Member Highlights: July 5 – 11, 2015


Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

Member Events

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

Port Tampa Bay Applauds Cruise Partner Carnival Corporation’s New Cuba Itinerary

Port Tampa Bay congratulates its cruise partner Carnival Corporation on its news today that—pending full approval from the government of Cuba—the world’s largest cruise line will be sailing to Cuba from Port Miami, via their newly launched “fathom” brand. fathom is a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact experiences, initially in the Dominican Republic, according to the press announcement released by Carnival Corporation.

Having received the necessary U.S. approval for these travel purposes, this long-awaited first step is a boon for Carnival. Beginning in April 2016, fathom will embark on weekly seven-day voyages aboard the MV Adonia, a 710-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation’s P&O Cruises (UK) brand.

Today’s news bodes well for future opportunities for Port Tampa Bay, which is well positioned as one of the closest cruise ports to Havana, to one day serve this new cruise destination.  Port Tampa Bay has the facilities and key partnerships in place for the cruise and ferry business to grow and thrive and is “Cuba ready.” Tampa also has a strong Cuban history and heritage from a population and trade standpoint.

Port Tampa Bay looks forward to working with our private sector partners in the cruise industry for years to come. The port is ready to serve their guests, the Cuba market and has the proper facilities in place to provide a high level of service that all of our cruise passengers have come to know.

  • Port Tampa Bay is a top ten cruise port in the U.S., with nearly one million passengers in FY2014
  • Port Tampa Bay is home port to 6 cruise ships representing Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, and is a port of call for AIDA Cruises
  • Port Tampa Bay is 290 nautical miles from Havana, Cuba
  • Port Tampa Bay has three modern cruise terminals, all within close proximity to one of the nation’s top airports—Tampa International Airport, as well as the entertainment hub of Ybor City, The Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, some of the nation’s top beaches and the entertainment mecca of Central Florida and Orlando

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Tampa Bay Lightning News


Tampa Bay Lightning right wing, Martin St. Louis, announced his retirement last week. St. Louis, a favorite among fans, totaled 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points in 1134 regular season games, while earning many NHL honors over the course of 16 National Hockey League seasons. In other Tampa Bay Lightning news, the team announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2015-16 season, opening on October 8 as the Bolts raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena. To become a Lightning Season Ticket Member, visit

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Member Events

July 11: Sky Zone Grand Opening Celebration

Sky Zone grand opening celebration July 11th Noon – 4:00 PM Prizes, Specials and FUN!


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July 16: Operation Helping Hand Monthly Dinner


This month’s Operation Helping Hand dinner will be on Thursday, July 16, at 6PM at the James A. Haley VA Hospital SCI Building.

Since 2004, Operation Helping Hand has extended all necessary efforts to assist and support over 950 military wounded/injured being treated at the James A. Haley VA Hospital, and many of their visiting families.  We’ve been blessed with very generous donations from so many generous individuals, organizations, corporations, etc. We are indeed fortunate to have outstanding volunteers and the required support over the past 10 years, and we will continue our mission as long as we are needed.

For more info, please contact:

Bob Silah, Captain, USN (Retired) 
Chairman, Operation
Helping Hand or 

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New Hires & Promotions

Englander Fischer Hires New Marketing Coordinator

Tyler Killette headshotThe law firm of Englander Fischer LLP is pleased to have brought Tyler Killette on as its new Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Killette holds a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she served as editor-in-chief of the school’s student-run newspaper, The Crow’s Nest.

Coming from a background in newspaper reporting and digital marketing, Ms. Killette brings with her professional experience in writing, marketing, content creation and media relations. She will be applying her experience as she handles a variety of tasks for Englander Fischer, from keeping its newly re-designed website up to date to planning and organizing the firm’s many events.

“Tyler brings marketing and writing experience that will prove helpful in continuing the success of the firm.” says Leonard S. “Lenny” Englander, founder of Englander Fischer.  “We’re delighted to have her aboard.”

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Attorney Matt Westerman Joins Fisher & Phillips in Tampa

Westerman-MattThe Tampa office of national labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP is expanding with the addition of Matt Westerman as of counsel attorney. Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Florida Bar, he counsels businesses in virtually every aspect of the employer-employee relationship.

Westerman joins Fisher & Phillips with significant experience in defending corporations in employment litigation claims. He represents clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies and counsels clients with respect to their traditional labor relations matters. He also devotes a considerable amount of his practice to assisting businesses with their day-to-day human resources issues.

In addition, Westerman has extensive experience in representing businesses in immigration and naturalization matters. His business immigration experience includes non-immigrant visa strategy and planning, visa preparation and filing, green card and labor certification processing, and immigration compliance audits and training.

Actively involved in the Tampa Bay community, Westerman is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg’s class of 2015, and serves on boards for Career Source Suncoast and Adoption Related Services of Pinellas. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and the labor and employment law section of The Florida Bar. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Most recently, Westerman was partner in the St. Petersburg, Florida office of Blalock Walters, P.A. He received his juris doctor from Stetson University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

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Frameworks of Tampa Bay Promotes Amanda Page to Director of Development and Marketing; Promotes Kimberly Williams to Chief Education Officer

Amanda Page, Director of Development and Marketing


Time at Frameworks: May 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications, University of South Florida

Relevant Work Experience:
Amanda has a diverse marketing background working in the fields of radio, television and online content strategy. She enjoys being an active member of the Tampa Bay community and is a board member of the Professional Philanthropy Network. She has served on the board of directors of the young professional’s organization affiliated with the American Advertising Federation, Ad 2 Tampa Bay and Ad 2 National. While president of the local chapter, Amanda was awarded President of the Year at both national and district levels and was the Pinstripe Service Excellence Award recipient for her dedication to education in the community and the organization. Amanda participated on the Ophelia Project’s Young Women’s Leadership Board in 2005 and was a co-founder of S.O.U.L. in Tampa, Inc., a non-profit providing volunteer opportunities for female college students and comprised of her YWLB peers. Amanda is a current member of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber, Emerge Tampa Bay, and AFP Suncoast. She is also trained in leadership by Dale Carnegie Training and certified in advertising ethics by the American Advertising Federation and Institute for Advertising Ethics.

Why You Work at Frameworks:
I have been passionate about this organization and its mission since my first introduction to the Ophelia Project in 2004. I support teaching strong social and emotional skills to make healthy and positive life decisions and believe in the value Frameworks offers our Tampa Bay community.

Kimberly Williams, Chief Education Officer

Kim2-300x300Time at Frameworks: May 2013

Education: Degree in Rehabilitation Education from the Pennsylvania State University.

Relevant Work Experience: I helped to build the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at Penn State University. This organization provides technical assistance and research for agencies and schools implementing evidence-based programs to prevent poor youth outcomes such as juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol use, anti-social behaviors, and bullying.  I am also a Master Trainer for PATHS® Education Worldwide and provide training for PATHS®, an elementary social emotional curriculum, both nationally and internationally.

Why You Work at Frameworks: My passion for working with youth to develop SEL skills has been fueled by my experience as a child and the support and love I received from my teachers, neighbors, and family. They gave me hope and I want to give hope to others by giving them the tools they need to be successful.   I’ve worked in many schools and have  directly seen the positive impact SEL skills can have for individual students as well as whole schools.

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Member Accolades

Eleven Adams and Reese Attorneys Named Among 2015 Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Adams and Reese had 11 attorneys from its Jacksonville, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa offices named Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015, included in the Florida Super Lawyers magazine, to be published in July.

Tampa Partner Lynn Sherman was also named among the “Top 50: 2015 Women Florida Super Lawyers” and “Top 100: 2015 Tampa Bay Super Lawyers” in this year’s rankings.

Only five percent of attorneys in Florida receive the honor of Super Lawyer. The selection process includes peer nomination and voting, review by a blue-ribbon panel and independent research. Rising Stars are lawyers who are 40 years old or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

The Adams and Reese Florida Super Lawyers include: David Bernstein (Real Estate), Jim Dickson (Construction/Surety, Construction Litigation, Environmental), Bob Gill (Eminent Domain, Business Litigation), Eric Partlow (Business Litigation), John Rogerson (Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Insurance Coverage), Lynn Welter Sherman (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights), Tim Volpe (Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage) and Laura Whitmore (Insurance Coverage, Appellate, Civil Litigation).

The Adams and Reese Florida Rising Stars include: Marshall Moorhead (Business Litigation, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business and Banking), Ryan Owen (General Litigation, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation) and Caroline Prieto (Business Litigation).

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Englander Fischer Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Englander Fischer LLP is proud to have two partners rated by Super Lawyers in 2015. The firm congratulates senior partner Leonard S. “Lenny” Englander on earning the prestigious title of “Super Lawyer” for the sixth consecutive year, as well as partner Courtney Fernald for making the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for the fourth consecutive year.

Mr. Englander is recognized for his work in business litigation. As a founding partner of Englander Fischer, he has 40 years experience representing commercial clients and high net worth individuals in all aspects of commercial and business disputes. Mrs. Fernald is recognized for her work in appellate law and business litigation. She has successfully handled a wide a variety of cases, from interlocutory appeals to commercial contract and lease disputes.

“It is a great honor to be recognized among the top attorneys in the country and I am proud to share the honor with Courtney Fernald, who is truly an asset to the firm,” says Mr. Englander. “We appreciate the recognition from our peers and the legal community.”

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Those given the title have attained a high level of peer recognition and personal achievement. No more than 5 percent of attorneys in a state are given the title of Super Lawyer and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

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Five Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Named to 2015 Florida Trend Legal Elite

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.announced that five Tampa attorneys are included in Florida Trendmagazine’s 2015 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers practicing within the state.

Tampa Labor & Employment Shareholder Richard C. McCrea Jr., and Tampa Managing Shareholder David B. Weinstein received special recognition as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Weinstein also serves as Chair of the firm’s global Environmental & Toxic Torts Litigation practice. Attorneys awarded the Hall of Fame distinction have been recognized in the Legal Elite every year for at least the past decade.

Recognized for the first time in 2015 is Michael G. Cooke, an Of Counsel in the Tampa Environmental practice.

The nomination process for Florida Legal Elite is open to all Florida Bar members, who are asked to “name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.” Florida Trend magazine recognizes attorneys across 24 different practice areas ranging from Appellate Practice to Real Estate.

The following Greenberg Traurig Tampa attorneys are listed among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite honorees:

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Laser Locators Makes Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 of 2014

Laser Locators, announced today that they have been acknowledged as one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Fast 50 of 2014. An awards luncheon will take place July 23rd where the Tampa Bay Business Journal will recognize the fastest growing, privately owned businesses in Tampa. They will also announce the ranking of these 50 businesses based on a three-year percent revenue growth.

As a world-wide leader in selling ophthalmic lasers and diagnostic equipment, Laser Locators has been on a fast track to success from the beginning. They have managed to maintain triple digit growth, based on percentage of revenue for the last three years.

“We take pride in our accomplishments and it’s always nice to be recognized for our hard-work. I am blessed with an amazing staff that helps me make this constant growth possible,” said CEO and President of Laser Locators Sean O’Donnell.

Founded in 2004, Laser Locators is an $8M privately held company with 11 employees and conducts business in over 100 countries around the world.

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Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Associate Elected Co-Chair of Hillsborough Education Foundation’s 2015 Teaching Tools Luncheon

Curran_GThomas__HIThe law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, is pleased to announce that G. Thomas Curran, Jr., associate in the Tampa office, has been elected Co-Chair of the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s 2015 Teaching Tools Luncheon.  The Mission of the Hillsborough Education Foundation is to engage business and community partners in the support of Hillsborough County Public Schools and the academic achievement of all its students

Tom primarily focuses his practice in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and insolvency.  Prior to joining Shumaker, Tom was with the law firm of Clark & Washington, LLC where he represented debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.  Tom received his J.D., cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, from State University of New York at Brockport.  While in law school, Tom was Senior Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and he also interned for the Honorable David Lawson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Trenam Kemker Associate Completes New Leaders Council Program

McBride, BertThe law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that Bert McBride completed the New Leaders Council Institute (“NLC”) program and is a NLC Fellow.  The NLC Institute is a premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, the NLC Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 15 to 20 Fellows. The typical NLC Fellow is a successful risk-taker and a progressive advocate.

Bert is an Associate in the firm’s Tampa office and is a member of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

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