Board of Directors

Florida Development Finance Corp.

Daniel Davis, Chair

Daniel Davis assumed his role as the JAX Chamber’s president and CEO on July 1, 2013. Mr. Davis is committed to small business and innovative leadership. He has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of business issues, and he is dedicated to further growing our local economy. He is the former executive director of the Northeast Florida Builder’s Association (NEFBA), Florida’s largest local membership trade association representing the building and construction industry in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns Counties. Mr. Davis previously served on the Jacksonville City Council and was elected President of the Council in 2007 – the youngest person to serve in this capacity. In addition to leading the JAX Chamber, he served in the State House of Representatives representing District 15 which encompasses parts of Duval County. Mr. Davis is married to his wife of 17 years, Rebekah Davis and they have four children. He also serves on numerous non-profit organization boards throughout Jacksonville.

Kevin Hale, Vice-Chair

Kevin Hale is a retired banking executive who previously served as the Executive Vice President, Community Banking & Chief Risk Officer for Mutual of Omaha Bank, overseeing the bank’s nationwide community banking operation, including a network of full-service banks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada and Texas. Based out of the bank’s Naples office, Mr. Hale also oversaw Mutual of Omaha Bank’s nationwide wealth management group. Kevin has served as Florida State President since joining Mutual of Omaha Bank in October 2008. Under his leadership, Mutual of Omaha Bank began an expansion into Florida, including the opening of the bank’s first full-service location and state headquarters in Naples. Mr. Hale has more than 30 years of banking experience, holding top executive positions at several Florida banks, including First National Bankshares of Florida and Fifth Third Bank of Florida. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida. He also earned a bachelor of law degree from Dalhousie University and is a business administration graduate of Acadia University.

Nelson Bradshaw, Board Member

Nelson Bradshaw is the NE Florida CEO for BBVA Compass Bank. A graduate of LSU with a degree in Finance, he started his banking career 30 years ago with J.P. Morgan Chase in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has spent the last 23 years as a banker in Florida with SunTrust and BBVA Compass Bank. Bradshaw relocated to Jacksonville in September 2008 as the market executive, after holding the same position in Pensacola, Florida since 2001. He has held numerous civic leadership positions over the years including State board positions with the Florida Development Finance Corporation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Florida Bankers Association, and NAIOP. Local board positions include Jacksonville Downtown Rotary, World Affairs Council, JAX Chamber of Commerce, Hubbard House Foundation, and UNF College of Business Advisory Board.

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