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Board of Directors

We are a group of volunteers working hard in the community to support the mission of the Florida Business Incubator;  Underpinning the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Florida Business Incubator fosters small business owners from innovation through strategic growth-providing informative programming, professional connections and vital resources in a collaborative environment that promotes long-term business sustainability.

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Mail: PO Box 2610, Dunedin, FL 34697

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Working together, the Florida Business Incubator’s Executive Team expands Northern Pinellas’ presence as the destination for small business and entrepreneurship.

Danielle Duffy board chairperson

DANIELLE DUFFY,  Board Member, Chair

Community Outreach Lead

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Danielle Duffy’s human resource career began at the age of 18 when she started working as a Human Resource associate with Pinellas county gov department of Plant Operations. After 5 years of working for the government, she decided to move to the private sector. Over the next 17 years she advanced her career in human resources working for multi-nation corporations such as TeamViewer, Bic Graphics, and Bankers Financial.

Over those 17 years she often found herself being asked for advice from local businesses once they found out what she did. This lead her to the discovery that her true passion was supporting and assisting small and medium-size business owners to navigate the world of human resources. This has lead her to focus her passion; providing true corporate HR outlooks and training to assist local businesses, many of whom do not understand the importance of proper HR support. This support allows owners to focus on growing their business while she ensures that they are in compliance with local and federal laws.

Danielle resides in Dunedin FL with her husband and three daughters. The Duffy’s are active in the community and with local charities, believing that they should give back to the community that gives and provides so much to their family. She is often in town on a run or having a cup of coffee while reviewing new regulations or researching ways to improve employee retention through the establishment of the right corporate culture.

 

CARL SCHRADER, Board Member, Treasurer

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Carl Schrader owns Schrader Accounting and Tax Inc. located in Largo, FL. With over 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry, his previous work included positions in commercial, consumer lending, financial planning, analysis, and accounting. He enjoys working with businesses in the community and sees entrepreneurship as the way for individuals at any age in the workforce to grow and develop their economic passion. Carl joined the Florida Business Incubator because he believes in its goals and objectives and it gives him an opportunity to share his experience with other entrepreneurs. He is involved in the community and serves as an officer for other local nonprofit organizations. He lives in Clearwater with Rosalind, his wife, and they enjoy spending time together exploring local venues, activities and the area’s parks. 

 

Carl Schrader Board Treasurer

RUSS HILTON,  Board Member

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With more than 30 years of experience in many different industries, Russ Hilton brings a wealth of real world knowledge to the table.  He has worked for small and large corporations along with being an entrepreneur, owning a successful mobile disc jockey business for 25 years and now a bicycle tour company in Dunedin.  Russ’ background includes sales, marketing and creative thinking.  He has worked for the Fenton (MO) Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the growth.  He was able to increase membership by 50% in just three years.

In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, painting, and riding bicycles.  Russ, his wife, and two dogs reside in Dunedin and love enjoying the community.

 

STEVEN HUTCHINGS, Board Member

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Steven Hutchings is the owner of HCS Technology Inc. and a Sr. Cloud Architect with several years leading cross-functional teams across broad industries in domestic and international locations with companies in the public sector as well as in the government layers. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in some of the world’s leading technology companies and has specialized in migrating legacy on-prem infrastructure to cloud computing solutions. He believes that technology should be fun and non-intimidating. His motto is “success is easily achievable once you have goals that are highly aligned and cohesive”.

Steven moved to the Dunedin area from Austin, Texas where he was involved in several startups and incubators and partnered with the University of Texas on various patent marketing projects.

Steven is married to his wife Amy and they have 5 grown children and an awesome dog spencer.

 

KEVIN OSBORNE,  Board Member

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Kevin Osborne is a Senior Vice President at First Citizens Bank and part-time Commander in the US Coast Guard Reserve. He leads business and commercial banking deposit growth and branch network sales for nine branches in the Greater Tampa Bay Area.  A native of Tampa, FL; Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.  As a banker with almost 25 years of experience, Kevin has seen and helped businesses navigate the full economic spectrum from explosive expansion to deep recessions. He is passionate about helping small business owners reach breakout growth.

As a Coast Guard Reserve officer, Kevin is currently assigned to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff in Suffolk, VA where he is an analyst and project officer supporting the Allies and Partners Force Development Division.  His military career has taken him around the world including; Spain, Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay and he domestically he supported the Deepwater Horizon spill and Hurricane Florence response.  Kevin’s blend of passionate sales & marketing “hustle” and deliberate military planning provide unique perspective and a no-nonsense approach to business growth.

 

MAGGIE BUTLER, Board Member   |
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Maggie Butler is co-founder of Local Union, a consulting firm and community development hub dedicated to empowering small businesses. Within Local Union she leads efforts for Customer Engagement Consulting, transforming how small businesses understand, grow, and communicate with their customers. Maggie also co-founded Dunedin Market & Delivery, an incubator project of Local Union which creates local, sustainable alternatives to Amazon and other online retailers. Previously, Maggie worked for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta and France, overseeing sales consulting efforts with European joint venture partners. With experience in corporate finance, marketing, sales development, and innovation, Maggie comes to the Florida Business Incubator with a decade of experience and passion for business.

Maggie recently returned to central Florida and lives in Dunedin with her husband, Brent. She enjoys traveling (visiting over 40 countries before the age of 30), hiking U.S National Parks, and biking Florida’s incredible trails. Maggie is dedicated to empowering her community, the fight for equal rights, and women’s education. 

Maggie Butler

CHRIS WADELIN, Board Member   |   Secretary

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Growing up an athlete, and having a background in coaching and player development, with stints at The Ohio State University and with professional teams in the greater Chicago area, Chris Wadelin found his passion to be a team leader and enhance the lives of others. While his coaching career came to an end, his passion for networking, constant education, and the betterment of others around him did not. Chris transitioned into the financial services industry, striving to make a difference through an integrity-based approach, working diligently to ensure the safety and security of investors’ livelihoods. Chris has held multiple senior-level positions within the financial services industry, both on the advisory and distribution sides of the business. With experience in either managing or raising nearly $2 billion dollars over his career, he currently has a focus on wealth preservation and accumulation, income planning, and tax advantaged alternative strategies for a wide variety of business owners, individuals, and their families. As the husband and “hired help” of a Dunedin business owner, as well as starting a Dunedin based business himself, Dunedin Sport and Social Club, Chris LIVES the importance of entrepreneurship and what business ownership does for the economy that provides us all so much.

A native of Chicago, and recent “transplant for life” to Dunedin, FL, Chris resides with his wife Erin and their daughter Ensley. In his free time, he is a competitive golfer, loves being out on the water, and enjoys taking in all of the amazing things his local Dunedin community has to offer his family. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find them out on their golf cart or riding their bikes to support the local establishments in downtown Dunedin. If you see him, don’t be shy, say HI!

 

SPARK Tank

Your business “break-out” starts every Thursday with facilitated brainstorming sessions & Guest Speakers. Ignite new ideas, new perspectives, new revenue opportunities with individuals who are as passionate about their success as you! Free to attend. See our calendar for events.

Business Growth Simplified

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COVID-19 Economic Development/Assistance

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Virtual Spark Tanks #socialdistancing in mind!

 

Florida Business Incubator, Inc.'s Virtual Spark Tank series features weekly virtual learning presentations from local experts across multiple facets of business. These interactive sessions are designed to grow your knowledge base in a collegial and supportive environment, answer questions you have on the week's topic, and provide networking opportunities with other emerging entrepreneurs.

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