Why I stand with the Parkland students #NeverAgain

I stand with the Parkland students. 20 years ago I was a high school student in Florida.  This issue for us was the rising smoking rates of youth who were being targeted by manipulative marketing tactics from Big Tobacco.  Three years later, the Truth Campaign reported that smoking rates amongst middle school students was down... Continue Reading →


Big win for new chamber export program

In 2014, the Gainesville Chamber launched an export program for members in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.  One of the first participants was a small business from Newberry, FL, Endoscopy Replacement Parts.  John Hartnett, VP of Global Business Development, made full use of the Chamber's resources, staff and programs.  John quickly... Continue Reading →

7 lessons for my younger self

Do you wish you knew then what you know now? The link below is nearly the full text of a speech I gave today to 350 young professionals in Raleigh.  Our Great Raleigh Chamber's Young Professionals Network is impressive and many of the participants are already emerging in leadership roles throughout the Triangle.  Here is... Continue Reading →

Gainesville gets great new leader in Dr. Fuchs

The University and Gainesville communities have welcomed Dr. Kent Fuchs over the past month as UF's 12th President.  Last Thursday, President Fuchs gave the keynote address at the Gainesville Chamber's Annual Meeting.  He highlighted the progress, momentum and future potential of our region and that of UF.  Both have initiatives underway that are bold and... Continue Reading →

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