2021 Martin County Charlene Hoag Winner

2021 Martin County Charlene Hoag Winner


Janice Norman

Janice Norman, 2021 Charlene Hoag Winner


The Business Development Board of Martin County is pleased to announce Martin County’s 2021 Charlene Hoag Leadership Award recipient is Janice Norman of the Water Pointe Realty Group.

Janice was selected for this prestigious award for her years of service in Martin County and the positive impact she has made on numerous organizations and people over the years.

Janice Norman, a Broker Associate with more than 15 years of Real Estate experience, is the immediate past-chair of the Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce and president of Catch the Wave of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to abolishing human trafficking. She has also been a member and held office in many nonprofit organizations on the Treasure Coast including Soroptimist International of Stuart past president, Visionary School of Arts, and is a graduate of LEADERship Martin County as well as past chair of its alumni association. Janice believes that giving back to the community is always of paramount importance. She received the 2008 Community Service Award from the Realtors® Association of Martin County and the 2017 Women of Distinction Award for Volunteerism from Soroptimist International of Stuart. Her past experience as an emergency department nurse and administrator is evident in her professionalism and work ethic.

The winner of the Charlene Hoag Leadership Award is kept secret and only announced the day of the annual Martin County Business Awards. Yet due an unexpected family medical emergency, Janice was actually out of town when it was announced, by her colleague and 2020 Charlene Hoag Leadership award winner Deb Duvall, that she had won the prestigious award.

Thanks to many friends in attendance at the 2021 Martin County Business Awards on Friday, November 5, including her surprised husband Ken Norman who accepted the award on her behalf, she quickly heard the good news.

Janice Norman is the 18th individual to receive award which was first bestowed in 2003. To be eligible for consideration, leaders need to have been employed in Martin County for 10 years or more and demonstrate devotion to family and vocation, commitment to service to the community and leadership toward the goal of improving Martin County’s quality of life.

About Charlene Hoag (1945 – 2002)

“Charlene didn’t just talk about issues, she actively worked to address them. Her resume tells the story of her involvement, but her actions speak volumes about her commitment to her community, her family and vocation.”

Charlene was a former Martin County Commissioner, with a long history of community involvement. A 1991 graduate of LEADERship Martin County, Ms. Hoag served as a board member of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce, the Martin County Taxpayers Association and the Crane Creek Property Owners Association. She worked with the St. Lucie River Initiative, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Council of Martin County, the Treasure Coast Builders Association and the Republican Party in Martin County. She also served on the boards of the United Way of Martin County, the Martin County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Martin County Council for the Arts, the Business Development Board of Martin County and as Vice-Chairman of the District Board of Trustees for Indian River Community College. While serving on the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, she served as Chairman in 1994. She also represented the Board on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Local Coordinating Board of the Transportation Disadvantaged and the Allapattah Ranch Acquisition Committee. Charlene was recognized as “Business Advocate of the Year” by the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce in 1993, “Friend of Palm City” by the Palm City Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and as the Business Advocate for the Private Sector by the Business Development Board in 2001.

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New IRSC president foresees budding partnership with business community

New IRSC president foresees budding partnership with business community

Dr. Timothy Moore

Academician and entrepreneur Dr. Timothy Moore is Indian River State College’s fourth president in its 60-year history. IRSC PHOTOS BY MOLLY BARTELS

Past entrepreneurship experiences will prove helpful in forging a connection

Indian River State College’s new president, Timothy Moore, has qualifications that are especially interesting to the Treasure Coast business community. Besides being an academic at institutions such as Kansas State, Auburn University and Florida A&M, he spent the last several years as an entrepreneur, developing a probiotic and bringing it to market. A military veteran, Moore also has worked with two biotech startup companies, Ventech Solutions Inc. and MagPlasma.

He succeeds Edwin Massey, who as the college’s president for 32 years focused intensely on developing a workforce for the region and working closely with businesses to improve and expand manufacturing. The college is in the midst of building the Advanced Workforce Training Complex, a $23 million, 55,000-square-foot industrial technology facility on its Massey Campus in Fort Pierce.

Moore, 57, sat down recently with Treasure Coast Business Magazine Publisher Gregory Enns to talk about how the college will connect with the region’s business community.

Q: Tell me about your experiences as an entrepreneur. What were MagPlasma and Probaxstra? Are you still associated with them?

A: What I told the board [of trustees of IRSC] was that if I was approved for this job, I would decouple myself from those opportunities. So I’m in the process of doing that now. Probaxstra [probiotic] is my baby. It was the derivative of my research. I had to challenge myself to figure out how to go from a test tube to a full blown production company and do it inexpensively and be able to be successful at it. The company is 4 years old, it is debt free. It is selling on Amazon. What is it exactly? It’s a probiotic. The probiotic that I have is a single strain bacterium. It works in specific areas of the gut. We got the intellectual property for it, I outsourced the manufacturing and production of the strain, we identified the FDA compliant producers, we put together a marketing plan, we got it in Amazon. It was just myself and two other partners. But it was my brain trust. And so what I’m doing now is I’m basically handing that over to my partners and letting them run it. MagPlasma is a company that a friend of mine from the Army from 35 years ago started.

Q: Fifteen years ago we had hopes for becoming a research center that would be known as the Research Coast. But then the recession came and we never quite got there. Do you see that happening?

A: The only question is, how do we assimilate IRSC to be a generator ... the engine behind that. And so, one of the things you’re going to see me push — we’ve got a very strong entrepreneurial base program here — is to accelerate it. I want these students to come in while they’re enrolled and start businesses. Let them learn what they don’t know already. It’s tough to slog through nothing to something. Why am I so interested in making them go out there and try and [possibly] failing? It’s because 60 to 70 percent of all businesses in the next 20 years will be an entrepreneur-based business. If we don’t do this now, we’re not going to be ready, I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface of what we can do, in terms of helping business be really competitive. Think about this, we’re a state-supported sovereign entity right here. If we build a capacity to produce widgets and gadgets for industry, we can become very basic R&D and basic proof of production line, that saves them money that improves profitability. That means they can hire more employees and it gives us an ability to train their workforce. And that, to me, that’s a synergistic model. And I want to see us in that sweet spot, doing just that.

IRSC Health Science Department

This Health Science Department white coat was presented to Dr. Timothy Moore by members of an international student organization for future health professionals.

Q: At Auburn University, you actually worked on licensing some products, including a horse vaccine, that were developed and owned by Auburn. Can IRSC become actively involved in developing and licensing products as well?

A: There are certain operating parameters we have to adhere to but by and large, if a student comes in with an idea, and we build the angel, investing and fund around [it] we can support them going out the door. And there’s nothing wrong with it — we can come up with a way to provide accounting support or technical support or production support. Say that you start your business and you want to do something for charity and use our advanced manufacturing facility as part of your production base, we can be on a contract to do that. So there are ways we can do this. I’ve told all my staff, we’re going to strip away all limitations of our thought process: We’re going to go blue sky. How do we do this to ensure that this college 25 years from now is stronger and better than it is today? And to know that we’ve helped more people and we’ve had an economic impact beyond just payroll washing through the community.

Q: Won’t some businesses fear that the college is competing against them?

A: No, and it’s a great question, but I disagree with the premise. I’ll tell you why. At the end of the day, we have a mission and our mission is not to sit there and be in competition with them. When we did the vaccine project at Auburn, we were sole source to the United States. We were the only ones doing it. So there really wasn’t anybody in competition with. So there are discreet areas where we can complement and we’re not going to be in competition. For a startup business, if a technology is developed here and intellectual property is developed here, IRSC will license it to protect them and will help give them get that top cover for their intellectual property. So they can go off and do their thing. And all we’re going to ask for in return is that if they go out of business, we can draw back the intellectual property. And we [may] have an equity stake, a minority stake in the company, so that if they get sold or bought or acquired, or whatever, the college and the State of Florida benefits from what’s happened here, [as long as it’s] totally legal and permissible. I’m a business guy. I’ve been in all these areas. I’ve seen how it’s going right. I’ve seen how it’s going wrong, I see how deals get messed up. I see how companies lose.

Q: So you would actually see the college being a minority owner in some businesses?

A: I’ve not gone through all the legal parameters, but at [Auburn University] we spawned out several companies, we licensed several product lines and technologies.

Q: Because of the Treasure Coast’s agricultural history and your association with agricultural research, do you see opportunities for IRSC in this field? Are there opportunities to partner with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for example?

A: The answer to your question is yes. Agriculture is a much more high-tech business, from the ability to do their financing, their employment, their payroll, their questions of how they improve yields, improve their water quality, or control their rental. There’s lots of areas where we can help them. Absolutely.

Timothy Moore addresses students

Timothy Moore addresses students in the health science department at Indian River State College.

Q: One of your goals is to expand health-care education. How do you do that?

A: One is, to the extent we possibly do it right now with the constraints of financing, expanding our nursing program. Twenty percent of the U.S. GDP is health care. And so we need to be playing a strong role in that area because our graduates are going to be reflective of the demands of our economy. Florida is a wonderful state — we rank third in the nation in terms of population size and right now we are first in the nation in terms of population 65 and over. And we have a large growing minority population coming along here. What most people don’t realize is we ranked 43rd in terms of our per capita doctors to citizens, and our nursing care is also skewed. We’ve got to do more. And it’s not just us, it’s everybody in the educational environments … [we’ve] got to do more because the demand is only getting bigger.

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