Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The three panelists for the Moving Forward Webinar are Arnie Bellini, Maryann Ferenc and Scott Riley.

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Arnie Bellini, with the Bellini Foundation, is an entrepreneurial pioneer. His work defined and scaled the technology industry’s $213 billion managed service segment. In 1982, he and his brother, David, co-founded an IT support business in Tampa, ConnectWise, Inc. Over the next four decades, ConnectWise created technology and business platforms that revolutionized IT support and managed services. In 2019, ConnectWise sold for $1.4 billion. Bellini is widely known as a leader who “drives the channel agenda” and in 2014, he was named Florida’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Maryann Ferenc is the co-proprietor and owner of Mise en Place. Maryann is also the 2020 Chair for the Tampa Bay Chamber. Maryann Ferenc has spent her lifetime in the restaurant industry, beginning her career in her parents’ restaurant in Detroit as a bus girl. A passionate advocate for independent businesses, Maryann established Mise en Place in 1986. Maryann helped introduced New American cuisine to Tampa Bay and was involved in the downtown renaissance when she moved Mise en Place to Kennedy Boulevard at Grand Central Avenue in 1992. Mise en Place Hospitality group expanded with the addition of Cafe by Mise en Place located at Tampa International Airport, Montados at Sparkman Wharf, and a boutique hotel property, the Berkeley Beach Club in Pass-A-Grille.

Scott Riley, of the Riley Education Foundation, co-founded both Parker Communications Network, Inc., a satellite-based monitor system distributing commercials to large grocery chains throughout the country and In Store Media, which worked with such major grocers as Publix, Kroger, and Albertson's to merchandise their private label products, through alliances with national customers. Scott and his family began the Riley Education Foundation to work with great organizations like Step Up for Students, Bridging the Achievement Gap, and Mary Help of Christians in order to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged children.