As a third-generation entrepreneur, my passion for innovation started at a young age while spending afternoons learning about business from my dad and grandfather at their automotive repair shop in Daytona Beach. Fascinated by how the business worked, I got an invaluable education at a young age that ignited a passion for fostering innovation and creating a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in my hometown. While earning my bachelor’s degree and MBA, I helped lay the groundwork for the inception of the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, an organization I now oversee and have helped grow into an online network and educational resource for entrepreneurs across Florida’s 67 counties. Driven by the desire to create more opportunities for my young daughter Penelope and wife Robyn, I am passionate about giving back to the community through volunteering and facilitating events such as 1 Million Cups, Kickstart Weekend and Elevate Daytona. As a founding member and president of Innovate Daytona, I have a proven track record of creating initiatives that foster innovation and economic growth to retain and attract highly talented individuals.