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Bill Wein – Chair

President – IMS ExpertServices

Bill Wein has over 25 years of experience in building organizations providing human capital solutions.  As co-founder and president of IMS ExpertServices, Mr. Wein has been the driving force behind the legal industry’s leading expert witness search firm. As a reflection of its success, IMS has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies for each of the past five years.

Mr. Wein formed IMS ExpertServices after co-founding two very successful search firms providing executive search, interim executive, and consulting services to its telecommunications, media, and technology clients. Through these firms, Mr. Wein built teams within some of the most successful companies in the world to include Time Warner, Philips Broadband, Comcast, AT&T, Sprint, Motorola, and Cox Communications. Previously, he held business development roles in two prestigious telecommunications firms: U.S. West and Jones Intercable.

John Hosman

Partner and COO – FS Advisors, Inc.

Mr. Hosman is partner and COO of FS Advisors, Inc., which focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions to Tribes regarding wealth management, benefits, and risk management. Before joining FS Advisors, Inc., he worked with O’Sullivan Creel Wealth Advisors, LLP and helped develop their Finance Division, leading a team of mortgage professionals that focused on commercial and residential lending. He also worked with a variety of clients providing wealth management services.

John graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.S. in Marketing as well as a Masters in Business Administration. During John’s time at the University of West Florida he was elected to two terms as the Student Body President and one term as the president of the Florida Student Association. He was also named as Florida’s College Student Leader of the Year runner-up.

John currently serves on five civic organization boards and is focused on giving back to his community. He is happily married to his wife, Kindra, and has a 7-year-old daughter, Kylah, and 5-year-old twins, Jordan and Jansen. John and his family are members at First Baptist Church.  John was PYP’s very first president and one of its founding members.

Peter Nowak

Owner – Nowak Enterprises, Inc.

For the past 23 years, Mr. Peter Nowak of Nowak Enterprises, Inc. (NEI) has owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants in Pensacola. Beginning with two in 1991, Mr. Nowak then expanded to six–the largest number of McDonald’s owner/operator stores in the Pensacola area.

As an entrepreneur, he finds unique solutions to common problems. Peter co-designed a unique system as a way of better communicating with NEI employees. Called L3 (for Look, Listen, and Learn), his web-based tool provides a variety of messages to all NEI employees while they are at the stores’ hand-washing stations.

More recently, Peter helped develop mobile communication software that allows organizations to apply basic text messaging to multi-tiered marketing and analytic applications. Because he is committed to helping the Pensacola area improve childhood literacy, Peter donated L3s and educational content to Escambia County’s Oakcrest Elementary School.  First graders use L3 to reinforce spelling and vocabulary lessons. Peter is also involved in a pilot project with the county’s Early Learning Coalition. L3s and instructional content will be donated as a way to help four-year-olds prepare for school.  Voluntary pre-K classroom teachers will use L3 to reinforce their curricula.

Janice Perkins-Gilley

Associate Vice President of Community and Governmental Relations and Special Assistant to the President – University of West Florida

Janice Gilley is the Associate Vice President of Community and Governmental Relations and Special Assistant to the President at the University of West Florida, responsible for advocating the legislative priorities at the local, state, and federal levels, and a liaison to all government officials and staff as well as any agency necessary to acquire university funding and program approval. With more than 21 years of Governmental experience, she is proficient in all aspects of Public Policy and Budget from development to passage to implementation.

In addition to her professional experience in the Governor’s office and the Florida Legislature, Janice has committed herself to serving the public. She is currently a member of the Santa Rosa Island Authority and previously held the positions of Commissioner on the Escambia County Board of Commissioners from May 2002 to November 2004, Escambia County School Board Member in 1999 as well as a Member and Vice Chair for the Three Rivers Conservation and Development Council from 1993 to 2007. Her volunteer services include working with the American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Children’s Home Society, and Trinitas Christian School.

Janice earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, and Communications from the University of Southern Miss. A lifelong learner, she enjoys farming, hunting, baking, and spending time with family.

Kristine Rushing

COO and Risk Consultant – Beck Partners Holdings

Kristine Rushing is COO and Risk Consultant at Beck Partners Holdings–formed in 2014 when McGraw Insurance Services merged with Beck Property Co. Her insurance experience includes handling a commercial book of over $200M in property values and $20M in premiums that consisted of various industries.

Along with her passion for insurance, leadership growth and professional development have played an important role in her career. Kristine is a partner in Bridging the Gap Consulting, a certified John Maxwell Coach & Facilitator, and a founder of PYP’s Pensacola Professional Development Institute.

Kristine is married to Reid Rushing, a PYP alumnus. Her children include son Matthew and stepdaughter Mia. Kristine served as PYP’s fifth president, in office from 2010-2011, where she was instrumental in transforming our organizational structure and leadership selection process to ensure PYP’s long-term health and continuity.

Julie Sheppard

General Counsel – IHMC

Julie Sheppard serves as General Counsel at IHMC. Formerly, she was Associate General Counsel at the University of North Florida (UNF) and served as the General Counsel at the University of West Florida (UWF). Prior work experience includes working as Counsel to the Florida Board of Regents; Administrative Hearings Officer to the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security; Associate Attorney at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, Portland, Maine; and Law Clerk to The Honorable Robert V. Cauchon, Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Courts-Land Court Department. Julie has 20+ years of experience working in higher education.

She is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXV and is the current Chair of the Education Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar. She currently serves as Vice Chair of Innovation Coast; Treasurer of Think Beyond; immediate Past Chair of Events Pensacola; is a current member and former President of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area; and serves on the Pensacola State College Foundation Board. Julie lives in Pensacola and is married to architect Phillip Turner; they have two daughters: Marina and Delaney.

Julie earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. Julie is admitted to practice law in Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Darlene Stone

Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer – Baptist Health Care

Darlene Stone is currently the vice president of human resources (HR) and chief human resources officer for Baptist Health Care. She works from the corporate office of the flagship facility, Baptist Hospital, in downtown Pensacola, Fla. Since joining Baptist in December 2011, Darlene has led the organization in implementing the comprehensive wellness program Healthy Lives™, developing awards and incentives that have resulted in over 95% team member participation.

Prior to joining Baptist Health Care, Darlene was the senior vice president of human resources with Central Florida Health Alliance (CFHA), a not-for-profit health care system with two acute care hospitals, Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and The Villages Health System (TVHS) located in Leesburg and The Villages, Fla. Darlene has worked in health care and human resources for more than 20 years, gaining experience in hospitals ranging in size from 100 beds to 555 beds.

Darlene received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in 1989 and received her master’s degree in business administration in 2001. She is currently a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASSHRA) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM.) Darlene, her husband Eric, and their three children Emily, Chase, and Taylor reside in Gulf Breeze.

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