Ava L. Parker

Former Vice Chairman at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (Florida)

Ava L. Parker

Ava L. Parker

Former Vice Chairman at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (Florida)

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Florida Polytechnic University
Palm Beach State College
Linking Solutions, Inc.

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President/Chief Compliance Officer at Bimini Advisors LLC

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Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer & Director at Orchid Island Capital, Inc.

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Vice President-Corporate Development at Florida Rock Industries, Inc.

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Vice Chairman, Board of Directors at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (Florida)

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc.

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Former Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc.

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Founder at Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer at Florida State College at Jacksonville

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Chairman at A.J. Johns, Inc.

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Director at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (Florida)

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Ava L. Parker
Former Vice Chairman at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (Florida)

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Career History
Vice Chairman

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, an independent state agency serving Duval County, has multi-modal responsibilities. JTA designs and constructs bridges and highways and provides varied mass transit services. These include express and regular bus service, a downtown Skyway monorail, the Trolley service, the Stadium Shuttle for various sporting events at Jacksonville Stadium, JTA Connexion for the disabled and elderly, and ChoiceRide that connects employers and employees to job access through customized transportation options.

2015 - Prior

Palm Beach State College is a school in Lake Worth.

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
2012 - 2015

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest member of the Florida State University System. We are strategically located in Lakeland, FL on the I-4 high tech corridor. Our location is essential because we will focus on STEM programs, specifically technology and engineering. When classes begin in August 2014, there will be two colleges offering six degrees. A complete list of our programs is listed in the Academic section. Mission Statement: Florida Polytechnic University’s mission is to educate students emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an innovative, technology-rich, and interdisciplinary learning environment. The University collaborates with industry partners to offer students real-world problem-solving, work experience, applied research and business leadership opportunities. Florida Polytechnic prepares students to assume available leadership positions in the dynamic technological landscape in Florida, the nation, and the world. Vision Statement: Florida Polytechnic University aspires to be a nationally and internationally recognized institution of higher learning serving the State by preparing students to lead Florida’s high-tech industries. The student learning experience will focus on practical and applied research, internships with industry partners, and hands-on leadership opportunities delivered by distinguished faculty who excel in their fields.

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Former Police Chief at Orlando Police Department


Majority Whip at Office of the House Majority Whip, James Clyburn

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