Tampa, FL

Current Organizers

Leon Donovan

Leon is a Business Development and Technical Consulting professional with over 17 years of experience in industries that include Automated Manufacturing, Energy Savings & Sustainability, Real Estate, and HVAC systems. As a noted

Andy Gold

I am a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and teach in the graduate schools at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. I am a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 22 years.

Beth Kerly

Full-time tenured business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College, and adjunct faculty at the University of Tampa. In addition to her teaching activities, Kerly serves as the co-founder of the HCC Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. She actively works in promoting and building community and business relationships for HCC and its students. Before joining HCC, Ms. Kerly founded BK Consulting, a business and marketing advisory service company. In the 1990’s, Kerly was involved in another startup, Conectiv Communications, a telecommunications service provider, where she served as the manager of innovative programs. Internally at HCC, Beth was part of an intrapreneurial venture, International Education Programming, where she was responsible for marketing. Today, this program generates over $3 million in annual revenue. From 2005-2007, she served the Southwest Florida region as Special Assistant to the Governor. In this role, Kerly was responsible for meeting with constituents, and discussing state policies and issues with local community leaders and citizens. She also reported to the Governors office on matters related to local community needs.

Lynn Kroesen

Manager, Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC)

Shane Smith, PhD

Shane is the Director of Central Florida for the Jim Moran Institute where he cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurs. His background includes 15 years as a college professor and 15 years in small business/entrepreneurship.

David Garza-Manahan

Creative type who graduated out of USF with a BA in Communication.