December 2018 Speaker Schedule

December 3rd

Jane Castor, City of Tampa Mayoral Candidate

Jane Castor is a 31-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department serving in nearly every capacity of the department and every area of the city. In October of 2009, Castor became the first woman to be named Police Chief in the City of Tampa, serving for six years in that role. During her time as a senior staff member, Castor worked to reduce major crimes 70% citywide. While chief she developed and successfully executed a progressive policing strategy during the 2012 Republican National Convention and oversaw the successful Bollywood Awards, held in America for the first time. In addition, she oversaw the multi-jurisdictional security plan for Super Bowl XLIII and led the Department of Homeland Security’s Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative. Jane continues to be involved in numerous community organizations.  She is currently busy with her campaign for Mayor of Tampa. Jane Castor is a proud Seminole Heights resident where she raised her two sons, Sergei and Seely, her nineteen year-old sons who attend Florida Gulf Coast University.

December 10th

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister

Veteran law enforcement officer 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 became the top law enforcement officer in Hillsborough County on September 30, 2017, upon his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott and was elected by the citizens of Hillsborough County on November 6, 2018. His civic associations include board membership positions with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries. A native of York, Pa., Sheriff Chronister is married to NicoleDeBartolo and has two sons, Asher and Zack, and three dogs, Mona, Lola, and Cali.

December 17th

Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as the 58th mayor of the nation’s 53th largest city on April 1, 2011, and was reelected in 2015 with more than 95% of the vote. During his first term, Mayor Buckhorn focused on the city and region’s economic leadership, stability, and most importantly, business opportunity. Today, local government is smarter, urban development is centered on the riverfront, and Tampa is recognized as the competitive city it is. Our continued success in those efforts will set the stage for how and why we build in tomorrow’s Tampa. As mayor, Buckhorn serves on several boards and governing authorities including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. From 2011- 2012, he was also a fellow for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use.

Previously, Buckhorn served as the Special Assistant to former Tampa Mayor Sandra Freedman, and in 1995, he was elected Tampa City Council. In 2003, Buckhorn joined the Dewey Square Group, a nationally known public affairs company, until he opened Buckhorn Partners, a public affairs firm based in Tampa, in 2007.

Buckhorn, 60, graduated from Penn State University in 1980. He is married to Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn, and they have two daughters, Grace and Colleen.

December 24th – No Meeting – Christmas Eve Holiday

December 31st – No Meeting – New Years Eve Holiday


Speaker Chair:  Betsey Hapner




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