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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Email: info@flbizincubator.org
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.

DR. MICHAEL  BROOM, Board Member, Chair  |  Community Outreach Lead

Michael F. Broom, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist who for over 40 years has helped all types of organizations increase their productivity and employee engagement. He has been a full-time and part-time faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Programs in Applied Behavioral Science. A past member of the board of directors of the NTL Institute in Applied Behavioral Science, Dr. Broom has chaired that organization’s Transformative Social Change Committee. He was recently on the Board of Trustees of the national Organization Development Network. He also has been adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, American University, Fielding Graduate University, and Morgan State University teaching courses in human and organizational development.

CARL SCHRADER, Treasurer, Board Member

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. 

 

EVELYN DUFNER, Board Member, Marketing, Technology & Website Lead  |  SPARK Facilitator

Evelyn Dufner is a resident of Dunedin, and the owner and founder of My Computer Angel, a small computer consulting and training firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, with minors in art and writing, as well as a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus in Marriage and Family. She carries an array of experiences and skills that have provided her a foundation for involvement in community and entrepreneurship. These include over 15 years in adult education,  4 years building an associate's program for a local college as a program director with "director of education" experiences, and 10 years working with children. Additionally, she was president for two consecutive years (one of those during the 4 hurricanes that ran through Orlando in 2004) of a homeowner association, and secretary for the two years prior to her presidency. She has served on several advisory boards for Orange County Public School's adult education programs in Web Design and Graphic Design, as well as numerous roles for the Florida Business Incubator. She continues to volunteer time for the Florida Business Incubator and support AFIRE Pinellas.

Evelyn is an artist, creative, and entrepreneur at heart. She brags about being a mom to an adult son who is currently working on his master's in Data Science after completing his Bachelors degree in Mathematics.

DANIELLE DUFFY,  Board Member, Marketing & Community Liason

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.

 

MATT FOSTERM.Ed., Board Member, Education Committee Lead  |  Social Media Lead

Matt Foster is a Learning and Development Consultant.  He was worked in multiple environments to develop online, instructor lead and blended curriculum.  Most recently, he was a part of the team that collaborated with oversight of United States Special Operations Command to implement an early to need leadership development program that targeted future Operational/Strategic level leaders within the Special Operations Community

He has worked in various sectors consisting of: higher and secondary education, military, nonprofit, small business (owner) and the utilities sector. 

 Matt is married to his wife Marcela and they have a daughter, Mariana.

 

STEVEN HUTCHINGS, Board Member, SPARK Committee Lead

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

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.

 

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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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