Tampa Bay Business Women Awards 2023: Linda Olson

Linda Olson is the chief executive officer and founder of the Tampa Bay Wave. Today, the Wave has a national, and international, reputation and recruits technology companies from across the United States and beyond, several of whom have relocated to the region. Since its launch, in 2013, the Wave has supported 450 startups and, collectively,

There’s a new Italian market in town (PHOTOS)

Many locals (and tourists alike) know Mazzaro’s Italian Market as the premier place to purchase anything Italian in St. Petersburg. Since Mazzaro’s is a legend, parking is a challenge any time of the year; however, during the holidays, and most Saturdays, there are parking attendants to help with the chaos. It can be a nightmare.

Allelo: The place to flock to on Beach Drive (PHOTOS)

The restaurant industry is challenging and establishments change hands, bringing variety to the ever-growing food scene, in the Tampa Bay area. A welcome addition to St. Petersburg is Allelo, a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant on Beach Drive. Shawn and Jeanna Damkoehler combined forces with Volet Hospitality and the innovativeness of Chef Alex Pyser to bring a remarkable

Redefining Refuge names Jen Gudenkauf president

Redefining Refuge has expanded its leadership team adding Jen Gudenkauf as the organization’s president. Gudenkauf will be the third board president in 12 years. “Each president has been selected based on the phase of the organization and their specific skillset for that phase,” says Natasha Nascimento, chief executive officer of Redefining Refuge. For this next

Sarasota luxury real estate firm adds seasoned chief marketing officer

Michael Saunders & Co., a leading Sarasota brokerage, named Randall Graham as its new chief marketing officer. Graham brings more than 25 years’ experience to the firm in traditional, and digital, media. He previously was vice president of marketing for The Ebby Halliday Companies in Dallas. Ebby Halliday is one of the country’s largest brokers

HCI Group subsidiary launches first phase of national expansion

TypTap Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Tampa-based HCI Group (NYSE: HCI), is preparing to launch the first phase of a planned nationwide homeowner’s insurance expansion, which was announced in August. The first phase includes applying to state insurance regulators in 20 states outside of Florida, including Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts,

One Liners Sarasota/Manatee: OE Wheel Distributors, Sunz Insurance and more

► OE  Wheel Distributors has broken ground on its sixth warehouse, and office space, at 1906 72nd Drive E., Sarasota. (Pictured above) ► National homebuilder, and developer, Taylor Morrison is selling new homes within Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch. ►Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, in Sarasota, elected attorney David Shapiro and physician

3 signs your employees are afraid to talk to you 

Consider me your millennial whisperer. It’s official, those of us between 22 and 38 make up the majority of today’s workforce. Pretty soon, the “Zoomers” (Generation Z) will be following close behind. As bold and “woke” as some of us claim to be, we are still riddled with fear; we still need your help. Thankfully,

The Good Life: CBD frozen fruit bars and Waters Edge wine

CBD Frozen Fruit Bars “Soothe your mind, soothe your body and soothe your soul.” That’s the motto of these frozen treats. Soothe Ice was developed by the team at Buzz Pop Cocktails to create a fun way to use the benefits of CBD and fill a void in the booming $20 billion-plus industry. Soothe Ice is

CEO Connect with Monica Hernandez (Transcript & Photos)

Originally born in Colombia, Monica Hernandez has been in the information technology and consulting industry for more than 17 years. She’s the founder and CEO of MAS Global in Palm Harbor. As a consultant, she’s had the chance to work with top United States experts, and talented teams, to serve the highest demands from global

One Liners Polk: Encompass Health, Publix and more

►Cushman & Wakefield arranged the $41.2 million sale of CenterState West, a newly built 440,000-square-foot distribution center, located in Lakeland. ► The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce hosted a new popup exhibit from the National Archives at the Chamber’s annual Athena Awards and it can be viewed in the chamber lobby until the end of the

Vick Tipnes writes his debut book, ‘Did You Sell Your Soul?’

If you follow Vick Tipnes, CEO of Black-stone Medical Services, on social media, it’s evident he goes to great lengths to share his personal story and obstacles to help enlighten and inspire. His first book, Did You Sell Your Soul? It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Story, which premiered in August, focuses on how