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Innovation Doesn’t Happen Without Leadership

As a third-generation entrepreneur, my passion for innovation started at a young age while spending afternoons learning about business from my dad and grandfather at their automotive repair shop in Daytona Beach. Fascinated by how the business worked, I got an invaluable education at a young age that ignited a passion for fostering innovation and creating a vibrant entrepreneurship community in my hometown. While earning my bachelor’s degree and MBA, I helped lay the groundwork for the inception of the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, an organization I now oversee and have helped grow into an online network and educational resource for entrepreneurs across Florida’s 67 counties.

Driven by the desire to create more opportunities for my young daughter Penelope and wife Robyn, I am passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering and facilitating events such as 1 Million Cups, Kickstart Weekend and Startup Grind. As a founding member and president of Innovate Daytona, I have a proven track record of creating initiatives that foster innovation and economic growth to retain and attract highly talented individuals.

Education

  • MBA, Business Administration – University of Central Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration – University of Central Florida
  • Associate of Arts, Political and Economic – Daytona State College
  • Political Leadership Institute Graduate – Central Florida Partnership

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Stetson University Entrepreneurship Advocacy Award
  • 2017 Volusia/Flagler 40 under 40 Business Leaders
  • 2016 Political Leadership Institute Program Graduate
  • 2015 Volusia/Flagler 40 under 40 Business Leaders
  • 2014 Leadership Daytona Program Graduate
  • 2014 Ormond Beach Leadership Program Graduate
  • 2009 UCF Great Capstone Competition Finalist

Boards & Committees

  • Leadership Daytona Alumni Executive Council – Daytona Regional Chamber
  • Young Professionals Advisory Council – Orlando Regional Chamber
  • Industry Demand Connection Committee – CareerSource Flagler Volusia

Hobbies

  • Spending as much time with my family as possible
  • Automobiles…especially BMWs
  • Anything and everything outside