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  • March 7, 2019: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Business By the Bay
  • March 8, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Bike to Work Ride and Rally
  • March 11, 2019: Hillsborough Education Foundation 2019 Play FORE Education Golf Tournament Presented by Batson-Cook
  • March 16, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Mayor’s River O’Green Volunteer Opportunity
  • March 17, 2019: Henry B. Plant Museum 15th Annual Picnic in the Park
  • March 23, 2019: Children’s Home Network General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Memorial Sporting Clays Classic
  • March 23, 2019: Hillsborough County Children’s Services 5th Annual Community Fair
  • March 26, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Debriefing Series: Economic Impact from Tourism & Events
  • April 4, 2019: CAMLS Blood Drive
  • April 7, 2019: Center for Cyber Safety and Education Golfing with Garfield
  • April 12, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Development Forum
  • April 12, 2019: Visit Tampa Bay Tee Off for Tourism Golf Tournament
  • April 25, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Security Series: Cybersecurity
  • May 8, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Local Leaders Luncheon
  • May 17-18, 2019: Quest Inc. Wine Quest
  • June 5, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

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2019 Military Appreciation Recap

Each year we honor members of our community for their commitment and dedication to Tampa Bay and the military.

The Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year awards are presented to members of the Armed Forces who commit themselves to serving the Tampa Bay community. These awards acknowledge participation in activities which provide significant service to the Tampa Bay community.

6th Air Mobility Wing
Officer of the Year – Captain Ilma Vallee
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year – Technical Sergeant Brayden Foley

927th Air Refueling Wing
Officer of the Year – Captain David Sidnam
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year – Master Sergeant Susan Libertz

Joint Communications Support Element
Officer of the Year- First Lieutenant Matthew Nixon
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year – Master Sergeant Jasmine Howell

United States Central Command
Officer of the Year – Lieutenant Commander Scott Curtin
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year – Master Sergeant Thomas Whitten

United States Special Operations Command
Officer of the Year – Captain Joseph Pastrovich
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year – Petty Officer First Class Ashley Bordelon

 The ROTC Cadet of the Year awards are presented to cadets who perform community services within the Tampa Bay area so long as the service is performed on a voluntary, non-duty basis. This award acknowledges participation and activities that provide significant service to the Tampa Bay Community.

ROTC Cadet of the Year
University of Tampa – Cadet Erika Roy
University of South Florida – Cadet Hunter Johnson

 The Bob Cutler Volunteer Award of the Year honors Bob Cutler, a 28-year volunteer of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Military Council. The award is presented each year to a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce who best represents Bob’s commitment to Tampa Bay’s Armed Forces.

Bob Cutler Award
Mr. Gregory Celestan, Celestar Corporation

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Member Events

  • February 26, 2019: AM&AA Event featuring Award-Winning Professional Speaker Tom Deans, Ph.D.
  • February 26, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Debriefing Series – West River Development
  • February 27, 2019: Autism Shifts, Understanding Autism Parent and Caregiver Workshop
  • March 3, 2019: Tampa Bay Lightning Bolts Family Game Night
  • March 4, 2019: Autism Shifts, Autism Employment-Ready Course
  • March 11, 2019: Hillsborough Education Foundation 2019 Play FORE Education Golf Tournament Presented by Batson-Cook
  • March 16, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Mayor’s River O’Green Volunteer Opportunity
  • March 17, 2019: Henry B. Plant Museum 15th Annual Picnic in the Park
  • March 23, 2019: Children’s Home Network General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Memorial Sporting Clays Classic
  • March 23, 2019: Hillsborough County Children’s Services 5th Annual Community Fair
  • March 26, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Debriefing Series: Economic Impact from Tourism & Events
  • April 7, 2019: Center for Cyber Safety and Education Golfing with Garfield
  • April 12, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Development Forum
  • April 25, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Security Series: Cybersecurity
  • May 8, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Local Leaders Luncheon
  • May 17-18, 2019: Quest Inc. Wine Quest
  • June 5, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

Member Job Openings

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Member Events

  • February 21, 2019: Nova Southeastern University Open House
  • February 22, 2019: Fourth Friday Drop Off at Glazer Children’s Museum
  • February 22, 2019: Homebrew Hillsborough at SOFWERX
  • February 26, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Debriefing Series – West River Development
  • February 27, 2019: Autism Shifts, Understanding Autism Parent and Caregiver Workshop
  • March 3, 2019: Tampa Bay Lightning Bolts Family Game Night
  • March 4, 2019: Autism Shifts, Autism Employment-Ready Course
  • March 16, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Mayor’s River O’Green Volunteer Opportunity
  • March 17, 2019: Henry B. Plant Museum 15th Annual Picnic in the Park
  • March 23, 2019: Hillsborough County Children’s Services 5th Annual Community Fair
  • March 26, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Debriefing Series: Economic Impact from Tourism & Events
  • April 12, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Development Forum
  • April 25, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Downtown Security Series: Cybersecurity
  • May 8, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Local Leaders Luncheon
  • May 17-18, 2019: Quest Inc. Wine Quest
  • June 5, 2019: Tampa Downtown Partnership Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

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.

LT’19 Military Day

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By: Nicole Justice, Tampa General Hospital

Tampa’s “Skies are Filled with the Nation’s First Line of Defense”(1).  This is because every 2.8 minutes, an Air Mobility Command aircraft departs worldwide (2) and Tampa is home to the prestigious MacDill Air Force Base.  For the 2019 Leadership Tampa Class, February 6, 2019, marked Military day; a day in which we stood ready to experience this national treasure.

The morning started with a bus tour of the impressive MacDill AFB grounds, moderated by Day Chair Lieutenant Colonel John Schwartz and program day committee member Colonel Emily Farkas.  Not named MacDill until 1941, the base opened in 1939.  Today it sports 5600 acres with 7.1 miles of shoreline and is considered a medium size base.  The base is home to approximately 5000 residents, 24 KC-135s, 3 C-37s, 33 unique missions and two of our nation’s nine 4-Star Generals.  MacDill houses $8 billion in assets and contributes more than $4.1 billion to Tampa Bay’s economy (3).  Equally impressive are the amenities available on base.  Offering everything from basic needs to leisure, life at MacDill includes an onsite clinic and commissary, first-class fitness center, golf course, skeet range, bowling alley, family campground, and a beach.  It shouldn’t be surprising that nestled in the heart of South Tampa, the homes on base are nearly as beautiful as the views.

After the bus tour, we settled in for a MacDill 101 course, where we learned more acronyms than there are letters in the alphabet (e.g. USSOCOM, COCOM, CENTCOM, BLUF, USCENTCOM).  We learned about the difference between officers and enlisted, as well as reservists and active duty.  The speakers were knowledgeable and engaging and being in the heart of SOCOM, it seemed fitting that information and stats emanated from our presenters.  While the stats are impressive, what is truly extraordinary are the people behind them.

It was during the Deployment Activity where we began to understand the people at the heart of MacDill.  During the activity, our class was tasked to prepare for a hypothetical deployment with only a 24-hour notice.  Some preparations were obvious, such as bills and finances.  Others were more difficult.  Admittingly, none of us thought of consulting with teachers to explain why our child’s behavior may change at school.  Lastly, the reality of service was made evident by the need to ensure that our will and testaments were up to date.  Those leading the activity were sincere and authentic, sharing the various experiences they have witnessed and lived.  For many, the insight brought new gravity to the sentiment, “Thank you for your service”.

After this activity, we engaged in a discussion with Colonel Bill Salinger titled, “What is the Value Proposition of Special Operations in the Community?”.  During which, we learned the core attributes of the highly specialized and seasoned leaders in this space.  Later, Dr. Dora Mays and Technical Sergeant Tristian Traore enlightened us about how the military supports its members through various programs such as deployment preparation, bundles of babies, casualty assistance, and transition (out of the military) assistance.  Sandwiched between sessions, we toured the flight line, boarded a KC-135 and indulged in a few photos.  Afterward, Colonel Douglas Stouffer enthusiastically taught us about managing the fleet of KC-135s and KC-37s.

Undoubtedly, the most touching part of the day was the panel discussion with Air Force, Army & Navy Special Operations representatives.  Their names are not listed here, but the class engaged in a candid conversation about their lives in perpetual pursuit of the mission- Parati Defendere (Ready to Defend).  The gentlemen shared how the challenges of frequent deployments have shaped their lives and families; their service hasn’t been without sacrifice.  And while they were open about the challenges, it was evident that their dedication to furthering the mission reigned supreme.  Throughout the day, it was an honor to learn from the men and women at MacDill.  Inarguably, Tampa and our nation are stronger because of them.

After MacDill, we visited SOFWERX in Ybor city.  SOFWERX is a Title 15 Organization where, according to Tambrein Bates, innovative ideas are cultivated and accelerated through the collaboration of the brightest minds and divergent thoughts.  To those who are unfamiliar with it, it suffices to say that SOFWERX is doing impressive work to develop unconventional solutions to difficult military challenges.  Imagine a lab that spawns one-man flying machines and submergible watercraft.  It doesn’t disappoint.  For the techies reading this, SOFWERX serves as a catalyst for converting ideas into proof of concept, at a high iteration, low-cost rate.  SOFWERX is in a category that is uniquely its own.

For the unprecedented access, sincere thanks go out to the following:
Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing – Colonel Stephen Snelson
Our Sponsor – Bank of America
Our Day Chair – Lieutenant Colonel John Schwartz, United States Air Force Reserve
Committee members – Colonel Emily Farkas and Brian Carson
Your efforts made our experience memorable, informative and inspiring.  Our class thanks you.

Citations:

  1. “MacDill Air Force Base Community Relations Update.” MacDill Air Force Base. Building 296 – 927 Air Refueling Wing Headquarters, Tampa. 6 February. 2019. Video.
  2. “Delivering Excellence: MacDill AFB.” White Paper. Print.
  3. “MacDill Air Force Base 2017 Economic Impact Statement.” White Paper. Print.

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  • The Dohring Group has commercial spaces available for sale and lease
  • HART voted unanimously for Benjamin Limmer as its next CEO
  • Martin Capuder of ConsultantC.Services LLC is leading efforts to form a local chapter affiliate of Private Directors Association

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LT’19 Health Care Day

By: Charlotte McHenry, Senior Connection Center, Inc.

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”  Charles Darwin

Leadership Tampa’s Health Care Day, that took place on January 23, 2019, was one that appeared to bring anticipation and excitement for everyone, especially those who had an interest and possibly previous or current work experience in the healthcare arena. The day started at USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), where three dynamic healthcare executives spoke on their experiences in the field, including their views on leadership.  These executives were:

Kelly Cullen, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Tampa General Hospital

Kimberly Guy, Senior Vice President and Market Leader for Hillsborough and South East Pasco, BayCare Health System

Charles Lockwood, Senior Vice President, USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida

These executives shared their respective healthcare facility’s perspective on achieving quality care while ensuring their connection to the community by improving access. It was refreshing to see their mutual respect for one another and each other’s facilities.  Information was shared on the prominence of Tampa General Hospital as a Level 1 Trauma Center, their partnership with GE to advance predictive models and analytics for care coordination, as well as their service to the community as a premier transplant center.

BayCare Health System’s focus on quality was highlighted through their Community Health Needs Assessment, their partnership with Publix and their development of HealthHubs, a convenient neighborhood place to check in for your health care needs, which could include such amenities as walking trails.

USF took a different tactic in presenting to the class.  Dr. Lockwood shared that the biggest threat to the economy, the rising cost of medications. He shared that $3.5 trillion is spent on healthcare costs, which equates to 17.9% of the GNP.  Of the $3.5 trillion, $500 billion is spent on medications.  The average profit of drug companies is 25%.  Some of the issues that are impacting the expensive nature of drugs are as follows:

  • The US sets own prices for branded drugs
  • The government permits high prices
  • Brand drugs can make subtle changes to gain new patents and prevent generics from entering the market
  • Physicians write expensive prescriptions (partly due to patient requests due to drug advertising)
  • The US disallows drug imports
  • CMS cannot negotiate drug prices

It was also noted that pharmaceutical companies comprise the single largest lobbying group.  However, it was emphasized that one cannot overlook the role the US plays in the development of incredible drugs that are life-changing, as well as life-saving. The US is undoubtedly the envy of other countries in these innovations and developments, and there is nothing wrong with making a reasonable profit.

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The tour of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) was incredibly enlightening.  This type of teaching environment is critically important since medical knowledge changes every 73 days.  In addition to all the simulated teaching opportunities for medical students, the method of teaching has changed to one that is more team focused, using the soft arts as a way of training and teaching medical students. This method of teaching helps students with situational awareness which can translate to a better bedside manner.  Learning the art of proper handwashing to prevent the spread of contagious conditions was a memorable part of this tour.

One sometimes hears, “Have there really been advances in cancer care and research?”  Well, a behind-the-scenes visit to Moffitt Cancer Center would give you a clear and resounding “yes” to that question.  A fascinating presentation from Dr. Sandy Anderson on mathematical oncology showed how applying math to cancer helps revolutionize therapies.  Mathematical models have helped determine the point at which cells become resistant to treatment thus determining the Minimum Effective Dose (MED) versus the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD).  The MTD could potentially destroy the cancer cells, but likely create an environment where cancer would come back aggressively and be nonresponsive to treatment.  The MED does not focus on cancer cell eradication, but cancer cell control which allows cancer to be treated from a chronic disease perspective.

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A visit to the vivarium at Moffitt included a stop at the decontamination chamber to ensure the environment remained in its ideal state before the visit could continue.  Dr. Engelman shared how the thousands of mice housed within this lab are genetically perfect models for cancer research which results in developing treatment modalities tailored to an individual’s specific type of cancer and tumor.

Ending Health Care Day by learning more about Tampa General Hospital’s premiere Transplant Program and spending time with four individuals who have benefited from the program was very rewarding.  Hearing their stories was a perfect way to end the day by bringing a face to healthcare.

Reflections from Health Care Day should be one focused on gratitude regarding the resource richness of the healthcare systems of Tampa and using the words of Dr. Lockwood, the “collective intelligence” of the excellent professionals that are part of them.  Gratitude was heard in the voices of individuals who benefitted from Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Center and hope resonated within the walls of Moffitt Cancer Center.  However, reflections from Health Care Day should include an examination of critical questions, including 1) With all the innovations and technology available in the US, why is Slovenia the only country that ranks below the US in terms of health outcomes? 2) How large a role does access play in shifting the needle? and 3) How large a role does patient accountability play in shifting the needle?

A special thank you to Tampa General Hospital, the sponsor of the day, along with the Day Chair, David Robbins, and all the committee members for planning a fabulous day!