State of Business with COVID-19 Panelists

The four panelists for the State of Business with COVID-19 Webinar are Brian Butler, Terin Cremer, Esq., Carole Post, and Eileen Rodriguez.


Brian Butler is President and CEO of Vistra Communications, an integrated Marketing, Communications and Consulting agency with a broad range of clients. Prior to founding Vistra, Brian served as a Director of Bio-Defense Policy on the Homeland Security Council in the White House, where he co-authored the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan.

Terin Cremer, Esq. is the managing partner at Barbas Cremer, PLLC, a boutique employment and business law firm. She works with businesses across the country on issues related to human resources and client contracting. In addition to her work in the private practice of law, Terin is an adjunct professor for Florida State University’s College of law. She is also a mayoral appointee to the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board where she serves as an administrative judge resolving City of Tampa employment disputes.

Carole Post is the City of Tampa’s Administrator for Development and Economic Opportunity which oversees Development and Construction Services, Real Estate, Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, and the Convention Center. Carole recently returned to Florida after nearly 20 years in New York City, including 10 years with the City of New York where she led many of the City’s building recovery efforts following 9/11. In the coming months, Carole and her teams will work closely with Tampa’s business and economic sectors to help revitalize the City following the Coronavirus crisis.

Eileen Rodriguez is the Regional Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF, she is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, human resources management, and the administrative oversight of a $3.1 million budget. She has been at the SBDC for 22 years and began working with the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida in 1997, providing one-on-one confidential consulting and teaching seminars in English and Spanish in the areas of starting a small business, international trade, and women and minority certification. Before joining the FSBDC at USF, she also owned her own business.

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