Matthew W. Certo is CEO and principal of Findsome & Winmore, a marketing agency he founded from his Rollins College dorm room in 1995. Over that time, he has helped hundreds of companies create and grow relationships using digital marketing strategy and tactics.
Clients include Orlando Health, Arnold Palmer Enterprises, and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, and Tijuana Flats. He is also the author of FOUND: Connecting with Customers in the Digital Age, and Formulaic: How Thriving Companies Market from the Core.
Shannon Muniz helps companies build their sales organizations and grow their revenue. With more than 25 years of sales experience and more than 15 years leading sales teams around the world, Shannon started Strategic Sales Management, LLC, in 2019 to help Central Florida businesses.
Shannon has a lot of experience in the SaaS technology space, and she is affiliated with Sales Xceleration and uses their proven sales process to work with any company, regardless of the industry. As a Fractional VP of Sales, Shannon does the work of a Sales Leader for her customers. This includes creating a sales strategy, building a team of hunters, developing the right compensation plan, documenting sales processes and building that into a CRM, and training/managing the sales team. While 2020 was a tough year for many, all her clients are currently exceeding their sales forecasts, some as much as 3x and 4x!
Shannon lives in Orlando with her husband and three children and in her spare time enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends. She graduated from Florida State University and remains a big Seminole fan today.
Wendy Sellers is the HR Lady. She is a Consultant, Advisor, Educator, Recruiter, Author, and Disruptor with 25 years’ experience in HR operations, recruiting, downsizing, change management, strategy, corporate culture, coaching, supervisor & manager training, and leadership development in all size business (local startup to global enterprise) in a wide variety of industries including healthcare, dental, professional services, technology, manufacturing, construction, engineering, higher education, federal contractors, public safety, non-profit and government agencies (to name a few).
In addition to her formal education (Master's in Human Resources, and Master's in Health Care Administration), Wendy is certified as an SPHR and SHRM-SCP as well as a Certified Internal Investigation Administrator, a DiSC certified personality style trainer, health/life insurance licensed, a Dale Carnegie course graduate, and is an active and past board member and volunteer for multiple non-profits.
Wendy is a member/supporter of BioFlorida Inc, Florida Makes, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance of Mid-Florida, United Way NCF, Disrupt HR, Hacking HR, Camaraderie Foundation Florida, and several more.
Chuck Bair is a Partner at the Lapine Group, a small management consulting firm serving middle-market to Fortune 500 level clients. He has over 20 years of experience implementing technologies and processes to support consumer-facing online solutions. Specific experience includes CMS solutions, web applications, marketing automation, analytics, and CRM systems. He has worked in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, and travel.
Chuck has also been involved in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2014, with a primary interest in how these technologies can be made ready for mainstream consumer use.
John King helps entrepreneurs and their leadership teams reach their full potential. He brings 17 years of leadership experience to his clients, including roles in bleeding-edge tech startups, as a co-founder of a non-profit in East Africa that helps orphans and vulnerable youth, and as the COO of a film production company. As COO he led a turnaround that grew sales by nearly 300%, leading to record profitability, while creating award-winning commercials for Fortune 500 and 1000 brands, and writing and producing a feature film, Long Time Coming, that was licensed by Netflix.
Now he helps entrepreneurs and their leadership teams live their ideal lives by implementing a business system called EOS, and has clients that range from about $1m-200m in revenue in a variety of industries. Ultimately, he is an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs get what they want from their business.
Danya Shea is a dynamic brand and marketing executive who literally wrote the book on customer empathy (Radical Customer Empathy is rated 5-stars on Amazon). Combining brand strategy, product marketing, Agile methodologies (Shea holds 3 certifications), talent development, and front-line customer research Shea helps brands realize new and sustainable market growth opportunities.
As a trained content and performance marketer, Shea monitors the rapidly changing trends in consumer behavior and expectations. Driven by financial objectives, data, and empathy-based relationships she has guided companies to double revenue, reduce expenses, open new markets and pioneer new lines of business by evolving their brand position in the market.
Shea's leadership, strategic guidance and teaching on customer empathy have earned her awards by the Business Journals as an Economic Game Changer, Woman Who Means Business and Top 40 Under 40. As a thought leader, Shea has appeared on FOX35, PBS, NEWS13 and in the Orlando Sentinel.
With over twenty years of legal experience, Ms. Karpinia is a recognized expert in all aspects of business legal management with a focus on intellectual property, legal operations, and online legal protection. At Sagacity Legal, she guides her clients through the legal risks they’ll face now and in the future, so they can focus their time and efforts on the value, expertise, and experience they bring to their business.
Ms. Karpinia’s credentials include a B.E.E, with honors, from Georgia Tech; a M.E.E. from Florida Atlantic University; and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Karpinia is admitted to practice law in Florida and before the USPTO, and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer.
Ms. Karpinia is actively involved in the community including the Chair of the AIPLA Mentoring Committee, a Florida Patent Pro Bono attorney volunteer, and the coach of “David’s Team” at the annual Palm Beach American Heart Association Heart Walk.
Regine Bonneau is the founder and CEO of RB Advisory, LLC, a fast growing cybersecurity firm. Regine generously shared her cyber risk management insights with The Florida CFO Group at one of our partners' meetings last year.
As a minority woman-owned, certified small business, RB Advisory has come a long way in five years. Regine has emerged as one of the most influential Black leaders in cyber security on both a national and local level. She is frequent contributor to the local and state media as a subject matter expert and also has been featured as a guest speaker at various events.
Bonneau served on the Advisory Board for Arnold Palmer Medical Center (Champion’s Circle) and as a Board Member for NAWBO Orlando, and currently serves on the advisory boards for several universities.
RB Advisory is certified with the City of Orlando and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and is MWBE, DBE, LDB, SBE, EDWOSB and MBE certified.
Dena Jalbert is the founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services. Dena leverages nearly 20 years of success in building, scaling, and buying and selling businesses to accomplish her clients’ goals. A CPA and MBA, her career experience spans many years in “Big 4” public accounting and consulting firms, in addition to holding executive positions with Fortune 500 and hyper-growth middle market companies. As an M&A expert, Dena has facilitated over $1.5 billion of buy and sell-side transactions, including acquisitions involving companies such as Visa, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard and Google.
Dena has been recognized as a leader in her field, earning distinction as a rising star of M&A by M&A Advisor Magazine and one of the top 25 Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine. She and the firm have been featured in top-tier publications such as Fast Company, Inc, and Entrepreneur, and Align was named the best mid-market M&A consultancy in the Southeast in 2019. Align is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, and serves clients nationwide.
Nef Rodriguez is the CEO of the Camaraderie Foundation. Camaraderie Foundation's mission is to provide healing for the "invisible wounds of war" through counseling, emotional and spiritual support for post 9/11 veterans, servicemembers and their families.
Nef has more than 30 years senior executive experience in program planning and management, financial planning, risk management and leadership in diverse industries including civilian (non-profit, retail, education) and military (operations, training, logistics) that span national and global markets. He is skilled in Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence, Counterinsurgency, Operational Planning, and Tactics.
Before coming to Camaraderie Foundation, he worked with Homeless Services Network of Central Florida beginning in April of 2015, where he served as the Veterans Programs Manager and the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 2015, he trained the Afghan National Army with MPRI, L3 and DynCorp International starting in 2007. His responsibilities included providing individual, collective and mission essential tasks training in all lines of effort including Fires, Intelligence, Counter-IED, Mission Command, Maneuver and Logistics in a joint environment to accomplish the mission of defeating the Enemies of Afghanistan. He received the Bronze Star for combat operations in Operation Desert Storm. Nef served as an Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer and then as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army. He retired in 2005 with 30 years of service.
Abdullah Tharoo is the CEO and CoFounder of The Tuesday App. Tuesday is a digital and social platform that will rejuvenate the charity auction by creating a social and mobile donor experience that will “make every day Giving Tuesday”.
Abdullah was born in Pakistan and raised in Louisiana. After finishing his college at Louisiana Tech in 2004, he accepted a position in his family business and climbed to the V.P of sales and marketing position.
In June 2012, Abdullah launched PayKoncept Merchant Services LLC, a payment solution company serving non-profit and for profit companies of all sizes.
Abdullah served as the Chairperson for multiple boards in the city of Orlando government including serving on the Mayors nomination board. Abdullah is also currently serving as a Chairman of the board for Miracle Makers foundation, board member on both Orlando Health Children’s Foundation Board and the Winnie Palmer Event Board. His experience and network in the private and nonprofit sector is essential to the success of this vision.
Maryann Kilgallon is the founder and CEO of Pink Lotus Technologies, Inc. She is a lifelong serial entrepreneur with vast experience in startups. As, a dynamic and passionate individual who has helped mentor dozens of startups and inventors move forward, she has made it her mission to excel and help other along the way to “go for it” when it comes to pursuing your goals.
Originally from the midwest, she relocated to Central Florida 26 years ago with her husband of 32 years and is the proud mother of two grown children. She also has a dog & a cat who are best buddies.
Maryann has served on the Central Florida Inventors Council as Vice President and was elected President and has just recently stepped aside to focus all her time on the launch of her POMM invention, a comprehensive emergency response system for families.
With over 16 years’ experience in building and owning restaurants, she transitioned to the technology sector when she saw a need for a solution to help keep families safe and connected. She considers herself as a techy student and is learning along the way as she navigates a team of exceptional individuals who share her vision for the mission.
Rebecca York is SVP at Seacoast Bank in the Commercial Lending Group. Rebecca’s professional experience includes being a full time faculty member at UCF in the Accounting and Finance Departments, Management Consultant, COO of a Commercial Real Estate Company, Entrepreneur and Attorney. These varied experiences have given Rebecca a unique perspective into the needs of business owners and executives.
She believes in a holistic approach in working with her clients, starting with lending and banking needs and continuing through cost control, reporting and improving efficiency of the finance and accounting functions
Jennifer Barrows has been a member of Withum’s business development team for over five years, Jennifer uses her extensive connections to create new business opportunities for Withum’s Florida office located in Orlando. Jennifer brings Withum’s thought leadership in business advisory, tax and audit services to growing companies across the region in many industries including real estate, construction, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. She promotes the firm’s culture of innovation and integrates Withum team members into strategic engagement opportunities.
Jennifer is a current member and former board member of CREW Orlando and the Central Florida Women’s League. She is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, FTBA, ABC Central FL and NDIA. Jennifer is Immediate Past Chair of the Advisory Board for GrowFL, a statewide organization supporting CEOs of growing second-stage companies, now a member of the Florida Makes network. Additionally, she is active in the tech and emerging-growth ecosystem through the Orlando Tech Council, the Orlando Economic Partnership and the National Center for Simulation.
Most importantly, she has a wonderful husband and an amazing daughter who is starting her second year at the United State Air Force Academy.
Phil Nahajewski is a partner in The Florida CFO Group. He has over forty years of financial leadership experience across a wide range of enterprises. He served as a financial executive for large technology and media companies (Unisys, Time Warner, and Bright House Networks). He was the top financial executive for Bright House’s multi-billion dollar Florida operations.
He has twice led the rescue of financially-distressed non-profits as a Board Member and as a CFO. He has helped ten tech startups in a variety of roles (CFO, investor, advisor).
Phil now serves small and mid-sized businesses as a fractional CFO. He became the first Orlando-based partner of the Florida CFO Group in 2019. He founded the Florida Entrepreneur Success Network (FESN) in 2020 which produces Meaningful Minute videos in which experts and entrepreneurs share their advice.
Phil has an MBA from the University of Detroit and is a frequent volunteer for non-profit boards and mentoring programs.