June 3, 2020 | St. Petersburg, FL – Members of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce join our city and our nation in grieving the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the ongoing challenge of racism these events and many like these represent. We affirm the First Amendment right of Americans to peacefully assemble and protest this and other injustices against African Americans and people of color.  We affirm our focus on the fact that African Americans in the United States have suffered acts of injustice, systemic discrimination and bias for more than 400 years. We continue to see this played out in all sectors of society, and the passage of time alone has not and will not resolve these deep-rooted inequities.

As business leaders, we join and pledge to work together with leaders from our City, County, law enforcement, judicial system and neighboring communities to address racism and unequal opportunity in our business, jobs and housing sectors. We understand that our community is strengthened by its diversity. Diversity, equity and inclusion are one of the Chamber’s “Core Values,” and we are taking steps to understand and act on systemic injustice that blocks our ability to realize this vision.

Peaceful protests unfolding across our nation make it clear that we have much work to do in achieving our goals of a strong economy where all in our community prosper. The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce is committed to partnering with communities of color to make changes toward an inclusive economy.

To demonstrate this commitment, the Chamber will do the following:

  1. Listen and strive to understand the lived experiences of African Americans within our community related to economic advancement and social justice
  2. Educate ourselves deeply on the challenges and issues that impede our ability to build an equitable economy;
  3. Sponsor ongoing conferences, like the upcoming Equity Amid Crisis 2020, which is focused on building an equitable society;
  4. Bring together the community and our government to seek permanent solutions through change, including but not limited to meaningful community oversight of law enforcement.

As builders of St. Petersburg businesses and jobs, we know a stronger future is possible. We understand that ultimately it will be our actions that will make the greatest difference. We have hope, and we will utilize our collective resources and strength to secure this hope and a better future for all people in our community.

St. Pete Chamber Board Members Supporting This Statement

About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 1,300 member businesses and organizations. Continually identifying ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber represents perspectives of local business in St. Petersburg, providing and fostering leadership on important business and community issues. Information is available at stpete.com.

St. Pete Businesses Supporting This Statement

Al Karnavicius| President | Bayprint-Image360
Alsace Walentine | Co-owner | TOMBOLO BOOKS
Amanda Singleton | Managing Member | Singleton Legal PLLC
Amy Shore | Development and Marketing Director | R’Club Child Care, Inc.
Anne Pollack | Managing Member | Fletcher Fischer Pollack PL
Ashley Martin | Owner | Radiant Wellness Center
Ashley Sica | Owner | Green Bench Monthly
Ashley Martin | Owner | Radiant Wellness Center
Ava Mundy | Owner and Founder | Lagniappe Interiors
Bill Norman | President | EnviroLight and Disposal, Inc
Bill Tapp | Senior Managing Director | CBIZ & MHM
Bill Kent | President | George F. Young, Inc.
Bill O’Brien | Director Sales & Marketing | A Fresh Connection Catering, Cafe & Bakery
Brittany Maxey-Fisher | Patent Attorney/Managing Partner | Maxey-Fisher, PLLC
Brooks Wallington | Hughes & Wallington Investment Management
Cary Reich | Founder | Sound Branding Ideas
Casey Green | Business Development Supervisor | Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Chad Nuss | Chief Revenue Officer | InsideOut
Chelsea David | General Manager | Inn on the Beach
Cherrye Baker | Independent Insurance Agent | HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
Cheryl Harrison | Owner | Sunshine City Web Design
Cheryl Bonini Ellis | CEO | Ellis Business Enterprises LLC
Chris Steinocher | President & CEO | St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Chuck Egerter | CEO | Guardian Eagle
Connie Kone | St. Petersburg City Council
Cynthia Tran | CEO | Saigon Import Export and Distribution
Danielle Findley | Pres/CEO | Florida Print Solutions Inc.
David Harbeitner | CFP | Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services
David Belot | Owner | 9Round Fitness St Pete
David Fischer | Owner | ZaZoo’d
David Jezek | President/CEO | YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
David Vetter | Executive Vice President, CLO | Tech Data Corporation
Desireee Noisette | President | Mermosa Wines
Donna Poulos | President | American Fibertek
Dr. Celeste Thomas | Executive Director | James  B. Sanderlin Center Family Service Center, Inc.
Duncan McClellan | Owner | Duncan McClellan Gallery
Edward Siler | Area Coordinator | Troy University – Tampa Bay
Elizabeth Kelly | Owner | Your CBD Store North St. Pete
Gabriella Schmid | Studio Gelato
Gail Eggeman | Market Director | St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
Gayle Van Gils | CEO | Transform Your Culture
Glenda Sparrow | Owner, Coach | Glenda Sparrow Coaching & Consulting
Guy Burns | Managing Partner | Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP
Heather Bay | Owner | By The Bay Floral Design Studio, LLC
Heather Jackson
J.C. Pritchett | President | Legacy Week
Jacqueline Williams | Owner | Furnish Me Vintage
James Jackson | Sales Director -Southeast Region | KODEX Interactive
Jamie Marcario | Founder & Managing Attorney | Thrive Law, PA, The Business Firm for Female Founders
Jason Jensen | President | Wannemacher Jensen Architects, inc
Jennifer Lee | Owner | Paint Nail Bar St Petersburg
Jennifer Yeagley | CEO | St. Petersburg Free Clinic
Jennifer Powers | Owner | Viking Title, LLC
Jennifer Schultz | Owner | The Merchant – Purveuor of Local Goods
Jennifer Lee | Owner | Paint Nail Bar St Pete
Jerid Fox | Director of Production | American stage
Jim Donatelli | Market Executive | Regions
Jim Loveland
Jo Brower | Executive Director | Remember Honor Support, Inc.
Joan Patterson | Owner | GilDewey’s LLC
Joanne Braccio | Owner | Maid to Order Fl Inc
John Cissna | Owner | Computermail South Inc.
John Collins | Executive Director | St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Inc
Jose Martinez | President | Sartorial Inc
Joseph Lettelleir | President, CEO | Community Housing Alternatives of Florida
Joy Winheim | Executive Director | EPIC-Empath Partners in Care
Juli Steinocher | Owner | Mindbodylab
Julio Ramirez | SVP, Commercial Line of Business Manager | Fifth Third Bank
Karen McGlashan | Physician/Owner | Infinite Health and Wellness Center
Karen Carmichael | President | St. Pete Downtown Neighborhood Association
Karen Hoyt | Owner/Operator | Synergy Sports Medicine and Fitness
Karl Nurse | President | Bay Tech Label
Kelly Pyper | President | Pyper, Inc.
Kelly Black | President | BLK Accounting & Consulting LLC
Kevin Schwartz | President | Schwartz Media Solutions LLC
Kirsten Fisher | Founder & CEO | Imagine Home Organization, LLC
Kurt Petersen | Co-Founder | Uptown Snoballs, LLC
Latifa Jackson | CEO | Hurst Consulting Group
Lawrence Silvestri | President | Silvestri Law, PA
Lea Ann Biafora | CEO | Beacon Advocates
Lindsey Jarrell | CEO | Healthlink Advisors
Linwood Gilbert | President | Urban Realty Solutions
Lisa Taylor | Director | Taylor Payments Corp
Lisa Suprenand | Executive Director | RMHC Tampa Bay
Loretta Thompson | President | Caldwell Management Solutions
Lou Ricardo | Dir. of Marketing & Donor Relations | Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg
Manny Kool | Manager | Daddy Kool Records
Margie Asuncion
Mark Anderson | Owner | St. Pete Salt Works
Matthias Kozuba | VP | Kozuba & Sons Distillery
Melissa Nelson | Business Owner | Our Town America of St. Petersburg
Michael Weaver | Co-Founder and COO | iSOCRATES LLC
Michael Lutman | Owner | Lutman Consulting
Michael Scott Novilla | Founder | NOVA 535
Michele Routh | Public Relations Director | St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport
Michelle Tolan | Owner | Your CBD Store
Mike Murphy | Headmaster | Shorecrest Preparatory School
Missy Hurley | Principal | B2 COMMUNICATIONS
Mo Eppley | Owner | Go Union Printing
Nancy Spencer | Head of School | Shorecrest Preparatory School
Natalie DeVicente | Broker/Owner | Southern Roots Realty
Paul Carder | St. Pete Chamber Board of Governors
Paul Zulkoski | President | Blue Marble Explorer
Paula MacDonald | President | Image Suite PR
Peter Clark | President & Founder | Tampa Bay Watch
Peter Masone | General Manager | Tampa Bay Cannons
Rafael Sciullo | President & CEO | EMPATH HEALTH
Rich Epps | Owner | Batteries Plus Bulbs
Rick Saltarelli | Franchisee/Owner | Salty Breeze Cruise Planners
Ryan Griffin | Partner | Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP
Ryan Obenauf | Vice President | BNO Creative Labs
Sandi Roper | Owner | Citrus Blossom Candles & Gifts
Sandra Braham | President and CEO | Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
Sarah Guest | Sugar Mama | Cyberlicious
Sarah Lindemuth | Research Director | Meshsem
Sarah Williams | HR Consultant | SBW HR Consulting
Scott Gramling | Chief Executive Officer | Wallace Welch & Willingham
Scott Donah | Owner | Scotts Moving
Sebastian Hansen | General Manager | Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
Seth Koehler | Owner | Kinney Karate
Skyler Hunt | Director of Community Engagement | Trulieve
Stephanie Love | Owner | Epicurious One, LLC
Steve & Kim Schramek | Owners | It’s Our Nature
Steven Le | Photographer | Thee Photo Ninja
Susan Bean Owner Thanatopsis Consulting
Tami Simms | President | Downtown Business Association of St. Petersburg
Tara Liaschenko | CEO | The Link Event Professionals, Inc.
Temple Hayes | CEO/Spiritual Leader | First Unity Spiritual Campus
Tina Mosley | Owner | SNAPSHOT SCRUBS
TJ Vogel | Co-Owner | TnT Property Solutions
Tracy Kennard | President/Founder | Your Virtual Footprint
Trey Dunn | Owner | Precision Contractor Group, LLC
Valerie Fulbright | VP, Community Engagement Officer | First Home Bank
Victoria Dore | Broker Agent | Colonial Life
William Volmuth | President | PowerChord 

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