Gary Nichols is an Associate Instructor at UCF and teaches courses in the Management Department of the College of Business. He is a former Store Manager and Corporate Trainer for Publix and also served as Mayor of Lake Placid, FL from 2002 – 2004.
He recently finished serving as an Executive Board member for the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. He currently holds a Florida Real Estate Broker’s license and Instructors license.

Gary is married to Rebecca and they have four children and two granddaughters. He enjoys spending time with family, working out, watching sports, doing Sudoku puzzles and attending UCF football games.

Teaching / Research Interest
Gary’s specialty areas include Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, Strategic Management, Customer Service, Team Building and Leadership. Gary currently serves on the Regional Campuses Faculty Forum, Information Technology Resource Advisory Committee and as a member of the Office of Student Conduct Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflict Management
  • Negotiations
  • Customer Service
  • Team Building and Performance Management

Research & Consulting Activity
Gary currently works with UCF Continuing Education providing workshops and consulting with organizations such as Adventist Health Systems (AHS) Florida Hospital, Orange County Clerk of Court, State Attorney’s Office District 09, and several others. Gary also serves on the board of his family’s business in Lake County Florida.

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