Chipper is a native Floridian, born in Fernandina Beach in 1949. He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1967 and then went on to the University of Florida, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Finance.
In 1972 Chipper joined the family businesses. He worked in their seafood and insurance companies, and then settled into a production position with the family’s company, Rex Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons and graphics solutions serving the cigar, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food industries in the U.S. After working and learning in all departments of Rex, Chipper became President/CEO in 1977. He held that position until his family sold Rex to Cenveo (CVO) in March 2008. Chipper focuses his time and resources on giving back to many organizations in the community.
As the founder of K9s For Warriors, Shari spreads awareness of the organization. Shari is also involved in the social media aspect for K9s For Warriors including daily posts and contact with past, current and future veterans within the program. Shari’s past experience includes owning her businesses as well as fundraising efforts for various non-profits, including but not limited to Wounded Warrior Project, Christina Smiles, the Cincinnati Zoo, Jacksonville Ronald McDonald House, and various veteran causes. Her talents and passion for the veterans she is helping is immeasurable. Shari is also a 2017 winner of the Pearls of Leadership EVE Award.
As CEO of K9s For Warriors, Rory is responsible for the executive management and strategic vision of the Organization. Under his leadership, K9s For Warriors has grown into the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans, and has saved hundreds of rescue dogs. Prior to leading K9s For Warriors, Rory was a litigator at two international law firms. He also served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in public corruption and financial fraud prosecutions. Before earning his law degree, Rory served as Briefing Director for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and as a Deputy Associate Director at the White House for President George W. Bush. He was working in the White House on 9/11 and, ultimately, served as part of the startup staff for the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.
- Jacksonville Business Journal “Ultimate CEO”
- Presidential Leadership Scholars (2017)
- Jacksonville Business Journal “40 Under 40”
- Pet Age “40 Under 40”
- Leadership Jacksonville (2014)
- Leadership Florida (2015)
Hugh R. Harris, currently the president, CEO, and member of the board of directors for Lender Processing Services, Inc., has held several leadership roles in the mortgage industry during the past 30 years. Hugh R. Harris is well known as a visionary leader in the mortgage industry with consistent success in maximizing corporate performance. His extensive career includes leadership roles at multiple top mortgage companies and a Fortune 500 technology company, as well as playing a critical role in taking two companies public. Hugh is also an active member of the Jacksonville community.
Pat was born in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and Gwynedd-Mercy College. She was married for more than 45 years to the late Rear Admiral Kevin Delaney USN (ret).
Pat was an honorary member of the Navy Wives Club of America and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society while her husband was on active duty. Subsequent to his retirement, she served on the Board of Hubbard House. Pat also served on the Board of the Jacksonville Humane Society for eight years and served as Fur Ball Chairman, the principal fundraiser of the Society, for five years. She is currently on the Board at First Coast No More Homeless Pets whose mission is low cost spay and neuter and plans to be a “no kill” in Jacksonville in 2014. She has long been an advocate for rescue animals and giving them a second chance.
M.J. is a native of South Carolina and moved to Ponte Vedra in 2004 when she married local resident, David A. Smith. She is a retired and highly respected executive of the medical industry where she served for over two decades. As an independent consultant with her own business, MSJ Consulting, LLC., she became an active and trusted brand in the business. She served ten years as Director of Corporate Accounts and Sales for an international manufacturer of specialty equipment for acute and non-acute hospital environments in a very competitive market. She productively mentored and led her sales force to success and has received awards and recognition for her continued achievements. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and currently leads specialized projects as CEO through her second company, Clinical Advantage, LLC.
M.J. is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Smith Family Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to make an impact on the lives of those who have selflessly served others but now find themselves in need.
Joe is a 2012 graduate of the K9s For Warriors program. Since being paired with his rescue service dog, Lily, he has made great strides in managing not only his physical combat-related injuries but also in overcoming the psychological traumas of war.
Joe is a decorated Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the United States Army, who served three tours of combat supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning from war and graduating from the K9s program, Joe's new mission is to save his fellow veterans from the darkness and despair of PTSD, a growing epidemic that claims the lives of an average 22 veterans a day.
Joe, and Lily have become one of the most prominent Warrior-Canine Teams of K9s For Warriors, speaking at both charitable and corporate events about the enormous impact Lily has made on his life. Joe honestly shares his personal story of both tragedy and triumph as he maneuvers through his forever altered life, amid the aftermath of war. His Army call sign, "Attackwrench" still holds true. With Lily by his side, he intends to attack the invisible wounds of war, head on, with fervor and grace. He stands as a shining example and authentic representation of the crucial mission of K9s For Warriors.
Bob Fleckenstein served proudly in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Florida. Early in his contracting career, Bob was appointed by the Governor to serve as a board member on the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. He has also served on the Board of several National Contractor Associations and was a past board member on the Construction Advisory Board for both the University of Florida and the University of North Florida. Bob was the President of Summit Contractors Group, Inc. until he retired.
Bob has lived in Jacksonville since 1969 and currently lives in Mandarin with his wife, Rea.
Ronald V. Swanson is a judge on the Florida First District Court of Appeal. He was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in June 2011. He has served on several community boards and also volunteers with us at K9s For Warriors.
Prior to holding this position, Judge Swanson served as the Circuit Court Judge, First Judicial Circuit, from April 2003 to July 2011 and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Additionally, he served as a County Court Judge, Santa Rosa County, from May 2000 to April 2003, also appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Preceding that Judge Swanson was a Military Judge, Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, from 1982 to 1985.
Judge Swanson served in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for over 20 years, retiring as a Navy Captain in 1995. While on active duty, Judge Swanson served in numerous assignments including on ships of the Atlantic Fleet; as Special Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations during the First Gulf War; a 1988 assignment as counsel in the Persian Gulf; duty at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Commanding Officer, Naval Legal Service Office Central, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
Upon retirement from the United States Navy, Judge Swanson served as an Assistant State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit, from August 1995 to May 2000. He was designated Special Prosecutor for cases of significance, 1998 to 2000.
A Navy veteran, former federal law clerk and former partner at a leading national law firm, Dan Bean is a trial lawyer who has prosecuted and defended a variety of matters in both federal and state court. Mr. Bean possesses extensive experience in trust and probate matters, complex commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, financial lending matters and class actions, as well as in the provision of assistance to foreign litigants in accordance with Title 28 United States Code Section 1782. Dan also provides preventative legal counsel to clients in order to minimize future litigation costs. Dan clerked for the Honorable J.H. Moore II, the Honorable Ralph W. Nimmons Jr. and the Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger of the United States District Court.
Dan previously served in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and as a judge advocate. He is a retired Navy Captain and received the Legion of Merit.
Dan has served as an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Columbia College and Georgia Military College. He attended Vanderbilt University on a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship and served as the editor of the Vanderbilt school newspaper. He attended the University of San Diego School of Law on a Navy Law Education Program scholarship.
Mr. Gold is the Chief Executive Officer of Refresh Mental Health. Previously, Mr. Gold was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Crestview Capital Partners LLC which was a consolidation in the outpatient mental health space. Prior to Crestview, Mr. Gold was a co-founder, Director and Vice President of corporate development for RiverMend Health, a multi-site national behavioral health company. Prior to his founding of Rivermend, Mr. Gold was the General Counsel and/or consultant to many medical technology and healthcare companies originating out of University of Florida intellectual property, including Axogen (AXGN). Prior to his business and counsel roles, Mr. Gold was a practicing attorney as a Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Florida and a Staff Attorney for Justice Wells at the Florida Supreme Court.
Mr. Gold received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from Yale College, his Juris Doctorate (JD) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Florida, and his Masters of Bioethics (MBE) from the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rob Mennie is President and General Manager of WTLV/WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Florida. Rob has over 20 years of experience in broadcast television and senior management.
Richard Burke serves as Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Disposal. Prior to serving as CEO, he served as President of the company and was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, purchasing, risk management, human resources and strategic planning. He joined Advanced Disposal following the acquisition of Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste in November 2012, where he was President and CEO of Veolia Environmental Services North America since 2007.
Mr. Burke began his employment with Veolia in 1999 as Area Manager for the Southeast Wisconsin area and served as Regional Vice President for the Eastern and Southern markets until he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Burke was responsible for leading Veolia Environmental Services in the U.S. and Canada, which included annual revenue of $2 billion, more than 200 locations and a team of 10,000 employees. Prior to joining Veolia, he spent 12 years with Waste Management in a variety of leadership positions. He currently serves on the Board of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and in September 2017 was named to the Board of Estre Ambiental S.A., which is the largest waste management company in Brazil and Latin America by disposal capacity. Mr. Burke holds a bachelor’s degree from Randolph Macon College.
Pete Krainik is the founder and CEO The CMO CLUB. He brings over 28 years of experience in marketing, sales, IT, and product management within the consumer goods, high tech, digital and software industries. Mr. Krainik has successfully created and led the first truly professional and social network of Chief Marketing Officers. He has also managed to leverage innovative technologies within integrated marketing, align IT with marketing and sales organizations, combine the ‘Art of Customer Experience’ with the ‘Science of Hitting Your Numbers’, and help CMOs solve their biggest challenges.