One Spark Ventures Board of Directors is comprised of recognized leaders in Jacksonville who have been involved in a variety of civic, professional and non-profit organizations working to develop, grow and promote the city.
Peter Rummell has been active in the real estate development industry for over 40 years creating some of the most recognized and interesting projects in the world. In a recent presentation, Rummell was quoted as saying, “In this new world economy, management’s purpose has to be to bring together the three components of the creative process – resources, talent and ideas – in order to build new and better realities. This is the challenge of any process.”
His career began in real estate in 1971 with the Sea Pines Company, developers of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Amelia Island, Florida. In 1977, he became general manager of Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the Arvida Corporation. He joined the Rockefeller Center Management Corporation in New York as vice chairman in 1983, leaving in 1985 to become president of Disney Development Company.
At the time Disney Development Company was responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s non-theme park land, directing hotel and related development at the company’s theme park locations in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris and Tokyo. During Rummell’s 12-year tenure, Disney produced over 20,000 hotel rooms. The new town of Celebration, Florida was also a product of his focused development efforts. Disney Development Company and Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s design and creative division responsible for theme park development, were later merged and Rummell became chairman of the combined group, Walt Disney Imagineering.
From 1997 – 2008, Rummell was chairman and chief executive officer of The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) where he led the transition of St. Joe from a regional manufacturing conglomerate focused on paper making to a dynamic real estate company and place maker in Florida.
Today, Rummell leads creative and real estate projects focused on bringing together resources, talent and ideas. After leading a two-year global conversation about building healthy communities as the chairman of the Urban Land Institute, Rummell is now creating a development model built around building healthy communities. The first of which is being designed and developed along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.
As the founding board chair and chief patron of One Spark, the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, Rummell’s vision and leadership has evolved a community endeavor into an economic engine connecting creators with capital –seeding ideas and helping them become companies.
Rummell is on the board of AvalonBay Communities, the largest publicly traded apartment REIT in the United States, Haskell, a design build industry leader and Kitson & Partners, a Florida-based real estate firms. He is also active in real estate advisory work for several clients.
Rummell is currently active and is past chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a nonpartisan organization of Florida’s leading CEO’s. He is also past chairman and on the board of The Alliance for World Class Education, an advocate for public education in Northeast Florida. He is the past chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council, a CEO-based civic group dedicated to long-term growth and community betterment and serves on the board of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, an organization created by former Governor Jeb Bush to establish Florida’s education system as a model for the nation. Rummell was co-chairman of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, which hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.
Rummell graduated from The Hill School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1971, he received a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Rummell and his wife, Lee Ann, have two children; Mahala Hunter (23) and Harry Stevenson II (20). They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.Back to Top
Chris was recently named the President of One Spark Ventures, Inc., a Social Purpose Corporation based in Jacksonville, Florida, with the mission to develop opportunities that further the objectives of One Spark in connecting its Creators with the Community and Capital at all investment levels and ensuring programs are in place to grow and nurture these young entrepreneurs as they move their ideas from concept to company.
Prior to this Chris served in executive positions in Strategic Business & Corporate Development, Financial Management, Operations and Administration for divisions of Fortune 500 corporations before forming Chris Carter Consulting, a boutique consulting firm based in Greenwich, CT that assisted companies and ventures at all stages with strategic business initiatives, venture development and capital formation. During this time Chris worked extensively with companies in the Interactive Media, Cable, Entertainment, Music, Technology and Consumer Electronics industries on a number of pioneering initiatives that used emerging technologies to create innovative new ventures, products and services.
Chris serves as a mentor and pitch advisor to the POWERBRIDGENY program based out of Columbia University and NYU which fosters the development of clean tech and clean energy initiatives launched by Professors and PHD candidates to move these ideas from academia to commercialization. Chris was recently elected to serve on the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of North Florida.Back to Top
Gwen has represented business owners and entrepreneurs through all stages of growth and transition, as well as holding various C-Suite level positions in Law, Administration and Strategy. Her clients value her experience and insight into building strong legal foundations, handling complex transactions, and positioning for successful exit. Gwen has been recognized for her service to the community and economic development initiatives. She currently serves on the board of Leadership Jacksonville and founded GrowJax, an initiative serving second stage business owners ($1m - $50m revenue, 10-99 employees) and prior to that had founded the Jacksonville Women's Business Center. She is a graduate of University of North Florida and University of Florida, College of Law, with honors, and is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® peer-rated attorney.Back to Top
Michael brings more than 28 years experience in corporate strategy & business development, government relations and corporate communications. He has successfully advised clients and managed projects achieving results for a variety of regional, national and international clients.
As a principal partner and Agency president of the PR and Social Media Group of the Dalton Agency, Michael has experience in a variety of sectors including: real estate, consumer marketing transportations and logistics, manufacturing and distribution, development, travel and tourism, healthcare, insurance and banking, law firms, HR/IT, crisis communications, sports marketing and early stage start-ups.
As the managing partner of Rummell-Munz, an international real estate and venture oriented firm, Michael manages the day-to-day operations of the firm focusing on all aspects of managing the diverse portfolio of firm projects including real estate, early stage and venture start-up development, branding and product positioning.
As a strong proponent of community service, Michael has also been active in a number of businesses, civic and political organizations in a variety of leadership roles including: