Leadership

Team Members

CEO Drew Honeycutt
Director of Marketing Brit Blalock
Director of Programs Kellie Clark

Drew Honeycutt

CEO

A longtime entrepreneur, Drew brings the necessary experience for building and strengthening The Depot’s high-growth business community. He has a track record of starting and growing several successful businesses, and he is passionate about helping others convert their ideas into scaling businesses. Drew holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and serves on boards for TechBirmingham, Birmingham Business Alliance, The UAB Research Foundation, and BioAlabama.

Brit Blalock

Director of Marketing

Brit has 12+ years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising strategy and execution. Prior to her time at The Depot, Brit worked for national brands like Goodwill Industries and the Better Business Bureau as well as for the UAB School of Medicine. She holds a B.A. from Samford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

Kellie Clark

Director of Programs

With a reputation as an intuitive problem solver and “intrepreneur,” Kellie has led organizations in the areas of program management, organizational change, and sustainable fund development. Prior to her time at The Depot, Kellie served as Director of Operations at Innovate Birmingham, a workforce bootcamp that trains adult learners in full stack web development and data analytics. As the Program Director at Innovation Depot, she is responsible for curating programming that supports early-stage founders. Kellie holds a B.A. and MPA in Economic Development from Auburn University.

Director of Facilities Blake Cooley
Receptionist Tayun Harrison
Controller Desireé Page

Blake Cooley

Director of Facilities

Blake has 9 years of building maintenance experience as well as 20+ years of customer service experience. Prior to The Depot, he worked for a short line rail yard and for Alabama Power as a car knocker and boilermaker. All of his experience was obtained on job sites.

Desireé Page

Controller

Desireé is a native of Birmingham who has more that 25 years in accounting and finance. Her background is in small business and for the last almost 9 years has worked for Innovation Depot. Her undergraduate degrees are in accounting and marketing from the University of Alabama and she has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.

Experience Manager Shaun Pollard
Director of Operations Virginia Sauer

Shaun Pollard

Experience Manager

Shaun has served as the Experience Manager at Innovation Depot for nearly 16 years. Her job consists of many responsibilities, from customer service to billing. Shaun is also an entrepreneur who launched her own cleaning business (Pollard’s Janitorial Service) in 2014 and now serves several small businesses in the area.

Virginia Sauer

Director of Operations

Virginia has 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit field. Prior to her time at The Depot, Virginia worked in education doing both undergraduate and graduate admissions as well as development. She gained experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem during her time at the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a co-founder of the Bham BizHub. Virginia holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.

CEO Drew Honeycutt
Director of Marketing Brit Blalock

Drew Honeycutt

CEO

A longtime entrepreneur, Drew brings the necessary experience for building and strengthening The Depot’s high-growth business community. He has a track record of starting and growing several successful businesses, and he is passionate about helping others convert their ideas into scaling businesses. Drew holds a BBA and an MBA from the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and serves on boards for TechBirmingham, Birmingham Business Alliance, The UAB Research Foundation, and BioAlabama.

Brit Blalock

Director of Marketing

Brit has 12+ years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising strategy and execution. Prior to her time at The Depot, Brit worked for national brands like Goodwill Industries and the Better Business Bureau as well as for the UAB School of Medicine. She holds a B.A. from Samford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

Director of Programs Kellie Clark
Director of Facilities Blake Cooley

Kellie Clark

Director of Programs

With a reputation as an intuitive problem solver and “intrepreneur,” Kellie has led organizations in the areas of program management, organizational change, and sustainable fund development. Prior to her time at The Depot, Kellie served as Director of Operations at Innovate Birmingham, a workforce bootcamp that trains adult learners in full stack web development and data analytics. As the Program Director at Innovation Depot, she is responsible for curating programming that supports early-stage founders. Kellie holds a B.A. and MPA in Economic Development from Auburn University.

Blake Cooley

Director of Facilities

Blake has 9 years of building maintenance experience as well as 20+ years of customer service experience. Prior to The Depot, he worked for a short line rail yard and for Alabama Power as a car knocker and boilermaker. All of his experience was obtained on job sites.

Receptionist Tayun Harrison
Controller Desireé Page

Desireé Page

Controller

Desireé is a native of Birmingham who has more that 25 years in accounting and finance. Her background is in small business and for the last almost 9 years has worked for Innovation Depot. Her undergraduate degrees are in accounting and marketing from the University of Alabama and she has a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.

Experience Manager Shaun Pollard
Director of Operations Virginia Sauer

Shaun Pollard

Experience Manager

Shaun has served as the Experience Manager at Innovation Depot for nearly 16 years. Her job consists of many responsibilities, from customer service to billing. Shaun is also an entrepreneur who launched her own cleaning business (Pollard’s Janitorial Service) in 2014 and now serves several small businesses in the area.

Virginia Sauer

Director of Operations

Virginia has 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit field. Prior to her time at The Depot, Virginia worked in education doing both undergraduate and graduate admissions as well as development. She gained experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem during her time at the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a co-founder of the Bham BizHub. Virginia holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.

The Depot is fortunate to have a board made up of many local Birmingham leaders. Together, they help guide Innovation Depot toward growing its impact.

Board Members

Ecosystem Builders

The most successful founders often attribute their success to their network. That’s why—as a resource for our founders—the Depot curates a community of mentors, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and specialists who want to share their knowledge. Our network, also known as Ecosystem Builders (EBs), understands that you only have to be one step ahead in order to lead. They inspire, compel, and help founders identify the most impactful and promising path forward. EBs energize our diverse communities of founders to hustle and turn the once unimaginable into something dynamic.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming one of our EBs, please reach out to our Director of Programs, Kellie Clark, at kellie@innovationdepot.org.