Member Highlights: February 1 – 7, 2015

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Member News

NOW HIRING: Ashley Furniture Seeks Business Systems Analyst


Job Title: Business Systems Analyst

 Organizational Unit: Ashley Furniture Industries -> Corporate -> Information Technology

Location: Tampa, FL

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Category: Information Technology

 Type of Job: Full-Time

Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Shift Start: AM  | Shift End: PM

Job Description

Position Purpose:
The Business System Analyst is responsible for bridging the project needs between designated business function and the Information Technology department and for determining requirements from stakeholders, analyzing requirements, documenting the business requirements, and creating a functional specification. The Business Systems Analyst is an integral strategic partner and business liaison in technology decisions; they understand business content, procedures, processes, and systems.

It takes the best to become the best and Ashley Furniture is committed to building a team that does the right thing for our customers, employees and communities. Ashley offers a competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement and vacation time.

Essential Functions:

  • Elicit requirements from business functions using a variety of methods/tools
  • Plan, design, and recommend business processes to improve and support IT and business functions
  • Provide task and work direction guidance and technical assistance to assigned IT staff.
  • Communicate limitations or challenges with existing or proposed requirements/processes.
  • Identifies, develops, and delivers testing & training needed for implementation
  • Understands the process flow and how process changes impact other departments and processes; able to determine changes or resolutions when coming across issues
  • Build and maintain long-term working relationships with all areas/levels of the Ashley organization

Job Requirements

Required Experience:

1-3 years technical or development experience

Necessary Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Business Process, Marketing, Sales Analysis, Accounting, Economics, and/or Process Management
  • Efficient in SQL, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, SharePoint 2013, Statistics, & web-based functionalities
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Able to handle multiple project simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines

Thrives in a fast-pace work environment

Apply online:

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Valspar Championship Presented by BB&T PGA Tour Tickets now available, click for discount code.


PGA TOUR Valspar Championship presented by BB&T is offering discounted tickets to all Chamber members, their business employees, customers, friends and family. Through this special offer, each member will receive $5 off retail price of the $30 good-any-one-day tickets for the upcoming March 12-15 professional golf tournament at Innisbrook Golf Resort. Visit and use discount code TampaCC2015 at checkout.


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Member Events

Feb. 6 – 9: International Pediatric Cardiology Experts Discuss Treatment and Care of Patients at All Children’s Hospital Conferences

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will host the 15th Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease. The annual conference, co-sponsored by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, brings together more than 300 pediatric experts from across the world to discuss the treatment and care of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). This year’s conference will feature hands-on workshops and interactive presentations that focus on congenital abnormalities of the coronary arteries – the arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle.

The conference is one of the only meetings that brings together members of the entire pediatric cardiac care community, including cardiologists, surgeons, physicians, administrators, nurses, critical care specialists, perfusionists, pathologists and sonographers, to discuss the best treatment and care for CHD patients.

“Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects, affecting approximately eight out of every one thousand babies,” said Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C., F.C.C.P., cardiothoracic surgeon at All Children’s Hospital, director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute and professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University. “Bringing together a team of international experts who represent each area of the pediatric cardiac care team allows us to work towards advancing care for the thousands of children affected by CHD.”

Duke Cameron, M.D., professor of surgery and cardiac surgeon-in-charge at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, will also serve as the keynote speaker at the symposium. The conference will also feature presentations on the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society’s registry for patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery.

Prior to the conference, the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute will host the International Pediatric Heart Failure Summit. The think tank sessions held on, Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5, will focus on the medical and surgical care of pediatric patients with heart failure and explore potential advances in the care of these patients. International experts attending these sessions include a team of scientists, translational researchers and clinicians.

WHAT: 15th Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease

WHEN:  February 6-9

WHERE: Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, Florida

View the Symposium Agenda

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Feb. 18MetLife Presents “A Sensible Approach To Financial Strategies For Business Owners”


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New Hires & Promotions

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Joins Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt welcomes Joseph W. Swanson to the firm as Of Counsel in Tampa. He practices in the Securities Litigation section of the firm’s National Trial Practice Group.

Swanson_JosephSwanson will concentrate his practice in high-stakes commercial litigation for publicly-traded companies, banks, and private equity firms. He will also defend companies and boards of directors against shareholder lawsuits. In addition, Swanson will use his experience as a federal prosecutor to defend companies and individuals in government and criminal investigations and to conduct internal investigations.

Swanson joins the firm after three years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, Swanson investigated and prosecuted a broad range of offenses, including white collar crimes, such as obstruction of justice, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, and computer/privacy crimes. He tried several cases to verdict. Swanson also served as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (“CHIP”) Coordinator in Tampa, where he advised other prosecutors on investigative techniques involving Internet and e-mail providers, computers, websites, and other electronic evidence.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Swanson was a litigator at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. where he represented clients in securities enforcement actions and in complex, multi-jurisdiction litigation. Swanson’s clients belonged to a range of industries including financial services, professional services, health care, and pharmaceuticals. Swanson also served as a law clerk to Judge J. Frederick Motz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Swanson worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. prior to attending law school.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Sarah Lahlou-Amine Promoted to Counsel

Lahlou-Amine_Sarah_356x413Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to announce that Sarah Lahlou-Amine from the firm’s Tampa office has been promoted to Counsel effective February 1, 2015.

Lahlou-Amine practices in all areas of state and federal appellate litigation, commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation. She handles appeals and appellate proceedings throughout the state of Florida and in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

She has been listed as a Florida Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers from 2010-2014 and has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings.

Lahlou-Amine received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from University of South Florida.

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Member Accolades

Stageworks Theatre Accepted into the National New Play Network

Stageworks in the Channel District is honored to be accepted as a member of the National New Play Network. Stageworks is the first Bay area theatre to become a member of this groundbreaking organization, that champions cutting-edge theatre throughout the country.

Stageworks affirmed our commitment to new work with the Florida premiere of an exciting new play by Marc Acito this weekend. Birds of a Feather looks at the challenges of parenting whether you’re straight or gay, with four actors playing 25 different characters – both birds and humans. This striking, imaginative play is onstage January 30 through February 15, and getting enthusiastic reviews.

The National New Play Network is an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays.

Their work is illustrated by the Helen Hayes Awards announced this past week for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical. . .  5 out of 6 nominations were for National New Play Network plays.

Earlier this month, the NNPN unveiled a web resource they’ve been developing for several years – designed to eliminate cold submissions to theatres that get piled up by overworked staff and never really get a chance. The New Play Exchange is where playwrights can share scripts, theatres can search for the kind of scripts that fit their stage and mission, and theatre artists can recommend and champion new work.

Stageworks is thrilled to be accepted as part of the National New Play Network, as we bring exciting new work to Tampa Bay, with three new plays this season including the Florida premiere of Stephen Adly GuirgisThe Mother**er With The Hat coming up in July. Last year Guirgis received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, joining previous winners David Henry Hwang in 2012 and Lynn Nottage in 2010. This gritty and poetic work was produced in New York with Chris Rock – and will be onstage at Stageworks and in London this year.

Stageworks joins NNPN member theatres including the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and City Theatre in Miami.

You can find out more about the National New Play Network at

Birds of a Feather is onstage through February 15.

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

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Hill Ward Henderson Attorney Appointed to Hillsborough County Bar Association Committee

Hall_Matthew_SMLAttorney Matthew F. Hall was recently appointed to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Veterans Treatment Court Oversight Committee. This group was established to oversee Veterans Treatment Court operations in order to ensure proper training of court personnel and correct implementation of its current model. The Committee is charged with recommending strategies to maintain the equality and effectiveness of Veterans Treatment Court and to ensure that the many treatment options now available remain viable.

Mr. Hall is an Associate in Hill Ward Henderson’s Litigation Group. His practice primarily focuses on employment law and general commercial litigation. Prior to law school, Mr. Hall served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, deploying to Iraq in 2003. During law school, he served as President of the Military Law Students Association and created a scholarship fund for military veterans at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. After law school, Mr. Hall served as a law clerk to Hon. Peter T. Fay at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Named Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay announced that is has been named the Nonprofit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The award was presented at the Diamond Awards Gala in Clearwater on January 17th. The event recognizes community leaders and businesses that have made an impact on the Tampa Bay community.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges. As a premier social services agency, the organization was one of the first to include sexual orientation and gender identity in non-discrimination policies for staff and clients. Crisis Center staff is Trauma Informed and participates in extensive training on the challenges and rewards of serving the LGBT community. Read more…

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The American Hospital Association Exclusively Endorses Physician Leadership Training and Development Services from The Physician Leadership Institute

The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced today that it has exclusively endorsed Physician Leadership Training and Development Services from The Physician Leadership Institute™(PLI). AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the AHA, awards the AHA endorsement to products and services that help member hospitals and health care organizations achieve operational excellence.

Following a proprietary due diligence process, The Physician Leadership Institute™was identified as a leader in physician leadership training and development services. Hospitals are moving from a payment system that reimbursed for procedures performed to one where quality of care becomes the focus. Collaboration between physicians and hospitals is critical in such a transition, as hospitals need physicians to lead endeavors to increase efficiency, clinical quality and reduce cost. A recent study found that hospitals with the greatest clinician participation in management scored about 50 percent higher on important drivers of performance.(1) Many physicians, however, are typically not educated formally on collaborative leadership.

“The Physician Leadership Institute™ services stand apart for their exclusive focus on physician leadership development, which ensures a deep knowledge of hospital and physician challenges and trends,” said Anthony Burke, senior vice president of the AHA, and president and CEO of AHA Solutions, Inc. “PLI’s unique evidence-based, on-site customized approach to physician development results in physicians’ personal and professional growth, improved physician engagement and performance and long-term succession planning for hospitals.” PLI physician leadership programs range from assessment and coaching sessions to on-site Physician Leadership Academies and Fellowships designed to implement a lasting culture of leadership and protect physician productivity. A wide array of experts from academia, the military and business teach on-site, and coach physicians while working on real-life projects. Typical outcomes for participating physicians include: 133 percent improvement in the ability to lead others

  • 200 percent improvement in the ability to work in teams and with administrators
  • 350 percent in the ability to think strategically
  • 80 percent improvement in loyalty to the organization

“We are proud that the AHA has awarded its exclusive endorsement to our physician leadership training solutions,” said Mo Kasti, CEO and founder of The Physician Leadership Institute. “The AHA due diligence process will reduce time for hospitals to find a trusted partner that will help them with their physician engagement and leadership. Together, we can build bridges between physicians and administrators to better serve patients, achieve clinical and operational excellence, and transform the future of health care.”

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