GovLive is the most advanced aggregator of real-time government news on the web, provided free to the public. Every news item comes direct from agencies and officials without editorial or political bias. GovLive began as a service to get information to people quickly during emergencies and has evolved to become a sole source for all government news, big and small.
Chris Bennett, Florida Monthly's Most Intriguing Floridian (2006), is the Founder and CEO of GovLive. He is a graduate of Harvard University's Technology, Innovation, Education master's program. Prior to his learning experience at Harvard, Chris studied management and marketing at The Wharton School of business, graduating first in his class.
Chris entered the world of emergency management in 2005 when he founded the popular hurricane preparedness site OneStorm.org, and later the all-hazards preparedness application ReadyTown. OneStorm is regarded as the most effective online tool for disaster preparedness, so much so that the State of Texas commissioned them to develop Texas Prepares in 2007. OneStorm also powers Publix Super Market's Storm Basics program.
In 2009, Bennett received the Public Information Award from Florida Governor Charlie Crist for helping citizens locate news releases quickly during Tropical Storm Fay. This initiative sparked the idea for GovLive, connecting people everywhere with live-saving information.
Prior to forming GovLive, Chris co-founded America's Emergency Network (AEN) with former National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield and CBS National Hurricane Correspondent Bryan Norcross. Chris' application "AEN Mobile" was the third runner up in NAVTEQ's Location Based Services (LBS) challenge, helping people locate emergency information released near their current location.
Chris lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his girlfriend Janet and dog Puck. You may view his portfolio online here.
Paul Vickers career portfolio displays over 40 companies, which employ thousands of people globally. His rise to success includes the ever so popular Calgary based company, Penny Lane Entertainment Group, which showcases a premiere collection of some of Canada's top restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment venues.
Most recently, Paul Vickers' focus has been on the globalization of his International Flood Control business which is the world's largest manufacturer of Tiger Dams System. This innovative product is replacing the need for what we know as the sandbag (500 year old system), providing leading-edge benefits for disaster relief, environmental disposal, the spread of disease, as well as, establishing many cost and labor benefits, versus the outdated sandbag itself. This company was instrumental in the relief process for some of the hardest hit communities in New Orleans, during Hurricane Katrina. International Flood Control, currently operates in Canada, the United States, Germany, Japan, Czech Republic and England. His achievements have been documented by the Discovery Channel, CBS, CNN, FOX and Disaster TV to name a few.
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