President & CEO
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
As President & CEO, Jamal Sowell leads EFI in facilitating job growth through recruitment and retention; small business growth through international trade and exporting programs; promotion and protection of Florida’s military bases; promotion of sporting events; and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. The organization works with county and regional organizations across the state, as well as utility, state agency and community partners to strengthen and diversify Florida’s economy.
A sixth-generation Floridian, Sowell was the University of Florida (UF) Student Body President and member of the UF Board of Trustees. He was awarded as UF Outstanding Male Leader, UF Hall of Fame, UF Outstanding Young Alumni Award and is currently on the UF Alumni Association Board of Directors. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps enlisting as a Private First Class in the Reserve, and was eventually commissioned, completing his time as a Captain. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.
Dr. Randy K. Avent
Florida Polytechnic University
Dr. Randy Avent is the founding president of Florida Polytechnic University who is responsible for the development and operation of the university and is committed to strategically developing Florida Poly as a research and jobs university, an agent for growth and a beacon for the economy.
His career exemplifies the qualities of innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship the university seeks to instill in students. An accomplished academician, senior administrator and research scientist, Avent has an extensive background teaching and directing research at higher-education institutions dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At Florida Polytechnic, Avent will focus on the core STEM disciplines of engineering, analytics and informatics, and computer science, which are considered key to economic growth and prosperity for Florida and the nation as a whole.