Tampa Bay Seminole Club Senior Send-Off: May 26,2016

Tampa Bay Seminoles Club 2016 Awards

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate and thank Treasurer Scott Hundley and Secretary Adam Thomas for their years of service to the club and Florida State University.

The club would also like to recognize Board Member of the Year Michael Lortz for his contributions the past year.

Congratulations to three great Seminoles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club wins Alumni Association Awards

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club was presented with the following awards at the annual FSU Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on April 23, 2016:

Best Seminole Send-off

Best Special Event (co-won with the Orlando Seminole Club)

As well, Tampa Bay Seminole Club President Max Oligario was inducted into the Alumni Association Circle of Gold for his great work with the club, with the Alumni Association, and with many other organizations and charities!

New Tampa Bay Seminole Club Members Elected

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is pleased to announce their newly elected Executive Board for the upcoming year, effective July 1, 2016:

President: Grant Mehlich
President-Elect: John Byrne
Treasurer: Michael Hayes
Secretary: Naseem Rahman

The club would also like to welcome new board members Camille Gomez, Kyle Simon, Scott McClelland and Michael Hayes.

Congratulations to the new Executive Board and board members!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - February - Melanie Griffin

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for February, Melanie Griffin.

Melanie Griffin is the Managing Shareholder of the Tampa office of the Dean Mead Law Firm. A proud Seminole, Melanie earned her undergraduate degree in business finance (2003), Magna Cum Laude and as a student in the Academic Honors Program. On campus, she served as the Senate Majority Leader, Student Body Treasurer, President of the Delta Zeta Sorority, and as an FSU Service Scholar. She was named the College of Business Humanitarian of the Year, elected Homecoming Queen Runner-Up, and inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame.

Melanie continued at Florida State for her graduate education, jointly earning her law degree and master of business administration degree and graduating Summa Cum Laude. During graduate school, she was a member of the Law School’s Moot Court Team and served as President of Burning Spear, Editor-in-Chief of the Business Law Review, Executive Editor of the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, and a member of the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy.

At Dean Mead, Melanie began in the firm’s Orlando office. She quickly became engrained in the Central Florida community, serving as President of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers in 2011-12 and for several years on the Executive Board of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She completed Leadership Orlando (Class 76), and in 2011, received a 40 Under 40 Award from the Orlando Business Journal. In 2013-14, she served as President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, one of the nation’s largest young lawyers groups with approximately 25,000 members. At the end of her Young Lawyers Division presidency, Melanie began founding Dean Mead’s Tampa office, the firm’s sixth office in Florida, while also maintaining her Orlando office. In 2015, she was elected as a Shareholder of the firm, after being one of the youngest attorneys in the firm’s history to receive an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell in only her fourth year of practice.

In her present role at Dean Mead, Melanie practices locally in Tampa and Orlando, as well as statewide and nationally for businesses of all sizes and types, focusing on major business, political and environmental issues. Her main areas of practice include commercial litigation, trust & probate litigation, government & administrative law, and employment law, through which she advises and represents businesses and prominent Florida families in commercial disputes and litigation, ranging from simple breach of contract actions to complex commercial cases involving intellectual property issues, real estate actions, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, and substantive employment law issues such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Melanie is presently active on the Florida State University Seminole Torchbearers Board of Directors and with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce as a part of Leadership Tampa Class ’16, Member of the Women of Influence Committee, and Mentor in the Emerge Protégé Program. She is active in several local women’s groups, including Leading Ladies of Learning and Bank of Tampa Women Connected. She also serves on the Poynter Institute Community Outreach Board; Frameworks of Tampa Bay Board of Directors as the Vice Chair and Community Outreach and Development Committee Chair; University of South Florida Women in Leadership & Philanthropy as the Mentoring Committee College of Business Liaison; The Florida Bar as the Annual Convention Committee Co-Chair and Leadership Academy Committee Vice Chair; Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) as an At-Large Director on the Executive Board and Mentoring Program Co-Chair; and the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) as its Programs Chair.

Melanie has been named the Most Productive Young Lawyer in Florida in 2009 and the Most Productive Member of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors in 2011. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for seven consecutive years (2010-16) and Florida Trend Legal Elite for six consecutive years (Up & Comer 2010-14, Commercial Litigation 2014-15). In 2010, she received a Leader in the Law Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers; in 2013, she was the featured Cover Story in the College of Law’s Alumni Magazine; in 2015, ALM distinguished her as a Top Rated Lawyer in Business & Corporate Law and she received an Up & Comers Award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal; and for two consecutive years, in 2015-16, Corporate LiveWire named her a Labor & Employment Global Award Winner. Please join me in congratulating Melanie as alumnus of the month for her great accomplishments and community service. If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - January - David Romine, Jeff Alagood, and Ryan Dorrell

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumni of the month for January, entrepreneurs and founders of AgileThought, Inc, David Romine, Jeff Alagood, and Ryan Dorrell. Agilethought, Inc (www.agilethought.com) is one of the largest businesses in Tampa Bay that is owned and operated by FSU alumni.

Agilethought is a full-service mobile application and software consulting firm with specializations in custom software development, user interface and experience design, application lifecycle management (ALM) SharePoint and business intelligence solutions, agile consulting, cloud solutions, and website and Ecommerce implementations. Formed in 2004, the company has been noted as one of the country’s Best Companies to Work For by Fortune Magazine. It is also recognized as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in Florida by GrowFL and recently won awards for Best Technology Company and Best Place to Work for their corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida. It serves Fortune 1000 clients nationwide from offices in Tampa and Orlando.

Dave Romine co-founded AgileThought, LLC. in 2004 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and strategic direction of the company, with an emphasis on sales and business development. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Management Information Systems, Dave started his career as a software developer and quickly gained a deep appreciation for the craft of software development.

Dave has a passion for charitable contributions of both time and money, and is actively involved in the community. He continuously supports organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Take Stock in Children, and The Alzheimer’s Association through donations and volunteer work. He is also a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXIII, a statewide community of leaders actively engaged in promoting and serving Florida.

Jeff Alagood is the Chief Operating Officer of AgileThought. He is responsible for the overall operations and service delivery of the company, with a particular emphasis on delivery execution, business development and resourcing strategies for long-term growth. Alagood has a passion for implementing initiatives to enhance client engagement experiences with the most effective and scalable development processes. Jeff is passionate for building high performing teams and leaders through active coaching, and pushing for new growth across members of AgileThought’s teams and organization. He focuses on helping individuals create a personal brand that complements and supports the objectives of both the enterprise and the individual, creating perfect opportunities.

Ryan Dorrell is a co-founder of AgileThought and the Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for understanding new clients’ business problems and developing the technology strategies used to build solutions for those problems. He also defines new service offerings that AgileThought can provide, and mentors teams and clients on agile software development practices. Ryan has led AgileThought into many new areas of technical capability, such as mobile and cloud development. An avid reader, follower, and innovator of agile and application lifecycle management disciplines, Ryan is a sought after speaker and trainer on these topics. Please join me in congratulating Dave, Jeff, and Ryan as alumni of the month for their work and success with Agilethought, Inc. If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Holiday Party

Thanks to the generosity of our guests at Monday's Tampa Bay Seminole Club holiday party, we collected two large boxes of toys. Today, Club President Max Oligario presented Virginia Johnson, Executive Director of A Kids Place Tampa Bay with the gifts. A Kids Place houses abused, neglected or abandoned children in the Tampa Bay Area and these toys will make the holidays brighter for these kids. Thank you Tampa Bay Seminole Club for giving back!

Go Noles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - November -Nicole Hubbard

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for November, Nicole Hubbard.

Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with a bachelors degree in nursing. She is a mother of two and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Florida Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology.

As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nicole treats patients at Tampa General Hospital, which is one of the few Level One Trauma and Transplant Centers in Florida. She administers anesthesia to a variety of patients, ranging from people receiving heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and lung transplants, to children getting their tonsils removed. Nicole frequently accompanies the CEO of Florida Gulf to Bay Anesthesiology in surgeries, as well as works with experienced surgeons administering anesthesia for their surgeries.

Along with her duties as a full time working mom, Nicole has been heavily involved in The Junior League of Tampa for 10 years, and currently holds the office of President Elect. She has played a substantial role in Junior League's success in improving the community with the training and development of their 1,800 members.

Nicole's long tenured commitment to the Junior League has resulted in her holding numerous positions including Holiday Gift Market Co-Chair, Junior League of Tampa Placement Chair, inaugural Heart Gallery Birthday Buddies Chair and for the last three years she has served as a member of the Executive Board as Membership VP, Community VP, as well as Fund Development VP; a total of 6 years on the Leadership Council.

Within her numerous positions with the Junior League, Nicole has focused on ways to increase member satisfaction, led teams to start 2 new community projects while successfully launching a community partner, spearheaded the execution of the Junior League's inaugural Family Food Fest (collaborative community partner event in Sulphur Springs), assisted in forming alternative types of corporate partnerships, fundraising, and diversified channels of income while creating and implementing the first Corporate Lunch and Learn at Junior League. For Nicole's work, she was named 2010 Inspiring Leader of the Year, an award given to the member who inspires and motivates not only themselves but the League members around them. She was also named 2013-2014 Heart Gallery Advocate of the Year.

Nicole’s leadership and community involvement is not just limited to Junior League. She has served on multiple non-profit committees like Tampa Museum of Art CITY, Make a Wish Foundation, Glazer Children’s Museum Inaugural Gala, and Heart Gallery Tampa Bay Be Mine. She is also currently a member of the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay Advisory council. Nicole is also a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal Health Care Hero Award! Please join me in congratulating Nicole as alumnus of the month for her great accomplishments and community service. If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Happy Veterans Day

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our country and those who currently serve. We are extremely grateful for the sacrifices you have made and today we remember those who have given their lives to keep us safe. Thank you for your service and we salute you!

We would also like to recognize one of our own, Michael Lortz, a board member with the Tampa Bay Seminole Club that has proudly served his country. Thank you Michael and Go Noles!

TampaNoles @ EPCOT Food & Wine Festival BUS TRIP

Join the Tampa Noles for a ROAD TRIP to EPCOT's legendary Food & Wine Festival on Saturday September 26, 2015! This is the OPENING WEEKEND for the F&W Festival (which, oddly, means it's less crowded than other weekends - maybe people think Opening Weekend is super packed so fewer people go? - so historically opening weekend is a great tiime to go!).

EPCOT F&W Festival boasts food and drinks from over 36 countries, including over 300 different wines, more than 250 cocktails, about a hundred domestic, international, and craft beers, and hundreds of small plate food and dessert dishes (most food and drinks sell for about $4-$8 each - so it's a great way to sample everything!).


The Tampa Bay Seminole Club has rented a luxury motor coach to transport us to and from EPCOT on Saturday September 26! Cost for the Tampa Noles motor coach is $15 per person, which includes a Tampa Noles EPCOT t-shirt (OBVIOUSLY this $15 bus fee DOES NOT include admission to EPCOT - see event brite link for details on EPCOT admission)! THERE ARE 40 SEATS AVAILABLE ON THE BUS. IF THEY SELL OUT, THERE IS A 10 PERSON WAITLIST. T-SHIRTS ARE FOR BUS RIDERS ONLY - YOU MUST RIDE THE BUS TO GET A T-SHIRT!

Event Brite Link

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - August - Kareem J. Spratling

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for August, Kareem J. Spratling.

Kareem received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, he was a member of both the Mock Trial and Jessup Moot Court teams, the first student member of the College of Law Board of Directors, and President of both the Black Law Students Association ("BLSA") and the Student Bar Association ("SBA")

Kareem is a shareholder and attorney at Bryant Miller Olive law firm focusing his legal practice primarily in the area of public finance. His public finance experience includes nationwide Bond, Disclosure, Bank and Underwriter’s counsel representation. Each year since being admitted to practice, Mr. Spratling has provided counsel on transactions with a combined principal amount in the billions of dollars. He has represented governmental and quasi-governmental entities at all levels, including: the United States of America, the State of Florida, and multiple Florida counties, cities, housing/housing finance authorities, conduit issuers and charter schools. Kareem's litigation experience includes validating in excess of $1.3 billion in bonds for various public entities, including three of the largest issuers in the Tampa Bay area. He regularly lectures on educational financings at the National Association of Bond Lawyers' "Bond Attorney's Workshop."

Kareem currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Emerge Tampa Bay advisory council and is a member of the George Edgecomb Bar Association.

In 2010, Kareem was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida and only 2 public finance attorneys. He is a recipient of the Tampa Bay Seminole Club’s “Torch Award" in 2011, an award given to select young professionals who at an early age have excelled in their field. In 2013, Kareem was a finalist for the Emerge "Emerging Leader Award".

If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Kickoff Party Guest Announced

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is pleased to announce all-time FSU and NFL great Dexter Carter as one of our guests for the Kickoff and Block Party this Saturday!!

A team captain in 1989, Dexter Carter is one of the most prolific running backs in FSU history. He left Tallahassee as the fifth all time leading rusher with 1,788 yards on 327 carries. He scored 22 touchdowns in his career and while he was in Tallahassee the Seminoles finished in the top four three times.

Carter was the 25th pick overall in the 1990 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He was a Super Bowl champion in 1994 along with FSU great William Floyd and won five NFC Championships with the 49ers. Carter played seven seasons in the NFL, six with the 49ers and one with the New York Jets. During his time in the league, Dexter accounted for 1,042 total yards and was one of the top kickoff and punt return specialists.

After his playing career was over, Dexter returned to Florida State as running backs coach from 2007-2010 under Bobby Bowden.

Come and hear Dexter speak this Saturday during the kickoff party portion of our event from 3-5 at the Italian Club. Stay tuned to find out who else will be there.......

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - July - Terin Barbas Cremer

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for July, Terin Barbas Cremer.

Terin received a J.D. and M.B.A from Florida State University in 2010. She currently serves on the board of directors of PetNet, a division of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Terin was appointed by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on the City of Tampa Civil Service Board. She is an active member of the Junior League of Tampa, serves as St. Petersburg liaison for the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and serves on an alumni association committee at the Academy of Holy Names.

Terin was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business journal as a member of the Up & Comer Hall of Fame in 2013. She was named as a finalist for Top General Counsel in a Private Company as well as Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year. She has been recognized by the Florida Trend as a "Legal Elite Rising Star" and was named as a member of the Thirty under 30 by the Florida State University Alumni Association.

Terin was recently named Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Bankers Financial Corporation where she leads human resources initiatives and oversees daily HR operations. In addition to her duties as CHRO, she serves as associate general counsel for Bankers, a role she has been in since 2012. In that role she has managed a wide variety of legal matters pertaining to the company's business solutions vertical, including litigation, transactional, governance, employment, compliance and regulatory matters. In addition to her multiple positions at Bankers Financial Corporation, Terin has founded a life coaching business , Life Realized, where she coaches people at all stages of life through career and personal decision making. Please join me in congratulating Terin as alumnus of the month. If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Join Seminole Boosters for the Chop at the Trop on Sunday July 26

Join FSU fans and alumni this Sunday for the Chop at the Trop! Jimbo Fisher will be in town to throw out the first pitch and you will receive a garnet and gold Rays hat with your ticket purchase! Go to the link below to like the "Chop at the Trop" on the Rays page and to buy your tickets. If our event gets the most likes Raymond will rep FSU at an upcoming game. Like the page and buy your tickets today. Go Noles!!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - June - Roberto Torres.

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for June, entrepreneur Roberto Torres.

Roberto is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black & Denim Apparel Company. Black & Denim is a Lifestyle brand rooted in the Americana, Music & Lifestyle. In 2014, Roberto also opened the Blind Tiger Café is Ybor city, an innovative concept that has a Coffee House & Tea bar, a Black & Denim boutique and a CoWorking Space called CoWork Ybor.

Over the last six years, Roberto has helped and advised numerous companies in the realm of retail, apparel, merchandising and technology. He brings his expertise in retail and operations, both as a consultant and an executive, to assist start-ups and early companies with strategic, operational and expansion plans. Roberto also frequently donates his time to assist entrepreneurial minded students in Tallahassee. Roberto is a proud Seminole having earned a BS in Accounting and a BS in Finance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. A Native from Panama, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Visit Blind Tiger Cafe the next time you are in Ybor City and support a fellow Nole or visit the websites for Roberto's businesses here: www.blackanddenim.com, www.blindtigerybor.com, www.coworkybor.com.

If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club - Local Support

The Tampa Bay Seminole is proud to support local alumni and future Noles in the Tampa Bay Area.

Recently the Tampa Bay Seminole Club learned of a young homeless high school student, Kelsey Mitchell (story below), who despite life challenges, graduated from high school and was accepted to Florida State for the summer semester. Kelsey is joined by two other homeless students going to Florida State at Starting Right Now, a facility for homeless high school students with the intention of teaching life skills and promoting educational achievement.

Today the Tampa Bay Seminole Club presented all three students with supplies needed to ensure academic success at Florida State. Club President Max Oligario is pictured with all three students after receiving new laptops, printers, TV, school supplies and a $200 FSU Bookstore giftcard....all compliments of the club!!

Welcome to the Seminole Family ladies! The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is proud of each of you!

Story - My Fox Tampa Bay

Want to get involved?

Are you a proud Seminole alumni in Hillsborough County that would like to get more involved?

The two-time Seminole Club of the year, The Tampa Bay Seminole Club, is currently taking applications to join one of our current committees. Committee members help support the club's programs and initiatives and are considered to be promoted to the Board of Directors when there are openings.

If you are interested in filling out an application, please email club president Max Oligario at Max@tampanoles.com indicating your interest or for info on the current committees.

Go Noles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - May - Gayle Sierens.

Early this month, Gayle retired from WFLA-TV where she's been on air here in the Tampa Bay area for 38 years. Sierens joined the Channel 8 staff in 1977 as a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11PM weekday sports anchor in March of 1983. In addition to these responsibilities, she freelanced as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor.

Prior to joining WFLA-TV, Sierens was with WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Florida. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications with a minor in speech communications from Florida State University.

Currently, Sierens is on the board of directors of the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic and the Advisory Board for Operation Helping Hand.

Gayle was the winner of the Florida Holocausts Museums "Loebenberg Humanitarian Award." She was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created the "Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year" award in her honor. She was named a "Woman of Distinction" by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Elon University's School of Communication, Village Partners International, and the Junior League of Tampa. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio also proclaimed January 7th, 2007 Gayle Sierens Day in honor of her 30 year anniversary with WFLA TV.

Sierens was the first woman to do play-by-play for an NFL football game and also appeared on "NFL Live" on NBC.

Gayle is a proud Seminole and has assisted with the Bobby Bowden booster tour in the past. Please assist me in congratulating Gayle as our local Alumnus of the month!

If you would like to nominate a local alumni or help showcase an owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Seminole Celebration - With Special Guests - Coach Jimbo Fisher & Gene Deckerhoff

Tuesday, May 19th - 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and voice of the Seminoles & Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gene Deckerhoff for a Seminole Celebration you won't want to miss! The event will be held at Raymond James Stadium's West Club with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a special Seminole program at 7 pm. Coach Fisher will recap highlights from the past year and lay out his plans for the 2015 team. This Party with your Tampa and Pinellas Noles includes a ballpark menu, non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar available), photo opportunities, and access to a Seminole Auction. Special pricing is being offered through May 8th (ticket pricing increases to $40 after) so make sure to register today!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

***A limited number of foursomes have become available for the 2015 Quarterback Classic featuring Seminole Celebrities. For more information on the event, click here. To register, please contact Eric Carr (ericdcarr@gmail.com). Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.***

For more detailed information about the 2015 Champions Tour, visit www.seminoleboosters.com/springtour

Click here to purchase your event tickets!!

To register for a sponsorship, please complete this Sponsorship Form and return to ktubeck@fsu.edu.


Participate in the Seminole Boosters Spring Tour Quarterback Classic Golf Event featuring Jimbo Fisher and many other Seminole legends.

GOLF TOURNAMENT - SHAMBLE FORMAT - 9:00AM SHOTGUN START TPC Tampa Bay • 5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road • Lutz, FL 33558

Click here for prices and registration details.


Tampa Bay Seminole Club named Seminole Club of the Year

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club was named 2015 Seminole Club of the year for the second straight year. We would like to thank all the alumni, members, partners, and friends in Tampa Bay and thanks for all your support! We are the best because of all of you! Go Noles!!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - February

Congratulations to alumnus of the month for February, Laura Webb!

Laura Webb moved to Tampa immediately after graduating from FSU in December, 1997 with a BS and MS in Education. She was the secretary of Delta Zeta, member of the Homecoming Court, and secretary of Lady Scalphunters, now known as Lady Spirithunters.

Laura is the owner of Webb Insurance Group on South Dale Mabry. She attributes much of her success in her career to being President of the Tampa Seminole Club from 1999 - 2002. Laura is currently serving as Secretary of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She is also Past President of Interbay Rotary, Past Treasurer of South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and was a named a finalist for Business Woman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Laura's personal story is of note as well. In 2007, at the age of 32 while training for the Ironman, Laura was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. She was fortunate to be able to go to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where she had a portion of her colon removed, the right lobe of her liver removed, and radiation completed on the left lobe of her liver to remove some additional metastases. She returned to Florida where she followed up with six months of chemotherapy and was determined to be "cancer free." In 2009, a small spot popped up on a routine PET scan. Three days of cyber knife radiation followed and the "spot" disappeared. All was fine until January of this year when a pain in her back took her in to visit her oncologist who confirmed that a golf ball sized tumor had formed in the left lower lobe of her lung. She went back to the Mayo Clinic where they removed the entire lower lobe of her left lung. No chemotherapy is expected as the lymph nodes and margins were free of cancer.

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Routine colonoscopies should be performed regularly after the age of 50 and should be pursued earlier if you are in a high risk category or symptomatic.

Congratulations to Laura for being named our alumnus of the month!

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for alumnus of the month or you are an alumnus and would like for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club to recognize your business send an email to Max@tampanoles.com with a bio of the person being nominated or a detail of the business.

FSU vs UF Lightning Hockey Party

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - January

Congratulations to local alumni Joanne Sullivan who has been named the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's Alumni of the month for the month of January!

Joanne Sullivan is the Associate Vice President for Development at The University of Tampa where she provides leadership for Major Gifts, Planned Gifts and Prospect Management. Prior to coming to UT she was the Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation (formerly University Community Hospital).

Joanne is a graduate of Florida State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She serves on the regional and state boards of Easter Seals Florida, as well on the national Easter Seals Affiliate Services Committee and is Chairman of the House of Delegates. She is a past chairman of the Easter Seals Florida state and regional boards. She is a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni (Class of ’91), a past LTA Cabinet member and is also a member of the Leadership Tampa Bay Class of ’10. She is a past president of the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Tampa Bay Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Joanne is a member of the board of the Red Cross Angels and is a past member of the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Franciscan Center and the American Red Cross Florida's West Coast Region. The Tampa Bay Business Journal named Joanne one of 51 Finalists for 2012 Business Woman of the Year in the Tampa Bay region.

In addition to all Joanne's community activities, she also serves as a mentor through the Emerge Tampa Bay Mentor program.

We are fortunate to have such an accomplished and selfless Seminole as Joanne in our community.

Congratulations Joanne on being our first Alumni of the month!

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for alumni of the month or you are an alumni and would like for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club to recognize your business send an email to Max@tampanoles.com with a bio of the person being nominated or a detail of the business.

Are you our Alumni of the Month?

Are you an FSU alumni in Hillsborough or Pasco county who is doing great things in your career or in the community? Are you an entrepreneur who has started your own successful business? Well if so, the Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to hear from you!

At the end of every month we will choose one person as winner of our "Tampa Bay Alumni of the Month" for the work they are doing. That winner will receive a gift certificate from Heads and Tails in Tampa and we will recognize this winner on our website as well through social media.

We will also choose a local alumni entrepreneur EVERY OTHER month for our "Alumni Business Showcase" and we will share your business with the the club through our regular marketing and also recognize your business on www.tampanoles.com.

We will showcase our winners at an event later in the year and choose an overall winner of our recipients.

To be considered for either send an email to max@tampanoles.com by the 25th of each month (including January) with an overview of your accomplishments or your business. We will verify that all entrants are alumni of Florida State University.

We look forward to celebrating our great alumni in Tampa Bay! Go Noles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Game Watching Party Highlights

Some highlights from our latest game watching party at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. It was great run by our team and we should all be proud to be Seminoles. Join us next season!

Former Seminole named New Tampa Bay Rays Manager

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate former Seminole baseball star Kevin Cash for being named the newest manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin played for the Seminoles from 1997 to 1999. During that time, he played third base, first base, and shortstop, and hit 27 home runs. He was a 3rd team All-American in 1999 for a Seminole team that advanced to the College World Series Championship.

After playing at FSU, Kevin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in the minor leagues for a few years before making his Major League debut on September 6, 2002. Following three seasons with the Blue Jays, Kevin played for the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. When his career ended in 2012, Kevin became a coach with the Cleveland Indians.

Before playing at FSU, Kevin was part of a Northside Little League team that made the Little League World Series and also played baseball for Gaither High School.

Kevin becomes the 5th manager in Major League Baseball history with ties to Florida State University. Tony LaRussa, Larry Rothschild, Bruce Bochy, and legendary Seminole Dick Howser are the others.

TBSC Holiday Party - December 10th!

It's time for the annual TBSC Holiday Party! Wear your ugliest sweater or most festive outfit (prizes for both) to Ceviche - 2500 W. Azeele St. on Wednesday, December 10th. The party starts at 6 pm. Appetizers will be provided with a cash bar available. Join us for holiday cheer and good times!

President Thrasher Visits Tampa December 3rd

The TBSC is pleased to announce that FSU President, John Thrasher will be in Tampa for a meet and greet with Alumni and friends of FSU. The event takes place at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, December 3rd at The Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club, 6003 Beacon Shores St. in Tampa. You must RSVP for this event by visiting www.one.fsu.edu/fsupresident. This is a great time to meet our new leader in an intimate setting. Please join us in welcoming our new president to Tampa!

Tampa Noles Running Club Launch Thursday 25th!

The TBSC is excited to announce the launch of the Tampa Noles Running Club! We will meet weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 pm for a 5k run! The inaugural run is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25th. We will start and end at The Lodge in SOHO. After the run, stick around for networking while enjoying your favorite post-run beverage! Come out and hit the 5k warpath with fellow Noles!

Noles Kick Off Watching Parties

Where are you watching the Noles kickoff the season in Dallas this Saturday night?? Please support one of the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's 3 official Game Watching Party locations: The Lodge, Bar Louie Tampa, and Gaspars Grotto. At this time, these are the ONLY official game watching party locations and a portion of the sales received at these locations helps to support the club and Florida State so please make it a point to support them. Each location will have great drink specials and the Seminoles on the main screen with sound. Please make reservations for each location and have your WHOLE party there at least 15 minutes before kickoff in order to secure the table.

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