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Jerome Osteryoung, PhD, MBA

Counsel to the Firm

Dr. Osteryoung has his own consulting company providing services to both small and large businesses. From 2008 to 2012, he was awarded the Director of Outreach Services of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University, the Jim Moran Professor of Entrepreneurship (Emeritus), and Professor of Finance (Emeritus). He was the founding Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. Dr. Osteryoung received an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the University of South Florida, and his doctorate from Georgia State University. He consults with entrepreneurs throughout the State of Florida and over the last fifteen years, he has directly assisted over 3000 entrepreneurs.

    He has written eight books, including 'So You Need to Write a Business Plan' (2003) (which is available on, and 'Jerry’s Recipes for Success: an Entrepreneurial Cookbook' (published January 2004), which is a compilation of 100 of his best articles along with commentaries from entrepreneurs. His most recent book with Tim O’Brien is titled, 'If You Have Employees, You Really Need This Book!'(2011), which is an Amazon Best Seller.

    Dr. Osteryoung has written over 60-refereed articles on entrepreneurial & finance subjects and has written a weekly article on entrepreneurship (over 500) for the Tallahassee Democrat which are also syndicated in at least six other newspapers since 2001. Additionally, Dr. Osteryoung is a columnist for Inc Magazine. Dr. Osteryoung is past president of the Sunrise Rotary and is a 10 time Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally, he is a member of the both the Bequeath Society and the Paul Harris Society. He has also previously served as president of the board of 211 Big Bend (local and state crisis hot lines) and has served as a crisis counselor there, contributing over 900 volunteer hours.

    He is Chairman of the Board of Florida Commerce Credit Union and past chairman of the Board of Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend. He currently is on the Board of Fringe Benefits Management Company where he serves as Treasurer. Additionally, he serves and has served on many other boards including the American Red Cross (past Chairman of the Board) and the Girl Scouts Counsel & Leadership, Tallahassee. He is a graduate of Class XX of Leadership Tallahassee and Class XXV of Leadership Florida.He was the co-founder of Working Well in Tallahassee and also brought Junior Achievement to Leon County. Dr. Osteryoung is a frequent speaker at international, national, and local events. He gives about 50 speeches a year on business related topics.

    In August of 2011, the Governor of Florida appointed him to the Judicial Qualifications Commission to evaluate all complaints filed against judges in Florida. Additionally, he was just awarded the Servant Leadership Award by Leadership Tallahassee recognizing his many years of leadership in the Tallahassee community. Currently, he is volunteering at Gadsden Correction Facility in Gretna, Florida teaching women inmates how to start their own business when they are released. He teaches two classes every semester and knows that this is the way to reduce the rate of prisoners returning to prison after release. Dr. Osteryoung is currently training his black lab, Sophie, for obedience trials. Sophie has already won her second AKC title (CDX) and is working on her third.

    He just returned from walking the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile walk through northern Spain, in about 37 days. He thought that this might be fun to do in retirement and it proved to be so much more.

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