Board Members

Tampa Bay Think Tank, Board Members, and President Laurean Callender select speakers for quarterly meetings; maintain the mission; manage membership, marketing, and events, and facilitate continuous quality improvements for the group.

Laurean Vincent

Laurean Callender

Laurean Callender has been a marketing professional for over twenty years, starting as a sales representative for her family’s commercial printing facility in Dallas Texas, to her current position as President of Red Palm Marketing.  She firmly believes that a marketing company, as entrusted with the voice of their clients’, must hold themselves to a …

Derrick Cox Fox, Martukovich & Associates, CPA

Derrick Cox

Derrick is a member of the Fox, Martukovich & Associates, C.P.A. firm, a tax, business advisory, and accounting firm that has been in existence for over 25 years. Fox, Martukovich & Associates, C.P.A. serves Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and surrounding areas, Their firm offers a multitude of services focusing on tax efficient and accounting solutions to …

Bob Bush

Bob Bush

Bob Bush has had a rich and successful career that began as an art director in advertising, which led to sales for national branded apparel manufacturers, resulting in earning a promotion to Regional Vice president, and onto General Manager at DEMCO, in an affiliation with Russell Athletics, and then the role of National Sales Manager …

Bud Elias

Bud Elias

Recruited from Illinois to Florida in 1976 to run an insurance brokerage organization, Bud Elias used a Chicago based business model to re-form his business in Florida. Even though Bud has been in the employee benefits market place since 1963, he and his team at Advantage Group are constantly re-inventing themselves. Since change means people …

Dennis Mitchell

Dennis Mitchell

Dennis Mitchell joins the Think Tank Board, bringing with him a wide range of experience in industry. He was born in New York and got his education in the Midwest. Upon securing his economics degree at the University of Kansas, he moved into the sales field. He is a disciple of “nothing happens until somebody …

Charles S. “Chuck” Warrington, Jr.

Charles S. “Chuck” Warrington, Jr.

Chuck Warrington is the Managing Director & Executive Officer of the Clearwater Gas System (CGS), the 34th largest publicly-owned gas system in America & the 4th largest municipally-owned gas system in Florida.  CGS is one of the fastest growing gas systems in America (averaging about +5%/year) and serves 20 municipalities in 2 counties in the …

Sean Mckeon

Sean McKeon

Sean grew up in an entrepreneurial family and he has spent almost his entire adult life helping others grow and market themselves and their companies. He helped the family run a publishing company throughout his high school years, which then turned into the now, family marketing firm, the P3 Agency. With over 23 years of …

Bill Hardy

Bill Hardy

Over his career in health services, Bill directed entire company operations involving major expansion and reorganization including international markets. His experience includes manufacturing, finance, contracts, compliance, marketing, R&D and distribution. Bill was recruited as CEO of Arjo, Inc., the worldwide leader in the manufacture and distribution of hygiene systems and patient handling equipment. Arjo products …


Kelly Crandall

I am passionate about helping business owners and their sales teams learn, grow and thrive personally and professionally by building great sales organizations! For 14 years as Corporate Executive for a Fortune 500 company, I led large and small teams to the top quartile in results. For the next 11 years, I applied those skills …

Lonnie Veasely

Lonnie Veasley Jr.

Lonnie has been a Business Broker at Murphy Business & Financial Corporation since 2012. Specialties: – Selling $500k + small businesses – Industry specifics in IT, Manufacturing, Distribution, Industrial Repair, Auto Repair, Commercial Cleaning, & Franchise – Business Valuations – Exit planning / Succession Planning A graduate of University of West Florida.

D.W. (Dick) Powell

Dick Powell

D.W. (Dick) Powell has brought together the facts of starting a business and the importance of how to maintain it to be successful in a way all can understand. His business acumen started at an early age with his first business at eleven years old. Earning enough to send himself to Boy Scout summer camp. …