• Board of Advisors

    Scott Costello


    Brian Scarborough, Board Chair

    Brian Scarborough

    Brian Scarborough, CIC, Virgo- Brian is a third generation owner of Scarborough Insurance, an insurance agency founded by his grandfather in 1961. Brian is a lifelong resident of Gainesville, a graduate of the University of Florida. He currently serves on several local Boards including Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, Peaceful Paths, Alarion Bank Community Council, Council for Economic Outreach and is the chair of the Gainesville Alachua County Airport Authority. He is also the incoming Vice Chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents.  He is a Leadership Gainesville Graduate (LG 26). He is married to his wife (Erin) and they have two daughters, Lucy (8) and Leland (5).


    Nick Banks, Managing Director, Front Street

    Nick Banks

    Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida.  In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions.  Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida.  Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate.  Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida.

    Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate.  He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee.  Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach.  He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber.  He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council.  Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies.  Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI).  He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.


    Tara Blythe


    Tara Blythe serves as the Associate Vice President for Talent Management, Strategy & Planning for Advancement at the University of Florida. She is also an adjunct Faculty member for Executive Education. She has 15 years of leadership experience in the areas of talent management, human resources, career development, and training and development.

    As a former practitioner and leader in the private sector with experience in four distinct industries, her principal role at UF is directing the creation of talent strategy. She is also an accomplished curriculum designer, facilitator and consultant specializing in talent management, organizational development, leadership development, innovation and creativity, and strategic planning and execution.
    Tara is a proud member of the Gator Nation, earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida. Additionally she holds an Ed.S.in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia, and her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

    Eric Godet

    Eric Godet

    Eric Godet is currently President and CEO of Godet Industries International. Prior to that he joined RTI Biologics in 1994 as an Education and Procurement Coordinator with the department of Orthopedics in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. In his 15 years with RTI, Eric was a change agent within the Operations, Marketing, Distribution, Donor Services and Communications departments. He has held numerous positions during his tenure, Project Manager of New Products, Manufacturing Manager of Operations, Regional Director of Donor Services, Regional Director of Distribution, Director of New Business Development, Government Relations and Community Affairs.

    Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Biology from St. Leo University in Florida in 1985. He then moved to Washington, DC to work for IBM in their Information Systems Group finance department. Eric moved to Philadelphia to complete a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science degree at Hahnemann University. Eric worked for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute at their McNeil campus in Pennsylvania in the Drug Safety and Evaluation Department.

    Eric is married to Dr. Yvette Godet, a local dentist. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in July this year. They have two sons, Eric, Jr. and Aaron.

     Grace Horvath

    Grace Horvath

    Grace Horvath, Vice President of Services CPAmerica International.

    Grace has specialized in marketing, business development, and program & services development and implementation in a variety of industries.  She is dedicated to service and making a difference at home and abroad through her affiliation with Rotary and other charitable organizations.

    As Vice President of Services at CPAmerica International, Inc., a national not-for-profit trade association serving independent CPA firms, Grace directs all aspects of service provided to member firms including educational and networking events, firm marketing tools, domestic & international business development tools, and resources designed to increase firm growth, profitability and sustainability.

    She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville since 2001, serving twice on the board of directors and as 2013-2014 president securing highest recognitions for the club for exceeding service and fundraising goals locally, nationally and internationally.  She was co-founding chair of the nationally recognized Rotary Reading Safari, a literacy program created in partnership with Santa Fe College and the School Board of Alachua County.  She has served twice as the only person, and woman, to serve two successive years as president of the Rotary Club of Gainesville Foundation Board and Feastmaster of the Wild Game Feast.  She serves on the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation board; the board of advisors for Advantage Publishing; and on the board of the Gainesville Women’s Forum.  She served on both the operations and foundation boards of Girls Place, Inc. where she was recognized as 2007 Board Member of the Year, was president of the operations board  and chair of Hat’s, Hearts & Handbags.

    Ed Jimenez

    (bio coming soon)

    Tommy McIntosh

    (bio coming soon)

    Jessica Pastore McKinney

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    John Mitchell

    John Mitchell

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    Susanna Peddie

    Susannah Peddie

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    Steve Shepherd

    Steve’s entire career has been focused on helping companies to increase sales. He has sold, managed, trained and coached sales and sales management with noteworthy results.

    Steve graduated from the University of Florida in 1984 with a degree in graphic design, however, he moved quickly into a full-time sales role around 1988. Over the years, Steve has prided himself by working in not only the sales profession but also including aptitudes in marketing, public relations and community relations. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Steve has maintained his current residence in Gainesville, Florida since May of 1990. He has been heavily involved in the North Central Florida, Gainesville, Florida area business and university communities throughout most of his professional career.

    From 1991 to 2003, Steve was an adjunct professor, in public relations, visual communications, graphic design, printing methods, publishing and professional practice at Flagler College, Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. To this day, Steve continues to lecture on the subject of professional practice to public relations and graphic design seniors at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College.

    Steve serves locally on several university and community boards. He is a current member of the Florida Public Relations Association—Gainesville, Florida Chapter (Board of Directors-Education Services Director), Junior Achievement (Board of Directors), Salvation Army (Board of Directors-Chair), Buchholz High School (School Advisory Council and the Academy of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board) and the Florida Museum of Natural History (Board of Directors). Steve is also a LG30 graduate and member of the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association.

    John Spence

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    “Making the very complex…awesomely simple” is no mere catch phrase, it is truly John Spence’s mission in life. Driven by an insatiable curiosity
    to understand the fundamental aspects of what it takes to achieve and sustain excellence in business and life, John Spence has earned a
    reputation as a leading authority in the areas of Strategic Thinking, High-Performance Teams, Advanced Leadership Development, and Delivering
    Consistently Superior Customer Service, making him one of the most highly sought after executive educators and professional speakers in

    At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly
    to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop P. Rockefeller III. Two years later John was nominated as one of the top CEOs under the age of 40 in
    Florida and Inc. Magazine’s “Zinc Online” recognized him as one of America’s up and coming young business leaders.

    For the past 17 years, John has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide including;
    Microsoft, IBM, GE, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, State Farm, and dozens of private companies, government offices and notfor-profits. John is also the author of “Excellence by Design – the six key characteristics of outstanding leaders” and “Awesomely Simple –
    essential business strategies for turning ideas into action”, “Strategies for Success” and “Letters to a CEO” and has been a guest lecturer at over 90 colleges and universities across the United
    States including Harvard, Rutgers, Brown, Stanford and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Affectionately referred to as the “Human Cliffs Notes” by many of his clients, John is known for taking massive amounts of research combined with his personal hands-on experience to deliver timely, focused, results-driven programs. For example, to create carefully customized workshops and presentations that reflect the newest research and most current thinking, John reads a minimum of 100 business-related books each year and listens to an additional 30-50 audio books, giving him an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge which to draw from.

    John has served as “Executive in Residence” for the University of Central Florida’s Technology Incubator; as a Special Advisor to the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University; as a lead instructor for the University of North Florida’s Executive Education division; on the Board
    of Directors for the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; as an advisor to the University of Florida’s Leadership Development Institute and as a senior instructor at the Cornell University Leadership Development School.

    His work as a business advisor and executive educator has taken him on assignments to Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Austria, Mexico, New Zealand, Latin America, the Bahamas and Canada.


    Rick Staab

    Rick Staab

    Rick is the president of InterMed Biomedical Services, Inc., InterMed Nuclear and InterMed Ultrasound Services located in Alachua, Florida. He has been in the business of medical equipment services since completing his bachelor’s degree in science from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1990. The companies have offices through the Southeast selling, servicing and training hospitals and clinics on biomedical devices, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine. InterMed Biomedical Services, InterMed Ultrasound and InterMed Nuc Med were all named among the country’s fastest growing businesses for the past two years by Inc. magazine and InterMed Biomedical Services was honored in October 2010 as the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Overall Small Business of the Year.

    Mr. Staab was recognized as the National Humanitarian of the Year in his industry by MD Publishing. Rick is also owner and managing partner in a wine bar in downtown Gainesville named Half Cork’d. Rick and his wife, Michelle, started the non-profit organization, Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure in 2006, shortly after their son, Tyler, was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. Their daughter, Samantha, was diagnosed with the disease a few years later. Mr. Staab is the president and director of the non-profit which has given over $3 million to fund neurology research to prevent and cure dystonia, while creating awareness of the disorder. Mr. Staab serves on the board of directors for the University of Florida Foundation, The Children’s Miracle Network, the Gainesville Leadership Council, the Council for Economic Outreach, chairs the chamber of commerce talent alignment and education committee and is Chairperson for the University of Florida’s Movement Disorder Center. He is a member of the board of directors for Life South Community Blood Centers, Advantage Publishing, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Gainesville with their three children.