About the GI Money Team
GI Money’s core team has worked on a similar military-focused publication for many years. This now defunct magazine stopped publishing due to the organizational restructuring of its parent company. This same magazine’s readers and advertisers were left wanting its return. Many of them reached out to GI Money’s Founder, Javier Rodriguez. This created “the spark” that would develop into the fuel behind GI Money Magazine and website.
The prior magazine, Developed and Designed by Javier, was respected and credible. It won educational awards and become part of The Department of Defense’ Financial Readiness Initiative. Javier made some industry-leading connections during his 7 years of work as the former project’s Director.
Javier Rodriguez – Founder
Worked several years in Corporate America, local government and the non-profit sector as Editor and Art Director for nationally-based publications. Participated in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign via his former employer. Is an avid Product Developer, Marketer, and E-business Strategist. Has managed other magazines with print circulations of over 1.2 million issues. Javier is passionate about print magazines and has made it his purpose in life to provide Military Families with educational resources to help ease their number one stressor “money.”
Tamar Fleishman – Associate Editor
Tamar Alexia Fleishman is an attorney and writer in Baltimore. She served in the U.S. Air Force, her father served in the Indiana National Guard and her grandfather was a highly decorated Army surgeon who served as family physician to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Tamar served as intern to Sen. Paul Simon (D. – Ill.), working in the areas of Veteran’s Affairs, Commerce and Banking, Postal Affairs. Tamar has developed and published recipes, been a restaurant critic, taken classes at Le Cordon Bleu and BBQ U, and judged the Roadkill Festival — eating groundhogs and, unbelievably, moose. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Rafael Camaano – UCF Business Incubator
Caamano began his career as part of a US Army elite advanced war-fighting experiment called Force XXI. His passion towards entrepreneurship began shortly after embarking in his own business endeavor. Caamano is currently an Associate Director for the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP)-Kissimmee, where he cultivates emerging enterprises into job creating economic engines. He also participates in diverse philanthropic and volunteer activities, including: Advisory Board Member for Community Base Care of Central Florida, The President Office of Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council, and most recently the Florida Business Incubation Association. He holds an MBA from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
Gordon Hogan – UCF Business Incubator
In addition to working directly with incubator companies, Gordon manages the Innovation Club, a group of high net worth individuals interested in investing in local startup technology companies.Previously Gordon served as President of the Central Florida Innovation Corporation (CFIC), a firm dedicated to creating and building technology companies in the region.
Gordon’s background covers 30 years experience as an executive, entrepreneur, and business consultant. His area of expertise includes matching technology to a market and preparing startup companies to secure first outside investment.
University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP)
Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped more than 140 emerging companies (including nearly 100 current clients) create over $800 million in annual revenue and more than 1,600 new jobs with an average salary of $59,000. With eight facilities across the Greater Orlando community, the Incubation Program is a collaboration in economic development between the University of Central Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the City of Winter Springs, The City of Sanford, Lake County, the City of Leesburg, Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. For more information, please visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.
Mitch Ronco – Advisory Board Member
Served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Responsible Debt Relief Institute and Manager of Business Development at InCharge Education Foundation. Mitch strives to make effective financial literacy education available for all American adults. Mr. Ronco has well-grounded experience in the financial literacy field as well as relevant know-how in handling legislative affairs in Washington, DC. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Alberto Duarte – Advisory Board Member
Served as President and CEO of several non-profit personal financial education organizations as well as heading the analysis and development of several award-winning programs. Al co-chaired the national Jump$tart Coalition’s College Ad-hoc Committee; and he co-founded and chaired the Florida State Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy. Al’s professional career includes university administration and faculty work with several institutions of higher learning.
Alberto has served as an advisory board member and founding partner of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC). Al was also a member of the Board of Directors of the national Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (Jump$tart), and a member of the America Saves National Advisory Committee and the Forum to Promote Lower Income Household Savings, which are both Consumer Federation of America (CFA) initiatives.
Todd Romer – Sales Process Advisor
Founder of Young Money Magazine, youngmoney.com and Young Money LIVE campus events. Since 1999, Todd has been an advocate for relevant personal finance education for the college/young adult market. Over 7 million copies of Young Money magazine was published from 1999-2009 and distributed on 300+ college campuses. The Young Money LIVE campus tour launched in 2010 and has visited 150+ campuses across the U.S. Todd has spoken to thousands of young adults about money and personal finance and the importance having a 4 Step Money System that leads to financial health and wealth.