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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Miami VC & Angel Conference, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, Pura Vida Tequila. This event was in SFL on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

    Timothy J. Cartwright, Tamiami Angel Fund Timothy J. Cartwright, Tamiami Angel Fund

    Photo of Zachary Cherry, Caerus Ventures Zachary Cherry
    Managing Partner
    Caerus Ventures
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    Caerus Ventures
    Zachary A. Cherry brings more than ten years of comprehensive finance, investment and strategic advisory experience to the Caerus team. Over the course of a decade on Wall Street, he has developed an acute proficiency in qualitative and quantitative analytics, negotiation as well as complex transaction structuring.

    In 1997, Mr. Cherry began a successful career on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst in Salomon Brother’s Investment Banking Division. He acquired both domestic and international, corporate finance and broad market experience, working in Salomon’s New York and London Offices. In 1999 Cherry joined Neuberger Berman as an Equities Analyst. In his 6 years at Neuberger, Zachary ascended to Senior Lodging & Leisure Analyst, formulating proprietary investment ideas for recommendation to Neuberger’s portfolio management team. He went on to found Cherry Capital LLC, a boutique strategic and finance advisory firm facilitating financing, development and investment across an expansive array of industries.

    Cherry graduated from Brown University in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics. Mr. Cherry currently serves as Chief Operating Office of Chadwick’s Products LLC and as a Special Advisor for Inmoo.

    Melissa Krinzman, Venture Architects Melissa Krinzman, Venture Architects

    Melissa has a twenty-year history of starting, growing and advising private companies and non-profit organizations and is a frequent speaker on the topic of business plan development.

    Considered an expert in the field of business planning and entrepreneurship, Melissa has led business plan and capital raising seminars as well as judged business plan competitions for, executives, investors, students, and nonprofit organizations across the country – including Cisco Systems, Columbia University, IBM, Independent Sector, MeadWestvaco, New York Angels, New York Software Industry Association, New York University, Northern Trust, Office Depot, Social Enterprise Alliance, Women Presidents' Organization, The Miami Herald, The World Bank, and Yale University.

    Since 1998, Melissa has worked with over 800 companies that have raised approximately $1 billion in investment capital using business plans developed by Venture Architects. Prior to launching Venture Architects, Melissa was recruited as the President of Tyber USA, the US subsidiary of a European fabric manufacturer and fashion company, where she was responsible for its full P&L start-up activities – including the organization of its import and distribution system, negotiation of an international licensing agreement, and the management of its sales, marketing and public relations efforts.

    Melissa also played a key role in the strategic planning and launch of three national nonprofit organizations. Melissa created social marketing programs with several Fortune 500 corporations for Do Something and developed national management and leadership seminars with world-renowned experts for the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Melissa began her career at The Points of Light Foundation where she co-organized a White House-sponsored, multi-city community service celebration.

    Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. She currently serves as a board member of The Miami Foundation, Ransom-Everglades School Alumni Board and Locust Projects.

    Shreyas Slater Chityala, Vedas Ventures Shreyas Slater Chityala, Vedas Ventures

    Shreyas Chityala is co-founder of Vedas Group and is a manager of the firm. Shreyas is an experienced investor across various asset classes and has a passion for business strategy and investing. Shreyas has worked with companies across the financial services, energy and consumer/retail sectors across North America, Asia and Australia. He’s an avid sports fan (football, basketball, baseball, hockey tennis, and Aussie rules) and loves to travel to watch live events with equal passion for supporting US and Australia through being a dual citizen. Shreyas holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Columbia University, New York.

    Photo of Michael O'Donnell, Thesis Ventures Michael O'Donnell
    Managing Director
    Thesis Ventures
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    Thesis Ventures
    Serial entrepreneur and startup mentor with 30 years of experience in starting and building technology companies backed by angel investors and venture capital. O'Donnell founded Ask-Me Multimedia (acquired by Midisoft), (ongoing), (ongoing), and Leaves, Inc., among other companies. He was on the launch teams of CompuServe Sprynet, one of the first national Internet Service Providers (went public as part of CompuServe in 1996), and Design Intelligence (acquired by Microsoft). O'Donnell is the author of two best-selling books on business planning and marketing planning, and served as Chairman of the Northwest Entrepreneurs Network in Seattle, Washington. He blogs about startup best practices on and served as the Managing Director of the Tampa Chapter of The Founder Institute, the world’s largest accelerator of tech startup companies. He ran two programs for Startup Quest in South Florida and currently serves as a Managing Director of Thesis Ventures in Fort Lauderdale, an early-stage venture fund and company builder.

    Moderator: Stash Jacobs, GreenbergTraurig Moderator: Stash Jacobs, GreenbergTraurig

    Stanley "Stash" Jacobs, Jr. is a corporate and securities attorney based in the Fort Lauderdale office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Stash works with investors and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of transactional matters, including venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general business law. Stash regularly counsels established and emerging companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a variety of different industries, including technology, healthcare, alternative energy & clean-tech, financial services, telecommunications, consumer products, education and transportation. Stash serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Florida Venture Forum and is a frequent author and lecturer on venture capital and other corporate transactions.

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