Brian Sommer serves as assistant professor and head of the Entrepreneurship program for the College of Business and Management at Lynn University. He has been teaching Entrepreneurship and other business courses at both the College of Business and Management and the College of Hospitality as an adjunct and full-time professor since 2006. In 2010, he became the College of Business and Management’s internship coordinator where he manages the internship requirement for all College of Business and Management students. In addition to his teaching, Sommer oversees The Howard Isaacson Challenge, is the faculty advisor to Entrepreneurship Club. He is also involved in the development and implementation of Beyond The Classroom.
Prior to teaching full time at Lynn University in 2010, Sommer was a business consultant and Director of Regional Sales for CDI Global BV, an international Merger and Acquisition firm. The experience provided a unique perspective on how entrepreneurs build businesses, and how diverse international entrepreneurs and executives interact and conduct business. Sommer prepared numerous Information Memorandums/Business Plans, interviewed entrepreneurs and business executives and assisted clients to successfully acquire and divest companies in the Pulp & Paper, Public Safety, Computer Services, Chemical, and Energy industries. During this period he lived and worked in Connecticut, Florida, Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia.
In addition to his industry experience, Sommer was a golf teaching professional at the nationally recognized Stratton Golf University in Stratton Mountain Vermont, as well as the assistant golf coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams at Lynn University. He has also been a staff writer for the golf industry website geareffectgolf.com. He has also participated in several coaching seminars including a yearlong exploration into learning in The Mastery Program; as well as alternative methods of teaching and coaching in the Extraordinary Coaching Program, both developed by world renowned golf-teaching professional Fred Shoemaker.
- BA., Lynn University
- MBA., Lynn University
- PhD., Concordia University Chicago
Brian Sommer’s teaching philosophy does not change from year to year, however, he is in love with learning and is continually trying to explore new paradigms and concepts, which will help him grow as a person, coach and teacher. He still believes the responsibility and job of teaching is a privilege and takes great pride in his work and ability to communicate and assist students become more prepared for their futures outside of academics. Sommer tries to assist his students in creating a safe learning environment where students can explore and create an educational experience they desire, which in his opinion, is the only true lasting learning environment.
Sommer’s teaching methodologies and philosophy are derived from golf teachers that he has had the privilege of working with, and he is continually striving to grow his awareness, which allows Sommer to be a better teacher. He believes that it is the responsibility of the teacher not to impose his/her philosophical beliefs on the students; rather it is the job of the teacher to seek ways that allow the students’ natural talents to become exposed.
As a teacher/mentor/leader, Sommer helps students’ build a toolbox of skills, abilities and knowledge that will help them become more effective leaders and lifelong learners. Sommer is a strong believer in approaching education from a servant leadership perspective.
- Leadership and coaching
- Business of golf
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Specialization in students with learning differences
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Framing of negotiations
- Consumer behavior
- Influence without authority
- Coaching in the workplace
- Institute for Achievement and Learning Fellow, Lynn University