Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership

Meet the Director

Michael R. Bowers is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Before coming to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Bowers held several leadership positions at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. — including dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and interim dean of the College of Technology.

Previously, he served Rollins College as a professor of marketing and the founding academic director for the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business. During his tenure, the center was recognized as one of the top 25 graduate programs in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.

Over the years, Dr. Bowers has worked extensively with start-up and second-stage companies as they develop their business and growth models. His research interests include: entrepreneurship, product/quality management, customer loyalty, management of organizational innovation and strategic planning, primarily in service industries. 

Read more about the director’s academic and professional experience.

Board of Advisors

Richard Fox

Richard Fox

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Andrea Kurak

Andrea Kurak

Peter McAlindon

Peter McAlindon, Ph.d. - Chair

Mark R. Mohler

Mark R. Mohler

Lilian Myers

Lilian Myers

John Vecchio

John Vecchio

Jim Zucco

Jim Zucco

Steering Committee

Scott Ambrose – College of Business

Director Michael Bowers – College of Business

Jeff Brown – College of Engineering

Sergey Drakunov – College of Arts & Sciences

Diane Howard – College of Aviation

John Ledgerwood – College of Business

Pedro Llanos – College of Aviation

Stephanie Miller – Technology Transfer & Commercialization

Charles Reinholtz – College of Engineering

Dave Spitzer – College of Engineering

Entrepreneurs and Executives In Residence

Kevin Manley

Lori Sandman