Executive Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Fostering Tampa Bay's Most Promising Companies Through Executive Engagement

The Executive Entrepreneur-In-Residence is a local founder or CEO of a company born, bred and exited right here in Tampa Bay. They have years of experience and knowledge garnered the only way that matters, through doing. They apply the lessons learned through growing a business in our community to help others do the same.

This program is an exciting opportunity for our accelerator companies in GROW stage to connect with seasoned and experienced executives. The companies in our accelerator that are closest to breakout success can now benefit from valuable counsel from the most credible leaders in our community.

Our Executive EIRs

Tony DiBenedetto

Tony DiBenedetto

Tony DiBenedetto has 30 years of experience in the technology industry, with a focus on executive management, business innovation, and high impact growth. Tony is the former CEO of Tribridge, a technology company specializing in software, services, and cloud solutions, where he led the strategic direction, development, and vision for 19 years. He also served as CEO of Concerto Cloud Services, a fully managed cloud services provider owned by Tribridge. In July 2017, Tony led the acquisition of Tribridge and Concerto by DXC Technology Company, (NYSE: DXC), the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.

A lifetime entrepreneur, Tony earned partnership at Arthur Andersen before founding Tribridge. He also owned and operated several business ventures in retail, business services, and healthcare. Tony mentors numerous entrepreneurs and serves on the board of directors of two service-based companies.

Tony is the founder of Think Big for Kids, a new initiative bringing highly structured education, mentorship, career path development and post-education employment opportunities to underprivileged teens. In addition to a long-term strategic partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, he co-founded the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) and was the first executive director of the former TBTF Foundation, now TechStart, helping at-risk kids pursue careers in STEM through educational programs and scholarships.

Jamie Egasti

Jamie Egasti

Jamie spent 30 years at Procter & Gamble with increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, innovation and general management roles leading to CEO positions in consumer packaged goods and the data enabled platform technology space.

Throughout his career, he has served on boards of private equity portfolio companies as well as early stage and growth companies, along with advisory board roles in academia focused on innovation.

At Catalina, Jamie led all aspects of the transformation including strategy, acquisitions/divestitures, organization restructure and operating plan. This included the successful sale of the Company from Hellman & Friedman to Berkshire Partners for 11.3X EBITDA, delivering a 3X increase in valuation. As CEO of The Folgers Coffee Company, Jamie led the development of the strategy, organizational structure and operating plan to spin to a publicly traded company. Folgers was successfully sold to JMSmucker for $3.3B in 2008.

Jamie has extensive experience in early growth and venture-backed companies with board roles in the data enabled technology, digital media and healthcare space including; Pathfactory, a content and insight activation platform, Resource Interactive, a digital advertising agency, Mr. Youth, a social media agency, Thinkvine, a marketing technology/measurement company and Linkwell, a digital healthcare solutions company. All these experiences have provided an opportunity to leverage domain expertise in marketing, innovation and value creation.

Steven MacDonald

Steven MacDonald

In 2001 Steven founded myMatrixx, a pharmacy benefits manager focused on technology solutions for the workers’ compensation market to provide better outcomes for injured workers. In May 2017, myMatrixx sold to Express Scripts – a Fortune 100 company with more than $100 billion in revenues, generating a 44X return for early investors.

A serial entrepreneur and no stranger to exits, Steven previously founded and served as the CEO of TechHealth. In 2013 TechHealth was purchased by One Call Management, a portfolio company of Apax Partners. He also co-founded the Mamabear Family Safety app that was sold to Grom Social in September 2016.

Additionally, Steven partnered with Christopher Reeve and his foundation to promote research for a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. Steven has focused the majority of his career in startups, technology and workers’ compensation and formerly served in numerous leadership positions with PMSI and Pharmerica. He also served in the Air National Guard.

Why Executive Mentorship?

It is no secret that mentorship is one of the most valuable assets for growth. Tampa Bay Wave has taken that value and given it exponential impact by engaging local founders and CEOs who have built companies and had significant exits. These entrepreneurs have proven their skill and ability and we are happy to have them as our Executive Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.


  • Individual attention from the area's most successful entrepreneurs
  • Active engagement with those who understand your needs and struggles
  • Access to networks and resources that grow your company
  • Advocates for your success

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