NormHeadshot3Norman Dempsey is the resident tech innovator at Spark Growth and Station 2 Innovation where he has the moniker of “Tech-McGyver” among his colleagues. He is a long-time resident of Tampa Bay, having moved to Sarasota-Bradenton from Pinellas County in 1992 and his background includes that of a tech-business entrepreneur performing business, computer network, & cyber-security consulting. A former Network Administrator & Digital Media Director for local TV, he’s also managed/owned restaurants, sold and manufactured books, managed a 500,000 name subscriber list for a magazine publisher, and supported computer operations for DoD clients. He has a history of entrepreneurship going back to childhood and loves finding intrapreneur opportunities for existing businesses to expand services and enhance cash flow.  His volunteer work includes managing the social media presence for BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton and providing pre-loved and refurbished computer hardware to schools and the less fortunate. When the annual DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp unConference comes around, he’s a big part of the planning and production team that helps make it one of Sarasota-Bradenton’s premier public events. A graduate of Eckerd (BA) & USF (MBA), he lends his expertise and creativity regularly to those seeking business/tech advice and loves to talk shop with other cool people at Station 2 Innovation Networking or BarCamp After Hours events. Father, grandfather, and stubborn hoarder of his original Commodore-64, Norm encourages you to participate in your community where we all Share, Learn, & Grow together.