Brian Barquilla is founder and publisher of Advantage Business Magazine and is an expert in privately owned small businesses. In addition to being publisher of Advantage, 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.
At 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 monthly professional development events designed around specific business topics.
“I love connecting with entrepreneurs. There is something infectious about their attitude and drive that draws me to them. Typically, they take enormous risk by borrowing money from family and friends; perhaps mortgage their homes and maxing out credit cards. They do all of this to chase a dream of creating a better life for themselves and their families. I respect and admire that level of confidence. If I can help contribute to their success in my small way, I get a level of satisfaction that goes way beyond financial reward,” says Brian
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
- Board member Beaver Street Enterprise Center (small business incubator)
- Advisory board GrowJax for second stage businesses
- 2012 class of the Political Leadership Institute
- Davis College of Leadership mentor
He was recently 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, personal fitness and coaching U6 kid’s soccer.
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.
She understands the importance of strategic marketing and monitors daily details closely. She live in Jacksonville with her husband Justin and their two dogs.
Ryan Winter is a an expert communicator, account manager and consultant at Advantage. He’s well-rounded and agile, helping clients tell their stories and get more qualified leads from key decision-makers. His experience in representing the voice of businesses is as diverse as it is impressive. His work at Web.com shaped his ability to understand clients’ SEO and inbound marketing needs. He’s done work as a copywriter at Venus Fashions and St. John & Partners on state-wide accounts like The Florida Lottery. He’s also an accomplished video-storyteller and event planner who has helped various charities in Jacksonville, such as The Tony Boselli Foundation and Builders Care, convey heartfelt messages that resulted in increased awareness and response. Additionally, he has over two years of experience working in an advertising agency setting as a writer and video editor. But at his core, Ryan is a man who loves helping others.
As a member of Meninak Club of Jacksonville, Ryan supports various community outreaches. He’s also spent three years of his life developing a nonprofit organization called Water for All Nations that aims to help people in places like Tanzania develop their own clean water solutions and come into a relationship with God. This led him to spend six months in Tanzania doing research and building relationships in 2013 in addition to increasing his understanding of organizational strategy and business development. He’s still very involved in the strategic planning of this organization.
Ryan is a fourth-generation Jacksonville native. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2012 with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising. When he’s not working you can find him fishing on the St. Johns River in his kayak or enjoying time with his family.
Jim Molis is the editor for Advantage Business Magazine. He has 20 years of experience in journalism and communications, writing extensively about finance, technology, health care and professional services for companies and B2B publications. Jim is a former editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal and was previously managing editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He also has been a reporter for The Bond Buyer and Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer. Jim is on the advisory board of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center and serves as vice chairman of its Marketing & Communications Task Force. He also is a member of The Greater Jacksonville USO Council and is a member of Meninak.
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 .