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Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses

 Contact Stu: CEO@FAVOB.ORG

Stuart Smith (Stu)


Stu is a distinguished US Army Veteran and was recognized in 1987 as the 9th Infantry Division, I Corps and FORSCOM Soldier of the Year. He entered service from Brevard County, Florida and now resides in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

He is a tireless advocate for his fellow veterans focusing on entrepreneurship and employment.  He has led the Military Affairs Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a founding board member of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB) Space Coast.  He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and life member of the Brevard County Veterans Center.  

Stu is a 2018 Inductee into the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame, Outstanding Military Service Award, Brevard County, FL.


STATE Board Members

Trish Murphy -  Chair

CEO, Marketing Smarty Pants

(Air Force Veteran)

Ruth Osborne - Treasurer

President/CEO, Abacus Accounting

(Marine Veteran)

Steve Fulmer - Vice Chairman

Vice President/Lender Commerce Bank & Trust

(Army Veteran)

Michael Waldrop - Immediate Past Chairman

President/CEO, Blue Cord Construction

(ARMY Veteran)

Wayne Fogel - Secretary

Chief Revenue Officer at Terasynth

(Army Veteran)

Clarence Zarnes - Membership Chair

Broker Associate | Real Estate Instructor - Author

Florida Realty Investments

(Army Veteran)

Jim Lane - Board Member

CEO, Lane Technologies

(Air Force Veteran)

Jason Alderman - Orlando Chapter Chair

Realtor, Keller Williams

(Marine Veteran) 

Alec Hall - Board Member

(Air Force Veteran)

Pete Blum - Tampa Chairman

(Marine/Navy Veteran)

David Africano - Space Coast Chapter Chair

Managing Principal/CISO

Volar Security

(U.S. Army Veteran)

Mike Ellicot - Chapter Chairman

(ARMY Veteran)

Ben Sever - Board Member


Keith Nadig - Research

(ARMY Veteran)

Upcoming Events


Creating opportunities for Veteran Business Owners to THRIVE.


Physical Address: 835 Bennett Rd. 
Orlando, FL 32803

Mailing Address: PO Box 540447 
Orlando, FL 32854-0447



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