DBL Honorees 2014




  Howard I. Korman
CEO, Jacksonville Greyhound Racing
Distinguished Business Leader


Since moving to Jacksonville in 1974, Howard I. Korman, an attorney and Chief Executive Officer of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, has made Jacksonville a better community.  Much of his civic leadership has been dedicated to promoting the importance of education in the life of a child and ensuring adequate public and private resources to support child development.  He has led numerous organizations, including the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, was instrumental in establishing the state’s first KIPP charter school in northwest Jacksonville and was one of the founding leaders of the Jewish Community Alliance.  For his continued dedication to philanthropy and promoting dignity and respect of all people, Howard has received many citations including the prestigious Gold Medallion for Lifetime Achievement from OneJax.  He is a charter member of the Jacksonville Civic Council where he is engaged in advancing issues of importance to Jacksonville’s future.


  Martin E. "Hap" Stein, Jr. 
Chairman and CEO, Regency Centers
Distinguished Business Leader

Martin “Hap” Stein, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Regency Centers, the nation’s leading grocery-anchored shopping center operator and developer.   Hap is a recognized national authority in the commercial real estate industry and has held leadership positions in many professional association and corporate boards, including serving as chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.  With a commitment to enriching the community through volunteerism, he has served in leadership roles on the American Cancer Society, Teach for America, the Jacksonville Zoological Society, Jacksonville Civic Council, The United Way, and his alma mater Washington and Lee University.  Through his leadership, he has nurtured a culture of giving that inspires and enables the company’s 375 employees to volunteer and financially support local and national causes around the country where Regency offices are located.

  Mitchell C. Fane, CFA, ASA  
Principal, Ernst & Young
Distinguished Alumnus

A UNF alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration, Mitch Fane is a principal in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services office in Houston, Texas and specializes in valuation and business modeling. He is an acknowledged expert in the power and utility valuation practice and sought out for his expertise in these areas.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers and a Chartered Financial Analyst as accredited through the CFA Institute, an active member of and stewardship chair for Shepherd of the Hearth United Methodist Church and a member of the Young Leaders of United Way Houston.

Ron-Adams   Ronald J. Adams, Ph.D. 
Coggin College of Business – Professor of Marketing
Distinguished Professor

A Jacksonville native, Ron Adams has earned the respect of faculty and students throughout the College during his many years as a member of the marketing faculty. He is sought out by junior and senior faculty for his wise, collegial advice and counsel in teaching, research and leadership. His scholarly research is complimented by his community service as a former hearing officer for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court and his work as a charter member of the New Vehicle Arbitration Board. These activities bring a variety of perspectives to his students in the classroom. In 2013 he became interim chair of the department of marketing and logistics and continues as a mentor and role model for students and colleagues.