SMARTstart Microloan Committee

A nine-member Loan Committee is appointed by the Pasco EDC Board of Directors and has authority to make binding loan decisions and carry out other functions required to make loans to small businesses under the program.  The Pasco EDC Board of Directors has authority to establish and modify maximum loan terms and allowable interest rates and relies on the recommendations of the Loan Committee for such decisions.  Our Microloan Committee includes:

Mike Bishop, Big Storm Brewing Co.Mike Bishop

Big Storm Brewing Co.

Mike Bishop is the founder of Big Storm Brewing Co. out of Odessa, FL. He has been involved with the craft beer industry in Florida since starting as an intern at the oldest brewery in the state in 2007. He took that knowledge and used it to start the first and largest microbrewery in Pasco County in 2012. Mike was the recipient of the Siebel Institute’s John G. Doble III Memorial Scholarship in 2013, a prestigious award amongst Florida brewers, in which he used to obtain a degree in brewing technology. Big Storm has grown from servicing limited accounts in the Tampa Bay area, to now having two locations and providing beer across the state of Florida. Mike graduated from University of South Florida with a B.S. in Business Finance in 2006 and lives in Land O' Lakes with his wife Erin and three children Angelo, Eric, and Alessandra.

Kurt ConoverKurt Conover

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

Kurt J. Conover joined Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 1997. His current responsibilities as Marketing Director for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point include community relations and governmental affairs.

Kurt has served in many organizations, including leadership roles in most; Past President of the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of the Board of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of Leadership Pasco; Junior Achievement of the Suncoast, Pasco Division; Board of Directors United Way of Pasco;  Pasco-Hernando Community College TechPrep Scholarship Committee. Past President New Port Richey Rotary Club. He also has served as a Past Chairman and director for the Pasco Economic Development Council. He currently serves on the Concourse Council; Safety Town and Heritage Park Foundation, Board of Directors.

Skip Miller, SunTrust BankSkip Miller

SunTrust Bank, Inc.

Skip Miller is a Senior Vice President with SunTrust Bank and has been with the organization for over 10 years.  He assists commercial businesses and their owners, CFO's and management teams with a variety of needs including commercial financing, mergers and acquisitions, cash management solutions, retirement services, succession planning, estate planning, financial accounting, foreign exchange services and employee benefit solutions.  His clients are located throughout the Tampa Region and consist of companies with 20 million in annual revenues up to 500 million in annual revenues. 

Skip is honored to represent SunTrust as a community leader.  He volunteers over 300 hours of service each year and has been awarded the silver and bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the last four years.  He is a proud member of the USF athletic family and enjoys time he spends outdoors in the beautiful Florida sunshine.

Joseph Munier, Wells FargoJoseph Munier

Wells Fargo

Joseph Munier began his career at Wells Fargo over 15 years ago and is currently the East Pasco District Manager for Wells Fargo where he manages 12 branches and more than 140 community banking team members.  Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of capacities as Personal Banker and Branch Manager.

Joseph is an active member of his community. He is a committed member of the Suncoast March of Dimes leadership team and serves on the Pasco Economic Development Council Board of Directors. In the past he has served as a mentor to high school students at the Clark High School Academy of Finance in Las Vegas. He also serves on the National PTA Board.

Joseph resides in Wesley Chapel, Florida and is a father of three children. He enjoys spending time with his family during his time off and traveling.

Larry Rupp, Suncoast Credit UnionLarry Rupp

Suncoast Credit Union

Larry joined Suncoast Credit Union in 2012 after holding previous lending positions in New York and here, in Florida.  He has held management positions in lending, compliance and credit cards. His current responsibilities as Vice President of business services include account and loan development for small to medium size businesses in the 21 counties served by Suncoast Credit Union on the west coast of Florida.

Larry has served on the boards of many organizations and at present is a board member of the Pasco Economic Development Council.

Larry and his wife enjoy international travel and seeing the rest of the U.S. when possible.

Skip Skairus

CenterState Bank

Timothy N. Tangredi

Dais Analytic Corporation

Tim Tangredi has, working with a strong team, created and executed strategic product development programs, lead the purchase and integration of public and private companies, initiated many foreign joint ventures focusing on strategic marketing, development, manufacturing and distribution alliances with companies in Europe and Asia, and raised seed and several rounds of growth capital for both private and public companies.  He worked for AT&T and owned/sold two private firms prior to joining Dais.  Tim holds a BS from Sienna College, a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and three US Patents.

Tari Mitchell 

Pasco Economic Development Council  

Tari Mitchell is a seasoned banking professional with over eighteen (18) years of Commercial/SBA Financing experience. A graduate of the University of Delaware; Tari started his career overseeing SBA Micro-Loans for an Economic Development Corporation near his alma-mater. After completing formal credit training and serving as an analyst/underwriter; Tari was awarded opportunities as a Commercial and/or Real Estate Loan officer with regional, local and non-profit financial institutions. One of which, allowed him to play a key role in the redevelopment of a major City in his home state. In addition to his professional career; Tari has and continues to volunteer on a number of boards and committees for local educational/economic development organizations. 

Interested in joining the Microloan Committee? 

Contact Tari Mitchell, SMARTstart Incubator Program Manager, Pasco EDC

SMARTstart Microloan Committee
Tari Mitchell
SMARTstart Incubator Program Manager

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Toll free: (888) 60-PASCO | (888-607-2726)
Telephone: 727-478-0670
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