Kenneth Feld, Omar Soliman and Gary Wishnatzki Are Featured Speakers at Nov. 20 Tampa Event
Tampa, FL (Oct. 26, 2015) Three high profile, and highly successful, Florida-based entrepreneurs will reveal how the passion, innovation and dedication they have invested into their diverse businesses helped propel them to the forefronts of their respective industries.
Tampa Bay Business Owners (http://tampabaybusinessowners.org) will host the following presenters at the organization’s 2nd Annual Business Symposium that will be held in Tampa on Friday, Nov. 20:
- Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment
- Omar Soliman, CEO and co-founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving
- Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms
“We are truly excited to have a line up that consists of Kenneth Feld, Gary Wishnatzki, Florida’s leading strawberry producer, and Omar Soliman, half of the team that has built the national brand, College Hunks Hauling Junk,” said Chris Krimitsos, Tampa Bay Business Owners Chief Creative Officer.
“We are extremely honored to land a marketing visionary like Kenneth Feld to be part of the 2nd Annual Business Symposium. It is not every day that a local business owner gets to learn about branding from a fellow business owner who is listed on the Forbes 400.”
Feld ranks among the 36 Florida billionaires included on the most recent Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment®‘s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!
Soliman was a senior at the University of Miami when his business plan for College Hunks Hauling Junk was submitted to the Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. The proposal for a business built around junk removal, moving labor services and an online junk exchange, won first place and $10,000. Soliman and Nick Friedman launched the company in 2003 and began franchising in 2006. Today there are more than 40 locations in 24 states and College Hunks Hauling Junk is now the fastest-growing junk-hauling franchise and moving franchise in the U.S.
As the third generation owner to operate the family-owned business, Wishnatzki has introduced innovative farming practices. Overseeing what is now a multi-national operation, with production in North and South America, Wishnatzki implemented technology that operationalizes quality traceability, supplements strawberry growing seasons with other products like blueberries, grape tomatoes and vegetables and promotes his brand through one of Florida’s biggest festivals, the Florida Strawberry Festival. The Plant City-headquartered business was started by Harris Wishnatzki, a Russian immigrant who sold fruits and vegetables from a pushcart while living in New York City. After moving to Plant City in 1928 he set up the produce shipping operation that is now known a Wish Farms.
In addition to these speakers, the day-long symposium also features a morning strategic alliance session, educational programs, speed networking, marketplace breaks allowing attendees to interact and a business EXPO.
The event is expected to draw hundreds of business owners and professionals together from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Business Owners is a membership-based organization that was founded in 2008 for the sole purpose of bringing together business owners who are passionate about growing their companies and helping others do the same. The Tampa Bay Business Symposium is just one of many events held throughout the year that are open to the public and to members.
The $69 admission to the November business symposium includes all events, lunch and the EXPO. For additional information, go to http://tampabaybusinessowners.org/event/2nd-annual-business-symposium/. Organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last year’s symposium was sold out.