Chamber Announces Leadership Tampa Class of 2012 Graduates

Leadership Tampa, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development program, is proud to announce the graduates of the Class of 2012. The graduates were honored at a commencement dinner on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Lilly Ho-Pehling chaired this year’s class, which participated in nine months of biweekly educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders on topics ranging from economic development and education to health sciences and sports.

The graduates of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2012 include:

Jacalin Ascough, PNC Bank
Joseph Bachman, Fifth Third Bank
Chad Barba, KPMG LLP
Michael Blasco, 352 Media Group
Ian Brown, Manhattan Kraft Construction, Inc.
Joshua Bullock, Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Campbell, The Beck Group
Allison Carr, AC Advertising Specialties
Mark Colvenbach, The University of Tampa
Sarah Combs, University Area Community Development Corp.
Scott Cox, Cox Fire Protection, Inc.
Tammy Criollo, Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.
April Diemer, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc.
Tracie Domino, Security Point Media
Cyndee Ann Dornblaser, CPSM, Dornblaser Marketing Resources
Alissa Ellison, GrayRobinson, P.A.
Julio Esquivel, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Carl Gillert, Syniverse Technologies, Inc.
Brady Harris, Batson-Cook Company
Brian Hendricks, Bank of America
Tyler Hill, Hill, Ward & Henderson, PA
Vivian Cortes Hodz, Cortes Hodz Family Law & Mediation, P.A.
Kyle Keith, PNC Bank
T.J. King, CFP, Raymond James
Stephanie Koch, PHR, Tampa Armature Works, Inc.
Amie Lonas, Joint Special Operations University
Drew Marshall, Corporate Interiors, Inc.
Patrick Messerli, Grant Thornton LLP
KC Misemer, Whitney National Bank
John Mullen, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Jennifer Murphy, SunTrust Bank
Denise Muth, Skanska USA Building Inc.
Jeffery Olender, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP
Pavla Ozkul, USF College of Business
Aakash Patel, Elevate
Gary Peric, Crowe Horwath LLP
Chuck Peterson, Caspers Company | McDonald’s Restaurants
Jib Reagan, Saint Leo University
John Redd II, D.M.D, John L. Redd II D.M.D., Pa
Darren Richards, Tucker/Hall, Inc.
Jarett Rieger, Moffitt Cancer Center
Jennifer Roeper, Fowler White Boggs PA
Punit Shah, Liberty Group of Companies
Kelley Sims, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Foundation, Inc.
Kareem Spratling, Broad and Cassel
Kevin Sturgill, TECO Energy, Inc.
Timm Sweeney, SIL Group
Thomas Szubka, City of Tampa
Kimberly Thresher, Thresher, P.A.
Louis Ursini, III, Adams and Reese LLP
Michael Wiemer, AACSB International
Chris Williams, Camden Property Trust
India Waller Witte, USF Foundation, Inc.
Michael Worrall, Busch Gardens & Adventure Island
Christy Young, John Hancock Financial Network

Members of Leadership Tampa are business professionals who hold mid- to upper-level management positions. In addition, they have demonstrated concern for community issues and have been active volunteers in service organizations. The selection process is rigorous and requires review by an appointed selection committee. Many graduates of the program have gone on to take expanded leadership roles in the community as well as in their own organizations.

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. The Chamber is accepting applications for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2013, the submission deadline is May 22.

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

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