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.



Welcome to the Leadership Tampa Class of 2016!

Neal Anderson, Senior Vice President, GM and Owner, CI Group
Robert Bincarousky, Assistant Treasurer, TECO Energy, Inc.
Angie Bradley-Brown, Director of Human Resources, The Florida Aquarium
Larry Braue, Director, Office of Veterans Services, University of South Florida
Brian Butler, President,Vistra Communications
Patricia Calhoun, Shareholder, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, PA
Jeff Chernoff, Vice President, IAT, Inc.
Michelle Clapper, Partner, Ernst & Young
Brian Devlin, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Al Erdman, Vice President for Administration/CFO, Hillsborough Community College
Chris Farkas, Chief Operating Officer, School District of Hillsborough County
Timothy C. Ford, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
Maggie Fowler, Account Manager, Peak 10
Melanie Griffin, Equity Shareholder, Dean Mead Law Firm
Brian Harris, Attorney, Akerman LLP
Felicia Harvey, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Kay Jefferson, Vice President of Operations, VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Andrew T. Jenkins, Shareholder, Bush Ross, P.A.
Collin Jotham, Senior Associate, Mercer Health & Benefits
Gerri Kramer, Director of Communications, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections
Ocea Lattimore, Director of Logistics & Asset Management, City of Tampa
Laura Lay, Director of Business Development, Construction Services, Inc. of Tampa
Mary Layton, Business Development Manager, Walbridge
Rob Liddell, Director of Career Planning, Saint Leo University
Jeff Locker, Financial Advisor, Raymond James
Richard Marulanda, Senior Director, Internal & Client Communication, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Susan Mendelson, Vice President, The Elan Group, Inc.
Matthew Michini, President, Michini Wealth Management
Tiffany Morgan, Commander, 6th Medical Support Squadron, United States Air Force, MacDill AFB
P.J. Nassar, Private Banker, Hancock Bank
Scott Nolan, Director of Development, WUSF Public Media
Todd O'Donnell, Division Manager - Tampa Environmental, Wharton-Smith, Inc.
Al Renshaw, Assistant Vice President, Communications, AACSB International
Cherry L. Ritenour, Financial Reporting Group Manager, Citigroup, Inc.
Dana E. Rollison, Vice President, Chief Health Information Officer, Moffitt Cancer Center
Shilpa Saxena, President, SevaMed Institute, P.A.
Yvette Segura, Vice President/General Manager, USAA
Patrick Sharpton, Chief Executive Officer, Sharp 10 Group
Clint Shouppe, State Government Relations Manager, BayCare Health System
Melissa Silvest, Director of Sales, Busch Gardens Tampa & Adventure Island
Ryan Sladek, Market Director, PNC Capital Advisors
Ted R. Tamargo, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Lauren L. Valiente, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
Jennifer Wagner, Director of Development, Tampa Theatre
Eric Ward, Chief of Police, City of  Tampa Police Department
Andrew H. Warren, Attorney, United States Government
Dierdre K. White, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Kim Williams, Chief Education Officer, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Brian Winfield, Chief Financial Officer, Equality Florida Institute, Inc.
Brian Yarborough, Project Executive, Skanska USA Building Inc.

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.