BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founders Forum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has no full- or part-time staff member or administrators; instead it relies solely on its voluntary Board of Directors for its strategic and financial operations and management. Our board is comprised of a wide breadth of local business leaders representing private companies, educational institutions and business organizations.

CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Christine Thompson
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Christine Thompson

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
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Christine Thompson is the Business Development Executive for Carr, Riggs and Ingram CPAs covering all of East Central Florida. Her philosophy for business growth is to be a “people connector” and a “success resource” to help local businesses to grow and thrive.

She was formerly in charge of Business Development and Marketing for Hayworth, Chaney and Thomas, PA an Intellectual Property, Corporate and Personal Injury law firm in the Central Florida area. She has owned two successful businesses of her own. Christine founded Hip Hop Hooray, Inc. in 2000, developed and then sold it in 2006. Hip Hop Hooray, Inc. continues to grow in the South Florida area today. She then started Personal Assistant for a Day, Inc. which grew and eventually led to her position at the law firm. She is a Florida native and has a passion to help our local economy flourish.

Lee Garner
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Lee Garner

Bullock, Garner and Leslie, CPA Firm
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Moses Harvin II
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Moses Harvin II

American Services Technology, Inc.
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Moses Harvin II is the Director of Business Development at American Services Technology, Inc., a defense and space contractor providing Logistics and Facilities Support Services. He is a strategic-minded, proven business development leader, with highly developed analytical ability, and a strong educational background. He manages business and proposal development activities, contracts, pricing and oversees bid completions. Moses earned a B.S. degree in Business Finance from the University of South Florida, and a MBA from Webster’s University. He has served on numerous boards of community organizations including National Contract Management Association (Cape Canaveral Chapter), Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Founders Forum. Moses is a member of LEAD Brevard and a graduate of Leadership Brevard.
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Bill Williams

A Cut Above Video Productions, Inc.
 Bill Williams
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Bill Williams grew up on Long Island and received an electrical engineering degree from New York University. His early career fulfilled one of his childhood dreams of becoming a scientist and working on rockets after he worked as a missile guidance engineer for General Electric at Lockheed in Sunnyvale California & Cape Canaveral and Martin Marietta in Orlando. Another childhood dream was to be in the television or movie business, and in 1988 he started A Cut Above Video Productions. A Cut Above provides production of advertising placed in movie theaters, television and the web, instructional and informational videos, and marketing videos.

As a business owner Bill has been involved in the Space Coast community with long term involvement as a leader and member within the American Advertising Federation – Space Coast, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, International Television Association (now Media Communications Association – International), Florida Motion Picture & Television Association (and other independent filmmaking groups), Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and Founders Forum.

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Joshua Adams

Rock Paper Simple
Joshua Adams
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Joshua Adams lives and breathes entrepreneurship, web development and marketing.

Joshua started programming at 11 years old and was soon drawn into the web world by its infinite possibilities when he turned 14. Ever since, he has pushed his limits in the web design and marketing field.

His passion is to develop simple solutions to solve complex problems; to help his clients and partners produce results for their business online.

Joshua is involved in many areas of business and entrepreneurship in the marketing world with ownership of and in multiple companies. He is also proud to sit on the board of directors for Founders Forum as well as the Web Chair for the Space Coast Advertising Federation.

He spends his free time rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing Ultimate Frisbee and soccer, serving at his local church and collecting strategy board games.

He believes in always doing the best he can in everything he does and likes to quote Colossians 3:23 - "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord..."

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Josh Field

SCB Marketing
Josh Field
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Josh Field is co-founder and president of Space Coast Business, LLC dba SCB Marketing (SCB), a Melbourne, Florida-based company that helps small- and medium-sized 2nd stage businesses achieve their marketing and communications objectives through a proprietary offering of media products, marketing services, events and professional experience. The company, founded in January 2006, is one of Central Florida’s most successful and fastest growing marketing companies, reaching more than 200,000 regional business owners, community leaders, visitors and high income households through their media brands, which include SpaceCoast Business®, SpaceCoast Living®, and i4 Business®.

The Company was named “Business of the Year” by the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce (2008, 2009); “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (2008); “Best Business of the Year” for Service Industries by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida (2010); recognized as one of the “2011 Florida Companies to Watch” (2011) by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and ACG Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation; won the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility (2009, 2010); was named to the Inc. 500|5000 for the fastest growing privately-owned companies in the U.S. (2012), including being named #44 on the Inc. 5000 list of Top 100 Media Companies; and received a CEO Roundtable scholarship from GrowFL (2012).

Josh is a seasoned and accomplished marketer and communicator who, prior to moving to Florida’s Space Coast in 2003, managed multi-million dollar consumer brands and created memorable and successful advertising campaigns, new products, and promotions as an executive with Ralston Purina, Coca-Cola and Mary Kay. His experience spans over three decades beginning as an award-winning advertising copywriter. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Josh managed multi-million dollar marketing budgets and introduced such well-known brands as Purina® Beggin’ Strips® and Ralston® Chex Mix®.

Josh currently serves on numerous boards and committees throughout Central Florida, including: the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, LEAD Brevard and Founders Forum. He is also a graduate of Leadership Brevard (2007) and Leadership Orlando (2014), is a member of CEO Nexus Roundtable and serves on the Board of Overseers at Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. Josh was honored as a “Business Leader of the Year” by the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology (2009) and a “Star of the Space Coast” by the American Red Cross for “Leadership in Community Outreach” (2010).

Born in New York City, Josh moved to Tucson, AZ at the age of eleven. He and his wife, Jamie, reside in Melbourne, FL and have been married since 1986. They have two sons who graduated from the University of Florida: Adam, a third-year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine, and Zachary, a first-year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine.

Steve Thomas
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Steve Thomas

Lownes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed
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Mr. Thomas is an Intellectual Property (IP) and business law attorney with the law firm of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed P.A., a full service law firm with nearly 100 attorneys that has provided counsel across multiple industries and areas of law for 45 years. Mr. Thomas is a registered patent attorney and practices in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution, infringement litigation, technology law, technology transfer and commercialization, licensing strategies and agreements, branding and business law.

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Tom Brandon
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Tom Brandon

Brandon Development Enterprises
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1997 to Present, Owner and CEO of Brandon Development Enterprises, Inc., Brandon Custom Homes, LLC and Brandon Commercial Development, LLC

Seventeen years senior leadership experience in the residential home building industry and eleven years experience in the commercial building and land development industry.

Built and developed a multi-million dollar business in the Melbourne area while raising a family and serving on various church committees, charitable organizations and other community projects.

Known for ability to create and articulate corporate vision and then move contractors and teams to develop the projects ….managing with honesty and respect at all times.

Excellent communication skills have built consumer trust in the marketplace, great standing with customers and contractors and a loyal, cohesive staff.

High moral and quality standards have earned loyalty with customers, contractors and local leaders.

Strong engineering and quality assurance background allows unique understanding of building processes and materials to assure quality processes and products.

Visionary leadership and consumer awareness has enabled partnerships that have resulted in responsible, targeted growth.

Areas of ability and oversight include multimillion dollar building projects…land development….core management…product and market direction…new direct sales…customer satisfaction…pre-sales support that carries beyond the end of projects.

Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez
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Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez

Director, weVENTURE-Melbourne
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Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez is the Director of weVENTURE - Melbourne and is a results-driven, bilingual operations and development professional with international business acumen and a highly effective leadership style that drives bottom-line results across various organizations, cultures and industries through demonstrated expertise in process improvements, information systems and organizational development. Blending a pro-active entrepreneurial mindset with a collaborative, practical approach, able to consistently create and implement successful programs that resolve challenging business issues. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

She served as an adjunct Lecturer for the English Language Studies program at Eastern Florida State College. She has a special interest in program development, financial fluency initiatives, and the promotion of cross cultural awareness in the workplace.

Wanda earned a Regents BA degree at West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems at Florida Tech.

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Michael A. Crown

Fractel, LLC
Michael A. Crown
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Michael Crown is Founder and President of FracTEL, a nationwide provider of next-generation telecommunications services for businesses. A serial entrepreneur, he has been a founding member of numerous Space Coast based startups, including two resulting in exits to Fortune 500 acquirers. An experienced manager, he has served in multiple executive roles including CTO, COO, and CEO. Michael began his career at General Electric as a Software Engineer, and remains a technologist at heart. In addition to Founders Forum, Michael works to support entrepreneurship as a Space Coast Tech Council Committee Chairman, a member of the EDC Innovation Council, and as a TrepHub mentor. He was recently selected as "One to Watch in 2015" by Space Coast Business magazine.
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Brenda Plocharczyk

Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
Brenda Plocharczyk
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Brenda Plocharczyk serves as the Accountant for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In this capacity, Brenda manages all accounting related functions for the organization, in addition to grants administration, budgeting and financial analysis.

Prior to joining the EDC, Brenda held the position of CEO for Eocene Health Systems, a Telehealth software and medical device company. Prior to that she was the CFO for Infopia America, a medical device manufacturing company. She brings to the EDC 17 years of experience with proven success directing a broad range of business and finance initiatives while participating in planning, analysis, and implementation of business objectives in business and technology. Brenda’s specific expertise is in accounting, marketing, strategy, product design/implementation, and business development in healthcare and technology.

Originally from Florida, Brenda grew up in Thomasville, Georgia. She moved back to Florida with her husband and son in 2001 and moved to Titusville in 2010.