Ark Applications, LLC
Learn. Evolve. Grow.
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Team

About Us

Ark Applications is a small boutique private equity and consulting firm located in the Tampa Bay area. Founded in 2015, the company has focused on helping startups in the local area realize their full potential through capital investment and mentorship. With several investments in their portfolio, the team has built their company around partnering with businesses that share their core values. The strong belief in partnerships over investments is consistent with the way in which the company was founded. The belief in creating lasting partnerships with others and working together for the greater good of all parties is what sets the business apart.

The team at Ark Applications intends to create meaningful change in the local community through their continuous involvement with local businesses both large and small. The Tampa Bay area is a thriving ecosystem of hungry entrepreneurs hoping to make an impact on the world, and it is our hope to be able to assist some of these rising stars in their mission. Through their capital investment and mentorship, we at Ark Applications believe we have what it takes to be successful. 

 

Values

Our company was founded with the mantra of doing right by all parties involved. We aim to build a positive team and family spirit not only with our investments, but also our consulting opportunities. Business is not always about just the monetary aspect, but also adding value to relationships that are created along the way.

We strongly believe that we as a team should have a positive impact on the local community through our engagements, volunteering, and support of other local businesses. It is important to be part of the wave of change - a rising tide lifts all boats in the harbor.

 
 

Principal Partners

 
 
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PARTNER

Daniel D. Greco II, MBA

Daniel D. Greco II brings more than 20 years’ broad-based general management experience. Prior to joining Ark Applications in 2015, Dan served as Chief Operating Officer & General Manager of Garden Light LED, an architectural and landscape lighting company based in Tampa, FL. Other experiences include working in high-profile operational assignments for world-class organizations such as BASF Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and The Walt Disney Company. Dan earned his BS in Consumer Studies from Syracuse University and a MBA in Supply Chain & Innovation Management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. Dan and his wife reside in Tampa, FL with their two children. 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Startup Weekend Mentor
  • University of Tampa Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman Mentorship Program

 

Education

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
MBA, 2009

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Consumer Studies, 1998

 
 

 
 

PARTNER

R. Bob Smith III, Ph.D.

Bob Smith is the Chairman and CEO of PAR, Inc. which he and his wife, Cathy, founded in 1978. Today, PAR is a leading publisher and developer of assessment products, software, apps, the PARiConnect online testing platform, and other related materials developed to meet the need of professionals in psychology, counseling, career counseling, and education. Prior to founding PAR, Bob worked as a practicing clinical psychologist. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the United States International University in 1970, and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York in Albany in 1973. Bob is active in the community and supports a variety of educational and charitable organizations including Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa Preparatory School, and The University of Tampa.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Humane Society of Tampa Bay
  • Straz Center for Performing Arts
  • Tampa Preparatory School
  • The University of Tampa

Education

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IN ALBANY
Ph.D., Pyschology 1973

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
B.A., Pyschology, 1970

 
 

 
 

PARTNER

Justin Smith, MBA

With over 10 years of experience in marketing, Justin has significant capabilities in promoting products and services. His entrepreneurial spirit has enabled him to manage project and bring ideas to life through careful planning and implementation. During his professional career he has spearheaded new areas of business including app development, video content generation, user interface design, and creative marketing efforts. As a creative problem solver, he strives to find simple solutions to complex problems. Justin Smith received is BA in Multimedia Design and Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He also recently earned his MBA from The University of Tampa’s Sykes Business School with a focus in Entrepreneurship.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
MBA, 2016

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
B.A., Multimedia Design and Development, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

  • Meals on Wheels
  • Freestyle Muay Thai
  • University of Tampa - Entrepreneur in Residence

 


 

Advisors

 
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ADVISOR

Daniel McDonald, MBA

Daniel is passionate about entrepreneurship, startups and small businesses in Tampa Bay. For the past two years Daniel has consulted over 120 companies and assisted them in accelerating their businesses. He also specializes in pitch coaching for startups to present for investment, exposure and competitions. Daniel serves as the advisor for Ark Applications assessing all investments and finding perfect matches for the firm. Daniel is involved in the community serving as the Accelerator Manager at the Tampa Bay WaVE, Community Organizer for 1 Million Cups Tampa and an Organizer of Startup Weekend Tampa. Recently Daniel graduated from the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business with his Masters in Business Administration.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Manager
  • 1 Million Cups Tampa Community Organizer
  • Startup Weekend Tampa

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
MBA, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
B.A., Journalism & Media Studies, 2012

 

 
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ADVISOR

Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Wolfe is an entrepreneurial-minded Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Professional and soon to be Certified Agile Leader that has helped several technology teams achieve success in a fast and demanding environment. While working with amazing teams in the technology industry, she has actively contributed and become an expert in the software development life cycle, process improvement, and analysis of requirements, goals and planning. She is an active promoter of Agile throughout the Tampa Bay community, as well as organizer and host of Lean Coffee for All Things Agile. She possesses a passion for all things technology related which enables her to understand and help achieve software development excellence and lead teams in many capacities.

 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Tampa Bay Agile
  • Startup Weekend Mentor
  • Lean Coffee Host

Education

ROWAN UNIVERSITY
B.S., Biological Sciences, 2007

 


 
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ADVISOR

Brayton Bolinger, MBA, MSM

With over eight years of experience managing teams, Brayton has a balanced approach between establishing operational efficiencies, motivating sales teams, and delivering a superior customer experience.  His diverse skillset ranges from classic car restoration, carpentry, and furniture making to corporate strategy development and entrepreneurial ventures. Brayton has a passion for a challenge and harnesses his unique background to develop unique, holistic, and insightful business solutions to create real value for clients and customers.  He received his BA in Exercise Science from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.  He also recently attained his Master of Business Administration and Master of Marketing degrees from The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business.

 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Startup Weekend Mentor

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA
MBA MS Marketing, 2016

Malone University
B.A., Exercise Science, 2008