Meet The Faculty

Alan Guinn

Professor Guinn is the Managing Director and CEO of the Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc. During his career he has been named a Fortune 500 Business Development Guru, awarded multiple “Who’s Who” listings, honored as a “Best Boss” and named a 2006-07 Fellow in the International Centre for Consulting Excellence. His business experience extends across several IPO and PPM filings and placements.  His specialty areas include Human Resources and Marketing.

He serves in leadership positions on several Corporate, Educational and Advisory Boards, including the Rushmore Board of Governors.

Rakesh Sondhi

Rakesh Sondhi is Managing Director of BMC Global Services, a management consultancy firm specializing in business strategy. He is also Program Director at the London Business School and a member of the Visiting Executive Faculty at Henley Management College.  He has 22 years of management and strategy experience in senior management positions with blue chip companies, covering the financial services, aviation, agricultural machine, automotive, apparel, IT, biotech and food sectors.

Donald Mitchell

Professor Mitchell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mitchell and Company, a management consulting firm established in 1977 which specializes in business strategy and financial consulting for major companies. His firm’s clients are found predominately among the nation’s 200 largest corporations. One instance of his firm’s success is that since 1977 Mitchell and Company’s clients have increased their share values by more than $37 billion, faster than the Standard and Poor’s 500 Average has risen, as a result of implementation of the firm’s recommendations.

Dr. Domenic Cianflone, BCom, MBA, PhD, CMA

Dr. Cianflone is the founder of Synergy Management Consulting Inc.  His industry experience covers distribution, professional services, pharmaceutical, and staffing.  His areas of expertise are management consulting, strategic planning, logistics operations, balanced scorecards, activity-based management, leadership training, corporate governance, and recruitment.  Throughout his career, he has directed numerous projects in strategy, financial management, and human resource management.

David Edward Marcinko

Professor Marcinko is a surgeon, a healthcare economist and a financial-planning evangelist, working with students in these areas as well as the areas of healthcare management, administration and healthcare practice management. Professor Marcinko is also interested in working with students who are professionals in the areas of tax planning, accounting advice, appraisals, practice valuations, healthcare technology, practice enhancement and management, investment consulting, retirement and estate planning, and health-law advising. He is very interested in helping students publish papers, especially educational materials and books relating to the US healthcare system in the areas above.

Eugene Valentijn

Professor Valentijn is Rushmore’s Ambassador to Europe, promoting our programs and looking for joint ventures with other schools and organizations there. He has extensive experience as a consultant and has focused on the areas of re-engineering, mergers and reorganizations. Professor Valentijn has published articles on change management, leadership, coaching, project management and process management.

E.W. (Bill) Brody

Dr. Brody is the author of over ten books, including The Business of Public Relations, Public Relations Programming and Production, Communicating for Survival: Coping with Diminishing Human Resources, Public Relations Writing, Professional Practice Development: Meeting the Competitive Challenge, Managing Communication Processes: From Planning to Crisis Response, Communication Tomorrow: New Audiences, New Technologies, New Media and Public Relations Research. He has also published numerous articles on public relations.

Laurence Leigh

Professor Leigh holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned a MBA from the London Business School and a MA in Economics from Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the faculty of the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut. Before that he taught at various business schools in Europe and the United States and did executive training for organizations such as the International Labor Organization, the Italian Government Institute for Foreign Trade and the Fiat Group.

Robert M. Donnelly

Professor Donnelly ( has been teaching at the graduate business level for 25 years, primarily in MBA and EMBA programs. He has developed the following graduate level courses: Entrepreneurship, The Management of Innovation, Internet Marketing and Marketing Strategy. In addition, he teaches Organizational Behavior, Strategic Planning and Niche Marketing. His students have consistently rated his courses as one of the best, if not the best, courses they have taken. He also conducts a number of independent study courses, working one-on-one with executives and students on their individual requirements.

Gary J. Smith

Professor Smith has extensive experience in human resource management. He has been a member of DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business faculty since 1991, where he teaches graduate courses in organizational development, strategic human resources management, human resources planning, recruiting,and selection, training and career development; In addition to his DePaul assignment, in 2001 Professor Smith joined the faculty of the College of Business of the University of Colorado. He facilitates and leads corporate and classroom seminars, using Myers-Briggs, Covey’s Seven Habits, Assessment Centers and Targeted Selection.  He is the author of the E-book, Becoming a High-Impact Candidate.

Patrick (Pat) Robinson

Professor Robinson graduated from the Harvard University School of Business with a MBA and earned his BE at McGill University in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He also earned a MA in Applied Economics and completed all but his dissertation for the PhD in the Applied Economics program, both at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Union Institute he completed all the work but his dissertation in the PhD Program in Interactive Management. He completed his PhD at Rushmore in 2002. He also has a CMA from the University of Toronto.

Larry A. Bauman

Professor Bauman holds a PhD in Behavioral Economics from Rushmore, a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a postgraduate certificate from Texas Tech.

Al Hennon

Dr. Hennon is our Professor of Educational Administration. He has spent 30 years in education. In 1995 he was named Superintendent of Schools for the Massillon City School System, Ohio. Under Ohio Law this office functions as a CEO for the school corporation. He is in charge of approximately 750 employees and a $40 million dollar budget.

Manek Kirpalani

Professor Manek Kirpalani holds degrees from the University of Montreal and Oxford University. He has also worked in academia in Hong Kong, Norway and the USA. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University in Montreal and a Visiting Distinguished Professor and PhD Advisor in the International Business School of the Helsinki School of Economics. Professor Kirpalani’s travels are reflected in the fields he teaches: Marketing, International Business and Marketing Management. His publications and editorial contributions to books, proceedings and journals number over a hundred. Dr. Kirpalani has intensive business experience at the Montreal Stock Exchange. He also spent five years with DuPont in Canada.

Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman is our Professor of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Studies. He has been a practicing trial counsel in England for nearly 30 years, principally in professional negligence, franchising and commercial disputes, and an arbitrator and mediator for 17 years. He also operates a highly successful consultancy that teaches professional advocacy, mediation and negotiation skills to lawyers and other qualified dispute resolvers.

Rolf Hemmerling

Since earning a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and a MA in Business Economics from Roosevelt University, Rolf Hemmerling has had an illustrious and enviable career in international business. Professor Hemmerling has distinguished himself in both the academic and the corporate worlds. He has brought considerable experience from the business community into the classroom, infusing the disciplines of economics, finance and management with real world authenticity.

John Jaquish

Professor Jaquish began his experience in life sciences after being told by his Mother that she had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. John created a device to place axial loading through bone to safely cause osteogenic responses. The device was designed to trigger the effects of high-impact loading, but without the risk of injury. After successfully reversing his Mother’s osteoporosis, as part of his PhD dissertation in biomedical engineering research at Rushmore University, he conducted four years of testing with human subjects and observed his invention was able to outperform the existing standard-of-care pharmaceuticals. He has published these findings in multiple peer-reviewed academic journals.

Eduardo Abud-Mendoza

Professor Abud-Mendoza is an expert in mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and business strategy. He has headed over 20 mergers and acquisition cases with a total value exceeding $12 billion and over 30 financial and corporate restructuring cases for a total value exceeding $9 billion. He has served as a top-level executive and consultant for many multi-billion dollar conglomerates and firms. Mr. Abud-Mendoza has extensive experience in telecommunications, media and entertainment, banking and power generation industries and has also been involved in the structuring, start-up and operation of many new businesses related to these industries.

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