GrowFL Announces Expanded Leadership for State’s Economic Gardening Program
Florida Economic Gardening Institute Appoints Fran Korosec Director of Client Services
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2010) – The Florida Economic Gardening Institute has appointed Fran Korosec as the director of client services for its statewide program, GrowFL. Korosec brings more than 20 years experience in business strategy development, project management, integration services and unique technical expertise to this position.
As the program’s director of client services, Korosec will oversee the GrowFL Technical Assistance program, which supports the growth of Florida businesses by providing a free suite of economic gardening support services, as well as unique access to market research and technology. In addition to providing specialized technical assistance, GrowFL services encompass proven strategies of economic gardening, including CEO peer roundtables, CEO forums and referral services to help second-stage companies statewide achieve their potential.
“Fran’s experience in management roles for small and large companies gives him special insight to know what these second-stage companies need in order to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “He has faced the same challenges in taking a company to the next stage of business development and can provide strategic guidance for companies in the GrowFL program.”
Prior to joining GrowFL, Korosec has held positions at North Highland Management Consulting, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Bell & Howell in a variety of positions including business development principal, vice president of business eDevelopment and marketing, and manager of business development.
Korosec earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
The Florida Economic Gardening Institute was created by the 2009 Florida Legislature as the Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Program to stimulate investment in Florida’s economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the state. Qualified companies must be engaged in the following sectors to receive no-cost technical assistance: Manufacturing; Finance & Insurance Services; Wholesale Trade; Information Industries; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management Services; and, Administrative & Support Services. Additional information is available at www.GrowFL.com.