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Meet our Team

Robert J. Harvey, Executive Director

Robert Harvey serves as General Counsel for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), Executive Director of Florida Opportunity Fund, Inc. (“FOF”), and the Executive Director of Florida Development Finance Corporation (“FDFC”).

Prior to joining the above entities, Robert was a Founding Partner of the law firm Jenks & Harvey LLP in West Palm Beach, specializing in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulation.

Robert currently serves as Chair of the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) for Palm Beach County. Robert was initially appointed to the JNC by Governor Rick Scott in 2015 and reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019 and most recently in July 2023.

Robert began his career with the United States Navy, where he served on active duty from 1987-1990 as a Navy Judge Advocate and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. After leaving active duty, he entered private practice in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert has over 30 years of legal and business experience. In 1992, Robert joined startup Meridian VAT Reclaim North America in New York, NY (“Meridian”). Meridian, now known as Meridian Global Services, is the worldwide leader in providing corporate international Value Added Tax compliance and consulting services. Mr. Harvey became Meridian North America’s Senior Vice President of Operations & General Counsel in 1996. Headquartered in Ireland, Meridian was acquired in 1999 by Profit Recovery Group International (NASDAQ: PRGX) and is now privately held.

After leaving Meridian in 1999, Mr. Harvey became Director of Operations for MBIA MuniServices Company, a subsidiary of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Harvey later served as Chief Operating Officer of Imperial Software in Great River, New York.

From 2003-2014 Mr. Harvey was the Managing General Partner of Kensington Capital Fund LP. Kensington specialized in restructuring and growth opportunities for publicly held “Micro-Cap” companies in the areas of information technology, telecommunications, and healthcare.

Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Robert, and his wife Debra reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Email: | Phone: 407-269-3231

Ryan Bartkus, Sr. Director Program Management

Ryan Bartkus brings 13 years of experience in the mortgage underwriting business to provide oversight and management to the FDFC PACE Program. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Insurance, Analytics and Business Management fields. Prior to working for the FDFC, Ryan began his career as a Manager in the Home Improvement Industry. Ryan obtained his General Lines Insurance License, which he used to launch his own insurance agency. He later obtained his Mortgage Broker License and was recruited to manage operations and sales for several nationally recognized builder-owned mortgage companies. Ryan was hired as a Forensic Underwriter to analyze credit documentation for companies working to recover financial damages during the downturn in the housing market. He then continued to expand his career as the Executive Director of a Camp and Retreat Facility, where he managed the operating and capital budget and developed relationships with local business leaders throughout the State of Florida.

Email: | Phone: 407-276-4223

Jennifer Jenkins, Sr. Director, Administration

Jennifer Jenkins’ professional career began in the Association Management Industry where she worked her way up and became part of the Senior Management Team, serving as a Director for a 501(c)3 organization from 1995-2010. Jennifer left that industry to assist running her family’s business and then entered the corporate world again in 2013 as an Office Manager. She thoroughly enjoys being a strong support to Executive Leadership in her management roles and prides herself on outstanding customer service. Jennifer graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor in Science in Early Childhood Education. She identifies her most important and blessed role in her life as being a Mom to her two children, where they all reside in Orlando, Florida.

Email: | Phone: 407-712-6351

Mildred Morales, Director of Systems

Mildred Morales believes that data is at the core of every company. She creates a world for the user to be able to do their job easier, faster, and better analyze the data they are working with daily. Ms. Morales has over 20 years of experience in the Economic Development industry previously working with Enterprise Florida. Her technology and database administration experience ranges from data migration to building a system from scratch. She started using in 2011 and became a Salesforce Certified Administrator in 2018. She is the wiz formula maker and Salesforce Super Admin (cape and all!)

Email: | Phone: 407-712-6356

Ahisha Rodriguez, Programs Manager

Ahisha Rodriguez is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology. She has a specialty for coordinating departmental services, implementing change and process improvement. She joined FDFC in 2017 to help implement its new PACE program. Ahisha previously worked in the government software industry for ten years and then went on to coordinate administrative and organizational development in the not for profit sector for five years.

Email: | Phone: 407-712-6352

Chris Bryan, Program Analyst

Chris is a native of Syracuse, New York but after many snowy seasons, decided that he’d had enough of the cold weather and moved to the Florida Keys. He went on to graduate from the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.  Prior to joining FDFC, Chris had over five years of experience as a Financial Advisor and analyst.  Chris is an avid technical analyst of financial data and can produce market charts with precision. 

Email: | Phone: 407-712-6356

Ashleigh Hughes, Administrative Assistant

Ashleigh Hughes is a Florida native born in Tallahassee.  She is our newest member of the FDFC group and joins the team with a variety of professional experience. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Interpersonal Communication and resides in the Orlando area.

Email:  | Phone: 407-712-6356


The FDFC does not currently have any open positions. 



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