Advisory Board


Seek the advice of seasoned executives and serial entrepreneurs

Our advisory board members have experience across a wide range of industries and are available to clients seeking advice. Whatever dilemma your company is facing, they’ve been there before and can guide you down the right path.

Photo of Gary A. Ascani Gary A. Ascani Biotech & Medical Products

Gary is a biotechnology and medical products executive and investor. He has over 43 years of experience in the biotechnology / medical products industry with start-up, early-stage, and late-stage companies. In 1999, he co-founded Vulcan Medical Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on seed-stage venture financing. After moving to Gainesville to become CEO of Banyan Biomarkers, he became vice president of business development for Nanotherapeutics. Gary has served on numerous boards of directors and was honored by the Birmingham Business Journal in its inaugural “Who’s Who in Health Care.”

Photo of Eric Buffkin Eric Buffkin Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Eric is a serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, and the co-founder and president of etectRx, Inc. Eric has a passion for new ventures, new technologies, product design, and development. He is a serial entrepreneur, having launched technology, product, and services companies in the technology and health tech sector. Over the course of his 30 years in technology ventures, Eric has been instrumental in establishing industry standards for networking the digital home. These standards have ultimately influenced how we all enjoy digital media, access information, and manage our homes with connected devices.

Photo of John Coman John Coman Executive Coach

John brings experience as an attorney, business executive, owner and consultant to the clients of the Hub.  He is currently a partner in an executive coaching firm located in Gainesville FL.  Coman Leadership is a father-son partnership that draws upon both the wisdom of years of business experience and fluency with modern management communication strategies. Through a goal-driven and solutions-based model, we help accelerate business achievement.  John is a former McDonald’s owner/operator and is a partner in an insurance consulting firm in Boston.

Photo of Aaron Dixon Aaron Dixon Tech Visionary & Entrepreneur

Aaron Dixon is a technology visionary & entrepreneur, developing individuals and communities. He has focused on software application design and development, working for a number of startups in different phases of growth. He worked with the UF Foundation for seven years, then joined 352 Inc., one of Gainesville’s first digital agencies, serving as VP Technology, in which he led tech strategy and vision. Aaron helped grow the Gainesville tech scene, starting the Gainesville JS user group, the AgileGNV user group and joining the Gainesville Chamber Tech Council. He also founded the Gainesville Tech Association, a non-profit organization focused on individuals and their needs for a collaborative and engaging culture. Most recently he co-founded Collective & Co., serving as CEO.

Photo of John Engels John Engels Tech Commercialization Expert

John Engels is a founder and investor focused on new technology development and commercialization. John co-founded AxoGen, a leading medical technology company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. Prior to AxoGen, he worked at UF, Saffron Hill Ventures and elsewhere on entrepreneurship and venture funding projects. John started his career as an investment banker. He is on the Board of Oxicool, Inc., a privately-held company providing disruptive cooling technologies. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at UPenn, and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Photo of Guy LaTorre Guy LaTorre Business Development

Guy LaTorre is a senior business development professional who has over 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medical devices and consumer products in a startup company environment. Currently, Guy is the CEO of Breathtec Biomedical Inc., a biotechnology company developing a point of care breath analyzer to diagnose infections and disease.  Guy has been author or co-author of over 50 scientific publications and holds 9 US patents with associated filings.

Photo of Stephanie Marchman Stephanie Marchman Counselor & Litigator

Stephanie, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Gainesville law firm office, represents both private and public sector employers in the areas of labor and employment law, civil litigation and government law. For 11 years, she was a counselor, litigator and transactional lawyer for the City of Gainesville serving as the Senior Assistant City Attorney in the areas of labor and employment law, employee benefits, constitutional law, ethics, and Sunshine Law. Her work included providing legal advice on workplace investigations and the administration of discipline to any of the city’s 2,000 employees, as well as preparation of employment policies and contracts.

Photo of Ernest “Ernie” Moyer Ernest “Ernie” Moyer Seasoned Tech Management Exec

Mr. Moyer’s business career spans more than 40 years. He served as the president and co-founder of a $40 million-a-year environmental engineering and manufacturing company, QuadrexHPS. Mr. Moyer also established a business advisory practice where he helped to create several local technology-based companies (Nanotherapeutics, EV Energy Systems, Geltech, SyMed, etc.). Primarily, he has been a business and financial advisor to early-stage technology companies.

Photo of Richard G. Nadeau Richard G. Nadeau Inventor, Entrepreneur & FACB

Dr. Richard G. Nadeau served as Founder & Chairman of Vistair, Inc. (Vistair Ventures), a company he formed in 1984 to seed small businesses in the high technology fields. He also founded and served as CEO of Cytometrics, co-founded EMDS Inc. with E. Merck, and served in a variety of leadership positions with a number of noted companies. He co-invented the DuPont aca, the first random-access clinical chemistry analyzer. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemists and a named inventor on 44 patents worldwide.

Photo of Merrie Shaw Merrie Shaw Startup & Incubation Expert

Merrie focuses on the life science incubator, Sid Martin Biotech, where she manages the day to day operations as well as promotes Incubation Services and recruits companies. Merrie oversees finance, budgets, administration, and human resources. Merrie has incubator management certification through the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), and she helped the Sid Martin incubation program win global incubator of the year awards twice, in 2013 and again in 2017.

Photo of Ron Stein Ron Stein Expert in Results Business

Ron is a tech entrepreneur and advisor in the results business. He enjoys turning ideas into reality and getting innovative, disruptive technology into the market. With a track record in strategy, business development, marketing, selling, start-ups, and venture funding, Ron has had the privilege of serving in roles ranging from territory salesman of a global tech giant to CEO of a venture-backed wireless company. He is the founder of More Customers Academy and FastPath Marketing, advising and educating companies, plus he’s a featured columnist for the award-winning Florida Trend business magazine.

Photo of Brian Tisher Brian Tisher Experienced Healthcare Exec

Brian Tisher, MBA/MHS, is a seasoned administrator with nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector, including strategic planning for healthcare services and financial management including revenue-cycle optimization. Mr. Tisher’s extensive business-development background includes the startup of hospital-based entities and the strategic development of physician networks. He serves as an advisory board member for the development of demand forecasts and financial projections and also provides guidance for assessing product/service market potential for companies operating within the healthcare sector.

Photo of Quang Tran Quang Tran Serial Entrepreneur, Coach

Quang Tran is a serial entrepreneur and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great products, strong management teams and, ultimately, lasting companies. Quang is a co-founder and Managing Director of LaunchPad at Infinity Hall, a co-working and student incubator platform designed to transform early-stage startups into fundable companies. Quang also co-founded Starter Space, the first co-working space in Gainesville. Quang has been recognized for his leadership in creating entrepreneurial, dynamic work environments in Gainesville, where he serves on the board of the Gainesville Tech Council. He is a proven mentor with a history of motivating high-performance startup teams to achieve full potential.

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