Member Highlights: May 31 – June 6, 2015

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New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

Absolute Mobile Solutions’ Alfred Goldberg Helps Make Tampa a Better Place through Technology at the Third Annual Code for Hillsborough

Absolute Mobile Solutions president Alfred Goldberg will draw on his 15 years of experience in developing mobile apps in Tampa and globally when he speaks to technology professionals at the Third Annual Code for Hillsborough (formerly Hillsborough Hackathon) on Saturday, June 6 at 6:00 pm at the Forex Factory Dinner. Code for Hillsborough is a local celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking and invites developers, designers, community organizers and concerned citizens to develop technology-based solutions to solve issues within the local community.

Goldberg will discuss the importance of focusing on users by centering  in on the context in which they may use your app. He will give examples of the importance of understanding the 3 “P’s” of mobile engagement- purpose, presence and preference when creating an app. Goldberg will illustrate the need for having a customer-centric approach to app design and development and why it’s the only path to success.

“I’m excited to be a part of this great, community-focused event, said Goldberg. “ I chose to discuss the importance of experiences over apps because when creating technology to help our community, understanding what we need is critical. It’s with that understanding that we can utilize the power of technology to create a positive impact.”

“Alfred’s experiences in the technology industry and his passion for our community made him a natural choice to speak at Code for Hillsborough,” said Jennifer Whelihan, Economic Development Manager for Hillsborough County Economic Development. “We’d like to thank him for taking the time to speak to our audience. His knowledge will inspire others to make positive changes in our community through technology.”

About Absolute Mobile Solutions

Since 1999, Absolute Mobile Solutions has been providing high quality mobile applications, responsive websites, and mobile strategy to clients worldwide. Absolute understands that to succeed on mobile, businesses need a strategy that matches consumer demands on every digital platform. Absolute Mobile Solutions specializes in mobile strategy, design, and development alongside digital marketing efforts such as SEO and conversion analysis. We combine the technological and marketing expertise necessary for companies to drive engagement and achieve success.

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The Dikman Company Facilitates McDonald Development Company’s Entrance to the Tampa Bay Market

Bob Dikman, Chairman and CEO of The Dikman Company represented the buyer, Austin McDonald of McDonald Development Company in the purchase of 67 acres located at 301 Columbus Drive in Tampa, Florida for a proposed 900,000 sq. ft. of industrial space. A series of four buildings ranging between 120,000 – 350,000 sq. ft. is planned for the site. This is McDonald’s first entry into the Tampa Bay market and will be added to their portfolio of 7,000,000 sq. ft. in the southeast U.S.

“After more than a decade of success in the Orlando market, McDonald is excited to expand upon its Central Florida developments by entering into the Tampa market,” stated McDonald. “We believe the site is the last significant industrial site within the established boundaries of the Tampa East submarket. Bob Dikman was instrumental in putting us on this site early, before it officially came to market, which ultimately led us to be successful in acquiring it,” he continued.

McDonald said they plan to start building institutional quality industrial product this year for delivery in 2016.

About McDonald Development Company

McDonald Development Company is a privately owned industrial real estate development company that was founded in 1988 and has developed over 10 million square feet of real estate. The company specializes in developing industrial real estate across the southeastern United States. McDonald is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and also maintains office in Orlando, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. The company has numerous parks which are in various stages of development and is also aggressively seeking new development opportunities.

About The Dikman Company

The Dikman Company is a Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Services firm that has been providing clients throughout Florida with a full range of commercial real estate services since 1983. Commercial real estate services include: sales, leasing, property management, tenant representation, investment counseling and asset analysis. For more information, visit

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Florida Hospital West Florida Region Donates $15,000 and Pushes Rotary over Centennial Campaign Goal to Save Lives


A donation of $15,000 from the Florida Hospital West Florida Region has pushed the Rotary Club of Tampa over the top in its goal to raise $100,000 to outfit 100 Tampa police cars with lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) police can use for emergency care when they respond to calls involving heart attacks.

“Florida Hospital is focused on making investments in the health and wellness of our community. Often times, police are the first responders when it comes to emergency calls for cardiac arrest. As the Rotary Club of Tampa celebrates 100 years of volunteer work this year, we are honored to present the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation with a check in the amount of $15,000 to fund and deploy portable heart defibrillators inside Tampa Police patrol cars. We are proud to help in this joint effort by the Rotary Club and provide this life-saving equipment to our first responders,” said Mike Schultz, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital West Florida Region.

Today, Florida Hospital Tampa President and CEO, Brian Adams presented the $15,000 donation to the Rotary Club of Tampa at its weekly luncheon meeting in Tampa. The lifesaving project by the Rotary Club of Tampa was launched in April 2014 at the beginning of the Rotary Club’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration, with the goal of raising $100,000 by matching donations, grants and gifts by April of 2015.

“I am absolutely elated to announce that we have gone over our 100th anniversary goal of $100,000 a month early, too!” declared Wayne E. Critcher, President of the Rotary Club of Tampa in 2014, who is spearheading the project to its completion. “The generosity of Florida Hospital, along with Firehouse Subs and numerous companies and individuals, including many Rotarians, proves we are a caring community because these AEDs will soon start to save lives of our fellow citizens.”

Tampa Police data shows that police and fire department emergency personnel respond to almost 9,000 incidents of cardiac/respiratory arrests, chest pains and heart problems annually, so the need for portable defibrillators was obvious, said Jimmy Clark, 2015 club president.

“Police officers are often the first on scene when people are suffering from cardiac arrest, and a matter of moments can mean life or death,” commented Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. “There’s no doubt that the generous donations to this project from the Tampa area’s leading companies and organizations will save lives here in Tampa. Their dedication to our community shows their commitment to making Tampa safer. In addition, we are sincerely grateful for the joint initiative with the Rotary Club of Tampa on this project.”

After six months of planning and product review, the Rotary Club of Tampa decided to choose the Philips HeartStart FRx, distributed locally by Altra Medical, which is in use by public safety agencies throughout Florida and the nation.

Other major donations, gifts and grants that were matched by the Rotary Club of Tampa’s Foundation to help fund the AED project include:

  • $19,500 from Firehouse Subs
  • $20,000 from the Arthur L. Stuckey Family Fund #2 within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
  • $5,000 from Tampa General Hospital
  • Initial $25,000 from Rotary to launch the project in 2014
  • Remainder from generous individuals, Rotarians and the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation.

“Florida Hospital appreciates the opportunity to join the Rotary Club of Tampa, as together, we elevate the health of our communities. Caring for people is a matter of the heart, so it is very fitting that we provide our great Tampa police responders with these vital defibrillator units to keep the hearts of Tampa beating,” said Dr. Peter Bath, Florida Hospital Vice President of Mission.

About Florida Hospital West Florida Region 

The Florida Hospital West Florida Region is a not-for-profit 1,257-bed hospital system composed of 9 hospitals including Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid and Florida Hospital Wauchula. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 23 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit

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Hill Ward Henderson Signs Lease on New Clearwater Office

HWH- Ed Armstrong, Katie Cole, Robin Moehring

Hill Ward Henderson is pleased to announce the signing of a six-year lease for its new Clearwater office, further expanding its efforts to better serve clients’ needs in Pinellas County. Situated on Cleveland Street just north of Gulf to Bay Blvd and east of Clearwater Memorial Causeway, the new office will be on the eighth floor of the eleven-Bank of America Tower in Clearwaterstory Bank of America Tower in the heart of downtown Clearwater. The new office address is 600 Cleveland Street, Suite 800, Clearwater, Florida 33755.

The close proximity of the new Pinellas County office to the courts and interstate will allow many Hill Ward Henderson attorneys to better attend to client needs across the Bay. Hill Ward Henderson attorneys, E.D. Armstrong, III and Katherine E. Cole, will make the new Clearwater office their “home base.” They will also work out of the firm’s headquarters in Downtown Tampa’s Bank of America Plaza, where the firm has been located for 29 years.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices headquartered in downtown Tampa. With over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients.  For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

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Port Tampa Bay Partners in Maritime Research with USF in Signing of Joint MOU

Port Tampa Bay announces that the state’s largest port has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of South Florida Board Of Trustees to partner in several objectives over the next three years.

The port and USF have enjoyed a decades-long relationship that is now reaching a higher level of collaboration, particularly where the university’s research plans and the port’s maritime operations and technological scope overlap, such that both entities can benefit from working together.  The university has 15 years’ expertise in the area of marine sensor testing and evaluation. Moving forward, the two entities will be sharing data and personnel to conduct key research initiatives that will include maritime workforce development; research for resilient and sustainable maritime operations; unbiased testing and evaluation of maritime sensor technologies; and providing community outreach on a variety of topics.

“Port Tampa Bay is excited to enter into an agreement with one of the South’s premier research institutions to engage in opportunities to develop programs and deliver results that will be of benefit to both the university and the port.  There is a high level of technology that is required in the maritime industry, both above and below the water. With our combined resources and know-how, it’s an exciting prospect to consider the meaningful research findings will come from the enhanced relationship that this MOU represents,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.

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.

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Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding Develops New Brand Identity and Packaging to bring Vision and Focus for Eye Health Dietary Supplement

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Schifino Lee Advertising + Branding ( partnered with MedOp Health Inc. ( to develop an updated brand identity and redesigned packaging for MaxiVision (, their eye health dietary supplement subsidiary. The new identity and packaging positions MaxiVision as a premium product which will improve and maintain vision related to Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Schifino Lee developed sleek and vibrant designs for bottle labels, boxes, and drink packets based in orange-yellow and gray hues and including descriptive product information. Various colors were utilized on the labels to differentiate between each of the specialized MaxiVision supplements including the Eye, Eye & Body, Whole Body, and Ocular variants. The packaging design challenge had to address two driving needs- a more professional and clinical graphic approach to build confidence in those who might recommend it to patients, and an overall easy-to-read, easy-to-understand design architecture for highlighting the differentiated SKUs to those patients with sight problems.

“Schifino Lee gave us the fresh, contemporary update our products needed,” said Brenda Gaulin, Director of Marketing for MedOp Health, Inc. “Reaction to the new packaging has been very positive from our team and our customers.”

Manufacturing of the MaxiVision product line began in 1997 after being developed by Dr. Rodney O. Horton. Until now, the brand achieved success grown out of the sole marketing efforts of Dr. Horton; however, when MedOp Health Inc. was seeking to reinvigorate brand awareness of the MaxiVision line and drive sales in the wake of new products entering the competitive landscape, they knew it was important to align their brand identity with the quality of their product. With over 20 years of experience helping consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies elevate their brand and achieve market success, Schifino Lee was a natural choice to help steward the new campaign.

After the success of the MaxiVision product packaging redesign, Schifino Lee was enlisted again to help the brand develop point-of-sale displays, tradeshow banners, presentation box, and an outreach campaign targeting optometrists.

The MaxiVision product line is available through select eyecare providers and web retailers or at

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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Member Events

June 10: Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

Downtown Security Network Presents:

Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

TECO Hall – 702 N. Franklin Street
7:30am – Registration & Breakfast
8:00am – 9:30am – Program
$12 per person

Sponsored by Tampa Electric Company


Officer Roy Paz
Tampa Police Motor Unit
Tampa Police Department

Guest Speakers
Matt LaRussa
P.E. Manager, Distribution Restoration
Tampa Electric Company

Chief Thomas Forward
Tampa Fire Rescue

 Richard G. Henning
Senior Flight Director
NOAA Aircraft Operations Center

Brian LaMarre
National Weather Center – Tampa Bay Area


(register today, space is limited)

$12 per person fee includes registration and breakfast

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June 12-21: Stageworks to Showcase The Gorilla Theatre’s Nationally Acclaimed Young Dramatists Project

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June 13: Old McMicky’s Farm hosts Largest Child Adoption Education Event in the Nation


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June 25: Nova Southeastern University Hosts Open House

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New Hires & Promotions

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Names Clara Reynolds as CEO

Clara Reynolds PhotoThe Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s announced today that its Board of Directors has named Clara Reynolds as the organization’s new President & Chief Executive Officer effective July 1st.

As CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Clara will work with the organization’s Board of Directors and senior management team to provide strategic vision and leadership for the organization, while ensuring the Crisis Center’s programmatic, operational, and fiscal strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay provides numerous essential services to the Tampa community including a 211 Crisis Hotline, sexual assault services and counseling, suicide prevention and safety planning, and trauma counseling for children and adults.

Clara currently serves as Executive Director for Success 4 Kids & Families, an organization she founded in 2005 that offers an array of in-home treatment services for families with children and youth who experience behavior problems. During her tenure at Success 4 Kids & Families, the organization flourished, growing from an original budget of $300,000 and seven employees to a budget of $5.7 million, sixty-five employees and fifty independent contractors.

Clara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa, a Master of Social Work from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.

“Clara brings to the Crisis Center a rich history of service to the Tampa Community, as well as leadership, an amazing work ethic, and a proven track record of success,” said Gary Weisman, Chair of the Crisis Center’s Board of Directors.

A native of Tampa, Clara is actively involved in the community. She’s currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tampa, a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni and advisory board member for First Citrus Bank.  She has also served on the Board of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the Junior League of Tampa.  Additionally, she served on the executive board of both organizations including a term as the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s Board Chair.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be the next CEO at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.  This is an incredible organization with an amazing board and dedicated staff who provide critical services to some of the most vulnerable populations in Hillsborough County.” stated Clara Reynolds.

About Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services.  Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidenced based programs designed to meet community needs:

  • 2-1-1 Contact Center (suicide prevention, crisis counseling and information and referral services)
  • TransCare (9-1-1 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation)
  • Corbett Trauma Center (individual, family and group trauma counseling and research)
  • Sexual Assault Services (forensic exams, advocacy, empowerment and prevention services)
  • Family Stabilization (financial education and case management for working families)
  • Child and Family Safety (case management, advocacy, financial literacy, parent and child mentoring and education focused on keeping families intact through risk reduction and reducing barriers to educational success of children)
  • Community Outreach and Training (community response and training)

For more information regarding The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, please visit

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Member Accolades

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners Named a “Best Place to Work for Millennials”

WebBaldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) has been named one of the 75 best places to work for Millennial employees in America. The Center for Generational Kinetics released its first annual list after analyzing data from more than 4,000 U.S. organizations that participated in its various programs.

“At BKS-Partners, we balance a workforce of highly skilled, experienced professionals with educated Millennials,” said Elizabeth Krystyn, Founding Partner at BKS-Partners. “We’ve found that our Millennial colleagues value strong mentorships and seek regular feedback and guidance. Our culture provides opportunities for mentors and mentees to connect, share invaluable knowledge and become meaningful contributors to each other’s personal and professional growth.”

“If you are a Millennial seeking a rewarding career or an employer who is managing or recruiting Millennials, the Best Places to Work for Millennial is your resource,” said best-selling Millennials author and Millennial expert Jason Dorsey of The Center for Generational Kinetics. “These are the companies that excel in creating a fulfilling work experience with what is now the largest workforce segment in the United States.”

To find the best places to work for Millennials, The Center for Generational Kinetics partnered with the workplace excellence research firm Best Companies Group, who manages over 50 “Best Places to Work” programs around the globe. BCG included policy and benefit offerings as well as the employee engagement data from employee surveys conducted in the last 12 months.

BKS-Partners has a history of attracting and retaining Millennial colleagues. Laura Sherman, Founding Partner at BKS-Partners, has been researching the subject as it pertains to attracting and retaining millennial as colleagues and clients for her CAPI designation, a new year-long designation with Chubb and Wharton.

Some innovative ways BKS-Partners invests in its Millennial colleagues include:

  • Providing clear growth opportunities/ career progression – Colleagues understand their importance in the organization and have a clear path to achieve personal and professional growth.
  • Creating a workplace that reflects a synergistic and fun culture – The BKS-Partners office space was designed to include open workspaces that promote collaboration, flexibility and connectivity. The goal was to increase productivity and communicate the importance of physical and mental breaks, like playing ping pong or using the treadmill desk. BKS-Partners earned a spot on the Tampa Bay Business Journal Coolest Office Spaces list for 2015.
  • Cross-functional job training – To prevent Millennials from becoming bored, BKS-Partners provides opportunities for colleagues to perform tasks outside of their job description. Excitement motivates Millennials, who appreciate the opportunities to work in different roles and gain diverse experiences.
  • Striving for a healthier lifestyle – BKS-Partners’ Director of Wellness Engineering ensures colleagues are constantly challenging themselves and learning how to lead more active lifestyles. Promoting wellness is a huge differentiator for BKS-Partners and makes colleagues feel energized and supported.
  • Investing in technology – Millennials understand emerging technologies and BKS-Partners stays ahead of the industry by investing heavily in technology to maximize proficiency.

About Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners: Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners) is an award-winning independent insurance brokerage firm providing private risk management, commercial risk management, employee benefits, asset and income protection  and Vitality™ programs to clients wherever life takes them throughout the U.S. and internationally. One of the largest privately held firms in Florida, BKS-Partners takes a holistic and boutique approach to insurance architecture and risk management. Headquartered in Tampa, with six offices located throughout the state of Florida, BKS-Partners is driven to make a difference in their communities, rewarding colleagues’ community involvement and supporting over 40 charitable organizations.

About The Center for Generational Kinetics: The Center for Generational Kinetics is the global leader in teaching companies to better employ and sell to Millennials. The Center leads original research that uncovers new Millennial and generational trends in the workplace and marketplace. The Center solves Millennial challenges through research, speaking and consulting. The Center’s clients range from industry leaders such as Mercedes-Benz and Four Seasons Hotels to venture-backed technology startups. The Center works with over 120 clients per year. Learn more about The Center and its mission to bridge generations at

About the Best Companies Group:  Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

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Aakash M. Patel, Elevate, Inc. President Selected to Serve as Chairman of the University of Tampa Board of Counselors

aakash-elevateAakash M. Patel, President of Elevate, Inc., has been selected to serve as Chairman of the University of Tampa Board of Counselors. His term begins today and will continue for the duration of the 2015-16 year. He has been an active member of the Board since 2009.  In his new capacity as Chairman, he will also serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Tampa, representing the Board of Counselors. Patel, 31, will become among the youngest members of the Board of Trustees.

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