Jack Sullivan Jr., CEO

Since 2003, Jack Sullivan has been the President/CEO of the Florida Research Consortium (FRC), a strategic partnership between Florida’s universities and business community; focused on enhancing progressive research programs in Florida to promote quality economic growth.  In the last seven years, Florida has levered approximately $1 billion in research infrastructure investments into billions of direct funding for research.  Jack came to the FRC after 18 years as a business owner, where after a successful sale he became VP Acquisitions and Planning for the acquiring convenience retailer.  The company expanded five fold in four years to reach sales in excess of $810M. Today, Jack maintains ownership and manages a portfolio of commercial and agricultural real estate in Florida and Georgia.

Jack’s past volunteer service includes the Executive Committee of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as Vice-Chairman for Economic Development and other state and local economic development leadership positions.  He is a graduate, former Program Chair, Board of Trustee’s member and Chairman of the selection committee for Leadership Georgia.  Jack served on the Board of First State Bank and Trust on the Finance Committee in Valdosta, GA.   Recognized for his role in the only successful removal of an Air Combat Command Facility from 1991’s BRAC, Secretary William Perry invited Jack to DOD’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

Current volunteer service includes the Boards of BioFlorida, Florida Lambda Rail and the University of Florida’s External Advisory Board for the “Science Masters Program in Translational Biotechnology”. Jack earned a BA from Davidson College and MBA from Vanderbilt University.