Geoff Wilson: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
Geoff Wilson is the personification of entrepreneurship. More important than his success is starting and growing businesses though is his penchant for giving back to other budding entrepreneurs. First, a little background about Geoff; He is the President and CEO of 352 Media Group, a local Web development and digital marketing agency he founded from his room in a fraternity house while still in college at the University of Florida in 1997. The company, which now employees over 70 people, was not his first foray in to starting a business: he owned a successful computer repair store in a Sarasota, FL mall during high school.
About Geoff Wilson
Occupation: President & CEO
Years in Gainesville: 16
Spouse: Kimberly Wilson
Children: Reaves Wilson
In addition to 352 Media Group, Geoff built and sold 3 successful Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream franchises in Gainesville, an online virtual world for kids called CampPete.com, and a successful social media startup targeting the television news market called Social Newsdesk. He has been recognized on INC. Magazine’s list of America’s Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs, was on Gainesville Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and was the winner of the UF College of Business’ Clark Butler Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Despite all this, Geoff still finds time to give back. He is an advisor and frequent speaker at UF’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also served on the board of directors of the Gainesville Advertising Federation, where he worked closely with students and Santa Fe College and UF. 352 Media Group host an internship program with at least ten students each semester. Geoff spearheaded this program and makes a point of mentoring the students.
All in all, Geoff now only embodies the definition of entrepreneurship through his business work, but also through his fostering of the local entrepreneur community.
Submitted by Peter VanRysdam
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