The Anderson Center is staffed with both talented academicians and experienced business professionals who work together to provide students with unique learning opportunities.
A College of Business Administration faculty member since 1993, Lynn Youngs’ passions include instructing, coaching, and mentoring students in the field of entrepreneurship. He has held multiple, executive-level positions in early-stage technology and healthcare organizations, as well as in publicly traded manufacturing and retail businesses. He brings a hands-on and practical approach to instruction, drawing on real-world experience from his leadership roles in finance, marketing, sales, and operations. He received his B.S. in accounting and MBA in management from the University of Tennessee.
Shawn Carson brings together a wealth of experience in small business and startups with a passion for teaching to the entrepreneurship minor and collateral programs. He especially enjoys discussing startup opportunities with students at every level and is involved with both Vol Court and the Boyd Venture Challenge. He holds a B.S. in industrial technology from East Carolina University, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He is a Ph.D. candidate in education with an emphasis on entrepreneurial studies and risk management at East Tennessee State University.
Russell Crook holds a Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University. His research concentrates on strategy and entrepreneurship topics related to why some firms perform better than others. His research has been published in publications such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Operations Management, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Management Journal. Dr. Crook is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. Before receiving his Ph.D., he worked for American Airlines, US Airways, and IBM in a variety of capacities, including operations management, scheduling, strategic planning, and global procurement.
Tom earned his B.S. in business from Virginia Tech and MBA from East Tennessee State University. Prior to retiring to Knoxville, he spent 33 years in various sales and marketing management positions with Caterpillar Inc. Much of his career was spent outside the USA working with Caterpillar dealers and customers in developing areas of the world. He also owned and managed an art and antique business in Hong Kong. His interest in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial business planning and plan implementation stems from having developed two internal ventures for Caterpillar, working in management positions in two other “startup operations,” as well as consulting with several Caterpillar dealers in developing strategic plans for establishing new rental operations. His years overseas also have given him a keen interest in the challenges faced by managers living and working outside their home base.
Carrie is responsible for conveying the Anderson Center’s mission and successes to the public. She generates press releases and success stories, designs promotional materials, manages ACEI's website and social media presence, and coordinates ACEI hosted events and competitions. Prior to joining the Anderson Center, Carrie was the Communications Coordinator for the Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research. She earned her B.S. in journalism from Appalachian State University and her M.S. in communication and information from the University of Tennessee.
Alex received his undergraduate education at Tennessee Technological University and he holds graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Washington. He has been the principal investigator on more than 20 research grants, authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles, and won five teaching awards. He has consulted with over 100 organizations ranging from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to small non-profit service organizations. Dr. Miller is the founder of the Aerospace Executive MBA program, the first accredited MBA program to focus exclusively on the aerospace industry. He also owns and operates the Lick Skillet Cattle Co. in New Market, TN.
Roberto is the Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UT. He holds a doctorate degree in strategy from Ohio State University, as well as two master degrees in Strategy and Finance from Ohio State University and Georgia State University, respectively. Roberto’s areas of interest are corporate strategy, entrepreneurship and international management. His work has been published in many leading academic journals, such as Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal and several others. He has also written practitioners' oriented articles in Financial Times, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Forbes India. Roberto is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Global Strategy Journal, and he is a member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the Strategic Management Society. Roberto teaches strategy, entrepreneurship and international business from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels and he is engaged in executive education programs in North America and Europe. Before joining UT, he spent three years in Barcelona, Spain working at ESADE Business School.
David Williams holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Georgia State University, an MBA in international business from DePaul University, and a B.A. in international studies from Millikin University. His research centers on cognitive processes underpinning entrepreneurial decision making and behaviors that impact a firm’s growth, profitability, and survival. Specifically, his research focuses on entrepreneurs’ recognition and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities with a special interest in international opportunities and outcomes. Dr. Williams has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and international business at the University of Tennessee, Georgia State University, and Bradley University. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a consultant with an international SBDC to help small-to-medium sized companies expand internationally.
Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation ~ 418 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN ~ 37996-4140 ~ Phone: (865) 974-5126 ~ Email: ACEI@utk.edu
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
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