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Executive Committee
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Derrick Ayers

OFDC Commercial Interiors
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Blake Gable

Barron Collier Companies
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Brian Goguen

Barron Collier Companies

David Gordley

First Horizon - Goodlette Main Branch

David has over 30 years of banking experience, serving as Naples Market President since 2013. His primary responsibility is to lead First Horizon Bank in the growth of the Company within Collier County, including all marketing, sales, revenue and expense initiatives. His diverse banking background also includes leadership and management positions in middle market, large corporate, residential mortgage, commercial real estate and treasury management services with regional and community banks.

Jason Korn

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, PC

Jason is an attorney with the law firm of Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, located in Naples. Dentons is the largest global firm in the world, with over 10,000 attorneys in over 80 countries. Jason serves as the Firm’s Managing Shareholder for its Florida office. 

Jason has served in numerous leadership roles in various civic, charitable and community organizations. The Collier County Education Foundation honored Jason with its annual Men of Distinction™ award, “recognizing men who have distinguished themselves through extensive charitable community service in Collier County, men whose fervent passion for helping others made, and continues to make, the community a better place.”  In 2021, the Naples Chamber of Commerce awarded Jason with the Greater Naples Chamber Chairman’s Award, which recognizes an individual for their “dedication to community betterment, who helped the Chamber fulfil its mission of cultivating economic opportunity for all” and “who goes above and beyond, in service to the Chamber and the community as a whole.”

Jason is the former President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, the former President of the American Inns of Court, Collier County, and the former Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Committee of the 20th Judicial Circuit (appointed by Governor Jeb Bush). In 2022, the Collier County Bar Association recognized Jason as the recipient of the Donald Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law Award for Collier County. The award recognizes excellence in legal skills, professionalism, and public service. Criteria for the award include a career marked by reputation for professionalism and character, one possessed of great legal skill in advocacy, and commitment to community service. Jason’s style of litigation earned him recognition earlier in his career by Gulfshore Life Magazine in the area of complex litigation and as one of the “Go-To Lawyers’’ and “A-List Advocates” in the five counties of Southwest Florida.

Cee Cee Marinelli

Barron Collier Companies

A native Neapolitan, Cee Cee has been associated with the Barron Collier Companies since 2006 with responsibilities in leasing and development for all of BCC’s commercial properties. She is a member of Leadership Collier Class 2013 and Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VII.  

Garrett Richter

First Foundation Bank - Main Office, Kraft Rd

Julie Schmelzle

Bank of America Main Branch

Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager (Series 7 and 63) at Bank of America with responsibility for corporate client relationships with $50MM to $2Bil in revenues across diversified industry sectors with deep expertise in Agribusiness, Retail, and Financial Intermediaries (national responsibility). A career spanning 30+ years advising corporate clients in operational efficiency, treasury, capital structure and markets and risk management; she also serves as part of the local executive team for Southwest Florida and serves on the Bank of America Innovation in Commercial Banking Council (U.S.).

With a business and economic backdrop from her professional experience, she has been extensively involved in local economic development serving in various roles including EDC Chair, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (Opportunity Naples Community Strategic Plan and current Chair of The Greater Naples Chamber). Additional community and leadership roles include the Naples Airport Authority (Noise Compatibility Committee) and long-time trustee – Vice Chair of Community School of Naples.

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John Schmieding

Arthrex, Inc.

Jeanne Seewald

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

Jeanne L. Seewald is an attorney with Hahn Loeser & Park LLP in Naples. She is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and past partner-in-charge of the Southwest Florida offices.  She focuses her practice on advising businesses in the area of intellectual property including trademark, copyright, patent, domain name and licensing, and in the area of mergers and acquisitions. She is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in intellectual property law and served as Chair of The Florida Bar Intellectual Property Board Certification Committee and Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of The Florida Bar.  Jeanne is a past President of the Collier County Bar Association and is a past President of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College, MBA from the University of Central Arkansas and law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Jeanne and her husband, Don, have lived in Naples since 1999 and enjoy spending time at the beach.

Aysegul Timur

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)

Aysegul Timur, Ph.D. is President of Florida Gulf Coast University; she is the institution's fifth president.  In her previous role at FGCU, Dr. Timur served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Strategy and Program Innovation, where she has worked since 2019.

Dr. Timur received her doctoral degree in Business Administration, majoring in Economics, from the University of South Florida, and both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Istanbul.  Her areas of specialization include business policy and organizational development, quality and continuous improvement, health (especially pharmaceutical pricing), and international economics.  She is a go-to expert for workforce development and was recently honored by the Florida College Access Network as one of its first Workforce Education Innovators.  Before joining the University team, she held a variety of faculty and executive leadership positions in higher education, including full professor of economics.

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Patrick Utter

Collier Enterprises
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Chris Vernon

Vernon Litigation Group
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