Coles College Career Coaches
As a Coles College of Business student, you have access to a Career Coach with industry expertise with your chosen major. Below is a list of the Coles Career Coaches and information on their career backgrounds. You will be paired with your coach once you choose your major.
Mr. Martin has served as a full-time faculty member in the Kennesaw State University School of Accountancy since 2004. He also served as an adjunct faculty member from 1993 to 2004. His areas of academic focus are managerial accounting and individual and business taxation. His professional experience in tax planning and business consultation has enabled him to develop several interesting and effective methodologies of delivering and explaining relevant topics to students in the classroom. In addition, Mr. Martin has worked closely with the KSU Career Services Center for many years assisting in the recruiting and hiring processes of accounting graduates.
Mr. Martin has over 25 years of experience as an active, practicing CPA in the Atlanta metropolitan area providing tax and consulting services to a variety of individuals and small businesses. Specific services include income, estate, and payroll tax preparation and planning, client representation and dispute resolution in front of the IRS, profitability and operational efficiency analysis and planning, and business valuation services. Specific industries served include energy, transportation, wholesale distributorships, health care professionals, real estate development, building trade contractors, and food service industries.
Prior to starting his CPA practice in Atlanta, Mr. Martin held accounting management positions at Marathon Oil Company in Ohio and Louisiana, in both onshore and offshore exploration and production offices.
John D. Como currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Hughes Leadership and Career Program. He functions as the career coach for Finance, Economics, and Quantitative Analysis students and is also a part-time Instructor of Economics and Finance for Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business. He has previously served as a part-time instructor for Towson University and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).
Prior to teaching, Como spent over 25 years in a variety of corporate finance roles. With a concentration in mergers and acquisitions and investment banking, Como has built a diverse and comprehensive background in financial and quantitative analysis, project management, and consultative services. Como has held positions as CFO, executive vice president, and senior financial analyst, while serving as a director and as a member of several compensation committees.
Among Como’s professional highlights were being selected by BFI’s international division to function as the primary analyst on a $350M US international acquisition and functioning as the lead executive on a $20M public offering through a reverse acquisition.
Andrew Green is a Lecturer of Information Security and Assurance in the Information Systems Department, located in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw Georgia. Green also served in various administrative roles for Operations for the Center for Information Security Education from 2011 through 2016. Green currently serves as the program coordinator for the BB-ISA degree program at Coles College.
Green has over a decade of experience in information security. Prior to entering academia full-time, Green worked as an information security consultant, focusing primarily on the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to that, Green worked in the healthcare IT field, where he developed and supported transcription interfaces for medical facilities throughout the United States.
Green is also pursuing his Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University, where he is studying
information systems with a concentration in information security. Green is also a
co-author on a number of academic textbooks on various information security-related
topics, published by Course Technology.
Wes Rhea is a Sr. Lecturer of Information Systems at Kennesaw State University.
Currently, teaching IS 3100 which illustrates how to effectively use, manage, and participate in the development of information technology applications that support common business processes. Also, classes in business process management and information security assurance.
Wes is a certified project manager (PMP), certified information security manager (CISM), certified HIPAA professional (CHP), certified HIPAA security specialist (CHSS), certified Sarbanes-Oxley professional (CSOX), certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC) and certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT). Wes has professional experience in the telecommunications, financial and healthcare industries while holding executive level positions as a Vice-President, Corporate Compliance Officer and Chief Information Officer.
Wes received his Masters of Business Administration from Troy University and his Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing from Kennesaw State University.
Hope Torkornoo is Professor of Marketing & International Business in the Coles College
of Business at KSU. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and teaches MBA
and undergraduate courses in International Business. His research interests include
sustainability, foreign direct investment, and marketing decisions and performance
in emerging economies.
Professor Torkornoo has had extensive experience organizing executive briefings on global strategy in collaboration with multinational companies such as IBM, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, British Airways, British Telecom, Jaguar, Commerzbank, Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, Honda, Murata and Aflac (Japan) in London, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Kyoto, and Tokyo. His consulting clients have included The Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels and Resorts and IBM.
Priscilla J. Hollman has nearly 30 years of corporate management experience in Diversity, Human Resources, and Lodging Operations. After twenty-five years of service to the company, she retired in December, 2007 as Vice President, Diversity Relations with Marriott International, Inc., a leader in the hospitality industry. Priscilla is a skilled management development coach and over the course of her corporate career has facilitated numerous training and development workshops to student, corporate, and association audiences.
Priscilla holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and a Master of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University and has achieved the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She currently serves as a part-time faculty member for Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business, and East Carolina University, School of Hospitality Leadership teaching human resources courses. She has previously served as a part-time instructor for Georgia State University and Florida Gulf Coast University.
With a strong commitment to community service, Priscilla is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta (GA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Omega chapter (Marietta, Georgia), and Zion Baptist Church of Marietta. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the PEARL Foundation of Georgia and The Gabriel Center for Servant Leadership (Marietta, Georgia).
Leila Borders joined Kennesaw in 2008, after previously teaching at the University of New Orleans, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Innsbruck University (Austria). Her research focuses primarily on selling and sales management. Leila holds a PhD and MBA from Georgia State University, and a BBA from the University of Georgia, and is currently the Director of Research for the Center for Professional Selling at Kennesaw. Annually, Leila assists in the orchestration of the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC), which includes leading university sales programs from across the United States, Canada and Belgium, and national and international corporations.
Among her other duties and affiliations, Leila coaches students for sales competitions, and is a program organizer for SAUPO (Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities) - a platform for learning and networking among business leaders, policymakers, scholars and others, regarding partnership opportunities between the U. S. and Asia.
Professionally, before entering academia, Dr. Borders worked for the Department of Defense as a Defense Contract Auditor and BellSouth Telecommunications (now AT&T) as an Information Technology Senior Systems Analyst.
Marketing & Professional Sales
In addition to classroom responsibilities in the area of marketing principles, sales, sales management, consumer behavior, and international marketing; Michael has consulting and real estate interests and has had the opportunity to travel, work, teach and live around the world.
Michael’s research and teaching areas include Entrepreneurial Applications of Social Marketing Techniques, Corporate Social and Ethical Responsibilities, and Impact of Social Media on sales cycle. He has experience consulting with companies such as Pisanos, Olde Towne, Trackside, ERA United Realty, Harvest Holdings, LLC., Pak-Tec Inc., Adore Bridal Boutique, and Eaton Chiropractic. He also continues to involve himself with his community by working with organizations like the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, The Center for Family Resources, City of Kennesaw Development Authority, The Edge Connection, Cobb Association of Realtors, and International Council of Shopping Centers
Michael’s hobbies are hunting and being in the outdoors. He has a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and belongs to the Bluegrass Hunt Club in Virginia. He likes fast cars and motorcycles. He is married to Sharon and has 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Management & Marketing & Professional Sales
Charles Rey Versola
Charles “Rey” Versola is a Career Coach for students majoring in Management, Marketing, and Professional Sales in the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University. He enjoys helping students discover their major, develop their personal brand, and pursue their career, purpose, and calling.
Rey has had an extensive career in Sales, Sales Management, and Category Management in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Industry with Fortune 500 companies such as Frito-Lay, Nabisco, Keebler, Kellogg, and Bayer Consumer Care. He has served in a variety of customer-facing, leadership, and analytical roles including Sales Representative, District Sales Manager, Trade Development Manager, Category Analyst, and Category Manager. During the “Great Recession”, he made a career change to Career Coach to help job seekers navigate the challenging process of job search and career transition.
Rey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of South Alabama (graduated magna cum laude). He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Alabama in two years while working full-time.
Rey is an active member of Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, GA, serving in the Worship Choir, Stephen Ministry, and Career Ministry. Also, he volunteers with job networking groups and coaches job seekers. Rey and his wife Karen have three sons, including the youngest who is a KSU student. Rey is an avid fan of Alabama Crimson Tide Football and enjoys doing voiceovers (VOs) and narrations. He auditioned for the voice of the Aflac Duck, and recorded VOs that were played at Carnegie Hall.
Diane brings more than 25 years of career development and management experience, working in association with universities to Executive Search. Her tenure has always included a deep interest and commitment to career connections.
Diane joined The Human Capital Group with a specialty in Search and has incorporated her network with her keen sense of talent sourcing in this new consulting role. She remains a sought after presenter on career-related topics.
Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Secondary Education from Marquette University and a Master’s of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Resume Writer and also a guest blogger for the Society of Human Resource Management in the areas of Talent, Recruitment and Career Strategies.
Jennifer Smallwood is a professional Career Coach with expertise in career assessment and exploration, resume writing, interview preparation, and connecting candidates with high-quality job opportunities. She also has experience with Selection Assessment Centers, corporate Human Resources, College Recruiting, and Equal Employment Opportunity hiring procedures. She has been a guest speaker and lecturer on various career topics and has championed student and professional groups that encourage Women Leadership in Business.
Jennifer is committed to helping Coles College of Business students discover their strengths, choose a suitable major, and prepare for a competitive job market. She promotes introspective thought and strengths assessment. This makes her the ideal Career Coach to work with students who have undeclared majors or students who are still exploring their career options.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Program Executive Director
Linda Malgeri is Director of the Hughes Leadership and Career Program in the Coles College of Business at KSU. This program was designed and implemented to provide Coles Undergraduate Business Majors a competitive edge in the market, and to assist our students in obtaining their career of choice upon graduation.
Linda is an accounting faculty member in the School of Accountancy at KSU, and she has taught at many levels from the introduction to accounting courses to the executive MBA. Linda has been teaching at the Coles College for over twenty years. She has led numerous study abroad programs to China; was a member of the faculty learning community in Ghana; and currently is working with the Coles Scholars International Immersion. She previously served on the faculty of Mercer University. Prior to entering academics Linda was a manager at Deloitte Consulting. She continues to provide consulting services to businesses in the areas of business valuation and management accounting.
Professor Malgeri teaches seminars and continuing education for accounting professionals and businesses. Linda holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from Stetson University and a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Linda is a Certified Public Accountant.
Linda enjoys working with students and helping them formulate their career aspirations. She is excited to be working in the Hughes Leadership and Career Program.
Recreationally, Linda enjoys boating, tennis and outdoor activities.
View your Sophomore, Junior and Senior courses for HLCP.
Visit the Hughes Leadership and Career Program Office, located in BB 431 or call 470-578-2301.