Nominating and Governance
|January 27, 2017||8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.||Agenda||Provost's Conference Room - Millican Hall - 3rd Floor|
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William Yeargin Chair
Bill Yeargin is President and CEO of Correct Craft, a ninety year old marine industry company with global operations. Correct Craft’s subsidiaries and brands include Nautique Boats,Centurion Boats, Supreme Boats, Bass Cat Boats, Yar-Craft Boats, Aktion Parks, Orlando Watersports Complex, Miami Watersports Complex, PCM Engines, Crusader Engines and Levitator Engines.
Under Bill’s leadership Correct Craft has won all of their industry’s major awards including Manufacturer of the Year, Boat of the Year, Most Innovative Product, and many others. Additionally, in a State with over 18,000 manufacturers, the company was recently recognized as Florida’s Manufacturer of the Year. One industry publication described Correct Craft under Bill’s leadership as being “on an aggressive improvement path the likes of which the marine industry has never seen.”
A passionate lifelong learner, Bill has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant. Bill has also studied international business at both Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has completed Lean Six Sigma programs through Villanova University, is Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified, DISC certified, and is a Certified Personal Trainer.
Bill has served on numerous for profit and non-profit boards and is currently a member of the Manufacturing Council, a group of business leaders who advise U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Bill’s has personally received many of the marine industry’s most prestigious awards and was honored to be presented the Governor’s Ambassador Award by the Governor of Florida Bill is a prolific writer who has been published over two hundred times and authored two books. He has traveled around the world as a popular speaker at numerous management conferences.
Bill resides in Orlando, Florida. He is married with two adult daughters. Bill has traveled to all fifty US States and over one hundred countries.
Alex Martins Vice Chair
Alex Martins, who has spent 26 years in professional sports management and rejoined the Magic in June of 2005, was promoted to chief executive officer on December 7, 2011. He previously served as president for more than one year and was the team’s chief operating officer from 2006-10. Martins also serves as CEO of SED Development, LLC, an affiliate of the Magic which is currently planning an entertainment mixed use development across Church Street from the Amway Center.
Martins, who served in various senior-level management capacities with the Magic between 1989-98 and as the organization’s executive vice president of marketing and franchise relations in 2005-06, oversees all operations of the club.
Over the past eight years, Martins led the Magic in a transformation of its business operations, while overseeing a ticket sales, premium sales and corporate partnership effort which saw the most successful business year in the history of the franchise in the 2010-11 season. The transformation process received the recognition of the SportsBusiness Journal which named the Magic as a finalist for Professional Sports Team of the Year, the only NBA team to be named a finalist.
Similarly, Martins spearheaded the transformation of the current Magic basketball operation including the recruitment of current Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan and Head Coach Jacque Vaughn.
Included in the franchise’s success has been the largest season ticket base in franchise history in 2010-11 (14,200) and the most successful corporate sales effort in franchise history. Amongst these records are the largest increase in attendance in the NBA over the five-year period, the most new sales and season tickets sold in the league in two of the last five years, and the largest group ticket sales effort in team history last season.
Martins was instrumental in helping to secure the new state-of-the-art Amway Center in Orlando. The Amway Center is part of a public community venues program that also includes a new Performing Arts Center and a renovation of the Citrus Bowl Stadium. The new Amway Center opened in October 2010. The facility was named a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal’s Sports Facility of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and captured the award in 2012. Additionally, the Magic also contributed $20 million toward and constructed five community recreation centers throughout Orange County, Florida, as part of its commitment to build the new Amway Center. The Amway Center was honored in 2013 with the Customer Experience Award during TheStadiumBusiness Awards presentation held in association with TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Manchester, England.
Over the last seven years at the annual NBA Sales and Marketing Meetings, the Magic organization was awarded the “New Full Season Ticket Award” twice for being No. 1 in the NBA in new full season tickets sold, a “90 Percent Renewal Award” for being just one of five teams to achieve a 90 percent or higher season ticket renewal rate in 2007, a “Sponsorship Account Performance Award” for the extraordinary number of accounts secured by the corporate partnerships department and the “Retailer of the Year Award” for the team’s retail sales performance. Martins is a member of the NBA Team Presidents Advisory Council.
Martins originally joined the Magic as director of publicity/media relations in April 1989. In September of 1996, he was promoted to senior director of communications. He also previously served as the Chairman of the Board of the Magic Action Team Community Fund. The Magic Action Team Fund developed into the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, which has distributed nearly $18 million to local nonprofit organizations during the last 23 years, including $1 million this season. Additionally, Martins served on the developmental board of the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. The program has been funded through a $9 million endowment by Rich and Helen DeVos and awards dual Masters degrees in Sport Management and Business Administration.
Martins has also has served as the senior vice president of marketing and branding for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, vice president of communications and public affairs with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and vice president of sports ventures with the Tavistock Group. At Tavistock, Martins served as tournament director of The Tavistock Cup, a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.
Martins started his career as a student assistant in the Villanova sports information department, assisted in the Philadelphia 76ers public relations department and was also the assistant sports information director at Georgetown University (1988-89).
Martins is past chairman of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and The Central Florida Partnership. He also serves on the board of directors of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Central Florida Commission on Homeless, the executive committee of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and the Central Florida board of directors for Seaside National Bank & Trust.
In December of 2013, Martins was awarded the 2013 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award for Community Leadership by the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association. The award is CFHLA’s highest honor recognizing an individual’s achievements and contributions to the Central Florida hospitality industry as well as the community at large.
Martins earned his MBA from the University of Central Florida where he is a member of the College of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Dean’s Executive Council for the College of Business Administration at UCF, was honored with the opportunity to serve as Commencement Speaker at UCF in August of 2008 and serves on the UCF Board of Trustees.
A native of Kearny, New Jersey, Martins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Villanova, where he graduated from in 1986. He resides in Orlando, Fla., with his wife, Juliet, and daughters, Sophia (9) and Gabrielle (7).
Marcos R. Marchena Ex Officio
MARCOS R. MARCHENA is the senior partner of Marchena and Graham, P.A. an Orlando business and government law firm, and serves as general counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Currently Marcos serves on the Board of Trustees and also as an officer on the UCF Foundation Board. Marcos has served as Chairman of the Florida Transportation Commission, which provided oversight to the Florida Department of Transportation. He has also been Chairman of the Federal Middle District Court Nominating Committee, Chairman of the Valencia Community College Board of Trustees, the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission and the City of Orlando Nominating Board. This year he was selected one of the 50 most powerful people in Orlando, Florida by Orlando Magazine. His prior recognitions include being selected as one of the Orlando Business Journal top 40 community leaders under 40. He has been recognized as one of the 10 top businessmen in Central Florida, and was also previously named to the Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine. Marcos was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1971 and has lived in Orlando since that year. Marcos received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He has been a member of the Bar of the State of Florida since 1985 and is also a member of the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. Marcos and his wife Nancy have three daughters.
Ray Gilley, joined the Solodev team as Chief Executive Officer in March of 2013. Solodev is a leading provider of content management software that enables organizations to easily manage their online presence. Solodev’s enterprise level CMS platform is used to build smart phone applications, interactive websites, social media applications applications and other online portals designed to reach the fast-growing ecosystem of screens and devices. Ray works with his Solodev team to provide secure and scalable online solutions for its clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, government and enterprise corporations. Solodev software empowers an organization to seamlessly manage its mobile, Web, social and e-commerce content in one place and operates in the cloud or on premise to deliver powerful digital experiences.
Prior to joining Solodev, Ray was executive council director for two years at TWsquared, one of the state’s premiere marketing, branding, creative, and strategy firms based in Orlando as Executive Council Director. As executive council to the firm’s many clients, he and council members guided companies on strategic business decisions designed to grow revenue and expand market share.
Ray served as president of the Metro Orlando EDC for nearly 10 years. He led a team of talented professionals in the operations of the over $5 million regional organization that produced 41,300 announced jobs and $2.69 billion in capital investment. The 35 member team focused on high-wage primary job creation and economic diversification, and consistently lured leading-edge industries to Central Florida, including the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and assisted in the retention and expansion of major employers such as Lockheed Martin, Darden Restaurants, EA Sports, and JetBlue.
Ray spent fifteen years in operations management and professional roles with Progress Energy including serving as its volunteer corporate PAC chair, and five years in economic research and national business development with the Florida Department of Commerce. Ray served as volunteer chair of Workforce Central Florida and later was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush as chair of Workforce Florida, where he led the development of the state’s workforce policy, programs, and services. Other gubernatorial and legislative appointments include Lake-Sumter Community College Board of Trustees and the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Space & Aeronautics in Florida.
Ray currently serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council, UCF Board of Trustees, and Florida TaxWatch. He serves on the advisory board of BBVA Compass Central Market. His prior service includes Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Enterprise Florida, and WMFE, myregion.org, Orlando Health, Seminole Chamber, and Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber boards. He is past chair of the Florida Economic Development Council, where he received the Professional of the Year Award in 2009; and he founded and chaired the Florida Economic Developers’ Political Action Committee and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Florida’s Class XXIX.
Beverly J. Seay
Beverly Seay has been a prominent business executive in the Central Florida Modeling and Simulation community for 25 years. She led the innovation of key pioneering approaches in systems engineering, modeling and simulation, and the delivery of complex, composable software and hardware systems. She has global experience in markets that include emergency/disaster management, critical infrastructure, C4ISR, healthcare, and defense.
Mrs. Seay’s current University Board memberships include the Board of Trustees at the University of Central Florida, Chair of the University of Central Florida’s Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech College of Computing Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute Advisory Board. Mrs. Seay’s appointments also include the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council, the Florida for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Executive Advisory Group, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling Simulation (NCCMMS). She is also a member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
Mrs. Seay holds a Master of Science degree in Computers, Information and Control Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Sprouls is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, the division of NBC Universal responsible for all theme park, resort and development activities. He oversees Human Resources, Legal, Business Affairs, Risk Management, EHS, Corporate Communications and External Affairs for the Group.
Mr. Sprouls previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Universal Orlando Resort and President/CEO of Universal Holdings I and II, the entities that own and control Universal Orlando, from 2006 to 2011.
Mr. Sprouls joined Universal Orlando in 1996 as Vice President of Human Resources, after having spent 15 years in various senior level roles for The Seagram Company, Ltd. He was appointed Senior Vice President – Administration for Universal Orlando in 1997. Beginning in 1999, he then served as Executive Vice President – Human Resources for the Universal Parks & Resorts Group, and from 2004 to 2011, served as Executive Vice President – HR, Legal and Business Affairs for the Group. In addition, he spent several years as an attorney in private practice in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Sprouls is a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Tourism and Travel Advisory Board, U.S. Travel Association’s Board of Directors and the U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable. Mr. Sprouls is President of the Universal Orlando Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Central Florida, as well as a board member of the University of Central Florida Foundation.
Mr. Sprouls holds both a BA (History) and a J.D. from Seton Hall University. He resides in Windermere, Florida with his wife and three children.