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Jim Moran Institute Fellows

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Fellows represent a community of professional and scholarly individuals from a wide array of backgrounds and professions who share their experience, perspective, and expertise in assisting small business owners, non-profit leaders and area directors within the areas served by the Jim Moran Institute.

Jacksonville Fellow


Bob Moore

Vice President - Retired
J.M. Family Enterprises

With more than 40 years of business experience, Bob Moore’s remarkable career has taken him from accounting and finance to real estate and the automotive industry. After graduating from Florida State University’s School of Business in 1972, he would go on to pursue career opportunities at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., Lewis Business Forms and Fletcher Properties before joining J.M. Family Enterprises in 1979. There he would work his way up to Vice President of Vehicle Processing and Logistics in 1995, where he was responsible for the company’s three vehicle processing centers and trucking operation.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Bob has been a constant leader in business and community development within his hometown, serving as a Board Member for the UNF School of Business, Jacksonville Zoo, Youth Automotive Training Center and as a Trustee for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a JAXSPORTS Committee Member and was previously a member of the Downtown Development Authority for Commerce, GA. After retiring in 2013, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky, their two sons David and Matthew and their three granddaughters.

Tallahassee Fellows


John Thomas "JT" Burnette

Inkbridge, LLC

John Thomas “JT” Burnette grew up in Monticello, Fla., and got his start raising chickens for profit at the age of 15. A true entrepreneur at heart, he began Burnette Construction at 17 and worked in the roofing business for more than a decade. From roofing, he branched out into federal contracting. Construction companies he is involved with continue to work on military bases around the country. Currently, Burnette focuses his efforts as a principal of Inkbridge, LLC, which specializes in investments and what he calls “financial engineering” and hospitality.

Burnette is also an owner in the Doubletree Hotel, Brandt Information Systems and Stadium Runner, and he sits on the board of Kind Intelligence. A strong supporter of economic development in Tallahassee, he spends time mentoring entrepreneurs and participating in various start-up events and competitions. His goal is to help transform Tallahassee into a community that supports entrepreneurs and provides a place in which young businessmen and women are fostered. In his spare time, Burnette enjoys spending time with his daughter Sophie and flying.


Sammie D. Dixon, Jr.

President & CEO
Prime Meridian Bank

Sammie Dixon currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Meridian Bank, a community bank he helped form in 2008. He began his career in 1997 with NationsBank and held various positions, including CEO, in other regional banks in Florida and South Georgia.

Mr. Dixon is an avid proponent of continuing education both for himself and his entire banking team. He has a strong belief in transparency and places a premium on developing and maintaining his Bank’s culture and brand.

Dixon is a Director for the Florida Bankers Association’s Florida School of Banking and was the 2016 Florida School of Banking freshman class adviser.

He is a business and community leader, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee, a Board member of Big Bend Hospice Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. He is also member of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.


Allison Harrell, CPA

Shareholder, Assurance Services
Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. 

Allison Harrell has dedicated most of her career to specializing in not-for-profit and governmental accounting, and in providing a wide range of services to clients, which include financial statement audits, compliance audits, internal control studies, and a variety of consulting work.

Harrell is a member of a number of organizations and she has served on professional association boards and committees as well as within our community. She serves on the American Institute of CPAs Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and is a former member of the AICPA's Inaugural Leadership Academy. She is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 27 and Access Tallahassee and is treasurer for Tree House of Tallahassee. She also served as chair of the board for 2-1-1 Big Bend.

Harrell's recognitions include being named one of the Top 40 under 40 CPAs in CPA Technology Advisor Magazine in 2009 and one of the Top 26 under 36 in the Florida Institute of CPAs' Florida CPA Today magazine in 2013. Most recently, she was awarded as a 2016 25 Women You Need To Know by the Tallahassee Democrat and 2016 nominee for Women Who Mean Business, Rock Star category with the Tallahassee Woman Magazine awards. She was also awarded the 2014 Golden A.C.E. Award in the finance category by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals and the 2014 Emerging Leader Women to Watch Award by the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Originally from Fort Pierce, Fla, Harrell received her bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from FSU. She and her husband have two children and work full-time.


Brad Pierce

Restaurant Equipment World 

Brad Pierce began his career at the age of 13 when he founded a wholesale computer company in his bedroom. He currently serves as president of Restaurant Equipment World (REW), a global leader in the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. His organization sells more than 330,000 products and serves more than 100,000 customers in all 50 states and internationally in more than 110 countries. Several years ago, he created REW's sister company, Critical Supply World, which sells products to troubled and high-risk areas of the world.

Pierce, who has appeared in dozens of national publications, speaks professionally to organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to smaller industry groups. A national spokesperson representing various facets of the aviation industry, Pierce serves as president of his industry's dealer association, and has had the honor of testifying in front of both the U.S. Congress and Senate. Pierce's primary office is located in Orlando, Fla., and his international office is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, where he also holds residency.


Katrina Rolle

President & CEO
United Way of the Big Bend

Katrina Rolle is a native of Miami, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida since 1997. She is currently President/CEO of the United Way of the Big Bend. Prior to accepting this position, she was a community volunteer and owned her own law firm. Katrina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Tuskegee University and law degree from the University of Florida.

Active in the community, Katrina is currently a board member for Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and a Maclay School Trustee. She is also a graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tallahassee, and Leadership Miami.

Katrina is married to Gary Rolle, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon at Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. They have four children.

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