Joe Meterchick

Florida PNC Bank

The Chamber…has been a huge part of PNC's formation in Tampa Bay. I would recommend membership to any business that wants to prosper and grow in the region.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in helping our students become better prepared.

Robin DeLaVergne

Tampa General Hospital

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is the region's thought leader on issues that…improve our community's quality of life and benefit our businesses.

Jose E. Valiente


The Chamber is the most significant organization I've been involved in. I value their priceless networking and business resources.

Doug Pace

Bayshore Solutions

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to build relationships with other business leaders in the community that help to shape my ideas for the future.
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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.


Click here to download Leadership Tampa Class of 2016 application.

Applications are due Friday, May 8, 2015 by 5 PM




Welcome to the Leadership Tampa Class of 2015!

Lindsay August, Vice President, Relationship Manager, BB & T
Irene Bassel Frick, Partner, Akerman
Jan Berry, Chief Development Officer, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
Darcy Calhoun, Group & Suite Sales Account Executive, Tampa Bay Rays
Rob Catoe, Vice President, Relationship Manager, SunTrust Bank
Ginger Clark, Vice President, Workforce Development, Hillsborough Community College
Melinda Clark, Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid, Saint Leo University
Laura Crouch, Director, Local Government, Community Relations & Economic Development, TECO
Jennifer Currence, Director of Human Resources, Mario Camacho Foods
Jeremy Daniel, Chief Financial Officer, Regenerative Medicine Solutions
Julius Davis, President & CEO, VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Inc.
John DeLaVergne, President/Principal, DeLaVergne & Company
Katie Dierks, Private Client Advisor, Bouchard Insurance, Inc.
Paul Dontenville, Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Office of Florida Attorney General
Brian Dugan, Deputy Chief, City of Tampa, Tampa Police Department
Scott Gilner, Vice President/Assistant Secretary, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
Tyrus Gordon, Director of Operations, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally
Katie Halkett, Recruiting Manager, Taylor White
Robyn Hall, Assistant Vice President, Global Seminars, AACSB International
John Hartigan, Lt Col, United States Air Force, MacDill AFB
Rafael Hernandez, Toll Operations Manager, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Matt Hill, Director Executive Suite Sales, Tampa Bay Lightning/Tampa Bay Times Forum
Dara Hindman, Vice President of Administration, Yacht StarShip
Rob Hosmanek, Special Projects Manager, Wright's Gourmet House
Paul Huszar, President, VetCor LLC
Robert Hyde, Commander, U.S. Navy, US Special Operations Command
Tom Iarossi, Senior Project Manager, Skanska USA Building Inc.
Lori Jones, Sr. Vice President, Bank of America
Alex Kaptzan, Vice President of Convention Sales, Visit Tampa Bay
Dean Kent, Equity Shareholder, Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O'Neill & Mullis, P.A.
Stephanie Krebs, Dean of Students, The University of Tampa
Dr. Timothy Kubal, Assistant Professor, Malignant Heme, Moffitt Cancer Center
Renee LaFauci, President of Central Florida, All Team Staffing
Owen LaFave, Senior Vice President-Director of Commercial Real Estate Banking, The Bank of Tampa
Lance Lansrud, Realtor, Florida Executive Realty
Crystal Lauderdale, Director of Marketing, Florida Polytechnic University
Rick Lentz, Executive Vice President, Cutler Associates, Inc.
Julia Mandell, City Attorney, City of Tampa
Luis Martinez-Monfort, Partner, Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, P.A.
Axah McCalla, Director of Membership & Sponsorship, Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Dr. Jamie Morano, Assistant Professor, Physician, University of South Florida College of Medicine
John Muller, VP of Operations, The Florida Aquarium
Jessica Muroff, Executive Director, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Deborah Oliver, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP
Kerry O'Reilly, Marketing Director, Tampa Bay Times/TBT*
Scott Pence, Attorney, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA
Balaji Ramadoss, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Tampa General Hospital
Lauren Rasys, Account Executive, CI Group
Bill Reeves, Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc.
Richard Salazar, Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney / Fowler White Boggs
John Schwartz, 927 OG Chief of Training, United States Air Force Reserve, MacDill AFB
Randy Smith, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies, Inc.
Wayne Taylor, Managing Partner, EKS Security Services, LLC
Lucy Terrill, Assistant Manager, Financial Analysis, Mosaic
Craig Urquhart, Executive Vice President,  Employee Benefits, HUB International, Florida
Jennifer Wainman, Advertising & Communications Manager, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment-Busch Gardens
Gail Wean, Chief Financial Officer, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Barb Zant, Sales Manager, WTSP/Channel 10
Kelly Zarzycki-Andrews, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

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.

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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.