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amplify Board

Tom Patania was President/CEO of Youth Crisis Center for 30 years, raising over $15 million for 8 capital campaigns. He also provided the leadership of the Florida Network of Youth & Family Services in restoring the 1896 Delos A. Blodgett House in Daytona Beach. The three-story Queen Anne structure is on the US Historic Registry.  Tom will lead amplify's capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to restore and equip Snyder Memorial Church. 

Bob Joel has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, managing the wealth of high net worth families, private foundations and institutions. He has extenive experience in sourcing and evaluating investments in private equity, real estate and publicly traded securities.  Bob currently serves as a Principal for Arcus Capital Partners and has previously been employed by HighTower Advisors and Timucuan Asset Management. He holds BA in History from Florida State University and was awarded the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1996.


Bob currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for YCC Properties. and is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Crisis Center Foundation.  He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Childbirth & Parenting Education Association and past President of the Board of Directors of Willing Hands.  Bob has also served as board member of the Arthritis Foundation and The Bolles School Alumni Board.


Syd Gervin graduated from the University of Virginia in 1970 with a BA in economics. He served two years in the U.S. Navy under Admiral Tazewell Shepard after which he started his career in real estate investment and management which included experience with Stockton Whatley, Davin and Company; The Haskell Company; Unit Capital Corporation; and Southcoast Capital Management Corporation. Syd is a past president of the Duval County Unit of the American Cancer Society and serves on its Operating Board. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Regional Selection Committee for the Jefferson Scholars for the University of Virginia as well as Chairman of the Jacksonville Alliance for Kipp Schools. Syd is a member of the board of directors with vast experience in real estate development. More importantly, Syd has a real heart for kids and is a gifted song writer and pianist. 

Rudy York
Rudy York is the owner of Rudy York Interior Design in Jacksonville. He is also an Antique Dealer and Collector, a Chef, and, most of all, a lover of life. Rudy has worked closely with the Cummer Art Gallery and the American Diabetes Association on several key fund raising projects.


Christine Kinchen

Christine graduated with honors from Jacksonville University with a bachelor’s degree in business management She has worked for educational non-profits since 2000 and currently is a School Accountant/Financial Registrar. 


Christine coached volleyball (3 years) and fastpitch softball (7 years). She loves working with youth and found that they teach her as much as she teaches

them. Christine is an avid runner and is very involved in the local running community. Christine has a real heart for the arts and is passionate and committed to growing the arts in the Jacksonville community.

Alden Howell 

A Jacksonville native, Alden Howell is a real estate developer currently working as a residential developer on Amelia Island, Florida.


The University of Alabama graduate has worked as project manager for large residential land developments in North Carolina and Northeast Florida.


After graduation from college, Alden moved to New York City where he earned his Masters degree in Art and Art Marketing at the Sotheby’s Institute. He then worked in art transportation at Christies for several years before returning to Jacksonville to join his family’s business.


Alden’s interests include historic preservation, wildlife conservation and Florida history.


Dan Croft 

Dan is a seasoned industry professional who successfully develops strategic relationships with potential partners on behalf of Station Four. His ability to comprehensively manage multi-level client interactions, present and communicate with expertise and develop and implement new business strategies ensures successful outcomes for both our clients and the team. Dan’s vast experience also contributes to his advertising and branding know-how—he exhibits fist-hand experience with the understanding and implementation of fully-leveraged marketing ecosystems. His ability to develop trust, build positive relationships and foster a collegial work environment makes him a true asset to the Station Four team.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati Dan went on to gain over twenty years’ experience functioning in a variety of business roles including account manager and supervisor, account director and marketing and business development professional at some of the city’s top full-service agencies and digital firms. Dan’s efforts to expand his knowledge base and contribute to the industry don’t stop at the end of the work day—in the past, he has served as a panelist at the Direct Marketing Association National Conference in 2012; Vice President of the Jacksonville American Marketing Association from 2008 to 2010; and was an Emeritus Board Member from 1995 to 2000 of the Cincinnati Chapter of AIGA.

Cecile Rider is an attorney, specializing in real estate law.  She has practiced in Jacksonville, Fl since 1981.  She was a partner with Rogers, Towers until 2003.  In 2004 she took a position as general counsel for Forte Macaulay Development Consultants, Inc.  In 2009, she became a solo practitioner, continuing in a consulting position with Forte Macaulay Development Consultants. 


Cecile is a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelor of Science and Stetson University, College of Law, with a Juris Doctorate. Cecile has been Board Certified in Real Estate by The Florida Bar since 1994 and has achieved an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell.  


Cecile currently serves as local counsel for the Northeast District, Florida Conference, United Methodist Church and is president of the board of amplify, inc.  She is actively involved in various community outreach programs through her church, Southside United Methodist Church, including Suds of Love, HAPI and has served in mission teams in Guatemala.  Cecile served as vice chair of Board of Trustees and as co-chair of Capital Campaign for Southside United Methodist Church.  She is also a former president of the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Northeast Florida.  She served on the Board of the United Methodist Children’s Home and the Board of Church Development for the United Methodist Church.

Ian Stake was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in St. Petersburg, FL.  He is a graduate of Flagler College with a BA in Business Administration and Philosophy/Religion.  He then received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Seminary.  Ian is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of amplify, inc., a non profit organization which he started 10 years ago with a mission of empowering young lives through music and technology.  Over the years, he has served the church in many capacities such as Associate Pastor, campus minister, youth minister, and worship leader and currently serves on the staff of Southside United Methodist Church.  Previous to Ian's work with the church and amplify, he spent over ten years working as an Investment Advisor for Morgan Stanley and Wachovia.  Ian has spent over twenty years in the music industry, where he has performed with or recorded numerous artists including David Crowder, Brandon Heath, Uncle Reece, Phil Wickham and Charlie Hall. Ian lives in San Marco with his wife, Caroline, and two teenage sons.  Music is his main passion, but he also enjoys the beach, movies, and sports.

David Surface

David is Vice President, Corporate Development for Vesta Property Services and is responsible for Vesta’s growth through acquisitions and strategic partnerships. David’s career experience includes involvement in all aspects of real estate, both commercial as well as residential. Prior to joining Vesta, David was managing partner for a real estate finance, management and brokerage company serving institutional clients.


William (Tripp) Gulliford

William (Tripp) Gulliford is the Managing Director of CBRE’s Jacksonville office. He oversees all operations and provides strategic support on business development to grow the firm’s operations and market share in the Jacksonville region. He plays an integral role in leveraging CBRE’s comprehensive platform to provide service excellence to clients and forge new business relationships.  


Mr. Gulliford brings more than two decades of commercial real estate, banking and management experience to CBRE. Prior to joining the company, he served as Portfolio Director of EverBank Commercial Advisors, overseeing the management and legal affairs for the bank’s non-performing and sub-performing commercial loan portfolio.     


Prior to that, he was a principal with Midland Development Group where, together with his partners, he redeveloped and developed more than 20 retail and mixed-use properties.  He also served as an executive at Regency Centers, a publicly traded national developer, owner and operator of approximately 345 grocery anchored and community shopping centers, with 17 regional offices and properties located in most major U.S. markets.


A lawyer by training, Mr. Gulliford practiced general business and commercial real estate law in Jacksonville with Rogers Towers and Ulmer, Murchison, Ashby & Taylor.  He is a member of The Florida Bar, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.  Mr. Gulliford currently serves as the Chairman of the Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority.

Mr. Gulliford holds a J.D from Stetson University College of Law and at Bachelor of Arts from The University of the South.

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