Dan Glunt is a 1993 Stetson business administration graduate. Dan started his career with Chubb Insurance Group serving in Tampa, St. Louis, Kansas City and San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Dan led insurance carrier relationships for online insurance marketplace, InsWeb. An entrepreneur himself, Dan built Fort Point Insurance (one of the country's largest and most respected private client specialty insurers) and sold to HUB International in 2012. Dan is an active investor in privately held companies and real estate through his company, Big Trout Capital. He resides with his family in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Kristina Tsipouras is a serial entrepreneur and Massachusetts native who launched her first company at the age of 25. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communications from Stetson University and started her career in event management after graduation. Eventually, Kristina launched a ready-to-drink iced-tea beverage that became an overnight success. She later moved on to establish the fastest-growing women's network in Boston, Boston Business Women. Kristina is also a published author, Huffington Post blogger, and an active mentor and volunteer to young women interested in entrepreneurship. She and her brands have been featured in USA Today, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and many other high-profile publications.
Jayson Meyer is the founder and CEO of Synergy Billing – one of the 1,000 fastest growing companies in the United States, according to Inc. Magazine. The company has also been recognized as one of only 50 Florida Companies to Watch. Jayson's entrepreneurial journey started as a teenager. His youthful success landed him interviews on Oprah and 48 Hours and in several publications. Synergy Billing provides revenue cycle management, provider credentialing, and training for Federally Qualified Health Centers. Jayson is one of the founders of Innovate Daytona, a movement that is changing the ecosystem in Volusia County, Florida, to support entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Misty, and their five young sons, live in the Daytona Beach area.
Ashley Lauren is a Stetson alumna and an entrepreneur in the competitive field of fashion. Ashley takes great pride creating modern yet timeless dresses for women with unique style and personality. Her company, ASHLEYlauren, is headquartered in Scarborough, Maine. Her designs have been worn by Eva Longoria, Mexican singer Lucero, Sheila Durcal, Chinquinquira Delgado, Lupita Jones and contestants in Nuestra Belleza Latina, Miss Universe and Miss World. ASHLEYlauren dresses are sold in specialty boutiques across the United States, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. In 2016, she founded National Dress Day and it is now officially designated on the National Day Calendar and celebrated on March 6th.
John M. Scheurer currently runs Baja Longtail Capital, a small investment firm specializing in commercial real estate. He has over 40 years of experience in finance and commercial real estate. Most notably, John was the President and CEO of Allied Capital Corporation, a publicly traded Business Development Company. Aside from building several commercial real estate investment/finance businesses, John served as an investment committee member. He oversaw the sale of assets and the restructure of $1 billion in debt. John is currently Chairman of the Planning Commission in Henlopen Acres, Delaware, and volunteers for several charitable organizations.
Richard Gonzmart is a successful entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. His education in this branch of hospitality began almost as soon as when he was born. Richard is the great-grandson of Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the founder of the world-famous Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City. Founded in 1905, the Columbia is the oldest restaurant in Florida, the oldest Hispanic restaurant in the United States and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. Under Richard's direction, the Columbia has expanded from two locations to seven.
Orestes (Gino) Santos was born in Cuba, the son of famous Cuban composer Orestes Santos and his wife Hilda Santos. Gino attended Stetson University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1989 Gino cofounded with his brother Enrique, Premium Blend, Inc. Premium Blend is a producer of wine-based liquor substitutes which enables restaurants and bars to serve cocktails without needing a full liquor license. This innovative product was new to the market, and the Santos brothers were the leaders in educating the consumer of this product category. Gino attended MIT and graduated from the Masters of Entrepreneurship program. Gino currently resides in Weston, Florida, with his wife Yanira, and their three children: Valen-Marie, Gia and Gino, Jr.
Camiel Canters was born and raised in Curacao and is a double Hatter. He graduated from Stetson University with a degree in finance in 2010, and a Master's of Business Administration in 2012. In 2010 Camiel started an apparel company called Flomotion. His business is based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and sells in over 100 retail locations and department stores. Camiel's connection to Stetson runs deep, as he employs two Stetson alumni full-time and is married to a Stetson alumna! They just had their first baby in May.
Tim Hale has been a business and technology consultant for over 30 years. His clients include Fortune 500 companies. Tim was a Senior Partner at Accenture for 20+ years specializing in the communications, high tech and media industries. He retired from Accenture in 2007 and has built 2 successful technology consulting start-ups in the past 10 years. In 2013, Tim and Sara Hale co-founded Coastal Cloud and have grown it into the largest Salesforce.com cloud consulting company in Florida. Coastal Cloud has won numerous awards for growth and employee satisfaction including: 2015 - Florida Companies to Watch, 2016 - Florida Trend Best Places to Work and 2017 - Florida Fast 100. Tim and Sara live in Palm Coast, FL with their three children.