Rhys L. Williams is President & Co-Founder of New World Angels, Inc., a member-managed, structured angel investor group with chapters in Southeast Florida and Tampa Bay, now in its twelfth year.
Mr. Williams has also been active in efforts to commercialize biotechnologies from Florida’s research universities and institutes, having co-founded several biotechnology spinout ventures. Previously he was a venture capitalist with SI Ventures (Gartner Group-affiliated fund) and held executive positions with Ixion Biotechnology (stem cells), Smith Barney, American Express, and the U.S. Army Special Forces (Commander, combat diver detachment; “Green Beret”).
He presently serves on the Boards of Aplicor, Inc.; the Florida Venture Forum; the University of Miami’s Coulter Center Technology Review Committee; the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium (Executive Committee & Immediate Past Chairman); The LeMieux Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Univ. of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; and the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches.
Past Board service includes Florida Atlantic University Foundation (investment and audit committees), the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (gubernatorial appointee; Treasurer – Board and Seed Fund), and Leadership Florida. He has been called to testify before the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Competitiveness and Innovation. He was named to the “Techweek 100” list of South Florida leaders having the greatest impact on technology and business (2014). He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College magna cum laude (with coursework at Universidad de los Andes [Bogotá, Colombia]) and both MBA and J.D. degrees from Univ. of Florida (MBA class president; Florida Blue Key inductee). He is admitted to legal practice in FL & NY. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.