Areas of Practice: Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Estate Planning, Business and Corporate Law.
Education: J.D. Stetson University College of Law; Master of Laws (L.L.M. in Taxation): University of Florida College of Law; B.S. Hotel Administration: Cornell University.
Bar Memberships and Affiliations: St. Petersburg Bar Association; Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School Board of Directors; Tax Section of The Florida Bar; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association; Red Cross Planned Giving Committee; Suncoast Estate Planning Council; Executive Committee, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.
DR. PETER R. BETZER currently serves as the President of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, a group that has been pivotal to the emergence of St. Petersburg, Florida as an internationally-prominent center for marine research. He and his business colleagues are currently focused on expanding the cluster of technological businesses that are associated with St. Petersburg’s extensive marine research complex. Prior to joining the partnership in 2008, Dr. Betzer served as Dean and Professor of The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science. In fact, he joined USF’s marine science faculty in 1971 and spent 37 years in this academic setting. Dr. Betzer received a B.A. in geology from Lawrence College (1964) and in 1971 was awarded a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. Dr. Betzer is the author of over 60 scientific publications in journals and books and in 1985 was a co-recipient of the Distinguished Authorship Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In 1983 Dr. Betzer was appointed chair of USF’s Department of Marine Science and has overseen the creation of a major marine science complex that includes ten agencies employing more than 1500 people. Most recently (November 2006) SRI International established a formal linkage with USF’s College of Marine Science and built a new research facility (38,000 sq. ft.) that is focused on developing new sensors for oceanographic research. The expansion of SRI in St. Petersburg was supported by almost 40 million dollars from state and local sources.
Dr. Betzer has received three important civic awards: 1) in 1991 he was one of three people who received a Community Betterment Award from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; 2) in 1994 he was the single recipient of the St. Petersburg Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award; and 3) in 2000 he was one of two people who received a Community Service Award from Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association. In addition, in 2009 the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography honored Betzer and during a formal ceremony recognized him as one of their Distinguished Graduates.
Chuck Egerter is founder and president of Eagle Datagistics. He started the company in 2003. Chuck drives Eagle’s daily business operations and manages the company’s growth and profitability. He focuses on continued process improvement and making sure we have the right people and strategies in place to grow in a controlled manner.
Under Chuck’s leadership, Eagle has organically grown and is recognized as Florida’s premier Oracle Partner. His vision for Eagle was inspired by his many years of IT Project Management and Business Development experience working for small boutique consulting companies and large enterprises like Lockheed Martin. Common for both is the need to maximize their ROI on data-based investments. Chuck recognized a common theme… the lack of underlying repeatable processes that create predictable results. Eagle Datagistics was created with process and predictable results as a guiding vision, while balancing the maturity of a big company with the Agility of a small one.
Eagle has received many recognitions and nominations over the years including awards from Oracle, Grow FL, TBTF, and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. He plays active roles in the local community as an Ambassador for the Tampa Bay Partnership, a member on the Board of Directors for the Deuces Live Main street Revitalization, and zealous supporter of the entrepreneurial and start-up tech community in the Tampa Bay area. Chuck earned his BS Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Elmore is a founder, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center. The Innovation Center, an accelerator for early-stage technology firms, is a regional, national and international known success story that has been in operation for nine plus years that continues to build momentum in Pinellas County, Florida. During 2012, the Innovation Center was awarded winner of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s Excellence in Service award and was recognized by Entrepreneur.com among the top 10 roundup of international business incubators.
Tonya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an executive MBA from the University of South Florida. In 2007, Tonya was among the first graduating class to receive a professional designation as a “certified incubator manager” from the National Business Incubator Association.
Ms. Elmore has served as a vice-chair for the Florida Business Incubator Association. She has been named as among the top twenty technology leaders in the Tampa Bay region. Tonya has participated in numerous media appearances and interviews, including Fox 13 Good Day Tampa Bay as an expert on entrepreneurship and early growth strategies.
Most recently she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the St. Petersburg Innovation District and co-chairs the Research, Collaboration and Innovation Committee. Tonya also serves on the Board of Advisors for the USF Center for Entrepreneurship, St. Petersburg College-College of Business Advisory Board, the Iron Yard Board of Advisors, Pinellas County Economic Development Advisory Board and Gulf Beaches Center for Innovation and Digital Learning Magnet School Student Advisory Council. Ms. Elmore previously held a Top Secret Security clearance while working on Defense Contracts
A graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, Jeff received his bachelor's degree in business administration. In 2004, Florida Southern recognized Jeff with the Distinguished Graduate Award for his service to the college and to the community. This award is presented to two graduates each year. He has been in the financial services industry since 1984, and completed the Securities Industry Institute at the WhartonSchool at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Jeff has been with Raymond James since 1991 and was recognized for his leadership as regional vice president before resuming his career as branch manager of the downtown St. Petersburg office. He has been recognized as Branch Manager of the Year twice during his career, first in 1994 and again in 2001. To better serve his clients, Jeff partnered with Bill Hoyt in 2003 to form HearnHoyt Wealth Management. In 2006, Jeff retired from management at Raymond James to focus his time on the needs of his individual clients, their families, various endowments, and several foundations that rely on his advice.
Active in his community, Jeff was involved with Bayfront Health Foundation where he served as its Chairman for two years. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Bayfront Health Systems, an independent not-for-profit healthcare organization, until its sale in 2013. He now serves as Vice-Chairman of Bayfront HERO, a charitable organization funding various initiatives to improve health and education in St. Petersburg. He served as a member of the Investment Oversight Committee for the City of St. Petersburg for several years where he offered advice for the cities $400 million operating and reserve funds. Jeff recently completed his terms on the boards of Academy Prep St. Petersburg and Florida Southern College. Jeff is also the Vice Chariman of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. In addition, he is past president of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg and volunteers as a mission coordinator at FirstUnitedMethodistChurch. Jeff is a member of the Kenya Mission Team at his church and has been to Africa three times in the past two years to help plan and build a medical clinic. Jeff also served as the founding President of the board of Bahamas Habitat and has led more than 20 mission teams to work in the out islands of the Bahamas. He has a strong commitment to the community and has served in many other organizations.
W. Gregory Holden, a Vice President with Manning & Napier Advisors, has responsibility for the firm’s direct investment management client relationships in Central and North Florida. He holds Series 7, 63 and 64 licenses. Manning & Napier is a majority employee-owned global investment management firm founded in 1970 that serves individuals, family offices, corporate benefit plans, union pensions and annuity funds, endowments, foundations, profit sharing plans and 401(k) plans. Prior to assuming his current role in early 2009, Holden began his career with several boutique investment banking firms focused on public finance projects for healthcare, education, economic development and governmental entities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
Greg has served in a number of volunteer and leadership roles with local, regional and national organizations. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer and on the Executive and Finance Committees for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Executive Committee and as Investment Committee Chair for PARC, serving people with developmental disabilities throughout greater St. Petersburg. Greg is the Assistant Treasurer and part of the Executive Committee for the Pinellas County Urban League. He is President of the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council and serves on the Board of Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer on the crystal coast of North Carolina.
Greg graduated Magna Cum Laude from the honors program at Denison University. He was recognized as an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in both 2009 and 2011 and received the St. Petersburg Chamber's Member of the Year award in 2012. He graduated from Leadership St. Petersburg in 2009, the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute in 2013 and is a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXII.
Ed Montanari is a Boeing 777 pilot for American Airlines, a publicly owned corporation employing over 88,000 employees worldwide. American Airlines and American Eagle operate more than 3400 daily flights in the United States and to more than 40 countries.
Before joining American, Mr. Montanari served on active duty in the United States Air Force flying the F-16 fighter aircraft. He has logged over 1400 hours in all models of the F-16. Mr. Montanari served in the Air Force Reserves as an Air Operations Officer in Central Command at MacDill AFB during the first Gulf War.
Mr. Montanari has lived in St Petersburg since 1976 and serves on boards of many community, civic, and charitable organizations. He is a member and former Chairman of the Planning and Visioning Commission for the City of St Petersburg, a member of the Pinellas County Economic Development Council, the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, and the Louise Graham Regeneration Center. He currently is Chairman of the Pier Task Force for the St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, was Co-Chairman of the 8/28 Alliance, also served as vice chair of the Pier Advisory Task Force, was chair of the Albert Whitted Airport Task Force, and served on the Major League Baseball Task Force.
A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mr. Montanari holds a bachelor’s of science degree in aeronautical science.
Christopher Steinocher is President & CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Chamber in February of 2011 and is responsible for the vision, strategic direction and overall operations of the Chamber.
Prior to the Chamber, Mr. Steinocher was with the Tampa Bay Partnership as COO and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development – a job he held for 17 years – helping start the regional economic development group. Mr. Steinocher was also the AVP of Marketing for Fortune Bank, a Tampa Bay based bank with 46 branch locations throughout Florida’s west coast and was responsible for branch promotions, corporate identity and brand management.
He has over 25 years experience in marketing and community development, 23 of which have been in the St. Petersburg region.
Mr. Steinocher holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University.
Mr. Steinocher is a past chair of the Florida High Tech Corridor Marketing Committee and has served on the board of Creative Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. In addition, he was a founding member of the advisory council for the Banner Center for Logistics and Distribution, the Florida Maritime Council, the International Working Group for Tampa International Airport and the Pinellas County School Superintendent’s Corporate Advisory Committee. He is also a past president of the St. Petersburg Film Commission and the President of the Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association.