The Chamber’s first annual New Tampa Business Forum on September 29 at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club was a big hit with those who attended. The Forum featured a highly informative and entertaining “Personal Branding in a Connected World” workshop presented by Bernie Borges (CEO of Find and Convert and author of Marketing 2.0) and a candid keynote address by John Harding, regional President/CEO of Adventist Health System/University Community Health about the state of health care in the U.S. The Chamber’s annual member Business Expo, cocktail hour, awards ceremony and installation of new officers completed the evening. Roughly 40 Chamber members were on hand to promote their businesses to members and guests during a lively evening of networking in the Grand Ballroom at Tampa Palms Country Club.


Awards & Appreciation

The New Tampa Little League Major (ages 11-12) All-Stars made a guest appearance at the Chamber Business Expo to receive congratulations on the first NTLL team to win the State championship. The All-stars were presented with a banner celebrating their success to display at their future games!

Other awards given out at the event included:

The 2011 Frank Margarella Award, which was presented to Gunter & Gunter Insurance owners Joyce and Gary Gunter for their outstanding and long-standing service to the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the New Tampa community.

The 2011 Outstanding Member Award was presented to Matt Palmer for his long-standing service to the New Tampa Chamber and its predecessor, the New Tampa Community Council. After serving for 15 years on the board, Matt has stepped down from the Chamber’s Board of Directors to be President of the New Tampa (Breakfast) Rotary Club. The Chamber honored Matt for his dedication to the New Tampa community and the local organizations.

The 2011 Special Appreciation Award was presented to Karen Frashier for her outstanding service as Executive Director of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. Karen has accepted a position with Mental Health Care Inc. Foundation and will be missed by both the Board and Chamber members. We wish Karen all the best in her future endeavors.

The Chamber also would like to thank the St. Petersburg Times and Gunter & Gunter Insurance for sponsoring the Business Forum & Expo.


Please Welcome Your New Chamber Board Of Directors!

As we begin a new fiscal year for the Chamber, we are pleased to welcome two new Board members: Chuck Ward of Florida Mobile Fusion & Joyce Gunter, Gunter & Gunter Insurance. Our returning Chamber directors: Rachel Haviland, The Social Networker; New Tampa residents Said Iravani & Lesley Zajac; Connie Bladon, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation; Regina Ramalheira, RE/MAX Real Estate Power Team; Lee Hoffman, AFLAC; and Earl Meyer, of MeyerTeam Business Coaching


New Tampa Chamber To Host Dave Andreychuk!

With his image forever etched into the minds of Tampa Bay Lightning fans as Captain of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions, New Tampa resident Dave Andreychuk, the Vice President of Fans and Business Development , is beginning his sixth season with the Bolts in an administrative role. Andreychuk represents the hockey club in the areas of marketing and community and alumni relations. The Chamber is “all in” to hear what Dave has to say about the team’s opportunities for this season.

Does having major league sports in Tampa improve economic development? Join us to find out on Monday, October 10, Noon-1 p.m., at Pebble Creek Golf Club (10550 Regents Park Dr., off Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). You can register online for this event at for $20, including lunch.


Chamber Welcomes New & Renewing Members

As the New Tampa Chamber continues to grow, we would like to welcome the following new members: Geiger/Iwerks for You, USF Health, Tijuana Flats Burrito Co. and Mary Jane Reina, Mary Kay Consultant.

We also thank our renewing members for their continued support: Springhill Suites by Marriott, Metabolic Research Center – Brandon, Dunndeal Publications, Zion Travel Foundation, Oglethorpe Inc., Said Iravani (New Tampa Resident), American Cancer Society, New Tampa Hospitality Group and Crown Trophies.

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