Episode Description

Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO, Bemetra Simmons, join us to review the state of the region and her work convening and activating leaders to address the most pressing regional issues Tampa Bay experiences. The secret is out–Tampa Bay is a great place to live, work, start a business, expand a business. But how can we come together, as a region, to really take things to the next level?

Meet The Guest

Bemetra Simmons

President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership

Bemetra Simmons is the president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. She previously served as the chief strategy and operations officer for United Way Suncoast. A former banking executive, Simmons also worked as the Florida Managing Director at Mutual of Omaha Bank and held leadership roles at Wells Fargo and BB&T.

She currently serves on the board of commissioners for the Tampa Housing Authority, the executive committee for the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Community Tampa Bay board. She is a 2013 Leadership Tampa graduate and a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVIII (38). The Tampa Bay Business Journal named her an “Up and Comer” in 2013 and a finalist for businesswoman of the year in 2017. Girls Scouts Women of Distinction honoree. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Simmons is the daughter of an Air Force Chaplain and has lived in ten states and two countries. She attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, on a basketball scholarship and received a B.S. in business administration in 1997, and her MBA from Wake Forest University in 2004.

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