Tampa, Fla. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce marked its 128th anniversary at its Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 19 at the Tampa Convention Center. A sold-out crowd of more than 750 attendees celebrated the Chamber’s 2013 achievements. 2013 Chamber Chair Gregory Celestan of Celestar Corporation passed the gavel to 2014 Chair Robin DeLaVergne of Tampa General Hospital.
DeLaVergne offered a preview of the Chamber’s priorities in 2014, including a glimpse into the three-year strategic plan to guide our organization. This plan was developed with input from our Chamber membership survey, several focus groups and our Annual Leadership Retreat. Three key areas of the strategic plan will be advocacy, transportation and workforce. The entire strategic plan is available on the Chamber website at http://www.tampachamber.com/strategicplan.
DeLaVergne also introduced the Chamber’s 2014 Executive Committee Members, including:
|Chair-Elect||Ronald Christaldi, Esq||Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP|
|Treasurer||Joseph Meterchick||PNC Bank|
|Finance Co-Chair||Thomas Feindt||Grow Financial Federal Credit Union|
|Finance Co-Chair||Corey Neil||The Bank of Tampa|
|Community Development Co-Chair||Mark House||The BECK Group|
|Community Development Co-Chair||Bemetra Simmons||BB&T|
|Innovation Leadership Co-Chair||Doug Pace||Bayshore Solutions|
|Innovation Leadership Co-Chair||Susan Stackhouse||Stellar Partners|
|Marketing Co-Chair||Bill Carlson||Tucker/Hall, Inc.|
|Marketing Co-Chair||Bruce Faulmann||Tampa Bay Times|
|Membership Development Co-Chair||Guy King III||M.E. Wilson Co., Inc.|
|Membership Development Co-Chair||Mike Griffin||Vertical Integration|
|Military Co-Chair||Jon Bayless||Tandel Systems, Inc.|
|Military Co-Chair||Brian Murphy||ReliaQuest, LLC|
|Programs Co-Chair||Stephanie Agliano||Agliano Utility Solutions|
|Programs Co-Chair||Jamie Harden||Creative Sign Designs|
|Public Policy Co-Chair||Sandra W. Callahan||TECO Energy, Inc.|
|Public Policy Co-Chair||Lee Nelson||Shutts & Bowen, LLP|
|Legal Counsel||Steven Bernstein, Esq.||Fisher & Phillips, LLP|
The Chamber also presented the 2013 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award to Harold “Hal” Mullis The award, established in 1997 by Leadership Tampa Alumni, a program of the Chamber, is presented annually by the Chamber to recognize an individual whose leadership made a positive impact within the greater Tampa community.
President of Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis, P.A., Hal is known in our community for his character, fair-mindedness and sense of integrity. He has served in a leadership role in a number of different community organizations including Chairman of the Boards of Berkeley Preparatory School and Tampa General Hospital and as a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees.
In addition to the announcement of the 2014 Executive Committee and the H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award winner, the Chamber announced its second class of Startup Scholars. The 2014 Startup Scholars include: Ambrosia Global, BambinOz, Gurus, KeriCure and Valet Boss. Also announced were the speakers for our largest and most highly anticipated event each year, the Women of Influence Luncheon. This year’s speakers are Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush! Mark your calendars now for April 23. Tickets will go on sale in 2014. Sponsorships are available now! Please email Staci Fraser for sponsorship details.
For more information on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.tampachamber.com.