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July 2012 Mid-Month Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 


August 14th
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Speaker Michael Brown
Senior Group Vice President
Tampa YMCA
11:45AM until 1:00PM

September 11th
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Speaker Kelly Miller
President & CEO
Tampa Bay & Company
11:45AM until 1:00PM

September 15th
The 47th Annual
Ybor City Chamber Gala
and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart
Award Ceremony
Starting at 6:30PM


 See Chamber Happenings

For More Details

A Special Wecome To New Members


A&B Insurance and Financial

Ilana Greenberg

5404 Cypress Center Drive

Tampa, FL 33609


Ali Specialties

Ali Carr

3001 N. Rocky Point Dr., Suite 200

Tampa, FL 33607


Electric Glide Tours

Russell Hess

1600 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The Unique SalonSpa

Shavonna Cohen

1501 E. 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


University of South Florida

Tom Storrison

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALN 226

Tampa, FL 33620


World Club Vacations

Tony and Peggy Evans

2426 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Liana Fernandez Fox

Temple Terrace, FL 33617


AAA Travel

Anne Reynolds

1515 N. Westshore Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607


ABC Tampa Vacation Homes

Megan Johnson

40 R Merrimac Street

Newburyport, MA 1950


Acropolis Greek Taverna

Costa Waez

1833 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Bay Villa Development

Dan Howell

P.O. Box 18464

Tampa, FL 33679


Carmine's Restaurant & Demmi's Market

Gino & Carmine Iavarone

1802 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Columbia Jobbing Company, Inc.

Joe Gonzalez

1702 E 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Design Interiors Furniture Showrooms

Matt Cadrecha

2234 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Event Show Productions

Dorene Collier

1608 N. 24th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Executive Realty

Tina Marie Eloian

7211 N Dale Mabry #101

Tampa, FL 33614


Habibi Cafe & Hookah Bar

Johnny Algonid

1632 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.

Bill Donovan

8130 Anderson Road, Suite 304

Tampa, FL 33634


Peter J. Blessin, CLU

Peter Blessin

P.O. Box 1376

Safety Harbor, FL 34695


PrimePay of Florida, Inc.

Chuck Foreman

5440 Beaumont Center Blvd., Suite 4455

Tampa, FL 33634


Revolve Clothing Exchange

Jessica Joy Gronewold

1620 East 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Shield Coatings & Weatherproofing , Inc.

Marcy Roy

1028 S. 50th St.

Tampa, FL 33619


Staybridge Suites Tampa Sabal Park

Melissa Browne

3624 N. Falkenburg Rd.

Tampa, FL 33619


The Bricks

Brian Schaefer

1327 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor Supermarket Inc.

Yaser Alhamdan

1618 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow  members.

Upcoming Conventions
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 3,250


July 31-August 6
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 1,500

Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


Things have been rocking along quite well in ole Ybor. The Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Winner has been selected - the Eugene C. Iavarone Family, owners of the iconic Carmine's Restaurant on 7th Avenue. Please save the date - Saturday, September 15th to attend our 47th Gala!


We had an excellent summer edition of the Ybor Expo last week, with one of the most diverse groups of exhibitors we have ever had. The exhibits were sold-out and advertisements in the Tampa Bay Business Journal brought in guests from around the Bay area including Chamber Execs from Seminole and Temple Terrace (they liked the table-top luncheon format).


The August Luncheon should be very special. Not only do we present the Dr. Lois Gaston Scholarship to Hillsborough Community College, but we also present the Chamber's Golf Tournament Traveling Trophy to this year's winning team from De La Grana, Boardman and Bessone.


On the family front, our youngest was in-town from Houston a couple of weeks ago. With a new baby in the family, that makes three grandchildren, we decided to rent a condo in Ybor for the week. This turned-out to be a real stroke of luck, because T.S. Debby brought the Hillsborough River right into "River House" for three days (just an inch or two). I had the opportunity take Maggie to the Ybor City Museum Society's Legacy Awards and take my son-in-law, Dave, out for a beer at Bad Monkey's "friends & family night." Of course, the kids all wanted to have lunch at Acropolis Tavena with Daideo.


Fortunately, things are back to normal - after the afternoon rains clear, the view of downtown has been spectacular with the sun gleaming off the glass towers. Over the weekend, we even had a double rainbow.


Ciao, Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings

August 14- Ybor City Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- Join the chamber for an informative luncheon with guest speaker Michael Brown, Senior Group Vice President of the Tampa YMCA. The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Dr. Lois Gaston Motion Media Scholarship, and the Ybor Chamber Golf Tournament winner's traveling trophy.  For luncheon reservations contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x 22.  

September 11- Ybor City Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- Come out to the September luncheon to meet Tampa Bay & Company's new President & CEO, Kelly Miller. Learn more about their new branding project and what is on the horizon. For luncheon reservations contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x22.  
Eugene C. Iavarone Family  
To Receive Ybor City Chamber's Prestigious Gonzmart Award

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 47th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 15th starting at 6:30PM.  The event features a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and dancing along with the presentation of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award.  The event can be attended by everyone including members and friends.  

Participate in the festivities by 

by buying a ticket to the event by calling Anna Ramos, Event Coordinator at 813.248.3712 x22.

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Summer Expo Well Attended -
Thanks To Diversity Of Exhibitors

Lowry Park was on hand to share the benefits of using their facilities to host special events! 

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.

July 28- The Art of Eastern Cuba At Union De Marti Maceo, Sat. 7pm- 11PM- The US national tour of contemporary paintings from eastern Cuba will be the highlight of this gallery. Attendees will enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and live jazz by the Freddie Montes Trio. For tickets call 813.377.6161

August 2- Bush: The Sea Of Memories Tour, Thurs. 7PM- Eternal alt rockers Bush will be performing at the Ritz Ybor on their national tour promoting their new album.  Join Gavin Rossdale and the band, and reminisce with the soundtrack of your high school years. 813.247.2555

August 4- Casino Night Fundraiser At The Italian Club, Sat. 6PM- 10:30PM- Help the Italian Club raise a few dollars for the upkeep of the Italian Club Cemetry with a night of fun including dinner, gaming and raffles! You will either find me at the roulette table betting on black or at the Black Jack table saying, "Hit me!" 813.248.3316

Calling All Cooks- The Ybor City Saturday Market is looking for local cooks for their next competition at the Festival del Sabor on Saturday, September 15th. Email ybormarket@yahoo.com or call 813.241.2442 for more information, and remember when visiting the market during the summer that they are on their summer schedule.

Get Social at the Italian Club- The Italian Club is adding to their schedule of events.  On top of their traditional Friday Night Happy Hour, they are now holding a men's social every third Wednesday of the month.  Get your boys together for a night out and meet them at the Italian Club! 813.248.3316