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Will Weatherford’s next big move

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Former House Speaker Will Weatherford today announced that he and his brothers are forming a family-named business and consulting firm – a move that allows the 35-year-old Republican to beef up his bank account and his political resume as he decides whether to run for higher office in the future.

Weatherford’s next political campaign -- governor, CFO, U.S. Senate or even agriculture commissioner or another legislative seat -- is anyone’s guess. And he isn’t closing the door on the speculation even as he announces the formation of Weatherford Partners.

“It has been an honor to serve the state for the last eight years. Right now I am focused on spending time with my four children and working with my brothers to grow our business,” Weatherford said via email. “Public service and public policy is a passion I will always have. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Weatherford made sure to point out that his firm is not a lobby shop.

Here’s the Weatherford Partners press release:

Tampa, Fla. – Weatherford Partners, a strategic business advisory and investment firm, announced its official launch today. The firm will provide clients with a broad range of business expertise and will invest capital directly into private companies with a strategic focus on Florida. Weatherford Partners is led by Will Weatherford, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with my brothers, Sam and Drew, to launch this exciting business,” said Will Weatherford. “We share the same values, goals, and faith. It’s a natural fit, and one I know will be a successful and lasting partnership.”

 

The firm’s partners will draw from their broad experience and deep roots in Florida to deliver exceptional insights to their clients in Florida and abroad. Additionally, the firm will invest capital into promising businesses, helping those companies grow and achieve their full potential.

Weatherford Partners’ leadership team includes:

* Will Weatherford, Managing Partner. Will was the 84th Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, serving from 2012-2014, during which time he was the youngest Speaker in America. Throughout his four consecutive terms in office, Will was a strong advocate for social upward mobility through free enterprise and education reform. He was also a thought leader on other progrowth solutions including lower taxes, pension reform, and free market health care. Will serves on several boards including the National Coalition for Capital, the U.S. Global Leadership Collation, the Republican State Leadership Committee, Take Stock in Children, and Jobs for America’s Graduates. Will spent six years as a board director at Florida Traditions Bank. A graduate of Jacksonville University, Will also served as a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Will is the Founder of Red Eagle Group, a boutique investment and business consulting firm.

* Sam Weatherford, Partner. Sam was a founding member of Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm focused on the world’s most dynamic frontier markets. During Sam’s tenure with Schulze Global, he was responsible forexecuting multimillion-dollar transactions across Asia, Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. From 2012 to 2014, Sam served as Director of Schulze Global’s Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Fund, one of Africa’s largest single-country private equity funds, and backed by many of the world’s most distinguished Africa-focused investors. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fordham University.

*Drew Weatherford, Partner. Drew attended Florida State University, where he was a three-year starting quarterback under the legendary Coach Bobby Bowden. After graduating with a degree in finance and real estate, Drew played professional football. He then lead fund raising efforts for the Seminole Boosters in South Florida, and later served as the Director of Business Development for a renewable energy development company. In 2011 Drew co-founded Strategos Public Affairs in Tampa, where he focused on business advisory services. In 2011 Drew established onbikes, a non-profit organization which has provided more than 1,000 new bicycles to foster and at-risk children throughout the Tampa Bay community. Drew is a board member of Take Stock in Children and Florida Medical Clinic’s Foundation of Caring.

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