SMARTstart Business Incubator Mentors
Jimmy Adcock joined Tampa Electric in 1982. His previous responsibilities include positions in Customer Service, Revenue Protection, Energy Management Services (EMS) and Community Affairs. He held management positions in EMS and Community Affairs. His current responsibilities as Regional Manager include community relations, governmental affairs and economic development for the NW part of Florida for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.
Jimmy has served as director in numerous organizations, including leadership roles in most; Downtown Dade City Main Street, East & Central Pasco Habitat for Humanities, Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC), Hernando Progress, Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation, and Chambers of Commerce includes Dade City, Sun City Center, Riverview, Apollo Beach and Ruskin, and active member of many others.
Jimmy and Doris have been married for over 20 years and they have three married children; Brett, Rachel, Jon and five grandchildren.
Dino is a strategic thinker that helps small business owners achieve the personal independence and financial freedom that most sought when originally starting their business. Dino is a senior-level business professional and United Sates Air Force veteran with 30 years of leadership experience and MBA credentials. He has dedicated his career to creating and leading high performance teams across a variety of companies and different industries. Dino has perfected the process of creating self-sustainability in companies with less than $10 million in revenue by accelerating cash flow and profitability in businesses. As an operational executive, Dino uses his exceptional experience across the operational spectrum including marketing, sales, and production to put strategy into action. With extensive experience in building senior leadership teams in small business, Dino uses his passion for motivating teams toward corporate goals through mutual respect and helping others achieve their personal and professional objectives.
Mayor Camille Hernandez
Steven Hickman has been the President and CEO of First National Bank of Pasco since August 1, 2011. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Steve moved to Florida in 1983 to work with First Florida Bank in Tampa which was acquired by Barnett Bank. In 1997, he became COO of BankAtlantic in Fort Lauderdale. Three years later he moved to IronStone Bank as Regional President then founded the de novo Florida Shores Bank – Southeast in 2006 serving as its first President and CEO. Steve has been very active in his community, serving as a Board Member of the Dade City Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the Board for Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco, Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Lewis Abraham Lacoochee Boys & Girls Club, member of the Citizens Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Planning Organization, member of the Advisory Board for the SmartStart Business Incubator, and a Board member of the Thomas Promise Foundation since its inception.
Mike Lewis, Chairman of Pasco-Hernando SCORE. Mike has been involved in business management and training for 30 years. He has expertise in management development with emphasis in corporate training. Mike has been involved in his own business and worked with corporations both in sales training, management development and leadership training. In addition he has developed business from the start up phase to maturity. Mike states “I would like to help others who are having difficulty or need guidance in developing their business or personal skills”. Visit his web site to gain additional information about him and what Mike can offer your organization.
Charlie Meeks is the Managing Director of Meeks Financial Services, LLC a firm that he started back in July of 2007. Charlie has worked in both the international accounting and private sector firms for more than 30 years, including several years as a partner with BDO Seidman. Charlie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida, where he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also holds the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst and is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Charlie provides considerable expertise in business valuations for business purchases and sales, due diligence work for business purchases, capital markets consulting for emerging and mature companies, and audit of public and private companies.
Dr. Lorrie McGovern
Dr. Lorrie McGovern, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in Business & Associate Professor of Business Administration of Saint Leo University. Dr. McGovern began her career at Saint Leo University in October 2010. Prior to working at Saint Leo, she was at King University in Bristol, Tennessee. Previous employment also included work as a small business entrepreneur and as director of community development at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Personal and professional interests are consistent with her areas of teaching. Specifically, Dr. McGovern is most passionate about entrepreneurship, international travel, and marketing. She enjoys traveling with MBA students on the international experience that includes the MBA 575 Global Business Management and MBA 597 Entrepreneurship courses. Recent international travel for the University included trips to Costa Rica, India, Panama, and Spain.
Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce
John Moors, Executive Director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Toronto, Canada, John’s education and early career was focused in the Hotel and Restaurant industry. John was General Manager of full service hotels in both Canada and the U.S., and was Chairman of a 40 hotel marketing cooperative across the Province of Ontario for many years. Employed by Commonwealth Hospitality, Bass Hotels and Resorts and Bristol Hotels and Resorts in numerous cities, John has been active in community business initiatives and service work throughout his 30 year hotel career. John joined the City of Tampa in 1999 and was charged with the Administration of the Tampa Convention Center for nearly 12 years. During that time, he served on the Board of the Greater Tampa Chamber, Chaired Leadership Tampa Alumni and was a Certified Public Pension Trustee for the City of Tampa. Having served as Chairman of the Saint Leo University Industry Relations Council in the School of Business IHT program, John was introduced to the Dade City area and accepted the position of Executive Director in 2011. The Greater Dade City Chamber represents over 430 businesses across Pasco County and is active in business development and quality of life initiatives throughout the area.
Derek Usman is founder and managing principal of The Usman Law Firm, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. Prior to relocating to Tampa, Derek practiced law in Chicago, Illinois for a nearly a decade. Before entering private practice in Chicago, Derek had significant tenures at several Fortune 500 companies while earning his undergraduate degree at Indiana University (IPFW) – Fort Wayne. After graduating with a B.S. in Business in 1997, Derek enrolled at the Northern Illinois University College of Law and received his J.D. in 2001. He then joined the Controller’s Office at Illinois Institute of Technology and earned the LL.M. Taxation degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) in 2005. Derek is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. As a lawyer and CPA, Derek also provides general counseling and risk management advice to businesses. Derek currently serves as outside general counsel to multiple companies.
John Walsh, CEcD
John Walsh, Interim President of the Pasco Economic Development Council. John is responsible for business recruitment, project management, and marketing. He has over 19 years of economic development work experience. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, and received his professional certification, CEcD, from the International Economic Development Council and a graduate of Leadership Pasco 1991.