Finance/Insurance: PETE SNYDER
CEO, DISRUPTOR INC., CHARLOTTESVILLE
Snyder lost his bid to be the Republican candidate for governor in 2021, but it didn’t sour him on state politics. Snyder campaigned for Glenn Youngkin last year (he won) and in March, he endorsed state Sen. Bryce Reeves for the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat (he lost).
While running for office, Snyder described himself as a “job creator and entrepreneur.” He runs Disruptor Inc., branded as Disruptor Capital. An angel investment firm with 20 employees, Disruptor strives to fund ideas that “change the way industries — and even society — operates.” It has invested in over three dozen companies during the past four years, according to a spokesperson.
With his wife, Burson, Snyder launched the Virginia 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit that provided $3,000 forgivable loans to hundreds of small businesses struggling to stay open during the pandemic.
Earlier in his career, Snyder built New Media Strategies, a pioneering social media marketing agency that was bought by Meredith Corp. in 2007.
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