Founder & President of DRV Institute of Management
Dr. Dario Vasquez is a business expert with theoretical and practical experiences in business and academia. He is a professor of management, business & academic consultant where he consults with small and large business establishments as well as academic institutions. Dario works with local and international entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in United States or people in the export/import business. His international experiences include Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. Dr. Vasquez’s areas of research include employee turnover, customer service, leadership, excellence in teaching, global education, international communication and education programs . He believes education is the light that shines a person’s life and online education is the way to go as a result of globalization and technological growth. Currently, he is the Journal Manager of the International Journal of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences.He serves as a mentor in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Broward County, helping students is his number one objective. Dr. Vasquez is the author of the book Managing Customer Service: A Practical Guide to Thrive. Dr. Vasquez brings a combination of academic and business experience to engage learners in a collaborative learning environment. Dario has a doctorate in management, a master of business administration in leadership for managers, and a bachelor of science in hospitality management from the state of Florida. He is a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor by the National Restaurant Association in USA. He has received Faculty of the Quarter Awards at the higher education level and Employee of the Month at the hospitality-hotel level. Dr. Vasquez has also been awarded several scholarships for Outstanding and Meritorious Academic Achievements . He is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Global Trade Chamber, Academy of Management, Sigma Beta Delta, and The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH).
Dr. Gryselle M. Farrell has worked as an English as Second Language (ESL) professor since 2006. She has a doctoral degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. She also has a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Inter-american University of Puerto Rico. As an English professor, she has integrated into her teaching the natural way the brain learns (brain-based learning) from the field of neuroscience in conjunction with a collaborative approach (pair/small groups). In her classroom, she fosters a stress-free environment that helps non-native speakers of English lose their fear of communicating in front of the class; which is the topic of her dissertation /thesis. In 2009, she became an active member of the Puerto Rico TESOL, where she has been the higher education representative of the Northern Chapter Division for the last two years. As a board member, she has been involved in enrolling English student teachers, as well as helping with the chapter’s year-round professional development activities. Then, in 2011, she started offering seminars for teachers from level K to 12 on a diversity of topics from lesson planning to curriculum development and enhancement.
Dr. Farrell has been a very successful higher education language educator for the past ten years that has aided second language learners (L2) lose their fear of communicating in English by helping them develop and improved their oral and written communication skills. One of her teaching life goal is to change fear and slackness to speak English into loving and seen the value of learning the target language to grow personally and professionally. Technology has been one of the crucial elements she had integrated into her English courses. She uses e-learning platforms since 2007 either as a distance learning course or to complement a live course (hybrid). As she is, Blackboard and Moodle Web-based e-learning platforms certified. Thus, some of the education courses she had offered have been Basic English, English I and II, Business English and Writing Composition I and II. As well as English education courses such as Literature I, Linguistics, The English Novel, English methodology and her old time favorite Basic Conversational English, among others. Also, she has been an active faculty member that participates in trimester and semester assessment activities recently receiving a certificate for her outstanding contribution to the Ana G. Méndez (SUAGM) assessment program where she teaches since 2012.
Dr. Farrell is also proficient in Spanish and had taken several basic French courses because teaching and learning languages are her passion. She has taught ESL learners from diverse proficiency levels (beginners to advance), fields of study (science, business, education, humanities and technical vocational) and nationalities (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Romania, Perú, Equatorial Guinea, Colombian, and Venezuela). She has also been an educational and cultural group leader that had taken students on trips to Europe where they have practice the English language. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, watching T.V. series, and, most of all, going to the movies with her daughter and nine-year-old niece. Gryselle Farrell is an English teacher that loves helping her ESL students and English is her passion and life.
Professor Jorge G. Treviño, M.A., English & International Relations
Professor Jorge G. Treviño has been engaged in different professional projects, yet, what he is most passionate about is global education. Designing strategies of collaboration between institutions, providing opportunities for students around the world and conducting research on higher education curricula are some of the issues he has been involved with. Mr. Trevino has been successful in the higher education institutions where he has worked by consolidating study abroad programs, teaching, strengthening the academic content and instilling an international essence. Jorge has particularly excelled in increasing the number of students and faculty staff participating in international programs to Europe, South America and the United States. In addition, Jorge G. Trevino is a member of a national research commission in charge of developing a new academic model to be implemented by the system of Mexican technological institutes. Mr. Trevino believes that educators today must modernize academic programs due to the constant changes in world markets. Employing technology throughout this process is paramount in order to provide the competences needed to succeed in today’s dynamic global market.
Professor Treviño earned his Master of Arts in Government from New Mexico State University in 2012. Some of his favorite courses were Terrorism and Political Violence, American Indian Politics, American Foreign Policy and Border Issues. Jorge Alberto earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de las Americas Puebla, in Mexico. In 2006, he participated in an international summer program to Russia where he excelled and learned the basics of the Russian language. Subsequently, Jorge returned to Russia on several occasions to improve his language skills and later as part of his duties as an employee in 2013. Jorge is fluent in Russian. Jorge has also traveled to Cuba, Germany, Hungary, Romania and The Netherlands.
Dr. Jonathan T. Small II, Technology
Dr. Jonathan T. Small has worked in the technology industry for over 12 years. He graduated in 2004 with an Associate’s of Science degree in Information Technology from Manatee Community College. He graduated with his Bachelors in Business Administration in 2007 from Argosy University, Sarasota Campus. He also graduated with his Masters in Information Systems in 2009 and then finally his Doctorate in Business Administration in Management/Information Systems in 2013. Dr. Small has also collective a myriad of IT certifications over the years including Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Certified Design Associate, Comptia Project +, Comptia Security +, Microsoft Certified System Administrator 2003 & 2008, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Technical Support, EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, and ITIL v3 Foundation. Dr. Small has been teaching Higher Education for over 6 years at the undergraduate and graduate level and both in-residence, blended, and fully online. He is also familiar with a number of learning management systems (LMS) including eCollege, Blackboard, Sakai, Sycamore, and WebCT.
Dr. Small’s Dissertation topic was, “Social Networking Within the Workplace”. The purpose of the study was to define the benefits and risks that arise from the use of social networking in the workplace and how this technology can assist employees inside organizations. Leaders in all types of organizations are developing policies to combat, adapt to, or utilize social networking sites to acknowledge how their employees are interacting socially using these tools. The study was conducted using a qualitative method to analyze the phenomenon of social networking use within the workplace. The results of the study highlighted key benefits while underscoring the potential for risks associated with this type of technology within an organization. Further research could entail whether social networking within the workplace could be standardized in all industries.
Dr. Paul van Putten, Editor In Chief
Paul van Putten Ph.D. is a dynamic presenter, lecturer, entrepreneur and author who specializes in the areas of social entrepreneurship, academia and media. Dr. van Putten has presented to thousands, both nationally and internationally, and has served as lead consultant on numerous projects with various national and multinational corporations and non-profit organizations.
As an academician Dr. Paul van Putten has served as a University President, Vice President of academics and Program Administrator and Instructor. In the area of entrepreneurship he has served as Director of Program and Project Development, Executive Producer and Senior Project Developer. Dr. van Putten is one of the rare professionals who has seamlessly transitions between corporate and academic environments. Currently, Dr. van Putten serves as a college lecturer and senior consultant in the areas of academia, media and entrepreneurship.
Dr. van Putten is also the author of publications focused on business entrepreneurship ($5 to Freedom – Starting you budget with less than five dollars); attending the college of your choice for free (Attend College for FREE); and research documents on Social Entrepreneurship and professional integration. He is also a seasoned television producer who has produced numerous edutainment and business focused television series that have gained both national and international recognition.
Dr. John H. Parker, Business Strategist & Associate Editor
Dr. John H. Parker is an accomplished leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in improving operational efficiency and increasing profitability in corporate and SME environments. Dr. Parker has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies and institutions of higher education, having served as President of Brown Mackie College-OKC, Area Director Finance for Argosy University, and Sr. Business Operations Manager for Arizona State University, Finance Manager for Warner Bros., and Regional Assistant Controller for the Hertz Corporation.
Dr. Parker is a natural born leader and educator with a penchant for helping others. He is a speaker, professor, financial literacy coach, mentor, and entrepreneur. He is currently Managing Partner and CFO of Bridgemont Partners, LLC, a business consulting and Development Company; he is also the Creator/CEO of “The Debt Dr.”, a non-profit company dedicated to improving the financial wellness of individuals and small businesses. He also founded Delta Capital Group, a residential finance and insurance company, and John H. Parker Accountancy, an accounting and tax firm for small businesses. Dr. Parker remains embedded in the financial community by consulting small businesses, teaching at colleges and universities, educating individuals, speaking at conferences and
workshops, and mentoring young adults.
Professor Danika Smith-Josiah, MBA, Global Management
Danika Smith-Josiah has been a Hospitality Leader, Trainer, and Educator for more than 19 years. She helps businesses to solve complex client related issues, achieve top 5% industry performance, and guest service satisfaction. Danika has an MBA in Global Entrepreneurship from the Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Travel and Tourism from the Florida International University; where she was a member of Honor Societies Eta Sigma Delta and Phi Kappa Phi.
She is currently a member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and continues to pursue her passion for training, and most recently became a professor at the DRV Institute of Management. She has experience in working for both small and mid-sized companies, achieving notable commendations such as Best of the Best for Guest Service Satisfaction, being a three-time chairman award recipient, as well as championing her teams to recognition as a top producer within the IHG Brand for 11 consecutive years among more than 200 properties nationally. She is a Jamaican native, devoted mother, wife and community volunteer in Huntersville, North Carolina. The things she loves most in life are travelling, spending time with family, and being a positive impact both on and off the job.
My name is Chris Cunningham and I have been teaching since 1998. I have taught every grade level from 6th grade through college. I am certified to teacher English, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, and Special Education in the state of Florida. I have taught at public, private, charter, and online schools. I am currently the General Education Chairperson at a local College in Fort Lauderdale and the Director of Tutoring. In addition, I teach the Essentials English classes.
My education is as follows:
Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Miami, FL
Masters of Science in Administration from St. Thomas University
Tiffany Rose Calestina
My name is Tiffany Rose Calestina and I have a Bachelor’s degree from Florida
International University. My major is Hospitality Management with an emphasis on hotel management. I am certified in Business Management and Operations, Guest Service Management, and Event Management. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for over 12 years. I had the opportunity to study abroad in China and Italy, where I was able to apply practical skills while learning. In China, I studied “Business and Management” and in Italy, “Italian” and “Historical Geology”. While in college, I participated in the student organization, Phi Beta Lambda where my team competed in events and won 2nd place for the State of Florida and went on to compete on the National Level in Anaheim, California where we won 4th in the nation.
Phi Beta Lambda is a chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and the competitive event that I placed in was “Emerging Business Issues”. Furthermore, my participation in the Political Science Club earned me the position of Membership Director, where I assisted in the
organization of community service and political speaker events. I chose the hospitality industry because of my passion for service; I love working with a diverse population of people, learning about different cultures and the possibility of traveling around the world.