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Florida Venture Forum Elects Board Chair

Jan. 22, 2013

The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support group for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, today announced that David S. Felman, leader of the Corporate and Tax Group for Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, will be 2013 Board Chair of the Florida Venture Forum's Board of Directors. Mr. Felman shared: "For many years, I've admired The Florida Venture Forum commitment to Florida-based companies raising capital. I look forward to serving the Forum this year."

Dave represents fund investors in investment and acquisition deals, including Lovett Miller & Co., Ballast Point Ventures, HealthEdge Investment Fund, Stonehenge Capital, and Inflexion Fund. He also represents venture-backed companies. Examples include: Lifestyle Family Fitness, Inc., SRI/Surgical Express, Inc., Chris-Craft, Inc., Blue Medical, Inc., Navitas Lease Corp., and Telovations, Inc. Dave's 2012 deals included representing Lifestyle Family Fitness, Inc. in being acquired by L.A. Fitness; SRI/Surgical Express (Nasdaq: STRC) in its acquisition by Synergy Health; and Telovations, Inc. in its acquisition by Bright House Networks, Inc.

Dave has practiced both in New York City (with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett) and Tampa. He leads the planning group for The Florida Directors' Institute, an annual program on corporate governance for public company directors at the University of Tampa. He co-chairs the annual Southeastern Private Equity and M&A Forum in Atlanta.

Steven F. Lux, Managing Director, Stonehenge Growth Capital, serves as 2013 Vice Chair. Our other Board Officers include:

2013-2014 Conference Co-Chair and Program Director: Kenneth L. Grider, Managing Director, Raymond James & Associates;

2014 Conference Co-Chair: Stanley "Stash" Jacobs, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.;

Treasurer: Jack Rybicki, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen,LLP;

Nominating Chair: April Young, Managing Director, Hercules Technology Growth Capital; and

Immediate Past Chair: Richard Maclean, Managing Partner, Frontier Capital.

About Florida Venture Forum

Founded in 1984, the Florida Venture Forum provides companies with managerial assistance and identifies sources of venture capital. To date, more than $2.7 billion of venture capital has been attracted by Florida-based companies presenting at the Forum's annual Florida Venture Capital Conference. The 22nd annual Conference will be held at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Golf Club in Ponte Vedra, FL, January 31 -- February 1, 2013. To register or for more information please visit

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2013

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