“I see distant horizons clearly and work meticulously towards them.”

Vinny Tafuro, IEE Founder

Our People


Vinny Tafuro, Founder & Author

Vinny is a founder of the Institute for Economic Evolution. A polymath and curious by nature, he is a pioneering advocate for the twenty-first-century economy that is disrupting society’s rigid institutions and beliefs. Vinny’s economic and foresight projects explore the societal and economic shifts being catalyzed by human culture as a result of technology, corporate personhood, and evolving human cognition.

An engaging and energetic speaker, Vinny presents on a variety of topics both professionally and through community outreach. He enjoys an active and blended professional, academic, and personal life, selecting challenging projects that offer opportunities for personal and professional growth.

He is the author of Corporate Empathy and Unlocking the Labor Cage.

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Board of Directors

Jamie Klingman, MBA, Serial Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Jamie Klingman has 19+ years experience in business startup, growth/development, and exit strategies. She has a special interest in social enterprise and is pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration in Social Impact Management. Jamie currently owns several companies in the real estate, business brokerage, publishing, and multimedia sectors and is always looking for the win-win.

Jamie has been recognized as a Lightning Community Hero, Greater Tampa Realtors Community Service Realtor of the Year, and the Network for Executive Women Woman of the Year. She is Immediate Past Chair to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, founder of Athletes Who Care 501(c)(3), and is involved in many charitable efforts and boards.


Kari Goetz, M.A., Founder & Chief Flying Squirrel, Winzig Consulting

Kari Goetz, M.A., is the founder, and Chief Flying Squirrel of Winzig Consulting, a full-service marketing and communications firm that focuses on interactive solutions, team building, strategy, and innovation, in order to foster the establishment of a positive culture in organizations. A former performer and director at Second City Hollywood, Kari is the author of Improv(e) Business: Developing Skills for Personal and Professional Success, and has taught creative leadership and management courses in the MBA programs of University of South Florida in Tampa and Wayne State in Detroit. She has worked with scores of companies to improv(e) their culture and embrace change. Winzig Consulting embodies the very essence of Kari Goetz, showcasing her 25 years in marketing, communications, and fundraising within the aviation, entertainment, and nonprofit industries, Kari consistently brings forth innovative solutions in all her endeavors. In the community, Kari is a board member of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society and Stageworks Theatre, actively leading in the Tampa Bay Chamber and the Athena Society. With a BFA in Theater from the University of Florida and an MA in Communication from the University of South Florida, Kari doesn’t just talk the talk; you will likely find her performing or directing regional theater.



Amanda Patanow, Strategist

Having grown up in family-owned businesses, Amanda Patanow recognizes the intrinsic value that business can bring to communities. Rather than disavowing profit as evil, she is passionate about helping businesses align profit with purpose so that they can do well while doing good.

Amanda has spent the last 20+ years fearlessly accomplishing the impossible with her combination of creative energy, strategic thinking, and passion for growth. Driven by the belief that she can achieve anything she puts her mind to, she has built startups, turned around failing businesses, and guided organizations through innovative approaches to growth and profitability. Put simply, Amanda specializes in creating value in new and unexpected ways.

A 13th generation Floridian, Amanda is dedicated to serving the Tampa Bay community in which she lives through voter education outreach, pro bono non-profit training, and teaching donation-based yoga classes.