President & CEO
Dr. Mashall Goodman has served as Director of the Naples Accelerator and the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee since December 2014, an initiative dedicated to the recruitment, development, and support of start-up innovation companies in South-West Florida.
Previously, Dr. Goodman enjoyed a 30 + year career in higher education, where he was a Full Professor of political science and labor economics. He taught and served as a university administrator at Georgetown University, The University of Cincinnati, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, San Jose State University, and The University of South Florida – Polytechnic. While living in Wisconsin, Dr. Goodman served as Director of Wisconsin’s International Trade for Governor Tommy Thompson.
While serving as Provost of San Jose State University in California’s fabled Silicon Valley, Goodman was recognized for his commitment to the development and support of technology innovation and research and business startup entrepreneurship. In particular, he was recognized for developing innovative public private partnerships with leading tech firms in the region, such as Apple and Adobe, and was responsible for building and overseeing 4 technology incubators. In December 2006, he was ranked #1 in Campus Technology Magazine’s list of the top five “tech visionary” University Chief Academic Officers in the nation.
Through his national and international travels, Goodman promotes economic development in Florida and pursues partnerships between a wide range of governmental institutions and public non-profit organizations.
A noted published author and grant researcher, Dr. Goodman received his Ph.D in Political Science and Labor Economics from The Ohio State University, and attended Oxford University (New College), DePaul University, and received a certificate in Institutional Advancement from the University of Chicago.
Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Pellechio is the Chief Operating Officer of the Economic Incubators, Inc. (EII), a non-profit organization including the Naples Accelerator, Woodstock’s Micro Market, and the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee. In this capacity, she manages the Accelerator’s programs. In addition, she is the President/CEO of JPConsulting & Team, LLC. Prior to joining the EII, Jennifer worked for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council for seventeen (17) years.
During her tenure at the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council she held various positions in planning roles, Network Roles and Deputy Director. In addition, she was the Program Manager for Southwest Florida Regional Economic Development District (EDD). Jennifer has extensive experience in working with grants, managing and implementing economic development projects. In addition, to understanding networks including software and hardware. She manages projects from concept to completion.
Prior to joining the SWFRPC, Jennifer worked for the City of Cape Coral, City Clerk’s Office for six years. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Gulf Coast University and earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership and Management from Keiser University.
Jennifer is also an active member of International Economic Development Council and in December 2015 earned a national credential of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).
Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. In 2016 she obtained her Business Incubation Management Certificate (BIM) program with InBIA. This is the premier industry credential for the staff of incubators, accelerators, coworking space and other entrepreneurship centers for the last decade.
Jennifer has lived in Southwest Florida (Cape Coral) for 36 years and enjoys CrossFit, outdoors, sports and fishing. She has two wonderful children, Aiden (12) and Ava (8).
Fred Pezeshkan, Chair
Richard C. Grant, Vice Chair
Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph.D. , Exec. Committee
George P. Ahearn, Ph.D.
Dr. Lou Traina
Five French companies visit to share ideas, experiences and talk about expanding to the U.S. with the Naples Accelerator.