The SMARTstart Staff

John WalshJohn Walsh, CEcD

Pasco EDC Vice President

John is the Vice President of the Pasco Economic Development Council and oversees the SMARTstart Small Business programs. He has over 19 years of economic development work experience and is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.  John received his professional certification, CEcD, from the International Economic Development Council and is a graduate of Leadership Pasco Class of 1991.

Andrew RomanerAndrew Romaner

SMARTstart Incubator Program Manager

Andrew Romaner manages the delivery of SMARTstart programs and related activities relating to small business/entrepreneur programs at the SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center.  He conducts research, planning, marketing, and recruitment activities and facilitates the development of new and expanding entrepreneurial businesses. His responsibilities also include researching and coordinating strategies to support entrepreneurship efforts in targeted areas, including compiling and analyzing data and recruitment of mentors, guest speakers and local experts, coordination of monthly activities and presentations to help cultivate new and expanding businesses.  He has a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s in Public Health from The University of South Florida.  Andrew is also entrepreneur who has participated on the management team of three early stage technology ventures in Florida, affording him first-hand knowledge of what it takes to support founders and young teams.  Prior to his involvement in tech, Andrew was a management consultant for an international health program in disease eradication.

Andrew RomanerTari Mitchell

SMARTstart Incubator Program Manager

Tari Mitchell manages the delivery of SMARTstart programs and related activities relating to small business/entrepreneur programs at the SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center in New Port Richey.  His responsibilities also include researching and coordinating strategies to support entrepreneurship efforts in targeted areas, including compiling and analyzing data and recruitment of mentors, guest speakers and local experts, coordination of monthly activities and presentations to help cultivate new and expanding businesses.  Tari is an economic development and banking veteran with an expertise in business development, new market expansion, credit underwriting, and portfolio/project management. He has experience across diverse industries, working with both non-profit and traditional financial institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics/Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

Becky MartinBecky Martin

Special Program Assistant

Becky provides administrative support for the Pasco EDC staff at various levels with emphasis placed on event coordination and execution, marketing support of social media distribution, all aspects of the Pasco Microloan Program, and support of the SMARTstart Business Incubator program.  She is also responsible for updating the programs and information on the SMARTstart website and tracking of leads received through Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN). Prior to joining Pasco EDC, Becky worked for the Department of Health and The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Leadership Hernando 2009.

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The SMARTStart Staff
John Walsh, CEcD
Vice President / Certified Economic Developer

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January 10, 2018
Common Grounds Pitch Presentations
Date & Time:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (8:30 am - 11:00 am) Location: SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center Registration: FREE RSVP…
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