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Dick Kane

With 30 years of experience, Dick Kane has been a big data practitioner in many business environments, including: health care, higher education, financial services, packaged goods, distribution, high-tech and multiple start-up ventures. 

The foundation of Kane’s career was established at Procter & Gamble (P&G), a Fortune 25 company.  Clearly a ‘change agent’ with an ability to drive business results, Kane’s skills have made him an effective leader in other companies such as The Washington Post (Kaplan University), Fidelity Investments and Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing.  Kane also has a strong entrepreneurial spirit as he has founded several companies focused on delivery of strategic information services. 

V-I-A inc. is Kane’s most recent startup and he is excited to introduce their flagship product at the 2015 FDOT Data Symposium.

Kane has earned a MBA in Operations Management and Logistics, and a BS in Business with honors from Indiana University.  He is a committed lifelong learner and has pursued additional education in Leadership, Quality, and Change Management. 

Stuart L. Rogel

Stuart L. Rogel is a nationally renowned economic development advisor and the former founder, president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership. Focusing on economic prosperity for all parties, Stuart brings respected corporate and community leaders together to identify and create strategic pathways that fuel mutual growth, competitive advantage, and livable communities.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Stuart’s flair for shaping long-term opportunities, is rooted in visionary leadership, non-partisanship, and reasoned solutions. His most prominent success stories include delivering economic prosperity to eight-counties across west-central Florida, handling site selections for numerous Fortune 500 companies, raising an excess of $1 billion for highway and transit connectivity, and recruiting more than 150 of Tampa Bay’s most influential thought leaders and businesses that are committed to regional economic development. A notable advocate, Stuart played an instrumental role in positioning the University of South Florida (USF) as a world-class research institution, and he hand-selected and presented USF’s first board of trustees to Governor Jeb Bush. 

Barbara Bateman

Barbara has over 20 years of leadership experience with large (Fortune 50) and small privately held companies with a focus on information technology, telecommunications, and professional services.  While at IBM and AT&T, Barbara held executive positions in general management, strategic planning, business operations, marketing and sales.  She held Managing Partner, VP of Market Intelligence, and Senior Consultant positions at privately held organizations serving the real estate and healthcare information technology markets.  Barbara’s focus has always centered on developing teams, relationship building, customer focused initiatives and messaging that brings results.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Mathematics, Market Planning workshops from Wharton, Executive development programs at IBM, and a Healthcare Informatics certificate from SPC. 

Kathy Jerman

Kathy Jerman specializes in Information Technology Project Management. Her experience spans over 15 years in Fortune 500 companies, mostly in new application development and market launch. She has held roles of increasing responsibility in the PMO, Operations, Implementation, Sales, Finance, Quality Assurance, Production Support, Business Analysis and Client Relations with VeriSign, Verizon, and Transaction Network Services. 

Kathy is a graduate of the University of South Florida and also holds Masters' in Project Management from George Washington University and LEAN Six Sigma from Villanova.

Darcy Foster

Ms. Foster is an accomplished business strategist, systems thinking leader, project manager, public relations communicator, and architect of building cross-functional relationships. She is skilled in critical thinking to clarify issues and solves problems to enhance performance. Experienced in diplomatically developing and maintaining partnerships, and managing teamwork. She has over 30 years of diverse public industry experience matched with partnering with businesses.

Professional History: v-i-a - inc., Consultant; Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office, Director of Strategic Enterprise; Tampa International Airport (Owned and Operated by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority), Director Governmental Affairs; Hillsborough County, Office of Public Affairs, Manager of Intergovernmental Relations; and the City of Tampa, Department of Planning & Management, Strategic Planning Manager. 

Educational background: Bachelor of Science - Penn State University, and Master of Public Administration - Florida State University.  


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