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Tommy Del Zoppo finds his home in St. Petersburg

Tommy Del Zoppo, a Manhattan New Yorker, previously spent 30 years working on Wall Street. His wife was an Emmy-Award-winning producer who had worked for MTV, eventually taking a job with Home Shopping Network, which brought the couple down to St. Petersburg. “If you would have told me this is where I’d be sitting at

Finding love again

It’s a love story fitting for 2022. Two professionals keep running into each other at networking events, a first unofficial date at a Tampa Bay Lightning game. Love blossoms, resulting in marriage and a blended family. Greg Zolkos and Nicole “Nikki” Stokes, now Zolkos, married on Nov. 27 and spent their Christmas holiday in St.

Ray Ferrara is still making a difference

Ray Ferrara, a Belleair resident for more than 40 years, makes a living out of helping people live better. As founder and chief executive officer of ProVise Management Group, Ferrara’s work, and life, are both about helping people, and as a former Mr. Clearwater, his many philanthropic endeavors make an impact in the greater Tampa

The CEO of BTI Partners shares how the Westshore Marina District was born

Driving off Gandy Boulevard and onto Tampa land, there is a development taking shape in the former New Port Tampa property. It’s a revitalized vision from BTI Partners, a developer based in Fort Lauderdale, led by Noah Breakstone, the chief executive officer. “It’s very difficult, and unique, to be able to find 52 acres, on

Red Rover: Fetchable Storage has Tampa Bay bones

Warning: Canine puns ahead. Need storage? Go fetch. A hybrid storage concept offering customers a creative solution has established its headquarters in Tampa. The choice of location makes sense, given that CEO, Peter Warhurst of Pods fame, has deep industry roots in the area. His venture, begun in 1999 and aptly named Red Rover, represents

WEDU’s Paul Grove talks about a higher mission than just producing television

Paul Grove, president and CEO of WEDU, the west coast of Florida’s Public Broadcasting affiliate, lives according to the same values as the company he serves: a lifetime of learning, and discovery, through innovation. For Grove, a graduate of the University of Florida school of broadcast journalism and telecommunications with more than 35 years’ media

Leah Roddenberry reigns

Tampa Bay area resident Leah Roddenberry earned a royal upgrade in June, when she shifted her Miss Tampa crown over to make way for the Miss Florida tiara. The honor caps a two-year cycle of competition preparation and pandemic-era outreach, and begins her countdown to the Miss America scholarship competition in December. She describes her

Q&A: Jared Moskowitz is a man in a hurry

Jared Moskowitz has been in public life for 15 years, and he’s only 40. Politics has always been in his blood. Born in Coral Springs, Moskowitz grew up in a political household—his father was a big fundraiser for the Democratic party—and he remembers that Jesse Jackson was the first politician he ever met, and that

Jonathan Moore: President, problem-solver and philanthropist

Jonathan Moore is a Tampa Bay problem-solver who believes in the boomerang effect. That “give and you shall receive” philosophy has permeated his relationships within the Tampa Bay business community for two decades. Today, the InVision Advisors president manages design and construction processes for owners, keeps philanthropy top of mind and wakes up every day

All in the family: Tomlin St. Cyr Real Estate Services

Graduating from college during the Great Recession of the late 2000s was a daunting experience, indeed. It was hard for young graduates to be picky about their career offerings—there weren’t very many. It was the same for Ali St. Cyr, now broker and owner of Tomlin St. Cyr Real Estate Services, in Tampa. Like a

Women of Influence: Ambee Stephens, CEO of EmpowHERment

When Kamala Harris gave her acceptance speech in November, for vice president, she recounted words her mother had told her, “You may be the first to do many things but make sure you’re not the last.” This quote rang close to home to Ambee Stephens, CEO of the EmpowHERment Community Center, a nonprofit organization based

Local couple make heart health a family affair

Heart-shaped chocolate boxes on every shelf. Red roses at every florist. We all know February is traditionally the month for love and all things heart-related. February also reminds us to take care of our heart. It is American Heart Month—an annual celebration to encourage people to join the battle against heart disease. Jake and Kate