Backbone of Innovation center



Executive Director


Bachelor of Science in management and economics- 1976
Masters in Business Administration – 1982

from: from: University of North Alabama

Doctorate of Education / Public Administration

From the University of West Florida

SBA Certified Business Analyst

Certified Teacher with the Florida Department of Education

Certified Incubator Manager

Stephen has served as a business consultant, completing projects for the Borden Company, two divisions
of Berkshire-Hathaway (Garan and Miller International), Eckerd Drugs, Wolfe Industries, CVS/Pharmacy
and Lakewood Industries. He has also started and managed his own companies in diverse business sec-
tors including food service, amusements, waste hauling, real estate and oil services.

Stephen has been involved in the incubation industry since 2004, serving as the director of the Bay
County Small Business Incubator (a cooperative project between Florida State University, Gulf Coast
Community College and other economic development partners) in Panama City, Florida. He assumed the
directorship of The Innovation Center and The Innovation Center Foundation in October 2007.




(since 2007)


Associate’s degree

from: from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Bachelor of Arts in business administration

At University of Southern Mississippi.

Patty is very active in the Coast Chamber of Commerce and serves as a Chamber Champion. In 2008 and
2010, Patty attended the National Business Incubation Association National Convention. Patty Usry has
been employed at The Innovation Center as office manager since May 2007.

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