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Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

The Nation’s First Stand-Alone Entrepreneurship School at a Public University


Education Fellows

The Education Fellows represent a community of professional and scholarly individuals from a wide array of backgrounds and professions who share their experience, perspective and expertise with aspiring student entrepreneurs at Florida State University.

Education Fellows include entrepreneurs, scientists, business and community leaders, innovators and scholars. They serve the entrepreneurship programs and initiatives at Florida State University with a variety of activities that include:

  • Speaking to entrepreneurship classes and student events
  • One-on-one mentoring of entrepreneurship students
  • Serving as coaches and judges in a variety of student endeavors and competitions
  • Providing guidance and consultation to student-run startups housed in the InNOLEvation® Center
  • Facilitating entrepreneurship initiatives across the university
  • Teaching entrepreneurship courses
  • Serving as panel members for screening potential startup firms

Gary Brand

Gary Brand

President
Brand Ferland Advisors

Following graduation from Florida State University, Gary Brand joined the office of a Big 4 accounting firm in Miami, Fla. He went on to found an award-winning business development firm, Brand Ferland Advisors, in Savannah, Georgia in 1986.

Brand Ferland Advisors helps established enterprises solve critical business issues. Since 2000, seven of the firm’s clients have won Business of the Year, and in 2012, one was named the Georgia Family Small Business of the Year. Brand attributes his firm’s success to a unique approach recognizing that issues tend to resurface in new places and ways. Therefore, fixing a problem requires the business owner to learn and grow.

Brand co-authored the book, “Race to Simplicity – 4 Elements Vital for Small Business,” which pulls together tested strategies to simplify difficult tasks that businesses can often find overwhelming. Additionally, he serves on the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association, a non-partisan organization with approximately 65,000 members.

In recent years, the Small Business Chamber of Savannah honored Gary Brand twice, first as Small Business Advocate of the Year, then as Small Business Champion of the Year.


Tracey Cohen

Tracey Cohen

President and Owner
Target Copy/Print & Mail

Tracey Cohen is president and owner of Target Print & Mail, which until mid-2015 was an all-digital print shop called Target Copy. Her mother started the company in the early 80s on the edge of Florida State University. Cohen bought the company in 2009 and in 2015 acquired a commercial printing and mail company.

Target Copy/Print & Mail has won numerous local and national awards for quality, service and community partnership, including Tallahassee Magazine’s Best of Tallahassee, Epicomm’s Soderstrom Society, and Quick Printing magazine’s “Top 100” printers.

Cohen has a B.A. in Advertising/Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is married to Jeremy Cohen, who heads up business development for Target Print & Mail. They have two daughters, Molly and Paige.


Kim Rivers

Kim Rivers

Financing/Investing Principal
Inkbridge Consulting, LLC.

Kim Rivers is a Jacksonville, Florida native, who knew from an early age that she wanted to practice law. She attended Florida State University where she served as student body president from 1999-2000. Although a ‘Nole at heart, she attended law school at the University of Florida, and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.

Rivers practiced law at Troutman Sanders, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate securities. She worked on complex transactions such as the sale of the $800 million distribution division of Georgia Pacific.

Rivers returned to Tallahassee and began working with JT Burnette on acquisitions and dispositions of a variety of assets, as well as investing in Tallahassee’s start-up community. She views her responsibilities as helping the team “keep it between the lines” and leads their businesses’ efforts to stay engaged with the community.

Rivers spearheaded the Imagine Tallahassee endeavor to reshape the vision and direction of Tallahassee. Recently, her focus has been on executing the repositioning of the Doubletree Downtown Tallahassee.


Jodi Chase

Jodi Chase

President & CEO
The Chase Firm

Jodi Chase is the founder of The Chase Firm, a Precision Intelligence business providing deep research to some of the world’s most successful hedge funds and private equity firms.

Chase is a well-established attorney and lobbyist with a background in investigative journalism. She started The Chase Firm after serving as the lead in-house intelligence resource, both domestically and internationally, for a multistrategy, multibillion dollar global hedge fund. Her success in leading that fund’s explosive growth led her to expand the firm. Today, The Chase Firm works with a select group of clients who are looking for the unique edge provided by the firm’s proprietary services. The business stands as one of the most exclusive research providers in the hedge fund space.

Before building her business, Chase was a partner in a statewide law firm and served as the General Counsel and lead lobbyist for the most respected business association in the Southeast.

Chase approaches everything with a deep passion for winning, whether influencing important business legislation, representing national and international clients, or running marathons.


Office Location: RBB 243 | Phone: 850-644-7893 | Dept. Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mailing Address: Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, 821 Academic Way, RBB 243,
P.O. Box 3061110, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110

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