South Council Board Member Application

Board Members

William Gibson


William Gibson

BBVA Compass 



Vice President/Marketing

Wendy Hughes

Wendy has been a resident of the Jacksonville area since 1984, and a Realtor since 2004. She has a BacheWendy Hugheslor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout her real estate career and business, she continues her education, with having designations as a GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), SFR (Short Sale Foreclosure), E-PRO, Stager, At Home With Diversity, CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert). She is also a member of the Jax Chamber and 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year for the South Council. She continues to expand her real estate education with classes that will bring value and benefit to her customers. It is her goal to always provide excellent customer service to her buyers and sellers, while also building her business through referrals.  She is a 2017 Candidate for Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Wendy Hughes Team, Keller Williams Realty



William Gibson

Amber Rushe

Amber Rushe is a mortgage loan officer with PNC Bank.  With 12 years of experience as a loan officer, she has helped many clients achieve their dreams of home ownership or meet their financial goals with refinancing.  She is a native of Jacksonville and a graduate of University of Florida with a Finance degree.

PNC Mortgage 



Leah Campian                                                                                                                                                                                              



Leah Campián is the Regency Commons Branch Vice President for VyStar Credit Union. She has been a BVP since 2011 and been with the company since 2008. Before coming to Jacksonville, Leah lived in Raleigh, NC, where she worked for the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union as a Call Center Manager. She has a Bachelor degree in Education, which shows in her ability to lead others. Leah is passionate about helping people meet their financial goals. She loves teaching her employees how to build effective relationships with members in order to fully understand their needs and provide recommendations on meeting those needs. As a Money Makeover TV Coach for three years, Leah has experience in helping her members identify unique solutions to their financial challenges. She would love to get to know you and learn how she can help meet your financial needs.





Emily Ward 

 Emily Ward is a multi-media marketing specialist with Cox Media Group.  She provides clients with guidance and technical expertise to stand out against competitors with creative, yet strategic, campaigns. With her, you’ll get a welcoming and uncommon blend of personability, approachability, and trustworthiness. “Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value.”                                                                                                                                   

  or 904-245-8676



Brian Polding  

Dr. Brian Polding has served as Campus College Chair for the School of Business and the College of Information Systems & Technology at the University of Phoenix North Florida Campus since 2002, overseeing academic department chairs and faculty members. He teaches undergraduate and master’s courses in leadership, organizational development, change management, conflict resolution, adult education and ethics. He serves as an Associate Faculty member in the School for Advanced studies teaching doctoral courses in management and research methods and has chaired or served on over sixty dissertation committees.

Dr. Polding earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Florida, and an MA in Student Personnel Counseling and BA in Philosophy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 he was one of eleven alumni recognized by the University of Florida’s College of Education for “distinguished service to higher education”.


Jason Santoyo                                                                                                                                                                                          


Advanced Furniture Solutions

Community Involvement

Cynthia Kruty


Sarah Marie Johnston                               

Member At Large

2017 Jax Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year

2017 South Council Small Business Leader of the Year 

As the Owner and Marketing Director, Sarah Marie, along with her husband/business partner, Chef Tom Gray, bring the local flavor of Jacksonville to the popular St Johns Town Center shopping and dining center with their acclaimed restaurant, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and the newly opened Town Hall restaurant in San Marco. 
Serving “American flavors from coast-to-coast”, Moxie is locally-owned, with carefully-sourced local ingredients, bold design, professional service and a “full circle” sustainable approach to business.   Find Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails at 4972 Big Island Drive next to the Nordstrom Rack and Verizon stores.

To learn more about our Small Business Champion’s restaurant, visit





Bill O’Leary

Member At Large 


Brian Polding                       

Member At Large






John Daley                  

Member At Large


Scott Mitchell                    

Member At Large

Cal Heseman

Cal Heseman

Member At Large

Cal is a business broker with Gateway Business Advisors, who has 12 years of experience here in Jacksonville selling businesses.  He works with individuals and companies who want to sell their business or acquire a business, using a proven, confidential process.  He is a member of the Business Brokers of Florida and received the Top Producer Award for the North Florida/Panhandle region in 2012 & 2013.  Cal has also been designated as an Industry Expert by Business Brokerage Press. 

Gateway Business Advisors 


John Bryan John Bryan

Chamber Representative





Stephanie Deimling Stephanie Deimling

Chamber Representative






Of Interest

South Council Small Business Leader of the Year

We would like to congratulate Jason Johnson of Marlin Consulting Solution as South Council Small Business Leader of the Year!

As the Owner and Chief Marlin, Jason, along with his team, they provide SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Managed Pay Per Click Services, Website Design, Marketing Automation and CRM Implementation services to small and medium enterprises all over Jacksonville and the state of Florida
Founded in 2009, Marlin Consulting Solutions has experienced consistent growth while boasting excellent customer retention.  Their mission is to help business owners achieve success through effective online marketing and by leveraging technology.
To learn more about our Small Business Champion’s firm, visit
Jason Johnson, 2018 South Council SBLY

   Jason Johnson,        2018 South Council SBLY

Featured Upcoming Event


7th Annual May Madness Mixer

Join us for our 7th Annual May Madness Mixer co-hosted with our friends from the North Council!

You may purchase tickets now at under the Chamber Events.

$20.00 in Advance
$30.00 at the Door

Featured Speaker

As a young patrol officer he rode “a beat” in downtown Jacksonville, where he developed relationships with citizens and business leaders, believing early in his professional life that connecting with citizens was very important to the success of what Agency is trying to accomplish: reducing and solving crime together with citizens who are engaged with their officers.

He quickly developed a reputation as a police officer who cares about people and likes to work with them to solve their public safety issues.

Sheriff Williams earned his way up the ranks to the appointed position of Director of Investigations and Homeland Security. Through his leadership, strengthening partnerships with federal law enforcement agencies, JSO deploys some of the most advanced technology available in the battle against domestic terrorism, the drug trade, and organized crime.


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