Vision | Purpose
Board of Directors
David Watson - President
Claudia Davant – Vice President
Brian Wolfe– Treasurer
Byron Greene- Secretary
Bob Inzer - Immediate Past President
Dr. Gallop P. Franklin II
John "Johnny" McEachern
Jon C. Moyle, Jr.
David Watson - President
grew up in Liverpool England where he did not see the Beatles perform,
but he is still a fan. He did however go to many performances at
the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned a degree in
Engineering from Cambridge University. After a year flirting with
engineering, he started a computer programming consulting
company. He knew nothing about computer programming at the time,
but nobody else did either. He spent the next 40 years owning and
running software products companies.
In 1993, he had his wife,
Jane, started VR Systems, which provides software and services to
elections officials. The company employs more than 35 graduates
in Tallahassee and serves 66 of the 67 Florida counties, as well as
customers in 6 other states. David’s role in the company was
product management and development, finance, and business
strategy. Seven years ago, Jane and David transformed the company
into an employee owned company and David became chairman of the board.
He has been instrumental in moving VR Systems from an owner-managed
organization to a company with professional managers and an active
board with external board members.
David has always loved
classical music and has sung with the Tallahassee Community Chorus
several times. In 2009 David joined the board of the Tallahassee
Symphony Orchestra – at the height of the great recession. He served on
the search team that selected Mandy Stringer as CEO, and chaired the
search committee that resulted in the appointment of the current Music
Director, Darko Butorac. He served 4 years as Treasurer 4 years
as Board Chair. He is credited with helping; to revise the
business model; to re-energize the board; and to double the operating
budget, trebling donations and sponsorships.
Claudia Davant - Vice President
has extensive, in-depth experience in both government & private
sectors. Claudia has been serving clients and working in the government
affairs industry for over 25 years. Prior to Adams St. Advocates,
Claudia was on the national business development team for Accenture, a
global information technology firm, where she led sales campaigns for
large, complex integrated systems opportunities.
Claudia moved to
Florida in 2000, where she served as AT&T’s state president for
regulatory and legislative affairs, working hand in hand with key
decision-makers in both the Florida legislative & executive
branches to pass historical telecommunications reform legislation.
Claudia was subsequently promoted to vice president for legislative
affairs for AT&T, where she successfully led legislative &
regulatory reform campaigns in the Southern Region before the merger
In addition to her corporate experience, Claudia
worked in government on both the state & federal levels. Claudia
served as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s legislative aide in Washington,
D.C. providing legislative analysis. Claudia also served as a policy
advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she led the
staff effort to rewrite the Michigan Telecommunications Act. And she
served as general counsel, legislative affairs director &
communications director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce,
where Claudia negotiated economic development incentives with
corporations wanting to do business with the state.
Bryon Greene - Secretary
Brian Wolfe - Treasurer
is a Senior Portfolio Advisor with Merrill Lynch who began his
financial services career nearly 20 years ago in the risk management
and insurance field. After four years he was given an opportunity to
join a start-up consulting firm where he worked as a project manager
and consultant to facilitate analysis of complex financial and
management functions within government entities and nonprofit
organizations. In 2014, after winding down his consulting career, he
returned to his roots as a Financial Advisor with Capital City Bank
Group and Capital City Investments in Tallahassee where he worked prior
to joining The Robinson Group at Merrill Lynch. His team focuses on
helping professionals, families and business owners find balance in
their lives by helping them manage their complete financial affairs so
they can focus on the things that give them joy.
A 20+ year
resident of Tallahassee, Brian believes strongly in giving back to his
community and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big
Sisters of the Big Bend and recently completed a term as a member of
the Development Council for Opening Nights at Florida State University,
Tallahassee’s premier performing arts organization in addition to being
a Deacon at Wildwood Church. In his leisure time, Brian enjoys spending
time in the outdoors, relaxing with family, and loves to cook. He love
watching his daughters Ellie and Aubrey pursue their passions for dance
and watching his son Ethan excel on the baseball and soccer fields.
as the Leon County Clerk of Courts in 2017 a position he held since
2001. Inzer also served for nineteen years as City
Treasurer-Clerk for the City of Tallahassee. He established Local
Government Financial Solutions in 2017 and works with cities across
Florida on local government financial issues. He is also
Executive Director for the Sunshine State Governmental Financing
Commission a non-paid position he has held since 1985. He
holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Florida State
University and a Bachelor of Arts from FSU School of Business. Inzer
has been an active participant in the Leon County community for more
than thirty years, serving on numerous civic boards and committees
including: Florida Economics Club Board of Directors; United Way of Big
Bend Board of Directors; Cultural Resource Performing Arts Center
Committee; Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; and Big Bend
Hospice Board of Directors. He was awarded "Public Official of the
Year" for 1996 by Governing Magazine, and received the Florida
Government Finance Officers Association's 2004 Lifetime Achievement
Award and was presented with the Florida Association of Court
Clerks/Comptroller's 2008 President's Clerk of the Year Award. Inzer is
a frequent presenter at professional associations on issues related to
local government financial management.
Dr Gallop Franklin II
Gallop P. Franklin II, graduate from Florida A&M University's
College of Pharmacy, is a Clinical Pharmacist with a focus on
Pharmaceutical Compounding at TMH, and a Visiting Assistant Professor
of Pharmacy Practice at Florida A&M University that has committed
his professional life to addressing health disparities of the
community. While a College student, from 2009 - 2011, Gallop served on
the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, and because of his
in-depth understanding of Florida's Higher Education System, he was
elected to serve one year (2010 - 2011) on the Florida Board of
Governors, which is the policy board for the State University System of
Florida. Because of Gallop's interest in public service, he sought out
the opportunity to serve as a Gubernatorial fellow, where he was able
to learn how Florida's Government governs the State of Florida as well
as assist during the process under the leadership of Gov. Charlie
Crist. While a Gubernatorial Fellow, Gallop was nominated by U.S. Sen.
Bill Nelson and then was confirmed by the Open World Leadership Center
in conjunction with the Russian Federation to serve as a Kremlin
Fellow, which at the time was a group of aspiring U.S. leaders who
played an intricate role within US-Eurasian relationships. Shortly
after the aforementioned appointment Gallop and others established a
non-profit organization (CAREEL) to assist in the strengthening of
US-Eurasian relationships, where Gallop served as a member of the
Advisory board and the Advancement Director. With the desire to
continue to help the community through additional avenues, Gallop
founded Gallop Inc. where he serves as the President/CEO. Gallop Inc.
is a general consulting firm with its main focus on education, Gallop
Inc. also recently created a boutique Real Estate investment firm to
provide affordable housing for communities throughout the State of
Florida. Gallop is the Co-founder of Distinguished Young
Gentlemen of America Inc. He also serves as the Vice-President of
Diversity for the Suwannee River Area Boys Scouts of America
Council. He is a member of the City of Tallahassee Minority,
Women & Small Business Enterprise Citizen Advisory Committee.
During his undergraduate academic pursuits, Franklin was a member of
the Florida A&M University Men’s Golf Team and was awarded
membership on the Athletic Director’s All-Academic Team and the
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. He
also served two terms as Student Body President at Florida A&M
University. Franklin is a fourth-degree black belt in Shaolin Goju
karate, a former nationally ranked gymnast, and accomplished violinist.
principal of Raa Performing Arts Magnet middle school where she served
from 1994-2004 and again from 2008-2012. Callaway was appointed
to the State Board of Education by Governor Jeb Bush where she served
from 2004-2008. Callaway currently serves on the Board Trustees at
Tallahassee Community College, she was first appointed to the board in
1999, reappointed in 2002 both times by Governor Jeb Bush. She returned
to the board in 2012 appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She has served
as a Commissioner of the Blueprint Commission for Juvenile Justice,
serves now as a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Board,
serves as President of the Tallahassee Symphony Society, and serves as
Chair of the FSU Music Associates. Callaway holds Bachelors, Masters
and Advanced Masters degrees from Florida State University.
FSU Assistant in the Humanities, Cashin supervises the Multi-Cultural
Film Course (HUM 3321) and has taught extensively in FSU's Program of
Interdisciplinary Humanities beginning in 1998. She holds a Ph.D. in
Humanities, MA in Slavic and East European Affairs, and a BA with
co-majors in Russian Language and Business Administration.
addition to an academic career, she has served as resident
choreographer for The Tallahassee Ballet for over 25 years and has
choreographed 18 of Florida State Opera's works.
believer in the power of volunteer work, she has served as president of
the Junior League of Tallahassee, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and FSU's
Friends of Dance. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and has
served as both steering and curriculum chairs of Youth Leadership
Tallahassee. She is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences
Leadership Council and was recently named as a trustee for The Florida
House on Capitol Hill.
P. John "Johnny"
playing four sports for Leon High School, McEachern earned All SEC
recognition playing football on scholarship for the University of
Georgia, where he received his degree in Economics and Finance. He also
attended General Electric Management School and the Institute for
Financial Education, where he also taught. He went on to co-found the
Athens/UGa chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the
Chattahoochee River Club, Uptown Public Elementary School, and authored
“It’s Always First Down.” McEachern played a significant role in the
development of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts located in
Columbus, GA. He is a recipient of the United States Congressional
Award for “Contribution to Arts” and has served on many Boards of
Directors, including United Way, American Red Cross, Chamber of
Commerce and Leadership Columbus. He has also served as an adjunct
teacher for Troy State University, offering instruction on corporate
finance, management and banking.
Jon C. Moyle, Jr.
partner at the Moyle Law Firm, Moyle is a graduate of the University of
Florida School of Law where he was a member of Florida Blue Key and a
four-year letterman on the football team. Prior to returning to the
private sector, Moyle served as Legislative Affairs Director, Executive
Office of the Governor. He was a member of Leadership Florida Class
XXIV, past President of the Lafayette Park Neighborhood Association and
currently serves on the Florida Tax Watch Board.
Glenn W. Robertson - Vice President
an oil, acrylics and watercolor artist after retirement. Former
President/CEO of his consulting firm for 25 years, specializing in
budget, finance and policy integrated systems and software. Previous
positions: Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning/Policy and
Budget serving three Democratic and Republican Florida governors;
Assistant County Administrator and Budget Director for Pinellas County,
Florida; Strategic Planning Supervisor and Intergovernmental Affairs
Coordinator for Tampa, Florida; Hillsborough County Public Schools
teacher. Former President of the National Association of State Budget
Officers. Served on many commissions and boards of non-profit groups
including chairmanships of the Florida Sports Foundation, Economic Club
of Florida and Healthy Start Coalition. Currently a Board member: St.
Andrew Society of Tallahassee and Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition.
Recipient of Leadership Florida’s Lifetime Membership Award.
Author of many publications on Gubernatorial transitions, economic
conditions and public administration. PhD. courses in Public
Administration, MA in Economics; MS in Management; BA in Economics with
double major in Social Sciences.
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