Speaker Bios

Digital illustrator and gallery artist, Palehorse (Chris Parks), has had a studio in Downtown St. Pete since 2006. In those 10 years, he has had the opportunity to create artwork for top brands around the globe including Nike, Mini Cooper, Hasbro, WWE, Penguin Publishing, Modelo, Brisk Iced Tea, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sonos, Wired Magazine, FX, 7-Eleven and many others. His portfolio also includes artwork created for Mexican wrestlers and musical acts such as: Primus, Iggy Pop, Puscifer, Bro Safari, Converge, 108, LA Park, Rey Horus and Rey Mystery Jr.

Brothers Paul, Johnny and Joey (Vitale Bros.) are considered to be the driving force behind St. Pete’s art scene. They held events in various warehouses that combined art, music and fashion long before the city exploded into the arts destination that it has become. Since launching a local mural, art and film studio in 1992, the Vitale Brothers have created dozens of signs and murals on businesses and homes throughout the bay area, including some of the most iconic murals in St. Pete. Their work for clients such as L’Oréal, Kona Grill, the MLB and the NFL means that you’ll also find their creations in over 40 locations across the country.

 

Rachel Carpenter is Co-Founder and CEO of Intrinio, a St. Pete-based disruptive fintech firm that is changing the way investors access and digest data. Under her guidance, Intrinio has grown from a college project into a leader in the cutting edge DaaS (Data as a Service) field. Having the vision to see the future of data as well as the technical skills and grit to make that vision a reality has transformed Carpenter into a leader in the data realm.  Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in both Finance and Management/Human Resources and minors in Spanish and European Studies. She is an advanced front end web developer and a graduate of The Starter League Advanced HTML & CSS web design course, with expertise in HTML/HAML, CSS/SASS, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, UX, responsive web design and the Ruby Padrino web framework.

Bob Devin Jones is a writer, director, actor, and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of The Studio@620, which was recently awarded a national grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He has trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a year tutorial abroad with faculty from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Bob is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Jones’ first play, Uncle Bends: a home-cooked negro narrative, was developed at the New Works Festival in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum. The play has been performed in Ireland and several cities across the United States, including the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City, the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. Other plays include the musical, Manhattan Casino, and, Further Down the Road: a play about the Florida Highwaymen.

 

Bob has participated with the Florida Humanities Council for well over a decade and has written several narratives for their Public Programs.

Pilot Moon Films is a full service production company founded in St. Pete by Joel Malizia and David Allison. Joel Malizia spent most of his early adulthood working as a professional musician and carpenter, which led to him building sets for HSN, where he learned about the many facets of the production process working in different departments. During this time, he created and shot short films, which experienced success at national and international film festivals. Joel met David, an accomplished filmmaker and graphic artist, at The Hideaway Cafe in 2011, where Dave was shooting live music performances. They immediately began shooting as many musicians as they could get in front of the camera. Their love for music based content and storytelling quickly helped them build a reputation locally and nationally.

That love of shooting live music took them to Austin and it didn’t take long for their work to be noticed by South by Southwest. In 2014, SXSW hired PMF to work on the Pro Media Team providing coverage for the Film, Music and Interactive portions of the gigantic festival. They found themselves shooting A-list musicians, filmmakers, actors, industry leaders, scientists, comedians, technology experts and pioneers. They have decided to take their experience and their love for the arts one step further by co-founding a brand new festival in St. Pete called Et Cultura (And Culture). This multi-day event will spotlight Florida based talent alongside national and international artists and celebrate the growing culture that is defining this city.

 Joe Bardi is the Senior Content Strategist for Marxent. Originally from New York, but a proud St. Pete resident since the late 1990s, he now lives just north of downtown with his wife, Heidi, and their two small boys, Henry and Charlie. Joe spent nearly a decade at Tampa’s Creative Loafing newspaper before heading south for a two-year stint handling digital content and strategy for ABC 7 WWSB in Sarasota. Now back living and working in the Burg, Joe could not be more excited about the opportunities — both business and pleasure — that his adopted hometown has to offer.

 Kyle Nardo: The story began when the four Mastronardo brothers discovered the health benefits of coconut oil for the skin. The brothers were inspired to formulate a responsible skincare line with ingredients derived from nature. A few months later, Nardo’s Natural developed their first moisturizer in their kitchen. The family business has since introduced a variety of organic products and continues to grow every day. Nardo’s Natural sources locally and coined the phrase “MADE LOCAL, THINK GLOBAL.” Nardo’s manufactures and formulates premium skincare and is headquartered in Tampa Bay Florida.

Ron Petrini is President and CEO of Great Bay Distributors, Inc. in St. Petersburg.  He graduated from St. Louis University, served his country in the United States Army, and then started his career in the family business in 1970.  Through the years he has been very involved in the community by sitting on various boards, such as SPCA, Museum of Fine Arts, Synovus Bank, Polywogs, Valspar Championship.

Great Bay Distributors delivers a wide variety of beers along with other non-alcoholic beverages. Great Bay Distributors services Pinellas County, west Pasco County, Hernando County and Citrus County.

Andrew Harlan is in his third year at RKC.me. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He is the Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com and ThatsSoTampa.com and has grown their local and national presence exponentially. With over 100,000 followers on Facebook, 16,000 on Instagram, and 14,000 on Twitter, iLovetheBurg.com has become a fundamental influencer in a burgeoning city. He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature.

Monica Leonard, founder of Molly’s Suds, is an inspiring, mission-driven woman with a huge heart, passionate about continuously educating herself and consumers about the chemical dangers we come across in our daily lives and how to steer clear of them as much as possible. Monica’s experiences, faith and compassion as a mother and pediatric nurse drove her to develop a line of truly safe household products. Monica first sold her products at farmers markets, including the Saturday Morning Market, and the first retailer to carry Molly’s Suds was Rollin ‘Oats. Today, you’ll find their products on shelves all across the United States.

 

Molly’s Suds is a way for her stillborn daughter, Molly, to live on, teaching and motivating others to be wise and do their research before simply accepting and trusting the ingredient integrity of many of today’s brands on the market. Monica’s ongoing goals are to continuously and responsibly grow Molly’s Suds, cultivate eco-responsibility throughout all practices, and educate as many consumers as possible along the way.

 

Mike Harting is a native of St Petersburg and gained much of his 25 years’ hospitality experience at Hooters, Steak & Ale and Outback Steakhouse. At Outback, Mike operated 15 restaurants, with a staff of over 1,400 employees and 65 Managers, and at the end of his 16-year tenure his total unit sales of 63 million made it the highest performing region in Florida. Mike’s next challenge was with BellaBrava, which he helped shape into the thriving restaurant it is today. It was during his time there that Mike and his Head Chef began making craft beer for the restaurant. Brewed for a beer battered fish recipe, the rest of the beer went on tap and the sales were strong enough to compete with well-known domestic brands. And so, the concept for 3 Daughters Brewing was born.

3 Daughters Brewing is the largest craft brewery in St Petersburg and one of the fastest growing regional brands from Florida. With over 2,600 retailers, the brewery is proud to work with prestigious partners such as Walt Disney World, Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay Rays, Publix, Total Wine, ABC Fine Liquor and many independent chains.

3 Daughters Brewing collaborated with USFSP to create an innovative Brewing Arts Program where students can complete 10 online courses through the University and then come to the brewery for hands-on practical training. Mike Harting (now Professor of USFSP) has high hopes for this program to increase the standards for the craft brewing industry.

 

A native of Northern Virginia, Jeffrey Jew began his career managing restaurants in New York City, Miami, and Washington, D.C. following his graduation from Virginia Tech in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

 

In 2005, Jeffrey enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where he graduated top of his class with a degree in Culinary Arts. As a Chef, Jeffrey worked for Chef Angela Hartnett and Chef Gordon Ramsay at the famed Connaught Hotel in London and also has spent time cooking in kitchens in France and Italy. While living in Washington, D.C., Jeffrey was the Head Chef of the Embassy of Italy as well as the Chef de Cuisine for some of DC’s most notable restaurants. Jeffrey has a passion for wine and has worked the harvest in the United States, France, Italy and Spain. Recently, Jeffrey could be seen cooking on Bravo’s cooking competition series “Top Chef,” and Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games.

 

Currently, Jeffrey is the Executive Chef overseeing culinary development and design for 2BHospitality in Saint Petersburg, which includes BellaBrava, and his new concept, Stillwaters Tavern.