The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 year. Led by Cari Coats MBA '03, Chair, and Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Co Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Carlos J. Canino is a Shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller, a full-service law firm with more than 110 attorneys serving clients throughout Florida and nationwide. A member of the Florida Bar, Carlos counsels public and private companies on a variety of complex business issues and has represented businesses in litigation matters at the trial and appellate level. He has broad experience managing and resolving multi-party business disputes involving cross-disciplinary teams of lawyers and experts. Carlos has been recognized by his peers for his litigation practice in Super Lawyers, Florida Trend, and South Florida Legal Guide publications.
Carlos is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Florida State University's College of Law, and The Fuqua School of Business. Prior to his legal career, he was an Army Captain and held a range of leadership positions across a wide array of aviation units located in the U.S. and Korea.
Carlos holds various non-profit voluntary board positions including President of Legal Services of Greater Miami, a non-profit offering free legal services to over 30,000 low-income citizens; Vice President of LSGMI Foundation, Inc., overseeing a multi-million dollar support fund established to fund free legal services to the working poor; and, Board Member of Dream in Green, Inc., an award-winning non-profit he co-founded in 2006 to promote energy and water cost savings in Miami area public schools.
His wife, Cristina, is the Head of Legal and Business Affairs of the Latin America division of a global television entertainment company.
Chair, Alumni Council
Cari H. Coats is a business advisor, leadership strategist, certified executive coach and speaker. Coats is co-founder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group. Accendo is a leadership strategy firm offering advisory services for the full spectrum of strategic leadership development specifically focused on executive coaching, leadership strategy and high performance team development. Accendo partners are all proven C-level leaders who work with companies to accelerate and drive business performance by coaching executives and their teams.
Coats is also president of C2 Advisors, Inc., providing advisory services that leverage Coats' extensive professional network, C-suite leadership experience and knowledge of strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, family enterprise, social innovation and the capital markets. Coats is a key advisor to CEOs of numerous high-potential, growth-oriented companies and entrepreneurial ventures, regarding growth, market strategy, leadership and access to capital.
Additionally, Coats is executive-in-residence for entrepreneurship at the nationally ranked Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Coats has worked broadly with financial securities and consumer products companies, sports organizations, entrepreneurial and social ventures, family-held enterprises, as well as alternative investment, venture capital, private equity and venture philanthropy funds. She is a director on the board of venVelo, an early stage venture investment firm focused on the southeastern U.S.
Coats is a frequent speaker on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and growth, social innovation and women's business issues. She is a member of the board of directors of Bajalia International Group, a woman-owned, fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan goods sourced from under-developed nations across the globe; serves on the advisory council for Clean the World Global, the first Benefit corp (B-corp) in Florida, and the board of advisors for SourceCode B46, focused on K-5 STEM education. Coats is also a founding director of Water Is Life International, an outreach program in Ethiopia, and was a co-founder and managing director of SeaChange Venture Philanthropy. Additionally, Coats is a member of the governing body for Athena PowerLink Orlando, a mentoring program for high-growth, women-owned businesses, and WEVentures, a women's entrepreneurship initiative.
Coats is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University. She serves on the Board of Visitors and chairs the alumni council for the top-ranked Fuqua School of Business at Duke. Her undergraduate alma mater is the University of Central Florida where she received her B.A. in Communications-Radio/TV. Coats was instrumental in the development and start-up of the nationally-ranked Devos Sport Business Management graduate program at her undergraduate alma mater, served on its adjunct faculty for a four-year term and continues to serve as a guest lecturer and advisory board member. She was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at UCF and served on the UCF Foundation board for more than a decade. Coats resides in Orlando, FL with her husband, Russell Coats. They have 19-year-old twin daughters, Kate and Maddie.
Blaise Coleman is currently Vice President Finance for Endo International plc, a leading Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company. Prior to this, Blaise held a number of Finance leadership roles with AstraZeneca a Global Biopharmaceutical Company, latterly as the Chief Financial Officer of the AstraZeneca / Bristol-Myers Squibb US Diabetes Alliance. Prior to this, Blaise was the Head of Finance for the AstraZeneca Global Medicines Development organization based in Mölndal, Sweden from September 2011 to January 2013. Blaise joined AstraZeneca as Senior Director Commercial Finance for the US Cardiovascular Business in November 2007.
Blaise joined AstraZeneca from Centocor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, where he held positions in the respective Licenses & Acquisitions and Commercial Finance organizations. Blaise's move to Centocor in early 2003 followed 7 years' experience with the global public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, latterly as a manager in the Global Pharmaceutical Assurance Practice.
Blaise is a Certified Public Accountant and obtained a Six Sigma - Process Excellence Green Belt certification while at Johnson & Johnson. He has an accounting degree from Widener University and a MBA from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business. Blaise is married and has three children and currently resides in Malvern, PA.
Cindy has many years of valuation and strategic financial management experience. Cindy's clients include health care entities throughout the United States as well as a variety of physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, dental practices, veterinary practices, long-term care businesses, dental practices, university and community hospitals, integrated delivery systems, medical device companies, health care technology companies, medical service providers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, professional associations, attorneys, consultants, and managed care payers.
Cindy is nationally recognized as a distinguished thought leader and educator, and contributor to the health care valuation body of knowledge. Published in 2009, she co-edited a legal and financial reference book titled BVR's Guide to Healthcare Valuation, 2009 Edition. She serves as a technical reviewer and national faculty member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). She served as an adjunct professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Department of Finance. Cindy also served as a Center Scholar in the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evaluation Studies (HOPES) at the Ohio State University School of Medicine, and was awarded a lifetime Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.