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Weekly Meetings Suspended

To our valued members, The board has continued to monitor the rapidly evolving situation caused by the COVID-19 virus. Your safety is our top concern. In light of the restrictions taking effect in the city tomorrow, we have made the... View Article

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Weekly Meeting Update

Weekly Meeting Update Dear Members, As news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Board of Directors of the Economic Club unanimously voted to postpone the Florida Economic Forum. You should have received an email notice of this postponement... View Article

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Postponed , 2020 Florida Economic Forum

2020 Florida Economic Forum, March 16, POSTPONED The Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Tampa has unanimously voted to POSTPONE the 2020 Florida Economic Forum scheduled for March 16 to follow the CDC, Hillsborough County and City of... View Article

FEF Change of Venue

IMPORTANT- CHANGE OF VENUE “Florida Economic Forum” This Monday, March 16th has changed venues and will now be hosted at “University Club Of Tampa” 201 N. Franklin St, Suite 3800 Tampa, FL 33602 VIP Reception: 11:00am to 11:30am Luncheon Program: 11:50am... View Article

March 30, 2020

Andrew S. Breidenbaugh Director, Hillsborough County Library Services Andrew began the duties of Library Director on February 9, 2015 and has been a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library since April, 1997. He earned his M.L.S. degree at the... View Article

March 23, 2020

Commissioner Sandy Murman Hillsborough County Commission, District 1 Michael S. Merrill County Administrator of Hillsborough County Sandra Murman was elected as a Hillsborough County Commissioner in 2010, and is now in her tenth year serving District 1. She was elected by... View Article

March 9, 2020

Melissa Zornitta, AICP – Planning Commission Executive Director, Hillsborough County Ms. Zornitta began serving as the Executive Director of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission in January 2015. In this capacity, she manages the long range, comprehensive planning for unincorporated... View Article

News Release – The Economic Club of Tampa Announces the Florida Economic Forum Monday, March 16, 2020

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event please visit: http://bit.ly/FLeconForum NEWS RELEASE Economic Club of Tampa PO Box 13968, Tampa, FL  33611 www.EconClubTamnpa.org EconClubTampa@Gmail.com   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Peter Lefferts, Co-Chair, Florida Economic Forum EconClubTampa@Gmail.com Google Phone Number:  813-473-2107  ... View Article

March 2, 2020

Santiago C. Corrada,President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Tampa Bay Corrada officially began his position as in May of 2013 where he is responsible for providing oversight of all agency activities. He serves as main spokesperson for the tourism... View Article

March 2020 Speakers

3/2 – Santiago Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay 3/9 – Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Planning Commission 3/16 – Florida Economic Forum at the University Club 3/23 – Commissioner Sandra Murman,Hillsborough County and Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County... View Article

February 24, 2020

David Bevirt serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Leasing and Strategy for Strategic Property Partners and the lead for all office leasing efforts. Encompassing 9M square feet of office, residential, hotel, retail and educational space, Water Street Tampa is... View Article

February 10, 2020

Donald J. Barnes, Colonel, USAF, Retired Executive Officer: Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Don will speak to us again with a post Gasparilla Wrap Up and the impact on our community. Economic Club member since 2011, Don Barnes manages day-to-day... View Article

February 3, 2020

Omar Garcia is the founder and Manager for Urban Core Holdings LLC, overseeing all operations.  He is also the founder of US Real Estate Investor Services LLC and AVENTA Construction LLC. Mr. Garcia has substantial real estate and construction experience. In 2003, he... View Article

Jeff Eakins Superintendent Hillsborough County Public Schools

January 27, 2020

Jeff Eakins is the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools. He was appointed on July 1, 2015. A teacher at heart, Jeff understands the importance of leading through that lens resulting in his guiding philosophy of servant leadership where students and families... View Article

January 13, 2020

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Chairman of the Board Children’s Health Defense Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes... View Article

January 13, 2020

Donald J. Barnes, Colonel, USAF, Retired Executive Officer, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Economic Club member Don Barnes manages day-to-day operations of  the civic organization (Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla) which dedicates itself solely  to enriching the vitality and imagination... View Article

is Ronald L. Weaver of Stearns Weaver Miller

January 6, 2020

Ronald L. Weaver, Esq. Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Ron is one of Tampa’s best known legal professionals through his decades of energetic involvement in real estate, including acquisitions, financing, development and matters involving public policy, such as property rights,... View Article

2020 FEF and Economic Leader Award

  THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF TAMPA ANNOUNCES THE 2020 FLORIDA ECONOMIC FORUM Celebrate the “Economic Leader of the Year” and Tampa Bay’s growth as a global economic hub, while supporting advanced education and training of the underserved Tampa Bay youth! ... View Article

December 16, 2019

Mayor Jane Castor, 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa. Born and raised in Tampa Florida, Jane graduated from Chamberlain High and attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship. Jane is a 31-year veteran of the Tampa Police... View Article

December 9, 2019

Brian Dugan Chief of Police, City of Tampa Chief Dugan learned the value of community relationships during his 29 years as a Tampa Police officer. He quickly rose through the ranks and was appointed Chief, after leading Tampa through some of... View Article

December 2, 2019

Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD joined the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine part time as Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships and Innovation, and Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department... View Article

December Speakers

12/2 Christian Bréchot, MD, PhD USF Health Morsani College of Medicine 12/9 Brian Dugan Chief of Police, City of Tampa 12/16 Mayor Jane Castor City of Tampa Honoring Past Club Presidents & Club Photo 12/23 No Meeting Christmas Holiday 12/30 No... View Article

November 4, 2019

Bob Conigliaro has been employed with Caspers for 44 years. As with 85% of all company management, he learned the business from the entry level. Nineteen years were committed to restaurant operations, where he began volunteering in the schools as... View Article

November Speakers

Monday Speaker Series & Meeting 11/4 Bob Conigliaro Vice President Community Relations, Casper Corp 11/11  No Meeting  Veteran’s Day 11/18 Jack Barrett President & CEO, First Citrus Bank 11/25 James Shimberg Executive Vice President, Legal and External Affairs Strategic Property Partners,... View Article

October 28, 2019

“Making Broker Dealer” Chris Hamm is the Chief Operating Officer of Independent Financial Partners. He oversees business development, marketing, operations, and technology teams. Career before IFP: Started in the wealth management industry in 2010 as a Private Client Associate at... View Article

October 21, 2019

Kyle Taylor is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder & CEO of The Penny Hoarder. Under his leadership, The Penny Hoarder was named one of the fastest-growing private media companies in America by Inc. 500/5000 three years in a row. The... View Article

October 7, 2019

Brian West, Media & Community Relations Manager, Publix Supermarkets is a third generation citizen and life-long resident, of Plant City, FL. He is a graduate of Plant City High School and Florida Southern College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in... View Article

October Monday Speaker Series & Meeting 10/7 Brian West Media & Community Relations Manager Publix Supermarkets 10/14 No Meeting Columbus Day 10/21 Kyle Taylor CEO – The Penny Hoarder 10/28 Chris Hamm COO – Independent Financial Partners Speaker Chair: Joe Fontana

September 30, 2019

Joe Waggoner is the CEO of The Hillsborough Expressway Authority and has served as the Executive Director for THEA since August of 2007. During his tenure, THEA has significantly improved the maintenance, operations and financial position of the agency; the Selmon Expressway... View Article

September 23, 2019 Speaker

Gordon L. Gillette is the CEO of the non-profit Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) a $76 M federal, state and community funded organization for the education of children 0-5. He retired November 30, 2017 after 36 years of service... View Article

September 16, 2019 Speaker

Adam Goodman The Victory Group’s principal creative and communications strategist, and the first Edward R. Murrow Senior Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, has been producing award-winning work for candidate, corporate and advocacy campaigns across America and Latin America for nearly... View Article

SOF TRANSITION ASSISTANCE RESOURCE The term “Special Operations Forces” or “SOF” refers to our nation’s most elite group of warriors from our US Department of Defense that includes Army Green Berets, Night Stalkers and Rangers; Navy SEALs and Combatantcraft Crewman; Marine Raiders; and... View Article

September 9th

9/9 S.T.A.R. Network STAR Network (click to view more info) Kent Paro (Seal Capt. ret), VP Operations, Grow Financial Dan Hodne (Green Beret Col. ret), Senior Strategic Planner, Moffitt Cancer Center Col. Arch McLellan, (Marines) USSOCOM Lead Assessment Director

September 2019 Speakers

Monday Speaker Series & Meeting 9/2 No Meeting Labor Day 9/9 S.T.A.R. Network STAR Network (click to view PDF) Kent Paro (Seal Capt. ret), VP Operations, Grow Financial Dan Hodne (Green Beret Col. ret), Senior Strategic Planner, Moffitt Cancer Center... View Article

August 26, 2019 Speaker

Ben Pratt is Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs at The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers. Ben leads internal, executive, investor, media and crisis communications, as well as the company’s community investment activities, its sustainability... View Article

August 19, 2019 Speaker

Bob O’Malley is Vice President of Government Affairs for Virgin Train USA, the only privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail system in the United States. His primary focus in this role is directing government affairs for the expansion of Virgin Trains to Orlando and Tampa in Florida, and between... View Article

August 12, 2019 Speaker

Rene Gallant is vice president of Business Development for Tampa Electric. He is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with municipal and cooperative utilities and for strategic growth initiatives. Gallant joined Emera in 2005 as regulatory counsel with Nova... View Article

August 5, 2019 Speaker

Sheriff Chad Chronister has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. He has a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in criminology from St. Leo University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 260th Session. He... View Article

August 2019 Speakers

Monday Speaker Series & Meeting 8/5 Chad Chronister Hillsborough County Sheriff 8/12 Rene Gallant Tampa Electric Company 8/19 Bob O’Malley Virgin Trains USA 8/26 Ben Pratt MOSAIC Speaker Chair: Ram Kancharla

July 29, 2019 “The Opioid Crisis” By Thomas Palermo, Criminal Justice – Winter 2018

The Opioid Crisis CrimJust Winter 2018 The Honorable Thomas N. Palermo Governor Ron DeSantis announced on March 29, 2019 the appointment of Thomas Palermo to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Before becoming a judge, he served for twelve years as... View Article

July 15, 2019 Speaker

Rick Homans assumed the position of President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership in November 2015, bringing more than three decades of experience in economic development, public policy and media to the organization. Prior to joining the Partnership, Homans served... View Article

July 8, 2019 Speaker

Andrew Warren was elected as State Attorney of Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, in November 2016. Warren leads an office of approximately 130 prosecutors and 300 total employees whose mission is to build a safer community while promoting justice and... View Article

July 2019 Speakers

7/1 Martin Zinaich Information Security Officer City of Tampa’s Technology and Innovation Department 7/8 Andrew Warren State Attorney – Thirteenth Judicial Circuit 7/15 Rick Homans  President & CEO – Tampa Bay Partnership 7/22 Jeff Eakins Superintendent – Hillsborough County Public Schools 7/29 The Honorable Thomas... View Article

Summer 2019 Speaker Series & Lunch Meetings

June Speaker Chair: Jason Monroe 6/3 Randy Goers Urban Planning Coordinator City of Tampa 6/10 Oscar Horton President & CEO – Sun State International 6/17 Jamie Harden President & CEO – Creative Sign Designs 6/24 Larry Feldman President & CEO – Feldman Equities July Speaker Chair: Tonja Brickhouse... View Article

June Speaker Profile

Jamie Harden – Creative Sign Designs, President and CEO Jamie Harden is President and CEO of Creative Sign Designs. Creative Sign Designs is one of the fastest growing architectural sign companies in the United States. The desire to establish permanent... View Article

June Speaker Profile

Oscar J. Horton President & CEO Sun State International Oscar J. Horton became President of Sun State International in January 2000. With more than 25 years of experience at International Truck & Engine Corporation, Horton has a proven record of... View Article

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