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Board of Trustees

Ben Bates, Jr.
John Browning, Jr.
R. T. Clay, Sr.
Steve Chapman
Bobby Cothren
Edward Hedstrom
Daniel Martinez
Richard Perallon
Marc Spalding
Carlton Spence


Daniel Martinez


In 1992, Daniel retired from Georgia-Pacific Corporation as Sr. Vice President-Manufacturing and moved back to Palatka, Florida. Currently, he works as a consultant to the tissue manufacturing and converting industry. He is active in many civic organizations, particularly the Rotary Club, where he led efforts to raise money for a $1.5 million renovation of the Roy Campbell Civic Center at Ravine Gardens State Park.
He has held a number of civic offices and has served on executive committees, including: Trustee, Putnam Community Medical Center; Trustee Emeritus, University of North Florida Foundation; Trustee, St. John’s River State College Foundation; Past Member, St. John’s River Water Management District Board of Commissioner; Past President, Rodeheaver Boys Ranch. 






Edward E. Hedstrom was a former Circuit Judge appointed to the bench in 2000. Before becoming a judge, he was a civil attorney for 35 years. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. During his time on the bench, Ed Hedstrom heard family, civil, and criminal cases.  Ed Hedstrom joined Douglas & Hedstrom in 2014 and focuses his areas of practice on Real Estate and Business Planning.



Ben Bates


Ben Bates is currently the President/Owner of Bates Hewett & Floyd Insurance as well as the President/Owner Coldwell Banker Ben Bates, Inc. based in Palatka, FL.



Marc Spalding


Marc Spalding is a Manager and Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker Ben Bates Inc. in Palatka, Fl. 




John Browning, Jr. is the owner and President of Browning Consulting and Browning Packing Company, and is also very active as President of St. Johns Expeditions and The Goodman Company. He holds a BA from Florida State University. Mr. Browning is involved with the First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and several other Boards throughout the State of Florida and Pasco County.



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Dr. Steve Chapman has been in private practice for over 30 years. During this time he has received many awards and honors. He belongs to several dental organizations and serves in many community organizations, including President of the FL Association of Orthodontists and UF Orthodontist Alumni Association, the First Baptist Church and the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch. He is a prior President of the Ranch’s Board of Directors and has served on the board for over 35 years. 



Tommy Clay, a Rancher and Putnam County agricultural agent, is invloved with many organizations of service, including:

  • Agriculture First Farm Credit Bank (Columbia, S.C.)

  • Boy Scouts

  • Chamber of Commerce

  • Florida Association of County Agents

  • Florida State Fair

  • Kiwanis Club

  • Putnam Community Medical Center

  • Putnam County Cattlemen’s Association

  • Putnam County Farm Bureau

  • Putnam County Planning Commission

  • Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch

  • Rodeheaver’s Trust



Bobby serves as an Executive Committee Member for the board and possesses over thirty years of experience in managing design, fabrication, installation, construction and maintenance of mechanical systems. As one of the founding members of The Stellar Group in 1985, he began directing and coordinating Stellar's interests in developing and maintaining industrial refrigeration facilities and systems. As past president and COO of The Stellar Group, Bobby managed total customer service for all divisions, daily operations, office administration, accounting & finance, bonding, marketing and business development.

Since beginning in the field over 30 years ago, Bobby has earned advanced technical & practical manufacturers supervised training in refrigeration design principles and installation procedures. Bobby is a Licensed Mechanical Contractor and has made Stellar into one of the most experienced, certified and trained resources in industrial refrigeration. 


Richard Perallon


Dr. Richard Perallon owns and operates a General Dentistry practice in Palatka, FL, where he has called home for the past 28 years.  He is a member of national, state, and regional dental associations, and holds sustaining memberships in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Perallon has been a committed board member of the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch for 23 years and cheerfully continues his service to the Ranch staff and its residents.


Carlton Spence

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Carlton H. Spence is the Chairman of Beach Trading Company and inactive roles in twenty additional companies. Carlton's past corporate interests include the Chairman of Jax Cold Storage Company and the Chairman of Icsl Management, Inc. Carlton has additional archived roles with eighteen other companies including:

  • Past Chairman of Jax Cold Storage Company

  • Past Chairman of Icsl Management, Inc.

  • Past Chairman of Industrial Cold Storage, Inc.

  • Past Chairman of Jaxport Refrigerated Services, Inc.

  • Past Chairman of Global Stevedoring, Inc.

Carlton is a prior President of the Ranch’s Board of Directors for four years, and has served on the board since 1988. 




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