Seedfunders Orlando

Seedfunders was founded by experienced entrepreneurs, financial professionals and industry executives.

A powerful team

Passionate about building great businesses

Dr. Dennis R. Pape

Founder, Catalyst Spaces and VentureScaleUp
Founded, scaled, and exited Photonic Systems
BA, Physics, Cornell University
PhD, Physics, Duke University

Marcin Kubiak

Founded, scaled, and exited Elite Medical Scribes
BA, Business,Management, and Marketing, University of St. Thomas
MBA, St. Cloud State University – Herberger Business School

Sydney Rossman-Reich

Principal, PRN Real Estate & Investments, Ltd
Former Monetization Man., Facebook
Former Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
BA, Finance, Washington University
MBA and Ms in Design Innovation, Northwestern University

Beverly Madison

Beverly is an entrepreneur and real estate developer focused on industrial and commercial properties in Orlando. She co-owns and oversees the management and cashflows of 30+ entities.

Beverly has also served on the Boards of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and Goodwill Foundation.

Jon Watkins

Jon Watkins is the founder, co-owner, and COO of Dignitas Technologies. He started his M&S experience in the early ’90s by deciphering the SIMNET TDB format for PC-based research on GCFs. While he has worked in many disciplines within M&S, he has a particular interest in CGFs, virtual simulation, SNE, and lightweight simulators.

David Sherrer

Founded, scaled, and exited Nuvotronics
BS, Physics, Virginia Tech
MS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Dave Chitester

David is the founder of the Tampa Bay investment firms Florida Funders and Seedfunders as well as Seedfunders Orlando and Seedfunders Miami. He has been called “The Angel Investor who changed the startup landscape in Tampa Bay”. Additionally, Florida Trend named him one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in the state.

Irv Cohen

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.

Randall Greene

Initial investor in Florida Funders and Seedfunders. Executive Coach for more than 60 Tampa Bay CEOs since 2005.

Ahmad Abualsamid

Founder and CEO, LiveMemories
Founded, scaled and exited StratEx
Former Head Architect – Employee Cloud at Toast
Ph.D. Modeling and Simulation – University of Central Florida
Ph.D. (ABD) Computer Engineering – UW-Madison
MS Modeling and Simulation – University of Central Florida
MS Computer Science – UW-Madison
MS Computer Engineering – UW-Madison
BS Electrical Engineering – Jordan University of Science and Technology

Eileen Shapiro

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.

Gene McCulley

Founder and CEO, StackFrame
BA, Computer Engineering, University of Central Florida

Tom Blake

Director Florida Operations, Fluid Flow Products
President of Team Properties Inc.
Owner of Team Management Inc.
Former Owner/President Team Technical Services Inc.
BSBA, Marketing, University of Central Florida

Jim Aresty

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.

Waymon Armstrong

Engineering & Computer Simulations
AA, Valencia College
BS, College of Business, University of Central Florida

Richard Milam

Chairman, Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando
Founded, scaled, and exited EnableSoft
BS, Computer Science, Illinois State University

Terry Pierce

COO, IDEM Systems
Principal, Pierce Consulting
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida

Frank Vertolli

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Net Conversion
BA, University of Central Florida


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