Here are the Top 3 Reasons why Your Boss/Coworker/Employee Doesn’t Get It

Adrienne Morgan, Grow Committee Chair
Generational differences can create a great deal of issues in the office.
  1. They do not communicate effectively. We say: Yes, texting is a perfectly normal form of communication and I should be able to work from home; it’s more productive!
  2. They aren’t clear on expectations. We say: I have no idea how/why this reporting structure make sense. What exactly is my job description?
  3. They don’t respect my opinion all the time. We say: We’re on the same team! Stop hiding my genius!

This is called workplace conflict. Workplace conflict can occur when one party does not understand the other party’s perspective. It is a natural part of business, and is even good for business! Let’s be honest, if there weren’t workplace conflict, we would not create change or develop new ideas. As millennials, we need to learn how to understand different perspectives and channel this conflict into constructive actions that make impact, not chaos.

Emerge members, join us on for Resolution Revolution: A Millennial Guide to Conflict Management to work on ways to deal with workplace conflict.

When: Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-7:30pm

Where: HCI Group, 5300 W. Cypress St., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33607

Why: Because the event is unscripted. The interactive workshop is created in real-time, so the questions you want answered will be.

How: We have awesome HCI Group as our sponsor

This event series has sold out all year! Get your seats early so we don’t have to awkwardly turn you away at the door. 

Click here to register today:  

Member price: $15

Non-member price: $25

Member Highlights – Aug. 18 – 22, 2014


Member News

Following the completion of a $16 million rooms renovation in late 2012, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is proud to debut the highly anticipated final phase of its $20 million transformation. This second project included a full revamp of all public spaces to match the fresh look and feel of the 442 guest rooms and suites, an all-new dining experience at 1823 Kitchen and Bar and an innovative tech lounge within the hotel lobby.

FlPolyU Launch

(L-R) University President Dr. Randy K. Avent, Chief Operating Officer Ava L. Parker, Provost Ghazi Darkazalli, Immediate Past Board of Trustees Chair Robert H. Gidel and the Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees launch Florida’s newest university dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Florida Polytechnic University is now officially open and ready to welcome its Inaugural Class. Florida’s newest state university held a public LAUNCH Celebration on Saturday to commemorate its grand opening and the completion of the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building.

Florida Polytechnic leaders, Governor Rick Scott, and more than 1,000 supporters and new students gathered to experience the state-of-the art University up-close for the first time. A formal ceremony was followed by an actual launch – a vivid pyrotechnics display showered a campus lake adjacent to the IST Building. Click here for photos and more information.

Equality Florida Institute is providing an electronic version of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families free of charge on their website.  Recently updated, the 76-page resource was a pro bono project of the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, in cooperation with Equality Florida Institute.  

This third edition of the Handbook is full of helpful information and pointers on the very best ways lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Floridians can legally protect themselves and their families. Because this information is so important to protecting Florida’s families, Equality Florida Institute is making it available for download at Click here for more information.

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that one of its major environmental projects, the McKay Bay Restoration project, has been acknowledged as winner in the Mitigation category of the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) Annual Environmental Improvement Awards program.  The program recognizes projects that show leadership and exemplary environmental stewardship in and around seaports.

Port Tampa Bay, with assistance from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), embarked upon and completed a combination of wetland restoration projects within the McKay Bay Ecosystem in Tampa Bay. The net impact of this work has resulted in the restoration of estuarine wetlands and adjacent shallow intertidal bay bottom within this historically impaired water body.

 Member Events



Rock out at Tampa Bay’s highest voltage party of the summer.

Tech Jam 2014: Battle of the Bands
August 28, 2014 • 5:30 – 11:00 pm 
The Ritz Ybor 1503 E 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

Don’t miss the 13th annual Tech Jam benefitting TechStart Tampa Bay! Rock out  at our largest event of the year, while helping us raise funds to prepare at-risk youth in our community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Join over 400 techies, business professionals, and executives at Tech Jam for great food, themed cocktails, 50/50, silent auction, unlimited networking, a Battle of the Bands competition, and much more!

Register today for this rockin’ event and help us celebrate 13 fantastic years of raising money for the next generation of technology leaders in our community.

Would you like to take the stage and compete to be Tampa’s most rockin’ band? Visit our Battle of the Bands page to enter!

For more information, please visit our facebook event and registration page!

General Admission passes are $50
Hors d’oeuvres catered by Mattison’s • Beer from Rock Brothers Brewing Company • Entertainment all evening long
VIP Party passes are $95
All general admission perks • One hour open bar • Casino and prize baskets • Dessert and coffee • Access to private bar

Party for a purpose and help us raise money to support TechStart’s amazing programs!

Eye Ball Gala 2014 E-Save the Date

The Eye Ball brings together ophthalmic specialists and surgeons, business and community leaders, and loyal friends to foster the sight-saving and life-enhancing work of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research.

Join us for an inspiring evening that will savor your senses and stir your soul.

Other exciting features:

  • Gourmet dining by Puff n’ Stuff, one of Tampa’s mostwell-known caterers
  • Entertaining evening with gaming and dancing, featuring
  • local Cuban band
  • One of a kind treasures in the Live and Silent Auctions
  • Inspiring stories that celebrate the Gift of Sight

From Aug. 27 to 30, Fifth Third Bank’s Financial Empowerment Mobile – or eBus – will visit community organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area to offer free job search assistance through a partnership with NextJob, a nationwide firm focused on full employment in America. Financial advice, like budget and credit counseling, will also be provided by Fifth Third employees at all eBus stops (full schedule included below).

During each event, visitors can access the Job Seeker’s Toolkit, NextJob’s proprietary job search and training software. Information is free to the public and is provided in English and Spanish.

 FOR MORE INFO: Call Curtis Stokes at 813-306-2488.


Wednesday, Aug. 27 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – CDC of Tampa, 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

 Thursday, Aug. 28 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – St. Petersburg Neighborhood Home Solutions, 1600 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., St. Petersburg

 Friday, Aug. 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Community Action Center of Hillsborough, 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa

Saturday, Aug. 30 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Lee Roy Selmon Banking Center, 2206 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

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Join us and enjoy a special Royal Caribbean presentation featuring the latest offers on their amazingly innovative ships and exciting itineraries to some of the most breathtaking places in the world. Discover how you can get the best value on your Royal Caribbean cruise when you book a AAA Vacations® sailing. Destination WOW. Ask me about the latest promotions.

Non members also welcomed to attend, call me to join, ***Free event >>> Registration is required to attend contact Detria Carson 813 289 5800 ext 6542

 New Hires & Promotions

Mario Camacho Foods, a specialty food sales and distribution company, is pleased to announce their new leadership team. President Shawn Kaddoura  joined the team in January, and Tracey Schram was welcomed as their new SVP of Business Development in July. Both join the company after twenty years of proven senior level experience in the CPG industry.

Robert Shaw

David Stone, President & CEO of NorthStar Bank, recently announced the appointment of Robert Shaw as Market President for Belleair Bluffs and the Pinellas County market. Mr. Shaw has over 17 years of commercial banking experience in Tampa Bay and comes to NorthStar Bank from USAmeriBank where he was most recently Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking. Prior to USAmeriBank, Mr. Shaw served as the Clearwater Regional Executive for Signature Bank.

Mr. Shaw is a West Point graduate, receiving his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Rob will be a part of the Executive Management team and play an instrumental role in the overall growth of our bank. He will oversee the Belleair office and future growth plans for the entire Pinellas market. Rob is active in the community and currently involved in Tampa Bay Ride to Defeat ALS.

GrayRobinson, P.A., recently announced that Robert “Bob” Schumaker and Lauri Slater will join the firm’s Tampa Real Estate Practice Group. Schumaker joins the firm with more than 30 years of experience in the industry.  Slater brings more than 25 years of paralegal experience in real estate law. Both come to GrayRobinson from Trenam Kemker, where their practices focused on commercial real estate, land use law, lending transactions and environmental law.

Schumaker, Robert (Tampa)Schumaker has extensive experience structuring and drafting complex documentation for purchase and sale agreements, as well as asset-based lending transactions. He also structures and drafts workouts of defaulted loans in connection to bankruptcy, foreclosure and other litigation. Schumaker has represented numerous developers and owners in the Tampa Bay area, and throughout Florida, in the acquisition, sale, assemblage, documentation and negotiation of their property. Schumaker received his Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, his MBA with honors from Florida International University and later received his law degree with honors from the Stetson University College of Law.

Slater, Lauri (Tampa)Slater is a Florida registered paralegal with over 25 years of experience focusing on commercial real estate and lending transactions.  She has managed various types of acquisitions, mergers, financing and refinancing. During the recession, Slater assisted clients on numerous commercial workouts and friendly foreclosures. Slater has also represented lenders, developers and borrowers for a variety of clients.

 Member Accolades

Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the following:

Hill Ward Henderson received many rankings and citations for its attorneys and practice groups for the 13th consecutive year in the recently published Chambers USA by the internationally acclaimed research group Chambers & Partners, based in London.  Four practice areas of the firm were highlighted and ranked in the publication for excellence in service – Corporate M&A and Private Equity;  General Commercial Litigation, Taxation and Real Estate.

In addition, 11 attorneys at the firm were cited as “leaders” in their respective practice areas being ranked by Chambers USA:

  • D. Armstrong, III – Real Estate: Zoning / Land Use
  • John C. Connery, Jr. – Tax
  • David S. Felman – Corporate M&A and Private Equity
  • Katherine Frazier – Real Estate
  • Thomas N. Henderson, III – Real Estate
  • Benjamin H. Hill, III – General Commercial Litigation
  • David T. Knight – General Commercial Litigation
  • James Robbins, Jr. – Real Estate
  • Brian Sparks – Tax: Estate Planning
  • Dennis P. Waggoner – General Commercial Litigation
  • Alton C. Ward – Tax: Employee Benefits

Shimberg_Robert_SMLRobert A. Shimberg, a Shareholder in Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group, was recently elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries, Inc. Mr. Shimberg’s primary practice areas include commercial litigation, corporate compliance and governmental relations. He was formerly a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. In addition to serving as Chair of Metropolitan Ministries, he is active in many additional community concerns, including Tampa Housing Authority and MoreHealth, a health education and safety program for children.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs is proud to announce the following:

Counsel Richard G. Salazar was selected to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Salazar_Richard_356x413Commerce’s Leadership Tampa Class of 2015.

Salazar’s law practice includes litigation and counseling in antitrust, business tort, non-competition covenant, trademark/service mark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret and unfair competition claims in federal and state courts. He earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.

Twenty-four attorneys from the firm’s Tampa offices were selected by their peers for inclusion to The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 list. The following attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas:

  • Cathy J. Beveridge – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jackson Boggs – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Heather B. Brock – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • John D. Emmanuel – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Darren D. Farfante – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation
  • William J. Flynn III – Immigration Law
  • Calvin Hayes – Commercial Litigation
  • Mitchell I. Horowitz – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Richard A. Jacobson – International Trade and Finance Law
  • Rhea F. Law – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Land Use and Zoning Law; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
  • Conrad J. Lazo – Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
  • Monica B. Mason – Copyright Law; Trademark Law
  • Carl R. Nelson – Admiralty and Maritime Law; Commercial Litigation
  • Ronald H. Noble – Environmental Law
  • Robert L. Olsen – Commercial Litigation
  • Paul R. Pizzo – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Richard G. Salazar – Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Patent; Trademark Law
  • Hala A. Sandridge – Appellate Practice
  • Jeffrey C. Shannon – Real Estate Law
  • David C. Shobe – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Ted R. Tamargo – Real Estate Law
  • Dale W. Vash – Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
  • Edward M. Waller, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Andrea E. Zelman – Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Paul Joseph, General Manager, received the Jay A. Pritzker Award for Leadership which recognizes Hyatt General Managers who have consistently demonstrated their ability as leaders, coaches and mentors. These leaders are high achievers, lead top performing hotels, and serve as role models of Hyatt’s values: mutual respect, intellectual honesty and integrity, fun, humility, creativity and innovation. The individuals were evaluated based on achievement of hotel and individual goals over time and a consistent demonstration of Hyatt leadership.

GrayRobinson, P.A., is pleased to announce that 64 attorneys made the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list of outstanding attorneys, including 11 attorneys in the Tampa office:

  • Richard M. Blau, Food and Beverage Law (2011)
  • Debra Deardourff Faulk, Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Frank N. Fleischer, Public Finance Law (2003)
  • Jeanette M. Flores, Real Estate Law (2008)
  • Stephen L. Kussner, Real Estate Law (2003)
  • Michael J. Nolan II, Trusts and Estates (2008)
  • Woodrow H. “Woody” Pollack, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Trademark Law (2014)*
  • Frederick S. Schrils, Commercial Litigation
  • George E. Spofford IV, Litigation – Construction (2010)
  • Stefan V. Stein, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law (1995)*
  • John I. Van Voris, Corporate Law (1999)

In addition, six attorneys were named Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas, including two in the Tampa office:

  • Woodrow H. “Woody” Pollack, Best Lawyers’ 2015  Tampa Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Stefan V. Stein, Best Lawyers’ 2015  Tampa Copyright Law Lawyer of the Year 

Fisher & Phillips LLP is proud to announce that Christine Howard, Steve Bernstein and Theresa Gallion have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015® The partners in the Tampa office were honored for their labor and employment work.

Christine Howard is managing partner in the Tampa office. Practicing labor and employment law for more than 20 years, she focuses on defending employment discrimination, harassment, leave and disability, and wage and hour complaints.

For more than 20 years, Steve Bernstein has maintained a traditional labor practice, representing employers throughout the United States. In addition, he advises clients on union-related matters and compliance with the NLRA, the WARN Act, USERRA, FMLA and the ADA.

Theresa Gallion has more than 30 years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, representing clients in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on hospitality, healthcare, education, retail and telecommunications.

Women-Owned Businesses at TIA Take Off

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor Highlights Women’s Economic Agenda: When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

(L to R) Gina Almonte, Owner of Refresh-a-Baby; Carren Rieger, Founder of BambinOz ; and Kerriann Greenhalgh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of KeriCure   Their products are carried by Mindworks and its newsstand store, Stellar News,  in Orlando, Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tampa, Miami, and Houston.

(L to R) Gina Almonte, Owner of Refresh-a-Baby; Carren Rieger, Founder of BambinOz ; and Kerriann Greenhalgh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of KeriCure
Their products are carried by Mindworks and its newsstand store, Stellar News, in Orlando, Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, San Diego, Tampa, Miami, and Houston airports.

Female entrepreneurs with products that target busy travelers in a pinch at TIA are taking off and landing business around the country. Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) toured the expanding airport retail and the women behind these businesses to highlight the $1.4 trillion impact that all women-owned businesses across the country have on the economy and the middle-class.  

 “These Tampa women have found a creative niche with travel-friendly products, demand is growing and I would like to help them succeed through workplace policies,” U.S. Rep. Castor said. “More women nationwide are choosing an entrepreneurial path, evident with the number of women startups on the rise. But imagine how many more jobs could be created by small businesses if we prioritized an economic agenda for women business owners that acknowledges the multiple roles that women play. When women succeed, America succeeds.”

 In 2014, there are more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses, up from 8.6 million in 2013, according to a 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released in March 2014. The report also states that these businesses generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenues, employ 7.9 million people and account for 30 percent of all enterprises — a boon for the middle-class. However, women’s market share of revenues is declining, according to a report released just last month by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

 “Entrepreneurship is the road to pay equity for women,” said Stellar Partners, Inc. CEO Susan IMG_0177Stackhouse, who operates several retail  stores at Tampa International Airport and about a dozen airports around the country. She also mentors local women entrepreneurs, including Gina Almonte of Refresh-a-Baby; Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh of KeriCure; and Carren Rieger of BambinOz. These women sell their products at Mindworks, located at the main terminal at TIA and owned and operated by Stackhouse. Refresh-a-Baby turns ordinary water bottles into baby bottles, KeriCure sells a natural alternative to bandages and BambinOz has steadily grown a line of products targeted for traveling parents of small children.

 “These entrepreneurs have succeeded in their business pursuits, and as a result have achieved greater economic security for their families and created jobs locally to boost the middle-class economy in Tampa Bay,” U.S. Rep. Castor added. “It’s time to prioritize an economic agenda for women that fosters an equal playing field for all women across the country.” 

 U.S. Rep. Castor has been on the forefront of building an agenda that addresses the economic challenges facing today’s women and working families, including expanding educational opportunities, increasing job training and investing in women entrepreneurs. U.S. Rep. Castor has also convened with businesses and female community leaders across Tampa Bay to discuss local solutions on pay equity, investing in early childhood education and expanding family and medical leave.

 Castor is a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act and Working Families Child Care Act that are all part of the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” economic agenda to bolster the middle class.

Member Highlights – Aug. 11 – 15, 2014

Member News

Every year, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida honors local women whose accomplishments make them positive role models. They are honored at our Women of Distinction event in March. We would like to invite you to nominate an extraordinary woman to be considered for this honor. The nomination forms are due September 11.

2015 Nomination Form |  2015 Nomination Letter

The hockey season is fast approaching and 2014-15 Lightning Season Tickets are now on sale. We have our Full Season, Half Season and 10 Packs available. Which plan works best for you?  How many seats were you looking for? Take a look and see which of the schedules below would work best for you. For more information, contact Adam Lawson at 813-301-6884. Go Bolts!

Bolts 2014-15 Season Game Plans

 Member Events

CareerSource Tampa Bay announces the G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. – Informational Session Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The event will take place at the CareerSource Tampa Bay MacDill Transition Center at MacDill Air Force Base, 3108 N. Boundary Blvd. Tampa, FL 33608.

G4S will be recruiting for the following positions:

If the transitional member, Veteran, qualified family member and/or job seeker does not have access to MacDill AFB, please contact by no later than COB Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Jason Druding
Lead Recruiter-Veterans Services
CareerSource Tampa Bay
Tel:  813-397-2088

YP is seeking Digital Sales Executives with a “hunter” mentality who are looking for a high-activity, fast-paced environment selling powerful advertising solutions that work to connect consumers to local businesses. If you are looking for a future in digital media with unlimited growth potential, come check us out! Click the link for the event flyer: Tampa YP Hiring Event August 2014

Thursday, August 14th | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Pub (at International Mall) – 2223 N West Shore Boulevard

RSVP or send questions to:

AAA Special Member Event – Explore River Cruising

 River Cruising is unlike any other vacation in the world. With ever-changing landscapes and scenery, river cruising offers the opportunity to intimately experience a culture in the ease and comfort of a fine, floating hotel. Enjoy an unparalleled level of convenience as you often dock right in the heart of town, steps away from bustling market places and picturesque castles. Customize your perfect river cruise vacation with a AAA Travel Consultant today!

8/20/2014 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Tampa Headquarters – 1515 N. Westshore Blvd.

As a special thank you to all our members, exclusive event specials, savings and refreshments will be offered, including the opportunity to win a grand prize and more! Non members also welcomed to attend, call me to join, ***Free event >>> Registration is required. To attend contact Detria Carson 813-289-5800 ext 6542.

 Member Accolades


The law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in the Tampa office, has been appointed Chair for the Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Maria devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling clients on immigration and employment issues. On the immigration side, Maria has extensive experience helping employers obtain H-1B and E visas and employment based green cards on behalf of foreign workers employed.  She also helps companies with global operations obtain L-1 visas on behalf of their foreign-based employees so that the employees can open up an office in the United States or transfer to the U.S. operations, as well as helping those companies obtain visas in China and Mexico on behalf of their U.S.-based employees.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is pleased to announce the following:

  • Shareholder Luis Prats has been named chair of Stetson University’s Board of Trustees. Prats, who holds a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and a B.A. from Stetson WEB_Prats_Luis_56University, was elected to the Board seven years ago. He has served a chair of the Committee on Trusteeship and he is a past president of the Stetson University Alumni Association. At Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Prats is a board certified construction lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He represents public and private owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals on all types of construction matters. He has tried, arbitrated or mediated hundreds of construction disputes over the years. Prats lectures regularly on the subject of construction law and has published or presented numerous papers on the subject. He is also a contributing author of three books on construction law. He is active in professional and civic organizations including the Hillsborough County, Florida, and American Bar Associations.
  • Associate T.J. Ferrante was selected to serve as a board member of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s JA Connections. His term is for one year. JA Connections board consists of individuals recognized as leaders and emerging leaders within both the business and WEB_Ferrante_TJ_09education communities by supporting Junior Achievement’s programs.Ferrante practices in Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s national Health Care practice group. He focuses his practice on a wide range of transactional and related regulatory issues for health industry clients, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals and health systems, multi-specialty physician practice groups, and long-term care providers. He has experience with a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, obtaining and maintaining tax-exemption, employment contracts and leases, and other transactional matters.

Chamber Announces Leadership Tampa 2015 Class

Today the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the members of the 2015 LT_Logo_vLeadership Tampa Class.  Established by the Chamber in 1970, Leadership Tampa is the third oldest leadership program in the nation and strives to identify and develop future leaders in Tampa and Hillsborough County. The Class Chair is Jim Porter, Adams and Reese LLP.

The members of the Leadership Tampa 2015 include:

Lindsay August, Vice President, Relationship Manager, BB & T

Irene Bassel Frick, Partner, Akerman

Jan Berry, Chief Development Officer, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA

Darcy Calhoun, Group & Suite Sales Account Executive, Tampa Bay Rays

Rob Catoe, Vice President, Relationship Manager, SunTrust Bank

Ginger Clark, Vice President, Workforce Development, Hillsborough Community College

Melinda Clark, Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid, Saint Leo University

Laura Crouch, Director, Local Government, Community Relations & Economic Development, TECO

Jennifer Currence, Director of Human Resources, Mario Camacho Foods

Jeremy Daniel, Chief Financial Officer, Regenerative Medicine Solutions

Julius Davis, President & CEO, VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Inc.

John DeLaVergne, President/Principal, DeLaVergne & Company

Katie Dierks, Private Client Advisor, Bouchard Insurance, Inc.

Paul Dontenville, Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Office of Florida Attorney General

Brian Dugan, Deputy Chief, City of Tampa, Tampa Police Department

Scott Gilner, Vice President/Assistant Secretary, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Tyrus Gordon, Director of Operations, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally

Katie Halkett, Recruiting Manager, Taylor White

Robyn Hall, Assistant Vice President, Global Seminars, AACSB International

John Hartigan, Lt Col, United States Air Force, MacDill AFB

Rafael Hernandez, Toll Operations Manager, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

Matt Hill, Director Executive Suite Sales, Tampa Bay Lightning/Tampa Bay Times Forum

Dara Hindman, Vice President of Administration, Yacht StarShip

Rob Hosmanek, Special Projects Manager, Wright’s Gourmet House

Paul Huszar, President, VetCor LLC

Robert Hyde, Commander, U.S. Navy, US Special Operations Command

Tom Iarossi, Senior Project Manager, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Lori Jones, Sr. Vice President, Bank of America

Alex Kaptzan, Vice President of Convention Sales, Visit Tampa Bay

Dean Kent, Equity Shareholder, Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis, P.A.

Stephanie Krebs, Dean of Students, The University of Tampa

Timothy Kubal, Assistant Professor, Malignant Heme, Moffitt Cancer Center

Renee LaFauci, President of Central Florida, All Team Staffing

Owen LaFave, Senior Vice President-Director of Commercial Real Estate Banking, The Bank of Tampa

Lance Lansrud, Realtor, Florida Executive Realty

Crystal Lauderdale, Director of Marketing, Florida Polytechnic University

Rick Lentz, Executive Vice President, Cutler Associates, Inc.

Julia Mandell, City Attorney, City of Tampa

Luis Martinez-Monfort, Partner, Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, P.A.

Axah McCalla, Director of Membership & Sponsorship, Tampa Bay Technology Forum

Jamie Morano, Assistant Professor, Physician, University of South Florida College of Medicine

John Muller, VP of Operations, The Florida Aquarium

Jessica Muroff, Executive Director, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Deborah Oliver, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP

Kerry O’Reilly, Marketing Director, Tampa Bay Times/TBT*

Scott Pence, Attorney, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA

Balaji Ramadoss, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Tampa General Hospital

Lauren Rasys, Account Executive, CI Group

Bill Reeves, Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc.

Richard Salazar, Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney / Fowler White Boggs

John Schwartz, 927 OG Chief of Training, United States Air Force Reserve, MacDill AFB

Randy Smith, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies, Inc.

Wayne Taylor, Managing Partner, EKS Security Services, LLC

Lucy Terrill, Assistant Manager, Financial Analysis, Mosaic

Craig Urquhart, Executive Vice President,  Employee Benefits, HUB International, Florida

Jennifer Wainman, Advertising & Communications Manager, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment-Busch Gardens

Gail Wean, Chief Financial Officer, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Barb Zant, Sales Manager, WTSP/Channel 10

Kelly Zarzycki-Andrews, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for each of the 50-60 seats available in each class.

The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and runs through May with members meeting every other week for briefings and seminars. Each Leadership Tampa program brings in top-level business, civic and government leaders for panel discussions and question and answer sessions. Topics covered include healthcare, education, law enforcement, the environment, economic development, government and other important community issues.

For more information on Leadership Tampa, please contact Lorrie Hero at (813) 276-9445 or at

Ribbon Cutting – Florida Hospital Centra Care Grand Opening

The Chamber would like to congratulate Florida Hospital Centra Care who recently celebrated a grand opening. Members interested in having a Chamber ambassador participate in their grand opening should contact Tracy Wilson at 813.276.9464.


Florida Hospital Centra Care is excited to announce the grand opening of their third Tampa location! Serving the South Tampa community at 301 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, open 7 days a week with online no-wait reservations at