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Board of Directors

The Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors of prominent local business and community leaders.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the following members currently:

Officers & Executive Committee

  • Alan Reynolds
    Vice President
  • Russell Schropp
    Attorney at Law
    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
  • Gary Griffin
    Vice President
    B & I
  • Richard Grant
    Founding Partner
    Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, P.A.
  • Mary L. Andrews
    System Director, Government & Community Relations
    Lee Health
  • Laura Holquist
    Past Chair
    LAH Group Advisors, LLC
  • Eric E. Berglund
    Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

Board Members

  • Joseph R. Catti
    President & CEO
    FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • Roger Desjarlais
    County Manager
    Lee County
  • Dr. Robert Jones
    Regional VP Economic and Community Development
    Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Jason Korn
    Managing Director
    Cohen & Grigsby P.C.
  • Leo Ochs
    County Manager
    Collier County
  • Penny Taylor
    Collier County Board of Commissioners
  • Sarah Owen
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    SWFL Community Foundation
  • Fred Pezeshkan
    Chairman of the Board
    Manhattan Construction
  • Pamela Johnson
    Interim Director
    Lee County Economic Development Office
  • Dr. Aysegul Timur
    Dean, Johnson School of Business
    Hodges University
  • Dr. Michael Martin, Ph.D.
    Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Michael Wynn
    Sunshine Ace Hardware, Inc.
  • TBD
    Lee County Board of Commissioner

The organization structure also includes four sub-committees reporting to the Executive Committee:

  • The Budget / Finance
  • Investor / Communications
  • Marketing / Lead Generation
  • Nominating
Al Reynolds - Alliance Chair

Al Reynolds – Alliance Chair