Board Chair, Entrepreneur
Jamie Klingman is the Broker/Owner of three real estate brokerages. Boutique Realty Florida is a full-service residential and commercial firm, specializing in making real estate as accessible as possible utilizing technology such as MatterPort and DotLoop. Real Leads is a referral firm for agents who want to collect referral commissions without having to join local boards or MLS. QuickList Real Estate is a flat-fee, high tech firm. The Klingman Group is an intermediary firm serving companies between 500k and 5 million in buying and selling.
Jamie also has interests in several online companies and an instructional design company. She has started and sold several of her own companies, and currently serves as a M&A/Business Broker, sharing what she has learned with others who are ready to make a change.
A graduate of the University of Florida (B.S.) and Chadron State College (MBA) and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration, she has spent her career finding the win-win opportunities. Actively involved in her community, she has served in numerous leadership positions, including being past Board Chair to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and of the Chair of the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce (2014).
She was recognized for her commitments and efforts by being named a Lightning Community Hero (2014), Small Business of the Year Leader of the Year Finalist for the Greater Tampa Chamber (2019), Network for Executive Women Business Woman of the Year (2014), Up and Comer under 30 (2010), and the Ann Simmons Service Award (2011). In her spare time, Jamie enjoys playing the piano, cycling, and boating. She has a wonderful husband and two honorary (step) daughters as well as four four-legged children.
PhD, NonProfit & Business Marketing
Dr. Devin Lunt is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Tampa. Dr. Lunt brings nearly a decade of management experience in various non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children.
Dr. Lunt hails from Dallas, Texas. His research focuses on customer decision-making, specifically those decision making processes that lead to suboptimal or biased decisions. Though most of his research takes place in the nonprofit domain and focuses on appeals for help, he also works in the areas of branding and advertising. His primary research interests surround nonprofits and their specific challenges. His background working with underprivileged children is reflected in his work as he attempts to understand the mechanisms by which individual donors decide whether to give aid to a cause.
He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s University.
MA, LMHC, CAP
Mental Health & Addictions Specialist
Lana Schneidt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional and a proud Solopreneur founding her own private mental health counseling practice in 2015. Miss Schneidt has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations encompassing a variety of clinical settings such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and community based settings.
Throughout her career Lana has sought intensive trainings in a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD and mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies. She holds a Florida certification and addictions treatment and is a state of Florida approved qualified supervisor for mental health counseling interns seeking licensure. Lovingly coined by her colleagues as “the queen of clinical consultation,” she has held a senior leadership role on a long-standing clinical consultation team assisting colleagues driven to maintain and sharpen clinical and professional skills.
Mrs. Schneidt most recently developed a proprietary online independent learning platform which teaches and enhances coping skills in the areas of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Her hope is to create a tribe of “emotion university” graduates who are motivated to learn skills that can better their lives. She also hopes to reach people who may not have access or financial resources to attend therapy but who would still benefit from emotional education.
In addition to running her formal practice and emotional university, she is an accomplished community advocate and speaker. She has presented on the effectiveness of evidence-based practices, conflict de-escalation and treatments for specific mental disorders. She has spoken to the Hillsborough county chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), sat on discussion panels on suicide risk factors for high school students, and initiatives to provide education and real-time mindfulness education by hosting a movie titled “Walk With Me.” The movie is a meditative film about people dedicating their lives to the practice of mindful living.
Mrs. Schneidt received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Central Florida in 2002 and graduated with honors with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2009. In her free time she not only enjoys her personal mindfulness practice but also cooking, travel and spending time with her husband Brandon as well as family and friends.
In her free time she not only enjoys her personal mindfulness practice but also cooking, travel and spending time with her husband Brandon as well as family and friends.
Military & Data Intelligence Specialist
Mr. Collins served in the United States Army for over 20 years. His service includes multiple combat tours to Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan over the span of his career.
Mr. Collins currently serves as a Senior Operations expert for Research Innovations Incorporated assigned to the United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His task is integrating a Command and Control (C2) system into the military headquarters. After retiring from the Army in 2011, Mr. Collins joined Polaris Alpha and worked as a software functional manager for nearly a decade. Mr. Collins served in and out of the Middle East, Europe and Asia with Polaris Alpha in a variety of leadership and business development roles aligned with commercial businesses and government agencies; including the United States Special Operations Command – Central, the United States Central Command, the FBI, and the DIA.
In 2017, after serving successfully in Iraq for 6 months, Mr. Collins served in the Joint Security Office of the United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida, where he worked with numerous partners in the prosecution of Syrian bomb maker Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklahr. Mr. Collins led the team that provided explosive data to the FBI which assisted in proving the terrorist’s guilt.
MPP, PMP, Prosci Change Manager
Human Capital & Public Policy Specialist
Brandon Ledford is the Practice Leader and Vice President of Human Capital Consulting at MGT Consulting Group. He is also a 40 Under 40 for Cancer and Tampa Bay 40 Under 40 award winner. For fourteen years, Brandon has assisted global clients in all industries with management consulting, organizational strategy, human capital, change management, public policy, business transformation, data analytics, and strategic communications.
Prior to joining the MGT Senior Leadership Team, Brandon was the Vice President overseeing the Human Resources, Policy and Compliance, and Revenue Performance Management departments of a global technology company and has been a consultant for both Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte. Brandon is also a former U.S. Supreme Court and White House intern. He holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, a Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate, a Prosci Change Management certificate, and is earning an Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate from Stanford.
As a rare cancer survivor, Brandon also volunteers and gives speeches for the American Cancer Society and other cancer non-profit organizations. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Charlotte.