The Cairns Foundation
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The Foundation was established in 2003 by successful inventor and entrepreneur James L. Cairns, as a means to mentor and financially support young, creative persons who could benefit from his knowledge and experience.   The Foundation's activities are steered by a board of directors who serve without compensation.    The present directors are:

Dr. James L. Cairns :   Physicist, Educator, Inventor, Author, and Entrepreneur

Mr. Rick Fraser :   Retired. Currently serving on Board of Directors of The Cairns Foundation, Ormond Main Street, and Space Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross

Dr. Richard Madden :   Engineer, Educator, Inventor and Entrepreneur

Sonia Wadsworth :  Business Consultant, Entrepreneur, Author 

D. Connie Garzon-Bernal, M.B.A., C.B.A :   Connie was born and raised in Colombia - South America. Former SBDC at DSC Manager was recognized for demonstrating the greatest enhancement of scope, quality and/or impact of consulting services for Volusia/Flagler Entrepreneurs. Bernal was recognized in 2009 as the Best Business Consultant for Central Florida by the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. In July 2011, she was hired to be the Associate Director/Site Manager of the UCF Business Incubator at Daytona Beach International Airport. In August 2013, she was selected as one of the 2013 Influential Women in Business Volusia/Flagler Counties by the News Journal Business Report Magazine. Bernal is an expert in strategic planning, technology transfer, intellectual property, new business start-up, marketing plan execution, capital asset oversight, cost containment, budgeting/finance, staff training, international business, and a former bank manager.

Kevin Manley, founder of Manley Strategic, is a noted business strategist and entrepreneur. Kevin holds an MBA and a Masters in Engineering, and is Certified Exit Advisor (CExP).  He has founded, advised, and/or invested in a variety of companies in consumer electronics, medical technology, philanthropic technology, real estate development, etc.

Rosaria C. Upchurch, Ph.D., LMFT
Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Educator, Family Law Mediator, Collaborative Professional, Community Volunteer--SMA Healthcare; FUTURES Foundation; UCF Community Advisory; Junior League of Daytona Beach; Rotary Club of Daytona Beach.

Art Zimmet
Art is a business lawyer with a business background. He was also instrumental in growing the Daytona area’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is a co-founder of multiple entrepreneurship organizations and events, including Innovate Daytona, Elevate Daytona Beach, and 1 Million Cups Daytona Beach. As an attorney, he assists clients with matters across the business life cycle, from startup business formation and contracts to acquisitions and joint ventures.

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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