The mission of the Department of Finance Professional Advocacy Board is, among other things, to prepare students for success in their careers, facilitate business opportunities for them and financially support the finance department and the College of Business.
Members of the board are highly regarded in their fields and represent diverse industries, viewpoints and communities. Serving three-year terms, board members meet twice a year and may meet intermittently when necessary.
Peter Jones (B.S. Accounting, ’77)
Retired President, Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc. and
Retired, Chairman, Franklin Templeton Institutional Inc.
Charles "Chuck" Adcock (B.S. Finance ’97)
President and CEO, FSU Credit Union
George Bchara (B.S. Accounting and Finance ’06)
Chief Financial Officer, Conn’s HomePlus
The Woodlands, Texas
Terin B. Cremer (JD/MBA ’10)
Managing Partner, Barbas Cremer, PLLC
David Diaz (B.S. Marketing ’83)
Investment Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith
Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla.
Sammie Dixon (B.S. Finance ’96)
CEO, Prime Meridian Bank
Alain Ferzli (MBA ’95)
Vice President of Finance, Accounting & Supply Chain, Virgin Voyages
Kevin Hawkins (B.S. Finance and Risk Management/Insurance ’87)
CEO, MidAtlantic Finance Company
Byron Holmes (B.S. Finance and Marketing ’91)
Managing Director, LoanStreet
Todd Lazenby (MBA ’95)
Founder and Managing Partner, Royal Ascot Partners
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Holly Newell (B.S. Accounting ’00; MBA ’11)
Chief Financial Officer, Florida State University Foundation
Rueben Stokes II (B.S. Finance ’11; M.S. Marketing ’13)
Investment Banking Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Salmaan Wahidi (B.S. Finance ’04; MBA ’06)
Senior Director Commercial Finance and Credit, CSX