Bill Spivey, Executive Director
Bill has served not only in the public and private sectors, but as an entrepreneur. In one of his companies, he was a financial advisor/facilitator for charter schools and developer bond financing. Another company focused on formulating a liquidity facility model to assist the money market fund industry. His fourteen (14) years of financing experience includes public finance and investments. As a Series 7 and 63 licensed investment banker, he assisted and led a variety of bond issuances, specializing in charter schools and community development district (developer) bonds. He also served as Vice President, Client Services Manager for a local government investment pool in Florida. Before finance, his thirteen (13) years as a city planner included working for the cities of Lake Mary and Sanford in Florida, as well as a private firm in Mississippi where he specialized in annexation feasibility studies, redistricting and geographic information system applications. He was also accredited with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Bill has been an adjunct professor with Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania teaching Entrepreneurship. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ryan Bartkus, PACE Manager
Mr. 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.
Jennifer Jenkins, Administrative Coordinator
Ms. 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.
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.
Ryan Tennyson, Boardmember
Ryan Tennyson joined BankUnited as Vice President and Business Banker in September 2015. Mr. Tennyson has 30 years of experience in banking, commercial lending and finance. Prior to joining, Mr. Tennyson was Vice President in Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending for TD Bank and an SBA specialist at Fifth Third Bank in Orlando. An Orlando resident, Tennyson volunteers on the Finance Committee for Give Kids the World, Inc., in Kissimmee, Fla. He received an MBA in 2000 from Webster University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, both with honors.
Nelson Bradshaw, Boardmember
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.