DERBY LEADERSHIP
CO-CHAIR
Commissioner Hutch
Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson was raised in the wilderness of eastern Alachua County and educated in Gainesville public schools. He received a BA from Emory University and attended graduate school at the University of Florida in urban and regional planning. His parents live in Oak Hammock, and his wife Meg Niederhofer is retired from two decades as Gainesville City Arborist.  Hutch fosters dogs, is an avid boater, and plays music with the Weeds of Eden.


GENERAL MEMBER
Edgar Campa-Palafox

Edgar Campa-Palafox has served as Economic Development Coordinator with Alachua County since 2011.

 

Edgar serves as Board Member/Treasurer with Alachua County Emerging Leaders (ACEL), a local young professional organization; and Board Member with the Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN), an organization promoting tech entrepreneurship in the region.
















PAST MEMBER
2016 Honorary Chair, Ken Cornell

Ken was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and attended Terwilliger Elementary, Ft Clarke Middle School and Buchholz High School prior to college. Following in his parents' footsteps, Ken attended the University of Florida and earned his Master's degree with high honors from the Fisher School of Accounting.

 

Commissioner Cornell was elected to the Alachua County Commission in November 2014.



CO-CHAIR
Joseph Floyd
Joseph is passionate about building community around and in our streets for all road users.  He has a track record of working on diverse issues with the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability.  He previously provided operations & logistics management for a division of Republic Services, the second largest recycling & waste hauler in the US.  There he focused on customer service, driver safety, and system efficiency.


GENERAL MEMBER
Mark Davidson
Mark is the founder of The Tech Toybox.  A non-profit whose mission is to educate through hands-on development projects.  We also provide community development by lowering barriers to bringing new technologies to market and helping startup companies.  They provide a full shop and lab capable of making things with metal, wood, plastics, electronics, optics, or whatever else may come along.  

When someone needs a prototype developed, they pair that technology with several aspiring entrepreneurs, and coach them through the proof-of-concept process as a garage startup.  At the end of the project (typically 2-4 months), clients have generated a prototype for the original startup, and taught another 2-3 people how to make a minimally viable prototype quickly and cheaply.  

They also offer training and classes in technical job skills, as well as startup skills.  Toybox caters to techies, geeks, wantrepreneurs, artists, and high school youth who have the urge to create, and want a dynamic, supportive environment to create and learn in.  They are removing the barriers to creativity and startups. 


PAST MEMBER
Stephanie Sutton
Stephanie is passionate about sustainability and STEM education. She has an engineering degree and MBA from the University of Florida and works as a project manager with eda engineers-surveyors-planners, inc. Stephanie was involved with the founding of the sustainability office at UF and developed a number of outreach programs to engage the campus community.

























ANNOUNCER
Storm Roberts
Storm Roberts has been the voice of radio in the Heart of Florida for the past 30 years on 98.5 KTK. He is a UF grad, and loves to give back to the community. Storm is a two time winner of the Gainesville Sun Community service award and has raised millions of dollars for local charities. He serves on the board of Stop Children's Cancer, The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, and Phillips Center for Performing Arts. He is thrilled to be involved with Menagerie in Motion.