Meet Our Staff
President & CEO, MBA, CEcD, InBIA
Jennifer Pellechio is the Presidet & CEO of 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 years as well as the City of Cape Coral, City Clerk’s Office for an additional 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).
Meet Our Board Members
Richard C. Grant, Board Chair 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.
J. Dudley Goodlette, Vice Chair has been a Consultant at Glencoe Capital, LLC since 2012. Previously, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006 representing Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City in Southwest Florida.
Richard Klass, Executive Committee 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.
Fred Pezeshkan, Executive Committee is the past 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.
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.
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).
Tim C Durham graduated from Rutgers University while also serving for 12 years in the US Army before continuing on to the Florida State College of Law. Durham spent the next several years in education teaching at several area universities before entering the government sector where he continued to hold several prominent positions with Collier County including Deputy Supervisor of Elections and Executive Director of Corporate Business Operations. As of June 2018, Durham now serves as Director of Safety and Security for First Baptist Church of Naples.
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.
Dr. Lou Traina has served in public and private higher education in Southwest Florida since 1993 holding positions of advancement vice president, foundation executive director, and campus president. He is an experienced fundraiser, community leader, and foundation executive director. He is expert in foundation finance and investment policy; audit, compliance, and risk management; and board leadership and development.
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.
Fred Krieger, MBA is the founding Chief Financial Officer of Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, which was founded in 2007 as a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia. He has more than 35 years of experience managing a wide array of financial functions at international pharmaceutical companies. He served as Vice President, Financial Control, Planning and Reporting, at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Research & Development. There he directed the R&D accounting, consolidation, and reporting process for R&D.
Mr. Krieger formerly held positions of increasing responsibility at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, including positions in Philadelphia and London. For a number of years, he directly supported the chief executive officer.
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