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Ruan Cox, Business Development Associate, Moffitt Cancer Center

I’m from Miami. I came to Tampa Bay in 2009 for graduate school at USF’s College of Medicine, pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. I’m excited to be here because I have the pleasure of working at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Making a difference in the lives of others by helping to discover innovative cancer treatments motivates me to go to work each day.

Ruan Cox, Tampa Bay, Florida

Roman Cowan, COO of Trash Butler

I am from Jamaica and moved to Tampa because of the big city appeal and small city feel. As the COO of Trash Butler, a revolutionary Doorstep Valet Trash & Recycling service for apartments and multi-family communities, I get to work in paradise with amazing people.

Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk

I am the Co-Founder and CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a junk hauling and moving business headquartered in Tampa, with 100 franchised locations in the United States and Canada and 2,000 employees nationwide.

Roberto Torres, President of Blind Tiger Café

Accountant-turned-entrepreneurial force of nature Roberto Torres spends his days toggling between running his three businesses (Black and Denim Apparel, Blind Tiger Cafe, and The Lab Roastery) and promoting Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Roberto Torres, Tampa Bay, Florida
Roberto Torres, Tampa Bay, Florida

Julie Curry, Owner of Bake'n Babes

Chon Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Newgentek

Carley Ochs, Owner of Bourbon & Boweties

Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective

Erin Meagher, Founder of Beneficial Blends

Tammy Charles, Director of Tampa Bay Spark

Tim Moore, CEO of Diamond View

Shuchi Vyas, Owner of GuestBox

Keri Higgins-Bigelow, CEO of LivingHR

Gina Curry, VP of NextPath Career Partners

Brad Barrios, Shareholder of Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel P.A.

Saxon Baum, Director of Business Development at Florida Funders

Samyr Qureshi, CEO of Knack

Lauren Wright, Founder & CEO of the Natural Nipple

Meet the locals

Tampa Bay attracts a lot of interesting talent and businesses, and they love to share their experiences with newcomers. Get the scoop from these local professionals and business owners who know what it’s like to make it here.

Keri Higgins-Bigelow,
Founder & CEO of LivingHR

We know that it’s not always easy to find what we like to call your “Rainbow Unicorn,” which is that perfect one-in-a-million person companies are always seeking in the increasingly competitive world of talent. But, Tampa Bay is uniquely positioned to attract and engage these unicorns thanks to our history and our ability to invite others to be part of our future.



Ruan Cox, Business Development Associate, Moffitt Cancer Center

I enjoy an excellent work-life balance that will get even better with all of the plans for downtown. My engagement with different local social initiatives ensures that I feel connected not just to my job and my family, but also to the city.



Ruan Cox, Business Development Associate, Moffitt Cancer Center

I enjoy an excellent work-life balance that will get even better with all of the plans for downtown. My engagement with different local social initiatives ensures that I feel connected not just to my job and my family, but also to the city.



Carley Ochs,
Owner of Bourbon & Boweties

Don’t be afraid to get out and talk to people. The Tampa Bay community is so fun and the people here are great. Check out the TTBJ, VisitTampaBay.com lists local events as well.



Chon Nguyen,
Founder & CEO of Newgentek

Tampa Bay is a rising star and if you’re here, you have a chance to be a part of that and help define what this city will look like 50 years from now. It’s a great time to be living here.



Chon Nguyen,
Founder & CEO of Newgentek

Tampa Bay is a rising star and if you’re here, you have a chance to be a part of that and help define what this city will look like 50 years from now. It’s a great time to be living here.



Brad Barrios,
Shareholder of Bajo | Cuva | Turkel P.A.

I moved here for a job opportunity and never looked back. In Tampa, you can live within a close proximity to the water and downtown for a very low cost of living.



Saxon Baum,
Director of Business Development at Florida Funders

As a Pittsburgh transplant, I can’t get enough of the Tampa Bay salt life and music scene. On weekdays, I’m busy connecting local startups and growing companies with investors.



Saxon Baum,
Director of Business Development at Florida Funders

As a Pittsburgh transplant, I can’t get enough of the Tampa Bay salt life and music scene. On weekdays, I’m busy connecting local startups and growing companies with investors.



Lakshmi Shenoy,
CEO of Embarc Collective

What I really like about the Tampa Bay region is that there is diversity amongst its people. This allows residents to have a never-ending flow of different activities, cultures, and cuisines.



Gina Curry,
VP of NextPath Career Partners

With the riverfront booming, downtown starting to come alive and neighborhoods like Seminole Heights completely reinventing themselves, Tampa has so much to offer to professionals who are looking for that "live, work and play" lifestyle.



Gina Curry,
VP of NextPath Career Partners

With the riverfront booming, downtown starting to come alive and neighborhoods like Seminole Heights completely reinventing themselves, Tampa has so much to offer to professionals who are looking for that "live, work and play" lifestyle.



Roberto Torres, President of Blind Tiger Café

Tampa is the perfect place to start your business because it has the correct ecosystem for any business to thrive.



Roman Cowan, COO of Trash Butler

Tampa has everything, a big city appeal, and small city feel. There is a sense of pride and comradery with the young professional community. I am proud to live, work and play here.



Roman Cowan, COO of Trash Butler

Tampa has everything, a big city appeal, and small city feel. There is a sense of pride and comradery with the young professional community. I am proud to live, work and play here.



Samyr Qureshi,
CEO of Knack

My company helps universities and colleges boost student graduation rates and career readiness by offering peer tutoring/mentoring opportunities to their high-achieving students as a supplement to existing student support services.



Tammy Charles,
Director of Tampa Bay Spark

What I love about Tampa Bay most is the community and interconnectedness that it provides. It is exciting to see the Tampa Bay community work collaboratively to make an impact on the lives of people around us.



Tammy Charles,
Director of Tampa Bay Spark

What I love about Tampa Bay most is the community and interconnectedness that it provides. It is exciting to see the Tampa Bay community work collaboratively to make an impact on the lives of people around us.



Lauren Wright,
Founder & CEO of The Natural Nipple

Growing up with limited access to health care, I became passionate and driven to optimize wellness in the global underserved community by integrating preventative primary health care and research.



Tim Moore,
CEO of Diamond View

Tampa Bay has so much to offer. We are centrally located, easy to get to and close to whatever interests you—beaches, theme parks, museums, cruises and three major sports teams.



Tim Moore,
CEO of Diamond View

Tampa Bay has so much to offer. We are centrally located, easy to get to and close to whatever interests you—beaches, theme parks, museums, cruises and three major sports teams.



Erin Meagher,
Founder of Beneficial Blends

Tampa is a little big city. Restaurants, shopping, professional sports teams—I’m a huge Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fan—we've got it all. I can't think of a better place to grow a company and raise a family.



Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk

Tampa has big city amenities, stress-free living, skilled talent, and perfect weather. In 2008, I decided to move my company headquarters to Tampa and today we are experiencing exponential growth. The business climate here is amazing!



Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk

Tampa has big city amenities, stress-free living, skilled talent, and perfect weather. In 2008, I decided to move my company headquarters to Tampa and today we are experiencing exponential growth. The business climate here is amazing!



Shuchi Vyas,
Owner of GuestBox

I envisioned my company GuestBox while hosting on Airbnb. As a seasoned traveler, I always strove to give my guests the best experience possible. Part of this meant presenting guests with a personalized 'welcome kit' to help them ease into their stay.



Julie Curry,
Owner of Bake'n Babes

Tampa is a wonderful, rapidly evolving city. Entrepreneurs who move here now have a unique opportunity to help shape its economic future.



Julie Curry,
Owner of Bake'n Babes

Tampa is a wonderful, rapidly evolving city. Entrepreneurs who move here now have a unique opportunity to help shape its economic future.