TAMPA, FL (January 3, 2018) – Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. (Wave), a local nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow breakout tech businesses in Tampa Bay, welcomes Avril W. Stinson, a seasoned investor relations manager, as their new Director of Development.
Stinson brings over five years of investor relations and engagement knowledge to the Wave and will lead the development, implementation, and supervision of fundraising, Friends of Wave (donor) relations programs, and grant development.
“Tampa Bay Wave is thrilled to welcome Avril as a critical member of our leadership team,” stated Linda Olson, President and founder of Tampa Bay Wave. “The Director of Development will spearhead our funding efforts at Wave, ensuring our nonprofit organization has the backing to achieve all of our entrepreneurial goals in the Tampa Bay region and, ultimately, fuel our startups to breakout success. Avril has just the expertise Wave needs to continue to achieve our mission and bring our vision to life.”
The addition of Mrs. Stinson to Tampa Bay Wave is yet another in a series of strategic additions to the Wave team and leadership. She will add powerful community support development in addition to strategic leadership to the organization as it continues to activate on the Start Here, Stay Here, and Grow Here objectives for attracting tech company talent and capital to Tampa Bay. “Avril is a significant key hire for Tampa Bay Wave and will be pivotal in helping to achieve the vision set by Linda (Olson) and the Board,” said Alfred Goldberg, Chairman of the Board at Tampa Bay Wave.
Prior to joining Wave as Director of Development, Stinson previously worked at the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation as the Investor Relations Director leading their investor engagement and programming efforts. Additionally, Stinson holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master’s from Marshall University in Counseling. Stinson was also an integral member of Junior League of Tampa’s Marketing and Diversity Committees.
“I am thrilled about this opportunity to work with Tampa Bay Wave,” said Stinson. “This organization is making a positive and distinct impact on our community, and I am looking forward to maximizing Tampa Bay Wave’s funding potential for future growth, enabling the entrepreneurial ecosystem to become even stronger.”
“The addition of Avril Stinson brings us the combined value of deep community connections and extensive economic development experience”, said Alex Sink, Tampa Bay Wave Board Member. “She is both capable and ready to get to work. And, we are ready to make 2018 a remarkable year together.”
To learn more about Tampa Bay Wave and its sponsors, visit http://www.tampabaywave.org/sponsors/
ABOUT TAMPA BAY WAVE:
Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing local entrepreneurs with facilitated access to the resources, expertise, and capital they need to grow vibrant technology-based companies in Tampa Bay and create high wage tech jobs, thus fostering an innovation-based economy for the region. Since March 2013, Tampa Bay Wave has supported more than 200 tech startups in Tampa Bay thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), plus support from its economic development partners Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. Tampa Bay Wave also receives support from corporate partners such as Bank of America, Florida Blue, Foley & Lardner, Sourcetoad, Spectrum, Sykes Enterprises, Tampa Bay Rays, TECO, Trenam Law, and Tribridge. For more information, visit www.tampabaywave.org.