More than 200 local professionals attended Emerge Tampa Bay’s first-ever Emerging with Influence event, presented by SunTrust and Tampa Steel Erecting Co., tonight at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The inaugural event recognized young professionals in the Tampa Bay community and announced the organization’s 2013 leadership team. Leading Emerge Tampa for 2013 will be: Chair: Andrew Smith (Bayshore Technologies) Vice Chair: Brian Seel (The Beck Group) Public Policy Chair: Kelsey Lehtomaa Frouge (Hill+Knowlton Strategies) Professional Development Chair: Erin Cassidy (Majesty Title Services) Professional Development Vice Chair – Programs: Adrienne Morgan (Sparxoo) Professional Development Vice Chair – Protégé Program: Mike Marino (Verified Label) Community Outreach Chair: Matt Pierson (Willis of Florida) Social Chair: Charlena Owens (Tampa Bay & Company) Social Vice Chair: Lyndi Jordan Sponsorship Chair: Jessica Aspiras Marketing/Communications Chair: Travis Claytor (Tampa Bay & Company) Marketing/Communications Vice Chair: Steve Dapcic (Tampa Bay Rays) Membership Chair: Stephen Hansen (CIGNA Healthcare) Membership Vice Chair – Recruitment: Sasha Hasslebring (Northwestern Mutual Financial) Membership Vice Chair – Membership: Alia Short (Steinbrenner Field/Legends Hospitality) [caption id="attachment_791" align="alignleft" width="300"] Finalists for Deanne Dewey Roberts Award - Jessica Muroff, Award recipient Mike Griffin, Ryan Freking, April Monteith[/caption] Emerge Tampa Bay also presented the inaugural Deanne Deanne Dewey Roberts Award to Mike Griffin with Vertical Integration, Inc. for his service and dedication to the Tampa Bay business community. In addition to the award, a $1,000 donation will be made to the charity of Griffin’s choice, the Children’s Dream Fund, courtesy of ChappellRoberts. The award’s namesake Deanne Roberts was the co-founder of Emerge Tampa Bay and founder of ChappellRoberts, which is also the Founding Sponsor of Emerging with Influence. About Emerge Tampa Bay Emerge Tampa Bay is the premier young professionals organization in Tampa. A program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, it is designed for emerging leaders, ages 21-35. In an effort to enhance the greater Tampa area, Emerge strives to support, cultivate and attract young professionals by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities and community partnerships. Visit http://www.emergetampa.org for more information or contact Emerge Tampa Bay Coordinator Ashley Ehrman at (813) 276-9448.