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, executive coach and speaker. Coats is president of C2 Advisors, Inc., providing advisory and leadership strategy 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. Coats is a certified Executive Coach in the Marshall Goldsmith methodology and works exclusively with executive-level leaders. Additionally, Coats is executive-in-residence for entrepreneurship and innovation at the nationally ranked Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she teaches and coaches the millennial generation workforce. 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 Florida and the southeastern U.S. Her community and civic leadership are longstanding and far-reaching.
Prior positions Coats has held include chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer with CNL Financial Group, a leading private investment management firm providing global real estate and alternative investments, corporate officer for CFG and its subsidiary CNL Investment Company and chief operating officer, corporate officer and founding executive of CNL Real Estate Advisors.
Following her departure from CNL, Coats served a key advisory role in the start-up and rapid growth of Franklin Square Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment company which pioneered the Business Development Company as a non-traded security in the retail investment space. Coats also led a year-long growth/exit strategy for one of the largest privately held, family-owned beer and beverage distributors that strategically positioned the company for a significant exit with a double digit multiple.
Additional positions held by Coats include executive vice president of the NBA-franchise Orlando Magic, president of RDV Team Charities and producer/co-host of the nationally syndicated television show PM Magazine. Coats' longest standing role was a 16-year career with the Orlando Magic/RDV Sports where she played a key part in securing the franchise for Orlando, joined the staff as part of the founding team and quickly rose to one of the highest ranking women in professional sports. Coats was instrumental in the start-up and growth of RDV Sports and all of its holdings, the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL, Orlando Miracle of the WNBA and RDV Sportsplex. Coats also worked closely with RDV Corporation, the family office of the DeVos family, owners of RDV Sports and Amway Corporation, among numerous other assets.
Upon departing RDV Sports Coats completed her Global MBA at Duke University, and was promptly tapped by then newly-elected Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to Chair his Downtown Strategic Transition Team. Coats and her blue ribbon committee developed the Downtown Blueprint Plan that has become the roadmap of Mayor Dyer's vision for Downtown Orlando and the catalyst for its explosive growth. A close advisor of Mayor Dyer, Coats has served on numerous civic initiatives under his tenure. Her visionary leadership for Downtown Orlando continues in her current role as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board for Project DTO (Downtown Orlando), a strategic planning initiative that will take Orlando into the next decade.
Coats is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and growth, social innovation and women's business issues. She chairs the board of advisors of Bajalia International Group, a woman-owned, fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan-quality goods sourced from more than 20 under-developed nations across the globe; serves on the advisory council for Clean the World Global, the first established Benefit corp (B-corp) in Florida, and the board of advisors for SourceCode B46, a program focused on K-5 STEM education. Coats was 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 associated with Florida Institute of Technology. Other professional, civic and community service roles include chairman of the board for the Center for Innovative Healthcare, and executive committee and board member of Orlando, Inc., the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Past leadership positions have included secretary and board member of the National Justice Project, and board member of the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA), Nemours Children's Hospital Advisory Council, Florida Conference for Women host committee, Enterprise Florida and the Orlando Museum of Art.
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 the Head of Finance for the AstraZeneca (AZ) US Diabetes Business. Prior to the purchase of the full US rights to the US Diabetes by AZ from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in February 2014, Blaise served as the Chief Financial Officer of the AZ /BMS US Diabetes Alliance. Prior to this, Blaise was the Head of AZ Global Medicines Development (GMD) Finance based in Mölndal, Sweden from September 2011 to January 2013. Blaise joined AZ as Senior Director Commercial Finance for the US Cardiovascular Business in November 2007. In this role he was responsible for leading and coordinating the financial resources and activities for the US Cardiovascular Business.
Blaise joined AZ from Centocor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, where he was Manager, Licenses & Acquisitions Finance following two years as Manager, Commercial Finance supporting the International Remicade business. 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 CPA 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. While at Widener he was captain of the football team, a four year starter, recognized as a three-time All American Football selection, and is the all-time school leader in tackles. Blaise is married to Lisa, 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.