Member Highlights: February 15 – 21, 2015

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

Member Events

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

Florida Hospital Centra Care Carrollwood Grand Opening Celebration!


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M.E. Wilson Celebrates 95th Anniversary


Congratulations to M.E. Wilson on celebrating its 95th anniversary.

M.E. Wilson was founded in 1920 by M.E. (Gene) Wilson, Guy and Doug’s maternal grandfather, one year before the no-name hurricane roared through the Tampa Bay area in October of 1921. After the storm, Wilson went on to build an insurance agency that strived through the Roaring ‘20s as Tampa grew and prospered with the rest of the nation. Through careful financial controls and community relationships he managed to keep the agency intact during the Great Depression that began in October of 1929 and ended with the Second World War. Click here to read more on the history of M.E. Wilson.

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Chamber Member Companies Now Hiring

NOW HIRING: The Home Association Seeks an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the Chief Operating Officer of The Home Association, Inc. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Click here to view the job description.

NOW HIRING: Tampa General Hospital Seeks Manager, Special Events (Foundation opening)

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President of Development/Executive Director of the Foundation, the Manager of Special Events plans, organizes, monitors and executes signature events to include the Circus, Gala, Golf Tournament and the Annual Dinner. Click here to view the complete job description.

NOW HIRING: Visit Tampa Bay Job Posting – Digital Engagement

Visit Tampa Bay leads the effort of economic development through tourism. Our vision is to Spark Global Passion for Visiting Tampa Bay. Our mission is to Create Vibrant Economic Growth by Selling and Promoting the Tampa Bay Destination. The independent not-for-profit organization represents more than 700 businesses throughout Tampa Bay and promotes the area as a choice destination for conventions and visitors.

Currently, we are looking for a tech savvy, creative, and innovative professional to manage our Digital Engagement. This person will be responsible for content creation including video, photography and copywriting for Visit Tampa Bay’s website, social media and email marketing channels in conjunction with the
company’s marketing strategies. Read more…

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Englander Fischer LLP Seeking Rainmaker/Complementary Law Group

Englander Fischer LLP, an AV-rated commercial law firm whose regional practice is headquartered in St. Petersburg, is looking for a rainmaker and/or Law Group in a legal discipline that would complement our existing firm strengths and add value to our practice. We practice in the areas of Appellate, Business and Commercial Litigation Arts, Corporate, Commercial Creditor Litigation, Wills, and Estate Planning.

An ideal candidate would possess 5+ years of experience and a solid and portable book of business. A complementing practice might include Health Care, Government, Labor and Employment Law, Real Estate & Finance, Professional Malpractice, Construction, Securities, Tax,   or Construction Law.

Confidential Inquiries should be directed to Evelyn Delgado COO @ or 727-898-7210

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BKS-Partners Launches Asset and Income Protection Offering

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) announces the launch of a new division that will work with businesses, entrepreneurs, families and successful individuals to design, procure and implement advanced life insurance and disability insurance for protection from loss of income and assets.

“Our clients have sophisticated assets. We want to ensure their financial legacy is protected against outdated or inefficient life insurance, disability insurance or long-term care coverage,” said Elizabeth Krystyn, Founding Partner at BKS-Partners. “Our firm is differentiated by a holistic approach. We take into account all aspects of a client’s life. This allows us to design the most comprehensive, accurate and meaningful asset and income insurance protection.”

The BKS-Partners asset and income protection business segment will design programs that respond to expected and unexpected events to ensure a client’s liquidity needs are met, business operations continue without interruption, personal and business assets are transitioned in an efficient manner and the impact of estate and business taxation are effectively minimized.

Jordan Loebel, J.D. will spearhead the new offering. “BKS-Partners has developed a reputation as an industry leader and has a history of forging strong relationships with affluent and successful families and entrepreneurs. The addition of the asset and income protection segment is a natural progression as we continue to find new and different ways to protect our clients’ futures.”

For families and individuals, BKS-Partners will implement advanced life insurance and disability insurance strategies to ensure a seamless transition in the event of a death or disability. For businesses, BKS-Partners will design an approach to maintain operations in the event of an anticipated or unanticipated departure of a key person. The asset and income protection division will offer several holistic insurance solutions for the continuity of operations, including key person coverage, funding buy/sell agreements, funding collateralization of business loans and offering disability protection.

Jordan Loebel may be reached at 813.452.3659 or

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USF Artists on Display at Stageworks Theatre


Many thanks to Exhibition Coordinator Tony Palms of the USF Contemporary Art Museum for creating a wonderful showcase of artwork from the University of South Florida.

You’ll get a chance to see some beautiful new work by Josué Charles, Jacqueline Flavio and Princess Simpson Rashid in Stageworks’ lobby.

We’re excited to bring the work of these talented artists to the Channel District. If you haven’t checked out the USF Contemporary Art Museum or the world-renowned USF Graphicstudio, these amazing resources are on the Tampa campus and well worth a visit – internationally-known artists share cutting-edge new work there all year round. Both the CAM and Graphicstudio offer exhibits, special programs, tours, lectures, films and more – most of them free.

USF Contemporary Art Museum. . .
USF Graphicstudio. . .

Our Artists. . .

Josué Charles. . . “When I need to explain why I create art, curiosity is the first word that springs to my mind. I am fascinated by the subtlety of things; I want to paint and share them with the viewers. I want them to be curious. One of my favorite quotes from Pablo Picasso is, ‘If I paint a wild horse you might not see the horse. . . but surely you will see the wildness!'”

Jacqueline Flavio. . . “In a memory, the wild spaces of our lands are compartmentalized and dissected. With such an abundance of information in every sensory form, the wild is too large to imagine the whole. The whole is a feeling, it is a tone, it is an atmosphere. In the experience we come to know this whole. . .  I want to understand my own attachment to the wild, to my artificial idea of the natural world. ”

* You can see more of Jacqueline Flavio’s work at the Studio@620 in downtown St Pete, through February 21. . .

Princess Simpson Rashid. . . has received many commissions to create paintings that depict scientific and math disciplines, as well as work that illustrates the dynamic nature of modern competitive sport fencing.

Exhibit Coordinator Tony Palms is a wonderful artist in his own right. . .

Many thanks to all our artists, and we hope that you enjoy their work while it’s gracing Stageworks through the month of March.

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PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge Invites Valspar Championship Fans to Help Raise Funds for Local Charities through Friendly Competition

At this year’s Valspar Championship presented by AT&T (March 9-15), fans have the opportunity to get in on the tournament’s charitable giving by participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, a program that will be implemented during the Valspar Championship and other tournaments across the PGA TOUR in 2015.

Played annually at the Copperhead Course of the Innisbrook Resort in the Tampa Bay area, the Valspar Championship has raised more than $25 million for area charities including Copperhead Charities, the tournament’s primary beneficiary. And from now until Saturday, March 14, fans can help add to that charitable total by voting for their favorite Valspar Championship volunteer at

At the end of the voting period, the volunteer with the most votes will have the chance to present a check from Astellas Pharma US for $10,000 in his or her name to one of the charities supported by Copperhead Charities. In addition, the Valspar Championship has the potential to raise additional funds for charity based on the number of votes earned by volunteers, including an additional $5,000 for 5,000 votes; $10,000 for 10,000 votes; and $15,000 for 15,000 votes, totaling an additional $30,000 donation to Copperhead Charities.

“The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a great new way for fans to help generate funds for local causes while showing their support for the more than 1,600 volunteers who annually donate their time, passion and commitment to help orchestrate the Valspar Championship,” said Tracy West, Valspar Championship tournament director. “We encourage everyone to visit the website and vote for your favorite volunteer, and we encourage volunteers who have not yet signed up for the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge to do so and begin encouraging friends, family member and co-workers to get out and vote.”

Additionally, fans can visit the Putt for Charity Challenge on the Copperhead Course of the Innisbrook Resort to help increase the donation for local charities.  The Putt for Charity Challenge will enable tournament attendees to test their putting skills, with three chances to win exciting prizes. Astellas will donate $1 to Copperhead Charities for each person who participates, up to $5,000.  For more information on the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, visit

For tournament tickets and more information about the Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, visit

Lee Westwood to Make Valspar Debut, Choi, Goosen & Harrington Return

A new face and some old friends have joined the field for the 2015 Valspar Championship presented by BB&T which will be contested March 12-15 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

The newcomer to the Copperhead is Lee Westwood who will be making his Valspar Championship debut. The eight-time member of the European Ryder Cup team was the top-ranked player in the world as recently as 2011 and has been a fixture in the Official World Golf Ranking top 50 for almost all of the last two decades. He recently won for the 40th time as a professional at the 2014 Thailand Open.

The familiar faces are K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington.Choi and Goosen are the only two-time winners of the Valspar Championship. Choi won in 2002 and ’06, and also counts the 2011 THE PLAYERS Championship among his eight career PGA TOUR titles. With nearly $2.3 million, the South Korean ranks first in career Valspar Championship earnings. Goosen, victorious in 2003 and ’09, has won 31 times around the world, including seven triumphs on the PGA TOUR.  The native of South Africa counts the 2001 and ’04 U.S. Open among his victories.  His 64 in last year’s third round was his best score on the Copperhead.

Harrington, who received a sponsor exemption, holds the Copperhead Course record with his score of 61 in the first round in 2012.  Among his 22 worldwide professional victories are a pair of British Opens (2007 and ’08) and the PGA Championship in 2008.  He has been a member of six Ryder Cup teams.


The Valspar Championship will be welcoming a trio of Grammy winners on Saturday, March 14 when The Band Perry performs in concert in the inaugural Valspar LIVE! event. The three siblings, Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, were honored Sunday with a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their recent single “Gentle On My Mind.”  Among their other awards is the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards “Top Vocal Group.”

The Band Perry will perform on Saturday after the completion of play at approximately 7 p.m. on the Osprey Driving Range adjacent to the 14th hole of the Copperhead Course.  Admission is free to all Saturday tournament attendees.


Valspar Championship Week is so big now it needs an extra day.

Activity on the Copperhead will begin this year on Sunday, March 8 with the finals of the 3M $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge.  Qualifying is now on-going at nearly 100 Tampa Bay area golf courses with anyone making an ace in a 45-day period up to March 1st eligible to compete.  There have been 14 qualifiers so far at the midway point of the competition.

If any of the finalists can duplicate their hole in one on the 17th hole of the Copperhead at 4:30 p.m. on the 8th, they will win $1 million.  All finalists will receive prizes with a special prize for the golfer closest to the pin.

Then, on Monday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m., a field of 26 teams will take to the Copperhead for the Trinity Pharma Group Pro-Celeb-Am presented by BB&T.  In addition to a PGA TOUR pro, each group of three amateurs will also welcome a top celebrity.  Former Buccaneers Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks are the hosts with a partial list of other expected celebrities including Vincent Jackson, Mike Alstott, Fred McGriff, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Dave Andreychuk, auto racing’s Nigel Mansell and boxer Antonio Tarver.

Admission to the course on Monday is free of charge.

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The Mosaic Café Opens at Florida Polytechnic University Thanks to Generosity of The Mosaic Company

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The Mosaic Café officially opened at Florida Polytechnic University on Friday thanks to a naming gift from The Mosaic Company. The newly named Mosaic Café is a grab-and-go coffee and snack bar inside the University’s iconic Innovation, Science and Technology Building.

The Mosaic Company gift supports student scholarships and the University’s educational mission.

“Our students, faculty and staff will all certainly enjoy getting a hot cup of coffee and something to eat at the Mosaic Café,” said University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “But the thing all of us at Florida Poly are most grateful for is the continuing support The Mosaic Company is giving us to move STEM innovation forward in Florida and beyond.”

Mosaic, the world’s largest combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients, is one of Florida Poly’s industry partners and is a major corporate supporter of the University Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation has raised more than $3 million to support scholarships for every member of the University’s Inaugural Class, helping to provide a relevant education geared toward preparing students to enter the high-tech workforce job ready. Scholarships will also be available for the University’s second incoming class, which begins this fall.

“With its unique STEM-focused mission, Florida Polytechnic University is attracting the best and brightest students from throughout the country and placing them here in our backyard. Collaborating with a cutting-edge university like Florida Poly helps to ensure Mosaic has a pipeline of new talent and remains globally competitive,” said Gary “Bo” Davis, Mosaic’s Senior Vice President of Phosphate Operations. “We’re proud to support Florida Poly during this exciting time of growth and hope that the Mosaic Café will be a true asset to the student body.”

In addition to supporting Florida Polytechnic University, Mosaic and its employees have long been involved with the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR), now a Florida Polytechnic research institution. FIPR Institute has worked for more than 35 years to support phosphate-related studies to improve the environment, protect public health, increase mining and processing efficiency and develop sustainability through improved technology.

“The Foundation is fortunate to have a stalwart partner in The Mosaic Company,” said Grant E. Martin, Florida Poly’s Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the University Foundation. “The Mosaic Café is a delightful reminder of the commitment Mosaic has made to the educational future of our students and advancement of quality research.”

Located inside the IST Building behind the Aula Magna, The Mosaic Café serves Starbucks coffees and teas, as well as an assortment of ready-to-eat food and other refreshments.

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Creative Contractors Completes Facility for St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School


Creative Contractors Inc. recently completed a 24,800 sq.ft. education and athletics facility for St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School in Tampa. Designed by Holmes Hepner Architects, the $5.2 million project included a gymnasium, locker rooms, new classrooms, a multi-purpose area, a board room, and outdoor common spaces.

To see more photos of this building and Creative’s other education projects, click here.

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Absolute Mobile Solutions’ Alfred Goldberg Provides Advice to Emerging Entrepreneurs at the 2015 Hillsborough County Startup Quest Program

226973_10150176252899861_789944860_6662381_826962_nAbsolute Mobile Solutions president Alfred Goldberg will share his experience and expertise as a guest speaker for the 2015 Hillsborough County Startup Quest Program on Monday, March 2 at the Centre Club in Tampa, FL. Startup Quest is a 10-week entrepreneurship training program that connects teams of emerging entrepreneurs with successful business owners to learn the steps needed to transform inventions and cutting edge technology, provided by partner companies and universities, into a product for the marketplace. The March 2 program will focus on “Understanding Your Value Proposition.” Read more…

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Port Tampa Bay Reports Successful Annual Steel Conference and Safety Summit


Pictured, L to R: Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president & CEO, welcomes attendees and presenters to the 26th Annual Tampa Steel Conference, held at the port’s Cruise Terminal 3, February 11-12. Steel Conference attendees enjoy the first of three expert panel discussions regarding the global steel industry and related economic trends.

Port Tampa Bay is very pleased to report that its signature events held this week, the annual Tampa Steel Conference and Safety & Risk Mitigation Summit, were both well attended and informative, bringing together industry and transportation professionals and experts to the port’s Cruise Terminal 3, Wednesday through Friday. Read more…

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Lilypad Helps Crossfit Athletes Achieve Nutrition and Wellness Goals

Twice a year the athletes at CrossFit 813 in Tampa Florida, come together for a month long nutrition and wellness challenge.  Participants track diet, water intake, sleep, workouts, and fitness goals.  The program has produced amazing results, however historically the amount of data collection and processing required has been a daunting task to manage.

This year, CrossFit 813 chose to leverage LilyPad to help run the challenge.  LilyPad, while mostly used as an enterprise solution, turned out to be the perfect communication and activity tracking platform for both athletes and coaches. Read more…

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Member Events

February 27: Sixth Annual A Pair to Remember to Benefit Easter Seals Florida

Sixth Annual A Pair to Remember to Benefit Easter Seals Florida

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Get ready to sip champagne, celebrate spring and socialize with friends at the Sixth Annual A Pair to Remember Ladies Luncheon & Shoe Auction taking place on February 27, 2015 at the InterContinental Tampa Hotel. Sponsor this event or buy a ticket today! 

Date:  Friday, February 27, 2015

Time:  11am – 2pm

Location:  InterContinental Tampa Hotel
4680 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

Tickets:  $125
$1,500 Table for Ten

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March 6: Children’s Cancer Center to Host 7th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge

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March 9 – 13Stageworks’ Teen Creative Spring Break Camp

Stageworks Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Karla Hartley, will be teaching and directing this week-long camp for the serious teenaged actor.

When:  March 9-13, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Stageworks Theater
Cost: $150, lunch is provided each day of the camp

AUDITIONS: Wednesday, February 18, 7 pm

Beginning Monday, March 9th, an elite group of fifteen students from the Tampa Bay area will begin a week long intensive rehearsal process for The Bully Plays, directed by Karla Hartley. This extraordinary opportunity will culminate in a performance at the Creative Loafing GASP Festival 2015 on March 27th, 2015.

This camp will work exactly like a professional rehearsal process. Students will choose five 10 minute plays from The Bully Plays collection.  Under the direction of Karla Hartley, the selected plays will be staged and rehearsed preparing for a performance at the 2015 GASP Festival: The Gasparilla Fringe Festival.

Entrance to Teen Creatives camp will be by audition only.   Auditions for students from  high schools in the Tampa Bay area will be Wednesday evening, February 18th at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.

Please prepare two contrasting 1 minute monologues and bring a headshot and resume. For more informations email Karla Hartley at
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 New Hires & Promotions

Established Attorney Joins Trenam Kemker’s St. Petersburg Office

Young GeoffThe law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Geoff Young has joined the firm as Senior Counsel.  Geoff has extensive experience in foreclosures, receiverships, loan redocumentation, loan sales, structuring and documenting loan workouts, resolution of bank operation issues, insurance defense, and defense and prosecution of lender liability cases.  Geoff also has experience in commercial and bank litigation. He represents investors in locating and acquiring portfolios and specific assets. Geoff is based in the firm’s St. Petersburg office.

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The Dikman Company is Announces New Hires

The Dikman Company recently announced they’ve hired two new individuals to join their team. Lex Goldenberg and Erika Zipfel Matscherz will be providing The Dikman Company with sales, leasing and property management expertise.

lex-goldenberg-webLex Goldenberg has been appointed to handle sales and leasing activities. Goldenberg has over 35 successful years in the automobile and truck parts industries which gives him a thorough knowledge of many facets of the commercial industry. His strengths are in sales, P&L management, operations and executive management. He’s well-versed in the most critical areas of running a business, including manufacturing and distribution, which allows him to formulate the best answers for his clients’ needs.

headshot-2Matscherz was hired as Property Services Manager as part of The Dikman Company’s Property Management Division expansion. She previously worked with The Dikman Company from 2002-2007 handling administrative and marketing activities. Matscherz now works with Property Management Administrator, Renee Tate. Her primary duties include serving as a liaison between the tenants and landlords as well as ensuring that the properties are maintained with minimal responsibility to the property owner. Matscherz has more than five years experience in property management of both commercial and multifamily properties. She previously served as a paralegal in an estate planning law firm and also ran a home-decorating business.

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Member Accolades

GrayRobinson Shareholder Begins Term on the Board of Directors of the Westshore Alliance

Yang Grace (Tampa)Grace H. Yang, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Tampa office, has begun a two-year term of service on the board of directors of the Westshore Alliance. Established in 1983, the Westshore Alliance is a business-based, membership-driven organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for employees and member companies in the Westshore Business District of Tampa.

Yang’s practice includes compliance issues for alcohol beverage and food vendors; alcohol, hotel, restaurant and other retail licensing work; representation of alcohol and hospitality industry members before local, state and federal administrative agencies; land use issues, including alcohol-related conditional or special use permitting and variance issues; drafting and negotiating various types of agreements; alcohol tax issues; and other matters affecting hospitality industry members.

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Partner Robert C. Rasmussen Re-elected as Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa Board Chairman

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that partner Bob Rasmussen has been re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa. He also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa is an independent charitable organization that operates Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The Board of Trustees of the Zoological Society is responsible for the Zoo’s overall direction, financial health, and relationships with its constituencies in support of Zoo programs for research, education, recreation, and conservation. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has been named the No. 1 Zoo in America by both Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004).

“We congratulate Bob on his re-election as Chairman of the Board of Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “We place great value on the contributions that our attorneys make to their communities.”

Bob Rasmussen is a corporate and securities lawyer who is listed in all the prominent listings of top business lawyers in Florida, including Best Lawyers®, Chambers USA (Band 1), Florida Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent rating). He represents public and private businesses in all stages of development and in a broad range of corporate and financial matters, including primarily recapitalizations, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity financings. Bob has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the Tampa “Lawyer of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions in 2014 and for Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2015.

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