Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Council
Vic Nole is the Executive Director of the Life Sciences Incubator at Mayo Clinic in Florida. He is a former life sciences industry executive and entrepreneur. Vic has served as President of the GIBCO cell biology business for Invitrogen Corporation, as Vice President of Operations for Life Technologies, as Vice President of Operations for Strategic Diagnostics Inc., and as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for United Biochemicals.
Vic has founded and managed two consulting companies that have taught the commercialization process to researchers and clinicians who wish to bring new products and technologies to market through licensing deals and new company formation. Through this experience Vic has been directly involved in the creation of six biotech startup companies.
Most recently, Vic designed and managed an entrepreneurship program on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that serves three incubator facilities, and provides education, business services, and networking opportunities to more than 150 companies across the campus.
Vic is certified in business incubator management from the International Business Innovation Association, and he is a member of the Association of University Research Parks, an international organization dedicated to the design and development of innovation districts that are anchored by leading research institutions.
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.
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.
John Schultz has proven that maintenance and reliability can be a highly profitable investment, and not just a cost. During the last 2+ decades, he has helped over 300 manufacturing locations save millions in direct costs while increasing production, improving quality, and reducing inventories and has personally benchmarked over 1,000 locations. Additionally, John developed and trademarked the use of Process Weibull to calculate the Reliability Index, the most efficient way to quantify the hidden plant.
After helping Eli Lilly & Company develop one of the best reliability programs in North America, John co-founded Allied Services Group in 1997, now called Allied Reliability. He successfully led Allied to become a recognized industry-leading company that offers a complete solution of services and products utilizing a robust “Do-Teach-Find” deployment model that is enabled by our Reliability Management System, iReliability™.
Most recently, John was instrumental in merging Allied with T.F. Hudgins, a Houston, TX based company founded in 1947 that provides a portfolio of engineered products and services that improve the reliability of high-value equipment. Serving as Executive Vice President of Reliability Solutions, he is responsible for the development and enhancement of key technologies needed to effectively execute the combined company’s reliability-centered growth strategy.