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Tom Bacchus

Tom Bacchus is a Senior Vice President in Business Banking and has been a banker in Central Florida for over 30 years. Tom is a Florida native and moved to Central Florida with his family in 1961. He is a graduate of Florida State University, is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, and has been an avid runner since he was a teenager.

Tom and his wife Nancy moved to the Lake Eola Heights neighborhood in downtown Orlando in 1994 and have taken great pleasure in restoring their 1924 bungalow. Tom and Nancy find their highest enjoyment in traveling whenever possible. Their favorite destinations include Paris, Prague, Dubrovnik, and anyplace in Italy. They are set to visit Greece in 2012.


Senior Vice President · M & I Bank, A Part of BMO Financial Group · 407-648-2141 · Contact by email

Mellanie J. Bartlett

Mellanie J. Bartlett is a principal in the marketing and public relations firm of Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. Prior to forming Sweeney & Bartlett in 2008, Mellanie served as a legal marketing professional for two prominent Orlando law firms and is one of the original founders of the Orlando Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. Speaking and writing engagements include serving on the faculty of the Legalworks Marketing Partner Forum, an international conference devoted to law firm client development.

Prior to her career in legal marketing, Mellanie served in a regional marketing capacity for an upscale golf community developer and as the director of communications for a 4,000+ member trade organization. She also has extensive experience in tourism and hospitality marketing.

Currently, Mellanie is serving as 2011-2012 President of the Mid-Florida Home Builders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando.

Mellanie holds a double major, in journalism and radio and television production from the University of Central Florida and her master’s degree in corporate communication and technology from Rollins College.


Principal · Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. · 407-902-7141 · Contact by email

Shelby M. Benson

Shelby Benson is a Business Banking Relationship Manager with SunTrust Bank. A Central Florida Banker for 15 years, Shelby has extensive experience working with business owners and entrepreneurs. As a Relationship Manager, Shelby’s clients include Attorneys, Physicians, Manufacturers, Software Companies, and Non-Profit Organizations. Shelby’s goal is to provide her clients with the service, solutions, and relationship they need to build a foundation for their company’s success and growth.

Shelby is a native Central Floridian and proudly supports her alma mater, The University of Central Florida! Shelby earned her B.A. in Psychology from UCF. She has served as team leader for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in addition to volunteering with Junior Achievement & the United Way. She enjoys running & spending time with her husband, Attorney Joe Benson and their 3 beautiful children.


Business Banking Relationship Manager · SunTrust Bank · 407-359-4319 · Contact by email

Florian Boehm

Owner Florian "Flo" Boehm, a native German, has a long professional background from his involvement in a family video and film production company. After graduating college and completing military service in Germany he attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated with perfect attendance and Valedictorian awards.

While studying Flo developed an interest in bringing his technical knowledge and skills to the legal community and received his certification as a Certified Court Video Specialist. After completing his Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees he founded Boehm & Boehm, serving clients in Orlando, Central Florida, as well as the United States and outside with highlights such as different Soccer World Cups, Olympic Games and other prestigious events.

Boehm & Boehm Forensic Media Consulting was founded in 2007 as a litigation solutions and support provider with an additional focus on media production. Since then, Boehm & Boehm has continued to expand to meet added service demands involving video, photo, audio and other media related applications. The main offices are located in Orlando, Central Florida. Boehm & Boehm is a preferred vendor and exclusive AV service provider of the Orange County Bar Association. Boehm & Boehm has a staffed office in Germany for its European operations.


Principal · Boehm & Boehm Forensic Media Consulting · 407-557-2744 · Contact by email

Allie Braswell


Founder · Braswell Management Group LLC · (407) 926-2454 · Contact by email

Todd A. Bryant

Todd Bryant is a Financial Advisor and founding partner in Signature Wealth Advisors, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has called Central Florida home since 1996. He started his career with Northwestern Mutual in Downtown Orlando and was with their firm for 7 years. While there, he twice led the region in new clients and held multiple leadership roles within the company. In 2014, Todd took the next step in his career by becoming a founding Partner in Signature Wealth Advisors, LLC. With the move, Todd is able to receive the support of a large and established organization, but still offer an intimate environment to bring greater flexibility toward achieving client’s financial goals. Todd holds the ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) and CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter) through the American College. Since 2012, he has achieved the National Quality Award from NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is also very active in many local organizations. Todd is a member of the UCF Alumni Association, the UCF Business Mentorship Program, the Citrus Club Board of Governors, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Finance Committee, Alzheimer’s Association of Central & North Florida Audit Committee, founding member of the Med School Classic Advisory Board, and a Tri County Youth Sports Board Member.


Partner/Financial Advisor · Signature Wealth Advisors, LLC · 407-270-4992 · Contact by email

Lori Burbank

Lori Burbank is the Regional Operations Director for the Webster University, Central Florida Campuses, the Assistant Director of the two Orlando Sites and an adjunct full professor. She joined the Webster team in 1995, after a 20 year career in the United States Navy. She has over 30 years of management, operations, training and teaching experience in the military and private sectors.


Regional Operations Director · Webster University · 407-869-8111 · Contact by email

Julie Buxton



Director of Human Resources · Miller Bearings, Inc. · 407-425-9078 · Contact by email