Member Highlights: February 8 – 14, 2015

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Member News

Hill Ward Henderson Proud Sponsor of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Hill Ward Henderson is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (GFA) and the MacDonald Training Center, Inc’s (MTC) “Showcase Tent” during the festival. In addition to supporting the art festival, Hill Ward Henderson has pledged to match sales of MacDonald Training Center’s artwork during the festival. Last year close to $10,000 was contributed to MTC’s mission through this partnership. Read more…

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Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar Join Valspar Championship Tournament

With just over a month remaining until the start of the 2015 Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, one of the strongest fields in tournament history is forming.

In the last few days, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar, both currently in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, added their names to the tournament commitment list.  Other recent additions include Joost Luiten of the Netherlands (OWGR #34) who will play on an exemption and Marc Leishman (OWGR #46). Read more…

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Bush Ross, P.A. President to be Featured Speaker at 39th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Seminar

Warren Jeff4x5Bush Ross President, Jeffrey W. Warren, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming 39th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar.

The event is scheduled to take place March 5, 2015 – March 7, 2015 at the Downtown Tampa Hilton.  The Seminar is a CLE program honoring the lifetime achievements of the late Judge Alexander L. Paskay.  The program will feature prominent regional and national speakers, joined by bankruptcy judges, who will discuss both commercial and consumer bankruptcy issues.

Visit to register to attend the event.

Jeff Warren has a nationally-recognized legal practice in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, both as a courtroom counsel and as an out-of-court negotiator and problem solver. Mr. Warren was lead bankruptcy counsel to the debtor, Celotex Corporation, in one of the largest Chapter 11 cases ever filed. He successfully argued Celotex v. Edwards before the United States Supreme Court, establishing national precedent regarding the jurisdiction of bankruptcy judges. Mr. Warren’s experience in and out of court has equipped him to render advice to business clients seeking solutions for complex commercial problems.

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Florida Poly Students Begin Work Creating the University’s Official Mascot


Students at Florida Polytechnic University will decide the school’s official mascot. The state’s newest public institution has launched an initiative to create Florida’s #NextGreatMascot. The process includes hands-on learning opportunities with design experts, a student-centered competition to develop potential mascot concepts and a student-only voting process.

The initiative launched on Tuesday, January 27, with an open application for students to take part in the creative process. First-come, first-serve, the first 100 students who applied will form into teams of five and participate in a one-time Design Thinking course on February 4.

Led by marketing and advertising professionals, the Design Thinking course will ensure that students understand the real-world parameters and considerations that go into creating a viable concept. Read more…

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My Hope Chest Seeks Passionate Community Leaders for 2014-15 Board of Directors

My Hope Chest (MHC) is heading into our 12th year as the ONLY national 501(c)3 social service organization expanding rapidly and seeking dedicated and passionate community leaders for the 2014-15 Board of Directors. Several opportunities are currently available to serve on the local Board, local Advisory Board and the National Advisory Board.

Click here to review MHC’s mission, background and Board opportunities
Click here for info on the 2015 Executive Advisory Board of Directors
Click here to view the MHC brochure

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Member Events

February 11-15: Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa Hosts “Take it to Heart” Open House

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February 12 – 13: Port Tampa Bay Safety & Risk Mitigation Summit


The Safety Summit brings together safety and operations professionals from across the regional transportation gamut and highlights trends and initiatives relevant to the port and transportation. Among a robust roster of presenters, the Safety Summit will feature the Honorable Andrew Card, former White House chief of staff and secretary of transportation.

Click here to view the event agenda
Click here to register

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February 19: Operation Helping Hand Monthly Dinner


This month’s Operation Helping Hand dinner will be on Thursday, February 19, at 6PM at the James A. Haley VA Hospital SCI Building.

Since 2004, Operation Helping Hand has extended all necessary efforts to assist and support over 950 military wounded/injured being treated at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, and many of their visiting families.  We’ve been blessed with very generous donations from so many generous individuals, organizations, corporations, etc.  We are indeed fortunate to have outstanding volunteers and the required support over the past 10 years, and we will continue our mission as long as we are needed.

For more info, please contact:

Bob Silah, Captain, USN (Retired) 
Chairman, Operation
Helping Hand 

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March 13: Nitro Mobile Solutions & Collaborative Technologies of Tampa Bay Present “Pi a Tech Leader in the Face” Fundraiser to Support STEM

It’s Friday after work and you’re ready to unwind. Why not rid yourself of that work-week stress by throwing a pie in the face of some of Tampa Bay’s top technologists? In just a few short weeks, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do.

Nitro Mobile Solutions has partnered with Collaborative Technologies of Tampa Bay to present its first annual “Pi a Tech Leader in the Face” fundraiser. The event will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at Love’s Artifacts Bar and Grill, located at 4918 S. MacDill Ave. in Tampa. The fundraiser, which was created in honor of STEM awareness and National Pi Day, will benefit Computer Mentors Group, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for educational and employment success by bridging the technology divide for at-risk youth. Through its STEM Corps program, CMG certifies these youths in Microsoft Office programs and trains them in web design, videography and mobile app development. Read more…

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New Hires & Promotions

Veteran Lobbyist David Shepp Joins Southern Strategy Group’s Tampa Bay Team

Capture8David Shepp brings more than 18 years of Polk County and Florida legislative experience to Southern Strategy Group. After serving four years as Legislative Assistant to then-state representative Adam Putnam, David managed his victorious 2000 House congressional campaign for Florida’s 12th district. In 2001, David co-founded Florida Strategic Group (FSG), providing lobbying and consulting services to municipalities, locally-owned businesses, statewide trade associations, and national corporations. While at FSG David consulted on the winning campaigns of several local and state candidates. David serves on the boards of the Peace River Center and the Lakeland Chamber BusinessVoice. Read more…

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Eleven Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Attorneys Elected to Shareholder

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is pleased to announce the election of 11 new shareholders in various offices, practices, and industry groups at the firm’s 2015 All-Attorney Meeting held in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 29-30, 2015. Three new shareholders were elected in the Tampa office:

Giltinan_William_13William “Ty” Giltinan is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Information Security/Data Breach, Nonprofit Organizations, and Intellectual Property and Technology, Enforcement, and Protection practice groups. He is a licensed patent attorney whose practice includes patent, trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and transactional matters. He also assists technology companies in their efforts to protect, monetize, and defend their intellectual property assets.  Giltinan received an LL.M., summa cum laude, from George Washington University Law School, his J.D., summa cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, his M.S. from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. from New College of Florida.

McCoy_Kevin_03Kevin P. McCoy is a member of the firm’s Financial Services and Insurance Litigation, National Class Actions, National Trial Practice, and Products and Toxic Tort Liability practice groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Asbestos, Insurance, and Manufacturing and Raw Materials industry groups. He practices complex commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis on efficient dispute resolution. He also has significant experience litigating products liability and toxic tort cases for clients in the tobacco and asbestos industries. McCoy received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and his B.A., with honors, from the University of Florida.

Pence_Scott_07Scott P. Pence is a member of the firm’s Construction Transactions, Public-Private Partnerships, and Real Estate and Commercial Finance practice groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Construction, Insurance, Development, and Real Estate industry groups. His practice focuses primarily on representing developers, owners, architects, contractors, and subcontractors in the preparation, negotiation, modification and administration of all types of contracts and forms related to construction and development transactions. His practice also includes reviewing and advising clients with respect to insurance and risk management issues. He received his J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law and his B.A. from George Mason University.

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