Education Connection Announcement: CERI Survey on College Hiring

In partnership with The University of Tampa and Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), we invite you to take a survey on recruiting trends for students transitioning into the labor market. A part of the Chamber’s Education Connection program is linking businesses with the academic community to better equip students with the skills that are necessary for entering the workforce.

By completing this survey, you will provide graduating students, recent graduates, academic advisors, and talent managers with an accurate picture of this year’s employment prospects for college students. Thank you for your participation. If you have any concerns or questions about this research study please contact Dr. Phil Gardner at 517-355-2211 or gardnerp@msu.edu.

 

Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit

Join Tampa Bay’s leading young professionals to develop a young professional’s vision of Tampa. How do you want Channelside to look in five years? How would you develop downtown Tampa? What transit options are important to you? Come share your ideas for the future of Tampa and be a part of developing a plan for Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Mickey Jacob, FAIA, BDG Architects will be the keynote speakers for this event followed by these breakout sessions:

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Member Highlights – Sept.15 – 19

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights:

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New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

Port Tampa Bay Signs Joint MOU with Cartagena, Colombia Port to Pursue Business Opportunities

Port Tampa Bay Exec Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer Raul Alfonso (left), celebrates the signing of a joint MOU agreement with Giovanni Benedetti, commercial director of the Port of Cartagena, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel, in Tampa.

Port Tampa Bay Exec Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer Raul Alfonso (left), celebrates the signing of a joint MOU agreement with Giovanni Benedetti, commercial director of the Port of Cartagena, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel, in Tampa.

Port Tampa Bay signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with the Port of Cartagena, Colombia, that strengthens the bond of comradeship between the two ports and establishes a strategic alliance for collaboration toward commercial pursuits. This recent signing is the latest in a string of similar agreements brought to fruition between Florida’s largest port and other key Latin American ports such as Quequén, Argentina; Barranquilla, Colombia; Veracruz, Mexico; JAPDEVA, Costa Rica; and the Panama Canal Authority. Read more…

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Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners Retains Status as “Best” Agency

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) has retained its status as part an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) “Best Practices” Study Group.  Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation.

“Being chosen as a Best Practices Agency out of over 1,100 independent agencies is very rewarding, and something that can be contributed to a continued investment in people, systems and capabilities at BKS-Partners,” said Trevor Baldwin, Managing Director of Commercial Risk Management at BKS-Partners. “By constantly challenging our colleagues to pursue ongoing education and by building a team that is connected to our stakeholders’ success, we are able to deliver a higher level of service to clients.”

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Site Tech Services Offers Special Promotion for Chamber Members

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce members who are ready to purchase and install a VoIP phone system are eligible for a ‘buy two phones, get one free promotion.‘ To learn more, visit SiteTechServices.com or call (813) 549-5700.

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Highwoods Properties Welcomes Fintech to LakePointe One at Tampa Bay Park

Highwoods Properties, Inc. announced on September 16 that Fintech, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Best Business winner, has leased 28,819 square feet at LakePointe One at Tampa Bay Park. Laurie Alden represented Highwoods Properties during the leasing process. Shirley Smith with The Avocat Group represented Fintech.

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All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives Childhood Obesity Grant

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine received a $215,980 grant from Kohl’s Department Stores to continue its Kohl’s Cooks for Kids community-based healthy living program for the eighth year. The program encourages families to cook and eat healthy meals together, with the ultimate goal of preventing childhood obesity. Families also learn basic culinary skills and how to prepare healthy recipes on a budget.

Through the Kohl’s Cooks for Kids program, All Children’s Hospital will continue to offer healthy cooking and nutrition classes in the Tampa Bay area as well as family cooking events such as the “Mom and Me Cook-off” and “Teen Chili Challenge.” Since 2006, more than 5,000 participants each year have attended these programs and received healthy meal and fitness tips. Additionally, more than 80,000 free Kohl’s Cares “YumYum! Let’s Make Some!” cookbooks have been requested through the Fit4AllKids and Kohl’s Cooks for Kids websites. Read more…

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Member Events

Florida Center for Cybersecurity Hosts Inaugural Conference Oct. 8

You’re invited to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s October 8 conference.This event will bring together experts and decision-makers from industry, government and academia to exchange ideas, network and explore innovative approaches to counter cyber threats. In addition to two keynote addresses from leading cybersecurity
experts, the conference also offers live hacking demonstrations, four breakout sessions designed for technical or decision-making audiences, networking opportunities, and an expo featuring leading cybersecurity organizations. Click here for the conference agenda.

To register visit: www.usf.edu/cyber-register.

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HCC Continuing Education Department Holds Open House Oct. 2

The Corporate and Continuing Education Department at Hillsborough Community College invites you to get to know us better by being our guest at our upcoming open house. HCC provides a wide array of services to local businesses.  Learn more about how you can utilize your Community College to make your business more competitive. RSVP and get answers to all your questions at our October 2 Open House.

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Sentry Self Storage Invites You to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale

Sentry Self Storage invites you to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20 at 4901 E. Adamo Drive. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, & leave with a goodie bag plus more! Click here for the event flyer: TEACHER’S APPRECIATION

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Tampa Bay Technology Forum Hosts “Tech Trends Luncheon: A Panel of Security Experts”

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Unauthorized intrusion, hacking, data security breach, internet fraud, spyware, vulnerabilities, phishing scams…headline fodder seen all too often these days. Consequently, the state of Information Technology Security is one of the most pressing concerns and frequently talked about aspects for information technology professionals today. TBTF’s Tech Trends has assembled a diverse panel of information security leaders who will come together to discuss the security challenges facing their organizations’ user experience and answer questions presented by the event moderator and those posed by the audience.

Click here for registration info and the event agenda.

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CareerSource Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Technology Forum Seek Exhibitors for Tech Trek Career Fair

Tech Trek

The Tech Trek Career Fair is an innovative job fair that will attract 300 students from around the region including all Tampa Bay colleges, universities, and technical schools, to meet 30 businesses at one location in one day. This event will give students the opportunity to meet with multiple companies, learn about their culture, see the current internship and/or job opportunities available, and meet technology executives face-to-face. Exhibitors must have technology executives on-site for the students to be able to meet and ask questions.

Interested in exhibiting? Reserve your booth today!

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Port Tampa Bay Save the Dates – Steel Conference & Safety Summit

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New Hires & Promotions

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Promotes Chris Howell, CPA to Director, Assurance Services

Chris HowellThomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee, congratulates Chris Howell on his recent promotion to Director, Assurance Services.

Chris has over 17 years of experience in providing assurance and consulting services to clients and employers primarily in the insurance industry.  He routinely plans, supervises, and directs multiple audits of insurance companies, their affiliates, and their parent companies.  He is instrumental in assisting clients with internal control and risk assessment, structuring reinsurance arrangements, regulatory compliance and communications, and resolution of accounting and financial reporting matters.

Chris is a native of Tallahassee and attended Florida State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance.  He received his Master of Accountancy from the University of West Florida.

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Member Accolades

USF Entrepreneurship Program ranked 13th nationally

Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy, and according to rankings released by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, the University of South Florida is one of the best at teaching its students to start new businesses.

USF’s graduate program is the only Florida university listed among the nation’s best entrepreneurship education programs. The graduate program is ranked No. 13 overall and is also the sixth-highest rated program among public universities.  It’s the eighth consecutive year the USF Center for Entrepreneurship has appeared on the Top 25 list.

Michael Fountain, founding director of the Tampa-based USF Center for Entrepreneurship, said the university’s program is exceptional because of its interdisciplinary program and hands-on learning opportunities. The center offers opportunities for graduate students in the fields of business, engineering, health sciences, and sustainability. Read more…

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Member Highlights – Sept. 8 – 12

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

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 Member Events

 

Member News 

Heartbeat International to be Profiled on CNN en Español

On October 18th, 2014 Heartbeat International Foundation, (HBIF) Inc. will begin celebrating its thirtieth year as Tampa Bay’s only multinational foundation. Thirty years and over 13,000 lives saved worldwide is quite a story to tell. On September 19th, 2014, CNN en Español (CNNE) will profile the non-profit. As part of the profile, one of HBIF’s patients will share her story via satellite from Mexico City, Mexico.

The profile, to be conducted by CNNE Anchor Ismael Calal, will chronicle HBIF’s vast history of saving lives throughout Latin America. Currently, HBIF oversees heart center operations in eight different Latin American nations. Indigent patients receive pacemakers, along with a variety of cardiovascular services, free of charge. Read more…

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Port Tampa Bay CEO meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce & U.S. Trade Representative

Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson talks trade and policy with U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman, in Washington D.C.

Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson talks trade and policy with U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman, in Washington D.C.

As Congress is threatening to cut funding for the Export-Import Bank and negotiations for two significant international trade agreements are in progress, business leaders and port officials, including Port Tampa Bay President & CEO, Paul Anderson, met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and other

senior Administration officials to brief them on how international trade policy affects their businesses and communities. At a roundtable organized by the White House Business Council and Business Forward, the discussion focused on the importance of exporting for national economic growth and ways that government and businesses can better work together to help American companies reach more international markets. Read more…

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The Florida Aquarium Receives $1.1 Million Donation from Tucker/Hall Chairman

The Florida Aquarium announced a $1.1 million gift from Thomas Hall in honor of the Aquarium’s Rising Tides Campaign. Tom Hall has been a longtime supporter of the Aquarium and lead the effort to get the project for Tampa in competition with 31 other cities. He was one of the founding fathers of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Channel District in the early 1990’s. While the gift was made in honor of the Rising Tides Campaign, the money will be used to execute the Aquarium’s animal rescue and rehabilitation mission as well as their coral propagation efforts, both passions of Hall’s. Read more…

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All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Announces Federal Grant Award, Patient Shopping Event and Booster Seat Giveaway

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will receive a $5.6 million grant for the St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project as part of a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. The grant-funded program, sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, is designed to improve health outcomes for women, infants and families in underserved populations, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and facilitate access to comprehensive health and social services. The Healthy Start program will primarily serve African-American women, children, and families in five urban zip codes where infant mortality rates exceed the national rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. The five-year grant, with 100 percent of aid coming from federal funding, transitions from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County to All Children’s Hospital and is expected to serve 1,100 participants annually. Read more…

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine patients with life-limiting illnesses will gear up for this year’s homecoming dance by searching for the perfect outfit. This weekend, school-age patients and their guests will search through hundreds of donated dresses, suits and accessories to find the perfect attire for All Children’s Hospital’s homecoming dance on October 11. Patients will be treated to a “personal shopper” who will help them try on outfits in a private dressing room, as if on an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress’. There will also be a photo booth, music and snacks to get patients, parents and their guests excited for the big day. Hundreds of employees and members of the community donated dresses, suits, shoes and other accessories for the event. View a list of other items and services that can be donated, including hair accessories, new makeup, salon services and corsages.

The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, led by All Children’s Hospital, and Maher Chevrolet are working together to distribute 60 booster seats to local families in preparation for a new booster seat law. Current Florida law requires children up to age three to be placed in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. House Bill 225, which will take effect January 1, 2015, extends the law, requiring that children four and five years old be properly restrained in a booster seat. During the booster seat distribution event, the first 60 families to arrive at Maher Chevrolet will receive a free booster seat, as long as their child meets the recommended weight and height requirements of the seat. Staff members of the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition led by All Children’s Hospital will be on hand to help families install the booster seats into vehicles, as well as provide advice on car seat safety. City of St. Petersburg councilman Steve Kornell, Representative Dwight Dudley and staffers from Senator Jeff Brandes’ office are also expected to attend the event.

WHAT: Booster Seat Giveaway

WHEN:  Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10 a.m. – noon 

WHERE: Maher Chevrolet, 2901 34th St N, St Petersburg

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The Omnia Group Launches New E-learning Website

The Omnia Group is excited to announce the launch of their new e-learning website Xcel IQwww.Xceliq.com offers almost 100 online courses for soft skills professional development. Courses are available to both individuals and multi-user corporations and can be accessed on any computer, smart phone or tablet with an internet connection.  Xceliq.com also hosts a multi-author business blog geared both to the B2B and B2C audience.  Follow Xcel IQ on Twitter & Facebook:  @xceliq –  For more information contact:  Kerry Benik:  kbenik@xceliq.com

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Member Events

Port Tampa Bay to Host 13th Annual Anchor Ball

Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries announce today that they will honor the late George Steinbrenner with the Captain James McKay Award at the 13th Annual Anchor Ball on October 4, an annual charity event that supports the Tampa Seafarers’ Center located on the port. The port and Tampa Port Ministries will also be launching a scholarship program, in Mr. Steinbrenner’s name, for graduates of the Hillsborough County Schools’ new high school maritime studies program, the creation of which was led by the Propeller Club chapter at the Port of Tampa. Read more…

About the Anchor Ball:

  • WHAT: 13th Annual Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball charity event and silent auction, supporting the International Seafarers’ Center; new maritime scholarship fund in conjunction with Hillsborough County Schools; presentation of prestigious Captain James McKay Award to the late George Steinbrenner.
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:00—10:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3, @ 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • WHO:  Port community, business community, supporters

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Sentry Self Storage Invites You to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale

Sentry Self Storage invites you to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20 at 4901 E. Adamo Drive. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, & leave with a goodie bag plus more! Click here for the event flyer: TEACHER’S APPRECIATION

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Startup Surge Event Has Answers for Entrepreneurs

Both starting a business and growing a business comes with 1,000 questions. If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or you have already started building your startup, choose from over 50 mentors at Startup Surge and get a 1,000 answers.

Startup Surge

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2014 Political Hob Nob Candidates Win on Primary Day

Michael Maurino, Government Relations Coordinator – GTCC

Several candidates who participated in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Political Hob Nob on July 16 won their race on August 26, Primary Day, or advanced to Election Day on November 4, 2014.

For the Hillsborough County Commission District 7 countywide race, Commissioner Al Higginbotham and Pat Kemp won the Republican and Democratic primaries, respectively. Stacy White won the County Commission District 4 Republican primary, and faces a write-in candidate on Election Day.

For judicial seats, Chris Nash, Michael Scionti and Laura Ward won their seats. Two more races will be decided on Election Day, each between Hob Nob attendees: Carl Hinson and Barbara Twine Thomas for 13th Judicial Circuit Group 8; Robert Bauman and Melissa “Missy” Polo for 13th Judicial Circuit Group 34.

Each of the three School Board seats will go to Election Day. District 2 will be a race between attendees Sally Harris and Michelle Popp Shimberg. In District 4, Melissa Snively advanced to Election Day, missing an outright victory by only three percentage points. In the District 6 countywide race, Dipa Shah advanced with incumbent School Board Member April Griffin.   

Member Highlights: Sept. 1 – 5, 2015

Member News

Congressman Daniel Webster discusses the success of WRRDA and what it means to Florida’s future.

Congressman Daniel Webster discusses the success of WRRDA and what it means to Florida’s future.

 Port Tampa Bay and co-presenter Florida Ports Council hosted a successful forum at the port’s Cruise Terminal 2 on August 29, bringing together statewide port and community stakeholders to discuss and laud the recently-passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) legislation that will dramatically improve U.S. ports’ ability to develop key projects and therefore continue to be competitive in global trade.

Florida members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee participated in a panel to discuss the benefits of the historic, bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama, in June 2014.  Port President and CEO Paul Anderson led the discussion, saying that this key WRRDA legislation is critical in helping to improve our nation’s port infrastructure, thereby creating a transportation chain that will be globally competitive and enable future generations to reap economic benefits and build a healthier platform for trade and commerce. Read more here.


As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Tampa Bay Rays are teaming up for Rays Cancer Survivor Day. A group of pediatric cancer survivors treated at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute, as well as their families, will attend the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The cancer survivors are able to attend the game for free thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society. 


Copa Airlines Special Promotion in Business Class!

 Enjoy up to 30% off traveling in Business Class. There´s nothing better than enjoying a summer trip, traveling COPA_STAR_LOGO_PEQUENâO_FB-01 jpgin Business Class! Take advantage of these offers. Book your flight in advance at copa.com, and enjoy up to 30% OFF to amazing destinations through the Hub of the Americas in Panama.

 Promotion is valid for tickets originating in Tampa to the following destinations:

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  • Guatemala – from $1073*
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Member Events

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay invites you to attend the QPR Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop:

09-12-14  | 1 to 3 p.m. | Location:  Crisis Center, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa 33613

Free workshop – Register at: www.crisiscenterevents.eventbrite.com 

 QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. You can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis, to engage others with compassionate questions, to persuade people to take positive action and to refer to help with confidence. Use the workshop materials you receive as tools to help others. This workshop is ideal for professionals and the general public. 

2 Hours of Continuing Education credit is offered for counselors. (Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling – CE Provider # 50-462 expires 3/31/2015)

2 Hours of Continuing Education credit is offered for: ARNP, CNS, LPN, RN. (Florida Board of Nursing – CE Provider # 50-9962 expires 10/31/2014)

All participants receive a certificate of completion, QPR booklet, a Family Guide to talking about suicide booklet & national and local resource lists.


 MetLife invites you to attend a special presentation: A Sensible Approach to Financial Strategies for Business Owners.

If you’re like most business owners, you have several financial goals for your business, your family and your own retirement. While there are several strategies for meeting these goals, there are also several things, such as: disability, loss of a key employee, or the death of a partner, that can sabotage your plans. 

At this very special presentation, we’ll inform you about how you can take control and will cover such topics as:

  • The continuation of your business and your family’s well-being in the event of your, or a partner’s death or disability
  • Estate taxes; how they may devastate a business and steps you can take to ensure this doesn’t happen
  • Strategies for retaining key people that benefit both your business and your top employees
  • Effective approaches you can take to save for your own retirement
  • Trusts and the role they can play in continuing your business 

Join us for this very special presentation to learn what you can do to reach your business’ financial goals while protecting all you’ve worked so hard to build.

September 10th, 2014 @ 12:00 (lunch provided) | MetLife Corporate Center II 4211 W. Boy Scout, Suite 700 
To reserve your place please confirm via email: asaroza@metlife.com or call Sandy or Amy at (813) 393-3600.
A Representative will call to assist you with your confirmation.


Sentry Self Storage invites you to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20 at 4901 E. Adamo Drive. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, & leave with a goodie bag plus more! Click here for the event flyer: TEACHER’S APPRECIATION


ActionCOACH invites you to a free business seminar on Thursday September 11, 2014 at the Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd. 8th Floor. Guests are invited to arrive at 11:30 am for networking with the session commencing promptly at 11:45 am; Wrap up at 1:30 pm. Lunch provided. Spaces are limited so please register below NOW!

 http://www.actioncoach.com/patrickleask/promo/6steps 

Click here for more info: 6 Steps Promo


 You are invited to attend the VISTAGE Florida Informational Breakfast Meeting:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Grand Hyatt
2900 Bayport Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607-1479
(813) 207-6639

This meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. and end promptly at 9:30 a.m. You may register online at www.vistageflorida.com/special-events.aspx, Call 800.733.4832, or e-mail marketing@vistageflorida.com.

Click here for the event flyer: Vistage Breakfast Invitation 9-17-14 


 

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New Hires & Promotions

Kevin HealeySmolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds, P.A. is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Healey, Esq. has joined the firm. Mr. Healey has a wide range of legal experience, but largely concentrates his practice on state and federal commercial litigation as well as insurance disputes.  Mr. Healey began his career as a prosecutor in Jacksonville, Florida where he gained invaluable trial experience. From there, Mr. Healey moved to civil litigation where he has practiced throughout the United States in both state and federal courts handling contractual disputes, insurance disputes and health care matters. In representing both individuals and corporations, he has been instrumental in securing numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients. Mr. Healey earned his J.D. degree from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He also earned a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Florida.


GrayRoDebrabinson, P.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of ten attorneys throughout the firms’ statewide offices, including Debra Deardourff Faulk who was promoted to shareholder in its Tampa office. Debra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property lawyer who practices in the areas of intellectual property, contests and sweepstakes, media, technology and telecommunications. Her intellectual property practice includes litigation matters, trademark and copyright registrations, technology-related licensing and domain name registrations and disputes. She is widely experienced in federal and state trademark and copyright searching, monitoring, application prosecution, registration, maintenance, portfolio management and rights enforcement.  Further, Debra litigates all aspects of intellectual property and technology disputes.


Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., welcomes Stephen Andrews and Myles Rankin to the Tax Services Department.

Stephen AndrewsStephen has over four years of experience with tax preparation and review for multiple entity types. His current responsibilities include review of C-corporations, S-corporations, partnerships, individuals, and multi-state tax returns. A native of Tallahassee, Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University, as well as a Master of Accounting in Taxation from Florida State University. 

Myles RankinMyles spent three years in tax services at a CPA firm in Panama City, Florida.  He has also worked for the Florida Office of the Auditor General assisting with audits of state government agencies.  A graduate of North Florida Christian, Myles holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Chipola College and is currently pursuing his Master of Taxation from Troy University.