Kris Manning has been the business manager at the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida since 2000 and was promoted to Manager of Fiscal and Business Administration after completing her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in August 2012. She also earned her master’s in biblical studies from Evangelical College and Seminary. Manning received her CRA Train Certification and Advance Certification for USF Research in which she helped develop the curriculum for the online program and mock research project development for the university for those who are interest in fulfilling their research training in grants. In her role as business manager for the Florida SBDC at USF she monitors budgets, reconciles monthly ledgers and submits monthly budget reports for the Florida SBDC Network, PTAC, State Performance, South Florida State College, and Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce grants in excess of $1.5 million.
Administrative Support Specialist
As the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida’s Administrative Support Specialist, Nelson Reyes, assists the regional director with editing and compiling quarterly reports, client outreach tracking and requests for information. He is a member of the Florida SBDC Network Headquarters Center IC Super User’s group to evaluate processes and implement new tools in database management. Reyes trains staff in 10 counties on how to use Center IC to track clients, pull data and manage event information. He is responsible for overseeing the publishing of more than 300 events each year through the Florida SBDC at USF regional website as well as creating new templates. As the Center IC Coordinator, he helps coworkers gather data, corrects export issues, merges duplicate files, assigns permissions, documents payments, checks in all attendees and verifies all events. Reyes has served the Florida SBDC a USF for more than 20 years. He has earned Florida SBDC at USF Employee of the Year honors twice, as well as the USF/USPS Senate Quiet Quality Award, twice. He completed business courses in New York at Commercial Programming Unlimited and attended clerical training at the National Puerto Rican Forum. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Stephanie Ordonez is an experienced marketing specialist responsible for promoting and educating the 10-county Tampa Bay region on the benefits of utilizing the services provided by the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida. Her experience in the fast-paced broadcasting industry as a promotions and marketing coordinator led her to work on multiple traditional and digital marketing campaigns for radio and television programs. Afterwards, as the marketing manager of a Southwest Florida real estate company, she created a social presence for the company, built relationships with real estate partners, and assisted in the planning and execution of events. Skilled in design software, such as Adobe Suite and Affinity Designer, Ordonez creates and manages organic social media campaigns that work towards creating an impact in the entrepreneurial community. She currently manages the center’s social media platforms, email communications, and marketing collateral. Ordonez graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.