2017 Impact Award Judges

Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher is the vice president of Education and Talent Alignment of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He launched the Alachua County Education Compact (ACEC), the first annual Career Discoveries Day, and the Chamber’s Dual Career Partner and Relocation Support Network. The ACEC and Career Discoveries Day are dedicated to the education of children both  in school and in their post-graduation career opportunities. The Relocation Support Network is a comprehensive program that offers career, practical and emotional support to the partners and families of newly hired employees who relocate to the Gainesville region.

Fletcher is on the Education Foundation of Alachua County Board, Santa Fe College Blount Center’s Advisory Committee, Santa Fe College Health Information Technology Advisory Council. He is a member of Santa Fe College East Gainesville Instruction, Santa Fe College Career Partways Consortium, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive Community Growth Educational Foundation Inc, Joshua Joel SMA Life, Inc., the Rotary Club of Gainesville and the Alachua County Christian Pastors Association.  He is the VP for Joshua Joel SMA Life, Inc.



Duncan Kabinu

Duncan Kabinu, the founder Gainesville Dev Academy, said “Our objective is to provide the necessary skills in technology, specifically in software development to residents allowing them a competitive advantage in a hot and trendy industry.”
Gainesville Dev Academy contributes to economic development of the community by training and providing qualified candidates in the tech industry. Their students have gone to work for tech companies, pursued computer science degrees, or became entrepreneurs. They also work with nonprofits in town pro bono as related to their web development needs.
Kabinu is an Innovative Work Institute board member, a Gainesville Chamber Tech Council board member, an advisor at Santa Fe Health Information Technology, a board member for the Gainesville Area Innovation Network and a member in the Gainesville Chamber Human Capital Foundation.


Mercedes Petrus

Operations manager at John Spence, LLC Mercedes Petrus says “I choose people and causes based on what speaks to me, not what is fashionable, what is true to my heart. I serve these passions with grit, sweat, compassion and commitment.”
Petrus has been involved in Tyler’s Hope, supported the Ronald McDonald House since 2004, volunteered with Queen of Peace Catholic Church, served for 4 years as office administrator and managed the thrift store for the Junior League, and managed a video education project for the North Florida Community Foundation. She also volunteers at the ARC of Alachua County, and the Gear Up Florida annual cycle trek to raise awareness for persons with disabilities.
Petrus remembers receiving “a call from a grandmother one week before Christmas and the organizations toy drive was over and she says, ‘I have 2 grandsons and they will have nothing for Christmas.’ I told her, ‘Come back tomorrow and you will have gifts for them.’ She did come back and she had 3 hefty bags overflowing with toys for her two grandsons.”


Brian Scarborough

Chair of the Advantage Publishing, Inc. Board and 2014 Impact Award Recipient, Brian serves as the Executive Vice President of HUB International. In addition to his full-time job, Brian serves on the Board of Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, Peaceful Paths, is Chair of the Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority, and a member of the Council for Economic Outreach’s Capital Campaign.



Domenic Scorpio

Domenic Scorpio is the president / CEO of the D.E. Scorpio Corporation and founded his company on the principal mission of advancing the communities we serve. He does this not only through our work product but also by providing jobs where collaboration is fostered to elevate careers of employees in a family oriented environment. He enjoys watching others achieve their full potential of being good, contributing members to our community, and achieving the successes they deserve for their families and for our community.
“I try to have a positive impact on the Greater Gainesville Community by giving selflessly, and by motivating, educating, and inspiring others to do the same,” Scorpio said.
Scorpio is a board member and former president of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, a board member of Reeling for Kids and a board member and part of various committees for Builders Assoc. of North Central Florida. He is also the executive committee member at the School of Construction Management, a board member and member of the finance and facilities and infrastructure Committee at Oak Hall School and a member of the advisory committee at Gateway Bank. Even more, he is a fiscal supporter of many non-profits in greater Gainesville .