About Tampa Bay Chamber

The Tampa Bay Chamber is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of our members. We come from diverse backgrounds: from small businesses, big corporations, government bodies and the military. United, we become a single, unifying force with the power to shape the future of Tampa Bay.

Leadership (T)amplified

Greetings! My name is Lance Lansrud, Broker and Owner of Agentry Real Estate. Tampa is home; I grew up in South Tampa, returned a few years after graduating from college, and have been here since. About 17 years ago I left my career in commercial banking to begin one in real estate, and it has been incredibly rewarding. Community service has been of utmost importance to me since I was a kid, and that remains true today. I have been very actively involved in the Tampa Bay Chamber for approximately six years, commencing with my experience as a member of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2015. Following the class year, I immediately became involved with the committee for Community Outreach Day, one of the first program days in the LT year. Subsequently I became Chair for that program day, was extremely involved in the LTA Community Outreach Committee where I ultimately served as Chair, have served on numerous LT class selection committees, and so forth. I have cherished my experiences with LT and LTA, and have met some outstanding people whom I feel extremely fortunate to call friends.
Tell us a little about your experience as the Chair of Leadership Tampa Class of 2020.
Serving as Chair for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2020 was a humbling experience, and I feel honored to have been a part of this extraordinary group of people. As an organization, we strive to take business and industry leaders who are change agents within the community, and broaden their scope so as to help them further their ability to make transformative change within our greater community. Witnessing them, individually and collectively, go through this process was an incredible experience. People connected the dots on countless issues, and they are working both together and within their respective professional institutions to take what they have learned, and do something meaningful with it; big and small. Leading the group through the year was not always easy, but felt in many ways effortless, which I attribute to the enthusiasm of the class and the extremely high-quality programming of the days. The LT20 year ended abruptly and early due to COVID-19, but the class handled the huge disappointment with grace. I am proud of this wonderful collective of people, and feel exceedingly fortunate to count them as new friends.
How would you describe the personality of the group?
Kind, caring, engaged, and ready to embrace challenges. During the opening retreat, I challenged the class to consider themselves to be like a family; we would have times of joy and sorrow over the course of the year, both individually and collectively, and we needed to be there to support each other through those times. The joys are easy of course, but it is the tough times where you really see true colors. Some of our class members did face some serious adversity, and the class as a body rallied behind them. It was beautiful, and the class really emerged as a bonded group, with care and support for each other.
What is the one thing about this year’s class you will never forget?
COVID-19 put an end to the year, as it did for many things as we know it. Our last day of the year, as it came to be, was Healthcare Day. We made a last minute shift away from the planned day so as to include some really frank conversations about COVID-19, and it was fascinating to hear what executives and leaders within our healthcare community had to say. Now, only two months removed from that day, it would be intriguing to hear what they would say, or even if they would have welcomed us into their facilities, hindsight being 20/20.
What was your biggest challenge?
Very personally, my marriage became irretrievably broken as the LT20 year was being created, followed by separation and divorce, all during the LT20 year. I kept that from the class (a few people knew), because it was their year and it was to be about them. Chairing the class takes a huge commitment of time, along with an investment of personal energy and care to help massage the dynamics and keep things moving smoothly. Balancing all of that, with my own personal struggle, was by far my biggest challenge. Witnessing the care, love, and respect the LT20 class members shared for each other and for our community was a tremendous gift to me in what was a personally difficult time, and it gave me strength to keep moving forward.
For you, what separates LT from other business leadership programs?  
The greater leadership body behind the Leadership Tampa program takes the application and selection process very, very seriously. We are very committed to our efforts to assemble a diverse collective of seasoned business leaders, who demonstrate their concern for our community by way of active and sincere community activism and leadership. Continuing to market our organization and pitch it as such is paramount in continuing this legacy, as this facet (beyond our excellent curriculum and content) is in fact one of the major differentiators between LT and other business leadership programs.
Describe how chairing this year’s class has impacted your life or career?  
Relationships with others are something I greatly treasure, and I feel very blessed to have created many wonderful new relationships within the LT20 class.
What is an LT benefit you wish everyone knew about? 
Leadership Tampa Alumni Association, of course! The ongoing work and energies created during the LT year can be continued and developed by way of LTA. There are so many wonderful, like-minded leaders within LTA, and forging new relationships with those folks while providing service to our greater community are one of many benefits to be recognized following your LT commitment.
What advice do you have for the Chair of Leadership Tampa Class of 2021?
Jill Manthey, the Vice-Chair for LT20, will be Chair for LT21. We have become good friends through this process, and I sincerely appreciate her kindness, work, support, and partnership through this process. I encourage Jill to be strong-handed in order to maintain the integrity and quality of the program, softer-handed in letting the year rollout in terms of how the class responds to and engages in the year, and keep laughing through the messy times while keeping it at bay from the class. I would also welcome her to call me for anything.

Member News 6/1

Member News

  • Bradley announced the addition of Jacob Hanson to the firm’s Tampa office as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.
  • Frontier Communications is encouraging customers to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
  • OpenWorks recently conducted a survey showing that workplace cleanliness and disinfection is top of mind among corporate leaders as the businesses across the U.S. prepare to re-open.
  • Saint Leo University faculty research hows servant leadership style can ease employees’ stress during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic; Saint Leo has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
  • The Tampa Green Beret Association is aiming to build a Tampa Veteran Civic Center.
  • Topgolf Tampa reopens with new safety protocols.

Member Events

  • June 2, 2020: Develop Your Leadership Potential: Stop Doing, Start Leading by Dale Carnegie

Pushing Past Pandemic Panelists

The two moderators and four panelists for the Pushing Past Pandemic webinar presented by the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay are Nicole DeNicola, Brant Peterson, Representative James Grant, Dr. Seetha Lakshmi, Craig Richard and Bob Rohrlack.

Emerge Webinar

Nicole DeNicola is a Business Intelligence Developer at SME Solutions Group as well as the 2020 Catalyst Committee Co-Chair for Emerging Leaders. Nicole specializes in data analytics, project management and operational strategy—helping companies drive business insight through data discovery. Her acumen for analytics propels her interest in smart city innovation, a growing reality for the Tampa Bay Region as well as her advocacy for local public policy initiatives.

Brant Peterson is this year’s Chair of the ELTB Catalyst Committee. Brant owns a commercial real estate brokerage, investment, and asset management practice called Peterson Properties and Management along with a start-up focused co-working space called Workhouse.

Representative James Grant represents District 64 and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2015 and reelected subsequently. He is a graduate of Auburn University and has his JD from Stetson College of Law. He is a committee member for the Ducks Unlimited, Tampa Bay 100 Chapter, on the Board of Directors for the General H. Normal Schwarzkopf Children’s Home Sporting Clays Classic, a member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Ybor Experience.

Dr. Seetha Lakshmi is an Assistant Professor at the College of Internal Medicine at USF Health, an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Tampa General Hospital and the Assistant Program Director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at USF Health. She is a graduate of Mysore Medical College, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida, and completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American College of Physicians.

Craig Richard is a certified economic developer with over two decades of economic development leadership experience in major markets such as Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. Career highlights include more than 308 successful projects representing more than 126,246 jobs and $9.3 billion in capital investment. Craig has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Chamber, Film Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Downtown Tampa Partnership. He was recognized as one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders by Florida Trend and one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. Craig was also designated a “Fellow Member” by IEDC for his contributions to the economic development profession.
Craig earned his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, with a concentration in economic development, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

Bob Rohrlack, CCE serves as the President and CEO of The Tampa Bay Chamber, the voice of business for the Tampa Bay area. He leads the Chamber’s mission to “Serve our members and enhance the community by building business success.” He has over 30 years’ experience in the Chamber of Commerce/economic development profession having worked at the local, regional and state level. He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), and past chairman of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. He was named the 2017 FACP Executive of the Year. He was appointed by the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Dean Cannon to the Government Efficiency Task Force. He chairs the subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He is an Honorary Commander at MacDill AirForce Base, a board member of Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Downtown Partnership, University of Tampa Trustee and the Westshore Alliance. He is a past board member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Association of the Chamber of Commerce Executives Mr. Rohrlack is a graduate of Troy University majoring in Journalism and The University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s degree in Economic Development. He graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the Institute for Organizational Management, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia.

Member News 5/26

Member News

  • Carlton Fields announced Shareholder and Construction Practice Chair Wm. Cary Wright was appointed to Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) forum on Construction Law.
  • Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay has shared a complimentary whitepaper, How to Develop an Agile Workforce in 2020.
  • Glazer Children’s Museum plans to reopen on June 6th
  • Port Tampa Bay is hosting its 8th annual Hurricane Preparedness Tabletop Exercise.
  • PPK has teamed up with Clear Channel Outdoor and Outfront Media for a social sharing competition to support locally owned businesses.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa reopened last Thursday under new stringent “Safe and Sound” program guidelines.
  • Troy University is offering a free Leadership 101 course.

Member Events

  • May 27, 2020: Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus Virtual Open House
  • May 27, 2020: Virtual Leadership Graduate Series: Developing a Confident Presence Online by Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay
  • May 28, 2020: Three Reasons You’re Stressed; What you need to know about anxiety, imposter syndrome, and self-sabotage (WebEx ID: 793 456 507)
  • June 2, 2020: Develop Your Leadership Potential: Stop Doing, Start Leading by Dale Carnegie

Member News 5/18

Member News

  • Florida Capital Bank is still accepting Payroll Protection Applications.
  • Florida Poly is partnering with Microsoft to provide students and ob seekers the tools they’ll need to adapt and succeed in the current work environment.
  • Glazer Children’s Museum is still taking registrations for Camp Imagination this summer.
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Chief Marketing & Business Development Office and Chair of the University of Tampa’s Board of Fellow, Erica Shea, led the Fellows in the distribution of $150,000 back to the university.
  • Turning Point of Tampa, in partnership with Tampa General Hospital, is testing new admissions to programs for addiction, eating disorders and dual diagnosis treatment, for COVID-19.

Member Events

  • May 19, 2020: Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar presented by Castnet Media and The Tampa Bay Times
  • May 20, 2020: Dale Carnegie Digital Leadership LIVE Online Workshop – Become a Digital Leader: How to Lead, Communicate and Hold Your Team Accountable in a Virtual Environment
  • May 22, 2020: Women United Feel Good Friday Virtual Volunteering
  • May 27, 2020: Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus Virtual Open House

Europe’s Perspective on COVID-19 Panelists

The three panelists for the Europe’s Perspective on COVID-19 Webinar are Peter Byrne, Elisabet Camprubi Homs and Jonathan Walker.

europe panelists

Peter Byrne is the CEO of South Dublin Chamber in Ireland. He has 3 Masters Degrees, a primary degree and 4 Diplomas. He gives seminars worldwide on organizational behavior which over 2,000 senior executives in Chambers have taken part in places as diverse as Azerbaijan to Australia. Peter serves as a NED on boards including a hospital and university . He is a qualified mediator and has negotiated in conflicts in Northern Ireland and South Africa.

Elisabet Camprubi Homs is the Product manager and General Director of BECE.CAT and BECEONLONE.COM. She is experienced in International business. She is currently president of Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and leading a project called CAT 30/40.

Jonathan Walker is the Assistant Director of the North East England Chamber of Commerce. The North East England Chamber of Commerce is the champion of business in the region, working on behalf of its 3,000 members to enable them to succeed nationally and internationally. As Assistant Director, Jonathan is responsible for managing and directing the Chamber’s campaigning activity on behalf of its on issues as diverse as transport, education and regulation. He has held a number of roles with the Chamber since joining in 2009 following a spell in the recruitment sector. Jonathan holds a BA in Politics and MA in Media and Public Relations from Newcastle University and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.

Member News 5/11

Member News

Member Events

  • May 13, 2020: Opportunities for Collaboration and Partnerships among Public Safety Agencies
  • May 14, 2020: Roebuck Technologies and Ring Central Live Webinar
  • May 14, 2020: Webinar Reducing Waste – Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle RIGHT for Small Businesses
  • May 18, 2020: Family First Coronavirus Response Act Webinar
  • May 19, 2020: Optimizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar presented by Castnet Media and The Tampa Bay Times
  • May 22, 2020: Women United Feel Good Friday Virtual Volunteering