CEO Connect Recap: Amanda Tress talks growth and failures

By the age of 30, Amanda Tress wanted to be a millionaire. She checked that “to-do” off her list a few years prior.  She met her retirement goals by 2018. She was only 32. In 2022, FASTer Way to Fat Loss, Tress’ Clearwater-based company, had revenue of $47.5 million. In 2023, it’s estimated to break

One Liners Polk: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Tryp Air Charter and more

► 4 Rivers Smokehouse opened its 15th restaurant at The Shoppes at Lake Miriam Crossing, a retail and dining destination located at 4729 S. Florida Ave., in Lakeland. (Pictured above) ► Vegetation Cafe and Kitchen, a vegan restaurant, opened at 1437 E. Gary Road, Lakeland.  ► The Lakeside Village shopping center, in Lakeland, has sold

One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: Bank of America, Sprouts and more

► On Ideas, a branding and advertising agency headquartered in Jacksonville, with offices in Sarasota and Charleston, has been selected by Chiles Hospitality as its agency of record. (Pictured above) ► The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation awarded $100,000 to Sarasota Audubon in support of the rewilding project at Celery Fields.  ► Sarasota florist Beneva

One Liners Pinellas: Topgolf, Flagship Bank and more

► Designed by Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Fire Station 61, in Dunedin, was selected by AIA Florida Architects as a distinguished example of public safety architecture in the state. (Rendering above)   ► St. Petersburg College announced a partnership with the nationally recognized veterinary program Blendvet to present its “Exploring a Future in Veterinary Technology” workshop, a

CEO Connect Recap: The Gonzmarts

Like Father, Like Daughter with Richard Gonzmart and Andrea Gonzmart Williams The historic identity the Columbia Restaurant has made, in Ybor City, is undeniable. It’s a story told, over and over, but the succession plan, and the dynamic between the current leadership, is yet a new story and one Tampa Bay Business and Wealth was

One Liners Pasco: HCA Florida, TriGate Capital and more

► TriGate Capital, a Dallas real estate investment firm, purchased The Shops at Wiregrass, in Wesley Chapel, for $70.5 million. (Pictured above) ► Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson has sold a 21-acre property, at 21210 U.S. Highway 98, in Dade City, to Cal-Maine Foods, a national egg producer, for $11 million.   ► LIV Development, a

One Liners Sarasota and Manatee: Children First, Coca-Cola and more

► Philip Tavill, chief executive officer of Children First, was honored by the National Head Start Association with the Sargent Shriver Excellence in Community Service Award. (Pictured above) ► Wisconsin-based Menard, which owns more than 300 Menards stores across 15 states, closed on the agricultural land in Myakka City, paying $10.3 million.  ► The Sarasota

One Liners Polk: Lakeland Linder, Centex and more

► Lakeland Linder International Airport received the 2023 Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Airfield Project of the Year Award for the construction of a new CAT III Instrument Landing System. (Pictured above) ► Centex, a division of national homebuilder PulteGroup, opened its latest Polk County community,Lake Alfred Pines, at

One Liners Pinellas: Duckweed Urban Grocery, Foundation for Healthy St. Petersburg and more

► Taylor Sam’s opened, at 312 Third St. S., in the Camden Pier District apartment tower, in St. Petersburg. (Pictured above)  ► A second Red Mesa Mercado location is being planned for 6001 Central Ave., in St. Petersburg, where Two Graces and Reading Room formerly operated.  ► Admiral Leasing, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, bought

CEO Connect recap: How Galati Yachts keeps smooth sailing through rough waters

t he Galati family relocated from Westchester, New York, to Hollywood, Florida, in the late 1960s.  The family ended up on Anna Maria Island, which is where the family’s business, Galati Yachts, is still based today.  With the passing of Michael Senior (the patriarch), in 1992, the business was passed down to his five children,

One Liners Pasco: Metropolitan Ministries, Vistra and more

► Metropolitan Ministries celebrated the groundbreaking for the redevelopment at its Holiday campus. (Rendering above) ► Turner Arbour was awarded Workforce Development Professional of the Year at the Florida Economic Development Council Leadership Award Dinner for his creation, and work, on the Workforce Connect platform and his role on the CareerSource Pasco-Hernando board of directors. 

One Liners Hillsborough: Next Level Brands, Tampa General Hospital and more

►RHI Magnesita, a global supplier of refractory products, systems and services, opened its North American headquarters, at 1150 Assembly Drive, Tampa. (Pictured above) ► The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy announced that Port Tampa Bay has become the first port in the country to become accredited through the academy’s Maritime Security Accreditation and Digitization Program.  ►