Member News 5/21-5/28

Member News

  • Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP) promoted Trevor Baldwin to Chief Executive Officer.
  • Bradley hires Tara Petzoldt to join Tampa office as litigation associate.
  • CBIZ announces Emerging Managing Director academy class of 2021.
  • Roebuck Technologies celebrated their one year anniversary with the Chamber.
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP hires Samantha R. Vloedman; Tampa partner Gregory Yadley elected Secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee; Erica Shea elected Chair of the University of Tampa’s Board of Fellows.

Member Events

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

2019 Small Business of the Year Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to our Small Business of the Year Semi-Finalists! Check them out below:

Nominated for Outstanding Leader:

Jamie Klingman, Boutique Realty Florida

Nick Friedman, College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

Rita Lowman, Pilot Bank

Paul Huszar, VetCor, LLC

 

Nominated for Startup of the Year:

Hoerber Tillman & Company

Johnson Jackson LLC

Newgentek

Stanton IP Law Firm, P.A.

Stonehill

Taylor Financial

 

Nominated for Small Business of the Year (5-20 Employees):

Bake More Pies

Big Sea

Buyer’s Point

The Costello Center

Center for Transformation & Innovation (CTI)

HCP Associates

Health Mutt

Katz Capital

McKay Advertising + Activation

SME Solutions Group

 

Nominated for Small Business of the Year (21-50 Employees):

Atlas Professional Services

Garden Light LED

Mid-Florida Armored & ATM Services, Inc. 

The Symphony Agency

 

Nominated for Small Business of the Year (51-250 Employees):

College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving

First Citrus Bank

Happy’s Home Centers

Matcon Construction Services, Inc.

PPK

Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. 

Workscapes, Inc.

Member News 5/14-5/20

Member News

Member Events

  • May 22, 2019: 11th Annual Sustainable Business Awards Green Carpet Gala
  • May 24, 2019: Fourth Friday Celebrating Tampa’s Arts & Culture Scene
  • May 31, 2019: Homebrew Hillsborough at Cyber Florida
  • June 5, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Hurricane Preparedness
  • June 16-22, 2019: CSI Summer Camp at Saint Leo University
  • June 19, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership 33rd Annual Meeting & Luncheon
  • June 26-28, 2019: Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Leadership Conference
  • July 21, 2019: Rays on the Runway

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Leadership (T)Amplified

The Vault filled with so many people April 23 the crowd began to spill out on to Franklin Street. Inside the event venue, balloons bounced off ankles, people posed for photos and dance hits filled the air. Folks readily fulfilled Earth, Wind & Fire’s musical request, Let’s Groove Tonight. For most, the festivities represented a monumental moment for Tampa: the election of a new mayor. For Leadership Tampa Alumni, however, the victory party for Jane Castor held special meaning. When the former Tampa Police chief defeated David Straz, she became the first Leadership Tampa Alumnus to hold the city’s highest office. 
One of our leaders now leads us all.
The significance wasn’t lost on Castor, winner of the 2016 LTA 2016 Parke Wright III Award. In the glow of the win, while still trying to catch her breath, she reflected on the role her Leadership Tampa experience played in helping her earn the trust and confidence needed to become the city’s 59th mayor.
A lot of LTA folks are taking great pride in your election. Are we right to think your LT experience contributed and will continue to contribute to your new role? 
There is no doubt that my Leadership Tampa experience helped guide me into the Office of the Mayor. I have never hesitated to tell everyone that Leadership Tampa is the best experience that I had while at the police department. From the amazing things I learned about my hometown (was surprised there was so much that I was unaware of), to the networking opportunities – it was all great.
I attended LT’00, greatest class ever! The connections and friendships made during my LT experience are still alive and well after almost 20 years. It really is an incredible program that benefits individuals, businesses and our community on a number of levels.
What’s the biggest thing you learned in LTA? 
Best lesson learned from LT was that Tampa is, at the same time, a large metropolitan city and a small town. We have the amenities and cultural experiences of the larger American cities and the friendliness and charm of a small town. My vision is to grow the city without losing our identity.
Were there LTA members who supported your campaign (a few attended the victory party)? What did that support mean to you? 
Just about everyone from my LT class supported me as the chief and during my campaign for mayor. Our class has remained very close – supporting each other’s causes (my two Humane Society rescue dogs stand as proof of my support for Nancy Newman LT’00), business, socializing, being there in times of need and just staying in touch.
As a point of position, now that I am “honorable,” I would like to make public the fact that Rudy Fernandez (LT’00) owes me big time. He personally held just under 100 mayoral debates/forums (may be a slight exaggeration) and I attended them all! Having the support of my LT classmates means the world to me. The personal and professional diversity of each class means that there is always someone to call upon no matter the need. I have advocated for LT since graduation and will continue to do so in any fashion they need.
Leadership Tampa is the best program that I have been involved with and the experience has continued to pay dividends both personally and professionally. Not sure if I mentioned that LT’00 was the best class ever.
Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you

Leadership (T)Amplified

The red and white striped pinafore dress gave birth to Denise Young’s desire to serve oh so many years ago. The first time she walked into Miami’s Mercy Hospital as a 14-year-old candy striper, she started developing a heart for helping, and that drive continues today for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2003 class champion.
So, when Young made up her mind to help a new nonprofit, you knew it had to be special. Year Up is a national bridge program for young adults that recently expanded to St. Petersburg. They work to close the occupational divide between people 18-24 who long to work but don’t necessarily have the training and businesses that struggle to find viable candidates for jobs that pay a livable wage.
Year Up’s students are trained for IT and business jobs with a focus on professional etiquette. They’re asked to come each day professionally dressed, and the program launched a clothing drive to help outfit its newest participants. When Denise learned of the drive, she flew into action and asked if I could meet her and some of the program’s leaders at Hawkers in St. Petersburg. How could I tell my LT ’03 classmate no?
The next thing I know, I’m literally writing a column in between bites of food. The Year Up officials said the column did indeed spark interest in the clothing drive, and Denise herself got several companies she works with as a construction business consultant to contribute. And, I ended up giving a presentation to the latest cohort about the power of writing and the need to avoid pitfalls as they rise up.
I can’t say I’m surprised. When Denise reaches out, guided by that heartfelt longing to make a difference she first developed at Mercy Hospital, I always answer the call. It’s an approach that should typify Leadership Tampa Alumni. We need to lean on each other to elevate goals and achieve missions that mean the most to us.
We shouldn’t just remember the good times from years gone by, we should answer the call and strengthen the bonds that united us at the beginning.
That’s all I’m saying.
hoop
Ernest Hooper, LT’03
2018 Newsletter/Annual Review Chair
Editor and Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Follow him @hoop4you

Member News 5/7-5/13

Member News

  • The Alzheimer’s Association hosted An Evening in White and raised $170,000 for the association.
  • The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business hosted the 2019 Business Awards Celebration Luncheon last week and announced award winners.
  • Greenberg Traurig has 40 attorneys and 12 practice areas recognized by the Chambers USA 2019 Guide.
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s celebrates dedication of Simulation Center.
  • Meals on Wheels of Tampa is providing over 800 hurricane preparedness packs to all program recipients in preparation for this year’s hurricane season.
  • Quantum Leap Farm celebrated their one year anniversary with the Chamber.
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP announces Tampa partner, Duane A. Daiker, has been re-appointed to the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Standing Committee.
  • Storage Sense is offering 1/2 off the first three month’s rent to Chamber members.
  • The Tampa Jewish Community Center is offering 1/2 off a round of golf for all Chamber members at their 8th Annual Golf Tournament. The offer is good through 5PM on Monday, May 13th, please call the number on the registration page for details.

Member Events

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Member News 4/30-5/6

Member News

  • MIDFLORIDA Credit Union plans largest expansion in company history with planned acquisition of two Florida banking operations.
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP announces Tampa Partner Gregory C. Yadley has been named an inaugural member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee.
  • Stonehill CEO, Douglass Pace, named Entrepreneur of the Year by the 17th Annual American Business Awards.

Member Events

  • May 6, 2019: Poynter Institute’s The Arts and The News – Why Tampa Bay needs the arts and art journalism
  • May 7, 2019: Small Business Development Center Innovation and Technology Conference
  • May 9, 2019: Great Gulf Coast Jewelry Heist
  • May 15, 2019: Busyness Retreat
  • May 17, 2019: Grown Up Night at Glazer Children’s Museum
  • May 17-18, 2019: Quest Inc. Wine Quest
  • May 18, 2019: Florida Aquarium SeaGrapes
  • June 5, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Hurricane Preparedness
  • June 16-22, 2019: CSI Summer Camp at Saint Leo University
  • June 26-28, 2019: Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Leadership Conference

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.