Member Highlights: Nov. 3 – 7

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Member News

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Launches Hotline for Veterans (1-844-MYFLVET)

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has launched a new toll-free hotline in conjunction with the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs (FDVA) to assist Tampa Bay area veterans.

The new initiative is called the Florida Veterans Support Line. The Tampa Bay area has one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for behavioral health and other intensive services in Florida to provide the assistance that veterans need.

By calling 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838), veterans in the 5 county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties will speak with a peer, a fellow veteran who has experienced the difficulty of transitioning from military to civilian life.

The volunteers and staff answering the Florida Veterans Support Line have been trained to assess the veteran’s need and will be able to provide immediate emotional support; and referrals to VA-funded services and hundreds of other community-based programs.

The Florida Veterans Support Line will be staffed by veterans from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours and on weekends, calls will be answered by crisis specialists in the Crisis Center’s 2-1-1 call center.

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Lazydays Salutes Military Heroes during “Military Appreciation” Month

Lazydays, the RV Authority, has announced it will launch a “Military Appreciation” fundraiser in both the Tampa and Tucson locations. The month-long November initiative
will support distinct military charities in each city, both designed to provide assistance to families of U.S. service men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. In addition to the fundraiser, there will be special savings for all Lazydays customers and discounts for all active and veteran military throughout the month.

In Tampa, the funds raised will benefit Operation Helping Hand (Op HH), a local non-profit organization founded in 2004 to provide assistance and support wounded and injured active duty military being treated at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, and their families. Active duty military are transferred from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda National Naval Medical Center or from one of many other military medical centers to the Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa. They arrive with injuries such as blindness, amputations, blast injuries, burns, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Funds will be raised and donated in two ways:

  1. $50 for every RV sold in the month of November will go directly to the local charities in each city
  2. $1 per each new fan (like) on Facebook (up to $2000) will be donated and divided between both charities

In addition to the fundraising campaign, Lazydays will also offer special pricing discounts to active and veteran military throughout the month of November. The discounts include: 20% off service labor and parts (Tampa and Tucson), 50% off campsite at Lazydays Campground in Tampa and 20% off Lazydays Store purchases (Tampa and Tucson). All Lazydays customers will also enjoy special savings throughout the month of November in honor of Military Appreciation Month.

For more information on how you can contribute to the Military Appreciation Month, please visit: or

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The Joint…the chiropractic place® Comes to South Tampa Palma Ceia

The Joint…the chiropractic place® has announced a new clinic will open at 3409 West Bay to Bay Blvd., Unit B, Tampa, FL 33629. A grand opening event with ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 14. Free adjustments will be available for new patients on Nov. 14 and 15 from 10:00 a.m. to close on both days. Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Read more…

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Port Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Business Journal Host Seminar to Discuss Global Trade and Transportation Issues

Panel 1: Tony Carvajal, Florida Chamber Foundation, moderator; Rich Biter, assistant secretary, FDOT; Joe Lopano, CEO; Tampa International Airport; Sandy Murman, Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners; and Paul Anderson, president & CEO, Port Tampa Bay, discuss business development and making Tampa more of a global trade hub. Panel 2: Alice Ancona, Florida Chamber of Commerce, moderator; Fernando Fondevila, Copa Airlines; Bob O’Malley, CSX; Luis Campano, Jerue Companies; and Doug Coultas, Bank of America Leasing and Capital, LLC, discuss opportunities to benefit Florida trade and transportation on a global scale.  (Photos by A. Fobes)

Panel 1: Tony Carvajal, Florida Chamber Foundation, moderator; Rich Biter, assistant secretary, FDOT; Joe Lopano, CEO; Tampa International Airport; Sandy Murman, Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners; and Paul Anderson, president & CEO, Port Tampa Bay, discuss business development and making Tampa more of a global trade hub. Panel 2: Alice Ancona, Florida Chamber of Commerce, moderator; Fernando Fondevila, Copa Airlines; Bob O’Malley, CSX; Luis Campano, Jerue Companies; and Doug Coultas, Bank of America Leasing and Capital, LLC, discuss opportunities to benefit Florida trade and transportation on a global scale. (Photos by A. Fobes)

Port Tampa Bay and partner Tampa Bay Business Journal today co-hosted a seminar at the port’s Cruise Terminal 3, to discuss Florida’s major trade and transportation issues, featuring an expert panel of some of the area’s heavy hitters in the field, representing all major modes of transportation. The event was attended by more than 200 of the region’s economic and business leaders who have a stake in the progression of Florida’s international business sector.

Presented by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, the event was opened with enthusiastic welcoming remarks by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Doug Davidson, market executive with Bank of America. Read more…

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes Norwegian Sun to Home Port for 2014-15 Cruise Season


Pictured, L to R: The 78,309 ton Norwegian Sun sits docked at Port Tampa Bay’s Cruise Terminal 3. The cruise ship will home port in Tampa for the busy 2014-15 winter cruise season. Greg Lovelace, Port Tampa Bay director of cargo and cruise marketing, presents commemorative plaque to welcome the Captain Ronny Borg and crew of Norwegian Sun, Sunday November 2.

Port Tampa Bay officials welcomed the Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Sun to Tampa during a plaque exchange ceremony Sunday, November 2, commemorating the ship’s inaugural call in Tampa, as well as the start of the busy 2014-2015 winter cruise season.  Norwegian Sun replaces Norwegian Dawn, as Norwegian’s third home ported ship at Port Tampa Bay.  The 1936-passenger Norwegian Sun is sailing a series of seven-day Western Caribbean cruises with stops in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; along with two relaxing days at sea.   The ship has a gross tonnage weight of 78,309 tons, length of 848 feet, and crew size of 953. Read more…

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Tune in as Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors Shares an Interior Designer’s Recipe for the Perfect Holiday Table

Mark Your Calendars and Tune In:

ABC/Channel 11, Weekend Planner TV Show, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9 a.m. Topic: “Interior Designer’s Recipe for the Perfect Holiday Table!”

Tampa Bay 10, Studio 10 TV Show/Channel 10, Tuesday, November 18, 2015 at 9 a.m. Topic: “Interior Designer’s Recipe for the Perfect Holiday Table!”

Stay Tuned for Channel 8 appearance…coming soon!

Chamber Members…OPEN HOUSE…Join us every Friday from 10 am to 4 pm in our Design Center. Purchase one-of-a kind items, furniture, paintings, and more for your Holiday Gifts…10% Discount for Chamber Members.

Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors
5118 N. 56th Street, Suite #114    Tampa 33610 (813) 244.1181

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Absolute Mobile Solutions Adds a Fresh Coat of Design to Paint Your Heart Out Tampa’s Brand with New Website

For non-profits, staying in front of philanthropic audiences and gathering the volunteers necessary to advance your mission is critical. There are many wonderful organizations with a presence in our community and promoting your brand to stand out above others often means utilizing digital tools to make it accessible to the widest audience possible. Paint Your Heart Out Tampa (PYHOT), a program in which citizens volunteer to paint the homes of the elderly and physically disabled, recognized the need to better show off the amazing work they’ve done over the past 26 years while better connecting with the sponsors and volunteers that drive the organization.

To do this, Paint Your Heart Out Tampa partnered with Absolute Mobile Solutions, a Tampa digital marketing agency that specializes in responsive website design and mobile applications, to produce a dynamic, easy-to-use website that showcases past projects and accomplishments to potential  volunteers and donors. Read more…

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 Member Events

Webster University St. Pete Hosts Open House Nov. 10

Do you know anyone interested in furthering their education beyond a bachelors? If so, the Webster University St. Petersburg campus will be hosting an Open House on November 10th at 5:30 p.m. Potential students will get the latest information about the University’s degree programs and campus life. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is looking for upward mobility within their company, or, the next challenge in their life. Therefore, make sure to tell your friends and family about this great educational opportunity.

Joel T. Hornes M.P.M – Community Relations Coordinator- Webster University St. Petersburg Campus | 11201 Corporate Circle North Ste. 140, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Phone# 727-570-9300 /Fax# 727-570-9303

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Saint Leo University Celebrates 125th Anniversary during Founder’s Week November 10 – 14


This year marks a major milestone for Saint Leo University. It was 125 years ago that the university was founded. In 1889, monks from Maryhelp Abbey in North Carolina received 36 acres on Lake Jovita in San Antonio, FL, to found an abbey and a Benedictine college. Earlier that same year, Benedictine nuns founded Holy Name Convent and Academy.

During Founders Week, November 10 to 14, Saint Leo University will commemorate its 125th anniversary by thanking the monks, sisters, Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, business partners, and community for their valuable contributions.

Today, Saint Leo University enrolls students at the traditional University Campus minutes north of Tampa, and at more than 40 education locations including Channelside, and through our nationally recognized Center for Online Learning. Saint Leo University ranks as one of the nation’s leading providers of higher education for active duty military and veterans.

Happy 125th Birthday Saint Leo University!

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HCC’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education Hosts Fall Fashion Show Event at the Straz Center November 13

HCC’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education is hosting a Fall Fashion Show Event at the Straz Center on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come out to support the launch of HCC’s Women’s Institute and enjoy a wonderful evening of fashion, food, drinks, entertainment and of course, fun. Click here to purchase tickets or visit  Once there, click on the Personal Enrichment tab and Women’s Institute. Tickets are $35.00.

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Society of Emotional Intelligence holds its Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach certification on December 10-13

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VetCor Services Hosts Lunch and Learn on Hiring Veterans November 14

Join VetCor Services for a Lunch and Learn designed for all industries in the Tampa Bay Community. CEO, Paul Huszar, P.E., will host The Value of a Veteran: a discussion on the process of hiring Veterans, and how doing so benefits the community as well as your company. He will be followed by Scott Walden, Director of Operations who will lead the certified continuing education class – The Science of Applied Structural Drying.   You are welcome to participate in one or both of the presentations as your schedules allow.

We’ll start the event with lunch provided by Cool Mo’s, a veteran owned café.  Seats are limited. Please RSVP with Business Development Manager, Valerie Ellis at or 813-283-8789.

Click here to view the event flyer!

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Dale Carnegie Training Presents Half-Day Leadership Coaching Seminar, November 14

Coaching Seminar - Dale Carnegie Nov  14

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Troy University Tampa Bay Veterans Day Social

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Troy University Tampa Bay Hosts Open House and Application Fee Waiver Day on November 20

Troy University’s Tampa Bay site will be having an Open House on November 20th, 2014, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Come and talk to our staff, faculty and alumni, and learn how to obtain an application fee waiver. You must apply on November 20th to receive the waived application fee, and if you cannot make it to the site during our Open House contact one of our recruiter’s for directions on how to obtain the waiver. Call 813-835-6220 or e-mail to be directed to the correct recruiter. Your application will remain in the Troy University system for one year. Take advantage of this opportunity, and begin your journey to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree today.\

Click here to register.

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 New Hires & Promotions

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners Names Trevor Baldwin Partner

Trevor-Baldwin-150x200Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Baldwin to Partner. Trevor has made significant contributions to the firm, earning his spot alongside Lowry Baldwin, Laura Sherman and Elizabeth Krystyn as they run one of the fastest-growing private insurance firms in the country.

Trevor’s background is in investing and working with companies to strategically shape their goals and success. At BKS-Partners, Trevor is responsible for the firm’s business analytics and acquisition strategy as well as financial reporting, including accounting and tax. As managing director of the commercial risk management group and financial institution practice group, Trevor leads the business units’ operations and business development strategies.

Trevor Baldwin may be reached at 813.987.6838 or

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Returns to Private Practice, Joins Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt welcomes John “Jack” Clabby to the firm as Of Counsel in Tampa. He practices in the Business Litigation section of the firm’s National Trial Practice Group.

Clabby_Jack Clabby concentrates his practice on defending companies, executives, and directors in shareholder class actions and derivative suits, government investigations, and other high-stakes litigation alleging corporate and commercial wrongdoing.

He joins the firm after four years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey where he investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes, including financial, mortgage, and tax fraud.  As a national security AUSA, Clabby prosecuted violations of the U.S. export-control laws and defense procurement fraud, on matters involving high-technology military hardware. Clabby also served as the sole Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (“CHIP”) prosecutor for Southern New Jersey, where he advised other prosecutors on investigative techniques for computers, websites, and other electronic evidence.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Clabby was a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, D.C. where he represented companies and executives in securities litigation, high-dollar contract disputes, and government investigations. He worked on headline matters impacting the mortgage industry, pharmaceutical companies, and government contractors.

Stephanie E. Ambs Joins Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s National Trial Practice, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is pleased to announce that Stephanie E. Ambs joined the firm in Tampa as an associate. She practices in the firm’s National Trial Practice, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section.

Ambs’ practice includes complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. She represents creditors, debtors, and equity interests in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, defendants and plaintiffs in commercial and insolvency litigation in state and federal court, and assignees and creditors in state court proceedings.

Previously she was an associate at Smith Hulsey & Busey in Jacksonville, Florida. In the summer of 2010 she served as a judicial extern to Judges Arthur B. Briskman and Karen S. Jennemann in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ambs earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. While in law school she was a member of the Florida Journal of International Law and she served as a teaching assistant for the course “Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy.” She received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Florida.

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