Competitive Edge Series

Here is a listing of some of our more recent Competive Edge events.

Transforming Attitudes and Actions:
 How Senior Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures

Tue., Mar. 12, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Successful corporate culture is not a mission statement on the wall or merely defined by the work environment you create. Fads like installing a ping pong table, open creative space, or free craft beer is not what makes a great corporate culture. Today, leaders need to provide so much more to create a culture that engages their workforce - they need to have the right attitudes and do the right things to ensure their culture is the right one for the given business environment.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the critical elements of a successful corporate culture.
  • Learn how top performing organizations look at culture.
  • Reflect on our own perceptions of corporate culture and those of our leaders/peers.
  • Determine actions we can take to improve the cultures in our own organizations.

Featured Speaker

Rick Gallegos – President and CEO, Rick J. Gallegos & Associates, Inc.

Rick Gallegos is President and CEO of Rick J. Gallegos & Associates, Inc., presenters of Dale Carnegie Training. Rick is a specialist in developing action plans for a wide range of individuals and organizations committed to growth in a tough, competitive economy. He was educated at Florida State University and is a master trainer in all Dale Carnegie courses.

Rick is the developer/writer of the most successful one-day seminar that Dale Carnegie & Associates has released, entitled “How to Cold Call and Build New Customers.” He also is the author of a sales management program titled, “Sales Leadership Excellence.” His newest program is called “Building Great Teams” – a team-building course for corporations. Currently Rick serves as Past Chair of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay and is actively involved in the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He was elected for a 2-year term as President of the Dale Carnegie International Franchise Association in 2007, and has done work on all four continents representing franchises in - Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America

Design Thinking: The Driving Force Behind the World’s Most innovative Companies

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Design Thinking is a creative process that combines thoughtful user research with rapid iteration. Learn why it has become an industry standard used by some of the world’s most innovative companies including Google, Apple, IBM, Mayo Clinic, and SAP.  Leave with ideas and tools to help you implement it within your own organization.  This workshop will be delivered by Doug Pace, CEO of Stonehill and recent finalist for United States Chamber Emerging Business of the Year.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the five steps of design thinking.
  • Participate in an interactive session using design canvasses.
  • Understand how to implement it within your organization.

Featured Speaker

Doug Pace, CEO, Stonehill

Doug Pace has been considered one of the most innovative minds in management consulting and marketing strategy for over two decades.  As CEO of Stonehill he leads the vision of the firm and enjoys working directly with its portfolio of clients. Doug founded Stonehill with the vision of bringing agile management practices found in entrepreneurial organizations to large companies. He found that his approach also provided process and structure to small organizations allowing them to accelerate their growth. Doug is a noted speaker on business design, marketing strategy, building innovative cultures, and design thinking.

Doug currently serves on the boards of numerous schools and organizations including the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, BBVA Compass Bank, Lions Eye Institute Foundation, Town of Belleair Infrastructure Committee, and the University of Florida’s College of Engineering. His past affiliations include the Tampa Bay Partnership, St. Petersburg Grand Prix, Pinellas County MPO, and Leadership Tampa Bay.  Doug graduated from the University of Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, has been recognized with an Executive Fellowship in Innovation from the University of South Florida, and holds a Certificate in Energy Innovation from Stanford University.

Tomorrow’s Office and Work Environment, 2023

Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The data and research points to a changing work environment and the ways organizations communicate in the future. Many sectors are feeling the benefits of more productivity from remote and staggered work settings. With almost 68% of all in office communications delivered through email or other technology it seems that many industries could begin to make changes. These changes could bring down office costs, administrative expense and other items, while simultaneously making their employees more empowered and more productive. Lean and nimble.

During this luncheon, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the statistics of current in office communication and statistics on how people best communicate and where those statistics are headed.
  • Discover if the changing dynamics of the workforce and technologies should augment your vision for the future.
  • Understand the new technologies that are becoming more readily used for communication and which help support the remote environment.
  • Decide whether this environment can work for your organization by hearing from two organizations that have implemented and can share their outcomes.

Featured Speaker

Bob McKay, President, Owner and CEO, McKay Advertising + Activation

Bob McKay founded McKay Advertising + Activation in 2005. He has developed one of the most unique advertising agency experiences for clients, employees, and associates. A graduate of the University of South Florida, he began his media career with Susquehanna Broadcasting Outlets in Orlando. His 28 years in media are decorated with a long track record of success and have established him as a very astute manager, marketer, and strategic thinker.

Bob McKay is a fixture at AdTech, Mobile Marketing, and other digital events. He is a member of the Forbe’s Agency Council and has ongoing articles being published on He created with partners USFSP DJD and the Tampa Bay Times the “Communicate 2012” event. This conference included participation from Pandora and Time Inc., was a “deep dive” into the social and digital media landscape. MA+A, with their Google Partnership, has held over 22 different learning events for the community and advertising clients. MA+A has been elected to be part of USF Fast 56 Class (2013, 2016,17,18), Google All Star Agency 2015, and Google Premier Partner inaugural class 2016 - TFN. McKay takes a serious look at new technologies, how they are currently being consumed, and the ability to attribute revenue through their marketing usage. This fresh approach allows the agency, media, and clients, to experience more positive engagement that leads to ROI. MA+A is known as an authority in the media community and by clients alike.

Small Business Champions


Vincent J. Cassidy, Majesty Title Services, LLC

Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Join the Chamber for our monthly Competitive Edge Series featuring a panel discussion with executives from the Chamber’s 2018 Small Business of the Year award-winning companies. They will highlight what makes their company successful and share their personal thoughts on the following:

  • Management philosophy;
  • Major risks of starting your own business;
  • Key business values;
  • Challenges and adversities;
  • How they recruit staff; and
  • Other tips and recommendations for success.


Amy Martinez-Monfort
Tampa Laundry Company

Samantha Abraham
My Paper Pusher

Herman Lazzara
Rivero, Gordimer & Co., PA

Micha Seal
Seal Swim School

Brian Butler
Vistra Communications