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This Week's Episode with Carolyn Smith-Jones, Owner, Seven Marketing + PR


… In this media focused conversation, Kelly and Carolynn discuss, media trends, the importance and purpose of branding and Carolynn’s seven simple steps to PR & Marketing Magic to get the exposure that you need now on a limited budget and so much more…

Carolynn Smith-Jones is a sales, marketing, and public relations professional with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality, sports, entertainment and franchise industries. Her business focus is to get maximum media coverage and national brand exposure for her clients which include: professional athletes, business owners, entertainers, authors, and high-profile CEOs.

Carolynn started her career as an on-air radio personality for NFL Fox Sports where she covered NFL pre-season camps and side-line reporting; interviewing NFL players and coaches.

Following the world of sports and entertainment; Carolynn’s extensive communications background includes multiple awards in sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels nationwide. As a former “Million Dollar Baby” in sales and marketing for Hilton Hotels Worldwide; Carolynn continues to help market Hospitality clients nationally.

Carolynn is entering her 7th year as the owner of 7, a national marketing, public relations, and social media agency in Tampa, specializing in sports, entertainment, hospitality. Majority of her time is spent managing publicist efforts and business development opportunities for professional athletes, entertainers and high-profile CEO’s and business owners.

www.sevenmarketingpr.com



























First show of Getting the EDGE, January 2015 with special guest Joey Redner, Founder, Cigar City Brewing

Since 2015 Getting the EDGE has been a featured weekly program on iHeart Radio.  2019, Getting the EDGE transitioned into an online filmed production providing valuable content in an interview style, one-hour, weekly, informative, inspiring show; not only providing the opportunity to promote & highlight business owners and leaders in the Tampa Bay Region, it’s an opportunity to get to know them personally and learn from their experiences.  We believe you can learn a great deal from each other’s experiences.

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Previous episodes of "Getting the EDGE..."


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Jeff Harris

BeeKeeper, Hive, LLC 8/8/19 

… In this inspirational conversation, Kelly and Jeff discuss, simple business philosophies, establishing internal processes, growing a team, looking into the mirror and being proud of the person looking back at you and so much more…

Jeff Harris has been in the custom audio video industry in Tampa for the last 18 years. He started his career in the satellite television industry and 10 years ago Jeff saw the opportunity in the “smart home” automation industry and Hive was created. Hive specializes in simplifying the latest residential and commercial technologies. Hive has assembled an industry leading team of individuals that common goal is very simple...a pleased client, who becomes a brand ambassador. It is Hive’s goal and purpose to enhance it’s customers lifestyle through simple technology that works!

Jeff’s philanthropic values show through his various commitment and contributions to worthy cause. Some of these include missions to Haiti and Africa, a percentage of all profits to charities, and quarterly company volunteer work.

www.hivestyle.com


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Lisa Demmi

Inspirational Storyteller & Motivational Speaker 7/25/19 

… In this informative conversation, Kelly and Lisa discuss building relationships via social platforms, specifically Twitter, creating story telling social strategies, overcoming Twitters character limits, the importance and relevance of #hashtags and so much more…

Lisa L. Demmi is a speaker, coach, trainer, and master egg poacher. She LOVES social media and she shows people how not only to embrace it but also how to put it in a headlock and execute a figure eight on it. Lisa helps companies and organizations leverage social media to create relationships that turn into prospects and ultimately, clients. She also helps others see the power of social media from increasing awareness to understanding the best platform for your specific needs and strengths. She still fondly remembers her first “tweet” and how it changed her journey forever. She’s looking forward to helping you change yours.


Getting the EDGE Double Feature with Kelly Wilson

featuring Mit Patel, CEO, MIT Computers & Andy Gold, Ph.D.,

 7/11/2019

… In this two-part conversation … First, Kelly & Mit Patel discuss starting a business, employees, growth, strategy and much more… Part two, Kelly & Andy Gold discuss serendipity as it relates to business, the everyday entrepreneur, social entrepreneurs & Vetrepreneurs, personal finance & the Susie Steiner Impact Award upcoming on August 30th.

MIT Computers was founded in 1997 as a company dedicated to providing consumers and small businesses with sales and support of the personal computer. Our experience is unparalleled in the industry and it shows in our dedicated commitment to outstanding service. When your computer needs service or a new computer is the more desirable option, we are the company you can trust.

www.mitcomputers.com

Andy Gold, Ph.D., is a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Gold is a co-founder of the HCC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and Operation Startup, a partnership between HCC and Hillsborough County designed for Vetrepreneurs to develop and launch businesses. Born and raised in New York City, Gold is a product of public education, and he is a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 23 years. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994. Recently, he co-founded e2venture, a consulting business that provides entrepreneurial mindset training services to organizations, educators, and at-risk youth. Dr. Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street where he and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business. Gold currently lives in Tampa with his wife Anne, a middle school teacher. They have two sons, Matt who lives and works in New York City, and Greg who lives and works in Atlanta.

agold3@hccfl.edu


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Eli Gonzalez, 

CEO of Ghost Publishing 6/27/19

… In this faith focused conversation, Kelly and Eli discuss entrepreneurship, the strength that we have as individuals that you would never believe you have until you realize you do, writing and publishing a book, business growth and sustainability and so much more…

Eli Gonzalez is one of the preeminent ghostwriters in the United States today. He’s the CEO of The Ghost Publishing (TGP) and the Founder of the International Ghostwriter’s Association. He is a sought after speaker and a renowned thought leader in the ghostwriting and publishing world. Prior to founding TGP, he was the Senior Ghostwriter for Xulon Press, the largest Christian publishing company in the country. He has written books for ministry leaders known all over the world. To date, he has worked on more than 80 books, many of which reached legitimate Best Seller lists.

Eli currently released his book, The Fierce Urgency of Now, which debuted at #3 on Amazon!

In 2017 Eli founded the International Ghostwriter’s Association. The I.G.A. has launched three online writing courses: Make a Living as a Ghostwriter – (The only Certification Course for Ghostwriters)How to write a Christian Book,  and Writing for the Web

Eli Gonzalez can be reached at

(727) 692-5259 / Eli@theghostpublishing.com / Twitter @EliGhost1


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson Double Feature

featuring Tyler Martinolich, Executive Director, Film Tampa Bay & Terri Hall Founder & CEO, Double Take Marketing 6/20/2019

… In these film and marketing focused conversations, Kelly and Tyler discuss the invaluable services that Film Tampa Bay provides to the production industry, why Tampa Bay, current projects and what’s in store for the future.

http://www.filmtampabay.com

Kelly and a Terri discuss marketing strategies… with so many promotional options, how do you determine the best option for your business? Thinking outside the box and standing out from your competitors and much more…

www.doubletakefl.com


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Jessica Rivelli,

Founder & CEO, Working Women of Tampa Bay 6/13/2019

...In this community focused conversation, Kelly and Jessica discuss the 1st ten years of building the Working Women of Tampa Bay, transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship, discovering passions and talents within us, starting new life chapters and so much more...

Jessica Rivelli is the founder of Working Women of Florida. The largest women’s networking group in the state has 700 members and 35,000 social media fans. Jessica launched Working Women of Tampa Bay after leaving a successful career in TV News. She credits her 12 years of multimedia experience for her ability to create dynamic & relevant programming. Since its 2009 launch, Jessica has produced more than 2,500 events in the Tampa Bay & Central Florida area. Many include educational workshops designed to help women follow their dreams of owning their own businesses. In 2016, Jessica launched Working Women Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide mentoring and resources to female entrepreneurs and executives. In the past 3 years, the organization has presented more than 30 Women-Owned Businesses with more than $20, 000 in seed money and services to help them grow.

www.workingwomenoftampabay.com




Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Laura Scott,

President, 180 Coaching 6/6/2019

… In this inspiring focused conversation, Kelly and Laura discuss perseverance, managing the highs and low of entrepreneurship, intentional leadership and so much more …

Laura S. Scott is a speaker, author, executive coach, and leadership training provider based in Tampa, Florida. As Founder and President of 180 Coaching, Laura partners with her clients' potential by providing custom-designed coaching and leadership, engagement, and communications training solutions, and by offering tools, training, and processes that support strategic engagement and communications, intentional leadership, resiliency, emotional self-mastery and cognitive empathy, and values-based decision-making.

www.180coaching.com


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Chandler Jericho,

Founder & CEO, ReBuilt Meals 5/9/2019

 … In this entrepreneurial focused conversation, Kelly and Chandler discuss his entrepreneurial journey, finding his way, learning and growing from all (good and bad) experiences, his latest endeavor, ReBuilt Meals, building a team and product choices and so much more …

www.ReBuiltMeals.com

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Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Susan Dellinger, Ph.D,

Founder & CEO, Psycho-Geometrics 5/2/2019

In this delightful conversation, Kelly and Susan discuss her company Psycho-Geometrics, The Science of Understanding People and the Art of Communicating with them, relationships in general, other projects in the works and their common passion, The Centre for Women and so much more …

Dr. Dellinger created Psycho-Geometrics® in 1980’s as a solution to a problem. As a management trainer for a Fortune 50 corporation, Susan wanted to help managers and supervisors to communicate more effectively with their teams. Frustrated with complicated testing instruments such as the MBTI and DISC, she sought a shortcut. Having done research in personality psychology and communication styles while completing her Doctorate in Communication at the U. of Colorado, she developed a system of communication style analysis based on 5 simple geometric shapes. It was an instant “hit” because it is quick, easy to understand and equally as valid as other tests on the market. And…people never forget their “SHAPE.”  Now, 30 years later, Susan has presented her Psycho-Geometrics® system Worldwide and spoken to over 1 million people in 24 countries improving communication among colleagues, managers, customers and personal relationships. Clients have included Leadership Florida, Federal Express, General Motors, IBM, American Express, VISA, Coldwell Banker, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.    

www.psychogeometrics.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Travis Horn BA-JD,

Creative Advertising & Branding | Public Relations | New Business Development

Founder & CEO, S3 Media, CEO at Ybor Chamber 4/11/2019

… In this local communications focused interview, Kelly and Travis discuss local upcoming events, Chamber of Commerce, Lectora Tuesday’s, multiple Veteran Charities, building relationships, business development and much more.

Travis Horn is a Tampa Bay communications executive who has served most recently as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for S3Media. Travis regularly presents to business and student groups on a wide variety of advertising, branding, marketing, and public relations topics. PR and helping business owners & leaders get noticed and "tell their stories" is his passion.  Travis is a native Floridian, a lawyer by training, and a graduate of both the University of Florida and the University Of Florida College Of Law. He embraces the notion of being a ‘fixer’ who won’t shy away from taking on tough business communications challenges, whether the client is a tech startup with little capital or a non-profit seeking reputable donors or volunteers.  Travis has been voted Tampa Bay's Number One Public Relations & Marketing Professional in a recent Tampa Bay Business Journal (TBBJ) readers survey.  Travis is the incoming Chairman of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and has held new volunteer posts over the years. He's also the host of a morning business networking group there entitled "Lectora Tuesday." Travis dedicates much of his time to volunteering as a Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) mentor and focuses on helping veterans or children's charities. He enjoys traveling and the great outdoors. Travis resides in Riverview with his wife and newborn baby girl. He has a teenage son who he is immensely proud of as well.



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Kurt Schwahn,

President, Anvil Paints & Coatings 4/4/2019

… In this leadership focused interview, Kelly and Kurt discuss leading through change and the importance of compassion, creating a company culture that works for everyone, managing expectations, selling on Amazon, instituting an effective return policy and much more…

Kurt Schwahn is a passionate leader that brings success, education and compassion to his business and personal endeavors.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and an MBA from University of Miami.  He has worked in a variety of escalating management roles within two fortune 100 companies, Black and Decker and Newell Rubbermaid, prior to moving to a privately held consulting firm helping small middle market companies maximize profits and gain revenue.  After his last project of turning around a 50-year old CPG manufacturer, the new parent company asked Mr. Schwahn to maintain his presidential role and run the division.  Personally, Kurt is a proud father of 3 teenage boys with his wife of 18 years.  He is a United States Navy/Marine Corp veteran who proudly served his country for eight years.  He has achieved All-World Bronze Ironman triathlete recognition and enjoys competing in free dive spearfishing tournaments.  He attributes his success to his work ethic, support from his family and his spiritual faith.

http://www.anvilpaints.com/



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Danny Troya,

Freelance Hairdresser & Hair Color Specialist 3/28/2019

 … In this service focused interview, Kelly and Danny discuss his 30-year experience building his clientele, nurturing relationships and continuously evolving and advancing through the decisions that we make and relevant trends …

Danny Troya is a Florida native. His Mother, Norma was raised in Ybor City and was a cigar roller and his Father, Giraldo is a Cuban immigrant who fled the Castro regime. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Danny went to work as a welder at his Father’s machine shop … he soon realized that the family business was not for him and decided to pursue his passion for hairdressing. Danny attended Roffler Hair Design College 30 years ago. He at one point opened his own salon, Salon Troya, it was a successful venture however, Danny decided that he personally preferred fewer overhead expenses and business owner responsibilities.  He preferred focusing his time and energy on what he felt was most important to him, his clients and his family.  Danny transitioned back to his roots as a Freelance Hairdresser and has never looked back. Danny is married to the love of his life, Farianne and has 3 gorgeous children, Daniel 24, Derek 20 and Isabella 9.  His family is his inspiration. 

For Appointments (813) 243-9898 / Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dannyoftampa



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Jacqueline Darna,

Founder & CEO, NoMo Nausea Bands 3/21/2019

… In this inspiring interview, Kelly and Jacqueline discuss embracing opportunity, taking risks, having faith, creating the wow factor, trial and error, product development, selling to big-box retailers, building relationships, remaining humble and so much more

Dr. Jacqueline Darna is the CEO and medical inventor of the NoMo Nausea, NoMo Migraine, & NoMo Sleepless Nights. The first and only natural way to stop nausea, vomiting, and headaches instantly for adults, kids, and pets. Her stylish, waterproof, and comfortable patent essential oil infused acupressure wristband combines fast acting aromatherapy with long lasting relief that helps with morning sickness, motion sickness, migraines, and much more in 30 seconds.  Within three short years Jacqueline started the company and is now distributed in 12 countries of the world for her 4 product lines, and can be found in big box retail stores like: Bed Bath & Beyond, BuyBuy Baby, & 6000 CVS stores.  The NoMo Nausea Band was awarded Surgical Product of the Year Nominee, voted Eco-Friendly Family Product of 2015 by KIWI magazine, and is the anti-nausea product of choice by NAUI scuba divers worldwide.  Jaqueline is a Tampa native that has been featured on ABC, NBC, Today's Show, Daytime, and multiple radio stations nationwide for her innovative products. She is now known as the outgoing 2018 winner of PepsiCo Choice Competition at WBENC, 2017 winner of Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington's The Big Pitch, and so many more. 

www.nomonausea.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Robert Lawrence,

Owner, Depth Perception Dive Center 3/14/2019

… In this interview Kelly and Robert discuss taking a break from business and discovering the wonderous world of scuba diving.

Robert Lawrence has 30+ years of diving experience and is the owner of Depth Perception Dive Center, a full service PADI/NAUI scuba dive facility located on Gandy Blvd. in South Tampa.  Depth Perception Dive Center offers: Scuba Certification (Open-water thru Instructor)  Retail Sales, Rental & Service of Dive Gear (BC's, Regulators, Cylinders, Computers, Spearguns, etc.) and Dive trips for all experience levels. 

www.depthperceptiondivecenter.com 



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Andy Gold, Ph.D,

 3/7/2019

In this interview Kelly and Andy discuss the entrepreneurial mindset, business modeling, serendipity and so much more … 

Andy Gold, Ph.D., is a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Gold is a co-founder of the HCC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and Operation Startup, a partnership between HCC and Hillsborough County designed for Vetrepreneurs to develop and launch businesses. Born and raised in New York City, Gold is a product of public education, and he is a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 23 years. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994.  Recently, he co-founded e2venture, a consulting business that provides entrepreneurial mindset training services to organizations, educators, and at-risk youth. Dr. Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street where he and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business. Gold currently lives in Tampa with his wife Anne, a middle school teacher. They have two sons, Matt who lives and works in New York City, and Greg who lives and works in Atlanta.



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Edward Valaitis,

Managing Director of Edison Avenue 2/28/2019

Edward Valaitis is the Managing Director of Edison Avenue and has experience building, managing, and leading companies. He has expertise in selling companies, implementing fast growth strategies and determining the value of a business. He is married with two successful daughters, two grandchildren and a love of outdoor adventures.  Edison Avenue helps entrepreneurs achieve a lifetime of financial freedom! Primarily by helping them dramatically increase their business value and achieve an optimal sale of their company when the time to exit arrives. They are growth advisors not traditional business brokers offering the combined experience of being a CPA firm partner, commercial bank lender, Fortune 500 executive and countless business sale transactions to get you the best possible outcome. Credentials: Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), Certified Merger & Acquisition Professional (CMAP), Certified Value Builder (CVB).   

www.EdisonAvenue.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Lauren Davenport,

Founder & CEO, The Symphony Agency 2/21/2019

...In this interview Kelly & Lauren discuss starting a business, adapting to change as needed, building a team and living and enjoying life to the fullest ... even as a business owner.  

Lauren Davenport is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at The Symphony Agency. She founded the company in her early 20’s after discovering a lack of marketing and technology expertise available to small businesses. Her natural digital marketing savvy and entrepreneurial drive grew the organization from a boutique consulting business into a multi-million dollar agency. In her role at Symphony, Lauren is responsible for the company’s vision and growth strategies including cultivating company culture, developing partnerships and leading acquisitions.  Lauren has received notable accolades including being named as a finalist for Business Woman of the Year awarded by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a winner of The Business Observer’s 40 Under 40 Award. She has also been featured in the media on PBS, iHeartRadio, The Smart Agency Podcast, Tampa Bay Times, Gravitas Magazine, and more. In addition, she holds certifications in digital marketing from companies including Google, HubSpot, WooRank and Yext.  

www.symphonyagency.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Topher Morrison,

2019 Mayoral Candidate 2/14/2019

… In this informative interview Kelly and Topher discuss his campaign to run for mayor.

Topher Morrison is the founder of a Personal Branding Agency in Tampa, FL.  He is the author of three best-selling books and has been a resident of Tampa for 19 years. For the past 30 years, he has traveled the world for business, and has witnessed the development of the most innovative cities. He has observed what can happen when cities stop playing politics and start playing the game of innovation.  He volunteers his time to mentor students at the University of Tampa’s entrepreneurship center and is a member of UT’s Board of Fellows. As a founding member of the Center Circle at the Center for Women, Topher has a track record advocating for equal rights of women in the workplace.  He was one of the most vocal citizens in the fight against the Public Transportation Commission for allowing ride share services like Uber and Lyft to remain in Tampa.  He is a member and serves on the development committee for Feeding Tampa Bay. His extensive speaking career, spanning over the past 30 years, has earned him a global reputation as an expert in mass-communication and influence.  He has spoken for top executives with American Express, Microsoft and Google, just to name a few.  Topher is shockingly honest, sometimes irreverent, and always down-to-earth. His personality and straightforward manner are perfect for the person who is tired of partisan politics and career politicians. He is not afraid to tell it like it is and speaks to the person who couldn’t care less about party affiliation and is more focused on making sure Tampa is the ultimate city to live, work and play.



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Dave Burton,

Tampa Bay Area Restaurateur 2/7/2019

… In this interview Kelly and Dave discuss following your passions, finding your niche, managing multiple concepts and building great teams.

Dave Burton, A well respected Tampa Bay area restaurateur and Tampa native, is a Managing Partner of Tampa Pizza Company and Co-Managing partner of Holy Hog Barbecue. He is also a Co-Managing Partner at The Getaway, a Florida Keys-inspired tiki-bar and restaurant concept with 2 high-performing locations in Saint Petersburg, Florida that has been named by USA Today as one of the 10 best beach bars in Florida. Burton recently joined So Fresh, an original healthy fast casual restaurant, as well as opening Flock in Stock which is a fast-casual chicken in burger concept in the critically acclaimed Sparkman Wharfe. Burton will be debuting a new concept, Gen X tavern, a retro inspired restaurant and bar that will pay homage 1980s and 1990s pop culture. As an active member of the community, he has served on the alumni board of directors of Tampa as well as the board of directors for Visit Tampa Bay. His work with various Tampa Bay area nonprofits earned him the distinguished Betty Trible citizen of the year award in 2017 from the Tampa connection. Over the years, he has been involved in several fundraisers for the Glazer Children's Museum, The Crisis Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theater, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Trinity Café, Children's Dream Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Sustany Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, First Tee of Tampa Bay, Feeding Children Everywhere, No Kid Hungry Campaign, and various student organizations at the University of Tampa And University of South Florida.



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Terri Hall,

President, Doubletake Marketing 1/31/2019

… In this fun interview Kelly and Terri discuss Marketing and Advertising Strategies for your business and the remaining importance of Public Relations and Traditional Marketing.

Doubletake is a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm with a strong emphasis on creative design work.  Headquartered in Tampa, Fl. Their work for private corporations and not-for-profit organizations from the US, Canada, UK, France & Japan.  The unique aspect of working with Doubletake that separates them from others is their ability to translate specific needs of their clients into award-winning work that get results.  For over 20 years, their team has been creating marketing campaigns and advertising for corporate, industrial, medical manufacturing, leisure, tourism and entertainment clientele. Their work has been recognized at the national and international level for creativity and design excellence.  With over 26 ADDY awards and 12 Hermes Platinum and Gold awards – they’ve also been recognized by IAAPA’s Brass Ring Awards, Stora Enso Paper and many others for not only meeting, but exceeding their customers’ needs.  

www.doubletakefl.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Gregory Celestan,

CEO, Celestar Corporation 1/24/2019

… Kelly and Greg discuss overcoming life’s challenges, embracing self-motivation, utilizing and applying skills and lessons learned to present day strategies of your life and business.

Gregory Celestan, Chief Executive Officer, Celestar Corporation, earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Russian Area Studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Gregory retired from the U.S. Army in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of experience leading US and foreign military personnel.  Gregory founded Celestar Corporation prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army.  Celestar Corporation was named to the Inc. magazine list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America in 2009.  Celestar Corporation was also named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Fast 50” list of the 50 fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Gregory was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Award recipient in 2010. Mr. Celestan served a Regional Judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for 2012-2014 and as a National Judge for the program in 2015-2018. Gregory is currently a member of the Board of the Bank of Tampa and is Vice-Chairman of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation Board. Mr. Celestan was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Enterprise Florida and the Space Florida boards in 2018.  Mr. Celestan is also a Past Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and a Past Port Tampa Bay Commissioner. Gregory was elected to the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2017.

https://www.celestarcorp.com/


Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Lauren Prager,

VP of Programming & Communications, Synapse 1/20/2019

… In this interview Kelly and Lauren discuss the upcoming Synapse Summit, January 23 & 24 at Amalie Arena...

The Synapse Summit brings together the best people, ideas, and technologies for two days of learning, exploring, and celebrating the possibilities of technology and innovation.

www.synapsesummit.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Gaston Merideth,

Founder & Owner, Gaston's Culinary Services & Chef G's Florida Barbecue Sauce 1/10/2019

Chef Gaston Merideth is an accomplished, award winning culinary connoisseur with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  Chef G’s experience includes four years with the U.S. Coast Guard, Port Huron State College, Culinary Institute of America. Former chef at Universal Studios Orlando, Eurest and Marriott International.  Former instructor of Culinary Arts at Manatee Technical College, a Florida Food Safety Manager Instructor & Test Administrator, and certified HACCP. Chef G has been highlighted and or participated in multiple media platforms including ABC, CTN 22, The List, The Good Life Tampa Bay, Restaurant Magazine, Sam’s Club Food Service Magazine, the Chicago Times, and reality TV show The Keynote mansion chef.  Chef Gaston is the recipient of the 2nd Annual National Black Chef’s Association’s 2019 Chef’s Award with other great chefs such as New Orleans’ legend Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant and Chef Chanda Clark of Sweetie Pie’s and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. Gaston's Culinary Services Inc. located in Tampa Florida is an award winning OFF-SITE Premier Caterer and Event Planner for Weddings, Galas, Corporate Events, Cocktail Parties, Mitzvahs, Quinceañera, Celebrities, Craft Services, Fundraisers, Graduations, Bridal Parties, Tailgating, Cookouts and events



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Erik Cock,

The Authority House 5/2/2019



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Jason K. Woody,

President & CEO, The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research 12/20/2018

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 over 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 Past Chair.  In addition, Jason 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 within the state. 

www.LionsEyeInstitute.org 



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Ian Beckles,

Founder & CEO, Flavor of Tampa Bay 12/13/2018

Ian Beckles, Former NFL Player – Current Radio Personality, Foodie, and Tampa Bay Influencer. Ian is a celebrated local celebrity, having played seven seasons with our Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1990's. He can now be heard on the local airwaves from the top-ranked FM Talk Radio station, focusing his platform on sports, food, current events and supporting local businesses. Ian has made a successful transition from a career in professional sports to entrepreneurship as Founder/Owner of Dignitary Card, Flavor of Tampa Bay and the Ian Beckles Foundation. He also recently opened a new entertainment venue in Tampa to promote local businesses and assist in the growth of Tampa Bay.

https://www.facebook.com/FlavorOfTampaBay/



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Paul Huszar,

President & CEO, VetCor LLC. 11/29/2018

Paul Huszar is the CEO, President, and majority owner of VetCor, LLC, a restoration company focused on hiring veterans, and recognized as the 2016 Bright House Networks Start-up of the Year in the Tampa Bay Region, and the Greater Tampa Chamber’s similar recognition in 2017. VetCor operates throughout south Florida with a vision of even greater expansion. Paul retired from 23 years of active duty military service including four combat tours in Iraq, one unaccompanied tour in Korea, and operational deployments to Thailand, Bolivia, Honduras, Panama, and Haiti. He and his family moved to South Tampa upon his retirement, and he began his tenure as President of VetCor on December 9, 2013.

http://www.vetcor.com/



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Andre Hampton,

Founder & Managing Director, StreamS Capital, Founder & Owner, Factory 114 1/3/2019

Andre Hampton is an astute life and annuity expert, investment advisor rep, real estate broker, business professional, author and visionary leader able to leverage his impressive blend of financial advisement and real estate expertise to design and execute dynamic, creative investment strategies that produce optimal growth. During his career, he has developed a highly analytical and strategic investment mindset that identifies and capitalizes on emerging market opportunities to achieve expected returns, while also maximizing flexibility and asset protection. Andre is additionally the Founder & Owner of Factory 114 in Channelside offering, co-working and event space geared to support independent industry professionals and entrepreneurs who want to be immersed and challenged in an environment that fosters growth, helps re-imagine strategy and encourages action.

www.streamscapital.com / www.ilovefactory114.com



Getting the EDGE with Kelly Wilson featuring Laura Scott,

President, 180 Coaching 12/6/2018

 Laura S. Scott is a speaker, author, executive coach, and leadership training provider based in Tampa, Florida. As Founder and President of 180 Coaching, Laura partners with her clients' potential by providing custom-designed coaching and leadership, engagement, and communications training solutions, and by offering tools, training, and processes that support strategic engagement and communications, intentional leadership, resiliency, emotional self-mastery and cognitive empathy, and values-based decision-making.

https://180coaching.com/

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