Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida and The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, celebrating its 92nd  anniversary this year, is focused both on preserving and developing the historic district. Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez-Ybor when he moved his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa, Ybor City holds a unique place in Florida’s social and economic history as our state’s “first industrial town.” Primarily a regional entertainment center during the past decade, Ybor City’s central location, great transportation and critical mass of “creative industries” is making it the ‘Greenwich Village’ of Tampa. Historic buildings have been turned into stylish offices, in-town residences and boutique hotels without sacrificing their historic character. In addition to being a top tourist destination, Ybor City is a great place to meet, learn, greet and do business.




Lee Bell

Lee Bell joined the Ybor Chamber as President and CEO in 2019.  Lee has worked as a leading executive in the not-for-profit world for over seven years in local and statewide organizations.  Prior to his not-for-profit roles, Lee founded and operated a multi-million-dollar staffing, recruiting, and human resource business until he sold it. For over twenty years Lee held various leadership posts within Ashland Chemical, a $2.7 billion division of Ashland, Inc..  Lee is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree majoring in accounting.

Lee Bell
President and CEO

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship of the natural environment.




Roger Germann

Roger Germann is the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. He brings a strong history of leadership experience with 25+ years of experience in the private and public sector; Roger is widely recognized as one of the zoological community’s top leaders and strategists. Since joining The Florida Aquarium in June 2017, he is actively elevating the organization with several high-profile recognitions.

Under his leadership, some of the most recent successes and accolades include being recognized from USA Today as one of North America’s Top 2 Aquariums, growing attendance and operations by opening several world-class exhibits, including Moon Bay, only the fourth of its kind in North America, a unique moon jellies interactive touch experience and in 2018, the Aquarium’s second-largest exhibit, Heart of the Sea. Besides, these important successes have been the Aquarium’s huge step forward with its conservation initiatives which has focused on increasing the Aquarium’s commitment to saving wildlife, including the opening of a $4M sea turtle rehabilitation center and becoming the first organization to successfully reproduce Atlantic pillar coral in human care, and increasing revenue and philanthropic support of the Aquarium’s critical conservation, education and community initiatives.

Prior to The Florida Aquarium, Roger earned his strong business and conservation leadership reputation serving as Executive Vice President for more than 16 years at the world-renowned John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He began his career in television and worked in the public sector for the State of Illinois.

Roger is active in leadership roles on several local and national committees and non-profit boards. In 2019, Roger was appointed by Governor DeSantis to the Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and serves on the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, Visit Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. He has served in several national leadership positions, including a White House appointed member of the Great Lakes Advisory Council.

Beyond his work at The Florida Aquarium, Roger is heavily involved in the community. He dedicates his time in support of Mitchell Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Bayshore Little League, along with mentoring students from underserved areas.

Roger and his family reside in South Tampa.

Roger Germann
President & Chief Executive Officer

Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity, and Partnership. Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education. In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students – especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities – for success. Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state’s large population centers in of Tampa, Orlando, and Miami achieve a postsecondary education. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $233 million in education programs and initiatives in both states.




Charles Hokanson

Charles Hokanson is Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships for Helios Education Foundation, where he leads Helios’ staff engagement with the community and stakeholders to improve quality, access, and achievement across the birth-16 education continuum.

Mr. Hokanson’s career has bridged the worlds of nonprofit, private sector, and government policy development and executive management. As President and CEO of Hokanson Consulting Group LLC, Mr. Hokanson provided strategic and public policy advice to nonprofit, think tank, trade association, and federal and state agency clients.  Mr. Hokanson previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, as president or executive vice president of three national education reform nonprofits, and as professional staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Mr. Hokanson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning a BA in History and American Studies and an MA in History, before earning JD and Master of Public Policy degrees at the Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Hostelling International USA, and sits on the governing boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation (investment committee chair) and Florida Philanthropic Network (policy committee chair). Mr. Hokanson is also a member of the advisory boards for the Florida College Access Network (Chairman), Florida TaxWatch’s Education and Workforce Policy Council (Vice Chairman), the Florida College System’s Student Success Center, the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University.

Charles Hokanson
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research Foundation, Inc.

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplant, research and education. LEITR leading the worldwide fight against blinding eye disease through its unique model: uniting one of the world’s largest Eye Banks, its cutting-edge Ocular Research Center, and its Foundation to create the leading institution for ocular science. Serving 61 of 67 counties in Florida, LEITR has been a world leader in corneal procurement for transplant and research.  Since its inception in 1973, the nonprofit has brought the “Gift of Sight” to over 130,000 men, women, and children around the world. Managing the activities of five offices within Florida, the staff obtains consent for donation and coordinates the logistics of tissue recovery, preservation and distribution. Consent rates for donation from the communication center greatly exceed the national average. LEITR was founded by a group of Lions in the Tampa Bay area and continues to be guided by a voluntary board of directors comprised of Lions, prominent ophthalmic specialists, surgeons and community leaders.




Jason Woody

Jason K. Woody serves as the President and CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. He and his dedicated team have helped bring the “gift of sight” to over 130,000 men, women and children around the world. His true commitment to help those blind or visually has been demonstrated by his over 25 year tenure with the Lions Eye Institute. Woody serves on multiple boards and committees such as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America and Donate Life America as the Vice-Chair. Woody also serves on the Organ and Tissue Education Panel for Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to represent the interests of the public with regard to increasing the number of organ and tissue donors within the state.

Jason Woody
CEO

Tampa Downtown Partnership

Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. It is a membership organization comprised of companies, organizations, and individuals with a common goal of advancing Downtown Tampa. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, Tampa Downtown Partnership works to promote Downtown through marketing, communication, advocacy, marketplace development, planning, transportation coordination, beautification, and placemaking.




Lynda Remund

Lynda Remund serves as the CEO for the Tampa Downtown Partnership. In her role, Remund manages and coordinates the daily operations of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, including organizational structure, management and vision, company policies, and supporting the organization’s strategic initiatives, as well as leading efforts to expand the special assessment district. She also holds senior management responsibilities for operations of Tampa’s Downtown business improvement district and manages the organization’s contract with the City of Tampa which it has maintained for over 23 years. Remund joined the Tampa Downtown Partnership as Director of District Operations in October 2000 and was most recently the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

In her tenure at the Partnership, Remund has successfully orchestrated two public art projects, developed a unique training program for the downtown ambassadors that partners with organizations such as AAA, Busch Gardens, and Tampa’s Fire and Police Departments, as well as facilitated a reorganization of staff members into rolls that align with the company’s strategic vision and mission.

Lynda Remund
President and CEO

Westshore Alliance

Established in 1983, the Westshore Alliance is a business-based, membership-driven organization dedicated to promoting, shaping future growth and fostering economic prosperity of the Westshore Business District. Responding to the needs defined by their membership – 400 companies large and small – the Alliance has made progress in the areas of crime prevention, education, area marketing of the District, beautification, transportation and improving the working environment of Westshore – Florida’s largest commercial business district and one of most dynamic regional activity centers.




Ann Kulig

Ann Kulig joined the Westshore Alliance as Director of Marketing in 2002 and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2014. In her current role, she manages the operations of the Westshore Alliance, a membership based organization dedicated to improving Tampa’s Westshore district. She and the Alliance’s leadership work together on initiatives important to the business community including transportation, beautification, public safety, and marketing of the area. Prior to joining the Alliance, Kulig spent more than 15 years in a variety of marketing roles with technology, banking, and professional services firms in the Tampa Bay area. She earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Council, the Advisory Board of Visit Tampa Bay, and the Arts Advisory Council at MacDonald Training Center.

Ann Kulig
Executive Director

United Way Suncoast

 

 

United Way Suncoast works to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families. Working together with volunteers, agency partners, community leaders, and key stakeholders, United Way Suncoast focuses their work on three priority impact areas: Early Literacy, Youth Success, and Financial Stability. In addition, they support aligned Support Services (health, food, shelter, etc.) to help hard working individuals and families move past immediate crisis that may prevent them from participating in United Way programs that address their long-term needs. Everything United Way Suncoast does is connected to the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty by focusing on three areas that are the greatest contributors to the cycle of generational poverty.




Jessica Muroff

Jessica Muroff is the Chief Executive Officer for United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways, ensuring connections are made that cultivate growth, increase community impact and optimize delivery of the organization’s strategic priorities that fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, helping adults achieve long-term financial stability and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. Proudly serving the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community.

As an active member of the community, Jessica currently serves on the boards of directors for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, the Athena Society and USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. In addition, she has served as a board member for Frameworks of Tampa Bay and is a founding member of Emerge Tampa Bay, a networking and volunteer organization for young professionals, a graduate of Leadership Tampa Class of 2015 and graduate of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI.

Jessica Muroff
CEO

Tampa Bay Chamber

 

 

The Tampa Bay Chamber is a nonprofit business membership organization dedicated to providing its members with innovative leadership, influential advocacy, inside access and increased opportunities The Chamber works to ensure the success of businesses and the economic vitality of the community through educational and networking opportunities, leadership development programs and government advocacy to protect and advance the interest of Tampa Bay’s business community. Through their strong volunteer leadership and unique partnership with the cities, county and members, the Chamber has had an enormous impact on the community for more than 125 years.




Bob Rohrlack

Bob Rohrlack serves as the President and CEO of The Tampa Bay Chamber, the voice of business for the Tampa and Hillsborough County area. He leads the Chamber’s mission to “Serve our members and enhance the community by building business success,” overseeing the daily operations of the Chamber. He began in this role in April 2009. He has over 27 years of experience in the Chamber of Commerce and economic development profession, having worked at the local and state level. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private partnership for economic development. His experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry includes program and financial management, incubator development, technology transfer, economic development and international trade. He also led the first Chamber of Commerce to be an Accredited Economic Development Organization in the State of Florida.

Bob Rohrlack
President and CEO