PRESENTING SPONSOR

SPEAKERS

MATT EVERSMANN

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Matt received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device for his courageous leadership in Mogadishu, Somalia which was immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down. Matt later deployed to Iraq for 15 months during the Surge, and retired in 2008 after 20 years of service.

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CHARLYNDA SCALES

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Charlynda Scales is an Air Force Veteran, TEDx speaker, brand ambassador, social media influencer, and the founder and CEO of Mutt’s Sauce, LLC, a company that she started while still serving on active duty and makes “the sauce for every meal.” Mutt’s Sauce was the Grand Prize Winner of Bob Evan’s Farms’ 2017 Heroes to CEOs Contest.

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EMPLOYERS

DEFENSE INDUSTRY

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

DEFENSE INDUSTRY

TITUSVILLE

EMERGENCY SERVICES RESTORATION

TAMPA

LAW ENFORCEMENT

FLORIDA

DEFENSE INDUSTRY

TAMPA

AEROSPACE

FORT WALTON BEACH

TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

MELBOURNE

AEROSPACE

PENSACOLA

FINANCIAL SERVICES

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

RESOURCES

STATE CONTRACT PROCUREMENT

EARNED BENEFITS

PANELS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FRANCHISING

Bobby Carbonell

OWNER
Growler Country

Paul Huszar

PRESIDENT & CEO
VetCor

Keith Jackson

FRANCHISE OWNER
Signal 88 Security

Matt Wiggins

VETERANS AFFAIRS COORDINATOR
International Franchise Association

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: FUNDING

CESAR RUIZ

PRESIDENT
Learning Alliance

DR. SANDRA KAUANUI

DIRECTOR
The School of Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University

Marcia Schuffman

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Military & Veterans Resource Center
University of West Florida

Kevin Cox

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Adams Center for Entrepreneurship
Florida Atlantic University

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: GROWTH

Charlynda Scales

SERVANT LEADER
Mutts Sauce

Juliann Nichols

CEO
Julo Strategy

Rosie Lee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Action Zone

Diane Denslow

FACULTY
University of North Florida

CAREERS: FLORIDA OFFERS MORE THAN YOU THINK

Phil Centonze

Director of Client Engagement Services

FloridaMakes

Kelly Smallridge

Chair & Vice Chair of Advocacy

Florida Economic Development Council

Dr. Jerry Parrish

Chief Economist

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Beth Medina

Vice President, Military & Defense

Enterprise Florida

CAREERS: THE NEW JOB SEARCH

John Kinloch

Treasurer

Human Resources Florida State Council

Bobby Turner

VP, Diversity & Inclusion Military Recruiting

Bank of America

ANTHONY BENCOMO

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Lockheed Martin Corporation