Both my Mom and Dad are of Indian decent, and each came to America in the early 1970’s. They ultimately met at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, fell in love and got married. Then they moved to New Jersey, where each of them bought a pharmacy. They eventually divorced, however, and my Dad planted the Florida roots and relocated to Tampa.

After living with my Mom in Voorhees, New Jersey, I came to Tampa in 1998 to live with my Dad. While attending Sickles High School, I made the decision to run for Freshman Class Treasurer. Little did I know I’d end up as Student Body Vice President, National Honor Society Treasurer, President of the Student Advisory Council, and “Most Likely to Succeed.”

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Who Am I?
WELL...I AM THE AMERICAN DREAM

Both my Mom and Dad are of Indian decent, and each came to America in the early 1970’s. They ultimately met at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, fell in love and got married. Then they moved to New Jersey, where each of them bought a pharmacy. They eventually divorced, however, and my Dad planted the Florida roots and relocated to Tampa.

After living with my Mom in Voorhees, New Jersey, I came to Tampa in 1998 to live with my Dad. While attending Sickles High School, I made the decision to run for Freshman Class Treasurer. Little did I know I’d end up as Student Body Vice President, National Honor Society Treasurer, President of the Student Advisory Council, and “Most Likely to Succeed.”

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The Entrepreneur
GROWING UP AND GIVING BACK

I worked in the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times while I was a student at FSU. After graduating, I got my feet wet in the business world in public relations, real estate and hospitality, and eventually worked  for a technology company. My background in journalism, business development, hospitality, and public relations lead to the 2012 launch of my firm, Elevate, Inc., a Florida-based strategic business consulting firm assisting corporate clients with their social media, community outreach programs, public relations and government affairs.

Now I’m creating a personal community outreach program – to show the people of District 1 that I have the skills, the experience, the contacts and the get-it-done ethic to represent them on the County Commission. And to show them, as well…that I am the American Dream.

  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program
  • Tampa FBI Citizen’s Academy
  • Tampa Police Citizen’s Academy
  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Mayor’s Neighborhood University
  • Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute
  • Leadership Tampa Bay (Executive Committee since 2014)
  • Tampa Connection
  • College Leadership Florida
  • The Tampa Tribune:
    One of “Tampa’s Networking Heavyweights”
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal:
    “Tampa’s Master Networker”
  • Tampa Bay Metro:
    “Face of Connectivity” (2015 & 2016)
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (2017 Finalist: Elevate, LLC)
  • Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award (2015 Finalist)
  • Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award (2014 Finalist)
  • Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award (2013 Finalist)