Budget Blinds Franchise Owners, James and Elaine Trotter, were recently recognized and awarded Budget Blinds’ Franchisee of the Year.

Above Photo: Budget Blinds Franchise Owners, James and Elaine Trotter, were recently recognized and awarded Budget Blinds’ Franchisee of the Year.

The Bank Of Tampa

With assets totaling more than $1.6 billion, The Bank of Tampa is one of the largest community banks in the Tampa Bay area. For more than three decades It has developed quality relationships that are personal and accessible, and aims to deliver a client experience like no other. Since The Bank of Tampa’s inception in 1984, it has been privately owned by its staff, directors, and clients.

Both commercial and corporate banking are offered—which includes middle market, commercial real estate, SBA lending, and treasury services—personal banking, wealth management, and trust services—truly making it a full-service community bank.

To learn more contact: Alison LaPointe, Private Relationship Manager Personal Banking at 998-2665 alapointe@bankoftampa.com or Terry McFatter, Market Director Commercial Banking at 998-2701 or tmcfatter@bankoftampa.com.

Home Franchise Concepts Recognizes Local Budget Blinds As Franchise Of Year

Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), parent company of the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home improvement space – Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft – recently recognized and awarded Budget Blinds’ franchise owners James and Elaine Trotter as Budget Blinds’ Franchisee of the Year for best overall sales volume in a single calendar year. They have also been recognized in the Top 20 for a single territory sales performance for 2017.

The Trotters, franchise owners of three territories – Brandon, North Tampa and Land O Lakes, have owned their Budget Blinds’ businesses since 2008. Active in their local community, they support many charity organizations, fundraisers and giving-back efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Our Troops, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, and Hillsborough County Homeless Initiative.

In recognition of their long-time giving back efforts, HFC presented the Trotters with a Heart & Home Award, which recognizes franchisees that best embody HFC’s core values of caring and giving back to their communities.

Visit www.budgetblinds.com/Brandon.

The Florida Medical Hearing Centers
The Florida Medical Hearing Centers recently opened at 3435 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in the Publix plaza. A ribbon cutting was held with the Valrico FishHawk chamber.

Free hearing evaluations are available along with computerized adjustments of hearing aids, computer analysis of hearing aid, three-day trial risk-free.

This friendly, no pressure, professional hearing center provides a full range of hearing products and services. Repair and maintenance are provided on most hearing aid brands, and offer a 30-day risk-free trial on its products.
Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 775-2631 or visit  www.floridamedicalhearing.com.

Mastermind Workshop Will Help You Develop Your Three Year Plan

Most of us wouldn’t consider it smart to get in the car and head off on vacation with no destination in mind. Did you know that the majority of people spend more time planning their annual vacation than they do actually planning their lives? The sad fact is true. If you don’t know where you are headed, you probably won’t be satisfied with the end result you achieve! And by then, it’s too late.

‘What’s Next’ with Carole Gill – Develop Your Three Year Plan and Create the Life You Want, a workshop, will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Chateau Banquet Hall, 1903 E. SR 60 in Valrico (Unit F). The cost to attend is $99 per person and includes lunch and pre-work. If you bring three other people, you will attend free (only pay $15 for lunch).

Seminar Hosted By Angeloni Tax Advisory Group

Claiming your Social Security benefits at the wrong time could cost your family tens of thousands of dollars. A seminar will be held at The HCC campus at the Regent on Thursday, April 5, Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. (promptly) to help you with these decisions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m.
This seminar is perfect for people ranging from 58-67 years old.

At this seminar you will learn some of the unknown strategies and principles behind the proper timing of taking your Social Security benefits.

The HCC campus at the Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Call 626-7575 to make reservations. Leave a message after 4:30 p.m.

Girls Night Out Hosted By Local Home Based Businesses

Join in for a night of Wellness, Fashion and Beauty. It is hosted by Linda Foster (dōTERRA), Lori Wyatt (Beautycounter), Rowena Sjovall (vêtue boutique) and Sharen Hunziker (Premier Designs). This event is all about you.

Enjoy discussions that focus on your well-being, skin care, make-up, fashion and style. In addition to the various discussions offered, there will be giveaways and light refreshments provided. This evening is all about you so grab your favorite gal pals and make this night a fun Girls Night Out. FabYOUlous & BeYOUtiful will take place on Thursday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Co-Work Landing, located at 522 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Admission is free.

For more information, please join the Facebook Group – FabYOUlous and BeYOUtiful.

LifeLink® Foundation Announces New Chief Financial Office

Foundation, a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplantation therapy, is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Hernandez to Chief Financial Officer. Hernandez joined LifeLink Foundation more than 11 years ago, and previously served as Controller. She holds a Masters of Accountancy Degree from University of South Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

LifeLink Foundation is an independent, non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissues.  LifeLink consists of three organ recovery organizations, a tissue bank and a transplantation immunology laboratory, and employs more than 500 staff members in west central Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico. Visit www.LifeLinkFoundation.org for more information.

Lynette Silon-Laguna Has Been Accepted As Four Years AIOFLA’S 10 Best In Florida For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Florida’s Family Law Attorney Lynette Silon-Laguna as Four Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the ‘10 Best’ list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation.

AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Lynette Silon-Laguna on this achievement and we are honored to have her as a Four Years AIOFLA Member. You can contact Lynette Silon-Laguna directly at 672-1900 or www.familymaritallaw.com.

David Weekley Homes Recognized By Tampa Bay Parade Of Homes

David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, was recognized at the 2018 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes. The award brings the company’s total to nearly 750 awards for product design and more than 1,200 overall. Chosen through the Tampa Bay Builders Association, the annual Parade of Homes showcases the best homes throughout the region.

The Tangelo, Weekley’s model home in Bexley, was bestowed with the Silver Award in the $550,000 – $599,000 category.

“We’re very proud to have won this award at the Tampa Bay Parade of Homes,” said Mike Foster, division president for David Weekley Homes in Tampa. “We enjoy participating in this event to showcase the outstanding quality and beauty of our homes, and are honored at the recognition our model home received.”

For more information about David Weekley Homes in Tampa, contact 866-493-3553.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.