Chuck leads the Orlando market and partners with banking professionals to manage a portfolio of clients with annual revenues exceeding $50 million. Chuck’s team delivers solutions including senior debt financing, treasury management, leasing, merchant services, investment banking, and foreign exchange for his clients.
Chuck has been with Bank of America since 2011. Prior to joining Bank of America, he worked at Royal Bank of Canada as the client manager for all clients in the State of Florida with annual revenue exceeding $100 million. Prior to joining Royal Bank, Chuck had a 29 year career at Wachovia/First Union Bank where he had numerous roles including five years managing a team that provided credit risk approval for clients with up to $50 million in credit exposure, and managing the Orlando commercial banking team for seven years.
Chuck graduated from the University of Alabama in 1980 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Finance and with a minor in Accounting. Chuck is licensed with Series 79 and Series 63 designations. He is also the Past President and Chairman of Florida Citrus Sports which is the governing authority for the Capital One Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl. He currently has a position on the Board of Directors of the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation which provides monetary support to disadvantaged children in the Orlando area.
A self-described Unconventional CEO, Carol Craig is Founder/CEO of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral. Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates and $40M in revenues today, Craig leads nationwide operations in 20+ states with offices in Orlando and Huntsville, AL.
In January 2013, she opened the 161,000 SF Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center to provide end-to-end design engineering, precision machining and fabrication, avionics laboratory services, specialty manufacturing, and test and evaluation capabilities.
Craig served in active duty as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer where she was the first female aviator at her squadron. She holds a BA in Computer Science from Knox College, a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Craig is pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech.
He is an advisor to the Florida Angel Nexus, an early stage investment group, and is an advisor to UCF Dean of College of Business. He mentors and coaches entrepreneurs in events like Startup Weekend, Lean Startup and business model and plan competitions and in organizations like the Florida Cleantech Acceleration Network Central Florida Entrepreneurship Network and UCF Energy and Environment Incubator.
George is an enthusiastic supporter of economic growth at grass root level, and works as mentor or judge in starter events around the region.
George enjoys working with youth ranging from his work with Boy Scouts to judging in First Robotics Competitions.
Jason Hill is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Minnesota and has been with Johnson and Johnson for over 12 years. Jason leads an organization of ~200 associates at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.’s Jacksonville, FL Campus. He is responsible for the manufacturing support and services department that provides internal services and products that are integral to the contact lens manufacturing process. Functions and value streams that are included in this department include: raw material / monomer formulation; spare parts supply, rebuild, and calibration; equipment maintenance and reliability execution and best practices; optical insert CNC machining and injection mold tool service; and integrated packaging solutions. In addition, to his primary leadership accountability, Jason also leads the Johnson & Johnson South East Campus collaboration network. In 2013, the South East Campus realized over $10 Million in savings and cost avoidance for the corporation and fostered associate engagement, participation, and best practice sharing across the South East United States.
Stephen A. Knych, MD, is Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Adventist Health System. Prior to this role, he was Senior Patient Safety Officer for Florida Hospital and the Division Chief Medical Officer for Florida Hospital Celebration Health.
During an extensive military medical career, he served as Chief Orthopaedic Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, Chief of Civil Support Health Preparedness and Plans, Directorate of Homeland Security of the Civil Support Division, and Chief of Disaster and Trauma Systems Development. As a clinician and health care executive, he has delivered patient care in ambulatory clinics and hospitals, and also helped develop operational and strategic-level health care plans, policies and programs at the Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon.
Dr. Knych graduated from F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and did his first year general surgery residency at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center. He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Tufts Affiliated Hospitals, New England Medical Center. Knych also received a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Knych is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a retired colonel of the United States Air Force and was awarded the Legion of Merit in May 2006.
Bernie McShea has led award-winning economic development teams in Florida and Pennsylvania for more than a decade, in each case instilling industry-leading practices for consultative business development and due diligence. He currently leads Space Florida’s business development efforts, assisting aerospace, aviation, and related companies to relocate and expand their Florida operations. His team has been instrumental in efforts to transition Florida from reliance on the Space Shuttle program to a broad portfolio of commercial aerospace activity, and was recognized with CoreNet Global’s 2012 H. Bruce Russell Global Innovators Award, as well as IEDC’s 2012 Public-Private Partnerships Award for their work to bring Boeing’s Commercial Crew program headquarters and spacecraft manufacturing site to Florida. Similarly, his team at the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance was recognized by Site Selection magazine with its prestigious Top Ten Economic Development Groups award in 2001, 2007, and 2008, an achievement equaled only by a handful of economic development executives nationally. During his tenure, the Regional Alliance amassed totals for located corporate location/expansion projects, and new jobs and investment that the Pittsburgh region last saw in the mid-1970s.
Prior to entering the economic development profession, Bernie’s role as a senior advisor on corporate location strategy in Deloitte’s Fantus Consulting practice enabled him to work with senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies in crafting and implementing strategies for new and expanded facilities. He also served as Legislative Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Washington, D.C. office under Governor Robert P. Casey, and as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative James H. Bilbray (Nevada – 1st District), focusing on legislation that impacted economic and community development, as well as environmental regulation. He has taught business attraction and marketing, and incentive negotiation techniques in courses sponsored by the International Economic Development Council, the Community Development Institute-East, and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Holly Wiedman joined the EDC as Executive Vice President of Business Development in January 2013. In her role, she leads the business development and intelligence, and marketing teams to aggressively attract and retain jobs in Metro Orlando.
Holly has more than twenty five years of executive management experience in economic development and has directed programs for Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, Florida and Toledo, Ohio.
Prior to joining the EDC, Holly served as the Executive Vice President of The Beacon Council, a public-private partnership that serves as Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. In 2012, she directed the development and completion of the One Community One Goal Strategic Plan for Miami-Dade County. Since its inception in 1985, The Beacon Council has announced the completion of more than 850 new location and expansion projects, which will create more than 58,000 new direct jobs and bring more than $3 billion in new capital investment to Miami-Dade County.
Holly also spent three years as Director of Development at the City of Toledo, Ohio. She implemented a new marketing program which led to the retention of both Owens Corning’s new world headquarters and the Toledo Jeep plant.
In Coral Gables, Florida, Holly served as Director of Economic Development with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. There she led the Vision Council, which was charged with retaining and recruiting the Multinational Corporations’ regional headquarters. She completed eight new multinational corporation’s regional headquarters’ relocation to Coral Gables.
An active speaker and leader in numerous economic development organizations, Holly served on the International Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors for four terms and is currently a Florida Chamber’s Six Pillars Caucus Appointee. Previously, she has served on the Florida Economic Development Council’s (FEDC) Board of Directors; Governor’s Taskforce on Biotech Competitiveness; Enterprise Florida Stakeholders Council; CoreNet Global Board of Directors and CoreNet E.D. Task Force; iCoast Board of Directors; Florida Foundation for Economic Education Board of Advisors; and University of Miami Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and Launchpad Advisory Committee.
In 2005, Holly received the State of Florida’s highest lifetime achievement award, The Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year from the Florida Economic Development Council and also received an International Leadership Award from Miami World Trade Center.
Keevin Williams joined Space Florida as the Senior Director of Business Development in 2009. Leveraging his past experiences Keevin’s role has evolved to serving as the organization’s structured finance specialist. In this capacity, Keevin works with the organization’s lending partners to structure conduit debt/synthetic lease transactions to deliver critical facilities and equipment with significant CAPEX for leading aerospace companies. Keevin has been a key part of Space Florida teams capturing and closing over $00 million in projects and financing during his Space Florida tenure.
Keevin most recently served as the president of the Florida Black Business Investment Board, Inc. (FBBIB), a public-private partnership through the State of Florida, created to promote the growth and development of black business enterprises by providing access to capital, procurement, technical assistance, and legislative and regulatory advocacy.
Keevin holds more than 17 years of expertise in high level economic development, government relations and finance. Prior to serving six years as an executive FBBIB, Keevin created the Insurance Division of the Florida Bankers Association on the heels of the passage of the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act of 1999 and served as the division’s first executive.
Keevin holds degrees from the Florida State University College of Law and the University of South Florida.
Greg serves as Senior Director, Business Development for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In this role, Greg is responsible for the development and implementation of a county-wide Business Development program. Seeking to both recruit companies and help existing ones grow, he works as a key liaison with partners and clients to market and expand economic development opportunities for Brevard County.
Prior to joining the EDC in 2010, Greg worked for the Arizona Department of Commerce. In his role as Director of Business Attraction, he led the team that had statewide responsibility of Arizona’s business attraction/expansion efforts.
Highlights from his tenure with the organization include:
As Director, over the last three years, Greg led a team that produced record results, recording 110 attraction and expansion projects, yielding $3.5 billion in capital investment and almost $900 million in payroll. Since 2004, Greg personally led the successful conclusion of more than 60 projects statewide, generating in excess of $1.2 billion in capital investment and creating more than 14,000 jobs.In 2008, he was honored by Arizona Business Magazine with an “Economic Engines” award for his work at the Commerce Department.
Since joining the EDC in January of 2010, Greg and his team have landed numerous high-profile projects bringing thousands of high-wage jobs to the Space Coast, making the EDC among the most productive economic development organizations in the United States.
Greg’s brings a diverse business background to economic development having gained experience working as a partner in a computer and medical equipment leasing company, president of a national medical equipment trade association and as a Wall Street registered representative.
Greg is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fordham University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He also attended the University of Chicago, where he completed graduate courses in economics and statistics.