MEET OUR Experts in residence
These individuals volunteer their time to help local entrepreneurs grow great businesses in our community.
MEET OUR EXPERTS IN RESIDENCE
Our mentor panel has a diverse set of backgrounds and experience. Among these 39 highly-skilled mentors, there is over 420 years of business ownership and 455 years as C-suite executives. These individuals are motivated by the opportunity to help the entrepreneurs and businesses in our community.
Senior Vice President, Truist Financial
Retired Navy Surface Warfare Office
Vice President of Development, Catalyst HRE
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Founder, One In A Row Ventures
President, ARCO Marine, and AmCoat Industrial
Co-founder and Partner, Cummings Camp Programs, LLC
Co-founder and CEO, Cummings Camp Programs, LLC
Partner / Principal, Dalrymple Sallis Architecture
Robert L. Foster
Division Manager, Apogee.us Telecom
President, Studer Community Institute
Director, National Naval Aviation Museum
President, EBI Management Group
Dr. Jessica Griffen
Chairwoman and CEO, The Urban Development Center, Inc.
President, Andrews Research & Education Foundation
Deputy Supervisor of Elections for Operations, Escambia County, FL
Market President, Centennial Bank
Retired, GM Deepwater Projects, Royal Dutch Shell
Client Relationship Executive, Velociti Services
CEO, M4 Sciences Corporation
University of West Florida, Mechanical Engineering (courtesy appointment)
Relationship Manager, FSA Advisory Group
Retired Managing Member of the Gulf Coast Region Warren Averett, LLC CPAs & Advisors
CEO, The JETTY IoT
CEO, Cognitive Big Data Systems
John A. Rigsby
CEO, eduocity, LLC
Director of Entrepreneurial Development, CO:LAB
Risk Consultant, Rushing Insurance, LLC
Retired Senior Partner, Heitman, LLC
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, IHMC
E-Commerce Specialist and Founder, Sole Sister Ramblers
Retired COO and Vice Chairman Emeritus, Waffle House, Inc.
Shareholder, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Forder CTO, Performance Matters
Executive Chairman, IMS Consulting and Expert Services
Executive Director, Downtown Improvement Board
President/Owner, Bay Lumber Trading
Chief of Business Operations & People Officer, OxeFit
Founder and Creative Director, HatchMark Studio
Director of Business Engagement, Studer Community Institute / The Spring
Rodney, our dear friend and colleague, tragically passed away on August 9, 2022. As the Director of Business Engagement for The Spring / Studer Community Institute, Rodney helped 60+ local small business owners and entrepreneurs acquire capital and grow their business. He served as a trusted advisor and mentor to many in our community. Rodney came to SCI with more than 28 years of banking experience, which included leading retail and commercial teams. In addition, he held the role of SBA product manager. He was instrumental in serving on several boards to include the inaugural Board of Trustees for the Community Maritime Park, Escambia County Planning Board, Escambia Board of Adjustment, and the Pensacola CRA Advisory Board.
To learn more about Rodney's life and the legacy he leaves behind, click here.