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2017 Annual Report


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Thank you for your continued investment in the long-term success of Tampa Bay’s business community by investing in your Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Dedicated members like you ensure the Chamber remains the most effective and efficient way to connect with peers, partners and potential customers in the Bay area. The Chamber’s Annual Report reflects our achievements and the many opportunities we provide our members each year. As you will see in the following pages, 2017 was particularly successful and the first year of our ten-year vision plan, Vision 2026.

Bob Rohrlack, CCE President & CEO Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

In 2016, the Chamber rolled out Vision 2026 with an eye towards the future and continuing to give our members what they need in development and innovation. Our Vision plan consists of three pillars — Catalyst, Hub for Business, and Inclusive Organization, all supported by the Chamber’s Organizational Excellence. Our advocacy on behalf of the business community is unmatched by any other organization, which is fundamental for our Catalyst Pillar success. Programming such as Competitive Edge Series, Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, and Leadership Tampa act as our Hub for Business Pillar and helps to build valuable business and leadership development skills. Our innovative initiatives such as the Minority Business Accelerator, and Operation Partnership continue to keep the chamber at the forefront of growth and change in our community, acting as our Inclusive Organization Pillar. With our focus on the future, we continue to give our members the resources they need to be successful in the ever-changing community of Tampa Bay. As a not-for-profit member organization, the Chamber is committed to promoting your business interest and visibility. Be sure to visit for accurate and up-to-date information on all Chamber events, programs and policy positions. It is our pleasure to serve you as our valued member, and we appreciate your continued commitment to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Sincerely,


Vision 2026 Contents Our Mission

Our Vision

To serve our members and enhance our community by building business success

Our Values

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce envisions an engaged and inclusive community driven by prosperity

Integrity, Inclusiveness, Agility, and Accountability

Executive Committee


Chamber Leadership


Finance 4 Membership 5


Inclusive Organization

Hub For Business

Organizational Excellence Learn More at Special thanks to John Pehling for his artwork featured on the cover.

Minority Business Accelerator


Business Advocacy


Military Support


Leadership Programs


Innovation Leadership


Member Engagement


Signature Events


Marketing & Communications


Accomplishments 21

Executive Committee CHAIR



Savills Studley Occupier Services

Fisher Phillips

Creative Sign Designs

Mike Griffin

Steven Bernstein, Esq.




Bryant Miller Olive P.A.

Yvette Segura

Jamie Harden


Kareem Spratling, Esq.

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

At Large

Hugh Campbell Bruce Faulmann AC4S

Tampa Bay Times

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Steve Griggs Tampa Bay Lightning

Marilyn Mullen Healy, Esq. Adams and Reese LLP

Derek Holmes Tec-Link, LLC

Lauren Key

Florida Hospital

Andy Mayts, Esq. GrayRobinson

Christopher Rogers

Sykes Enterprises Incorporated

Chamber Leadership


As of December 31, 2017

Board of Directors Ed Austin; Saint Leo University* Clint Babcock; Sandler Training* Debra Bauman; SKANSKA USA * Kimberly Berfield; Johns Hopkins

All Children’s Hospital*

Steve Blanchard; WFLA-TV * Ramon Bosquez; Stellar


Debbie Lundberg; Presenting Powerfully by Debbie Lundberg

Scott Riley; FinTech*

Thomas Feindt; Grow Financial

Joe Lupo; Seminole Hard Rock


Mark Fernandez; EMF Consulting

Kim Madison; Strategic Property


Craig Federer; Raymond James &

Federal Credit Union*

Doug Fisher; Empire Office, Inc.* Anddrikk Frazier; Integral Energy

Partners, Inc.*

Erik Genrich; CenturyLink*

Stuart Brown; Accenture*

Richard Ghent; Mosaic*

Evan Brownstein; WiPro Brian Butler; Vistra


Ronald Christaldi; Shumaker, Loop

& Kendrick, LLP *

Ginger Clark; Hillsborough

Community College*

Justin Clark; Cigar City Brewing Robert Clark; Tampa Steel Erecting


Stewart Clark; Busch Gardens* Karin Coleman; HCI Group, Inc.* Braulio Colon; Helios John Couris; Tampa General

Bob Buckhorn; City of Tampa

Colette Glover-Hannah; Hannah’s


Bill Goede; Bank of America* Kimberly Guy; St. Joseph’s Women’s


Tom Henderson; Hill Ward


Alison Hoefler; Southwest Airlines Greg Hoerbelt; Regions Bank*

Hotel & Casino Tampa*

Partners LLC

William Schifino; Burr & Forman, Kevin Shukur; BBVA Compass Pamela Snyder; SunTrust Bank,

Jeff Eakins; Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tampa Bay*

Miray Holmes; City of Tampa

Brent Mathis; JPMorgan Chase*

Ed Suarez; Gunster Law Group

Martin McCauley; BioSpine*

Roger Swinford; Calhoun

Lindsey Kimball; Hillsborough County Economic Development

Suzanne McCormick; United Way


Seth McKeel; Southern Startegy


David Mechanik; Mechanik Nuccio

Hearne & Wester

John Medaska; Vology* Gregg Morton; Citi* Pat Moser; AACSB International*



Jim Themides; Wells Fargo Bank,



Lauren Valiente; Foley & Lardner


Rick Nafe; Tampa Bay Rays*

Hillsborough Expressway Authority*

2016 2015

Joseph Waggoner; Tampa

Ronald A. Christaldi, Esq.; Shumaker, Loop &


Kendrick, LLP *

2014 2013

Robin DeLaVergne;

Tampa General Hospital* Gregory Celestan;

Celestar Corporation

Andrea White; Spectrum


Chuck Black; Black &

Black Consulting Services


Khori Whittaker; Lighthouse

2010-11 Chuck Sykes; Sykes

Laura Crouch; TECO*


Chris Karlo; Mercury New Media

Greg Olivier; USAmeriBank*

Melanie Williams; Frontier


Ken Lane; Avison Young

Kathryn Pankow; Baker Barrios*

Chad Loar; PNC Bank*

Aakash Patel; Elevate Inc.

Jamie Wilson; H. Lee Moffitt


John Long; University of South

Tony DeSisto; The Simple Greek


Chris Pietruszkiewicz; Stetson

Randall Woods; Florida Blue*


Scott DeThomas; GTE Financial*

Joseph W. Lopano; Tampa

Mark Pitts; Coca Cola Beverages

Fredrick H.L. McClure, Esq.; DLA Piper US LLP


Jose Valiente; CPA

Justin Day; The Advocacy Group*

Peter Diniaco; Aetna Health, Inc.* Lee Evans; Bristol Meyer Squibb*

International Airport*

Orlando Lopez-Isa; Gresham,

Smith and Partners

University College of Law Florida*

Luis Prats; Carlton Fields Jorden

Burt PA*

Col. April Vogel; MacDill Air Force Base


Lee Nelson; Shutts & Bowen LLP *

Scott Daigle; TD Bank

Military Advisor

Guy King III; M.E. Wilson

Burner Brands

Ana Cruz; Ballard | Partners

Jeff Chernoff; IAT, Inc.

Co., Inc.


Bob Johnston; Melting Pot/Front

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Chair

Past Chairs

Christine Turner; ChappellRoberts

Kay Jefferson; Bayside Solutions,

T. Corey Neil; The Bank of Tampa*

Josh Bullock; Tampa Bay Rays

Ann Kulig; The Westshore Alliance

John Tomlin; Tomlin St. Cyr &

Gary Vien; Suncoast Credit Union*

Ed Narain; AT&T

Leadership Tampa Chair

Amy Taylor; Tampa Bay

Jessica Muroff; Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Inc.

Andrew Jenkins; Bush Ross*

Santiago Corrada; Visit Tampa Bay

Drew Marshall; CI Group

Mickey Jacob; BDG Architects


Christine Burdick; Tampa Downtown Partnership

Craig Richard; Tampa Hillsborough EDC

Communications* Cancer Center*

Enterprises Incorporated* Mutual of Omaha Bank

Jason Woody; Lions Eye Institute Peter Zinober; Greenberg Traurig,


* Denotes Partner

Henry Gonzalez III;


Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.;

University of South Florida*

C. Samuel Ellison; EWI

Construction, LLC

John Ramil; TECO

Energy, Inc*

A.D. Sandy MacKinnon;

ADM Ventures, Inc. 2001

Bob Martinez; Holland &

Knight 1999

Rhea Law, Esq.; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.


Richard Dobkin


Gay Culverhouse

1990-91 James Apthorp 1989-90 William Starkey 1988-89 Stella Thayer, Esq.;

MacFarlane, Ferguson & McMullen 1987-88 James Urbanski 1985-86 Mandell Shimberg;

Shimberg-Cross Co. 1984-85 G. Robert Blanchard 1983-84 T. Terrell Sessums

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Finance 2017

Total Assets: $3,173,782 $2,890,804

Cash & Cash Equivalents Accounts Receivable


Net of Allowance

Prepaid Expenses & Other



$0 $25K $50K




Accounts Receivable


Prepaid Expenses & Other


Property & Equipment


Other Assets




Other Assets

Total Assets: $3,210,827

Cash & Cash Equivalents Net of Allowance


Property & Equipment



$0 $25K $50K




Total Liabilities & Net Assets: $3,173,782 Total Liabilities & Net Assets: $3,210,827 Deferred Membership & Revenues $366,936

Current Accrued Expenses Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable


Total Liabilities: $2,110,659 Net Assets: $1,063,123 4 | Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Activity Advances $100K

$265,821 $26,221 $209,881

Long-Term Liabilities

$2,215 $0 $25K $50K


Current Accrued Expenses


Long-Term Liabilities Activity Advances

Deferred Membership & Revenues




$2,570 $0 $25K $50K

Total Liabilities: $1,944,230 Net Assets: $1,266,597





242 88%


Membership Committee


New Members



Ambassador Committee

Members Connected


Member Companies with face-to-face member visits

Existing members upgraded their membership level Members hosted through planned programming activity


Ribbon Cuttings 2017 Annual Report | 5

Minority Business Accelerator


Community outreach connections


Minority business owners attended information sessions


Volunteers vested in program success

3 month selection process  Step 1: Comprehensive application  Step 2: Site visit  Step 3: Reference interviews  Step 4: Panel interview  Step 5: Deliberation and final selection

Founding Sponsors Tampa International Airport | TECO | Valley National Bank (Formerly USAmeriBank) | Vinik Family Foundation 6 | Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Inaugural 2019 Cohort Announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting


(Left to right) Dan Fernandez, McKenzie Contracting, LLC; Carolyn Lawson, Chameleon Custom Solutions; Danny Persaud, MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services; and Derek Mateos, Matcon Construction Services

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Business Advocacy

Legislative Agenda – Guiding Principles  Business & Economic Development  Healthcare  Transportation  Workforce Development

Confederate Monument  Raised $70,000 to help fund the respectful relocation of the monument.

Opposed City’s Millage Rate Increase  City council voted 4-3 to scale back proposed tax increase after Chamber voiced opposition at City Council meeting.

Events  Legislative Kick-Off  Legislative Wrap-Up  Mayor’s Lunch- Face the Chamber  Public Policy Roundtable: Medical Marijuana  Annual Trip to Washington D.C.  Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Policy Event  Leadership Tampa Tallahassee Trip

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Grassroots Engagements In 2017 the Chamber had 1600+ “calls to action”. A few of the highlights included:

USF Preeminence Challenge  Rallied to mobilize thousands of messages to our elected officials  Successfully urged the legislature to reconsider a lastminute amendment that changed the metrics

Chamber leadership embarked on a Tampa Bay Express Bus Tour.

Rideshare Regulation  Advocated for the successful passage of House Bill 221 to allow for a statewide set of standards governing and authorizing ridesharing services and transportation network companies in Florida

Funding Requests for Hillsborough Community College and University of South Florida  Advocated for the funding of HCC Dale Mabry Allied Health Building and USF Health Morsani College of

Chamber leadership met with members of Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the White House during the annual Washington D.C. Visit.

Medicine and Heart Institute 2017 Annual Report | 9

Military Support

Great American Defense Community  In a joint effort, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance successfully nominated Tampa Bay for the program.  In November, Tampa Bay was named one of 5 cities across the country to be designated as a 2018 Great American Defense Community.  Selected communities are recognized nationally for their exceptional commitment to improve the lives of our installations, service members, veterans and their families as a model for all communities.

Flag Officers and Key Commanders Reception  Hosted by Chamber’s Military Council and Tampa Electric Company  Recognized leaders with tremendous responsibility to the security of our nation

Operation Partnership  Partnership with the Military Council, Women of Influence Committee, Leadership Tampa Alumni, and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay  Assists those transitioning out of the military with meeting local business members and learning more about the local business community  Nearly 300 active duty service members and business leaders  Largest turnout of service members in the history of the event  Over 200 Military and business leaders attended Veterans Networking at Business After Hours. 10 | Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Senior Enlisted Reception  Opportunity for members of the Tampa Bay business community to personally thank our local service men and women  Nearly 300 service members  Over 100 Chamber members and Tampa business executives

Senior Enlisted Reception

Colonel April Vogel (left) and Chief Master Sergeant Melanie Noel at the Military Appreciation Awards

Military Appreciation Awards guests

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Leadership Programs Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay

500+ 80+ 30+

Members Age 21 To 35 Emerge members paired with mentors at Protégé Program Nonprofits represented at 5th annual Nonprofit Volunteer Fair

Professional Development Speaker Series  Entrepreneurs and Personal Branding 2017 Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Leadership Team

 Creating a Culture of Engaged Young Professionals  Engaging Young Professionals in the Political Process

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Leadership Tampa Class of 2017





Class graduated April, 2017

Class Project LT ‘17 partnered with Brew Bus Brewing to create a craft beer. All proceeds raised were donated to Trinity CafĂŠ, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore a sense of dignity to the homeless and hungry while serving a nutritious meal.

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Leadership Tampa Alumni



The 2017 LTA Leadership team

Jane Castor named 2016 Parke Wright III Leadership Award recipient

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Served as mentors to young professionals in the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Protégé Program. 82% of the mentors in the program were LTA members.

Diploma-See – More than 300 volunteers, including LTA members, across nine schools connecting with more than 2,700 students.

Provided scholarships for nonprofit, civil and minority organizations for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2017.

Innovation Leadership Startup Scholars Program

Seven-month mentor program provides new entrepreneurs guidance and assistance in developing key performance indicators for long term growth.

Education Connection  Develop workforce talent

 Advocate for innovative educational initiatives  Inspire meaningful academic and business partnerships

Programming  Signature Event - “Hire” Education Does Not Always Mean College – How do we fill the gap in the skilled work force?  Cybersecurity  Talent Management (Plan for Millennials)  Internships 101

James Nozar, Strategic Property Partners; Dr. Ken Atwater, HCC; Jennifer Lawson, Vector Solutions; and Linda Cox, Cox Fire Protection 2017 Annual Report | 15

Member Engagement

158+ Events

Women’s Series Luncheon

Get Connected networking event

2017 Sporting Clays Tournament

2017 Small Business of the Year Awards

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Benchmarking Trip  100 Tampa Bay business leaders traveled to the Live Music Capital of the World to meet with Austin’s city and state leadership.

 Topics discussed: downtown redevelopment, transit/ zoning, entrepreneurship & diversity, young professional workforce attraction & retention, angel investor networks, and the food & music culture. 2017 Annual Report | 17

Signature Events

Military Appreciation Awards  Leadership from all five service branches in attendance.  Awards presented to 16 military service members for outstanding contributions to the Tampa Bay community.

Women of Influence Chair Debbie Sheridan presents Robin DeLaVergne with the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award

 Featured speaker General Ann Dunwoody, the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general.

Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award Aakash Patel with 2017 Chair Mike Griffin

Women of Influence Luncheon

Emerging with Influence



6th Annual Dinner, celebrating organization’s 2017 accomplishments.


Featured keynote speaker USF Board Chair and former Emerging Leader of Tampa Bay, Brian Lamb.

Featured speaker Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle” with toys, games, and media for girls.

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Small Business of the Year Awards  Startup Category: VetCor, LLC  5-20 Employee Category: Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA  21-50 Employee Category: Davis Industrial  51-250 Employee Category: NewSouth Window Solutions

 Outstanding Leader: Vincent J. Cassidy, Majesty Title Services

2018 Small Business of the Year Finalists

Annual Meeting  Outgoing Chamber Chair Mike Griffin passed the gavel to 2018 Chair Steven Bernstein, Esq.  Alex Sink named the 2017 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award winner  MBA program announced; inaugural cohort introduced  Chamber presented with 5-Star Accreditation designation by the U.S.

2017 Chair Mike Griffin

2018 Chair Steven Bernstein, Esq.

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Marketing & Communications

17% 57K+

Social Media

Increased followers from prior year



Online reach by the end of 2017





Newsletter Subscribers


Event News

 Proven effective for communication with members and potential members

 New in 2017, created bi-weekly communication focused on upcoming events

 Open and click rates double the industry average

 Most widely read publication of Chamber communications

Event Surveys

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Average event score (out of 5)

Accomplishments Five-Star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce  Only 112 Five-Star Chambers in the U.S. out of over 4,000 chambers of commerce  Established itself as an advocate for the business community

all chambers Top 1.6% Of in the country

 Perfect scores in Human Resources, Communications, and Facilities sections  Practice of annual risk assessment analysis for the organization  Efforts to increase its member retention rate and implement the practice of conducting exit interviews for members that do not renew  Benchmarking Trip, Startup Scholars, Operation Partnership, and Minority Business Accelerator  Recent technology investments to enhance the user experience and improve staff productivity  Vision 2026 Video, Rideshare Thank You Video, and partnership with WFLA

Clark Thomason presents Bob Rohrlack with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Five-Star Accreditation.

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Partner Investors As of December 31, 2017

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