Emerge Tampa Bay Welcomes New Leadership, Honors Young Professionals


Tampa, FL – November 3, 2016 – Over 250 local professionals attended Emerge Tampa Bay’s 5th Annual Emerging with Influence event, presented by ChappellRoberts, Depository Trust and Clearing Corp, Leadership Tampa Alumni, and Wells Fargo at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. The event recognized young professionals in the Tampa Bay community and announced the organization’s 2017 leadership team.

Leading Emerge Tampa Bay for 2017 will be:
Program Chair:
Jeff Chernoff, IAT, Inc.
Program Vice Chair:
Andrew Smith, JP Morgan Private Bank
Professional Development Committee:
Chair: Nico Hohman, NextHome Discovery
Vice Chair: Dawn Morgan, Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Membership Committee:
Chair: Raechel Canipe, DEX Imaging
Vice Chair: Gaines Hayes, Depository Trust and Clearing Corp
Public Policy Committee:
Chair: David Loos, Beaux-Arts Group
Vice Chair: Eric Ortiz, McKay Advertising + Activation
Community Outreach Committee:
Chair: Tammy Charles, Metropolitan Ministries
Vice Chair: Jill McSpadden, Rivero, Gordimer & Co., PA

Alexandra Dillard, Corporate Merchandise Manager for Dillard’s, was the keynote speaker and shared her experiences with making her own mark on the family business.

Emerge Tampa Bay also presented the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award to Erin Cassidy of Majesty Title Services, for her service and dedication to the Tampa Bay community and the young professional organization. In addition to the award, a $500 donation will be made to two charities of Cassidy’s choice, Joshua House and Metro Tampa Bay YMCA, courtesy of ChappellRoberts.

The award’s namesake Deanne Roberts was the co-founder of Emerge Tampa Bay and founder of Tampa ad agency ChappellRoberts, which is the Founding Sponsor of Emerging with Influence.

About Emerge Tampa Bay
Emerge Tampa Bay is the premier young professionals organization in Tampa. A program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, it is designed for emerging leaders, ages 21-35. In an effort to enhance the greater Tampa area, Emerge strives to support, cultivate and attract young professionals by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities and community partnerships. Visit http://www.emergetampa.org for more information or contact the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program Manager, Kat Benjamin at kbenjamin@tampachamber.com or (813) 276-9448.

Emerge Tampa Bay Tours 3 Daughters Brewing

By Gaines Hayes, Depository Trust and Clearing Corp

Driving through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, it’s hard to miss Tropicana Field. However, another worthy destination lies beyond the Rays stadium. This location is none other than 3 Daughters Brewing. Situated amidst the Arts District of St. Pete, the brewery fits the neighborhood perfectly with its laid-back atmosphere and modern, urban interior. Outside the main building you can’t miss the corn-hole boards and giant Connect 4 games near the parking lot. Once inside, you would immediately notice that the family-friendly atmosphere and the lack of televisions which encourages customers to talk with each other

Once all the visitors from Emerge Tampa Bay had arrived it was time to begin the tour of the facility. 3daughters2Leigh Harting, one of the co-owners and Chief Marketing Officer for 3 Daughters, started the tour by bringing the group to the tasting room. She mentioned that visitors in the tour groups are encouraged to have a drink in their hand as they walk through the brewery. Leigh also said that she was the mother of the 3 Daughters for which the brewery is named for (respectively aged 7, 12, and 13). Looking closely at the bar itself, you could even see three sets of embedded handprints left by the young girls.

After our group had their drinks in hand, Leigh began to explain the beer making process. She described how important it was to understand both the biology and chemistry behind the brewing process. The biology component comes from understanding that yeast is a living organism and trying to create multiple generations of the same yeast culture for a particular beer.  Meanwhile, the chemistry component lies in the mixing, fermenting, and storing of the beer itself. Leigh continued to say that making one good batch of beer is easy; the difficulty lies in consistently making the same high quality beer in large quantities.

To help with this issue, 3 Daughters has its own Beer Lab where it can monitor the quality and consistency of the beer it produces. The brewery also has an interesting arrangement with the University of South Florida’s St. Pete campus. The USFSP Brewing Arts program offers students a strong knowledge base plus hands-on training for a career in the craft brewing industry. After completing 10 modules, students spend time on-site at the brewery for practice in the quality assurance stage of beer brewing. The entire program covers the brewing process from a scientific, engineering, and business perspective.

3daughters1This brewery has also made impressive progress in terms of distributing its products. It has 3,000 retailer partners including Target, Sam’s Club, and (most recently) Walmart. It also commands much deserved attention from Disney and Top Golf, its #1 and #2 accounts respectively. None of this should come as a surprise considering how this particular brewery has the capacity to brew 60,000 barrels a year. At the moment, this excess capacity allows 3 Daughters to brew beer for other local companies as its site operations continue to scale.

Despite the fact that Tampa Bay is home to so many craft breweries, Leigh doesn’t believe that the market is oversaturated yet. She alluded to the fact that there are many individual niches that a craft brewery can fill. She also described the area as one of the fastest growing but youngest in terms of craft brewing popularity. Leigh joked that Tampa hasn’t turned into Portland, Oregon or Asheville, North Carolina yet.



Emerge Tampa Bay Welcomes New Leadership, Honors Young Professionals

IMG_8805Over 250 local professionals attended Emerge Tampa Bay’s 4th Annual Emerging with Influence event, presented by ChappellRoberts, Leadership Tampa Alumni, Northwestern Mutual and Tampa Steel Erecting Co., last night at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. The event recognized young professionals in the Tampa Bay community and announced the organization’s 2016 leadership team.

Leading Emerge Tampa Bay for 2016 will be:

Program Chair:
Jennifer Lawson, HCI Group, Inc.

Program Vice Chair:
Jeff Chernoff, IAT, Inc.

Professional Development Committee:
Chair: Sebastian Matta, Dale Carnegie Training
Vice Chair: Matthew Ransdell, Jackson Lewis

Membership Committee:
Chair: Rayla Bailey, Raymond James
Vice Chair:  Cynthia Plunkett, Socius Marketing, Inc.

Public Policy Committee:
Chair: Sarah Schwirian, Conversa
Vice Chair:  David Loos, Beaux-Arts Group

Community Outreach Committee:
Chair: Lauren Albert, Elevate, Inc.
Vice Chair: Jelena Klisura, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Kim Lear of Inlay Insights presented on “Leveraging Your Network and Building Relationships to Get Things Done.”

Emerge Tampa Bay also presented the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award to Audra Milligan, Director of Recruitment and Selection at Northwestern Mutual, for her service and dedication to the Tampa Bay community and the young professionals’ organization. In addition to the award, a $1,000 donation will be made to the charity of Milligan’s choice, the YWCA, courtesy of ChappellRoberts.

The award’s namesake Deanne Roberts was the co-founder of Emerge Tampa Bay and founder of ChappellRoberts, which is the Founding Sponsor of Emerging with Influence.

Emerge Tampa Bay & Education Connection Partner to Prepare Students for the Workforce


By: Selina Radlein, Moffitt Cancer Center, Education Connection Committee Member

032R8762-8x10Many young professionals today could tell you precisely what pieces of advice they would give their 21-year-old selves – that typical list of “things I know now that I wish I knew back then.” If only someone would have told me! I personally wish I had sought out internship opportunities, built better relationships and read A LOT more books! Hindsight is 20/20, they say. That period right after college is so instrumental in shaping the adults we later become. We have so little responsibility and so much freedom to make errors. Some new graduates have a hard time navigating the working world. Some of this is likely due to lack of skills or knowledge. Most is probably attributed to lack of connections or experience. How great would it have been to have some more guidance?

Fortunately, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has a created a partnership with the local colleges and universities to address this very problem. Education Connection brings business leaders together with the academic community to help mold Tampa Bay’s future workforce. This has been quite a successful partnership, so Emerge Tampa Bay wanted to get in on the action. Who better to help provide guidance to young people than slightly-older, more experienced young people?!

It was a privilege to be the first Emerge member to speak with a class at the University of South Florida as part of this effort. I come from a public health background, so I was paired with an instructor of technical writing for health science majors. I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive at first as I thought, “What insight and information could I possibly provide to the most digitally connected college students in history that they couldn’t find in 0.5 seconds with their thumbs?” I grew a little more concerned after I entered the classroom that was filled with computer monitors. “Will they even be listening?” I thought.  To my surprise, I had a lot to say and they were taking lots of notes.

I gave the students some background on my career journey and told them all of those things I would have told my 21-year-old self. They also had a lot to say, asking many questions about resources, internships, networking, mentorships, jobs, work-life balance and the list goes on. Some were even interested in gaining experience at my organization. And none of them knew they were able to join Emerge! The 30 minute talk I was anxious about turned into an hour and fifteen minute discussion session that flowed effortlessly. At one point, a fellow student answered her classmate’s question when I was unable to do so. In that instance I said, “My next big piece of advice is to talk to each other.” This moment stood out to me because I realized I was giving these students advice that they would one day have given their 21-year-old selves. Yes folks, the most digitally connected college students in history could use some help with building face-to-face, mutually beneficial relationships.

After the class I followed up with an email to the instructor, providing her all the information I’d gathered on questions I could not answer and thanking her for this opportunity. We both agreed we would remain connected, as this partnership could be beneficial to her current and future classes. I definitely encourage my fellow young professionals to participate in this initiative. It is one of the most effective ways to contribute to Emerge’s mission.

Emerge Tampa Bay to Host 2nd Speaker Series Event at MacDill AFB

Emerge Speaker Series

Kaila Barrington, Paycom, Emerge Professional Development Committee Member  

Once, I performed an exercise called the “triangle of success.” The instructor asked the audience what characteristics we thought made up a successful person. We all shared our thoughts:

  • knowledgeable/smart
  • open-minded
  • risk-taker
  • positive
  • driven
  • big thinker
  • determination
  • hard-working
  • open to feedback
  • perseverance
  • embraces change
  • inclusive
  • uses time wisely

Once the list was finalized, the instructor went one-by-one through the list and asked us which characteristics represented skill and which represented attitude, or both. What we found is that almost all were classified as attitude. The moral of the story: success is reached by having the right attitude. Yes, skills are important, but without the right attitude you will always fall short of success.

On July 15, Emerge Tampa Bay will hold its second professional development speaker series event. The topic of this event is leadership with guest speaker, Colonel Daniel Tulley. He is the current base commander of MacDill Air Force Base.

So, what type of leader is the event’s featured speaker, Colonel Daniel H. Tulley? Sure, we know by his title that the military has classified him as a leader, but how does he see himself?

Here’s what I found:

On his LinkedIn profile, he establishes himself as a leader that takes a strategy and sees it through to success by developing people and building teams to get results.

If you have not yet visited MacDill Air Force Base, this is your opportunity to see and learn about its impact on our region. Members of the military are invited to attend this event to learn about Emerge Tampa Bay and ways to get involved in our community. Growing up in a military town myself, I know the base brings diversity and many different leaders to the area. Through the Chamber’s Military efforts, the community is able to support our troops and maintain a positive, mutually beneficial relationship. Emerge Tampa Bay is excited to be on base to learn more ways to engage with our local military community.

To find out first-hand about Colonel Tulley’s leadership philosophy and the impact of MacDill Air Force Base on Tampa Bay, sign up to attend the event here: http://emerge.tampachamber.com/events/Emerge-Tampa-Bay-Professional-Development-Speaker-Series-Leadership-2891/details

Why Join Emerge?


By Suzanne Lambert, KPMG LLP, Emerge Tampa Bay Membership Committee Member

SuzanneWhen I moved to Tampa from Atlanta last summer I was fresh out of college, brand new at my job and felt somewhat disconnected from the Tampa area. All of my professional and personal connections were back home and I felt like I was missing ties to the Tampa community. I finally stumbled upon Emerge while I was looking for professional organizations online and, to put it simply, it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

However, this is no relationship that starts beautifully, only to end in tears and emotional Facebook statuses. Emerge has continuously helped to expand my professional network while helping me meet some amazing new friends and leaders in the community along the way. It boasts four committees fit for every niche, has a presence in nearly every event and industry in Tampa and holds very popular monthly networking events coined “The Buzz.”

The most recent Buzz event was held on Thursday, May 14 at Ducky’s Sports Lounge, a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce member conveniently located near downtown Tampa. The pouring rain did not stop 175 young professionals from eagerly filling the space, drink tickets in hand, to connect with other young professionals in the area. Attendees had the opportunity to grab drinks and food while engaging in mini bowling or simply meeting other people.

To my surprise, most people came alone, but you never would have guessed it by the easy and lively conversation that flowed from every corner in Ducky’s. Conversation ranged from work, to sport teams, to which style of pizza is best (New York, IMHO). I had the opportunity to talk about my company, as well as learn about amazing companies, charities and resources that I did not know of previously— all while in a fun and comfortable environment with people who are genuinely interested in what others do. The event was set to end at 7:30 p.m., but many people did not leave until around midnight.

What came as an overwhelming relief to me at the Buzz event was that many of the fellow young professionals attending shared my same reality— they were from another state and needed a hub like Emerge to act as a home base and build their network over a few drinks and casual conversation. And that it does! I left with more business cards than I could count, dinner plans for the following week, and finally, that sense of belonging that I had been looking for.

I believe that the best part of Emerge Tampa Bay and its events like The Buzz is that it fuses the professional sphere with the personal. A misconception might be that events like The Buzz are tired gatherings with people delivering cheesy pitches about their companies/product. That simply could not be further from the truth. The young professionals attending these events want the same things you and I do. They want to be active in their communities while meeting new friends, building new industry contacts and exposing their businesses while learning about others’.

What are you doing to remain active in your community? Possibly more importantly, what are you doing to remain competitive? Let’s face it, showing up to work 9-5 (or 8-8, if we’re being realistic) simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Organizations want their employees to be active in the communities and professional organizations. Emerge offers its members countless opportunities to engage with like-minded young professionals while utilizing valuable community resources and becoming more active in the Tampa area. Emerge has become that competitive edge for me—let it become yours too.

3rd Annual Emerge Tampa Bay Nonprofit Fair Partners with Give Day Tampa Bay in 2015


Megan Brown, Northwestern Mutual/ Emerge Tampa Bay Community Outreach Committee Member

I occasionally ask myself, “Is it better to give than to receive? Is there something missing in my life when a philanthropic spirit is not woven into my busy schedule or monthly finances?” I don’t think anyone would deny that a person feels a sense of fulfillment helping others in need.  Yet, we often find that lack of finances, time constraints or just not knowing where to find outreach opportunities can keep us from experiencing that blessing.

In an effort to overcome the obstacles that hinder outreach opportunities the 3rd annual Emerge Nonprofit Volunteer Fair partnered with Give Day Tampa Bay in Channelside Bay Plaza during their 24-hour online fundraising event. The goal was to not only raise money for nonprofits, but to present opportunities where you can donate your time.

If time constraints were a concern, people could choose among 549 nonprofits to donate to at the push of a button. Gifts totaling $1,734,540.75 were raised during Give Day Tampa Bay from nearly 10,193 donors!

For those wanting to donate their time, 24 local organizations set up tables in Channelside Bay Plaza to showcase their missions and highlight volunteer opportunities through the help of Emerge Tampa Bay.

There were a diverse group of nonprofits in attendance, providing opportunities for everyone. Whether your heart’s desire is to work with animals, children, disabled veterans, or others in need, attendees were bound to find something that appealed to their passion. I found that this event made for a fun and easy way to find opportunities that aligned with the causes I cared about. Check out the list of nonprofits who participated in the fair below.

As a busy, young professional juggling a marriage and the occasional budget blues, I still realize the importance of giving back but had all the excuses in the world not to be involved. Through the Emerge Nonprofit Fair, I met with representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. They said the organization is willing to work with my schedule and only asked for some of my free time. I decided that their willingness to work with my schedule was a good fit for me. I cannot wait to meet a little brother that I will be paired with in the coming month.

Whether you donate financially or give of your leisure time, it is a valuable contribution. It is good to be reminded, every now and then, to take the time to care.

Just like my opportunity, Give Day Tampa Bay and the Emerge Nonprofit Volunteer Fair proved that there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved. If you are interested in learning about nonprofits in Tampa Bay, the Emerge Community Outreach Committee is the perfect place to start. Their meetings take place on the first Monday of every month. Join me sometime! The only question left is, “Are you ready to give back?”

3rd Annual Emerge Tampa Bay Nonprofit Volunteer Fair Participants:

2nd C.H.A.N.C.E Center 4 Boyz
Americans For Prosperity Foundation
American Lung Association
Best Buddies Tampa Bay
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Cracker Country/Florida State Fair
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Florida Aquarium
Florida Gulf Coast Paralyzed Veterans of America
Hillsborough Education Foundation
LifeLink Foundation
Instruments of Change
Meals On Wheels of Tampa
Metropolitan Ministries Inc.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Solita’s House, Inc.
Special Olympics Florida – Hillsborough County
St. Peter Claver
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue
Tranquil Shores Children’s Foundation
Visions of Hope International