David is the founder of the Tampa Bay investment firms Florida Funders and Seedfunders. He is also the recipient of the 2019 TiE Tampa Bay Angel Investor TiETAN Award for his efforts in pioneering changes in the Tampa Bay startup landscape. Additionally, Florida Trend named him one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in the state.
After spending over thirty years as an executive for the Wall Street banks and large private conglomerates including a position as a senior executive with JP Morgan, where he relocated 2500 high paying jobs to the Tampa Bay area. Irv now lends his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Seedfunders as a Managing Partner.
Ruth Ross spent 30 years as a senior Human Resources leader at top companies in both NYC and San Francisco before retiring from her role as an EVP of HR at Wells Fargo in 2011 to start her own company.
Bridgette Heller enjoyed a long career leading large global businesses for Fortune 100 companies. She is now running a local nonprofit educating underserved students and serving on the Board of three corporations.
Casey is an entrepreneur and real estate developer. He is Managing Partner at Belleair Capital Group, a privately held real estate company responsible for the development of numerous residential communities throughout Florida.
Mr. Lewis is 30 year veteran in the health care benefits industry, having served as the CEO for UnitedHealthcare’s commercial operations in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi for over 15 years.
Prior to his UHC career, he co-founded and served as CEO of four start-up physician independent practice associations (IPA’s) and an Alabama domiciled Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
Eileen is a new arrival to St. Pete from Boston, where she was a management consultant in a variety of industries at McKinsey & Co and Hillcrest Group. In Boston, she’s been a member of the Boards of the Catholic Schools Foundation and Pioneer Institute, and the advisory boards Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Olin College of Engineering, among others. She holds her A.B. from Brown University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Eliot is a cardiologist and engineer with over 30 years of healthcare and health IT experience having held roles as chief of cardiology service for a large inner-city teaching hospital and chief medical information officer for three different hospital systems. Most recently he has enjoyed consulting and advising several startups in medical imaging and artificial intelligence.
Eric Fontana is a CPA and serves as President and sole shareholder of Fontana Consulting and Fontana CPAs. Founded in 2000, both companies provide business advisory, accounting and auditing services to the non profit and small business community of Florida. Eric is a former manager at KPMG, an international accounting firm.
Eric has 25+ years in the financial services industry, with extensive experience in life insurance and investment management areas with several top companies as an auditor, CFO and advisor. Currently, he consults on a number of businesses in the areas of financial management, operational efficiency and controls, and business planning, as well as mentors emerging finance executives.
Geoff spent his career managing trading and investing businesses on both the buy and sell sides of the financial industry and now spends his time as an investor and advisor to startup companies.
George, a licensed attorney, has 37+ years in the financial services industry, with extensive experience in fiduciary and investment management. He has served as a relationship manager, trust counsel, Chief Fiduciary Officer and President with several large financial organizations. Currently, he is the Founder and Executive Managing Director of Slick Rock Capital Partners, Inc. and a Partner in Seed Funders Tampa Bay. He mentors several non-profit executives concerning building and developing social enterprises. He is currently a board member of Florida Humanities and WUSF Public Media.
Experienced Global Sales Leader. Business Development leader achieving growth via Business Planning, Creative Business Modeling, Sales Operations, leading teams, and Sales Management.
After retiring from the clothing manufacturing industry, Jim Aresty moved to Aspen, CO, where he became deeply involved in the Aspen Institute. He discovered St Petersburg in 2015 and began splitting time between the two cities. As an endeavor to bring some of his favorite aspects of the Aspen Institute to St Pete, Jim partnered with USF-St Petersburg to establish OPEN (Open Partnership Education Network). Jim is an active thinker, investor, and philanthropist.
Joe first entered the startup world with Steve Case’s Revolution Money (prior to AMEX’s $350MM purchase of the company). He next joined SavvyCard as investor and, subsequently, COO and Board Member. In 2018 he exited his first founded company, Think Tank (Big Sea after merging) and raised capital for 2 new projects, St Pete Catalyst & St Petersburg Group.
For over 30 years, Kannan has participated in the evolution of IT technology with significant experience in leading strategy and business development activities and designing and implementing a broad range of growth initiatives across multiple industry segments. He has an avid interest in driving entrepreneurship and fostering economic development through collaboration between entrepreneurs, universities, research institutions and governments.
Kevin C. Moore, Ed. D. is currently serving as Director of Operations, Entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa. Moore is a Founding Partner of Tier 1 Performance Solutions, LLC and is a Performance Improvement and Instructional Design consultant with over twenty five years of experience designing and modifying instruction for adult learners.
Mark is a biopharmaceutical consultant, board member of Annovis Bio and member of Robin Hood Ventures angel investor group. Previously Mark was a Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Pfizer.
Noel has many years’ experience in international sales, marketing and business development.This includes public and private companies in a diverse range of industries in both Europe and North America. He has spent the last two decades in Tampa, where he provided personal consulting services through his company BakerYork.
Dr. Vasiloudes is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member and fellow of numerous local, national and international professional organizations.
Mr. Bosquez is the former President & CEO World Duty-Free Americas, Inc. (formerly Duty-Free International, Inc.), the largest Travel Retail Company in North America with sales exceeding $500 million. He has led numerous mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings as well as developed and executed growth strategies.
Initial investor in Florida Funders and Seedfunders. Executive Coach for more than 60 Tampa Bay CEOs since 2005.
Roger is a technology entrepreneur that has founded companies in the defense, solar energy, biomedical and semiconductor industries. He has led both privately held and publicly listed corporations. He has orchestrated spin offs, joint ventures and divestitures. He continues to create and invest new high tech entities and participates in the management of companies with which he is associated.
Ryan Kania is an entrepreneur that resides in Tampa, FL. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Fall 2010’s Outstanding Graduate from the University of South Florida. Ryan attended the MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He began his career in investment banking prior to starting his first company, Advocates for World Health. Since 2014, Ryan has started over 6 companies with 3 that currently remain established in the Tampa area.
As a Commercial Real Estate broker specializing in the Central Florida Industrial market since 1985, Scott has sold hundreds of acres of land and handled transactions on over a million square feet of commercial/industrial buildings. In addition to being broker and president of Commercial Partners Realty, Scott is a founding member of the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors (FGCAR) and a Past President.
Mr. Charles is the founder of Central Avenue Advisors—specializing in helping companies and nonprofits uncover found money in their operations. He is the a former Navy submariner, owner of Haven’s Candies in Maine, a certified SCORE mentor and active social impact investor.
Sean has been an entrepreneur since 1982. He spent the first 25 years of his career in the financial markets industry before shifting his efforts to early-stage companies focused on the consumerization of healthcare. Sean’s firm, CDH Ventures, supports these opportunities (such as RxLive in St. Pete), as an investor, advisor, and sometimes operator. He is also the co-founder of SeniorGen, LLC.
Shawne, a multi-faceted executive, retired after 32- years with Verizon where she led billion- dollar organizations in Sales, Marketing and Operations. Committed to helping start-ups and small businesses succeed, she is a SCORE Certified mentor and volunteers at the St. Pete Greenhouse.
Mr. Cartwright is a partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors, LLC specializing in venture capital, private equity and mergers & acquisitions. Prior, he co-founded By-Products Interactive and Benchmark Solutions.
Tommy Simon is a CEO, entrepreneur, investor, growth strategist and sales consultant with a strong financial and technology background. He has founded and successfully sold consulting and product companies. Currently Mr. Simon is President and COO of Care Analytics.