Member Highlights: Nov. 10 – 14

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News:

Member Events

Member Accolades

New Hires & Promotions

Member News

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes Carnival Pride to Home Port for 2014-15 Cruise Season


Pictured, L to R: The 88,500 gross ton Carnival Pride docks at Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 2 on Sunday, November 9. Stig Lorentzen , Carnival Pride hotel director; Wade Elliott, VP of marketing, Port Tampa Bay; Captain Alessandro Galotto; and Greg Lovelace, marketing director, Port Tampa Bay, immediately following plaque and gift exchange on board Carnival Pride, Sunday, November 9.

Port Tampa Bay officials welcomed the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Pride to Tampa during a plaque exchange ceremony Sunday, November 9, commemorating the ship’s inaugural call in Tampa, a home port for Carnival since 1994.  Carnival Pride kicked off a winter schedule of seven-day Caribbean cruises from the port, following an extensive $75 million dry dock that added a wide variety of Fun Ship 2.0 innovations, including four spectacular Playlist Productions shows. Read more…

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Cards that Benefit St. Joe’s Kids!

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: Holiday Cards On Sale Now
Customization available
To order visit: or call 813-872-0979
All proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Child Life program.

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iTrekkers Recruits Beta-Trekkers for Free Fishing Excursion

New iTrekkers announcement! We are recruiting Bait-A-Trekkers! What is a Beta-Trekker? They are anglers who love fishing, and have the opportunity to go on an iTrekkers fishing charter for FREE. All you have to do is sign up and follow the Beta-Trekkers guide lines.

You and two friends will go on an iTrekkers fishing charter with the founder, Tom Mulliez! Your fishing charter will be video recorded as an iTrekkers Beta-Trekkers experience. After your awesome fishing excursion is over, and you’ve caught some amazing fish, we ask that you fill out an iTrekkers Review. Follow iTrekkers on our social media channels and sign up for our monthly newsletter through Facebook.

This is a brand new and exciting opportunity for people to enjoy an iTrekkers fishing charter for FREE! All you have to do is follow us on Facebook . You’ll see our “Bait-A-Trekker” button on the left side of our FB page. Click and register to apply!

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  Member Events

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to Host Special Recycling Collections for America Recycles Day

In celebration of America Recycles Day, November 15, 2014, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will hold a festival of recycling-themed activities. This festival features an assortment of recycling collections which will take place at Lowry Park and collection centers throughout Hillsborough County. Residents can clean out their garages and closets and take their recyclables to the below listed locations to be repurposed or recycled.

Click here for a list of recycling collection locations.

Following the recycle drop off, join the America Recycles Day festivities at Lowry Park in Tampa on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This fun filled day of recycling awareness, live music, physical activities and sustainability showcase is family-friendly and will educate and entertain participants on why recycling matters.

For a detailed list of recyclables collected and information on how you can get involved, please contact Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful at or (813) 221-8733.

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Stageworks Theatre Presents the Romantic Comedy Handle With Care Dec. 4 – 21

HANDLE-WITH-CARE2An Israeli woman who doesn’t speak much English is dragged on a U.S. road trip by her feisty grandmother.  In a motel on Christmas Eve, she finds family secrets and long lost loves – and loses a coffin.  And with an inexpert translator from a mixed-faith family, she finds a celebration of the season.

Handle with Care is a celebration. Of life, of lost and found love, and of family.

If you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas or both or neither, you’ll want to make time to celebrate the sharp and warmhearted comedy, Handle With Care.

December 4-21, 2014
Thu, Fri & Sat at 8 pm
Sun at 3 pm

$25 senior/military/group
$15 student

Thursday, December 4 – Preview Night  $15
Friday, December 5 – Opening Night Celebration $40, enjoy meeting the artists and pre-show entertainment with a complimentary champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres and a post performance discussion with the cast and director.

For tickets 813-374-2416 or

Starring Georgina McKee, Edward Gomez, Brandon Shea and Midge Mamatas
Directed by Jimmy Kontos

Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District
1120 East Kennedy Blvd
First floor of Grand Central West
Covered Parking in the West Garage – Parking Validated

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 Member Accolades

Fisher & Phillips Named “Law Firm of the Year”

Fisher & Phillips LLP announced on Nov. 3 that the law firm has been named 2015 “Law Firm of the Year” for Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm’s Tampa office also received “First-Tier Ranking” for Employment Law, Labor Law and Labor and Employment Litigation.

Twenty-one of the firm’s offices nationally received “Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings” for Employment Law, Labor Law, Employee Benefits and/or Labor and Employment Litigation. Fisher & Phillips is dedicated solely to representing employers in labor and employment matters with 300 attorneys in 31 offices.

The firm has been included in all five editions of the prestigious rankings.

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Trenam Kemker Receives 20 First-Tier Rankings In 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Guide

Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce 20 of its practice areas have been
ranked “Tier One” (the highest rating) by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

Click here to view a list of Trenam Kemker’s practice areas ranked as Tier One in the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area.

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New Hires & Promotions

VetCor Services Welcomes New CEO


Congratulations to Paul Huszar, new owner and CEO of VetCor Services – A Water Mitigation Company.

Click here for Paul’s bio.

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Tampa Law Firm Bush Ross, P.A. Welcomes Two New Associates

Laura B. Labbee and Kelli A. Ragan have joined the Tampa, Florida law firm of Bush Ross, P.A. as an associate attorneys.

088-Labbee(Print)Ms. Labbee received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and her J.D., cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2014. Ms. Labbee’s practice will focus on representation of debtors, secured and unsecured
creditors, and trustees in Chapter 11 and 13 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations.

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Ms. Ragan received her B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2010 and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 2014. Ms. Ragan’s practice will focus on healthcare defense litigation.

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