Member Highlights: August 16 – 22, 2015

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Member News

Member Events

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member News

GrayRobinson Attorney Served as Faculty Member at Annual IADC Trial Academy

Marlewski, ChristineGrayRobinson Shareholder Christine A. Marlewski served as a faculty member for the International Association of Defense Counsel’s (IADC) 43rd Annual Trial Academy that took place at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California from August 1 – August 7, 2015. The Trial Academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills in the country.

The faculty consists of leading defense trial lawyers selected on a national basis from different regions of the country. Each faculty member was assigned to a group of seven students, which allows for individualized attention and instruction. The faculty performs an entire trial for all 100 students, coaches them on trial techniques, and critiques the performance of their group on all aspects of a trial.

The IADC Trial Academy was initiated by the IADC in 1973 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After 31 years at that location, the Trial Academy moved to the prestigious Stanford Law School in Stanford, California in 2004.

The purpose of this continuing legal education program is to enhance advocacy trial skills of less experienced lawyers. Major emphasis is placed on the learning-by-doing method of instruction. For more information go to

Christine is an AV Preeminent-rated and Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with jury trial experience in State and Federal Courts litigating both commercial and civil cases focusing on intellectual property (trade secret, Computer Fraud and Abuse, trademark, and copyright), non-competition and non-solicitation disputes, breaches of contract, tortious interference, fraud, and toxic tort claims. Christine is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and also teaches litigation skills to students at Stetson University College of Law as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy.

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TampaBay-Job-Links Helps Recent College Grads Enter the Workforce

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Sheila Solomon Rudd, TBJL Executive Director (left), and Michael Lebovitz, an August 2014 University of Kansas graduate (right), talk about the self-marketing materials that helped Michael land in a job that he enjoys in Tampa.

Traditional college graduation season ended in June and new graduates who don’t have jobs can be feeling anxious as summer progresses. While students expect to spend four years or more earning their degrees, they often don’t realize the next milestone in life – landing that entry-level job – can take time and require skills they haven’t been taught. TampaBay-Job-Links recognizes that job-search coaching and career planning are essential to a successful search in today’s world and is working with recent college graduates to prepare them to take that critical next step. Read more…

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Member Events

August 24 – 31: Special Ticketmaster Presale Offer for the Outback Bowl


The Presale begins at 10:00 a.m. Monday August 24th!  This is your chance to purchase tickets to the January 1, 2016 Outback Bowl through Ticketmaster before they go on sale to the general public on August 31.

Enter Code:  OUTBACK30

Game is played January 1, 2016 with 12:00 PM ET kickoff at Raymond James Stadium


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September 4 – 6: Check out Residential Acoustics Showcase at the Tampa Home and Garden Show


Residential Acoustics will be exhibiting at the Tampa Home and Garden Show September 4th, 5th and 6th at the Tampa Convention Center. They will be showcasing their sound blocking curtains manufactured right here in downtown Tampa!

Click here for more information on the AcoustiCurtain™

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New Hires &  Promotions

Elevate, Inc.’s Mariaelisa Lichoa Promoted to Account Executive

MariaElisa-TwitterMariaelisa Lichoa was promoted to Account Executive at Elevate, Inc. Mariaelisa was previously a PR & Communications Assistant for Elevate, Inc.

Originally born in Venezuela, Mariaelisa grew up in Central Florida. She enjoys keeping her body active with yoga, her mind engaged in interesting books, and serving the Tampa Bay community through volunteer work.

There is much work to be done with the great opportunities in the rise of Tampa’s business world, and Mariaelisa is thrilled to be a part of the movement with Elevate, Inc. Watch out for Mariaelisa and all of #TeamElevate as they display why #TampaHasSwagger!

Be sure to follow Mariaelisa’s journey on Twitter @MarAtElevate!

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New Hires and Promotion at Majesty Title Services, LLC

Elizabeth HernandezElizabeth Hernandez: Majesty Title Services, LLC is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Hernandez has joined the firm as a Title Processor in our South Tampa office, responsible for the communication between clients and banks and clearing title issues. She is bilingual and handles residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Claudia Sanchez

Claudia Sanchez: Claudia Sanchez has joined the firm as a bilingual Escrow Closer for our North Tampa office. With over 5 years of experience, she works with buyers, sellers, lenders and realtors to clear title issues, prepare closing documents and  maintain files for efficient real estate closings.

Jason Tillis:
Jason Tillis has joined the firm as Jason Tillisa Title Processor in our South Tampa office with responsibilities that include communication between clients, and examining and clearing title issues for residential and commercial transactions. Jason is new to the title industry and comes to us with an extensive background in Special Events Management.

Annie BelisleAnnie Belisle: Annie Belisle has joined the firm as an Escrow Closer in our South Tampa Office responsible for communication between clients and banks, clearing title issues and preparing closing documents. She handles residential real estate transactions with a focus on foreclosures and investor relations. She has over 33 years of experience.


Tami Sturdevant: Majesty Title Services, LLC is pleased to announce that Tami Sturdevant has been promoted to Office Manager at our North Tampa location, overseeing the operations and personnel for that office. In addition, she is a Licensed Title Agent and Escrow Closer with over 13 years of experience in the industry.

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Member Accolades

Elevate, Inc. Chief Strategy Officer Accepted into the Tampa Connection Class of 2016

Ansley HeadshotAnsley Kahn, Chief Strategy Officer at Elevate, Inc. was accepted into the Tampa Connection Class of 2016.

Each year, a select group of business professionals is chosen to participate in The Tampa Connection. The year long program exposes these professionals to community service and leadership development opportunities while immersing them in the local community.

Ansley is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida where she majored in International Relations and minored in Economics. As a student, she was an officer and charter member of the United Nations Association club and had the opportunity to travel to New York City and the District of Columbia for internships within the federal government.

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