In today’s volatile economy, it’s essential that business leaders fully understand financial concepts so they can accurately interpret data and measure results.

To help non-financial managers learn these necessary skills, the University of Central Florida’s Executive Development Center (EDC), part of the College of Business Administration, is holding a two-day seminar June 7 and 8 at its downtown facility, located at 36 W. Pine St. in Orlando.

The seminar is geared toward non-financial managers—specifically those who work in marketing, sales, operations, engineering, human resources or purchasing—who want to strengthen their knowledge of finance or accounting.

Upon completion, participants will know the terms, concepts and techniques of accounting and finance. Attendees will be able to apply these concepts at their workplaces right away to increase their bottom lines.

The seminar will be led by Darryl Allen and Paul Gregg, two leading UCF College of Business Administration faculty members. Allen teaches Advanced Managerial Accounting in the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting and has a doctorate from The George Washington University. He has more than 28 years of experience in the corporate environment.

Gregg earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from UCF, and he currently teaches Finance. Prior to teaching, he was the chief financial officer for CNG Producing Company, a unit of Consolidated Natural Gas. He was inducted into the College of Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2004.

“We believe this particular program offering is a perfect match-up with the prevailing business climate,” said Bob Case, director of the EDC. “As the pressure builds for managers and professionals to find economies and efficiencies in their spheres of influence, the timely delivery of knowledge to improve these key competencies is another way the EDC can effectively fulfill our mission.”

The cost is $550 per person, which includes two days of highly interactive sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, parking and all course materials. Participants save $50 if they register by Friday, May 21, and discounts are available for multiple registrants from the same company and UCF alumni.

To register, call 407-235-3901 or visit

The EDC is Central Florida’s partner for executive education. The center plans to offer more seminars for executives as part of the EDC Professional Development Program.

The UCF Executive Development Center is located in the heart of downtown Orlando. The center offers a full range of executive and professional MBA programs, including the Executive MBA, the Professional MBA, the Professional Master of Science in Real Estate and the Professional Master of Science in Management. In addition, the center offers professional workshops and certificate programs.

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Contact: Tiffany Hughes, UCF EDC, 407-235-3901,

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