Member Highlights: January 25 – 31, 2015

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Member News


Port Tampa Bay Emphasizes Focus on Future at Successful 2015 State of the Port Event


Pictured (L to R): Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO, engages the port stakeholders in an annual recap of port business and a vision of the future. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Pau Anderson hold their joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed just before the State of the Port event. A crowd of about 300 port community and business leaders gather to hear the port’s annual address, at Port Tampa Bay’s Cruise Terminal 2.

With a crowd of about 300 port stakeholders, community leaders and elected officials on hand at Port Tampa Bay’s Cruise Terminal 2 today, leaders of the state’s largest port recapped a successful year of partnerships and economic development, while providing a road map for future business and infrastructure plans that are poised to ensure economic might and job growth in the years ahead.

The annual State of the Port address is the port’s authority’s opportunity to share highlights and important statistics about cargo movement and financial activity that represents the port’s diverse lines of business, including cargo, cruise and ship building/repair.  Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, hosted the event and delivered his annual comprehensive address, which included video excerpts of port activity and testimonials by some of the port’s biggest customers, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman. Read more…

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January 29 Performance of Stageworks Theatre’s Birds of a Feather to Benefit Metro Wellness

Stageworks is honored to partner with Metro Wellness on Birds of a Feather, onstage January 29 through February 15.

The Thursday, January 29 preview will be hosted by Metro Wellness to highlight the work they do in Tampa Bay, providing social networking and health and wellness resources for members of the LGBT community including youth, elders and families.

Tickets for this Thursday preview are $30 and available through Metro Wellness as a fundraiser for their organization.

Ticket purchase link

Metro staff will be on hand before the show to talk about the services they provide, including youth groups, family programming and programs for elders in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Metro Wellness strives to promote a healthy environment for all and to foster diversity regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or economic status.

You can find out more about Metro Wellness at

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County Commissioner among Special Guests to Speak to Stageworks’ Audience

Stageworks Theatre’s new play, Birds of a Feather, has turned out to be timely.

The show’s first rehearsal was January 6, the day same-sex marriage was legalized in Florida.

Birds of a Feather has been on the schedule since last year. It’s suddenly the right play at the perfect time.

Penned by NPR’s Marc Acito, the script is based on the true stories of two male penguins who hatched an egg and raised a chick together in the Central Park Zoo, and a pair of red-tailed hawks who built a noisy nest on a swanky Fifth Avenue co-op.

Audience discussions will address issues raised in this hot-topic comedy. On Sunday, February 1, Pam Glas, Cathy James and Ricc Rollins will host a conversation after the 3 p.m. matinee to talk about blended families and raising adopted children in traditional and non-traditional families.

And on Sunday, February 8, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Angela Ardolino, Editorial Director of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, will talk with the audience about the changing legal status of LGBT parents, and bringing up a family in the 21st century.

On Thursday, February 5 the Birds of a Feather cast will answer questions after the 8 p.m. show on the challenge of playing multiple roles – some cast members are playing 8 distinctly different characters. It’s a conversation theatre students and theatre fans will be intrigued by.

Special guests. . .

Kevin Beckner was elected to the Hillsborough County Commission in 2008. Since entering office, Commissioner Beckner has been a champion for at-risk children and their families. He created the Juvenile Justice Task Force, whose mission is to help at-risk youth become more productive citizens within our community. He’s served as President of Leadership Tampa Bay and a member of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Beckner is proud to be openly gay, and is a spokesman for human rights issues throughout Tampa Bay. He currently serves on the Children’s Board and the Hillsborough Kids Healthcare Foundation.

Angela Ardolino is the founder and Editorial Director for Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. She’s the Executive Producing Director of Miami Children’s Theatre and serves on the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the board of directors of Arts Tampa Bay and the Glazer Children’s Museum. Ardolino works to inform families about smart, healthy and energy-friendly living that helps not only the family unit but the entire community. She recently launched the Parenting With Angela website, and can be seen weekly on ABC Action News and as a national correspondent on Daytime.

Pam Glas and her husband are raising a family of four, including two adopted children. Pam works for the School District of Hillsborough County, and is President of the PTA at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa.

Cathy James has been a leading force in second-parent adoption, making it possible for LGBT partners to create families where both parents are legally responsible for their children. Cathy was selected by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to the Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee, and serves on the boards of directors of Riverglen Homeowners Association and the adoption agency Project Patchwork, Inc.

Ricc Rollins is a TV producer, pastor and author of Like Breathing, a novel about the gay African American experience. Ricc and his partner are the proud fathers of two children.

Birds of a Feather

January 29-February 15 at Stageworks Theatre

1120 E Kennedy Blvd, Grand Central West Bldg
Tampa FL 33602

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

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Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs Announces Insurance Conference on Financial Reporting

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs, a leading accounting firm within the insurance industry, in partnership with Florida State University, College of Business, The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center, is pleased to announce the 2015 Insurance Conference on Financial Reporting.  The conference will be held October 7-8, 2015 at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, FL.  The Conference offers unparalleled opportunities to stay abreast of changes that impact the activities and financial reporting of insurance companies and to network with others within the insurance industry.

The 2015 annual Insurance Conference on Financial Reporting is the premier accounting and finance conference in the southeast. Attendees can earn continuing professional education credits.  Topics include legislative updates for insurance companies doing business in the Southeast, state of the insurance and capital markets, reinsurance market update, catastrophic loss modeling, and statutory and GAAP update. Read more…

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Seminole Heights Charter High School Now Enrolling

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Schifino Lee Launches New Brand Positioning for Tindale Oliver


Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding has brought new life to local company Tindale Oliver’s image by revamping the brand and creating more substance behind their messaging as part of Tindale Oliver’s 25th anniversary.

Tindale Oliver has provided industry-leading transportation, community planning and design, transit, and public finance solutions to public sector clients throughout the United States since 1989. Their extensive experience has led to a national reputation for exceptional client service and skillful solutions. However, after several changes in the company such as opening new offices in Baltimore and Seattle, the acquisition of a small firm in Orlando, and offering the possibility of flex hours and remote work to their employees, they needed a new look to go along with their expanded opportunities.

Schifino Lee redesigned the brand and created new positioning with the slogan “Great Insights. Greater Outcomes.” This tagline brings focus to the company’s depth of knowledge and ability to synthesize information into unique actionable insights, traits which make the company particularly valuable to its clients. Schifino Lee’s campaign also modernized the brand look and feel with a vibrant new logo, website, brand identity elements, and case studies, as well as new collateral and digital materials.

“We are enthusiastic about having a new brand and mission which reflect our renewed sense of purpose and commitment,” said Steve Tindale, President and CEO of Tindale Oliver.

Since launching the new company image, Tindale Oliver has seen website engagement triple and the rebranding has been well-received by clients.

Member Events


Feb. 12 – The All Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Estate, Tax, Legal, and Financial Planning Seminar

The All Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Estate, Tax, Legal, and Financial Planning Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at the Education and Conference Center, 701 4th Street North in St. Petersburg and simulcast to multiple bay area locations (see below).  The seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end promptly at 4:20 p.m.

All Children’s 17th Annual Estate, Tax, Legal and Financial Planning Seminar offers continuing education for Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Trust Officers, Bankers, and CTFAs.  The main purpose for this educational event, according to Lydia Bailey, Director of Planned Giving at All Children’s Hospital Foundation, is “to give financial advisors a greater understanding of All Children’s Hospital and its mission as well as share education and knowledge useful in their profession.”

The Seminar is the largest of its kind in Tampa Bay.  It has grown in attendance from 60 at its inception to 316 last year.  The 2015 topics include: Thinking Outside The Box: Why Conventional Thinking Might Not Always Be Best For Your Client, presented by Richard A. Oshins, J.D.; Turning Asset Protection Into Asset Collection: A Creditor’s View, presented by Melissa Langa, J.D.; Appraising Your Client’s Appraisal: A Litigator’s Perspective of What Owners and the IRS Look for in Valuation Reports, presented by Stephanie Loomis-Price, J.D.; Estate Planning Current Developments and Hot Topics, presented by Steve R. Akers, J.D.; Charitable Planning in the Real World-Case Studies, presented by William R. Lane, Jr., J.D. and Abigail E. O’Connor, J.D.

The registration fee is $175 in St. Petersburg and $125 at the webcast locations and includes a free flash drive with speaker materials. You can purchase a complete desk reference manual for $25.  Hot breakfast, lunch buffet, and snacks are included in the registration fee.

In addition this continuing education Seminar for professionals will be broadcast LIVE via webcast at the following locations:

All Children’s Outpatient Care Center Pasco
4443 Rowan Road
New Port Richey, FL 34653

All Children’s Outpatient Care Center Sarasota
5881 Rand Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34238

All Children’s Outpatient Care Lakeland
3310 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL  33805

Belleair Country Club
One Country Club Lane
Belleair, FL 33756

Holland & Knight
100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 4100
Tampa, FL 33602

Northern Trust Bank
7960 Summerlin Lakes Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907

Northern Trust Bank
1515 Ringling Blvd., 11th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

For more information about continuing education credits or to register online, visit  or contact Lori Johnson at 727-767-3595 or at

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FrankCrum to Host Open House


The event will be catered and will feature keynote speaker Juliet Kyes of Action COACH Tampa.  Juliet will be offering valuable information on how to attract better clients and accelerate and increase profitability.

 To RSVP, just go to

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Member Accolades


Englander Fischer Senior Partner Joins All Children’s Hospital Foundation Board

Lenny_EnglanderEnglander Fischer LLP congratulates senior partner, Lenny Englander, on joining the All Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. Mr. Englander sits on All Children’s Institutional Grants Committee. All Children’s Hospital focuses on pediatric treatment, education, research, and advocacy to improve the well-being of children. They are the only hospital on the West coast to serve the single purpose of the betterment of children’s health. Their Foundation is committed to furthering this purpose through their dedication, time, and resources.

“Community involvement and philanthropy is paramount to the success of any organization. At Englander Fischer we are especially committed to this,” says Leonard S. “Lenny” Englander, founder of Englander Fischer.

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Englander Fischer Attorneys Elected To New Positions

Barry Kanner

Barry Kanner

Englander Fischer LLP congratulates Barry Kanner and David Delrahim on their election to new positions within the Board of Trustees for Menorah Manor, Inc. Mr. Kanner now serves as the Chairman of the Board, and previously served as Vice Chairman. Mr. Delrahim was a member of the Board of Trustees, and now serves as Treasurer. Menorah Manor began in 1985, and is a non-profit healthcare organization and a highly notable geriatric and rehabilitation center within the United States.

“Community involvement and philanthropy is paramount to the success of any David-Delrahimorganization. At Englander Fischer we are especially committed to giving back to a community,” says Leonard S. Englander, founder of Englander Fischer. “It gives us great pleasure to have our attorneys involved in non-profit organizations in the community.”

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Bill Edwards Receives the William Belcher Award from All Children’s Hospital Foundation

Bill Edwards (left) receives the William Belcher Award from the All Children's Hospital Foundation from Dr. Jonathan Ellen president of All Children's Hospital Foundation and president and physician-in-chief at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Bill Edwards (left) receives the William Belcher Award from the All Children’s Hospital Foundation from Dr. Jonathan Ellen president of All Children’s Hospital Foundation and president and physician-in-chief at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The All Children’s Hospital Foundation bestowed its highest honor, the William Belcher Award, to dedicated philanthropist and local entrepreneur Bill Edwards during the biennial donor appreciation dinner on January 15, 2015.

William S. “Bill” Belcher was the first All Children’s Hospital Board chairman and a tireless advocate on behalf of the hospital and its young patients. After Bill died in 1992, the Foundation created the William Belcher Award to honor his legacy. The award is given to an individual who represents the leadership, commitment and passionate advocacy that Bill Belcher exemplified.

Edwards exemplifies Belcher’s traits to further the mission of All Children’s Hospital. He gives his time, philanthropy and incredible passion for helping others – all adding up to Edwards being the largest individual donor in the hospital’s history.

“What Tampa Bay – and the world – needs, is the next generation of big philanthropists whose contributions change institutions… They change communities… They change lives,” Edwards explains. “Philanthropists like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and locally, Tom and Mary James and Bill and Hazel Hough, study each cause and determine where and how they can have the greatest impact in their communities or in the world. And, most importantly, they encourage their peers to do the same with their own money.

“These are my mentors,” Edwards continues. “I see what they accomplish and I am humbled to follow in their footsteps. I hope that others who share the same good fortune that I have had in my life will also take this path to give back to the causes that mean the most to them.”

“Bill has shown an incredible passion for helping kids – and he has found a way to combine that with his wish to make All Children’s a national leader in pediatric care,” says Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president of All Children’s Hospital Foundation and president and physician-in-chief at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. “We are proud and pleased that he believes in this hospital enough to choose us as the recipient of his incredible generosity – and, more importantly – his trust. We are honored by his partnership and thrilled to work together to help all kids grow into healthy adults.”

Edwards, founder and CEO of Bill Edwards Presents, Inc.; Big 3 Entertainment – which manages the Mahaffey Theater and Al Lang Stadium; The Edwards Group; and owner of the Rowdies, The Club at Treasure Island and Sundial, has been a steadfast supporter of children’s causes in the Tampa Bay area. Edwards has chosen All Children’s Hospital as the charity of choice for many of his businesses and advocates tirelessly with local, state and federal government officials on the hospital’s behalf. In addition, he has previously supported the All Children’s Hospital music therapy and Get Well Network programs. Furthermore, Bill Edwards Presents, Inc. has provided major support for the popular Taste of Pinellas, including hosting the event in 2014.

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