Finance & Insurance

JOY RANDELS

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, NEW MARKET PARTNERS/APPLIED G2, BRADENTON

A graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, Randels also participated in entrepreneurship programs at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. She founded her first business when she was just 18 and calls herself “a startup junkie” who has helped launch more than 90 companies while helping raise more than $357 million in venture capital.

Among her many companies: New Market Partners, a financial services firm that works with financial institutions to serve the Hispanic market and Applied G2, a cyber-security provider. Randels is also the founding director of Startup Grind Florida and a board member for TechNova Florida. Both organizations offer support and advice to entrepreneurs in the technology sector. A frequent speaker around the state at startup events, Randels believes strongly that successful startups — tech and others — can be built outside Silicon Valley.

Her advice to entrepreneurs: Know who your customer is, who you want to target and talk to that person. Go interview 25 to 50 of those people and see if what you’re bringing to market is what they want.

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