"I am honored and humbled to receive the 2020 UNF Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. My years at UNF taught me to Dream Big, Work Hard and Invest in Others. This motto has been invaluable in nearly every aspect of my life."
Myron Pincomb 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.
Myron's accomplishments are many. For nearly 20 years, he 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. The school provides state-of-the-art STEM education for close to 500 children, some of whom are orphaned and living in the school.
Today, as the founder of the Pincomb Group LLC., he advises and invests in companies in the fields of education, healthcare and corporate learning.
Myron is also generous in sharing his time and expertise with the community. He has dedicated his time to UNF as a member of the UNF Board of Trustees, and currently serves as a UNF Foundation Board member. In 2013, he was appointed by the Board of Governors to lead the Online Learning Taskforce for the state of Florida. The focus of the taskforce was to map the future of online learning for Florida's 12 universities, 28 state colleges, and nearly 4,000 K-12 schools.
He has given his time to mentor students through the Coggin College Career Management Center and provided funding to UNF, supporting International Business Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Myron also 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. Under his leadership, IBCCES grew from a small startup to an international company working in 48 countries and providing training and certification for nearly 20,000 professionals who deliver services to individuals with cognitive disorders.
In addition, Myron is a board member for the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center Inc. and the Jacksonville Zoological Society Inc.
A proud alum, Myron received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, and then relocated to Jacksonville in 1992 where he completed his studies at UNF. Myron and his wife, Amanda, have three daughters: Kayli, Ashley and Abigail; and a son, Matthew.