Board of Directors
Gina Conn is a Tallahassee native who was raised in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a double major in Finance and Real Estate, as well as a Masters of Architecture from Florida A&M University. She started her career in real estate development in Houston, Texas, and returned to Tallahassee in 2017 to pursue her Masters of Architecture from Florida A&M University. Her thesis focused on the importance of placemaking in development. Her experiences while living in Austin and Houston gave her unique insight to organic versus forced growth of a city. When she relocated back to Tallahassee, she noticed a similar growth trend, and saw an opportunity to start a dialogue surrounding the many nuances of development.
Proud owner of Partners for a Solution, Audra Fournier is passionate about enlightening business owners and individuals of the possibilities for their own success. She is a third-generation entrepreneur with strong roots in Tallahassee. She began her journey attending Florida State University and obtaining her BS in Business Administration, while specializing in Hospitality Management. Afterwards, she attended University of Tampa where she earned her MBA. She currently focuses on growing her company while providing entrepreneurs the tools and strategy they need to overcome challenges in today's competitive business environment.
Born and raised in Alanya, Turkey, Bugra is the managing partner of Demirel International, which holds investments in retail, real estate, hospitality and the organic food industries. He has been living in Tallahassee since 2005 and attended Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University, studying International Affairs, Political Science and Economics. He has extensive knowledge on retail management, human resource management, real estate investments and non-profit organizations. He observed the transformation of Tallahassee from a small college town to a mid-size city. He strives for productive dialogue surrounding microeconomic policies of our local governments. During his free time, he perfects his skirt steak and Moscow Mule recipes for friends and family gatherings.
Jason is a Tallahassee native with a large network of local young professionals and business owners. In the beginning of his professional career, Jason was a Residential and Commercial Real Estate a broker. After many years in the market, he switched to the hospitality industry and opened Tallahassee's first World of Beer location and becoming the brand's youngest franchisee. He plans to grow World of Beer's presence in the North Florida market. As a young entrepreneur, he is passionate about investing in his hometown of Tallahassee.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Michael is originally from Dayton, Ohio where he was born and raised. He also learned to fly there and earned his Private Pilots license and Instrument Rating. He earned his B.S. in Aviation Administration in 2012 and his M.S. in Aviation Science and Transportation in 2016. In 2013, Michael was given the opportunity to manage a non commercial airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was the youngest airport manager in the country at the time. In 2018, Michael moved to Tallahassee to work as the Aviation Communications Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, where he works with airports across the state of Florida. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals. In 2019, he was appointed to be the Chairman of the Golden ACE Awards presented to the top 20 emerging professionals under 40 in the Capital city. Last year, he was appointed to serve on the TLH Airport Advisory board by Commissioner Curtis Richardson. In his free time he enjoys going on his jetski, golfing, running, reading, and flying.