Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.

Lisa A. Mets, Ph.D.


In November 2012, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with approval from the US State Department, appointed Lisa A. Mets, Ph.D.,Vice President and Secretary of the College of Eckerd College, to a five-year term as Honorary Consul of Estonia, the first in Florida. While she may support anyone requesting aid, Dr. Mets officially represents the north Florida region: all counties north of and including Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Indian River. She is Estonia's 13th honorary consul in the United States. This past February, she was received as a new member of the Tampa Bay Consular Corps. Appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, honorary consuls are a traditional part of Estonia's foreign representation abroad. They exercise consular functions by representing the interests and rights of Estonian citizens in their host countries and by promoting bilateral cultural and economic relations.