Personnel note: Drew Weatherford joins Florida Venture Forum board

"His entrepreneurial spirit, dedicated work ethic and deep Florida roots will be invaluable to our organization"

Venture capital organization Florida Venture Forum announced Wednesday that Drew Weatherford has been elected to its board of directors.

Weatherford, the brother of former House Speaker Will Weatherford, is a partner at private investment firm Weatherford Capital, where he is responsible for deal sourcing and investor relations.

Prior to starting up the family business, Weatherford was a co-founder of lobbying and consulting firm Strategos Group. He was also the starting quarterback at Florida State University in the mid-2000s.

“The Florida Venture Forum’s membership represents a ‘who’s who’ of business and investment leaders active in all facets of the venture capital industry, and our board, in particular, is comprised of people who are passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their companies, and our local communities, grow and prosper,” said Kevin Burgoyne, President and CEO of the Florida Venture Forum.

 “We have been extremely fortunate to have the support of Weatherford Capital as a member for many years, and I’m even more pleased that Drew has agreed to join our board. His entrepreneurial spirit, dedicated work ethic and deep Florida roots will be invaluable to our organization, and we look forward to his contributions and input for years to come.”

The forum is private equity, venture capital and angel capital organization. It has made an estimated $9 billion impact on Florida’s economy since it was founded in 1984.

“The Florida Venture Forum is an organization that I have closely followed and admired for the past few years,” Weatherford said. “I am fully aligned with the organization’s commitment to support business founders who are actively seeking to scale their businesses within our great state.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve on such a high caliber and diverse Board, and I am eager to begin playing an active role by collaborating with my fellow Board members.”

With his election, Weatherford joins a board comprised of more than 60 business leaders from a long list of investment firms.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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