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Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor

President

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As Vice President of Client Services and Business Development for ACS Architectural Construction Services, Todd oversees key client relationships and is the company’s primary new business contact person. He works with all four ACS offices to identify opportunities in their core competencies of Program Management, Store Planning and Design, Architecture and Construction Management.

Prior to joining ACS, Todd served as Vice President of Design for Darden Restaurants, where he was responsible for new restaurant design and renovation of the existing portfolio. Todd was instrumental in developing new and innovative solutions to improve the guest experience while addressing operational challenges.

Prior to his 13 years with Darden, he held management, planning and design positions with Marriott/Ritz Carlton Vacation Club, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Limited Brands. With over three decades serving the hospitality, retailing, entertainment, and food & beverage industries, Todd has a broad perspective of the collaborative nature of the common elements, needs and trends in these industries.

He earned his BA from Dartmouth College and a Masters Degree in Architecture and Design from the University of Cincinnati.

Mary Taylor

Treasurer

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Mary Taylor serves as the Treasurer of the RIPITT Foundation, Inc.  As Trent’s mother, this foundation is very dear to her heart. She will always be involved and a driving force behind the philanthropic work of the foundation in memory of him.

Mary is employed at Diane Meiller & Associates, Inc., as an Executive Administrator, where she is responsible for the front office operations as well as the event planner for this Performance Excellence Consulting Firm, located in Orlando. Prior to joining DM&A., Mary was involved in the dentistry field and was a practicing Registered Nurse for over twenty years in Cincinnati. She earned her RN degree from Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

David Millay

Board Member

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David serves as the secretary of the RIPITT Foundation. David is the Managing Partner of EngageMint, a customer experience consulting company in the sports industry, working directly with college athletic departments and professional sports teams. Prior to co-founding EngageMint, David worked at Disney Institute, the external training and advisory services arm of the Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney Institute, David was a student at the University of Notre Dame, where he capitalized on his childhood passion as a walk-on to the men’s varsity soccer team. In his spare time, David still enjoys playing soccer, though his body might disagree.  With 4 brothers who grew up close to Trent and Taylor family, David is a big family man, but finds time to travel whenever possible.

Doug DeJarnatt

Sponsorship Co-Chair

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Doug DeJarnatt serves as Sponsorship Co-Chair on the Board of the RIPITT Foundation. Since RIPITT was founded, Doug has been a supporter and volunteer to the board prior to joining in 2018.

With a background in Sales and Marketing, Doug works for Specialty Lighting Group in Connecticut and serves as Vice President of Sales for the Southeast. Prior to that Doug worked for Lutron Electronics, Color Kinetics, and Nestle USA. With 35 years experience in business, Doug hopes to help grow the reach and potential of the RIPITT foundation.

Prior to joining the business world, Doug got his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, where he played football for the Volunteers.

Doug is married to Donna DeJarnatt. Together they have 7 children and 11 Grandchildren. Doug and Donna reside in Mount Dora, Florida with their 4 dogs.

Nima Ajabshir, Esq.

Communications Chair

Board member Nima Ajabshir, Esq. is the Co-Founding Partner at South Florida Law, with an emphasis in Real Estate Law. He co-founded the firm in 2014 and has grown it from a 2-man practice, to currently a 12 team operation that is rapidly growing and continuing to expand.

Nima has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and that spirit has translated into his efforts in helping the RIPITT Foundation grow in different markets. Nima, was an integral part of the foundation’s first Annual Sunset Social wine tasting mixer held in Miami Beach, Florida. The Sunset Social grossed $35,000 for the foundation during its inaugural event in 2020.

Nima and Trent were very close friends at Florida State University and were in the same pledge class at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. They were in business together both working in the bar and nightlife scene in event planning and marketing. Nima is extremely passionate about the foundation, its message and cause, and takes a lot of pride in being a board member. His relationship with Trent is what motivates Nima to help keep Trent’s memory alive through RIPITT.

Nima is a passionate sports fan, mainly rooting for Florida State football, the Miami Heat, and Miami Dolphins.

Donna DeJarnatt

Events Coordinator

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Donna DeJarnatt is serving as the Events Coordinator of the RIPITT Foundation, Inc.

Donna currently works as a Realtor® for Charles Rutenberg Realty, in Winter Park, Florida. In her role, she has proven time-and-time again she has the skills, professionalism, work ethic and ability to get the job done, no matter the obstacles, quite often where competitors have failed.  Because of her dedication to success, she is time-tested in making it happen.  Not just for luxury home buyers & sellers and first time home buyers, but for everyone. Donna is married to Doug DeJarnatt and has 7 adult children, 11 Grandchildren.

Chas Malone

Secretary

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Chas Malone serves as a board member of the RIPITT Foundation, Inc. He currently works as a Project Manager for BST Global, a software firm headquartered in Tampa, FL. In his role, he is responsible for the implementation of enterprise software solutions to a global client base.

Chas attended Florida State University from 2008-2012 and graduated with degrees in Political Science and International Business. While at FSU, Chas and Trent were roommates and both members of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Kyle Sims

Board Member

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Kyle currently works as a Scrum Master & Project Manager for a digital content creation studio, in Tampa. In his role, he is responsible for managing operations for the software development department to ensure long-term success and productivity for all projects.

Kyle attended Florida State University from 2009-2012 and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity where he met Trent.

Dan Ahler

Board Member

I am an FSU Phi Delt, former roommate of Trent, and current friend and fan of the RIPITT Organization. I currently live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with my wife Lauren and our 7-month-old son, Benny. I have worked for Boston Scientific as a medical device sales rep for the past 6 years. In my free time I like to golf, fish, travel, and spend time with my new growing family.

Erik Hunkemoeller

Board Member

As the Mid-Atlantic Sales Representative at Medco Sports Medicine, Erik is responsible for bringing in new business and maintaining existing relationships with High School, College and Professional Athletic Training Staff customers in his 6 states. Prior to joining the Medco team Erik served as a Marketing Account Executive for the Cleveland Clinic, overseeing the marketing initiatives for the Emergency Services Institute. A close family friend of the Taylor’s, Erik has been involved with the RIPITT foundation for the last several years and is looking forward to expanding his role as a member of the board to help continue to grow the reach of the RIPITT Foundation.

Erik attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio from 2013-2017 and graduated with his degree in marketing.

Michael Millay

Board Member

Michael Millay is the CEO and Creative Director for Rooted Creative Agency, a full-scale creative agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before Rooted Creative, Millay was a professional soccer player for FC Cincinnati in their inaugural season, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati.

Millay is focused on supporting those around him, building a stronger community along the way. In addition to Rooted, he is the co-founder of Race Street Athletics, a health and wellness brand that offers free community workouts and competitive fitness competitions around Cincinnati, and is a partner at Pata Roja Taqueria.

An ongoing goal of Michael’s is to to empower and equip brands and leaders to achieve more, through creative marketing experiences.