The Discussion With The Florida Bankers Association on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Jodi Sherman, Rachel Revill, Alex Sanchez, and Rita Lowman

The Discussion With The Florida Bankers Association on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Jodi Sherman, Rachel Revill, Alex Sanchez, and Rita Lowman

Happy Monday! Welcome back to another great morning discussion with Jamie Meloni of #ThatBusinessShow! Remember, the show airs at 7AM to 9AM on #1250WHNZ and, every weekday! At the show, we are proud to support the Tampa Bay Community. We are proud to invite every business owner to check out the Tampa Bay Business Owners, partners in hand of #ThatBusinessShow. Together, the show and the community provides exposure, education, and a sense of belonging that’s unmatched here in the bay area. If you’re wondering how you can be a part of this, head over to to find out more about the community and their latest upcoming events, like the Main Event and the Business Symposium. This year, The Tampa Bay Business Owners will be featuring a Shark Tank panel of experts. Hear from actual people that went in front of the Sharks and how they fared, and all they learned. This day will be jam packed with educational opportunities and will feature 4 breakout sessions. For this unbeatable experience, head over to to find out more! And if you have seen #ThatBusinessShow and want to be a part of it and get yourself in front of 5,000 listeners every day, then head over to: now!

This morning, the discussion opened up with Jodi Sherman. Well known and highly experienced in the Tampa Real Estate market, Jodi Sherman of The Griffin Group will ensure that you get the highest and best value for your home. Jodi was originally from New York when she purchased her first vacation home in Tampa Bay 14 years ago. Shortly after became a Tampa resident and has been specializing in Residential Real Estate since. As an investor she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the surrounding communities and the market. She can easily assist her clients, whether they are selling, buying, relocating or seeking an investment property. You can find out more about her and her experience in the #TampaBay Housing Market on today’s 7AM segment at:!

Rachel Revill also joined the discussion at 7AM! Rachel Revill is the CSO, or the “Chief Solutions Officer” and Owner of PerfecTiming Concierge. Since 2004, she has been freeing up time, providing peace of mind, bringing calm order to chaos, increasing productivity… and essentially enhancing her client’s lives. Rachel and her team of personal concierges meet the needs of their busy and demanding lifestyles of their clients. Rachel comments, “Every day is an adventure, I have the best job ever.” In her line of work, Rachel has seen many (many) things. If you’re curious, then you can tune in at: on the #ThatBusinessShow YouTube!

At 8AM, we were joined by Alex Sanchez and Rita Lowman! Alex Sanchez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Bankers Association. Rita Lowman is the Chief Operating Officer of Pilot Bank. This morning, Alex shared with the listeners the mission of the Florida Bankers Association. They spoke about Dodd Frank, and how in their opinions is damaging the banking industry here in Tampa Bay. Alex’s responsibilities include representing and advocating for Florida’s banking industry before all legislative and regulatory bodies in Tallahassee and in Washington, as the Florida Bankers Association is “the leading voice for Florida’s banking industry”. He was nominated by President George Bush and then President Barack Obama to continue his work for the Great State of Florida! Rita Lowman is the Chief Operating Officer for Pilot Bank.  Rita began leaving her footprint in the Banking Industry in the mid 70’s. Working tirelessly to champion her colleagues in the banking industry, she is proud that many are now leaders in several banks throughout Florida. With a philosophy to treat associates fairly, give them tools to succeed, and be a positive mentor, she empowers her team to function seamlessly and offer a superior client experience. As an effective teacher, she shares her knowledge, while encouraging input and listening to new ideas. Managing teams of 30 – 1,000 associates, she believes the success of the bank lies within the team. The secret to any good business is the collaboration of its internal teams. And that’s a great piece of #BusinessWisdom! If you wanted to tune in to the show, then head over to: now to get involved in the discussion! We had very great guests today, and a lot of fun. Be sure to check us out on the web, and you can find #ThatBusinessShow on Facebook at:! Also, if you liked today’s show, why not be part of tomorrows! Head over to: to learn how you can get involved!


Every Business Needs a Contract Lawyer – #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Juliann Nichols, Lisa Wilcox, Madison Miller, and Dr. Ron Eccles

Every Business Needs a Contract Lawyer – #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Juliann Nichols, Lisa Wilcox, Madison Miller, and Dr. Ron Eccles

Happy Friday and welcome to another #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow where we work to help you #Focus on key areas within your business.  This week’s focus was on the importance of involving an attorney in your contracts with guest Lisa Wilcox.  She is the founder of Wilcox Law and an expert in contract law and international law too and her focus is on helping consumers for the last eight years through bad debt collections, foreclosure defense and faulty robo-dialing issues.  She also incorporates advising businesses on how to prevent them from getting into consumer debt issues.  “Every business needs a contract lawyer” states Lisa who advises that as a business you are not a consumer, you are a business and have less protection under the law.  A great tip in the #MorningDiscussion is to ensure your contracts have a provision to avoid a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuit which deals with robo-dialing issues centered on advertising or collections.  We hear about a recent lawsuit that affected Papa Johns in this area and it was the fault of their advertising agency too.  For businesses that are large, be sure you are familiar with skip tracing and are accurately dialing numbers so as to not end up on the line with a person to whom the debtors number was transferred also.  Lisa reminds us too that just because you are a new entity or a small company, that does not mean you cannot negotiate better terms in your contract and shares with us some examples of David vs Goliath in this segment.  A large portion of the discussion centered on upcoming changes to labor laws and we began with a discussion on what is a 1099 contractor’s definition and what is a w-2 employees definition.  The IRS estimates that 80% of workers classified as independent contractors are actually employees and the IRS has launched a massive new “misclassification initiative” that will target small business owners so it is imperative you have your agreements outlined in contracts and reviewed by an attorney such as Lisa to ensure compliance and avoid fines!!  As part of this crackdown, the Department of Labor has hired 100 new auditors solely to investigate misclassifications and state investigators are turning up the heat on employers too.  In closing, we touched on the question of the week which is up in the Facebook group, Focus Friday and asks – Does your business have a will?  Get involved in the discussion here and reach out to Lisa at 888-945-2695 or online at!  And a reminder Each Friday at 7am, we speak with Juliann Nichols, CEO of Focus on You Strategy and another guest about their challenges, successes and failures and how working with Juliann and utilizing her strategies helped get them over the humps in their business.  Check out and take advantage of one of her many CEO Exchanges to get a preview of how she can help Bring Out the CEO in You!  The next CEO Exchange is being held October 4th from 11am to 1pm at the C1 Bank in Hyde Park and you can register by clicking here!

Our 8am guest was Madison Miller, Cancer survivor and Founder of Spark the Way, a 501c3 that works to bring financial resources, and support to young victims battling Cancer.  Madison was diagnosed with cancer when she was 20 years old and that same month, cancer also  took  her grandfather’s life.  Not too soon after that her Grandmother was diagnosed with Cancer and still fighting to this day. In 2013, she was questioning God as to why she was afflicted so young and found solace in the Bible and his trustworthiness and her faith gave her the powerful ability not to fear cancer. She launched Spark the Way 2015 became an official 501(c)(3)!! In time, she hopes to accomplish a legacy that is about the people who Spark the Way impacts – the first generation of light-bearing, fearless fighters. Not in shining our own light, but in reflecting God’s. John 1:1-5.  She is hosting her Ignite the Light Gala on November 5th from 6pm to 9pm to raise funds and grants and awareness for young adult cancer and you can register online at Missed this inspirational story?  Find it online here and learn more about Spark the Way at!

Our next guest was Dr. Ron Eccles, Speaker, Coach and Business Trainer.  Dr. Ron is an accomplished entrepreneur having worked in many industries including Chiropractic, Real Estate Investments and Sales and was in studio today to talk about the 3 Principles in Business.  These were noted as do not limit yourself by your own personal health – meaning the stronger your personal health, the stronger your business will.  Second was a discussion on the Law of Sowing and Reaping and lastly a discussion of Spending vs. Investing.  Check out this discussion here and take advantage of Ron’s offer for serious entrepreneurs only – a free consultation by calling him at 484-515-4040 and learn more at!

Are you a business owner in the Tampa Bay area?  If you are, we invite you to apply for membership in Tampa Bay’s Premier Business Society, TBBO, the Tampa Bay Business Owners.  You can apply via this link and the investment is just $595 for the year or $59/monthly (one-time $250 startup fee) and includes many benefits outlined here .   Also as a promotion to prior radio show guests, if you join our business organization, you will be re-booked onto the program with the right to bring a guest of your choice to join alongside you.  This is a great perk for an existing client or you can use it to get your foot in the door with someone you are trying to establish business with by offering them something of value.  Many other benefits included on top of this so act today!!


Show Recap – Chiropractic Care Talk with Dr. Turner and Tampa Developer EWI Construction

#ThatBusinessShow takes off with week 25 today.  The show, airing weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ and available all across the planet at or via the iHeart radio app on your smartphone, has re-defined what a radio show should be.  By talking with business professionals and community leaders each morning, the show has developed an audience seeking a positive message, differing from the political and negative news talk that dominates our airwaves.  Help support the show by supporting guests and sponsors and letting them know you heard them on the radio – visit and click on preferred providers and guest network to review all of our many past guests!  Follow me on twitter @Jamie_meloni and keep up to date on show developments and guests at too!

My first guest today was Dr. Johanna Turner.  Dr. Turner is a chiropractor and was in studio today to talk about her practice and dispel some of the common myths surrounding chiropractic treatment.  Dr. Palmer is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been in practice for 4 years.  Her current practice is based in Clearwater at the Hartley Chiropractic Center located at 2653 Ulmerton and she can be reached at 727-623-0992 to schedule an appointment.

The segment touches on some of the basics of chiropractic such as what chiropractic is and is not.  Chiropractic treatment views the spinal cord and the central nervous system as the focal point of the body and that all diseases and disorders can be regulated or treated via adjustments by taking pressures off of nerves and opening up the pathways in the body.  The industry has differing types of chiropractors, some that take a more holistic approach to treatment and others that focus more on the soothing and relief it provides to others.  Dr. Turner talks about her approach to Chiropractic in this segment and also gives guidance on its use for children, and people that attempt to perform adjustments on their own.  Dr. Turner is looking for new patients so please reach out to her at 727-623-0992 to schedule an appointment or consultation and learn more at

On the second half of the show, I welcomed Casey Ellison, CEO and Managing Partner with EWI Construction.  This Tampa based development firm was founded in 2007 by Casey after his departure from Beck where he had worked for 13 years.  Seeing a need in the marketplace for a mid-size developer, EWI was launched for that reason and to give his customers high quality construction services and standards.  Since 2007, EWI Construction has been involved in countless developments including the restoration of the Oxford Exchange, BayCare Medical Facility and Whiskey Joes Barefoot Bar.  EWI Construction won the Contractor of the Year Award in 2012 from AIA and their work on the Oxford Exchange earned them the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2013.  Casey shares his views on the Tampa Bay area commercial market and is excited to be actively involved in many projects in the area.  Learn more about Casey and EWI Construction at and contact them at 813-964-3885 for more information on your next development!

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Show Recap – Tenant in Foreclosure Law Talk and How To Get an Associates Degree from ITT in High School!

#ThatBusinessShow ends week 23 on another great show today.  The show which airs weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ can be heard On Demand all over the web including iTunes by searching for That Business Show as well as on my YouTube Channel here – Also please visit where all shows are available On Demand and you can review all prior guests via the Guest Network tab on the Home Page.

Kicking off the show was Adria Jensen.  Adria is an Attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, and her focus is general business and real estate litigation including contract disputes, landlord/tenant law and creditors’ rights.  Adria joined me on the phone line this morning to talk about the recent passing of Florida Statute 83.561 “Termination of Rental Agreement Upon Foreclosure”.  This law which was signed into law on June 2, 2015 is designed to give tenants some degree of protection following the sun setting of the National Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act which expired at the end of 2014 without renewal.  Adria goes into depth on some of the provisions of this new law, one of which dictates that tenants inside a foreclosed property now have 30 days to remain in the property which begins after receiving written notice from the new owner of their intent to terminate the tenant’s occupancy.  The new owners do not assumer the textbook definition of landlord and may move to evict said tenant after the expiration of the 30 day notice if they fail to vacate.  Adria also touches on transient situations of which Florida Statute 82.045 addressed on its passage  on June 2, 2015 and effective as of this past July 1st.  The law which strengthened owners rights when they are victims of illegal occupancies by transients (squatters), gives them the ability to have them removed without going through a civil action given they have provided a sworn affidavit to law enforcement.  Landlord/Tenant law is a bumpy road with many facets and Adria Jensen is well versed in this area of Law.  If you are in need of assistance with a property dispute or other area of Real Estate, Adria is your go to Attorney – reach out to her directly at 941-364-2739 or email at and learn more about their firm at!

On the 2nd half of the show, Michael Sibberson joined the show.  Michael is the Executive Director of the Early Career Academy which launches its inaugural program on August 17th of this year.  Michael, who has an extensive background in educational positions including school Principal and Superintendent, recently relocated to Florida from Texas to spearhead the launch and growth of this new program.  The Early Career Academy is a career focused public charter high school where Juniors and Seniors can earn an Associates Degree from ITT Technical Institute upon graduating from High School at NO COST.  The program currently offers degree programs in Software Development and Network Systems Administration and the school is located at 4809 Memorial Highway in Tampa.  Participants remain affiliated with their original High Schools for extra-curricular activities but spend the day at the schools location on Memorial Hwy.  Registration is still open and Michael is happy to speak with or give a tour of the facility to interested parents if you reach out to him.  Be sure to visit for more information and reach out to Michael directly at 813-434-1389 or email at to learn more about the program!

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