PRESIDENT AND CEO
Sean is responsible for leading and implementing the economic development strategy for Central Florida Development Council, Inc. and Polk County.
Sean became the President/CEO of the CFDC in September of 2016. He originally joined the organization as Vice President in November of 2015, where he led the business development team. Prior to the Central Florida Development Council, Sean was the Director of Industry Partnerships at Florida Polytechnic University. Sean was responsible for developing collaborative partnerships and alliances with leading companies in the research, technology, and engineering fields. Throughout his career, Sean has had the opportunity to direct economic and business development initiatives for a variety of organizations, including Enterprise Florida and Pasco Economic Development Council. He has been directly involved in the successful recruitment and expansion of a diverse set of companies throughout the region and the state of Florida. Sean has also worked in private industry for Outsource Partners International, a global finance and accounting outsourcing firm and as a real estate consultant for Keller Williams Realty. Sean earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from Purdue University. He lives in Lakeland with his wife and their two daughters.
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Jennifer joined the CFDC team in January 2017 as the Vice President of Business Development. She is responsible for bringing new investment and job creation opportunities to Polk County through business attraction and recruitment activities.
Jennifer has spent her entire career doing economic development in the state of Florida. Most recently she managed lead generation and business recruitment efforts for the EDC of Sarasota County. Prior to that, she spent more than 15 years as Vice President of Business Development for the Tampa Bay Partnership – an eight-county, regional economic development organization. Jennifer partners with corporate executives, real estate brokers and developers, and global site selection consultants to identify opportunities for capital investment and job creation.
A native Texan, Jennifer studied Business and Sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She has one daughter and a son who both live in Texas.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL TRADE
Javier advances the vision of the CFDC through the activities of the Polk Global Trade Alliance, as well as supporting development projects and our small business community through the CFDC’s research and data tools.
Javier has earned hands-on experience in business growth, lending, reorganization, mortgages, strategic planning, and trade finance. He was most recently an Assistant Director with the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF, where he was responsible for International Trade, Finance, and Growth Acceleration Services. Prior to FSBDC, Javier invested a combined 22 years in banking and held the positions of CEO of the DNJSA Federal Credit Union, Manager at Chase Bank and Vice-President at SunTrust Bank. He has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, which helped him get an understanding of the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He holds an AAS in Business Administration from Middlesex County College and a BAS in Public Administration from Polk State College. He has also earned credentials as a Certified Business Analyst, Profit Mastery Facilitator, and Certified Global Business Professional.
Javier was a two-term elected member of the Dover, NJ Board of Education and Mayor of the Town of Dover, NJ for one term (2004-2005). He has lived in Colombia and Sweden and currently lives in Lakeland with his wife and the youngest of five children. Javier is also fluent in Spanish and Swedish.
DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT
Joining the team in May 2017, Lindsay serves as the Director of Engagement. She is responsible for building private investment for the CFDC and its work as Polk County’s economic development partner. The organization’s stakeholders are critical to the continual growth and development of our region.
Lindsay has over 13 years of professional experience building relationships and philanthropic support for the benefit of the communities she has had the privilege of serving. She has worked in foundation management, fundraising and community relations roles in higher-education, social service and healthcare organizations. Lindsay joins CFDC most recently having worked with Good Shepherd Hospice where she was the Senior Major Gifts Officer. Prior to Good Shepherd, she served as the Director of Development for Florida Polytechnic University where she was responsible for engaging business stakeholders in the university’s robust scholarship program.
Lindsay earned her Masters in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and holds credentialing as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She and her husband, TJ, are also co-owners of the Lakeland-based coffee shop, Concord Coffee, and reside in Lakeland with their son.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MANAGER
Shelly joined the CFDC in September 2015 as Administrative Office Manager. She is responsible for the day to day activities and financial reporting of the CFDC.
Prior to joining the CFDC, Shelly worked in the Transportation and Logistics industry for over 10 years. She managed two operations teams for two full truckload accounts with spends in the multi-millions. Shelly also worked for Ameritech Cellular (now Verizon Wireless) for over eight years, beginning as a Credit Specialist and rising to Assistant Manager of Retention and Customer Satisfaction. Shelly’s experience has taught her that all departments and people within an organization depend on each other to reach the expectations of the customer or Board of Directors. Everyone’s role is equally important to the success of the business. She prides herself on being a Customer Service Professional.
Shelly attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She and her family moved to Florida in 2011.