Angel Forum Of Florida Elects Prominent Local Attorney And Highly Regarded FAU Professor

Local not-for-profit enhances their Board of Directors with two additions from the Palm Beach professional community
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JUPITER, Fla. - Feb. 5, 2014 - PRLog -- Angel Forum of Florida, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates interaction between Angel Investors and Florida Entrepreneurs, announced the addition of two new board members.  Michael Mitrione, a business attorney with the Gunster law firm and Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D, Program Director of Jupiter Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University have joined the twelve-member board.

Michael Mitrione is a shareholder at Gunster, has served on Gunster’s Board of Directors, and as the leader of its Corporate Practice for 22 years. Mr. Mitrione joined the firm in 1979 after practicing in New York City for four years.  His areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, corporate finance and securities, joint ventures and partnerships, financial institutions, licensing and sports representation. He completed his education at Fordham University School of Law, J.D., with honors in 1975 and Fordham University, B.A., with honors in 1973.  Mr. Mitrione has received numerous honors including The Best Lawyers in America’s West Palm Beach Corporate Lawyer of the Year (2010) and The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 1991 to present. As part of his civic and community service, Mr. Mitrione has served on the Board of Directors of Quantum House from 2011 to present and as its Secretary and on its Executive Committee from 2012 to present. With the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, he has served on the Executive Committee from 2007 to present and as Chairman from 2010 to 2011. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Florida Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, as well as serving many other professional and community organizations.  “Because Gunster has represented emerging companies for several decades, and I have enjoyed helping people build their businesses over my nearly 35 years as a business attorney in South Florida, I am pleased to have the honor to serve on Angel Forum of Florida’s Board”, said Mr. Mitrione.  “I look forward to helping to continue Angel Forum’s support of the growth of emerging companies in Florida.”

Dr. Brenda Claiborne holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Director for Jupiter Neuroscience at Florida Atlantic University and from 2011 to 2013 she held the position of Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the same institution.  Before moving to Florida, she served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Claiborne received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree from the University of Oregon; and a doctoral degree from the University of California, San Diego. Her postdoctoral work was completed at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.  Her research is focused on the development and aging of neurons in the brain, and she has received over $4 million in grant support.  As part of her professional service, she has been active in the Society for Neuroscience where she currently holds the position of Past Treasurer. In addition, she has served on the Minority Education, Training and Professional Advancement Committee, the Education Committee, the Finance Committee, the Investment Committee and the Publications Committee of the same organization.  “I am delighted to be part of the Angel Forum of Florida”, stated Dr. Claiborne. “The Forum does an outstanding job of fostering economic development, and I look forward to working with other Board members to strengthen the ties between academia and businesses in the Jupiter area.”

Brad Neider, Chairman of Angel Forum of Florida said, “We are honored to have such distinguished members of the community join our volunteer board.  The skills and experience that Dr. Claiborne and Mr. Mitrione bring to Angel Forum of Florida will enhance our ability to grow the entrepreneurial eco-system in Florida and connect Florida Entrepreneurs with Angel Investors.  Additionally, a strong board will enhance our ability to engage and bring together the many individual Angel Investors who make South Florida their home.”

About Angel Forum of Florida

The Angel Forum of Florida, formerly known as Angel Investment Forum of Florida (AIFFL), was established in the fall of 2005.  The mission at Angel Forum of Florida is to connect Angel Investors with Florida Entrepreneurs through Member networking and monthly meetings and presentations. "Angel Investors" are private individuals or groups of private individuals who invest in emerging and expanding companies. The level of investment is typically in the range of $50,000-$3,000,000. Angel Forum hosts a monthly networking dinner on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, FL where two feature Startup companies deliver business presentations and there is also presentation by a guest speaker from the community.  The event is open to the public.  Register at


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