TIMOTHY J. CARTWRIGHT
PARTNER, FIFTH AVENUE FAMILY OFFICE, NAPLES
With seven employees, Fifth Avenue Family Office serves a select group of high net worth families with multi-generational wealth. Cartwright co-founded the business in 2006. He helped organize what became the Tamiami Angel Funds, a group of investors who invest risk capital in entrepreneurs and startups in Southwest Florida.
Early in his career, he says, he was afraid of being fired. Later, as a manager, he had to fire someone. Within nine months of moving to Florida for a job with an investment bank, he himself was fired. “Free to do whatever, I started my own company,” he says. “The evolution is complete: I was hired, I fired, I was fired, and now I live to fight another day.”
|EDUCATION||University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS), Northwestern University (MBA)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I am an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the School of Entrepreneurship.|
|FLORIDA ISSUE||Commercializing research at Florida’s public institutions|
|PHILANTHROPIC PASSION||Taste of Immokalee, which develops family recipes spotlighting Immokalee’s crops and cultures, while learning about food science and entrepreneurship. Today, six commercial products — such as salsa and chipotle barbeque sauce — are sold at Publix and Wynn’s Market.|