GENERAL PARTNER & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Philip Samuels is a dynamic entrepreneur building a multi-faceted career spanning 40 years of success in the worlds of commercial insurance, angel investing, and real-estate.
After graduating from the University of Miami’s business school in 1977, Philip spent his early years in the insurance industry building his risk management acumen acquiring his Property & Casualty, Life, Health & Benefits, Series 7
and Series 63 licenses. Working for insurance giants such as Aetna and large construction-focused brokerages, Philip quickly gained a reputation as a trusted source for his clients and one of the most innovative minds in insurance.
In 1996 Philip founded Amerisc Corp which became a top-5 independently owned insurance brokerage in the tri-state region. Over a 15 year span, Amerisc Corp dominated real estate and construction portfolios becoming a regional-powerhouse. In 2011 with a thriving book of business Philip created an opportunity to exit to USI, a Goldman Saks enterprise (currently owned by KKR). He continues to manage the USI Long Island operations.
Following Amerisc’s exit to USI, Philip became a founding member of SoundBoard Angel Fund (SBAF), an early-stage investment fund focused on providing capital to emerging markets. SBAF has deployed in excess of $15M in over 50 companies, diligencing thousands, with successful exits to the likes of Uber. Along with his involvement in SoundBoard, Philip continued to build upon his real-estate assets establishing a growing portfolio in New York City, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Long Island.
With his 2 sons, Jeffrey & Cory Samuels, Philip’s entrepreneurial spirit thrives as the leader of Q56 Capital. Q56 Capital is the culmination of early-stage venture investing, real-estate, and consultative advisory work. Philip welcomes the opportunity to lend his experience and successful track record to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Phil has been working with Richard Magid (through SoundBoard Consulting) since 2003 and joined SoundBoard Angel Fund as an investor and member of the Board of Advisors at launch in 2012.