About the Speakers
Martha Bryson, SPHR has been an HR practitioner for close to 20 years. Her career has been in hospitality, entertainment and healthcare. As the Director of Staff Services, she is plan administer for the retirement, insurance, leave of absence/ADA and worker’s comp programs for Hope HealthCare Services. Marty, as she is known to those around her, is the HR Mentor for 25 department managers assisting them with leadership development to sustain success in their role and allow them to be a catalyst to excite staff members to do their best work. Active in her local chapter, Marty served in numerous roles including president in 2006. She was awarded the HRMA of Southwest Florida Human Resources Award of Excellence in 2003. Marty has served the HR Florida State Council in a variety of roles. She is currently serving her 6th year on the Executive Committee
Senator Aaron Bean, Florida Senate, 4th District
Aaron Bean was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2012. He was subsequently re-elected without opposition in 2014 and 2016 and is currently serving as chair of the Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee. Before being elected to the Florida Senate, Aaron served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, including a term as chairman of the Duval County Legislative Delegation in 2008.
Aaron was tapped by then-Speaker of the House Marco Rubio to chair the House Health Care Committee, which oversaw all health care policy and the appropriations for approximately one-third of the state budget. Prior to being elected to the Florida House in 2000, Aaron served as a commissioner and mayor of the City of Fernandina Beach and was named “Best of the Best” by the Fernandina Beach News-Leader.
In 2017, Aaron was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association for his support and commitment to osteopathic medicine and the delivery of quality health care to the citizens of Florida. He was also named “2017 Child Advocate of the Year” by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society, a “Distinguished Alumni” by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and a “Distinguished Advocate” by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to serving as president of Compass Bank in Nassau County for 11 years, Aaron has successfully launched four small businesses, including the High Energy Auction Company. He has been a professional Florida auctioneer for more than 17 years, and his quick wit and impressive results have put him in high demand as an auctioneer throughout the State of Florida.
Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville University and is currently the relations development officer at UF Health Jacksonville. He has been a Rotarian for 26 years and a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the YMCA, Crime Stoppers and Nassau County Schools. Aaron and his wife, Abby, reside in Fernandina Beach, Florida and have three sons: Bradley, Gray, and Walker.