Shape the future of Florida.

Your expertise and guidance is needed to help the next wave of dynamic startups achieve success. Gain early access to the latest cutting-edge technologies and make meaningful connections within the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Florida and Israel.

Executive Advisors

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Eric Williams

E2 Innovation.


Daniel Meretsky

Dan brings over 28 years of experience in technology with a focus on restaurant hospitality for the last 13.


Keith Gertler

Keith has over 20 years of hospitality experience working with different brands, including Wyndham Hotels, Dunkin and Morton’s The Steakhouse.


Chon Nguyen

Chon leads two technology companies and the Proper House Group, operating six restaurants in Tampa’s hottest locations.

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Kim Linker Stebbings

Kim has over 35 years of U.S. medical device sales, marketing and operational experience.

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Mike Miniati

Mike is a healthcare executive with extensive experience in Sales & Marketing, Business Development and Product Management.


Merrie Jiordano

Merrie is a Business Development Executive with expertise in consulting, C-Suite solution sales, client success, growth strategy, marketing, project management, and strategic partnerships.

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John Simmons

John, as Growth Advisors, LLC, is currently an advisor for high-growth private companies preparing for, and executing, sales in the $40M to $400M range, typically to private equity firms. He partners with bankers (Raymond James, Houlihan Lokey, Hyde Park, and others) to sell to Kainos Capital, Main Post Partners, Ballast Point Ventures, and others.


Craig Anderson


Dr. Michael Bloom

University of South Florida

Mark Colangelo

Healthcare Strategic Advisors

Steve Fiske


Cesar Hernandez

Omni Public Relations

Dave Magrisso


David Scher

Stuart S. Golding Company

Marc Sokol

Florida Funders

Jason Swoboda

Tampa General Hospital

David Whitney

Health Innovation Partners

Jay Jarrell

JWT Investments

Marvin Scaff

Chief Technology Officer at Mach49

Scott Arnold

Tampa General Hospital

Chris Claytor

The Beck Group

Marcio DaCosta


Gary Gould

FIBA Co-chair, CEO Tampa JCCs & Federation

Al Kinel

Strategic Interests LLC

Dr. Haru Okuda


Matt Rice

Ballast Point Ventures

Sue Schoenbaum

FIBA Co-chair, Tampa JCCs & Federation

Dr. Steve Specter

University of South Florida

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Ron Ben Zeev

World Housing Solution

Rachel Feinman

VP of Innovation, Tampa General Hospital

Benjamin Goldman


Vik Bhide

City of Tampa

Doug Cohn

Tampa Bay Trane

Amie Devero


Kartik Goyani

Metro Development Group

Jonathan Levy

Redstone Investments

Marcus Motes

Redstone Investments

Joseph A. Probasco

Bush Ross Attorneys at Law

Susie Rice

RMC Property Group

Mike Smith


Austin Walters

SpringTide Ventures

Matt Mullarky

Director, Doctor of Business Administration Program

Daniel D. Greco

CEO & Managing Partner at Ark Applications LLC

Become an advisor

Our advisors are experienced executives, serial entrepreneurs and industry experts who want to offer their wealth of knowledge to the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Our advisors spend a few hours with our entrepreneurs when they are in town, or take a phone call every few weeks when they are back in Israel. They offer feedback and market-specific insight and they open doors for our companies if they see synergy. They enjoy the interaction with young and bright entrepreneurs and with peers and colleagues who share their passion for tech, and business in the Florida community.

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