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Nancy R. Anderson
Deputy Program Manager
Commercial Crew Program
BDS Development

Nancy Anderson is the Deputy Program Manager for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program, which is building the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) known as the CST-100 Starliner. In this role she is responsible for managing the development of a human-rated spacecraft that can transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, and eventually, paying passengers to a variety of low-Earth orbit destinations.

Her previous role was Executive Program Director for the Airborne Surveillance Command and Control (ASC2), which included the Airborne Warning and Control (AEW&C) programs for Australia, Turkey, and Korea, as well as Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleets of the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

Nancy also served as the Executive Program Manager for the 777/777X Future Production System Wing Body Join Integrated Solution where she executed key Boeing Commercial Aircraft (BCA) factory transformations, including airplane design and production automation.

Her Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) Director of Engineering roles include: Digital Ecosystem and Avionics (mission systems initiatives to drive secure and interoperable solutions for Boeing platforms); engineering business partner to BMA Global Strike Division (support of F/A-18, F-15 and all Weapons programs); and BMA Chief Engineer for Development Programs (integrated functional excellence across all BMA development programs).

Steven M. Botwinik
Director
Fire Control Advanced Programs
Lockheed Martin

Steven Botwinik is the Director of Advanced Programs for the Fire Control line of business in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Mr. Botwinik leads a fast paced, innovative team responsible for developing advanced products and solutions in sensor systems, processing architectures, and platform survivability. He currently serves on the Lockheed Martin Intellectual Property Review Board and is the Lockheed Martin Technical Liaison to the University of Florida. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the STEM Alliance of Central Florida.

He has held a variety of business development and strategy, engineering, and program management positions prior to his current role, including roles on the Airborne Laser (ABL), Infrared Search and Track (IRST), Sniper Pod, Longbow Apache Fire Control Radar, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He is the author of several Lockheed Martin patents and trade secrets.

Mr. Botwinik holds a Masters of Science in Computer Information Science from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. He also completed an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Bobby Carbonell
Executive Director
Veterans Florida

Bobby Carbonell joined Florida is for Veterans, Inc. as the corporation’s first Executive Director in January 2015. Prior to his position with Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Bobby served as the Legislative and Cabinet Affairs Director for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Deputy Legislative Affairs Director for the Department of Military Affairs.

Bobby also serves as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing. Prior to commissioning in 2010 he spent 10 years as a soldier in the Florida Army National Guard. His Army career included a tour in Iraq in 2003-2004 and selection as 83rd Troop Command’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2010.
He graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs. Bobby also co-owns Growler Country, a small business in Tallahassee with his brother Michael Carbonell. Bobby lives in Tallahassee with his wife Jaime and his daughter, Sophie.

Jeff Cathey
Military Affairs Executive
Bank of America

Jeffrey (Jeff) Cathey is the Military Banking Overseas Division Executive and Senior Military Affairs Executive for Bank of America, reporting into Consumer Banking Retail.
Leading the Overseas Division, Jeff is responsible for managing and executing the military banking contract with the Department of Defense. He leads a 710+ global person team, headquartered in San Antonio, TX, to ensure banking services and products are readily available, through 65 banking centers and a robust ATM network, to service members deployed in ten countries in Europe, Asia, and around the globe.

As Head of Military Affairs, Jeff leads a dedicated group within Bank of America focused on support of active duty military and their families, and successful reintegration of service members into the civilian sector. He is responsible for business development and engagement in the Washington, DC arena and nationally. His team is integral in exploring marketing and philanthropic opportunities, as well as events supporting the military community worldwide. His work includes leveraging the strength of the brand to build a foundation for future growth.

Cathey joined Bank of America in April 2008 directly from the Pentagon. Jeff served with distinction in the U.S. Navy for 29 years, and led commands worldwide at all levels to include two fleet squadrons and a carrier air wing in USS Enterprise. Jeff flew 100 combat missions and is a decorated veteran of Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jeff also served in Washington as Director for Senate Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Raised in Tampa, Florida, Jeff played football at the University of Tampa and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

He earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Military Banks of America, University of Tampa’s Center for Leadership, and Mission United in Tampa. He is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida’s Honors College. He is married with three adult children.

Jane Dowgwillo
Statewide Manager
Florida SBDC Network
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Jane has served in this positon with the Florida SBDC Network for over five years, and manages a team of Consultants around the State in providing assistance to small business in all aspects of federal, state and local government contracting. Jane started her career in the corporate finance sector before working for a number of federal agencies in the Australian Federal Government.

Jane worked for the Australian Department of Defense for over 15 years in a variety of positions, including financial management, national logistics, infrastructure planning and estate development, personnel management and military capital equipment acquisition planning.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies, Masters of Management (Defense Studies) and Masters of Management (Project Management). Jane is also a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC).

Michael Fleming
Senior Vice President
University Relations and Development
Jacksonville University

Mike serves as the Senior Vice President of University Relations and Development for Jacksonville University with responsibility for developing and maintaining effective relations with key government, military and community leaders to enhance achievement of the University’s strategic goals. He was previously a Managing Director for Deutsche Bank, serving as the Site Lead in Jacksonville while also serving as the Co-Chair of Veterans on Wall Street, an initiative dedicated to honoring and employing veterans.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mike was a career military officer with over 30 years of service including nine years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and 27 years in the Army National Guard; where he ultimately retired as a Brigadier General. He has also held positions at American National Bank of Florida and General Electric Credit Corp.

Mike holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Florida and Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College, and has served as a Congressional Fellow, National Security Fellow at Harvard University, and Foreign Affairs Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He was a member of the United States (CIOR) Military Pentathlon Team for eight years and represented the United States in international competitions. Mike is the founder and Chair of the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, a Public/Private Partnership with the City of Jacksonville and business community to provide employment opportunities for veterans, and the Northeast Florida Military Veteran College Network.

He has earned military awards that include the Legion of Merit and Florida Cross; and civilian honors that include the Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award, Rear Admiral Kevin Delaney Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Military Hall of Fame, and Jacksonville Business Journal’s Veterans of Influence.

Tim Jones
President & CEO
Cybrix Group

Tim Jones has over 25 years’ experience as a management professional in Information Systems, Communications and Information Technology in global environments. He was the Founder and President of Advanced Concepts Engineering. He is also the former Lead government representative for the Joint Operations Technology Center for Space and Naval Warfare.

In 2002, Tim founded the high tech company Cybrix Group which he continues to lead. In 2011, Inc 500 named The Cybrix Group as the 55th fastest growing company in America.

Early in his career, Tim completed eight years active duty in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, he served in various technical and supervisory positions in Europe and the United States. Duties ranged from working communications systems in Nea Makri Greece to participating on the Transatlantic Abort Landing (TAL) team (Spain) for NASA Space Shuttle missions. Tim ended his active duty career working meteorological and oceanographic research, development, test and evaluation on new technology for the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center. Tim has been a goodwill ambassador in many countries throughout his distinguished career.

Representative Sam Killebrew
House District 41

Representative Sam Killebrew is the past owner of Killebrew, Inc., an underground utility construction company in Florida. He is also a former partner in Florida Strategic Group, LLC.

Representative Killebrew served in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he became the General Manager of Killebrew Manufacturing Company and later started Imperial Trailer Service. Mr. Killebrew was also owner and president of Rotational Molding Company, a plastics manufacturer.

Representative Killebrew was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016. The Representative also serves on numerous boards and civic organizations in Florida. He enjoys spending time with his family and his many Cavalier King Charles spaniel rescue dogs that he and his wife have adopted from the Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue group.

Dr. William J. Lennox Jr.
Ninth President
Saint Leo University

Dr. William J. Lennox Jr. assumed the presidency of Saint Leo University on July 1, 2015. Saint Leo University is the fourth largest Catholic university in the country by student count.

A retired U.S. Army three-star lieutenant general, Dr. Lennox earned his bachelor’s degree concentrating in international affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University. He completed the Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University. His military education also includes the Ranger and Airborne Schools.
After graduating from West Point, General Lennox served in a wide variety of assignments in the field artillery. He also held a number of staff positions, including a White House Fellowship serving in the Department of Education.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Lennox served as Senior Vice President at Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm, in Washington, DC. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing strategy for the company’s Department of Defense programs and for interacting with Congress and the executive branch.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and is vice chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Dr. Lennox also serves on the boards of the Universal Technical Institute and Princeton Power Systems.

He and his wife, Anne, have three sons: Matthew and Andrew, both Army officers, and Jonathan, a certified financial planner.

Stephen B Moss
Partner
Holland & Knight

Stephen B. Moss is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Fort Lauderdale office. Mr. Moss is a past Real Estate Section Leader of the firm. He practices in the areas of real property development law, hotel development and operations, title insurance and business law.

In these areas his experience includes the representation of developers in complex transactions involving the hospitality industry, office and industrial parks, and a variety of other commercial projects, as well as providing general counsel to several companies.

Mr. Moss began the practice of law in 1971 following two years of active military service in the United States Army, including one year in Vietnam.

Anthony J. Principi
President
The Principi Group, LLC.

During his four-year tenure (2001-2005) as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York-born Anthony J. Principi directed the federal government’s second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s 25-million living veterans and dependents. Commanding a budget in excess of $71 billion, Mr. Principi led an organization of 230,000 employees in hundreds of VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country.

Mr. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and first saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy. He later commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. During his service in Southeast Asia, Mr. Principi was awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor and several other military decorations for valor.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Principi earned his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1975 and was assigned to the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, Calif. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington D.C. as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy. From 1984 to 1988, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, following three years as counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA’s second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was named Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that position until January 1993. Following that appointment, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Mr. Principi was Chairman of the Congressional Commission on Service Members and Veterans Transition Assistance established by Congress in 1996.Mr. Principi was nominated by President George W. Bush on December 29, 2000, and was confirmed by the Senate on January 23, 2001 to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Principi was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the 2005 military Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The Commission was responsible for recommending to the President and Congress the realignment and closure of military installations throughout the United States.

Mr. Principi served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Pfizer, Inc. He was Executive Chairman of QTC Management, Inc., the largest provider of medical and disability evaluations to the federal government. He served on the Board of Directors of Perot Systems, Inc. and Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors.

Cissy Proctor
Executive Director
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Cissy Proctor was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in January 2016. After joining the department in 2012, she served as Chief of Staff, Director of the Division of Strategic Business Development, and Deputy Legislative Affairs Director.

Director Proctor is focused on promoting Florida’s competitive business environment through collaboration and partnerships across economic, workforce, and community development. These partnerships have helped generate economic prosperity for communities and cities across Florida. She has built relationships with Legislators, the business community, local governments, and policy experts across the country to ensure the department is effectively serving businesses, communities, and individuals, while making Florida the best place to live, learn, play, work and do business.

Before joining the department, Director Proctor practiced law with the Tallahassee-based firm Bryant Miller Olive, PA. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.

Mark Wilson
President and CEO
Florida Chamber of Commerce

Mark Wilson serves as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Wilson leads the substantial political, lobbying, grassroots, and economic research operations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber focuses on creating a business climate that generates prosperity and high-paying jobs, vibrant communities and global competitiveness in the state of Florida by focusing on job creation and the Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy: Talent Supply & Education, Innovation & Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, Business Climate & Competitiveness, Civic & Governance Systems and Quality of Life & Quality Places.

Through his focus on unifying the business community, Wilson created the Florida Business Agenda and the Florida Chamber Grassroots Network, which mobilizes the business community on issues ranging from taxes and talent, to insurance and constitutional amendment reform. Wilson was also the first president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a Florida Chamber partner organization focused on reducing frivolous lawsuits.

In addition to his legislative successes, Wilson is also the architect of groundbreaking statewide political campaigns in 2004 and 2006 that passed significant constitutional amendment reforms, as well as numerous legislative and issue campaigns. In 2010, he served as treasurer and co-chair of the Vote No on 4 campaign, an anti-growth proposal, in one of the most successful political campaigns in Florida’s history.

Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the Council of State Chambers, as well as serving as an active member of the Florida Council of 100, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

A native of Illinois, Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and has earned the national designation of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). Prior to joining the Florida Chamber in 1998, Wilson served as vice president of the Chicagoland Chamber and previously served with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Wilson resides in Tallahassee with his wife, daughter and two sons.