Jason is more than mildly obsessed with building great software. He was previously enlisted in the Navy as an avionics technician, after fulfilling his commitment he began his degree in Computer Science at University of North Florida where he is currently finishing his last semester. Jason started his career through an internship where he was immersed in the Jacksonville tech startup community and has remained ever since. He strategically wears a super bright orange shirt when he adds new features to the site so he can easily be found to squash bugs.
Director, One Spark Creator Academy
Al is a passionate & energetic brand communicator, strategist & entrepreneur. He helps companies and startups create, communicate and solve problems while having fun along the way. The owner of Al Emerick Productions, LLC since 2008, Al was the former VP of Marketing & Communications for Hospital Physician Partners, a healthcare staffing & contract management company operating in over 20 states. As a talent, Al’s face and voice have been seen/heard in more than 10,000+ commercial, web and video productions. He is also a national spokesman, emcee and speaker and holds an EMBA from Jacksonville University.
Brent has a passion for major events and has produced events with Billy Joel, The Jacksonville Armada, MTV, Visit Jacksonville and other well-known companies and performers. He is the one coordinating "behind the scenes" and always on the move to produce a successful event. Brent is a Leadership Jacksonville alumnus and holds a BS in Communication with a concentration of Public Relations from UNF.
Social Media Content Marketing Strategist
The opportunity to build community by creating excellent media content is what drew Shannon to a career in social media. She has lived in Seattle, New York City, and Florida working in various areas of the media industry, but eventually decided that the beaches and sunny vibes of her hometown Jacksonville, Florida just couldn't be beat. Shannon has been honored with two Associated Press Awards for her work in public affairs and holds a degree in Mass Communications from Jacksonville University.
Meredith O’Malley Johnson
Community & Public Relations Director
Meredith is passionate about community advocacy, startups and downtown revitalization. Her background is as a veteran political campaigner, working in various positions including communications, field and finance on 12 state and local campaigns. She has lived all over the country, but fell in love with Jacksonville while earning her BA in political science from the University of North Florida. Meredith also holds a master's degree from the University of Florida in political science with a specialty in campaigning.
Chad is a designer with years of freelance, agency and in-house experience. He is also a former board member of AIGA Jacksonville as well as the founder of I’M BOARD, a local skateboard art show. Chad is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a BFA in Design.
Sean McManus is a consultant specializing in conferences, digital media and thought leadership. He was previously managing director of QuartzLive, a live-events division of Atlantic Media and director of programmes at The Economist, where he led content development for Economist Events in North and South America. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and earned a masters degree in American History from the University of North Florida, where he was a teaching assistant for a visiting professor from South Africa, Desmond Tutu.
Customer Support Manager
Patrick is a Jacksonville native with a passion for supporting great ideas. Working for One Spark has provided him the opportunity to collaborate with individuals who share his same ideals and drive. He has an A.A. in Business from Florida State College at Jacksonville and is currently obtaining his BA in Supervision & Management.
Sponsorship Support Manager
Paige was excited to join the One Spark team earlier this year, and thrives on playing an active role in a movement that is helping her hometown emerge and gain global recognition. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds a BS in Communication. She enjoys cooking, Quidditch and volunteering for several community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Junior League of Jacksonville.
Serial entrepreneur, triathlete, speaker, and passionate human, Elton is the founder/co-founder/advisor of various ventures ranging from footwear to tech startups. After exiting corporate America four years ago, Elton ventured forth to launch a number of initiatives including CoWork Jax, Downtown Jacksonville’s first coworking space. Since then, he’s lead the charge for our family at One Spark.
Administrative Operations Manager
Gabby is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and realize their dreams. She returned to her hometown of Jacksonville to join the One Spark team and take part in the revitalization of downtown and other areas of the city. She's a graduate of Troy University with a BS in Social Science, and has spent time volunteering for organizations such as Orlando's Come Out With Pride and the Coalition for the Homeless. She likes to spend her time running, making music, and hanging out with her dog, Luna.
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