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May 2013  Mid Month Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, June 11th  
Chamber Luncheon  
Raul Alfonso, 
Chief Commercial Officer 
Tampa Port Authority 
Sponsored By 
11:45AM to 1:15PM  

Thursday, June 20th 
Ybor After Work 
(Location TBA)  
5:00PM to 7:00PM 

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A Special Welcome To New Members


Bay Area Legal Services

Phyllis Lubin

1302 N. 19th Street, Suite 400

Tampa, FL 33602


Direct Auto Parts of Tampa

Lynne McChristian

4318 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Hood Legal Search, LLC

Lynda Hood

1710 North 19th Street, Suite 216

Tampa, FL 33605


The Cigar Factory, Inc.

Kent Larson

202 S. 22nd St.

Tampa, FL 33605


The Merchant Depot

Jim Malnar

10227 Hunters Haven Blvd.

Riverview, FL 33578


Thank You To Renewing Members


Mercy DiMaio

Tampa, FL  


Allen Temple A.M.E. Church

Pastor David W. Green 

2101 N. Lowe St.

Tampa, FL 33605



Colleen Chappell

1600 E. 8th Ave., Ste. A-133

Tampa, FL 33605


Children's Board of Hillsborough County

1002 E. Palm Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Design Interiors Furniture Showrooms

Matt Cadrecha

2234 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Business Interiors

Kevin Baker

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite C-201

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC

Marc Hamburg

102 E Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33603


GJ Betancourt, CPA, PA

Will Betancourt

1335 W. Cass Street

Tampa, FL 33606


GTE Financial

John Trujillo

711 E. Henderson Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602



Carla Williams

1201 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


HCC Ybor Campus

Dr. Shawn Robinson

2112 North 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Ybor City

Michelle Cardamone

1700 E 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Kimmins Contracting Corp.

Debra Williams

1501 E. 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago

Selena Huesca-Mattner

P O Box 5037

Tampa, FL 33675


La Segunda Central Bakery

Copeland More

2512 North 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605 


Metro Wellness & Community Centers

Lorraine Langlois

1315 E. 7th Ave., Suite 201

Tampa, FL 33605


New York New York Pizza Bar & Grill

Ferit Mamudi

1512 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Sign Makers of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Bob Boettger

501 S Falkenburg Road, C-14

Tampa, FL 33619



David A. Kemper

2205 North 20th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Co.

Arturo Fuente, Jr.

1603 E 6th Ave

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa T-Shirts

Juan Davis

5112 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33610


Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority

Joseph Waggoner

1104 E. Twiggs St., Suite 300

Tampa, FL 33602


The Radiant Group

Joseph Capitano, Jr

1320 E. 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


TMD Windows and Doors

John Rosende

1607 n. 22ND sTREET

Tampa, FL 33605


West Palm Wines/The Tampa Wine Institute

James Sirna

2009 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Wilder Architecture

Larry Wilder

1517 7th Avenue, Suite C

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor House

Pat Torrence

2218 East 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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

June 9-16
Estimated Attendance: 4,400
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina   

June 16-21  
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina    

Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


 Hola -


Again, I offer a current "press release" in place of my regular "monthly missive." Below is the release for the annual installation of our new Chair and Board of Directors.  I would just like to add my thanks to Immediate Past-Chair Andrea Gonzmart for a job well-done and congratulate my friend Marc Hamburg on receiving the Chair's Award for his decade of service to the Ybor City Chamber.


Ybor City Chamber Installs New Board of Directors

 David Alvarez sworn-in as 75th Chair of the Board


The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce installed its new Board of Directors today, Tuesday, May 14th, 11:45 AM at its Annual Installation Luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant.  David Alvarez was sworn-in by his father Leo Alvarez.  David is a Financial Center Manager for BB&T Bank and is the Multicultural Liaison for the Region.  David Alvarez has served on the Chamber's Board of Directors and on its Executive Board as both Vice Chair of Events and Chair-elect.

"I am excited to lead the Ybor City Chamber during these challenging times," said David Alvarez, new Chair of the Ybor Chamber.  "My family's roots run deep in Ybor City.  My great uncle owned and operated a popular restaurant on 15th Street and my great grandparents rolled cigars at what is known today as the Cuesta Ray Factory."


He will be joined on the Executive Board by Chair-Elect John Trujillo, GTE Financial; Vice-Chair Membership Richard Chad, Highland Properties; Vice-Chair Events David Kemper, Stantec; Vice-Chair Marketing Shari Middleton, USAmeriBank; Treasurer Larry Wilder, Wilder Architects; Secretary Ken SoulÚ, Verizon; and Immediate Past-Chair Andrea Gonzmart, Columbia Restaurant Group.


"David brings a unique blend of youthful creativity and seasoned experience to the Chamber's Board," said Tom Keating, Chamber President & CEO.  "He is a talented young leader with broad experience in the financial services industry and in-depth understanding of Ybor's business community."


New Board Members include: Copeland More, La Segunda Central Bakery; AJ Grimaldi, Grimaldi Insurance; and Tom DeGeorge, Crowbar. Elected for new 3-year terms are:  Kevin Baker, Florida Business Interiors; Will Betancourt, G.J. Betancourt, CPA, PA; JoAnn Cornelius, Tampa Digital; and Andrea White, Bright House Networks.  The mission of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is to preserve and promote Ybor City - Tampa's National Historic Landmark District.  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce has been Ybor City's champion for 83 years.


Ciao- Tom Keating



(Left) Tom Keating recognizes Andrea Gonzmart for her service as Chair of the Board.  (Right) New Chair David Alvarez lays out his vision for the upcoming year.  
Chamber Happenings
June 11- Monthly Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-
Join us Tuesday, June 11th for our next membership luncheon.  The speaker for the June luncheon will be Raul Alfonso, Chief Commercial Officer for the Tampa Port Authority.  This will be a much anticipated luncheon that will highlight the changes that have happened at the Port of Tampa over the last few months.  The Luncheon is sponsored by Stantec.  To make your reservation call Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or go on-line when you receive your luncheon notices.

July 9- Business Expo: Ybor @ Work, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM- Sponsors and exhibitors signup now for the Chamber's upcoming Expo- reserve your spot now before they disappear! 813.248.3712 x22    

Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Ybor City is a work, live and play community and thanks to the Ybor City Supermarket, you can pick up most of what you need for all three. Owners Yaser and Faten Alhamdan do a great job of keeping the Supermarket stocked with a mix of fresh fruits, milk, eggs, bread, chips and drinks of all kinds, including beer and wine. In addition to food and drinks, the Supermarket is a one-stop shop, with such items as beauty and medical supplies, household and auto products, newspapers and magazines, cell phone accessories, as well as souvenirs and Ybor memorabilia.


Yaser and Faten are regular advertisers in the Chamber's annual Ybor Walking Map & Guide and have been members since they opened in Ybor. We regularly visit the Supermarket when we need ice or drinks for a Chamber event such as Fiesta Day.


The Ybor City Supermarket is located on 7th Avenue, right in the middle of the district. Open 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 1:00 am on weekdays and to 3:00 am on weekends, stop by sometime and say hi to Yaser and Faten and thank them for being in Ybor.

- Michele Keating


Yaser and Faten Alhamdan

Ybor City Supermarket

1618 E. 7thAvenue
Tampa, FL 33605


Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.  

Now thru May 19- Stageworks Presents John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men- Here is your chance to see a classic American masterpiece - a tale of friendship, loyalty, love, hope and survival set during the Great Depression in the dust bowl Midwest.813.251.8984

Now thru June 20- Ink Link Presented By The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery of Hillsborough Community College- Visit and exhibition that focuses traditional prints and their effects on localism, globalism and hybridism as they form perspectives on identity. 813.253.7674

May 26- King Lincoln Featuring Duane Trucks With The Groves & Laurel Canyon, Sun. 8PM- Join Brokenmold Entertainment as they present a night of music at New World Brewery. 813.382.4015

May 31- Casino Night At Centro Asturiano, Fri. 6:30PM- 10:30PM- How does tapas, dessert, door prize drawings and casino games sound to you?!  Here is a chance to get in on a great evening of fun and games in an event that supports the growth and continued rejuvenation of Centro Asturiano. 813.229.2214

May 17- The Big Hair Ball At The Ritz Ybor, Fri. 7PM- 11:30PM- "Tease, Tease, Spray" is the catch phrase being used to blow up this party and your hair! This party has it all - costume contests, cocktails, ticket give-a-ways, cult classic movies, and tribute bands that will make you feel like you are back in High School! Classes of 1980 thru 1999, you have a "Class Reunion" coming up! 813.247.2555  

July 10- The Victor E. DiMaio Achievement Award Dinner- Join the Ybor City Lions Club as they celebrate the accomplishments of Richard Gonzmart at their annual awards dinner. For more information or to RSVP call 813.933.1869   

The Ybor City Saturday Market wants everyone to know that summer hours go into effect this weekend.  You can catch them Saturday's from 9AM until 1PM now thru September.

Join Buffalo Wild Wings and Moffitt Cancer Center during the month of May by purchasing a Moffitt Cancer Center wrist band. Take your wristband to participating BWW and receive 10% off your food bill now thru the end of the month.