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Defined by Execution

I dare say we have all met those people with grand ideas that can talk a big game; but when it comes down to it, they lack the execution skills. Sadly, that seems to describe most. Why? Because the execution is the hard part!

I recall a lunch I had, a few years ago, with a guy that had some grandiose ideas about how to do business in Jacksonville. He introduced me to the term “co-working” and even said he was going to bring a festival to town that would attract innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists from across the country.

Admittedly, I was skeptical. But, last week, those farfetched plans became a reality. I didn’t realize at the time of our initial meeting that Elton Rivas is a doer. Our city needs more people like him. He’s a big dreamer-type with unrelenting drive to make things happen. No excuses, just results. I’ve known Elton Rivas for a few years now and our relationship has only grown stronger. I’m proud of him, the team he has created, and proud of Jacksonville for embracing something special like the OneSpark Festival.

Peter Rummell, longtime businessman and OneSpark backer, perhaps said it best: “This is an opportunity for Jacksonville to own something unique.”

The OneSpark event took place downtown. Over 800 creators competed for $250,000 in the world’s only crowd funding festival. And it happened here, in Jacksonville! How cool is that? I can’t wait to see who is next and will turn their grand ideas into action.

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