Meet Our Board

The Tampa Foundation Board of Directors support the work of the Tampa Foundation by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. 

Jeff Gigante

Restauranteur/Entrepreneur, Ciccio Restaurant Group

Jeff Gigante isn’t afraid of a challenge. From the St. Petersburg, FL soccer fields to the kitchens of New York City and back again to Tampa Bay, he has learned a lot about how to build a successful business with skyrocketing growth, but he will be the first to tell you it hasn’t always been easy.

Originally from New Jersey, Jeff relocated to Florida when he was just 3 years old. Soccer was his life for over 15 years before he attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. From there, Jeff went on to earn his Master of Arts from the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training.

Jeff took his talents to the Big Apple in 1991, with the dream of becoming a successful actor. Like most aspiring actors, Jeff entered the restaurant industry, where he was groomed and cultured by some of the best restauranteurs in New York City, including the Lanza family.

Jeff knew that his hometown was prime for new restaurant ideas, so he partnered with James Lanza to bring one of their successful concepts to Tampa. In 1996 he opened Ciccio and Tony’s in the SoHo District. The restaurant thrived, and Jeff and his associates at Ciccio Restaurant Group are now some of the Industry’s leaders in the Tampa Bay Area.

Knowing that part of their restaurant’s success was due to the growing community, Jeff formed SoHo Business Alliance with over 30 restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. This new alliance coordinates improvements and expansion in the area, which supports every business. Jeff also helped establish the SoHo Business Watch Program to combat thefts and crime in the growing area.

Jeff believes that the secret to living is giving back. He has or is currently serving as a member of several charitable and community organizations including Glaziers Children’s Museum, CEO Council of Tampa Bay, and Advent Health Carrollwood. He is also a supporter of the Children’s Cancer Center, The Children’s Home, the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society and the American Cancer Society.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys fishing, traveling, speaking to students about the inspiration and drive it takes to succeed in business. He recently started his newest venture Grand Theming Studios, a 8000 Sq Ft full 3 D Theming Fabrication Studio with childhood friend and world renown artist Jason Hulfish where they create amazing experiential 3D themed areas for corporations, churches and Healthcare. He is married to the love of his life, Erica, and he has two amazing children, Ciro and Isabel.

LaTiccea Hailey-Brown

Assistant Principal, Mort Elementary School

LaTiecea Hailey-Brown is a New York native that moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 1998, along with her husband and two children. She currently works as an Elementary School Administrator for the Hillsborough County school district. It was during her years within the county that Mrs. Brown embraced the power of art. Throughout her school she has helped with the creation of a variety of murals that inspires not only the students and families, but also anyone who walks the halls of the school. Mrs. Brown is a firm believer that art in any form can spark conversation, enhance ones thinking, inspire a change, or can stimulate a person. In the words of Ann Albers “ Art is something that makes you breath with a different kind of Happiness”.

Leon Tes One Bedore

Artist

From crayons to krylon, Leon Tes One Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes became a serious street artist in 1992, painting murals and graffiti art throughout the Tampa Bay area. In 1999, he expanded on his natural artistic abilities, with that of the computer age, to develop compelling graphic designs for a number of clients.
Now, Tes One is combining all that he knows from his street-art roots and his digital design experience, to create works of art that accurately depicts his perspective and the world around him. The end result of his work demonstrates the craft of his design as well as the rawness of his stenciled street art.

Wyatt Krapf

Associate, HFF

Wyatt Krapf is an Associate with HFF, a full-service capital markets advisory firm specializing in the brokerage and financing of institutional-quality commercial real estate. Primarily focusing on hotel and multifamily product types, Wyatt has assisted in the transaction of over $2.5 billion in total value since 2014. Notable assignments include The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg, Hilton Tampa Downtown, Postcard Inn St. Pete Beach, and the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore.

After earning his master’s in civil engineering degree from the University of Miami in 2014, Wyatt pivoted to the world of real estate finance before moving back to Tampa in 2016. Soon thereafter, Wyatt became involved with the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay program where he served as Co-Chair of the Catalyst committee in 2018 and Chair of the Catalyst committee for 2019. Wyatt also sits on the board of the Society of Real Estate Professionals (SOREP) and serves on the Young Professionals’ Council for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Wyatt has a passion for understanding and helping facilitate the sustainable development of the Tampa community. He enjoys connecting diverse groups of people in order to further ideas and enhance the built environment in which we call home. In his free time, Wyatt enjoys surf trips, attending cars and coffee meetups, and DJ’ing the occasional house party.

Will Shanahan

Director, Diamond View

Will began his career in network television and, for the past five years, has been directing videos in the commercial realm. Will has done work for various national brands, agencies, and clients across many industries. No matter the industry, Will takes a cinematic and authentic approach to video and strives to bring out humanity in his work. Most videos target people’s eyes, ears, and minds – but he aims for their heart.

Zoe Seroky

Marketing Director, Diamond View

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Tim Moore

CEO, Diamond View

With more than 10 years of industry experience, Tim has worked on thousands of videos over the years, and brings a fresh new perspective to each project. In the office, he is notorious for mooching on other peoples’ food and playing practical jokes on visitors. He believes everything is better in SloMo… like everything! His favorite color is 14-bit and he is constantly nerding out on the newest technology. All in all, Tim is one creative dude with the technical know-how to get the job done!

Jonathan Davila

Vice President, Diamond View

FJonathan (Jon) Davila is the Vice President of Diamond View. When he’s not out studying the dictionary or thesaurus you can find him directing day to day operations, strategizing the growth of the company, and facilitating major client interface. Fun fact? Jon is a bone marrow donor. No. Big. Deal. All in a day’s work.