Samford’s Brock School of Business names Fernando Valentin, president of The Trinity Design Group, as Executive-in-Residence for 2012-2013


Birmingham, Ala. – Samford University’s Brock School of Business announced today that Fernando Valentin, president of The Trinity Design Group and winner of the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Executive of the Year will serve as the Brock School’s Executive-in-Residence for 2012-2013.
“We are excited to have formed the new Executive- in-Residence program with the Birmingham Business Alliance,” said Howard Finch, dean.  “Having Fernando serve in that capacity helps the Brock School continue its outreach to and involvement of our area business community.”
As an Executive-in-Residence Fernando will speak to students in small business and entrepreneurship classes, advise Brock School of Business Incubator tenants and participate as a judge in the annual business plan competition the Regions New Venture Challenge.
“Fernando’s entrepreneurial expertise will be a tremendous asset to our entrepreneurship program,” said Franz Lohrke, Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing.  “We are thrilled that our students will have an opportunity to learn from someone who has built his business from the ground up.”
Fernando grew up in Yonkers, New York andjoined the Marines in 1987.   He served in Supply & Logistics in Operation Desert Storm.  He was awarded the USMC Certificate of Commendation for Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 6 Marines, The Navy Achievement Medal and other commendations.  He left the military with an Honorable Discharge and continued to work in Supply & Logistics with Colgate Palmolive.  He left Colgate Palmolive to start his own business The Trinity Design Group, LLC. 
Trinity, a certified Veteran Owned Business and minority owned business, focuses on three divisions:  TDG Packaging & Fulfillment, which focuses on environmental solutions & sustainable packaging, fulfillment, point of purchase, concept to delivery and digital printing services; TDG EnviroCare, focuses on recycling, waste to revenue and landfill reduction management; and TDG EcoSolutions, focusing on environmental and green cleaning products.
The company since 2004 has seen sales have grow from $439K to more than $5 million today, with projections for continued growth and development at a pace expected to surpass previous rates.
Fernando also is involved in the community and he currently sits on the board of Lovelady Charities and maintains active involvement with Hearts4Kids, World Vision and others.
About the Brock School of Business:
About the Brock School of Business at Samford University: The renaming of the Samford School of Business to the Brock School of Business in December 2007 is the latest in a long history of achievements for business education at Samford, which has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922.  In 1965,the School of Business was established to offer both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business.  Alabama’s first part-time master of business administration degree program was established at Samford, and the first MBA degrees were awarded in 1967.  The master of accountancy degree was approved in 1995.  The business school was fully accredited by AACSB International in 1999, a recognition earned by less than 10 percent of business schools worldwide. The Brock School entrepreneurship program was chosen as the best new entrepreneurship in the U.S. in 2010 by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.