Finance & Insurance

DAVID CHITESTER

CEO, SEEDFUNDERS, ST. PETERSBURG

Chitester is a successful entrepreneur who has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Northern Michigan University.

He founded and sold Chitester Management to a public company in New Jersey, and then RedVector, which he sold to a team led by a Tampa Bay venture capital firm. He went on to found the Tampa Bay investment firms Florida Funders and Seedfunders. In 2019, he received the 2019 TiE Tampa Bay Angel Investor TiETAN Award for his efforts in changing the Tampa Bay startup landscape.

His goal, he says, is “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.”

Florida Funders, founded in 2013, employs 12 and makes investments in early-stage companies throughout the state. It has more than 1,400 members who are all accredited investors. Seedfunders, founded in 2017, has 35 partners. 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.

Chitester, a runner, is also a dedicated cook and says he once prepared 300 different dinners in a calendar year.

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