TAMPA - The Florida Venture Forum announced today that Robin Lester resigned after serving nine years as its Executive Director. During Lester's tenure, the Forum's annual flagship Florida Venture Capital Conference showcased emerging ventures, assisted entrepreneurs and enabled growth companies to raise capital.
The resignation appears to be immediate. No explanation for Lester's departure was given in the release. The Venture Forum's Board of Directors has formed a search committee and initiated a search for her successor as Executive Director. Pat Schneider, Program Director at Florida Venture Forum, will serve as Interim Director and manage the Forum's day-to-day operations pending the appointment of a new Executive Director.