Andrea Bailey

Director of Business Services

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What my friends think I do:  

Whatever it is, my friends know that I am probably laughing and trying to help someone, which is close enough.

Official Bio: 

Andrea grew up in the Midwest but has lived in nine states. She is married to Jeff and they have two wonderful daughters together named Hannah and Emery. They have lived in Ocala since 2010 and love it! Andrea has had what seems to be a very diverse career, including being a server, nanny, hotel concierge, hotel catering manager, meetings director, account manager, office assistant, and award-winning business owner. While they all were in different industries, all revolved around helping people. She is hoping to bring that same service-minded mentality to her new position at the CEP. 

Brett Barnes

Vice President, Job Creation

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What my friends think I do:

Play golf and wine and dine clients.

Official Bio:

Brett Barnes is a seasoned economic development professional with over 20 years in the business.

He most recently served as the Senior Project Manager for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

During his tenure in Kentucky he helped recruit and manage projects which resulted in over $8 billion in capital investments with the creation of over 30,000 jobs for the Commonwealth.

Barnes has extensive experience working with companies in many industries including: aerospace/defense, automotive, distribution/logistics, e-commerce, food manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, back office, and headquarters.

He has a passion for horse racing and is a bourbon aficionado.

Louisa Barton

Director of Equine Engagement

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What my friends think I do:

Talk about horses for a living in a British accent and go to all the big horse races and events!

Official Bio:

Louisa was born in England and lived in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of the great Bard, William Shakespeare. She was on a horse before she could walk, competed in England locally in the hunter/jumper horse shows and dabbled in some eventing. She moved to America and rode in a Western saddle for the first time on a Tennessee Walker, and she has been hooked ever since. She now enjoys relaxing trail rides on the beautiful Florida Greenway Trails.  She has been in sales, marketing and communication-related positions most of her life. While recording some radio commercials at a local sports radio station three years ago, she was offered an opportunity to host her own horse radio show right here in ‘the Horse Capital’ and has talked about horses on the radio dial and on the Internet worldwide for a living ever since. Her friends were correct on their thoughts about her!! She loves Marion County and the community we have here and all that we have to offer, so she was delighted to accept the position here at the Chamber and Economic Partnership to help to grow Marion County even more. She takes the most joy out of her children, her horses and helping new businesses to connect with others in this area and her favourite part is meeting new people. Every one of them has a fascinating story. Her specialty is connecting all the people from a great variety of equine disciplines with one another, while also making sure equestrians and non-equestrians connect and begin to understand and appreciate one another. She is thrilled to be a part of this team!

Dean Blinkhorn

Director of Talent Development

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What my friends think I do:

Write fancy articles and go to lots of meetings. And they’re right!

Official Bio: 

Dean Blinkhorn has more than 20 years in the local magazine industry as an editor, writer, and co-publisher. A local product of our education system, he graduated from Lake Weir High, the College of Central Florida, and the University of Florida with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education, he was also editor of the school newspaper and later a high school English teacher. Among his numerous awards and accolades, being named “Editor of the Year” by the Florida Magazine Association and “Alumni of the Year” by CF were the two that made his mom cry.

Dean has been married for 25 years and has one daughter who also goes to UF. What little free time he has is spent with family and friends, cycling the area trails and roadways, or adding new titles to his borderline-obsessive music collection

Dawn Bowman

Partner Associate

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What my friends think I do:

Coming soon!

Official Bio:

Coming soon!

Rene' Ibarra-Chevalier

Vice President, Finance & Operations

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What my friends think I do:

Make it rain money or at least just count it all day. 

Official Bio: 

Rene' joined the CEP in 2017 as the Director of Finance and Operations. Originally from Maryland; however, has resided in Ocala since 1993. Rene' graduated from Saint Leo University with her BA in Business Management in Accounting. Rene's background includes law enforcement and tax accounting. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching WWE, painting, and playing music. She also enjoys volunteering at the animal shelter.

Tamara Fleischhaker

Vice President, Business Advocacy & Partner Services

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What my friends think I do:

Most of them think I work in government. Always fun to explain how we advocate for business to government.

Official Bio: 

Tamara joined the CEP in April of 2006 with a background in marketing, events and public policy.  She has over 25 years of festival and event management experience with the Minneapolis Aquatennial; St. Paul Winter Carnival; Great Reno Balloon Race; and Macon, Georgia's International Cherry Blossom Festival. 

She is the 2018 Professional of the Year for Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. She also currently serves as the FACP Treasurer.

Tamara’s professional experience includes brand development, contract program management and trade show coordination as well as account management and event production with ad agencies in Minneapolis and Reno, NV.  She is glad to be supporting small business, which is dear to her heart since she grew up working at her father’s screen printing & sign companies.

Lorna Forest

Director, Ocala Downtown Market

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What my friends think I do:

Shop at the Market and get first pick at the fresh produce. 

Official Bio:

Lorna was born in New Hampshire. She started out in Emergency Medicine, EMT (6 years) and was then a Police Officer/Corporal with a special interest in Accident Reconstruction (13 years).

In 2003, she and her husband started working on art part-time doing local art shows, and in 2005 they moved to Myrtle Beach, SC to escape the cold and snow of New Hampshire. 

From that point, their business became full-time involving traveling to art shows in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire for the summer in their RV.

They moved to the Ocala area in 2009. They had discovered Ocala as they were driving through to attend one of their first shows in Florida. They fell in love with the area and knew that this was the place for them. 

In her off time, she enjoys bicycling, kayaking, and mountain climbing.

Tom James

Director of Networking & Partner Services

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What my friends think I do:

Smile & shake hands. Schmooze, just like your dad! Sell memberships.

Official Bio:

Tom James is a born & bred multi-generation Ocala, Florida, Kingdom of the Sun kid, who earned a Bachelors in Communications from UCF. As Director of Networking, Tom oversees Sponsorship procurement, as well as all CEP networking events including: Net>Works groups & Leadership Council, Networking University, CEO Network Receptions, NetPerking, Business After Hours, CEP 101: Partner Orientation, & Marion Business Advantage. Locally, Tom is a long time Elk, a United Way volunteer, and a regular emcee for various community events.

Before returning to his hometown in 2012 with his wife Heather, Tom worked as an Account Executive at Sun Broadcasting in Fort Myers/Naples. He spent seven (7) years helping Fox News Radio become the #1 billing station in the Southwest Florida market.

Additionally, Tom is a freelance Sportscaster with over 2 decades in the business. A 2-Time Edward R. Murrow Award Winner & former 2-time NBC-TV affiliate Sports Director/Main Anchor, Tom currently does Play-by-Play & Studio Hosting for the ESPN Family of Networks, CBS Sports Network, Lacrosse Sports Network, the Pro Watercross circuit & Florida Gulf Coast University basketball. Locally, he does radio play-by-play for high school football and College of Central Florida basketball and is a regular contributor to the weekly regional Southern Pigskin Tonight college football show.

Erin A. Jones

Director of Healthcare Development

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What my friends think I do:

Go to lunches and posting said lunches on social media and attend events… they aren’t wrong!

Official Bio:

Erin is the Director of Healthcare Development, a newly developed position for the CEP.

Erin started her healthcare journey with CVS Pharmacy as a Cpht and Pharmacy Recruiter/Intern Program Manager. As she transitioned into PR, Erin taught Intro to Pharmacy at Rasmussen College for a short time.  She is very excited to bring her mix of public relations, networking and passion for healthcare to the CEP and help grow and align the healthcare through the Sphere initiative, in the Ocala Metro. 

Born in Hollywood, FL, and relocating to Ocala when she was wee lass. She is no stranger to the growth and economic vitality of the Ocala Metro.  The daughter of a developer, she has seen first hand the growth in our area and is so proud to call this her home. 

In her spare time, she likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her Bassett Hound, Bella.

Kimberly Langley

Executive Assistant 

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What my friends think I do:

 My friends think I answer phones, make appointments, and get to have a lot of fun helping our partners connect and grow. I DO!!!

Official Bio:

I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina before moving to Florida in August of 2015.  Ocala quickly became my family’s forever home.  I am married to my best friend Christopher and we have 4 children (Joshua, Austin, Christopher, and Isabella).  Two of our children have graduated college and the other two are still very young.  I grew up on a Paso Fino horse farm, where I learned to love the outdoors and animals.  I enjoy lifting weights, volleyball, and being a mother.  We attend Church of Hope, were I work in the nursery with the little ones. 

I have owned my own business (The Fitness Warehouse – Gym) and have worked the in fitness industry and served as an executive assistant at 3 other companies before moving to Ocala.  I love being part of the CEP Team as we help businesses in our community grow and prosper.

Tyler LeCompte

Entrepreneurship Associate


What my friends think I do:

Coming soon!

Official Bio:

Coming soon!

Ryan Lilly

Vice President of Business Creation

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What my friends think I do:

People think I come-up with business ideas and give them away, along with free money to get them started.

Official Bio:

Ryan Lilly is the Vice President of Business Creation for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. In this role, he serves as a catalyst for the creation, attraction, and growth of startup companies in the Ocala Power Plant incubator and throughout the Ocala Metro.

Prior to joining the CEP, Ryan was manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois, a part of the city of Galesburg's economic development department. There, he advised tenants in an 88,000 sq. ft. business incubator in addition to small businesses throughout a four-county region.

Jessica McCallum

Director of Business Creation

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What my friends think I do: 
Ecosystem builder for entrepreneurs.

Official Bio: 

Jessica is a native Ocalan. She graduated from the College of Central Florida in Fall 2014 with a Bachelor's of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management. She has grown within the organization starting as an intern for Business Services to her now current position as Director of Business Creation.Jessica is a lead organizer for a community lead event each week for entrepreneurs called 1 Million Cups Ocala and enjoys creating an ecosystems to help entrepreneurs thrive in the Ocala Community. She is also a member of League Ocala since 2020 and is in the process of becoming Incubator Management Certified. In her off time you can find her scoping out the coolest places in in Florida with her camera by her side, capturing moments.

Bryce Morrison

Director of Talent Attraction

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What my friends think I do: 

You have a job?

Official Bio: 

Bryce leads the CEP's Talent Attraction efforts, Live Life Here. He works to both directly recruit talented individuals to call the Ocala Metro home and assists local companies with their recruitment efforts. Bryce is also the CEP's resident drone pilot having earned his FFA license.

Olana Osborn

Director of Communications

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What my friends think I do: 

Make blooper videos and interview officials.

Official Bio: 

Olana is originally from a small town in Upstate New York, but went to school in Florida and attended Dunnellon High School. She received her B.S. in Journalism & Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee.

Olana joined the CEP team in January of 2019, where she tells the story of Marion County's growth through video production. 

Olana likes to go on adventures with her fiancee, Logan, spend as much time on the water as possible, and play with her dog, Mac.

Jim Pazda

Director of First Impressions

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What my friends think I do:

“… He works for the City of Ocala, I think….“    (Freely distributes maps of Ocala and re-directs phone calls to staff. One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy)

Official Bio:

Jim is originally from Rochester, NY. He endured harsh winters in upstate NY, particularly where he attended college at the State University of NY @Oswego. “They literally erected rope guides / fences in winter on campus as the winds off Lake Ontario were known to lift lighter weight students off the icy grounds and make projectiles out of them“. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Jim worked briefly as a teacher after college and has also work extensively in banking customer service, research and fulfillment and loan servicing. He moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1998, where he resided for 20 years in close proximity to the Gulf coast enjoying the beaches.

Jim now enjoys living in Dunnellon, FL, with his partner, Baxter, and their persistent cat, GiGi. He enjoys gardening, bicycling, photography, and exploring Florida’s numerous freshwater springs, particularly Rainbow River.

Cherrietta Prince

Director of Entrepreneurship Services

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What my friends think I do:

“Entrepreneur Extraordinaire!” She can think of a million questions to help develop your business. 

Official Bio:

Cherrietta has been a business owner for more than 20 years. During half of that, she was college professor, and assisted a number of entrepreneurs to establish solid ventures. This native Floridian is a University of Florida Gator, and holds a master’s degree in business from Southern New Hampshire University. Growing up in a family of businessmen and women, she learned how to survive in the marketplace.

A proud Marine, Cherrietta supports numerous veterans’ organizations and initiatives. She is Events/Marketing Coordinator of Ocala VetNet (supporting veteran businesses), active in VFW, American Legion, and teaches Yoga with Connected Warriors at veterans’ facilities. She is passionate to help reduce the number of homeless veterans.

Cherrietta has been a CEP Ambassador for more than seven years. In her spare time, she enjoys a day at the beach, reading and spending time with family. Working with the #1 Chamber and CEP team is her greatest adventure to help boost the economy and support small businesses.

Joe Reichel

Director of Business Advocacy

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What my friends think I do

Shake hands and kiss babies…

Official Bio:

Joe was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Homer Center in Homer City, PA. Joe has been in Ocala since July 1, 1996 and considers this to be his home. He is passionate about Downtown Ocala as he lives, works, and plays there. He has been active in the community since 2010 and has served four years as co-chair ambassador for CEP.

Bart Rowland

Director of Business Retention

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What my friends think I do:  

Eat catered lunches, wear suits, kiss babies, and shake hands.

Official Bio:

Bart was born and raised in Henderson, KY.  He grew up on a family farm but has little to no farming skills. He attended Henderson Community College and the University of Kentucky majoring in Business Administration. Before moving to Ocala in 2014, he lived in KY for 36 years and worked in manufacturing and healthcare.

He has been married to Kristy since 2000 and is the father to Anna Clay, Sally, and Yorkie Poo, Henry.

Jess Schultz

Partner Relations Associate

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What my friends think I do:

Take partners out to lunch and take selfifes with Joe Reichel!

Official Bio:

Jess is from Huntsville, Alabama, and is a high school/ middle school English teacher turned yoga and fitness trainer/ instructor. She holds multiple wellness certifications, and is the co-owner of the Pulse Center of Ocala.

Jess is a networking machine, helping businesses grow through CEP partnerships and making connections. 

She has been married since 2006 and has four kids and two grands.

Kevin T. Sheilley

President & CEO

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What my friends think I do:

My mom tells people, “I really don't understand what he does, but I know it is very important!”

Official Bio:

Kevin T. Sheilley became the President & CEO of Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) in December of 2012 following the merger of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation. The CEP represents the fourth start-up Chamber/ED organization Sheilley has lead.

Sheilley’s strategy of aggressive and coordinated efforts in business attraction (new business), business retention (existing business), and business creation (entrepreneurship) coupled with a focus on education and workforce development have made him a respected leader in innovative regional development.

He has worked in Chamber/ED organizations in Kentucky and Tennessee. 

Sheilley is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate of Union University.