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Mike White

Mike White serves as Executive Producer and Host at Daily Ad B Mike has predominantly held positions in media and advertising, but has also founded and grown several companies since moving to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001. Mike grew up in Taylorville, IL, a small town outside of Springfield. He began his career in Peoria, IL, with Cromwell Radio Group, before being recruited to Jacksonville in 2001 as an account manager with Cox Radio Group. An early adopter of integrated marketing, promotion and public relations strategies, he left Cox in late 2002 to start Client Focused Media (CFM). His goal always clear: to ensure his client’s success by partnering with them to conceive and execute their overall sales and marketing strategies. Mike’s personal vision for working with others to improve and build a vibrant community, is reflected in the team he has created. As a result, CFM is able to maintain its financial strength while still offering its expertise and services at discounted rates to various non-profits in the region. He is personally involved in various community and service organizations. Mike, an Eagle Scout, continues his relationship and support for the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the Executive Board and on the Executive Committee as Vice President of At-Risk Youth. He has also hosted a Marketing Explorer post for 9th and 10th-grade students to learn about the marketing industry. Mike is a proud member of the Hands on Jacksonville Board, the Greater Jacksonville USO Board of Directors, Meninak Board of Directors and Synovus Bank Advisory Board. Mike is a past board member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, the Southside Business Men’s Club Board of Governors, and The University Club Governing Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2011 and is also a staunch supporter of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization. He remains in close contact with his Little Brother of 16 years. Mike prides himself on being a family-focused and community-driven father of three. He enjoys creating and executing ambitious ideas to build business, create engagement and drive results. For more than 20 years, Mike has been focused on being an innovator in integrated marketing strategies. He has been fortunate to develop and oversee marketing campaigns for some of the top companies in a variety of industries, ranging from banking, insurance, professional sports, hospitality, retail, legal, and healthcare.

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About Charlene Shirk

As a national award winning, Emmy nominated reporter and news anchor Charlene Shirk has interviewed hundreds of people including celebrities, political figures, pro sports players, performers, top influencers and entrepreneurs. She understands how a single interview can change for good or bad your personal or professional image. Whether you’re being interviewed by mainstream journalists, podcasters, local news media or broadcasting your own media channel Charlene can coach you how to confidently communicate your message with an authentic voice that rises above the content clutter and background noise. She’ll show you how to connect with your audience, talk about your brand, or face those tough reporter questions with poise and polish. Prior to working with clients as a media coach and marketing strategist Charlene represented THE PLAYERS Championship as its first Director of Community Relations and Business Development for the PGA TOUR headquartered in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Before joining the PGA TOUR in 2007, Charlene was best known for her 10 years as the anchor of the weekend morning and evening newscasts on First Coast News, the NBC and ABC affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida. Charlene also spent four-years reporting in America’s Heartland as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliates KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas and KOTV in Tulsa Oklahoma. Charlene has been recognized several times over for her excellence in journalism and her contributions to broadcasting both on a local, regional and national level. Among her most noteworthy awards are the Gabriel Award, sponsored by the Catholic Communicators in Radio and Television, a Media Excellence Award presented by the Oklahoma Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, numerous Arkansas Associated Press Awards for Writing and Reporting, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Feature Reporting, two AXIEM AWARDS for Writing and Feature Story, and a regional Emmy nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts for her writing. Florida Times-Union readers also named Charlene as “The Most Crush-Worthy Female Celebrity,” and Folio Magazine readers voted her as having the “Best Hairdo in Town” and as the “Best Pitchwoman” in Jacksonville. Charlene is a much sought-after Television Talent, Show Hostess, Video Presenter, Virtual Emcee and Mistress of Ceremonies. Her enthusiasm, humor and inspiration serve to engage and entertain intimate to large audiences. She has appeared on Jacksonville’s First Coast News (NBC/ABC), First Coast Living, The Chat, WJXT, Fox 30 News, Passport to New Homes, Golf Channel, XM Radio, KUSI San Diego, Palm Beach affiliates FOX, WPBF and WPTV as well as serving as the spokesperson for numerous companies and organizations. As a television host and live event specialist her clients have included the PGA TOUR, Delta Flight Entertainment, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Visit Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Jaguars, Watson Realty, Larry’s Giant Subs, Simon Malls, Coggin Toyota, Cornerstone Homes, Portofino Pools, Krystal Klean, The Donna Foundation 26.2, United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Southern Research Nursing Society, Children’s Movement of Florida, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Guardian ad’ Litem, the Youth Crisis Center, Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation, Catholic Charities and more. Charlene is currently the Public Relations Co-Chair for Real Men Wear Pink – a fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society in North Florida and is an alumna of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2015.

Mary Therese Griffin

About Mary Therese Griffin

As an award winning television journalist and radio personality the world of communication is my life. Humbled to be a 2019 inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame! My years of experience in Marketing and Public Relations combined with Broadcasting and Journalism have enabled me to tell some of the greatest stories to be published, aired or posted on various social media platforms with positive results! Through decades of reporting and anchoring the news with hands on newsroom experience to follow on years of communicating the correct messaging on behalf of our Armed Forces to news media as well as the public, getting it right is paramount. Everyone must own at least 51% of their story or else it can become a runaway train in the court of public opinion. Commanders and Leaders have sought my media savvy and marketing advice for good reason... I was the media and I know how they think. Crisis communication, communications plans, and media operations are areas of my expertise. Multimedia platforms of information sharing is my specialty .The ability to deliver public information while not only answering media queries but generating earned media coverage is my gift. From the military to the private sector I coach, manage and direct teams on public speaking, media relations, relationship building,image consulting and branding. Developing Public Affairs programs both for broadcast and community benefit is a key portion of telling the story that I have vast experience and strong success. It is my absolute joy to deliver speeches, addresses and make presentations in the name of telling " The story" at the local, state, and national levels. Being able to teach others to grow in these areas is something I love to do. I am a full time author of the Spirit of America children’s book series and animated television show . Global-thinking, bilingual strategist, nationally recognized expert in ad tech, emerging markets, and diversity & inclusion ( D&I )

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About Aaron Bean

Aaron Bean was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2012, serving greater Jacksonville. He was unanimously selected by his fellow Senators as Senate President Pro Tempore. President Bean is also Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, budgeting over $45 billion in Florida’s Health Care expenditures. Before being elected to the Florida Senate, President Bean served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and two terms as Mayor of his hometown of Fernandina Beach, the youngest in the city’s history. Bean has won countless awards for his advocacy for foster care, elders, mental illness and the taxpayers. In addition to serving as president of Compass Bank in Nassau County for 11 years, Aaron has successfully launched four small businesses, including the High Energy Auction Company. He has been a professional Florida auctioneer for more than 18 years, and his quick wit and impressive results have put him in high demand as an auctioneer throughout the state of Florida. Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville University and is currently the relations development officer at UF Health Jacksonville. He has been a Rotarian for over 30 years and a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the YMCA, Crime Stoppers, and Nassau County Schools.

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About Tom McManus

Tom McManus is a former NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars 1995-1999) and inductee into the Boston College Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. Your classic overachiever, Tom was known for his all-out work ethic on the field and his approachability off it. After his football career abruptly ended, Tom created his own TV and Radio Show, titled Tom McManus Uncensored, which aired for 10 years. His show centered on the principles of sports, business, and life. A serial entrepreneur, Tom now works as an independent consultant in the private equity space, connecting debt/equity and JV partnerships to commercial real estate opportunities throughout the U.S., with a niche in the hotel space. Equally passionate about his multi-media development and production company, Tom owns and operates Tommy Mac Entertainment; focusing on Film, TV, Musical Theatre, and digital production. Tom has created multiple feature film and TV projects throughout the years, ranging from a true story American family drama, based off his published book, “We’ll Always Be Pals”; a faith based supernatural thriller; a romantic comedy, a musical theatre project, an animation project, with others in pre-development. Tom connects film finance to his and other projects. A seasoned motivational speaker, Tom has spread his message of Faith, tough love, accountability, and living life to the fullest to over 150 audiences over the years. Most importantly, Tom is a God fearing Christian, devoted husband to his wife Kristina, and proud father of their three girls, Avery, Kelsey and Harley Mae .

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About David Sillick

David owns Sillick, Inc., a consulting practice specializing in helping businesses “connect the dots”. As a certified facilitator and business coach, he offers guidance on a selective, industry-exclusive basis in strategic planning, talent assessments, business development, vendor evaluations, and capital acquisition. David brings more than 30 years experience and success in highly competitive markets and ever-changing industry landscapes. As President and Publisher of the Jacksonville Business Journal for two decades he led teams to unprecedented growth, numerous awards of achievement and acted as a trusted advisor to corporate leadership and other market presidents. David led business journal teams through the growth and evolution from traditional print media into a digital-first landscape and created new revenue streams including specialty publications, events, and content programming. His success in launching new products, programs, and partnerships earned him respect throughout the industry.

Jerica Manzi Daily Ad Brief Host

About Jerica Manzi

Jerica Manzi is a digital savvy millennial who has been thrown into the digital era. Jerica has been an entrepreneur spirit since college who has been trying to discover where she fits in the business world. With a Masters in Marketing from Florida International University and my Bachelors in Hospitality and Event Management from The University of Florida, she uses her experience to help businesses’ connect to new audiences and help grow their digital presence and find their unique space through digital platforms. Jerica has a passion helping others be successful and being creative while doing so. Jerica enjoys spending time with my family, traveling to new destination spots, relaxing by the beach and pool and making homemade ” manzi meal” tacos + margs.

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About Jae Scarborough

To summarize…Jae is one of those rare people that thrive in leadership. His passion and intention for being a great leader has enabled him to create massive success for his team and his company, while serving his community in leadership roles, and build a strong family at home. He is Head of Sales, East for Simpli.fi; serves on boards across multiple organizations and enjoys the company of his lovely wife, Jess Cooke Scarborough, and their two daughters, Rikki Joelle and Jemma Juliette. Jae is also a frequent speaker on Leadership and Sales Development as well as serving within other causes he is passionate about. In his current professional leadership role, Jae is blessed to serve as Head of Sales, East for Simpli.fi, a video, mobile, and programmatic & premium display media company (think online advertising technology). His ascent to leadership was rapid. He began as a Sales Director for Simpli.fi in 2013 and in less than two years was promoted to regional lead. His mission has always been to help his team set and exceed their goals and most recently he and his team exceeded $100 million in sales. Jae attributes his effective leadership to his implementation of strengths-based leadership, which means identifying and developing the strengths of each of his team members rather than focusing on addressing weaknesses. In addition to his leadership roles, Jae is a digital media connoisseur and self-proclaimed “geek” with over 16 years experience in marketing, digital advertising, cross platform campaign development, management, and optimization (Programmatic & Premium Display, SaaS, Search, Video, Mobile and Social). His knack to develop and cultivate relationships using his unique blend of tech knowledge, communication, and leadership strengths is something he credits for his success. Jae has a wide breadth of experience from operating in the public sector to serving Fortune 100 clients to working in the trenches of three of the top digital media producers in the world: Monster, Yahoo!, and Simpli.fi. Amid pivotal digital developments and product launches Jae has been immersed in this ever-evolving industry, directly and indirectly influencing innovation. His greatest impact has been in technology and also within and around Social Action, Education and Politics. Jae is most passionate about speaking on topics of Leadership and Sales Development.

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About Dr. Wendy Norfleet

Dr. Wendy Norfleet, author and highly awarded leadership development expert, is the Chief Executive Officer for Norfleet Integrated Solutions (NIS). In this capacity, she leads a team of highly-qualified professionals that work with individuals and corporations to provide strategic solutions. Wendy is driven by her desire to inspire and develop others and among her strengths are her extensive IT background, determination, creativity, and leadership skills. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that benefit her clients. Wendy’s background demonstrates her great fit for running NIS. Starting out in entry-level Information technology (IT) positions and working her way up to Director of Information Technology, Dr. Norfleet can provide first-hand experience on what it takes to continually develop and position yourself for future positions. In her next career, Dr. Norfleet transitioned from the IT field, after more than 18 years, to higher education. In higher education, Wendy held positions at Florida State College at Jacksonville, University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, which included Instructional Designer, Adjunct Professor, Curriculum Development Specialist, Assistant Professor, Professor, Dean of Technology, and Interim Campus President. Dr. Norfleet is also a firm believer in giving back. Wendy is the immediate past president of the Jacksonville Chamber IT Council, program chair for the Jacksonville Chamber Mandarin Council, board chair for Pace Center for Girls Clay, a member of the board of directors for Synapse, and the co-chair of the Inclusion Lives Here committee. Wendy is a volunteer for Take Stock in Children and JDRF and, an active alumna of Leadership Jacksonville. In recognition of her service, Wendy was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal and she was selected as a 2021 Small Business Leader of the Year.

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About Sandra Sareyko

Visionary innovator and multifaceted Fortune 500 senior media, marketing and ad tech executive. Expertise in managing cross-functional teams resulting in aggressive revenue growth, successful product launches and new business initiatives. Excellent communicator and collaborator with a background in E-Commerce, Programmatic, Strategy, Ad Sales, and Business Development. Global-thinking, bilingual strategist, nationally recognized expert in ad tech, emerging markets, and diversity & inclusion ( D&I )

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About David Benfield

David is a jack of all trades. As an actor, musician, journalist, real estate agent and avid traveler, he's well versed in the human experience. David’s roots range from Atlanta to New York City to Jacksonville, and in between. Prior to real estate, David was an award-winning journalist at News4Jax and radio show host. David has been featured in a number of commercials including Savannah Toyota, Ethos Life Insurance and International Hair Restoration. David has his bachelors degree in Radio and Television from City University of New York - Brooklyn College. He was honored to receive RAP's Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015 for his service to the local neighborhood non-profit. David is a guitarist for a local band named Dakar. He enjoys kayaking on the many beautiful waterways in the Jacksonville area. David is an enthusiastic dog dad and animal lover, and never met an animal that wasn’t a friend.

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About Nick Howland

Nick is a Navy veteran, businessman, husband and father of 2 boys. After earning his bachelor degree at Duke University in 1995, Nick served in the Navy on guided missile destroyer USS CHANDLER and at Naval Special Warfare riverine unit SBU-22. After the Navy, he earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and joined defense systems manufacturer, Raytheon Company. Nick has been an executive in the defense industry for more than 20 years, focused on marine and defense survival products. In 2006, he relocated his family to Jacksonville for body armor manufacturer Armor Holdings. He has since had subsequent roles as President of military life raft manufacturer Revere Survival, Managing Director of Survitec Group, and as a director on various local and international corporate boards. Nick has also served in a variety of civic positions, including the City of Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission and also its Environmental Protection Board. He was recently appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. Currently, Nick is the Executive Director of The Fire Watch, Northeast Florida’s fight to end veteran suicide. Nick is passionate about ending this national tragedy. Having spent a career working to save the lives of soldiers and sailors, he now works with the Fire Watch team to save the lives of veterans.

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About Snowden Mcfall

Nick is a Navy veteran, businessman, husband and father of 2 boys. After earning his bachelor degree at Duke University in 1995, Nick served in the Navy on guided missile destroyer USS CHANDLER and at Naval Special Warfare riverine unit SBU-22. After the Navy, he earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and joined defense systems manufacturer, Raytheon Company. Nick has been an executive in the defense industry for more than 20 years, focused on marine and defense survival products. In 2006, he relocated his family to Jacksonville for body armor manufacturer Armor Holdings. He has since had subsequent roles as President of military life raft manufacturer Revere Survival, Managing Director of Survitec Group, and as a director on various local and international corporate boards. Nick has also served in a variety of civic positions, including the City of Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission and also its Environmental Protection Board. He was recently appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. Currently, Nick is the Executive Director of The Fire Watch, Northeast Florida’s fight to end veteran suicide. Nick is passionate about ending this national tragedy. Having spent a career working to save the lives of soldiers and sailors, he now works with the Fire Watch team to save the lives of veterans.

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About Jessica Franzini

Born and raised in New York, Jessica was a competitive junior tennis player, earning a full scholarship to San Diego State University. She played for the Division 1 team for four years, while playing some professional tournaments during her time off. At a crossroad, Jessica chose to leave her tennis rackets behind and continue on with graduate school to earn her Master’s degree in Communications. She began her career as the Director of Public Relations for tennis & volleyball events at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California. In this position she gained a wealth of experience in running high visibility public relations campaigns. Wanting a broader communications role, however, she moved back to San Diego and accepted the position of Director of Communications for a REALTOR® association. A new phase in Jessica’s life began when an opportunity to move to Singapore arose. Realizing the great potential of such an experience, she quickly packed up her home and moved to a new land. She secured a position with the international management consultancy, The Hay Group. What began as a local job as a writer for the firm, turned into a regional position as the Director of Public Relations for all of Southeast Asia. Jessica was highly successful in increasing Hay’s visibility throughout the region via television, newspapers, and magazines. Upon returning to the United States, Jessica focused more on her writing as the Head Writer for a national property development firm in San Diego. Wanting to start a family and create a flexible work schedule, she decided to take the leap and open the doors to Professional Communications, her one-woman writing company. Jessica enjoys a full work load with a variety of projects. Her clients come to her through word of mouth, what she considers to be the greatest compliment. Potential clients can also find her today on the online platform of Upwork.com. With her husband Lou and son, Sam, Jessica moved to St. Augustine in 2006 to be closer to her family in Jacksonville. She continued running her company while raising her boy. She and Sam got very involved with animal advocacy and volunteered many hours with Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue. Sam ran a yearly fundraiser and Jessica organized a yearly food drive. When Sam went off to college, Jessica and Lou moved to Jacksonville Beach where they now enjoy the salty life with their rescue dog, Charlie.

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About Adrienne Houghton

Adrienne Houghton, is an experienced fashion professional, TV Host and EMCEE. Highlight’s of Adrienne’s career include work as a featured catwalk model in the Far East and Europe, house model for Christian Dior in Paris, head of her own fashion show production and promotion firm the UK, a seat on the board of Fashion Group International’s (FGI) London chapter and a very successful stint on the fashion faculty at the American College in London, (AIU). Since her arrival in Northeast, Florida in 2004, Adrienne is recognized for her work as the fashion expert on WTLV/WJXX’s “The Chat”, her regular emceeing of St. Augustine Fashion Week, her work in the North Florida Chapter of FGI, where she served for 5 years as Regional Director, her work in fashion consulting and her extremely recognizable British accent which amuses and soothes the ears of all within it’s range!

About Susie St Denis

Susan St.Denis started her career working as an assistant director and executive producer for BUZZ TV and Bluhorn in 2019. A University of North Florida graduate, her passion for filmmaking carries over into her work. With a combined experience in production and marketing, Susan brings a unique skill set to the team and works to bring clients not only great products, but a great experience as well.

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About Howard Wolpoff

Howard Wolpoff is the Chief Marketing Strategist at Profit Master Business Solutions and a marketing executive with over 25 years of experience helping hundreds of businesses create profitable solutions to drive sales, attract and maintain customers, and build a solid corporate brand. He has helped launch three businesses: Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment, the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team and GRIDIRONNOW.COM, the premier site for SEC football. He previously has served as the Director of Best Media in Houston, Texas and the Vice President of Client Integration at Client Focused Media in Jacksonville, Florida. Howard is also the host of two podcasts, 30 Days of Marketing Mavens and Small Business Marketing – Then & Now and served as a host and producer on Buzz TV. Born and raised in New York City, Howard moved to Jacksonville in 2007. He is married with three children and earned his MBA in Marketing from Fordham University.