FGCU Global Management Program Building Bridges with SWFL Business Community
A motor coach turns off Alico Rd. and into the parking lot of My Shower Door/D3 Glass. Inside 24 students of Management 4602 Global Business Strategy & Organization course, excited to embark upon a guided factory tour, and deliver custom internationalization presentations to MSD/D3 company executives. FGCU Professors, Dr. Daniel Rottig and Kevin Brady exchange wide grins as the students catch their first glimpse of the factory floor. This is year three of an ambitious program to provide FGCU Global Management students with applied learning opportunities, which benefit both students and Southwest Florida businesses.
Full Professor and 12-year FGCU educator, Dr. Daniel Rottig has taken a lead role in developing the FGCU Global Management Program, which has seen incremental growth and development. “Through our International Business Concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Management program, our students have an exceptional opportunity to interact with and influence local business executives regarding international business expansion and so apply the learned knowledge to real-life international business opportunities”, notes Rottig. Since its inception in the fall of 2019 semester, the program has featured a number of internationalization projects for local companies including AHT- Advanced Hurricane Technology, a manufacturer of custom storm shutters based in Ft. Myers. CEO and FGCU grad, Jaime Zabala, who has worked for NASA for 10 years after graduating from FGCU and before taking over AHT, was able to gain additional market share in the Caribbean, utilizing the student internationalization plan and their Puerto Rico distribution facility. The additional markets enabled AHT to increase their efficiency with production and operations, while expanding their global footprint.
This relationship between academia and commerce is bridged by FGCU‘s Small Business Development Center Advisor and International Trade Specialist, Kevin Brady. Mr. Brady is an 8-year employee and alumnus of FGCU, having received his Master’s degree in 2018. He has spent the past 25+ years working in global trade & logistics, and is now an Adjunct Professor teaching Management 3600 International Business. “We’re just scratching the surface of what this program can become”, says Brady. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, the university, and business community to embrace and advance global commerce opportunities.” The program has already produced a number of local internships and has led to some full-time employment. One student went on to become an International Business Development specialist with local manufacturer AXI International and spearheads multi-million dollar projects globally. “Our program offers students with the invaluable opportunity to build critical thinking and business communication skills as well as gain the knowledge and experience needed to be work-ready for prospective employers that are either considering or already are engaged in global business activities, through applied international learning projects, advanced instruction within and outside the classroom, and potential certification as global business professionals.” says Rottig.
The Global Management Program extends into other areas including the International Business Association (IBA), a campus-wide student organization dedicated to international business knowledge and advancement. Furthermore, the program features a unique and globe-spanning X-Culture International Student Collaboration project, which provides students with the opportunity to work in global virtual teams with international peers at universities in over 100 countries on 6 continents. FGCU students who have successfully completed the X-Culture project have consistently been ranked among the highest performing and highest rated students around the globe. Several students have been invited to participate in international business conferences, won international project awards and were hired for internships and permanent job positions by multinational corporations. Lastly, the Global Management program systematically integrates a pathway to success agenda to prepare students to obtain the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation through NASBITE International. The nationally and internationally recognized CGBP certification, which is similar to the SHRM certification in the field of Human Resource Management or CPA designation in the field of Accounting, confirms to prospective employees that students are “proficient in global business and capable of working with the level of expertise and professionalism that is required in today’s competitive environment.” (NASBITE International)
For more information on the Global Management program please contact Dr. Daniel Rottig, Lutgert College of Business, email@example.com