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One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union brings together World’s top creatives and entrepreneurs

one spark image for brians letterOne Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, today announced the lineup for their 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Florida Theatre. Headliners for this year’s One Spark Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union include Jeff Hoffman, founder of, and Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, and CEO, Shark Branding, and Tamara Mendelsohn, vice president of marketing, Eventbrite. Local artist and TEDxJacksonville leadership team member Daniel Austin will serve as emcee and past One Spark music creator Flagship Romance will perform for attendees.

The One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union tickets go on sale today at a limited time early bird price of $55. Ticket prices go up to $75 on Dec. 1, 2014, and increase to $95 Jan. 31, 2015. Group pricing is also available for groups of 10 or more. The reduced ticket price for the Speaker Summit this year is made possible by Community First Credit Union’s title sponsorship. The reduced pricing makes the Speaker Summit accessible to more small business owners, students and early stage creatives. For the first time, admission to the Speaker Summit is also included for registered One Spark 2015 creators. To purchase tickets, visit

“Community First Credit Union is proud to continue our support of One Spark and its 2015 Speaker Summit,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “This year’s event features a premier lineup of speakers sharing their expertise, experience and tips with our incredible community of entrepreneurs.”

The One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union also features talks by:

• John Boitnott, Serial Entrepreneur and Columnist, Inc. Magazine, San Francisco, Calif.
• Nick Cicero, Director of Client Strategy, Expion and Editor, Social Fresh, New York, N.Y.
• Ryan Feit, Founder & CEO, seedinvest, New York, N.Y.
• Drew Hendricks, Founders Space, AudienceBloom and Contributor, Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur, San Francisco, Calif.
• Ted Murphy, Founder, CEO & Chairman, Izea, Orlando, Fla.
• Maya Penn, Founder & CEO, Maya’s Ideas, Atlanta, Ga.
• Joy Randels, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder/CEO, New Market Partners, Tampa Bay, Fla.
• Jason Surfrapp, Founder, IWearYourShirt, Jacksonville, Fla.

Following the Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union on April 7, the One Spark Opening Ceremony in Hemming Plaza at 6 p.m. will feature Echosmith, named by Rolling Stone as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” and special performances by DJ Lil Boy and Mates of State. Food trucks and limited edition One Spark brews by Intuition Ale Works will also be on-site. The One Spark Opening Ceremony is free to attend and open to all.

“We are proud to have attracted this caliber of accomplished founders and creatives from around the country to share their knowledge and inspiration at the Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union,” said One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson. “When we expanded One Spark from five to six days, we wanted to use this day to add value for our community while attracting more visitors to Jacksonville, and we’re confident we’ll accomplish just that.”

Complete details about the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union, including the full schedule and speakers’ biographies, and the Opening Ceremony is available online at

One Spark also announced FIS and Eventbrite as sponsors of the One Spark 2015 Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email for more information.

About One Spark:
One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the human and capital resources they need to launch ideas. The One Spark festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them via voting and direct contributions and decide on the next big thing. One Spark Jacksonville 2015 takes place April 7 – 12, 2015 in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.

About Community First Credit Union:
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 108,000 members and with assets of $1.3 billion. Community First has 17 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information, visit

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