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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Tampa Venture Capital Workshop, sponsored by Holland & Knight, Hyde Park Capital, & Grant Thornton . This event was in Tampa, Florida on Tues, Dec 16, 2003.

    John McDonald, Managing Director, Hyde Park Capital John McDonald, Managing Director, Hyde Park Capital

    Mr. McDonald is a Managing Director and a co-founder of Hyde Park Capital Partners, LLC. At Hyde Park, Mr. McDonald originates, executes and manages private equity and debt placements, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions and general financial advisory engagements. Prior to founding Hyde Park in January 2000, Mr. McDonald was a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Healthcare Technology/Life Sciences Group at Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Mr. McDonald worked within this group since 1994 and executed numerous transactions within the biotechnology, medical device, e-health and healthcare service industries. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. McDonald led the equipment leasing investment banking effort at Raymond James. In this capacity he raised and managed over $100 million in equity and debt capital for four capital equipment leasing funds.

    Prior to joining Raymond James, Mr. McDonald was employed by IBM Corporation and Motorola, Inc. While at IBM, Mr. McDonald worked as a mechanical engineer on the design team for IBM's initial personal computer products which included the PC, PC-XT, PC-AT and PS2 Series. At Motorola, Mr. McDonald worked as a mechanical engineer on the design team for the world's first consumer cellular telephone which was launched in the fall of 1983.

    Mr. McDonald holds a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the Duke University School of Engineering where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Tau Beta Pi honorary. In addition, Mr. McDonald holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. McDonald holds Series 7, 24, 27 and 63 securities licenses.

    Tate Garrett, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital Partners Tate Garrett, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital Partners

    Mr. Garrett focuses primarily on Florida opportunities and his responsibilities include evaluating investments, performing due diligence, structuring transactions, and monitoring portfolio companies. Mr. Garrett’s background includes owning and operating a growing business, in addition to seven years of strategy and technology consulting.

    Prior to joining Advantage Capital Partners, Mr. Garrett was President of TateWen Trading Company, a wholesale manufacturer of marine canvas products. As President, Mr. Garrett bought the assets of a failing manufacturer, resurrected the business, and resold the company after three years. Prior to that, Mr. Garrett was a strategy consultant with Gemini Consulting, where his assignments were primarily strategic planning, new business development, and operations improvement engagements for major telecommunications companies. Previously, Mr. Garrett developed computer systems and supervised programmers while with Andersen Consulting.

    Mr. Garrett received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University.

    Grant Thornton Grant Thornton



    Moderator: Richard B. Hadlow, Partner, Holland & Knight

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