Member Highlights: January 18 – 24, 2015

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Member News

Member Events

New Hires & Promotions

Member News

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to Recognize Citizens’ Environmental Commitment

Volunteers, sponsors and partners will be recognized for their commitment to improve the local environment during the 26th Annual Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Awards Breakfast presented by Mosaic.

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and City of Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura will attend and speak at the ceremony on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 8 a.m., at the TPepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St, Tampa.

“We are truly grateful to our partners, sponsors and volunteers for their extraordinary dedication to help Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful,” said Executive Director Debra Evenson.  “We are proud to honor them for being exemplary stewards of the environment and for showing others how we continue to make a difference in our community.”

These distinctive individuals, scouts, community groups, schools and businesses will be recognized for their commitment to preserving the Tampa Bay environment in the areas of litter prevention, waste reduction, conservation, beautification and other green initiatives.

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Copa Airlines Promotional Fares to Panama and Beyond

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Intensive Code School, The Iron Yard, Offers $500 Scholarship for Chamber Members

The Iron Yard is accepting applications for their courses starting on January 26th and TIY-standard-logowould like to offer members and friends of the Tampa Chambers an awesome scholarship!

The Iron Yard is an intensive code school in St. Petersburg – Tampa and is offering members of the Tampa Chamber a $500 scholarship to celebrate their next session of classes starting January 26th.  Simply apply to the program and mention you heard about The Iron Yard through the Tampa Chamber. Here are links to more information about the course offerings and where you can apply with no cost or obligations:

Front End Engineering 

Ruby on Rails Engineering 

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Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter to Play in Valspar Championship

The field for the 2015 Valspar Championship presented by BB&T has been strengthened with the addition of two prominent European players – Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter.

Stenson, currently second in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be making his first appearance in the tournament.  He has been a fixture on leaderboards the last two years, winning the FedExCup and the European Tour’s Race To Dubai in 2013 and finishing in the top four in both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in ’14.  Among his other accomplishments, the native of Sweden won THE TOUR Championship in 2009.

Poulter, now ranked 27th in the OWGR, is one of the most colorful figures in golf with an exciting playing style and a notable social media presence.   A five-time member of the European Ryder Cup Team, he has 16 worldwide victories including the 2010 WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.  His one previous appearance in the Valspar Championship was 2010.

Tournament director Tracy West also announced that John Daly, the two-time Major Championship winner with local ties, will play again on the Copperhead.  Daly joins amateur Ollie Schniederjans and Big Break Myrtle Beach winner Jimmy Brandt as players receiving sponsor exemptions to date.

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Transportation Leaders to Discuss International Trade Realities, Opportunities, Perspectives in Tampa, Jan. 29-30

To examine international trade trends, viewpoints and perspectives from a multimodal perspective, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will co-sponsor a special conference Jan. 29-30 in Tampa.  Hosted by Port Tampa Bay and presented in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), AAPA’s “Shifting International Trade Routes” conference will address changes in international shipping routes and explore how the various freight transportation players…ranging from ocean carriers and trucking lines to railroads and ports…view the progress from the recent economic recovery. Read more…

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Member Events

Jan. 27: Society of Emotional Intelligence – Tampa Chapter 2015 Kickoff Meeting

Society of Emotional Intelligence-Tampa Chapter 2015 kickoff meeting January 27, 6 – 8p at the Westin Tampa Bay.

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Jan. 29 – Feb. 15: Stageworks Theatre Presents Marc Acito’s Avian Love Story Birds of a Feather

birds-of-a-feather-300x382Two gay penguins who adopt an egg, hatch it, and raise a chick together in New York’s Central Park Zoo, a pair of hawks who build a nest and toss bones and gristle off a Fifth Avenue co-op, and bird-brained humans all collide in Stageworks Theatre’s production of Birds of a Feather, a hilarious true story (yes, true) from award-winning author Marc Acito, which opens Jan. 29.

It’s 1998 in New York’s Central Park Zoo; two male Chinstrap penguins Silo (Robert Richards, Jr.) and Roy (Scott Daniel) are observed attempting to hatch a rock as if it were an egg. Zookeeper (Molly Healy) secretly gives them an egg from a penguin pair named Porkey and Betty. The two male penguins successfully hatch the egg and out comes a female penguin named Tango. Also in this heart-warming tale a birder (Johnny Garde) watches two heterosexual hawks nesting in the ornamental stonework high on a co-op in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. These two birds roost and raise seven children while a flurry of birdwatchers, including journalist Paula Zahn of CNN, report on their progress. Four actors play some 25 characters in these interwoven stories.

Don’t miss this winner of the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. Birds of a Feather opens Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 15 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., in the Channel District. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $30; Seniors and Groups $25; Students and Artists $15. Preview night, Thursday, Jan. 29, all tickets are $15; Opening night with reception, Friday, Jan. 30, $40.

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

Coming up next, Stageworks presents Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, opening on March 13.

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Jan. 29: FDOT to Host Tampa Bay Express Public Workshop

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), would like you to join us for a new way to a better commute! FDOT will conduct two public workshops for the proposed new express toll lane system along the interstate highways in Tampa Bay called “Tampa Bay Express”. Tolled express lanes are being proposed on I-275, I-4, and I-75 in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Two public workshops will be held; one in Pinellas County and one in Hillsborough County at the dates, times and locations shown below. These will be open-house style meetings with no formal presentation. All information displayed will be the same for both meetings.


These public workshops will provide interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed express lanes.  The draft Tampa Bay Express Master Plan and aerial concept plans will be available for review at the workshops. FDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and take comments.

For more project information and to add your comments, please visit our website at

For study questions and presentation requests, please contact: Sara Hall, P.E., Senior Project Manager, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, MS 7‐500, Tampa, FL 33612, Phone: 813‐975‐6173, email:

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Lori Marable, Public Involvement Coordinator, at (813) 975-6405, (800) 226‐7220 or email: at least 7 working days in advance of the workshop.

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Feb. 7: Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management to Host Free Shred Day


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Feb. 11: HCC Global Logistics & Supply Chain Information Session Breakfast Briefing


Special Guests:

Bob Wood
Dean of Continuing Education at the UNF &

Economic Development Corporation
Cross Border Partners

Is your company involved in the export of goods or services from Florida? Do you have training needs? Would you like to find out how we can support your needs through some training dollars?

You will not want to miss this FREE Information Global Logistics and Supply Chain FREE Breakfast Briefing!

The Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education has partnered with the University of North Florida to provide a solution for your Trade and Logistics Certification needs. We will discuss funding source to assist with training cost. The Quick Response Training (QRT) and the Incumbent Workers Training (IWT) grant is designed to aid Florida businesses in expanding into international markets and increasing Florida’s role as an International Trade Hub, the program provides companies involved in the export of goods or services from Florida to deliver customized Trade & Logistics training, to increase Florida’s global exports.

February 11, 2015

Hillsborough Community
39 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33606
Register at:

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Feb. 12: Military Officers Association of America -Tampa Chapter Monthly Luncheon featuring Sheriff David Gee

The Military Officers Association of America – Tampa Chapter invites you to our monthly luncheon, Thursday, February 12, 2015  at the MacDill AFB Surf’s Edge Club. Next month, we welcome Sheriff David Gee as our guest speaker. The cost is $20 to attend.

For more information, contact Bob Silah at

To learn more about the Military Officers Association of America, visit their website at:

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New Hires & Promotions

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes New Real Estate VP

LRPort Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Lane Ramsfield has been hired as the Vice President of Real Estate for the port authority.  Mr. Ramsfield has many years of experience in multiple and mixed-use real estate, contract negotiations, marketing and collaborative efforts. Read more…

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Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds Announce New Additions

Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds, P.A. is pleased to announce that Lee Ann Tranford and Steven A.  (“Rusty”) Nisbet have joined the Firm.

LATMs. Tranford focuses her practice on Commercial Real Estate with an emphasis on complex real estate transactions and lending.  She represents developers in the acquisition, financing and development of commercial properties and single- and multi-family residential developments.    She has over 17 years of experience representing clients in matters on local and national levels.

Ms. Tranford received her M.A. in English Education from the University of South Florida and her law degree, cum laude, from Stetson University.   She will be assigned to the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice Group.

RNMr. Nisbet joins the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group after a long and distinguished career as a Trial Attorney, Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division for the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida.  In those capacities, he represented the U.S. government in a wide range of personal injury, medical malpractice, employment discrimination and premises liability cases.    Mr. Nisbet also gained in-depth experience defending insureds and insurance companies in personal injury litigation and premises liability cases and has proven trial experience in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Nisbet received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He then earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.  Thereafter, he earned his L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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