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My primary project at the moment is leading creation of a major initiative in Broward County (Greater Fort Lauderdale), Florida that is a public private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County. The NSU Broward Center of Innovation will be the driving force for economic development for South Florida supporting the defined targeted industries (high-wage, high-growth sectors) resulting in ideas, creativity, and collaboration. Expected outcomes include official formation of an innovation ecosystem bringing breakthrough ideation, technology development and implementation, R&D, partnerships, mentorship, new company formation, and job creation.
The tri-county region (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) is number one in the U.S. for business startup activity but number 36 out of 40 in scaleup (Kauffman Index). Few startups grow to generate substantial revenues and few startups grow to employ a significant number of people. Approximately 89% of businesses in Broward County have less than 20 employees. The NSU Broward Center of Innovation will provide a diverse range of events and programming focused on ideate, incubate, accelerate, and post-accelerate. WE are fostering an innovation mindset for South Florida!
Recent prior projects include:
*Creation of the Tesla START program in Miami-Dade County
*Creation of an innovative accelerated workforce training model (MDC ACTS) - winner Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize
*Creation of the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas in Miami
*Creation of the Business, Informatics, and Technology Center in Miami
*Creation of an accelerated flight training model in partnership with Pan Am International Flight Academy
*Creation of a next generation career exploration studio in Miami
*Creation of an innovative apprenticeship model focused on aerospace and technology resulting in $2M grant from USDOL
I am focused on trends and I use my "crystal ball" to see the future and develop proactive strategic ideas that are applied "now" in order to be prepared for "tomorrow" so that my network is at the forefront of innovation!
My passion is identifying a problem and creating a solution resulting in a commercialized product or service. Ideate, incubate, accelerate, and post-accelerate are words in my daily vocabulary. I love creating innovation ecosystems by busting down silos and linking stakeholders resulting in success! Public speaking stimulates me and I am always on the lookout to speak, moderate, or participate on a panel of subject matter experts pertaining to industry, technology, entrepreneurship, and workforce trends.
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