UF President to Stay, Won't Retire

Written by Staff Writer.

GAINESVILLE - UF President Bernie Machen is staying in Gainesville at the request of Gov. Rick Scott and UF Board of Trustees Chair David Brown.

“President Machen has earned a reputation for visionary thinking and has a record as a change agent," Scott said in a news release published Tuesday afternoon. "I have asked him to continue his service as president, and I look forward to working with him, the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees on this effort to realize a new vision for higher education in Florida.”

One Spark executive director resigns

Written by David Glass.

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JACKSONVILLE - One Spark executive director and COO Joe Sampson will be leaving One Spark to pursue other opportunities the crowdfunding festival announced.

Sampson has served as executive director since the inception of the annual crowdfunding festival which began in 2013. CEO and co-founder Elton Rivas will step into the role of interim director while Joe transitions out at the end of 2014.

One Spark Announces 2015 Dates and Key Improvements

Written by David Glass.

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JACKSONVILLE – Today One Spark Co-Founder and CEO Elton Rivas and One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson announced One Spark 2015 will be held April 7 - 12, 2015 and several key improvements for the World Crowdfunding Festival’s third year.

Many of the changes for One Spark Jacksonville year three are centered around improving the festival experience for creators, in-line with One Spark’s mission: connecting creators and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to make their ideas a reality. The key improvements for One Spark 2015 are based on One Spark 2014 creators’ feedback via online surveys and a creator forum held in July.

Top minds to speak at One Spark 2014

Written by David Glass.

One Spark Logo Horizontal BlueJACKSONVILLE -  The One Spark crowdfunding festival, announced the lineup for their 2014 Speaker Series lineup that takes place at the annual April 9 - 13, 2014 festival. Keynote speakers for this year’s series are Scott Stratten, world-renowned social marketing expert and president of Un-Marketing from Toronto, Canada, and James White, accomplished artist and designer and founder of Signalnoise Studio from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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