Tampa, Florida (May 9, 2023) – The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce has installed Darren Richards, Chief Operating Officer of Tucker/Hall, as its Chair for the 2023-24 program year. Richards and Tucker/Hall have been active with the Ybor City Chamber for decades but became even more involved in recent years as the firm moved its headquarters to a historic building on Ybor City’s famous 7th Avenue.
“We thoroughly enjoy being in Ybor City and being involved in one of our community’s most treasured neighborhoods,” said Richards. “I look forward to working with Chamber members in the year ahead to help them grow their businesses and advocate for issues important to the Ybor City business community.”
In addition to naming Richards as chair, the Ybor Chamber installed the following volunteer leadership slate:
• Chair-Elect Dr. Larissa Baia, HCC Ybor Campus
• Secretary Blake Guthrie with the ReliaQuest Bowl
• And Treasurer Dr. Jamaris Glenn of 7th and Grove
Ybor City was founded in 1886 when Vicente Martinez-Ybor moved his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa. The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce came along in 1930 and has been supporting the business community ever since.
“At the Ybor City Chamber, we often say we keep ‘P.A.C.E.’ for our members because we Promote, Advocate, Connect, and Educate through our various events and programs,” said Lee Bell, President and CEO of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. “I’m excited about what Darren, our board, our staff, and our members will accomplish together in the year ahead.”
The Ybor City Chamber also operates the Visitor Information Center on 8th Avenue in Ybor City, open seven days a week. The Center helps people plan their visit to Ybor City so they can enjoy all the community has to offer, including museums, entertainment, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and other attractions.
Tucker/Hall is a communications consulting firm with offices in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee offering public relations services in the areas of strategic communications, public affairs, and crisis communications. Founded in 1990, Tucker/Hall has built a statewide, national, and international practice from its Tampa base. The firm works with Fortune 500 corporations, Florida-based fast-growing companies, nonprofits, and government agencies.