Michael is a third-generation entrepreneur and native Floridian having grown up in Daytona Beach. He is passionate about his work, community and family. Acting on his passions, he gives back through volunteering as an organizer for 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend, Elevate and as a board member of the Leadership Daytona Alumni Council. As the Program Director for FLVEC, Michael works tirelessly to promote and connect Florida's entrepreneurship ecosystem. He believes everyone is an entrepreneur and that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Art is an innovation ecosystem architect. Deeply knowledgeable in ecosystem best practices, Art has founded and co-founded innovation initiatives such as Trep Factory, 1 Million Cups, and Elevate Daytona. In addition to building innovation ecosystems, Art has also contributed to them as a mentor and advisor. He served on the Volusia County Board of Advisors to the UCF Business Incubation Program in Daytona Beach, as a board advisor to the Cairns Foundation, and as a coach at Startup Weekend Daytona Beach. As the Program Manager for FLVEC, Art promotes Florida entrepreneurs and fosters connectivity within innovation ecosystems statewide.