Supporting the vision and business goals of our nation's young entrepreneurs takes the commitment and passion of many people. The Institute for Enterprise is privileged to to have many such people working with as mentors, advisors, directors, ambassadors and partners.
Our I4E Directors are committed to promoting the role of entrepreneurship and helping young scholars and business people achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Our Directors are active in creating the educational and business partnerships, which are the heart of I4E, and work directly with young entrepreneurs and the community.
Douglas M Newton
President, Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder
A graduate of Drexel University with a B.S. degree in accounting, Mr. Newton began his career as an accountant for Deloitte Touche, LLC, one of the top four accounting firms. For the last 40 years, Mr. Newton has been the owner of his own accounting firm, serving individual and business clients across the United States as well as internationally. In addition, Mr. Newton is the co-founder of the Fernandina Observer, an online news journal on Amelia Island, Florida.
John Campbell Elwell
Vice President, Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder
A graduate of the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, Mr. Elwell spent 37 years as an Executive in the North American lumber business. He worked for NYSE companies Rayonier, Plum Creek, MacMillan Bloedel, and Universal Forest, guiding the marketing efforts to retail giants Home Depot and Lowe’s as well as many other retail lumber companies. For the last several years Mr. Elwell has been the Managing Partner of the Elwell Advisory Group on Amelia Island, Florida, served on the Board of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Foundation of Nassau County, Florida, for 8 years, and was recently named Chair of the Marketing & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for the Nassau District Schools.
Tonya N. Wood
Director, Secretary &Treasurer
A graduate of Lake Superior State University with an Associates degree in accounting, Ms. Wood also studied for her degree in Microbiology at the University of Michigan. She has spent over 15 years in the banking industry, most recently with First Federal Bank of Florida, and currently is employed by Amelia Underwriters in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Timothy M. Poynter
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati in marketing, Mr. Poynter has spent over 30 years as an entrepreneur in a variety of small business ventures. Currently he owns and operates several restaurants and a construction company in North Florida, has served on the Fernandina Beach City Commission and has served on the Boy's and Girl's Club Foundation of Nassau County, Florida.
Ms. Mitchell is currently the Director of Workforce Development for the Nassau County Economic Development Board where she works closely with the business community on workforce development needs. Prior to this role she spent seven years with the Jacksonville Jaguar organization and fourteen years as the Director of Finance for the First Coast Manufacturers Association.
A graduate of Jacksonville University with a B.A. in Communications, Ms. Watts has spent the last 25 years in the real estate business on Amelia Island. For 12 years she was the top listing and sales agent at RE/MAX Professional Group and is currently one of the principals at COLDWELL BANKER, The Amelia Group. Ms. Watts is a past Board Member of the Amelia Island Club, a Director with BB&T, and a Guardian with the Boy’s & Girls Club of Nassau County. She has also been a volunteer with the First Tee Golf Program and Osprey Village Assisted Living Facility.
Our I4E Ambassadors help with community outreach and bringing awareness to the mission of The Institute for Enterprise. Each Ambassador supports I4E by utilizing their skills and sharing the benefits of partnering with the Institute. They are people from all walks of life who are passionate about the role of entrepreneurship in today's society. If you a are young entrepreneur seeking to find out more about how I4E can help you reach your goals, our Ambassadors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding their experience with The Institute for Enterprise.
As owner of CCOM, a digital media production firm originating in Chicago, Stan works with clients nationwide ranging from the Fortune 500 to regional businesses from his base in Florida. His work has included projects for national clients such as 3com, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, Carrier, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Humana, Kraft Foods, and Nestle, among many others. Stan’s educational projects are narrative dramatic programs distributed throughout school and institutional markets.
Alexandra (Ali) Elwell
Ali graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Criminology and
Criminal Justice with a double minor in Political Science and Psychology. She
also chaired the FSU Student Conduct Board and the Criminology Student
Leadership Council. Currently Ali is a law student at Texas A&M University in Fort Worth, TX.
Support from our partners is vital to I4E fulfilling it's mission of helping young entrepreneurs. We are appreciative of the input and effort that all of our partners provide the Institute and are always looking for new organizations and individuals with whom we can collaborate to help young entrepreneurs succeed. If you are interested in becoming a partner and supporting today's youth on their path the economic achievement, please contact us.