Small Business Institute® Fellows

The Small Business Institute® (SBI) Association recognizes as Fellows those members whose accomplishments are particularly noteworthy to the Association.  This is the highest honor that the Small Business Institute ® provides to its members, and the Fellows serve as a group of senior advisors to the Board of Directors and work with newer members in a mentoring capacity.  A SBI member becomes a Fellow upon nomination from another Fellow or current officer, and is voted in by the other Fellows.  The Fellows elect a leader, called the Dean of Fellows, who oversees the administration of Fellows’ activities.   

1) The criteria for the awarding of SBI Fellowship are:

a) substantial involvement with and service to the Small Business Institute

b) significant scholarly productivity in the fields of small business and entrepreneurship

("scholarly productivity" shall include research, publications, teaching and service)

c) a minimum of 5 years membership in the SBI

2) Current officers of the SBI are not eligible to be nominated

3) Current officers and active Fellows may nominate candidates for Fellow.

(an "active" Fellow is a current member or member emeritus of the SBI)

4) Only active Fellows may vote in the election of new Fellows

5) Each nominee is voted upon separately (not against each other) and must receive at least 60% of the votes cast to be elected

6) A maximum of two new Fellows may be elected each year.  If more than two persons receive a 60% or higher vote in a given year, only the two receiving the highest vote percentages will be elected.

 7) Nominations must include a two-page c.v. specifically prepared for the Fellows election and focusing on all of the criteria listed above under #1

For questions about the Fellows, contact Ron Cook, Dean of Fellows.

The SBI Fellows are:

Don  Altman
David M. Ambrose  
Michael  Ames  
Stephanie Bardwell  
Joe  Bell
Don B. Bradley III  
Robert  Brockhaus  
Jack E. Brothers  
Sam  Bruno
Roosevelt  Butler
Shawn Carraher
Donald M. Clause

Ronald  Cook

Dr. Ron Cook, Dean of Fellows, has been a member of the Small Business Institute® (SBI) since 1994. He earned a Ph.D. in Business from Syracuse University and is currently a Professor and the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  As a director of Rider’s Small Business Institute®, he has supervised more than 200 consulting projects, which his students have assisted small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in New Jersey and surrounding areas.  Many of these projects have won Project of the Year national awards for their value to both the clients and to the students.  A current record can be found at  Dr. Cook has also won the SBI Showcase award and the SBI Mentor award.  Dr. Cook has a strong record of scholarly productivity.  He has published over 30 articles in such journals as the Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Small Business Institute® Journal, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, as well as the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development.  He is the author of  The Experiential Student Team Consulting Process: A Problem-Based Model for Consulting and Service-Learning, now in its 5th edition and used by a number of schools around the country.

Joel  Corman*  
Dale  Dickson

Paul  Dunn

Paul Dunn is a charter member of the Small Business Institute.  He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arkansas College of Business Administration and currently is Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  He previously taught at Upper Iowa University. As Director of his university’s Small Business Institute, he has supervised more than 1000 consulting projects, which his students have designed and conducted, to assist small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Louisiana.  Paul also has a strong record of scholarly productivity.  He has published articles in the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal.  His academic papers have also received many awards and have been published in the Proceedings of many organizations, including the Small Business Institute, the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and USASBE. 

Lloyd W. Fernald

Dr. Lloyd W. Fernald is Dean of Graduate Studies, Orlando University, in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Fernald also is Professor Emeritus of Management at the College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida where he teaches an MBA Small Business Consulting course.

Dr. Fernald earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; Master of Science degree in Personnel Administration from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and Doctorate of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He instructed in the areas of Management, Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Human Relations in Management, and Organizational Behavior. He also taught graduate courses in Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior and Creative and Innovative Management and is currently teaching an M.B.A. course in Small Business Consulting. Dr. Fernald is a Past President and Fellow of the Small Business Institute.

Dr. Fernald’s research interests are primarily in the area of entrepreneurship and small business, creative and innovative management, and the relationship between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. His articles have been published in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Gaming & Simulation, Journal of Creative Behavior, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Private Enterprises, several periodicals and numerous conference proceedings.

Gwen  Fontenot  
Geralyn  McClure Franklin  
Doug  Frazer  
Fred  Fry  
Oliver  Galbraith III*  
Frederick Greene
 Michael Harris  

Kirk   Heriot

Kirk C. Heriot has been a member of the Small Business Institute® since 1999. He earned a doctorate in industrial management at Clemson University with a concentration in strategic management. He is a an Associate Professor of Management at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He joined CSU in 1996 as the Crowley Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship.  Dr. Heriot has more than 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.  His work has been published in several journals including:

  • Journal of Small Business Management
  • The Journal of Private Enterprise
  • Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Journal of Education for Business
  • Journal of Small Business Strategy
  • Small Business Institute® Journal
  • Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship
  • Journal of Entrepreneurship Education

His academic papers have been recognized as best papers in conference proceeding and by published journals.  In addition to his academic research, Dr. Heriot is a Past President of the Small Business Institute®, a Homer L. Saunders Mentor Award Winner, Director of three different student consulting programs, a former consultant at a Small Business Development Center, and founder and editor of the American Journal of Entrepreneurship (formerly the Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship).

Lynn  Hoffman  
David S. Hovey  
Dewey  Johnson  
Robert  Justis  
Rudolph  Kagerer  

Bruce   Kemelgor

Bruce Kemelgor was one of the early members of the Small Business Institute, having been active for 36 years. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Illinois and currently is a professor of Management at the College of Business, University of Louisville. He previously was associated with Western Michigan University and Rider University (NJ). Aside from several years experience in industry, he has successfully launched three businesses.

As Director of Louisville’s S.B.I., he has supervised over 1200 consulting projects with both large and small businesses as well as governmental agencies and non-profits. Many of these projects have won awards for their value to both clients and students. Dr. Kemelgor has a solid record of scholarly productivity. He has published 1 book and over 70 articles in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of Business and Economic Research and Journal of Small Business Strategy.  His work has also appeared in numerous Proceedings of many organizations such as the Academy of Management, Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference, the Small Business Institute and USASBE. In addition, Dr. Kemelgor is a staff consultant for the World Bank in Small Business

Robert  Kemp  
Robert J. Kerber  
John  Kerr*
Fred  Kiesner
Chris  Kobler  
Richard D. Lorentz*

Robert  Lussier

Robert N. Lussier has been a member of the Small Business Institute since 1990. He earned a doctorate in management at the University of New Haven and currently is Professor of Management at Springfield College. Lussier has more than 370 publications.  He has published articles in more than 30 journals including:

  • Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Business Horizons
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Family Business Review
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
  • Journal of Small Business Management
  • Journal of Small Business Strategy
  • Small Business Institute Journal

His academic papers have been published in SBI and 7 other Proceedingsundefinedhe is the winner of five SBI distinguished paper awards.  Lussier also has 10 textbooks in Management, Leadership, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship (South-Western/Cengage), Human Relations (Irwin/McGraw-Hill), Human Resource Management (Sage), Business, Society and Government, and Research Methods and Statistics (Waveland Press) and Publish Don’t Perish: 100 Tips to Improve Your Ability to Get Published (Information Age Publishing).

Charles H. Matthews
Eugene L. O’Conner*

Stephen  Osborne

Stephen Osborne is Professor of Management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  He received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has served as Director, IUP Small Business Institute (SBI) since 1993 having supervised over 250 projects.  The SBI Program has been the recipient of 14 National awards for Case/Project of the Year and was recipient of the Showcase Award.  
Other activities and awards include:
  • Editor, Journal of Small Business Strategy 1998-2004
  • 2003 - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Research Advocate of the Year for Western Pennsylvania
  • "Top 100 Local Business People of the Year" in 2003
  • Published and presented numerous research projects including publications in The Journal of Small Business Strategy, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Leveraging Global Competitiveness For Organizational Excellence Management Cases, Entrepreneurial Executive,  Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, International Journal of Public-Private Partnerships, Pennsylvania Journal of Business and Economics, Business Research Yearbook, Global Business Perspectives, Global Competitiveness.
  • Serves on numerous Boards
  • Prior to entering academia, he spent 14 years in international corporate management including Operations, Manager, Planning & Economics, Manager, Corporate Planning and as an Oil Trader. In addition he serves as a consultant (Business/Strategic Planning, Market Research, Marketing Plans, Financing, Feasibility Studies, etc.).

Neal Pruchansky

Dr. Neal Pruchansky earned his Sociology BA, MA and PhD.   Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He was an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1980-1985  and Director of the MS program in Organizational Systems, 1983-1985, at Indiana State University.  During that time he completed an MBA degree and transitioned to teaching management. He moved to Keene State College in 1985 and became Director of the Keene State Small Business Institute in 1988. Under his direction the Keene State College SBI program has won over 50 awards in case competition, including eight National Project of the Year Awards and over a dozen second and third place finishes in the POY competition.

Professor Pruchansky has received the SBI Showcase and Homer Saunders  Mentor awards from the SBI and  the Distinguished Teacher Award , 2004, from Keene State College. In 1993 he was a Fulbright Professor at Riga (Latvia) Technical Institute and also received a US  Congressional SEED grant to serve  as a consultant in Latvia.  

In 1979-80, while completing his PhD.  he worked as Director of Operations for Advantage Distributing which was the 15th fastest growing company in the United  States. From 1991- 1993 Professor Pruchansky  was President of Smart Business Solutions, a small business consulting firm  which  developed business plans for local companies. 

Professor Pruchansky has published papers in:

·         Medical Care

·         Journal of Clinical Laboratory Management Review

·         Managerial Planning (renamed Planning Review)

·         Sports Executive

·         Marketing News

He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Small Business Strategy and presented papers and workshops at professional meetings including:     

 Small Business Institute

 National Conference on Teaching and Learning

 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference

 Applied Sociology Association Meeting

 Midwest Business Administration Meeting

 North Central Sociological Society Meeting

 Eastern Sociological Society

Midwest Sociological Society

Fulbright Association

 I am exceptionally proud to be selected an SBI Fellow. Serving as the Director of the Keene State College SBI program has allowed me to flourish in an academic setting and for that I will be forever grateful.   Neal R Pruchansky, Feb 2015

Ronald  Rubin
Howard F. Rudd, Jr.  
Lowell M. Salter
Homer L. Saunders*
Pamela  Schindler
 Jeff Shields  
Lincoln  Simon  
Leo  Simpson  
Joseph  Singer  
Ricardo L. Singson  
Harriet Soll  
George T. Solomon

Matt  Sonfield


Matthew Sonfield has been a member of the Small Business Institute since its founding almost forty years ago.  He holds an A.B. from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from New York University.  He currently is the Robert F. Dall Distinguished Professor in Business at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in New York.  As the director of Hofstra’s Small Business Institute since 1975, he has supervised more than 260 student-designed and -conducted consulting projects to assist small businesses and not-for-profit organizations on Long island.  Dr. Sonfield has published more than two hundred academic articles and papers in such journals as the Journal of Small Business Management, Family Business Review, and the Harvard Business Review, and in the Proceedings of organizations such as the Small Business Institute and the Academy of Management. 

Winston D. Stahlecker
Harriet  Stephenson  

Sherrill R. Taylor

Sherrie Taylor has been a member of the Small Business Institute® since 1993. In the years as a member, she has served on the National Board of Directors for more than a dozen years, including as President in the 2002 – 2003 year. She earned her BBA and MBA at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) School of Management in Denton, TX. She also earned her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resource Management) certification and her CSBC (Certified Small Business Consultant.) Mrs. Taylor taught at TWU School of Management, from 1990 until August of 2009 when she retired as a Senior Lecturer Emerita. During her time at TWU she created the Entrepreneurship minor, got their Entrepreneurship program recognized in the Entrepreneur Magazine program ratings twice, and supervised more than 150 consulting projects with small businesses. Several of these cases earned national awards and recognition. Mrs. Taylor presented papers (Proceedings publications) at many SBI conferences over the years and has published in the Journal of Small Business Strategy (JSBS.) She has earned several university-wide awards over the years as well as being named an SBI Mentor and Fellow. She is also one of the Founders of the SIFE Team at TWU and was a SIFE Fellow for 16 years taking the team to National Competition 6 times.  She has also done research for the Dallas Chapter of NAWBO and made presentations to several unique small business support organizations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mrs. Taylor also co-authored a chapter in the National publication of International Handbook of Women and Small Business Entrepreneurship, Edgar Elgar Publishing Limited, 2005.

Lyle R. Trueblood*  
 Diane Welsh

DIANNE H.B. WELSH is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dianne has held three endowed chair and started three entrepreneurship programs/centers. She is the 2015 Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship for Central Europe. She has visited or lectured in 38 countries. Dianne is a recognized scholar in family business, international entrepreneurship, women-owned businesses, and franchising and has seven books and over 150 publications. Her newest books are Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship, published by Palgrave-Macmillan, and the 3rd edition of Global Entrepreneurship and Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship.

Mark K. Weaver  

Craig Zamzow*

Craig Zamzow has been a member of the Small Business Institute® since 1996. Mr. Zamzow served as the SBI Director for Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire for 15 years. During that time PSU students earned at least one first or second place award in the Project of the Year Competition including a long series of first place wins (2/2012, 2/2011, 1/2010, 2/2009, 2/2007, 1/2005, 1/2004 & 1/1999).

 Mr. Zamzow has presented numerous workshops at SBI Northeast Region and National Conferences, served as SBI VP of Communications, won the Showcase Award in 2004, earned the SBI Certified Small Business Counselor designation, hosted the North East Regional Conference in 2008 and served as a POY judge for 10 years.

 Craig Zamzow is Professionally Qualified to teach in Marketing and Small Business subjects. At Plymouth State University he taught as an adjunct professor for five years and served as full time contract faculty and MBA director for ten years before retiring as Director of Graduate Business Programs and SBI Director in 2013.

 Prior to his 15 years in academia, Craig Zamzow spent over 30 years in high tech sales and marketing. He held positions in product planning, sales, sales management, director of marketing and VP of sales and marketing. He has also owned four small businesses including an inn, motel and cottage property for seven years. He was awarded the Waterville Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year for 1999 – 2000.


For more information on the SBI Fellows Program, contact Matt Sonfield, the current Dean of the SBI Fellows.
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