Meet the Team

Elizabeth Krekel, Project Coordinator


Ms. Krekel graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in History, International Studies, and International Business. She studied Irish Politics at University College Cork and she earned a Masters degree in International Relations from University College Dublin in Ireland.

While working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Elizabeth earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida. At UCF, she traveled to Korea University to study public policy in Seoul. Recently, she returned from Beijing after working for a global consulting company.

Elizabeth enjoys hiking in U.S. National Parks, running half-marathons, shopping in foreign grocery stores, and traveling to previous Olympic sites. She has been to over 35 countries and hopes to travel to a new country each year. She’s passionate about international trade and connecting Central Florida with the world!

Jerry Ross, Director of the National Entrepreneur Center


A life-long entrepreneur, author, speaker and businessman, Mr. Ross currently serves on the Stakeholder’s Council for Enterprise Florida, the International Committee for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and day-to-day acts as the Executive Director of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, Florida.┬áMr. Ross graduated with a BA from Heidelberg University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.