“I’ve always had a passion for our community. Even in high school and college I was involved in student government. When I came back to Tampa, I wasn’t sure if it was my final destination, but I came back and joined a few organizations and became involved in the community again. I realized this was a driving community of young professionals.
“We recruit companies and try to get them to start their businesses here. What I did in 2011 was put together my own business plan and start my own company, which is my current profession. My company is called Elevate, Inc. We help business owners and start-up entrepreneurs learn, connect and grow in the community.