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Downtown Vision, Inc. Elects New Board Member

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) announced the election of new member, John Ream, to the 2012-2013 Board of Directors. The new director was recommended by the Board’s nominating committee and approved by the Downtown Improvement District stakeholders at DVI’s 2012 annual meeting.

John Ream is both a Downtown property owner and small business owner of Connect Integrated Marketing, a marketing consultancy. Recently, Ream was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 to watch. His civic involvement includes the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The First Tee of St. Johns County, First Coast Worksite Wellness Council and the Episcopal High School Alumni Advisory Board.

“Part of DVI’s mission is to market and promote Downtown Jacksonville as an exciting place to live, work and play,” said Chris Flagg, chairman, Downtown Vision, Inc. “So, we’re excited to welcome John with his years of marketing experience to advise us on expanding our efforts.”

Downtown Vision, Inc.’s 2012-2013 board officers include: Christopher D. Flagg, FLAGG Design Studio, LLC, Chair; Dan King, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Vice-Chair; Oliver Barakat, CB Richard Ellis, Secretary; Debbie Buckland, SunTrust, Treasurer; and Michael A. Jennings, Prudential Financial, Immediate Past Chair. For a complete list of board members and bios, visit

About Downtown Vision, Inc.
Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a dynamic, not-for-profit, 501(c)6 organization tasked with building and maintaining a healthy and vibrant Downtown. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Downtown Improvement District to provide a multitude of services over and above what the City of Jacksonville provides: cleaning and safety via the Downtown Ambassador program; activation with more than 50 event days annually, like the award-winning First Wednesday Art Walk; marketing, communications and partnerships; comprehensive information resources and ombudsman services; stakeholder support and advocacy; and business retention and attraction support. For more information, visit

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