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Pensacola Business Radio – 10.30.15 – Vision 2015 Guest: Clay Ingram – Pensacola Chamber of Commerce







Clay Ingram / Pensacola Chamber of Commerce 
President & CEO






The Honorable Clay Ingram is a passionate community leader with a history of service to the people of Northwest Florida. He was elected to lead the Greater Pensacola Chamber in December of 2014.Clay_Ingram_small

Ingram was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and has been re-elected subsequently. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.

Prior to being elected to the legislature, Ingram worked in sales, real estate and as a teacher in the Escambia County School District, where he taught courses in the Exceptional Student Education Department at J.M. Tate High School.

A Pensacola native, Ingram is a graduate of J.M. Tate High School and of Florida State University (FSU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general communication and a minor in political science. While at FSU, Ingram was a member of the football team, where he started 49 straight games for Coach Bobby Bowden and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team. He was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.

An active member of the community, Ingram is a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Cantonment Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Century Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Clay and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters, Madilyn and Lydia.




Pensacola Chamber celebrates successful five-year campaign

Vision 2015 results revealed; Investors, community partners recognized


PENSACOLA, Fla. – Oct. 29, 2015 – Tonight, the Greater Pensacola Chamber celebrated the success of its Vision 2015 initiative, a five-year job creation program. The campaign focused on recruiting new businesses, helping local businesses expand and strengthening the partnerships between the military and the private sector in the Pensacola region.


Between 2009 and 2015, the goals of the Vision 2015 campaign were completed with outstanding results:

  • New Jobs – 8,962 total new jobs were created with an average salary of $53,898. The goal – to create 3,000 new primary jobs in the region – was reached nearly two years sooner than the original target date.
  • A total of 1,191 designated jobs were added in distressed areas.
  • $426,488,728 is the estimated average annual payroll with a total capital investment of $779,498,210.
  • Unemployment – The unemployment rate dropped from 10.4 percent in 2009 to 5.0 percent in 2015.
  • Military Impact – The military impact increased from a 5.1 to a 7.1 billion gross regional product.
  • Graduation Rate – The high school graduation rate in Escambia County increased by nearly 10 percent.
  • Tourism – Tax dollars collected from tourism improved from 5.3 million in 2009 to 8.6 million in 2015.
  • Chamber Membership – Membership increased from 1,055 to 1,314 partners.


“Vision 2015 served as a catalyst to stimulate existing business growth, improve the available workforce and spearhead community improvements,” said Clay Ingram, Greater Pensacola Chamber President & CEO. “We are thrilled with the progress made over the past five years, and we will continue to work together as a community to build a bright future for the greater Pensacola area.”


The event – which took place at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center – featured Clay Ingram; Scott Luth, FloridaWest CEO; Steve Hayes, Visit Pensacola President; Ashton Hayward, Mayor; Grover Robinson, Escambia County Commissioner; Donnie McMahon, McMahon & Hadder Insurance; Collier Merrill, Merrill Land Company; Debbie Calder, Navy Federal Credit Union; and James Hosman, Florida First Capital Financial Group and AccountingFly. For more information regarding Vision 2015, please




Founded in 1889, the Chamber is committed to promoting, improving and enhancing the Pensacola Region through economic development, community involvement and unity of private and public sectors.

Today, the Greater Pensacola Chamber stands united as a rededicated organization of passionate, innovative leadership and management, driven to provide professional, personable, positive assistance toward your commercial success in Pensacola: be you a long-standing local company, an enthusiastic entrepreneur or a prospective new partner, interested in relocating to our great region.

The Greater Pensacola Chamber is a 4-Star Accredited Chamber.




Tourism, Business Development, Government Affairs, Armed Services

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  • Headquarters

    117 West Garden StreetPensacola, Florida 32502 United States

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    11-50 employees





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Pensacola Business Radio – 10.29.15 – Guests: Vitina Feo / Papa Vince EEVO, Malerie Shelton / Naval Aviation Museum Foundation












Vitina Feo / Papa Vince










My Family Makes It!

My family has been growing, harvesting, pressing and bottling
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) since 1935.
Our orchards are located in Santa Ninfa, Sicily, Italy.

My mission is to rescue the AUTHENTIC Extra Virgin Olive Oil from EXTINCTION
by introducing YOU to the REAL ONE.

Though it is true that there is plenty of Hanki-Panki
in the industry of Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
It is also true that
the taste of the REAL Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Because the taste of the REAL EVOO
is connected to the presence of its very peculiar anti-oxidants.
A taste that is NOT CHEAP to imitate.



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Malerie Shelton /  Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 
Director of Marketing & PR


Malerie Shelton is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the National Naval Aviation Museum. Shelton earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of West Florida. She is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association were she previously served as the VP of Professional Development/Programs for the Pensacola Chapter. In 2014, Shelton was honored as a member of the FPRA Joe Curley Rising Leader Class.


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Pensacola Business Radio – 10.29.15 – LeaP – Leadership Pensacola Class Project

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Caitlin Newby / Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
Program Manager of Leadership Pensacola


Andrew McKay – LeaP class of 2016



LeaP — Leadership Pensacola



Leadership Pensacola is a program of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation started in 1982 with the first class graduating in 1983. The goal of Leadership Pensacola is to continually renew the pool of available community leaders. Leadership Pensacola fosters community minded leaders by facilitating a 10 month educational program in which area leaders experience different facets of our community while also developing applicable Leadership skills. The Leadership Pensacola class also has the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on their community by delivering a class project.



Participants accepted into LeaP are involved in a balanced combination of retreats, day-long seminars and community projects. The program is refined annually by a committed group of LeaP alumni. Area decision-makers offer their time and expertise while tours and interactive exercises are built into each day.






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Pensacola Business Radio – 10.29.15 Guests: Emmanuel, Shepard and Condon – Sally Fox and Shane Rowe


















Sally Fox / Attorney
Emmanuel, Shepard & Condon



Sally Fox has been a practicing attorney since 1983. Sally primarily represents financial institutions and businesses. Ms. Fox’s areas of practice include real estate law, creditor’s rights (including bankruptcy, foreclosures, and collections), business law, commercial litigation, and mediation.












Shane Rowe / Attorney
Emmanuel, Shepard & Condon



Shane Rowe represents clients in personal injury/wrongful death matters relating to automobile accidents, premises liability and/or defective products. He represents individuals and businesses against BP in the Gulf Oil Spill.  Shane also represents plaintiffs and defendants in medical malpractice cases, as well other general civil litigation.





Established in Escambia County, Florida in 1913, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) is one of the oldest law firms in Pensacola. With more than 75 attorneys, paralegals and staff, we are one of Northwest Florida’s pre-eminent law firms recognized with Martindale-Hubbell’s most prestigious AV rating. As a full service firm, our experienced lawyers provide services to individuals and institutions alike with legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, real estate transactions and litigation, and estate planning to personal injury, employment,social security and worker’s compensation law.

We invite you to contact us for whatever legal service you may need, from transaction to trial law. We hope you’ll never need us, but if you do, we’ll be right by your side.

View our areas of practice or find an attorney.








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Pensacola Business Radio – 10.27.15 – PM Guests: Tony Ingram / Tejas Salsa, Mark Robertson / Pensacola Bay Brewery, Laura Spragg / LIPTalk Nation








Tony Ingram / Tony Tejas Salsa
Creator / Owner






Company Biography

Tony’s Tejas Salsa is a DBA of Ingram Family Corporation (IFC)

IFC was incorporated in 2011.  IFC’s mission is to “Engineering a new business model that prioritizes humanity”. IFC’s focus is on nourishing entrepreneurship and building financial foundation for families. Founded by Anthony Ingram, a visionary with over two decades of food industry experience. Tony’s Tejas Salsa is the flagship product of the company. Our brand has over 100 members of the Tony’s Tejas Salsa Profit Share Group investing funds, time, and ideas. Tony’s Tejas Salsa is on the path to being the next house whole name in salsa and an international product over the course of the next 25 years. Born in Houston, TX but produced and operated in Mobile, AL. Sold across the gulf coast, our brand has developed a grass roots following with regional demand.

Tony’s Tejas Salsa Product Line

Tony’s Tejas Salsa is an all-natural fresh premium salsa & marinade, which is low in sodium, has  no added sugar and has a bold vibrant flavor.  It was invented 10 years ago to be a salad dressing for a chicken fajita salad off of the “Tj’s Eat Like We Eat” restaurant concept menu.  Blended fresh and kept refrigerated, Tony’s Tejas Salsa is made of the highest quality ingredients. Roma tomatoes for their rich robust flavor. Fresh purple onions, cilantro and garlic to enrich our salsa with antioxidants. Yellow bell peppers for a smooth flavor with a natural sweetness. A combination of 5 chilies that gives your pallet a burst of southwestern kick. Last but not least a blend of healthy spices swirled into the mix, making it the world’s best salsa. Just ask the folks who eat it. Tony’s Tejas Salsa has three flavors. Original; a full zesty flavor with a little kick at the end. Caliente; tongue pleasing heat from beginning to end with Habanero and serrano peppers added. Beverley Ann’s Mild Blend; a smooth tangy mix with no heat, but with an enough chilies to be authentic Texas salsa. Tony’s Tejas Salsa will have a full line of products infused with the world’s best salsa, from “Tejas Southwestern Ranch” to “Tony’s Tejas Injector Juice”.  Our brand will only produce fresh high quality foods that you can feel good about eating, while there is a party in your mouth.

Fresh for Life

Fresh for Life is the philosophy of Tony’s Tejas Salsa.



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Mark Robertson / Pensacola Bay Brewery
Brew Master / Co Owner



Once upon a time, two guys who had never met, had a glass of beer.
Who knew that years later, their love of beer would bring them together.

Elliott Eckland and Mark Robertson started this journey in 2009, and in October 2010 opened the doors of the Pensacola Bay Brewery. Focusing on local Pensacola landmarks and lore, the Pensacola Bay Brewery mixes a little Florida history in each pint.




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Laura Spragg / LIPTalk Nation
Host and Empowerment Coach




Life in Purple (LIPTalk Nation) Podcast has launched! Life in Purple is a funny, moving, self-assuring and rebuilding kind of show, where Laura inspires action and motivates people to believe in themselves and to stop the negative talk. Click on the “Go to..” link and see it all.

Every week more great content will be added and I would love it if you would subscribe to Life in Purple and then ask others to give it a try. Change has started my friends, join me (cha cha cha). -Laura





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Pensacola Business Radio 10.27.15 – Guests: Drew Hardgrave / Hiles McLeod Insurance, Greg Strader / BRACE, Keysha Royster / Division of Blind Services








Drew Hardgrave / Hiles Mcleod Insurance
Business Insurance Broker



Moved to Pensacola in 2007 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Ole Miss, worked for a different local agency for 7 years in different capacities as a Commercial Insurance Agent before accepting a position with Hiles McLeod in late 2013 and focusing mainly on Commercial Insurance Production.  Background in Commercial Insurance Sales and Commercial Insurance Marketing, gives me a unique advantage over my competition because I complete the entire quoting and purchasing  process for commercial clients, which allows me to provide better service and negotiate the most competitive terms and pricing for my insureds.




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Greg Strader / BRACE
Executive Director


Greg is the Founder and Executive Director of BRACE.  He was named a Champion of Change at a White House ceremony in 2012 for the work of BRACE in responding to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and preparing the whole community for emergencies.  He was deployed to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center during 13 federally declared disasters that impacted Florida.  Greg served as the Long Term Recovery Coordinators following Hurricane Ivan in Escambia County.  He served as the CEO of the American Red Cross of Northwest Florida, leading Response and Recovery during and following hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina.



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Keysha M. Royster / Division Of Blind Services
Job Developer

Kesha Royster is a graduate from the University of West Florida. It’s there were she obtained a bachelors in Mass Communication. During her senior year she worked with Project Search an organization that helps intellectually challenged students. She served as the Project Leader, guiding her team to exceed the projected goal and raised over $14,000 in goods and money. It’s there were she knew she wanted to work in the Non-Profit arena helping others. Currently, Kesha works for the Division of Blind Services were she serves as the Employment Placement Specialist, helping individuals who are blind or visually impaired become economically self-sufficient.




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Pensacola Business Radio – LIVE from iTEN Wired Summit 2015 – Pensacola Beach Florida

Pensacola Business Radio Live Broadcast from the iTEN Wired  2015 Summit



The 2015 ITEN Wired Summit was October 22 and 23 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. ITEN Wired is hosted by IT Gulf Coast and Florida West Economic Development Alliance. The two-day conference provides networking and learning opportunities for executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals, and academia to foster local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.




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Jim Beran / Gilmore Services
Director of Sales

















Ebrahim Randeree / Florida State University
Associate Dean























Paul Carney / Navy Federal Credit Union
Manager of Talent Acquisition





















William F. Hills / Navy Federal Credit Union
Chief Information Officer & Executive Vice President



















Rhonda White / Sirius Technical Services
Business Development Manager

















Brian Wilkey / Digital Boardwalk
Executive Vice President



















Donovan Chau / Innovation Coast
Executive Director



















Daniel Judge / ActiGraph
Software Architect




















Dr. Stephan W. Dunnivant / Gulf Coast State College
Associate Dean Program Development


















Eric Miller / Metro Systems
Account Manager




















Peg David / H2 Performance Consulting
Senior Advisor

















Vern Boyle / Northrop Grumman
Director of Technology / Cyber Division








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UWF Panel / University of West Florida – IT Academy








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Jeremy Wyatt / ActiGraph





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Hunter Adams / AdamsIP, LLC
Patent Attorney






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Glenda Snodgrass / Net Effect




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Jenny Clark / Solvability






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Cathleen C. Lilli / Konica Minolta
Director of Enterprise – Technology Infrastructure Services








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Allison Jones & Lisa Fairbanks / Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund
Senior Audit & Tax Services













































Pensacola Business Radio – Live at iTen Wired Summit CIO Panel Discussion 10.22.15












Glenda Snodgrass / The Net Effect







Bill Banks / Check Point
Security Engineer

















Guy Garrett/ Gulf Coast State College
Associate Professor, Cybersecurity & Information Technology




Pensacola Business Radio -FOODIE LIFE – Flavor.Here.Now.

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Guests: – Nick (N.Y. Nick), Mike Pevahouse (N.W. Florida Food Guy and Friends), Keith Hoffert (host) FoodieLife Creator.





Foodie Life is a Culture Brand who’s mission is  “To Seek the Flavor of Life through Food, Culture and the Human Experience.”


Foodie Life people—lovers of flavor, food, adventure, culture, night life, travel and —are a true community of their own. Our first move was to tap into the strength of that community by telling Foodie Life stories and uniting them around a lifestyle. Next, we are building the ecommerce program, launching with a fresh Foodie Life website design and a strategic email marketing plan to fuel online shopping. Introducing visuals and messaging giving the brand an edge that matches the energy of Foodie Life.



Foodie Life Radio Hour is a platform for Fellow Foodies to share some of their passions and experiences in the Hospitality and Culinary arena. A collection of funny stories, cultures, flavor and human experiences!!!








New York Nick’s


New York Nick’s in Downtown Pensacola was recently named “The Best Sports Bar in Pensacola.” It’s no surprise, since the walls are literally inundated with 40 high-definition flat-screen TVs playing anything from water polo to hockey. They also have every sports package known to man, so if you’re not into football you can find something. Rhythmic gymnastics anyone?
But, ribbon dancing aside; during the Super Bowl I can imagine no better place in town to watch the game. Pensacola is located a mere three hours away from New Orleans and so, it seems, the locals have a soft spot for The Saints. My boyfriend, a native of Louisiana, was at first perplexed by Pensacola’s unabashed support of another state’s NFL team. But who are we going to cheer for? Jacksonville located on the other side of the state? Pass.
So New York Nick’s will undoubtedly be filled as the Saints (and pardon this pun) go marching into the Super Bowl (Ba Dum Ching!). And while there are plenty of franchises that cater to the sports crowd in Pensacola, nothing beats this one-of-a-kind place. Great bar specials all day long and an extensive menu keep this place busy, even during the off-season. They’re famous for their char-grilled wings but there burgers are amazing too. Try the “Best Damn Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Period” or the “Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich” if you want to switch it up a little. They even offer a children’s menu and all the usual bar fare favorites; cheesy fries, onion rings and nachos. Get here early on game day to stake out your table and be prepared to stay for the long haul. But I promise you, you won’t go hungry.”





NW Florida Food Guy & Friends  

A community of Foodies, sharing local business and great dining destinations through pictures, experiences and above all FOOD!!!!!!


Pensacola Business Radio – 10.20.15 Guests: DATA REVOLUTION – JAY SMITH

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Jay Smith / Data Revolution
Managing Partner



Jay is the Managing Partner of Data Revolution LLC – a provider of Cloud Based Technology services for Small and Medium Businesses.  Jay is a Voice and Data Solution Design veteran with almost 20 years of experience in professional sales and sales management in both in Telecommunications and Technology.


In addition, Jay currently serves on the Board of Directors of IT Gulf, an association of Information Technology professionals made up of local companies, business leaders and government, who come together to fund scholarships for local students at University of West Florida, Pensacola State, and the Naval Flight Academy.  Jay is also a member of the ITEN Wired Summit planning committee.  ITEN Wired hosts the largest IT summit on the Gulf Coast each year in October.


Jay is an active in many local organizations.  He has a strong commitment to the local area, and works with businesses throughout the region to help spur economic growth.


Specialties: Jay provides design and implementation solutions via Unified Communications and Data Networking solutions for business clients by providing key performance indicators that can be benchmarked technically and financially after implementation.


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