Competitive Edge Series

The Competitive Edge Series is the premier educational program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Business and professional development classes under this umbrella offer attendees new skill sets and a practical application for implementation in their own business. A unique class takes place each month during the lunchtime hour.

The Competitive Edge Series classes are FREE to members of the FIT 2 Level, and FREE with benefits to members of the FIT 1 and 3 Levels.

Labor and Employment Law Compliance

Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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As we approach the mid-point of this Administration’s first term, it’s time for a look back on what we have learned in the way of workplace regulatory enforcement trends. It’s also an opportunity to forecast what we can expect over the next two years from federal agencies, courts and legislators alike. Our legal experts will explore how agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, are carrying out their enforcement strategies and what lies ahead as Congress and the courts grapple with the next phase of the regulatory agenda.

Attendees will learn:

  • What’s in store for their workplace, and how these changes will impact a wide spectrum of employment practices ranging from hiring procedures to pay practices to discharge investigations.
  • How to comply with new and emerging regulatory requirements while continuing to manage a quality workforce under current economic conditions.
  • How best to update current employment policies to incorporate recent legal developments.
  • How to prepare their organizations for the next wave of workplace regulations and other potential challenges lurking around the corner.

This event has been approved for 2.0 credit hours of HRCI and SHRM.

Featured Speakers

Steve Bernstein, Partner, Fisher Phillips

Steve maintains a traditional labor practice in which he represents employers throughout the United States in both state and federal courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and other state and federal agencies. In the process, Steve has played a primary role in advising clients on union-related matters. Steve has also acquired a sophisticated level of experience with regard to advising clients on compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the implementation of preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training as well as the development and administration of effective human resources policies and practices.

Christine Howard, Regional Managing Partner, Fisher Phillips

Christine serves as a Co-Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative and Leadership Council. Christine focuses her practice on the defense of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints, wage and hour litigation, and employee leave related complaints. She has successfully handled many dispositive motions, hearings, arbitrations, and trials on behalf of employers. Over the last decade, she has defended numerous collective action cases filed on behalf of classes of employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), successfully defeating attempts at class certification in practically every instance. Christine also defends class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), helping employers navigate these claims to successful resolutions and dismissals. In addition to litigating matters on behalf of employers, Christine conducts workplace investigations, compliance audits, and management training. She also counsels employers on the preventive measures they may take to avoid or reduce employment- related claims, including on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Technology Decisions and Cyber Attacks – Who is Protecting Your Business?

Tue., Sep. 26, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Think your business is immune to a cyber-attack? Think again! AC4S Technologies and PrimeGroup Insurance are proud to present an informative discussion on technology decisions every business will face and how to best protect yourself from cyber threats.

Attendees will learn:

  • Sometimes a Cyber Attack can’t be prevented, but having the right insurance in place can help limit your financial loss and help your company recover quickly.
  • Is your cyber insurance adequately protecting your business? Most policies aren’t.
  • Every business will face a common set of decisions surrounding technology.
  • Decisions made early can affect your business options later.

Featured Speakers

Hugh S. Campbell, President, AC4S Technologies

Hugh Campbell’s latest venture is a Hybrid Cloud Solutions company – AC4S Technologies, which helps companies migrate to the Cloud. He is also the President of Palm Global Services, Ltd with its head office in the British Virgin Islands with an international cadre of over 160 employees overseas. Prior to starting AC4S, he was a Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for Accelacom, Inc., a high speed internet company. Prior to that post, he served as the Director of Engineering for Intermedia Communications’ nationwide data communications network, supporting thousands of customers and generating revenues of over $200 million annually. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the CEO Council of Tampa Bay and St Joseph Hospital. He is a member of the IT Senior Manager’s Forum (ITSMF) and serves on the Keiser University Advisory Board for Cybersecurity.

Stacey Owen, Senior Insurance Consultant, PrimeGroup Insurance Services

Stacey Owen has been helping clients with their commercial insurance and employee benefit plans for over 15 years. Stacey specializes in applying her vast knowledge of the insurance industry to train and oversee new producers in her agency. She has recently used her expertise to design an in-depth training program that takes new agents and account managers from “Rookie to Pro”. Stacey’s clients find tremendous value in her Healthcare Reform and Cyber Insurance Seminars which are conducted on annual basis. She has a degree in Communications from USF and has earned her Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Stacey is proud alumni of Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2016 and was recently recognized as one of IBA’s 2018 Top 100 Producers nationwide.


See some of our past Competitive Edge events.