2019 Operation Partnership: Civilian Career Day

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Chamber held its’ 2nd part of the 3-part Operation Partnership series, Civilian Career Day on Friday, August 16th. There were 34 transitioning military members paired with 31 different companies throughout the Tampa Bay region. See a full list of the pairings below.

  • CDR John Wilson, Navy paired with Bank of America
  • SFC Kenneth Brown, Army paired with BlueGrace Logistics
  • Zackary Wilkinson, Veteran, Air Force paired with BMS
  • Maj Richard Maidens, Marine Corps paired with CBRE
  • CW3 Gerardo Hernandez, ORD paired with City of Tampa
  • Maj Marvin Jackson, Marine Corps paired with Cushman and Wakefield
  • Joseph Mulder, paired with DTCC
  • Lydia Burt, paired with Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • TSgt Keneisha Nudd, Air Force paired with Game On Nation
  • 1SG Jonathan Brown, Army paired with Greenberg Traurig
  • LTC Eric Lopez, Army paired with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
  • SFC Ebony Harris, Army paired with Hillsborough County Economic Development
  • Maj Michael Chavarria, Air Force paired with Hillsborough County MPO
  • Jamelle Brown, Army paired with Klynergy Massage and Wellness
  • COL Derek Bean, Army paired with Mosaic
  • Lt Col Ryan Anderson, Air Force paired with Northwestern Mutual
  • Lt Col Josh Marcus, Air Force paired with Pepin Distributors
  • CPO Matthew Carleton, Navy paired with Port Tampa Bay
  • Aleksandra Johnston, Press PR + Marketing
  • LTC Earl Brown, Army paired with Prime Group
  • Lt Col David Linton, Air Force paired with Southwest
  • Angela Parker paired with Sparxoo
  • CDR Jeffery Johnson, Navy paired with Strategic Property Partners
  • CDR Douglas Thien, Navy paired with Tampa International Airport
  • MSG Leo Rodriguez, Army paired with TECO
  • CAPT John Sager, Navy paired with TECO
  • PO1 Shandez Windley, Navy paired with TECO
  • MAJ Glandis Williams, Army paired with TECO
  • MAJ Kendrick Williams, Army paired with Tampa General Hospital
  • PO1 Joseph Haffty, Navy paired with The University Club
  • MSG Luis Diaz, Army paired with Tomlin St. Cyr Real Estate Services
  • LTC Greta Bennett, Army paired with USAA
  • Col Chris Goad, Air Force paired with USAA
  • Col Armando Fiterre, Air Force paired with Verizon

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  • Alera Group has acquired Comprehensive Benefits Administrators.
  • Bradley attorney’s in Tampa listed in 2020 ‘The Best Lawyers in America.’
  • CenterState Bank’s Hillsborough County Market recently welcomed 15 new Advisory Board Members.
  • Cristo Rey Tampa High School announces new president, Scott Morreale, effective August 19th, 2019.
  • The Henry B. Plant Museum is pleased to present a new season of Upstairs Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel starting September 1st.
  • Elevate founder and president, Aakash Patel, will be honored as Businessman of the Year by the Indo-US Chamber.
  • The Outback Bowl is offering a limited time ticket pre-sale from August 23rd to August 27th with code 20OUTBACK.
  • Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay‘s application for the 2020 Fast Pitch is now open; application can be found here.

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Confessions of LTA: Pat Moser

Tell us, why LTA?

Leadership Tampa Alumni brings together a group of individuals who shared similar experiences during their time with the Leadership Tampa program. Although years apart in many cases, the involvement in the LT program brings about a kinship unlike no other. LTA allows us to nurture that kinship.

For you, what separates LTA from other business leadership programs?

LTA not only provides a platform for this kinship to thrive but also provides many opportunities for its members to stay engaged, continue to learn, and give back to the community in so many different ways. Programs such as LT 2.0 Back on the Bus, for instance, is just one platform for LTA members to continue to learn. There are many opportunities to serve in leadership roles with LTA and the Tampa Chamber, and a wide range of amazing community outreach activities available for all LTA members.

Describe a time when the LTA experience impacted your life or career?

Some of my best experiences with LTA have been through community outreach activities. Whether providing support to our local schools through supply drives, assisting in beautifying spaces for local non-profits, preparing food for those in need or those suffering, or helping to educate those in our community, LTA makes a huge impact through its outreach efforts. It sounds cliché but these opportunities mean as much to me as they do to the recipients, and LTA makes it possible for all of us to touch so many people.

What is a LTA benefit you wish everyone knew about?

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of LTA membership is the bond with other LTA members and the connections formed over the years. While we hear proclamations of “the best class ever”, I feel it is even more appropriate to say LTA — Best Alumni Organization Ever!

Describe how the leadership journey will continue to shape you?

When I was offered the chance to apply for the Leadership Tampa program in May 2007, I was no doubt honored, excited and a little bit nervous at the time, but I had no idea how much LT would impact my life beyond the program itself. I gained knowledge that I am able to carry with me throughout my life, formed amazing friendships that continue to thrive, and my desire and commitment to give back to the community is directly related to what I experienced in Leadership Tampa and what I continue to experience through my involvement in Leadership Tampa Alumni.

LTA; Hooper: Butler partners with Hillsborough Schools to launch CEOs in Schools program

For three years, Vistra CEO Brian Butler lent counsel to the faculty and staff of Mort Elementary School. Now he’s trying to help other business leaders make a difference.

He witnessed teachers filling their classrooms with energy and enthusiasm.
He observed administrators as they pushed to find solutions.
He watched with admiration as then-Mort Elementary principal Woodland Johnson took on the challenge of leading one of the Hillsborough district’s achievement schools.
For three years, Vistra CEO Brian Butler lent counsel to the faculty and staff as part of the Council for Educational Change’s PASS (Partnership to Advance School Success) program, an effort that pairs business leaders with principals.
Butler, however, limited his school visits to 60-minute blocks. As he drove back to his nearby Lutz office after one particular visit, he wondered how he could do more, give more.
“I got involved in the community school model,” said Butler, Leadership Tampa Class of 2016 graduate. “But I wasn’t getting the full picture because I was in and out.”
Finally, he asked Johnson if he could spend an entire day at the school, immersing himself in all of its operations. His 10-hour sojourn at Mort introduced him to all facets, from security personnel to cafeteria staff.
“I went in thinking about the students but realized the teachers were trying to learn from me about my business perspective, my weekly meetings with staff, my planning sessions with clients.
“I started asking about the other aspects of the school that are just as important.”
He discovered his business acumen could help with a host of processes and efficiencies. And he realized a team of CEOs could do even more.
So, in partnership with the Hillsborough School District, Butler has launched CEOs in Schools. CEOs will attend a one-hour reception and a one-hour meeting with their principals before spending an entire day immersing themselves in the school day on Oct. 18. The idea is to help principals create greater efficiencies and develop different models.
“They can simply be mentors to teachers, administrators, and the principal,” Butler said. “It’s all about helping kids have the same educational opportunities, regardless of where they live in the county.” CEOs can register online at 1DayofChange.com.
I really appreciate Butler’s effort. This effort focuses on a single day, but it could lead to long-lasting relationships between the CEOs and the principals: a win-win for both sides.
Any initiative that helps the community rally around its school deserves support.
That’s all I’m saying.
Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2019 Newsletter/Annual Review Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you

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  • Bradley attorney Jennifer Galloway has been accepted into the inaugural ABA Business Law Section Leadership Academy.
  • BrandMinded Digital Marketing won a 2019 Platinum dotCOMM award for social media and content marketing.
  • Carlton Fields has five lawyers who have earned board certification from The Florida Bar.
  • Gunster ranks on Florida Trend’s 2019 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list for the 3rd consecutive year.
  • Memorial Hospital of Tampa introduced its’ newest robot: the MAKO.
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP‘s Brett M. Henson receives board certification in construction law.
  • SME Solutions Group‘s CEO, Chris Moyer, was named as University of South Florida’s Chair for the Information Systems Decisions Sciences Industry (ISDS) Advisory Board.

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