Maj. Willingham, PhD is a national speaker on alcohol related risk, mitigation and responsible retailing issues. Dr. Willingham serves as a litigation consultant and expert witness in alcohol related death and injury cases. He specializes in Dram Shop cases, underage sales and alcoholic beverage premises liability matters and has been engaged in over 500 dram shop and related lawsuits.
In addition to holding a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and a Master's degree in Public and Business Administration, Maj. Mark Willingham holds a PhD focused on responsible alcohol sales procedures. Maj. Willingham, PhD holds the designation of Certified Public Manager. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and served as the 2005 FBI National Academy Associates International President. He received the Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies to the United Kingdom where he conducted research on youth access prevention, regulation of the alcoholic beverage industry, and control of abusive drinking.+ More
Dr. Willingham served with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for twenty-eight years and provided beverage licensing, regulatory, and law enforcement services as a Law Enforcement Commander. In addition to serving as the Division's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Training Officer, he served as Florida's Responsible Vendor Program Administrator, Florida's Youth and Alcohol Program Administrator, and as a State Hearing Officer. Dr. Willingham's underage alcohol access prevention and responsible retailing efforts have resulted in his recognition as a national expert. His work has influenced public policy, generated awareness on substantive issues, and has provided the basis for management and program decisions on the National and State levels. Willingham was the Co-Director of a national research project leading to the creation of a Federal Government guidance document titled: Best Practices in Responsible Retailing. He has authored four books and over fifty articles in state and national law enforcement journals on leadership, management, and alcohol related issues.+ More