Finance & Insurance

WILL WEATHERFORD

MANAGING PARTNER, WEATHERFORD CAPITAL, TAMPA

Weatherford, one of nine children, attended Land O’ Lakes High School and then majored in international business at Jacksonville University. “I found myself intrigued by the ‘flattening world’ and how interconnected we all are due to technology and transportation improvements,” he says. Recently appointed to the board of the University of South Florida, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-14 and became one of the youngest Speakers in the state’s history. After leaving public office, he founded the private equity firm in 2014 with his brothers, Drew and Sam. They invest generally in middle-market companies with a strategic focus on Florida and Texas. Weatherford, who’s a fan of ’90s hip-hop music, says, “I get to meet with very interesting people every single day. Working with entrepreneurs is always an energizing experience. This is a very exciting time to be in the private equity investment business due to the power of ideas being matched with great entrepreneurial spirit. Private equity is a great industry to be in, but it is not for the faint of heart.”

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