Dominique Halaby, DPA
Director, Business Innovation Group
Dr. Halaby oversees development of Georgia Southern University’s City Campus.
Prior to joining Georgia Southern, he served as the Director of the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development. Dr. Halaby spent most of his recent career building a non-profit organization in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) dealing with workforce and economic development. He successfully secured over $30 million in funding, including one of the largest federal training grants awarded in South Texas. Under his leadership, the organization was recognized in 2003 by the Society for Human Resource Management as The Best to Place to Work in Hidalgo County for companies with less than 100 employees. He was successful in achieving broad collaboration in the RGV among healthcare providers and educators to strengthen home-grown approaches to meet their skilled workforce needs, and in several community planning and antipoverty initiatives. These projects won awards as national finalists for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Best Practices in 2003 and 2006, as well as being recognized by the Texas Workforce Commission as the Transitional Workforce Award recipient in 2004. In addition, Dr. Halaby served as Interim Director of the Rio Grande Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization and assisted public universities in South Texas and new business ventures in accessing the $200 million Emerging Technology Fund.
BIG Administrative Coordinator
Andi is in charge of all administrative functions for the unit which includes budget and account preparation, human resources duties, facility rentals, and editing. In addition to budget management and administrative duties, Ms. Wilson drafts grant proposals for BIG, the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, and the Averitt Center for the Arts.
Andi studied History at Oglethorpe University before earning a Master of Public Administration at Georgia Southern University in 2012. Her work experience spans industries and sectors, but her current post is the most exciting yet.
Student Business Advisor, the Georgia Southern Innovation Incubator and GENIE Virtual Incubator
Mrs. Hallman also organizes and manages many of the Business Innovation Group’s student events and programs. Mrs. Hallman also recently received her National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) Incubator Management Certification.
Mrs. Hallman studied HR management at Georgia Southern, receiving an MBA in 2003. She commuted to Savannah for a work in staffing for 5 years while in college and after finishing her degrees. She began working Northland Cable Advertising in 2007, helping companies build marketing campaigns. In 2010, Mrs. Hallman helped her husband start a small video production company, Stouthouse Media. She used her business management and networking skills to help Stouthouse grow, gaining invaluable experience in entrepreneurship along the way. Mrs. Hallman was hired in August 2013 as Business Advisor for GENIE at Georgia Southern University. She is excited about this opportunity to put her degrees and experience to work to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.
City Campus 1001E
Part-Time Business Advisor, the Innovation Incubator
Mrs. Johns is instrumental in launching the BIG Café, Lunch n Learns, Entrepreneur Night as well as programs designed for local and regional entrepreneurs. She serves as the primary point of contact for Innovation Incubator applications.
Mrs. Johns received her Master’s in Industrial Management and Safety from Georgia Southern in 2007. She completed her undergraduate degree in French at the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Mrs. Johns is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys partnering with those who have a penchant for improvement. After living in France for 5 years, Mrs. Johns spent nearly 15 years in corporate roles focusing on employee engagement, employee involvement, process improvement and leadership development. She leverages the knowledge she gained as a corporate executive to mentor entrepreneurs and local business owners.
Mrs. Johns is a board member of the Statesboro Bulloch County Breast Cancer Foundation and facilitates workshops and retreats for cancer survivors. She owns Laughter Yoga with Jill, is a partner at Phoenix Rising Consulting Group, holds certifications as an iPEC life coach and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Mrs. Johns co-authored two books on women’s empowerment and is a motivational speaker/blogger.
Research Specialist for the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED)
As a member of the BBRED team since 2007, Mr. McKay has led numerous research projects throughout Georgia. These projects include economic impact analysis, market research, survey research, data analysis, strategic planning and community needs assessments. These projects have been used by clients to secure external funding from public and private sources, increase their profile, identify market demand, determine project and policy feasibility, and aid in their efforts to plan for the future. Many of these projects have had positive job growth and retention as outcomes.
Mr. McKay currently holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Additionally, Mr. McKay has professional experience in state and local government as a manager in the private sector.
City Campus 1001D
FabLab Laboratory Coordinator
Shawn has his BA in Geology and a Minor in Recreation and Leisure with an emphasis in conference and event planning. As a lifelong maker, Shawn’s hobbies include 3D printing, robotics, woodworking, metalwork, and aviation. Shawn Jackson is the Fab Lab Makerspace Laboratory Coordinator.
Administrative Assistant, SBDC
Clare Ursillo is the administrative assistant for the Small Business Development Center as well as the first point of contact for visitors to City Campus. Ms. Ursillo studied English at the University of Rhode Island and secondary education at SUNY Potsdam. Prior to joining the SBDC, Ms. Ursillo held positions in education, hospitality, and administrative support. She is very excited to be a part of Georgia Southern and the UGA SBDC network.
Director of the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
Jeremy is the Director of the Veteran Business Outreach Centersupporting veterans’ military skills and assisting them in small business startup and ownership.
He is originally from Ludington, MI, and graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2001. He currently serves at the rank of Major as the Operations and Training Officer in the Georgia Army National Guard. Prior to assuming his current position, Jeremy deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Additionally, he has been stationed at Fort Rucker, AL, Camp Stanley, Korea, and Hunter Army Airfield, GA, as a Blackhawk pilot and staff officer. Jeremy has also taught Military Science at Georgia Southern University in the ROTC program. In the civilian sector, he has been employed by small businesses and large corporations. The last 12 years have been spent in the Savannah area.
Jeremy brings a varied background from his broad military experiences and leadership coupled with his business administration motivation.
Business Advisor Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
Jeffrey is a retired U.S. Army and Army Reserve veteran having served as an MP, Linguist, and Interrogator. He studied German at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey CA from 1979 to 1980 and was stationed in Germany from 1980-1982. Over the course of his career, Jeffrey participated in several joint service and international exercises including one in Egypt in 1981. After leaving active duty in 1982, he joined the reserves. He deployed with this Army Reserve unit to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War in 1991 and served in New York City immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In his parallel civilian career Jeff worked in public accounting for several years before beginning a career in corporate taxation and specialized in state hiring tax incentives. He has also worked as a consultant or contractor for several firms including Fortune 50 firms before joining the VBOC.
Jeffrey is originally from Mamaroneck NY. He is a graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business.
Flint Brent joined the Business Innovation Group as Area Director of the SBDC.
Brent brings a wide breadth of experience from accounting and small business development, and is a great addition to BIG’s economic development efforts. As an accountant, he worked closely with his clients often like a confidant and consultant working to maximize profit and eliminate waste through improved financial processes and business practices. His practice focused on small business clients ranging from traditional retail, motorcycle repair, to restaurants. He is also experienced in job creation, retention and expansion. Brent says,
“I like to help people develop their passions into sustainable businesses, and work to see those businesses grow. I’m like an old farmer who likes to plant seeds and watch them grow.”
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), now have an office in BIG’s City Campus. SCORE volunteer Gary Johnson is Past President of Savannah SCORE.
His management experience includes positions such as Vice President of Marketing and Operations in management consulting, and in distribution and retail industries.. Mr. Johnson knows what it means to start and run a small business. He started his own company, Strategic Systems, in 1988 in Chicago pioneering the use of multimedia systems for training. The company was a leader in Computer Based Training systems with clients in the US and Europe. He joined SCORE to help people with good business ideas that need someone with experience to guide them through the process of starting and running a new business. His education includes degrees in Engineering and an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), now have an office in BIG’s City Campus. SCORE volunteer Alex Harwood graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in engineering, and served the next 6 years in the U.S.Air Force.
During this time he completed his Masters degree at Stanford University and doctoral work at UCLA John Anderson Graduate School of Management. He subsequently joined Hughes Aircraft Company initially as an engineering manager and later as a marketing manager. For ten years prior to his retirement, Alex was the account executive and program executive to U.S Intelligence Community programs at Texas Instruments and IBM. He brings to BIG, a wealth of experience in the development and logistical support of both small and larger complex programs. Business planning, financial planning and program design are among his strengths.
BIG Graduate Assistants
Morgan Millar is a Masters of Accounting student at Georgia Southern University. She is originally from Woodstock, Georgia, but has lived all over the country — in Florida, New York and Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys running and playing with her dog. Millar is currently working as a graduate assistant for the Business Innovation Group (BIG). She hopes to gain experience in all of the different things BIG has to offer while working here. After graduating with her master’s degree, she hopes to gain her CPA license. After achieving that, Millar would like to work in the audit department of a medium-sized firm.
Eminah Quintyne was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Houston, Texas. Currently she is attending Georgia Southern University, studying public health policy and management in the Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program, and studying nutrition and food science to become a registered dietitian. Excited to kick off the fall at BIG, Eminah says her late grandfather inspires her motto:
“Think big enough!”
With an interest in creating low-carbohydrate bread and pasta products, she wants to be a business owner one day, helping people to enjoy carbohydrates without negative consequences. She works with the business advisor at BIG, assisting with entrepreneurship events, communications and grant proposals.
Amanda Wynn is currently an MBA student at Georgia Southern University, a weather forecaster in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and a weather observer at the Savannah International Airport. Her interests include do-it-yourself projects, recreational painting and spending quality time with her family. At BIG, Amanda works as a graduate assistant at the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). The VBOC provides counseling and guidance to veterans interested in entrepreneurship and business development. During her time at the VBOC, Amanda hopes to make a difference in the lives of veterans as they pursue their goals of establishing or expanding their businesses.
Last updated: 2/17/2017