A Thank You Letter From Brian Kornfeld, CEO To the Synapse Community

March 23, 2023

To the Synapse Innovation Community,

When we launched Synapse in 2017, we set out to transform Florida. We wanted to turn it into a destination for innovators and a place where they can live, work, build, and scale.  As a native of the Tampa Bay area, I have always loved everything about the state and set a goal to make it a better place.  It was a personal mission to get people to embrace and empower innovation across Florida.  That mission could not be accomplished without the efforts of a talented team and the advocacy of an engaged community.

With a lot of self-reflection, I have decided that the time is right for me to step down from the position of Synapse CEO effective April 30 after six years of leading this movement.  In that time, we have accomplished so much together, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and your support.

It is my pleasure to announce that, as of May 1, 2023, Lauren Prager will assume the role of CEO with the full support of the Board and my unwavering confidence. Lauren has made an indelible impact on the Synapse community since she joined us in early 2018 and she is the unequivocal choice to bring Synapse to its next chapter. I leave Synapse in the most capable hands with Lauren and the incredible team around her and I look forward to supporting them as a continued member of the Board of Directors.

As I prepare to launch my next venture, I look forward to joining the ranks of Synapse alumni who have gone on to achieve new professional aspirations with the support of this amazing organization and a community that will continue to amplify the momentum of Florida’s innovation movement.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your impact on my journey. This has been, without a doubt, the best chapter of my career, and I look forward to what’s next for Synapse, for our ecosystem, and for you as we continue to build together.

I cannot wait to see you at the next Synapse event. Thank you for being the reason innovation lives here!

– Brian Kornfeld

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