Stetson University

School of Business Administration

Success Stories

Kevin Tweedle

Delivering Bank Intelligence

Kevin Tweedle is president of the Bank Intelligence Solutions group at Fiserv. He oversees all activities in the Bank Intelligence Solutions group and serves as a trusted advisor to more than 1,100 financial institutions across the country.

Educational Background

Kevin graduated from Stetson University, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.

Career Path

Prior to joining Fiserv, Kevin worked for five years as chief financial officer and chief information officer of The Bankers Bank, where he managed its rapid growth throughout the southeastern United States, nearly doubling its asset size from $700 million in 1999 to $1.5 billion in 2004. He also spent nine years with Porter Keadle Moore LLP, last serving as an audit principal with the firm.

Kevin was promoted in April 2012 to president of the Bank Intelligence Solutions group at Fiserv and now oversees all activities in the Bank Intelligence Solutions group. He has played a vital role in growing the BankAnalyst© client base since joining the company in 2004. Prior to becoming president, Kevin was executive vice president of sales and operations and chief operations officer, leading all activities relating to accounting, sales, human resources and administration for the solutions group.

Technology/Analytics Importance/Impact to Business

The BankAnalyst online tools Kevin helped develop offer banks of any size a valuable source of customized analysis. This unique solution combines extensive industry data with the thought processes of the most experienced bank advisors to create an automated, online advisory solution.

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Austin Garcia-Cooper

Educational Background

Austin attended Stetson University for his undergraduate education, graduating in 2010 with a degree in finance. At Stetson University he participated in the Roland George Investment Program and held leadership positions in the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and Phi Sigma Kappa.

Career Path

Augstin began his professional career at Thrillist.com in New York City; he joined the budding tech start-up as an ad operations coordinator. By the end of his time at Thrillist, he had learned invaluable lessons in the field of analytics, most importantly, how to relate the data he was seeing into the company's overall objective. After moving back to Florida, he reconnected with Camiel who owns Flomotion and who is also a Stetson University alum. Camiel graduated with his bachelor's degree in finance in 2010, and earned his MBA from Stetson University in 2011. They were good friends who had met through Phi Sigma Kappa, Alpha Kappa Psi and the Roland George Program. After reconnecting with Camiel, Austin began working at Flomotion. His ability to apply the data analytic skills that he learned at Thrillist has directly led to a better understanding of the company's customers, their preferences and how to use this information to increase sales and branding.

Keys to Success

Austin says that, "There is one skill that you must have to be successful in the field of business analytics -- you must be able to think large. No matter how small the pieces of data that you're receiving are, you must be able to apply them to your end objective."

Words to Live By

"Constantly adapt. Information is always changing and you need to adapt to it."

Best Advice You Ever Got (or Gave)

"Don't settle. Take the risk to do what you are truly passionate about in life -- it's worth it."

Technology/Analytics Importance/Impact to Business

"Information is everything now. The ability to better know your customer provides a business with an invaluable advantage in serving the customer and giving them what they want, when they want it."

Daryl Holt

Educational Background

Daryl Holt graduated from Stetson University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While at Stetson University he minored in management information systems. He went on to study computer animation at the International Academy of Design.

Career Path

Daryl's career began with Accenture, then called Andersen Consulting, based in Tampa, where he worked in systems consulting. This position allowed him to travel, interface with multiple levels of his clients' leadership, and exposed him to a variety of problems that allowed him to develop as a professional, learning to think on his feet, become solution and customer-focused, and communicate effectively. His position with Accenture eventually led to a rewarding career in healthcare systems consulting, when he left Accenture to work full-time for one of his former clients, All Children's Hospital. There, he took the lead in implementing a multi-year strategic plan that he had helped to develop as a consultant. He calls this time one of his most rewarding, as the people he worked with were innovative and forward-thinking, and he could see the impact of his work on a daily basis.

Eventually, he moved to a start-up called MOON Communications as the senior director of information systems and network technology, where he leveraged technology developed at NASA to create the world's first remote, telemetric home health nursing station. This position allowed him the opportunity to work in fields he had not previously experienced, including international business and marketing, among others. After his time at MOON Communications, he went on to become the director of strategic consulting for Mediacentric Group, a digital multimedia firm, while he went to night school for computer animation.

He eventually started his own company, Ovation Media Group, and later entered a contracted relationship as vice president for Paper 2 Pixel Creative Group, Inc. He began working for Electronic Arts (EA) in the EA Sports division, in 2004, and has since served as the studio COO of EA-Tiburon, VP/COO of EA Sports, VP/GM (EA Sports) and VP/group COO of EA Studios.

Keys to Success

  • I always look to take on the toughest challenges. If they say it can't be done, I want a shot at it.
  • I'm fortunate to have a balanced creative, strategic and technical perspective (allowing me to communicate across disciplines).
  • I always seek to leverage and improve my strengths (exponential growth opportunity) vs. trying to develop my weaknesses (limited growth).
  • I always focus on people first, and spend more time listening than speaking.
  • Embrace and empower the curious; drive for a culture of "yes" to fuel innovation.

Words to Live By

  • Don't seek to do things right, but rather to do the right things.
  • Enable others to be successful so that together you can create something meaningful and move forward every single day.
  • The improbable can be done immediately, but the impossible may take a few days.
  • "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

Best Advice You Ever Got (or Gave)

  • Value differences in people
  • Suspend assumptions
  • Be decisive with context, but without fear

Technology/Analytics Importance/Impact to Business

Technology is everywhere, and STEM-related jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are fast becoming equitable to almost all jobs. This proliferation of technology (and its continued, rapid evolution under Moore's Law) creates big data. As a result, data and the ability to analyze data in a customer-focused way is paramount to success. With the customer at the center, data analytics allows us to create a personalized view and interaction point to acquire and retain, engage and entertain, and support what people need and/or want (perhaps even before they know it). The magic happens when you can use this data to build relationships, multiply resource capabilities, find and fill gaps, and/or create action that leads to something better.

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Educational Background

Master of Business Administration

  • Crummer School of Business: Rollins College
  • Graduated: December 2014 (projected)

Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems

  • Stetson University
  • Graduated: May 2009

Career Path

I started as an intern on the data management services team in the management information systems department at Florida Hospital in June 2009. On September 1, 2009 I became a full-time employee on the data management services team. When I first started I worked as an ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) developer where I worked directly with the source data and all of the jobs/code that loads our warehouse data. A few months later, I began transitioning to a front-end developer position where I worked directly with customers to build reports.

Keys to Success

  • Take time out of your busy day every day to do something for yourself.

Technology/Analytics Importance/Impact to Business

Technology and analytics are everywhere in our lives these days, from sales to hospitality to healthcare. In healthcare the ability to collect anything from basic demographics, to information about procedures, treatments and diagnosis means that we can provide better patient care and keep our patients safe. We can also use the data collected to help determine where a new hospital, emergency room facility or doctor's office is needed in the community.

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