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Our
Values

Open Opportunities

Inspire Iteration

Push Progress

Execute with Excellence

Lakshmi Shenoy

Lakshmi Shenoy
CEO

“I said yes to Tampa Bay based on the opportunity to impact a growing region. Talking to people leading change here, it was clear to me that this region has big plans and the people to make those plans come to life.”

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Allie Felix
VP Platform

“It’s home. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, building the local startup community means an opportunity to create an impact on a much deeper, more personal level.”

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Allie Felix
Kelly Kehoe

Kelly Kehoe
VP Operations & Adminstration

“It’s a city in a renewed adolescence, and its residents have the honor of assuming the role of community builders, with the unique position of being able to individually shape the type of city they want Tampa to become — their city, their friends’ city, their family’s city.”

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Dan Holahan
Member Experience Director

“And it was there — in Tampa Bay’s entrepreneur support system — that I realized where I wanted to exist. Not only did I find my Tampa Bay community, but, more importantly, I found my role within that community.”

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Dan Holahan
Elizabeth Ho-Sing-Loy

Evan Erickson
Events Manager

Evan is awesome.

Jeff Shimmel
Facilities Manager

“Tampa Bay is a place filled with opportunity and community. Here you can truly make an impact and be surrounded by people who genuinely want to help you win.”

Jeff Shimmel
Elizabeth Ho-Sing-Loy

Elizabeth Ho-Sing-Loy
Member Experience Associate

Elizabeth Ho-Sing-Loy is a Community Associate at Embarc Collective. She graduated from The University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Art History in 2020. Elizabeth’s love for the Tampa community grew while leading UTampa’s PEACE Volunteer Center and through her participation in a variety of university organizations where she provided dynamic strategy and leadership to the student body and broader Tampa Bay community.

Michael Sacks
Community Coordinator

Michael has spent the last 25 years in financial services working for Bear Stearns, Salomon Brothers, and JPMorgan Chase, where he spent the last 10 years as Vice President of Project Management.  He has worked with many Fortune 500 firms to implement highly technical solutions.

Vijay Singh
Kailah Matyas

Lewis Burnham
Sales Strategist & Executive Advisor

After six years in public education, Lewis pivoted to sales and sales leadership in the medical device and technology space. Lewis now combines these two skill sets to help early-stage companies develop and scale their sales process. Lewis graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Sociology, and he is currently an MBA Candidate at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Kailah Matyas
Talent Strategist

“Tampa Bay has all of the ingredients needed to create a thriving technology hub. I want to be part of building the community by cultivating, retaining and attracting the best talent to the amazing companies that call Tampa Bay home.”

Kailah Matyas
Kate Heath

Kate Heath
Brand & Marketing Strategist

Kate has built her career with global organizations including Facebook, Walmart, Boeing, and IBM, and has worked with several early-stage businesses in tech and retail.

Ryan Schneider
Executive Advisor

“I’ve seen firsthand why this community is ready to be a hub of so many new, successful ventures. It all starts with the people — the welcoming, supportive community is essential for any new start-up and Tampa Bay is full of incredible people seeking ways to help others.”

Ryan Schneider
Steve Parkis

Steve Parkis
Executive Advisor

Steve Parkis formerly served as the SVP of Games at Zynga where he launched their largest franchises (Cityville and Farmville) and as an SVP at Disney, where he founded Disney Online Studios.

Justin Davis
Product Strategist

“When it comes to the mix between livability and opportunities, I don’t think you can find a better place than Tampa Bay to call home and grow a company. There’s no place on Earth I’d rather be.”

 

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Fabio De Sousa
Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh
Dev Strategist

Vijay Singh built Yaro, a mobile-first HealthTech and FinTech SaaS platform for care navigation, from the ground up as CTO and then successfully exited via acquisition to Virgin Pulse in January 2020.

Kelby Kupersmid
Wellness & Burnout Prevention Coach

Kelby is an executive coach and leadership development specialist who supports founders around the world to unlock their potential so they can maximize their performance.

Kelby Kupersmid

Embarc Collective
Board of Directors

  • Dave Felman, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
  • Alex Jenkins, Co-Founder, Axioma Ventures
  • Steve Jenkins, Beach Park Capital LLC, and Carole Jenkins, President, Jenkins Charitable Foundation
  • Jason Kuhn, Owner, Kuhn Automotive Group and Courtney Kuhn, Entrepreneur
  • Steve MacDonald, Partner, Florida Funders
  • Brian Murphy, Board Chairman of Embarc Collective, Founder and CEO of ReliaQuest
  • Ben Pratt, SVP Government & Public Affairs, Mosaic
  • Jeff Vinik, Vice Chairman of Embarc Collective Board, Partner of Strategic Property Partners, Owner of Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Dr. Rebecca White, Entrepreneurship and James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship; Director, Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa
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