DRI Faculty List

Business Management Principles For Lawyers (Spring Session) Seminar

Gordon Inman Conference Center | Nashville, TN | March 21 - 22, 2017


Dennis C. Chen, Ph.D.
Jack C. Massey College of Business Belmont University

Dennis C. Chen, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of management and international business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky as well as a MBA degree from Baylor University and a BE degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He has seventeen years of operations, engineering, and R&D management experience within multinational public corporations, specifically in the consumer products disposable diaper business. Dr. Chen lived and worked in China on a two year international assignment as the startup plant manager for a facility outside Shanghai, China. He has since visited China on multiple occasions, leading groups of undergraduate and MBA students on study abroad trips. Dr. Chen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in operations and supply chain management and international business. In his operations management course, he emphasizes project management skills and lean and six sigma methods. He also discusses total quality management and using the Baldridge framework/ TNCPE process to help organizations with their continuous improvement efforts. He has also taught several executive education courses for Belmont's Center for Executive Education.


John S. Gonas, Ph.D.
Jack C. Massey College of Business Belmont University

John S. Gonas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Undergraduate and Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University, teaching Corporate Finance, Investment Portfolio Management, and Economics. Dr. Gonas joined Belmont's faculty in 1998 after working in the investment banking industry for eight years, most recently with J.C. Bradford & Co. He has a doctorate in Finance from the University of Kentucky, and also holds an M.S. in Economics from the University of Kentucky, a Masters and Bachelors in Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University. His research interests include asset pricing efficiency, investment performance, social entrepreneurship, and the economics of charitable giving – publishing in The Journal of Corporate Finance, The Financial Review, and The Journal of Financial Planning. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Gonas has recently been honored as the recipient of the 2008 Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Tennessee Professor of the Year and the 2007 Belmont University Presidential Faculty Achievement Award – stemming from his teaching and service as a Sam M. Walton Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) Fellow. Under his leadership in developing business models for non-profits to create and sustain profitable earned income opportunities, the Belmont Enactus team was honored as the U.S.A. National Champion in 2010 and 2012 and placed 3rd and 1st in the 2010 and 2012 Enactus World Cup and out of 39 countries.


Amy Mass
Vice President & Counsel
The Hanover Insurance Group

Amy Mass currently serves as Vice President & Counsel for the Hanover Insurance Group in the Office of General Counsel in Howell, Michigan. She is responsible for property and casualty legal support, government affairs, and regulatory matters for the Midwest region.


Laura E. Proctor
Associate General Counsel
LP Building Products

Laura E. Proctor, is Associate General Counsel over litigation with Louisiana-Pacific in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Proctor focuses her practice on products liability litigation, class action litigation, employment litigation, construction litigation, antitrust, toxic torts, premise liability and general tort litigation. Ms. Proctor, Immediate Past President of DRI and third female president, has served on DRI's Board of Directors as a National Director since 2007. She is active in several DRI committees including DRI's Corporate Counsel Committee for which she is a founding member. She also served as Committee Chair for DRI's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and DRI's Young Lawyers Committee.


Jonathan A. White, PHR
Stansell Electric Company Inc., Adjunct Instructor

Jonathan A. White, PHR, a culture architect, full potential enabler and employee development leader of Stansell Electric Company, is a servant, passionate about orphans and the father of 6 amazing kiddos. His leadership exposure started at a young age with Marriott hotels and evolved through two high-growth technology companies, with education from Cumberland and Stanford Universities. After Marriott, Jonathan dove into the fast paced, high change environment at Dell Computers; where he led operations and people analytics teams. In 2006, he was invited to join Asurion Corp. as a leader of HR for their supply chain organization. A few twists and turns later, he was exposed to HR for Technology, Technology leadership, Business Operations in Silicon Valley and back home, to Nashville TN. His current role focuses on delivering the Purpose of Stansell Electric to its team members daily; enabling them to reach their full potential. That purpose is achieved through finding the right people, getting them on the team, sitting in the right seat and supporting their career achievement with great rewards, aligned incentives and robust development. Jonathan's not really limited to HR, Technology, etc.; as you will often find him knee deep in serving orphans in China. He is also the record holder of the fastest high school wrestling match in DB's history, when he was pinned in 6 seconds.


Matthew Wilson
Jack C. Massey College of Business Belmont University

Matthew Wilson is an adjunct faculty member of the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee within the nationally-recognized Entrepreneurship program. He leads the family business management studies within the program, teaches various entrepreneurship courses and assists with coaching student start-up ventures. Matthew's entrepreneurship focus goes well beyond academia as he continues working within his own venture. He is the President/C.E.O. of Gateway Property Services, a second generation commercial real estate, investment and development firm that has served the Middle Tennessee Area since 1966. He works with clients in consulting and management of the real estate aspect of their businesses while also working on sales and acquisitions of businesses. Matthew holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Belmont University's Massey Business School. He has also pursued additional studies at New York University. In addition to his business contributions, Matthew is very active in the Nashville community with organizations such as Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity, Young Leaders Council, Junior Achievement, Monroe Carell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as well as the Downtown Nashville Rotary. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Tara and daughter, Kennedy.