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INVEST CARIBBEAN

HON. JENNIFER CARROLL

Trailblazer Award

Hon. Jennifer Carroll is a public speaker, bestseller author "WHEN YOU GET THERE", an Autobiography, former Political Analyst WJXT CHANNEL News4Jax Jacksonville, Florida, providing unbiased analysis of political issues, ballot initiatives, government, local and national races. Jennifer served as a Senior Advisor for Global Digital Solutions Inc. Advisory Board and worked with officers and directors to complete multiple acquisitions. She is the former President and C.E.O. of North American Custom Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

Jennifer was Florida's 18th Lieutenant Governor. She was the first female elected as Lieutenant Governor in Florida and the first African-American and Caribbean elected Statewide. She immigrated to the United States at the age of eight and served her adopted land admirably.

She was a state legislator for over seven years, a small business owner and a Navy veteran. In addition to her duties assisting the Governor with economic development, Jennifer oversaw the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and Chairperson of Space Florida. She was also the Governor's Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, and Chairperson on the Governor's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection.

She passed legislation establishing a public private partnership to construct an outer beltway from Jacksonville, Florida to St. Johns County, Florida. The opening of this roadway artery will enhance economic development in three counties, relieve traffic congestion and create another access for hurricane evacuation.

She also worked closely with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to secure Jacksonville as a site to receive a national veteran's cemetery. Jennifer spearheaded a campaign to raised funds, sought legislative approval for the monument, and obtained approval from national WWII monument architects to use the same stone and design to erect a scaled down replica of the national monument. This enabled the state to erect its first official WWII monument to honor the greatest generation from Florida.  In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Jennifer to "The White House Presidential Scholar's Commission," where she served until the spring of 2004. In May of 2004, President Bush appointed her to the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission where she served until October 2007.

Jennifer enlisted in the United States Navy in 1979 rising from the ranks of an enlisted jet mechanic E-1 to retire as a Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20 years. During her time in the Navy she was awarded numerous awards.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from St. Leo University. She is married to Nolan Carroll of Miami Florida for 34 years and they have three children, Nolan II, Nyckie and Necho and one grandchild Nolan III.

   

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