Insight Board Member

Joe Hamilton

Joe Hamilton

Joe first entered the startup world with Steve Case’s Revolution Money (prior to AMEX’s $350MM purchase of the company). There he built the card fulfillment, statementing, customer service and communication infrastructure for the innovative credit card company.

His next start-up, SavvyCard, raised over 2 million dollars. Joe connected with the company as an investor first and later joined as COO and board member. During Joe’s tenure, SavvyCard enjoyed rapid growth, launching their Real Estate product and expanding rapidly.

After earning an MBA from the University of Florida, Joe co-founded ThinkTank — a creative strategy firm that grew by 50% year-upon-year for 5 years before merging with Big Sea, a digital marketing company based in St. Petersburg. Joe currently serves as CEO of Big Sea where he provides objective, strategic consulting to clients.

Joe founded the St. Petersburg Group to focus local brain power on solving issues in a new way.  By staying agile and connecting across silos, the group drives progress in the public sector with private sector strategies.

In the course of operating. SPG Insight Board members recognized needs and opportunities in information sharing.  The group consensus was that many of St. Petersburg most important brand assets and initiatives would benefit from intentional tending.  Joe took action, building BeachDrive.comStPetersburgPier.com and GrowSmarterStPete.com.    Taking it a step bigger, Joe launched the St. Pete Catalyst, an on-line business daily.  The Catalyst  is a platform for community sourced content that’s augmented by directed coverage.

Joe can also be found, with co-host Ashley Ryneska, hosting St Pete X (SPx), a podcast that features local business, civic and community leaders.