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Five executive advisors join Florida-Israel Business Accelerator

A new roster of all-star Executive Advisors (EAs) have joined the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator to mentor 12 Israeli tech companies that started the 2019 FIBA Launch Program on Jan. 21 in Tampa.

The “EAs” consist of five experienced business leaders with diverse backgrounds and skills: Kim Stebbings, Daniel Greco, Ilya Movshovich, Thomas Crawford and Eric Williams. They will lend their talents and experience in leadership and entrepreneurship to ensure the companies’ are successful in overcoming challenges to entering the U.S. market.

The Executive Advisors

Kim Stebbings, recognized by Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2015 as the Tampa Bay Businesswoman of the Year, has over 35 years of experience in U.S. medical device sales, marketing and operations working with multi-national and startup companies. She spent 16 years with Boehringer Mannheim/Roche Diagnostics where she most notably was responsible for running a $100 million diabetes care diagnostics business line. Stebbings has served in leadership roles with the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Recently retired and committed to giving back to the entrepreneurial community, Stebbings serves as FIBA’s Executive Advisor for Medical Device and Healthcare Technology companies.

Daniel Greco is Chief Executive Officer at Ark Applications, LLC, a family office investment group and consult- ing firm. Greco also gives back to the community by serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. Among his major accomplishments was launching the Cunningham Lindsey Global Program Management Office supporting $1 billion in revenue, implementing Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) with Walt Disney Company’s supplier and procurement networks.

Ilya Movshovich is relocating from Silicon Valley to Tampa Bay for the duration of the FIBA 2019 Launch Program to serve as an advisor to FIBA companies. He is known for his work in founding, mentoring and consulting a variety of Silicon Valley startup companies, Fortune 500 companies and venture capital funds. Movshovich serves as Head of Business Development for UrBike, Mentor at Comet Labs, Advisor for Plug & Ride and Advisor for Pacific Community Ventures. In regards to his upcoming trip to Florida, Movshovich said, “More entrepreneurs and investors are claiming that the best place to start a business is outside of Silicon Valley. Your money lasts longer, you are able to hold onto employees longer, and you have the ability to interact with your customers more. There is lots of innovation and talent that’s outside of Silicon Valley, it’s time to venture out and find it.”

Thomas Crawford is the Founder and President of Applied Business Concepts Inc., a consulting firm which he founded and grew in the Seattle area, where he resided until recently relocating to Sarasota. Crawford is a seasoned executive in high-growth technology companies with a focus in growing sales and profitability. He has over 20 years operating experience in various firms, including almost nine years serving as Director of Business Development for Microsoft, and 5+ years in venture capital investing in startups. His product area expertise is broad and includes software, hardware, services and intellectual property.

Eric Williams served as Catalina Marketing’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer till 2012. While at Catalina, he was responsible for directing strategic technology, research and development, and new applications. Following his retirement from Catalina, Williams founded E2 Innovation Group, which provides a highly selective client base with technology selection and implementation, large data base selection and utilization, as well as the use of consumer analytics. He boasts 35 years of experience including management, sales, marketing, systems design and development and operations positions with retailers, software development and information technology companies.

About FIBA

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, known as FIBA (pronounced Fee-Bah), is a Florida-based business development and community engagement project established by the Tampa JCCs and Federation and supported by Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Hillsborough County and several community philanthropists. FIBA provides assistance to Israeli tech companies that are ready to expand into the U.S. market. FIBA offers entrepreneurs strategic alignment with corporate partners, facilitates introductions to prospective customer, partners and investors, assists with sales and lead generation activities and encourages the companies to establish a U.S. subsidiary in Tampa Bay that is responsible for sales, marketing, tech and customer support throughout North America.

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