Chas Bailes III

Charles E. Bailes, III (“Chas”), grandson of the company’s founder, Jack Holloway, has been with ABC Fine Wine and Spirits since 1975.  He was named its Chairman of the Board in September 1998, and has served as ABC’s President and CEO since 1994.  As a graduate of Georgia Tech, he holds a degree in Industrial Engineering.  Charles and his wife, Kimberly, married since 1976, have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and attend First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.  Charles is active in many business, civic, social and charitable organizations.  Current and past affiliations include: The Foundation Board of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, Board of Directors of Florida Fellowship Foundation, YMCA of Central Florida Board (Chairman), Seaside National Bank & Trust, Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Chapter, Senior Warden), Moffitt Cancer Center Board, and Orlando Museum of Art (Board of Trustees), to name a few.   He is also a member and Past President of the Country Club of Orlando.  Market Watch and Beverage & Food Dynamics have recognized Charles and his brother Jess as the “Retailer of the Year”.  His hobbies are golf and hunting.

Dan Doyle, Jr.

Danny Gaekwad

Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad is a first-generation American entrepreneur and community leader based in Ocala, FL. He is the founder and CEO of NDS USA Information Technology, an IT firm, and Danny G Management, which owns and operates restaurants and hotels.

In a business career spanning nearly three decades, Mr. Gaekwad has built over a dozen small- and medium-sized companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in diverse fields, such as convenience stores, real estate development, hospitality industry and information technology, among other areas.

Born in Baroda, a former princely state in western India, as the son of a judge and grandson of a colonel in the Indian Army, he graduated in political science from the prestigious Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He moved to the United States in 1987, after his marriage to Manisha Gaekwad.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Besides NDS USA Information Technology and MGM Hotels, Mr. Gaekwad runs a number of companies, including NDS Global, which provides IT solutions; DG Hospitality, a hotel and restaurant management consulting company; and Danny Gaekwad Development & Investments, which oversees his real estate investments.

Over the years, his companies have created thousands of jobs in Florida and other parts of the United States, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy. In 2016, Gov. Rick Scott recognized him with the “One Million Jobs” certificate of appreciation for his contribution “in helping Florida job creators add 1 million jobs between December 2010 and December 2015.”

Mr. Gaekwad’s maiden business venture was a convenience store in Orlando, FL, which he purchased in 1987. In the next eight years, he would build and sell a chain of 26 convenience stores across Florida.

After exiting from the convenience store business, he launched NDS Global, a medical billing and transcription company. In five years, it became the largest medical billing and transcription business in the world.

Mr. Gaekwad entered the hospitality industry and real estate development in 1997. Today, he owns more than a dozen ventures within the sector, including premium brand hotels such as Intercontinental Hotel Group, Carlson Hotel Group and Hilton Hotel Worldwide. His hotels and restaurants have won many accolades, establishing him as a trendsetter within the industry.

He also owns and operates DG Hospitality, a hotel and restaurant management consulting company, which does sales and marketing for hotels and restaurants from inception to operation.

Mr. Gaekwad’s current real estate holdings include golf course lots, hotel sites, restaurant sites, camp grounds, car washes and commercial retail sites across Florida. His company “Gaekwad’s Downtown Ocala Mixed-Development” is in the process of constructing a premium hotel and restaurant in downtown Ocala at a site where the historic Ocala House Hotel once stood.

350 Acre Gaekwad’s Villages Mixed-Use Development is in the process is developing 1,100 residential lots, 300 apartments and a four-acre commercial site at The Villages, FL, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Additionally, Mr. Gaekwad owns thousands of residential lots in Florida and Kentucky and dozens of residential rental condos across Florida. Other projects in the pipeline include a New Holiday Inn Express Hotel, a new Hilton Garden Hotel (which includes three restaurants) and a Tru by Hilton in Gainesville, FL.

Mr. Gaekwad is also in the process of building a new accelerator in downtown Orlando, which will house in Exchange building at the historic Church Street Station.  Which will fund hundreds of small companies.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Mr. Gaekwad is a well-known community leader who is very active in local, state and national politics. A conservative Republican, he has supported scores of candidates running for various offices. He has supported candidates at all levels and races, ranging from presidential and gubernatorial elections to city council and mayoral campaigns.

Mr. Gaekwad has been a steadfast champion of small businesses. He has also worked tirelessly to increase political participation among the Indian American community by recruiting and supporting candidates to run for offices at the grassroots, as well as state and national levels. He has founded or cofounded a number of organizations, including the India Association of Ocala, for which he also constructed a building. Mr. Gaekwad also helped construct the United Way building in Ocala.

BOARD_POSITIONS
In the past three decades, Mr. Gaekwad has served on the boards of numerous public, private and nonprofit organizations. He has been a member of the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc., a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders, since 2009. He is also an executive board member of Visit Florida, the official tourism marketing corporation of the state. Other boards that he serves include:

  • Member of the board of director, Florida Chamber of Commerce, a hundred-year-old trade body that promotes a business friendly climate and jobs creations in the state
  • Chairman, Marion County Visitor and Convention Bureau
  • Chairman, Marion County Tourism Development Council
  • Vice Chairman, Marion County Planning and Zoning Commissioner

In the past, Mr. Gaekwad has served on a number of boards, including the following:

  • Space Florida, the agency in charge of aerospace economic development in the state
  • Independence National Bank, which provides various banking products and services
  • Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, which was once the fifth largest mortgage company in the country.

In the past, he has also served on the advisory boards of Center State Bank and Horizon Bank. Additionally, Mr. Gaekwad is a member of several nonprofit and trade groups, including the Lions Club.  He was also a member of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Mr. Gaekwad has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for his accomplishments in business, as well as for his community service, a number of times. Following are some of the awards and recognitions he has won:

  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association Chairman’s Award. (AAHOA is the largest trade group of hotel owners in the world and its members own every second hotel in the United States.)
  • “One Million Jobs” certificate of appreciation from Gov. Rick Scott for “helping Florida job creators add 1 million jobs between December 2010 and December 2015.”
  • Lion of the Year Award
  • Leaders Leader Award, Marion County
  • Community Service Award from the Federation of Indian Seniors Association of North America (August 2017)
  • Pride of India Award 2017
  • Glorious India Chairman’s Award 2017

Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer of The St. Joe Company, has been with the company since 2002 and has over 26 years of continuous experience in various planning and real estate related roles.

Mr. Gonzalez holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Florida State University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on various community boards and organizations including the FSU Panama City Campus Development Board, the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, the Northwest Florida Manufacturer’s Council, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, and Enterprise Florida.

Dana Jones

Dana Jones currently serves as the President of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Director of the Development Authority and the Tourist Development Council Coordinator.  During her career with the Chamber she has served as the Executive Vice President, the Vice President of Tourism, Vice President of Membership Services, Director of Community Affairs, and Area Council Coordinator.

During her tenure as President, the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce attained 5-Star Accreditation status by the U.S. Chamber, was twice selected as the #1 Chamber of Commerce in America for Chambers our size and has been designated a “Certified Plus” Chamber by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.

She is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management (University of Georgia & the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and Economic Development Institute (University of Oklahoma).

She has represented Putnam County regionally by her participation on the Board of First Coast Technical College, Jax/USA Partner, Enterprise FL Stakeholder, VISIT FLORIDA Nature-Based Committee, Superior Small Lodgings – Board Member; and the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, Jacksonville Super Bowl Special Events and Hospitality Committees.

Other professional affiliations include:

Rotary, Palatka Municipal Airport Advisory Board member, FAME (Florida Association of Membership Executives) – President, 1995; Secretary/Treasurer, 1991-93; Board member 11 years; state conference chairman; NAMD (National Association for Membership Development) – Member 13 years; Partnership for Drug free America – Selected for national committee to develop a Drug free workplace program for national distribution; American Business Women’s Association – President, 1986; founding member, chaired various committees; American Cancer Society – Public Relations Chairman; Georgia-Pacific – Advisory Board Member

Charlie Lydecker

Charlie is CEO of Foundation Risk Partners, a fast growing independent insurance agency operation headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Prior to becoming CEO of FRP, Charlie spent 26 years at Brown & Brown, Inc. serving in a variety of leadership positions including: Retail Division President, Regional President, and Profit Center Leader.   He also served on their Senior Leadership Council.

Charlie is Chairman of the Florida Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA), a Director of Gateway Banks of Florida, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, D.C.  He is on the board of the NASCAR Foundation, Halifax Hospital Foundation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Charlie has served two terms as Vice Chairman of the Florida Ethics Commission, Past Chairman of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Past Vice Chairman of the Florida Self-Insurers Guarantee Association, and an Executive Board Member of the Florida State Fair Authority.  He is Fundraising Chairman for the YMCA of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Past Chairman of Futures Public Education Foundation, the United Way of Volusia/Flagler (FL) Counties, and the Boy Scouts of America in Daytona Beach.  He has twice served as the Chairman of the Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an Alumnus of Leadership Florida and Leadership Daytona Beach.

Charlie is a 1985 graduate of American University with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. Charlie has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Associates in Management (AIM) designations.

Charlie is married to Christine and they have three children.

Scott Mikuen

Scott T. Mikuen is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Harris Corporation. In
this role, he oversees legal, contracts, compliance and risk management support to all Harris
business operations and functional areas and is a member of the Harris Executive Committee. As
corporate secretary, Mikuen also provides counsel on corporate governance matters and works very
closely with the Board of Directors. He is also a Trustee of the Harris Foundation and a member of
the Harris Political Action Committee.

Previously, Mikuen was vice president-general counsel and secretary. Before that, he was vice
president-associate general counsel and secretary with responsibilities for corporate governance,
SEC compliance, finance and merger and acquisition transactions.

Mikuen joined Harris in 1996 and has served in various positions within the Legal department,
including vice president-counsel, with responsibility for Harris corporate and commercial division
legal affairs and as finance counsel.

Prior to joining Harris, he served as a partner in a Long Island, New York, law firm.

Mikuen earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Colgate University and a law degree with
honors from the Harvard Law School.

He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. Mikuen is a member of the New York and
Florida Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Society of Governance
Professionals and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mikuen is also a member of the Melbourne
International Airport Authority board and a director of Club Esteem, a nonprofit organization serving
youth living in economically disadvantaged communities. He plays competitive sports (having
represented a Florida team in USA Hockey “Over 40” and “Over 50” Nationals).

Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical
challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and
commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual
revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems,
Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems.

David Sweeney

As Chief Executive Officer, Dave is responsible for RS&H’s vision, strategic direction, growth, and adherence to the firm’s core values of integrity, quality service, business success, and valuing associates. Dave joined RS&H in 1998 and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Throughout his tenure at RS&H, he’s held numerous leadership roles, including Transportation-Infrastructure Practice Director and Chief Operating Officer. Dave received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986, is a licensed professional engineer in six states, and serves on several committees and boards of professional and civic organizations.

TJ Szelistowski

TJ Szelistowski is president of Peoples Gas System, where he leads a team that provides clean, affordable natural gas to more than 375,000 customers across Florida. Peoples Gas is the largest gas distribution company in the state of Florida and is part of the Emera family of companies.

Szelistowski received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida.

Szelistowski began his career at Tampa Electric Co. and has more than 35 years of electric and gas utility experience, with positions of increasing responsibility, including director of Transmission and Distribution Operations, director of Energy Control Center, director of Labor Relations, and managing director of Regulatory Affairs.

Szelistowski is a member the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Power Engineering Society. He is a member of Leadership Tampa Class of 2003 and Leadership Florida Class XXXI. Szelistowski serves on the board of the Southern Gas Association and on the Tampa committee of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Szelistowski is married and has two grown children.

Rick Walsh

Richard (Rick) Walsh is Chairman and CEO of the Knob Hill Companies, which includes media, investments, and a strategic development firm. Prior to founding Knob Hill, Rick served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs of Darden Restaurants. He was a founding member of the leadership team that took Darden public in 1995 and also served as a member of Darden’s Executive Committee.

He also serves on the boards of the UCF Foundation, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Seaside National Bank and Trust, Blue Orb Software Inc, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, LSQ Holdings and several emerging companies’ boards and manages a partnership that owns and operates a horse and Black Angus calving operation in Ridgeway, Wisconsin.

A past Chairman of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce and Chairman Emeritus of the University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, he is also a former Board member of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the National Employment Policy Institute; and the National Restaurant Association and was Founder of Winter Park Magazine. He formerly served on the Governor’s Florida Tourism Council, the Governor’s Taskforce on Affordable Healthcare, Enterprise Florida, and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. Most recently he served as Founding Chair of OneBlood, Florida’s primary blood center.

He attended the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1977, a Master of Public Policy degree in 1983, an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce Science in 2015 and is a 1983 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.