THE LEGACY OF FOUNDERS FORUM
The Mission of Founders Forum is to Inspire, Educate and Connect Entrepreneurs.
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.
Board of Directors
Brenda Plocharczyk (Board Chair)Strategic Business Solutions, Inc.
Founder of Strategic Business Solutions, Inc., a business consulting firm specializing in strategic growth, research-KPI’s, accounting services, and government relations, she brings 22 years of leadership and management 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 the economic development, technology, and healthcare sectors.
Originally from Florida, Brenda grew up in Thomasville, Georgia. She moved back to Florida in 2001 and moved to Brevard County in 2010. Her passionate to help others succeed allows her to follow her dreams and fulfill her life’s purpose.
Lee Garner (Treasurer)Lee Garner, CPA
Joshua AdamsRock Paper Simple
Christine ThompsonCarr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
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.
Rob E. Salonen, CEcDFIT
Bill WilliamsA Cut Above Video Productions, Inc.
Bill Williams grew up on Long Island and received an electrical engineering degree from New York University. His early career fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a scientist and working on rockets when he worked as a missile guidance engineer for General Electric at Lockheed in Sunnyvale California & Cape Canaveral and Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) in Orlando. Another childhood dream was fulfilled when 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.
Bill has long term involvement in the American Advertising Federation – Space Coast, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, various video and film professional organizations, Founders Forum, and is a key organizer of the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.