Robb Giddings leads the FL office of Hutchison PLLC, a boutique business law firm with offices in FL, GA, and NC. He focuses his practice on
(1) early-stage companies (formation, licensing, HR, trademarks, IP strategy),
(2) growth-stage companies (financings, strategic partnerships, M&A), and
(3) FDA-regulated companies (clinical trials, manufacturing, distribution, compliance).
Robb previously worked in-house for AbbVie and for PRA, and in private practice at boutique business law firms.
CEO and Founder, Onward Development
David is the Founder and CEO of Enrollstar.com. Enrollstar is a software platform that helps non-profits and organizations acquire, manage, and retain members.
David loves to give back to the community and besides serving on the GAIN board, he co-curates the Gainesville Startup Digest and teaches, when time permits, at the University of Florida and Santa Fe college.
CPA and consultant with James Moore and Co. based out of Gainesville, FL, serving the needs of technology and startup companies in the area. He has direct experience with issues unique to these companies including debt and equity agreements, research and development grants, and cash flow analyses.
President & Founder, H R Pro On Demand
Eva is an accredited Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) who helps small businesses and startups use best HR practices and common-sense advice to succeed. She created an affordable, downloadable product called the HR Box™ that includes all the HR essentials needed by small businesses or startups,.
Since 2008, her HR Advice columns for The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star Banner newspapers offer common sense advice to readers to understand the unique economic factors that affect our community’s businesses and workforce.
Eva has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Florida and worked in corporate HR over 20 years. She serves as an expert resource for Santa Fe College’s business incubator, the Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED).
Co-founder & CEO, Feathr
Aidan Augustin is the Co-Founder and President of Feathr, where he oversees the sales and marketing teams. A lifelong geek, Aidan’s latest fascination is how software is changing traditionally high-touch aspects of business such as marketing, advertising, and sales. Prior to founding Feathr in late 2011, Aidan was an Industrial and Systems Engineering student in the Honors Program at the University of Florida. Though he ultimately dropped out of school to ride the entrepreneurial roller coaster, he remains a fanatical Gator fan.
Director, Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC)
Director of Santa Fe College’s Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (SF|GTEC) incubator program. Bill Dorman assists small businesses with strategic planning, marketing, and project execution. His work helps companies build value by aligning resources to achieve sustainable growth.
Bill has independent management consulting experience as well as experience serving in the strategic planning division of FMI Corporation in Raleigh, North Carolina. At Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bill served as Vice President of Office Services and managed the firm′s national portfolio of real estate. He also served in the Corporate Marketing Department for Raymond James Financial to help develop the firm′s corporate marketing plan.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Finance and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, both from the University of Florida.
Pathfinder Research Inc
Dr. Cris Johnsrud is the founder of Pathfinder Research, Inc. and provides consulting, grant writing, and program management services to entrepreneurs, small businesses, federal laboratories, and Universities.
Cris is dedicated to accelerating technology commercialization and expanding the innovation economy in Gainesville and Florida. Currently she is a mentor for the Gainesville Startup Quest®, a member of the GAIN Board of Directors, and manages the Southeast Region Support Office for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.
Partner, Keller Williams Realty
Realtor and Partner, Segway Group at Keller Williams Gainesville Realty. A relocation specialist, Anna is passionate about the Gainesville area, its energy, the innovation culture, and the thriving business community. She also hosts iGainesville, a web series dedicated to telling the stories of those who have made Gainesville what it is today and are paving the road to its future.
Anna is a serial entrepreneur, and prior to becoming a partner in her own real estate group, had marketing, public relations, and event management companies that served the Gainesville business community.
VP Business Development and Strategy at Tera Insights
Thomas Samant serves as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Tera Insights, focusing on encryption applications at the enterprise level. He is passionate about secure data processing and analytics for medical research. Previously, he held senior roles at Lulu and Omninox.
Outside of technology, he works with Stop Children’s Cancer where he helps organize efforts and fundraising.
Director, UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Erik began his career as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer analyzing advanced fighter aircraft engines and the Space Shuttle Main Engine for NASA, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Pratt & Whitney. He was also a Technology Transfer Officer for Lockheed Martin and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Starting in 1995, Erik joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Engineer as Director of the University Center, Associate Director for the Engineering Research Center and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, and Director of Industry Programs – all directed at fostering industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization across a $70M research base. He also managed the UF-High Tech Corridor research fund, providing investments in high tech company R&D collaborations. Erik was a Principal for Cenetec Ventures, a private technology incubator and early stage venture fund and, along the way, he grew several start-up companies in areas ranging from real estate development to technology deployment. Erik co-founded and served as President of V2R Group, a premier university technology commercialization company that provides funding and executive level services to growing companies in markets from information technologies to medical devices. In 2011, Erik was named the founding Director of the University of Florida Engineering Innovation Institute and in 2015 Erik was named Founding Executive Director of the Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEXStation) at the University of Florida.
Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer at CTD,Holdings
Dr. Tate is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nutritional supplements industries including: branded generic drugs, intellectual property strategy, product development, and cGMP manufacturing. He is intimately familiar with food and drug marketing approval procedures, documentation and strategy in U.S. and foreign markets, experienced in implementation of all aspects of regulatory compliance and in successfully communicating with regulatory agency representatives.
Dr. Tate has successfully established integrated regulatory compliance programs resulting in timely, cost effective corporate-wide compliance, meeting regulatory agency requirements and customer expectations. He closely monitors developments in U.S. and international regulations to maintain compliance and identify regulatory and intellectual property strategies for new products and markets. He holds patents and trademarks in material processing and food formulation.
Mentor in Residence, Shadow Health
Joe Valley is a serial entrepreneur and senior management executive having run six corporations. His expertise in sales, strategic planning, business development, new product development, startups/early stage companies has enabled him to execute successful exits for investors through strategic sales.
He developed the US operation for a German software company that led to one of the most successful IPOs on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and has won numerous awards for innovative product development and outstanding corporate performance. Mr. Valley was the first Mentor in Residence for the Florida Innovation Hub and continues mentoring other companies in Florida, as well as sitting on a number of technology Boards of Directors.