Member Highlights: April 5 – 11, 2015

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Member News

Fifth Third Bank Partners with Metropolitan Ministries to Fight Hunger

Local Bank Pledges to Feed 10,000 Families to Celebrate Fifth Third Day

The “Fifth Third Feeding Families” food drive – aimed at collecting enough non-perishable items to feed 10,000 families throughout Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Jacksonville – will run from April 1 through May 3 (“Fifth Third Day”).

In Tampa Bay, for the sixth consecutive year, Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries in their efforts to fight hunger in the Bay area.

“We believe that an ongoing investment in our community can make a meaningful impact,” said Brian Lamb, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). “We’re proud to once again be working with a great organization like Metropolitan Ministries to help families and children in need throughout Tampa Bay.”

Metropolitan Ministries is one of the leading nonprofits in the area that provides support to hungry children and families in the four-county Tampa Bay area. The collected items will be distributed to people in need in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

“The need for food in our community continues to grow, and the donated items will directly help people right here in our own backyards,” said Tim Marks, president and CEO of Metropolitan Ministries. “We are humbled that Fifth Third Bank has once again focused on contributing to our mission to fight hunger and provide hope.”

Food collection bins are set up at all 107 Fifth Third banking centers throughout Tampa Bay, Central Florida and Jacksonville markets. Bank employees and customers – as well as local businesses and community residents – are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, such as canned fruits and meats, rice, boxed cereal and beans.

To donate, stop by your local Fifth Third banking center or visit to find a location near you.

About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2014, the Company had $139 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,302 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,638 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 22.8% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2014, had $308 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858.  Member FDIC.

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Member Events

April 11: Dress to Impress for 13 Ugly Men “White Party” Hosted at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Pool

The highly anticipated 13 Ugly Men “White Party” returns to Seminole Hard Rock Tampa this Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

The 13 Ugly Men White Party has been labeled the “Signature Party” in Tampa Bay and traditionally has attracted over 1,000 people – all dressed to impress in white attire. This year’s party will be bigger and better than ever.

The party hours have been extended until 2 a.m. and table game felts and dealers will be supporting the cause dressed in all white attire.

Proceeds from the party will be used for Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay, a charity that provides resources by assisting and mentoring hardworking families in need, including those who have encountered domestic violence.

Tickets for the event are $49 for women and $69 for men and can be purchased at White Party.

Included with the event, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will be offering guests casino cuisine throughout the evening including: “A Taste of Rock & Raw,” “A Taste of Rise” and “A Taste of Fresh Harvest.”

A bonus is the late night menu offered by Hard Rock Cafe (from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.) which will include sandwiches and barbeque.

With five events annually, the 13 Ugly Men Foundation raises money for local charities and organizations that benefit children’s issues, women’s issues, crisis intervention, law enforcement and the military.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, this electrifying casino destination is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world and is located in Tampa, Florida off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. Featuring high stakes table games along with thousands of the hottest slot machines, the rock star amenities at this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and casino range from seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, a newly renovated Rock Spa® and VIP services galore. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 199 venues in 63 countries, including 153 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Rio de Janeiro and Marrakech. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

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April 16: LilyPad Solutions Webinar – “Drive Sales through Smarter Activity: Motivation with a Focused Approach”


Drive Sales Through Smarter Activity: “Motivation with a Focused Approach”

Thursday, April 16th, 2PM EST

Join Jay Robinson, Regional Manager at  Oskar Blues Brewery and Eric Rabinovitz, CEO of  LilyPad Solutions, as they share how Oskar Blues leverages LilyPad to motivate their sales team, simplify data collection & increase activity based selling. You’ll learn:

  • Why Activity Management is a hot topic and what you need to know about it.
  • How to expand your account universe.
  • How social sharing plays a significant role in daily motivation and coaching.
  • Why your ‘CRM’ may not be the entire solution.

Who Should Attend:

  • VP, Sales & Operations
  • General Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Operations Managers

Reserve your seat today. It’ll be well worth your time.

Click here for more details:

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April 16: Operation Helping Hand Monthly Dinner


This month’s Operation Helping Hand dinner will be on Thursday, April 16, 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 or 

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April 23: La Segunda Central Bakery Celebrates 100 Years!

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New Hires & Promotions

Gina Giacusa Joins Trenam Kemker’s Tampa Office

Giacusa GinaThe law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Gina Giacusa has joined the firm as an Associate and will practice in the Business Transactions Group.  Gina has experience assisting businesses with entity formation and maintenance, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, consulting agreements and various other general business transactions.

Before joining the firm, Gina was an associate at Lalchandani Simon PL.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Florida and her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Founded in 1970, Trenam Kemker ranks among the largest law firms in Florida, with offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Trenam Kemker works regionally with clients in the following practice areas: bankruptcy, creditors’ rights & insolvency, business transactions, commercial litigation, construction law and government contracting, employment law, health care, employee benefits, private client services and real estate transactions and lending. The firm is committed to the service of its clients, the community and the improvement of the legal profession. For more information, visit Trenam Kemker online at

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Greenberg Traurig Tampa Adds Jamie Moore Marcario as Labor and Employment Associate

Marcario_Jamie_M_v1International law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has added Jamie Moore Marcario to its Tampa office as an associate in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice.

Marcario focuses her practice on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on defending employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and civil rights cases in state and federal courts.  She also represents clients before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Florida Commission on Human Relations, and National Labor Relations Board.

“In addition to excellent academic credentials, Jamie has significant private-sector business experience that will provide added value to clients.  And, as the seventh former judicial law clerk in our office, Jamie brings that valuable perspective to her practice as well.  We are very pleased that Jamie has joined our team,” said David B. Weinstein, Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Tampa office.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Marcario defended clients in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, transportation, and aviation.  Marcario has significant experience with federal and state regulatory issues governing healthcare clients—e.g., PSQIA, Florida’s Amendment 7, HIPAA, HITECH Act, EMTALA, and STARK. She has represented hospitals, physicians, and physician practice groups in medical malpractice, licensure, peer review, breach of contract, and employment disputes.

“Greenberg Traurig is an incredible firm comprised of intelligent, dedicated and authentic people. As a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment team, not only do I have the opportunity to learn from national-caliber lawyers like Pete Zinober and Rich McCrea, I have the chance to use the combination of my regulatory knowledge, litigation skills, and writing experience to assist our clients in smoothly navigating complex legal waters,” Marcario said.

Prior to her legal career, Marcario gained valuable experience in the pharmaceutical industry and subsequently served as the Director of Editorial Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About Greenberg Traurig -Tampa

Greenberg Traurig’s Tampa office represents clients in a broad array of civil and criminal litigation, trial, and appellate practice in state and federal courts—including complex and high-stakes trials—both in Florida and around the country.  We also regularly represent clients in labor & employment, real estate, environmental, land development, corporate, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, public finance, tax, and other business planning and transactions.  We work closely with our Orlando office to offer clients full-service representation in the region, with our six other Florida offices to provide seamless state-wide representation, and with dozens of Greenberg Traurig offices in the United States and abroad to provide clients with both local expertise and global reach. Nine Greenberg Traurig Tampa practices are listed as top-tier by U.S. News–Best Law Firms. And, members of our team are recognized in Chambers and Partners USA Guide, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the “Power Elite” in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms’ client relationships. For additional information, please visit

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