Dr. Ayad is a Scholar-Practitioner and accomplished business leader with over twenty five years of experience in developing and implementing strategies, designing and sustaining effective processes, engaging employees at all levels leading to improved top line and bottom line business results. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Ayad has taught at Strayer University in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Centennial College in Canada, Bellevue University, Nebraska, USA, and Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He has authored and coauthored several papers on Business and Management in journals such as International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, Journal of Management, International Journal of Project Organization and Management, and Quality Progress. Dr. Ayad has worked for Home Depot, Sears Holdings, and Walmart, where he managed thousands of employees and directed merchandise execution. Currently, he serves as a Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation for Walmart. He witnessed the advantages and disadvantages as well as the successes and disappointments of transformation at these companies and other retailers through teaching case studies for his MBA and doctorate students. Dr. Ayad graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University as a Civil Engineer. He holds a Doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University.
Dr. Emad Rahim is an award winning author, educator, researcher, entrepreneur and academic leader with over a decade of business development experience, operating a diverse portfolio of projects and programs in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Rahim’s servant leadership philosophy was developed through his work in human services where he served the needs of inner-city families and at-risk children for over 15 years. The same servant leadership approach that made him successful in human services also served him effectively in corporate business and academia. He was named the 2011 Beyster Scholar Fellow by the Beyster Institute at UC San Diego and Laureate Visiting Fellow by Laureate Education Inc., where he served as a visiting lecturer in East Asia and Latin America. Dr. Rahim earned a Post-Doctoral Diploma in Marketing and Management from A.B. Freemen School of Business at Tulane University and a Doctorate of Management from Colorado Technical University. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Greater Syracuse program (LGS), Cornell University’s Executive Leadership Series, Syracuse University’s E-nitiative project (Entrepreneurship Scholar), and the Gamaliel Foundation’s Advance Leadership program (President Barack Obama, alum). Dr. Rahim currently serves as University Dean for the School of Business at Colorado Technical University and the Chief Learning Officer at Global i354 LLC. He has also taught and lectured at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Cazenovia College, Morrisville State College, Walden University, Kaplan University and the Jack Welch Institute.