TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 18, 2023 – The mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor, has officially designated Aug. 19, 2023, as “Schifino Lee Day” in recognition of the Tampa Bay advertising agency’s 30th year in business since its founding, on Aug. 19, 1993. The proclamation caps a yearlong celebration of events highlighting the agency’s three decades of partnering with Tampa Bay businesses and nonprofits to deliver best-in-class advertising, branding, and communication campaigns in the 18th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
Mayor Castor presented the proclamation in a ceremony at the Tampa Municipal Office Building on Aug. 17. The event included the agency’s founding partners, Paola Schifino and Ben Lee, and its recently named partner, Jeff Philbin.
“Tampa is proud to recognize those businesses and individuals who have made a mark in our city by their economic investment and involvement in the community, and Schifino Lee, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, is one such company,” the mayor’s proclamation begins. “For three decades, Schifino Lee has been recognized as an industry leader, and the organization will celebrate its 30th Anniversary and its accomplishments throughout 2023, featuring special events and opportunities to show appreciation to all those involved in its growth and success since its founding,” the proclamation continued.
Over the past 30 years, Schifino Lee has helped build brands for Tampa Bay area companies and organizations that include Alessi Foods, Tampa Museum of Art, Wellcare Health Plans, Blue Grace Logistics, The Bank of Tampa, Hillsborough County Arts Commission, Ferman Motor Car Company, Tampa Bay Sports Authority, Cross-Bay Ferry, MGT, and Kimmins Contracting Corp.
“We’re humbled to receive this honor from Mayor Castor and proud to have been able to grow with the amazing Tampa Bay area over these past 30 years,” said Lee. “Having a Schifino Lee Day is truly a capstone in our year of commemorating our anniversary. We thank all our clients – past and present, large and small, in state and out of state – that have enabled us to prosper for so many years. We also appreciate all the employees, business partners, and professional peers who have contributed to our success over three decades.”
Since its founding in 1993, Schifino Lee has grown from a two-person agency to one of more than 20 professionals providing a range of services that include advertising, branding, search engine marketing, public relations, social media, digital media, and website design.
“On Aug. 19, 1993, Ben and I took the plunge in starting our own shop, and it’s been the ride of a lifetime ever since,” said Schifino. “While it wouldn’t have been easy to predict that we would one day be celebrating Schifino Lee Day when we opened our doors 30 years ago, we remain just as excited about marketing and communication in Tampa Bay today as we were back then. We’ve entered a time where agencies are having to operate more quickly and nimbly than ever in order to keep pace with the accelerating rate of change in today’s media landscape, and our “innovate or die” mantra, experience, and expertise have positioned us well to thrive in today’s fast-moving Tampa Bay media market.”
In March, Schifino Lee named its first partner since the founding of the agency when Jeff Philbin, director of business strategy, was promoted to partner.
For more information about Schifino Lee, visit www.schifinolee.com.
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