Innovation Hub USA

Cherry Bekaert – Perpetuating Success by Paying it Forward

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CHERRY BEKAERT

HELPING TAMPA BAY’S INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND PAY IT FORWARD.

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Dear Innovators and Entrepreneurs:

Congratulations on your decision to make Tampa Bay – and its thriving technology community – the starting point for your future growth and success.

I am Chris Rux, the Central Florida managing partner for Cherry Bekaert. We are a full-service accounting and consulting firm with a footprint throughout the Southeast.

Our Tampa team is engrained throughout all facets of our community – continuing a tradition of involvement and service that began at our origin as a successful hometown firm and extends into the present day.

We have been and continue to be energized by the ideas, talent, and enthusiasm found throughout the Bay Area and believe everyone benefits when we tap into and share our strengths with one another.

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How we help is just as important as the services we offer.

Expertise and resources are obvious reasons clients choose Cherry Bekaert. However, I would also suggest that how we honor our commitments is the reason our clients retain Cherry Bekaert for the long term and recommend us to others. 

Firm-wide, our shared values guide all of our interactions: Uncompromising Integrity, a Passion for Excellence, Mutual Respect, and One Firm.

I believe in these values and strive to live them daily. It’s a simple concept, but I can honestly say I’ve witnessed, time and again, how doing right by others positively impacts our working relationships and ripples throughout the community.

Perpetuating success by paying it forward.

Personally and professionally, I also firmly believe in the concept of Paying It Forward. This idea can take many forms, including time, talent, and treasure. It not only applies to special occasions and projects but – perhaps more importantly – to our ongoing, everyday interactions.

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Supporting civic organizations and addressing the needs of the greater community is one way to do this.

We recently held our annual volunteer week, where every person in the firm took a day off to give back to our communities. Locally, our Partners and Associates spent the day volunteering for three great civic organizations – Feeding Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, and Ronald McDonald House.

Beyond our obligation to our community, I feel it is equally important to realize that very few of us got to where we are without a little help. We’ve all had mentors, formally or informally, whether we realized at the time (or not). And we can return the favor by helping others as someone once helped us.

Pay It Forward! Mentor an up-and-coming person or company, recognize talent, offer opportunities, or impart experience. By sharing our know-how, successes, and failures – from generation to generation – we allow others the opportunity to succeed.

It all adds up.

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My challenge to you.

Let’s create a cycle of connection, collaboration, and success that allows your organization, other innovators, and our entire community to thrive.

I challenge you to share your time, talents, and treasure with others every day! Collectively, let’s leave a legacy that makes the Tampa Bay a better place tomorrow than it is today.

Our team at Cherry Bekaert is up for the challenge. The question is: Are you?

As you continue your journey, if there is ever any way I – or, by extension, our team at Cherry Bekaert – can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time.

Best,

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Christopher F. Rux, CPA
Managing Partner, Central Florida
Chery Bekaert LLP

TiE Tampa Bay – the World’s Largest Entrepreneur Global Network

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TiE TAMPA BAY

TIE TAMPA BAY’S ROOTS MAY BE FIRMLY PLANTED IN LOCAL SOIL, BUT ITS BRANCHES HAVE GLOBAL REACH.

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“Born” in Silicon Valley, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is an organization for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs that focuses on mentoring, education, incubation, networking and funding for startups. Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley, TiE has grown to be the world’s largest entrepreneur global network with over 60 chapters and 15,000 members around the world.

The Tampa chapter was founded in Tampa Bay in 2012. The chapter’s focus is on mentoring, networking, education, and investment. Through the mentoring program, industry leaders offer one-on-one guidance in several areas, including idea exploration, customer acquisition, marketing, finance and technology. A series of popular networking nights at Tampa’s nightlife hotspots are a popular draw for newbies and veterans alike. At TiE Tampa’s monthly speaker series, the area’s top entrepreneurs inspire and educate with topics relevant to Tampa’s emerging market needs. Even the most seasoned investors find that there’s plenty to learn by attending a speaker’s event or an annual marquee convention.

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With its investment arm, TiE Tampa Angel Fund, investors have the opportunity to invest in early stage startups and can collaborate with other local venture capital and angel investors. Within just one year, the fund has invested over $1.2 million in various startups in and around the Tampa Bay area. The investments were made in the following next-generation technology and market disruptors: Knack, Molekule, Fenexio, Droplit and Morphogenic.

Community outreach is another goal of the organization, and TiE Tampa annually recognizes local entrepreneurs and startups with the TiEtan Awards at their annual day-long marquee event – TiECON. At the 2018 conference, awards were given to Super Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Community Champion and Startup of The Year. Another top-rated event at the TiECON is the Startup Pitch Competition. Additional to winning a cash award, the winners get an opportunity to present and pitch their ideas/startups at the Global TiE Silicon Valley’s annual pitch event.

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TiE Charter members have the privilege of attending the TiE Global Retreat, an exclusive networking event, as well as meetings and annual conferences at any of the 60 global chapters. The charter members also have the opportunity to participate in the TiE Tampa Angel Fund to invest in local startups. Becoming a member of TiE Tampa Bay may be the best investment you could make for your business.

Most importantly, the mission of TiE chapters is to work collaboratively with other organizations in the region as well as providing mentoring and access to thought leaders and collaborators across the entire global TiE community to encourage and foster entrepreneurship. TiE Tampa Bay has a premier reputation for the enthusiastic vibe generated for entrepreneurship and professionalism and the quality of speakers at their events. Inspiring and riveting speakers have included Sarvajna Dwivedi – Co-founder, Pearl Therapeutics (acquired by Astra Zeneca for over $1.2B), Arnie Bellini – Founder and CEO at ConnectWise, Desh Deshpande of Cascade and Sycamore Networks, and Farooq Kathwri – CEO of Ethan Allen.

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Suhas Apte – President
Email: president@tampa.tie.org
Raj Rajendran – Executive Director
Email: ed@tampa.tie.org
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Sofwerx – Special Operations Forces

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THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (USSOCOM), LOCATED ON MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) OPERATING AROUND THE WORLD.

OUR STORY

From its roots in the legendary Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II, USSOCOM champions a culture that embraces and supports innovation in research and development, operations, and bringing diverse communities together to rapidly invent and field new capabilities.

USSOCOM recognized that it was becoming difficult to reach entrepreneurs, small businesses, and creative talent outside the traditional defense industry market, as well as have a place where the SOF operator, acquirer, and inventor could collaborate and think about the challenges of the future. To address this issue, USSOCOM and The Doolittle Institute, a 501 3(c) nonprofit, entered into a Partnership Intermediary Agreement.

This partnership created a unique collaboration venue, SOFWERX, designed to bring academia, industry, individuals and other “non-traditional” partners together to innovate for USSOCOM’s most challenging problems. The goal was to create a place where they could harvest the “return on collision” by bringing a diverse set of experts together to rapidly solve problems, as well as reduce barriers to enable anyone with an idea to collaborate with USSOCOM.

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THE INNOVATION

Today, SOFWERX, located in Historic Ybor City in Tampa, FL attracts hackers/makers, university students and professors, inventors, small businesses, and more to support the Special Operation Forces. An interactive venue for innovative ideas, SOFWERX has become the premier incubator for innovative thinking in Tampa Bay.

They host several types of events including: rapid prototyping, collaboration & capability sessions, prize challenges (www.teamwerx.org), hackathons, and more to get the “best of breed” ideas and emerging technologies to USSOCOM.

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SOFWERX also supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with K-12 schools in the Tampa Bay area. Providing tours/briefs, project development support, professional development, technical expertise and more, SOFWERX can inspire the next generation of incredible innovators to solve USSOCOM’s toughest future problems.

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SOFWERX facilitates collaboration with a variety of academic organizations, including maintaining a very close relationship with the University of South Florida (USF). College interns, industry fellows, graduate students, collegiate faculty, startups, and foreign partners also collaborate daily in this truly unique innovation environment. SOFWERX accepts intern applications from across the country to fulfill slots ranging from marketing, to cybersecurity, to electrical engineering, and more.

SOFWERX, and the collaboration it has inspired in the Tampa community, has become the recognized standard of how the military, academia, entrepreneurs, traditional defense suppliers, and everyday citizens can work together to create immense value in numerous ways – improving capabilities for our military and first responders, improving education of our high school and college students, and providing access to new markets for start-ups and small businesses.

Join the SOFWERX Ecosystem today and stay connected:
www.sofwerx.org/ecosystem.

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1925 E. 2nd Ave, Suite 102, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: 813-693-5599
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MyArea Network – 407area.com

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YOUR DIGITAL CONNECTION FOR EVERYTHING HAPPENING IN YOUR LOCAL AREA.

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With the inspired vision of CEO Scott Conlon, MyArea Network has become a fast-growing digital media and tech company with a mission to connect people to their local community. Beginning with 813area.com and based in Tampa, the local connection concept using local influencers to connect businesses and people in their community has continued to grow with 150 live local sites all over the country and the opening of the Orlando market office in 2016.

407area.com/MyArea Network is a full-service media and marketing company that helps local businesses of any size attain visibility in their community. Through multi-channel media platforms, technology solutions, and online and offline marketing services.

“There are so many great local businesses that don’t get the attention they deserve. We wanted to develop a platform and solutions that would help more people find those businesses,” explains founder and CEO, Scott Conlon.

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LeeAnn Huntoon - 407area Content Manager & Digital Marketing Director for MyArea Network

Over the last few years 407area.com, MyArea Network’s first official market expansion has flourished providing a source for locals and businesses with the onboarding of their first official Area Manager, LeeAnn Huntoon.

After graduating LeeAnn Huntoon accepted an entry level position with a major corporation and after ten years of climbing the corporate ladder she hit the ceiling and decided it was time to move on and pursue her passion. After a few months of freelance writing, she began working for a digital marketing company in Downtown Orlando and quickly became the content manager for the company’s two local entertainment websites. Her success and determination caught the eye of MyArea Network and when it was time to open the Orlando office she was asked to come on board to build and grow
the 407area market.

“We are so much more than a marketing agency or a website. 407area.com and the 150 other live sites including 813, 727, 386, 321, and 305 in Florida alone is a community and your local connection to anything and everything that’s happening in your area. Not only are we the local source for things do to, nightlife, dining, and local sports, we also bridge the gap between the businesses in the area and their targeted audience,” states 407area Content Manager/ Digital Marketing Director, LeeAnn Huntoon.

With the assistance of the main office in Tampa and the Orlando Digital Content Associate, Chris McShane, 407area.com has become the leading source for local residents and visitors to find the best things to see, eat, and do in Orlando.

The site offers more than just a directory for businesses and upcoming events. 407area.com and the additional sites within the MyArea Network family produce relevant and organic article content that is highly ranked on Google. Each article is written by locals who live in the area providing readers with first-hand experiences and suggestions similar to reaching out to a trusted friend who lives in the area. 407area.com has become a trusted source in Orlando combining local and social and providing everyone with the opportunity to live like a local no matter where they are.

To learn more about MyArea Network and the Orlando area Chris McShane – Digital Content Associate subscribe to 407area.com and connect to your community.

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407area Office (Downtown Orlando)
25 Wall St. Suite #11
Orlando, FL. 32801

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Drexel University – A Long History of Innovation

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DREXEL UNIVERSITY

DREXEL UNIVERSITY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF INNOVATION. FROM ITS FOUNDING IN 1891, FINANCIER AND PHILANTHROPIST ANTHONY J. DREXEL SET OUT TO CREATE A SCHOOL THAT WOULD PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR SKILLED JOBS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

He was equally adamant that the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, as it was initially named, would be open to women and men of all races and creeds – a radical idea at the time considering women would not be allowed to vote for another 29 years and civil rights legislation was 75 years away.

From there, the university has remained on the cutting edge. Two Drexel engineering students patented the barcode in 1952. This invention revolutionized inventory management and shipping for nearly every industry, paving the way for the rise of Amazon, FedEx, Walmart and many other innovative companies

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In the 1960s, alumnus Paul Baran developed technology for computer networking that became essential to the creation of the internet. Walter Golaski, an engineering graduate, was a developer of the first artificial blood vessel replacement. Also, David H. Geiger, an architect and engineering graduate, invented the air-support fabric roof system used in many dome stadiums today.

Drexel embraced the computer age in 1983, becoming the first university to require all entering students to have a microcomputer. By 2000, Drexel was the first major university to operate a fully wireless campus indoors and out. Two years later, the university became the first to offer a mobile web portal for students.

In September 2017, all incoming freshmen were the first in the country to receive a backpack with a fabric-based coding system that links to an app that can relay customized information to anyone who scans it. Drexel is the new home for the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center, a collaboration with the Defense Department dedicated to commercializing functional fabrics that can see, hear, communicate and generate and store energy.

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Such innovation is why U.S. News and World Report ranked Drexel 25th on the list of “Most Innovative Schools.” Drexel is also ranked 49th in the country for the most utility patents. Drexel’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is the nation’s first freestanding school dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship.

As a world-class comprehensive research university, Drexel’s research activities result in more than $110 million in annual expenditures for sponsored projects. In 2013, the university created Drexel Ventures, which provides seed funding, incubation support and technology transfer with the goal of spurring technological advancements with real-world applications.

In 2016, Drexel announced a partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust to create Schuylkill Yards, a $3.5 billion development of an “innovation neighborhood” on 14 acres in University City that will include classrooms, research laboratories, entrepreneurial space, corporate offices, hospitality venues, residential and retail space and open public space. The ground was broken in November on a 1.3-acre public park at the corner of 30th and Market streets. The planned development over 20 years is expected to create a hub for innovation in the city and was recently featured in The New York Times.

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As the university continues to evolve, it remains true to its core. The cornerstone of the university is its cooperative education program that offers students work experience – often paid – at leading companies like Amazon, Boeing, Comcast and Vanguard. The co-op program will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019 and is more valued than ever before as it prepares students for successful careers in today’s fast-paced economy.

Co-op is one reason why banners fly on the Drexel campus emblazoned with the bold message, “Ambition Can’t Wait.”

* All photos by Halkin Mason Photography.

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Contact: Keith Orris
Phone number: 215-571-4463
Address: 3141 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19104
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Arora Engineers – Improve the Quality of life by Rethinking Infrastructure®

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ARORA ENGINEERS, INC.

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ARORA ENGINEERS, INC. (ARORA) IS A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ENGINEERING FIRM THAT PROVIDES PLANNING AND DESIGN, PROGRAM AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LAYERED WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

Arora’s mission is to improve the quality of life by Rethinking Infrastructure®, with a focus on aviation, transportation, education, government, and commercial sectors.

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Arora specializes in providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection/fire life safety, special systems/video displays/technology, airfield electrical engineering, and geospatial services for its clients. Over their 32-year history, the firm has evolved their traditional MEP engineering practice to emphasize the technology and processes that connect systems infrastructure, improve operations and longevity, and make life safer and easier for those who use it. Therefore, their goal is to maximize the role of infrastructure, its impact, and its value through highly intelligent solutions.

Innovation in Planning and Design
Arora not only designs engineering systems based on the unique and specific challenges that their clients face, they also help integrate buildings with their systems and technology. This integration helps to provide consistent communication between operators and customers, as well as a constant, reliable flow of information from the building itself to its stakeholders. Through the design and integration of communications systems, common use systems (e.g. baggage, ticketing), public address and visual messaging systems, and emergency mass notification systems, Arora supports the directors and project managers who want technology in place to better manage complex day-to-day functions.

Smart infrastructure and technology can also greatly benefit those who are traveling through a facility. Arora is an industry leader in the fusion of mobile technology, digital information, and wayfinding to produce a better passenger experience. Through the implementation of customer information display systems, video walls, wayfinding systems, and dynamic digital signage, Arora can significantly ease the challenges of navigating through comprehensive facilities and create a more comfortable, agreeable experience for the customer.

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Through Manik Arora’s leadership, Arora Technology Group has developed Arora ATLAS® to provide airports with a platform to improve the passenger experience from home to gate. ATLAS® also helps other organizations reduce operational expenses, streamline processes, and manage systems and teams more effectively.

Rethinking Facilities Management
Arora Technology Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arora Engineers, Inc., is now expanding the scope of their services through a groundbreaking platform, Arora ATLAS®. ATLAS® provides airports with access to actionable information that helps reduce operational expenses, streamline processes, manage systems and teams more effectively, and improve the passenger experience from home to gate. The system uses Esri GIS mapping as the backbone, allowing an airport to integrate airfield operations with landside operations to create a unified information platform. Data points from across the enterprise are leveraged to create a comprehensive view and provide high-quality information to the decision makers who need it.

ATLAS® uses a unique combination of sensors and processes to help identify passenger queue wait times, understand visitor flow for the coordination of maintenance schedules, and provide valuable, real-time statistics. The system allows the airport to track assets, analyze staff coverage, and ensure timely responses to incidents by combining information from disparate and previously disconnected systems. ATLAS® can also enhance non-aeronautical revenue by providing data on space utilization, traffic patterns, and barriers of entry.

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The information provided by ATLAS® is presented in a way that supports smarter decisions for smarter infrastructure and ultimately creates a smoother passenger experience. The platform is also customizable to fit the needs of any facility and can tie into existing enterprise systems, allowing for a true end-to-end value across the organization.

Building a Smarter City
Arora’s innovative efforts within their industry also effectively align with Philadelphia’s initiative to become a Smart City. The true concept of a Smart City is an environment that is better connected, more sustainable, and allows for more convenient living. This type of city utilizes technology, extensive data collection, and data analyses to identify and provide solutions for everyday environmental and social challenges. Subsequently, this plethora of data from different sectors, such as traffic and transit, environmental conditions, schools, health, and infrastructure, must then be integrated and connected to provide smarter solutions and to better support the city’s progress.

As seen through the development of ATLAS®, Arora understands the importance of this connection between previously disparate systems and is striving to apply this concept to the built environment as it stands today. As Arora implements these strategies and platforms, they are creating smarter infrastructure that will ultimately lend great support and work seamlessly with the Smart Cities of the future.

Arora Special Systems work at Tampa International Airport
Arora recently provided special systems engineering services for Tampa International Airport’s ConRAC and Automated People Mover project. This included the Public Address Paging System (PAS) and digital signage systems, including the Electronic Video Information Display System (EVIDS), direct view LED dynamic signage, and touchscreen directory system.
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61 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
1600 Market Street, Suite 1630
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact person: Adam Oliver
Email: aoliver@aroraengineers.com
Phone: 610-459-7900
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Internet of People – Empowering People

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INTERNET OF PEOPLE

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OUR VALUE

Internet of People (IoP) is a digital cooperative with chapters in over 36 countries. IoP chapters have a shared vision for a free world and collaborate to create and promote privacy-enabled applications and a decentralized internet that everyone can use. IoP members include software developers and programmers, entrepreneurs, leaders and future thinkers, educators, and other diverse groups from various backgrounds. IoP uses block chain and peer-to-peer technologies to fulfill this vision.

OUR STORY

IoP USA South is an IoP chapter operating in the southern United States, with a presence in Tampa Bay. IoP USA South promotes IoP’s vision of empowering people, embracing sustainability, and building a better future for those living within the Southern USA region, as well as globally.

At IoP USA South, we focus on educating about decentralization and distributed ledger technology and giving people the tools and resources they need to contribute to the local community and to further IoP’s vision of decentralization and privacy. In this way, IoP is unique in providing a sustainable model for incubating people and promoting global collaboration between local teams.

IoP also works in close partnership with Libertaria, a global movement working towards a freer, fairer, and more decentralized world. Libertaria provides IoP with infrastructure and technology. Among the many projects that the IoP community and Libertaria has under its belt, the most notable are Mercury, Titania, and Hydra.

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Mercury is a revolutionary protocol which enables decentralized applications (dApps). dApps give privacy and ownership of data back to the end users, rather than large centralized entities and malicious actors.

Titania is the first ever OS for crypto, providing everyone easy access to dApps and crypto.

Hydra is a next-generation ledger protocol designed to support a true peer-topeer global economy.

All three projects provide essential infrastructure and tools that IoP uses to carry out its vision. In the Tampa Bay Area, IoP USA South will continue to provide tools, resources, and “people power” to improve the local community, with a particular focus on decentralizing systems and processes to increase privacy and/or efficiency.

Our chapter is always open for talented and ambitious individuals to join and sharpen their skills, as well as learn new ones and navigate this brand new decentralized environment inside this booming industry. Individuals that share a similar vision, or simply wish to learn more should contact us, no previous experience or knowledge about cryptocurrency or block chain is required. We will provide the support and resources to get you started to dive head first into this exciting new world!

PracticeForces – Bespoke Medical Billing Management Services

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PracticeForces - Kunal and Parul

PRACTICE FORCES

KUNAL JAIN AND PARUL GARG ARE THE IMMIGRANT BUSINESS POWER COUPLE OF TAMPA BAY WHO HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR SUCCESS THROUGH MUTUAL COLLABORATION AND SUPPORT.

They came to the U.S. in 2003, with a few hundred dollars, and a burning desire to make a name for themselves in the land of opportunities. Kunal had a legacy to live up to; his father was a prominent social activist in the state of Rajasthan, India. Parul was the pioneer of her family, and both knew they wanted to make their family in India proud.

In January 2004, a few weeks after his arrival in the U.S., Kunal started PracticeForces with a vision to provide bespoke medical billing management services to medical practices and hospitals in the U.S. Parul shared Kunal’s passion for the business and joined the venture within the first month.

Since then there has been no looking back. Along with an enthusiastic team at PracticeForces, the company has grown from a local business catering to medical practices in Florida to a national provider.

Kunal says, “I am a lucky man. Every day I get the opportunity to make lives better for my clients, to improve their business profitability, whilst creating employment for people within my company. The lessons I have learned in my business, have helped me evolve as a business investor and mentor to other Startups in the region.”

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As for partnering with his life partner in business, Kunal feels that what has helped them is a clear demarcation of who is responsible for what. While Parul handles the business and operations of PracticeForces, Kunal handles marketing and strategic development. They have set up three companies in the health and wellness space and has generated employment for over 300 people in the U.S. and India.

Parul holds an MBA and is an AAPC-Certified Coder (The American Academy of Professional Coders). She has also held position at local AAPC chapter as a board member.

Kunal has also been instrumental in curating the Tampa chapter of TiE, which is a strong advocacy organization for Startups in the Tampa Bay area since 2012. Proving that one can always learn more, in 2015 Kunal attended the executive program in Global Healthcare Innovation from Harvard Business School.

In April 2018, the couple received the prestigious USF Fast 56 award, which recognizes the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by alumni of the University of South Florida.

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The couple is strongly involved in community building efforts both in the U.S. and in India. They support non-profit organizations like Ekal Vidhyala, TiE Tampa Bay and Akshay Patra.

Kunal is also the founder and chairman of the Kaushalam Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in Rajasthan, India. The motto for the foundation is, ‘Building India, through Skilling India’.

The couple’s do-it-all approach seems to have rubbed off on their young son and daughter. Both parents agree that seeing their kids demonstrate qualities of wisdom, intelligence, and empathy, is one of their biggest accomplishments.

So how do they run a business, mentor other entrepreneurs, manage a young family, and still find time to give back to society?

Kunal says he is blessed with an abundance of energy and never tires. Parul believes her number one tip for other mompreneurs is working smart and spending quality time with family.

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Phone: 727-771-1300
linkedin: imax73
facebook: kunaljaintampa
www.practiceforces.com

Project Transition USA – Keep Transitioning Service Members in Tampa Bay

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PROJECT TRANSITION USA

HELP US KEEP MORE OF OUR TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS HERE IN TAMPA BAY!

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THE CHALLENGE
It’s sad but true – LinkedIn is the #1 employment and professional networking tool in the civilian world, but it’s virtually unknown to our transitioning U.S. military troops!

Although many of our U.S. troops have high-level technical and leadership skills, they know very few civilians. Business networking is a new concept, so they have great difficulty discovering where their skills will best fit in.

OUR SOLUTION
Project Transition USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the only organization that focuses on teaching our U.S. military heroes how to use LinkedIn to form new alliances and find their next mission – a meaningful and rewarding civilian career!

We were the first to conduct a LinkedIn Job Search Workshop for active duty troops and families on any U.S. military base worldwide on November 16, 2012, at MacDill AFB.

Since then over 2,500 transitioning troops have successfully completed our free monthly training on MacDill, and our Tampa Bay Business Community has benefited dramatically as a result.

Veteran success stories abound with local employers such as Amazon, PwC, ConnectWise, and Moffit Cancer Center – while many other attendees have found employment with more distant companies such as Disney and Tesla.

OUR NEW VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The goal of this new program is to provide advanced, one-on-one training to transitioning U.S. military and their spouses from MacDill AFB, who want to stay in Tampa Bay. Many of our workshop attendees who are nearing retirement need more training than our monthly, 7-hour LinkedIn training can provide!

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NANCY LAINE, CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

OUR ROOTS
Project Transition USA was co-founded by Nancy Laine, daughter of an Army Chaplain. An expert LinkedIN trainer for over 10 years, she began teaching LinkedIN to the military after being asked to do so by military leaders who had struggled during their own transition.

OUR VISION
We intend to expand our paid team of “Veterans Training Veterans”!

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TESTIMONIALS FROM MACDILL AFB GRADS:

“I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am now if I wasn’t so active on LinkedIn – it’s a powerful tool that works! I networked with folks currently in the position I was interested in, and that’s what led me to getting noticed by Amazon.”– Leon Snow, Amazon

“Little did I know PTUSA’s LinkedIn class on MacDill AFB would prepare me for a successful interview with Tesla! They helped me set up a professional profile that caught Tesla’s eye – and many other companies as well!” – Jarod Castenada, Tesla

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Over 2,500 have attended our MacDill AFB LinkedIN Workshop since 2012
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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donate to our 501c3 nonprofit: www.ProjectTransitionUSA.org

Key Associates – Helping Leaders & Organizations Grow

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HELPING LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS GROW

KEY ASSOCIATES (KA) SERVES AS A TRUSTED ADVISOR AND PROVIDES PEER FORUMS, INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM EXECUTIVE COACHING, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS.

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Mary Key, Ph.D., President

One of our most innovative offerings is the Key Women’s Leadership Forum. The purpose of the women’s forum is to elevate the careers and lives of executive women through the synergy and support of like-minded peers. The participants focus on aligning mind, body, spirit and career with what is purposeful for them.

Our Story
KA has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Inc. 500 winners and government entities. Locally, we have served as coaches and facilitators to some of Tampa Bay’s best CEOs. In that work, we noticed that the dynamic of “it’s lonely at the top” brought entrepreneurs together because they could receive unbiased feedback and ideas from peer CEOs who had no other vested interest in an outcome aside from wanting to share their knowledge and experience with others. Noticing that women in leadership roles experience the same feeling of isolation at times, we started the Key Women’s Leadership Forum in 2014.

Another dynamic that we address in our forums is how to handle the pressure to perform. In 2016, KA conducted a survey of executive women in Tampa Bay. In our survey, about 50% of our 105 female executive respondents reported that pressure to perform is the foremost or second most important challenge in their careers. Comments in the survey often reflected that women feel a greater need to prove themselves at work.

We now have multiple Key Women’s Leadership Forums running facilitated by the KA team of certified executive coaches and expert facilitators. Our vision is to be the executive women’s organization of choice for leadership development in Tampa Bay and beyond. Seeing the support our members receive from each other and how they have reinvented themselves brings meaning to their lives, and ours.

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Here are some of the program highlights:

• Peer coaching in a small group of other female executives and entrepreneurs
• Professional facilitation and support in a confidential setting
• Tools and strategies for success and fulfillment
• Monthly, half-day meetings with forum size of 8 – 12 women with quarterly individual coaching
• Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Retreat – a weekend away to spend together with your core Forum group
• Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Summit – a half day of learning and growing for all Forum members and invited guests

Here’s what some of our clients say:
“Being a part of the Forum has been a great way to get to know other women in leadership and form close relationships fast. The facilitation, introduction of tools, real-life discussions, and group problem solving are so helpful. Being able to candidly discuss and get feedback from other executive women in a confidential, secure environment is not easy to find.”
Kathy Killingsworth, VP, Governance, Compliance & Risk – Concerto, A DXC Company

“I’m excited about the Key Women’s Leadership Forum because it brings together like-minded women in leadership roles to share challenges and explore new possibilities. Ourcoaching work together has helped me grow as a leader and develop meaningful plans.”
Brooke Evans, CEO – CFO Alliance, Inc.

Milestones
KA has been featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Dr. Mary Key, President, has been interviewed on Bloomberg TV, CNN and multiple media outlets around the country. Her blogs and articles have appeared in many publications and professional journals. Her most recent books include: CEO Road Rules and Rise: How Women Surface to the Top.

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Mary Key, Ph.D.
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