Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Council
Nelson Bradshaw is the NE Florida CEO for BBVA, USA. A graduate of LSU with a degree in Finance, he started his banking career 35 years ago with J.P. Morgan Chase in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has spent the last 26 years as a banker in Florida with SunTrust and BBVA. Bradshaw relocated to Jacksonville in September 2008 as the market executive, after holding the same position in Pensacola, Florida since 2001.He has held numerous civic leadership positions over the years including State board positions with the Florida Development Finance Corporation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Florida Bankers Association, and NAIOP. Local board positions include Association for Corporate Growth, Jacksonville Downtown Rotary, World Affairs Council, JAX Chamber of Commerce, Hubbard House Foundation, and UNF College of Business Advisory Board.
Brian H. Bucher is regional president of PNC Bank’s Southeast Port Cities that encompasses Jacksonville, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for corporate banking, commercial banking, equipment finance and consumer lending in these regions. In addition, Bucher leads all sponsorship and philanthropic efforts to execute PNC’s community-based goals and initiatives.Prior to relocating to Jacksonville in January 2018, Bucher served as regional president of PNC’s Alabama market. A 35-year veteran of PNC, his prior roles include regional president of PNC’s Northwest Ohio market and several executive level positions in corporate finance, corporate banking and investment banking in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Active in the community, Bucher serves on the board of directors of JAX Chamber; the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, where he is a member of the finance, investment and audit committee; and UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he serves on the advisory council. In addition, he is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2020. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University and a master of business administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
Bryan Croft is President and CEO of Jacksonville-based Holmes Custom, a product personalization company founded in 1954 that he bought from his parents in 2009. He pushed the company, formerly known as Holmes Stamp & Sign, into e-commerce sales and expanded through acquisitions into Austin and Massachusetts. For more than 66 years, HC Brands has focused on providing high quality custom rubber stamps, name badges and signs. Bryan is driven by a passion to analyze and improve processes, especially how we can manufacture our products more efficiently. He is also an Osprey alum, having received a Marketing degree from the University of North Florida.
Inman has served as chief financial officer (CFO) of Community First Credit
Union since 1993 and has been with the credit union since 1990. Inman is responsible
for ensuring the healthy financial condition and viability of the credit union,
while developing and implementing long-term strategies, policies and operating
objectives. He has been instrumental in the growth of the credit union’s total
assets from $156 million to $1.9 billion while improving key operating and
efficiency ratios. He also serves as the credit union’s chief risk officer,
responsible for assessing and mitigating risk, especially related to technology
and cyber-attacks. As
part of the executive team, he is responsible for guiding innovation and
planning for the future of the financial services industry. He has led the
credit union’s Branch Transformation Project, the most radical and
comprehensive branch redesign and renovation in the organization’s history that
seeks to align physical branches with the way people bank today. Inman
is active in the Northeast Florida community. He is a graduate of the
Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2002. He
serves on the board of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and previously
served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. In 2014,
Inman was named an “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. A
Jacksonville native, Inman earned an MBA from Brenau University and a
bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of North
Kevin Leibel is the President of Innovation Management LLC, a global strategy and insights consulting business. His work focuses on new products and service development, channel strategy, and the management of innovation. Kevin began teaching MBA students in 2004 and is an adjunct professor at the UNC Kenan Flagler business school. He is also a mentor to students and entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses. Kevin’s corporate clients are located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and his industry experience includes CPG, Telecom, Healthcare, Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology.
Jared Mueller is director of Mayo Clinic Innovation Exchange. He joined Mayo Clinic from the strategy team at the nonpartisan Obama Foundation. Jared previously served as acting chief operating officer for a SaaS company serving health care and social science researchers working in 165 countries. He also served as a White House appointee working on economic and entrepreneurship policy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Jared began his career as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group. He earned his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Jason Parry is the Chief Strategy Officer for Peerfit, a digital health tech company. Jason has more than twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur, analyst, consultant and executive. He has a long track record of helping companies to better understand market conditions and develop effective strategies for success. Jason brings this experience and perspective to Peerfit, working to ensure that our strategy and tactics align with the goals of the company. Jason earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his MBA from the University of North Florida.
Myron Pincomb is the founder of the Pincomb Group LLC., which advises and invests in companies in the fields of education, healthcare, and corporate learning. Myron has demonstrated a lifelong passion for business and education. As a successful entrepreneur and leader, his innovative ideas have enhanced teaching and learning in the U.S. and beyond. For nearly 20 years, Myron built and ran successful companies in the fields of industrial chemistry, technology, medicine, and education. In 1999, he founded Educational Tools Inc., which in a few short years grew from a small technology startup to a major player in digital curriculum for children with special needs, with a valuation of nearly $50 million. In 2013, Myron and his family established a foundation, Girls for Africa Inc., with the purpose of transforming the lives of orphans in Ghana, West Africa. The foundation helped build a STEM academy in Ghana which provided education for close to 500 children. A proud alum, Myron received a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry. Myron served as chairman of the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the largest independent credentialing and continuing education organization with a focus on special needs. He is also a board member for UNF, Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, and the Jacksonville Zoological Society.
Kelly Ray has served as Director of Marketing of The PARC Group since 2012, developing and leading marketing initiatives for the master-planned communities of Nocatee and eTown. She has received both local and regional acclaim, including being named "Nocatee's Digital Marketing Juggernaut" by the Jacksonville Business Journal and "Marketing Director of the Year" by NEFBA. Kelly founded The Greatest Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to providing education, work experience, and opportunity to young women in Kazakhstan, in 2014 and continues to serve as the Director. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a proud Jacksonville native.
Ken Saitow has two decades of healthcare consulting experience providing performance improvement solutions for leading healthcare organizations across the country. In addition, he has served in key operational and strategic leadership positions for a number of premier healthcare consulting firms. He has a track record of developing thoughtful solution strategies and bringing new solutions and services to market that address client’s most pressing business challenges. Most recently, Ken was a Managing Director in Huron Consulting Group’s Healthcare Practice, one of the nation’s largest healthcare management consulting firms. Prior to his experience at Huron Healthcare, Ken was an owner of Stockamp & Associates Inc., which was acquired by Huron Consulting Group, Inc. in 2008. Prior to that, he was a partner within the Global Health Services Practice at Accenture. Ken holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.
Jim Stallings is an internationally recognized business leader, entrepreneur and investor who specializes in launching and scaling early stage companies in areas of technology and ecommerce. Jim is the Founder and CEO of PS27 Ventures and has been involved in starting dozens of new ventures in FinTech, HealthTech and Software as a Service. He believes innovation should be viewed as the core offensive strategy of any company, "either disrupt of be disrupted". Jim's career spans over 30 years as IBM General Manager of several major lines of business including the company's $7B Linux software business, its intellectual property division with 39,000 patents and its $21B global hardware sales group. He started his business career as a data analyst in the Space Division at GE. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy and served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps. He is on the Board of Directors at Fidelity National Informations Systems (FIS), UGI Corporation (UGI) and Cannae Holdings, Inc (CNNE). He also serves as a Trustee on the Folded Flag Foundation which provide scholarships to descendants of fallen warriors in the US Military.
David Walton is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Services for VyStar Credit Union, headquartered in Jacksonville Florida. David has 30 + years in the banking industry with a specialization in Consumer and Small Business banking management. A strong believer in the fact that a foundation of strong and healthy small businesses leads to a strong and healthy community, David enjoys going the extra mile to help find solutions for Small Business needs. Anchored by his marriage to his wife Andrea for 37 years and his four daughters, David finds enjoyment in spending time with grand kids and fostering relationships with co-workers. A native of Jacksonville, David graduated from University of North Florida and thinks that the NE Florida area is the hidden gem of the State.