The team

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A seasoned and diverse team

With 120 years of combined experience, the Fifth Avenue Family Office team includes expert investment, financial, business and legal professionals. We leverage a deep, broad-based skill set to provide our client families with best-in-class services beyond traditional wealth management.

Gary Price

Partner

Gary Price has been serving his clients and their families for 30 years. For our client families, he is our in-house specialist in family governance, real estate, governmental and community affairs, strategic planning, and mediation. Through his broad network and experience, Gary helps our client families get expedited answers to complex real estate, alternative investment issues, and illiquid asset investments.

Gary’s public service for the past 20 years consecutively for the City of Naples started in 2001 when he was appointed to the Planning Advisory Board. He was appointed to a seat on the Naples City Council in September 2005, then elected to the same office in February 2006, 2010, and now for third term in 2018. Gary served as the Chairman of the Naples Pension Board for eight years.  Gary has also served on many charitable boards including The Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida, the Boys and Girls Club of Naples, United Way, and the Naples Art Association.  In January 2013, the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida appointed Gary to the State Board of PLGAC , where he served for four years.  He is a Leadership Florida Class XXXII Alumni. He attended Ohio State University where he earned a BSBA in Real Estate and Urban Analysis. Gary completed the exclusive Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. For the past 15 years, he has maintained his qualifications as an instrument rated pilot. Gary has been married to his wife Kim for 30 years and they have two children.

Timothy Cartwright

Partner

Timothy Cartwright specializes in closely held businesses and alternative assets.  Closely held and family businesses often represent a significant percentage of a family’s net worth.  Tim leverages his extensive transactional experience to guide an intentional succession planning process required for the legacy and illiquid nature of this asset.  Tim coaches and mentors our entrepreneurial families with his unique ability to distill complex, often time sensitive, issues into elemental components creating a simple and executable action plan.  Across the expanse of alternative assets, Tim has deep experience in private equity, venture capital, and early and seed stage investing.  He is the founder of the Tamiami Family of Angel Funds, the first ever member managed Angel Funds in Southwest Florida.

Tim started his career with Arthur Andersen rising quickly to Senior Consultant.  Shortly thereafter, Tim recognized a void in the enterprise software market and founded Benchmark Solutions, Inc., a supply chain consulting company.  Seven years later, he sold Benchmark Solutions and launched an internet trading exchange called By-Product Interactive, Inc.  On February 1, 2021, By-Products Interactive was acquired by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (LON:ERM).  In 2006, Compass Advisory Group, an M&A Consultancy that Tim started in 2002, merged with Magnus Capital Management to co-found Fifth Avenue Family Office.

Mr. Cartwright recently completed an 11-year term as a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University’s Foundation Board finishing as Chair of the Board.  At fiscal year close, the endowment reached a balance of $129MM recording a return of 30.51% for the fiscal year.  Tim is chairman of Tamiami Angel Funds, the largest Angel Fund in the state of Florida, a director of the Florida Venture Forum, and co-founder of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership.  As a passionate supporter of early childhood development, Tim has also served on the board of Golisano C’MON and chaired its Strategic Planning Committee, which launched an expansion of the originally targeted age bracket.

Tim attended the University of Wisconsin graduating with a BS in Economics – Math Emphasis and earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management).  He is a Leadership Florida Class XXXV graduate and a regional advocate for new technologies and economic diversification.

Tim enjoys coaching, boating, and living an active lifestyle. His wife, Amy, and their three children have called Naples home since 2003.

Craig Lyon

Partner

Craig Lyon has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, specializing in investment strategy, alternative investments, trust services and life insurance. Craig has direct responsibility and management of our clients’ portfolio investments and Investment Policy Statement process. He is a strong proponent of effective communication amongst family to create and foster rewarding legacies.

Craig has devoted much of his career to the study of the financial markets. He became a registered representative with McDonald Financial Group and then with Leonard & Company while working closely with Valenti Capital on its hedge funds and alternative investments. He is currently trustee for numerous trust accounts, serves as officer of a private charitable foundation and as an advisor for maritime assets, real estate, private equity and venture capital transactions.

Craig earned his B.S. in business from Miami University (Ohio). He is also a graduate of Leadership Collier.

Craig and his family have been full-time Naples residents since 2004. He is active in golf, boating and keeping ahead of chores in his well-stocked workshop.

Susi Kimball

Client Services

Susi Kimball specializes in fund and foundation administration, tax coordination, bill payment services, and marketing. In addition to being our resident client services specialist, she is currently a fund administrator for the Tamiami Angel Funds, as well as the Adrenaline Venture Fund, where she excels at maintaining a steady hand on the oversight of 120 investors and 40 early stage portfolio companies. Susi is the steward of the client welcoming process, managing the discovery of important documents and coordinating numerous client needs.

Susi has held several professional roles in the banking industry with responsibility for investor relations, public relations, and marketing, as well as spokesperson. Susi has also worked directly with a variety of small and large businesses in her previous capacity as senior business relationship manager with the Economic Development Council of Collier County.

Susi studied Business Administration at Southwestern Illinois College and Hodges University. She is very active in the Naples community she has called home for over 30 years. Susi supports her passion for entrepreneurship by serving on the Florida Gulf Coast University Institute for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and participating in the Florida Venture Forum and Angel Capital Association. She and her husband, Andy, have three children and enjoy various outdoor activities and sports in their free time.

Patrycja Rochnowska

Client Services

Patrycja Rochnowska’s responsibilities are vital to the daily operations of our multi-family office and ensures that all client families benefit from their association with our office and partners in the community. Her key roles include office management, information technology, and marketing. In addition, she maintains important client documents and searches for solutions to complex client issues, often at a moment’s notice and always with a bright and welcoming smile.

Patrycja joined Fifth Avenue Family Office in 2014. Previously she served as Operations Assistant at Premier Executive Center and Project Manager for FloridaKeys.com, marketing to over 2,000 Florida Keys businesses.

A native of Poland and fluent in Polish, Patrycja emigrated with her family to Key West in 1992 and brings a unique European perspective to our team and client families. She studied at Miami International University of Art and Design and has a background in art, design, and fashion marketing. For many years she was a volunteer at the Sugden Theatre with the Naples Players. Patrycja has a passion for anything vintage, historic preservation, and sharing coastal adventures with her young son.

Kyle Shoemaker

Portfolio Manager

Kyle Shoemaker joined Fifth Avenue Family Office in his role as Portfolio Manager, he specializes in investment portfolio design and management, estate planning implementation, tax coordination, and performance reporting.

After spending nearly, a decade with Fidelity Investments, serving in roles ranging from the trade desk to private wealth management, Kyle is no stranger to the world of finance. During his time with Fidelity, he developed his aptitude and love for building lasting relationships with clients. This fueled a desire to join a family office environment to be more directly involved in creating successful long-term outcomes with entrepreneurial families.

Kyle graduated from Elon University in North Carolina, earning a BSBA in finance and economics.  He was also a member of Elon’s lacrosse team.

Outside of the office you will find Kyle on the field coaching Naples’ rising lacrosse stars and enjoying the Florida sunshine with his college sweetheart and wife, Berkeley, and their son.

Sofia Blanno

Fund Administrator

In 2020, Sofia Blanno joined the Fifth Avenue Family Office as a Fund Administrator of the Tamiami Angel Funds, which are member-managed investment funds that allow high-net-worth individuals and families to invest in promising early-stage and expansion-stage companies located in the U.S. with a preference to those in Florida.

Blanno is responsible for the Tamiami Angel Fund’s operational support and administration to the Executive Committee and Members. Blanno’s support relieves members from the extensive administrative burden associated with the evaluation of investment opportunities, structuring of investments, legal closing of investments, and  monitoring portfolio company progress. She manages T4’s deal flow, arranging and running all investor meetings, onboarding investors, and maintaining all documentation.

Blanno graduated magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University in December 2019 with an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship and a minor in marketing with honors distinction. Since graduating, Blanno has remained close to her alma mater serving as a member of the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and on the FGCU Alumni Board of Directors.

 

Sofia Blanno is a native of Atlanta and grew up playing competitive tennis. Blanno played D1 tennis for Auburn University for a year and ended her collegiate tennis career at FGCU.