Faculty and Staff
A licensed CPA in Florida (inactive) and member of the Florida Bar, Dr. McCann is an innovator as a teacher, author, consultant and director of the award-winning Family Enterprise Center. For more than a decade, Dr. McCann has worked as a speaker, author, educator, and consultant to help businesses with succession, communication, conflict resolution and gender issues, with a special emphasis on helping the next generation succeed in both their careers and lives. He has helped numerous family enterprises transition to future generations.
As director, he led the effort to create the nation's first undergraduate major in the field of family enterprise, which helped the Center earn three (inter)national awards. In addition to his role within the Family Enterprise Center, McCann also teaches several courses in Stetson's Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program and is a thought leader on leadership development within both programs.
Professor of Family Enterprise
B.A., Stetson University
J.D., University of Florida
Richard Copeland is an associate professor at Stetson University and has extensive experience in the areas of taxation and estate planning. For more than 38 years, Copeland has had his own law practice that specializes in the purchase and sale of businesses, probate, guardianship, sale of real estate and adoptions.
Department of Accounting
B.S., Mississippi College
J.D., University of Florida
LL.M., Tax, University of Miami
As an adjunct professor at Stetson's Family Enterprise Center, Peter is at the forefront of Next Generation Leadership Development; having helped hundreds of college aged students establish credibility and marketability with their family, with their family business or with non-family employers. Peter combines his years of mental health counseling with over 12 years of business development & marketing experience to connect with the family and the business. At the foundation of Peter's career is his work as a counselor and human services program specialist. With a master's degree in mental health and a systems approach to working with individuals and groups, Peter has a depth of experience that spans a wide range behaviors and personalities.
President and CEO, Professional CEU
M.S., Stetson University
Francesco (Frank) Barbera earned his Ph.D. and a Master of Commerce (Honours) degree in economics from Bond University in Queensland, Australia. His research interests encompass a wide range of economic issues applied to family business, entrepreneurship and small business management. Frank was selected as a Family Owned Business Institute Scholar twice (in 2010 and 2014) by the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids in the U.S., and won the Family Firm Institute's (FFI) Best Dissertation Award in 2014. His research has also earned the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) award for best doctoral paper in 2010 as well as the best paper award in 2014, and has been published in Small Business Economics, the Australian Journal of Management and the Family Business Review.
Under an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, he was a research associate at the Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB) in Queensland, Australia, where he investigated Australian small to medium-sized enterprises. Specifically, his research focused on technical and scale efficiency differentials between family and non-family firms using an economic framework. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor, STEP Team Leader and is the acting Director of Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center.
Assistant Professor of Family Enterprise Ph.D., Bond University M.Com. (Honors), Bond University
Jess Williams joined the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) in April 2013. With a diverse career history in financial operations, client and project management, and human resources coordination, she joined the team ready to use her experience to support the daily operations of the Family Enterprise Center. Having studied in various fields including business management, psychology, the humanities and wellness, Williams values diversity in approach and thought and seeks to employ this in goal-setting and achievement. She is personally and professionally committed to the core values of the FEC and is pleased to be a part of developing the next generation of leaders.