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Cyndi Warren with Warren Averett, Kelly Reeser with CIE, and Robin Reshard with Robert Robino Productions


Cyndi Warren / Warren Averett Facebook

Cyndi Warren joined the Firm in 1990 and is the Managing Member of the Pensacola office. She has extensive experience in individual and corporate tax planning and tax code compliance and also specializes in tax and accounting for the construction industry. Cyndi has been a keynote speaker for several local groups including the Associated General Contractors, American Subcontractors Association and the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties. She is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Cyndi is heavily involved in the Pensacola community and is currently the President of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a women’s philanthropy group, that has given over $6 million to nonprofit organizations since 2004.

Kelly Reeser / CIE Twitter

Robin Reshard / Robert Robino Productions

Robin Reshard is the creative director of Robert Robino Productions, a multimedia company with a vision to communicate relevant issues and encourage thought-provoking dialogue that makes a difference. She is an author, producer, and speaker and serves on several community boards. Robin and her husband, Lloyd, started the Pensacola Network in 2013 with a mission to connect people and strengthen relationships.





Steve Wilmer with “Steve Speaks,” Rene West with Executive Landscaping, David Bear with Lewis Bear Company, Rodney Scott with Scott Management Resources, Garrett LaBorde with LaBorde Legal Group, Thomas Booker with Your Just Desserts by Thomas, and Judy Burns with Ronald McDonald House


Steve Wilmer / “Steve Speaks” Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Passionate…Motivated…Energetic…Inspiring…Practical…Talented…Humorous…Relevant… Enthusiastic…

The list would go on and on when people who know Steve, meet Steve and hear Steve Speak are asked to describe him. Steve energizes the room when he walks in and all eyes and ears are in tuned to his message. He captivates his audience and has them sitting on the edge of their seat to hear what’s next. Steve’s humor and quick wit will have you laughing out loud while delivering a message that is clear, practical and relevant to any audience.

While some speakers leave you “less than inspired”, Steve charges your battery and has you ready to tackle whatever task is at hand. Steve Wilmer is…Unforgettable!

Rene West / Executive Landscaping, Inc. Linkedin Facebook

As president of Executive Landscaping, West may have put his business in what some may argue is the most demanding landscape in the country. Located in Pensacola, Florida, West and Executive Landscaping have created a lasting reputation that spreads from the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the less-tropical inland.

David Bear / Lewis Bear Company Twitter

Rodney Scott / Scott Management Resources

Garrett LaBorde / LaBorde Legal Group Linkedin Twitter

Garrett P. LaBorde is the founder of the Laborde Legal Group, based in Pensacola, Florida. He is a goal-oriented professional with a history of high achievement in Law, Business, and Law Practice Management. Through a passion for understanding complex concepts, along with a relentless commitment to effective relationship building and quality-driven results, Mr. LaBorde has consistently been able to balance the needs of his clients with his broad set of skills and resources to achieve precise and valuable outcomes at every phase of his career.

Thomas Booker / Your Just Desserts by Thomas Facebook

Thomas is an International Baccalaureate student and a graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. He is also the CEO of Your Just Desserts by Thomas. Your Just Desserts by Thomas provides homemade, made from scratch desserts to people within Pensacola and surrounding areas.

Judy Burns / Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida Twitter Facebook

Judy Burns is the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida. Judy began her work with the Ronald McDonald House in 2011 and before that worked with Autism Pensacola, founding and volunteering at “Kids for Camp” and supporting children and families with autism.

In addition to Burns’ outstanding history of working within the nonprofit sector, she also has an extensive background and proven track record in the world of business. Over a sixteen year career with Southern California Edison, she has had management roles in Marketing, Human Resources and Customer Services.




Collier Merrill with Merrill Land Company, Jim Rhodes with IT Gulf Coast, Nicole Dixon with GCAACC, Hong Tran with Pensacola Young Professionals, and Dr. Brendan Kelly with UWF


Collier Merrill / Merrill Land Company and Great Southern Restaurants

Mr. Collier Merrill is the president of Merrill Land Company, a real estate development company, which specializes in condominium development along the Northwestern Gulf Coast. He is the president of Great Southern Restaurants, Inc., which owns and operates The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, Jackson’s Steakhouse, Five Sisters Blues Café, The Palafox House, and Great Southern Weddings, Catering & Events. Additionally, Merrill is a partner in the Lee House: A Boutique Inn and Event Venue. Merrill is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Jim Rhodes / IT Gulf Coast and ITEN Wired Linkedin Twitter Facebook

A Pensacola native and graduate of UWF, Jim relocated to Charlotte in 1997 to pursue a career in banking. After several years at his “dream job” he realized that his real passion was technology. After obtaining his IT degree and working several years in that sector, he relocated back to Pensacola in 2007 with his wife and two sons. He has been employed by AppRiver since his return where he leads their mobile solutions team. His passion is promoting the technology sector in this areas and that has lead him to become the president of IT Gulf Coast, director of ITEN Wired, and serve on the board of Innovation Coast.

Nicole Dixon / Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce (GCAACC) Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Nicole Dixon is a native to Pensacola and growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Nicole knew she wanted to be a business professional as a child. Nicole has coined herself as A.K.A”TheSolutions Lady” because she will find a solution to your small business problems! She has always made it a point to strive for her goals to be a successful, professional woman.

She has worked in a variety of professional capacities from business consulting, personal & business tax preparation, bookkeeping, marketing, professional presentations and countless other fields in the business community. She is currently seeking her degree in Digital Design and is expected to graduate in December 2015. In the role as HR Resources Manager of The Cell Phone Place, Nicole helped the company grow from one store in Pensacola to a total of 4 stores in over 3 years, while grossing over 1 million dollars in sales and managing over 50 employees. Nicole was the owner of Small Business Administrative Solutions a company that provided administrative solutions for small businesses in Escambia County for 5 years and decided to close it down and do something she really loved which was helping others to find employment. She is currently the owner of Key 2 Success an Employment Recruiting Company and under her leadership has provided over 1000 local jobs to residents in Escambia County.

Hong Tran / Pensacola Young Professionals Twitter Facebook

Dr. Brendan Kelly / University of West Florida (UWF) Twitter

Dr. Brendan Kelly was named Interim Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida in April 2013 and appointed the permanent position in July 2014. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kelly served as the Director of the School of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at UWF.

In his role as Interim Vice President, Dr. Kelly serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and provides executive leadership to a team of more than 60 professionals in the Division of Advancement, overseeing the university’s integrated marketing and communications efforts, as well as all of the development and alumni relations’ activities. In addition, he oversees the UWF Foundation, whose current endowment investment pool exceeds $60 million. As the institution’s chief philanthropic officer, Dr. Kelly is responsible for the university’s 50th anniversary campaign (2017), which is currently in the feasibility-testing phase.







Bill Wein with IMS ExpertServices, Carl Broussard with Cajun Specialty Meats, Keith Hoffert with Foodie Life, Jennifer Ivey with Flora-Bama, Kathy Anthony with Vistage Florida, and Hattie Grace with Academic Excellence Tutoring Services


Bill Wein / IMS ExpertServices Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Bill Wein has over 25 years of experience with building organizations providing human capital solutions. As co-founder and President of IMS ExpertServices, Bill has been the driving force in the development of the legal industry’s leading expert witness search firm, servicing the expert element of high stakes litigation for 100% of the AMLAW 100 and 75% of the Fortune 100.

Bill co-founded IMS ExpertServices after co-founding two very successful firms providing retained executive search, interim executive and consulting services to their telecommunications, media and technology clients. Through these firms, Bill and his partners built teams within the most successful companies in the world including Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T, Sprint, Motorola, and Cox Communications, to name a few.

Carl Broussard / Cajun Specialty Meats, Inc. Facebook

Carl Broussard has been the President of Cajun Specialty Meats since it’s inception in 1996. He is married to Monica Broussard and has one son Hayden who is a high school senior.

Keith Hoffert / Foodie Life Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Jennifer Ivey / Flora-Bama Twitter Facebook

Kathy Anthony / Vistage Florida Linkedin Facebook

Kathy Anthony has 23 years experience in banking also 15 years as a partner in a large regional CPA firm. As a Certified Professional in Human Resources, she consults in the areas of performance management, process improvement, merger integration and operational procedures. DiSC Certified Trainer using the DiSC Behavioral Profile to enhance team building, conflict management, selling skills and collaboration skills. Kathy also serves as the Chair and Mentor of two executive peer groups with Vistage Florida, currently with 23 members across the Panhandle. Vistage is a think tank of CEO’s who bring their talent, experience and perspective together once a month to take their organizations to new heights. Members also receive a monthly personal coaching and access to tremendous resources within the group and throughout the international Vistage network.

Hattie Grace / Academic Excellence Tutoring Services Linkedin

Hattie Grace is the Owner/President of Academic Excellence Tutoring Services. She has over 10 years of experience in tutoring. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching and working with educational organizations.

Academic Excellence Tutoring Services provides service to the Escambia County PTA through presentations to parents at PTA meetings on how to work with their children on different educational subjects.