Combining experience in both government and economic development, James Gilmore brings a uniquely broad perspective to the leadership of Infinity Global Solutions. He manages IGS under high standards of integrity and only supports those partnerships that benefit both public and private interests. With a career in economic development spanning more than 30 years, he boasts a diverse portfolio of successful public and private projects.
Prior to the formation of IGS, Mr. Gilmore served as the president of Agency Approval & Development. Mr. Gilmore introduced special economic development financing tools resulting in the location of Vistakon to Jacksonville, the development of the Proton Therapy Center at Shands Hospital in downtown Jacksonville and the development of a new distribution center surrounding Jacksonville International Airport.
Mr. Gilmore also served as chief of programming and development for the City of Jacksonville Department of Housing and Urban Development. He helped to develop and implement the transformative community development block grant program and established comprehensive neighborhood improvement programs involving community-based organizations and residents.
Mr. Gilmore brings an insider’s perspective to public-private partnerships, having also served as executive director of the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority, where he created Florida’s first successful community redevelopment plans, first effective tax increment districts and first major development of regional impact and development orders by public bodies.
Additionally, Mr. Gilmore served as the manager for central Jacksonville within the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and as project manager for the Broadway Project Corporation of Louisville, where he generated a $72-million multi-phased mixed-use project and managed the revitalization of 42.3 acres in the downtown area.
In total, during the past 30 years, Mr. Gilmore has been responsible for more than $1.5 billion in new investments in both public and private projects.
Under Mr. Gilmore’s influence, IGS works with clients from not only the Southeast, but also the Midwest and Puerto Rico. Now expanding into the lucrative Asia market, IGS recently commenced work in Shanghai to represent Chinese interest in U.S. markets.
Through his years of service in both the public and private sectors, James Catlett, executive vice president, has amassed extensive real estate and development experience that adds significant strength to the Infinity Global Solutions team. A problem-solving strategist, Mr. Catlett has provided guidance and strategic advice to some of Jacksonville’s leading for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Under Mr. Catlett’s influence, IGS is known as a leader throughout the industry for its community development work, helping both the public and private sector access funds and navigate the development process. A few of the key projects in Jacksonville that credit their success to Mr. Catlett’s unique deal structuring expertise include the Fidelity building on Riverside Avenue, the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation office and retail building on Moncrief Boulevard and the Signet building on Monroe Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Prior to the formation of IGS, Mr. Catlett served as the senior vice president of Agency Approval & Development, where he played key roles in developing the financing tools to locate Vistakon in Jacksonville and the development of the Proton Therapy Center at Shands Hospital in Downtown Jacksonville. Mr. Catlett also served as the executive director of the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, where he directed and supervised all operations, including comprehensive planning, developments of regional impact, the Job Training Partnership Act and economic development.
Complementing Mr. Catlett’s track record in the private sector is his first-hand public sector experience. Mr. Catlett was the deputy director and project coordinator of Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Authority, where he served as liaison between the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, state and local agencies on a variety of development projects. Prior to that, he served as planning, building and zoning director for the Clay County (Florida) Board of County Commissioners.
Mr. Catlett is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a Certified Development Professional Developer sanctioned by the National Development Council.
Kerri Stewart joined Infinity Global Solutions in September 2011 as Senior Vice President. Drawing on her extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, she will focus on assisting clients in the areas of government privatization, public infrastructure and general government relations.
Prior to joining IGS, Ms. Stewart served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville/Duval County, Fla., under Mayor John Peyton and Mayor Alvin Brown. In this role, she oversaw day-to-day government operations for the city, including directing a nearly 5,000-member workforce and managing the $1 billion municipal budget and $164 million annual capital improvement plan.
During her tenure with the City of Jacksonville, Ms. Stewart led several successful privatization studies and implementations. These included the outsourcing of certain technology services that saved the city an estimated $300,000. In addition to IT, Kerri encouraged privatization efforts in areas like solid waste, building inspection and facilities maintenance departments. She has shared her experiences in this area at a variety of conferences and other professional venues.
During her years of public service, Ms. Stewart also served as director of the city’s Housing and Neighborhoods Department, created the Office of Operational Efficiency (which later became the Inspector General’s Office), and served as a Policy Advisor to Mayor Peyton.
Prior to joining the City of Jacksonville, Ms. Stewart worked as a Program Manager for Alltel Information Systems in Leeds, UK and Jacksonville, Fla. She was a part of the program management team that worked for two years to migrate Bradford and Bingley Building Society’s mortgage processing software to Alltel’s solution.
Ms. Stewart graduated from the University of North Florida’s Coggin School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, double-majoring in Marketing and Management.
Shannon Eller, Esq.
As an IGS vice president, Shannon Eller guides public and private sector clients in developing and achieving expansion and relocation strategies that establish smart growth, maintain a competitive edge and ensure economic vitality. She brings to IGS extensive knowledge of economic and real estate development, experience working with state and local government agencies, strong relationships with elected officials and a proven track record of facilitating creative private/public partnership solutions.
Ms. Eller joined IGS from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, where she worked as the government and public relations officer. Prior to that, she served as deputy general counsel for the City of Jacksonville, specializing in land development law and serving as the primary advisor to the City Council on growth management matters. She is a former associate of the law firm Rogers Towers, PA, and a former regional planner at the Northeast Florida Regional Council.
A skilled negotiator, Ms. Eller uses her government background and deep understanding of law to bring citizens, developers, elected officials, government agencies and private industry together to develop and implement mutually agreeable solutions. Ms. Eller has successfully built consensus on several issues including transportation concurrency, land use and zoning changes and residential and commercial standards, each time helping to move the project forward to completion. Practiced in a variety of topics including telecommunications infrastructure, historic preservation, comprehensive plan evaluation and appraisal, airport and port master planning and neighborhood action and vision plans, she brings a unique perspective to IGS clients looking for an advisor with expansion and relocation expertise.
Ms. Eller is a graduate of the University of South Florida Honors Program and the University of Florida College of Law. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public administration, focusing on economic development and logistics, at the University of North Florida. Ms. Eller also serves on the board of the Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida and is a member of CREW Jacksonville.
Danielle Duke, Chief of Administration
Ms. Duke has benn a member of the IGS team since 2006 and is responsible for all tasks associated with keeping the company running smoothlyand suporting the team. She oversees all office procedures, communication flows and scheduling. A well-organized problem-solver, Ms. Duke is also responsible for negotiating with vendors, purchasing supplies, retrieving data and managing special projects.
Ms. Duke earned her bachelor's degree in business management with a concentration in business leadership and development from Jacksonville University.
Carlos A. Carrero
Carlos Carrero serves as an IGS affiliate in Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame and of the Florida State University Graduate School of Urban and Regional Planning with a specialty in the fields of housing and community development.
Between 1984 and 1995, Mr. Carrero worked in Washington, D.C., on public/private partnerships aimed at improving the quality of life in cities and rural areas across the country. His focus was to draw on the strengths of local and state governments, residents and private industry leaders to identify and implement effective strategies.
In 1995, he returned to his native Puerto Rico to act as project manager for strategic initiatives privatized by the state government to revitalize key areas in the capital city of San Juan and to rebuild areas across the island that had been affected by the passing of Hurricane Georges. Mr. Carrero's experience and proven capacity to bring together key state and local public sector officials with community and charitable organizations to maximize each other's impact on identified needs strongly positions him to represent his clients' best interests.