Tampa, FL (May 29, 2018)— It’s official. Co-chairs Chuck Sykes and Ron Christaldi are pleased to announce that one hundred business executives and civic leaders have joined the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 (TBR2020) efforts to “Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay.”
Dubbed the Rays 100, these business leaders serve as ambassadors for TBR2020, the umbrella organization supporting the Tampa Bay Rays relo-cation efforts. Committed to raising awareness, securing financial support and appearing at speaking engagements and events, these community leaders will spotlight the push to keep the Rays baseball team local.
John Tomlin, CEO of Tomlin St. Cyr Real Estate Services is the 100th member. An early love of baseball and pride in being a Tampa resident led Tomlin to sign on as a member of the Rays 100.
“The Rays provide the Tampa Bay region with high visibility,” Tomlin ex-plains. “They instill a sense of pride in the community that far exceeds a love of baseball. They add credibility to the notion that Tampa is a leading place to live.”
The complete list of the Rays 100 includes:
Co-chairs of Tampa Bay Rays 2020
Chuck Sykes – Sykes Enterprises
Ronald Christaldi – Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLC; Shumaker Advisors
Vice-chairs of Rays 100
Mike Griffin – Savills Studley Occupier Services
Jason Woody – Lion’s Eye Institute for Transplant and Research
About the Tampa Bay Rays 2020
On February 9, 2018, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the team wants to build its next ballpark in Ybor City. The proposed site for the ballpark is a 14-acre plot of warehouses and parking lots just north of the Ybor Channel. To support a new Rays ballpark being built in Ybor City, Charles “Chuck” Sykes, CEO of Sykes Enterprises and Ronald “Ron” Christaldi, partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLC., founded a non-profit organiza-tion called Tampa Bay Rays 2020 (TBR2020). Their goals are to raise Tampa Bay community awareness, build private equity and boost efforts to “Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay.”