Kevin C. Cox
Kevin Cox has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Kevin received his degree in Management, with minor in Entrepreneurship as well as a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Director for the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU, Entrepreneurship Professor, instructor for the new venture accelerator at FAU’s Tech Runway, instructor for FAU’s entrepreneurship bootcamp, manager/instructor for FAU’s Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, and Faculty Adviser for FAU’s student entrepreneurship club, Owls Inc. To date Kevin has taught, mentored, and worked with over a hundred startups providing expert advice and consultation support the survival, growth, and performance of these early stage businesses. He has also published multiple research papers and book chapters, as well as dozens of conference papers on entrepreneurship.
Maria Neira has completed her Associated Degree in 2016 from Palm Beach State College. She recently graduated in August of 2018 from Florida Atlantic University where she received her bachelor’s in business administration. Her degree is mainly focusing on Entrepreneurship along with a minor Marketing. Maria wanted to pursue her passion for Entrepreneurship and apply what she learned over the years. She spearheaded the Entrepreneurship Club at FAU, Owls Incorporated. The club is under the direction of the Assistant Director for the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU, Dr. Kevin Cox. Maria was voted to be President of Owls Incorporated by club members in Fall of 2016. During the time as President, she grew the club from less than 10 members to 80 + members within a few months. In Spring of 2017, she became an integral and essential part of a 300k + (125k per year) technology commercialization grant team, overseeing and managing other seniors in the College of Business to conduct research on behalf of this project. Currently, she is working at Squeeze, as a Social Media Marketer for a rapidly growing technology startup in Fintech founded by a serial entrepreneur whose last company was sold at 150 Mill.
Bill (Patch) Paczkowski
Bill (Patch) Paczkowski, is a professor of the Business and Entrepreneurship Department at Palm Beach State College in Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Management, as well as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps as an attorney for thirteen years and worked as a consultant for a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs prior to transitioning into academia. He is a founder or investor in three separate businesses, and also is the founding partner of Strategic Competitive Advantage Consultancy (scaconsultancy.com), which helps businesses develop organizational entrepreneurship best practices to achieve funding and growth. Dr. Paczkowski has authored multiple journal articles and conference presentations on business law, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and continues to help develop business opportunities for the students and community in his capacity as a professor and consultant.
With his military background and dynamic management skills, Justin transitioned out of the Military and quickly began a career in government contracting. As the Director of the Government Division of a multi-million dollar contracting company the company saw non-stop growth, both in overall revenue and in revenue streams.
Justin quickly identified a gap in the Veteran business community. While there are numerous opportunities available for Veteran owned businesses including countless agencies and corporations that want to buy from them. Those groups just can’t find the Veteran owned businesses to contract with. Then at the same time the Veterans struggle with how to get started and how to get through the “red-tape” of government contracting.
Justin and his partners created “Golden Chariot” in South Florida, helping Veterans with everything from initial business concepts all the way through to receiving contracts with the government or other corporations.
Today Justin is a well-recognized member of the Broward County community where he holds multiple board positions for various organizations in support of our local Veterans and businesses, to include:
Mission United of Broward County, Chairman of the Board
Veterans of South Florida, Board of Directors
Leadership Broward, Board of Directors
National Contract Management Association, South Florida Chapter, President
The Veterans Trust, Advisory Board
Broward Veteran Coalition
Congressman’s Advisory Board on Veteran Issues