Finance & Insurance

JEFF VINIK

OWNER, TAMPA BAY LIGHTING, TAMPA

Vinik’s activity straddles several categories. He wears one hat as owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, which he has transformed into the league’s model franchise. An investing legend who once ran the $50-billion Fidelity Magellan Fund before starting his own hedge fund, Vinik also is the main player in building a downtown for the city of Tampa. Through his development firm Strategic Property Partners — a joint venture between Vinik and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ Cascades Investment — Vinik is presiding over a $3-billion, 60-acre redevelopment around Amalie Arena called Water Street Tampa. The project, which envisions 9 million square feet of residential, commercial and institutional space and 3,500 condos and apartments, is one of the largest development projects in the country. The first phase alone has 1.1 million square feet of office space, 300,00 square feet of retail and 1,300 residential units and will come online in 2020 and 2021.

Vinik has also become a major figure in Tampa Bay politics. He was the largest donor to new Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s campaign, contributing nearly $200,000, and he is among a group of local investors who loaned $12 million in 2017 to Times Publishing, the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times and Florida Trend.

Not everything goes smoothly for Vinik. In 2019, he launched a hedge fund firm called Vinik Asset Management but then closed the fund when it proved harder for him to raise money than he had expected.

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