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Member News

BKS-Partners and iPEO Announce Joint Venture

Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners  and iPEO Solutions announced a joint venture agreement to form a boutique insurance and risk management practice focused on several industry verticals, including professional employer organizations (“PEO”), senior living, staffing, and private equity as well as businesses with complex risk issues. The newly formed joint venture will capitalize on the risk management team already built by BKS-Partners, including senior risk engineers, claims professionals, senior account executives, actuarial and predictive modeling and a full marketing department. The combination of BKS-Partners’ extensive resources with the experience and expertise of Mike Ortoll and iPEO offers businesses an industry-leading platform for crafting custom risk management and insurance solutions. BKS-Partners and iPEO use a consultative and holistic approach to risk management and insurance across a variety of industries, including private equity portfolio firms, associations, franchises, real estate/property management, healthcare, construction, hospitality and transportation. The joint venture will operate under the BKS-Partners brand as an extension of current operations. Additionally, BKS-Partners will work with iPEO to provide clients with leading PEO solutions. Back to Top

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Expands Children’s Heart Surgery Program

CaptureThe Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute has expanded its Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery program at All Children’s Hospital  with the addition of world-renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Tom Karl, M.S., M.D. Dr. Karl joins All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine from the University of Queensland, Australia, where he served as professor of surgery and consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and director of research. His areas of surgical expertise include all aspects of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery and intensive care, including neonatal heart surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, circulatory support, valve surgery and repairs for complex adult congenital heart diseases. Dr. Karl also serves as an associate editor and editorial board member for Cardiology in the Young, the leading medical journal in the world dedicated to the care of patients with pediatric and congenital heart disease, along with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Jacobs who also works as a cardiothoracic surgeon at All Children’s Hospital. Read more... Back to Top

Ashley Furniture is Hiring!

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New York Yankees Single Game Tickets on Sale TOMORROW!

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Member Events

January 9: Tampa Innovation Alliance Kick-Off Luncheon

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February 5 - 16: Save the Date - Florida State Fair

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February 18: Saint Leo University Hosts Sixth Annual International Business Conference

The Sixth Annual International Business Conference (IBC) will begin the evening of Wednesday, February 18, and continue through Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20. The public is invited to attend the keynote address by Democratic political strategist James Carville, “Current Politics in the Global Economy,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. Admission is free, but advance registration is advised at Mr. Carville rose to national prominence with the successful 1992 campaign for then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. Since then, he has worked in political campaigns abroad, and has continued to write in the United States and serve as a frequent television commentator. He also teaches at Tulane University. Registration is required for the remainder of the conference, which has the theme “Best Practices in Global Organizations.” There will be professional and academic tracks, and while much of the focus will be on management practices of for-profit enterprises, the conference will also include presentations on nonprofit organizations and public administration topics. Featured speakers include Tampa attorney and mergers specialist Curt Creely, partner in Foley & Lardner LLP, and Deborah Wilkinson, executive director of the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council. Faculty members from the Donald R. Tapia School of Business are organizing the conference. For more information on the IBC, visit Or contact Dr. Rick Scott, assistant professor of finance, at (352) 588-8304 or [email protected]. Back to Top
New Hires & Promotions

Contract Furniture Hires New Director of Sales

yuContract Furniture, Inc. (CFI), a Tampa-based full service furniture dealership focused on workspace planning, commercial furniture sales, installation and warehousing, is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Wilson as director of sales. Brian Wilson will lead the sales force and develop sales strategies to generate new business. He will manage and direct the sales staff including recruitment and training to achieve company goals and objectives. Prior to his new position with Contract Furniture, Brian worked as a district manager for a leading manufacturer of contract furniture. In that role, he worked with architectural and design firms, the dealer community and end users to provide space planning and tailored solutions to meet any need. In the past 13 years, Brian has worked in sales at Arriscraft International, The Parksite Group, and Kohler. With 5 years of management experience, he has exceeded sales goals in multi-million dollar, highly competitive sales territories. Read more... Back to Top

BKS-Partners Appoints Managing Advisor

PrintBaldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS-Partners), one of Florida’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firms, announced that Ben Guzzle has joined the firm as a Managing Advisor, adding even more talent to the risk management team. Ben joins BKS-Partners from Willis Group Holdings, the third largest global broker, where he served as a Senior Client Advocate for commercial and large corporate accounts. In his new role, Ben is responsible for the successful acquisition, handling and retention of key property and casualty, employee benefits, surety and private risk management clients. Ben served Bank of America in their commercial bank division for seven years and moved into insurance brokerage in 2001. He has resided in Tampa, Florida since 1994 and is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of The Straz Center, The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay as well as various other nonprofit committees. Ben attained his bachelor’s degree with majors in economics and political science from DePauw University. Ben can be reached by phone at (813) 386-3328 or by email at [email protected] Back to Top

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Welcomes New Associate

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is pleased to announce that Nicholas A. Brown has joined the firm as an associate in its Tampa office. Brown is a member of the firm’s national Appellate Practice and Trial Support practice group. His practice will focus on trial support and appeals in state and federal court. He will assist with case assessments, researching and writing briefs, and oral argument preparation. Previously, he served as a senior staff attorney to Judge Nelly N. Khouzam in the Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to appellate law, ethics, professionalism, and legal career development. Brown is a member of The Florida Bar. Additionally, he serves in a variety of roles on the University of South Florida Kosove Society Alumni Board. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he was a teaching assistant for the courses Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of South Florida. Back to Top

The ALS Association Florida Promotes Team Member to Regional Director of Development

Katie Cooper was promoted to Regional Director of Development at The ALS Association Florida Chapter.  In her new role, Katie is responsible for the fund development efforts, including the Walk to Defeat ALS and the Ride to Defeat ALS in Tampa, Southwest FL, Jacksonville and the Panhandle.  Katie can be reached at [email protected]. Back to Top

New Shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert

melton-lgKristin Y. Melton has become a Shareholder with the Tampa law firm of de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Kristin practices primarily in the areas of administrative, environmental, water, government and sports law. She has been actively involved in a number of cases involving permitting issues, rule development, phosphate mining challenges, comprehensive plan challenges, and legislative and regulatory guidance, for a number of local governments across the state of Florida. Melton joined the firm in 2007 after earning her J.D. from University of Florida. Back to Top
Member Accolades

Goodwill Makes Forbes Magazine's '20 Most Inspiring American Companies' List

Goodwill was again named one of the "20 Most Inspiring American Companies" by Forbes magazine, moving from 19th on the list to 11th on the list this year. Goodwill continues to be the only nonprofit on the list.  For more information, please see the link below. To access the slideshow that lists all of the companies, click the “America’s 20 Most Inspiring Companies” slide below the story headline. Back to Top

Porthole Cruise Magazine Selects Port Tampa Bay as “Best Kept Secret” Port

sdfPort Tampa Bay has been selected by Porthole Cruise Magazine publisher and editor-in-chief Bill Panoff as “Best Kept Secret Port” in his 2015 Editor-in-Chief Award list, which recognizes the editor’s personal experiences that he feels have “gone above and beyond in terms of service, quality and excellence.” Porthole Cruise Magazine is the nation’s leading consumer cruise and travel publication, and the Editor-in-Chief Award winners will be announced in the February 2015 issue, which hits newsstands January 14.  The winners are listed in their entirety online at Back to Top

Trenam Kemker President to Be Inducted Into 2015 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame

Mullis_HalThe law firm of Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that firm President, Hal Mullis will be inducted into the 2015 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony and dinner will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa. On this day, a new group of outstanding business and community leaders will join over 170 other Tampa Bay executives who since 1988 have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.   The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) and Event Chair, John Sykes, recently announced the 2015 honorees and they include:
  •  Harold “Hal” Mullis, Trenam Kemker
  • Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Ralph Allen, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.
  • Darryl LeClair, Echelon LLC
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Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Congratulates Meagan Camp, CPA

??????????Thomas Howell Ferguson congratulates Meagan Camp on passing her Certified Public Accounting exam. She is now a fully licensed CPA in the state of Florida. Meagan joined the Thomas Howell Ferguson team in 2011 after graduating from Valdosta State University magna cum laude, with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance. She was promoted to Senior in the Assurance Services Department in the fall of 2013. She has worked primarily with not-for-profit, pension, governmental, and insurance clients.  Her experience in these industries has helped her develop strong technical skills that have made her a valued resource to our clients. Meagan is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society, and the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. Back to Top

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Named Be More Awards Finalist

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay announced that is has been named a finalist in two categories in the 2015 WEDU Be More Awards. The Crisis Center’s “Drop an F-Bomb” human trafficking awareness campaign was nominated in the “Be More Informed” category, an award that recognizes the execution of creative and results-driven original marketing campaigns. A Crisis Center video, “Ashley & Nicole’s Story”, was nominated in the “Be More Relevant” category, an award that recognizes when an organization creates a video that has the power to compel someone to seek services, volunteer time, or support an organization financially. Read more... Back to Top

Hill Ward Henderson Attorney Elected to Bok Tower Gardens Board of Directors

Webb_Joshua_SMLJosh Webb, an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Since 1929, Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable and memorable experiences to more than 23 million visitors. A National Historic Landmark, Bok Tower Gardens is comprised of one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., a unique 8-level carillon tower, the historic Pinewood Estate, and a Pine Ridge nature trail, all set on one of the highest points in peninsular Florida. In connection with its 85th anniversary, Bok Tower Gardens has embarked upon a comprehensive master plan and companion capital campaign to rejuvenate the gardens and ensure its landmark status is firmly planted well into the future. Read more... Back to Top

GrayRobinson's Tampa IP Team Recognized as Leaders in Their Field

U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers® 2015 "Best Law Firms" has awarded GrayRobinson, P.A.’s Tampa intellectual property team with some of the highest accolades in the industry. The practice group received a Tier 1 ranking, Best Lawyers® highest ranking, for regional excellence in copyright law, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent law, technology law, and trademark law. @2009 3110 West Azeele Street Tampa Florida 33609 813-870-0349Shareholder Stefan V. "Steve" Stein, who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, Business Litigation, and Civil Trial, was named Best Lawyers® 2015 Tampa Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” and was also honored on the Best Lawyers® 2015 list in copyright Law, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent law and trademark law. Stein has been named to Best Lawyers® every year since 1995 and has previously been named Best Lawyers® “Tampa Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 Litigation – Patent, 2013 Patent Law, 2012 Copyright Law and 2011 Intellectual Property Law. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Shareholder Woodrow H. "Woody" Pollack, who is Florida Bar Certificated in Intellectual Property Law, was named Best Lawyers® 2015 Tampa Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” and was also named on the intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, and trademark litigation lists. @2009 3110 West Azeele Street Tampa Florida 33609 813-870-0349Shareholder Debra Deardourff Faulk, who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, was named to the Best Lawyers® 2015 list in intellectual property litigation. Stein, Pollack, and Faulk practice exclusively in the intellectual property area, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation and prosecution. Overall, 5 GrayRobinson offices, 33 practice groups and 64 attorneys made the U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers® 2015 edition. Back to Top