LEAD Brevard Selects Dr. Duane DeFreese as Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient
By Space Coast Daily // October 19, 2019
Dr. De Freese will be honored at LEAD Brevard’s 2020 Leadership Awards on Feb. 7, 2020
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – LEAD Brevard announced that the 2020 Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Icon Award Recipient is Dr. Duane DeFreese.
DeFreese will be honored during LEAD Brevard’s 2020 Leadership Awards on February 7, 2020.
LEAD Brevard officials said that DeFreesel has built a legacy of developing other leaders along the way and has established a reputation of character, trust, and leadership for others to emulate.
De Freese currently serves as executive director of the Indian River Lagoon Council, a special district of the State of Florida and host of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, a designation he was instrumental in securing.
He also serves as a governor-appointed board member of CareerSource Florida, Inc. and the vice-chair of the Florida Ocean Alliance.
De Freese previously held positions as senior science and sustainability consultant to HydroPro-Tech, LLC.
He has courtesy professor status at Florida Tech and the University of Central Florida. De Freese is also senior vice president of science and business development for AquaFiber Technologies Corporation.
In the past five years, De Freese has focused his public presentations on coastal adaptations to climate change and sea level rise, technologies to address eutrophication of surface waters, and integration of ecology and economics to enhance public awareness of the U.S./Florida ocean and coastal economy, all challenges and opportunities for the twenty-first century.