The Business Report is pleased to announce The Top 50 Business Leaders of Tampa for 2022. The City of Tampa is the economic core of west central Florida and is structured on a diverse base including tourism, health care, finance, insurance, technology, construction, and maritime industry. Tampa is currently experiencing unprecedented growth in both development and population and in 2021 was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 3 fastest-growing metropolitan areas for entrepreneurs. This year’s awardees play a vital role within their community and in the state’s flourishing economy. They are doctors, philanthropists, community leaders, and job creators who lead in some of Tampa’s largest industries, however, their genuine motivation and sincere commitment are what stand out the most.
Among this year’s awardees are Brett Morgan, CEO of the Morgan Auto Group, an automotive empire that includes 56 dealerships representing 30 brands. Awardee Dr. Michael Diaz, President and Managing Physician of the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, provides medical care to underserved populations and has participated in numerous medical missions to Kingston, Jamaica as part of his philanthropic commitment. Also awarded is Ted Abrams, President and CEO of Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Co., the largest specialty coffee roaster in the Southeast and the official specialty coffee provider of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, and Disney Vacation Club.
We applaud these individuals for their commitment to the community and organizations they serve. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Business Leaders of Tampa for 2022.
1. Lou Plasencia
CEO, The Plasencia Group
Lou Plasencia is the CEO of The Plasencia Group, which took shape to provide hotel and resort owners investment advisory services at a personal level. Founded in 1993, The Plasencia Group is a national hospitality sales, investment consulting and advisory firm which provides a full range of value-added solutions to life insurance companies, banks and pension funds, and private owners of hotels and resorts throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. TPG’s services include portfolio and individual asset strategy, hotel sales, asset management, hotel valuation, contract compliance, debt and equity placement, development services, and financial and strategic planning.
As the firm’s Chairman and CEO, Plasencia is responsible for business development activities and the oversight of all acquisitions, dispositions, and consulting engagements. He began his career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation over thirty years ago. After his departure from Hyatt, Plasencia spent a number of years in hospitality investment sales with a major national commercial real estate firm. As an undergrad at Loyola University in New Orleans, he studied psychology and broadcast media before going on to get his Master’s in Education from Indiana University.
2. Brett Morgan
CEO, Morgan Auto Group
Brett Morgan began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is the CEO of Morgan Auto Group, one of the fastest growing independent dealership groups in the United States. In 2005, Morgan and his father purchased Toyota of Tampa Bay which began their initial ascent to what would eventually grow into an automotive empire. Today, the group owns 56 dealerships representing 30 brands. Automotive News Magazine ranked the group at No. 24 on the top 150 U.S. dealership groups in 2019 and ranked them No. 20 on the Top 100 U.S. Used Retailers list.
Morgan first got his start in 2001 as an executive producer at Clear Channel Communications Richmond. Since, he has worked at almost every level of the automotive dealer business world from a general service technician to supervisory roles. Morgan’s experience across various platforms and brands has provided him with a great working understanding of industry best practices and helped to form his vision of where his retail business can go. He graduated from the University of Richmond with an undergraduate degree in business administration and also completed the NADA Dealer Academy program in 2009. In 2013 Morgan founded an internal Social Media division inside of MAG known as “whitehat three60” and received Automotive News “40 under 40” designation. In 2015 he served as the President of the Tampa Bay Area New Auto Dealers Association and was also active in the Pinellas County Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
3. Andrew Messick
CEO, IRONMAN Group
Andrew Messick is the CEO of IRONMAN Group. He first joined the company in 2011. The IRONMAN Group has grown to operate a global endurance sport portfolio with more than 230 triathlons, road running, trail running, cycling and mountain biking events across 57 countries, with one million participants each year. Their events are not just races toward finish lines; they are platforms for individuals to test the limits of human potential and realize greatness. Their events capture the imagination of athletes and fans and partners around the world, inspiring change in the lives of every person they reach.
Messick previously served as Senior Vice President, International at the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2000-2007. Andrew joined the NBA from Sara Lee Corporation, where he held a range of business development, marketing, and general management positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Prior to Sara Lee Corporation, Andrew worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Chicago and Amsterdam. He earned dual BA's in Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Andrew is an experienced road cyclist, mountain biker, and marathoner. He is also a three-time IRONMAN finisher who also qualified for, and raced in, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
4. David Osterweil
Founder & CEO, Fitlife Foods
David Osterweil is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fitlife Foods, the Southeast’s leading fresh prepared meals retail and delivery company with millions of meals served annually. In 2011, Tampa native Osterweil launched Fitlife Foods, which is a combination of a restaurant and mail-order service that produces around 65 different breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options that can be purchased at a Fitlife retail location or delivered to homes. The vision at Fitlife is to provide customers with insanely flavorful, yet balanced meals and snacks to help them do more with their lives. Meals include being gluten-free, low-carb, vegetarian, and paleo. They have 12 locations and offer concierge-style home delivery throughout Florida and Atlanta with plans to continue growth through a number of innovative channels.
Osterweil has 23 years of experience and began his career in 1999. Prior to founding Fitlife Foods, Osterweil was a director of product marketing, development, and innovation at Carrabba's Italian Grill and before that a director of business development at Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with eTour.com (Ask.com) as a marketing manager. He graduated from American University - Kogod School of Business with an MBA in finance and marketing and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in management and marketing.
5. Ted Abrams
President a& CEO, Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company
Ted Abrams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Joffrey's Coffee and Tea Company, a Tampa-based roaster of coffees and teas and the official specialty coffee provider of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, and Disney Vacation Club. Joffrey’s is also now the largest specialty coffee roaster in the Southeast. It was with Ted’s vision for the success of Joffrey’s that resulted in expanding its offerings into other segments of the food and beverage industry which now includes key strategic partnerships with Aramark, Canteen, COSTCO, PDQ and the US Military.
Abrams’ 30-year career path has included leadership roles in finance and operation across various business industries. His financial experience includes working for companies such as Coopers & Lybrand, Southeast Financial Services, and the Royal Bank of Canada. He gained his operational experiences from consulting for organizations such as Waste Tire Management and National Linen Service. Abrams graduated from Emory University - Goizueta Business School with an MBA in finance and from Albright College with an undergraduate degree in accounting. Abrams is a proud supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and currently sits on the board for the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Chapter.
6. Nick Friedman
Co-Founder & Owner, College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving
Nick Friedman began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is the Co-Founder and Owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a multi- million-dollar nationwide franchise that provides stress-free junk removal, donation pickups, prorated labor, and full service moving for professionals in any industry. Professional, courteous and uniformed collegiate teams will come to offices, homes, and even to clients' property or job site, and provide a comprehensive solution tailored to any situation.
Friedman is also an author, a TV personality who has appeared on multiple TV shows, a world-class public speaker, and a co-executive producer of the documentary, "Beware of Mr. Baker." Friedman graduated from Pomona College with an undergraduate degree in economics and Spanish. Friedman is a board member of the Entrepreneur's Organization (EO) and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is also a founding member of the Youth Entrepreneur Council. In 2015, Friedman joined the Florida chapter of YPO and also partnered with a national non-profit organization named 'Feeding Children Everywhere'.
7. Kevin Byrne
Owner, Impact Realty Tampa Bay
Kevin Byrne began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is the Owner of Impact Realty Tampa Bay, a brokerage that focuses on training, technology, and leads, all while giving agents 100% commission. In addition, a portion of every closing is donated to various causes which directly impacts the Tampa Bay community.
Byrne first got his start in 2001 as a manager at Deloitte and Touche. From there, he founded Align Right Realty South, his most recent venture prior to founding Impact Realty Tampa Bay. Byrne graduated from the University of Florida - Warrington College of Business with a master's in accounting.
8. Paul Avery
CEO & President, World of Beer Franchising
Paul Avery is the Chief Executive Officer and President of World of Beer Franchising, a growing national brand serving craft beer, tavern fare, live music and good times with friends. More than a bar, the World of Beer offers over 500 different bottled beers from around the world and an ever-changing rotation of draft beers from dedicated taps. The World of Beer caters to a broad spectrum of patrons, including local professionals and neighborhood residents, fans of beer, and discerning beer aficionados. The original location, in the suburban-Tampa neighborhood of Westchase, opened in 2007 and welcomes over 89,000 patron visits per year.
Avery has 33 years of experience and began his career in 1989. Before joining World of Beer Franchising, Avery was a COO at Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Avery graduated from Kean University with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank-Tampa Bay, Health Innovations Insurance, and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). He is a trustee for Paul Smith’s College, NY.
9. Roy W. Sanders, M.D.
President, Florida Orthopedic Institute
Dr. Roy Sanders is the President of Florida Orthopedic Institute. He first joined the company in 1989. Florida Orthopedic Institute brings highly skilled and subspecialty trained orthopedic care to Tampa Bay and the surrounding area. Dr. Sanders specializes in acute trauma and posttraumatic reconstruction, as well as Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is the President of Florida Orthopedic Institute, a group he helped found, and the Director of the Orthopedic Trauma Service. He is currently the Chairman of USF’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Sanders has authored over 100 articles and abstracts and published several textbooks on orthopedic trauma, and is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma, which is the leading international journal in the field.
Dr. Sanders attended medical school at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and performed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, also in New York City, graduating in 1985. He also earned an undergraduate degree in trauma from Vanderbilt University.
10. Mark King
Franchise Owner, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Mark King is a franchise Owner of Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, which has been named one of the top 10 most credit-worthy franchises and consistently ranks as one of the best business investments in the US. Hand and Stone is a 500-plus unit Massage and Facial Spa with a mission to bring affordable massage and facial services to the masses, tapping into the ‘day-cation' market segment.
King began his career in 1979 and has 43 years of experience. Prior to opening Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, King worked in a wide variety of industries, a number of them in manufacturing, to others in banking, healthcare, nonprofit, boat sales and service, military contracting, and one in the performing arts. Performing as either a CFO or Senior Audit Manager for these companies. In addition, King is an experienced senior financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in finance, administration, and operations in private industry and in the field of public accounting for KPMG Peat Marwick. King graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
11. David Christel
President, Warehouse Lending, Northpointe Bank
David Christel is the President of Warehouse Lending at Northpointe Bank, one of the top-rated commercial banks in the country. The bank’s success has led them to expand their organization in many facets of financial services, such as traditional retail deposits, nationwide mortgage purchasing programs, and community bank fulfillment services.
Christel has 34 years of experience. He began his career in 1988. Prior to joining Northpointe Bank, Christel was president at NattyMac and before that a VP of regional manager at First Collateral Services, Inc. (CitiGroup). Earlier in his career he worked with HSBC as a VP. Christel graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Management, The State University of New York.
12. Dan Harlacher
Owner, Valpak of Tampa Bay
Dan Harlacher is the Owner of Valpak of Tampa Bay, a full-service agency offering advertising and marketing solutions with products such as: Targeted direct mail via the blue Valpak Envelope, Valpak Digital Network, Valpak Digital Envelope (push email) and a variety of customized resident and B2B Solo mail offerings.
Harlacher has 34 years of experience. He began his career in 1988. Before taking over Valpak of Tampa Bay, Harlacher was a VP of network sales at Cox Target Media and before that a VP of Sales - Southern Region at ADVO.
13. Michael Diaz
President & Managing Physician, Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute
Dr. Michael Diaz joined Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) in 2011 and is currently President and Managing Physician for the statewide practice. Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. Dr. Diaz serves on the FCS Executive Board and as Director of Patient Advocacy for the practice. As a hematologist and oncologist, Dr. Diaz has a deep interest in treating breast, lung, colorectal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, skin and blood and bone marrow malignancies.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Diaz provides leadership for a number of organizations, including serving as a current member and Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Board of Directors, which offers non-medical financial assistance to qualified cancer patients in Florida. As a part of his philanthropic commitment, Dr. Diaz is dedicated to providing medical care to populations who are underserved and has participated in numerous medical missions to Kingston, Jamaica. Diaz earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky.
14. Joseph Redner
Founder & CEO, Cigar City Brewing
Joseph Redner is the Founder and CEO of Cigar City Brewing. Founded in 2007, Cigar City Brewing’s ales and lagers bring to mind the sun and citrus for which Florida is known, while taking cues from the cigar industry upon which Tampa was built. Behind all of Cigar City Brewing’s liquid is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion. Cigar City Brewing is dedicated to serving and delivering the highest quality ales and lagers possible.
Redner has 15 years of experience. He graduated from the University of Tampa with an undergraduate degree in English and creative writing. He has earned several awards and honors such as Entrepreneur of the Year issued by the USF Alumni Association, and was ranked #11 of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies issued by Tampa Bay Business Journal.
15. Ivan Montoya
Owner, Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting
Ivan Montoya is the Owner of Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting. They strive to be a partner of choice creating win-win relationships with their suppliers and stakeholders. They strive to be competitive, fully understanding current market conditions, quality requirements, and the skill and capacity requirements of its client. Their success is evidenced in that they have become a fabricator of choice for many of their clients. It is also evidenced by their quality fabrications that are recognized by industrial and commercial and institutional industry sectors across Western Canada. Montoya has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.
Montoya graduated from the University of Tampa - John H. Sykes College of Business with an MBA and from Jacksonville University with an undergraduate degree in computer information systems.
16. Dale Cooper
Owner, Kona Ice Tampa
Dale Cooper began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is the owner of Kona Ice Tampa, a family-owned business that was started by Cooper and his wife in June 2009. Kona Ice is marketed as a better alternative to the creepy ice cream truck, focusing on serving delicious shaved ice that attracts kids and adults alike with its colorful and eye-catching truck. Kona Ice brings with it a really fun atmosphere complete with the steel drum music of the islands, and unique and delicious flavors that keep Kona Ice devotees coming back for more. Giving back to the communities they serve is also a huge component of Kona Ice. The Cooper’s regularly participate and offer their services to local organizations to assist in their fundraising, by donating part of their proceeds to the organization if they work at the event. Cooper graduated from Franklin University.
17. Bob Hough
Broker & President, Sunbelt Business Brokers of Clearwater St. Petersburg
Bob Hough has been a business broker and Sunbelt office owner for over 23 Years. The firm handles general businesses including healthcare industries, medical billing companies, marine/fishing/sports, wholesale, retail and professional practices. Currently, Hough specializes in the healthcare industry. Hough’s firm is a member of the Sunbelt Network, which is the world's largest business broker network with approximately 250 licensed offices located throughout the world, as well as a member of the International Business Brokers Association and the Business Brokers of Florida Association.
He holds a BA degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and in addition to owning several small businesses, has held corporate positions for the Pullman Railroad car company, John Deere and the Hertz Corporation.
18. Jason Reed
Chief Executive Officer, ReedTMS Logistics
Jason Reed began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer of ReedTMS Logistics, an asset-based third-party logistics provider comprising Reed Transport Services, Inc. and TMS Logistics, Inc. Reed Transport provides brokerage and freight management services throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Their family-owned and operated business maintain the highest level of communication possible.
Reed joined the company with his father and founder in 1997 as the company’s first full-time employee. After working in all aspects of the business including operations, sales, pricing, and management, he became CEO of Reed Transport Services in 2005 overseeing strategic development. With the support of a dedicated group of employees, Reed led the growth of the businesses from $10 million to over $300 million in sales. Reed graduated from the University of Tampa with an undergraduate degree in marketing.
19. Robert Glaser
President, Smith & Associates Real Estate
Robert Glaser is the President of Smith & Associates Real Estate, the largest and most successful locally owned real estate brokerage in Tampa Bay since 1969. Glaser is not only the broker of record at Smith & Associates Real Estate, but an entrepreneur, and real estate investor who believes in the Tampa Bay Community. He has shown this through his years of service to a number of non-profit causes, as well as his passion to see the health of the real estate markets grow and develop.
Glaser has 43 years of experience. He began his career with Smith & Associates in 1979 as CEO and rose in 1985 to his current position as President. Glaser graduated from Alfred State College - SUNY College of Technology with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
20. Dennis Gallagher
President & Owner, Dominion Payroll Services of Florida
Dennis Gallagher is the President and Owner of Dominion Payroll Services of Florida, a leader in payroll and human resource solutions for clients nationwide. He first joined the company in 2010. Dominion’s cloud-based human capital management solution integrates payroll, time and attendance, benefits administration, and HR into one easily manageable system.
Previously, Gallagher was a senior manager of IT at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and before that a senior IT program manager at Capital One Financial Services. Gallagher earned an MS from the University of Virginia, an undergraduate degree in computer science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Radford University.
21. Darcie Duncan
Owner & Broker, Duncan Real Estate
Darcie Duncan is the Owner and Broker of Duncan Real Estate, a brokerage that specializes in residential real estate, commercial real estate, property management, and vacation rental management. She founded and opened Duncan Real Estate in 2001 after 11 years as a sales associate and broker associate with another island firm. What began as a one-person shop in a one-room office became a powerful team of sales associates, property managers, and a support team. The team at Duncan Real Estate possesses an unparalleled understanding of the Florida Gulf Coast culture, its history, growth and development. Duncan has assembled long lasting relationships with local attorneys, lenders and title companies in her 28+ years as a real estate agent.
Duncan is big on community involvement, giving back, and building relationships, which is why she believes her business profits from a strong referral base. She maintains a hand in several local charities by donating time and resources to the PACE Center for Girls, the Women’s Resource Center and the Anna Maria Island Community Center, among others.
22. Troy Manthey
President & CEO, Yacht StarShip
Troy Manthey began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is the President and CEO of Yacht StarShip. Manthey took the helm of the 180-foot, $8-million luxury dining vessel, Yacht Starship, shortly after its construction in 2000 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Manthey visited Tampa in January 2001 when Yacht StarShip was chartered for the world-class annual Gasparilla Invasion/Celebration for Super Bowl weekend. Shortly afterward, he permanently relocated the company to Tampa Bay’s vibrant Channelside entertainment district, now Sparkman Wharf, in Downtown Tampa. In 2007, Yacht Starship opened its 2nd location in Clearwater Beach with the Yacht Starship II and has subsequently added Yacht Starship III and Yacht Starship IV. In 2009 Manthey became the sole owner of Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC, which employs 145 people.
Manthey is a Leadership Tampa graduate who also serves on the Board of Directors for Visit Tampa Bay, Friends of the Riverwalk, Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association, S.S. American Victory Museum Ship, Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Pinellas Chapter. He is also the founder of the Tampa Attractions Association. Manthey holds a Captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard as Master (inland) and 1st Class Pilot – Any Gross Ton. Manthey is also a 5th generation Passenger Vessel Operator and Captain.
23. Aliesa Gilstrap
President, Clear Channel Outdoor
Aliesa Gilstrap began her professional career 28 years ago. Today, she is the President of Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the world's largest OOH companies, empowering advertisers to reach consumers where they drive, walk or fly. Clear Channel Outdoor is at the forefront of driving innovation in the out-of-home advertising industry and connects advertisers with millions of consumers every month across more than 500,000 print and digital displays in 26 countries.
Gilstrap first started her career at Clear Channel Outdoor in 1994 as a sales manager. Prior to her recent position as President, she was vice president of sales operations. Gilstrap graduated from the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in journalism.
24. Richard Winning
President, Derby Lane
Richard Winning began his professional career 47 years ago. Today, he is the President and Chairman of the Board of Derby Lane, the oldest continuously operating Greyhound track in the United States. Despite the fact that Floridians voted to close the tracks a couple of years ago, after nearly a century of racing, Derby Lane has adapted and still provides simulcast wagering, and poker services. Winning is unsure what will happen to the large area of real estate where the track now stands. Some suggest tearing down the track and grandstands to convert them into a bigger, better stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. In the meantime, the track is reaping some profit from its emptiness by renting out much of its parking lot to Amazon. Hundreds of the online giant’s delivery trucks park there overnight, and during the day the company uses part of the paved area to train new drivers.
25. Brad Ball
President, Roadmaster Drivers School
Brad Ball is the President of Roadmaster Drivers School. He first joined the company in 1997. Roadmaster Drivers School is a nationwide leading provider of Class A CDL training for companies of all types and sizes across America. The company offers cost effective, quality CDL training for future generations of safe professional drivers by focusing on delivering the best education while maintaining the highest standards for job placement. Roadmaster has gained a national reputation in the trucking industry as a leader in the quality training of entry-level commercial truck drivers. Currently, due to an abundance of people who are looking to obtain a commercial driver's license, the company is in the process of expanding their schools to accommodate the number of applicants with the expectation to have 27 schools by the end of 2022.
For the past 15 years Ball has been a board member (fundraising chair) for the Angels Against Abuse organization, which provides support, monetarily and through hands-on volunteer hours, to neglected and abused children who are removed from or are in danger of an abusive situation. Ball earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Florida State University - College of Business.
26. Tabitha Naylor
Tabitha Nayor began her professional career over 12 years ago. Today, she is the Owner of TabithaNaylor.com, a marketing firm that specializes in delivering high-quality services at an affordable rate to startups and small businesses. Naylor’s firm offers services such as blogging/article marketing, graphic design, PR, search engine optimization, social media marketing, website design/development and web copy.
Naylor first got her start in the industry in 2009 as an account executive at KMI Media Group. From there, she went on to pursue a position as an associate publisher at Tactical Defense Media, her most recent position prior to founding TabithaNaylor.com. Naylor graduated from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in political science and international business. She graduated with magna cum laude honors.
27. Rick Nellis
Owner, Jones Motor Group
Rick Nellis is the Owner of Jones Motor Group, one of the oldest and most trusted names in the trucking business and most common carrier in the United States. In an industry that few would dispute has had its share of fly-by-night operations, Jones Motor has earned a reputation as a stable and reliable company that provides quality service. Today, the company has grown into a group of companies called the Jones Motor Group with annual revenue over $100 million. The Group’s core company, however, is still Jones Motor, an exclusively owner-operator carrier with both flatbeds and vans. Previously, Nellis was an agent at Landstar.
28. Jason Accardi
President & CEO, Seven One Seven Parking Enterprises
Jason Accardi is the President and CEO of Seven One Seven Parking Enterprises. He first joined the company in 1990. 717 Parking Enterprises offers industry-leading valet parking, parking management, and shuttle services. 717 Parking Enterprises provides valet parking services for five-star hotels, resorts, restaurants, country clubs, sports and event venues, class A residential buildings, and much more. For over 21 years, 717 Parking Enterprises has provided professional services in its industry and continues to grow. Accardi graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree.
29. Gary Delia
President & CEO, Home Performance Alliance
Gary Delia is the President and CEO of Home Performance Alliance. Home Performance Alliance’s mission is to provide superior products and best-in-class service to every homeowner. With over 30 years of experience, Delia is an expert in the home improvement industry. As President and CEO of Florida based Home Performance Alliance, he is a business and community leader who takes tremendous pride in customer satisfaction and his legacy of coaching youth football.
Delia began his career in 1986. Before joining Home Performance Alliance, Delia was a president at Appleby Windows and Doors. Delia graduated from Moravian College with an undergraduate degree in English language and literature.
30. Eric Hart
President & CEO, Tampa Sports Authority
Eric Hart is the President and CEO of Tampa Sports Authority. He first joined the company in 2009. Tampa Sports Authority manages Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida Bulls, as well as several City of Tampa golf courses. The TSA also serves as the landlord for the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steinbrenner Field, home for the New York Yankees spring training facilities. It was created in 1964 by an enabling act of the Florida Legislature for the purpose of planning, developing, and operating a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities.
Previously, Hart was a president and CEO at Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority (LEPFA) and before that a director of event services at Minneapolis Convention Center. Earlier in his career he worked with Iowa State Center as a patron services manager. Hart earned an MS in business education and administrative services from Illinois State University and an undergraduate degree in finance from Illinois State University.
31. Shirin Kanji
President, Impact RTO Holdings
Shirin Kanji began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is the President of Impact RTO Holdings, created in 2015 as part of the launch of their retail division and new partnership with Rent-a-Center, the leading durable goods lease-to-own retailer in the country. Under Kanji’s leadership, Impact RTO has since grown to a 74-store network covering eight states across the southeast region. In addition to being recognized for excellence in operation and winning the coveted Eagle Award for Top Franchisee of the Year twice, Impact RTO has also received numerous other industry accolades for performance and contribution within the industry.
Kanji first got his start in 2002 as an equity trader at Triton Global. From there, he went on to KTR Capital Partners as an analyst of acquisition, his most recent position prior to joining Impact RTO Holdings. Kanji graduated from New York University with an MS in real estate finance and development, and from NYU Stern School of Business with an undergraduate degree in finance and political science. Kanji is a member of the YPO Southern Sands chapter and part of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. He also part of the NYU Alumni Advisory Board for the West Coast of Florida chapter and the NYU Alumni Mentor Network.
33. Angel Martinez
Owner, Ideal Image
Angel Martinez began her professional career 24 years ago. Today, she is the Owner of Ideal Image, which offers a full suite of FDA-cleared medical aesthetic and wellness treatments, all backed by a Lifetime Guarantee Membership. With an industry-leading national telehealth platform, consumers receive free virtual consultations seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm and treatments at any of its 150+ points-of-care clinics. Ideal Image’s team of 800+ Medical Professionals deliver real life-changing results, having performed more FDA-cleared aesthetic treatments than any provider in North America 20 million and counting. Ideal Image’s aesthetic services include laser hair removal, body sculpting, Botox and fillers, medical-grade skincare, and leading-edge skin rejuvenation services.
Martinez first got her start in 1998 as a production supervisor at HSN. Martinez graduated from York University with an undergraduate degree in communications.
34. Chris Laface
Chief Executive Officer, RIPA and Associates
Chris Laface is the Chief Executive Officer of RIPA and Associates, is a highly experienced and successful privately-owned construction company that provides civil and utility construction services. Their strength lies in their highly experienced, schedule-driven personnel. Their team is bolstered by professionals who have a successful track record of providing client satisfaction. They recognize that its leadership role in the industry is due to their team. For this reason, they will remain at the top of their industry for many years to come. Laface has 18 years of experience. He began his career in 2004.
Laface graduated from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in business management.
35. Steve Slowey
Founder, The Brass Tap Franchise
Steve Slowey is the Founder of The Brass Tap Franchise. Slowey has over 31 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has owned and operated 11 successful, profitable restaurants. He has a passion for developing and implementing operational systems and standards that produce tangible results. In 1992 Slowey purchased the rights to develop his first franchised restaurant and operated it for 20 years. In 2008, he co-founded The Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar concept and built 3 successful locations before selling the development rights to FSC Franchise Company. Slowey’s brand has since grown to over 35 locations nationwide. The Brass Tap locations offer over 150+ craft beers from around the globe in a neighborhood atmosphere that feels both relaxed and upscale.
Prior to founding The Brass Tap Franchise, Slowey was also a business partner at Franchise Frankness and before that a co-owner at 365 Hospitality Group.
36. John Coughlin
President & CEO, Linder Industrial Machinery Company
John Coughlin is the President and CEO of Linder Industrial Machinery Company. He first joined the company in 2003 as VP of product support. Established in 1953, Linder Industrial Machinery is recognized as one of the nation’s premier heavy equipment dealers. Linder, along with its’ dedicated team of employees, is committed to being a valued business partner to customers by offering quality new, used, and rental equipment across sixteen branch locations in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Coughlin earned an undergraduate degree in heavy equipment maintenance, technology, and technician from Alfred State College - SUNY College of Technology.
37. Robert Jackson
President, Vantage Point Title
Robert Jackson is the President of Vantage Point Title. He first joined the company in 2008. Vantage Point Title, Inc. is a nationwide title and escrow company where exceptional customer service is the driving force.Vantage Point Title is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with direct Licenses in 46 States. The company’s unique centralized process gives clients “one point of contact” and the ability to provide national coverage and manage their customer expectations. Since its foundation in 2008, the company has specialized in title insurance, escrow, compliance, signing services, REO, default services, commercial, lender / broker, purchase, realtor, title only.
Previously, Jackson was a VP of national sales at First American National Lenders Advantage.
38. Scott Larguier
CEO & Operating Partner, Dimmitt Automotive Group
Scott Larguier is the Chief Executive Officer and Operating Partner of Dimmitt Automotive Group, a retail company that offers new and pre-owned vehicle services. Larguier has 34 years of experience. He began his career in 1988.
Before joining Dimmitt Automotive Group, Larguier was a customer service manager at Carlisle Lincoln Mercury. He is a volunteer and currently sits on the board of directors for Shelton Quarles Impact Foundation. Larguier graduated from Louisiana State University with an undergraduate degree.
39. Andrew Young
Andrew Young began his professional career 35 years ago. Today, he is the CEO of ACF, a leader in supplying air compressor systems, tools, and services, standby and trailer mounted generators, compressed natural gas fueling stations and/or generator services. ACF was established in 1987 and is headquartered in Tampa with full-service branches in Jacksonville and Orlando and satellite offices throughout Florida. ACF is the only authorized warranty provider for Ingersoll Rand in the area and is Generac's Industrial Distributor in Northern and Center Florida.
Young began his career 1987 as an application engineer at Ingersoll Rand. He joined ACF in 1997 as President and in 2014 was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Young graduated from Drexel University with an undergraduate degree in commerce and engineering science.
40. Bill Byrne
President, Ajax Building Company
Bill Byrne is the President of Ajax Building Company. He first joined the company in 1993. Based in the southeastern US, Ajax Building Company is one of the fastest growing construction companies in the region. Founded in 1958, Ajax specializes in renovations and new construction for the educational, municipal, healthcare, and cultural sectors.
Previously, Byrne was a project manager at Brown and Root Building Company and before that a project manager at Enterprise Building Corp. Byrne earned an undergraduate degree in building construction from the University of Florida.
41. Joe Collier
President, Mainsail Lodging and Development
Joe Collier began his professional career 39 years ago. Today, he is the President of Mainsail Lodging and Development, a Tampa, Florida-based company that specializes in hotel, apartment and resort property management and development, marketing, and sales.
Mainsail prides itself in searching for unique lodging opportunities with a purpose.
A native Floridian, Collier received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management and Marketing from Florida State University and completed his internship in the European Hotel program in Leysin, Switzerland. He spent 15 years with Marriott International in sales, marketing and development before forming Mainsail in 1998. Collier is currently on the Board Of Directors at Visit Tampa Bay, and is also a board member of the Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council.
42. Yvonne Justo
President, Bay Stage Live
Yvonne Justo began her professional career 46 years ago. Today, she is the President of Bay Stage Live, a family business since 1957, specializing in live events and creative design. Bay Stage Live has and will always be a leading provider of entertainment technologies, known for its vast rental inventory. The company’s world-class staff of lighting designers, event producers, and production support will customize your experience one idea at a time.
Justo is the goddaughter of Sam Marino, the founding father of Bay Stage Live. She brings experience and unbridled passion to the business, with her positive energy and steadfast dedication. A lifelong dancer, Justo counts her time as dance instructor among her greatest memories. Her creativity lends inspiration to the exciting and unique lighting designs Bay Stage Live makes into a reality. Justo first got her start in 1976 as a Hillsborough County teacher at Bellamy Elementary School. She graduated from the University of South Florida with an undergraduate degree in elementary education and teaching.
43. Rick Roberts
Franchise Owner, Anytime Fitness
Rick Roberts is a Franchise Owner of Anytime Fitness, the healthiest franchise opportunity on the planet. As the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world, Anytime Fitness helps more than three million members in more than three thousand gyms around the globe get to a healthier place. Recently honored as the world’s “Top Global Franchise” by Entrepreneur magazine, Anytime Fitness offers entrepreneurs a convenient and affordable recurring-revenue business model. Franchisees enjoy the luxury of being their own boss and are given the resources and support to achieve a healthy work/life balance. Anytime Fitness is the perfect fit for entrepreneurs seeking the opportunity to run a business that has the potential to make a profound difference in people’s lives. Roberts earned an MS in computer science from the University of South Florida.
44. J. Arthur Turner, III
President, TAW, Inc.
J. Arthur Turner, III also known as “Bubba”, is the President of TAW, Inc., formerly Tampa Armature Works. The company was founded in 1921 by James Arthur Turner, and in 1988, “Bubba” Turner accepted the leadership role of the company. He has since successfully taken TAW into today’s complex corporate business climate. He has firmly established and maintained TAW as the largest, independent, and privately held industrial service business in the United States within the industry. From its base in Tampa, the company serves a phenomenal range of industries including paper mills, municipal wastewater treatment systems, rubber manufacturers, chemical companies, citrus processing plants, the mining industry, and utility operations. The company truly is a trusted partner for a myriad of facilities.
45. Joseph Mole
President, One Touch Direct
Joseph Mole is the President of One Touch Direct. He first joined the company in 2003. OneTouch Direct (OTD) is an international sales and marketing company providing direct marketing strategies and call center solutions in both the consumer and B2B segments. The company focuses on driving additional revenues for their clients while protecting the sanctity of their brand and positively impacting the customer experience.
Previously, Mole was a VP at Paradigm Direct and before that a VP at The Mosaic Group. Earlier in his career he worked with Regency Marketing as a general manager. Mole graduated from Kenmore East.
46. Gail Miska
President, Florida Medical Staffing
Gail Miska is the President of Florida Medical Staffing, one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies in the country, which fills nursing, allied healthcare and pharmacy vacancies through a network of 350,000 professionals and 50+ local branch locations nationwide. Part of the Cross Country Healthcare family since 2014, Cross-Country Medical Staffing Network has built solid relationships with many of the nation’s top hospitals and healthcare facilities and places highly qualified clinicians in both per diem assignments and local contracts. Cross Country Healthcare was co-founded in 1986 by CEO Kevin Clark. At the time, Kevin and his partners transformed the industry by introducing innovative marketing initiatives, cutting-edge technology, and a laser focus on delivering clinical excellence for healthcare professionals. With an entrepreneurial spirit leading the way and innovation driving the solutions delivered, Cross Country changed the industry and what healthcare professionals came to expect.
Miska has 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009. Miska graduated from Dyke College.
47. David Bair
President, West Region, Kforce
David Bair began his professional career 29 years ago. Today, he is the President of the West Region of Kforce. It's their mission to help their customers achieve success. That can only be accomplished through strong, lasting relationships. And because you tell them how to be better, they’ve earned the best reputation among their peers. They're honored to have top Glassdoor ratings, world-class Net Promoter Scores (NPS) from both clients and consultants, and top brand recognition among IT consultants. As a Best of Staffing® Award winner for the last 5 years, our 2,000 career experts take pride in matching talented professionals with our world-class clients. Your expertise is in demand. Kforce has relationships with companies that are on the cutting edge in their field and who need people like you.
Bair first got his start in 1993 as an area manager at Robert Half International. From there, he went on to Comsys as a managing director, his most recent position prior to joining Kforce. Bair graduated from Eastern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
48. Frank Galante
President & Corporate VP, Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. of Florida
Frank Galante is the President and Corporate Vice President of Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. of Florida. He first joined the company in 2005. Johnson Brothers is a national family-owned wine, spirits and beer distributor with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. Johnson Brothers have been providing exceptional service to their customers since 1953, representing the world's most famous brands in the beverage industry.
Previously, Galante was a director of global government sales at E and J Gallo Winery and before that a sales manager at Premier Beverage. Galante earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business.
49. Scott McNichols
President, McNichols Co.
Scott McNichols is the President of McNichols Co., a provider and fabricator of perforated and expanded metal, wire cloth and all types of grating and flooring to customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1952 and today operates in 22 locations in North America, including 17 service centers and five field offices.
McNichols was previously executive vice president and general manager. He joined the company in 1990. McNichols holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Tampa.
50. Greg Mesaros
CEO, Triadex Services
Greg Mesaros is the CEO and Chairman of Triadex Services. He first joined the company in 2002. Triadex Services offers direct mail advertising, as well as digital and data services for every industry. Founded in 2002, Triadex Services is one of the fastest growing, on-demand digital and print and mail distribution services in the U.S.
Previously, Mesaros was a managing director at Mesba United, LLC and before that a VP of marketing, sales, and service at GED Integrated Solutions. Earlier in his career he worked with Lexis/Nexis as a senior account manager. Mesaros earned an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University and an undergraduate degree in marketing from Bowling Green State University.