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LAKELAND (Jan. 7, 2021) – Florida Southern College recently welcomed two local business leaders as new members of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise Advisory Board. The new board members are Courtney Makris, vice president of business development at Paul Davis Restoration and a member of FSC’s Class of 2012, and Rob McCollum, market president for the commercial community bank division at Truist in the Greater Polk County market.

The Barnett Business advisory board is a team of business leaders who provide counsel to the College’s leadership, dean, and department chairs that helps to facilitate innovative and relevant academic programs, community collaboration, fundraising, and high-quality employment for graduates.

Courtney Makris helps clients and prospective clients improve their operating results in her position with Paul Davis Restoration, which offers emergency services to property insurance carriers and those they insure, with more than 325 locations throughout North America. A seasoned sales executive. Makris began her career in the insurance industry by leading the sales team at Enservio, a software and service provider to the property insurance industry. After graduating from FSC, Makris completed the Women in Executive Leadership program at Cornell University. She and her husband, James, live in Lakeland with their two children.

Rob McCollum is a Polk County native with more than 23 years of banking experience. In his current role, he coordinates the efforts of Truist (formerly SunTrust and BB&T) and represents the company on the board of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the United Way Business Services Advisory Board, and serves as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Wales. McCollum and his wife, Dawn, live in Lake Wales with their three daughters.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in its 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 “386 Best Colleges” guide, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” and Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

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