Member Highlights: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

Member Events

Member Accolades

Member News

New Board Leadership at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

At their September meeting on Wednesday, September 24, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors announced changes and additions to their ranks.

  • Gary S. Weisman, Attorney at Law, P.L., succeeds Timothy W. Traud, VP Finance/Division CFO – Industrial & Energy and Defense & Aerospace of Jabil, as board Chairperson.
  • Tanya Hillary, Vice President, Member & Provider Communications of WellCare, has been elected Vice Chairperson.
  • Jamie Kingman, Creative Founder of The Klingman Group, has been elected Secretary.
  • Christopher Rogers, Global Vice President, Information Technology of Sykes Enterprises, was elected as a new board member.

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Tindale Oliver Introduces New Corporate Brand and Mission

New Tindale Oliver Logo

Tindale Oliver, a planning, design, and engineering firm headquartered in Tampa, is pleased to announce a new corporate brand and mission. Reflecting the recent expansion and growth of the company as well as an enhanced vision for the future, the rebranding was launched to coincide with the firm’s 25th anniversary and features a fresher and more modern logo, a redefined mission, a more comprehensive website, and new client materials. The company name also has been adapted to Tindale Oliver (previously Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc.).

“After 25 years of dedicated service to the planning, design, and engineering industries, Tindale Oliver has grown to become a leader in providing great insights and greater outcomes for our clients across the country,” said Steve Tindale, CEO and founder. “The continued confidence our clients have in our capabilities and results has allowed us to grow and prosper. We are enthusiastic about having a new brand and mission that reflect our renewed sense of purpose and commitment, and we look forward to the coming years.”

The rebranding process, led by the Tampa design firm of Schifino Lee, took a year to complete and included input from employees and clients across the U.S.

Since 1989, Tindale Oliver has provided industry-leading transportation, community planning and design, transit, and public finance solutions to public and private clients throughout the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Tindale Oliver also has offices in Orlando, Bartow, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, and Seattle.

Please visit to view the new brand and mission.

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iTrekkers’ Share Your Trek Photo Contest – Enter for a Chance to Win!

iTrekkers is sponsoring our first Share Your Trek! Photo contest. Share your most memorable or exciting fishing experience for a chance to win! The PHOTO receiving the most votes will have the opportunity to experience iTrekkers for FREEClick here for contest details.

itrekkers SHARE YOUR TREK contest

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Hiring – Internet Marketing Specialist & Social Media Specialist

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hiring for an Internet Marketing Specialist. Under the direction of the Public Relations Manager, the Internet Marketing Specialist will develop and execute digital-based marketing strategies and initiatives to support the property and brand that will complement public relations plans. Click here for more info on the position description and to apply.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hiring for a Social Media Specialist. Reporting to the Public Relations Manager, the position’s primary responsibilities are to lead to all social media marketing efforts such as, but not limited to, research, strategy and implementation of emerging forms of digital media, social media, mobile communications and paid online advertising. Work alongside the sales, PR and advertising team members. The social media specialist coordinates tactics for appealing to guests, traditional and new media groups and community relations movers and shakers. Click here for more info on the position description and to apply.

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Laser Spine Institute Announces New Community Initiative with Tampa Bay Lightning

As a valued partner of Laser Spine Institute, we’d like to invite you to attend our media event announcing our new community initiative alongside our Tampa Bay Lightning partners. Our President & COO Dotty Bollinger will open the event on the ice in the Amalie arena promptly at 11:30 am for the special unveiling of our community project and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will also give remarks. Our guests will include children from  Metropolitan Ministries, media and other community members.

Where: Inside Amalie Arena:

401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602

When: Plan to be there at 11:15 am on Oct. 2.

Why: Support Laser Spine Institute’s major community initiative and STICK IT TO HUNGER!

Parking: Please park in the silver lot and enter through the Lexus Lounge.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Julie Borm, Director of Marketing Communications, at

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Member Events

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts Kick-Off Party in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 3rd
#MakeItPink kickoff party to commemorate the start of PINKTOBER® and to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Free Cover, $5 Suggested Donation. Wear pink attire and get free Hard Rock PINKTOBER® Sunglasses! $50 donation or more gets you a limited edition PINKTOBER® pin, 21 & up.

Friday, October 3 – 9 p.m. Pinktober

Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

The Hard Rock Cafe will be transformed for PINKTOBER® #MakeItPink Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts. The room will be decorated with pink décor and team members will be dressed in pink attire to support the cause. Local band Mek will perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Check out what’s going on throughout the hotel & casino all month long: PINKTOBER® at Seminole Hard Rock

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Nova Southeastern University Tampa Hosts Hispanic Heritage Night, Open House & Career Fair in Month of October

Night of Hispanic & Latin Heritage

Join us as we welcome guest speakers from Latin America including author, historian, and researcher, Wallace Reyes, Ph.D. Dr. Reyes will share insights from his latest book and will offer participants the opportunity to partake in a walking tour through historic Ybor City the following day. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP: or 813-574-5200

Tampa Night of Hispanic Heritage

 Open House

Advance your career with a degree from a respected, acclaimed university close to home.  Nova Southeastern University offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs taught by faculty with real world experience. Our flexible formats work with your schedule and allow you to earn your Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist or Doctoral degree onsite or online.

 RSVP: or 813-574-5200

 Career Fair

Positions in management, health care, sales/marketing, finance, and more.  Companies include Laser Spine Institute, Hillsborough County, GEICO, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and more.

For more information please call 813-574-5200

11x17 Career Fair--NSU Tampa Fall2014

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Monuments Men Author to Speak at Saint Leo University October 21

Robert Edsel, the author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, will speak at Saint Leo University at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, to kick off the University Speaker Series for 2014-2015. The book was the basis for the popular film directed by George Clooney. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.

Robert Edsel

Robert Edsel

The presentation will take place in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52 in the east Pasco County town of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Parking is available in surface lots and in the campus garage.

Mr. Edsel’s book is a nonfiction account of a special World War II military unit that saved European art treasures from Nazi looting. Publisher’s Weekly said in a review: “The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss.” Mr. Edsel is also the author of the nonfiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. He is the co-producer of the documentary film The Rape of Europa, and founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. He was formerly a nationally ranked tennis player and a successful entrepreneur in the oil and gasoline exploration industry.

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Florida Export Series to help grow export market

With the largest port in the state of Florida, Tampa is the perfect place to break into the international market. The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida will present the Florida Export Series for local entrepreneurs who want to break into the export market, beginning October 7 at Port Tampa Bay.

The Series is comprised of three sessions:

  • Introduction to International Trade (October 7) – Export readiness, market selection and research, payment methods and financing
  • Dealing with the Export Market (October 14) – A short course on the international business culture. Topics include: understanding cultural differences, customary etiquette, protocol, communicating across cultures, gift giving and dealing with interpreters.
  • Export Documentation and Compliance (October 21) – Topics include: harmonized codes, free trade agreements, licensing and compliance with U.S. government agencies, export documentation and INCOTERMS.

Speakers include Selma Canas and Eileen Rodriguez, both NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals. Cost is $120 for entire series. Online registration required at

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Join Patina Solutions at the Encore Tampa Bay Town Hall October 21

As a member of the Tampa Bay business community, we invite you to join us at a town hall event hosted by Encore Tampa Bay. At the event, Mike Harris, founder and CEO of Patina Solutions, will share his story of launching a company dedicated to helping businesses better utilize the skills of professionals with 25+ years of experience.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn about new trends that are redefining work for talented, senior professionals. Since 2008, Patina has been helping organizations get more done and accelerate success. We do this by tapping into our group of Patina Professionals, who are industry veterans with 25+ years of operational experience. The Patina model is highly flexible, collaborative and consultative, enabling companies to get results utilizing only the resources they need, when they need them.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:Feather Sound Country Club, Clearwater, FL
Registration is $20.

Register now at

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Heartbeat International Celebrates 30 Years with ‘A Night of Music’

Our 30th year is shaping up to be our biggest! Please join us on November 8th at the historic Cuban Club in Tampa, FL.

A Night of Music will feature live music from around the world. This event will serve as the kick-off to Heartbeat’s 30th Anniversary. Highlights of this event include:

  • Honor the Henry D. McIntosh Fellows
  • Greet friends from around the world
  • Introduce new friends right here in Tampa Bay

We’re on track to achieve 500 annual implants. Transformational development goals have been set. Dynamic, capacity building partnerships are in the works. We now have the ability to extend our message to media around the world. There’s much to celebrate as we look forward to the next 30 years. Please join us!

Special thanks to Lancet Indemnity for their international musician sponsorship. Purchase tickets and sponsorship packages online:

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Member Accolades

Port Tampa Bay Reports Continued Recognition for Financial Reporting Excellence by GFOA

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce its fourteenth consecutive year of recognition for excellence in financial reporting. The port authority has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2013 fiscal year, from the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

The certificate underscores high standards in the area of governmental accounting and reporting, as well as a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” in its communication methodology.  The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, telling the port authority’s financial story and motivating interested parties to read the comprehensive document.

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Bush Ross, P.A. Shareholder Re-Appointed to Judicial Nominating Commission

009-Andersen(Print)Florida Governor Rick Scott recently announced six appointments to two Judicial Nominating Commissions.  Of those selected, Bush Ross Shareholder Carter Andersen was reappointed to the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.  His term will run from September 10, 2014 to July 1, 2018.

Mr. Andersen’s practice includes civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution settings, including arbitration and mediation.  He regularly handles business, commercial and contract disputes, construction and real estate disputes, employment litigation, professional malpractice matters (defending attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers), trade secret disputes, and other general commercial litigation matters.  Mr. Andersen is also certified as a Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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