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January 2013 Newsletter
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A Special Welcome To New Members


The Write Type Design Studio

Matt Young

P.O. Box 7123

Tampa, FL 33673


Ybor City Wine Bar

Jayme Kosar

1600 E. 8th Avenue,

Suite D-102

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Jack Fernandez

Tampa, FL 33602


Maria Pasetti

Tampa, FL 33607


A.J. Arango, Inc.

Xandra Alberdi

1516 E 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Clear Channel Outdoor

Alexis Sotolongo

5555 Ulmerton Rd.

Clearwater, FL 33760



Tom DeGeorge

1812 North 17th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Fifth Third Bank

Jose Cayon

2001 Adamo Drive

Tampa, FL 33605


Roche Surety, Inc.

Missy Martin

1910 Orient Road

Tampa, FL 33619


SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay

Wanda Antunez

1701 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Dawn Merritt

1101 W. Sligh Ave.

Tampa, FL 33604


The Fernandez Firm

Frank F. Fernandez, III

1922 East 4th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tito's Hot Dogs

Nora & Cesar Ramos

302 W. Emma Street

Tampa, FL 33603

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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Ybor City just hosted the Annual Outback Bowl Parade on New Year's Eve. In its 27th year, the Outback Bowl is a favorite of not only Tampa Bay, but also teams from the SEC and the Big Ten Conference. This year's teams, the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Michigan State Wolverines put on a great show, not only on the field, but in Ybor City as well. Their fans were enthusiastic and arrived in great numbers and partied hardy in our Historic District.


The parade was one of the best that Tom and I have seen in years, with great weather and even better fans. Not your typical Ybor parade, the Outback Bowl featured high school bands from around the country, as well as each Outback Bowl college band. There were even several Krewe's this year handing out beads. You can't have a parade in Ybor without beads.


The Chamber's buddy at the Outback Bowl, Director of Sales, Jerry Kulig, keeps us up-to-date on everything Outback all year long. Tom, Tom and I have spent many a December 30th, putting up Outback Bowl sponsor banners on balconies throughout 7th Avenue. Such dedication!


- Michele Keating


Jerry Kulig, Director of Sales

Outback Bowl 

4211 W. Boy Scout Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607




Upcoming Conventions 

January 8-13
Florida Music Educators Association Annual Convention
Estimated Attendance: 6500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

January 14-29
Estimated Attendance: 1700
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Message From The Chair 

ˇHola Ybor!


Happy New Year! There is something about a new year that can be invigorating, right? A new year gives us the opportunity to wash out the old and bring in the new. It marks the start of a new beginning filled with new goals, and of course, New Year's resolutions. Usually my resolutions are filled with both personal and business goals, probably much like everyone else. The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce has very much become a part of both my business and personal life over the past few years, so it seems only natural for one of my resolutions to gravitate in that direction.


In 2013, I want to focus on being a Chamber that better serves our members and our community. So with that being said, one of my New Year's resolutions is to make it a point to get out and about in the district to visit our members. I want to hear from you personally how the Chamber, and its Board of Directors, can better serve you. I want to build upon the relationships that already exist and more importantly, I hope to build new, long-lasting ones. So if you see me wondering about the district or enjoying myself in one of the many fine establishments that lace our streets, by all means, stop by to say hello - I love seeing old, familiar faces and I love meeting new ones!


In addition to my more informal, "Ybor-esque" methods of collecting information, the Chamber is going to continue these efforts with a Membership survey that will gradually be sent out to our members. We cannot grow as a Chamber or as a community without your feedback, so please take the time to tell us what we are doing right and what we can do to better serve you!


I wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013 and I look forward to sharing the many good times that are yet to come in this New Year! Until next time...


ˇViva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart

Chamber Happenings

February 12- Business Expo: Ybor at Work, 11:30AM- 2PM-  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of our regular luncheon. It is a great way to roll out new products, services and initiatives as you kick off the new year!  Show attendees what "Ybor at Work" looks like by reserving your space with Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x 22.
February 23- The 66th Annual Fiesta Day, Sat. 11AM- 6PM- The chamber is gearing up to share Ybor's authentic culture with the bay area with a day filled with food, fun, and entertainment.  This free, family oriented "street festival" takes place on Ybor's famed 7th Avenue and draws an estimated 20,000 people annually! To reserve your vendor space please call Michele Keating at 813.248.3712 x25
New Year Kicks Off With
Wild Luncheon
Left to Right- Craig Pugh (Exec. Dir. & CEO of Lowry Park Zoo), Tom Keating (Pres. & CEO of the Ybor City Chamber) & Charles Pesano (Exec. Dir. of the Florida State Fair Authority)
Photo Courtesy of Frederick Communications & Consulting, LLC


Guest Luncheon Speaker Craig Pugh, Executive Director & CEO of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Animal Ambassador Manager, Melinda Mendolusky and Ambassador Trainer, Jessica Euliano (pictured) brought a few friends out to the luncheon including (clockwise from top left): Magoo (a Blue Hyacinth Macaw), Pierce (an African Crested Porcupine), Silvio (a southern vested tamandua with an 18-inch long tongue) and Chanel (an East African Crowned Crane.)   

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru January 30- Rocky Bridges- Mixed Media Assemblage- Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Art Gallery exhibits the works of Rocky Bridges.  Mr. Bridges works attempt to convey the evolving relationship between man and his surrounding environment. Catch the opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, January 17th from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. 813.253.7674 
January 12- Cigar City Magazine Presents The Mafia Tour, Sat. 5:30PM- Join author Scott M. Deitche, author of 5 books on the mob, will take you on a two hour walking tour highlighting some of Tampa's shady history. 813.358.3455

January 13- Pin Up Workshop, Sat. 1PM- The folks at Pin Up America want to teach you how to get in touch with your inner Bettie Page.  You will get the whole model treatment including make-up, basic hair styling and model mentoring. Keep in mind that Valentine's Day is right around the corner! 813.841.2192

February 9- Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Sat. 7PM- Parade season is about to kickoff.  Be sure to mark your calendars now for this year's Knight Parade.  The event's Honorary Grand Marshal will be Steve Wilkos, formerly of the Jerry Springer Show, host of the Steve Wilkos Show.  Join the WMOR talk show host as you catch beads during this annual Tampa tradition! 813.248.3088

Congratulations to Rafael Martinez Ybor on the addition of his Great Grandfather Vicente Martinez Ybor's bust to the Riverwalk's Historic Monument Trail.  It is a recognition well deserved!