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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