Use the tabs below to learn more about our mentors and their areas of expertise. For members who are in the Reserved Workspace level and above, you can schedule a meeting once per month with your chosen mentor via the online member portal. This is a priceless asset of your membership, please take advantage of it!
George P. Ahern, Ph.D.
- Chemical and Scientific Businesses
- Management and Organization Structure
- Merger & Acquisitions
- Oil & Gas Production
- Energy Matters
- International Development
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships
- Budgets and Planning
Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph. D.
Richard C. Grant
- Corporate, Transactional, and Finance Law
- Operations & Management
- Organizational Governance
- Commerce in SWFL
Tim Hall - SBDC Consultant
Tim Hall is a highly accomplished Senior Finance Executive with a record of success driving the growth of organizations in Banking, Real Estate, and Education. A quick study in the finances of any industry. Able to develop and articulate strategic plans, corporate goals and objectives and policies and procedures. Well thought–out management style.
Experienced in managing all aspects of banking with accountability for as many as 144 employees, 16 branches, Commercial and Retail deposits and significant Commercial and Real Estate Loans.
Experienced in University Advancement, Alumni Relations and Business Development.
Lending Policy & Procedures
Commercial / Residential Real Estate Development & Management
- Government Relations & Contracts
- Legal Endeavors
- Healthcare Management
Patrick Neale is an attorney who practices law in the areas of business, entrepreneur, contractor, construction, land use and zoning, real estate, foreclosure prevention and defense, bankruptcy, drone law and governmental and administrative law. His firm emphasizes a holistic approach to the solution of clients’ problems so that more than just legal options can be considered.
Joe Paterno serves as Executive Director at Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board , Inc. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Southwest Florida Private Industry Council for thirteen years. In 2002 he was recognized as one of Collier County’s “Men of Distinction.”
Jennifer Pellechio, MBA
- Grant Writing
- Business Consultations
Fred Pezeshkan 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.
- Development/Real Estate
- Business Development
- Business Finance