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

MIAMI

Our Team

Team Members

Dave Chitester

CEO

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…

Barbara Bibas Montero

Managing Partner

Barbara Bibas Montero

Barbara co-founded SafetyPay, a global payments solutions company, recently acquired by PaySafe. During her tenure there, her roles included COO and CMO as well as a member of SafetyPay’s Board…

John Lyons

Managing Partner

John Lyons

Comming Soon!

Leo Hernandez

Managing Partner

Leo Hernandez

Leo began his career as a software developer in 2004, subsequently working in many different industries including e-commerce, healthcare, aviation, education, finance, software consulting, and IT. Leo joined NinjaOne in…

Tahl Milburn

Managing Partner

Tahl Milburn

Tahl worked for system integration companies creating some of the first factory automation projects at Ford and GM. He moved into finance becoming CTO of Providian Financial which became a…

David Sherrer

Partner

David Sherrer

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

Eric Yaker

Partner

Eric Yaker

Eric has 25 years of experience primarily in the Pharmaceutical & CRO industry, with extensive experience in Finance & Operations. His roles have included Director of Finance, Site Director, and…

Gaston Derchi

Partner

Gaston Derchi

Coming Soon!

Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Partner

Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Hadi Bozorgmanesh is a Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering at UConn where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in…

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…

Jim Kimmel

Partner

Jim Kimmel

Jim spent well over four decades in the financial services industry including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Citibank where he spent many years in international banking and country management,…

Michael Loechel

Partner

Michael Loechel

Former Pfizer executive and Deloitte Strategy & Operations Life Sciences consultant with over 25 years of experience focused on helping biopharmaceutical companies become more innovative, competitive, and productive. M.S. in…

Pedro Sostre

Partner

Pedro Sostre

Pedro Sostre is an entrepreneur, author, and angel investor. He is currently the CEO of Builderall, a SaaS marketing platform that has supported over 2 million businesses. Sostre founded the…

Steve Schumacher

Partner

Steve Schumacher

After several successful equity events, Steve now works with CEOs and Founders to position their companies for investment or sale, while also working with private equity groups, venture capital investors…

Yuriy Vasylenko, MBA

Partner

Yuriy Vasylenko, MBA

A former executive currently focusing on VC, PE, and real estate investing following a successful exit of a healthcare services company Yuriy led.

Tampa-St Pete

Our Team

Team Members

Geoff Keith

CEO

Geoff Keith

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…

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…

Nawal Taneja

Managing Partner

Nawal Taneja

Nawal Taneja's vast aviation career spans over five decades. He's advised major global airlines, presided over a small airline with scheduled and charter jet services, and led a research organization…

Randy Greene

Managing Partner

Randy Greene

Randy,Managing Partner of Greene Capital Partners, was the initial investor in Seedfunders and Florida Funders. The executive coach for over 80 CEOs over the past 18 years, he has advised…

Shawne Angelle

Managing Partner

Shawne Angelle

A multi-faceted executive and Seedfunders’ Vice Chair, Shawne retired with Verizon where she led billion-dollar organizations in Sales, Marketing and Operations. Committed to helping start-ups and small businesses succeed, she…

Amy Crosby

Partner

Amy Crosby

Amy spent 20+ years in business operations, chief of staff, and marketing roles at several Silicon Valley companies including. Cisco, Symantec, and ServiceNow. Since retiring and moving back to Tampa…

Bob Kropp

Partner

Bob Kropp

Dr. Kropp is a double-boarded physician executive and Hopkins-trained informaticist with 12 years of clinical practice experience and 20 years of managed care experience including 15 in senior leadership and…

Bridgette Heller

Partner

Bridgette Heller

Bridgette spent more than 35 years driving growth for large corporations where she served as unit President including the Specialized Nutrition Division of the French food manufacturer Danone, and the…

Casey Krauser

Partner

Casey Krauser

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…

David Lewis

Partner

David Lewis

David is a 30-year veteran in the healthcare benefits industry, having served as the CEO for UnitedHealthcare’s commercial operations in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi for over 15 years. Prior…

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,…

Eliot Heller

Partner

Eliot Heller

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…

Eric Fontana

Partner

Eric Fontana

Eric 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…

Eric Moffitt

Partner

Eric Moffitt

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,…

Ezra Singer

Partner

Ezra Singer

Ezra spent his corporate career as a Senior Human Resources executive at companies such as Verizon (CHRO) and Limited Brands. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Ezra Singer…

George Lange

Partner

George Lange

George,an attorney and member of the Missouri Bar and American Bar Association, is the Founder and Executive Managing Director of angel investor Slick Rock Capital Partners. He previously held senior…

Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Partner

Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Hadi Bozorgmanesh is a Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering at UConn where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in…

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…

Jeff Matson

Partner

Jeff Matson

An Oregon native, Jeff completed an MBA At Christian Brothers University. Jeff started his career in telecom in 1985 with MCI prior to starting Threshold Communications. Threshold Communications is a…

Jeffrey Austin

Partner

Jeffrey Austin

Experienced Global Sales Leader. Business Development leader achieving growth via Business Planning, Creative Business Modeling, Sales Operations, leading teams, and Sales Management.

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…

Kevin Dorsey

Partner

Kevin Dorsey

After a successful 40 year territory management and marketing career in the petroleum industry, Kevin retired when he was responsible for $300 million in petroleum sales and oversight of costs,…

Lincoln Sokolski

Partner

Lincoln Sokolski

Chairman Of The Board at Whirley-DrinkWorks

Marc Lowenthal

Partner

Marc Lowenthal

Investment Analytics & Quantitative Model Integration professional with a strong track record of enhancing investment management through adept and innovative use of applied finance and technology.

Mark White

Partner

Mark White

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.

Matthew Cenedella

Partner

Matthew Cenedella

Matt is the Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). In this role, he has brought an innovative strategy to the global integration of its corporate…

Noel Baker

Partner

Noel Baker

Noel has many years of 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…

Panos Vasiloudes MD, PhD, FAAD, FAAP

Partner

Panos Vasiloudes MD, PhD, FAAD, FAAP

Panos 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.

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…

Roger Little

Partner

Roger Little

Roger is a technology entrepreneur who has founded companies in the defense, solar energy, biomedical and semiconductor industries. He has led both privately held and publicly listed corporations. He has…

Ruth Ross

Partner

Ruth Ross

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…

Ryan Kania

Partner

Ryan Kania

Ryan is an entrepreneur who 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…

Scott M. Clendening

Partner

Scott M. Clendening

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…

Sean McNamara

Partner

Sean McNamara

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…

Steve Schumacher

Partner

Steve Schumacher

After several successful equity events, Steve now works with CEOs and Founders to position their companies for investment or sale, while also working with private equity groups, venture capital investors…

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

Tommy Simon

Partner

Tommy Simon

Tommy 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.…