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Pensacola Business Radio – 02.18.16 – Guests: Jeff Sesol / Ventura Group of Florida, Amy Davis / Milton Spring Fling


Jeff Sesol / Ventura Group of Florida

We focus on Florida opportunities, and have been doing so since 1998.

 We are a boutique organization. The Ventura Group is small by design, allowing for acute attention to detail along with a thorough and personalized servicing of each of our clients.

 We are very selective. We intentionally limit the number of clients we work with in order to concentrate on our sole purpose meeting your strategic needs.

We perform our own due diligence and research analyses. We work with our clients to ensure that all financial records are

“in order,” in addition to conducting a thorough study of each company’s objectives and operations.

What We Do

We are unique in our focus…dedicated to working with companies seeking business opportunities in the state of Florida. 

You may be looking to expand your current operations, acquire an existing business, identify a strategic partner, or explore alternative strategies that best fit your needs.

Services We Offer

* Business Brokerage for Sellers and Buyers
* CPA Firm Mergers, Acquisitions and Sales
* Management Consulting
* Business Valuations

The Ventura Group of Florida, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is incorporated in the state of Florida.


Amy Davis / Spring Fling 16
Media Expert & Director of Spring Fling

2016 Spring Fling  ’16

 Spring Fling ’16 is like nothing Milton, Florida has ever seen. It’s a music festival that brings together different genres of music. From country, rock, southern rock, to reggae all in one venue.   Spring Fling ’16 will be supporting the SRC Veterans Memorial Foundation, Shoes That Fit, and the East Milton Fire Rescue.       Spring Fling was started in 2015 and supported the Black Hawk Down Foundation. It was a smaller festival but this year we want Spring Fling to grow and we want it to become larger with every year that passes. We want this music festival to continue supporting local charities and always be affordable and fun for the public to enjoy. 

We support our troops!!!

We will be discounting our tickets $5 off orginal pricing for our military.


Pensacola Business Radio 2-16-16 – Guests: Steven Reynolds and Tim Shipman / Cordova Lanes Bowling Center, Kay Mitchell / Florida Blue


Steven Reynolds and Tim Shipman / Cordova Lanes Bowling Center

Steve Reynolds is the owner of Cordova Lanes Bowling Center, which operates as a community center as much as a bowling and family entertainment center. Cordova Lanes is well known in Pensacola as the place that put ‘fun’ into fundraising, whether hosting a fundraising event at the lanes, or contributing auction items and door prizes to local events.

    Popular evening specials such as ‘penny-a-pin’ and the famous ‘kids bowl free all Summer’ are coupled with a reputation for quality that means Cordova Lanes hosts regional and NCAA tournaments.  They also host local business and networking groups, off-site working lunches for businesses and a flurry of Holiday and Christmas parties.

   The Reynolds family has been involved in Pensacola’s bowling scene for many decades. Steve’s father Bob opened Cordova Lanes in 1979. Since then, it has continued to flourish as a legacy of his philosophy that a business that becomes part of a community becomes an institution; a part of the fabric of that community.


let’s go bowling…

…or throw darts, or play poker, or have a great salad, or share your singing skills with the Karaoke bunch, or catch the big game…

You get my point? Cordova Lanes is a Bowling Center… as in Community Center. We have plenty of activities, but more importantly; we have the perfect vehicle to assist you in meeting your goals, both personal and professional.

Bowling is great fun, great exercise, and a great icebreaker. It’s perfect forfamily gatherings, school field trips, church socials, networking opportunities, fundraisers, dates, civic group meetings, weddings, and birthdays or celebrations of any kind!

We are also experts at ensuring you have a great time while bowling, whether as a league member or just a simple social occasion. And don’t worry about staying in touch – we have free wi-fi throughout the center.

Come experience the at Cordova Lanes, where we prove bowling is fun!




Kay Mitchell / Florida Blue
Sales Consultant

Kay Mitchell is an insurance agent with Florida Blue, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, community activist, model & hostess originally from Houston, who is passionate about empowering women to become their very best. She looks forward to helping strengthen this community anyway that she can.

I have proudly held my insurance license for the past 10 years and worked diligently in the Pensacola and surrounding areas to provide quality and affordable healthcare to all in need. I specialize in the Affordable Health Care Act plans as well as Medicare Plans. Almost two years ago I was given the privilege to join the Florida Blue Team and I absolutely love this company! They care not only about their members, but also their employees. So if you or someone you know needs health insurance I would love to help!


1680 Airport Blvd  Pensacola, Fl  32504

 (850) 202-4150  fax (850) 477-3320

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? You Can Enroll Now! Come In and Ask Us How.

Pensacola Business Radio: 02.18.16 – Guests: David Pasquelone and Susie Wansley / Tel-Staff, Randy Tyson/ Gulf Coast Long Term Care Solutions



David Pasquelone and Susie Wansley / Tel-Staff


Save Time.

As a business professional, you know that time is money. The hours in your workday are too valuable to spend struggling with time-consuming employee issues, confusing tax law, and hours of governmental red tape. Let TEL Staffing & HR handle all your administrative needs. Our comprehensive services free you to focus on your #1 priority—the vision and expansion of your business!

Save Money.

With thousands of employees under our umbrella, TEL has the buying power most companies just can’t touch. TEL Staffing & HR bolsters your revenue potential by taking charge of countless hours of non-revenue producing work—plus we pass along significant administrative and workers’ compensation savings in the process. That means more money in your pocket!

Reduce Stress.

No business owner likes to struggle with insurance companies, fraudulent claims, and unhappy employees. TEL Staffing & HR frees you from these and other time-consuming responsibilities so you can focus on moving your business forward. You can be confident that your organization is safe in our capable hands.

Powerful Benefits.

Happy employees are productive employees. In today’s benefits-driven society, great health insurance, 401k plans and employee benefits are the best way to attract and retain professional talent. Let TEL Staffing & HR provide you and your team with powerful. cost-effective solutions that fit your organization’s unique needs. We’ll give you the competitive edge you need to succeed.


Learn how TEL Staffing & HR can help your organization save time and money, reduce stress,
and increase employee productivity, loyalty, and your bottom line.





Randy Tyson / Gulf Coast Long Term Care Solutions

Specialties: PRODUCTS
– Long Term Care Insurance
– Life Insurance
– Disability Insurance
– Key Person Insurance
– Annuities

– Long Term Care Planning
– Retirement Planning
– Estate Planning
– College Planning
– Charitable Giving & Legacy Planning


Gulf Coast Long Term Care Solutions, LLC

January 2015 – Present (1 year 2 months)Pensacola, Florida Area

Long Term Care is an issue that is affecting millions of families. As the baby boomers enter their senior years, the number of people needing care is going to grow. Long Term Care is a financial issue that can devastate an otherwise secure retirement for a couple. It is also a family issue that can have a negative impact on relationships and lifestyles of children, siblings and others. I help clients find solutions for future long term care needs to compliment their overall retirement plan.


Nautilus Financial Strategies

September 2008 – Present (7 years 6 months)Pensacola, Florida

Here’s a question for you: Doing what you are currently doing are you fairly certain that you will have an ever increasing income for the rest of your life? In other words, will you be able to maintain your current lifestyle as long as you live?

If you would like to know the answer to that question, at Nautilus we can simply and definitively help you answer it.

Pensacola Business Radio – 02.17.16 Guests: Kathleen Logan – Power of E3 Conference



Third Annual Day for Women by Women: Educate, Enlighten and Empower

Benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation for Women in Need of Health Care

Saturday, April 30, 2016

8 am to 4 pm

Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center

5151 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL


Mainstay Financial Group and Sacred Heart Senior Services are proud to present a Day of Education, Enlightenment and Empowerment for women 55 and over.  In its 3rd successful year, the theme for this year’s event is: Wise Women Keep Learning. This women onlyevent will feature Pensacola’s own recognized speaker and author, Kathleen Vestal Logan. Kathleen is the co-author of the award-winning book Second Blooming for Women: Growing a Life that Matters after Fiftyandhas recently published a new book:  Women’s Wisdom: Pass It On.  Channel 3 anchorwoman Sue Straughn will once again be the MCfor this exciting event.  Other topics include:

  • The Value of Financial Wisdom, by Annalee Leonard, Founder & President, Mainstay Financial Group
  • Health & Vitality: Mid-Life and Beyond, by Suzanne Bush, MD, Sacred Heart Medical Group
  • It’s Never Too Late to Love Your Body & Yourself, by Laticia “Action” Jackson, Lifestyle & Fitness Expert

Power of E3 is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit and all net proceeds will go to the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation to benefit women in need of health care.

We are asking for your support of this women only event by:



Pensacola Business Radio: Women In Technology Episode 2


Beth McClean / Web Analytics Specialist
App River

Ann Novakowski / Communications for Digital Transformation

Robyn S. Philips / Sr. Channel Sales Advisor
App River


Beth McClean

Web Analytics Specialist at AppRiver

Marketing liaison for ITEN Wired planning committee

With a diverse background in digital marketing, research and online business development, Beth McClean enjoys working in the thriving field of web analytics and advanced search engine tactics to help drive marketing success, especially in the TECH arena. When she’s not intensely engaged in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) /SEM (Search Engine Marketing) efforts, she enjoys spending time with her family and teaming with her husband to manage his photography business, Barrett McClean Photography.



 Ann Novakowski is a project manager, web designer, and marketer. She has taught workshops on effective email communication and development, HTML/CSS for beginners, and social media marketing for small business and non-profits. When not working at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship coworking lab, she can be found studying for full-stack development certification or at local tech and women’s empowerment groups such as Free Code Camp and the Junior League of Pensacola. <- documentary <– IT Gulf Coast <- Innovation Coast <– Free Code Camp (coffee + code group for adults)
Robyn Philips
I am entering my eight year at AppRiver and I continue to manage Channel partner relationships with the highest regard for AppRiver’s phenomenal customer care and response time, which is demonstrated in our Channel growth this past year. AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application provider offering award-winning email and Web security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from today’s increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete managed service for Microsoft Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365 solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93% customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than 47,000 companies and over 10 million mailboxes worldwide.

AppRiver has a simple mission – to be Phenomenal.

So what does being phenomenal mean for you? It means you can try out any of our services at no charge for 30 days and make sure they’re right for your business. It means you can cancel your service at any time without penalties. And it means you will deal with a well-trained, experienced team of AppRiver employees – available all day, every day – from your first call and every call thereafter. All of that means you’ll have fewer issues and that the ones you do have will be resolved quickly and accurately. Our job is simply to make your business better.

But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of over 47,000 customers worldwide – and keep 93 percent of all our customers since we launched the business. We’re still working hard to provide the best customer service in the business because keeping our customers happy today (and tomorrow) is all that matters!

Pensacola Business Radio – Women In Leadership Episode 3- Studer Group


Penelope Elebash

Next Level Partnership Leader at Studer Group

Carey King

Director of Operations


Autumn Morris

PRC/Project Specialist Leader at Studer Group

tuder Group® works with healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and beyond, to help them achieve and sustain exceptional improvement in clinical outcomes and financial results. A Huron Healthcare solution, Studer Group partners with organizations to build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes over time. By installing an execution framework called Evidence-Based LeadershipSM (EBL), organizations are able to align goals, actions and processes, and execute quickly. This framework creates the foundation that enables transformation in this era of continuous change.

Learn More About Studer Group


Studer Group trusted advisors partner with healthcare organizations to create an aligned culture that is accountable to achieving outcomes together. Working side-by-side, we help to establish, accelerate, and hardwire the necessary changes through a sequenced approach. This leads to better transparency, higher accountability, and the ability to target and execute specific, objective results that organizations want to achieve. EBL provides unparalleled leadership and cultural transformation that empowers organizations to respond to new initiatives more quickly and effectively than the rest of the nation.


It’s this commitment to helping organizations accelerate their ability to execute that led to Studer Group receiving the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Our evidence demonstrates that the EBL framework—especially the consistency it creates—is a natural fit with the Baldrige criteria.

The same EBL principles we teach our partners are also hardwired in our own organization. The framework forces us to operate with the efficiency, discipline, and accountability that allowed us to achieve a Baldrige Award level of quality in the first place. It also creates the kind of environment that naturally attracts high performers and allows them to thrive.


Even though we had all the tools and knowledge, we had read all of Quint’s books, we had implemented many things, we couldn’t do it until we brought a Coach in. And that’s what Studer Group really brought to the table. They’ve been there, done it, and seen it done all over the country. – Steve Smoot, FACHE, VP, Intermountain Healthcare, Urban South Region

Partnering with Studer Group was the best decision I have made in my 25 years as a healthcare executive. We have drastically improved our patient satisfaction and employee engagement in the first year of implementation of the Studer Group’s Evidence-Based Leadership strategies. – Mike Schafer, CEO, Spooner Health System, Spooner, WI

It all comes back to making healthcare better. Working together, we can create great places for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine and patients to receive care.

Pensacola Business Radio 02.09.16- Guests: Andrea Krieger / United Way of Escambia County, Kelly Massey and Gerry Goldstein / SBDC


Andrea Krieger / United Way of Escambia County


Andrea Krieger has served as the President/CEO of United Way of Escambia County since June of 2011.  Under her leadership, United Way has grown support of the local community to create a $3 to 1 return on investment.  In the recently completed 2014-2015 fiscal year, $3.14M in donor gifts, sponsorship and grants were leveraged through volunteer efforts and in-kind support to create an $11.6M impact on the local community.

Andrea has a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of others and was taught early the value of service by her father who was a naval officer and aviator for 24 years.  She is the President for the Rotary Club of Pensacola and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Additionally, she is the Program Chair for Rotary District 6940’s RYLA program.  Andrea also serves on the Board of Central Credit Union and on the West Florida Hospital Women’s Advisory Board.  She is a 2003 LeaP, 2006 Leadership Okaloosa and 2013 LeadersEdge graduate.  Prior to joining United Way of Escambia County, Andrea led the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida through a successful $5M expansion of service to a new 26-bedroom Ronald McDonald House.  In part because of this role and her current position, Andrea has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Pensacola, was named the Best Non-Profit Executive Director/CEO as part of the Pensacola News Journal’s Best of the Bay Awards and was recently recognized as a Champion of Service by Volunteer Florida. She is honored and humbled by her ability to serve our community as the President of our local United Way.




Kelly Massey and Gerry Goldstein / SBDC

Mr. Gerry Goldstein

My educational background includes a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of West Florida.  I spent more than ten years on Wall Street in various roles within the investment banking community.  In my early years, I was a short-term money trader specializing in BA’s, CD’s, Treasury Bills, and I also specialized in using the Euro Dollar futures market to hedge cash positions. I collaborated with team members to build two government-trading operations.  My last position was with Merrill Lynch at its headquarters in New York on the institutional sales desk, specializing in short term money instruments.

Returning to Pensacola in the early 80’s, I started multiple businesses, including one of the largest printing businesses in the southeast, which supplied print to the US Government Printing Office. During this same time, I designed an online system to deliver printing contracts from the US Government and State agencies to printers throughout the US.  Currently, I own two companies, Salomon-Goldstein Properties LLC, which specializes in commercial real estate brokerage and Goldstein Properties which owns and manages commercial buildings. I have been active in promoting economic development in both Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for more than ten years and sit on multiple boards, including Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Board of Governors at Pensacola State College, Santa Rosa Medical Center, and Rebuild Northwest Florida. 

Currently, I am an adjunct professor in the MBA department at the University of West Florida as well as program coordinator for the Florida Vet Training Program sponsored by Florida Small Business Development Center state office.

Kelly Massey joined The Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida in 2014.  As Regional Director, Massey oversees the operations of SBDC offices located in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City serving ten counties in the Florida panhandle.  He was previously the Center Director for the Henderson State University – SBDC located in Arkansas.  He was employed there for six years.   

In 2012, he was awarded the National Small Business Administration Counselor of the Year for SBDCs at National Small Business Week in Washington, DC.  He is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Certified Business Advisor (CBA).     

Massey has a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  His prior twelve years of experience were in the human resources management field working for large manufacturing companies such as Georgia-Pacific, International Paper Company, and Stant Manufacturing, Inc.

Massey serves on the Greater Pensacola Chamber Board, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Board, and on the Pensacola Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Group.  

Pensacola Business Radio – 2.10.16 – FOODIELIFE RADIO – Episode 5-Sponsored by BIG RHINO SCREEN PRINTING



Foodie Life is a Culture Brand who’s mission is  “To Seek the Flavor of Life through Food, Culture and the Human Experience.”

Foodie Life people—lovers of flavor, food, adventure, culture, night life, travel and —are a true community of their own. Our first move was to tap into the strength of that community by telling Foodie Life stories and uniting them around a lifestyle. Next, we are building the ecommerce program, launching with a fresh Foodie Life website design and a strategic email marketing plan to fuel online shopping. Introducing visuals and messaging giving the brand an edge that matches the energy of Foodie Life.

Foodie Life Radio Hour is a platform for Fellow Foodies to share some of their passions and experiences in the Hospitality and Culinary arena. A collection of funny stories, cultures, flavor and human experiences!!!




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Chef Joe Abston, owner of Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom and The Tin Cow, oversees the culinary direction of Pot Roast & Pinot and Edible Invaders. A Pensacola Tate High School graduate homegrown chef learned the right way. Chef Abston started his culinary training at PJC before graduating from the culinary elite Johnson and Wales University, building the foundation for his epicurean adventure.  Humbly Joe applied his education working around the world diversifying his culinary portfolio in such great places as the Ritz-Carlton and Le Bec Fin. Starting in 2008 Joe focused his energies in the downtown Pensacola area – a then small foodie scene. One of the earlier downtown revitalization pioneers, Joe was pivotal on the growth of the downtown area, and continues to further the downtown scene advocating for Gallery Night and chairing the up & coming Palafox Wine Walk. Chef Abston isn’t done yet with more exciting concepts early in the planning stages.

HOPJACKS      TINCOW        POTROAST & PINOT             TWITTER            FACEBOOK             EDIBLE INVADERS




Diana Davis / Roly Poly
Marketing Director

About Roly Poly

What’s the Story

In 1996 the first Roly Poly Sandwich Shop opened for business in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, Georgia. Company founders Linda Wolf and Julie Reid had been rolling sandwiches in their shops in New Canaan, Connecticut (‘86) and in Key West, Florida (‘96) before settling on Atlanta to officially begin building their franchise system. Today, there are over 125 Roly Poly Sandwich Shops throughout 24 states.

What’s the reason for this incredible growth? In a word, TASTE! It’s as simple as that. The varieties of flavors that go into Roly Poly sandwiches are delicious, unique and original. Where else can you find fresh basil chicken salad rolled with crunchy cashews, green leaf lettuce, Roma plum tomatoes, fresh sliced avocado, alfalfa sprouts and spicy Thai hot sauce all rolled in a fresh tortilla? The #30, Basil Cashew Chicken is just one of 50 sandwich selections to choose from. Sandwich recipes developed by Linda and Julie over the past 30 years include fresh herbs and top quality ingredients in combinations that you just have to taste to believe! Mango Chutney, Red Pepper Hummus, Sundried Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, and Fresh Sliced Avocados are standard ingredients for all you foodies out there. Vegetarians, we’ve set you up! 12 selections, just for you. If its lean sliced meats and melted cheeses in toasty tortillas that you like. . we’ve got those too!

Whatever Your Taste… We’ve Got Your #

We really do have something for everyone! We’ve added Specialty Salads and Soups. Reduced fat cheeses, dressings and spreads add an even lighter dimension to our menu. Not just delicious, but healthy and hearty too. We’re not just the original rolled sandwich, we’re the original healthy sandwich too!

Our sandwiches and a tasty cup of soup make the perfect All American lunch or light dinner! Roasted Garlic Tomato, Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle, Harvest Mushroom and Broccoli and Cheddar are just a few of our soup varieties to choose from.

5046 Bayou Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32503

On Bayou Blvd, in Bayou Plaza, neighbors with Sprint and Smallcakes Cupcakery.

850-696-2810 (phone)
850-696-2820 (fax)

Map & Directions

Store Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 11am-4pm
Sun 11am-3pm

Mon-Fri 10am-2pm Sat 11am-2pm
We deliver caterings anywhere! $20 minimum within 5 miles, delivery within 45 mins. If you are past 5 miles and want to order lunch,call CitySpree 8505121199 for delivery.



Pensacola’s Custom Screen Printer

We’ve been custom screen printing and providing embroidery services in Pensacola, Florida since 1992.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals nationwide have trusted Big Rhino to provide their custom printing, custom embroidery, and design needs. No project is too large or too small, we get it done.

Our humble beginnings as a screen printer out of an old barbershop in Downtown Pensacola, eventually evolved into what is now known as Big Rhino Screen Printing and Embroidery. This transformation placed us in the position of leading the charge for better screen printing, not only in Pensacola, but throughout the United States.

Twenty (20+) plus years of knowledge and experience in the screen printing and embroidery industries goes into each and every project we finish. You can count on this knowledge and experience for your next project.

Pensacola Business Radio – Women In Leadership Episode 2


Christina Doss, AAMS | Managing Director, Saltmarsh Financial Advisors

(800) 477-7458


Christina Doss is the managing director for Saltmarsh Financial Advisors, LLC, an affiliate of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. She works directly with clients on wealth management and financial planning needs while also playing a significant role in the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts. She has more than 22 years of experience in financial services.

Prior to joining Saltmarsh, Christina rose through the ranks with Charles Schwab as a broker, manager and sales director, taking on key leadership roles in advice development and financial planning. She also served as the enterprise leader and senior director for Schwab’s west coast private client division where she led a team of over 100 portfolio managers and was responsible for $8 billion in client assets.

She subsequently moved to SunTrust Bank as the regional managing director for North Florida’s private wealth management division and was appointed as city president for Pensacola. She served in this role until 2013, when she joined Saltmarsh Financial Advisors, a fee-only advisory firm which focuses on Nobel Prize recognized research to provide conflict-free advice to their clients.

Christina holds a B.S. degree in management from Golden Gate University and an AAMS® designation from the College for Financial Planning.  This past year, Christina was selected to participate in Leadership Florida’s thirty-fourth class. The ten-month program connects a group of 55 diverse community leaders from across the state of Florida to facilitate issues-oriented education and leadership discussions on challenges and opportunities critical to Florida.

She is also a graduate of the Carter Center Leadership Forum Executive Learning Program in Atlanta and Leadership Jacksonville-New Leadership Summit Executive Program.  She is active in Pensacola and the NWFL community having currently or previously served on the boards of Florida’s Great Northwest, Covenant Hospice, Pensacola Symphony and Pensacola Opera.


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Dr. Sherry Hartnett – Owner/Principal Consultant
Hartnett Marketing Solutions

Director, Executive Mentor Program / Clinical Assistant Professor of Business
University of West Florida


Dr. Sherry Hartnett

A marketing and leadership consultant, professor, and executive mentor, Dr. Sherry Hartnett finds personal satisfaction in assisting individuals, teams, and organizations in achieving solutions that benefit both the employee and the organization. Dr. Hartnett was born in Alexandria, VA and raised in the Washington, DC area. She holds a Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University, a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Marketing.  

As a senior-level executive for more than 20 years, Dr. Hartnett has led and coached teams in various not-for-profit and for-profit industries. As owner and principal consultant for Hartnett Marketing Solutions, she consults with clients, helping them to think critically and holistically about markets, opportunities and possibilities. Her areas of specialization include Corporate Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Research and Analytics, Brand Development, Communications, Team & Leadership Development, and Organizational Learning.

Dr. Hartnett has extensive professional experience in the marketing field. Before her academic and consulting work, she was Vice President, Chief Marketing & Development Officer at Baptist Health Care, a highly regarded Northwest Florida healthcare system that was recognized as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner and as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work. Before that, she was a marketing executive at Gannett Co., Inc., one of the world’s largest media companies; The Baltimore Sun; and Faulkner Advertising Associates, a national advertising agency based in Baltimore, MD.  

With her marketing teams, Dr. Hartnett has won more than 100 local, regional, national, and international marketing and advertising awards. She received the National Distinguished Marketing Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Newspaper Association of America, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for excellence in innovation and marketing leadership.

Wanting to make a difference in the lives of the next generation, Dr. Hartnett joined academia as a full-time faculty member to help prepare students for successful careers and lives. She is a professor at the University of West Florida (UWF) and has developed and taught the following undergraduate and graduate level courses: Social Media Marketing, Internet Marketing Principles, Leadership and Management Practices, Theories of Leadership, Introduction to Business, and Professional Development. She also developed and now directs an innovative high-impact experiential learning Executive Mentor Program that provides professional development mentoring to graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Hartnett also created, and is Chairwoman of, the highly successful annual Women in Leadership Conference at UWF.

An active leader in Pensacola’s business, civic and charitable communities, Dr. Hartnett has served on numerous Boards of Directors including Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida and the Rotary Club of Pensacola. Nationally, she is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the American Marketing Association.



Julie Sheppard / Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
General Counsel and Special Assistant to the Director
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
40 S. Alcaniz Street
Pensacola, Fl 32502
850 202-4400 IHMC

Julie Sheppard joined the staff of IHMC as General Counsel and Special Assistant to the Director in March of 2004. She handles the legal issues, human resource and immigration and educational outreach programs for the Institute. Ms. Sheppard has worked primarily in the higher education environment serving in roles including General Counsel at the University of West Florida, Associate General Counsel at the University of North Florida, and as Labor and Employment Counsel to the former Florida Board of Regents. Julie began her legal career in private practice with the Maine law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson after clerking for Justice Robert C. Cauchon of the Massachusetts Trial courts and she has also served as an Administrative Hearings Officer for the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security.  A native of a small coastal town in New England, she earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts and her B.A. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Julie is admitted to practice law in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida and is Florida Board Certified in Education Law. She is involved in a number of community organizations and has served as President of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area and is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXV. Julie lives in Pensacola with her husband Phillip Turner and her two teenage daughters Marina and Delaney.


Pensacola Business Radio 02.09.16 – Guests: Dennis Caire / BCRF and Kat Bishop / Pensacon


Dennis Caire / Breast Cancer Research Foundation  Representative- HOT PINK WEEKEND in PENSACOLA, FL.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S. with an A+ rating from Charity Watch and 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator.

Since our founding in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF has raised more than half a billion dollars for lifesaving research. Through a unique and streamlined grants program, we seek out the brightest minds in science and medicine and give them the necessary resources to pursue their best ideas. As a result, researchers are able to make discoveries and design new approaches to address all aspects of breast cancer—and do so in record time.

 “Our goal is to accelerate the breakthroughs bringing us closer to a cure to speed up the progress that will improve survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer patients today.” – Myra J. Biblowit, President & CEO

In 2015-2016, BCRF will award $48.5 million in annual grants to over 240 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, $5.4 million has been committed to the international Founder’s Fundproject focused on metastasis. Every hour of research we fund improves outcomes and saves lives. But we still have more to do.

The thousands of women and men suffering from breast cancer today depend on us. No institution can conquer this disease alone. Together, we can. 



Kat Bishop / Pensacon
Director of Marketing & Communications



Kat Bishop, Director of Marketing and Communications for Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con. Kat graduated in 2007 with a degree in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. Although she did spend a year working for fun in Alaska and Colorado, Kat has called Pensacola home for the past decade. She has been involved with Pensacon since 2014; she started as a lead volunteer, but was offered and accepted her current position in May 2015.  She is passionate about making a difference in her community, and could not be happier doing so via a job she loves.

Pensacola Bay Center
Friday, February 19, 2016 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Rex Theatre
Friday, February 19, 2016 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand
Friday, February 19, 2016 Open 24 hours
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Open 24 hours
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Open 24 hours
Saenger Theatre
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Free Trolleys for Pensacon Attendees
Friday, February 19, 2016 noon to midnight
Saturday, February 20, 2016 9:00 am – midnight
Sunday, February 21, 2016 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Stops at Bay Center, Crowne Plaza, Alcaniz St & Government St, Fish House, Saenger Theatre (Jefferson St. & Indendencia St), and Rex Theatre.
Stops at Bay Center, Residence Inn Downtown Pensacola, Courtyard by Marriott, and Days Inn Historic Downtown Pensacola 1 hour before and after Bay Center opening and closing times.