Sara Hand, MC, CEO-Spark Growth & Station 2 Innovation Center Development Partner-Cross Border Angels
Sara Hand has a diverse business development background across public and private sector enterprises, which includes early stage investment experience. Her motto is “Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.” Utilizing agile strategies, Sara drives action-focused agendas in solving complex problems and is widely recognized for consistently achieving her goals with grace and confident skill.
Alex Sink, Former State Of Florida CFO & Bank Of America President Chair-Tampa Bay Wave
Alex Sink served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2011. As one of four statewide elected officials, she was responsible for the state's treasury and accounting functions, served as a trustee for the state pension fund, directed the insurance consumer advocacy work along with serving as Chair of Florida Healthy Kids (S Chip program) among many other responsibilities. Prior to elected office, Alex had a 26-year career at Bank of America, where she was Florida President from 1993 to 2000.
Kanchana Raman, President & CEO-Avion Networks, Inc. Former Chair Of TiE Atlanta, Georgia Business Women's Council
Julia MacGregor, President & CEO-Global Safety Management Serial Entrepreneur With 5 Prior Ventures
Rachel Carpenter, Founder & CEO-Intrinio Member-Forbes Finance Counsel
Josselyn Boudett, CEO of Telepathy Labs
Samira Salman, Founder & CEO-Salman Solutions Former In House Counsel-Shell Oil Company
Samira Salman Samira Salman is the COO of a single family office; sits on the finance committee of the family’s charitable foundation, and is the founder of an advisory firm that works with family offices and high net worth individuals who make direct investments into private companies. Additionally, Samira speaks globally on direct investments and fundraising and is a professor at LSU Law School teaching a course she developed entitled Building Your Business and Your Brand.
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Kathy Chiu, Managing Partner-FAN Fund Board Member-Bealls, Inc.
Kathy Chiu is a managing partner of the FAN Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in Florida-based technology and life science “lite” early stage companies. The group launched their first fund in 2015 and their second fund in 2018. Along with two other full-ime managing partners Mitch Laskey and Ben Patz, Kathy manages the funds day to day, develops investment theses, sources and screens investment pipeline, performs due diligence on prospective investments, and helps portfolio companies with strategy, transactions, and other board level activities. Independently, Kathy is also on the board of Florida-based retailor Beall’s Inc. (www.beallsflorida.com).
Michael.J Coles, Founded & Successful Exit-Great American Cookies Author Of Time To Get Tough
Time to Get Tough : How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life
Suneera Mandhani, Fattmerchant’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer.
Suneera Madhani Fattmerchant’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is a payments and technology innovator who has catapulted her business idea from startup to $2B — disrupting the payments ecosystem as we know it.