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President’s Message: October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

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 2017. The nominating committee of April Schiff, Al McCray, and Edith Stewart did a wonderful job of selecting our nominees.

    At our membership luncheon on January 24, 2017, we will have an election with regards to our nominees. We are filling three 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 three candidates.

    As such, our nominees are:

yvonne-fryYvonne Fry (for a second term)






Mindy Murphy




matt-durshimerMatthew Durshimer



Their biographies are below.

    As always, don’t be a spectator, be a Tiger!


Adam L. Bantner, II

President, Tampa Tiger Bay Club

Matthew Durshimer

Born and raised in Pasco County, Matt has been living in the Greater Tampa Bay Area for his entire life.  Rather than venture far from home to attend college, he stayed close and graduated from the University of South Florida – earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering.  As a Professional Engineer, he has dedicated his career to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the Public. 

Specifically, Matt is a Bridge Engineer who specializes in complex infrastructure projects known as Design/Builds. This type of project allows for design and construction of a project to occur in a greatly condensed schedule. His project experience spans over $600M of Interstate infrastructure improvements in Tampa Bay alone.  He is humbled to drive across bridges that he designed in the City that he calls home. 

On the I-4/Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Connector, Matt worked side-by-side with his drainage crews as they installed the stormwater collection system for the project.  After joining an Engineering Consulting firm, he began working on the I-275 Reconstruction between Westshore and Downtown.  While on that project he designed and detailed 21 bridges that were constructed ahead of schedule and under budget. 

In Daytona Beach, Matt had a unique opportunity to design a signature arch bridge for Volusia County residents known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge.  Working closely with a County Commissioner and Public Advisory Committee, the Bridge Design team gained public trust and changed opinion of the project from predominantly negative to overwhelmingly positive.  Construction of the project is currently underway. 

Matt is currently serving as the Design Coordinator for the $400M Pensacola Bay Bridge in the Florida Panhandle – a project that features a signature main span and 6 total miles of bridge. 

He lives happily ever after in Town ‘n’ Country with his Middle School sweetheart and their two rescue dogs. 

Yvonne Fry

A native Floridian, Yvonne grew up as a farmer’s daughter in Plant City where her family grew strawberries, organic vegetables, and had a chicken farm with 60,000 chickens. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Yvonne is an expert in the telecommunications and IT industry. She owns Lines of Communications, a full service telecommunications management and auditing company which serves clients in the government and private sectors. Yvonne is also CEO of Fry Entertainment Inc., which holds several companies including Fryed Egg Productions, a branding, marketing, film and event management company.  Founder and producer of NRG, Next Radical Generation, a youth performance group singing positive pop, Yvonne manages talent and produces a variety of projects including music videos, commercials, PSAs, television series and stage shows.

An activist in causes close to her heart, Yvonne embodies servant leadership in her approach to help organizations involving women, children, education and political issues. She is the Immediate Past Chair for both the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, is treasurer for the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, 2017 Chair Elect of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee of the new Plant City Economic Development Corporation as well as on the board of Plant City Main Street. Yvonne is an advisory board member of The Spring Tampa Bay and serves on the Junior League Community Advisory Board as well as the board of Frameworks of Tampa Bay and the Plant City Board of Adjustment. Yvonne is also a board member of the Athena Society, VIP member of Working Women of Tampa Bay, and has adopted the Bulls as a member of USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy. In recognition for her outstanding service to the community, Yvonne was honored with the Plant City Chamber Chairman’s Award in 2014, was named one of Florida International University’s Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs in Florida in 2011, and was named one of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Women of Distinction in 2016.  She serves on the board of the Plant City High School and Lincoln IB Elementary PTSA Boards. 

Yvonne has two children and enjoys fishing Tampa Bay with her fishing guide, Mark Ober.

 Mindy Murphy


A University of Virginia graduate with degrees in English and Religious Studies, Mindy Murphy is President and CEO of The Spring of Tampa Bay, one of the largest of Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers.

Since moving to Tampa in 1990, she has served on the Boards of Directors of Hillsborough Kids Inc., Helping Hand Day Nursery, the Child Abuse Council, Cornerstone Kids, The Learning Centers, Friends of Tampa Day School and Trinity School for Children. She is a past president of the Junior League of Tampa, having served as its community vice president and chair of several projects geared towards helping children and families.  She has served as a youth minister at St. John’s Episcopal; as president of the PTA at her son’s school; as chair of Karamu for Lowry Park Zoo; as vice chair of Magnolia Ball for Moffitt Cancer Center; and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church.  Nationally, she continues to remain involved with her college alma mater.  She was a founding member of the Young Alumni Council of the University of Virginia and also served locally as president of the UVA Alumni Club of Tampa Bay.  She has co-chaired four of her UVA Class Reunions.

In her professional life, Ms. Murphy was previously employed as Director of Development for the Child Abuse Council (now Champions for Children). During her tenure, she was instrumental in securing funding for Baby Bungalow and Kids on the Block.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Tampa/Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI); as a Commissioner on Hillsborough County’s Commission on the Status of Women; as a member of the Advisory Board for The Harrell Center at the USF College of Public Health; as a member of the Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative now known as Safe and Sound; as a member of the HCC/Ybor City Campus President’s Advisory Council; as a member of USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy; as a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay; and as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of Pepin Academies. As CEO of a United Way Suncoast-funded agency, she regularly speaks about the good work accomplished through United Way, and happily served for two years on the United Way Suncoast Campaign Cabinet.

In 2015, she was one of 12 statewide recipients of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s Florida Achievement Award and she received, on behalf of The Spring, the 1st Annual That Business Show “2015 Best Nonprofit” Award.

She has been a presenter on how to create a cause-based awareness forum at the annual meetings of both the National Commission on the Status of Women and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2014, with the Deputy Director of Bay Area Legal Services, she was a co-presenter on community collaborations to the Legal Services Corporation, the federal agency established by the U.S. Congress to fund and monitor free civil legal aid in the United States.

Born in Germany, Ms. Murphy lived in Kansas City for five years and in Cincinnati for 15 years before settling in Tampa in 1990.  She is the proud parent of a teenage son.