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Leadership

Meet the Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) leadership team.

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) Leadership

We’re a Team of Talented Professionals

The leadership team’s collective experience and dedication helps champion the state as the premier location for private-sector job creation, international trade and development, military and defense support, small business capital and sports tourism.

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Laura DiBella

Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Laura DiBella most recently served as Executive Director of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association from November 2019 to July 2022, charged to represent and further their mission as the “first responders of Florida’s Blue Economy”, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of commerce through all 14 operating deepwater seaports in Florida. Previous to the Pilots, from 2014-2019, she served as the Executive Director of the Nassau County (Florida) Economic Development Board, as well as, Port Director for the Port of Fernandina, Ocean Highway and Port Authority of Nassau County (2017-2019). While serving both roles she oversaw a number of high-profile recruitment and expansion projects encompassing manufacturing, corporate headquarters, healthcare, and logistics, coupled with many millions in grant funding awards. Laura’s earlier career expands across numerous industries, from manufacturing to marketing, in addition to being a Florida licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker for 20 years – collectively of which delivers extensive experience that has helped her excel in her diverse roles and responsibilities to date.

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Tyler Russell

Chief of Staff

Tyler Russell serves as Chief of Staff for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI). Prior to joining EFI, Tyler served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Management Services, overseeing the Legislative Affairs, Communications, and External Affairs offices, along with administering the Florida Cybersecurity Advisory Council. At the beginning of the DeSantis Administration, Tyler served as a Deputy Policy Director on the Governor’s Transition Team and then as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs in the Executive Office of the Governor. Tyler has many years of experience working on local, state, and federal policy and political campaigns, along with private sector consulting. Tyler is a graduate of Florida State University.

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Natalie McElwee

Senior Vice President, Communications

Natalie McElwee is Senior Vice President of Communications for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI). Natalie joined in 2021 and supports the organization through its communication, marketing and advertising efforts. Prior to joining EFI, Natalie worked in communications at the Florida Department of Transportation. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

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Angela Adams Suggs

President & CEO, Florida Sports Foundation; Senior Vice President, Sports Development

As President of the Florida Sports Foundation, Angela Adams Suggs brings a wealth of experience and leadership energy to the organization as it continues working to support Florida’s $57 billion sports industry. Suggs leads the organization’s efforts to assist communities with securing, hosting and retaining sporting events and sports related business through the Foundation’s grant programs; provide participation opportunities in the Sunshine State Games and Florida Senior Games; serve as Florida’s leading resource for sport tourism research and facts; assist in the promotion of targeted leisure sports industries in Florida; and assist national and state governing bodies to promote amateur sport development.

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Matt Swanson

Senior Vice President, Administration

Matt Swanson serves as Senior Vice President of Administration for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI). His experience spans public and private organizations, including small business, start-ups, higher education administration, and teaching. He has a consistent record of aligning resources with strategies and opportunities in a manner that positions organizations to continuously move forward, adapt, and achieve results. Most recently, Matt served in key leadership positions with Bravado Health and Jacksonville University. Prior to JU, he served as the CFO for Fletcher Technical Community College in Louisiana. He also brings volunteer experience in nonprofit governance, community boards, and affordable housing. Matt has undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business administration and is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

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TJ Villamil

Senior Vice President, International Trade & Development

TJ Villamil is the Sr. Vice President of the International Trade and Development unit at Enterprise Florida, Inc. The International Trade and Development (ITD) unit is headquartered in Miami and maintains offices/representation in six Florida cities as well as twenty cities around the world. EFI’s ITD division is widely considered one of the best statewide international economic development organizations in the United States. EFI’s ITD program focuses on 1) assisting Florida companies (most of which are manufacturers) in export sales and export promotion, 2) recruiting international companies to invest and grow in Florida (Foreign Direct Investment), and 3) supporting the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida on international business mission trips. TJ is a proud double graduate from the University of Florida with a undergraduate degree in communications and a masters degree in Entrepreneurship from the business school.

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Destin Wells

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Destin Wells is Senior Vice President of Business Development for Enterprise Florida (EFI) based in Orlando. Destin worked for EFI as the Director of Aviation/Aerospace in Business Development from 2015-2017. He most recently served as the Vice President of Business Development Services for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. He is a graduate of UCF where he earned BA and MBA degrees.