Orlando

Our Team

Team Members

Dr. Dennis R. Pape

CEO

Dr. Dennis R. Pape

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

Dave Chitester

Managing Partner

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…

Frank Vertolli

Managing Partner

Frank Vertolli

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

Marcin Kubiak

Managing Partner

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

Managing Partner

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

Ahmad Abualsamid

Partner

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…

Beverly Madison

Partner

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…

David Sherrer

Partner

David Sherrer

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

Eileen Shapiro

Partner

Eileen Shapiro

Eileen is a newer 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,…

Gene McCulley

Partner

Gene McCulley

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

Irv Cohen

Partner

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…

Jim Aresty

Partner

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…

Jon Watkins

Partner

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…

Minhal Yusufali

Partner

Minhal Yusufali

Minhal is a biomedical engineer with medical device experience from R&D to prototyping & validation; working with technology from Brain-Computer Interfaces to Neural Implants, and Medical Software. He graduated from…

Ramon Bosquez

Partner

Ramon Bosquez

Ramon 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…

Richard Milam

Partner

Richard Milam

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

Terry Pierce

Partner

Terry Pierce

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

Tom Blake

Partner

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

Waymon Armstrong

Partner

Waymon Armstrong

Founder/CEO/President Engineering & Computer Simulations AA, Valencia College BS, College of Business, University of Central Florida