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Huizenga College of Business Students

Executives and Entrepreneurs in Residence

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Chantal Leconte,
Retired Administrator and CEO, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Pediatric Services, Memorial Healthcare System

Session Times: 9am, 10am, & 11am

Chantal Leconte

With health care now making up one-sixth of the U.S. economy, the chances that your career may touch this industry continue to increase. Just ask Chantal Leconte. Chantal's road to the top began in earnest after she added an NSU MBA (with honors) to her decade of clinical experience as an R.N. and nursing manager. In her first administrator position after graduating, at Cleveland Clinic Florida she increased physician productivity and revenue by 20%. As the hospital administrator of Wuesthoff Medical Center on Florida’s Space Coast, she improved customer service scores by 20 points and EBIDA by 22%. She returned to Broward County to the Memorial Healthcare System, becoming CEO of Memorial Hospital Pembroke before taking the reins as CEO of Memorial's Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Florida's newest freestanding children’s hospital. Chantal's leadership mantra of "patients first" has translated into a patient satisfaction score of 96.4% in Joe Dimaggio's most recently available survey. Don't miss this opportunity to meet personally with one of Florida's most successful CEOs.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Alix Alexis,
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch - The Alexis & Heller Group

Session Times: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm

Alix Alexis

A 2013 NSU-MBA alumnus, Alix Alexis embodies the Shark motto, "Prepare to Dominate." Alix began his professional career in 2009 as a management development associate with PNC Bank. There, he learned every aspect of running a Financial Banking Center. He spent five years at PNC, the last three leading his own Banking Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Armed with his new MBA, in 2014 Alix was ready for a new entrepreneurial challenge. He set out to start building his own financial advisory practice by joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a leading investment advisory firm with about 15,000 advisors. Today he is a Senior Portfolio Advisor and Managing Partner of The Alexis & Heller Group, a team of three advisors and one client associate. With a banking and finance background along with his insurance and investment advisory experience, he helps his clients cover the gaps in their financial strategies. Alix has already built an impressive client base including corporate executives, healthcare and legal professionals, small business owners, retirees and professional athletes.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gary Blandino,
Retired, Cisco Systems

Session Times: 10am, 11am, & 12pm

Gary Blandino

Gary Blandino's decades-long career in the technology and telecommunications area included many positions as a chief liaison for channel partners aligned with companies including AT&T, Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. He managed client relationships, executed the company’s sales strategy and provided direct servicing to enterprise business accounts. His experience not only includes leading sales teams, process design and contract negotiations, but contract analytics, network analytics and designing analytics reviews to drive customer satisfaction. Now retired, mentoring the next generation on the importance of technology to every business enterprise and individual career is a passion of his. Luckily for us, Gary's Shark connection (NSU-MBA) has brought his passion back to our campus, to the great benefit of our students.

Please contact Miriam Lerman at with your Name, Contact Number, and your selection of ONE preferred appointment time with ONE of these Executives in Residence. We will then schedule a brief call with you to prepare you in advance to get the most out of your session.

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