David H. Reed – Principal, Shepard Capital Partners, LLC
Mr. Reed is founder and principal of Shepard Capital Partners and a co-founder of Dominion Capital Group, and is currently investing and managing junior capital investments for the firms. Since 2002, Shepard and Dominion have led or participated in over $200 million in fundings, including partnerships with CapitalSouth Partners, LLC, a mezzanine firm where Mr. Reed served as a Director from 2004 to 2009, and Westshore Capital Partners, a buyout firm in which Dominion is a General Partner. Since 2002, Mr. Reed has been involved with over $100 million in subordinated debt and equity investments, and sourced and led over $25 million of those.
Mr. Reed completed the Sloan Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 2002, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to Sloan, he was involved in three successful start-ups in the business services/consulting field, including Catalina Human Resources, Inc., which he founded and led as CEO for seven years before selling the company in 1998. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche in the Tampa office, after receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Emory University in 1987.
Mr. Reed currently serves in the capacity of President of The Sustany Foundation and on the Boards of Voices for Children of Hillsborough County, Bankers Financial Corporation, and The TTI Companies, among others. In addition, he is a member of the Florida Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, the Association for Corporate Growth, a former member of the Board of Governors of the Sloan Fellows Program at MIT, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida (inactive status).
Alfred N. Schiff - President Schiff & Associates
Alred N. Schiff has over 35 years of operating and corporate development experience, early in his career, he was a key reliance electric executive with responsiblities in engineering, marketing and general management in the motors, electrical drive and industrial controls business. Reliance electric acquired Toledo Scale Company, and Al headed the worldwide operations as group executive of Toledo Scale Company. Al then moved to Gilbarco Inc. as COO and Executive Vice President. He later began a private investment company, Schiff & Associates, where he is now President and serves as director of Autotech Corporation; Bison Gear & Engineering CO.; Saftronics, Inc.; Viktron Technologies; Cross Companies; Fisher Technology, Inc.; Motor Magnetics Inc.; Saminco, Inc.; Kenakore Solutions, Inc; and Sensor Systems, Inc. Al serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kendal Corp. and TV Station WEDU, is a board member and past chairman of the Foundation Board of the Tampa Museum of Science & Industry and is a retired trustee of Guilford College. He is an engineering physics graduate of the University of Rochester. Al is currently the chair of the USF College of Engineering Advisory Board and a member of the USF Foundation Board. Al and his wife Rose have named a conference room in the Engineering Building III, the newest building in the USF Engineering complex.
Richard Wainio has held executive level positions in the global transportation industry for over 35 years. His extensive public and private sector experience in the maritime industry, international trade, and global transportation has taken him to countries throughout the world. Mr. Wainio was employed for 23 years at the Panama Canal as Senior Economist; Director of Economic Research and Marketing; and Director of Executive Planning. As Director of Executive Planning for the multibillion dollar Canal enterprise, Mr. Wainio’s responsibilities included strategic and treaty planning, Canal capacity planning, capital program development, economic research, marketing, management studies, and environmental oversight. He was also a primary advisor to the Canal’s bi-national Board of Directors during the transition of the Canal to Panama. Subsequently, he held executive positions with several international ports and shipping companies including MIT Panama (the largest container transshipment port in Latin America), Panamanian Carriers Corporation and the Port of Palm Beach (Florida). Mr. Wainio recently left his position as CEO/Port Director of Florida’s largest seaport, the Port of Tampa, after nearly 8 years. He also served as President and Executive Director for the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama.
Mr. Wainio earned a Master of Arts degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Davidson College. He did post-graduate work in Latin American demographic studies at the University of Florida and in economics at the University of Oklahoma. He is active in many international trade organizations and associations and has served as an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Chairman, Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED); and on numerous Boards of Directors in the Tampa Bay area, including SunTrust Bank.
Presently, Mr. Wainio is working as a strategic planner and business advisor for several international companies. He is married to Yovanina, and they are the proud parents of two high school age children.
Dr. Nils Diaz is the former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Dr. Diaz was designated Chairman of the NRC by President Bush on April 1, 2003 and he served as such until his retirement from government service on June 30, 2006. As Chairman of the NRC, Dr. Diaz served as the principal executive officer of and the official spokesman for the NRC, and had ultimate authority for all NRC functions pertaining to an emergency involving an NRC license; he was directly responsible for all high level interactions with the US Executive Branch and the Congress, as well as international relationships and the policy development under the NRC charter.
Rear Admiral H. William Habermeyer, USN (ret)
Bill Habermeyer is married to Sally Cheshire Habermeyer and they have two sons, Jim and Bill. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964 and served for twenty eight years in the Navy, primarily in submarines. He commanded the USS Puffer (SSN-652), Submarine Squadron Seven, Submarine Group Two and served as the Navy’s Director of Attack Submarines for the Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy from 1986 to 1989. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1992, he joined Carolina Power and Light and in 2000 was named President/CEO of Florida Power Corporation (later renamed Progress Energy Florida). He retired from Progress Energy in 2006. He serves on the boards of The Southern Company, Raymond James Financial Inc., The U S Enrichment Corporation and Biltmore Farms, LLC. He and his wife now live in St. Petersburg, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina.
Jenna R. Nelson - Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Jenna Nelson has been with Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in Tampa, Florida, since August, 1993. As Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Nelson is responsible for developing an effective multinational human resources infrastructure to successfully support the company’s worldwide operations. Her global responsibilities encompass all facets of HR to include compensation and benefits, recruitment and staffing, compliance, organizational development, rewards and recognition, and HR technologies to ensure the company is able to effectively acquire, train, develop, motivate and retain its critical human resources.