Contents – September 2014
To view the September digital edition of SpaceCoast Business online, click here. FEATURES Mike Shah: Entrepreneur of the Year Parker Brothers Concepts Full Sail University Florida Polytechnic University COMPANY & EXECUTIVE PROFILES Josh Green Edward J. Hecker SPECIAL SECTION FL Trep BEST PRACTICES Leadership The Entrepreneurial Spirit | Jeff Piersall Entrepreneurship Four Keys to Business Success | Christopher Duncan Personal Development Mastering the Informational Interview | Chris Burke Finance Accounts Receivable Financing | Kevin Gowen Economic Development Keeping the AVT Program in Brevard | Julie Song Legal Protecting Your Online Brand | Stephen Burch DEPARTMENTS Publisher’s Note Business Briefs People In the News Q&A with William (Bill) Taylor Business Seen Giving Back Editor's Note On the cover: Mike Shah Photography by Jason Hook
Mike Shah: Entrepreneur of the Year
Living the American Dream By Josh Field The headquarters of Southeast Petro Distributors sits atop one of the highest geographical sites in Brevard County – appropriately named, “High Point Drive,” in Cocoa – as if the elevation provides a vantage point for watching over the 400 locations it owns and/or supplies gas to throughout the state. Inside, Petro Founder and President Mahesh “Mike” Shah, has no windows to the outside. Shah doesn’t need to look out over his empire from afar; instead, he is a grassroots-type of businessman who prefers to have personal relationships with his employees and customers. To be successful, you ...
Florida Polytechnic University
STEM Focused Entrepreneurialism It is innovative in its purpose, its approach and its first landmark building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Looking more like Starfleet Academy, Florida Polytechnic University’s new home, visible from I-4 in Lakeland, opened its doors to its first class last month. What was once a branch of the University of South Florida, it was spun off in 2011 as a separate university that targeted the growing need along the Central Florida High Tech Corridor for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates. “Already there are more than 11,000 innovative firms along the I-4 Corridor. We want to ensure ...
Dream Big Build Bigger
Parker Brothers Concepts “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on,” Sheryl Sandberg once said. For Shanon Parker, that rocket launched when he posted on the Internet that he and his brother Marc could produce an actual working concept motorcycle, which they called the “Neutron.” The futuristic machine looked amazingly similar to a CGI (computer-generated imagery) cycle that appeared in the blockbuster movie, “Tron: Legacy.” He and his brother were ready to shut down their concept shop and this was, more or less, a Hail Mary move to see if he could generate some ...
Q & A with William (Bill) Taylor
NAME: William T. Taylor (Bill) TITLE/COMPANY: President/Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of the South CHILDREN: Ryan, 25 YEARS IN BREVARD: 47 Why did you build and create Community Bank of the South? I worked for Barnett Bank for many years before they were bought by Nation’s Bank. I experienced, firsthand, how larger banks, from out of the state, were moving in and acquiring other banks with no knowledge of the local business community. After seeing how nationwide banks worked with local businesses, I felt a need to create a community bank that could be more responsive to our local community. On a typical day, what ...
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