The Partnership celebrates 33 years as the steward for Downtown Tampa
|TAMPA (June 20, 2019) – Tampa Downtown Partnership celebrated another monumental year of growth and change by reflecting on accomplishments, welcoming new leadership, and setting the stage for future opportunities at the 33rd Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, June 19, in the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel.
“I am especially proud and honored to lead the remarkable staff at the Partnership. Together, we’ve made great progress in our 33rd year and I’m excited to carry that momentum forward,” said Lynda Remund, President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. “Everyday the Partnership staff works tirelessly to go above and beyond the standard for excellence in urban place management, and today we celebrate all of the progress made throughout this year.”
Clean and Safe fleet grew to 4 vehiclesOver 1.2k workers and residents participated in the Sixth Biennial SurveyRecipients of the International Downtown Association’s 2018 Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for the Downtowner programBegan research and analysis for Downtown Tampa’s first comprehensive parking plan and released preliminary findingsHosted over 150 attendees for a Downtown Mayoral ForumGrowing digital footprint with over 16.5k Instagram followersHosted Downtown’s largest holiday light display in Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront ParkDowntown’s Clean Team collected over 247 tons of trash manuallyDowntown Guides helped 730 stranded motorists
This year, Head of School for Tampa Preparatory School, Kevin Plummer, becomes the Chairman for Tampa Downtown Partnership. He replaces Mickey Jacob, Principal at BDG Architects after completing two terms as Chairman.
During his first address as the Partnership’s Chair, Plummer presented the room of over 500 stakeholders, members, and elected officials with two challenges. “The first challenge is to fully embrace the genius of the ‘and,'” said Plummer. “I want you to think just for a moment what it would mean if the metric of success was defined by what was best for you and your company and Tampa.”
Plummer continued, “My second challenge. At the end of our lunch, find one person in this room you don’t know, exchange contact information and on July 4th, contact one another and wish each other well and happy Independence Day and perhaps share some time at Boom on the Bay. Our passion for Tampa and continuing to build relationships and understanding will fuel the future of our city.”
Mayor Jane Castor also spoke at the luncheon, commenting on the key accolades the city has recently acquired as one of the safest cities and one of the best places to do business. Both show that Downtown is a place poised for greatness.
Keynote speaker for the event, Tim Tompkins, CEO of the Times Square Alliance, closed out the luncheon by encouraging the audience to have authentic and local conversations, be ready for change, and to learn how to nurture and tap into our differences to make Tampa a better place. Often Tompkins compared the work his team at the Times Square Alliance was doing in New York to the work the Tampa Downtown Partnership is doing in Tampa. “You have the momentum,” said Tompkins, “you just need to decide where to take it.”
2019 – 2020 Officers
Chairman: Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory SchoolVice Chair: Andrea E. Zelman, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PCTreasurer: Jim Themides, Wells Fargo BankSecretary: Melanie Lenz, Tampa Bay RaysImmediate Past Chairman: Mickey Jacob, FAIA, BDG ArchitectsPresident and CEO: Lynda Remund, Tampa Downtown Partnership2019 – 2020 Executive Committee
Abbey Dohring Ahern, The Dohring GroupJohn Avalon/John LaRocca, Hillsborough River Realty / The Jeffries CompaniesJason Collins, PhD, PE, AICP, Adeas-QLaura Crouch, Tampa Electric CompanyMichael English, AICP, The Dikman CompanyTyler Hudson, Gardner Brewer Martinez-MonofortDavid M. Mechanik, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, PARonald L. Vaughn, Ph.D., The University of Tampa
2019 – 2020 Board of Directors
Paul Anderson, Port of Tampa BayChristine M. Burdick, Emeritus Board Member Josh Christensen, Suffolk ConstructionRandy Cohen, Coen & CompanySantiago Corrada, Visit Tampa BayRobin DeLeVergne, Tampa General HospitalJoseph DeLuca, Tampa Bay TimesBrian Fender, GrayRobinsonKeith G. Greminger, AIA, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.Thomas N. Henderson III, Hill, Ward & Henderson, PADianne Jacob, PNC BankGregory Kadet, UBS Financial Services, Inc.Michael Kilgore, Columbia Restaurant GroupLindsey Kimball, Hillsborough CountyTim Koletic, Fifth Third BankOwen LaFave, Bank of TampaBen Limmer, Hillsborough Area Transit AuthorityJudith Lisi, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Jin Liu, Carlton FieldsDr. Charles Lockwood, USF HealthKimberly Madison, Strategic Property Partners, LLCRobert McDonaugh, City of TampaLeroy Moore, Tampa Housing AuthorityJulius Nasso, Related GroupBarry Oaks, Cushman & WakefieldStephen Panzarino, AIA, NCARB, AECOMKevin Preast, Amalie ArenaR. Marshall Rainey, Burr & Forman LLPCraig J. Richard, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development CorporationBob Rohrlack, CCE, Greater Tampa Chamber of CommerceNeale Stralow, VHBRobert G. Stern, Trenam LawChristine Turner, ChappellRobertsBryan Wilson, The Beck GroupKendall Wilson, Holland & KnightAndy Wood, The Florida Aquarium