Access Florida Finance Corporation Announces Re-Election of Two Board Members

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Two new appointments of three year terms will assist the organization in carrying out its mission of Economic Development.

Access Florida Finance Corporation is proud to announce the re-election of two Board Members

Dr. Carlton Robinson

Dr. Carlton Lamar Robinson is a scholar practitioner and director of research for the FPA Think Tank at the University of North Florida. He recently completed the development of The Entrepreneurship Fieldbook: A guide for social enterprising and community solutions. The document covers a three-year fellowship in community and economic development in Northeast Florida. His immediate goals are to advance the impact of social entrepreneurship and the role that experiential/non-traditional academics have in it.

Suzanne Specht

Suzanne Specht is a full time Certified Business Analyst and Assistant Director for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has been with Florida Gulf Coast University since 1997. Suzanne has financial experience and expertise gained from her career as a loan officer with Barnett and SouthTrust Banks. This banking background and Suzanne’s ability as a really good listener are two key traits that make Suzanne an effective business analyst. Suzanne recently was awarded the Excalibur Award from the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and represented Florida as the Star Performer in 2004.

Also, Suzanne is a Certified FastTrac Facilitator with the Kauffman Foundation and recently passed a professional Testing Corporation Class and exam to be designated as a Certified Business Communicator. Suzanne is a tireless networker and works diligently to provide sound and knowledgeable business information for SBDC Clients.

Mark Scovera, President of Access Florida Finance Corporation, said “I am very excited that the Board extended Carlton and Suzanne. Their experience, combined with the experience of our existing members gives us the strength and balance at the top of our organation to better promote Economic Development in the State of Florida.”

Access Florida Finance Corporation has been providing direct loans, loan guarantees, venture capital and technical assistance to black and rural owned Florida businesses since 1988 through the Black Business Loan Program and the USDA.

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