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

Vice President, Operations

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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.

In 2020, he was named a cohort to ACCE Talent Development Fellowship and in 2021 was named a recipient of the Walter Clausen Award from the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education.

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

Director of Downtown Market

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What my friends think I do:

Do Facebook live videos and shop.

Official Bio:

Raised as an Air Force brat, I was not from anywhere. Nov. 2006 in the early hours of dawn, the morning dew was thick, the temperature was cool, horses were galloping in the pastures, the morning was perfect.  We were driving on US 301 where horse farms and Oak Trees lined the road, somewhere between Citra and Anthony. My first visit to Ocala and that was it, I had found my home. Now I can finally say.. “I’m from Ocala”

Married to my perfect for me person Matt Cornelison since 1991, we have three wonderful sons, that brought us three amazing daughters-in-law’s that have given us 6 ‘n counting grandchildren.

We also have a small petting farm “Finally Home Farm” that we have many rescued fur/feather babies… dogs, cat, chickens, goats, and horses.  

I am proud to say I have been a part of the CEP since 2012. I started as partner, became an Ambassador, Ambassador Co-chair,  Director of Partner Relations, graduate of LOM class XXVIII, LOM Regent and now Director of Ocala Downtown Market.

Prior to the CEP my background includes being a Territory Manager for Nabisco, Owner of B.E.S.Trucking and a Licensed Insurance Agent.

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 various international festivals and events. 

Tamara is a Florida Certified Chamber Professional (FCCP) and is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Institute for Organization Management program graduate. She was the 2018 Professional of the Year for Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP). She currently serves as Vice Chair on the FACP Board of Directors.

Tamara’s professional experience includes communications & marketing, brand development, contract management, as well as account management and event production. She grew up working in her family's company so she is glad to be supporting small business, which is dear to her heart.

Sullivan Hogan

Director of Video Communications 

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What my friends think I do:

Shoot random videos Florida themed videos and post them online.

Official Bio:

Originally from St. Louis, Sullivan Hogan has just recently joined the CEP after graduating from Union University with degrees in Digital Media Communications and Theatre.  Sullivan has a experience in film work both behind the camera and in front of it and has a passion for storytelling in all of its forms.  Outside of work, she enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, working on her own personal films, watching movies, and reading lots and lots of books.        

Rene’ Ibarra-Chevalier

Vice President, Finance

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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.

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.

Lynn Kallay-Brown

ODM Event Coordinator

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What my friends think I do:

My friends think as an Event Coordinator, all I do is give parties, have fun, and make people happy. They are absolutely right!  I love my position at the CEP.

Official Bio:

I grew up in DuPage County, twenty miles west of Chicago and moved to Key Largo six weeks after vacationing there. I lived in paradise for nine years before moving to Marion County with my husband and four children. It has been home ever since.

I entered the workforce at age 14, selling souvenirs at Brookfield Zoo. I worked at the zoo during the summers throughout High School. I became a Zoo Keeper in the Children’s Zoo at age 18, where I appeared on Romper Room with baby animals. This was the beginning of many interesting jobs in Education and Hospitality.

While living in the Keys, and raising four children, I held a variety of jobs. I worked in hospitality and was employed by Pennekamp State Park as a Hostess on the Glass Bottom Boat tours to Molasses Reef. While at the reef, I gave a narration of the fish & coral. Later, I was a Montessori Teacher’s Aide and worked as a Summer Day Camp Counselor for Monroe County, where I taught swimming lessons and cheerleading at the beach.

We moved to Marion County in 1984. I was awarded a scholarship by MACUS (Marion Association for Children Under Six) in 1985 which opened the door for me in the Educational field.  I taught preschool in Ocala and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. I left teaching for seven years, where I worked at a Country Club as the Food & Beverage Supervisor. I planned weddings, parties and golf tournaments, as well as managed the day to day food & beverage operation. It was wonderful helping make Brides dreams come true but my favorite function was hosting 50th wedding anniversaries…there were so many years of love shared.

I returned to the Childcare Center where I was previously employed, as the Director. I held that position for ten years. I made a career change in 2005. I began working as an Activity Director with senior citizens. I have worked in an Adult Day Care Center, Assisted & Independent Communities and with seniors with Dementia in Memory Care.  I actually worked with grandparents of former students and truly did work the full circle of life. Knowing that I made a difference in a child’s or senior’s life is something I’m very proud of. I am still called Ms. Lynn today by former students. The life lessons I learned from the “Greatest Generation” have molded me into the person I am now.

I retired in January 2021 but not for long.  2021 has been amazing!  Not only did I retire and start a new job, I married the most wonderful man, Jeff Brown, who is a local musician, in March. My journey with the CEP as the Special Event Coordinator at Ocala Downtown Market began in April. I assist with the Saturday Market and host Special Events. It is my dream job! I am in the right place at the right time in my life. I love being known as Ocala’s Party Girl.

I have watched Ocala and Marion County change and grow in a wonderful direction in the 37 years I have lived here.  My children and grandson grew up here. They graduated High School as well as College here and now work here.  Ocala is our home. I am very proud to be part of the exceptional team that has made the Ocala Metro the number 1 Chamber of Commerce in the United States.

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

Director of Entrepreneurship Services

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What my friends think I do:

Sit around all day thinking of exceptional new business ideas that I will share for free, along with the stacks of money hiding under my desk…

Official Bio:

Tyler LeCompte is the Director of Entrepreneurship Services for the Ocala Metro 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 area. In addition, Tyler works to connect the Ocala Metro startup scene to the larger Florida ecosystem, by engaging with economic development professionals and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders, working to connect the people & places of entrepreneurial Florida.

Prior to joining the CEP, Tyler worked as a Business Development, Sale & Marketing executive for both leading national brands, as well as family-owned businesses throughout Florida & the Southeast U.S. A “recovering” entrepreneur himself, Tyler has previously founded several business ventures in hospitality/foodservice, staffing & employment, financial services & lending as well as several others in the Daytona Beach FL area. Tyler served actively with several Volusia County area chambers, graduated from Leadership Daytona, as well as founded the Elevate Daytona Beach community-speaking event, currently in its 6th year. Besides his professional work, Tyler’s passion for entrepreneurship led him to lead several programs including 1 Million Cups, FastTrac, Startup Grind Ormond Beach, Volusia’s Best – a business growth program in association with Daytona State College, and more.  An graduate of the University of Florida, Tyler continues to engage and support the Gator Nation, the University & specifically the College of Journalism & Communications in Gainesville, FL actively.

Ryan Lilly

Vice President, 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 Metro 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.

Kelly McAtee

Communications Specialist

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What my friends think I do:

My friends think that I actually know about every local event going on this weekend!

Official Bio:

A central Florida native, Kelly loves to be the straw stirring the drink.  An expert in social media, serving as the communications specialist allows her to use her skills to enhance the understanding of what our community has to offer.

Kelly is also the owner of Things To Do Ocala.  A natural born connector, she enjoys opportunities to advocate for Ocala/Marion County and our local businesses.

In her free time you can find her enjoying live entertainment in downtown Ocala.  She has two young boys and thinks Marion County is the perfect place to raise them.

Beth McCall

Director of Talent Development

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What my friends think I do:

Raise money for non-profits, sing and have fun traveling with family and friends. 

Official Bio:

Beth McCall, CFRE, has been a fundraising executive for 20 years where she served as Executive Director of the Munroe Regional Medical Center Foundation and the Public Education Foundation of Marion County before starting her own fundraising consulting business. In August 2016, Beth was elected to District 2 of the Marion County School Board where she served until June of 2021. In August of 2018 she was hired as the Executive Director of the Marion County Children’s Alliance where she continues to serve today.

She has been recognized for her leadership skills by receiving the 2020 American Values Honoree for the North Florida Council Boys Scouts of America, the 2018 Florida School Music Association State School Board Member of the Year Award, the 2019 Consortium of Florida Education Foundation’s State School Board Member of the Year Award, the 2019 Community Impact Award from The Centers, and the 2018 Interfaith Emergency Services Legacy of Love Award for her commitment and leadership to non-profits in Marion County. She has also been awarded the Junior League of Ocala’s “Three Who Care” Award, the Ocala Women’s Network “Women of Distinction Award” and the Metropolitan Ocala Rotary Club’s distinguished Memorial Honoree.

Jessica McCallum

Director of Business Creation & Operations

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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 Business Development

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What my friends think I do: 

Fly drones all day.

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.

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 IMPACT Initiative

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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. In 2021, she was named a cohort to ACCE's Inclusive Economic Growth Fellowship.

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 & Outreach

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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 Job Creation

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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

Director of Partner Engagement

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What my friends think I do:

Make best friends with every single person in Ocala!

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 Metro 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.