Bemetra Simmons

Past Speakers

  • Photo of Bemetra Simmons

    February 21, 2022

    Bemetra Simmons

    Bemetra Simmons is the president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a coalition of regional business leaders working together to improve the personal and economic well-being of Tampa Bay residents.

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  • Photo of Darryl Shaw, Co-Founder & CEO, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital

    February 14, 2022

    Darryl Shaw, Co-Founder & CEO, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital

    Darryl is the Co-Founder and CEO of BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Hospital for Pets. Darryl has been CEO of business operations since he and his brother, Neil, opened their first veterinary hospital with three employees in Tampa in 1996 and has managed the growth to over 100 specialty veterinary hospitals throughout the United States.

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  • Photo of Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County Sheriff

    February 7, 2022

    Chad Chronister, Hillsborough County Sheriff

    A veteran law enforcement officer, Sheriff Chad Chronister has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the past 28 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy's 260th Session.

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  • Photo of Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

    January 31, 2022

    Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

    Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer was elected to his position in November 2012 and took office on January 8, 2013. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2020, and is now proudly serving his third term in office. His vision is to make Hillsborough County the best place in America to vote.

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  • Photo of Bob Miles, Executive in Residence, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    January 24, 2022

    Bob Miles, Executive in Residence, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Our Harbour Island neighbor, Bob Miles, is well known in Tampa for his creative leadership energy in many civic initiatives with the Economic Club and other organizations. Beyond Tampa, Miles is an acclaimed global subject matter expert regarding the values and practices which distinguish the iconic investor Warren Buffett and drive the historic success of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment firm.

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  • Photo of Don Barnes

    January 10, 2022

    Don Barnes

    Economic Club member Don Barnes manages day-to-day operations of the civic organization (Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla) which dedicates itself solely to enriching the vitality and imagination of greater Tampa through its highly successful annual calendar of Gasparilla festival events. In this tradition, each year the Krewe hosts the third largest parade in the US States and the largest children’s parade in the country, now more than 350,000 spectators.

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  • Photo of Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa

    December 20, 2021

    Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa

    Mayor Jane Castor is the 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa. Born and raised in Tampa, Jane has spent a lifetime in service to the community, first as a police officer, then as Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, and finally as the city’s 59th Mayor. She graduated from Chamberlain High School and attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship.

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  • Photo of Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit

    December 13, 2021

    Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit

    A lifelong resident of Tampa, Julianne M. Holt has continuously served as the Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit since she was first elected to office in January 1993. Prior to being elected, she represented citizens as a Special Court Appointed Public Defender from 1987-1992.Ms. Holt’s legal career began shortly after graduating from law school when she opened her private law practice in 1981. In addition to her duties as the Public Defender, Ms. Holt alsoserves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida.

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