Finance & Insurance

DAVID CHITESTER

CEO, SEEDFUNDERS, ST. PETERSBURG

Chitester has founded a number of companies, including a claims consultancy, an online continuing education firm called RedVector and a Spanish-language social network firm called Questamente. He founded a venture capital firm, Florida Funders, and then, in 2017 Seedfunders. The firm has 35 partners and invests in seed stage companies throughout the state. Seedfunders has closed 17 deals in the past two years and has launched a sister company in Orlando with plans to expand to Miami. Most of the companies funded by Seedfunders are pre-revenue tech entities that would not have survived the period between friends and family investment and venture capital investment without the Seedfunders funding.

EDUCATION University of Pittsburgh (BS),
Northern Michigan University (MBA)
SOMETHING SURPRISING I cook at home most nights. Once in a calendar year, I prepared 300 different dinners.
FLORIDA ISSUE Diversifying the economic base from tourism and real estate to high tech to create high-paying jobs for the college grads to stay here and grow the economy
RESOLUTION KEPT Responded to every single e-mail I received from companies looking for funding

Fabiola Brumley

Bank of America

Trevor Burgess

Neptune Flood

Kevin Burgoyne

Florida Venture Forum

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

Timothy Cartwright

Fifth Avenue Family Office

David Chitester

Seedfunders

Scott M. Coble

Wells Fargo

John Corbett

Centerstate Bank

KERRY DUSTIN

FALLS RIVER GROUP

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Ray Ferrara

ProVise Management Group

John Forney

UPC Insurance

John Fumagalli

Northern Trust

Pat Geraghty

Guidewell and Florida Blue

Barry Gilway

Citizens Property Insurance

Jorge J. Gonzalez

City National Bank

Drew Graham

Ballast Point Ventures

Keith Hoskins

Navy FCU

Dennis S. Hudson III

Seacoast Banking

KEVIN JOHNSON

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Guy King III

M.E. Wilson

Rodger Krouse

Sun Capital Partners

Marc Leder

Sun Capital Partners

INEZ LONG

BLACK BUSINESS INVESTMENT FUND FLORIDA

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Harold Mills

VMD Ventures

Michael Myhre

Florida SBDC Network

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

Robert Ritchie

American Integrity Insurance

Gene Schaefer

Bank of America

Bruce Sherman

Miami Marlins

Rajinder Singh

BankUnited

THOMAS SITTEMA

CONVERSUS

BILL SMITH

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP

James Tate

Tate Capital

Gary Tice

First Florida Integrity Bank

Mario Trueba

First Horizon

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom Wallace

Florida Funders

Will Weatherford

Weatherford Capital

Bill West

Bank of Tampa