Director of COBM Special Projects
Department: College of Business and Management
Phone: +1 561-237-7444
Brian Sommer serves as assistant professor and Director of Special Projects in the College of Business and Management. Prior to this he was the head of the Entrepreneurship program and Director of Internships in the College of Business and Management. He has been teaching Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Leadership and Management courses since 2006.
In addition to his teaching, Sommer oversees The Howard Isaacson Challenge, the College of Business and Management’s business pitch competition. In addition, he developed and implements The Beyond The Classroom program which provides student’s with family businesses to learn about and develop viable projects for their families businesses.
Prior to teaching full time at Lynn University in 2010, Sommer was a full-time business consultant and Director of Regional Sales for CDI Global BV, an international Merger and Acquisition firm. He is still an active member of the Mergers and Acquisitions community working as an industry consultant for CDI Global.
The industry 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, oil and gas, 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.
B.A., Lynn University
MBA, Lynn University
Ph.D., 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
Mergers and Acquisitions
Creativity and Innovation
Business of golf
Business of Innovation
Specialization in students with learning differences
Areas of Scholarship:
- Framing of negotiations
- Consumer behavior
- Influence without authority
- Coaching in the workplace
Awards and Honors:
- Institute for Achievement and Learning Fellow, Lynn University