Chief Executive Officer
Jacksonville Transit Authority: jtafla.com
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world.
Ford holds an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University, has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and recently became a published author.
JAXUSA Partnership: jaxusa.org
Aundra Wallace is the president of JAXUSA Partnership, the regional economic development arm of JAX Chamber. He directs a staff of 16 in the areas of business development, international, workforce development, research, and marketing.
Prior to joining JAXUSA, he served as CEO of the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority, where he has directed economic development efforts in the city’s downtown, facilitating more than $150 million in public investment dollars that created more than $800 million in private capital investments during his tenure.
A leader in managing community, housing, and economic development initiatives throughout his career, Aundra has held similar leadership positions for agencies in Detroit, Miami and the state of North Carolina. Throughout his career, Aundra has managed more than $650 million in equity, grants, loans, and tax-exempt bonding capacity, in addition to creating and/or retaining 15,000 direct jobs. He is a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
Foley & Lardner, LLP: foley.com
Kevin E. Hyde is the Office Managing Partner in Jacksonville of Foley & Lardner LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Kevin practices labor and employment law and represents employers in a variety of human resources matters. His practice focuses on day-to-day employment counseling and workplace safety, and he has represented employers in numerous charges of discrimination, employment-discrimination cases, wage-hour, and management-union matters.
Kevin is active in the community. He is a past President of the Jacksonville City Council and is the former Chief Administrative Officer of the City Jacksonville and was the Interim President of Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is the current chair of the University of North Florida Board of Trustees, is a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, and has served among others on the boards of WJCT Public Broadcasting, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Teach for America, and Red Cross.
Eric served in numerous leadership positions throughout his 30-year career with CSX Transportation. While he is a CPA and began his career in public accounting, his broad experience in audit, sales, marketing, planning and finance makes Eric a valuable member of the Goodwill Board.
Eric joined the Goodwill Board in 2006, serving as a prior Chairman and the current Treasurer. Although he is retired, Eric remains passionate about Goodwill’s philosophy that work is the cornerstone of life. He is also proud to serve an organization that is the nation’s largest private provider of training and employment services for people with disabilities and special needs.
North Florida Market President
TD Bank: tdbank.com
Bank®. As Market President, she has leadership responsibilities over the Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach and Ocala areas of Florida. Cindy is responsible for the successful operational management of Commercial banking while providing leadership and guidance for TD Bank’s North Florida overall strategic and market performance.
Throughout her career, Cindy has received numerous awards for outstanding performance, as well as various volunteer awards, to include Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award and Jacksonville Business Journal Women of Influence Award. A community advocate and volunteer, Cindy currently serves on a number of boards, to include Jacksonville Civic Council and Jacksonville Chamber. She is also a member and Past President for the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. previously served as a cabinet member for the United Way of Northeast Florida and is a past graduate of Leadership Jax.
Cindy graduated from the University of Georgia where she received a bachelor's degree in Economics.
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement
Florida State College at Jacksonville: fscj.edu
Dr. Marie Foster Gnage is Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). She is President Emerita of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Dr. Gnage has served as President, Campus President, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Education Services, Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Head, ACE Fellow, and Assistant Professor at colleges and universities across the U.S., gaining experience leading diverse areas of higher education.
Dr. Gnage holds a bachelor's degree in English from Alcorn A&M College, Lorman, Mississippi; a master's degree in English from University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a doctoral degree in English (American Literature) from Florida State University.
She is a published author and has made presentations at numerous literary, student success and leadership workshops, institutes, and conferences. She has received numerous awards including Women of Excellence Award for Trailblazing (Altrusa International, Inc.), the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction (Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College), and Empowerment Inspiration Award (West Virginia Minority Business Development Center). In 2013, Dr. Gnage was named State Citizen of the Year by the West Virginia Elks Association.
Dr. Gnage has served on national boards for such organizations as American Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, National Campus Compact, and the College Board Community College Advisory Panel. She is a Rotarian and serves on a number of local nonprofit Boards.
New Spring Capital: newspringcapital.com
Patrick Sugrue is a Partner at NewSpring. Patrick joined the Firm in 2020 with over 25 years of C-level operating and consulting experience. He will focus his efforts at NewSpring on investments in franchise-focused and company-owned multi-unit concepts with significant growth potential.
Prior to joining NewSpring, Patrick served in multiple C-level positions at Saladworks, Sofina Foods, Fearmans Pork, Honeybaked Ham, and AHL Services. Throughout these roles, he worked to strategically reposition brands and business models to drive improved sales efficiency and income growth. Patrick was also Managing Partner at H&S Investments where he worked with family owned businesses in the lower-middle market to identify key areas of performance improvements, manage succession planning, and identity and qualify acquisitional opportunities with the support of private equity firms.
Patrick received a BA in Political Science and English from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from The Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
President & General Manager
Rob Mennie was named the president and general manager of WTLV First Coast News in Jacksonville and senior vice president/news for Tegna Television (formerly Gannett) in August 2014. Prior to that, he had been VP/senior news executive for Gannett Television. Rob has worked on the Gannett Broadcasting corporate staff since August of 1997. Rob was named VP/news at W*USA-TV, Gannett’s CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. in December 1996. He joined W*USA as news director in July 1995 and came to Washington from Dayton, Ohio’s WDTN-TV, where he also served as news director. Prior to WDTN, he was assistant news director at Gannett-owned KPNX-TV in Phoenix from 1993 to 1994.
From 1989 to 1993, Rob was executive news producer at Gannett-owned WXIA-TV in Atlanta. Among his duties there, he organized and produced WXIA’s coverage of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. While at WXIA, the station won two Emmys for outstanding newscasts and a Regional Associated Press Television News Station of the Year Award. He was executive producer for WCMH-TV and special projects producer for WSYX-TV, both in Columbus, Ohio.
Rob began his television career in 1982 at WCMH-TV in Columbus as a photographer and later worked as a photographer/editor. Among his duties there, he traveled to parts of the world with Jack Hanna shooting wildlife documentaries. Rob and his family wife Terry, have four children.
Randolph Moorer is an innovative, focused business leader with 20 years of International leadership experience in the B2B technology industry at IBM. An industrial engineer by education, he began his career as a product specialist and since then have spent more than 18 years in sales leadership.
After leading a software business in Central and Eastern Europe for five years, he recently returned home to the United States and is responsible for leading the 500+ person sales team responsible for software sales, strategy and technical support driving client value in IBM’s Mid Atlantic Region. He maintains involvement in several community service organizations including Goodwill of North Florida and Children’s International Summer Village.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jacksonville Civic Council, Inc.: jaxciviccouncil.com
Jeanne Miller has established a reputation for bringing diverse stakeholders together to create positive change. In a career ranging from private legal practice to local government, higher education and the nonprofit sector, Miller has used her executive and negotiating skills to help resolve complex fiscal and economic dilemmas, promote higher education, grow hundreds of jobs, and add over $1B to the Duval County tax base. As President & CEO of the Jacksonville Civic Council, she works with leaders of Northeast Florida’s largest companies to identify and promote solutions to the region’s greatest challenges.
Currently Chair of Goodwill Industries of North Florida and a Member of the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors, Miller has been extensively involved in civic and community service throughout her career. AV-Preeminent-rated by Martindale Hubbell, she has been recognized frequently by her peers, most recently being named one of Attorney-At-Law Magazine’s Top First Coast Women in Law for 2020. An honors graduate of Albertus Magnus College and Florida State University College of Law, Miller is also an alumna of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.
Assurance Dimensions: assurancedimensions.com
Scott Mattson is a Partner with Assurance Dimensions which offers assurance, tax and advisory services to private, public and nonprofit clients nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining Assurance Dimensions, Scott worked with The LBA Group as an Assurance Principal overseeing employee benefit plan practices and assurance work for non-public companies in a variety of industries including Goodwill Industries of North Florida.
In his current role, Mattson draws upon over 20 years of experience in auditing and accounting. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida State University. He holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida.
Scott is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and previously was a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville.
Vice President/General Manager
WJXT & WCWJ: news4jax.com/cw17
Bob Ellis is the vice president and general manager of WJXT and WCWJ, the Graham Media Group Inc. duopoly in Jacksonville, Florida. He has held the position with WJXT since 2009 and added WCWJ duties in 2017 after GMG completed its acquisition of the station from Nexstar Broadcasting. Ellis is an 11-time Emmy winner and has earned several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and state broadcast association honors throughout his career.
In addition to serving on the board of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, Ellis is very active in the Jacksonville community. He is a trustee with the Jacksonville Chamber, serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of North Florida, is a member of the advisory board of the Career Academies for the St. John’s County School District, is on the board of High School 9:12, a local organization helping to prepare students for college, and is a board member for Take it to Heart a non-profit program in Jacksonville focused on educating minority women about heart disease.
He is also a member of the Chairman’s Club for the Jacksonville Sports Council, the organization dedicated to generating economic impact and growth through sports in Jacksonville, including running the annual Gator Bowl college football game played each January.
A Michigan native, Ellis is a proud graduate of Michigan State University and holds a BA in Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. He and his wife Melanie have two children.
Manager, Marketing Strategy and Integration
GuideWell Connect: guidewellconnect.com
Innovative, focused and diversity driven leader with 16 years of leadership and program development experience in the health insurance industry. Anubhav (Andy) Dahiya is computer engineer by education and is currently the Client Portfolio Lead with GuideWell Connect, a sister company to Florida Blue. Prior to his current role, he has held strategy and development lead roles on multiple business initiatives within GuideWell Connect and Florida Blue since 2008 and previously with other health insurance companies. He leads program delivery, client and/or vendor relationship management, product design and development and driving strategic business initiatives that ensure long-term success & measurable impacts for Guidewell Connect and its east coast health plan client(s). His expertise includes marketing strategy and execution, sales channels development and management, consumer tools and portfolio management.
He is also executive committee member for Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville, supporting various cultural, educational, and other community activities in Jacksonville
Andy holds Masters in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Kurukshetra University, India and is certified Pragmatic Marketing professional.
Partner in Charge, Jacksonville Office
Adams and Reese LLP: adamsandreese.com
Leslie A. Wickes is a business lawyer who advises clients in Florida and across the United States. She has deep experience counseling clients in the formation, licensure, regulation and purchase and sale of insurance companies and insurance-related entities, including retail and wholesale brokers, claims administrators, managing general agencies and service providers. She also litigates claims arising out of the failure of insurance companies, claims involving coverage and reinsurance matters, and disputes over agent commission, profit sharing, failure to procure and unfair competition.
In addition to her insurance practice, Leslie advises clients in multiple industries with matters relating to contracting, corporate governance, employment and agency, trade practices, licensing, and professional negligence matters. She has also provided outside general counsel services to a national advertising agency, technology companies, and insurance companies and agencies.
Leslie received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1992. While attending law school, she was a senior editor of the Florida Law Review. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Florida in 1989.
Wealth Advisory, Managing Director
For over 30 years Curtis Henson has worked with individuals, families, and employers with a goal of realizing wealth accumulation and solid retirement planning. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® (CRPC®) and a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS).
For over 30 years he worked with Merrill Lynch and AIG-Valic. As an independent financial advisor since 2012 he has the opportunity to build a personal relationship with his clients and their families. Working together to design an asset allocation strategy that works for you and your family. Today we have the tools to analyze your spending as well as an investment plan with an eye on your future. Assumptions do change over time. That is why success is achieved with regular meetings and communications.
Curtis divides his time between offices in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Jupiter, FL. As the Past President of Goodwill Industries of North Florida and the current Chairperson for the Goodwill Endowment of North Florida Curtis is passionate about helping people get jobs. “Not Charity, but a Chance emerges.” For recreation Curtis and his fiancé enjoy the gym, paddle boarding, scuba, and cycling.
President & CEO
Infinity Global Solutions, LLC: infinity-gs.com
One of Northeast Florida’s premiere economic development and government relations professionals, Jim Gilmore has spent a lifetime working to build community, create job opportunities and encourage capital investment. Over the past 30 years, he has brought partners together to generate more than $1.5 billion in new investment in public and private projects, primarily on the First Coast.
Mr. Gilmore’s efforts have helped spur corporate relocations -- generating high-paying jobs and raising property values -- and provided millions in federal grant funds for transportation and infrastructure improvements and economic development. Among his high-profile successes are the development of Cecil Commerce Center and formation of the Jacksonville International Airport Community Redevelopment Area, which led to the creation of the Northside’s vibrant River City Marketplace.
A values-centered professional who is deeply invested in the Florida region, Mr. Gilmore’s extensive civic engagement includes service on the boards of Leadership Florida and Goodwill.
First Coast Auto Group: 1stcoastautoauctions.com
A Jacksonville native and Wake Forest University graduate, Guy Marvin, IV, has spent 35 years in the automotive industry. His companies focus on serving the underserved with transportation needs throughout N.E. Florida and S.E. Georgia.
An introduction to former Goodwill CEO, Bob Thayer, in 1995, inspired Guy to get involved in the mission. Over the past 25 years Guy has served in many capacities from advisor, to Board Member and ultimately Chairman.
General Truck Equipment & Trailer Sales, Inc.: generaltruckequipment.com
John Murray is the owner of General Truck Equipment & Trailer Sales, Inc. he started in 1972. He attended Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University and The University with majors in Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry. Murray is a past president of Goodwill and a member of the board for over forty years.
Patrick D. Coleman retired from the active practice of law in January 2020. He continues to be certified by the Florida Bar in the area of Labor and Employment law and has a mediation practice in which he attempts to resolve litigation cases pending in state and federal courts. A graduate of Duke University and the Vanderbilt School of Law, he is a former Board Chair of Goodwill Industries of North Florida, the City Rescue Mission, and Seniors on a Mission, and is currently on the boards of the Goodwill Endowment, the Salvation Army Advisory.
Vice President, Sales & Group Manager
The Greenbrier Companies
Shantel Davis is the Vice President and Group Manager of Southeast Sales with The Greenbrier Companies (GBX); which are leaders in rail car, barge manufacturing, and freight transportation services. She provides executive sales and marketing leadership by implementing both short-term and long-term business strategies and supply chain solutions of approximately $700M portfolio of revenue and volume growth for domestic and global distribution.
Prior to joining GBX Shantel served as Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Management at CSX Transportation where she managed land sales and auxiliary services totaling over $600M.
Davis draws upon over 20 years of experience in sales & marketing, real estate, and facilities management in her prior experience with CSX. Shantel previously lived in Vancouver, WA, Tampa, FL and now resides back in her birthplace, Jacksonville, FL. Shantel holds a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida.
Shantel serves on various boards including the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, University of North Florida Foundation, Jacksonville University Public Policy and the Jacksonville Classical Academy.
In July 2019, Shantel was named to the Board of Trustees at Florida State College of Jacksonville by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Shantel is the proud mother of one daughter. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She is a lifetime member of Leadership Florida, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Vice President - Business Analytics and Strategic Initiatives
Miller Electric Company
Kerri Stewart is the VP of Business Analytics and Strategic Initiatives with Miller Electric Company which is a Florida based electrical contractor providing services including construction, installation, renovation, and maintenance of electrical systems. She works collaboratively across the entire business to leverage data and analytics to drive improvement to business and customer outcomes. She works closely with project, operations and support teams to boost and refine data capture to unlock insight potential. Kerri participates in the development of business strategy and establishes/manages plans to achieve corporate business objectives. Prior to joining Miller Electric Company, Stewart was the Chief Customer Officer for JEA.
In her current role, Stewart draws upon over 17 years of experience as a public servant and inspirational change-leader. Kerri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, double-majoring in Marketing and Management from the University of North Florida and a Business Analytics Certificate from Harvard Business School.
Orville “Orv” Dothage is a Senior Manager with Northrop Grumman Aerospace which is one of the world's largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. He coordinates the development and review of process performance and health metrics. Orv has been employed with Northrop Grumman for over 34 years.
In his current role, he draws upon over 30 years of experience at Northrop Grumman in aerospace systems. Orv holds a Master of Business Administration and Management from Kent College.
Orv was an instrumental driving force with creating a partnership between Goodwill, First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and Northrop Grumman. This partnership program allows Goodwill to recruit and support members of the St. Johns community to earn a certification in introductory aircraft manufacturing at FCTC, thus creating a talent pipeline for careers at Northrop Grumman. Orv is a member of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.
St. John's County Chamber of Commerce
Isabelle Renault is the President/CEO of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce which is the second largest networking organization in Northeast Florida. Isabelle and team are advocates and a voice for the business community.
Prior to her appointment as President/CEO, Renault served as Vice President of Operations for St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and held a number of economic development positions within the organization.
In her current role, Renault draws upon over 20 years of experience in small business and economic growth. Isabelle holds a Degree in Tourism Development and International Commerce from University Blaise Pascal, France. She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
In 2007, Isabelle was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” and in 2018 she was recognized by Jacksonville Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence”. Renault is a graduate of the Leadership St. Johns program and Leadership Florida.
Isabelle and her husband live with their five children in Northern St. Johns County.
Brownlee Global LLC
Edward Brownlee is the President of Brownlee Global LLC; which creates operational freedom and flexibility for small businesses. He provides facilities consulting services to clients in areas of facilities operations, facilities management, building services, security, project management and development of request for proposals and contract agreements.
Edward served as the Director of Facilities at Woodruff Arts Center for five years and was also the VP of Facilities Operations at Turner Broadcasting for 12 years. While at Turner, he oversaw facilities and operations for 6,500 Turner employees in 23 locations with full accountability for $62.68M annual budget. Additionally, he was responsible for more than 2.5 million square feet of owned/leased domestic broadcast, office, retail and technical multi-use sites.
In his current role, Brownlee draws upon over 20 years of executive level leadership and operational experience. Edward holds a Masters of Science in Operations Research from Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the US Naval Academy.
Edward served in the US Navy as a US Naval Officer for 20 years. Edward is the Board Director, Chair of Military Affairs and Vice Chair of Inter-Club Committees for the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club of America.