New executive director at GTEC officially takes post

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 12:01 a.m.
Booker Schmidt began his new job Monday as the executive director of the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center on SE Hawthorne Road.
Schmidt is a Tampa native and former entrepreneur with experience in working with startup business ventures and as a previous manager of technology alliances for UTEK Corp. He also was a consultant for the University of South Florida's division of patents and licensing.
"I look forward to the many opportunities ahead and the chance to build on the many good things that have been done and are being done at GTEC," said Schmidt, who will oversee GTEC's daily operations, recruit new startups and help tenants grow their businesses.
GTEC is a joint venture of the city of Gainesville, Alachua County and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The facility currently has nine tenant companies in various stages of development.
"We are thrilled to have someone with Booker's experience and knowledge level directing our efforts at GTEC," said Brent Christensen, president and CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, which manages the facility. "I have no doubt that his leadership will result in a new level of success and prominence for our community's high-tech business incubator."
Former executive director Morris Windhorst resigned his position effective Oct. 31. James White, former chief technical officer of a now defunct Gainesville biotechnology firm, served as interim executive director until a new one could be hired, following a national search.
A committee of six, including city, county and University of Florida representatives, appointed by the GTEC advisory board participated in the search.
Doris Chandler can be reached at (352) 374-5094, or

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