council.
Dufour's aviation career spans more than 30 years of involvement. He has held positions as regional vice president, area manager, and regional marketing manager for leading industry companies like Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, BF Goodrich Aerospace, AlliedSignal, and Litton Aero Products.
Dufour earned a bachelor degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Aviation Management degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor for Single-Engine, Multi-Engine and Instruments.
He has been involved in several business expansions, corporate re-engineering programs, and has a leadership record of exceptional performance results. His contribution to these programs has been in the development and program management of key corporate initiatives, including market analysis and forecast, new product introduction, product-line expansion, budgeting, staffing, and business development programs. Dufour has been recognized for excellence in business development, customer growth, sales achievement, and customer support throughout his career.
His portfolio includes a wealth of avionics experience and knowledge pertaining to various flight deck systems in numerous aircraft including corporate, air transport, regional airline, and military applications. Dufour’s avionics experience includes conceptual and systems design, flight operations, FAA certification, and marketing/sales of these systems. These systems include Inertial, Omega, GPS Long-range Navigation System, Reactive and Forward Looking Windshear, TCAS I & II, CNI, Acars, SatCom, as well as Flight Management Systems.
Established by Dufour in 1992, Aviation Management Consulting, Inc., located in Rockford, Illinois, provides management, marketing/sales, and technical skills to the aerospace marketplace.
Dufour is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, where he holds the designation of Accredited Senior Appraise (ASA). Previously representing the National Aircraft Finance Association on its Board of Directors, Dufour now serves as an active member of the organization.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Charles Duva was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2014. Dr. Duva serves on the Academic and Development committees.
Dr. Duva is President and Chief Executive Officer of DuvaSawko, an emergency physician-owned and -operated coding, billing, accounts receivable, and practice management company. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, DuvaSawko works with ED practices across the United States.
Before co-founding DuvaSawko, Dr. Duva practiced emergency medicine for 20 years. He also served as vice-president and co-founder of Fish Memorial Hospital in DeLand, Florida, helping the hospital attain healthy profits. Injuries from a life-threatening motorcycle accident prevented him from continuing to practice emergency medicine, so he shifted his focus to management, earning a graduate degree in medical management from Tulane University. In addition to his executive role with DuvaSawko, Dr. Duva is Chief Operating Officer of Emergency Medicine Professionals, P.A., which maintains emergency department contracts in multiple central Florida hospitals for over 35 years.
Dr. Duva is active in the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) and has served as chair of FCEP’s Medical Economics Committee. He also serves with distinction on ACEP’s Reimbursement Committee. In addition, Dr. Duva is Chief Executive Officer of Prime Care Urgent Care Centers located in the Daytona Beach area.
Higher Education Consultant
Dr. Karen Holbrook was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in June 2007. She serves as Chair of the Academic Committee and is a member of the Committee on Trustees, Executive, and Investment committees.
Dr. Holbrook is a higher education consultant and the Senior Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida, where she was, until recently, the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation then Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research. Dr. Holbrook served as the President of The Ohio State University from 2002-2007 and was previously the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia; vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida; and associate dean for research and professor of biological structure and medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Council of Education (ACE), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), among others. Dr. Holbrook has also participated on advisory panels and councils for the National Institutes of Health and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the immediate past Director of the NIH. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute of International Education (IIE), ACT, Bio-Techne and KAUST, and is the immediate past board chair for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
Earlier in her career, Dr. Holbrook was a biomedical researcher and NIH MERIT Award investigator. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a doctorate in biological structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she served as a postdoctoral fellow in dermatology, faculty member and research administrator.
She is married to Jim Holbrook, a physical oceanographer who spent his career with NOAA at Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle, Washington and in Washington, D.C. They have one son, James who is a graphics director with ABC in New York City.
Principal RK Solution Enterprises
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
General, United States Air Force, Retired
General Ronald Keys was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2010. He currently serves as a member of the Development, Flight Safety, & Education, and Student Life committees.
General Ron Keys retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over 40 years. His last assignment was as Commander, Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases, and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. Under his leadership, ACC organized and stood up the Air Force’s first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Wing and first Network Warfare Wing. General Keys holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. In addition to numerous professional military education courses, General Keys has participated in the National and International Security Seminar, JFK School of Government, Harvard, as well as Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, in Colorado Springs. In September 2007, he received the Air Force Association's most prestigious annual award, (The H. H. Arnold Award) as the military member who had made the most significant contribution to national defense. Upon retirement, he was also selected as the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps first AFROTC Distinguished Alumni award recipient.
General Keys resides in Woodbridge, Virginia, and owns RK Solution Enterprises, an independent consultancy. He is a Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he provides expertise to projects on energy, transportation, and national security. He also is the lead for the National Security Speaker Series and Cyber Security project and provides liaison to the Hamilton-Kean 911 Commission Homeland Security Preparedness Group Project. He is a member of the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board on the Department of Defense Energy and Climate Change project. Additionally, he consults as a Senior Mentor to military exercises and experiments and advises various DoD and Non-DoD related firms and agencies on advanced technology, cyber planning and operations, UAV employment and organization, energy security and climate change, marketing decisions, strategic planning, and policy development issues.
CIT Transportation Finance
C. Jeffrey (Jeff) Knittel was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2014. Jeff serves on the Academic and Student Life committees.
Knittel is President of CIT Transportation Finance, which provides financing solutions for the aerospace, rail and maritime industries including commercial airlines, business aircraft operators, aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers, railroads, and shippers.
Knittel is responsible for the management of five groups: Commercial Airlines, Business Aircraft, Transportation Lending, CIT Rail and CIT Maritime Finance.
With approximately 30 years of experience in transportation finance, he began his career with the Cessna Finance Company and later joined Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corporation. In 1986, he transferred to the CIT Group/Capital Finance division where he held several senior management positions.
He serves as Chairman of the Board of Just One Break, a not-for-profit institution for the disabled founded by Eleanor Roosevelt. Knittel is also a member of the Board of The Viscardi Center and the USO of Metropolitan New York. He is a former President and current member of the Board of Governors of the Wings Club. He is a Senior Appraiser of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT).
Knittel received a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program.
General United States Air Force, Retired
General Arthur Lichte was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2012. He currently serves as a member of the Audit and Flight Safety and Education committees.
Before his retirement in 2010, General Lichte was commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Composed of active-duty military, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians, AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces, including airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission, and aeromedical evacuation. The command also handles humanitarian support at home and around the world.
During his Air Force career, General Lichte held command positions at squadron, group, and wing levels. As a command pilot, he racked up more than 5,000 flying hours in 12 types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. In addition to his command experience, he also held headquarters-level assignments at Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command.
Before his assignment as AMC commander, Lichte was assistant vice chief of staff and director of Air Force Staff at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that role, he was responsible for Air Staff organization and administration, was deputy chairman of the Air Force Council and was the Air Force accreditation official for the Corps of Air Attachés.
His major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and France’s National Order of Merit.
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Co-Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board,
Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, Retired
Joseph Martin was elected to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees in April 2005. He currently serves as the Chair for the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Development Committee, Vice Chair of the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Trustees, Audit, Executive, and Facilities and Capital Planning committees.
Martin holds a B.S. in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maine. He was a member of the student senate while at ERAU, Sr. Class President, President of Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity, and student commencement speaker. In 2003, Martin was invited back to be the commencement speaker at the Daytona Beach graduation where he received the Distinguished Speaker Award.
Martin is currently Chairman of the Board at Brooks Automation and has been a director of the company since June 2001. He is also a member of the board of Soitec, Inc., a manufacturer of SOI wafers, since 2004, and Collectors Universe, Incorporated, a authentication services company, since 2014. Martin was previously a member of the board of directors of ChipPAC, Incorporated, a contract semiconductor assembly and test company, from 1999-2002, and SynQor, Incoporated, a manufacturer of power solutions, from 2002-2014.
In June 2006, Martin retired as Co-Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, of Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, a global supplier of power semiconductors. While there, he was one of the two executives that led the spinout of Fairchild Semiconductor from National Semiconductor Corp, and served as Fairchild's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1997-2003. In 2002 he was named by CFO Magazine as CFO of the Year for his turnaround success at Fairchild. Prior to the Fairchild spinout, Martin was the Vice President of Finance, Worldwide Operations, for National Semiconductor, from 1989-1997, with responsibilities for all operating divisions, manufacturing sites, and corporate financial planning. Previously, Martin was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of VTC Incorporated from 1984-1989.
Martin is a former helicopter pilot and captain in the United States Army, where he served for six years including two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. He holds numerous awards to include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, twenty-two Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.Martin and his wife Cathy, reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine and have five grown children, the youngest being a graduate student at George Washington’s Elliott School.
Chairman Emeritus & CEO
The Ohio National Financial Services
David B. O'Maley was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2014. David serves on the Development and Finance committees.
O'Maley was elected to the position of chairman, president, and chief executive officer in February 1994. He joined The Ohio National Life Insurance Company in March 1992 as executive vice president and chief marketing officer and was elected president and chief operating officer in 1993. He retired as president and CEO effective as of December 1, 2010, but remained as Executive Chairman until his retirement from the Board in May 2012. He was elected Chairman Emeritus in recognition of his significant leadership accomplishments which were transformational to the company.
Mr. O'Maley began his life insurance career in 1968 as an agent. He spent 24 years with Life of Virginia, serving as an agent, agency assistant manager, and agency head. He transferred to the company's home office as vice president of ordinary agencies, and was subsequently promoted to vice president of agency operations, and senior vice president. He became chief marketing officer in 1986 and was a member of the board of directors and the executive committee. He also served as president of the company’s securities broker dealer and two life insurance company subsidiaries.
A native of Long Island, New York, Mr. O'Maley received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and a master's degree in financial services from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He has also received his Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations.
Mr. O’Maley also serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Bancorp, the MDRT Foundation and as a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee and Director Emeritus of Bridges for a Just Community (formerly NCCJ). Mr. O’Maley has been an active community leader, having served on the boards of The Chamber of Commerce, University of Cincinnati Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Midland Company, The Metropolitan Growth Alliance, University of Cincinnati Neurological Task Force, and as a board member and President of the Cincinnati Country Day School. He served as Chairman of the United Appeal Board and chaired the community wide United Way Campaign in 1996, raising over $50,000,000 for community needs. Mr. O’Maley has served in various other community roles.
Additionally, he is founder of the Tri-State Warbird Museum, where he currently serves as volunteer Chairman. Opened in the spring of 2005, this historic aviation museum is dedicated to honoring those who fought for our freedom and America’s rich aviation history. The museum has the 3rd largest collection of flyable World War II aircraft.
David O'Maley is married to Karen (Gregory) O'Maley and they have three children. An active pilot, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family during his leisure time.
Jon Hall Automotive Group
Southeast Automotive Management
Glenn S. Ritchey serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Facilities and Capital Planning committee. He was appointed as a Trustee for Embry-Riddle in March 2007.
In addition to his duties as Daytona Beach Mayor, Ritchey serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jon Hall Automotive Group and Southeast Automotive Management.
Ritchey also serves as Chairman of the News-Journal Performing Arts Center, the Florida International Festival, and the Civic League of the Halifax Area.
His extensive public service record includes membership on the Daytona Beach Visioning Committee and the Daytona Beach Economic Development Board. He also serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Volusia County, the Halifax Hospital Medical Center Board of Commissioners, the Halifax Medical Center Foundation, the Halifax/Bert Fish Hospital, Futures Inc., Education Foundation for Volusia County Schools, the Volusia Red Cross, Easter Seals of Volusia County, and Bethune-Cookman College.
Ritchey has been honored for outstanding service by the United Way and was named Man of the Year by the Center for the Visually Impaired. He also received the Citizens Award from the Council on Aging and has been honored numerous times for his many business accomplishments.
Director of Flight Safety
David Robertson serves as Chairman of Flight Safety & Education committee. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in March of 2009.
Robertson is the director of flight safety at Spirit Airlines. Before serving in this position he served Spirit Airlines as chief pilot, director of training, and director of operations.
A professional pilot for more than 30 years, Robertson's experience has ranged from gliders, air ambulances, scenic tours, and on-demand charters to aerial applications, firefighting, and jet airliners. He has held such positions as captain, instructor, and check airman at four domestic and international airlines, with additional responsibilities in personnel, flight safety, and federal safety and health compliance.
Currently Robertson is involved with the FAA’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance Demonstration Project, which is collecting and analyzing flight data recordings to improve the safety of flight operations, air traffic control procedures, as well as aircraft and airport design and maintenance.
Robertson is a member of the Advisory Council of Embry-Riddle's Center for Aerospace Safety/Security Education. He is a life member of AOPA and the Soaring Society of America and an active member of the Flight Safety Foundation, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Safety Engineers, EAA Warbirds and International Aerobatic Club, Classic Jet Aircraft Association, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dassault Falcon Jet
Mr. Rosanvallon serves as Chair of the International Affairs committee and is also a member of the Finance committee. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in June 2008.
Rosanvallon is a 1974 graduate of France's prestigious business school Hautes Études Commerciales.
In 1975, he was recruited by Dassault Aviation to coordinate the Company's Falcon business jet programs between its Paris headquarters and its U.S. subsidiary, then called Falcon Jet Corporation, based in Teterboro, NJ.
In 1979, Rosanvallon came to the United States as Assistant to the President of Falcon Jet Corporation, and was later promoted to Vice President, Finance. In 1984, he returned to Paris as Executive Vice President of Sogitec, another Dassault subsidiary. He retained close ties to the Falcon business and returned to the U.S. in 1994 as Senior Vice President, Sales, and Marketing. Rosanvallon was responsible for consolidating the worldwide sales and marketing of Falcon business jets. He was named President in November 1996 and continues to serve on the Company's Board of Directors.
In October 2003, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Falcon Jet and Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft of Dassault Aviation. Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, which builds fighter aircraft (Mirage, Rafale) and business jets.
Rosanvallon is a Chevalier of the French "Légion d'Honneur" and "Ordre National du Mérite". He is a member of numerous French-American and aerospace organizations and foundations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Geneviève and their three children.
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Vice President of Sales
Zane Rowe was elected to the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2010. Mr. Rowe serves as Chairman of the Audit committee and is also a member of the Committee on Trustees, Executive, and Finance committees.
Joining electronics and computer giant Apple, Mr. Rowe is Vice President of Sales for the United States and Canada. Mr. Rowe previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for United Airlines, responsible for the airline’s overall financial operations.
Mr. Rowe was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Continental Airlines from 2008-2010. He was also responsible for Continental’s technology department. Mr. Rowe joined Continental in 1993 and held various positions in the carrier’s finance and marketing departments, including Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and Senior Vice President of Network Strategy.
Mr. Rowe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s in Business administration from San Diego State University. Prior to joining Continental, Mr. Rowe was an Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle where he taught economics.
In addition to his service as a Trustee, Mr. Rowe is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee member for the College of Business at Embry-Riddle. Additionally, Mr. Rowe serves on the Board of Directors at Rockwater Energy Solutions. He is married and has two children.
Chief Executive Officer
Port of Long Beach
Mr. Jon Slangerup was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2014. Jon serves on the Development and Investment committees.
Jon has 34 years of corporate leadership experience and for the past 20 years has served as a president, CEO and/or director of both public and private companies. Jon currently serves as the Chief Executive of the Port of Long Beach, one of the world’s premier seaports and a primary gateway for trans-Pacific trade valued at more than $180 billion annually.
With domain expertise in aviation, logistics and energy, Jon has built global businesses ranging from technology startups to a billion-dollar subsidiary of FedEx. To date, he has secured $200M in equity and debt capital, created jobs for more than 6,000 people, provided products and services to customers in 100 countries, and led the successful acquisition and/or exit of seven companies.
Jon’s career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx, where he advanced through the ranks to become President of FedEx Canada. During his eight-year assignment in Toronto, Jon led the transformation of FedEx from a small regional domestic courier operation into Canada’s leading international express logistics company.
Since FedEx, Jon has served as a CEO, board director and/or investor of technology companies focused on bringing leading-edge products to market in the fields of industrial software, alternative fuels, renewable energy, distributed generation and water treatment. Throughout his career, Jon has delivered shareholder value by transforming underperforming companies into market winners through effective leadership, sustainable growth strategies and disciplined business processes.
Jon graduated cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics degree and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mxi Technologies, a leading aviation enterprise software company, and is a certified Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Ms. Nicole Stott was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2012 and serves as a member of the Academic and Flight Safety and Education committees.
Ms. Stott earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus in 1987. After joining NASA in 1988, she held various engineering positions at Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, before her selection for astronaut candidate training in 2000.
In 2009, she was a mission specialist on STS-128 Space Shuttle Discovery — which was transported to the International Space Station (ISS) — to serve as a flight engineer for three months on ISS Expeditions 20 and 21. Among her many duties was a six-hour spacewalk.
Stott’s following mission — STS-133 in 2011 — made history not only as Discovery’s final flight, but also as a landmark event for Embry-Riddle. It was the first time two of the University’s graduates shared a space mission. Stott and Embry-Riddle alumnus B. Alvin Drew were crewmembers for the 13-day mission, which included two spacewalks by Drew, under Stott’s onboard direction. In addition to Stott and Drew, four other Embry-Riddle alumni are current or former astronauts.
The connection between Stott and Embry-Riddle is strong. She is a frequent speaker at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, and a member of the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board. In 2009, she received the Alumni Eagle of Excellence Award. As the guest speaker at the May 2010 commencement ceremony at the Daytona Beach campus, she was presented with the University’s Distinguished Speaker Award.
Ph.D. College of Aviation
Faculty Delegate, Prescott Campus
Dr. Kenneth Parsons is an associate professor of meteorology in the Department of Applied Meteorology at the Prescott, Arizona, Campus. Dr. Parsons was elected to serve as the Prescott Campus’ faculty delegate beginning in the fall of 2012 and serves on the Academic and Facilities and Capital Planning committees.
Dr. Parsons has a B.S. in Chemistry from Miami University, a B.S. in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Management from Troy State University, and the PhD in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. He has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2001.
Upon graduating from Miami University, he was selected as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty, he served in diverse assignments in the U.S. and overseas. In Korea, he was the staff weather officer to the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division. In Europe, he was the USAF representative to NATO and Allied Command Europe Weather Communications working groups. Dr. Parsons was also a Detachment Commander at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan, and concluded his Air Force career as Chief of the 21st Air Force Weather Support Unit at McGuire AFB, NJ.
Subsequent to his military career, he was employed as a meteorologist with International Technology Corporation, a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm. With International Technology, he won the National Corporate Quality award.
While with Embry-Riddle, Dr. Parsons has served as Vice Speaker and then Speaker of the Faculty Senate. He volunteers as a faculty assistant to the ERAU women’s volleyball team. He has mentored several McNair Program Scholars and recently was appointed as the Director of the Honors Program on the Prescott Campus. He is also a member of the board of the Grand Canyon Section of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Dr. Parsons is married to the former Lauren Ward of Rockville Centre, NY. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Faculty Delegate, Daytona Beach Campus
Professor of Accounting
Dr. Norbert (Bert) J. Zarb is a professor of accounting in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, where he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate financial, managerial, and international accounting since 1998.
He was elected and served as Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the Faculty of the Daytona Beach Campus between 2009 and 2013. Dr. Zarb was elected to serve as the Daytona Beach campus’ faculty delegate beginning in the fall of 2014 and serves on the Academic and Development committees.
Bert earned a Bachelor (Honors) in Accounting from the University of Malta, an MBA (Accounting) from the University of Central Florida, and a D.B.A in Accounting from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida. He also holds IATA’s Diploma in Airline Finance and Accounting.
Bert is a licensed CPA in Florida and Georgia and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), the American Accounting Association (AAA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
In 2002-2003, Dr. Zarb served as the president of the FICPA Volusia County Chapter. He has served on several committees of the FICPA, including the International Tax Committee, the Federal Tax Committee, and the Management of an Accounting Practice Committee. Dr. Zarb has been invited as a guest speaker of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Volusia County Chapter on several occasions.
Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Bert gained 12 years of professional experience as a CPA in public and private accounting, auditing, taxation and business management for Not-for-Profit and For-Profit organizations. He assisted non-U.S. clients set up their businesses in the United States, developing annual budgets, establishing internal control systems, writing policies and procedures manuals, and recruiting, training and managing accounting and non-accounting staff.
Bert’s teaching experience spans sixteen years teaching Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, International Accounting, International Business, and Principles of Management at the under-graduate and graduate level in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He organized and ran several summer Study-Abroad programs in Paris, France.
Bert also taught on-line courses in Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Accounting for Decision Making, and Management Certificate Program in Corporate Aviation. Bert was awarded the College of Business’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006. He serves as a pilot tester for Gleim Publishing continuing professional education courses for Certified Public Accountants and Certified Management Accountants. Bert speaks five languages.
Bert has written several accounting articles in refereed academic journals, the CPA Journal, published by the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants, and has presented several accounting academic papers in conferences in the United States and abroad.
Bert and his wife have one son and are long-time residents of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Faculty Delegate, Worldwide Campus
Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics
Dr. Todd Smith is the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. He is also an Assistant Professor in the College of Aeronautics - Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies. Dr. Smith was elected to serve as the Worldwide Campus’ faculty delegate beginning in the spring of 2014 and serves on the Academic Committee.
Dr. Smith completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and his undergraduate and Master of Science in Safety Management at West Virginia University. Dr. Smith’s research agenda addresses safety management, safety culture/climate, injury prevention and worker safety, health, and well-being. Much of his work over the past five years has focused on the prevention of firefighter fatalities and injuries.
Currently, Dr. Smith is Co-PI on a three-year, FEMA-funded study that examines the influence of organizational, work group, and individual factors on safety climate, safety behaviors, and injuries and illnesses in the fire service.
In addition to this research, Dr. Smith has received internal ERAU funding and is currently working on a study that was funded by the 2013 Worldwide Research Award Competition. Dr. Smith was a finalist for the 2012 Outstanding Accomplishments in Research Latitude Award.
At ERAU, Dr. Smith teaches courses in occupational safety and health, research methods, and serves as advisor for students completing their SFTY 691 Graduate Capstone course. As Program Chair, Dr. Smith developed the majority of the graduate safety courses in the MSOSM, including SFTY 619 Human Factors and Ergonomics, which received a Blackboard Catalyst Award in July 2013.
Dr. Smith has an established service record at ERAU and beyond. He served two years on the university’s Program Review Committee, was part of the Faculty Visioning Committee in 2012, and has been a Faculty Senate representative since August 2012. As a senate member, he has served on committees including the Academic Technology Committee and the ad-hoc Ground Template Committee and is currently an alternate member for the Blackboard Oversight Committee.
Dr. Smith has also served the College of Aeronautics. Some of these accomplishments include the formulation of the College Strategic Research Plan and service to an internal college tenure and promotion committee.
Dr. Smith also provides service outside of the university. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Safety Research, is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Technical Publications Review Committee, is a reviewer for numerous journals, and is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Public Health Association and the Society of Occupational Health Psychology.
Dr. Smith is a frequent presenter at safety-related conferences, symposiums, and meetings. He is a Certified Safety Professional and is an Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Management of the Insurance Institute of America.
Prior to Dr. Smith’s academic career, he was a Senior Safety and Health Consultant with Zenith Insurance Company for more than 13 years.
Andre Prescott was elected as the Student Government Association President (SGA) in April of 2014. As student delegate to the Board for the Daytona Beach Campus, he serves on the Investment, Facilities and Capital Planning and Student Life committees.
Mr. Prescott has been an undergraduate student at the Daytona Beach Campus since January 2012, and is now in his senior year as an Aeronautical Science major with a minor in Applied Meteorology. He was born in New York City, New York, but has spent the majority of his life living in Barcelona, Spain.
Thanks to Embry-Riddle’s welcoming culture, Mr. Prescott has been able to excel both in and outside of the classroom. Throughout his tenure at ERAU, he has been heavily involved in student organizations such as the Airline Pilots Association Aviation Collegiate Education Club (ALPA ACE), the Flight Line Assimilation Program (FLAP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Orientation Team. He has been accepted to multiple honor societies, such as the Alpha Omicron Alpha (AOA) Aeronautical honor society, the Order of Omega Greek Leadership honor society, the Pi Kappa Alpha Sabre & Key honor society and the ERAU Honors Program. Aside from SGA, he has also held leadership roles in student organizations, such as Vice President for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and President of the Interfraternity Council (IFC). Mr. Prescott is also a Student Assistant for the new Airline Operations Center in the College of Aviation.
Starting his involvement with the SGA as a Member-at-Large in September 2012, Mr. Prescott actively participated in making an impact on student life through the Progress and Academic committees. He joined the SGA’s Executive Board as Director of External Affairs in May 2013, serving the students as a non-voting executive officer and participated in The Avion Newspaper and the Integrated Student Services Committee (ISSC). Running on an executive ticket with Denean Kelson and Carlos Giraldo, he campaigned on the platform of “Building the ERAU Family,” a message that got them elected in April of 2014, and continues to shine as they serve as leaders of the student body.
Mr. Prescott serves the students of ERAU in a few different ways:
With an incredible passion towards a community that he often refers to as his “home away from home,” Mr. Prescott’s goal is to focus both on enhancing the current student experience with quality services, representation and events and the planning of the upcoming Student Union center.
On a personal level, Mr. Prescott currently resides in Daytona Beach with his wife, Stephanie Prescott, and his dog, Molly. He enjoys flying, traveling, and giving back to the community by participating in philanthropic events for multiple organizations.
Marti Araquistain was elected as the Student Government Association President in March of 2014. As student delegate to the Board for the Prescott Campus, she serves on the Development and Student Life committees.
Marti grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. She was very active in 4-H, the FFA Organization and the Caldwell Swim Club. Marti’s love for space found her determined to attend Embry-Riddle and she is now a fourth year student pursuing a dual major degree in Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics.
In addition to serving as the Student Government Association President, Marti is a member of the Honors Student Association. She previously served as a Campus Academic Mentor and has successfully completed three different engineering research projects. She has interned for Northrop Grumman Corporation for the past two summer terms, and hopes to gain employment with them following graduation.
Assisting in the growth of SGA’s achievements, Marti has been instrumental in leading the student council to strengthen SGA’s value and visibility on campus. The council has been involved with numerous large and small-scale events this year. Resulting in intensified student participation at school events, the SGA continues to educate students of its role in promoting overall student welfare and the value of its collective student voice.
Apart from her duties as SGA President, Marti’s interests vary from triathlon training and dirt biking to baking desserts and reading The Lord of the Rings. And while she’d never turn down an opportunity to visit her home state of Idaho, she thinks Arizona is a great place to adventure.