Finance & Insurance

TOM WALLACE

MANAGING PARTNER, FLORIDA FUNDERS, TAMPA

Recognized as the top VC in the Southeast by Pitchbook, Florida Funders is a hybrid of a venture capital fund and an angel investor network that discovers, funds and builds early-stage technology companies in Florida and beyond. Wallace majored in management information systems and “loved how it allowed me to explore business and computer science in near equal parts.” He began his career as a programmer, but started his first company a few years after graduating and “just fell in love with everything about starting, building and running companies.”

EDUCATION Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS)
CIVIC EFFORT Florida Funders manages the Florida Institute’s portfolio of 60-plus life science and technology companies that have received funding through either the institute’s loan or equity investment programs.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I write poetry, short stories, and I’ve been working on a book for a long time.
NEW HOBBY Over the past year, I’ve started the Investing in Florida Technology podcast. We have since produced episodes with everyone from Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit, to Jason Calacanis, one of the first angel investors in Uber, Chris Sullivan, the founder of Outback and Bloomin’ Brands, and many other investors.
ADMIRES Brian Murphy from ReliaQuest. He’s done an amazing job with that company, and he just has an all-around great reputation as a strong leader.
READING Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott; Peace is Every Step, by Thich Nhat Hanh; Trillion Dollar Coach, by Alan Eagle, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg; Think Like a Monk, by Jay Shetty

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