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PLuGHiTz – Keeping You Plugged In

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KEEPING YOU PLUGGED IN

PLuGHiTz Live is an online publication that covers the worlds of gadgets, gaming, internet and media through news, reviews and previews. Founded in 2007, PLuGHiTz Live has spent the past decade helping people to understand technology and make the news of the day more relatable. The flagship show, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, features Scott Ertz, Editor-in-Chief of PLuGHiTz Live, and Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief of Tom’s Hardware, discussing some of the news of the week. Unlike other platforms, F5 Live has the goal of explaining how the topics apply to the average technology consumer.

Several times per year, the PLuGHiTz Live team attends industry events, such as CES, Collision Conference and Synapse Innovation Summit, bringing the products and services featured to those who cannot attend. Through interviews with vendors, exhibitors and sponsors, those companies can bring their products and services to a new audience. In the past, products such as GoSun Stove (which was later featured on Top Chef), BenjiLock (which was later featured on SharkTank) and Tennibot (which was later featured by Time) have been featured before they became widely known.

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In addition to industry events, PLuGHiTz Live also travels to FIRST Robotics competitions, such as ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, and produces a series called FIRST Looks. FIRST produces competitions globally for students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, with a new game and new objectives annually. The show’s goal is to bring awareness both to the FIRST programming as well as to the teams involved in the competitions. With a greater awareness comes a greater ability for teams to find funding to help them compete, as well as help recruit new members.

Over the past 11 years, PLuGHiTz Live has changed a lot. Starting with 2 team members and a single weekly show, the publication currently has 10 regular contributors and produces 7 shows with about 400 episodes, 600 written articles and dozens of product reviews and previews per year. Editor-in-Chief Scott Ertz has had the opportunity to speak at several events and is becoming an industry voice on how to avoid common podcasting mistakes.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb – a Global Biopharmaceutical Company

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Together, we make the difference.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company with a unique strategy that leverages the reach and resources of a major pharma company and pairs it with the entrepreneurial spirit and agility of a biotech firm. We work every day to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

Each day, our employees around the world work together for patients – it drives everything we do. We deliver for patients today while discovering and developing transformational medicines for patients tomorrow.

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Across our company, we focus on innovation and collaboration to drive new ideas and develop transformative solutions to help patients with their unmet medical needs. Our highly skilled workforce at our North America Capability Center, located in Tampa, Florida, provides strategic capabilities to support our customers, patients and colleagues. Our diverse workforce and inclusive culture is vital for innovation and essential to deliver our mission. We empower our colleagues to pursue innovative ideas to improve the way we work and to grow to their fullest potential. With our patients at the center of everything we do, we strive every day to make a difference for them, and for the communities in which we live and work.

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4931 George Road, Tampa, FL 33635
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Andrew Wilson – President & Chief Executive Officer of Quiet Professionals

ANDREW WILSON, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF QUIET PROFESSIONALS
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SUPERIOR SKILLS,
PROVEN PERFORMANCE

ANDREW WILSON, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF QUIET PROFESSIONALS

ANDREW WILSON, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF QUIET PROFESSIONALS

Andrew Wilson currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Quiet Professionals, LLC. He is married to Cindy Wilson and has three children and three grandchildren. He is an accomplished inventor holding a current patent on innovative navigation technology. He is a valorous combat decorated retired Sergeant Major of the United States Army, with 20 years of service working as a Senior Special Operations Non-commissioned Officer, 14 of which were served in 1st Special Forces Operation Detachment – Delta. Andrew also has over 10 years of proven Executive Leadership in various positions.

After military retirement, Andrew established a company to provide specialized subject matter expert services to the Department of Defense and commercial customers. He successfully obtained a government facility security clearance for two of his companies to facilitate sourcing cleared personnel for classified contracts, conducted business development and strategic planning, and successfully grew his first company. With just over two years in that business his company reached more than seven million dollars in gross annual revenue. Andrew successfully negotiated and completed the sale of his personal membership interest in his first defense contracting business.

One year later, Andrew launched Quiet Professionals, LLC in order to continue providing opportunities for seasoned experts in the defense industry field and to meet the ongoing demands of both the US Government and the commercial industry for a qualified and competent professional workforce. Since starting Quiet Professionals, the company has enjoyed more than 100% annual growth consecutively since 2013.

Q and A with Andrew

What inspires you?
The single most inspirational part of my life is living in a country that affords me the freedom for limitless growth in innovation and opportunity. I am mostly inspired by listening to the tremendous accomplishments of others in their personal and professional lives. I am inspired by the speed of technological advances in everything from transportation to modern medicine to the advancement in space initiatives.

Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you?
As a retiring Sergeant Major who had primarily performed in an operational role, transitioning to civilian life was both exciting and terrifying. Trying to translate a lifetime of government military service into the commercial space was challenging. I quickly learned that I was a serial entrepreneur. I knew I wanted to be in business for myself and was challenged every day to learn new things. I find great satisfaction in both giving back by mentoring other transitioning service members and bridging the translation gap between commercial and defense industries.

What would you say is a single achievement or contribution to the community you find the most rewarding? Why?
Standing up the Tampa Satellite Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was one of the achievements I am very proud of. There is no doubt that Tampa will be a leading city for innovative unmanned systems technology. Assisting to educate local government, commercial industry, local academia and the defense industry with the latest international initiative in all things unmanned will certainly pay dividends to the successful economic growth in our region.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?
Trying to self-teach the art of starting and building a successful business.

What did you do to try to solve this challenge?
Know that you must learn something new every day. Understand that you will be knocked down…a lot. Standing back up when you have been knocked down and learning from the experience. Giving back to others the lessons that you learned the hard way. Never quitting and always taking the hard
right instead of the easy wrong. All of these things brought me through the hard path that led to building great businesses.

Quiet Professionals, LLC
2701 North Rocky Point Drive, Suite 175, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 902-3557
Email: andy@quietprofessionalsllc.com
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Insperity – The HR Game Changer is Setting up Shop in Tampa

Paul Sarvadi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Insperity
Paul Sarvadi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Insperity
Paul J. Sarvadi Chairman and CEO, Insperity
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THE HR GAME CHANGER IS SETTING UP SHOP IN TAMPA

ELEVATOR PITCH

Insperity will redefine everything you thought you knew about HR outsourcing. Conquer HR challenges and achieve the dreams you have for your business. Whether you choose our complete co-employment solution or our comprehensive human capital management software, Insperity is a true HR partner. We run the journey with you, providing support and follow-through that are unmatched in the industry.

OUR STORY

Insperity began with the vision of one entrepreneur who had an office, a telephone and a passion to make business owners’ lives easier by taking HR and administrative burdens off their plates. Since then, we’ve helped more than 100,000 clients achieve their goals.

There are other companies in the HR space, but Insperity is a category of one. No one else delivers on the breadth and depth of services, or the level of care, that we provide. It’s what helped us grow from our entrepreneurial beginnings to a $3 billion public company. And the solutions that drive our success are the same ones we give your company to go further, higher, faster.

We understand how difficult it is to start, grow and maintain a successful business. It takes grit and determination to keep moving forward. We also know that it’s not just about where you are today, but where you’re going and where you want to be.

Our HR services go beyond transactional solutions. Insperity helps you focus on strategic initiatives that make a difference in your organization. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you to align your business strategy with your people strategy and propel your business to the next level.

Be confident in the face of human resource challenges. Hurdle past HR-related compliance issues. Insperity meets you where you are right now and maximizes your growth potential with HR that makes a difference in your business today, tomorrow and 20 years down the road.

MILESTONES

• Gold Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in Business Services: 2016, 2017

• Stevie Award for HR Technology Solution Provider of the Year: gold in 2016, bronze in 2017

• ESAC bonded and accredited

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Jim Barnish, Jr. Thought Leader of Morgan Hill Partners

JIM BARNISH , JR. OF MORGAN HILL PARTNERS

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OF MORGAN HILL PARTNERS

JIM BARNISH , JR. OF MORGAN HILL PARTNERS

Biography

Jim Barnish is a strategic change leader with over 15 years of leadership experience in global and integrated operations, M&A, and strategic go-to-market planning. Over the course of his career, Jim has successfully worked with companies undergoing roll-up mergers and acquisitions, accelerated business development, process improvement, change management, and operational transformation initiatives – guiding organizations in the effort to reinvent themselves and spur growth.

As General Partner and Founder at Morgan Hill Partners, his responsibilities include:
Productization of the Path to Value playbook, client delivery, operations, and partnerships from StartUp to ScaleUp, talent recruitment, and development, as well as business development through digital marketing and sales optimization.

The World of Technology

“I started working in strategy [acquisitions] and operational roles at an early age and continued down that path throughout college. After college, I worked as an operational district manager before making my way into the coalescing world of technology and consulting at Tribridge. This is where I really hit my stride. Starting out in a strategy role in the Human Capital Management division evaluating acquisitions and improving business processes, my role soon evolved into a corporate role, working for the CFO to create new solutions, evaluate new workloads, and drive additional strategic initiatives.

Working in a high-growth technology environment at Tribridge, I became obsessed with leveraging innovation and technology to improve strategy and business processes. When the opportunity to build and run the investment strategy at Florida Funders was offered to me, I was excited to dive in because this was my chance to create scalable processes and find innovative technology companies to invest in.

Speaking with hundreds of early-stage companies at Florida Funders, I began to see the challenges that run rampant in that ecosystem. This led me into my next two endeavors: StartUp Solutions and Morgan Hill Partners.

StartUp Solutions was my independent consulting company that was centered around helping tech startups put the right strategy and processes in place to raise capital.

The Learning Journey

Morgan Hill Partners (MHP) is the evolution of my effort with StartUp Solutions, teaming up with two other serial entrepreneurs. The vision of MHP is utilizing a proven “playbook” and executive talent to help startups predictably build, innovate, and accelerate growth. We started MHP in early 2018 and have already assembled an experienced team of executives combined with some of the top young consultative talent throughout the country.

To sum it all up, success to me has been the “learning journey” to get to where a person wants to be in their life. My learning journey is above, but the biggest takeaway is the success of being comfortable and excited across every aspect of life.

My Mantra

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” – Confucius “Trust the process” – A phrase that has become popular in sports, but is applicable to any organization. Building out and truly living by an organizational process is key to success. If you don’t have a roadmap (playbook) for your company in place, how can you expect your people to follow it?

“Be your own client” – Morgan Hill was built from the perspective of a startup. As the company evolved, the vision we were working towards remained the same: “As an early-stage company, what would the ideal partner look like?” Morgan Hill’s key differentiators (from other consultancies) are our Path to Value playbook, pricing model (cash, deferred cash, and equity) and fractional executive expertise, which were all formed on the basis of that question.

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – This quote is integral to any person trying to build a business. Surrounding one’s self with a brilliant team will yield exponential results. Self-awareness and knowing your gaps allow you to hire and partner with the right people to drive success at anything you do.

Why we chose St. Petersburg Florida

St. Pete has been a great place to build out a business. The local startup ecosystem has allowed Morgan Hill to align ourselves with mutually beneficial partnerships, driving a lot of value for all parties. Referrals to exciting, tech/ tech-enabled startups have resulted in a system that propels growth for both the Tampa/St. Pete ecosystem as well as Morgan Hill Partners.

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Think Big for Kids – Helping Underprivileged Teens Discover Their Potential

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THINK BIG FOR KIDS – ON A MISSION TO HELP UNDERPRIVILEGED TEENS DISCOVER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

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Think Big for Kids was formally announced as the premier teen program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay during a press conference on June 6, 2018. Pictured left to right: representatives from the Dover Boys & Girls Club; Jeff Priede, owner of JDP Electric, Tony DiBenedetto, founder; Ann Shaler, senior vice president, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America; and Chris Letsos, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay.

In a nutshell, Think Big for Kids is a program that aims to help 2,000 Tampa Bay youths become workforce-ready by 2022. Tech entrepreneur, Tony DiBenedetto, brings his proven mantra of “thinking big” to a venture with a mission to help underprivileged youths unlock their full potential and become the next generation of local talent in high demand.

THE BIG IDEA

Think Big for Kids introduces teens from low-income households to a wide variety of career opportunities and assists them in achieving post-graduation goals for employment. The program engages Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay students from sixth to 12th grade through the completion of on-the-job training, trade school certification, or a two-year or four-year degree, depending on their chosen career track.

The idea behind Think Big for Kids came to DiBenedetto after visiting teens at several Boys & Girls Clubs and observing a general lack of career awareness and preparation for life after high school. At one club, he met with 80 high school students and only three raised a hand when he asked if they had plans for post-graduation education. DiBenedetto, whose own childhood was marked by poverty and upheaval, felt compelled to put his time and resources behind formalizing a program to help at-risk kids.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay have a 98% high school graduation rate, but they can’t do it all. I realized our community wasn’t doing enough to help disadvantaged teens prepare for the future,” said DiBenedetto. “At the same time, I consistently heard from CEOs that finding great talent continues to be one of their biggest challenges. Think Big for Kids is a convergence of two major needs in our community, with the potential to make a tremendous humanitarian and economic impact.”

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Jeff Preide, owner of JDP Electric, introduces Boys & Girls Clubs students to the concept of electrical contracting by helping them build their own lamps.

THE BIG GOAL: 2,000 BY 2022

Think Big for Kids partners with area businesses representing high-growth industries to offer field trips, career showcases, mentorship, internships, scholarships and ultimately job offers. From electrical contracting and nursing, to cyber security and technical design, partner companies provide a long-term commitment that will see the teens through the program, with an eye toward building their respective job pipelines with known talent they have already invested in.

Volunteers and partner companies begin working with Think Big kids in middle school, when statistics show they are at greatest risk for peer pressure and lagging behind academically. By keeping them engaged in their early teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs, Think Big for Kids has a platform to introduce different careers, industries and companies across the area, identify general interests and begin to shape individualized career tracks. The focus is on educational preparedness, whether that means going to trade school or navigating college admissions.

“We work with kids who are often overlooked, under-challenged and would otherwise wind up in low-wage jobs with very little chance of career advancement,” said DiBenedetto. “This program doesn’t just focus on the ‘A’ students. We help all kids find a path to success that fits their passion, regardless of their grades or background. Our goal is to prepare 2,000 teens served through Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay for the workforce by 2022.”

Tony DiBenedetto
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PROVEIT – the World’s First Mobile Arcade

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PROVEIT

PROVEIT is the world’s first mobile arcade where players compete for cash in their favorite casual games.

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Welcome to the New Vegas!

The company launched in November 2016 as a trivia-focused iOS app and was called “one of the most exciting mobile games ever played” by TechCrunch. PROVEIT has now evolved into a competitive arcade for the mobile generation, with dozens of game styles and competition formats. Whether you like trivia, puzzles or arcade games, PROVEIT has a game for you!

How It All Started

The company was founded when Prem Thomas asked Nathan Lehoux “Why can’t we play Jeopardy for money on our phones like Fantasy Sports?” Nathan liked the idea of monetizing a game of skill like trivia, and the team quickly got to work developing the first version of PROVEIT, with a seed investment from the founder of a successful poker website. The duo quickly realized that offering a pay-to-play game involved a very complex regulatory environment, but after 18 months, they had secured legal, regulatory, app store and advertising approvals.

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Proveit Prem Thomas and Nathan Lehoux

PROVEIT is now approved for gameplay in 34 states and counting.

Prior to launching, Prem and Nathan raised $2.0 million from Florida attorney, John Morgan, who made the perfect strategic investor, given his legal background, network and appetite for high-risk verticals. Since then, the team has grown to over 10 members, most of which are mobile developers.

PROVEIT at SXSW

The team ran its first major tournament at South by Southwest in 2018, complete with $30,000 in prizes, a PROVEIT-branded armored truck and a street time that took over Austin.

No Ads Ever

Unlike traditional ad-supported mobile games, PROVEIT generates revenue on every gameplay, resulting in a much stickier and more valuable user base.

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PROVEIT’s thousands of users deposit cash to enter head-to-head or multiplayer challenges against friends and random opponents. Entry into each game ranges from $0.50 to $10.00 and winners take a cash prize, less a fee to PROVEIT. The company donates a portion of its revenue to charities that focus on education, literacy and underprivileged students.

Let’s Collaborate

Think you can help out or you have a passion for mobile games? Hit us up at whatup@playproveit.com or visit our website at www.playproveit.com.

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center – Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success

THE TAMPA BAY INNOVATION CENTER
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The Tampa Bay

INNOVATION

Center

THE TAMPA BAY INNOVATION CENTER IS AN INCUBATOR WITH THE MISSION TO ACCELERATE ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS. DESIGNED FOR REAL OUTCOMES, THE INNOVATION CENTER SUPPLIES RESOURCES THAT TECH STARTUPS NEED TO SURVIVE AND SUCCEED.

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The Innovation Center provides tech innovators/entrepreneurs dedicated coaching, specialized mentoring, access to capital and much more all in a professional office environment.

15 years of Accelerating High-Tech Enterprises

In our 15th year of operation, we take pride in reaching an important milestone by serving as a valuable resource for innovators and entrepreneurs. Our ever-growing list of graduates is a testament to our ability to nurture successful high-tech entrepreneurial ventures in West Central Florida.

When we launched the Innovation Center in 2003, the concept of an incubator as a vital part of regional economic development was not yet top-of-the-mind for most people. It surely wasn’t as trendy as it is today to coach, mentor and support startups. We were pioneers in understanding how important it is to assist and nurture entrepreneurs.

Building on Our Success

After only four years at our newest location in downtown St. Petersburg, we had outgrown our facility. In mid-2018, we more than tripled our size and expanded our footprint to 20,000 SF in a new downtown location. We continue to assist emerging and entrepreneurial companies in the technology and manufacturing sectors by providing a unique mind-to-market model for working with entrepreneurs from concept through exit strategy, dedicated coaching, mentoring services, shared equipment, conference and office space, educational workshops and access to funders. Clients can access services either onsite or virtually

THE TAMPA BAY INNOVATION CENTER

Much of our success can be attributed to an outstanding staff with experience in launching and growing tech companies, as well as a group
of professionals who volunteer their time to serve as board members, as mentors to our clients or as presenters at one of our events. We are fortunate to count numerous well-respected individuals from funding and venture capital organizations, defense program offices, law offices, accounting firms and many more for community support. Together they make a significant contribution in helping us foster innovation and growth in the high-tech economy in the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay marketplace.

Today we continue to improve our program by incorporating the best features and practices of the most successful programs throughout the country. By continuing to focus on the individual entrepreneur, we can address specific needs with specific skill-sets, helping to move the young startup more quickly to revenue and success.

A Catalyst for Spurring the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Eco-system

We are very pleased to report that we’ve been laying the groundwork for a purpose-built Innovation Center – a technology hub in St. Petersburg’s Innovation District and Pinellas County. With emphasis on life and marine sciences, the new facility will provide tomorrow’s technology business leaders access to the resources, services, networking and mentors they need while also fulfilling our vision of creating high-tech high-wage jobs within the region. The Innovation Center will serve as a focal point where startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can work in a collaborative environment bringing forth new innovations with a shared vision.

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center
501 1st Avenue N., Suite 901
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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B2 Communications – Customized Public Relations Program

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B2 COMMUNICATIONS TAKES A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO ITS WORK, EXECUTING A CUSTOMIZED PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM FOR EACH CLIENT.

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Missy Hurley and Kyle Parks co-founded the firm in 2010 after recognizing a need in the market for strategic communications.

B2’s success is based on clients staying with the firm for the long term. And that success is reflected in the firm’s growth: Since B2’s founding in 2010, the firm has become one of Tampa Bay’s top PR agencies.

Some of the strategies that we use to amplify organizations’ stories include:

• Messaging strategy: Strong messaging sets the foundation for all communications from the organization.

• Media coaching: Training clients to shine at interviews, speaking engagements or networking events.

• Media relations: News media coverage positions an organization and its executives as thought leaders and provides third-party credibility.

• Content development: Concise and powerful content delivered through websites, blogs, newsletters, and other channels that reach targeted audiences.

• Social media: Strategies for using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and others to connect with target audiences.

Crisis communications: Reputation management counsel when it matters the most – when the organization is preparing for or managing a crisis situation.

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Kyle Parks is an expert in crisis communications. He presented on the topic at Urban Land Institute (ULI) Florida’s Summit in 2016.
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Missy Hurley and Alana Siceloff worked with Synapse on marketing for the 2018 Innovation Summit, which had more than 3,500 in attendance.

Our clients are working on a local, regional and national scale. Our communications strategies on behalf of Sunstar Paramedics, Colliers International, SPCA Tampa Bay and Ybor City Development Corp. have won awards from national industry groups and statewide PR associations.

B2’s often tapped for its PR expertise and local knowledge by its counterparts in PRConsultants Group, a network of leading public relations firms in the nation’s top 50 markets. Our work is bold enough to have a national impact, but our team is small and nimble enough to retain our local touch.

One way our team stays current on the local landscape is through The Tampa Bay 100. B2’s talented team produces the bi-weekly digital publication, which includes 100-word stories about local businesses and nonprofits, events, breweries, restaurants and history. The Tampa Bay 100 has more than 18,000 subscribers.

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B2 works with clients like the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to raise visibility and awareness through media relations. Wilma Norton (right), vice president of marketing and communications for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and Bailey Nicholas (center), executive director of High Risk Hope, were interviewed about their organizations’ impact on the community by “Positively Tampa Bay” host Lissette Campos (left).
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B2 supports organizations that are making an impact, like the Poynter Institute. The B2 team attended Poynter’s Bowtie Ball, which honored PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, in 2017.

Find out what strategic public relations can do for your business.

Phone: (727) 895-5030
Email: info@b2communications.com

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Alakai Defense Systems – our Mission is to protect the Soldier

Alakai Defense Systems, Inc., headquartered in Tampa Bay Florida
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Alakai Defense Systems, Inc., headquartered in Tampa Bay Florida

ELEVATOR PITCH

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Alakai Defense Systems, Inc., headquartered in Tampa Bay Florida, has invented, developed, manufactured, and deployed world-record setting sensor systems to protect deployed soldiers and first responders from bombs and other threats.

They specifically specialize in laser-based remote sensing systems for the detection of bombs, IEDs, truck bombs, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), narcotics, and numerous other hazardous materials at long-range for the defense and security space.

OUR STORY

Alakai’s motto since founding in 2004, is “We were Soldiers, our children are Soldiers, our Mission is to protect the Soldier.” The current incarnation of Alakai was established in Florida in 2006 by Ed Dottery, a West Point graduate and Army officer who commanded in the Infantry and Special Forces before returning to the West Point physics faculty, after an applied physics degree from Stanford University.

Mr. Dottery has made it his lifelong mission to serve and protect soldiers through next generation sensor development. These sensors detect bombs and other threats farther, faster, and safer than the current state of the art.

Alakai’s first true product was for fixed sites or vehicle mounted– the Check Point Explosive Detection System (CPEDS), which can detect threats at football field distances and as of this writing has been deployed by the US Army for over two years, and other organizations are following suit. The CPEDS is an extreme standoff range system for Entry Point Security such as a port, military installation, or any other use that requires an extremely long-range detection.

A man-portable variant, PRIED, for Portable Raman Improvised Explosive Detector was then developed by Alakai for the US Special Operations Command. PRIED is contained in a backpack with a hand-held wand design to quickly detect various hazards such as explosives, narcotics, and chemical warfare agents. Alakai’s PRIED was cited by SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) in 2016 as one of the top 3 most innovative optical sensor in the world in a Silicon Valley ceremony.

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MILESTONES

Alakai has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions including: the Florida Governor’s Business Diversification Award – Entrepreneurship (Major Market), Emerging Technology Company of the Year, Florida Companies to Watch, Florida Fast 50, and three years on the Inc. 5000 list. In addition to its Florida base of operation, Alakai maintains offices in Fort Leonard Wood, MO and the Washington DC metro area.

Alakai Defense Systems, Inc.
8285 Bryan Dairy Road Suite 125
Largo, FL 33777
Email: info@alakaidefense.com
Phone: 727-544-1600
www.alakaidefense.com