Job Creator: Stuart Rogel of Graylan Ventures, LLC

Stuart Rogel is an entrepreneurial-minded executive who is passionate about generating economic success for individuals, businesses, and communities. As a nationally renowned economic development advisor, Rogel spent 30 years helping startups, second-stage businesses, and Fortune 500 companies prosper. He brings community leaders together to identify, develop, and evaluate strategic roadmaps that fuel mutual growth, sustainable practices, and competitive advantages.

Rogel, the founder of the Tampa Bay Partnership, has the unique ability to form long-lasting opportunities embedded in his visionary leadership, non-partisanship and reasoned solutions. His most prominent success stories include bringing economic prosperity to eight counties across West Central Florida; managing site selection for numerous Fortune 500 companies; raising more than $1 billion for transportation connectivity; and, recruiting approximately 150 of Tampa Bay’s most influential thought leaders committed to regional economic development. Additionally, Rogel played an influential role in positioning the University of South Florida as a world-class research institution and recommending its first Trustees to Governor Jeb Bush.

Today, Rogel is the president of Graylan Ventures where he provides C-level leadership strategy and business development services to small and large companies. In this capacity, he is a business development advisor to GrowFL –an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. He is an advisor with KMK Consulting, a national economic development consultancy that has assisted clients in over 130 markets across the United States. Additionally, Rogel serves as a partner in ProspEquity Partners, a Tampa-based private equity firm committed to building lasting economic and social value for all stakeholders.

Rogel is the past president of the Florida Economic Development Council, a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXI and a former Trustee for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Rogel also served as volunteer chair for the Team Florida Marketing Partnership where he monitored and reported progress to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. He currently serves on the board of directors for BBVA Compass Bank, United Way Suncoast, and the Pinellas County Economic Development Council. Nationally active with the Urban Land Institute, he frequently speaks before the International Economic Development Council.