SMARTstart Advisory Committee Members

Jimmy AdcockJimmy Adcock - East Pasco Entrepreneur Center


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 (Pasco EDC), 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.

Kathleen Balthazard, First National Bank of PascoKathleen Balthazard - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

First National Bank of Pasco First National Bank of Pasco

Kathy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. She moved to Florida in the late 1990’s to spend time with family here. After many years in the retail industry learning those roles ranging from cashier to Store manager to Credit and Collections Manager, Kathy switched careers to banking.

She feels blessed to have grown from teller at First National Bank of Pasco to Area Sales Manager in the expanding West Pasco area. This position has allowed her to serve on the Board of Directors at the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce and chair the membership committee at the Land O Lakes Rotary.

Citizens Academy and Leadership Pasco have ignited in her a passion to help our community grow. Pasco is rapidly expanding and with guidance and the right influences, we can all prosper and be successful.

Ed Goolsby - East Pasco Entrepreneur Center

Pasco-Hernando State College


Mayor Camille Hernandez - East Pasco Entrepreneur Center

City of Dade City

Mayor Hernandez was elected to the Dade City Commission in April 2006.  She ran unopposed in April 2010, 2014 and 2018.  She was appointed Mayor of Dade City in 2012, reappointed 2014,2016 and 2018.

Hernandez received her undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University and her Master’s in Public Health from Yale University. She also served as a Rotary International Graduate Scholar traveling to Australia to engage in public health studies at Monash Medical School in Melbourne, Australia. She met her husband Dr. David Hernandez at Yale University and has been happily married for 31 years. They are the proud parents of four adult children, ages 22-29.

Jay Johnson, SCOREJay Johnson - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

SCORE Pasco-Hernando SCORE

Accomplished Management Consultant, Advisor, and Speaker on Sales Effectiveness, and Developing Customer Centric Sales Organisations. Subject matter expert for sales management performance improvement for Direct and Channel Strategy Development.

Founded Pelorus International with Head Office in Melbourne Australia in 1994, after a successful career in senior and executive roles in technology companies in the US, and Australia. Recognized for assisting clients to improve their go-to-market planning, business value. Facilitates Direct and Channel Management development workshop and consulting sessions.

Channel and Partner Management planning is a specialized area in which Jay has been practicing with leading technology companies for over 20 years. Growth planning, with emphasis on key sales effectiveness issues has been the value Jay will deliver with his clients. Assisting any leadership team with 'change' needed to focus on differentiating their business value, through the sales and management teams improvement, is his passion for success.

Gilit Kontny, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Property GroupGilit Kontny - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Property Group Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Property Group

Gilit Kontny joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Property Group in July of 2017.  She brings over 2 years of real estate experience and 12 years of marketing and business development experience, and has used her experience to create innovative ways to broaden the awareness of Berkshire Hathaway’s services while also servicing a variety of additional residential and commercial real estate client objectives. She sold over $2.4 million in real estate in 2018 helping buyers and sellers from Pinellas to Polk and Sarasota to Pasco.

Gilit graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing.  She is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Florida.

Tim McClain, The Greater Pasco Chamber of CommerceTim McClain - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Mr. McClain worked in the corporate world for over 20 years in IT and Business Development related roles for a local, national and global company.  After that career he opened Express Employment Professionals in Pasco county in 2006 providing the area a locally owned professional staffing company.

In February of 2019, he turned the company over to an employee to run and was selected as the new President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and then became the President/CEO of The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

He also serves as the President of the Nature Coast HR Society, President of the Cheval West Homeowners Association and is also an elected official as the Chairman of the Cheval West Community Development District.

John MoorsJohn Moors - East Pasco Entrepreneur Center

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.

Brad Owens, Florida SBDCBrad Owens - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

Florida SBDC at University of South Florida Florida SBDC at University of South Florida

Brad Owens grew up in South Carolina, and moved to Florida after graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration and sociology from Presbyterian College.
He began his banking career with Barnett Bank where he completed formalized commercial credit training and served as a credit analyst before accepting his first role as a commercial lender. He was responsible for the SBA lending of Bank of America in the Greater Tampa Bay market. During his stint with Bank of America, he served on the Florida SBDC at USF Advisory Board for three years, and in 2005 was the first inductee into their Lenders’ Hall of Fame. He later worked for Fifth Third Bank, Bay Cities Bank and Suncoast Credit Union where he assisted businesses with conventional and SBA lending for their expansion and growth efforts, as well as to help them get started. 

Commissioner Mike Wells, Pasco CountyCommissioner Mike Wells - West Pasco Entrepreneur Center

Pasco County Board of County Commissioners Pasco County

Mike Wells is a native Floridian and a 40+ year resident of Pasco County with a longstanding history of community service and advocacy.  He graduated from Ridgewood High School and studied at Pasco-Hernando State College.  Wells lives in New Port Richey and enjoys spending time with his family, boating, fishing and meeting the public through various events.  

Mike’s passion is participating in many volunteer activities and supporting The Angelus, Sunrise of Pasco, and the Coastal Conservation Association.  He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, West Pasco Board of Realtors, Florida Realtors, the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the NRA.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Pasco class of 2006 and Leadership Tampa Bay class of 2019. 

Mike Wells was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2014, and served as the Vice Chairman in 2017 and Chairman in 2018.  An avid outdoorsman, Wells led a comprehensive initiative garnering state and local support to bring scalloping back to Pasco County for the first time in nearly 25 years. Residents and visitors alike enjoyed a trial scalloping season in 2018 and a 10 day season in 2019. 

Interested in joining an Advisory Committee? 

Contact Daniel Mitchell, SMARTstart Incubator Program Manager

The SMARTstart Advisory Committee Members
Daniel Mitchell
SMARTstart Program Director

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Toll free: (888) 60-PASCO | (888-607-2726)
Telephone: (352) 437-4861
Upcoming Events...

June 30, 2022
Subcontracting & Teaming - SBDC

Date & Time:  Thursday,  June 30, 2022
                              (10:00 am – 11:00 am)
Location: Online 
Registration: No Cost 

For many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This webinar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region.

Register Now!

(Read More)

July 6, 2022
Pasco EDC Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Purpose:   The Pasco EDC Brown Bag Lunch & Learn is an open invitation to anyone interested in hearing more about the Pasco EDC and the programs and services we offer.  Bring your lunch and come and discover what your local Economic Development Council is charged with executing.

Time:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Virtual
No cost

Lunch & Learns will be provided Online until further notice.

Online via Zoom Meeting: (log in instructions will be e-mailed to registered participants 2 days prior to workshop)

If you do not have Zoom see download instructions HERE.  If you need more information about using Zoom visit their Help Center.

Register Now!

Location address:

Pasco EDC Headquarters, 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 101, Lutz, FL 33558
West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 US Highway 19, First Floor, New Port Richey, FL  34652
East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th Street, Dade City, FL  33525
SMARTstart Grove Entrepreneur Center, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd, Ste 202, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

(Read More)

July 6, 2022
Building Your Business’ Bankability with Gilene Janvier - West Pasco

Speaker: Gilene Janvier, Suncoast Credit Union

Date & Time:  Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Location: SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center
Registration: FREE

Learn strategies and what it takes to build business credit, take advantage of cash flow tools, and learn the ins and outs of business banking.

RSVP to Attend This Month's Event

(Read More)
on Pasco County delivered to your inbox.
The SMARTstart Advisory Committee Members | SMARTStart {/layout:set