Member Highlights: May 17 – 23 2015

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Saint Leo President to Deliver Final Commencement Address in Tampa

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of Saint Leo University, will be the speaker for the commencement ceremony for graduates of the university’s Tampa Education Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30. Dr. Kirk, the eighth president of Saint Leo, is retiring this summer following an 18-year career as the university’s senior administrator.

The ceremony will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL 33634. About 120 students from the Tampa Education Center, which includes locations at Channelside and MacDill Air Force Base, will participate. While most students will earn Bachelor of Arts degrees, 46 —including students from other centers— will receive their master’s degrees.

Giving the Class of 2015 farewell will be Nadine McDowell and Mike S. Maggiacomo. Alumna Malia S. McManus ’14, will lead the graduates in the traditional turning of the tassels and welcome them as Saint Leo alumni.

Since Dr. Kirk’s arrival in 1997, enrollment university-wide has more than doubled, while enrollment at University Campus tripled, making Saint Leo the third-largest Catholic college in the United States.  He has overseen a major transformation during which the culture of the university evolved and the institution experienced remarkable growth. Dr. Kirk was instrumental in developing Saint Leo’s student-centered mission and identifying the institution’s six core values.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared Monday, April 13, as “Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. Day” in the City of Tampa during the mayor’s annual “Face the Chamber” luncheon.

Saint Leo University’s Tampa Education Center opened in the Channelside District (1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 238) in 2011 and offers flexible class schedules, affordable tuition, outstanding faculty and an environment tailored to busy adult students. Kenneth A. Gonzalez is the director for the center.

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ChappellRoberts Adds Staff and Accounts to Agency Roster

ChappellRoberts, one of Tampa’s largest advertising agencies, expanded its team with the addition of four new employees – a senior copywriter, graphic designer and two assistant account executives. This growth complements the agency’s recent acquisition of high-profile accounts, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

“Our elevated team brings rich industry experience and new perspectives to our agency and clients,” said Colleen Chappell, president and CEO of ChappellRoberts. “As we continue to grow our roster, infusing our team with incredible talent further serves the growing needs of our clients.”


Rick Kourchenko

Rick Kourchenko, senior copywriter, will lead copy development and concepting for client projects, while managing the execution of messaging within integrated campaigns, digital and other media. He joins ChappellRoberts with more than 20 years of advertising experience.


Marie Holdaway

Marie Holdaway, graphic designer, will help execute creative concepts for client campaigns including digital media. A New Zealand native, she brings nearly five years of professional design experience to the agency. Holdaway is a graduate of the Yoobee School of Design in New Zealand, where she studied graphic design and advanced digital media.

 Maritza Ochoa

Maritza Ochoa

Maritza Ochoa, assistant research account executive, will help execute client marketing strategies as well as support the agency’s market research division through quantitative and qualitative research. Ochoa graduated from the University of West Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing.

 Kelley Volenec

Kelley Volenec

Kelley Volenec, assistant account executive, will implement client paid media strategies and support agency public relations and social media functions. Volenec graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing and a minor in hospitality.



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All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Collects Saliva for Study Aimed at Helping Cancer Patients

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine hopes to make a common form of chemotherapy safer for young cancer patients by studying the level of the medication in their saliva. Thanks to a three-year $717,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), researchers will begin to study the effectiveness of using saliva samples, instead of blood samples, to alert physicians of potentially toxic levels of a chemotherapy drug. Patients who are old enough to spit upon request will place a small tube in their mouth and let saliva flow into a collection filter. For infants and toddlers, a special wick will be placed in the mouth to absorb saliva.

Researchers hope that saliva samples can also be used to help determine which chemotherapy drugs may be the best match to a tumor’s genetic profile as well as the lowest level of the drug that will still be effective in fighting the cancer. The grant will also help establish a pediatric cancer biorepository – a place to process, organize and safely store biologic samples (such as blood) that can be used to study the origins of childhood illness and test new approaches to treatment or prevention. The nationally accredited Johns Hopkins Medicine Pediatric Biorepository at All Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric biorepository in the state of Florida and one of only a handful of such facilities in the United States.

“We began with the idea that children would prefer to spit than have their blood drawn,” says Margaret Penno, Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Pediatric Biorepository at All Children’s Hospital. “This work will also support the broader goal of developing and refining the techniques and procedures needed to stabilize and store samples—in this case, saliva—in a biorepository so that the sample can be used for future studies that can benefit patients with pediatric cancer and other pediatric diseases.”

Researchers will collect samples from 60 patients at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute in St. Petersburg who are being treated with a chemotherapy drug called doxorubicin. Typically, blood samples are taken frequently to measure doxorubicin levels in blood plasma, but it can be challenging to collect the necessary amounts of blood from infants and small children. Another future goal is to develop a home kit for collection of saliva samples.

“This award reflects our growing focus on advancing pediatric care through innovative research aimed at developing  new or improved approaches to treatment and prevention of childhood diseases,”  said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician-in-chief of All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and vice dean and professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Read more about this study

This study has been supported by National Cancer Institute grant number 1R21CA183623-01A1

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OAI Visual Branding Services Support the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Branding Program

OAIA preferred graphics provider of the Tampa Bay Lightning, OAI Visual Branding has created a new look and feel for 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena 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 a role in the rebranding of Amalie Arena for the 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Crystal Richardson, Sales Manager of OAI Visual Branding. “The community is already so thrilled to be a part of the playoffs, and we believe the look and feel provided by our products will continue to energize fans on the Lightning’s journey to bring the Stanley Cup back home to Tampa Bay!”

The updates to Amalie Arena provided by OAI Visual Branding help create a total fan experience at the property. The Lightning’s goal was to excite the community for their participation in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as creating a playoff environment for fans during both home and away games. OAI Visual Branding delivered on this goal by utilizing team images, colors and logos across various surfaces including window graphics, pole banners, decals, sponsorship signage, banners and much more.

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The Society of Emotional Intelligence is Relocating!

The Society of Emotional Intelligence is relocating:


2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607


6107 Memorial Hwy., Suite E-6
Tampa, FL 33615

For more info, visit:

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Member Events

June 1: Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc. Networking Reception

Join us at the June 1st Business Networking Reception to enjoy modern Mediterranean cuisine while strengthening your networking connections. This after-sought, two-hour networking event will provide you with valuable  networking opportunities for your business.








2548 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33761


Monday, June 1st, 5-7 PM


Business or Casual Chic


BFBC Friend/Prospective Member: $25.00 |  BFBC Member: Complimentary

 Space is limited, REGISTER today

Join the BFBC today and begin enjoying your membership benefits! 

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June 3: New Life Village Hosts ‘Young Professionals for NLV’


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June 5: Friends & Family Event at Apricot Lane Boutique

Grand Opening Sign

Mark your calendars and come out to celebrate “Sisterly Success!” Twin sisters Candice and Crystal Dupree are celebrating the grand opening of their boutique, Apricot Lane.

While the franchise is more common in South Florida, the name is new to the Bay area. “It’s got a very clean-cut look to it,” said owner, Crystal Dupree. “It stands out with great customer service and new fashion-forward items. It’s edgy, trendy and unheard of in Tampa.” Brands they will carry include, Vintage Havana, Elan, RDA Style and a Jacob Davis denim line. “The clothes fit all shapes and sizes,” Crystal said. A grand opening with giveaways and refreshments is being planned.  – Tampa Bay Times

Enjoy 20% off during grand opening 6/5 – 6/7 at Westshore Plaza; share with friends & family!

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June 13: Old McMicky’s Farm Hosts 1st Annual Child Adoption Education Day

Child Adoption Education Day

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