Meet Our Staff
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. 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).
Meet Our Board Members
Fred Pezeshkan, Chair
Fred Pezeshkan is chairman of Manhattan Construction Florida, chairman emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Foundation Board, has co-chaired the Governor’s Family Literacy Celebration of Reading in Southwest Florida and Foundation Board Chair of Healthcare Network of SWFL.
Richard C. Grant, Vice Chair
Richard C. Grant is a member of Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A. based in Naples. He has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 1979 and enjoys the highest of peer ratings. He serves as legal counsel to several substantial business entities and he has been, and continues to serve as, a member of the board of directors of community organizations involved with economic development.
Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph.D. , Exec. Committee
Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph. D. is a Ph.D. in pharmacology, a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University, was president of SmithKline Beecham’s North American business; as CEO of GlaxoSmithKline he supervised the merger of Glaxo and SmithKline, the largest pharmaceutical merger in history. In 2009, he was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire and in 2007 was named Officier de la Legion d’Honneur of France.
Stephen Wheeler served as the Senior Director of Development for Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; founder and Executive Director of Cancer Alliance of Naples, Inc.; he was Executive Director of the Collier County and Marco Island offices of American Cancer Society, Director of Tourism for the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce.
George P. Ahearn, Ph.D.
George P. Ahearn, Ph.D., is President of GeoGroup Holdings, LLC a consulting company in the chemical and oil & gas industry. A former Exxon executive, he co-founded and was CEO of two international chemical companies and was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Northeast Ohio in 2001 by the Kaufman Institute. He was also recognized by the Governor of Ohio and Case Western University for his entrepreneurial achievements. He is a business counselor and former Chairman of SCORE Naples, and is current
Richard Klass graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He presently serves on the Board of Governors – Ave Maria School of Law and is a Trustee at Florida Gulf Coast University. He was recognized as one of America’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies – Inc. Magazine when President and CEO of Lely Development Corporation.
Philippe Camus graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris) in Physics and Mathematics and from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Finance . As managing partner of Lagardere and CEO of EADS , he supervised the creation and the first years of Airbus Group from 2000 to 2005. He was Alcatel-Lucent Chairman from 2008 to 2016 . He is Senior Advisor of Evercore ( New York ).In 2005 , Philippe Camus was made Officier of the French Légion d’Honneur and in May 2004, he was awarded the Cross of the German Merit Order (Verdienstkreuz – 1 Klasse).
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