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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Stuart Lasher, Accounting & Finance ’81


Stuart Lasher
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Quantum Capital Partners, Inc.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Stuart Lasher is founder, chairman and CEO of Tampa-based Quantum Capital Partners, a family-owned office and venture capital firm that invests in consumer-related business and real estate. 

He began his career in 1981 at KPMG Peat Marwick, and was audit manager for major companies, such as Jabil Circuit, Publix and General Mills Restaurant Group (now Darden Restaurants), which includes Red Lobster and Olive Garden. In 1986, he became CFO and member of the board of directors of Silk Greenhouse, a national retailer. While he was CFO, the company grew from six to 90 stores and from $6 million to $200 million in sales. 

In 1990, Lasher co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of National Business Solutions Inc. (NBS), a professional employer organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla. During his six-year tenure, the company grew to be one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country, with approximately $300 million in sales.

In 1998, Lasher founded Quantum Capital Partners Inc. and, in 1999, the company invested in Lifestyle Family Fitness, which, at the time, had six locations and $6 million in annual revenues.  Lasher helped that company grow to 56 locations and more than $100 million in annual revenues. Quantum negotiated the sale of Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs to Life Time Fitness and LA Fitness. Lasher served as chairman of the board of Lifestyle from 2008 through the sale.

Lasher serves on the boards of many companies, including Life Time Fitness, PDQ Southern Texas and Fitlife Foods. He also is president of the Lasher Family Foundation, which funds numerous charities in the Tampa Bay area. Additionally, he is co-sponsor of the Derrick Brooks Charities’ annual celebrity golf event, which funds college scholarships to students in need of financial support.  

Lasher has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the Florida State University College of Business, funding an auditorium in Legacy Hall, and serving as a frequent guest speaker.

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