Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce grads are geared to lead
They might have a few more candles on their cakes than scads of teens taking the stage this month at high school commencement ceremonies, but this group of grads is equally ready to take on the world, at least on a local level. Twenty graduates of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce 2010 Leadership Brandon Class were lauded May 13 at Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association. WFLA "Daytime" talk show co-host Cyndi Edwards, the ceremony's keynote speaker, told the group it's never too late to learn leadership skills that can last a lifetime. The program is based on a series of seminars, tours and interactive presentations that promote community awareness and leadership skills.Graduates of this year's class are Desh Bagley, TechPlayzone; Shearon Bailey, Teacher's Helper; Bernadette Casey, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce; Lynea D'Angelo, LLT Academy; Mike DeLoney, Spectra Contract Flooring; Marilyn Gauthier, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority; Karen Gerardi, Bank of Tampa; Chelsea Goff, Fortis Institute; Jessica Leigh, community volunteer; Gay Lynn Love, Love's Tire & Service Center; Hank Mart, New York Life Insurance; Chris Martin, Survtech Solutions, Inc.; Scott Michie, ArchiTech; Tarik Sharrieff, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office; Brian Smith, 91st Air Refueling Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base; George Sorensen, Brandon Family YMCA; Melissa Sosa, Sosa Law Office; Meredith Tucker, Wachovia Bank; Rob Wolfenden, Beef O'Brady's, Best Western, American Pie; and Cori Wortman, Zaxby's. For more information or to nominate prospective members for the Class of 2011, contact Crystal Colegrove at (813) 689-1221 or ccolegrove@brandon chamber.com. Nomination forms are also available online at www.brandonchamber.com. A model business RKD Construction, owned by Ron and Audrey Drummonds of Valrico, was one of 50 companies nationwide selected as Remodeling Magazine's Big 50. The annual list lauds entities that set exceptionally high standards for professionalism, integrity, business practices, craftsmanship and impact in their communities and the remodeling industry. The winners attended a May 14 gala dinner and conference in Alexandria, Va. The company, established in 1990, specializes in commercial remodeling. The Drummonds also received kudos in 2009 from Tampa Bay Business Journal and Qualified Remodeler Magazine, and were listed among Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 award winners. Sweet celebration Campbell's Dairyland celebrated its 25th anniversary April 24 with food and drink specials, prize giveaways and fun activities for kids. The shop, originally called Dairy Isle, opened in 1985 at 200 Parsons Ave. The local landmark closed in November 2002 after a fire, but was renovated to its original condition and reopened to much fanfare in 2004. Co-owner Jill Paules said prices of its locally famous chili dogs and ice cream sundaes were rolled back for the day to thank loyal patrons for their support over the years. Together we can John Morgan, Kenny Williams and Dan Romano recently opened Fitness Together, a personal training studio franchise, at 207 Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, at the southwest corner of John Moore Road. The studio offers one-on-one customized training sessions in a private setting. A grand opening is set for Saturday. For information, call (813) 662-2348 or go to fitnesstogether.com/brandon-fl.
Reporter Laura Frazier can be reached at (813) 627-4767.