Tim Cartwright and Susi Kimball take full advantage of the Angel Capital Association’s vast resources and have developed a network of partners to bring quality deal flow and education programs for the Tamiami Angel Funds’ investors. ACA is a collective of accredited angel investors, North America’s most prolific early-stage investment class. The association is the largest angel professional development organization in the world and provides unparalleled access to trending ideas and professional knowledge to help improve returns and promote effective public policies for angels and startups.
Gary Price has had the honor of volunteering with Champions for Learning for 3 years. Each year, Champions for Learning invites each Collier County School to nominate an educator and best practice to be recognized at the annual Teacher of Distinction event, providing the opportunity for every school to be involved. From this group of talented teachers, the Golden Apple Selection Committee chose five to further highlight their best practices. Champions for Learning™, The Education Foundation of Collier County, was founded in 1990 and exists to create life-changing learning experiences for every student. Champions for Learning serves a unique role in bringing the community together to support a culture of learning and innovation.
Tim Cartwright is dedicated to ensuring Florida Gulf Coast University’s sustainability is evidenced by his commitment to the Foundation. Tim joined the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors in 2011 and has served in multiple capacities, including Chairman and Treasurer. The Foundation is the channel for private gifts to FGCU through annual giving programs, planned gifts (outright gifts such as securities or real estate or deferred gifts through wills and trusts) and capital, and other special-purpose campaigns. Principal responsibilities are to raise awareness of the need for private support, to solicit gifts on behalf of FGCU and exercise fiduciary management of those gifts.
One organization that Tim Cartwright and Susi Kimball support to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southwest Florida is Florida Gulf Coast University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship. Both volunteer in many capacities including mentoring, participating on selection committees, and serving on IE’s Advisory Board. The IE supports FGCU’s entrepreneurs and beyond through innovative programs that help student, alumni, military veterans, and high school students start businesses. Its programs include the Runway Program Incubator, Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows.
Tim Cartwright has served on the Board of the Florida Venture Forum since 2014 in addition to leading selection committees and expert panels for their annual Capital Conference, Early Stage Conference, and AeroSpace pitch competition. FVF is the preeminent statewide, member based, private equity, venture capital and angel capital organization in Florida. Celebrating 35 years of Connecting Florida Entrepreneurs and Capital Sources to foster a Thriving Innovation Economy.
Susi Kimball is passionate about education and volunteers her time serving on the Lorenzo Walker Technical High School Student Advisory Committee. She also played a role in helping launch the Whole School Read program, the first ever of its kind in Collier County. The Whole School Read program aims to build community in the school and help break down barriers between the diverse groups that often form in a school community. LWTHS’ model combines “college prep” academics with postsecondary technical certification through a dual enrollment partnership between the technical high school and the district’s adult, postsecondary technical center.
In 2008, Tim Cartwright, Susi Kimball, and a group of SWFL’s business and community leaders, supported by business organizations and higher education institutions, conducted a regional assessment to investigate the feasibility of establishing a regional angel fund. As a result of that initiative, the Tamiami Family of Funds was launched in 2010 to allow high-net-worth individuals and family offices an opportunity for active involvement in a diversified capital investment process, with the goal to build a portfolio of high potential, emerging growth companies.
Tim Cartwright has supported the efforts of Taste of Immokalee since 2016 and was recently named to their Board of Directors. Founded in 2014, TOI’s overarching goald is to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of business. Profits are returned tothe community of Immokalee to benefit youth programs and alleviate hunger and poverty.