Member Highlights: December 7 – 13, 2014

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

Valspar Championship Presented By BB&T Community Drivers Program Continues With the First Tee of Clearwater

(L. to R.) First Tee/Chi Chi board members Ronald Ciganek and Elliott Ross and Copperheads Board Members Doug Graska, Ronice Barlow and Mark Fitzpatrick.

(L. to R.) First Tee/Chi Chi board members Ronald Ciganek and Elliott Ross and Copperheads Board Members Doug Graska, Ronice Barlow and Mark Fitzpatrick.

The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T continues its Community Drivers Program in December with a donation of $24,500 to The First Tee of Clearwater.

The First Tee of Clearwater is one of three programs operated by the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation. This program has a 10-week Summer Camp, daily certification classes and trains local elementary PE teachers to implement its National School Program.

Coupled with other programs from last March’s tournament, including a raffle and pro-am, the Valspar Championship has now generated a total of more than $37,000 to The First Tee of Clearwater/Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation in 2014.

The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation has been helping thousands of local children since 1979. Located on McMullen Booth Road in north Clearwater, the Foundation has been a chapter with PGA TOUR’s The First Tee National Program since 2004, but was essentially the precursor to The First Tee’s concept. The Foundation also collaborates with the Pinellas County School District on a public school for at risk students and the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast serving more than 1,500 children annually.

For more information about the Valspar Championship, please visit ValsparChampionship.com.

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Redesigned Contract Furniture Website Launched by Bayshore Solutions

Digital Agency, Bayshore Solutions, announces the launch of a redesigned website for Tampa-based, Contract Furniture.  Contract Furniture serves businesses throughout Florida with comprehensive space planning and interior design services, office furniture sales, project management, warehousing, relocation and related workplace solutions.

Contract Furniture partnered with Bayshore Solutions to update their website and content in order to create a more appealing visitor experience.  The re-engineered website enhances Contract Furniture’s ability to compete in digital marketing arenas through improved functionality and responsive design.

The new website presents Contract Furniture’s expertise and sample work across a variety of industry verticals including corporate, government, education, healthcare and hospitality.  Easy to use navigation allows visitors to explore workplace solutions by a breadth of product categories and an extensive list of manufacturers.

Bayshore Solutions continues to partner with Contract Furniture for ongoing search marketing, and strategic services consulting for integrating email, social media and digital marketing initiatives.

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All Children’s Hospital 7th Annual Radiothon Raises $220,320

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The 7th annual US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon raised $220,320 for All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, marking a milestone of more than $1 million raised since 2008. The two-day on-air event featured patient and staff stories that highlighted the expert and compassionate care provided throughout All Children’s Hospital. Money raised from the event directly funds treatment, research, education and advocacy initiatives throughout All Children’s Hospital and its 11 outpatient centers.

“We are so grateful to US 103.5 FM and the entire Tampa Bay community for the outpouring of support to help our kids,” said Jenine Rabin, Executive Vice President of the All Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Our community made an impact in children’s healthcare this week and lives will be changed as a result.”

“iHeartMedia has an ongoing priority and commitment to help support the many charities and non-profits throughout our local community,” said Sam Nein, Market President, iHeartMedia. “Helping to support All Children’s Hospital through the Radiothon is one of the most worthwhile endeavors we do throughout the year.”

The funds raised at this year’s event also help All Children’s Hospital continue to serve as a pediatric referral center for children from across Florida.

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Book Your Reservation to the 2015 Rose Bowl Game with AAA Travel

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2015 New York Yankees Spring Training Season Tickets

It’s not just a game, it’s the WHOLE PACKAGE! We are excited to
present the 2015 Spring Training Season Ticket Package to the best fans in
baseball. Many amenities to look forward to during the 2015 season as
well as some additions. Who would not want to be apart of a season ticket
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makes it even better is knowing our devoted season ticket holders are
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Visit our website at www.steinbrennerfield.com to view the full list of amenities on our website as well as purchase your tickets today for the 2015 Spring Training Season. Lets Make Memories! Click here for more info.

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New Hires & Promotions

GrayRobinson, P.A., Welcomes New Team Member to the firm’s Public Finance Practice in Tampa

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Jennifer M. LaRocco

GrayRobinson, P.A., announced that Jennifer M. LaRocco has joined the firm’s Public Finance practice in Tampa.  Ms. LaRocco will join attorneys Brian Fender and Frank Fleischer in the representation of Florida cities, counties, universities, school boards, aviation, port and other governmental authorities, and community development districts, as well as banking and other financial institutions, serving in the roles of bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel, trustee’s counsel and bank counsel.

Ms. LaRocco graduated with high honors from Eckerd College in 2001 with a degree in literature and from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2002 with a masters degree in English.  She received her law degree summa cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2007, where she served as an editor of the Stetson Law Review.  Ms. LaRocco joins GrayRobinson after practicing for several years with the Public Finance group of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. in Tampa, where she participated in the issuance of over $1 billion of tax-exempt and taxable debt.  She has also practiced in the area of general transactional law, representing diverse corporate and individual clients in matters including procurement of financing, real estate acquisition and development, and corporate structuring.

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Established Litigator Joins Trenam Kemker’s St. Petersburg Office and
Real Estate Practice Group Adds Two Paralegals

Justin Dees

Justin Dees

The law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Justin L. Dees has joined the firm as a Shareholder.  Justin focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trial and appellate actions involving contract disputes, fraud, shareholder disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability, real estate, business torts and creditors’ rights.  He is based in the firm’s St. Petersburg office. Justin was with Holland & Knight LLP prior to joining Trenam Kemker and worked in the insurance industry before becoming an attorney.  Justin earned his J.D., summa cum laude from FSU, where he graduated first in his law school class, and a B.S. cum laude from the University of Florida.

Peter DiSalvo

Peter DiSalvo

The Real Estate and Lending Transactions Practice Group added two experienced paralegals.  Peter DiSalvo has over ten years experience in the legal field.  He earned a B.S. in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. from St. Johns University in Queens, New York.

Kimberly Walters

Kimberly Walters

Kimberly Walters has been working in the legal field for 23 years with an extensive corporate and commercial real estate transactional background.  She earned her B.A. from Rollins College.

Peter and Kim are based in the firm’s Tampa office.

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Hill Ward Henderson Hires Chief Operating Officer

Patricia Bean

Patricia E. Bean

Patricia E. Bean has joined Hill Ward Henderson as the new Chief Operating Officer to succeed Christopher McDonnell, who is retiring at the end of the year after more than 15 years with the firm. Ms. Bean comes to Hill Ward Henderson from Roseland, New Jersey with an extensive background in managing law firm operations and administration for both national and major regional firms. She served as the Managing Director of Brach Eichler, LLC, managing the firm’s strategic and ongoing operations and prior to that she was the Executive Director for the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP.  In addition, Ms. Bean has held several high-level operations and finance positions within the professional services industry, including leading software developers that serve the legal marketplace.

Ms. Bean has a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University School of Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business. In 2008, she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources through Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Member Accolades

Florida Chief Justice Appoints Two Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Attorneys Members of Commission on Access to Civil Justice

Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga issued an administrative order establishing the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. The 27-member commission includes two Tampa Shareholders from Carlton Fields Jorden Burt: Kathleen S. McLeroy and Gwynne A. Young. Other members include leaders from all three branches of Florida government, The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, civil legal aid providers, the business community, and other stakeholders. Members of the commission will work in a coordinated effort to identify and remove economic barriers to civil justice.

Kathleen S. McLeroy

Kathleen S. McLeroy

McLeroy serves in a number of roles both in the legal and business community. Currently she is a member of the Vision 2016 Commission and Co-Chairs the Pro Bono Legal Services Committee for The Florida Bar. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Bar Association, McLeroy serves on the ABA Business Law Section Council, Business Law Today Editorial Board, Membership Committee, and National Public Service Award Selection Committee. She is the Endowment Trustee and a past President of The Florida Bar Foundation, and she serves as Master of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court. Additionally, McLeroy was the recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award-Service Award for the 13th Circuit in 2005, and in 2009, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Pro Bono Award’s Advisory Committee.

Gwynne Young

Gwynne Young

Young is a past president of The Florida Bar, where she was the fifth woman and the fifth Carlton Fields Jorden Burt lawyer to lead the nation’s third largest Bar. Her roles in the legal and business community are extensive and currently she serves as Trustee to The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Bar Presidents, Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Master Emeritus of the Cheatwood Inn of Court, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, member of the Board of Directors for the University of Florida Foundation, and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Florida Law Center Association. Additionally, Young was the recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award-Service Award for the 13th Circuit in 2003, and in 2013, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to chair the Pro Bono Award’s Advisory Committee.

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Tampa Chief Circuit Court Judge Recognizes Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Fowler White Boggs for Ongoing Community Support

Tampa’s Chief Circuit Court Judge Manuel Menendez recently recognized Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Fowler White Boggs for the firms’ 14-year financial support of the Bay Area Legal Services, a non-profit public interest law firm that  provides legal counsel for people in need.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Fowler White Boggs, in partnership with its client Tampa Electric Company (TECO), founded the organization’s Legal Information Center by endowing a family law attorney position, that provides civil legal assistance to low-income residents in the Tampa Bay region. Over the past 14 years, the Center has helped more than 90,000 people.  The Center’s tremendous success has encouraged other local law firms to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

This initiative is part of the firm’s ongoing efforts to partner with organizations to provide public service projects and programs for the benefit of local communities.

About the Bay Area Legal Services
Bay Area Legal Services is a regional, nonprofit public interest law firm providing the highest quality legal counsel by assisting individuals and nonprofit groups with limited access to legal services, resolving the legal problems of our clients and preserving the independence, hope and dignity of those we serve.

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Baldwin Risk Partners Recognized as One of Insurance Journal’s Top 50 Personal Lines Leaders

Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP) was named as one of Insurance Journal’s Top 50 Personal Lines Leaders, its tenth award this year. This recognition is limited to an elite group of nationwide privately owned agencies and brokerages. “Our accolades are an indicator of our success, but they’re also an indicator of who we are. The secret to our success is our colleagues and our core values, which revolve around impeccable client service. Selling one-size-fits-all insurance and disappearing to collect a commission just isn’t in our DNA,” said Trevor Baldwin, Partner at Baldwin Risk Partners.

The Insurance Journal’s ranking was based on an annual survey and 2013 personal lines premium numbers. Since opening the doors in 2006, BRP has utilized its Holistic ProtectionTM model and has produced double digit growth and unprecedented client retention. “This past year, our Private Risk management group has developed a pro-active and systematic approach to identifying and addressing potential risks for our clients,” said Laura Sherman, Partner at Baldwin Risk Partners. “Our Private Risk business segment has enjoyed an organic growth rate of 29%, with total BRP growth equaling 43%.”

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Stageworks Theatre’s “Handle with Care” Earns Enthusiastic Audience Reviews

“Laughing and enjoying Handle with Care! Truly loved the show.”
“Perfect for the holidays!”

For actress Georgina McKee, preparing for her role in Stageworks Theatre’s production of “Handle with Care” required more than learning her lines, the music and the staging. She also had to learn a new language – Hebrew.

McKee spent six months studying with an Israeli tutor to play the role of Ayelet in Stageworks’ production of “Handle with Care” Thursday Dec. 5 through Dec. 21 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., in the the Channel District.

“I needed an actress who would not stop until (the language) was correct,” said Karla Hartley, Stageworks’ Producing Artistic Director. “Georgina has that kind of commitment to her craft and I knew she would get it just right. And she got it right.”

Directed by Jimmy Kontos, the performance also stars Eddie Gomez as Josh, Midge Mamatas as Edna and Brandon Shea as Terrence.

Written by Emmy-nominated playwright, Jason Odell Williams, Handle with Care tells the story of Ayelet, a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels to America with her grandmother, who’s searching for the lost love of her youth. Snowed in on Christmas Eve with a translator who’s trying to remember his Bar Mitzvah Hebrew, the three create a joyful and heartwrenching celebration, and the meeting of two souls who likely would never have met otherwise.

Handle with Care, which the New York Times called a “hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy,” is “maybe a Jewish love story, but you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it,” adds Hartley.

“It’s really about finding common ground,” says Hartley. “Regardless of your ethnicity, religion, coutry of origin; it’s about finding love, coming together and finding common ground. That’s a message that resonates with everyone.”

Tickets for Stageworks Theatre’s production of Handle with Care are $30; Students and Seniors $15.

Tickets are available at www.stageworkstheatre.org and by calling 813-374-2416.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

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Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Wins Top Awards

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, for the second year in a row, was awarded the #1 Affiliate in the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) national network for excellence in environmental initiatives, education and community improvements.

The organization was also recognized as a 1st place winner in its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program which has been expanded in the City of Tampa and was introduced into the City of Temple Terrace. Read more…

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