December 14, 2015
Dear Tampa Tiger Bay Club Member:
Your Tampa Tiger Bay Club Board of Directors is excited to present our nominees to the Board of Directors to serve three-year terms beginning in 2016. The Club would like to thank Susan Smith and Peter Cavalli for their past service to the Board. As you will see below, Peggy Land’s term is expiring as well; but she desired to continue her service to the Club for another term and the Board saw fit to honor that request by nominating her for another term.
At our membership luncheon on January 15, 2016, we will have an election with regards to our nominees. We are filling five board positions. As such, if there are no additional nominees, we will simply confirm our nominees. If there are additional nominees, we will have an election where membership will vote in favor of five candidates.
As such, our nominees are:
Diane Egner (D)
Mark Proctor (R)
April Schiff (R)
Edith Stewart (D)
Peggy Land (D)
Their pictures and biographies are below.
As always, don’t be a spectator, be a Tiger!
Adam L. Bantner, II
President, Tampa Tiger Bay Club
Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is currently the Publisher and Managing Editor of 83 Degrees Media, a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the boards of the The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and the Not For Profit Workshop Community Advisory Board.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, travels whenever possible with laptop in tow and feels comfortable writing and editing from wi-fi cafes.
Mark Proctor is a commercial real estate specialist, investor and broker. He has been involved in political campaigns for over 20 years. He has been a volunteer, on the paid staff and a consultant for Republican as well as nonpartisan candidates at the local, state and national level.
His firm, MPA Consulting represents real estate interests, business clients and political candidates, in addition to organizing grassroots issues campaigns, event planning and public relations. Clients have included electronics recycling, health care administration, pollution control devices and candidates for
U.S. Congress, Florida Governor, Florida Legislature, Circuit Court Judge, County Judge, Clerk of the Circuit Court, School Board and County Commission, as well as the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican National Committee.
He has been a Republican panelist on the weekly local television talk show, “Florida This Week” (WEDU-TV), was a regular guest on “Your Turn” (WTVT Fox13) and is a Senior Political Commentator on “Drive Time with Bill Bunkley” (WTBN-910AM).
In February 1999, Mark Proctor helped initiate the Florida “Draft George W. Bush” campaign and took an active role in Bush’s two national elections. He was involved in numerous trips as part of the Bush Cheney campaign and White House advance teams, including at the Republican National Convention, the Presidential Inauguration, dozens of campaign stops, official military visits, and major hurricane damage inspection tours.
In 2010, Mark Proctor was lead advance for the Rick Scott for Governor “Red Team”, providing logistical support for events throughout the West Coast of Florida and the I-4 corridor. Mark was the 2011 Inaugural Committee Deputy Director of Operations for Transportation and Managing Director of the Florida Inaugural Parade.
His involvement in organizations has included: Tampa Sports Authority, Chairman; Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, President; Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, President; Florida Association of Realtors’ District Vice President; Hillsborough Community College Foundation, President; Hillsborough Association of Chambers of Commerce, President; Florida District of Kiwanis, Lt. Governor; Kiwanis Club of Greater Bandon, President; President’s Roundtable of Brandon,
President; Egypt Shriners, Public Relations Chairman; Center Place Fine Arts Civic Association, President; ACCES, President; Hillsborough County Republican Party, Public Relations Chairman; The 100 Ideas Foundation, Secretary/Treasurer; Green Meadows Pond Association, President; Hillsborough County Industrial Authority, Chairman; and Hillsborough County Public Safety
Coordinating Council, current member.
In November 2014, Mark Proctor was elected countywide to a four year term on the Hillsborough Soil & Water Conservation District. He currently serves as the Chairman of the HSWCD Board of Supervisors.
April Schiff, President and Co-Founder of Strategic Solutions of Florida, a premiere political consulting service with a proven record for winning campaigns, corporate advocacy and grassroots implementation.
Ms. Schiff possesses over 25 years of business management, political consulting, association leadership and public speaking with a proven ability to develop and implement message and strategy for success, motivate volunteers, organize groups, execute plans and achieve results.
Ms. Schiff was featured in Florida Trends “Politics: Florida’s HIRED GUNS” 2008 and she is a frequent guest on local TV including WEDU’s Florida This Week; Fox 13’s Your Turn; and ABC’s Flashpoint and NPR/WUSF Florida Matters. A political commentator for Fox 13 and ABC 28 News, often relied upon by news reporters for political insight including The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles
Times, Politico, The Hill, Wall Street Journal/Market Watch, The Washington Post, D. C. Examiner and others.
Ms. Schiff is the mother of three grown daughters and resides in Tampa , Florida with her husband of 25 years. For more information please visit www.SSTFlorida.com.
Brought to Florida as a small child by her war factory worker parents, Edith has lived in the Tampa Bay area all of her meaningful life. Taught responsibility and hard work at an early age, Edith did each of the jobs in her parents’ restaurant and helped with maintenance and care of their rental properties.
Interested in local government while living in St. Petersburg, she was actively involved with city council, the Jr. League and the Girl Scouts of America as a Jr. Girl Scout troop leader for six years. After teaching and banking careers there, the family relocated to Hillsborough County where she became a member of the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters and participated in the public hearing process which led to the creation of single member legislative districts in the state of Florida. That interest led to her employment as Legislative Assistant to a newly elected member of the Florida House of Representatives.
After ten years working for the Legislature, local government called again. Working for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and then the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, she was able to continue doing what she likes the best – helping citizens to understand and to access their government.
The mother of three successful children and three outstanding adult grandchildren, she is enjoying active retirement participation in her community through involvement with several charitable activities.
Tiger Bay member: 12 years
Currently: Co- membership chair
Retired: building and real estate corp.
Member of Feedback Committee, Hillsborough County Environmental Commission
Wild Life Federation
1000 Friends of Florida
League of Women Voters
Salvation Army board
Metropolitan Ministries bridge builder
Past president: Tampa Horse Show Association
Member of organizational committee for the American Invitational