Member Highlights: April 12 – 18, 2015


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Florida Poly’s Annual Industry Partner Summit Brings Together Leading Minds in High Tech

John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Tech Data, speaks at the second annual Industry Partner Summit at Florida Polytechnic University, which drew more than 100 representatives from high-tech firms.

John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Tech Data, speaks at the second annual Industry Partner Summit at Florida Polytechnic University, which drew more than 100 representatives from high-tech firms.

Business leaders in innovation and technology from throughout the Southeast traveled to Florida Polytechnic University’s campus Wednesday for Florida Poly’s Second Annual Industry Partner Summit.

The event brought together more than 100 professionals from industry-leading firms, including Nielsen, Tech Data, Florida Blue, Publix, Mosaic and Saddle Creek Logistics, to help inform the University’s curriculum and connect them with additional opportunities to collaborate with the University. The summit culminated with a keynote address by John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Tech Data, one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products and services and a Florida Poly industry partner.

“Our goal at Florida Poly is to prepare students to enter the workforce as innovative problem-solvers,” said University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “Working closely with industry is the best way to guarantee our degree programs meet real-world industry needs, and our partners know that by helping to shape the next generation of STEM leaders they’re investing in their own future success as well.”

As part of its robust industry partnership program, Florida Poly works closely with more than 90 high-tech companies from across Florida and the United States to spur innovation and produce real-world solutions to problems facing government and industry. The partnerships also provide hands-on opportunities for students.

“Our students have the chance to work closely with companies that will potentially hire them one day, and that’s a major early advantage in today’s competitive workforce,” said Florida Poly’s Director of Industry Partnerships Sean Malott. “Offering internship and job opportunities to Florida Poly students also gives our partners early access to emerging STEM talent. So it’s a win-win opportunity.”

Industry leaders participating in the summit offered feedback on ways to enhance Florida Poly’s curriculum and received information about additional partnership opportunities with Florida Poly such as joint research, product development, service on advisory boards and internship programs.

John Tonnison, Tech Data’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, delivered the keynote address about the importance of collaboration between industry and higher education, particularly in regard to the rapidly evolving STEM fields.

Tonnison is responsible for the worldwide innovation strategy, IT capabilities and operations at global giant Tech Data. Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., Tech Data Corporation is one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries.

“At Tech Data, we continually look to recruit and retain the best and the brightest employees,” said Tonnison. “That’s one of the reasons that we are thrilled to be an industry partner at Florida Poly—so we can work together to support STEM education programs and ultimately prepare graduates for high-tech careers.”

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Schifino Lee Utilizes Locations throughout Tampa Bay to Shoot New Television Commercial for Westshore Pizza

Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding has produced a series of new television commercials for the largest regional pizza chain in Hillsborough and Pasco counties, Westshore Pizza. The new commercials were shot in various locations across Tampa Bay and are an extension of the company’s successful 2013 “We. Love. Good.” rebranding and advertising campaign.

The “We. Love. Good.” concept used in both the 2013 and 2015 campaigns is based around the idea of “the good life”. Friends, family, fun, good food, and how Westshore Pizza can help enhance or quite literally deliver those aspects of “the good life” are the focus of the campaign. To illustrate this concept, Schifino Lee shot a series of vignettes around the Tampa Bay area: a fun-loving beach bonfire on St. Petersburg Beach, a spirited little league baseball game held at Tampa Bay Little League, an enjoyable front porch party at a Bayshore Boulevard bungalow, and of course tons of pizza imagery shot on-location at Westshore Pizza.

“Not only do we love the work Schifino Lee has done for us, we love the results,” says Keith Koehler, Co-Owner & CFO of Westshore Pizza. “They’ve helped to dramatically increase sales, web traffic, and investor interest. Paola, Amanda, and the team are the best!”

Following Westshore Pizza’s 2013 rebranding and advertising campaign produced by Schifino Lee, in one year the company saw a 22% increase in sales. The current advertising campaign will serve as an effort to continue to build and sustain customer loyalty and increase sales in 2015.

View the 2015 :30 TV Commercial Here:

About Schifino Lee:
Schifino Lee is a national branding agency with a proven track record for building brands through integrated communications in digital, traditional, experiential and social media. Schifino Lee clients include WellCare Health Plans, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Gerdau, M.E. Wilson, Vigo Importing/Alessi, and The Bank of Tampa. Information is available at

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ Celebrates the Harlem Renaissance at Stageworks

Get ready Tampa Bay,
the Jazz Revolution is coming to the Channel District!

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Cast member Tron Montgomery and Musical Director David Estevez. Photo by Erica Sutherlin

Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’

May 1-17
Stageworks Theatre

Preview: Thursday, April 30

The Harlem Renaissance will be reincarnated on May 1 as Stageworks Theatre gets ready to welcome back the Roaring ’20s with Ain’t Misbehavin’ – the critically acclaimed musical based on jazz legend Fats Waller’s musical genius that left Broadway audiences enthralled with a magical 1,600-performance run.

 (from L to R) Production Manager Mariana Hunt, Cast members Latoya McCormick, Naomy Ambroise and Tia Jemison, Musical Director David Estevez. Photo by Erica Sutherlin.

(from L to R) Production Manager Mariana Hunt, Cast members Latoya McCormick, Naomy Ambroise and Tia Jemison, Musical Director David Estevez. Photo by Erica Sutherlin.

Starring Tia Jemison, Latoya McCormick, Tron Montgomery, Frank Edmondson and Naomy Ambroise – five outstanding “Triple Threat” actors – and directed by Erica C. Sutherlin, this rendition of the Tony Award-winning play will have audiences feeling like they are in Manhattan’s Cotton Club or The Savoy enjoying Waller standards such as “Loungin’ at the Waldorf” and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

One of the most popular, well-crafted musical revues of all time, Ain’t Misbehavin’ began its amazing Broadway run in 1978 starring stage legends Nell Carter, Ken Page, Charlayne Woodard and Armelia McQueen and winning the New York Drama Circle Best Musical Award that year.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ has left generations of audiences wanting more of the high-energy,

Set design model. Photo by Frank Chavez.

Set design model. Photo by Frank Chavez.

heart-pounding Waller-style jazz which was the inspiration for other legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

Under the musical direction of David Estevez, Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be the must-see musical of the season.

For tickets visit or call 813-374-2416.

For updates on the play follow us in Twitter (@StageworksTampa), Instagram (stageworkstampa) or Facebook (Stageworks Theatre).

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Port Tampa Bay Receives Shipment of New Embraer Aircraft Components from Brazil


Pictured left to right: The Embraer Phenom 300 Business jet (Photo courtesy Embraer). Embraer aircraft components from Brazil being offloaded from an NYK RoRo vessel at Port Tampa Bay and destined for the Embraer manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Fla. (Photo Port Tampa Bay)

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the arrival and the delivery of aircraft components destined for Embraer’s Executive jet assembly plant in Melbourne, Fla.

Embraer’s Executive Jets Campus is part of Embraer S.A., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial and business jets headquartered in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Melbourne facility currently manufactures the Phenom 100E and Phenom 300, and is slated to begin manufacturing the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft in 2016.  The aircraft components, produced in Brazil, will be used in the final assembly of Embraer’s executive jets.

The assemblies were delivered from Santos, Brazil to Tampa by NYK RoRo on March 18, 2015 through the NYK North South service.  This is the inaugural call in Tampa for the NYK service which includes calls in Brazil, Mexico, Aruba, Venezuela, Curacao and Argentina.  NYK RoRo is a division of Tokyo-based NYK Line, one of the world’s largest shipping and transportation companies.  Stevedoring and terminal handling were provided by Ports America.               Of note, the Phenom 300 was the most delivered business jet in the world, for two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014.

“We are excited to work with a successful global leader like Embraer. They continue to lead the way throughout the world and specifically here in Central Florida, with their ever-growing and industry leading executive jet manufacturing facility. Port Tampa Bay has had the trust of many global companies with the handling of specialty project cargoes such as these components, and we look forward to providing critical logistics services for Embraer for years to come,” Paul Anderson, president & CEO of Port Tampa Bay, said.

About Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center.

About Embraer

Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visit

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The Iron Yard Offers Scholarships for Programming Courses

The Iron Yard is offering a $1,000 Diversity Scholarship and multiple $3,000 “What Would You Build” Scholarships sponsored by Mad Mobile and the St Pete Chamber for our next classes starting on May 4th.

Our info pages are below for each program we offer here in St. Petersburg – Tampa. At the bottom of each page, you’ll find a link to apply to the session & course. Classes start May 4th in St. Pete!

Front End Engineering

Rails Engineering

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OAI Visual Branding Services Support Tampa Bay Rowdies Branding Program

RowdiesAs the preferred graphics provider of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, OAI Visual Branding has created a new look and feel for Al Lang Stadium that will drive attendance, enhance fan experiences, deliver branded impressions and increase sponsorship benefits through the use of compelling visual environments.

“We are so pleased that OAI Visual Branding products are playing such a huge role in the rebranding of AL Lang Stadium for the Tampa Bay Rowdies,” said Crystal Richardson, Sales Manager of OAI Visual Branding. “The community is already responding positively to the renovations at the facility, and we believe the new look and feel provided by our products will continue to enhance attendee experiences for seasons to come.”

The updates to Al Lang Stadium provided by OAI Visual Branding create a total fan experience both inside and outside of the property. The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ goal was to make Al Lang Stadium feel like home; OAI Visual Branding delivered on this goal by utilizing team images, colors and logos across various surfaces including: field walls, stencils for field graphics and mural painting, window graphics, sponsorship signage, wallscapes, grandstand wraps, concourse signage, breezeway covers and much more.

About OAI

OAI provides Visual Branding solutions that enhance brand identity while increasing impressions such as the design, production and delivery of high-resolution displays, décor packages, pole banners, billboards, signage and ad specialty items along with media buying services. 

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Member Events

April 20: New Life Village Hosts Young Professionals Event

+New Life

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May 5: FrankCrum Staffing Hosts Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Benefiting My Hope Chest  


Dear Tampa Chamber Members,

FrankCrum Staffing invites you to join us for our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta benefiting My Hope Chest  on Tuesday, May 5 from 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM at the FrankCrum Staffing Headquarters. This event is in conjunction with “Give Day Tampa Bay” (A 24 hour day of giving, raising money for local nonprofits) to make a difference in breast cancer survivors’ lives by helping to fund the final step of breast cancer treatment: breast reconstruction.

Come out for an evening of fun, music and entertainment, inspirational speeches from breast cancer survivors, 50/50 raffle & raffle items, free appetizers including a chip and dip station, cash bar and much more.

This is going to be an event not to miss. 

Purchase your ticket(s) for this event today!:

Minimum $25 Donation

Can’t make it to the event on May 5th, but still want to donate?

DONATE HERE on May 5th- starting at 12:01 am: 

My Hope Chest is the ONLY national organization funding breast reconstruction for uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors. Their mission is to restore self-esteem, dignity and confidence to breast cancer survivors after mastectomy. 

To learn more about My Hope Chest and to donate visit

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities:
Contact (727) 488-0320 or

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May 12: 44th Annual Tampa Bay Mayors Prayer Breakfast

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May 13: The Society of Emotional Intelligence Hosts “Emotional Intelligence: Who Needs It?”


Getting started: One week prior to attending the seminar, you will take the *EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment. The EQ-i 2.0® has been used by over one million individuals worldwide making the EQ-i 2.0® the first scientifically developed and validated measure of emotional intelligence. The results of the assessment will be used to highlight potential areas for development. Having an accurate assessment is a must for improving EI.
Purchase this seminar here.

Trenam Kemker Shareholder Nikole Garcia Receives AV Preeminent Rating

Garcia, NikoleTrenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Nikole D. Garcia has received the rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell.  Nikole is a Shareholder and works in the firm’s Real Estate and Lending Transactions Group.  She is based in the Tampa office.

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.  AV Preeminent is the highest rating.

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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