Member Highlights: October 6 – 10, 2014

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Fisher & Phillips Transitions Leadership to Steve Bernstein

National labor and employment law firm Fisher & 32482_ImagePhillips LLP announces that Steve Bernstein has resumed his role as managing partner of the firm’s Tampa office. He previously served as managing partner from 2008 to 2011.

The change is part of a planned leadership rotation. Bernstein assumes the role following Christine Howard’s three-year term as managing partner. Tampa is one of several Fisher & Phillips offices that incorporate a rotational leadership structure. Howard looks forward to continuing her role as a key partner in the Tampa office, collaborating with her clients to resolve complex employment challenges.

Bernstein helped build the firm’s labor practice and grow the Tampa office. Over the past 20 years, he has maintained a traditional labor practice, representing employers throughout the United States. He has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers, selected for The Best Lawyers in America and listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Bernstein is active in the community. He’s currently serving as Legal Counsel to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys.

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BKS-Partners Tampa Expansion Supports Growth and Culture

Unprecedented growth in business and colleagues has enabled BKS-Partners to greatly expand their Tampa presence. The BKS-Partners office, located at 4010 W. Boy Scout Blvd, added seven thousand square feet and underwent major structural and design changes to provide a more synergistic space to make room for future colleagues. The renovations included moving to a new floor and incorporating the BKS-Partners brand throughout. “Having a facility that encourages health and wellness in addition to creativity and productivity integrates our brand and BKS Vitality™, which is our colleague and client wellness program,” said Dr. Patricia Fuller, Director of Wellness Engineering at BKS-Partners.

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C1 Bank Hosts Community Networking Event

On Wednesday, October 1st, C1 Bank – Franklin Street Office, hosted a networking event to introduce community members to their great team! The event included a lunch to celebrate their current clients and welcome new ones. For more info on C1 Bank or their New Account Bonus Program, visit their website at https://www.c1bank.com/

Photos by Jeremy Scott | http://www.jeremyscottphoto.com/

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All Children’s Hospital Patients Attend Special Homecoming Dance

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine patients with life-limiting illnesses will attend a special homecoming dance this weekend. This is the second year All Children’s Hospital will host the event for patients who are unable to attend their own school dance – or simply feel too nervous or uncomfortable to go. More than 50 kids diagnosed with anything from a complex heart condition to cancer are expected to attend the dance this year.

Before the kids head off for the big event, they will be treated to a day of style, complete with salon services including hair and makeup. Last month, patients and their guests geared up for the dance at a dress shopping event where they searched through hundreds of donated dresses, suits and accessories to find the perfect attire for the big day. Hundreds of employees and members of the community made the entire event possible by donating items including decorations, dresses, suits, shoes, accessories and salon services.

View a video and article from the 2013 homecoming dance

WHAT: All Children’s Hospital Day of Style and Homecoming Event

 WHEN/WHEN:  Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day of Style – group of girls treated to hair and makeup services between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center – 1st floor, 601 5th Street South, St. Petersburg

 Homecoming Dance – guests arrive at 6:30 p.m.

All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center – 701 4th Street South, St. Petersburg

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Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries’ 13th Annual Anchor Ball a Success

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Port Director & CEO Paul Anderson stands with Joan Steinbrenner, Jenny Steinbrenner Swindal and Steve Finnesy, of Tampa Port Ministries

Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries are pleased to report the success of the 13th Annual Anchor Ball, held Saturday night, to support the Seafarers’ Center and Tampa Port Ministries, providing essential services to crew members from all over the world, who sail into Port Tampa Bay on cargo ships.

With an attendance of about 250, a key highlight of this year’s ball was honoring the late George Steinbrenner with the coveted Captain James McKay Port Achievement Award and providing the first-ever scholarship in Steinbrenner’s name, to a deserving high school graduate of the Hillsborough County School District’s new maritime studies program.  The new scholarship program was launched by the port, the Tampa Propeller Club and Tampa Port Ministries, while the maritime curriculum at selected high schools was championed by the local Tampa Propeller Club chapter, working closely with the school district. Read more…

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FORTUNE & GREAT RATED! Name Convergence Consulting Group the ‘Google of Small Technology Companies’

Convergence Consulting Group (CCG) was named in Fortune Magazine as one of the top 20 technology workplaces, as decided by employees themselves.

CCG and the other 19 winning companies were selected based on the average scores of nearly 50,000 employees who were surveyed using the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work®’s employee assessment survey. Great Rated!™ People’s Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Technology marks the first published list since the official launch of Great Rated!™, the site that gives job seekers the inside scoop on companies and their cultures.

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Nova Southeastern University Tampa Hosts Hispanic Heritage Night October 10

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.

Where: Nova Southeastern University Tampa Campus

3632 Queen Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619

When: Friday, October 10, 2014 | 6pm-8pm

Cost: Free and open to the public

RSVP: www.nova.edu/tampa or 813-574-5200

Tampa Night of Hispanic Heritage

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The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event, March 9-15, 2015

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The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event, will be held for the 15th time March 9-15, 2015 as John Senden defends his title against one of the year’s best fields. The tournament, once held in the fall, has been a prime event on the Florida Swing each March since 2007.

The 2015 tournament will feature expanded spectator areas including a larger area for children, more engaging activities and new hospitality opportunities. The tournament has raised more than $32 million for charity over the years.  Major charitable recipients include Habitat for Humanity and The First Tee.

Tickets go on sale November 3 at ValsparChampionship.com.

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Explore Nursing at the Utica College Informational Meeting October 20

COME EXPLORE NURSING 2

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Save the Date for the Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market November 7-9

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Visit http://holidaygiftmarket.org/ for more information.

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All Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Host Teen Chili Cook-Off Challenge

All Children’s Hospital will hold its 2nd annual Teen Chili Cook-off Challenge in partnership with Kohl’s Cares as a part of the Kohl’s Cooks for Kids program. Dozens of local teens will chop, season and simmer their way through this competition in hopes of taking home an award for the best healthy chili recipe. The Teen Chili Cook-off Challenge is being held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue’s 25th annual fire prevention block party.

A panel of judges, including City of St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, Sarah Krieger, Fit4AllTeens and Fit4Allkids nutrition instructor and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the firefighters from St. Pete Fire and Rescue. The team with the highest score will take home the top prize – an opportunity to cook their recipe for local firefighters and a behind-the-scenes tour of the fire house.

Associates from several Tampa Bay area Kohl’s department stores will also attend and present a check to All Children’s Hospital. Since 2006, Kohl’s Cares has donated more than $1.2 million to All Children’s Hospital. The Kohl’s Cares donation supports the Kohl’s Cooks for Kids family cooking classes, the free “Yum Yum! Let’s Make Some!” cookbook and community events such as the Teen Chili Cook-off Challenge. Each of the activities provide young chefs with fun and healthy opportunities to focus on good nutrition and working together in the kitchen in hopes that when kids are involved in the food preparation process, they are more likely to make healthy choices.

WHAT: Teen Chili Cook-Off Challenge

WHEN:  Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (cook-off starts at 11 a.m., tastings are at 12:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Northwest Park, 5801 22nd Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL

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