Jill St. Thomas
CRO & Executive Director
As CRO and Executive Director, Jill is passionate about serving Tampa Bay Tech’s partners and members who understand the critical role technology plays in Tampa Bay’s economy.
“With a radically connected tech community, we see our workforce flourish, our student population inspired and engaged with local industry – ultimately creating a place where we continue to attract national and global organizations who want to be a part of this thriving hub.”
Having worked in advertising, marketing, technology and non-profit sectors, Jill has spent over 20 years as an executive-level leader building and nurturing rock-solid relationships with partners.
Branded “Tampa’s tech storyteller” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, she works tirelessly to amplify the stories about the region’s technology companies, who represent over 500 billion in annual revenue. A skilled speaker, she scripts and emcees all Tampa Bay Tech events, and she has been featured on Bay News 9, Fox 13 and as a contributor in Catalyst.
She sits on several advisory boards and is particularly passionate about working with area students as they prepare to enter Tampa Bay’s workforce.
In addition to her work in the tech community, Jill is the proud mom of two sons and a stepson, and is happily and newly married to her best friend Chris, after meeting through Tampa Bay Tech years ago!
She served for several years on the board of Carrollwood Day School’s Parent-Teacher Organization and is a current member of the Mother’s Club at Jesuit High School. She served as co-chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership Marketing Council and Public Relations co-chair of LAMPLighters. She belongs to the Key Women’s Leadership Forum, WITI and is a proud member of the Boston University Alumni Association, having earned her Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Daniel James Scott
COO & Executive Director
Daniel James Scott is an award-winning community-builder, celebrated entrepreneur and the bestselling co-author of Building the Ultimate Business Plan, The Startup Student and Confessions From An Entrepreneur Vol 2: How to be a Successful College Entrepreneur.
During his tenure as the longest-serving Executive Director of Tampa Bay Tech, Daniel’s leadership revived the organization’s image, strategy and fiscal health. As a result of this work, Daniel and the entire board of directors were named the inaugural Tampa Bay Business Journal “Outstanding Small Nonprofit Board of Directors.”
As Treasurer of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Daniel was instrumental in returning the organization to profitability, increasing the asset base by a third, cutting A/R in half while doubling revenue, and closing two acquisitions that ignited global expansion. After the successful turnaround, the organization was named a 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal One Tampa Bay Nonprofit Honoree and the organization’s Director of Administration and Finance was named a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2018 CFO of the Year.
Daniel also co-founded RNG Tampa Bay, the nation’s first in-house corporate recruiter group; Gazelle Lab, Florida’s first seed-stage fund under the Techstars banner; the undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Global Business majors at the University of South Florida, a preeminent research university located in the heart of Tampa Bay; and three successfully-exited businesses. His work establishing the State University System of Florida’s first Entrepreneurship undergraduate major earned the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” award and the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Educator of the Year” award.
Daniel’s work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, GeekWire and the Wall Street Journal. The American City Business Journals explain “an accomplished entrepreneur, Scott has become one of the Tampa Bay area’s go-to leaders in the tech industry.” “The serial entrepreneur,” notes Florida Trend magazine “is raising the profile of the region as a tech hub.” TechCrunch reports that “entrepreneur and author Daniel James Scott” is “getting Tampa Bay’s name on the map.” However, the St. Pete Catalyst sums it up best: “To call Daniel James Scott an influencer is something of an understatement.”
Daniel was also named the US Small Business Administration’s 50th Anniversary State of Florida “Business Advocate of the Year,” one of Tampa Bay Times “10 Who make Tampa Bay Area’s Economic Outlook Brighter” and one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Power 100.”