Press Release for Monday, May 16, 2005

Three Business Leaders Receive Honors from UNF

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Three business leaders will be honored on Thursday, May 19, when the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business presents the eighth annual Prime Osborn Distinguished Business Leader Awards Luncheon. David M. Hicks, retired chairman of Computer Power, Inc.; Hugh H. Jones, Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Barnett Bank of Jacksonville; and Dr. Frank McLaughlin, retired business professor will be honored at the noon luncheon at the River Club in the Modis Building. UNF President John Delaney will be the featured speaker at the event.
“This year’s winners are all successful leaders who have exhibited integrity, strong ethical values and character, making them exceptional role models in the corporate community. Jacksonville is a better place because of their work and their passions,” said Dr. Gary Fane, interim dean of the Coggin College of Business.
Hicks is widely recognized for his leadership not only in the business world, but also for his work with non-profit organizations. He retired as chairman of Computer Power, Inc. (now known as Alltel Information Services, Inc.) in 1996, where his leadership increased the company’s value 20 fold. With a deep commitment to enriching his community through volunteerism and philanthropy, David served as chairman of the Jacksonville Housing Authority from 1995 until 2002. Under his leadership, Jacksonville’s ranking rose from among the worst in the country to among the top 25 percent. Hicks and his wife, Ann, also served as the co-chairs for the Access to Excellence capital campaign for the University of North Florida. Currently, Hicks serves on local, state and national boards and is the chairman emeritus of EverBank Financial.
Jones’ reputation as a business leader who recognizes the importance of giving to the community is well deserved. He retired as chairman and CEO of Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, and is the past president of the Baptist Health System Foundation, and founder of the Jacksonville Korean Heart Program. Throughout his career, Jones instilled a corporate philosophy that encouraged his employees to give back. A dedicated community advocate, Jones served as founding chair of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center and spearheaded the creation of the UF/Wolfson Children's Hospital Center for Pediatric Cardiology. His outstanding leadership was recognized as the 1012 Daily Points of Light for the Nation by former President Bush and he was honored by the Caring Institute as one of the 10 most caring people in America.
As a professor of operations management and quantitative methods at the UNF Coggin College of Business, McLaughlin spent more than three decades educating future business leaders. He is highly respected by students and colleagues for being a conscientious teacher, an active scholar and a skilled leader. During his time at the college, he held the positions of department chair, assistant dean, associate dean, and interim dean, as well as the chairman of numerous committees. McLaughlin is being honored as the 2005 Distinguished Professor.
The Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leaders Award was established in 1998 by the Coggin College of Business as an annual award to recognize the long-term career achievements of individuals who have achieved success in business and made significant contributions to the community’s quality of life.
This is the sixth year the University also has recognized a distinguished professor in the Coggin College of Business. This award recognizes the long-term career achievements of individuals who, by commitment and dedication to student learning and to the management education profession, exemplify the mission of the Coggin College of Business and serve as a role model for faculty.
The award has been named in honor of the late Prime F. Osborn III, whose long career in the railway industry was noted as much for service to mankind as it was for business acumen.
Event sponsors include Allstate Workplace Division, ATS Services, Brooks Rehabilitation, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Bank, and PSS World Medical Inc.
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