By: Josh Wilson
Rob Panepinto is an innovator who has always challenged the status quo of “good enough”. Rob has helped Orange County become a hub for technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity. He is passionate about the positive impact businesses and business leaders drive for their communities and is an active “civic entrepreneur” serving on multiple civic and nonprofit boards.
Rob Panepinto is President of Florentine Strategies, which provides board support, strategic consulting, and investment capital for healthcare, social enterprise and technology companies. Rob is also the CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action, who manage a social venture fund that invests in local social enterprises, helping them create successful businesses and jobs while addressing community and global social needs.
Rob is a Founder and Board Chair of Orlando’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, Rally, a partnership between the Central Florida Foundation, Rollins College, the City of Orlando, and other community partners. Rob is the current Chair of the Central Florida Foundation board, immediate past chair of Orlando, Inc. and is a Board Member member for the Orlando Economic Partnership. He also serves on the Board of Stater Studio, Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business Board of Overseers and its Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. He has served on the Operations Committee of the Central Florida Expressway Authority. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Rob was a 2018 candidate for Orange County Mayor.
Previously, Rob was part of the founding executive team for Connextions, helping them grow from a small manufacturing company to become an innovative healthcare technology and services company based here in Orlando. Connextions was sold to Optum in 2011.
Rob has been married to his wife Stacy for over 27 years and they have 2 daughters, Ali (17) and Samantha (15). They live in Winter Park.
By: Josh Wilson
Dena Jalbert, Align Business Advisory Services
Dena Jalbert is founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services, a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and business advisory firm based in Winter Park, Fla. Align was founded in 2010 with a mission to break the mold of the traditional advisory firm and is built on the core principles of service, diversity, innovation and value creation. Align leverages its deep industry and business knowledge to provide innovative solutions and align its clients’ business results with their objectives to create value. The company offers management consulting, business strategy, finance, and M&A services to holistically serve the middle market.
Jalbert leverages her nearly 20 years of success in building, scaling, and buying and selling businesses to accomplish her clients’ goals. Her career experience spans many years in “Big 4” public accounting and consulting firms, in addition to holding executive positions with Fortune 500 and hyper-growth middle market companies. An expert in M&A, Jalbert has facilitated nearly $1 billion of buy and sell-side transaction. Jalbert is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University.
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By: Josh Wilson
The Mouse Merch Box is a subscription box that works with Disney and their Licensees. Every box and piece of merchandise tells a story.
Austin is the Founder and CEO of The Mouse Merch Box. He grew up in a business family in Indiana and helped them build a Crossfit Box and Ice Cream shop.
By: Josh Wilson
Quick’rCare is a discovery platform for healthcare services. It enables consumers to locate the nearest care center or hospitals available to get the care and help they need. The company’s platform provides patients fast care service, improves patient experience, and offers online check-ins for the listed facilities in the network. By registering on the platform healthcare facilities can get access to many new patients on a daily basis.
Quick’rCare was founded by Raghu Dhulipala and Alex Guastella in 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Alex Guastella: Alex is the founder of the company Quick’rCare, the interceptive digital platform that guides patients into immediate medical facilities. Prior to founding Quick’rCare he was instrumental in early growth with companies like ZocDoc, Medullan, TytoCare and many more. Alex has worked with companies like Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and HCA to build technologies that positively impact patients. His passion is to solve the deepest issues in current global healthcare systems.
When he is not in the boardroom, he spends his time with his wife Lynnann, two children, and their dog.
By: David Brim
Where should you go to start your next business, expand your company, or find the best job candidates? Here’s your guidebook to the most dynamic cities in the U.S.
It’s great to see Orlando making INC’s top 10 list of Best Places in America to Start a Business. We were the only Florida city in the top 10, beating out Miami (#13), Jacksonville (#14) and Tampa (#24). INC evaluated many factors and displays their assessment through a cool interactive sliding scale.
What I found to be very cool was that Orlando was ranked #1 in job creation and #2 overall in population growth! That’s huge.
We also ranked #10 in net new businesses created – that’s more Orlando Entrepreneurs!
While our venture funding secured is still on the lower end of the spectrum (myself and many others are working to change that), I have always found Orlando a great place to start and grow a business. I also have to comment that quantity of jobs isn’t always as good as quality. While many of our jobs are in the hospitality industry, we also have several industries that Orlando is taking the lead in such as: simulation, defense, space-tech, gaming and others. I’m excited for what the future holds for Orlando, and Orlando Entrepreneurs.
This ranking from INC is great news. Keep rocking Orlando. People are taking notice!
By: Josh Wilson
About Mini Materials:
Mini Materials specializes in miniature cinder blocks and pallets. Our goal is to bring the love of building into the comfort and convenience of your own home. You can build for fun or use our blocks to generate your next big idea! Our miniature cement blocks are scaled following classic hobby-scaling ratio used for modeling. You can accurately turn your models into real life buildings.
About Mat Hofma:
Mat started Mini Materials in 2015. He is an Orlando native, growing up in Winter Park, attending high school at Winter Park High School and went on to UCF for a degree in Graphic Design. He is the Creative Director for Mudhole Custom Tackle in Oviedo, the world’s largest supplier of custom fishing rods. Mini Materials is Mat’s brainchild. His vision and graphic design talents are on full display with the branding, website design, and marketing for the business.
About Erik Polumbo:
Erik joined Mat shortly after the creation of the business. They met at UCF while getting his degree in Business Administration. He went on to get an MBA from Troy University. His background is in Real Estate as a Realtor, property manager, and developer. He owns another company that provides project management consultant services for clients in Central Florida. Erik handles the day-to-day business operations for Mini Materials.
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By: Josh Wilson
Joe Raymond is a Managing Partner and Founder of RVR Consulting Group, an action-oriented management consulting firm supporting small and midmarket companies nationwide in the areas of growth strategy, exit planning, and turnaround situations. With a specialization in HR outsourcing companies, RVR partners with organizations seeking to accelerate growth and maximize their value, utilizing tailored initiatives and strategic action to drive performance, profitability, and scalability. Joe is a strategic advisor for small to multi-billion-dollar companies within the PEO and staffing industries; however, above all else, Joe is an entrepreneur who is committed to empowering other businesses, starting at the executive level. In less than a year, Joe was able to assist in the creation of over $250M in enterprise value for a PEO client, which continues to see returns on its bottom-line.
In 1986, Joe founded and grew the Transworld Services Group staffing company to over $45 million in 10 years. By 1994, the company was among Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies. Looking forward, Joe facilitated the business’ ISO 9002 certification, securing a standard of prestigious, international quality, and sold the company at a significant market premium ten years later. Soon after, Joe became President and 50% owner of ASG, a $3.5 million construction staffing company, building it into a $150 million business with 30 offices in five years. In 2007, ASG was sold to a publicly traded company, again at a market premium.
Throughout Joe’s career, the products, services, and challenges have differed, but the solutions impeding growth have consistently been the same for clients: structure, people, processes, systems, and reporting. Having been personally involved in the sale or purchase of over 100 companies (and counting) ranging from $5 million to $5 billion in revenue, Joe has a comprehensive understanding of the pain points that decision-makers and executives face daily. As such, he provides ongoing support to entrepreneurs at speaking opportunities such as the 2018 NAPEO Annual Conference, the Lightsource Client Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, and other local, regional, and national engagements.
As an active business leader with an intersectional lens on growth, Joe sits on the BB&T Regional Advisory Board but also provides coaching and pro-bono services to Orlando’s rising startups. For decades, Joe has demonstrated a commitment to the business community, but also to nonprofit boards and mission-driven organizations. Today, he remains an active alum to his alma mater, Rollins College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business. He serves on Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, driving impact beside the next generation of MBA professionals.
Joe is also the proud Chairman and Founder of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), a charter school that uses holistic, individualized programs to address the academic and therapeutic needs of children and adults with motor disabilities.
Established in 1999, RVR Consulting Group is an action-oriented management consulting company based in Orlando, Florida, supporting small to mid-market companies with exit planning, growth strategy, and turnaround situations. RVR partners with business leaders to understand their organizational objectives, to assess their business from a 360-vantage point, and to provide tailored recommendations that optimize company performance, scalability, and profitability.
Since 2001, CECO has been providing hope for families that have been searching for the place where the impossible IS possible. CECO offers a special needs school day kindergarten through 12th grade, summer camp, early intervention ages 6 months to 4 years old and walking challenge program, adult program and Parkinson’s program.
Conductive Education is an educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence through physical and cognitive activities. We welcome families and our community friends to stop by and tour our facility…see how hard the children work on a daily basis to obtain their greatest potential.
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By: Josh Wilson
Greg Rollett is an Emmy® Award-Winning Producer, Best-Selling Author and media expert who works with business owners, experts and entrepreneurs from all over the world to create personality driven TV shows and media content that drive their business. He is the host and Executive Producer of Ambitious Adventures, a travel reality show for entrepreneurs that can be seen on Entrepreneur.com as well as Amazon Prime Video.
Rollett is the founder of Ambitious.com, and Ambitious TV, a media network that is known as “the voice of small business.” Through Ambitious.com and the Ambitious TV Network, they have been able to create hundreds of episodes for their clients that are now seen across the globe on Apple TV and Roku, as well as many other online and offline outlets. This gives small business owners an opportunity to be seen and heard by the people that they can best help.
Greg is the proud father of 3 boys and married his high school sweetheart. When he isn’t in front of or behind a camera, he is training to be the next American Ninja Warrior and shooting arrows in his backyard.
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