Mr. Chitester is a startup expert and experienced entrepreneur. He has founded a number of successful companies from scratch, including Chitester Management Systems, RedVector, and Florida Funders.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Experienced Business Executive. Highly skilled in capital raising & management, strategic, operational & financial planning, forecasting and budgeting for individuals and businesses, from start-ups to multi-billion dollar operations. Passionate about helping new businesses plan, start and grow profitable operations, and coaching/mentoring emerging talent. Strong finance and accounting professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Miami University.
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 Keith spent 25+ running various capital markets businesses for JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. He also co-founded a relative-value hedge fund and served on the investment committee of another. He recently retired to devote his energies to investing in and lending his expertise to start-up 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 has 30+ years of global pharmaceutical commercial development, marketing and consulting experience. Mark is currently a consultant, board member of Annovis Bio, and member of Robin Hood Ventures, a Philadelphia based angel investor group. Before retiring from Pfizer, Mark was Vice President Worldwide Marketing, with global responsibility for new product development and marketing for Pfizer’s Inflammation and Immunology Therapeutic Area.
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.
Mr. Greene has a broad range of financial and executive experience and has served as CEO of 3 public companies. He has also closed more than 70 M&A deals as principal of Greene Capital Partners.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan’s companies have been featured in Entrepreneur’s Top 30 Under 30 StartUps to Watch, United Nations Headquarters, CNN News, FOX News, St. Petersburg Times, BusinessInsider, and more.
Broker/President of Commercial Partners Realty, Inc.
In 2010, Scott was awarded “Broker of the Year” by the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors.
Specialties: Office, Industrial, and Investment properties transacted for users or investors in the Tampa Bay area.
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.
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.