Meet Our Staff
President, MHA, JD
Jace Kentner was born and raised in southwest Missouri and was an entrepreneur at a young age. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Missouri State University and a Master’s of Health Services Administration with a concentration in healthcare outcomes management and research from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He also earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Drake University Law School, where he served on the Executive Editorial Board and as Secretary of the Drake Law Journal.
Jace was admitted to the Iowa and Missouri Bars and practiced law for 20 years. He sold his law practice and moved to sunny southwest Florida. His true love is transactional work involving businesses at all stages. He represented many start-ups, mid-sized companies, and Fortune-listed companies. His prowess in the board room was founded on a wealth of diverse corporate law experience and business acumen.
Jace attained national fame when he represented workers exposed to artificial butter flavorings on popcorn. His work led to state and federal investigations. A passionate defender of the underdog, Jace’s efforts resulted in sweeping industry changes for safer work environments for food workers.
Jace began his tenure leading the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development in January 2016, after working for the office since 2014. He enjoys the challenge of bringing economic diversity to the Paradise Coast, meeting with entrepreneurs and sharing his experience and insights.
Tim Hall, Small Business Development Center at FGCU
Timothy E. Hall is a seasoned business executive with many years of experience at the executive level of several Regional banks. In addition, Hall, who has a passion for Education, was a founding Director and subsequently President and CEO of the Chelsea School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Hall received a BA in Economics from Bates College and a MBA from Boston University.
Most recently, Hall was the Vice President for Advancement for Hodges University where he managed a department of professionals that more fully developed the awareness of Hodges and its colleges within the community as well as raise money for scholarships, endowment and general operating expenses.
He has remained very active in the Alumni affairs of Bates College and has been active in the community with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassadors Corp, Collier County Honor Flights, Habitat for Humanity and Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church.
Hall and his wife, Jill, moved to Florida in 2007. They have three grown children and six grandchildren. The Halls live in Naples.
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