DBL Honorees 2009


william_mason William C. Mason, Ed.D.
President Emeritus, Baptist Health System

Distinguished Business Leader

William C. Mason, Ed.D. is President Emeritus of the Baptist Health System in Jacksonville, having served as its CEO for twenty years. Dr. Mason began his career in health administration with the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving hospitals in Asia, Africa, South America and India before coming to Jacksonville. He has served as Chairman of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority and as professor at the University of North Florida.

john_rood The Honorable John Darrell Rood
Florida Finance Chairman

Distinguished Business Leader

Mr. Rood began his real estate career in 1983 as founder of The Vestcor Companies. In 2004, President Bush appointed him as U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Upon his return in 2007, he formed The JDR Companies. He has contributed to the economic and social development of Jacksonville through his professional and civic involvement. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as the Republican Party of Florida Finance Chairman. Mr. Rood is the proud father of three children. He is a licensed pilot and avid sportsman.
jeffrey_michelman Jeffrey E. Michelman, Ph.D., CPA, CMA
Coggin College of Business - Professor of Accounting

Distinguished Professor

During his 19 years on the UNF faculty, Jeff Michelman has distinguished himself by his commitment to his students, colleagues, youth, the Jacksonville community and the healthcare community at the local, state and national levels. Jeff has been recognized by the UNF faculty for excellence in research, teaching, service and internationalization, as well as his leadership by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. As a Professor of Accounting, Jeff is known for demanding more of his students than they are often prepared to demand of themselves. This expectation has lead to long term friendships with alumni.
sylvester_john Sylvester T. John
Senior VP - International, SIFE INC.

Distinguished Alumnus

Sylvester T. John is Senior VP-International at SIFE Inc., where he leads the organization's non-USA operations in over 40 countries; bringing together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Prior to joining SIFE, Sylvester, a UNF graduate, held key Marketing and HR positions at UPS North Florida.