Founders created its Advisory Board to serve as a valuable resource for our professionals. The Board’s members, which include distinguished business and professional leaders, have a wealth of wisdom and experience from which our team can draw to help us continually improve, provide an industry-leading level of service to our clients and serve as a valuable network within our communities.
The members of the Founders Advisory Board provide critical advice and guidance on the core strategies and disciplines that help our team remain fully accountable to our core values while achieving our vision and mission for our firm – achieving success for our clients in all that we do.
Board of Advisors
J. David Brown III
Mr. Brown is the President of Jemison Investment Co., Inc., a diversified investment holding and management company with interests in a variety of industries. He has been an officer of Jemison for nearly 15 years and serves as a director to more than 18 individual companies in addition to serving as a director or trustee to numerous civic organizations. Prior to joining Jemison, Mr. Brown worked for Cyrus J. Lawrence Inc., a New York-based institutional investment banking firm.
Mr. Brown resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife Janie and has three sons currently attending college. He holds a J.D. and a M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Mr. Davis is Chairman of the Board for Metalplate Galvanizing, Inc., a provider of hot dip industrial galvanizing serving the steel industry throughout the Southeast. For the past 34 years, he has been either President or Chairman of Metalplate, and has led the company from its founding to become the benchmark leader in the galvanizing industry.
Mr. Davis lives in Birmingham, Alabama and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University as well as a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. David Klock
David Klock, Ph.D. is currently Special Consultant to The Chairman of Best Associates Merchant Bank, where he has been since retiring in 2015 as Dean of the College of Business and Ryder Eminent Scholar in Business at Florida International University. He served as Chairman and CEO of CompBenefits Corporation from 1993 to 2004. Dr. Klock became an active consultant to CompBenefits in 1981 and was appointed Chairman and CEO in 1993. During his tenure as CEO and/or Chairman, CompBenefits grew from $30 million in revenue to more than $340 million in revenue with industry-leading profit margins. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Klock also was Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee for Provence Healthcare (PRV-NYSE). Since 2006, Dr. Klock has served as a Member of the Board of Directors, a Member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Special Litigation Committee for Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ-CAKE).
Prior to coming to FIU, Dr. Klock served as Dean of the School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, at which he was the Wachovia Chair in Business Administration. He also served as non-management Chairman for CompBenefits Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Klock obtained a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Illinois. In 1987, he served as an Insurance Economist at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Klock is co-author of four books and more than 50 other scholarly publications.
Dr. Sanjay Singh
Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and Strategic Management from the University of Georgia and currently serves as VP of Community Services. For 20 years, Sanjay was a faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham, teaching and supervising thesis for Master’s and Doctoral students in the Schools of Business, Engineering, Computer Science, and Healthcare Administration. Further, he has visited, lectured, and studied more than 200 companies in over 75 countries in Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Sanjay recently joined the President’s Campaign Executive Committee, which is dedicated to raising $1 billion for UAB. Additionally, Sanjay serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Birmingham, and is on the boards of Alys Stephen Center, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Business Alliance, McWane Science Center, and Founders Investment Bank. He started the Indian Cultural Society at The Birmingham Museum of Art, which is dedicated to promoting Indian art and culture in Alabama. Sanjay is married to Dora Eugenia and enjoys vacationing with his two children, Vivek Gabriel and Indira Evangelina.
Mr. Simmons is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Executive Leadership, a Birmingham-based ministry that focuses on counseling businessmen and community leaders to develop their spiritual lives through a variety of programs. Prior to founding the Center, Mr. Simmons worked in the insurance brokerage business as President and CEO of publicly held H.R.H. Insurance for nearly 10 years.
Mr. Simmons is a resident of Birmingham, Alabama and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from The University of the South.
Dale Dawson is founder & CEO of Bridge2Rwanda and the ISOKO Institute. He serves on Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Presidential Advisory Council, the boards of Urwego Opportunity Bank of Rwanda and nonprofits, Halftime and Edify, and the investment committee of Diamond State Ventures.
During his first half, Dale served as EVP/Head of investment banking at Stephens Inc.; Partner and National Director at KPMG; and Chairman & CEO of TruckPro, an independent distributor of commercial truck parts that he sold to AutoZone. He and his wife, Judi, are University of Texas graduates and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have two grown children – Katherine and Jack.
Mr. Marino was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Plantation Patterns LLC, a designer and manufacturer of high-quality outdoor cushions, decorative pillows and umbrellas sold in Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco and other fine retailers. Plantation Patterns was a leader in the industry winning awards from retailers for execution, innovation and product design. Mr. Marino sold Plantation in late 2016 to NBG Home / Kohlberg & Company. Prior to Plantation Patterns, Mr. Marino spent over 20 years in the family-owned business, Shop-A-Snak Food Mart, founded by his father in 1964. Started as a local chain of small grocery stores, Shop-A-Snak Food Mart evolved and expanded into an industry leading convenience store chain spanning from north Alabama to the Florida Panhandle. In addition to the convenience stores, their family of companies included Marco Petroleum, a wholesale fuel distributor and the largest Exxon Mobil products distributor in Alabama, along with Greensprings Associates, a real estate development company. Mr. Marino was President of this conglomerate of companies when they were sold to The Pantry, Inc. (a.k.a. Kangaroo Express) in 2006.
Mr. Marino has an accounting degree from Auburn University and resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Marie. They have two children, Christine and E.J.