Competitive Edge Series

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

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

Persuasive Messaging for Leaders: The Art of Getting to "Yes"

Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

If you’ve ever wondered why people don’t agree with you, the problem might not be with them. Learning how to analyze your audience and apply the techniques of persuasive messaging will help you get agreement every time. In this workshop by senior public relations professional Andrew Bowen, participants will learn the five basic styles of decision makers, so they can craft their presentations or conversations to persuade the decision makers to their point of view. Participants also will learn how to apply one or more of the six laws of persuasion they can use to motivate individuals or audiences to agree with their ideas, recommendations or beliefs. Together, the knowledge of decision-making styles and the laws of persuasion significantly improve the probability of getting to “yes.”

During this luncheon, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the five basic styles of decision-makers, how to identify each, and what words motivate them
  • Understand the six basic laws of persuasive messaging and memorable examples of their successful application.
  • Explore audience analysis using The Schramm Model of Communication.
  • Receive recommendations for additional reading to benefit from references/authorities cited in the workshop.

Featured Speaker

James Andrew Bowen, APR, Founder and Principal, Clearview Communications and Public Relations Inc.

Over the course of two decades in public relations and marketing communications, Bowen has provided presentation skills workshops, media relations seminars, crisis communications planning and critical speech delivery support for chief executives with some of the world’s largest corporations. Chief executives generally consult with Bowen in order to prepare for critical internal and external communications initiatives when it is vital that their messages are received, heard and understood in order to meet the executives’ communications objectives. Bowen also is an accomplished workshop leader and public speaker. His topics include persuasive and motivational messaging, crisis communications, crisis planning, and media interview skills development. In addition, Bowen is a veteran of two decades in the news media and former press secretary to an elected official. His professional PR experience includes positions as Senior Vice President at two international marketing/advertising/public relations agencies, Ketchum Worldwide/Atlanta and Fletcher Martin Ewing, where he led the Public Affairs Teams.

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

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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.

During this luncheon, you will have the oppourtunity to:

  • Limit your financial loss and help your company recover quickly by having the right insurance in place for unexpected Cyber Attacks.
  • Discover if your cyber insurance is adequately protecting your business? Most policies are not.
  • Understand how every business will face a common set of decisions surrounding technology.
  • Decide what plans you can make early that may 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.

Labor and Employment Law Compliance

Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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.

During this luncheon, you will have the oppourtunity to:

  • Discover what’s in store for the workplace, and how these changes will impact a wide spectrum of employment practices ranging from hiring procedures to pay practices to discharge investigations.
  • Understand how to comply with new and emerging regulatory requirements while continuing to manage a quality workforce under current economic conditions.
  • Learn how best to update current employment policies to incorporate recent legal developments.
  • Determine how to prepare your organization 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).