Finance & Insurance

BRIAN PHILPOT

CEO & PRINCIPAL OWNER, AGAMERICA LENDING, LAKELAND

AgAmerica, with about 100 employees, focuses on agricultural real estate financing and custom loan packages to suit the specific needs of American farmers. Philpot started his career as a lawyer, transitioned to real estate investor and then a portfolio manager. He founded AGAmerica a decade ago. In the past five years, the company — the only nationwide agricultural mortgage REIT in America — has quadrupled. “Agribusiness is volatile, but by providing flexible loans, we help farmers do what they do best — feed American families,” he says.

EDUCATION Florida State University (BS), University of Florida (JD)
CIVIC EFFORT A group of us started an education think tank a few years ago to study the educational options in our community. We hired full-time staff and academics to collect and analyze the data regarding our local students, and we traveled the United States studying best practices to apply in our community.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I used to sell newspapers door to door in college. It was one of the most influential jobs of my career.
READING Resetting the Table, by Robert Paarlberg

GEORGE ACEVEDO

CHASE CONSUMER BANK

EDDY ARRIOLA

APOLLO BANK

Fabiola Brumley

Bank of America

Trevor Burgess

Neptune Flood

Kevin Burgoyne

Florida Venture Forum

Timothy Cartwright

Fifth Avenue Family Office

David Chitester

Seedfunders

Scott M. Coble

Wells Fargo

John Corbett

Centerstate Bank

KERRY C. DUSTIN

FALLS RIVER GROUP

V. RAYMOND FERRARA

ProVise Management Group

John Forney

UPC Insurance

JOHN D. FUMAGALLI

Northern Trust

Pat Geraghty

Guidewell and Florida Blue

Barry Gilway

Citizens Property Insurance

JORGE GONZALEZ

City National Bank

Drew Graham

Ballast Point Ventures

Keith Hoskins

Navy FCU

Dennis S. Hudson III

Seacoast Banking

KEVIN JOHNSON

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Rodger Krouse

Sun Capital Partners

MARTY LANAHAN

IBERIABANK

MARC LEDER

Sun Capital Partners

INEZ LONG

BLACK BUSINESS INVESTMENT FUND FLORIDA

AGOSTINHO MACEDO

OCEAN BANK

DAVID MILLER

BRIGHTWAY INSURANCE

MICHAEL MILLER

BRIGHTWAY INSURANCE

Harold Mills

VMD Ventures

Gary Norcross

Fidelity National Information Services

Brian Philpot

AgAmerica Lending

Joy Randels

New Market Partners

Paul Reilly

Raymond James Financial

GARRETT RICHTER

First Florida Integrity Bank

BOB RITCHIE

American Integrity Insurance

Gene Schaefer

Bank of America

Bruce Sherman

Miami Marlins

THOMAS SITTEMA

CONVERSUS

BILL SMITH

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP

ADRIA STARKEY

FINEMARK NATIONAL BANK & TRUST

Gary Tice

First Florida Integrity Bank

Mario Trueba

First Horizon

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom Wallace

Florida Funders

Will Weatherford

Weatherford Capital

CHRISTINA “CINA” WELCH

FCCI INSURANCE GROUP

Bill West

Bank of Tampa

BRIAN WOLFBURG

VYSTAR CREDIT UNION