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Breezin’ Chats Episode 15: Making Life More Musical (Feat. Instruments 4 Life)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guests, David Diaz, Bri Brokaw, and Jon Soler, to discuss their united mission to make life more musical for the Tampa Bay youth through Instruments 4 Life. David and Jon are native residents to Tampa, and Bri has a background in world travel. Together they share a strong passion for music and community outreach that is making kids lives better each day.

David, one of the founding members, has most enjoyed the journey of seeing Instruments 4 Life come together after years of hard work and seeing the kids grow with the program. Jon, a local musician and founding member, calls the organization a family that uplifts each other. He believes this powerful quality gives Instruments 4 Life a competitive advantage against lots of factors. Bri originally came into the program to assist with fundraising, but after a break in which she worked for the Peace Corps and became a teacher abroad, she brought the skills she learned back to Instruments 4 Life and continued to grow the program to what it is today.

 

The idea of Instruments 4 Life came to fruition at a band practice eight years ago. The band was brainstorming ideas on how they could help local kids, and, being musicians, they decided to practice what they already know; music. The band agreed that even for those who aren’t musicians, music helps people get through difficult times. As Bri said, “The best way we know how to give back is to start with our youth… because they are our future.” Thus, Instruments 4 Life was born.

 

The program provides beginner and intermediate lessons in guitar, ukulele, piano, and arts for kids in second through twelfth grade. It runs in eight to ten-week increments that coincide with school semesters and quarters. Following the completion of a cycle of music, the students are awarded their own instruments to keep.

 

The ultimate goal is to create lasting, positive changes in the lives of youth in at-risk communities. Instruments 4 Life students come from schools that have either no music programs or the existing programs have been severely cut. As a result of their hard work and commitment to the kids, Instruments 4 Life was named the Breezin’ Entertainment 2019 Charity of the Year.

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about David, Bri, and Jon’s passion for musical outreach and how Instruments 4 Life is continuously improving the lives of children in the Tampa Bay community.

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Breezin’ Entertainment, a premier Tampa event agency, launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level Tampa event entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech, and her ambassadors of fun as they talk about the industry and even house a few special guests.

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 14: The Runway to Tampa’s Future (Feat. Danny Cooper)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Danny Cooper, to answer the question, “What is flying people to the Tampa Bay area?” Danny is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works as the Senior Manager of Marketing at Tampa International Airport.

Danny is a proud Florida native. Following his graduation at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, he attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on a full-ride scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. Danny began his collegiate years as a computer science major with pilot training as the end goal, but ended up graduating in 1997 with a degree in English Literature and working as a Public Affairs officer at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Following his work in the Air Force, Danny worked as the Assistant Vice President of Communication and Public Relations at Lanier Upshaw and later as the Associate Director of the University of South Florida Alumni Association. He most enjoyed reconnecting alumni to a university that is completely different from when they visited and working outside the Tampa market.

 

Danny recalls a vivid memory of thinking that working at a university or airport someday would be cool, and the later half of that dream came true not long after the first. In 2014, he began work at the Tampa International Airport while also attending The University of Tampa to obtain his MBA. Danny works with the mindset that the airport should never be the reason people don’t come to the market, and has had undeniable success in ensuring the airport provides the best experience for its visitors.

 

The team comments how he has come full-circle doing work in the aerospace field, and Danny encourages any interested listeners to get into the field sooner in their career than he did. He believes that if you put into the universe what you want, it will happen.

 

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Danny’s career, his insight on marketing, expansions, and improvements at Tampa International, and where the future of Tampa Bay is headed.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 13: Visit Tampa Bay (Feat. Santiago Corrada)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Santiago Corrada, about tourism in Tampa. Santiago has dedicated over 25 years of his life to public service and is a long-time hospitality specialist. Now, he is the President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, a program that has greatly improved Tampa’s tourism industry.

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey into a hard-working immigrant family, Santiago has always valued education. He was a musician in high school, participating in marching band, jazz band, and concert band, playing multiple instruments. Santiago worked hard to earn as much scholarships as possible to attend the University of Miami as a pre-med student. Ultimately, he decided to major in education, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and began teaching third through fifth-grade children with disabilities post-graduation. He later got his master’s in educational leadership and spent many years as a high school principal.

 

Due to his high level of success as a principal and a leader, after spending 17 years in the school system, the mayor of Miami recruited Santiago to run the park and recreation department. From there, he caught the eye of the Tampa mayor and was then recruited to work in Tampa. Santiago has worked in a variety of positions, from the chief of staff for the city of Tampa, to the Tourism, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Administrator at the Tampa Convention Center, to his current position at Visit Tampa Bay.

 

Santiago credits his success to staying open-minded. He says, “You never know what life has in store for you, and if you limit yourself to this one thing, you may be passing up on a universe of different experiences.” He is considered to be the main spokesperson for tourism and hospitality in the Tampa area and is affiliated with over ten local boards. He received HSMAI’s top 25 award for Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality, Sales, and Marketing and was the 2013 Hillsborough County Hispanic Man of the Year, in addition to the numerous marketing awards presented to Visit Tampa Bay under his leadership.

 

To hear more of Santiago’s story and how his hard work is bringing people to our slice of paradise, tune in to episode 13 of Breezin’ Chats. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 10: One Dress at a Time (Feat. Vicky Anglo)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is featuring artist turned fashion designer turned entrepreneur and contributing writer to Breezin’ Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Edition, Vicky Anglo of Anglo Couture. Cindy Dervech, Michael Dervech, and Jessie Soplinski dive into the world of bridal fashion, as they talk about how Vicky Anglo took the Bridal Fashion Industry in Tampa by storm. They will also be learning about Anglo’s Greek roots, her passion for design, and love for the glamour and elegance of weddings.

Vicky has showcased her designs all over the world, even in New York and Bridal Fashion Week. For Vicky, the best part about her job is personally working with each bride to create a unique one of a kind gown with style, personality, and vision. Vicky knows all brides are different, and she wants the bride’s personality to shine- especially on their wedding day – so through innovative design and personal collaboration, Vicky works with brides to ensure they look as great as they feel on their special day. This is her inspiration, and how Anglo Couture was born. So please give a warm welcome to Vicky Anglo.

 

Want to hear the full story? Tune in to episode 10 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to hear more about Vicky’s journey to becoming a bridal fashion mogul here in Tampa.

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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 9: Michele Renee The Studio (Feat. Michele Renee)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is featuring award-winning makeup artist and Breezin’ Magazine’s “40 Under 40” finalist, Michele Renee, Founder and CEO of Michele Renee The Studio. Cindy Dervech, Michael Dervech, and Jessie Soplinski dive into the world of hair and makeup, as they talk about the process of what it takes to make a bride look stunning on her special day and much more. They will also be learning about Renee’s Texan roots, her love for giving back to the community, and her hair and makeup empire that she built. Michele Renee The Studio specializes in airbrush makeup application and hairstyle services. Based in Tampa, FL, Michele Renee The Studio serves a global client base for weddings, boudoir, corporate events, film, television, social events, photo shoots, and more. So please give a warm welcome to Michele Renee.

Michele Renee’s newfound love for Indian culture and its traditional weddings have launched her to start a donating to local children charities in India. Michele has learned so much from her brides that giving back to India’s children in honor of them is the only way she can express her gratitude. If you would like to donate, please visit:

 

Grace Children Ministries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gcmindiaorg/

Website: http://www.gcm-india.org/

 

Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society (CERDS)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cerdsorganisation/

Website: http://www.cerds-india.org/

 

Want to hear the full story? Tune in to episode 9 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to hear more about Michele’s journey to becoming an award-winning makeup artist.

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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 8: The Independent and Prosperous Mindset (Feat. Kelly Flannery)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is featuring the successful and influential, Kelly Flannery, who has greatly impacted the Tampa Bay community. As an actively involved individual, she has received multiple recognitions for her work. She is a two-time honoree of Business Women of the Year and a two-time honoree of Business of Pride. Recently, she was featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Power 100 and is also the president and CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce where she works closely with business owners and leaders in the community to make Tampa the best place to work and prosper. Furthermore, she serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida along with her other leadership positions. So please give a warm welcome to Kelly Flannery.

Kelly Flannery was born and raised in South Tampa and studied at Florida State University where she earned her B.S. in political science. After graduating, she wanted to go somewhere new and different. With that, she moved to Chicago and worked at the iconic Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in catering and convention services. After a few years, she realized Tampa was where her heart and soul was, so she moved back down south seeking to do something more specific to the South Tampa community. She started working at the Centre Club and worked her way up to where she is today as an influential businesswoman to Tampa Bay.

 

Kelly talks about her journey in being an independent and self-motivated individual and also talks about her future partnerships. Want to hear the full story? Tune in to episode 8 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to hear more about Kelly’s inspiring story and learn how small business owners and community leaders can make Tampa the best place to live.

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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Breezin’ Chats – Episode 7: Married to Marketing (Feat. Anna Coats)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, we are featuring Anna Coats, who is a finalist from Breezin’ Magazine’s “40 under 40.” She has appeared in several national talk shows like Daytime TV, ABC action news, News Channel 8, and Fox 13. With over fourteen years of marketing experience, she was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and named Businesswoman of the Year. However, her major success in serving the Tampa Bay community was achieved through various, unplanned, and unanticipated experiences. So please give a warm welcome to Founder and CEO of Marry Me Tampa Bay, Anna Coats.

She grew up in Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University where she studied news, journalism, and marketing. After school, she spent a year as a financial advisor and worked for an SAT prep company where she taught students on the side. She also helped the company with their operations and marketing for eight to nine years, which made her want to pursue marketing even more. She then received an opportunity to do marketing for Whole Foods Market.

At this time, she was planning her own wedding and realized that there were not many local resources for finding wedding vendors and planning weddings. This was the time when she decided to combine her journalism and marketing background and start her own online wedding publication. She did not think this could be possible, but she quit marketing for Whole Foods to pursue her passion, which is now known as Marry Me Tampa Bay. The publication features real weddings in the Tampa Bay, Lakeland, and Sarasota area, advice from local wedding professionals, and more.

Want to hear the full story? Tune into Breezin’ Chats episode 7 to hear more about Anna Coats’s journey as an entrepreneur and what’s trending in the wedding industry.

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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.”

 

 

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Breezin’ Chats – Episode 6: The Art of Being a Boss (Feat. Dana Blickensderfer)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, Cindy and Michael welcome Dana Blickensderfer: a creative, hard-working, and highly involved individual in the Tampa Bay community. Dana was born on Long Island, NY and moved to Tampa in 2001 where she studied public relations at the University of South Florida (USF). She got her start in business at an early age. In middle school, she painted and sold birdhouses around her neighborhood. Little did she know, she was becoming an entrepreneur herself. Now, she runs her own company helping people grow and scale their own businesses and on the side, is an active Artist traveling all across the U.S. showcasing her works. Take note that this did not happen overnight. So please give a warm welcome to Dana Blickensderfer.

Upon graduating USF, Dana worked at her parents’ law firm, where she founded and developed its marketing department. On the weekends, she was an abstract painter who sold her artwork online and at art shows. Searching for a clearer direction in her career path, she moved back to New York to attend art school for two weeks, which ended up being two years. Besides pursuing art education, she was also helping a few businesses around New York with their marketing. This side hustle guided her back to Tampa, where she and her business partner established a technology company, iBoss Ventures.

Dana is also the owner and founder of Provoke Art and even has her own art salon, The Wandering Masters Art Salon. More recently, she has been working with Breezin’ Entertainment as an artist for booking entertainment events. She even helped launch Breezin’ Magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, and reveals in this episode a few surprises for the magazine’s third volume, which comes out later this year.
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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.”

 

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Breezin’ Chats – Episode 5: Speak Your Hustle (Feat. Debbie Lundberg)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the Breezin’ team is welcoming Debbie Lundberg and discussing her long and inspiring journey to becoming the founder and CEO of Presenting Powerfully. She discusses her professional background, experience and advice to be a leader and even some fascinating personal stories. So please give a warm welcome to Debbie Lundberg.

Debbie was born in Flint, Michigan and worked for General Motors, which was pretty rough at times, but the experience gave her the opportunities that lead her to where she is today. She was given several leadership positions and traveled all across the country working for Dale Carnegie Training. After fourteen years at General Motors, she realized that coaching in speaking and professional development didn’t really exist and wanted to help fulfill this niche. Today, she is the author of ten books, a public speaker, and a coach for people who want to become strong and confident presenters. She is an influential figure in the Tampa Bay area who advocates the importance of not being afraid to speak up because how you present is how you are remembered.

With her company, Presenting Powerfully, she offers many different services including keynotes, strategy and facilitation, training and more. Debbie strives to incorporate value and the lessons she learned in life into her career. As someone who was once afraid to speak up, she is now making a difference for people in the business and corporate world who want to present powerfully.

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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.” 
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Breezin’ Chats – Episode 4: Follow Your Dreams (Feat. Whitney Holtzman)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, host Cindy Dervech and her team talk to one of their contributing writers, Whitney Holtzman of Social Victories, behind the Entrepreneurial Edition of Breezin’ Magazine Vol. 2. Whitney is a moving force; she once worked under the digital marketing king, Gary Vaynerchuk and soon after started her own company. She went from employee to entrepreneur just like that! So please give a warm welcome to Whitney Holtzman!

Whitney, born in Tampa, talks about how it’s possible to get your dream job in your dream city. During her time at USF, she got the chance to learn more about all of the different industries and fields through internships, but from a young age, she was always interested in sports, so sports reporting seemed like the perfect job.
 
Whitney had always been told that if she wanted to make it in the sports reporting industry that she would have to start from a small town job. However, Whitney didn’t want to settle and made it an effort to put herself out there and got a job at ESPN straight out of college. After working at ESPN for two years, Whitney transferred and worked at the MLB in New York for two years. Whitney says during her time working at the MLB, she faced some challenges but knew it was going to be worth it in the end. Living in NY, Whitney heard about VaynerMedia and Gary Vaynerchuk and felt like it was the perfect place for her, so she emailed him right away and got the job. Throughout her career, Whitney has always put herself out there and gave her all to achieve her dreams.
 
Whitney says she has learned that some of the best opportunities come from dead ends and hard times. She knows that it is important to work hard and to take any chance you can get. Whitney took a leap of faith to open her own company and has been thriving ever since.
 
Want to hear the full story? Tune into episode 4 of Breezin’ Chats to get more on Whitney’s story and journey from beginning to end.  
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Breezin’ Entertainment is launching a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. “If you think it we got it, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it.” 
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