As an expert in the telecommunications and IT industry, Yvonne Fry owns Lines of Communications, a full service telecommunication management and auditing company which serves clients in the government and private sectors. Fry is also the CEO of Fryed Egg Productions, a creative agency that specializes in marketing, event production and film. She manages talent and produces a variety of projects including television series, stage shows, and commercials.
As an activist in causes close to her heart, Fry embodies servant leadership with her dedication to helping organizations involving women, children, education and political issues. She is a Past Chair for both the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, is a member of the BayCare Board of Trustees.
Fry served as Chairwoman of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Board, as well as an Executive Committee Member of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation. She was awarded the Plant City Chamber Chairman’s Award in 2014 and was names one of Florida International University’s Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs in Florida in 2011.
Michael (“Mike”) E. Griffin is a Senior Managing Director for Savills Studley Occupier Services. During his career, Mike has completed commercial real estate transactions totaling more than 5.5 million square feet across the globe for a diverse occupier clientele ranging from Fortune 500 companies to all levels of government entities.
Complementing his professional experience, Mike is well-known for his civic endeavors. Mike is the immediate past Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (“GTCC”) and was recognized as it’s youngest Chairman in the more than 130 year history of the organization.
Transcending his servant leadership to the GTCC and USF, Mike, an Eagle Scout, serves on the Executive Board of the Gulf Ridge Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XXVI), and in 2017, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Tampa Port Authority/Port Tampa Bay Governing Board.
Bemetra Simmons, a long-time banking executive, serves as Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo the Private Bank. Simmons serves high net worth clients, preserving and transitioning wealth, providing customized credit solutions, and analyzes long term goals. Her career began in 1997 as an account manager with WorldCom and served as a Global Account Manager for AT&T Global Services and has worked in financial services for more than 14 years.
Simmons’ activity within the community includes serving on the board of trustees for Christian Brothers University, Community Tampa Bay, United Way Bridges, the Centre Club Board of Governors, and the city of Tampa’s Police Review Board. Simmons is a 2013 Leadership Tampa graduate and was names and Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2013, and a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2017. She is also a co-founder of Corporate Homie, a career, lifestyle and advice companies dedicated to assisting professionals navigating the waters of corporate America.
Jason K. Woody serves as the President and CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. He and his dedicated team have helped bring the “gift of sight” to over 130,000 men, women and children around the world. His true commitment to help those blind or visually impaired has been demonstrated by his 27-year tenure with the Lions Eye Institute.
Jason serves on multiple boards and committees such as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of Tampa Board of Fellows, and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America and Donate Life America as the Chair.
In addition Jason is the immediate past president of the Donate Life America board and serves on the Organ and Tissue Education Panel for Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to represent the interests of the public with regard to increasing the number of organ and tissue donors around the country and across the state.