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Launching a startup is hard but we’ve brought together the region’s best advisors on technology businesses to help you. Startup Surge is designed for tech-minded people who want a guided path to a successful technology company.

We’ll give you the confidence in knowing whether your technology idea is worth pursuing by giving you the right questions to ask, the technology leaders to connect with, and the critical next steps to take before launching.

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Nicole Berry

VP & Asst General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Nicole Berry is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with JPMorgan Chase Bank, in the Capital Markets area for Home Lending. She is the Southeast Regional representative on the firm wide Pro Bono Steering Governance Committee. Prior to joining Chase, Nicole worked in the... Read More →
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Robert Blacklidge

Director of Entrepreneurship, Domi Station
Robert Blacklidge - Domi Station's Executive Director. He is an educator, mentor, speaker, and ecosystem builder. His work building the Florida Ecosystem has had and continues to have a significant impact locally and beyond. Robert has worked to bring several international programs... Read More →

Jordan Casal

CEO, Ardent & Bold
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Donna Chesteen

Technology Attorney, The Tech Law Firm, PLLC
Donna entered the legal profession with over 20 years of professional software engineering experience and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Computer Science, an MBA, and, of course, a Juris Doctor. In her software career, she developed software for a wide variety... Read More →
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Chandra Clines

Senior Accountant in the Tax & Accounting Services Department, Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Chandra is a senior in the Tax & Accounting Services Department of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Prior to joining Saltmarsh in July 2016, she had worked for an aviation consulting firm with specialized taxation experience serving the aircraft industry.
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Ashlea Edwards

Associate Attorney, GrayRobinson
Ashlea was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Louisiana State University where she obtained two bachelor’s degrees, Spanish and Psychology. While at LSU, Ashlea obtained a paralegal certificate and worked for six months at the Louisiana Department of Justice as a... Read More →
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Mia Mota, Esq.

Attorney for Emerging & Established Technology Companies, The Tech Law Firm, PLLC
I counsel and represent emerging and established innovative technology enterprises. I understand the unique challenges you face as your business evolves. My preventive approach to providing legal services is focused on helping you make smarter, legally informed business decisions... Read More →
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X. Eyeé

Blockchain Ambassador, Microsoft
X. Eyee is a Blockchain Ambassador at Microsoft, where she works with Fortune 500 companies to launch blockchain applications. She is also the Co-founder and CEO of Harvest, a blockchain inventory management tool and consumer rewards app for the cannabis industry. A self-taught developer... Read More →
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Steven Fiske

Entrepreneur / Head of Product, Tampa Bay Wave / Hivelocity
Steve Fiske is a serial entrepreneur and product leader with over 10 years of experience leading cross-functional teams and delivering products to the masses. Currently, he is the Head of Product at Hivelocity, where he leads product management and development efforts.Prior to Hivelocity... Read More →
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Douglas Garis

Division CFO, Masonite International
Doug has a strong corporate finance background in multiple industries including professional services, digital sales and marketing, logistics and most recently in manufacturing as the Global Leader of FP&A at Masonite [NYSE: DOOR]. He currently spends most of his time and energy... Read More →
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Jim Gossett

Jim Gossett is a senior executive with an entrepreneurial Houston-based risk mitigation and safety/compliance training company. As COO, his focus on business/alliance development, team-building, and cultivation of a customer-focused culture has resulted in product and service innovation... Read More →
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JR Griggs

President, Red Wall Marketing
JR is the founder and president of Red Wall Marketing. He's also the Lead Organizer of Startup Week Tampa Bay. He's worked with businesses in a variety of industries to implement proven marketing strategies. He has a passion for business and marketing which is what led him to start... Read More →

Jennifer Gronek

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Rich Heruska

Interim Accelerator Director, Tampa Bay Wave
Rich Heruska is a Serial Entrepreneur and 5x Founder of numerous Consumer Facing Brands.  Most recently, Rich sold his growing chain of Family Entertainment and Recreation Centers, AirHeads Trampoline Arena, to a Holding Company of Entertainment Brands. Under Rich’s leadership... Read More →
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Amy Hua

My largest passions are in data, mapping, engineering, information architecture, operational strategy, teaching, tech, people, and entrepreneurship. I have an inventor persona where I’ve generally been a change agent across former roles. I think I’m good at helping people think... Read More →
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Colleen Lavin

Fullstack Developer
I'm a full-stack developer and serial hackathoner. Over the past year, I've won or placed at eight hackathons, including one that took place almost entirely on a bus. Now I'm running StartupBus San Diego. When I'm not at a hackathon or programming, I like climbing really big ro... Read More →
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Erika Lindsey

Relationship Manager, Chase Bank
My name is Erika Lindsey, Business Relationship Manager for Chase in Tampa/Brandon Florida. I have over 4 years of experience at Chase and 14 years in financial services. I consult with small to medium sized companies, generating ideas to help achieve their goals. I have worked... Read More →
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Brent Mathis

Market Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Brent has been with Chase Bank for 12 years all of which has been in Business Banking. He has worked for the bank in various markets including Chicago, New York and most recently Southern California until relocating to Tampa Bay in July 2016.As the Market Manager for West Florida... Read More →
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Christopher McElveen

Head of R&D , LogN
Chris has been researching, designing, and creating solutions to efficiency problems for over a decade. He has been an active options trader for over eight years and has secured many winning trades. He has been a part of several technology startups in Tampa and Silicon Valley.Years... Read More →
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Ryan McGauley

Business Banking Area Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Ryan McGauley has served as Business Banking Area Manager for Chase Bank in Tampa Bay for the last 9 years. Over that time he and Chase have met some remarkable people and have had the fortune to partner with them on some extraordinary projects. Tampa Bay is transforming before our... Read More →
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Susan Nieland

CPA and Manager, CFO Solutions LLC
A results-driven senior financial executive and CPA with 25+ years of experience in finance and accounting who is able to apply creative solutions and teamwork to solving complex issues.  Adept at converting complex accounting rules into easy to understand, executable procedures... Read More →
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Jaime Pino

Vice President, Chase Bank
Jaime L. Pino is the Area Manager for Chase in Tampa, FL. Jaime has over 10 years of experience at Chase and 25 years of experience in financial services. In an effort to further enhance the service Chase provides our business clients, Jaime can help deliver the full array of banking... Read More →
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Lance Raab

Board Member, Tampa Bay WaVE
Lance is a veteran technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience building and selling companies. He is the founder of JazzMedia, LLC, a privately held company that owns, develops and invests in domain names and web ventures. Lance is also an early investor in several... Read More →
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Colonel Jeff Goble, US Army, Ret.

Dynamic Speaker, Experienced Leader, Trusted Advisor
Colonel Jeff Goble is a retired US Army Special Forces Colonel with extensive experience leading large, diverse, multi-disciplinary enterprises to achieve excellence in the most challenging environments imaginable. He has an award-winning record of success in solving complex problems... Read More →
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Rebecca Rodriguez

Attorney, GrayRobinson, P.A.
Rebecca is an associate attorney in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. Her practice focuses on state and federal banking litigation matters including but not limited to, lawsuits involving the False Claims Act (FCA), Real Estate Settlement & Procedures Act (RESPA), Regulation-X... Read More →
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Cynthia Sherr

Vice President/Assistant General Counsel, JP Morgan Chase
Cynthia Sherr is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with JP Morgan Chase Bank in the Originations area for Home Lending.  Prior to joining Chase, Cindy worked in the real estate group at Frank, Weinberg and Black, PL and in her own solo practice and title company.  She... Read More →
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Thomas Stanton

Attorney, Stanton IP Law Firm, P.A.
After spending 10 years in the IT field, and at the ripe age of 35 Tom decided to make a career change and become an attorney. He attended Stetson University College of Law and acquired an LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Toulouse, France. He is now a licensed... Read More →
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Kostas Stoilas

Founder, Fortress Commercial Real Estate
Kostas has 13 years of real estate experience in Florida.  The last 10 years have been focused in Tampa Bay and the I-4 Corridor, with over 10 million SF of transactions closed, and many thousands of acres of land sold in Central and SW Florida.   In the past 7 years, he has closed... Read More →
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Eric Williams

Founder / Principal, E2 Innovation Group
In January 2012, Eric Williams retired after almost 20 years with Catalina Marketing Corporation and established a consulting practice where he could focus some of his time on start-up and small companies with technology selection & implementation in the Retail and Hospitality space... Read More →
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Scott Winston

CEO at Winston Consulting Group | Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Business Impact Networks, Winston Consulting Group & Business Impact Networks
Scott helps companies grow profitable revenue. Scott has a passion for working with entrepreneur's, scaling business, bringing innovation to growing business ecosystems, coaching, and developing leaders of leaders. Scott has over 25 years of experience working with early-stage technology... Read More →
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Ken Young

CEO / Founder, Idea To Growth LLC
Kenneth is a serial Entrepreneur (1 IPO + 2 M&A's), Founder & CEO at Idea To Growth LLC, Startup & Executive Coach, Software Developer, Director of Investment Readiness Program & Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EiR) at Tampa Bay Wave High Technology Startup Accelerator. Kenneth has a... Read More →

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