Member Highlights: April 26 – May 2, 2015

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

Member Events

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

USF Health’s CAMLS Offers Unique Meeting/Event Venue

Searching for a new venue for your company’s next meeting or business function? Do you seek an environment that infuses innovative thinking and energizes team?

Open 7-days-a-week and located in the heart of downtown Tampa, USF Health’s Chamber_Placement1_300x250Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) is the perfect spot!  With 25,000 square feet of unique, flexible meeting space, CAMLS is ideal for the next corporate retreat, company gathering, quarterly investors meeting, and employee training session or social outing. Every day more non-healthcare companies, large and small, are discovering the magic of the CAMLS environment.

CAMLS’ meeting and conference space includes a 200-seat auditorium, 200-seat dining room, 38-seat executive board room, 50-seat mini- auditorium and 5 flexible space breakout rooms.  Each meeting room includes a comprehensive, AV package, including podium with microphone, PC, AppleTV (in select rooms), DVD player, and ceiling mounted LCD projector and screen.  The 200-seat auditorium features complimentary, high-speed WiFi and electrical power at each seat, pop up microphones enabling participants to address the speaker, and an audience response system at every seat!  Other features include 100% global communications enabling clients to connect across town or across the globe! To make hosting an event even easier, CAMLS’ full, onsite caterer can meet any need, from simple break sessions to full-scale, high-end social or client events.  Find out how to book your next function at CAMLS by visiting and “Explore the Facility” and a take virtual tour of the Center.

Discover the CAMLS Experience!

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Florida Poly Successfully Wraps Up First Academic Year

Students at Florida Polytechnic University take their final exams this week, marking the end of the school’s first academic year and a number of historic achievements.

In just nine short months, Florida Poly’s inaugural class accomplished several “firsts,” including selecting the Phoenix as the University’s official mascot, building a student government, creating recreational clubs and activities, experiencing immersive hands-on learning opportunities, conducting research, working alongside nearly 90 industry partners, and generating products with patent potential.

“I am so proud of our remarkable students who actively shaped campus culture while engaging in Florida Poly’s rigorous, hands-on, industry-inspired academic programs,” said University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “Students have and will continue to build Florida Poly from the ground up. I’m excited to see the impact the second incoming class will have this fall.”

Students have already developed ideas and product concepts that meet the demands of industry. In December, nine student teams presented their product ideas to an industry panel for noise cancellation systems, wi-fi enhancers and energy harvesting equipment for hikers.  The winning teams are now receiving support from Florida Poly to develop their ideas and file for provisional patents.  Another University student is also receiving support to pursue a unique 3D printing concept he developed on his own.

Florida Poly will welcome its second class of students in August 2015. Student inquiries up more than 100 percent over last year, and applications are still being accepted.

“This year’s class set a high bar for both academic excellence and student involvement in University activities,” said Director of Student Affairs Dr. Steven S. Warner. “I’m confident that our next class will jump right in. That’s just the type of hands-on culture that students have built here at Florida Poly. From the University standpoint, we’ll continue to do all we can to foster innovation, learning and creativity.”

Full-time students attending Florida Poly in the 2015-2016 academic year can once again count on robust scholarships. Amounts will vary from student to student and are based on academic achievements. Most scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for each Financial Aid Year, for four years.

Florida Poly’s luxury, on-campus Residence Hall is also still available for the 2015-2016 academic year. Designed with the modern student in mind, the Residence Hall is comfortable, secure and offers fully furnished three- and four-bedroom suites that have the latest technology and accommodations. Incoming freshman receive priority for this option, located just a two-minute walk from the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building.

“This first academic year really exceeded our expectations in terms of student quality and engagement. Florida Poly is well on its way to becoming a leader in STEM education,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli. “As we continue to grow and develop our offerings, both in and out of the classroom, I can only imagine what Florida Poly and its students will achieve.”

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is the state’s 12th public university and the newest member of the State University System of Florida. Dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the University blends applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus, located in Lakeland, Fla. along the I-4 High Tech Corridor, opened for classes on Aug. 25, 2014.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Names ChappellRoberts as Agency Draft Pick

This football season, there were two scouting combines for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — one for hot new players and another for a new agency of record. ChappellRoberts, one of Tampa Bay’s largest advertising agencies, was officially drafted as the agency of record for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Entering the most anticipated football season to date, ChappellRoberts will assist in creating a comprehensive, strategic campaign designed to spark an emotional bond between the Tampa Bay community and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We are thrilled to add the dynamic brand of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to our roster,” said Colleen Chappell, president and CEO, ChappellRoberts. “Partnering with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during one of the most anticipated seasons in history makes this win even more exciting. We’re incredibly proud to be part of their winning marketing team.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected ChappellRoberts after an intensive selection process that scored winning attributes: creative execution, collaborative approach and strategic insights.

“We are excited to begin this relationship with ChappellRoberts, a nationally recognized local agency with deep roots and an unparalleled understanding of the Tampa Bay community,” said Buccaneers Chief Marketing Officer Brian Killingsworth. “ChappellRoberts has forged its reputation through strategic thinking and innovative ideas, two qualities that will play a vital role in helping us accomplish our goal of engaging the entire region for what promises to be an exciting era in Buccaneer football.”

As part of the agreement, ChappellRoberts will collaborate with the Buccaneers marketing team to create a fully integrated marketing campaign focused on celebrating the team’s deep connection to the people and communities in and around the Tampa Bay area.


About ChappellRoberts

ChappellRoberts drives results with unexpected ideas for its clients through branding, advertising, public relations and marketing. Founded nearly 35 years ago, ChappellRoberts is located in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. For more information, go to

About Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in their 40th year as members of the National Football League and compete in the National Football Conference’s South Division. They were purchased by the late Malcolm Glazer in 1995 and are currently owned by the Glazer Family. Established in 1976, the Buccaneers have totaled six division championships, one conference championship and one Super Bowl Championship. The Buccaneers are also very active in the community, with the Glazer Family Foundation and Bucs Care dedicated to making a difference in the Tampa Bay area through programming that will inspire, equip and celebrate the “Champion” in each of us, highlighted by the Glazer Children’s Museum, opened in downtown Tampa in 2010. For more information, visit

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Port Tampa Bay a Part of Booming Cruise Business in Florida, Adds to Local Economy


Port Tampa Bay is completing a robust winter cruise season and expects to have record passenger throughput and ship port calls for the busy November—April time frame. In recent years, additional cruise ship deployments and port of call visits have served to underscore the confidence of cruise lines in Tampa as a strong market for cruise passengers.

Florida Tax Watch’s April edition of its monthly “Economic Commentary” publication states that not only is Florida the world’s port of call, but also that the industry—which is more active in Florida than anywhere else in the world—shows no sign of slowing down. Florida’s seven cruise ports welcomed more than nine million visitors in 2013, creating more than 140,000 jobs and generating $7.3 billion in direct spending, according to the Florida Tax Watch article, which summarizes the contributions of the cruise industry to the economy and suggests areas of market growth in terms of emerging new destinations such as Cuba.  Cruise-related spending in Florida dwarfs the spending in other states with cruise activity, the commentary states.

The economic power of the cruise industry at Port Tampa Bay is significant.  The port’s most recent economic impact study, completed by Martin Associates in 2013, concluded with impressive results related to local cruise activity:  $380 million contribution to the economy, $91 million in personal income and nearly 2,000 related jobs.  Since those figures were released—then based on four cruise lines home porting in Tampa—the port picked up an additional cruise line and has also become a regular port of call for the German line AIDA.  At this time, the port handles one Carnival Cruise Lines ship year-round, and is seasonal home port to two Royal Caribbean International ships, one Holland America Line ship and one Norwegian Cruise Line ship.  In its 33 years as a cruise port, Port Tampa Bay has gained a reputation as both friendly and highly accommodating for both the cruise line industry and passengers alike.

“The cruise industry here in Tampa Bay is one of the largest and most visible industries in the region, with a broad economic reach,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.  “Working with our cruise line partners, local tourism and economic development agencies, we share a collective enthusiasm for a vibrant cruise business in Tampa, and the economic value of the industry in Florida and our region in particular are incredibly important to the area’s ability to grow and attract more business and more tourist dollars.”

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.

New International Seafarers’ Center Opens at Port Tampa Bay with Dedication Ceremony

Pictured left to right: Chaplain Steve Finnesy stands at the welcome sign of the port’s new International Seafarers Center, which was dedicated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, left to right: Hank Ennis; Bart Azzarelli; Peter Baker (all Tampa Port Ministries board members); 44-year seafarers’ center volunteer Irv Johnson; Port President and CEO Paul Anderson; Chaplain Steve Finnesy; Wade Elliott, TPM board member and VP marketing, Port Tampa Bay

Pictured left to right: Chaplain Steve Finnesy stands at the welcome sign of the port’s new International Seafarers Center, which was dedicated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, left to right: Hank Ennis; Bart Azzarelli; Peter Baker (all Tampa Port Ministries board members); 44-year seafarers’ center volunteer Irv Johnson; Port President and CEO Paul Anderson; Chaplain Steve Finnesy; Wade Elliott, TPM board member and VP marketing, Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Tampa Port Ministries, which has long provided an array of onshore services to international seamen, celebrated the opening of its new facility on the port today.

The new Tampa Seafarers Center was opened today with a dedication and ribbon cutting by Tampa Port Ministries (TPM) Chaplain Steve Finnesy, executive director of the center; Paul Anderson, port president and CEO; Irv Johnson, 44-year volunteer TPM volunteer; board members Hank Ennis; Bart Azzarelli; Peter Baker and Wade Elliott, who is also the port’s vice president of marketing.  The nonprofit center operates through financial donations, as well as the time and talents of a cadre of volunteers from around the community.

The center, which relocated to Shoreline Drive from its long-time location on Eastport Drive, provides services such as ground transportation and communications for seamen working ocean-going vessels from around the world, as well as an environment that provides social and spiritual enrichment and fellowship.

“We at Tampa Port Ministries and the Seafarers Center are so happy to see this opening, as it is the direct result of so much effort and care from many people and the leadership of our board and the port community,” Steve Finnesy said.  Finnesy works with volunteers and the port to ensure that the funds and in-kind services are in place each year in order to keep the center a viable and successful component of the state’s largest port.

“For many years, the Tampa Seafarers’ Center has provided important services to seamen worldwide, representing the gamut of shipping lines and maritime operations.  Ship workers and seafarers are the backbone of the maritime industry. The seafarers’ center is truly our best foot forward and our welcome mat to countless ocean-going men and women of many cultures, faiths and vocations, and it’s exciting to see this new, modern center open today that will continue to provide and care for them,” Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president & CEO, said.

To find out more about the Tampa Seafarers Center and the services they provide, as well as volunteer opportunities, visit them online at

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Arbor Terrace Senior Housing Property in Tampa Sold, DTZ Tampa’s Allen McMurtry Represents Seller

DTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced today that
the team of Allen McMurtry, Megan Fetter and David Kliewer has arranged the $20 million sale of Arbor Terrace at Citrus Park on behalf of Citrus Park ALF, LLC.

Arbor Terrace was designed by Tampa architectural firm Chancey Design and developed by a joint venture between Tampa architect/developer Walt Chancey and Rookis Development Company based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The project was pre-sold to Capitol Seniors Housing prior to breaking ground and the transaction closed upon certificate of occupancy. The property consists of 6.34 acres and 92 units – 52 assisted living, 14 transitional memory care and 26 memory care.

Conveniently located at 13810 Sheldon Road in the heart of the Citrus Park neighborhood in Tampa, Arbor Terrace is situated in a prime location, allowing residents access to everything that Citrus Park and the greater Tampa Bay area has to offer. In addition to its excellent location, Arbor Terrace offers personalized engagement programs for each of its residents, focusing on their individual abilities and interests.

Since 1988, the Tampa-based DTZ Senior Housing team (formerly Cassidy Turley) has sold 160 Senior Housing communities in 31 states with an aggregate sales volume of $2 billion. The team’s average transaction size over the past decade exceeds $35 million.

About DTZ
DTZ is a global leader in commercial real estate services providing occupiers, tenants and investors around the world with a full spectrum of property solutions. Our core capabilities include agency leasing, tenant representation, corporate and global occupier services, property management, facilities management, facilities services, capital markets, investment and asset management, valuation, building consultancy, research, consulting, and project and development management. DTZ manages 3.3 billion square feet and $63 billion in transaction volume globally on behalf of institutional, corporate, government and private clients. Our more than 28,000 employees operate across more than 260 offices in more than 50 countries and proudly represent DTZ’s culture of excellence, client advocacy, integrity and collaboration. For further information, visit: or follow us on Twitter @DTZ.

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May 16: All Children’s Hospital Guild – Tampa Branch’s 2015 Indoor Golf Challenge

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 Member Events

May 1: Florida Hospital Centra Care Offers FREE Youth Physicals at South Tampa Location


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May 1 – 17: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Opens at Stageworks with Vintage Costumes and Set


L to R: Naomy Ambroise, Frank Edmondson III, Latoya McCormick, Tron Montgomery, Tia Jemison. Behind: Sean Fote on drums, Nelson Rodriguez Parada on bass. Photo by Caroline Jett.

The Roaring ’20s and the Harlem Renaissance come to life on May 1 as Stageworks opens Ain’t Misbehavin’ – based on the songs of jazz legend Fats Waller, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Mean to Me” and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”

Tia Jemison.  Photo by Caroline Jett.

Tia Jemison. Photo by Caroline Jett.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a revival of one of the first shows Stageworks produced,” says Producing Artistic Director Karla Hartley. “The show was a hit, and a springboard for the careers of some of the finest Bay Area artists.”

With a new generation of powerhouse vocals by Tia Jemison, Latoya McCormick, Tron Montgomery, Frank Edmondson and Naomy Ambroise – directed by Erica C. Sutherlin, this Tony Award-winning play is lit up by designer Frank Chavez‘s beautifully detailed 1920s club and vintage costumes.

This show marks the last professional performance in Tampa Bay for award-winning

Frank Edmondson III.  Photo by Caroline Jett.

Frank Edmondson III. Photo by Caroline Jett.

actor Tia Jemison, who’s on her way to an MFA program at DePaul University.

One of the most popular, well-crafted musical revues of all time, Ain’t Misbehavin’ has given generations of audiences a taste of Waller’s high-energy, heart-pounding stride piano style, that broke ground for modern piano jazz.

On Sunday, May 10, Bob Devin Jones of the Studio@620 hosts a post-show conversation on the artistic explosion now called the Harlem Renaissance after the 3 p.m. matinee.

For tickets visit or call 813-374-2416.

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May 12: Pepin’s #BrewsWithAttitude Craft Beer Festival (Discount for Chamber Members)


Tampa’s ultimate annual craft beer festival is back for its fifth year and this year it is back with a whole new experience! Join us on Tuesday May 12 at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 6 p.m. -10 p.m. as we celebrate American Craft Beer Week during #BrewsWithAttitude Craft Beer Festival.

Chamber members can use the code TAMPACHAMBERMEMBER at for $5 off individual GA tickets.  The code is valid till May 11th and will not be valid on the day of the event.

  • Over 100 Craft Beers and Ciders to sample from
  • Tampa’s favorite Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment
  • One-off craft beer releases
  • Variety of hand rolled cigars and more…

Admission Includes: Sampling of over 100 craft beers with the official Brews With Attitude tasting cup.

There will be food, non-alcoholic beverages and cigars available for purchase

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May 21: BayCare Urgent Care Hosts Open House & Ribbon Cutting

On May 21 BayCare Urgent Care will be open its newest location serving South Tampa and surrounding communities, located at 1155 S Dale Mabry Hwy, with a grand opening celebration from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. BayCare is rapidly expanding throughout Tampa Bay with locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

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New Hires & Promotions

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs Welcomes Melissa Myers and Allan Franklin

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., a professional accounting, assurance, and tax services firm headquartered in Tallahassee, welcomes Melissa Myers and Allan Franklin, III to the firm.

Melissa MyersBorn and raised in Tallahassee, Melissa graduated from Leon High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Flagler College. Melissa graduated cum laude, and recently completed her second bachelor’s degree in business. As a member of the Assurance Services Department, she will serve the specialized needs of a variety of clients across multiple industry groups including insurance companies, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental clients.

Allan FranklinA native of Gainesville, Allan moved to Tallahassee at a young age. He graduated from Leon High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Flagler College and his master’s degree in forensic accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to working at Thomas Howell Ferguson, Allan worked as a Financial Reporting and Property Accountant for the Florida Department of Transportation, where he provided a range of services including compliance audits, agreed upon procedures, and financial statement compilations. Allan will work as a Staff team member in the Assurance Services Department providing an innovative and creative approach to assurance services for all size clientele.

Both Melissa and Allan will be sitting for their CPA exam in the next year.

Thomas Howell Ferguson welcomes Melissa and Allan to the THF team!

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. is a full-service certified public accounting firm founded in 1993.  The firm employs approximately 75 CPA and non-CPA professionals in order to serve businesses and individuals from its locations in Tallahassee and Tampa.  For more information, please call 850-668-8100 or visit

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Skanska USA Hires Jim Cowdery as VP of Preconstruction for its Florida Operations

Jim Cowdery - preferredSkanska USA announced today that it hired Jim Cowdery as vice president of preconstruction for its Florida operations. Skanska is among Florida’s largest construction and development firms.

A 32-year industry veteran, Cowdery has a proven track record in the construction industry and expertise in many markets including healthcare and life sciences, higher education, aviation, government, and sports and entertainment and phot voltaic.

In his role as vice president of preconstruction, Cowdery will supervise a group of 15 professionals, and will oversee all operations prior to starting construction, including assisting owners, designers and engineers in achieving the objectives of their project.

“Jim is a great asset to our team. With his experience and expertise, Skanska will continue to be a leader in technological innovation in the Southeast,” said Fred Hames, Skanska USA Building’s general manager and executive vice president for Florida.  “In his role, he will support our plans for further market expansion across Florida, as well as help streamline and simplify the preconstruction process.”

Cowdery initially worked for Skanska from 1994 to 2004, where he quickly moved from a preconstruction services manager to vice president of preconstruction services based out of Orlando. During his time at Skanska, his projects included the Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville, The Setai in Miami Beach, Universal Studios’ Island of Adventure and Hard Rock Live in Orlando, as well as over seven greenfield hospitals and 12 healthcare campuses.

“Coming back to Skanska is like coming home,” Cowdery said.  “It’s great to rejoin such a talented team and I look forward to enhancing our preconstruction services and supporting the many projects we will develop ahead.”

Cowdery has a building construction degree from the University of Florida and is a former adjunct professor at Florida International University. He was also on the board of directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Florida Gulf Coast chapter and vice president of Professional Construction Estimators Association of America’s Orlando chapter.  He will be based in the Tampa office.

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Member Accolades

Johns Hopkins Medicine and All Children’s Hospital Leaders Recognized as Top Experts in Patient Safety

Two leaders in patient safety from the Johns Hopkins Health System were named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety. Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Brigitta Mueller, M.D., M.H.C.M., vice president of medical affairs and chief patient safety officer at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, were both recognized as top patient safety experts.

The list of experts includes advocates, professors, researchers, administrators and health care providers who have won awards, published articles, spoken out and led initiatives to reduce harm and ensure safety. This is the third year Becker’s has selected leaders in the area of patient safety after considering nominations from across the United States.

Pronovost is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety and has published more than 750 articles. He has developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated such infections in intensive care units (ICUs) across the state of Michigan, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually. These results have been sustained for more than 10 years. Moreover, the checklist protocol has been implemented across the United States, state by state, reducing the rate of bloodstream infections in the nation’s ICUs by 80 percent. The protocol’s success has prompted the spread of the central line-associated bloodstream infection prevention program to ICUs in the United Kingdom, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. The New Yorker says Pronovost’s “work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.” Building on his long-standing effort to study and improve ICU care, Pronovost is now applying a systems engineering approach to patient safety that aims to eliminate several preventable harms, instead of just one.

Mueller oversees a full spectrum of pediatric quality and safety initiatives, and she plays a key role in focusing on a culture of safety and academic transformation at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has implemented many safety and quality efficiencies, including adding a daily operational call that allows all staff members to discuss safety events and potential risks to help hospital leaders better understand what is happening throughout every hospital department and manage potential incidents quickly and safely. A professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Mueller was recently named to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety’s executive committee, and she is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

About All Children’s Hospital

All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine located in St. Petersburg, is the most advanced children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast and a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, ranking in the top 50 in three specialty areas. With over 50 pediatric specialties and 259 beds, All Children’s is dedicated to advancing children’s health through treatment, research, education and advocacy. Programs that include a Clinical and Translational Research Organization, pediatric biorepository, and a new pediatric residency program are driving innovation in personalized pediatric medicine and child health. A network of 11 outpatient care centers in eight counties along with affiliate programs at regional hospitals make All Children’s a leading provider of care for Florida’s children.

About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading academic health care systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. JHM’s vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and more than 39 primary and specialty care outpatients sites under the umbrella of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey’s 25-year history, most recently in 2013. For more information about Johns Hopkins Medicine, its research, education and clinical programs, and for the latest health, science and research news, visit

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Trenam Kemker Attorney Board Certified by the American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law

Fernandez Lara 2Trenam Kemker attorney Lara R. Fernandez has been certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC) in the area of Business Bankruptcy Law.  Certification is the highest level of recognition and the ABC’s programs are designed to identify those attorneys in consumer or business bankruptcy who have met or exceeded rigorous certification standards relating to experience, continuing legal education, integrity, and peer review; in addition to demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the law in their specialty area.

Lara is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office and Chairs the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Practice Group.

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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Northern Technologies Group, Inc. Awarded Prime Position for NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement Contract

Northern Technologies Group, Inc. (NTG) is pleased to announce the Prime award position for the NASA contract for Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity $20 billion 10-year effective ordering period, including a five-year base period from May 1 to April 31, 2020, and one five-year option to extend the period of performance through April 30, 2025.
“NTG welcomes this outstanding opportunity to support the NASA contract for Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC),” said NTG’s President, Wendy Hafner. She added, “I wish to recognize and thank our valued partners and NTG employees for their efforts in making this award possible. NTG is looks forward to serving NASA procurement to achieve their mission for customer centric, cost-effective, innovative, agile and reliable solutions.”

The principal purpose of the SEWP V contract is to provide state-of-the-art information technology and computer technologies, high-end scientific and engineering processing capabilities, network equipment and peripherals. These Government-Wide Acquisition
Contracts available for ordering by all NASA centers, all federal agencies and their contractors. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland procures and manages the SEWP V effort.

NTG is a world class consulting organization and value added reseller established in 2002 headquartered in Florida. We are a minority, woman owned business dedicated to providing superior and innovative information technology solutions for customers in the federal and commercial workspace. In every endeavor, we aspire to provide “Engineering Excellence” through a unique methodology focused on our customers’ environments, requirements, and circumstances. This leads our thinking as we design and implement the best solution for their needs. We believe in the philosophy “Our customers’ success is our success.”

For more information about NTG:
or call (813) 885-7500 and speak with one of our sales representatives.
To learn more about the SEWP V program:

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Tampa Police Department Honors ChappellRoberts with 2015 Business of the Year Award


The Tampa Police Department has named ChappellRoberts its Business of the Year. During the Tampa Police Department’s annual awards gala, Police Chief Jane Castor and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn recognized ChappellRoberts for agency efforts in helping to launch the department’s foundation.

“The department cannot do its job without community support, and the ChappellRoberts team has been a passionate advocate for this initiative since the first day I contacted their team,” said Chief Castor. “We are honored to recognize ChappellRoberts as our 2015 Business of the Year.”

ChappellRoberts assisted the Tampa Police Department with brand development, naming and logo execution for the newly announced Rise Tampa, Our Police Foundation. The agency also assisted with the concept, videography and postproduction for the foundation’s first video.

“This foundation is an extension of the men and women who risk their lives to protect the citizens of Tampa,” said Colleen Chappell, president and CEO of ChappellRoberts. “We were honored to do our small part in helping to establish and launch this important legacy initiative that will make a difference in the lives of many.”

Foundation creation and development has been led by Chief Jane Castor as part of her dedicated legacy to this department and the Tampa Bay community. To learn more about Rise Tampa, Our Police Foundation, please visit the website

ChappellRoberts drives results with unexpected ideas for its clients through branding, advertising, public relations and marketing. Founded nearly 35 years ago, ChappellRoberts is located in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. For more information, go to

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Tampa Law Firm Bush Ross, P.A. Shareholder Certified as Appellate Mediator another Shareholder Elected President of HAWL

1002-Appleton(Print)Bush Ross Shareholder, Eric N. Appleton, was recently certified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Appellate Mediator.  Mr. Appleton has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator since 2011.

Mr. Appleton’s law practice focuses on assisting commercial and residential community association officers, directors and property managers, as well as developers and real estate owners, with litigation, arbitration, mediation and corporate matters.

023-McCloskey(Print)Bush Ross Shareholder Victoria McCloskey was recently elected President of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers (HAWL) and will be sworn in on May 21, 2015.

The main objective of HAWL is to “promote and recognize the contributions of women in the legal profession and judiciary.” The organization also coordinates with other local groups to “enhance leadership opportunities, provide educational programs, and facilitate fellowship with other women’s organizations.” (

Ms. McCloskey’s practice focuses on health care defense litigation and general civil trial matters.

About Bush Ross

Established in 1981, Bush Ross is one of the preeminent law firms in Florida dedicated to the representation of businesses and professionals.  Its attorneys practice statewide in the fields of aviation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business, tax, corporate finance, commercial and casualty litigation, civil trials and appeals, professional malpractice, sports and recreation, health care, real property and lending, estate planning and community association representation.  For more information about Bush Ross, visit the firm’s website at

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Sequoia Financial Group Recognized on Barron’s 2015 Top Advisor List

Sequoia Financial Group, LLC (Sequoia), was once again recognized by Barron’s in their 2015 Top Advisor listing in Ohio.

“We are truly honored and humbled to have again been recognized,” says Chris Redhead. “It is a testament to the dedication and loyalty we continuously strive to provide to our valued clients.”

Barron’s is America’s premier financial weekly magazine, with in-depth news reports and analyses on global financial markets. Rankings for the Top 1,200 Advisors are based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. For a full listing of advisors, visit

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Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson Appointed to Board of Major Freight Coalition

PortCEOPort Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been appointed to the board of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), which seeks to strengthen the nation’s multimodal freight infrastructure through advocacy and awareness.

One of five new board members announced, last week in Washington, D.C., Anderson’s latest appointment is an addition to many trade and transportation-related leadership positions he has held in both the private and public sectors.  The CAGTC board consists of 16 members representing the Coalition’s geographic and organizational diversity and has the responsibility to develop CAGTC policy. The board is frequently called upon to offer guidance and perspective from their own organizations.

“I am very proud to be associated with the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, an effective organization that provides much needed guidance and input regarding critical infrastructure issues,” Anderson said.  “It will be my pleasure to attend meetings and work to find solutions and share ideas and the unique perspective that I will bring to the table as a representative of the port industry and the largest seaport in the state of Florida.”

To find out more about the Coalition and for a full list of CAGTC Board members, please visit

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