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About Joseph Fossella

Joseph FossellaMr. Fossella is currently President of Clean Skies, LLC, a company committed to the sustainable development of projects in the Energy field, including LNG, Alternative Energy and Synthetic Fuels. Clean Skies also provides consulting services to Engineering and Construction companies and other related industries.

Mr. Fossella has over 35 years of experience in the Process Engineering and Construction Industry in Sales, Marketing and General Management & Leadership roles. He has been responsible for creating new markets by expanding “Core Competencies” of the companies he has worked for. . Mr. Fossella has played a key development role in forming collaborative relationships through joint ventures, alliances, consortia, subcontractor and other collaborative relationships with partners, competitors and regional firms. Mr. Fossella has in-depth knowledge of the contracting industry with a special focus on scope and risk allocation amongst the participants to reduce overall costs while maintaining performance responsibilities.

Mr. Fossella is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master’s Degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Along with his wife Mary, Joe lives in Estero and in addition to his consulting business he is active in community service groups.

About Elaine McLaughlin, Senior Advisory Board

Elaine McLaughlin Elaine McLaughlin currently serves as part-time executive director for the Friends of Florida State Parks and as the sole employee for the organization. Having served two terms as President and one as Past-President, McLaughlin brings understanding the challenges and opportunities facing the statewide Friends and the Florida state park system.

McLaughlin also continues to be affiliated with the University of Florida department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management and continues to assist cities and counties with tourism strategic development.

She gained experience as a tourism leader for the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Visitor & Convention Bureau. She held this position for over 12 years. Twice named as one of the leading women in tourism by Travel Agent Magazine, McLaughlin led the Bureau in innovative programs that integrated city, county and state parks in the development of nature preserves and recreational areas. By focusing on nature-based tourism, the Bureau was able to grow the economy of the county.

In 1995, McLaughlin represented Florida at the White House Conference on Tourism and for over 6 years served on the Florida Commission n Tourism and the board of Visit Florida Inc, The first person in Florida to achieve the prestigious Certified Destination Management Executive, she also served as President of the Florida Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

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About Bob Simpson, Senior Advisory Board

Bob SimpsonBob Simpson is currently President and CEO of LeeSar, Inc. a Southwest Florida Healthcare Supply Chain firm.

From 1976 to 1982, Bob Simpson was the Director of Operations for Northeast Red Cross Blood Service and during that famous blizzard of 1978, Bob was responsible for ensuring the blood supply moved while New England was buried under twelve feet of snow, having assigned to him a platoon of soldiers, armored personnel carriers and a helicopter.

From 1982 to 1983, Bob was the Director of Materials Management and Project Coordinator and assisted in building the first USDA Human Nutrition Research Canter at Tuft’s University in Boston where the Federal Government made a commitment to bring in the top nutrition researchers from around the world to study the effects nutrition has on the aging population.

From 1984 to 1994, Bob was at the Neponset Valley Health System where he led the effort to centralize materials management services for the first multi-hospital health care system in the New England area as Vice President of Materials Management for that system.

In 1994, Bob joined Healthcare Services of New England, the largest and oldest group purchasing organization in New England and, as their Vice President, developed total service contracts for their membership.

From 1995 to 2002, Bob held several executive positions at TFX Surgical Group, where he led the development of a National Accounts effort and the development of a Service Division to assist customers in lowering their total operational cost.

On March 1, 2002, Bob returned to the Provider side of the business as President and Chief Executive Officer of LeeSar, the Supply Chain Management Division, and Cooperative Services of Florida, the Group Purchasing Organization for Lee Memorial Health System and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.

In addition, during 1995, Bob was the International President of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and in 1997 received the Association’s most prestigious award “The George R. Gossett Leadership Award”. He is also the founder and President of Project Perfect World, taking medical teams around the world to provide free surgery for needy children.

A graduate of Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts with an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration, Bob has his Advanced Training in Negotiation from Wharton School of Management and Harvard University. Bob is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Training Program and is also a Champion of the Six Sigma Process.

Bob is a noted speaker and has published in many local and national magazines, newsletters and books.