Brian Barquilla is founder of Advantage B2B consulting + marketing, publisher of Advantage Business Magazine and is an expert consultant to privately owned businesses. In this role he also is the chief facilitator of Executive Advantage, a peer mentoring group for area small businesses. The Executive Advantage provides a forum for growth through coordinated discussion and exposure to expert speakers.
The core of his motivation is helping others succeed in business. Each month he looks for great businesses (people) that are doing unique and innovative things others can learn from. He and his team package this editorial content both online and in print. Understanding that some learn better from LIVE events, he also hosts professional development events designed around specific business topics.
In addition to being a publisher, journalist, and change agent, he volunteers his time with a number of organizations:
- Advisory Board Community First Credit Union
- Advisory Board Jacksonville University Davis College of Business
- 2012 class of the Political Leadership Institute
- Davis College of Leadership Mentor
He was honored by the Rotarians when he was awarded the prestigious “Palmer Hall Business Person of the Year.” This award is to recognize an individual that displays exemplary qualities of leadership, service to others & achievement of outstanding success in business. In 2013, Brian was selected as the Small Media Advocate of the Year for not only Jacksonville but the state of Florida. Brian taps into his expertise to speak at many events and has been featured in a number of business publications. An entrepreneur with a drive for success, he is skilled with starting companies from scratch, refining business models, recruiting top talent, and ultimately executing his exit plan. To date, all of the businesses Brian has created are still thriving.
A self-made entrepreneur with more than 15 years of business CEO experience, Brian is excited to be sharing his passion for business building with others. He holds degrees in marketing and management from Jacksonville University. He lives in North Florida with his wife Robin and their two children. In his leisure time, he enjoys boating, fishing, and personal fitness.
Dixie Davidson Baker is the Director of Operations and Traffic Manager for Advantage Business Magazine. Dixie is responsible for task management, assigning projects, and following up on fulfillment. Dixie is also in charge of the operations management including, monitoring the online traffic and lead generation tools including websites, social media, live events and offline media. She functions as the office manager and handles the daily details of the company. Dixie is also in charge of collecting the content for the print magazine and daily news for the website.
Originally from Beaufort, South Carolina, she moved to Florida to attend college at Jacksonville University. There she received her Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Marketing. While at Jacksonville University she participated in Greek Life and is an Alpha Delta Pi. She took a study abroad opportunity in South Africa working with Cheetahs and was previously employed by the Zoo.
Jon Artigas is the Art Director for Advantage Business Magazine. He brings to Advantage over a decade of online and print design. As an experienced web designer and IT Administrator, he has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree/Graphicsfrom the University of North Florida. Jon has received numerous awards and honors for his online and print work. He has a proven track record of producing high quality work. Jon is married and has two children and resides in Jacksonville, FL .