August 5, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Board members hear capital program success stories and discuss industry improvement opportunities
TAMPA, FL – Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) held its quarterly Board of Directors meeting in Tampa on May 28. During the meeting Governor Rick Scott, who serves as Chairman of the Board, shared Florida’s economic and job growth outlook. Additionally, Board members participated in a target industry breakout session and heard from three EFI capital programs success stories.
It was the first Board meeting for Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of EFI Bill Johnson, who began his role on March 1. “We have a great foundation in Florida and this is not the time for complacency,” said Secretary Johnson.” We must continue being aggressive in order to ensure Florida is the number one state in the nation for jobs. We are focusing our energies on diversifying Florida’s economy as well as sharing Florida’s business story so companies outside of our state understand all that Florida has to offer.”
EFI Board vice-chair Alan Becker led a breakout session on the industry sectors targeted by EFI and its partners for high-wage, private-sector job growth. Today’s meeting focused on three industries – life sciences, financial & professional services and manufacturing. “The break out session was a great chance for Florida’s government and business leaders to collaborate and discuss what Florida is doing right as we actively work to attract companies within these targeted industries. More importantly, our Board examined what we can improve upon to ensure Florida is number one in the nation for business.”
During the meeting, an overview of EFI’s Minority and Small Business, Entrepreneurship Capital program (MaSBEC) was provided, as well as success stories from, nearpod, JDC Phosphate and ProcessMAP, three companies that have received funding support through EFI’s small business capital programs.
“Our Miami-based company started three years ago with just five employees, and thanks to the Florida Opportunity Fund, we have been able to thrive,” said Emi Abramzon, co-founder of nearpod. “Today, we have 30 employees and about one million teachers are using our product in approximately 35,000 schools across the world.”
“I want to thank the Florida Opportunity Fund for their investment and their leadership on our board,” said Joseph Megy, founder of JDC Phosphate. “We are the company we are today because of their support.”
During the meeting, the following new at-large Board members were approved for a one year term:
EFI’s Board of Directors is comprised of appointed members and a diverse group of investors representing some of the nation’s most notable corporations. In addition, each member of the Florida Cabinet holds a position on the Board.
The next EFI Board meeting will be held August 20 in Ponte Vedra. The meetings are open to the public, with provision for public comment, and are televised live by the Florida Channel. In addition, the Board of Directors section of EFI’s newsroom includes agendas, committee meeting materials, fact sheets and other resources.