LEADING THE WAY FOR TOMORROW
Since 1971, Leadership Tampa has been introducing its class members to major facets of the greater Tampa community through an intensive nine-month course. Founded by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa’s members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders. Topics including law enforcement, education, social services, the environment, economic development and the arts – to name a few – challenge members to see their community as they never have before.
Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for each of the 50-60 seats available in each class.
The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and concludes in May. Members meet every other week for briefings, tours, seminars and hands-on learning. In addition, the class participates in an Opening Retreat and a Leadership Development Retreat in March. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.
Leadership Tampa Class of 2014!
Class Chair, Renee Vaughn, Williams Consulting Group
Schezy Barbas, Director of Major Gifts, The University of Tampa
Tammy Briant, Director for Student Life, Stetson University College of Law
Jonathan Brill, Director of State Legislative Affairs, SOE Software Corporation
Frank Busot, Director, Bayside Station, Tampa Electric Company
Charles Callahan, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson, PA
David Capece, CEO and Founder, Sparxoo Agency
Brian Carson, Community Relations Officer, US SOCOM
Martyn Clay, President, Plant City Campus, Hillsborough Community College
Linda Cox, CEO, Cox Fire Protection, Inc.
Brian Craft, Wing Readiness Officer, 927th Air Refueling Wing, U.S. Air Force, MacDill AFB
Brian Cummings, Attorney, Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Dana Davies, Associate VP, Enrollment Management, Saint Leo University
Debra Delise, VP Engineering, Sypris Electronics, LLC
Stacey Efaw, Executive Director, Emergency Care Help Organization
Bret Feldman, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Lauren Fernandez, Vice President, Bank of Tampa
Kerri-Lyn Francis, Owner, South Tampa KLynergy Massage & Wellness
Jaret Fuente, Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.
David Hahn, Sales Manager, Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Brian Hanrahan, Senior Associate, Mercer Health & Benefits
Lynne Hildreth, Department Administrator, Moffitt Cancer Center
Richard Houston, Senior Account Executive, Creative Sign Designs
Mark Kiser, Shareholder/Attorney, Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O'Neill & Mullis, P.A.
Bryan Lawson, Office Manager, KCI Technologies, Inc.
Fred Lay, President, Construction Services, Inc of Tampa
JoLynn Lokey, Vice President of Administration, Visit Tampa Bay
Susan Maurer, Vice President, Client Manager, C1 Bank
Charlotte Meyer, Regional Sales Director, Paycor, Inc.
Suzanne Mintz, Sr. Manager, Accreditation & Member Services, AACSB International
Gretchen Mitchell, Vice President, Private Banker, Cadence Bank
Jonathan Moore, Manager, InVision Advisors
John Newman, Assistant Chief of Police, Tampa Police Department
Patrick Owings, Principal, Account Services, ChappellRoberts
Christopher Papp, Vice President - Commercial Banker, Hancock Bank
Lisa Patterson, Communications Manager, St. Joseph's Hospital
Jamie Patterson, Manager, Community Relations, Tampa Bay Rays
Dawn Philips, Senior Advertising Manager, Tampa Bay Times
Linda Porter, Diversity Manager, Skanska USA Building Inc.
Santino Provenzano, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Mosaic
Darrin Quam, Attorney, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Randall Reid, Senior Director, The Beck Group
Mindi Richter, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
David Robbins, Vice President, Tampa General Hospital
Dennis Rogero, Chief of Staff, City of Tampa
Mark Rose, VP Design and Engineering, Busch Gardens & Adventure Island
Scott Rose, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Florida Aquarium
Wendy Ross, Realtor, Florida Executive Realty
Julianne Serovich, Dean and Professor, University of South Florida
Edward Spenceley, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Eileen Sweeney, Director of Community Relations, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robert Teachey, Business Development Manager, Workscapes Inc.
Natalie Thomas, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Larry Thompson, Vice President, Capture Management, EKS Group, LLC
Jay Vietas, Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Medical Support Squadron, U.S. Air Force, MacDill AFB
Alexander Walter, Owner, Walson LLC
Chris Wandembergh, President, First Heritage Insurance Services, Inc.
Jill Witecki, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Tampa Theatre
Jason Woody, President/CEO, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Foundation, Inc.
Kim Woollard, SVP/Human Resources & PDG, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
This year's class was supported in part by scholarship funding provided by Leadership Tampa Alumni, Parke Wright IV in honor of his father Parke Wright III, Bank of America, Sykes Enterprises and the family of Dr. Ike Tribble.
History of Leadership Tampa
It was 1970, and Parke Wright III gathered the members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Executive Committee along the shoreline. As Chairman that year, he had tasked the group to help solve a major water pollution problem in the bay. The director of the Environmental Protection Commission was to take them by boat to the source of the problem - the City of Tampa's sewage discharge point. This group of Tampa's elite - a dozen or more - stood in disbelief, as Roger Stuart pulled up in what looked like a 12-foot boat. In order to fit, everyone stood precariously as they motored slowly over to where the sewage was being dumped into the bay.
At one point somebody nervously joked about who would be left to run the city if the boat capsized. Parke Wright III chuckled, until a sinking feeling set in. There was no one under 50 in this elite group. Where was the next generation of civic leaders? Convinced that training tomorrow's leaders was critical for Tampa's success, he worked quickly to develop a program. Within a matter of months, Leadership Tampa was up and running.
Leadership Tampa Tuition Assistance
For those seeking tuition assistance, some scholarship opportunities are being offered. The Dr. Ike Tribble Minority Scholarship is awarded to ethnic minority (African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian) applicants who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement. Dr. Tribble was the first African-American to chair the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and was a champion of local and national civic issues, particularly those in the area of education.
The Leadership Tampa Alumni Non-profit Scholarship, awarded to candidates who work in the Non-profit sector and need tuition assistance; and the newly established Parke Wright III Leadership Scholarship, given to candidates who exhibit exemplary leadership abilities are also available. Requests for tuition assistance must be made prior to the application deadline.