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Thomas Kruczek

Dean, College of Business and Management, Lynn University

Thomas Kruczek is the Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University. He assumed this role in August 2011 after serving as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Under his leadership the Falcone Center rose considerably in the national rankings and is now listed as the third best entrepreneurship program in the country by Bloomberg/Business Week, fourth by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine, and ninth by U.S. News and World Report.<br /> <br /> Prior to his commitment to Syracuse University, Kruczek served as Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Under his direction, for the first time ever, the program was ranked as “one of the top 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States” by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine.<br /> <br /> In addition to his successful contribution to the academic field, Kruczek also served as CEO and owner of Sun-Tek Industries, a privately held manufacturing business selling building materials and lawn and garden products to customers across the United States. <br /> <br /> Kruczek is also known as one of the founding partners of Steve Baker and Associates, a consulting firm, where he established a completely new division and worked with entrepreneurs, corporations and governments from all over the world to develop projects for the leisure and hospitality industry. His successful entrepreneurial endeavors led the effort to sell a portion of the firm to a large publicly held company, enabling the consulting firm to significantly expand its business.<br /> <br /> Moreover, Kruczek bought The Lodge at June Creek, located outside Yellowstone National Park. Upon taking ownership of the property, he led a complete renovation of the resort, which, in less than a year, garnered a three-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association.<br /> <br /> Prior to his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Kruczek held a variety of positions with The Walt Disney Company in both the financial planning and marketing areas.