Finance & Insurance

V. RAYMOND FERRARA

CHAIRMAN, CEO & CCO, PROVISE MANAGEMENT GROUP, CLEARWATER

ProVise is a financial planning firm managing about $1.6 billion for 1,200 families in 34 states. The firm employs 30 in its Clearwater and Tampa offices. Ferrara says he graduated with a degree in zoology and “immediately put it to work selling computers for IBM.” He later sold life insurance and mutual funds before founding ProVise 35 years ago. He has served on the boards of both the Financial Planning Association and the CFP Board of Standards, which he chaired in 2014.

EDUCATION University of Maryland (BS)
SOMETHING SURPRISING The first time I was in front of a camera was auditioning for a job in TV in 1969. I totally froze and was unable to speak. Obviously I didn’t get the job.
NEW HOBBY Picking up my stamp collection, which I started as a kid and has laid dormant for over 55 years
ADMIRES Alan Bomstein of Creative Contractors. Because like me, he believes that there is no wrong time to say or do the right thing.
READING Captains and the Kings, by Taylor Caldwell

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