NFC Connections Winter 2020 - Page 24

Jimmy Norris Friend To the College E Ann M. Vickers NFC ALUMNA ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP N orth Florida College alumna Ann Vickers has established a yearly $1,000 minimum scholarship for a first-generation student pursuing a degree in business. Vickers is the Chief Executive Officer for Charles River CFO (CRCFO). “The NFC Foundation could not offer the help that is needed for our students without the help of alumni like Ms. Vickers and others,” said Judy Lundell, NFC Director of Resource Development. Ann leads the strategic direction of Charles River CFO (CRCFO). She brings over 20 years of financial experience in a broad range of industry segments served by CRCFO, including life sciences and high technology. Her experience includes venture-backed emerging as well as publicly traded companies but her passion lies with entrepreneurial start-ups. She is an entrepreneur at heart and her firm has enjoyed recognition as one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida and is a CPA in both Massachusetts and Florida. 22 NORTH FLORIDA COLLEGE ach year, North Florida College recognizes and celebrates an individual who has gone above and beyond in helping the college fulfill its mission. This year NFC recognizes Jimmy Norris, Suwannee County Economic Development Director, as its 2019 Friend to the College. Norris was bestowed the honor for helping bring the college’s idea for a NFC location in Live Oak to fruition. “A substantial part of our college’s strategic planning initiatives involves expanding direct learning and support services to Suwannee County,” said Grosskopf. “There has been a tremendous amount of planning involved, and all along the way, Mr. Jimmy Norris, Suwannee County Economic Development Director, and great friend to NFC has worked diligently to help us make it happen. From fleshing out the concept to securing a location, Mr. Norris has worked hard to develop a very bright future of service and opportunity between the college and the residents of Suwannee County.” Norris received the award during the college’s Honors Convocation ceremony on April 23 in Madison, Fla. “It was an unexpected honor but one that I appreciate very much,” said Norris. “I look forward to working with NFC in the future and helping them help the entire community.” NFC President John Grosskopf, left, and Jimmy Norris at NFC.