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 Economic Incubators, Inc. is a non-profit organization that oversees the operation of three operating divisions in Southwest Florida.  While some high-level management staff is shared amongst the three divisions, they are overseen by the Economic Incubators, Inc. board of directors. 

The journey to begin EII started through a white paper, business plan and the 2014 Collier County Economic Development Plan, to embrace the concept of launching two Accelerators - one in the western part of Collier County (The Naples Accelerator) and one in the eastern part of the county (The Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee). Both facilities received acceptance and support from the community and county.  Collier County administrative officials, County Commissioners and a wide variety of partners in local universities, organizations, businesses and citizens backed the support of bringing EII and these facilities to life. 



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OPERATING DIVISIONS​​
1. THE NAPLES ACCELERATOR
   
Founded in 2014 as Public-Private initiative with Collier County, the Naples Accelerator is a business accelerator focused on providing a soft landing for local, national and international companies looking to grow and fund new businesses and ideas in Southwest Florida.   Visit the Naples Accelerator website
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2. THE FLORIDA CULINARY ACCELERATOR @ IMMOKALEE

Founded in 2017, “The Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee” ([email protected]) provides the community with a licensed, 5,274-square-foot kitchen space, state-of-the-art commercial-grade equipment, a University of Florida food lab and business-support services at affordable rates. We enable food entrepreneurs to launch and grow small businesses that often wouldn’t succeed without these shared resources. [email protected] is designed to nurture and grow food businesses by transforming a product vision into a reality.  Visit the Culinary Accelerator website.

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3. WOODSTOCK'S MARKET

Founded in 2016, Woodstock’s Market is a self-serve micro market chain in Southwest Florida. The market provides locally sourced food products in a self-serve fashion for quick, easy, healthy choices on the go. Future products produced in the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee will be marketed and sold in all Woodstock’s Market locations. Funding sources, community support, partners, quality of board and the fact that a fundraising committee was created.In 2018 a fundraising committee was created by the Board of Directors to energize and mentor the fundraising effort.  V isit the Woodstock's Market website.

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ADVISORY BOARD​​
  1. GEORGE P. AHERN, PH.D.
    Managing Director
    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 in 2001 by the Kaufman Institute
  2. JEAN-PIERRE GARNIER, PH.D., Exec. Committee
    Managing Director
    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.
  3. J. DUDLEY GOODLETTE, Vice Chair
    Managing Director
    Mr. J. Dudley Goodlette 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.
  4. RICHARD C. GRANT, Board Chair
    Managing Director
    Richard C. Grant is a member of Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A. based in Naples. He has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 1979. He continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of community organizations involved with economic development.
  5. JOE PATERNO
    Managing Director
    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.”
  6. FRED PEZESHKAN, Exec. Committee
    Managing Director
    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.
  7. PHILIPPE CAMUS
    Managing Director
    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.
  8. RICHARD KLASS, Exec. Committee
    Managing Director
    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.
  9. TIM C. DURHAM
    Managing Director
    Tim C Durham graduated from Rutgers University while also serving years in the US Army before continuing on to the Florida State College of Law. Durham spent the next several years in education 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. 
  10. DR. LOU TRAINA
    Managing Director
    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.
  11. FRED KRIEGER, Volunteer
    Managing Director
    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 serves as volunteer Secretary & Treasurer for EII.
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STAFF
  1. Nikki Kreuzer, Business Specialist
    Managing Director
  2. Jennifer Pellechio, President, MBA
    Managing Director
    Jennifer Pellechio is the President 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).
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