Member Highlights: June 14 – 20, 2015

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

NOW HIRING: Chamber Member Company Seeks Account Manager


Gas South Seeks Florida Account Manager

This position will focus on developing Gas South’s mid-market customer base and increasing sales revenue in the State of Florida, that consist of independent and franchised businesses such as restaurants, light manufacturing, dry cleaners, and hotels. This position is responsible for closing contracts and managing daily relationships with the specific purpose of creating customer loyalty, retaining these designated customers, and identifying other sales opportunities. The Florida Account Manager will cultivate new and maintain existing relationships. The Account Manager will also make customers aware of products and services that are available. Sales will generally be generated through networking, cold calling, phone, and e-mail.

Click here for complete job description, salary and benefits.

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Creative Contractors Inc. Completes Renovations at Lakeland Regional Health


Creative Contractors Inc. recently completed two expansion projects at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

The $4.8 million expansion of the emergency department includes administrative offices, a conference room, and 21 exam rooms. Additionally, the 17,500 sq. ft., $5.6 million operating room project includes two hybrid operating suites. This is the fourth hybrid surgery suite that Creative has constructed.

To see more photos of these projects and Creative’s other healthcare successes, click here.

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Cross-Country Road Trip in a Tesla Kicks Off to Benefit Florida Poly and Men’s Health Research

The second annual Drive For Men’s Health rolled out of South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Fla. today to begin a 6,000 mile, coast-to-coast journey in an all-electric Tesla Model S. Co-founded by Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board member Dr. Sijo Parekattil and Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, the Drive For Men’s Health is a charitable road trip designed to increase awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage men to make their health a priority.

Seventy-five percent of proceeds raised during this year’s event will support scholarships for future innovators at Florida Polytechnic University; the remaining funds will support genetic research in men’s health conditions. Last year, Drive For Men’s Health traveled more than 1,100 miles and raised more than $12,000 for both causes.

Dr. Parekattil and Dr. Brahmbhatt said choosing Florida Poly as one of the two beneficiaries was a natural fit because of the University’s focus on advanced technology. As co-directors of the PUR (Personalized Urology & Robotics) Clinic at South Lake Hospital, in affiliation with Orlando Health, the physicians often use high-tech robotic microsurgical techniques in their practice.

“We’re thrilled to once again support Florida Poly’s students through the Drive For Men’s Health,” said Dr. Parekattil. “The University’s unique focus on industry and medical partnerships means students will graduate ready to help us solve the most pressing problems in men’s health. We view our support of Florida Poly as an investment in the engineers and researchers of the future.”

This year’s Drive For Men’s Health runs from Florida to New York to California, and will include with more than 60 stops and feature hundreds of speakers, both at events along the way and online during the trip.

Dr. Parekattil and Dr. Brahmbhatt will navigate a purple and white Tesla Model S, complete with Florida Poly logo, through many of the top cities in the country, including Jacksonville, Atlanta, Winston-Salem, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Phoenix. During these stops the physicians will take part in educational lectures and activities to raise awareness for men’s health. The nine-day trip will conclude on June 20 in Los Angeles.

“Florida Poly is incredibly grateful to Dr. Parekattil and Dr. Brahmbhatt for their support of our students and their passion for finding solutions to challenging medical issues facing millions of men nationwide,” said Florida Polytechnic University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “We wish them a safe and impactful journey during the next several days.”

Florida Poly student Benjamin Grewer is going on the cross-country trip. The rising sophomore, studying mechanical engineering, will be joining a crew of more than a dozen supporters following the physicians.

“I’ve joined the Drive with the hope of changing the fact that too many men take their health for granted. The ignorance is bliss mentality seems to be overabundant when it comes to health, especially in the two major communities that I am a part of: military veterans and university students,” said Grewer. “The experience will be a unique opportunity for educating and being educated about health. It’s something you really can’t know too much about.”

Drive For Men’s Health is done in collaboration with the National Men’s Health Week (June 15-20) and comes on the heels of a revealing national survey about men and their health. The survey, commissioned by Orlando Health, found that more than 80 percent of men could remember the make and model of their first car, but only about half could remember the last time they went to the doctor for a check-up.

“Men need to take better care of themselves, period,” said Dr. Parekattil. “It’s a message we want to get to as many as possible, and we’re willing to drive cross country to do it.”

The journey will include a social media campaign, live streaming and numerous opportunities for online followers to ask questions and join the conversation. To follow the doctors on their journey, support their efforts or learn more about men’s health issues, visit

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New Hires & Promotions

Nikki Yourison Named Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

Nikki YourisonNikki Yourison has been promoted to the role of Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, it was announced here today.

Yourison will cultivate enterprise stories and create thought provoking conversations on timely news, while tracking and analyzing reports of results and engagements.

She will lead all public relations and social media efforts for the property, while managing a public relations coordinator, social media specialist and the property’s public relations agency.

A University of South Florida graduate, Yourison was initially named Public Relations Coordinator at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa more than a year ago.

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Member Accolades

U.S. News & World Report Ranks All Children’s Hospital as the Top Program for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery in Florida

U.S. News & World Report ranked All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine as a best children’s hospital in two specialty areas in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. All Children’s Hospital ranked 26th in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, moving up eight spots from the 2014-15 list, and 48th in pulmonology out of 184 children’s hospitals. All Children’s Hospital was the only children’s hospital ranking in the Tampa Bay area and ranked the highest in Florida for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. Each year, the publication ranks the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“It is a significant accomplishment to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs along with our pulmonology program,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician in chief at All Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children’s Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “These rankings are a demonstration of our medical staff’s expertise and commitment to patient safety and quality, as well as the innovative care we strive to provide throughout all of the pediatric specialty programs offered at All Children’s Hospital.”

Specialists at All Children’s Hospital also have the opportunity to collaborate on treatment and research with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, which ranked in all 10 specialty areas on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list.

Scores are based on clinical data, patient outcomes, available care-related resources, a clinical questionnaire to 184 pediatric hospitals and a nationwide survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each pediatric specialty area asking where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

Detailed information about each of the hospital rankings and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

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Broad and Cassel Tampa Attorneys Honored Among 2015 Florida Super Lawyers


Kelly B. Holbrook

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced that Kelly B. Holbrook, of counsel in the firm’s Tampa office, has been named to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list. Additionally, David Brickhouse, an associate in the Tampa office, was named a 2015 Florida Rising Star.

Holbrook is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law Practice Groups. An AV Preeminent®-Rated attorney, she focuses her practice on commercial litigation with a concentration in employment and labor law, association law and administrative law. Brickhouse is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities,

David Brickhouse

Banking and Institutional Lending, Public Finance and Capital Projects and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. His practice serves clients in a broad range of industries, including investment banking, financial services, transportation and infrastructure, education, software development, utilities, real estate, health care, insurance and PEO and employer leasing.

In total, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, which publishes the list in July, recognized 30 of the firm’s attorneys from seven offices across the state. Fourteen of those honored are celebrating their 10th year on the list in 2015.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine reaches more than 13 million readers and is published in all 50 states.

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Tampa Law Firm Bush Ross, P.A. Shareholder Elected President of the HBCA YLD

143-Melton(Print)Bush Ross Shareholder Web Melton was recently elected President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  His term as President-Elect will begin on July 1, 2015, followed by a year-long term as President to commence on July 1, 2016.

Mr. Melton has been actively involved with the Young Lawyers Division of the HCBA, having served on the Board of Directors since 2010.

Mr. Melton’s practice focuses assisting association officers, directors and property managers with corporate operations, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and transactions.  His practice concentrates primarily on civil litigation involving condominiums, homeowner associations, real estate disputes, employment, foreclosures, insurance disputes, deed restriction enforcement, contract disputes, regulatory takings, eminent domain, construction defects, land use disputes and condominium and homeowner association collections.  Mr. Melton also has an active transactional practice involving condominiums, homeowner associations, real estate transactions, real estate development, golf and social clubs, non-profits and businesses.

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Three Fisher & Phillips Attorneys in Tampa Listed in Florida Super Lawyers

Three partners in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers. Steve Bernstein, Theresa Gallion and Christine Howard are included in Florida Super Lawyers, a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Only five percent of lawyers in the state are recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Bernstein SteveBernstein, regional managing partner in the Tampa office, has represented employers throughout the United States in a traditional labor practice for more than 25 years. He advises clients on union-related matters and compliance with the NLRA, the WARN Act, USERRA, FMLA and the ADA. He places an emphasis on implementing preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training and effective human resources policies and procedures. He has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers since 2012.

Gallion TheresaTheresa Gallion, partner in the Tampa office, has more than 30 years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, representing clients in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on hospitality, healthcare, education, retail and telecommunications. She is one of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers, and has successfully tried more than 40 jury trials in employment cases. A substantial portion of her practice is devoted to management training on such topics as equal employment opportunity, diversity, and management skills. She has been selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers since 2007.

Howard ChristineHoward has practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years. She focuses on defending employment discrimination, harassment, leave and disability, and wage and hour complaints. In recent years, she has defended numerous collective action cases filed on behalf of classes of employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, successfully defeating class certification in practically every instance. In addition to her litigation work, she conducts workplace investigations, compliance audits and management training. She has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers since 2013.

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GrayRobinson Recognized As Florida Powerhouse by Law360 | 66 Attorneys Listed among Florida Super Lawyers

GR Logo ColorGrayRobinson, P.A., announced that Law360 has again recognized the firm as one of eight Florida Powerhouses in the publication’s Regional Powerhouses series. In addition to being one of Florida’s fastest-growing law firms, GrayRobinson was selected for its significant regional accomplishments over the last year.

“We are thrilled to be honored once again as a Florida Powerhouse by Law360,” said GrayRobinson President and Managing Director Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall, Jr. “GrayRobinson’s investment in the community, connection to Florida’s businesses, commanding wins in the courtroom and progressive initiatives have solidified our role as a continued statewide powerhouse.”

GrayRobinson understands the importance of being connected; connected to clients, to the communities they service, and to the legal profession. Finding ways to benefit clients through these connections has been the firm’s focus for the last four decades. Established in Orlando, Florida in 1970, GrayRobinson is a statewide powerhouse with nearly 300 lawyers working out of offices in 12 Florida cities.

Among examples of these connections, the firm’s powerhouse nomination cited:

  • GrayRobinson’s announcement of a new service for the firm’s international alcohol clients, the International Alcohol Lawyers Alliance (IALA). Richard Blau, Tampa shareholder and Chair of the firm’s Alcohol Beverage and Food Law Department serves as coordinating counsel for the IALA, a network of independent law firms and compliance professionals working cooperatively and collegially across the world to fulfill the legal and regulatory needs of the alcohol beverage industry.
  • Marlene Quintana, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami office, received several diversity awards over the last year, including the “2014 Florida Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award” by the National Diversity Council, “Top 50 Influential People” by HispanicBusiness in 2014 and the Presidential Award from the Cuban American Bar Association.
  • Members of the Higher Education Practice Group formed in 2015 advise more than a dozen higher education institutions in Florida on a variety of matters including litigation, employment and labor, government relations, intellectual property, and other legal issues that arise.
  • Three GrayRobinson attorneys played an extensive role in the Northrop Grumman mega-project recently announced by Governor Rick Scott and other Florida officials. Northrop intends to invest $500 million in new facilities at the Melbourne International Airport and create some 1800 new, high-value jobs for its aerospace research and production operations. The initiative has been called “the nation’s largest economic development project in the last five years.”
  • Our Banking & Finance Litigation team successfully obtained dismissal of a complaint filed by Liberty Channelside LLC against the Tampa Port Authority and the Irish Bank Resolution Corp.
  • GrayRobinson obtained summary judgment in favor of its client, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, relative to claims for commissions associated with approximately 76,000 policies taken over by Citizens after the insurance companies were liquidated.


GrayRobinson, P.A., announced that Super Lawyers has named 54 attorneys as “Florida Super Lawyers” and another 12 as “Rising Stars.” Super Lawyers are considered the top attorneys in the state with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old and under and have been practicing for 10 years or less.

“We are proud that Super Lawyers has awarded this honor to so many of our attorneys statewide,” says President Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall, Jr. “We look forward to continued success and to continuing to provide top notch services to our clients.”

Only up to five percent of lawyers in the state of Florida can be recognized as Super Lawyers, while less than three percent are named Rising Stars. Both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are selected based on a patented selection process, which includes nominations by clients or firm, extensive research on the candidates and peer reviews.

Additionally, three GrayRobinson attorneys were honored in the 2015 “Florida Super Lawyers Top Lists.” Gary Salzman was honored in the “Top 100 in Florida” list, Mayanne Downs was honored in the “Top 50 Women in Florida” and Leyza Blanco was honored in both the “Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers” and the “Top 50 Women in Florida” lists.

GrayRobinson attorneys named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers:


GrayRobinson attorney named as 2015 Rising Star (Tampa):

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18 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been named to the shortlist for the inaugural The Legal 500 United States Awards in the areas of “Labor and Employment – Immigration” and “Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Litigation (including ERISA).” In addition, The Legal 500 United States 2015 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide has just been released and recommends Greenberg Traurig as a “Top Tier” firm in the “Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate” category as well as 100-plus firm attorneys, and more than 25 firm wide areas of practice and industry focus.

The Legal 500 United States Awards will recognize what the publisher calls the best in-house and private practice teams and individuals over the past 12 months. More than 50,000 interviews were conducted to ascertain the winners, who will be honored at a dinner at The Boathouse in Central Park on October 14, 2015. Published by Legalese, The Legal 500 guides (published by country or region) “provide research and law firm rankings to enable clients to identify the best law firm for the job.” Firms are recommended on merit, based on client and peer feedback.

Some of the commentary published in The Legal 500 United States 2015 guide regarding Greenberg Traurig and its attorneys includes:

  • …lawyers at Greenberg Traurig LLP are ‘prompt, informed and to-the-point’…
  • …Greenberg Traurig LLP ‘does extraordinary work’ on account of its ‘ability to understand the issues in depth, and present them simply, clearly, and in a compelling fashion to the court.’
  • …‘is a responsive and practical adviser for us from a business perspective.’ 

The Greenberg Traurig Florida lawyers listed below are recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 editorial based on the guide’s industry or practice area designations as selected by researchers:


  • Richard C. McCrea, Jr.: Litigation – Trade Secrets
  • Nicholas J. Secco: Industry Focus – Environment – Litigation; Litigation – Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense – Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices; and Litigation – Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense – Toxic Tort
  • Christopher Torres: Litigation – Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense – Toxic Tort
  • David B. Weinstein: Industry Focus – Environment – Litigation and Litigation – Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense – Toxic Tort
  • Peter W. Zinober: Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Litigation

For a complete list of the rankings and editorial summaries by Legal 500 researchers and editors, please click here.

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