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South Tampa Chamber 2024 Board of Directors

South Tampa Chamber 2024 Board of Directors

The South Tampa Chamber is proud to announce our 2024 Board of Directors. This year’s board will lead the chamber through an exciting time as the Chamber enters into the second year of a five-year strategic plan. This year’s goals will include to grow membership through recruitment and retention, increase advocacy efforts with the introduction of a new legislative agenda, to expand educational and young professionals programming.
The board will be led by Tara Moody, Vice President of Synergy Technology Solutions. Tara has been actively involved in the chamber since 2018 and previously served as the Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee. Tara was also recognized as the South Tampa Chamber’s Member of the Year in 2023.
Executive Committee:
Chair of the Board – Tara Moody, Synergy Technology Solutions
Chair-Elect – Tanya Cielo, Sky Strategic Marketing
Immediate Past Chair – Dr. Shane Smith, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
Treasurer – Heather DeGrave, Walters Levine & DeGrave

Consulting Attorney – Chase Carpenter, Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A.
Recording Secretary – Kelly Flannery, South Tampa Camber President & CEO

Newly appointed board members include:
Angel Acosta, SouthState Bank
Dean Akers, Adjunct. CEO
Elan Melamed, Tampa General Hospital
Michael Abraham, Nova Southeastern University
Roxanne Bartley, TRAK America
Susan Nieland, CFO Solutions, LLC
Returning board members include:
Blake  Guthrie, ReliaQuest Bowl
Chris Chambers, The Paratus Group
Elizabeth Montante, ZIPS Cleaners & Qdoba Mexican Eats
Greg Slater, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Jason Baker, Tampa Bay Business & Wealth
Opal Hudson, Bob Henriquez, CFA - Hillsborough County Property Appraiser
Zahira Lehri, Yaqeen LLC, DBA Planet Smoothie
The 2024 Board of Directors was introduced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on December 13, 2023. The Chamber’s 2023 Chair of the Board Dr. Shane Smith said “We have increased our advocacy efforts, provided educational opportunities to grow your business, continued to be a one-stop resource, and launched a new young professionals program. This is just a snap-shot of all that the chamber has achieved this past year.”
2024 Chair of the Board Tara Moody said, “As many have shared, this Chamber is special; it’s inclusive, friendly, and built of members that genuinely care about one another, it offers a unique opportunity to be able to do business with professionals who very quickly become your friends as well as your referral sources. I want our membership to always feel valued, in the same way that I want you to see the value in your Chamber membership.  I look forward to connecting with all of you this year and continuing to make South Tampa the best place to live, work, and play!”
About the South Tampa Chamber: Established in 1926, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of more than 600 businesses, organizations and individuals working together to make the South Tampa community the best place to live, work, and play. The South Tampa Chamber is recognized as a Certified+ Chamber by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, a Three-Star Chamber of Valor by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2020 Chamber of the Year. Learn more at

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