ONE LINERS Hillsborough

►Heart Gallery of Tampa, an organization that creates photographic exhibits aimed at placing foster children in permanent homes, named Amanda Page-Zwierko as executive director. ►Automated Industrial Machinery, a CNC wire bending machine supplier, will relocate its headquarters from Addison, Illinois to Hillsborough County. ►Kyle Mynatt, vice president of technology solutions for DAS Health in Tampa,

►Cushman & Wakefield negotiated the sale of Tampa Bay Center, a 142,350-square-foot urban infill shopping center in Tampa’s Westshore Business District, anchored by Ashley Furniture HomeStore and Floor & Décor.
Bill Edwards sells the Tampa Bay Rowdies to the Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay area businessman Bill Edwards sold the Tampa Bay Rowdies  to the Tampa Bay Rays for an undisclosed sum. Management will transition at the conclusion of the season, at which time the Rays will take over the existing contract with the City of St Petersburg for management of Al Lang Stadium, where the team

Punit Shah’s home run

Punit Shah’s latest investment is something completely out of his wheelhouse, and he seems giddy just speaking about it. I’ve always aspired to be part of a professional sports team, and when the opportunity presented itself in early 2017, I pursued it passionately,” Shah says. After approaching multiple groups attempting to be involved, Shah proactively

The Good Life
How to Get Up to Speed on Crypto Currencies

Blockchain technology might seem like a mystery at best. But as the foundation of cryptocurrency, an intriguing but unpredictable form of digital money, the financial sector must prepare for its inevitable arrival. In a cryptocurrency marketplace, a digital coin is given a unique identifying code. Each owner of the coin also has an identification number


►Curaleaf opened a medical marijuana dispensary at 3179 U.S. Highway 98 N. in Lakeland, the county’s first dispensary. ►Patriot Coffee, created by Lakeland’s Chris McArthur, will be sold in 350 Publix stores throughout Florida, and up to 800 stores later this year. ►The Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, a new wing at

►For the third year in a row, Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets was the top national March for Babies corporate partner, raising more than $7.8 million for the organization.
Letter from the Publisher: We’ve Arrived

Welcome to the very first issue of Tampa Bay Business & Wealth.  Much like your first black card, being among the elite who received this magazine means you’ve arrived too! TBBW is a new monthly publication, being launched by Lifestyle Media Group, which already publishes 11 other titles in southern Florida. Why this magazine, why

Capitalism in action at the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market

In a city where companies like Mother Kombucha make headlines for entering big box grocery stores and businesses are rated based on “bike-friendliness,” the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, which resumes in October, reflects a notion that is central to the city’s business community: capitalism rewards value-based businesses committed to community action and corporate responsibility.


►Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Charities announced it will donate $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America member food banks, which focuses on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area. ►GTE Financial opened a Community Financial Center located at 5320 U.S. Highway 98 North, Lakeland. ►After a national search, Florida Orthopaedic Institute hired

► Joe McLeod, (left) Florida Public Relations Association Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter President-elect, received the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award at the annual FPRA Conference.

► Construction began on Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille at The St. Pete Pier. ► St. Petersburg’s Hunger + Thirst Group will shutter Kings Street Food Counter in the Edge District and will establish a new unnamed concept in the same location. ► The Pinellas Community Foundation moved into new offices in the Bayside

►Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group was selected as the exclusive sales and marketing representative for Turtle Beach, a luxury custom home community by Marc Rutenberg Homes in unincorporated Pinellas County.
ONE LINERS Manatee/Sarasota

► The International Union of Police Association purchased an office building for $2.6 million located in the RidgeGate Center at 5632 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota for its new headquarters. ► Minnesota-based Key Surgical LLC acquired Sarasota-based Encompas Unlimited. ► Interior Logic Group acquired Sterling Manufacturing, a Sarasota-based countertop and cabinetry business. ► Venice-based PGT Innovations

► Goodwill Manasota promoted Gray Videnka to vice president of the foundation and marketing, and Tony Lapera was named vice president of information technology.
ONE LINERS Hillsborough

►Taylor Morrison promoted Scott Himelhoch to vice president of land acquisition for the Tampa division. ►Hillel Academy elected Seth Forman as president of the Board of Trustees. ►Gunster expanded its staff adding William J. Schifino Jr., John A. Schifino, Scott Brown, Daniel P. Dietrich and Iden Sinai as shareholders, Justin P. Bennett and Madison E.M.

►The Florida Board of Governors voted unanimously to formally designate USF as a “Preeminent State Research University,” which will bring the school $6.15 million in additional funding. The University of South Florida also appointed Michael Kelly the new vice president of athletics.