Investor Spotlight: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
December 15, 2016
Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service business law firm with more than 250 lawyers in five offices located in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida.; and Charlotte, North Carolina. In each of their markets, Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services to their core constituency: individuals, small businesses, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500, and international corporations.
Julio C. Esquivel, the Managing Partner of the firm’s Tampa office, is an attorney with significant experience in corporate, transactional, and securities matters, including public offerings and private placements; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; recapitalization and restructurings; venture capital; joint ventures; franchising; and Securities Exchange Act reporting obligations. In addition to being a part of the EDC’s Executive Committee, Esquivel is very involved in the arts community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Friends of Tampa Public Art, and the Gasparilla Music Festival.
1. Those of us who live here know that Hillsborough County is a great place to live and work. When you are recruiting top talent from out of market, what aspects of our community are often cited as positive factors influencing their decision to relocate here?
Tampa is a welcoming city where you can make an immediate impact. There is a growing business community, and there is a sense that this is a transformative moment in time in the area’s development. Yet, while business thrives, this remains a very livable community with an excellent quality of life for all people. Cost of living is relatively low; the airport is amazing; and you have everything from the beaches to the arts, as well as a rich history and multiple sports teams.
2. What is your favorite aspect of living in Tampa Bay?
It’s warm and welcoming, with a thriving arts and business community. You can work hard and play hard, with events like the Gasparilla Music Festival, packed throughout the year. You’ll always find something to do, regardless of what interests you have.
3. Where do you derive the most benefit for yourself and your company as an Investor of the EDC?
As Investors of the EDC, we are able to engage with other business leaders. It is part of the fabric that brings our business community together and contributes to the forward direction of the Tampa Bay area.
Shumaker succeeds as the business community succeeds; therefore, we want to support the EDC, as its mission is to help our business community thrive. More specifically, the EDC has offered us some wonderful introductions to organizations coming into the area, which in turn helps our business grow.
4. What is the number one thing that you believe will impact our region’s competitiveness in the coming decade?
Transportation will be a determining factor in our region’s future. As we grow, transportation is going to affect everything else: attracting new talent; retaining and expanding businesses; improving our quality of life; and competing with other cities.