Managing Team

BRIDGE was co-founded in 2017 by Tom Gardner and Sam Guren. Tom is a former Johnson and Johnson group executive; CEO of several successful early-stage companies focusing on healthcare and most recently Founder and CEO of Sarasota startup Omeza, LLC.

Sam is currently a Managing Partner for Guren Capital and has deep roots as a Venture Capitalist; funded Apple, Yoplait, Staples, Founder, Sports Authority and ULTA. Sam has prior experience leading KKR’s first investment effort, managing William Baird’s Venture Capital/Private Equity Group and serving as Managing Partner for Hyde Park Angels.

Executive Director Wendi Chapman, Esq. is President of Chapman Capital Development supporting development and operations for small businesses including the Brenn Foundation and Omeza. She is former Vice President of the San Francisco Marathon and former General Counsel and Executive Manager of Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.


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Wendi L. Chapman, Esq.
Executive Director/Executive Committee Chair

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Sam Guren
Founder, Managing Member

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Tom Gardner
Founder, Emeritus Member


 Member Investors

Our angel investor members have prior experience as Fortune 100 business executives, successful serial entrepreneurs and investors. Members represent a broad sector of industry, well-suited to support your growth and help to make you successful. Members get first access to invest in the hottest new companies in Florida!