Originally from New Jersey, Jeff relocated to Florida in 1971. Jeff’s competitive drive originated on the soccer fields of St. Petersburg, bringing his attitude to the pitch for 15 years. He attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. From there, Jeff went on to earn his Master of Arts from the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. Jeff took his talents to the Big Apple in 1991, with the dream of becoming a successful actor. Like most aspiring actors, Jeff entered the restaurant industry, where he was groomed and cultured by some of the best restauranteurs in New York City. In 1996, Jeff brought the knowledge and training he acquired in NYC’s highly competitive restaurant market back to Tampa, opening Ciccio and Tony’s. The restaurant thrived, and Jeff is now the Caesar of a small empire of restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. A Renaissance man, Jeff’s other entrepreneurial endeavors include internet and mobile marketing and land development.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing high stakes poker. He also is the manager/agent of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up, John Racener. He is married to the love of his life and he has 2 amazing children.