New College of Florida welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees at the board’s March 3 meeting. Both were recently appointed by Gov. Rick Scott and are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Felipe Colon, 36, of Sarasota, has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo since 2007. He also is chair of Suncoast Community Capital, a Bradenton-based nonprofit that provides business coaching, workforce readiness training, tax preparation and microloan access to low-income people and communities.
Colon serves on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, first appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2010 and is a 2009 graduate of the “Leadership Sarasota” program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 2004.
Colon succeeds Bradford Baker and is appointed for a term beginning February 20, 2018, and ending January 6, 2021.
Mark Aesch, 51, of Spring Hill, is the chief executive officer of TransPro Consulting, a management advisory firm that specializes in working with the public sector, including government, education and transportation.
Aesch was formerly the CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, where he led a financial turnaround and improved services. He is the author of two books, “Driving Excellence” (Hyperion, 2011), drawn from his work at the RGRTA, and “Saving America” (Bibliomotion, 2016), on his plan for improving government efficiency. He is a frequent commentator on CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg Business News and Fox National News, and his work has been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Aesch is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term beginning February 20, 2018, and ending January 6, 2020.