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Diana E. Banton

Diana Banton is the Corporate Administration Manager for IC International Group, LLC, in Orlando, also with offices in Venezuela, Panama in the Republic of Panama, and Shanghai, China. Prior to joining IC International Group, Diana worked for 40 years primarily in business administration. In her role as Corporate Administration Manager, Diana has responsibility for Accounting, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Legal and Logistics across the company. Diana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and she has been trained in all aspects of business administration.


Administration Manager · IC International Group, LLC · 407-403-6737 · Contact by email

James A. Beckman

James A. Beckman is the first permanent chair of the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he also holds tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. From 2000-2011, he served as a professor of law at the University of Tampa (UT), serving as an assistant professor of law from 2000-2006 and a tenured associate professor of law from 2006-2011. While at UT, he also served as the director of the UT’s Law & Justice program from 2000-2011, and as the chair of the Department of Government, History and Sociology from 2007-2010. In 2011, Professor Beckman was selected as the chair of the newly founded Department of Legal Studies at UCF. Prior to entering academia, Professor Beckman served as an active duty military lawyer for the Army in the 1990s, serving on the Staff & Faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as an active duty assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland. He also served as a litigation attorney for the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC. He has been a licensed and active member of The Florida Bar since 1993.
Professor Beckman holds degrees from the University of Tampa (B.A.), The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.), and Georgetown University’s Law Center (LL.M. in International & Comparative Law). He has published numerous diverse articles on history and law and is the author of four books (with a fifth book under contract), including serving as the editor of the two-volume work entitled, Affirmative Action, an Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2004), which has been described as “inspired” and a “well designed reference” and is in the collections of more than 850 college and university libraries worldwide (including such places as Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and the United States Supreme Court Law Library, among other places). Professor Beckman is passionate about history and loves spending time with his wife, Maria, and their multiple rescue animals.


Department Chair · UCF - Department of Legal Studies · 407-823-1670 · Contact by email

Chasity Benitez

Chasity Benitez graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Management. She has actively volunteered for a number of groups, which include the Valencia Volunteers Club, the Baby DJ Program with XL 106.7, New Hope for Kids, Kids Beating Cancer, and Pet Rescue by Judy.

Chasity served as the Notice to Owner Department Researcher in 1999 and gained enough experience to move onto become the Notice to Owner Department Supervisor. She served in her role as a supervisor until 2008 when she became the now instituted Notice to Owner Department Manager.


Manager · NACM South Atlantic · 407-299-7491 · Contact by email