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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.
Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida
Laura DiBella serves as the Secretary of Commerce, the chief economic development agency charged with retaining and recruiting high-impact industries to the dynamic state's 67 counties.
A certified Maritime Port Executive, from November 2019 to July 2022, Laura served as the first-ever, full-time Executive Director of the Florida Harbor Pilots Association, the statewide organization that represents the ~100 most highly skilled mariners that navigate nearly all vessel traffic in and out of Florida's seaports. Charged to represent and further their mission as the “first responders of Florida’s Blue Economy”, she helped ensure the uninterrupted flow of commerce through Florida's 14 operating deepwater seaports while the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent supply chain crisis ravaged the world.
Previous to the Pilots, from 2014-2019, Laura 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. She was also instrumental in the Federal Marine Highway designation awarded to the Port of Fernandina in 2019.
Laura’s earlier career expands across numerous industries, from manufacturing to marketing, in addition to being a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker for over 20 years – collectively of which delivers extensive experience that has helped her excel in her diverse roles and responsibilities to date.
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.
General Counsel & Executive Director-Florida Opportunity Fund
Robert Harvey serves as General Counsel for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and as Executive Director of Florida Opportunity Fund, Inc. (FOF). Prior to joining EFI, Robert was a Founding Partner of the law firm Jenks & Harvey LLP in West Palm Beach, specializing in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulation. Robert currently serves as Chair of the 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) for Palm Beach County. Robert was initially appointed to the JNC by Governor Rick Scott in 2015 and reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019. Robert began his career with the United States Navy, where he served on active duty from 1987-1990 as a Navy Judge Advocate and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. After leaving active duty, he entered private practice in Chicago, Illinois. Robert has over 30 years of legal and business experience. In 1992, Robert joined startup Meridian VAT Reclaim North America in New York, NY (“Meridian”). Meridian, now known as Meridian Global Services, is the worldwide leader in providing corporate international Value Added Tax compliance and consulting services. Mr. Harvey became Meridian North America’s Senior Vice President of Operations & General Counsel in 1996. Headquartered in Ireland, Meridian was acquired in 1999 by Profit Recovery Group International (NASDAQ: PRGX) and is now privately held. After leaving Meridian in 1999, Mr. Harvey became Director of Operations for MBIA MuniServices Company, a subsidiary of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Harvey later served as Chief Operating Officer of Imperial Software in Great River, New York. From 2003-2014 Mr. Harvey was the Managing General Partner of Kensington Capital Fund LP. Kensington specialized in restructuring and growth opportunities for publicly held “Micro-Cap” companies in the areas of information technology, telecommunications, and healthcare. Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Robert, and his wife Debra reside in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Vice President, Military & Defense Programs
Col Terrance J. McCaffrey, USAF (Ret), is currently serving as the Vice President of Military and Defense Programs at Enterprise Florida Inc. in Tallahassee FL. Prior to this position, Terry served the State of Florida in positions with Volunteer Florida, Enterprise Florida Inc., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He transitioned to state government after more than 30 years in the US Air Force. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, the Colonel and his family completed 18 assignments across the nation and around the world. Terry is a command pilot with approximately 2,400 flight hours in 14 aircraft types: primarily the F-111A/E, AT-38B, F-15C and T-6A. He commanded at the Squadron, Group and Wing levels and completed four Air and Joint Staff tours in Japan, Colorado, Hawaii, and Virginia. He also led two large education programs including Commandant of Squadron Officer College at Air University in Montgomery, Alabama and Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies and Commander, AFROTC Detachment 145 at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. Terry holds four advanced degrees including a MS in National Resource Strategy, a MA in Airpower Strategy, a MA in Military Art and Science and a MA in Public Administration. In addition to his work at Enterprise Florida Inc., Terry is an author, a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and volunteers as an Elder at Canopy Roads Baptist Church, volunteers with the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief team (trained muck and gut, chainsaw and emergency management teams), is a member at large on the Florida Veterans Foundation Board of Directors and is a graduate of “Leadership Tallahassee” Class 35.
Senior Vice President, Communications
Natalie Meiner 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.