Benchmarks of Success: A look at major career changes in the area


A look at major career changes in the area.

Flagler Technologies adds Beckham as client executive
Flagler Technologies, an innovative IT solutions provider, has announced the addition of Jason Beckham to the team. Beckham, who brings with him decades of experience, will serve as a client executive working with the company’s largest customer and expanding the footprint in North Florida.

Prior to joining Flagler Technologies, Beckham worked with companies such as Prudential, NetApp, BellSouth and PaySpan, where he built a 24/7 infrastructure ASP that was responsible for billions of payment settlements for health care insurance providers. His transition to a sales role took place when he joined Dell EMC, where he quickly rose to global client executive. Among his career highlights are the recognitions of both President’s and Chairman’s Club at EMC and being globally responsible for a Dell Technologies Select customer, the largest designation for Dell customers.

His new role will include working with North Florida businesses and organizations to identify solutions for their IT challenges.

Beckham is based out of Ponte Vedra, where he resides with his wife Nikki and sons, Jacob and Jamison. The native Floridian graduated from Florida State University with a degree in both social science and economics.

LeMaire named new United Way of St. Johns County president/CEO

Mark D. LeMaire has been named president and chief executive officer of United Way of St. Johns County, serving St. Johns and Putnam counties. 

LeMaire joined the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida in 2013. During his time there, he directed a $5 million annual donor portfolio based on international relief, housing, education and environment, designed and implemented an annual competitive grant process exclusively for Putnam County and managed St. Johns County donor and grant investments.

Among many other achievements, while serving at United Way, LeMaire led the organization's planned giving effort, secured new planned giving commitments, stewarded the organization’s annual community investments and volunteer center, built a neighborhood-focused funding initiative, oversaw a $6 million annual budget and developed and implemented an online grant application process.

LeMaire has an M.A. degree in sociology from the University of South Florida, a B.A. degree from Southeastern University and more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. He is a licensed foster parent for the State of Florida and a 2020 graduate of Leadership St. Johns.

LeMaire will replace former United Way-SJC President/CEO Melissa Nelson, who assumed the role of President/CEO for United Way of Florida in June 2022.

Pettegrew named Florida Chamber Music Project administrative director

Sally Pettegrew, former vice president of administration and human resources for the Jacksonville Symphony, has been named administrative director of the Florida Chamber Music Project.

Pettegrew most recently served as executive assistant to the president of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. She has more than 30 years of experience in the classical music world through her work with the Jacksonville Symphony. She established the symphony’s human resources department, counseled 10 executive directors/presidents on leadership transitions and oversaw the Jacksonville Symphony Starry Nights concerts at Metropolitan Park.

Matthews appointed to Cathedral Arts Project position

The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) has hired Meredith Matthews as its newly established Petway Teaching Artist Fellow in Visual Arts. Matthews began her position on Aug. 22.

This position was created through the generosity of Betty and Tom Petway who have supported CAP for nearly 30 years. Their commitment of $250,000 will support this teaching artist fellowship position for three years.

Matthews comes to CAP from Arbus Magazine, where she served as assistant publisher for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of fine arts in painting and a Master of arts in art education from the University of Florida. Prior to, and in tandem with, her work at Arbus, Matthews worked as an art educator with museums and schools, as an arts writer and as a designer for several publications. She serves on the board for Art with A Heart in Healthcare and on the exhibitions committee for Beaches Museum.

In her new role with CAP, Matthews will provide visual arts instruction at multiple schools and community sites throughout Duval County, including afterschool, in-school arts integration and summer programs. Currently, she is slated to provide these programs at Beaches Boys & Girls Club, IDEA Basset and River Bluff campuses, and Parkwood Heights, S.A. Hull and Twin Lakes elementary schools.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan


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