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Wright starts Indigo Strategic Consulting
Catherine Wright recently started Indigo Strategic Consulting.
Indigo Strategic Consulting is focused on helping companies with business transformation initiatives, including strategic marketing and communications, change management, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.
Wright joined Harris Corp. in 1996 after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering. She later earned her Master of Business Administration from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
Initially hired as a mechanical engineer to design deployable reflectors for space, she expanded her business acumen and experiences through other key positions, including senior engineering manager, acquisition business analyst, business development manager, and senior director of marketing and communications.
In her role as strategic planning and business development for Harris CapRock, Wright led the annual strategic planning process, as well as the cross-selling of the broader Harris portfolio into the organization.
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For the $7 billion acquisition of Exelis, Wright served as communication project manager, overseeing all stakeholder communication messaging, deliverables and schedule.
Post-acquisition, she led the creation of the unified external website, alignment of all strategic trade shows and the establishment of enterprise brand standards.
Wright also served as communications project manager for the $17 billion L3/Harris merger, which included oversight and management of all marketing and communication workstreams and the development of a comprehensive employee intranet.
She most recently led executive and internal communications at L3Harris corporate headquarters.
For more information on Indigo Strategic Consulting go to www.indigo-sc.com.
Shell named senior account executive at Griffin Communications
Sara Shell recently joined Griffin Communications Group as a senior account executive.
She will work with Griffin’s aerospace industry clients, and develop strategic communication and public relations campaigns.
Prior to joining Griffin, Shell spent more than six years at Space Florida as public relations manager. She served as the organization’s lead for media relations, communications, social media, project announcements and companywide events.
With a background in journalism, Shell also has worked as a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel, the Virginia Gazette and the Virginian-Pilot, covering both sports and community news.
Shell has a master’s degree in education in sports management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in communication studies from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
Shell also is the special events chair for the Space Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. She also volunteers with United Way of Brevard, and previously served as the employee campaign manager for Space Florida.
Hopkins honored by Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce recently honored John Hopkins as this year’s recipient of the William R. “Bill” Ellis Legacy Award.
Each year, this award is given to an individual whose commitment and dedication to the Melbourne Regional Chamber and community has impacted the quality of life and business climate on the Space Coast.
Hopkins is a founding partner of Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs and Associates LLP, which now has offices in Viera and Orlando.
Promise names Ivey as adviser to president/CEO
Promise Inc. has appointed Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey to a newly created role as an adviser to Promise president/chief executive officer and the Promise board of directors, in support of the special-needs community.
In this role, Ivey — who has a long-standing relationship with Promise — will provide guidance related to safety and security measures at the Promise campus and Promise’s social enterprises, as well as other matters impacting the Promise community, on an as-needed basis.
“I have known Sheriff Ivey since moving to Brevard County in 2012, and had the opportunity to work alongside him on many matters, including while serving together in leadership on the United Way board of directors,” said Jeff Kiel, president/CEO of Promise in Brevard. “Sheriff Ivey clearly has a passion for those in need in our community and holds a special place in his heart for the population we serve at Promise, which will provide additional comfort to Promise residents and their families.”
Promise offers one of only six completed planned communities currently in operation throughout Florida for individuals with disabilities and one of less than 60 completed planned communities for individuals with disabilities in the nation with availability or a “waitlist” status.
Promise also is leading the nation as one of the first planned communities to provide a more affordable, more accessible and more innovative supportive housing model for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
It is the only planned community for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Florida that focuses on employment as a core value and develops social enterprises to ensure residents have multiple choices for work training and experience.
“I am truly honored to serve as an Advisory Board member for Promise in Brevard, as they continue to serve those in our community with special needs,” Ivey said. “Since its inception, the goal of Promise has been to give peace of mind to families of individuals with special needs. From providing safe, affordable housing to helping provide employment opportunities for their residents, Promise helps bridge the gap for some of Brevard’s most vulnerable citizens, and I am truly excited to be part of the initiative.”
In addition to the Promise in Brevard Affordable Housing Community in West Melbourne, Promise operates several social enterprises, which employ the residents of Promise alongside others from the community, including the Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe, Aves’ Place Ice Cream inside the Promise Café & Bakery, and Sweet Sue’s Salon.
All of these enterprises are open to the public and directly support Promise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Established in 2009, Promise has a mission to provide affordable, independent housing for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, using public and private partnerships to develop a model community.
Located in West Melbourne, Promise in Brevard is home to 125 adults with special needs, while also offering vocational training and employment opportunities for its residents and an extensive resident community program featuring more than 60 on-site and off-site activities per week. These include life skills classes, such as money management, nutrition, cooking, sewing and social skills.
For more information about Promise and its mission of providing opportunities for individuals with special needs, go to www.promiseinbrevard.com.
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